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Little Italy, Small World

Little Italy, Small World

Pittsburgh’s Little Italy is located in the neighborhood of Bloomfield, which gets its name from a note that George Washington made in his journal about the field of blooming flowers close to the settlement. Bloomfield saw an influx of German Catholic immigrants in the late 1860s and a wave of Italians around 1900, specifically from […]

Otakon 2017

Otakon 2017

We (Andrea and I) find ourselves immersed in the world of anime once again. The convention we historically visited in Baltimore moved an hour south to a much larger venue in Washington, DC. We like the chance to share in a celebration of a common fandom, Japanese pop-culture and anime. The really cool part is […]

Many hands make light work

The work at a vineyard is never done.  You have to prune, train, plant, pick all in the vineyard before you ever get to the winemaking process. A big part of that process is protecting the vines and their fruit from wildlife. We have a 12 foot fence around the grapes to protect them from […]

A Ducky Tour

A Ducky Tour

This past week, my coworkers and I took an hour-long tour of downtown Pittsburgh aboard a 1942 duck boat. I had seen the Just Ducky tour vehicles around town since we moved to Pittsburgh three years ago, but hadn’t been aboard one. This team-building adventure was just the opportunity I needed to take the plunge. […]

From First Flight to the Moon Landing

I often have trouble relating to people, especially the younger they are, the miracle of the moon landing back in July 1969. The miracle of the moon landing was one created by a country, a brilliant team, and three brave men who dared to go where no one had gone before. The footprints left in […]

Pepperoni Rolls

Pepperoni Rolls

We’ve learned a lot of things about the unique culture of western Pennsylvania during our time here, like perogies are so revered that they’re made into life-sized mascots that do laps at the ballpark. We also have found that the pierogi isn’t the only culturally significant food. The whole coal mining region is in love […]

Sweat Equity

Sweat Equity

Last week we mentioned that about a year ago Amanda and I, along with my sister and brother-in-law, bought a 40-foot sailboat.  The Morgan Ketch (a type of sailboat) is currently at anchor in the pasture of my parents’ farm. We spent less than $10,000 on the project boat, so as you may guess it […]