Sunday, April 26, 2009

Reasons You Should Be Jealous of Where I Live

Another thing off the list - Vince and I camped out in the backyard on Friday night. We watched the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens and hung out with our dog Annie. We got up pretty early - around 6:30 - and went up to the bedroom to sleep a little more because it was pretty uncomfortable sleeping on the hard ground, especially for Vince.

I have decided to brag about my neighborhood, because this is my blog and want to! :) I was walking to the drugstore on this lovely 80 degree day and it occurred to me how fortunate I was to live where I do. So humor me, and listen to why I think you should be envious. :)

  • You can walk, in under ten minutes, to a drugstore, small grocery, gas station, ice cream stand, pub (where the bartender knows us), and food co-op. 
  • Deserving of its own point, you can walk, in five minutes, to the second-largest urban park in America.
  • We have four seasons: blooming flowers in spring; hot (but not too hot) summer days and warm summer nights, with swimming, camping, and outdoor opportunities everywhere; beautiful foliage and crisp, cool autumn days; and sledding, hot cocoa, beautiful white powdery snow in winter.
  • We grow the vegetable garden of your dreams - every variety of pepper and tomato, cucumbers, beans, peas, corn, broccoli, carrots, strawberries, raspberries, herbs, sunflowers...and more.
  • You can visit world-class museums, libraries, and theaters in under fifteen minutes.
  • You can attend professional baseball, football, and hockey games throughout the year.
  • You can enjoy the awareness that Pittsburgh has some of the longest, most unique history in America. Did you know that Lewis and Clark's journey really started here in Pittsburgh? Or that Gene Kelly grew up in a house a few blocks away? Or that some of the most famous zombie movies in history were filmed in Pittsburgh, earning it the title of "zombie central?"
  • Pittsburghers are genuinely nice people. Sometimes rough around the edges, but always willing to help. 
  • Pittsburgh has one of the best local/independent music scenes in the country.
  • Everywhere you look there is incredible natural scenery - three great rivers, hills and valleys, winding roads.
  • There are incredibly charismatic bridges (over 700) homes, architecture, and public art. I've never been to a city with so many great public murals.
Isn't this nice? I love Pittsburgh, and hope you'll be curious enough to come visit someday. It's a wonderfully unique city, beautiful, old juxtaposed with new, tradition combined with cutting edge. I really encourage you to visit Pittsburgh Skyline to get a real taste of what the city looks like. Thanks for reading! :)


Heather said...

Hi! I have to say I LOOVE the concept behind your blog, I think I might have to make a list like that. How long did it take for you to create the list and how do you feel about your progress?

BeachILike said...

I got your postcard via postcrossing today, it is beautiful one. It links me to your blog and I find it it interesting as well to have goal in life. I should start doing something similiar.

Have a Nice day!

You got a Posty: Downtown of Pittsburgh

imajica said...

it does sound a lovely place to live! I am jealous! I love the city and the houses are so well structured.. nothing can be found in Malaysia :P

Ana said...

you should be a working at a travel agent's :)
You actually convinced me to want to go to Pittsburgh, but just reading your post about it :))))

PostMuse said...

I'm a native Bostonian who moved to Pittsburgh 5 years ago. Lovely city, with almost everything I could want (the ocean is too far away, as are my children). I would also add to your reasons... Pittsburgh supports THREE public broadcast stations, each with a distinct style...WYEP for indy and folk, WDUQ for jazz and WQED for classical.

Gerry said...

I am jealous of where you live, because it's truly a wonderful neighborhood! I attend Park Place School from the late 40's until 1956. As a boy growing up on Brashear St, the entire area including Frick Park was covered on my J.C. Higgins (Sears) bicycle. The neighborhood is as vivid in my mind today, as it was 64 years ago. For years I have told friends that no one could have had a better childhood than I did, growing up in Pittsburgh and the Park Place neighborhood. Thanks so much for the memories!