Ensuring the Neighborhood has Heat and Hot Water When It’s Minus 11 Degrees Windchill

These gas company workers have been working outside for several days in bitter cold.

The thermometer in the negative column and windchill making it more severe with no relief in sight. Laura and James home didn’t experience the problems some neighbors did. I can’t imagine how the early settlers made it through the winters.

I know it’s colder in other locations around the country as I heard from a friend in NH and it was 35 below zero

I admire these men for working hard to get the heat snd hot water to the neighbors.

Sweet Work

Look at the unexpected fun I had at COSTCO when I sampled a Lindt truffle. I met Tammy, the Lindt Representative, and Kimberly and Christine who were offering the samples and talking with customers. Spoiler Alert :You know I bought some, too. It was an iPhone day as I didn’t have my good camera with me.

Tammy at work.

Christine on left and Kimberly on right

Up a Tree

How fortunate my neighbors scheduled their trees to be trimmed,

The branches were growing into the side of their house.

After Steve moved the cars out of the garage and onto the street, I thought to myself- “hmmmm- People at Work, right in my driveway!”  Perfect for an interesting photo shoot.  Andrew agreed to allow me to photograph him working. You should see those spikes that help him climb up the tree.  Takes a lot of skill and care.  You have to know what you are doing. Ascend is the word of the week, showing upward movement.

Meet Andrew.  I shot this with the 70-200 Lens.

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Throwing down a branch he cut

 

Glass Bead Artist in Berlin

C70943ED-8D41-4723-A0C6-627DC2F2E2C4You met Dagmar Bruckner and her husband Gunnar yesterday at  Kiez Eis blogpost.

Here she is in her gallery/store, just around the corner from the ice cream store.

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Dagmar’s first career was Occupational Therapist but about fifteen years ago while living in Brooklyn, she learned how to make glass beads.

She demonstrated the making of a glass bead. The colored glass rods are from Murano, Italy.

She lit her torch and melted the end of the rod to the consistency of honey, turning it all the time onto a metal tool.

 

Sometimes she uses a mold to form the bead but most of the time she creates each bead by hand without the mold, so they don’t lose the handcrafted touch.

 

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Tiny pieces of the Berlin Wall inside a single glass bead

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Once a month dbeads conceptstore hosts concerts. 9A411027-2EEB-4E56-95E6-B359948DF6A9

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Her graphic artist made these bumper stickers with this saying! She gave me a couple to bring home.

658B16B8-8A3B-432D-9AE5-F94D388CEFDCThanks Dagmar for being part of the People at Work Series. She suggested a new project for my next visit to Berlin- Artists at Work!

Potsdamer Platz Market- Men at Work

Thursday I was photographing some food items for a Things to Eat in Berlin Gallery.

When I saw the wurst stand I went up and asked if it was okay to take a picture.

My plan was to snap the big pile of wurst on the grill. But suddenly I had some generous posing chefs.

Here is photo one

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And oops, I realized the man on the left in the photo below  wasn’t in my frame and he was standing with a wurst, too.  Do over!

I took another shot to include him and suddenly a photo bomb appears behind the three men.

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Thank you,  gentlemen. You made my day!

 

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!