hoto 2018

Allegheny River / Pittsburgh \ 6 October 2018

i got a tan <and a bronze> today  \ beautiful and sunny one moment, torrential rain the next / what can you say?  it’s hoto! \ good luck to our high school rowers in hoto day 2 tomorrow!


caliban book shop

inside caliban

410 south craig street, pittsburgh pa 15213 

for this year, i resolve to read more books | and not just in the summer but year-round / the goal is to read <in their entirety> two books a month \ with that in mind, i visited one of my favorite pittsburgh places caliban book shop in the oakland neighborhood / caliban is a bookstore of used & rare books as well as music in vinyl & cd \ i worry that it will go the way of other independent book shops <annihilated by amazon> / amazon also sells used & rare books but it seems dissonant, less satisfying and emotionally removed to buy rare books without physically browsing & searching for them \ “rare” doesn’t necessarily mean really old or first edition but can simply mean out-of-print <because they are older editions> or had limited printing <because they were not bestsellers or are reference books>

my great finds:  old editions of aaron shearer’s classical guitar technique vol. 2 (1964) frederick noad’s the baroque guitar (1974) berkelee series a modern method for guitar vol. 2 (1968) \ i always leave caliban with a smile / today’s finds:  the six brandenburg concertos & the four orchestral suites in full score (1976)  bluegrass fiddle (1974)  gutenburg: how one man remade the world with words (2002)  new order‘s excellent 2cd-set substance (1987) \ will be reading gutenburg while waiting for my amazon books to arrive~*

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* tilde is this blog’s typographical mark for irony or sarcasm, see 1/2/14 blogpost a book about typographical marks

first night

first night1

happy new year from pittsburgh!

awesome pin sculpture by sarika goulatia | wyep artist of the year joy ike and last year’s broken fences | my winter guitar teacher mark lucas quartet | robot on stationary bike @837 liberty ave | circus guy | artful buggies

my 2014 yinzer car~

my yinzer car1

thanks to my two favorite people, i will now be driving not just any new car but what they have christened my Yinzer Car~ yeah! / pittsburgh winters are not the most pleasant for driving-averse people like me \ but with a Yinzer Car~ <all-wheel drive | steelers*penguins*pirates*hunting decals are standard> i know i’ll be alright through sleet & snow!

side note:  a nice friendly female salesperson sold me the car at shadyside honda / i paid more than if i had purchased from the monroeville dealer but the snideness & condescencion of the men there was offensive enough – so i took my business elsewhere \ they were quite busy and not lacking in customers so i knew that it would be unlikely that i could negotiate / they could have parried me in a nice way \ but it seemed like kneejerk reaction to them to brush off & talk down to a female customer / it was very easy to walk out


mileage:  690 one month later, 1001 on 2/10