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  •  Great article (8+ / 0-)

    Brings back many memories of my childhood.

    •  Thanks (6+ / 0-)

      Are you from Pittsburgh, by any chance?  Or Western Pennsylvania?

      •  Where am I from? (2+ / 0-)
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        Monsieur Georges, offred

        Hi Ellid,
        Yes, I am originally from Monroeville, worked at Pitt (Main campus) and now live in Central Erie County.

        •  Figured as much (3+ / 0-)
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          varro, Monsieur Georges, offred

          My parents met teaching in Wilkinsburg back in the day, and I still have family in Carrick and Broughton.  Also have family in Grove City and Oil City, but thanks to a family rift that I had nothing to do with, we don't have anything to do with each other...and yes, I have made overtures and been shot down.  

          •  Wilkinsburg.... (1+ / 0-)
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            My mother grew up there. My childhood was spent visiting grandparents and great aunts and uncles who lived on leafy urban blocks there.

            Our home was out in Penn Hills and it was always fun to visit old people in their old homes with so many floors and the cellars that had a lone "commode" installed right in the center.  My little sister and I were shocked that a toilet could be right there, out in the open, without the protection and privacy of a bathroom door.  Or bathroom walls.  When did builders stop doing this?

            In my mind's eye, I see my grandmother painting in a bedroom turned into an art studio while through an open window on a summer's evening I can hear typing coming from across the street. The writer LeClaire Alger- Soche Nic Leodhas- was working on another collection of Scottish folk and ghost tales for children.  My grandmother was the friend of this shy inhabitant of Pittsburgh and I was thrilled when she handed me the latest signed copy of her work.

            The people I loved have all passed.   Occasionally I drive around via Google streetview, passing the homes full of stories the current owners do not know.  

            And Kennywood-a place full of joy.   Knowing Kennywood is still around, that there are rides my grandmother rode and her mother and even grandmother rode helps keep me connected to those long gone people.  The seats on The Whip and The Racer held them once and it is a quirky comfort.

            Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science. Robert Green Ingersoll

            by offred on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 06:49:00 AM PDT

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