Outside, college students sunbathe on the grass of Schenley Plaza, the guys in shorts and the women in bikinis. I’m writing this in my pocket notebook as I sit at a table in the journal browsing room in the public library, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, which is surrounded by the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh. In about 45 minutes, at around 1:40 p.m., I’ll stroll outside to take a research test for $5.00 that students from Carnegie Mellon University are giving to passersby. I’m already signed up. The students are working out of a big trailer parked at the curb next to the plaza.
Once I get my money I’ll hop a bus for Armand’s in Little Italy, using my senior citizen bus pass that gives me free bus rides for the rest of my life. A couple of beers will hit the spot on a hot day like today.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made baseball fun again in Pittsburgh. Joe should be behind the bar at Armand’s. He’s a definite fan, much more than I am. I can’t name any of the players, but I listen to the games on the radio in my apartment, I don’t have a television, and I watch the team when it’s on television at Armand’s.
Could this be the year The Pittsburgh Pirates break 500? Could the team make the playoffs? Joe thinks so.
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