May 18: We headed into town about midday, through the oddly adorable industrial town of Steubenville, WV, which involves the prettiest bridge I've ever seen in person. It sort of looks like an angel from a distance.
But when you go over, it looks like a spider.
Going into Pittsburgh you have to face the Fort Pitt Tunnel, which actually goes under a mountain, which is a little scary when one has grown up in the open fields.
But then you come out onto the Fort Pitt Bridge into downtown, and it's like coming into, well, the Emerald City, actually.
We got the apartment all squared away. These pictures don't quite do it justice b/c I took them at night. During the day, light and air pour in through the windows. For such a small space, it's surprisingly well-appointed.
We went to the Giant Eagle, which is the normal grocery store about 3 blocks away (there's a Whole Foods just down the street but it seems to be frequented entirely by self-righteous yuppies complaining about the bananas) and got provisions for the week. I was sawing logs by 10:00. Big day.
May 19: This morning up early (the sun coming through those windows really makes it easy to bounce out of bed) and rode the bus downtown to see how long it would take. Took a picture of Duquesne Heights, which is a neighborhood perched precariously on the bluffs just across the Monongahela River. (Chris and I are getting a kick out of pronouncing Duquesne the way it's spelled, as opposed to Doo-Kayne, which is how it ought to be spelled if they wanted it to be pronounced that way.)
Here are some pictures of my neighborhood.
In the afternoon I got a library card at the local branch of the Carnegie Library (!) which I probably won't use as much as you would think because in June they're closing the neighborhood branch for remodeling. Oh well.
I'm still figuring out the internet connection. My plan is to get into the habit of getting up early, heading over to the coffee shop for my morning cuppa, and using their internet to do whatever needs doing. Posting may be spotty until I establish some sort of schedule.