Me asking out a complete stranger

(updated version)

The local metropolitan newspaper had a columnist I found to be cute and funny, so I decided to ask her out. I was living in Idaho at the time and her in Pittsburgh so logistics were going to be a challenge. Here’s my appeal to her and her response:

Me:

Ms,
  I am a native Pittsburgher but have moved away and have been living in Idaho (Boise) for the last year. Reading the Post-Gazette online has allowed me to keep in touch with what has been going on in Western Pa. and has given me a decent newspaper to read since there isn’t one out here. My favorite part of the paper to read has been the articles by columnists such as yourself. This brings me to the point of this letter. You recently wrote about a blind date you went on and enjoyed. I am curious if you would be interested in going on another blind date…with me. You come across as an adventurous and risk taking person and I think this could qualify as an adventure. You are also somewhat of a smart- alec, a quality that’s attractive in a woman.  I’m 30, enjoy movies, going to new places and trying new things,
outdoorsy stuff, walking through neighborhoods, biking, rollerblading, going to book stores and if in the right mood,
dancing. I will be in town over labor day weekend (the 2nd – 9th). The number where I will be staying is —.
I can tell you this is not something I have done before (dating over the internet isn’t a good idea for anyone) and am not a wierdo (my brother’s girfriend’s opinion aside) but would you believe it?

I hope you do…

Her:

Thank you so much for your message and offer. I do enjoy adventures. Unfortunately, I’ll be off having one in Boston Labor Day weekend! I’m sorry. I do believe you’re not a weirdo. But since your roots are here the ‘Burgh, perhaps you’ll be back again another time?

Me:

 Hi remember me. I’m the ex-Pittsburgher who likes your columns so much I wanted to take you out on a blind date? I’m sure you’ve gotten others so I’ve copied our exchange and pasted them below. Well, I know this is kinda short notice and with the holidays and you’ll probably be out of town (tawn…for you Pittsburghers) visiting family but I’ll be in town from this Tuesday through next Tuesday (Jan 4-Jan 11, 2000) and would you like to get together sometime? I believe we are going to see The Buzz Poets (popular Pittsburgh rock group in the late 90s early 2000s. I mostly remember their lead singer guzzling Jagermeister on stage) on Thursday and I’m bringing my ice skates with me (I know how much you like to skate! lol!) so if you are free maybe? This is a bad time for this sort of thing I know but if you are interested I can be reached at XXX starting at 6:00 on Tuesday or reply to this e-mail.

See ya and have a great holidays,

Her:

 Hi,
Sorry I didn’t get back to you right away, but I was off yesterday. Thursday isn’t good for me and yeah, I’m going home for Christmas, but I could meet you for lunch or a drink either tomorrow (Wednesday) or Monday. (Trust me, you don’t want to see me try to ice skate.) Let me know if that works for you.

Me:

Hi,
Monday’s good for me. I’m off line so I would’ve gotten back sooner. How should we do this? My number is below and I should be around most of the weekend. Except for Sunday. There’s an extra ticket to the Steeler game and I’m the unlucky person that’s getting it. Let me know, I’ll try to check this later today and tomorrow. If we can’t meet have a great Christmas and keep up the good work. Oh yeah, if your power goes out at midnight next Friday (December 31, 1999 – Millenium Eve. If you’re too young to remember the turnover from 1999 to 2000 was supposed to crash all the world’s computers there’s no reason to go loot a Starbucks (Fucking Starbucks! Back then I would never have dreamed of going to one of those “corporate yuppie joint.” Now, I go everyday.). I’m sure it’s just a glitch…

Her:

 OK, Monday it is. I’ll give you a call to discuss details… is Saturday evening OK? I don’t want to disrupt any Christmas
festivities. I’m thinking well after dinner, like 9 p.m. If that doesn’t sound convenient, I can call Sunday either before or after the pathetic rout — oh, excuse me, Steelers game. If you can, e-mail me tonight or tomorrow (Friday) to let me know what you prefer.

Me:

Interesting to read this five days after you sent it and three days after we talked. Well the Steelers won. How’s the crow taste? Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me. I won’t tell anyone about your feelings for the Steelers. Wouldn’t want you to get fired or anything. But you know what they say – Hatred is closer to love than is apathy! I’m telling ya your
calling is in sports journalism. You could be like Ron Cook, Stan Savran or Bob Smizik (Can’t believe I said this about Savran and Smizik. Savran is a great all around journalist and Smizik was a phenomenal writer. Cook is still terrible however.) – only with talent. And if you know little about sports as you say then you are supremely qualified.

It’s too bad we couldn’t meet, maybe next time – or the next time you are in Idaho. Just make it soon there’s no telling when I’ll leave here.

Read your column today – you’re too serious. Lighten up a little. Hope your computer problems got worked out. If they didn’t then the next glitch won’t be able to screw it up.

People here want to know if it was me that brought back the bad weather. Maybe but I also brought back cookies so it’s ok.

Take care…

Her:

 Yeah, so ’em Stillers pulled one aht (’em for them, Stillers for Steelers, aht for out. Pittsburgh-ese). (This would be the December 29, 1999 game against the Carolina Panthers. The Steelers won 30-20.)The most hilarious part of the post-game coverage was all the bundled-up, snow-covered fans, freezing in the lots, speaking very soberly and earnestly about how you can’t be a fair-weather fan and you gotta believe and support the team and all that. Like the team is there out of love for their loyal fans and not out of love for their huge salaries. If we believe hard enough, if we are loyal and our hearts are true, the Great Pumpkin will visit the most sincere — oh, wait, sorry — the Steelers will be in the Super Bowl again as in the Glory Days.

Sorry about the computer meltdown. Other people had been crashing earlier in the day, but I thought I might escape unscathed. Then I got the dreaded Blue Screen of Death, and when I called you there was a handful of systems guys standing around my PC like medieval doctors frowning over a fading patient.
“Oh, you’re in trouble here,” they said. “This doesn’t look good. This is going to take a while.”
But they did get it fixed. For now. We’ll see what happens over the weekend.

Happy new year!

Me:

 (Way way back before i realized that sarcasm doesn‘t translate well over the internet. Oops)

RE: AAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

POOOOOOR BAAAABY has the sniffles…sniff,sniff.

Yea you talk tough but I guess its just talk. WAAA! You should do what I do for colds – nothing. Or go to the gym. Or eat lots of pasta. Beer helps too. But for a real cure try heating wine or brandy. You’ll sweat, puke and go to the bathroom for a day but it’ll cure you. But don’t quote on that. I know I said “cure” but I’m not licensed and don’t know what I’m talking about. (This is what I learned from watching ‘Law and Order’. If you say you can cure you can be held
criminally liable.) In other words you’re on your own. Really though see what being sick has done for you – Material for a column. Kinda like our date could’ve been but somebody ( this goes to your recent “I’m nothing if not reliable column ) had computer “problems” and couldn’t make it. First time I’ve been given the old Y2K (the “Y2K” bug was that because computer code is written in 00 or something the world was in a panic because to was thought that all computer systems worldwide would crash at 12:00:01 on January 1, 2000. This caused many people to spend money fixing and preparing for a problem that never materialized. bug line for being stood up (As a sarcastic person herself I thought she’d understand my attempt at humor. Looking back this email needed lots of revision). Actually maybe that was a good thing because now only the people who know me know what a dork I am instead of the millions of people who read your column world wide.

Well I’ll cease with sarcasm. I’ve moved twice since Christmas and no longer have access to a computer. Now I must go to Kinko’s or the library. That’s no excuse for not writing. Actually I’m just lazy and short on time. Like now.

Hope New Years and everything since has gone well…I’ll try to right again soon…

Take care,

Her:

Friday, March 10, 2000, 1:49 PM

Wow. I’ve been called a liar before, but not by anybody who wanted to date me. If you knew the PG’s computer system at all, you’d know that nobody has to make up stories about crash trouble here. As for my millions of readers worldwide, they may have to learn to do without me. I may be moving myself soon, and getting a new job that won’t
include a column.

I had a crappy New Year’s Eve, but New Year’s Day, with the huge Zambelli fireworks display, was a little better. I guess you’ve spent most of the new year packing and unpacking. That can’t have been much fun; I’m not looking forward to doing it myself if I land, and decide to take, the new job.

 Hope things are looking up for you,

Me:

Monday, March 13, 2000 6:57 PM

so I guess it’s possible to put your foot in your mouth over the internet. I have a tendency to do that anyway (so much so that I became so self-conscious about it I stopped talking to people for fear of doing it) . So I shouldn’t be surprised that I’d do it here. I’m sorry again for the misunderstanding and I hope I didn’t hurt your feelings.

Take it easy…

Her:

Tuesday, March 14, 2000, 4:33 PM

It’s OK. Don’t worry about it. No big deal.

HER:

Hey, got your message. Thanks. My dad died last Tuesday, and I spent most of last week in Philly with my mom. Just
got back last night and went back to work today. I’ll give you a call next week, when things have settled down a bit, OK? You leave your home and job suddenly for five days and whoo, things pile up.

Have a merry Christmas!

ME:

Subject:    Re: rough week

Hi, my condolences for your dad. Nu rush, I understand.

Take care

HER:

 Hey,

Happy New Year! Things are finally calming down for me now. If you’d still like to meet for coffee, I could do that this week or next.

ME:

 Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2001, 7:08 AM

Hi, Happy New Millenium! (I’m one of those people that believes decades, and hence the new millennium, begin on the “1” year, not the “0” year. If you count to ten you start on “1” so…)

Yes I’d still like to meet. My lunch hour is flexible and I get an hour. Wednesday this week is bad, my father and his girlfriend are coming into town. Otherwise no plans. My number here is XXX-XXXX. If there’s no answer send me an e-mail or callback  my voicemail is not up yet.

Things are more calm for me too. My second job ended (This was at a dvd store. i can’t remember its name. it’s out of business now. Suncoast Motion Pictures. ) (but not the discount) and I’m just about done moving into my new place (the attic apartment at my brother’s girlfriend’s mother’s house). New number XXX-XXXX (I think)

Take care

HER:

 How’s Monday? Are you off then? I’m not. Let me know.

ME:

   Thursday, January 11, 2001 6:27 PM

To:   

Subject:    RE: rough week

Lunch is not looking to be good right now. I’m working on the north side (Heinz Co.) and it’d be hard to get across the river without much time. After work sometime would be ok, so would the weekend. If that interests you give me a call (XXX-XXXX) or an e-mail. If lunch becomes doable again I’ll let you know.

HER:

This weekend is busy for me, but how about after work Tuesday? We could grab a drink at one of the watering holes on the North Side or at Palomino, which is near me. I get out at a fairly reasonable hour on Tuesdays. Usually I don’t get out till after 7.

ME:

 Tuesday will work. I leave the choice up to you. The only north side places I know are Max’s and the Penn Brewery. Either way I’d be coming back so the choice is up to you.

HER:

Date: Monday, January 15, 2001, 1:55 PM

Oh — well, if you’re having to come back to town anyway, maybe Palomino would be best, since that’s a quick walk for me. I can call or e-mail tomorrow to let you know for sure what time I’ll be able to be there, but I’d guess it’ll be around 6:30-7. (We met at Palomino, a lounge near the Post-Gazette meeting. We had a drink or two, maybe food, a nice time, then it ended. I walked her back to her car where she told me that she met someone but the “window wasn’t closed yet.” I remember later thinking that this was my cue to kiss and I regret not trying.)

ME:

 Subject:    Ed night

Hi, how’s it going? Sorry to hear about Cat leaving. I can understand though. Pgh is generally a lame place, especially for young people. I was expecting it to be improved in the three years I was gone but it hasn’t much. it has things that other smaller, newer cities lack but the power structure refuses to let any real meaningful change take place. I hope you find someone new to hang out with.

I agree with you about the people. Mostly friendly and helpful. Won’t want much to do with you unless you’re “one of them”. It’s easier to make friends if you’re from here. I can’t say what it’s like as a transplant but I’ve always found Pittsburghers to be difficult. Much more so now with the economic boom we’ve had. Give people some money and instantly they place themselves in a separate group.

So you like Ed, huh? My sister loves that show. (I sent her your article) I refer to it as “Carol” after the shows only interesting character (only since Bonnie Haynes left. By the way I disagree with your assessment of her. Not belittling but challenging. Not mean but tough.) but apparently there’s not a show called “Carol” so what the hell do I know. I call Wednesday Ed night because I go to my mother’s to visit Blue and sit and watch Ed. I don’t get tv anymore. Very little of it is good and every character seems to have the same mannerisms and talking style. At great risk I’ll tell my favorite first run show is Survivor.

I suppose this is a little late but I had a great time two months ago. You’re were as cute as your picture suggested plus you have a nice body. (is that inappropriate?) Powerful forearms. Thick, strong hands are sexy on a woman. (Is that more inappropriate?)Great personality, terrific sense of humor. I would like to get together again if that’s possible, if not I’m used to disappointment. 🙂

Read today’s article. I must not be a creep with bad spelling online.

One last thing. Actually no last thing.

See ya

p.s. There is a last thing after all. Can you either forward an e-mail to John Hayes for me or give me his e-mail. I would like to comment on his “Pantera” review.

HER:

 Wednesday, March 14, 2001, 2:23 PM

Hi Jim,

Yep, the pace of change in Pittsburgh is pretty glacial (except when it comes to building strip malls and housing plans. Western PA started getting trashed by these in the mid-late 80s and hasn’t stopped since. Pittsburgh went from being a place with neighborhoods to a place of subdivisions and strip malls. It’s sad what has happened to this area once Pittsburgh started transitioning from a blue collar town to a white collar town). But I’m trying to cultivate some new girlfriends, and Cat should be settled enough to visit in another month or so.

The gist I’m getting from the tons of e-mails I’ve gotten about the friendly/unfriendly Pittsburgh columns is that the more affluent neighborhoods are actually a little easier to break into, because educated, professional populations tend to be more mobile and more diverse. A lot more people in, say, Mt. Lebanon are “not from here” than in, say, Brookline, so it’s easier for nonnatives to fit in there.

I knew Bonnie Hane would end up screwing Ed over. She was always out for herself and not very caring. It makes total sense that she was left at the altar; her fiance must have come to his senses at the last minute! I can’t imagine a man wanting to be married to her and live with her hot-and-cold mind games. But as I pointed out, a lot of men like “challenging” women. They make a man feel lucky when they smile at him.

Sorry to disappoint, but I’m afraid the window is firmly shut now, and I’m not going to be seeing anybody else for the foreseeable future. Hope you find someone more available.

Take care,

ME:

(Ok. so the message above and the message below are out of order)

Wednesday, March 07, 2001 1:03 PM

Subject:    Ed night

Hi, how’s it going? Sorry to hear about Cat leaving. I can understand though. Pgh is generally a lame place (much more so now even with the cool old ethnic neighborhoods all but gone. When Pittsburghers talk about how great it is here they mostly mean family and the small-town feel Pittsburgh has), especially for young people. I was expecting it to be improved in the three years I was gone but it hasn’t much. it has things that other smaller, newer cities lack but the power structure refuses to let any real meaningful change take place. I hope you find someone new to hang out with.

I agree with you about the people. Mostly friendly and helpful. Won’t want much to do with you unless you’re
“one of them”. It’s easier to make friends if you’re from here. I can’t say what it’s like as a transplant but I’ve always found Pittsburghers to be difficult. Much more so now with the economic boom we’ve had. Give people some money and instantly they place themselves in a separate group.

So you like Ed, huh? My sister loves that show. (I sent her your article) I refer to it as “Carol” after the shows only interesting character (only since Bonnie Haynes left. By the way I disagree with your assessment of her. Not belittling but challenging. Not mean but tough.) but apparently there’s not a show called “Carol” so what the hell do I know. I call Wednesday Ed night because I go to my mother’s to visit Blue and sit and watch Ed. I don’t get tv anymore. Very little of it is good and every character seems to have the same mannerisms and talking style. At great risk I’ll tell my favorite first run show is Survivor.

I suppose this is a little late but I had a great time two months ago. You’re were as cute as your picture suggested plus you have a nice body. (is that inappropriate?) Powerful forearms. Thick, strong hands are sexy on a woman. (Is that more inappropriate?)Great personality, terrific sense of humor. I would like to get together again if that’s possible, if not I’m used to disappointment. 🙂

Read today’s article. I must not be a creep with bad spelling online.

One last thing. Actually no last thing.

See ya

p.s. There is a last thing after all. Can you either forward an e-mail to John Hayes for me or give me
his e-mail. I would like to comment on his “Pantera” review.

Me:

April 29, 2002 6:30 PM
Subject:    RE: Ed night

Hi , how are you?

didn’t read your article until it was almost too late.

Got to see you answer one question. You had the look of someone who was there to win. So did you?

Just returned from a wolf conference in ID.

The series of e-mails here touches on the friendliness/unfriendliness of Pittsburghers.

Have you seen the Bud Light (those Budweiser ‘Wassup’ commercials are in my top ten list of the 20th century’s greatest inventions) “How you doin'” commercial with the Texan? Kinda how Idahoans are. Don’t say How you

doing to an Idahoan unless you really want to know.

HER:

 Went there to win. Didn’t. I played very well and could have won, but the men on the show conspired against the women and voted us all off. They were idiots who couldn’t answer anything right. Very frustrating.

ME:

 any word on a rerun?

HER:

Nah. It was almost impossible trying to find out when it would run the first time!

ME:

 Sent:    Tuesday, December 10, 200212:47 PM

To:   

Subject:    RE: Ed night

Hi just read your latest column. How much do you weigh? Granted this was two years ago and things can change in that long of time (I’m about 17 or 18 pounds lighter) but you looked good, not overweight at all. And you looked thin (she started the Atkins diet sometime before this) on that tv show. At least the parts viewable above the podium. You can’t be that heavy can you? Maybe you just worry too much at it.

I’ve also noticed the same results eating meat based diets. It is sugar that makes you fat (My current diet is like 70% sugar). And unless you’re doing alot of cardio training daily high carb diets will cause you to can weight.

So how you been? Still watching Ed. Me and my sister have disagreements about that show. I think Carol is better off with Dennis and Ed is better off with that lady (Kelly Ripa had a brief run as Ed’s love interest) from the ‘Regis and Kathy Lee’ show. Personalities match up better.

Still delivering pizza and also still single. My mother fails to see the correlation there but I don’t. She bugs me about getting a girlfriend but fails to understand that 33 year old men who deliver pizza and have no clue about what to do in the future don’t attract women. No matter how “handsome” they may be.

My grandfather died recently and my sister tells me I need to get married to counteract that. (Counteract is the best word I can come up with. Being a women I hope you’ll understand) I would except the costs of mail order brides have risen since Nov 6, 2000. Business, Business, Business!

Work is having its Christmas party the 17th. A special showing of ‘The Two Towers’ just for us! Would you like to be my guest. After the glowing review I’ve just given myself who could resist!!!

Have a happy and weight gain free holidays

BTW, I’m still waiting for the news stories that will topple Bush’s presidency. You promised.

HER:

Date: Friday, December 20, 2002, 8:38 PM

Well, I’ve lost 12 pounds, and I’m just about at the top end of the acceptable range for my height. I’m hoping to get down to 130, and I’m nearly there.

Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner about your party, but I’m firmly off the market now. I have a wonderful, wonderful boyfriend. Maybe 2003 will be your year to find someone special.

Merry Christmas!

P.S. Nobody is going to topple Bush now. (Prior to 9/11 she had told me about stories journalists were working on that might have brought down the Bush presidency. Then 9/11 happened and he had seven more years of Bush and bullshit wars. Coincidence?)

ME: (Two years later)

To: 
Subject:    RE: Ed night

Sam, I’m not real sure if you remember me or not but can I ask for advice on how to start a writing career? I’m interested in both creative writing and journalism. Would I need to get a degree first or should I try freelancing?

HER:

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2004, 9:58 AM

You don’t need any particular education or credentials for freelancing, so you could start on that right away if you wanted. I recommend buying or borrowing from the library a copy of the 2004 Writers Market, which explains how to sell what you write and lists who’s buying, what they pay, etc. CCAC offers creative writing courses. If you want to go into journalism, you’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree, but it doesn’t need to be in journalism or English, as long as you have excellent writing skills. To be a reporter, you’d also need to get a handle on how to find and manage sources, do research, get information from public records, conduct interviews and write on deadline. You can take college or graduate-level journalism courses for that, or you can get a job at a small newspaper and learn on the job, as many young reporters do.

Good luck!

ME:

To:

Date: Monday, May 10, 2004, 4:13 PM

Hi, how are you doing? Try ‘Rocky’s (They had terrific food, pasta especially. It sold and is now Elly’s Carnegie)’ in Heidleberg. Terrific fish and pasta. Not real dirty however. But it’s the kind of place we’d go too when I was a kid. You know when restaurants were owned by people you knew and had genuine atmosphere and not the generated type prevalent today. Or ‘The Wheel’ in Bridgeville. (No I don’t venture too far away from home). Hopefully you’ll find your way to John Kerry’s name this November. Another four years of Bush and this country won’t be inhabitable. So how much do you weigh now?

Take care

ME:

 Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2005, 12:51 PM
Hi,

I read your last column…are you really forty? Is that the birthday you are referring to? You didn’t look four years older than me when we went out. (What gets me is that i wonder if i’d had asked her out had i know she is almost four years older than me. Back then I was 29 and she was almost 33. So not a big deal dating a 33 year old. But how would i have felt when she turned 50 three years before me?)Can you imagine that’s almost five years now? Not that our date was any landmark in history but time sure flies. i’m back in school now to become a high school english teacher and still delivering pizzas to support myself. take care.

HER:

Date: Friday, November 4, 2005, 2:57 PM

I won’t actually be 40 for six months; Chris had his crisis over turning 39, which seems a little premature to me.

Good luck with school — teaching high school English is truly a noble calling.

ME:

 Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2006, 8:11 PM

Hey

I guess I celebrated Singles Week, I was single all week. (Just like I celebrated Labor Day by working)

School is going well. I have a couple of weird classes this semester. And I wrote a short story for a Fiction class that I am proud of.

Anyways, if you’re single would you like to get together (Pathetic and bothersome. If she was available and interested she’d let me know, right?) ?

HER:

 Date: Thursday, October 5, 2006, 11:30 AM

Glad things are going well with school and writing. I’m actually seeing someone at the moment, but thanks for asking.

This was our last contact. As far I know she is still a free lance writer.

(I recently found this exchange)

HER:

 Howdy. I’ve seen “Gladiator” again and I still cried all through the ending. I’ve also seen “The Quick and the Dead”: Russell’s the best thing about that flick. Idaho sounds scary. I blew off the New York Times because I hated it there (the Times, not New York), but I’m still flirting with the Washington Post. I’m still poking around because I’m kinda getting itchy feet here. I’ve talked to the editor a couple of times and I don’t get the impression I’m really that valued at the highest levels. The mayor’s plan to demolish a big hunk of downtown and put up a McMall is by no means a done deal. There’s a huge amount of opposition, and the historic preservation people are all over him like white on rice. I don’t think the most radical plan is going to come to pass. Besides, all this will take huge amounts of money, which has yet to materialize.

Enjoy your trip through Yellowstone!

ME:

Hi

I liked this movie too though I didn’t think it was as violent as people are saying. After the opening seen it was more like a drama. The ending was very emotional. I like Russell Crowe because he makes good movies and is good in them. Rough Magic and The Quick and The Dead are two more you might want to see. Women liking Crowe is understandable, liking Pierce Brosnan is not. Now we have to put up with a James Bond who is actually worse than Roger Moore when we had a Bond who was better than Sean Connery. My sister is on a big Russell Crowe kick now, She’s seen Gladiator three times now and is buying his movies. After Gladiator ended did you notice any guys crying? I’m pretty sure I heard some muffled sniffles.

How have you been? Are you still looking at getting that new job and leaving Pgh? In a few weeks I will be leaving Boise and most likely ending up back there. Two years of looking for a job and/or working two jobs has taken its toll so its time to go somewhere employment will be possible. That and the people here have some strange ideas and opinions about things. ID is famous for right-wing militia groups and skinheads but that attitude is carried by most of the populace. However if you are a rich, white, Christian conservative republican voting male who hates the government and wants no control over anything you want to do then this is the state for you. It’s also a right-to-work state which means you have the right to work for substandard wages and have no rights regarding unfair treatment by
your employer. The politicians are a constant source of entertainment (Congressman – man is how she refers to herself – Helen Chenoweth once said that how can salmon be endangered if you can buy them in cans in the store, white males are the true endangered species and that roads benefit animals after she saw a cheetah on a dirt road in Africa)  as are the editorials pages where people write in every day to say that the planet is only 2500years old. It is also the home of the seventh largest fireworks display in the US which happened Sunday night after the river Festival ended.

People move here because the state is beautiful and many don’t mind the low wages and lack of things big cities possess. I like that stuff too but ID will always be here and will be a good place to visit. On my way back I’m driving through Yellowstone and hoping to do a lot of wolf watching. Summer is a bad time because the heat drives the animals into higher elevated and hard to reach places but if you’re willing to walk it’s still a great place to be.

I read the post-gazette and it saddens me to see all the development destroying the old and putting up the new. You’d think because pgh is an old city that strip malls and home depots wouldn’t be wanted but people with money will do whatever they want. The downside to this supposed economic boom we’re having. Boise is going through the same thing, this area has doubled in the last ten years and is expected to quadruple in the next twenty. Subdivision after subdivision each accompanied with its own shopping center. The old timers are upset because the open space they are used to looking at, hunting and fishing on, hiking on are now developed. But the politicos and their contractor
buddies, many from out of state, are happy and that’s what really counts. Factor in the millions of acres of farm and
ranchland unavailable to the public and people are starting to get squeezed. However with 16million acres of national forest and wilderness that should be enough for the few hundred thousand that use it, shouldn’t it? Its not but that’s another story.

The owner of the only decent pizza shop is from New York and says he likes being able to get into the middle of nowhere in fifteen minutes. Just don’t tell anyone your from the east or they’ll roll their eyes and tell you to go back where you came from. (unless you’re a redneck then it’s ok)

I’m going to go, writing time consuming e-mails is an indication you are not working, good luck with whatever you do

Take it easy

HER:

Well, it’s not like the Times offered me a job and I blew them off. We sort of called it a draw. They wanted me to jump through more hoops for them to help them decide, and I decided that I didn’t want the job. Haven’t really talked to the Post yet. I can’t go anywhere or do anything right now, because I’m filling in for someone who’s having surgery and won’t be back for three months-and she has a very demanding job. I figure I’ll make overtures to the Post when she gets back.

ME:

Did you tell the Washington Post you blew off the NY Times? That might impress them enough to hire.



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