This was a nice break. After New London our next show is in Elyria Ohio, but we were due for a day off so our tour manager Matt planned it out so we'd spend our "golden day" in Pittsburgh. Good choice. Not only breaks up the trip but we get to see a pretty nice town.
I'm ashamed to say that I know next to nothing about Pittsburgh other than it having the rep of being a blue-collar workin', former big steel town. Home of the Pirates, Penguins and... some other team whose name escapes me, I'm told there is some other major team sport played here...what is it?...ummm...oh, well, can't be too important if I can't think of it. Anyway, I had no idea that Pittsburgh was so alive with the arts and theater. Our hotel is right smack dab in the middle of the Cultural District and even has a theater in the same building! Heinz Hall opera house is on the end of the block and a few other theaters right nearby. Sweet! Well, sweet to a degree I suppose...being there on a Tuesday there isn't anything playing really so seeing something on this day off wasn't so easy.
But I have to say I was very impressed with the town. Except for the lack of laundry facilities. Well the hotel has a laundry service, but at $4.00 per item I'll walk to the nearest coin-operated place thank you very much. Trouble was, the nearest one of those was over the river and about a two mile walk as I....ahem...found out. I'd started my day off with that particular task in mind, hoping to find some breakfast nearby to break up the waiting time, I made my way over the bridge and after a couple of dead ends and stopping to ask directions ( yes, I asked ) I was having no luck at all until, close to giving up and heading back, I happened upon a quaint little breakfast nook ( and I use quaint in the broadest sense of the word ) actually it was the greasiest of any greasy spoon I've ever been in called the Victory Grill. But being tired, cold and hungry, it was like an oasis in the desert to me. I settle in and promptly ordered their advertised special being- Two eggs, sausage, bacon, homefries and toast...and coffee for $3.99! And you know what? It was actually pretty good. The Renaisance Hotel charges 20 bucks for the same thing and I guaranty you it wasn't that much better. And I'll go further by saying the clientel wasn't nearly as interesting.
Well the lady at the counter was very nice and told me exactly where the place was and I got my laundry done and back to the hotel in no time. Not exactly how I envisioned spending my day off in the city and especially while staying at such a swanky place, but you know...it didn't cost any money to be among the real folk.
Well, it's off to Ohio!
Be back soon!