Today when I walked down to the Pitt campus and through Schenley Plaza I could sense the coming of winter in the air even though it was a sunny day with a high of 68 because every time the sun went behind the clouds for any length of time the day suddenly became chilly.
Mostly young people who were probably Pitt students sat in or stretched out in the grass or sat at the tables under the big tent or sat at the tables on the pavement of the walkway eating, talking, studying and working at their cellphones and laptops.
I had finally shaved my face and head in the showers after about two weeks before I came out for my walk and I felt like a new person as I strolled through the plaza and I knew that because I would be on my regular beat in Little Italy tomorrow it would be several days before I would walk down to the campus and stroll through Schenley Plaza again as long as I had fun money in my pocket for Little Italy is in the opposite direction. As I turned to walk back to my comfortable but shabby apartment in North Oakland I began to sing songs by The Animals under my breath to myself to make sure I knew the lyrics. Karaoke at Sonny’s Tavern Sunday night.
“…performance functions as a temporary yet powerful escape from one’s dreary life.”
“The Gazette is also my diary.”
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette which is a blog of culture for adults only. All photos of Lina Lorenza were sampled from Egoallstars.