South Side Sally’s
The First Brainstorm List
Tales of the Flats and Slopes
I remember walking barefoot to the Osmby pool in summer.
I remember rust on the sheets hanging in the yard.
I remember waving to the engineer on the caboose at 5 pm
I remember following the mailman on his route for two blocks when I was 5.
I remember in first grade going boldly into bars selling my christmas seals for my catholic school projects… This was over fifty years ago. My mom and the teachers didn’t know.
I remember the nighttime skies bright from the blast furnaces at J&L.
I remember Mr. Pletcher and his expensive fancy guppies.that he paid .$25. a pair for. Back then that was really really big money.
I remember Bluestone’s home made coffee ice cream.
I remember racing down six flights of the steps of the Pittsburgh Merchantile. (the J&L mill store)
Now the Goodwill
I remember the heavy heavy smog. You couldn’t see ten feet in front of you and the heavy sulfur smell.
I remember walking up to the basin (Monogahela Park) through the shortcut on Edwards Way.
I remember the building of the Birmingham Bridge.
I remember getting lost in a sea of men at shift change those going in and those coming out at the mill on 27th street and Carson.
I remember sitting on the stoop looking at the sunset .
I remember setting up a yard fair for a nickel admittance one object to view was a large locust.
I remember the Biology Club disection at Brashaer Center, Sarah Street .
I remember winning big at bingo at the Serbian Club my mom needed the extra money.