Monday, May 15, 2006

Was taken for a tour of the "Hill District" in beloved Pittsburgh, PA, what a difference from what I recall as a kid. I was fascinated by the Granada Theatre, amazed that it was still there. What a place to go, back in the 1940s, the place rocked..........walk in...........popcorn flying past your head, in your hair and kids climbing on and over the seats, loud talk, and chatter......where were the ushers with the flashlights? I will tell you that if all this activity did not take place, I, most likely would not have remembered it all. Stevo knows his way around the Burgh.

The Hill District is today a different experience. One side of the street is a line of modern, newly built homes, with manicured lawns and sidewalks without one crack. No grass growing in this sidewalk. In the contrast, on the other side of the street is cracked cement walks, trash in the gutters, peeling paint, cardboard on the windows, buildings that are not fit to live in. This must be Pittsburgh.

It was a great day though, we had a delightful dinner at the Cafe Allegro on the Southside. Good company and good food.
We attended the Opera production on Cosi Fan Tutte at the Benedum, just missed the rain, after a nice breakfast at the Liberty Diner.



Blogger dragonfly said...

Revisitied the Daniel Johnston movie, the doo doo doo doo music and art and hihowareyou fame. Not my favorite musician, it kind of grates the nerves. Sad story of a self-made-famous artist and had his own studio in relative's garage, similar to Justine's studio/workshop, he had a keyboard, mike and cassette tapes and made his own labels, using his own art. He appeared on MTV and is in a TARGET commercial. Being an artist is not the easiest lifestyle, but many choose this pathway.

10:00 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...


Christmas Blues

Too bad for us,
no gifts to be had,
we ask too much
and all are bad.

I tried to behave,
but true to my style,
unearthing a grave,
just makes me smile.

Names on a list,
when did they sail?
How old were the children?
Wait for the mail.

Once had been hidden
in files and drawers,
I find all these kin,
Baldwins and Moyers.

Sleep is needed,
must get to bed.
Just one more census,
names dance in my head.

"Get up", I say
in early hours of Morn,
who were your parents
and when/where were you born?

I just need the facts
the site and the years,
names changed, Oh No!
One of my fears!

Maps, notes, e-mails,
documents and phone,
help comes my way,
I'm not always alone.

From an uncle or cousin
who has a lead or a clue,
helps to confirm.
You know it was true.

Pages and pages;
Petrisics abound,
Getto, Derouin, Bauder,
I continue to hound.

UPDATES and questions,
Who, when and where?
Why ask all this?
Who gives a care?

Descendent of ours,
will some day look...
Where did I come from?
"It's in the book".

Hundreds of surnames
all are related:
Here on these pages
recorded and dated.

They are....
gathered together
all warmed by our hearth,
I say to you all,
Merry Christmas & Peace on Earth.

H. Grayce Petrick Ezarik 14 Dec 2001

8:42 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

I am sickened to my core from the murder of Benazir Bhutto and her supporters in an attack after her appearance in Pakistan Rally. Just sickened, worse that the murder of JFK.

12:57 PM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

Loving Justine's dance routine, she is adept at most anything.

12:59 PM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

President Karzai, please free the journalist who was reading an article about feminism in Afganistan.

Where is sanity in this world? Are our leaders gone mad?


11:39 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

Do you have an Eighth Cousin?

That would be the 7th Grandon or Granddaughter of a common ancestor or the GGGGGGG Grandmother or Grandfather.

I just found a 4th Cousin, and he does not seem impressed with that, I am........I want to know his kids and grandkids, or the the Fourth Cousin Once Removed and the Fourth Cousin Twice Removed. Well. now that I have that straightened out. hgpe

9:55 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

Greetings Stjepan, I am hoping you are able to find me here in America, with my tinyurl, this is a Google Blog Site and you can also join, just like I did. Just see the blue link sign up here. You can blog all over the place, day in and day out. Have fun with it, I will try to add some photos here somewhere, if not I can send you my flikker photos.


6:36 PM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

This day in my history.
While fires consume the west coast and the Republicans try to consume Pennsylvania, us public continue to live a normal life, working hard and doing our duties each day. It is not enough, we have to fight everyday to keep stable financially. The cost of living is horrendous, seeing the stock market continue to fall and the price of gas to increase.

Personally, I just like to unwind with my work of preserving history in any way I can. I continue to swamp the family with old photos reproduced and enlarged, as that is all we have of our progenitors and our close relatives who have passed away. I realize how precious these photos are, since I am so short of ancestor's photos. I have to imagine how Grandpap Joseph looked, he would be tall, as I see his brother's photo as a tall man with broad shoulders, a little heavy, but then, he is retired here in the snapshot. Grandpap Joe Derouin never made it to retirement, he died just 7 days after his 44th birthday in 1921, in the prime of his life. So, he had blue eyes, according to his WWI Registration Card, brown hair and of medium build and height.

8:44 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

God's Warriors
I am so angry, furious that Christian Amanpour, for CNN, is hosting a TV show about the islamic terrorist and calling them God's Warriors..................they are not Warriors and God did not ask them to do their terroristic acts.



8:48 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

Ear for Art
At the recent Opera, Pagliacci in Pittsburgh, at the Benedum Theatre, before the curtain rose, this nice elderly man seated next to me proceeds to tell me that he just got a new hearing aid and that he cannot hear the soprano as she sings, we chat about this and says he has bad hearing. I tell him that mine could be better and that I had tinnitus, and he remarks that he thought my pronunciation was incorrect, and that he had a ringing in his ears. I replied that Van Gogh had cut off his ear because of that same malady. "No," he replied, "it was his lost love that gave him that cause."

8:49 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

The SXSW conference is underway, and what will come out of this? Need a better way to blog, I have 10 URLs that I bookmarked and it is driving me up a wall, need a more sane website to continue blogging.

So many usernames, dragonfly, seawall, prairiefox something or other and why can't they all be contained on one page or at least numbered and why do they not all have the archives, which by the way are not complete. Eeeek!

9:24 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

Jus is in Austin at the SXSW and you would know that the weather there is horrendous, here it is the same, but down South????

9:25 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

Aaaaaahh, the Isle of Capri, which is featured on my webpages at:

I added this series of videos to accompany the Faraglioni site.

11:00 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

Torn between Twitter and, so I will use both until one proves to be a burden, where one is easier to work with. There is a lot that I cannot need to learn about blogger.

10:26 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

Hoping that Hillary Clinton can go all the way to the White House, from what I have read about her opponent, it is scary to think that this person will dedicated and patriotic president. He has been shown to have links to terrorists in one way or another. As time goes on, we will surely revisit his links to them.
I plan to google,FARC and Bill Richardson. Also on Odinga in Kenya politics. Rezco, Auchi, Alsamree and Khalidi are more connections to our nominee. I have never heard of these people until now, and sure that others have not been familiar with them. I do think that my fears are legitimate and there is little I can do.

10:34 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

Wow, the Penquins won last night, 3-2 over the Red Wings, good luck on winning the next game. iJustine did a video, or rather quite a few, on the fans watching the game on the Big Screen and 9,000 fans showed for the event, and will show again if the opportunity arises, and if the Pens win the Cup, the city will go crazy.

She and her sister, treated us to a front seat of the revellers, and we all had a good time.

Good clean fun, in this time of so much underworld delight, that treats humans like insane animals. Let us all work to clean up our act.
29 May 2008 hgpe

9:44 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

I have plenty to say, but no time to say it, so just imagine what I am thinking.

2:02 PM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

Wow, it has been some time since I did blog, I missed the unloading of my soul, but now I'm back with my thoughts. Been working too hard and taking things too seriously with all that is around me. I don't waste a minute of my life, each second is an endeavor.

I don't believe what I did this a.m., having my coffee, not the caffiene though, and surfing the tv channels to see what is happening, beheading and killing of a presidential candidate, cuttine a woman's face, Afghan insurgents killing our soldiers, etc, no MTV to see some color and fun, Gads! Paris Hilton and her BFF, please! Never spend a minute with her, she is cute alright, but shallow as a frog pond. She is going to pick a BFF, I care! Boy, the scenery is lush and beautiful, Japan, where it happens, it aglow with lights and movement.

What? I am into 45 minutes of the debauchery and madness, money wasted on this??? And I am watching it. NO!!!

She is going to eliminate some the the entries, they are cute, but not classy like Paris, who, I must say is
stunning. Her in a kimona, yeh, really.

I don't dare to think I enjoyed the show, I still have my second cup of coffee to finish, yep, it happened.

I watched the entire show...........and her I am 3 minutes into the second show in who knows where.
I come to my senses and grab the remote and turn off the the set. What emptiness, what a waste of energy of these young wantabees, young people, who, one would hope be studying medicine, science, art, human resources, and a myriad of other interests, trying to find a cure for our horrible diseases or saving the planet, or helping their families to cope, cutting grass for Dad, taking Mom shopping or to a movie. But it is not to be, they are throwing themselves in front of traffic, delving into this unreal world of show business and glamour, and it does fade and we look back and say, "What did I do?"

I don't envy Paris her money or fame, I can sleep nights without drugs and help my family and am quite happy.

That show was a total waste of my precious time on earth, and it was sooooo empty.

Glad to be back at blogging, though I hear it is 'old hat' today, some losing interest. Okay, but not me.

9:25 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

I know you worry, but do not falter. Soon is morning and a new day is born. Prepare for events unwilling, The days chores will leave you chilling.

7:17 PM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

I left a note, it was long, I tried to be charming, and I was not, just myself, left me disarming.

7:24 PM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

I now know that all is not as we expect or wish, just the humming of an old and extremely dull fish.
Swim upstream and see where it gets you, just to a place that you do not wish.

7:26 PM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

Needing an option to invite others to comment and to blog too.

I have not blogged for some time, need to pay more time and attention here.

8:56 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...


This is a blog from iJustine's website, tastyblogsnack @ http://tastyblogsnack.comand

I just had to post it here as I loved the article about, and how it has grown and how it is so useful for personal and business communication.

Give it a read, and you will see what I mean. This is her article on her website: dragonfly,

I was in San Francisco this weekend and decided to bring the twitter office cupcakes!

I’m sure judging by my blog entries and my videos.. you all could guess what my favorite website is: twitter! I’ve been on the site since around October 2006 after finding it in a random Google employee blog entry. How I found that entry.. I have no idea.

It was still a young little site with no one @ing each other constantly. It wasn’t conversational but very effective in finding out exactly what my friends were doing (after forcing them to join, that is). I really don’t even think direct messaging was there at the time!

Circa Macworld 2007 I met Leo Laporte on a taping of Mac Break Weekly. During the show when I should have been paying attention to everyone talking, I was busy twittering away about being on the show — I was so excited! Leo took notice of my attention being elsewhere and asked what was so intriguing about my then Treo 700p? I proceeded to explain that I was twittering and everyone was a little skeptical.. until they started using it!

Leo was quick to jump on the bandwagon and brought over the TWiT (this week in tech) army. This was a huge stress for twitter because the massive amounts of people who started joining and following him all at once. He quickly shot up to the most followed in what seemed like a day. It was amazing to watch all of the new conversations start and twitter habits form. People started using @nickname to address other users and shortly after twitter added links to the user profile following the @.

One of the biggest milestones I can remember for twitter was SXSW in 2007 and I wasn’t even at the conference! At this time, I was still getting text message updates to my phone… from everyone! This was also the first time that I had to turn those updates off. People were going crazy and the site was getting so much interest because it was quickly becoming a tool people were relying on. They needed it to stay in touch with everyone at the event. Updates about parties, conversations, meetups and popular quotes from panel speakers were unstoppable. Twitter won the SXSW 2007 Web award in the blog category.

All throughout the 2007, twitter was quickly working on scaling to address their new traffic and discovery. It had it’s rough points, but being one of the first bigger sites to embrace ruby on rails, they had a lot of work ahead of them.

I remember the first few times twitter started breaking into the mainstream world, other than news. They had a quick little feature on CSI and took part in the MTV video music awards. I will also never forget my first twitter earthquake — I was really scared and twittered that I thought there was an earthquake. I quickly ran to my computer to check my tweets and was assured that it was in fact my first earthquake — scary!

It’s been an amazing service to watch grow into it’s current state. It’s now become one of the quickest forms of news travel. When there’s an earthquake, it’s reported on twitter as it’s happening before any new source even has a chance to pick it up. When the Minneapolis bridge collapsed, I heard about it on twitter first and knew my friends were safe by getting their updates. When the US Airways plane crashed into the Hudson, a twitpic of the tragedy was instantly all over the web. Most recently, 200+ cities had twitter festivals on the same day to raise money for charity: water and mostly using twitter to spread the word about the events.

Anyways hope you enjoy the quick video of their office. Twitter has been a big part of my life the past few years and I’m really happy to see how far it’s come. Thanks to Ev for giving me a quick tour!

Feel free to follow me @ijustine if you aren’t already and @ev too!

8:12 PM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

A student at HBHS had pancakes this week and it almost became fatal. His Mom (a registered
nurse) made him pancakes, dropped him off at school and headed to play tennis. She never takes
her cell phone on the court but did this time and her son called to say he was having trouble
breathing. She told him to go to the nurse immediately and proceeded to call his school and alert
the nurse. The nurse called the paramedics and they were there in 3 minutes and worked on the
Boy all the way to the hospital. He came so close to dying. Evidently this is more commonthan I ever knew.
Check the expiration dates on packages like pancakes and cake mixes that have yeast,
which over time develop spores.Apparently, the mold that forms in old mixes can be toxic!

Throw away ALL OUTDATED pancake mix, Bisquick, brownie mixes, etc , you have in your home.

11:24 AM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

I just have to say, I quit blogging on Google, it is too complicated and I can't coordinate my blogs to one site. sorry guys, you fail.

6:14 PM  
Blogger dragonfly said...

a HApple Moment in the Apple Store in South Hills PA

8:30 AM  
Blogger Dragonfly said...

Updated blog, not here too much need to be though.

12:27 PM  

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