August 18, 2008 at 7:00 am 7 comments

I am very excited to visit one of my favorite cities in two weeks: Pittsburgh.


Ah, Pittsburgh — The ‘Burgh, Iron City, City of Bridges — how I love your Gothic Cathedral of Learning and your converging rivers, and the fact that every time I tell someone my summer mini-vacation is in Pittsburgh, you evoke a sideways glance and the question: “…Pittsburgh?”


Sure, it seems a little silly to visit a city in the summer that has a worse climate than the one you presently inhabit. For example, in my neck of the woods, it’s considered unbearably hot when it’s 86 degrees and breezy, and the natives all look like Job wandering in the desert, gnashing their teeth and wailing at the sky for reprieve. These people know nothing of humidity. I laugh when they declare a day “muggy”, knowing most of them have never lived east of the Rockies and have no idea what that word means. 


Even so, I will not allow the threat of unbearable heat and humidity nor the shaming, incredulous stares of my friends and coworkers mar my excitement. I love the old buildings, the towering, stone universities and the fact that it has more bridges than Venice. I love Squirrel Hill and the view of the skyline from Mt. Washington. I love that it seems at once metropolitan and cozy.


I visited Pittsburgh for the first time six years ago, and ever since, I’ve wanted to live there. I mean, look at it. Wouldn’t you?



View of the city skyline from the incline railway up Mt. Washington

View of the city skyline from the incline railway up Mt. Washington




Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University




U Pitt's Cathedral of Learning - my favorite building in the U.S.

U Pitt's Cathedral of Learning - my favorite building in the U.S.


I am also excited to report that, in four days, I will no longer be a customer service administrator. Instead, I will be…unemployed. But only for 10 days! Then I will start my new job as coordinator of the university’s LGBTA. I think my first order of business will be to change the name of the office from LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Alliance) to something a little bit more inclusive and less…acronymy. I’m thinking it should be called either the Queer Alliance or the Queer-Straight Alliance, to make it clear to students that it isn’t just for queer folk, but also for allies to the queer community.

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  • 1. Mama Snyder  |  August 21, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Terrific photos of the city. I’ve been in ittsburgh for 11 years now, and I just love it. I’m not sure when you last visited, but it’s just getting better and better. If you need a “hit list” of places not to miss, gimme a shout.

  • 2. Mama Snyder  |  August 21, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    PS – followed your link from Sarah and the Goon Squad.

    Also, Ittsburgh = Pittsburgh (in my world)

  • 3. Vanessa Schweizer  |  February 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I was doing a search through Google images and your picture of Carnegie Mellon came up. It is beautiful! I hope you don’t mind that I would like to share it with others.

    • 4. Vanessa Schweizer  |  February 4, 2010 at 9:03 am

      Hello, again,

      While looking up your name, I came across your statement that you own all rights to the content of your blog. I won’t be sharing your picture! Perhaps you should sell your picture to the university though. It’s really nice.

  • 5. Lisa  |  June 26, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Hello! Like Vanessa’s previous comment, I also came upon the photo of Pittsburgh with the trolley and bridge online (although I saw it posted on several websites). Do you own the rights to this specific picture? I’m having a hard time finding the original photographer, and I’m hoping that’s you 🙂 We’d like to use this photo for the cover of the Mathematical Association of America Student Paper Sessions program. This event takes place every year in a different city, and this year that city is Pittsburgh. This is a beautiful photo and comes out really well in black & white. Please respond to let me know if this would be alright, we’d really appreciate it. Or, if this is not your original photo, could you please list the source for it so I know who to contact further?

    Thank you!
    Lisa C.

  • 6. jr  |  February 27, 2011 at 4:14 am


  • 7. Dave  |  November 18, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Google Michael McCumber photographer.
    Not sure if the picture your talking about is his but he has some “AWESOME” shots of DaBurg!


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