The Scottish Saltire

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

This and That...

"I am pleased to say that the College offers you an unconditional place on the above course..." So begins the letter that came in the mail today! I think I've read it about twelve times already. Even though I knew the letter was coming it was still really cool to get it. That was the exciting part of my day.

The not-so-exciting part came later in the day; being followed home by the local police. It turns out that the window tinting on my car is *illegal* in Pennsylvania. The officer was very nice about it and even talked about his visit to Tucson a few years ago. But the fact remained that the tinting had to go (Waaa! I like it!). Who knew the stuff just peals right off? Maybe you did, but I didn't. I do now, though. My little car looks naked without its shades but I'm sure I'll get used to it. Since I'm going to be here for the next six months I also have to get a PA driver's license and register the car locally. That I did know, but it's now moved to the top of my To Do list.

So I've worked out a pretty good walking route to get in my eight miles each day. My turn around point is the closest mall just like it was in Tucson. I really like looking at the houses along the way. Pittsburgh homes seem to be predominately red brick or natural stone, two story with full basements and big front porches. I never really cared for Southwest architecture and it's nice to see more imagination and variety in the neighborhoods here. Although I realize that building styles are largely dictated by local weather and culture and these houses would be impractical and completely out of place in Tucson. As would a flat roof adobe house in Pittsburgh!

It's still cold here but the snow is gone. We are supposed to actually reach the mid 50's tomorrow. Woo Hoo!

11 comments:

Amy said...

Well, "exciting", but not in a good way - I knew there were legal limits on how dark your tint can be, but I never thought about it varying from state to state - only makes sense, though. And it's something I wish I'd thought more about when I got my car - I didn't realize that I really don't like tint (notice how I never wear sunglasses, even in Tucson or Hawaii?), and the dark tint on my car bugs me. Oh well, I'm going to be getting a different car before long anyway - mine's fun, but it just doesn't suit me.

Sarah said...

When you register your car do you get to register to vote, too? Who knew Barack would need your help at this point in the game! There's probably an Obama office somewhere nearby in need of your energy.....
Hope you're having fun!
It just occurred to me -- you get to enjoy 2 springs! I always thought of late Jan/early February in Arizona as "spring" since there was more green then than at any other time. Now you get to watch Pennsylvania bloom,too . :-)

Anonymous said...

Intentionally voting more than once in a federal election is a third-degree felony in most states and probably also violates federal election-fraud laws. The punishment varies from state to state but is usually up to five or 10 years in jail and fine of up to $5,000 or $10,000.
MIGHT NOT BE A GOOD IDEA DAMN

Connie said...

Anonymous was obviously not able to see the mischievous grin on Sarah's face as she was typing.

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Anonymous said...

So much for helping. I wish you could vote twice just didn't know that you shouldn't. I'm new at this and didn't know how to sign other then anonymous....glad I did. This is a tough group. First and last post. Enjoy your trip.

Connie said...

Anonymous...don't go away with hurt feelings! We thought you were chastising. If that's not so, then my apologies. Trying to be helpful is never a bad thing! I like to know that people are reading and I humbly invite you to continue commenting. We're really not such a tough group :)

Shauna said...

And I thought your post was a bot! I'm really sorry, I would never have made that comment about a real a person -- I didn't mean any offense. I've retracted the comment, please feel free to come back.

Sarah said...

Sorry! I didn't mean to start anything -- honest! (looking down, twisting foot in playground dirt) Anonymous has no idea what a lousy criminal mind I have!
....back to what I really should have commented on to begin with....
Congratualtions on your letter, Connie!

Shauna said...

And me too: CONGRATULATIONS!! :) :)