Remembering Live Music In Pittsburgh

In the summer of 2019 we saw a few concerts. The last one was Peter Frampton at The Benedum Center. We had a busy fall and winter traveling to Europe for a chunk of it and then we traveled to Palm Desert in the beginning of 2020. Never realizing we had seen our last live concert for a while. We already had tickets for 2020 for the symphony and Ringo StarBe which were refunded due to the pandemic. I can’t wait to feel safe enough to sit inside a venue and listen to live music. Until them memories and recorded music will have to do.

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Winter Joy at The Phipps Conservatory

I miss visiting the Phipps Conservatory of Pittsburghthis year especially in the dead of winter in the dead of winter. When your skin is dry and you are cold and chilly it is wonderful to spend an hour or two in warm humidity smelling the blooms of orchids and other fragrant flowers. It’s almost as good as a spa treatment. I have no idea what the actual name is of this orchid but it brought me joy in the cold of winter so to me it is Winter Joy.

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Winter Joy

Thinking of Mexican Sunsets

For the last few years we have traveled to warm places in the winter. Mexico, Florida and California have been our winter destinations. This year travel is not possible due to COVID-19 and the snow today has got me thinking about Mexican sunsets/

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Yet another sunset

Mexican Sunset

Sunset Silhouette

Sunset at the Blue Deck

Regent Square Slowly Begins Phase Green

We decided to walk down Braddock Avenue yesterday since we were on a dog vacation. Normally on a beautiful Sunday morning Braddock avenue is packed with people eating outside with their dogs and we avoid potential conflict. Most stores were still closed including the popular Square Cafe. However D’s Six Pack, our famous beer and hot dog establishment had a few tables outside as did El Burro. The Three Rivers Outdoor Company and a couple of other stores were also open for business but foot traffic was very light.

It will take time for people to feel confident and for me I will not be venturing out to any restaurants any time soon yet it felt good to see people enjoying the great weather.

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Regent Square

Regent Square

Regent Square

Regent Square

Thanks to All That Serve

I realize that wars are necessary sometimes. However it now seems that we are engaged in forever wars and the military industrial complex prefers to have conditions of permanent warfare, something I do not support. However the people that do battle for our country deserve nothing less that our full support and respect.Today we are in a different kind of war against a virus and the soliders in this war are no lesser heroes than those who do battle over seas.

Memorial Day is a day when we pay tribute to all that went to battle on our behalf. Thanks for your service and to the families that have lost loved ones, thanks for your sacrifice.

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West Point