I’m looking forward to getting back on my regular beat in Little Italy seven days from today. Little Italy feeds my creativity; but I’m also enjoying my last few days of downtime with long walks deeper into Oakland to Schenley Plaza and the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The campus surrounds the plaza.
Today I took another stroll into Oakland from my apartment in North Oakland; but instead of walking straight down Forbes Avenue to the plaza like I usually do I made a turn to port at the main branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and continued on into Schenley Park.
I had my plastic bottle of ice with me. The ice had melted enough for me to take refreshing sips of cold water. The sunshine made the air warm and everything looked sharp and clean in the bright sunlight.
There is a lot of foliage and grass in Schenley Park. Every time I hike through the park I feel like Nick Adams or Jake Barnes hiking through the woods, looking for a little known fishing hole where they know the fish are big and biting and plentiful. There are several hiking trails in the park. The trails give you the feeling of being in a primeval forest in the middle of the city. I’ve only been on a couple of the trails, but being in the woods all by myself spooks me. I guess it’s the fear of the unknown.
I kept hiking through the park until I came out into South Oakland. I made a turn to port down Dawson Street and walked on and strolled by 3252 Dawson Street where Andy Warhol grew up. There is nothing about 3252 Dawson Street that says Warhol grew up there. But that’s okay. I know he grew up there. He’s one reason the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is the kind of online magazine that it is.
Hail to Pitt!
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