Hello, hello, hello, and welcome to the 16 August 2016 issue of the City of Pittsburgh’s premiere online magazine of culture for adults only! My name is Guy Hogan, I’m the editor/publisher of this publication and I’ll be your guide through such topics as blogging, karaoke, movies, sexy stories, television and topless women.
Yes, I love my job; and I love my beer. I love to drink beer at Sonny’s Tavern (where I sing karaoke the first Sunday night of every month) in Little Italy and I love to drink beer at Armand’s (I just hang out there, trying to come up with ideas to blog about) which is also in Little Italy. Little Italy is my regular beat. I like to think of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette as a kind of magazine/newspaper and I’m its star reporter. I’m its only reporter. But even though I love drinking beer, I’m in an excellent mood considering I haven’t had a beer in several days. Why haven’t I had a beer in several days?
Well, I’m retired. Yes, I’m a baby boomer. I have a secure, but very modest income. I get my money at the beginning of each month. I pay all my bills. I buy just enough household supplies and food to last me for a month. And then whatever is left over is “fun” money. When the fun money runs out, I stop drinking. I stop hanging out in Little Italy. You say I should manage my fun money better. Make it last longer. Have you ever tried having fun counting your pennies? I have fun for 10 or 12 days until the fun money runs out. I know it’s a hell of a life; but when I run out of fun money, I become a workaholic and that’s a good thing if you are a full-time professional blogger which I am. I won’t have any more fun money until the first day of next month.
But enough about me…
I took my usual stroll around the neighborhood this morning, strolling down Forbes Avenue through the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, past Schenley Plaza and on up to Fifth Avenue to catch a bus back to my apartment building. It’s a sunny, hot day. The high will be around 85 with the possibility of rain and thundershowers.
There were more young people out and about today compared to just a few days ago. School must be starting soon. Most of them walked around with their heads down, staring at their smart phones. Some of them with packs on their backs.
And just to think I use to teach undergrads at the University of Pittsburgh composition and fiction writing between 2004 to 2006 as I worked on my MFA. I have fond memories of my time as a 50-something-year-old grad student at the University of Pittsburgh. I wonder what my professors would think of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh. All photos of Lana Little were sampled from Egotastic All Stars. If you are not already a regular reader of my (what I think is a unique) little girlie magazine, now would be a great time to sign up for your email subscription today. A subscription won’t cost you a penny.