New River Gorge

Enough tech.  Nature calls, as they say.  Here’s a shot from the observation deck at New River Gorge, August 2008.  An absolutely beautiful place with an ancient river (think pre-dinasours).  The background was desaturated to emphasize the tree in the front.

Visitor

Earlier this summer, a pregnant dove set up shop on a windowsill. We watched the hatchlings outside our bedroom window for weeks before mother and babies went off on their own. Doves come back from time to time, and I like to think this is one of the babies born this summer.

Dove outside my window

Update: a while later, two birds were on the windowsill. I’m sure they’re ours.

Two doves on the windowsill

Mineo’s Pizza

I’m originally from Pittsburgh, having moved to South Florida a few years ago. Of the things I miss from Pittsburgh — or in Pittsburghese, “Picksburgh” — I especially miss its great pizza joints, such as Vincent’s Pizza Park on Ardmore Blvd. (famous for their huuuge pies).

Particularly great are three pizza places within two blocks of one another on Murray Avenue, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh: Napoli Pizzeria, Aiello’s Pizza, and my lifelong favorite, Mineo’s Pizza House. Mineo’s has been a Pittsburgh institution since 1958. It’s so popular with expatriate Pittsburghers that it sends pies via FedEx to Mineo’s-deprived fans. My first Mineo’s pie, which I had when I was 5 or 6, was a life-changing experience, and I’ve been a loyal customer ever since.

Mineo's Pizza House

I recently had a chance to re-visit Mineo’s and it was every bit as good as I remembered. We quickly devoured a large pie (half plain, half with onions and green pepper). Living in South Florida, I’m somewhat pizza-deprived. There’s a lot of good and varied food in South Florida, and I particularly enjoy the many good sushi and Thai restaurants. But I have yet to find a pizza place that comes close to the best of Pittsburgh.

Note: transplanted from personal blog.