Yesterday I took my stroll down to Schenley Plaza and around the campus of the University of Pittsburgh to stretch my legs in the beautiful, sunny and balmy 72 degree weather that brought out joggers and pedestrians and wedding parties. I saw three wedding parties with bride’s maids and best men and the brides and grooms posing for photographers in front of the impressive buildings of the campus area in what is probably the last days of Indian Summer for Pittsburgh in 2016.
There were even young acrobats balancing each other and walking tight ropes tied between the trees in the grassy area in front of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and in the grass of the plaza Doctors Without Borders had a presentation in several white tents surrounded by a movable fence which was attended by a good number of people who listened to their guides and studied the photos of people all over the world forced out of their homes because of wars and domestic strife and natural disasters.
There were people under the pavilion of the plaza and some sitting at the tables of the walkway eating and talking in the pleasant sun while others waited to order drinks and food from the booths. I reminded myself I still had not sampled the sushi which I always promise myself to do one day but soon the booth that offers sushi will close before the cold weather returns. I walked around with my notebook in my hand and enjoyed all the activity and the pleasantness of being around so many people relaxing in the sunshine and the fine-looking buildings and the long vistas which are very impressive if you live in a small apartment like I do.
Then I returned home and put the sports talk show low on the radio and took up my favorite position flat on my back on the sofa with two pillows under my weary head and I bent to it again reading On The Road by Jack Kerouac which I should finish just in time before returning to my regular beat in Little Italy on Tuesday and the weather forecast for Tuesday is a mix of clouds and sunshine and a high around 70 which means another lovely day of Indian Summer.
I recently checked out from the library a book that has three of Kerouac’s novels in it so when I’m done with On The Road I’ll jump right in on the other three novels to try to learn more about “spontaneous writing” and to see how effective it is and to use it like I’m doing in this blog post that began with the title and nothing else, just me sitting down at my workstation and allowing the words to flow without any premeditation which I find very freeing and a lot less stressful than the blog posts I do every Monday, Wednesday and Friday which I first write out in my notebook before one word is typed. I like both methods because I think they feed off of each other and they keep blogging fresh and interesting to me and the last thing a blogger needs is to lose his or her passion for blogging but I don’t see that happening to me any time soon because I’m having too much fun.
Hail to Pitt!
The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette features the videos of Naked News the show with nothing to hide. All photos of Michelle Quintero were sampled from Egotastic All Stars. This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh.
Even as I blog
In the silence of the night