It’s a gloomy day in Pittsburgh today, overcast and looking like it’s going to rain any minute now. I walked to the public library to return three books that were due tomorrow. The branch of the public library (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh) that I use is smack in the middle of the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh. On any given day Monday through Friday there are 10s of thousands of students on campus making the area a sea of activity. Today the campus was like a ghost town.
I returned my books and checked out three more and waited for a bus. There was a lot less vehicular traffic, too. I looked around at all the buildings on campus and for the first time really noticed that they were all different shades of gray.
It did not feel like the holiday season.
Oh, well, it will feel more like the holiday season when I’m back on my beat in Little Italy later this week.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Hail to Pitt!