I can’t believe it’s the end of February and we are 2 months into 2021. And then we get weather like THIS?! The Simon and Garfunkel song Feeling’ Groovy pretty much nails it. While I’m humming that tune, I still have this weird sense of speed, Twilight Zone, Groundhog Day and grooviness all intertwined into this weird existence I call “living in Pittsburgh during a pandemic.”What to do about it?
Yes, it’s today. Fat Starloft Tuesday. The term “Mardi Gras” translated from French to English literally means “Fat Tuesday.” And in Pittsburghese it translates to “Fat Starloft Tuesday.” It is the final day of Carnival season, the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (tomorrow) and the last day before the season of fasting and penitence during the 40 weekdays before Easter. Sounds like a perfect day for staying in your beautiful Starloft. Coincidence that it is Starloft Tuesday? I don’t think so. You know what to do. See you for a tour at http://www.starloftspgh.com Tuesday.
1914: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is established in New York to protect the copyrighted materials of its members.
1920: The Negro National League is established.
1945: German and Hungarian forces surrender to the Soviets as the Siege of Budapest during World War II comes to an end.
1945: Bombers from the Royal Air Force are sent to Dresden, Germany to bomb the city.
1955: Israel gets 4 of the 7 Dead Sea Scrolls.
1960: The successful test of Gerboise Bleue makes France the 4th Nuclear Super Power.
1960: Black college students begin a series of lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville, Tennessee.
1961: The Coso artifact is discovered. This artifact was supposedly a half million year old rock that contained a spark plug inside it. It was discovered in Olancha, California by Wallace Lane, Virginia Maxey and Mike Mikesell.
1967: Leonardo da Vinci’s Madrid Cordices are discovered by American researchers in the National Library of Spain.
1981: More than two miles of streets are destroyed in Louisville, Kentucky by a series of sewer explosions.
2004: The discovery of the largest known diamond in the universe – white dwarf star BPM 37093 – was announced by the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
2010: In the city of Pune in India, a bomb goes off killing seventeen people and kills another 60 people.
Vicky was at a business conference. During a break, she decided to call home collect. Her six-year-old son picked up the phone and heard a stranger’s voice say, “We have Vicky on the line. Will you accept the charges?” Frantic, the six-year-old dropped the receiver and came charging outside screaming, “Dad! They have Mom! And they want money!”
A week is better than a day. Sometimes maybe. I guess it just depends. I remember a VERY early Valentine’s day in elementary school. We got to tape brown paper lunch bags to the front of our desks in the hopes that Valentine’s cards would show up. The night before THE BIG DAY I was busy at home cutting and pasting hearts and making handmade cards.
I learned this style of card making watching my older sister Diane handmake cards for boyfriend. She was SOOO good at it and SOOO creative. And I wanted to be JUST like her. I still do.
I made the reddest and pinkest multi-layered heart cards from construction paper and hand wrote a note on each card to all my classmates. (It was the same note to all of them.)
This is when it all started for me.
This was the first time that I remember misspelling a word on a small-scale produced item that was distributed to many associates. I misspelled the word friend. I’m not sure how I misspelled it but I did. I hope I spelled it right in this email.
Since then, I’ve misspelled words on tests, menus, these emails, scholarship applications (that was a doozey) and countless other things. That’s how I remember the week of love. And you can fall in love the http://www.starlofsPgh.com as well.
The public art exhibition curated by Tereneh Idia features the work of 11 artists of color, found in nine locations throughout the Cultural District.
At 707 Penn Ave., right next to the StarloftPgh, guests can check the time — through rap lyrics. Steven Montinar’s installation, “Flava Flav’s Digital Clock,” uses 142 distinct lyrics in which capitalized letters spell out the time of day.
These tiny citruses (yes, that’s the correct way to make a citrus plural) and super fun to eat. There’s NO WORK. Just pop and chew. The seeds are small enough to not worry about and the skin is impossible to peel. Ok, probably not IMPOSSIBLE, but definitely not worth the effort and plus – the skin is very flavorful. These are some of my favorite citrus because eating them is is full of contradictions. Don’t peel the citrus and eat the skin? Yep. Subtly sweet yet powerfully sour? Yep. So sour that you won’t eat it again, yet they call you for another… Exactly that. Kinda reminds me of 2020. Was it fast or was it slow? Impossible contradiction to solve. But similar to a kumquat – it was both.
Kumquats are a group of small fruit-bearing trees in the flowering plant family Rutaceae. They were previously classified as forming the now-historical genus Fortunella, or placed within Citrus sensu lato. The edible fruit closely resembles the orange in color and shape but is much smaller, being approximately the size of a large olive. Kumquat is a fairly cold-hardy citrus.
A kumquat isn’t much bigger than a grape, yet this bite-sized fruit fills your mouth with a big burst of sweet-tart citrus flavor.
In Chinese, kumquat means “golden orange.”
They were originally grown in China. Now they’re also grown in several other countries, including warmer areas of the United States, such as Florida and California.
In contrast with other citrus fruits, the peel of the kumquat is sweet and edible, while the juicy flesh is tart.