I’m jotting this in my pocket notebook as I sit on a black-metal bench in a courtyard of the Cathedral of Learning of the University of Pittsburgh. It’s a sunny and warm afternoon. There are several black-metal benches in the court-yard and all of them have at least one person sitting on them. Most of the other people are women and all of the other people are young and most of these young people are working at their cellphones except one young woman who works at a laptop. One young woman is eating what is probably her lunch. Other young people enter and leave the doors of the Cathedral of Learning where I use to teach composition and poetry and fiction writing 12 years ago when I was a teaching assistant working on my MFA in fiction writing. The university is my alma mater.
I’ve just come from strolling through Schenley Plaza. Again it was mostly young people who are probably students from Pitt who sat in the dull-green chairs at the dull-green tables under the big ten and along the concrete walk way of Schenley Plaza. A young man and a boy pushed this huge multi-colored beach ball back and forth over the grassy area of the plaza where several groups of young people sat in the grass eating and talking,
When I walk around the plaza or around campus I’m very conscious of my age. It’s not that I’m embarrassed about my age. It’s just that I feel young and I have to remind myself that I’m not young. Not any longer. So I had better enjoy the age I am. And I do. I enjoy my freedom. I enjoy my independence. I enjoy being a full-time professional blogger.
In the plaza people were eating and talking and studying and writing and working at their cellphones and laptops. And as I walked through the plaza I looked at the people eating and I looked at the people in line at the food kiosks and I got hungry even though I was not hungry but I got hungry anyway and I took in the good smells of the hot food. The food kiosks make a specialty of offering food from other countries since no doubt there is a demand for food from other countries since most of the customers are probably students and staff and faculty from the the University of Pittsburgh and a lot of the students and some of the faculty are from other countries too and once again I promised myself to try some of the food but not the hot food I want to try sushi for the first time in my life and I set October as the target date to do this because in October I will have an abundance of fun money.
Hail To Pitt!
All photos used for this blog post were sampled from Egoallstars. This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. The Gazette features Naked News videos. When you join our community you get Naked News videos and so much more. Bookmark my little girlie blog or sign up for a free subscription today.