The students of the University of Pittsburgh must be on summer vacation. Oakland in Pittsburgh, the home of the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh, is a ghost town. I just returned from Schenley Plaza in Oakland. I took a twelve-ounce bottle of ice with me to sip from as I walked around Schenley Plaza which is smack in the middle of campus. It’s sunny and hot (around 85) outside.
Schenley Plaza is usually teeming with activity. It was teeming with activity just a few days ago. Several young people, especially young women in bikinis, are usually sun bathing on the grass of the plaza. Today there was only one young woman sun bathing and a lone young man working on his soccer technique.
There are several food kiosks and a mini-restaurant that serve the crowds who sit at the tables near the plaza. Today the tables were empty except for the tables of the Porch (the mini-restaurant) and most of the kiosks were closed.
There was one area of activity. There was a yoga class, about sixty people, going through their routine. Most of the students were young, but I did see a man and a woman with gray hair. They were in the front of the class and seemed to be a couple. An instructor stood in front of the class and called out the positions. An assistant hovered around the class. Both the instructor and her assistant were young women. Most of the class was made up of young women, but there were a lot of young men there, too. I looked at the sandwich board near the group. Yoga today and Tai Chi tomorrow.
I stood and watched the class for a moment, wondering if I could stand on one foot that long.
I decided to catch a bus back to my apartment building. It was just too damn hot to walk all the way back home…
Hail to Pitt!