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Old 06-06-2007, 06:31 PM   #1
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Default planning a summer trip to pittsburgh!

its my daughters 4th b-day in july so we are taking her to pittsburgh. its about time she meet all my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents on my dads side. my dad, brother and sister will also go. some of my best memories are my trips there as a kid, and i want her to have the same experience. i hope i have enough time to squeeze everything in on my itenerary:

i have about 50-75 relatives to spend some time with.

kennywood for polish day

ride the gateway clipper through the locks (hopefully up the allegheny and not down the ohio)

duquesne incline

walk through wholeys, cod sandwich, and the rest of the strip, walk around downtown (id like to go to the warhol museum but it may not be fun for everyone)

walk up to the allegheny cemetary, find my uncles grave, pour out a brew and slam one myself. (i'll probably have to explain to my daughter why i cry)

wal across the 40th stree bridge, take pictures, and skip stones on the river. try to find her a rail road spike.

pirates vs. reds for kids day (woohoo! i get to run the bases- something i never did at 3 rivers)

science center/ primantis / hienz field

the zoo

1 (possibly 2) days at the museum. my daughter loves dinosaurs just as i did. she is gonna flip!

the aviary and gus and yaiyas for an iceball.

i hope 2 weeks is enough but im starting to doubt it. unfortunately (yet again) i wont be able to make it to latrobe for a day of camp, but oh well. im starting to get pumped. i checked out all the new rides at kennywood on their website and i cant wait!
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:37 PM   #2
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Best of luck with your trip to your 'spiritual home' TH

The bit about your uncles grave was touching.
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Sounds like a great trip. Enjoy it!!!!
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Sounds like a great trip, Tony - alot of my relatives are still back there too and I haven't seen them in a while. Have a safe and fun trip!
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Hell why not? It's not like our ball team uses them.

Have fun and more importantly travel safe TH.
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Best of luck with your trip to your 'spiritual home' TH

The bit about your uncles grave was touching.
he was the youngest of 5, and i was the oldest of 3. he was like the older brother i never had and i know i was like the younger brother he never had.

he was always the "black sheep" and troublemaker. we always had a bond

my 1st trip to pittsburgh that i can remember was for his high school graduation when i was 3 years old. although i only spent 3 summers up there with him around, the last 2 i was an adult. we partied and hung out and it was like we grew up together, yet it was like we were both kids. he told me i was more like a brother than my dad and other uncles.

its not really known if he died from suicide or accidental overdose, but in my heart i feel it was accidental. i didnt get to go to his funeral, and although ive only been to 2 in my life, i know this one will be the toughest. although i wish i didnt have to do it, i know its the 1st thing im gonna want to do.

i dont know if its wierd to want my daughter to witness my pain. although she knows of death, i think this will help her understand it and show her how valuable life is. other than that its a beautiful cemetary and a 10 minute walk from 'home'. i always walked through there even though i had no one else to visit. this time i will also have my great grandmother 'bubka' to see.

on a lighter note i just spoke to my uncle picking us up at the airport. since it will be around dinner time, 5 minutes after driving through the fort pitt tunnel we will be at Primantis!
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Hey hiphugger - do you think you'll have an hour or so to squeeze in for a couple of rounds with some of the locals? If you could swing it, anyone in the area who would like to shake your hand (or flip you off ) in person could meet up with you at the establishment of your choice. YAY! (lol)....
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i would love that and try to work it in. personally id like to get back to "Churchworks" in lawrenceville. "Gators" (i think its in lawrenceville) is cool too. of course i like the strip, although last time there i witnessed a double drive by murder about 20 feet away (banana joes), and was diving in a doorway, dodging bullets. i guess shit happens at closing time. i know what j. porter feels like minus the lead in my ass.

i just called my dad and had him order me tickets to the BB game. anyone got any insight on outfield 139D 11,12,13?
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Sounds like a great 2 weeks. Have fun!

I'm for my going back this weekend for my moms & uncles 80th b-day party. Dinner @ Nevillewood, I'd much rather be playing 18 there! ;)
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