House Call

We wanted to sew a dinosaur hoodie for Charlie.  The sewing machine stopped sewing on my last visit.

Googled and found  Sewing Machine Repair-Columbus OH in your home.

Steve arrived in less than an hour. Fixed the broken bobbin case and bracket, added a ballpoint needle and gave my daughter and me a tutorial on what went wrong. And how to maintain it. Sews like a dream and no lugging it to a shop or waiting.

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Pittsburgh River Rescue

Fortunately it’s a timed challenge practice drill and not a real rescue situation on the Ohio River yesterday. These men and women do important and difficult work.

I’d taken two grandkids to the Carnegie Science Center and we had just toured the submarine docked behind the Center.

Watching the diver dive into the river while tethered to the rope as it unfurled, was something to see.  Another diver waited on deck, ready to help if diver one got into trouble.

You have to be a paramedic first before any further training can begin. The instructor was patient and answered all Jack’s questions.

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“USS Requin, a Tench-class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named after the requin, French for shark. Since 1990 it has been a museum ship at The Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania”. Wikipedia

The City Responds

IMG_7714The mayor has a Response Center set up and you can call 311 and complain or report a situation that needs attention.

I’ve called about excessive litter at the base of the Duquesne Incline, a hornet nest on a city tree , a streetlight was out and needed to be replaced and last week I called about stop sign on Larimer Avenue that was blocked by tree branches snd it couldn’t be seen.

This morning  I was driving to Zeke’s get coffee grounds for my house guests and look who was working hard to rectify the very problem I reported!

Meet John (everyone calls him Johnny)

Thank you for responding, John!

Duquesne Incline Operator Revisited

Here’s Chuck Wise again, manning the controls of the Duquesne Incline.  He’s been operating the incline for twenty years.  During the day he delivers flowers. He ‘graciously allowed me to photograph him again and you can tell there was a Pirates Game Wednesday night.

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Here is the orginal post. .  Blog Post -Incline Operator in January 2013.

Rolled Ice Cream is Hot on Butler Street

I’ve been away for awhile.  My friend B said “let’s go to NatuRoll Creamery get rolled ice cream in Lawrenceville. There’s always a line” (which is a good sign).

Turns out it didn’t open until three. So we had a delicious lunch at VANDAL first, waiting for three o’clock to roll around.

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Kaden took our orders and $. Two Spring Specials -Blueberry Lemon on a Vanilla Base.

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Abby made mine.

Then she added them lemon zest

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and a slice of lemon

IMG_2442The focus is on Abby.  Takes 2-5 minutes to create each fancy finished special.

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Meet Slaven Lunar Kosanović

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Meet Slaven Lunar Kosanović.  

Artist. Designer. Illustrator.

You may have seen his artwork in Forbes Magazine or Playboy but didn’t know it! or click his name and see his walls, canvases and illustrations

We ran into him at an artist’s evening at the  Croatian Design Superstore in Zagreb last week.  My son introduced us.

He’s holding a book created for a humanitarian effort, restoring a church fresco. (Reminder to self; always carry notebook and writing implement to record important/accurate details) 

Slaven just sent me this updated information

I found the text “The book ‘Adris Foundation – contribution to Croatian society since 2007’ presents funded projects – each project is described and illustrated by one of 26 illustrators. The ‘Danse macabre’ fresco by Vincent of Kastav from 1474 has always simultaneously fascinated and dreaded me so it was a logical choice for me. Project name: Laboratory examination and protection of the Beram frescos / Project bearer: Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Project leader: Dr. Sc Emina Pustijanac”

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Screen Shot 2017-04-22 at 7.24.03 AM                                         one example of his wall art from his website

Wisdom and Love at Ritter’s Diner

Meet Sophia and Aphrodite.

Last week I made arrangements to photograph Aphrodite for the People at Work Series.  Steve and I’ve known Aphrodite for more than 23 years now. Sophia asked me if I knew what Sophia meant and I had to admit I didn’t.

But I do now!  Wisdom.  And Aphrodite means Love.

I ordered two eggs over medium, dry wheat toast with butter on the side and potatoes with the well done crispy bits. Coffee and a glass of water.

I asked Sophia if I might photograph her, too, and she graciously agreed.  I forgot to ask Sophia how long she’s worked at Ritter’s Diner but I know Aphrodite has worked there for 39 years!

Chances are if you’re from Pittsburgh, you’ve had the good fortune to meet both of these wonderful women.

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 Sophia and Aphrodite

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Ritter’s Diner on Baum Bloulevard-

A Pittsburgh Landmark just a block away from Shadyside Hospital

Celebrating Life as a Clay Artist

“I’m Celebrating Life as a Clay Artist.”   Bernie Pintar

Meet Bernie Pintar.

Today  I went to see him in the Sculpture Studio in the basement of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. 

He graciously agreed to be in my People at Work Series.

Originally from East Pittsburgh, he’s a 1972 graduate of the Ivy School of Professional Art which was a six story building in downtown Pittsburgh Market Square ( no longer there)-  I looked it up and saw that Artist Activist Keith Haring went there, too.

And here is the amazing part of Bernie’s story- He started in clay in 2009.  WOW!

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River Styx Cruise and Detail

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So here is how Bernie packages his stunning ceramic artwork-

he has “nests” for them and see where it says HEAD?  He learned how to package his artwork like the Television Repairman who used to come fix his mother’s Zenith- Frank G. smelled like mothballs he remembers

He’d come with a box and say “I have the tube for your set.” and it was in a box with handles, just the way Bernie now makes his carriers.  That’s where he learned that method. Frank G the TV repairman.

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 Dragon Peacock Teapot

An entry for the International Invitational Teapot show at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Shadyside  April 9- May 29th 2017

 

The Piece below is titled Da Burgh

an entry for upcoming Pittsburgh Society of Artists- da Burgh Show to be held at the FrameHouse and Jask Gallery in Lawrenceville Friday June 9- Friday June 30, 2017

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That tiny piece that looks like wire or spaghetti?  It is CLAYimg_3938img_3939img_3940

Everything on the sculpture moves

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Da Burgh

from a different angle

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Below- a bisque ware piece. What it looks like before the glaze-

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Here’s another quote from Bernie

“I don’t go to bed to sleep anymore…..I go to dream.” He shared with me that Transcendental Meditation saved his life.

 

The Art of Gift Wrap

Thursday, I was going to meet a new baby and wanted to take a gift.

Called around and found wooden milestone blocks/cubes and in the colors of the nursery!

A helpful man answered the phone and said there was one set at their store- Contemporary Concepts.

When I got there I took a look around. Found a couple of Christmas gifts to purchase, too. A very eclectic mix of gifts from elegant tableware to crazy socks .

Contemporary Concepts does mail order, too.

The colorfully printed Pittsburgh dish towels caught my eye for those who have moved away.  Lots of interesting toys and potential baby shower gifts, too. They feature cool Pittsburgh neighborhood t-shirts Neighbor Teaze designed by Julia DiNardo- an elementary school classmate of my son Matthew.

(I won’t go into how the store moved 6 months ago to the Trader Joe’s building, pretty close to my house-that’s another story. Of course, I drove to the old location in Squirrel Hill first. The new location has free parking)

But I finally arrived and was thrilled to find  the right present waiting. And in the colors of his nursery, too.  Yes, I said it twice cause it was a Serendipitous find!

 “Would you like it gift wrapped? “

Now the thought of complimentary gift wrap evokes nostalgia for customer service of yesteryear- and what a lovely touch.

Meet Abby.  She did the beautiful gift wrapping.

I asked her if she’d mind being included in my People at Work series And she agreed.

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Meet Bob Bastone

I’ve been taking my cars to Bastone Auto for 25 years. You want to go to an auto place you trust! Being located in a former church seems a nice touch.

Pennsylvania car inspection was due and the temporary registration I’d gotten online was about to expire Dec 2nd.

My goal’s to get a photo of the Bastone  brothers in front of their place.  I thought it would be a great addition to People at Work- Primarily Pittsburgh (show at Panza Gallery. July 2018)

As I was asking Bob about getting Jim and Frank to agree I said “here I’ll take a quick sample on the phone to remind you to ask them”

 

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Bob is also an expert Amateur/Ham Radio operator  (licensed call sign is WC3O) and here’s an article

Skyview Radio Society News

If you need a speaker for your organization’s event, he’ll expound on all aspects of automotive service, repair and maintenance in his “I Hate Cars” tour.  His flyer says “hear the straight scoop from an ASE certified Master Mechanic with a lifetime of experience in the automotive repair and maintenance field”

Bob has a great sense of humor, too.

Thanks for letting me take your photo, Bob.

Please ask your brothers to make a time and I’ll be over with my real camera.

Oh and my car is happy, too.