Same As It Ever Was

When I taught Photography at the Ivy School of Professional Art I would frequently take students on photographic field trips to Pittsburgh’s Market Square. The variety of subjects included people feeding pigeons,street performers,old architecture,street performers and local characters. This cultural stew offered students a variety of subjects to test their skills on.

From this perspective nothing has changed. Sure the stores are more upscale now but the clientele is still the same. Kids chasing birds, saxophone serenades at lunch and giant fish sandwiches from The Original Oyster House. I swear these same two guys were playing chess when I left 35 years ago.

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The Chess Game

The Chess Game

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Could You Wear These?

OK, I know today’s modern woman enjoy the comfort and fit of yoga pants. I understand all about comfy clothes and love my sweats and lounging pants. However, could you wear these? Saw this on The Strip District in Pittsburgh and we laughed our asses off.

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Yoga Pants?

Yoga Pants?

A Pittsburgh Original

The last time I ate in the Original Oyster House was 1977. It was a unique place and Pittsburgh’s oldest restaurant (1870). Back then it was a smoke filled place with great food and only Pittsburgh Beers on tap. I didn’t care about smoke then since I smoked and it was a fun place for lunch.

I had lunch there on Friday and the only thing that changed was a lack of smoke. Few things in life are that consistent. The food was the same excellent fare, the beer was still only Pittsburgh Beer, the same bar and still filled with characters. The barkeeps and servers were “Pittsburgh Friendly”.I love this city, it’s good to be home.

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The Original Oyster House

The Original Oyster House