Palling around in Pittsburgh

So, I’m finally doing my follow-up post about our trip to Pittsburgh to meet (ex?) blogger Dave and his awesome pup-son, Cooper (aka “The Coop.”) I wanted to wait to post about it because, the day we left, David got sick (Boo! Hiss!) and I didn’t feel like posting about the great trip we had until he was out of the woods and back on his feet, which he is (Hooray!)

To elaborate on what I shared before,  we left on Thursday, September 1, around 12:30 pm, and arrived about 8:30 pm.  Dave met us the first night and took us to the Shiloh Grille on Shiloh Street, on Mount Washington, a cool little bar and grill with an outdoor deck that  looks out over Shiloh Street, perfect for people watching or checking out a great view of the city.  We had a bite to eat and a cocktail (of course), then walked to a nearby “pod” (a round cement overlook) with an amazing view of downtown Pittsburgh.

The Amazing view of downtown Pittsburgh

img_8687Dave dropped us off at the hotel and headed home, and we stopped off in the hotel lounge for a nightcap before heading to bed.

The next day, (Friday) Dave met us at the hotel and took us to the out to the West End Overlook for another (albeit daytime) breathtaking view of Pittsburgh.

See? Breath gone.


Pittsburgh Pals: Dave, me and Jeffrey


After that, we headed out to breakfast (Dave’s treat) in the Strip, a cool indoor/outdoor market place & shopping district, at a fun little 50’s era style diner called Pamela’s Diner:


Breakfast Buddies: Me and Dave


After breakfast, we did a little stroll and some light shopping on the Strip, before heading to our next destination: Station Square, a 52-acre indoor and outdoor shopping and entertainment complex located in the South Shore neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Bet you didn’t realize I know how to fence.

Then we did the Duck Tour of the city. Our tour guide was very animated and charming and put on quite a show. We all had a great time.

This was our Duck-Mobile


This was our view from the river


This was Dave looking at porn on the Duck Boat and missing the view (*kidding*)


After the tour, we took the Duquesne Incline up the mountainside, where we did some more sight seeing and I marveled at the cool and unique house facades.

Looking up the Incline from the station at the base of the mountain.


View from the top of the Lift


View Heading down


Dave and I Rocking our Cool Sneaks on our walking tour


After the walking tour, we were all pretty pooped (cuz we’re all old) so Dave dropped us off at the hotel for some R&R before heading out that night. While back in our room, I was looking around for nearby comic shops (of course) and discovered one less than a mile away from our hotel, so of COURSE we had to run and check it out. I MAY have found and purchased a few items while there.

This not-so-bad-to-look-at shop staff person (owner?) ringing up my purchases


This is a $200.00 statue I got for $50.00 because of the crack in Hal (Green Lantern) Jordan’s wrist. What a deal/steal.


After that, we returned to the room to nap a bit before freshening up and heading out to dinner with Dave at a nearby P.F.  Chang’s in Settlers Ridge Mall. Then Dave took us to the Blue Moon Bar  in Lawrenceville, a bar at which he used to Bar-tend, for karaoke and cocktails. When we got there, Dave introduced me to his super-cool bartender friend, “Wolf” who collects super hero and sci fi statues and toys.

Super cool (and cute) Wolf doing his thing. In between slinging drinks, he showed me pieces from his awesome collection.  Color me jealous (and a bit smitten).


Apparently, Dave got a chuckle at the fact that, while I did not dare take the stage, I was having my only little dance and sing-along in the corner while others performed.

Look at us, out past 7:30 pm, at a Bar no less.


We closed the bar down and didn’t get home until about 1:30 am.

Sunday, Dave scooped us up and showed us literally every other corner of Pittsburgh we had not yet explored. First stop on our tour, was the  Toonseum! (I know, you’re all shocked I wanted to go there.)

Entrance to the Toonseum!


Me, doing ma thang, sketching a picture of the Human Torch to add to the wall of sketches by other visitors.


Not my best work, but it was a quick sketch with markers, so cut me some slack!


Dave standing, perilously, under a giant Anvil, purchased at Acme, no doubt.


As we walked by, I grabbed this shot of the August Wilson Center / African American Cultural Center. Love this skin tone display on the front.

Then we checked out the Andy Warhol Museum. No surprise that this was one of my favorite collections there:


Then we walked down to the North Shore Riverfront Park, where we were once again in awe of the fantastic views. I really loved this water feature, despite my finger photo-bombing this shot:


I also loved this view:


We wandered around a bit more before jumping back in the car. Then Dave surprised me by taking me to the biggest comic book store I’ve ever been to in my life:


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I refuse to admit how much I spent there, but I basically got half the books I found for free, thanks to a kick-ass sale for bulk shoppers, so I left in euphoric comic haze (that still hasn’t completely worn off, to be honest.)

But, perhaps the most exciting moment of the weekend, next to meeting Dave happened right after this comic excursion…..

…I got to finally meet the one and only Cooper!

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Sorry most of these are blurry, but The Coop was a little ball of adorable non-stop energy and it was hard to get a good shot of him standing still. Needless to say, I fell in love with him instantly and it broke my heart to say good-bye to him.

We ended the day with dinner at a near-by Bar-B-Q place before saying our good-byes and heading back to the hotel for an early bedtime so we could depart for home in the wee hours of the next morning. It was an awesome trip, and so incredible to finally meet David and Cooper. I really hope it’s not the last time we see Dave, the Coop, or Pittsburgh.


9 thoughts on “Palling around in Pittsburgh

  1. Phew! After that whirlwind tour I’m feeling quite giddy, though it really was terrific being shown around. Great shots, great info, and friendships sealed – and I do hope you took back some Coopy smells on you to intrigue (and make jealous?) your own Dynamic Duo. Thanks ever so.


  2. You two had a lot of fun! Coop is sooooo cute! That large comics store reminds me of Comics ‘N Stuff where I live. I haven’t been to all of the stores, but a few of them are quite large and always fun to visit.


  3. What fun! And no, I didn’t know you knew how to fence. (Cute, Sassybear) OMG Cooper is adorable! And he seems to think the same of you.

    I’ve been to Pittsburgh a few times, my daughter lives about an hour east of there. I haven’t seen all those nifty things, though we went to the Strip district last November. I want to go check out the water feature at that park. It looks like you and Jeffrey had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Wow, what a tour. Was good to see pics of David as well. He was the person ahead of me way back on the Spo Shirt world tour and he packed it up so nice when sending it to me. It was an adventure to open so It’s no surprise he was a gracious host with lots of surprises for you, a thoughtful guy he is.


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