It felt like spring today in Pittsburgh. The sun finally came out from behind the clouds and the high was in the 40s. The Old Soldier celebrated spring with a nice long walk down to the campus of the University of Pittsburgh and through Schenley Park.
After I came out of Schenley Park I walked down Dawson Street and stood in front of the home Andy Warhol grew up in. And as I usually do, I stood in front of Andy Warhol’s old home in what was then a working-class neighborhood (now the neighborhood is full of students) and wondered what he would think of my little online magazine. He probably wouldn’t like it because it’s too low-brow. But he might give it points for being provocative.
I walked back through the campus. It must have been student orientation, because groups of college-age young people with a sprinkling of adults were being shown around the campus by official student guides in blue and gold jerseys, walking backwards and explaining the sights.
I walked past the Cathedral of Learning. It brought back pleasant memories of when I was a student from 1999 to 2006 finishing my BA and working on my MFA, some of the happiest years of my life…
When I got back to my apartment, I took up my favorite position: on the sofa flat on my back with two fat pillows under my weary head as I listened to the radio as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 in exhibition baseball in Florida. The win gives the Pirates a 12-9-1 exhibition season..
After the game, my thoughts turned back as they always do to being the editor/publisher of an online magazine for adults…
*****English: Andy Warhol’s childhood home located at 3252 Dawson Street in the South Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on April 30, 2010. “Andy lived on Dawson Street from 1934 until he left for New York City in 1949. These fifteen years were the most formative years of his life.”http://www.warhola.com/warholahouse.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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