The past week or so, I've been availing myself of the various Pittsburgh amenities I've managed to skirt every other year of my stay here. What follows is a record of the proceedings.
Kennywood Fright Nights
I actually did this before, but I never went on any of the rides because they were tall and fast and, well, scary. After conquering my fears, however, I not only rode MOST of the rides there, but I also strapped myself to what was essentially a cloth harness, got dropped from about 100 feet up, and dived Batman-style from apex to just above the surface of a treacherous lake. Actually, the lake wasn't all that treacherous. But it's cooler when I describe it that way.
A sandwich joint notorious for putting fries and cole slaw IN the sandwich, I got my sandwich without cole slaw. Because, honestly, I'm not a huge fan. But the fries were enjoyable, as was the bottle of hot sauce they left on the table for the customers. I am an avid connoisseur of hot sauce, and theirs was...decent.
Drue Heinz Lectures
This is something else I've also done before (isn't there a blog entry about it somewhere?), but this last one was given by one Tom Wolfe, a verifiably cool dude. He talked about Miami, and the role race plays in the country, and some other intellectual sorts of things. Then there was a Q&A session, which exhibited more of the lively fare.
All in all, a pretty good week, I'd say. Now I just need some Steelers tickets.