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Happy Wednesday to you all! And what could possibly be a better way to celebrate your humpday and my weekend than with another awesome Frisbee Photo Prompt, hosted as always by the Siren of Serendipity, Marilyn. Since I used a non-baseball photo from my 2009 Cleveland trip last week, I figured I’d just move on down the line to the following year’s September stadium trip which brought me to the Steel City of Pittburgh. And if yinz are ever in Da Burgh and have a squirrel fetish like me, there’s one attraction that just screams for a visit… the quiet, peaceful neighborhood of Squirrel Hill.
Squirrel Hill is a neighborhood located in the eastern part of Pittsburgh proper, just north of the Monongahela River. Officially, Squirrel Hill is divided into a north and south half… which you would expect from the village that claims to have hosted the first conflict of the Civil War two years before Fort Sumter (See the linked Wiki article). The combined population of a united Squirrel Hill would be about 26,000 and is largely Jewish… in fact, it’s one of the more celebrated Jewish neighborhoods in America. I’m not sure what they would think about me honoring squirrels on my blog on the sabbath.
Just as I traipsed through downtown Cleveland on the afternoon prior to the second ballgame I planned on attending, I did the same through the mean streets of Squirrel Hill before the Cards/Pirates game on September 22, 2010. I parked on Murray Avenue, one of the main drags through town, and went on walkabout. Naturally, there were a number of businesses that played off of the squirrel theme…
As I veered onto Forbes Avenue, I hit the jackpot in finding a Baskin Robbins. I am still so pissed at overpriced Dairy Queen for running our BR franchise out of town a decade ago since I now rarely get to indulge in the best damn chocolate chip ice cream on the planet. I also found a good place to work on my Oom Yung Doe skills, whatever in the hell that is…
I saw quite a bit on this beautiful day (Though it was three hours away from storming) in Squirrel Hill, with one small exception….
I never saw a single damn real squirrel in Squirrel Hill!!!!
Yeah, I know… you’re as disappointed as I am in realizing how unlucky I was. Oh well, I’ll try to do better next week when I pick something from my Minneapolis photo archive to mock… but as a consolation prize, please once again bask in the utter
terror glory of the world’s ugliest bust, which can be found on display at PNC Park in Pittsburgh…
I heard you missed us, we’re back! After a thirty week hiatus to showcase one of the worst countdowns in the history of Arabic numerals, DJ Scratchy is back to doing what she does best… playing hellaciously awesome music that you’ll probably never hear outside of your local big box store. Welcome back to Mecca Muzak Monday everyone! This’ll be the first of what should be the final thirteen posts in the MMM series since I have already scrapped my plans for a new countdown next year… instead opting for a whole new permanent Monday earworm series entirely to begin after New Years. As if you needed another reason to look forward to the month of January!
Today’s featured group is Stash. Haven’t heard of them before? Of course you haven’t. Apparently, neither has anyone else. They don’t have a Wiki page (Though some Belgian group also named Stash does), but they do have a homepage that doesn’t really tell you a whole lot about this dance/electronica/freak show female duo.
Despite this group’s almost complete anonymity, somehow the Mecca mixmasters got ahold of a song they performed in 2014 by the name of “Tear Me Down.” It was featured during the second hour of this year’s Spring CD, and though it took a while for it to appeal to my ears, I now would easily rank it as one of my absolute favorite songs I have ever been introduced to via the ten Mecca muzak CD’s I’ve got to hear on repea-pea-pea-pea-peat for three years…
I know there are those who don’t care for dance music, and I won’t tear them down for inexplicably not liking this song. Even the annoying Ke$ha impersonator can’t ruin the feel good vibe I get when listening to this… hell with that, she makes this song even better! You go with your bad self, freakshow!
The video for this uplifting song about embracing individuality naturally has a whole cast of other people in it who are almost as strange as Stash’s rappa…
Like these two stormtroopers who got lost trying to find the Star Wars convention…
A Cedric the Entertainer doppelganger dancing off a Crave Case full of sliders…
A wannabe Highlander dancing in a kilt…
And a whole bunch of people doing strange moves with the official “Don’t Tear Me Down” pointer arrow…
We did not come here to tear down these fine, upstanding people who were obviously having a great time to a truly epic dance groove. But we will hopefully put away the freak flag for next week’s exciting song you could bust a move to while shopping for suppositories…
Last week, Trisha commented on the Saturday Squirrel picture noting that the featured subject was sitting in the “crook of the tree.” After first considering how long it had even been since I’d last heard that term, I next realized that I get a lot of photos of squirrels in the crooks of trees at the park. Well, there are a lot of squirrels and a lot of trees there, so that makes sense. But I seem to get more than my fair share of crooked critters, probably because the squirrels start scampering up the nearest tree as I come walking by, pausing to check out the status of their human pursuer from the first crook they reach. And that’s where I can get a quickie pic of the cutie as they look down upon me.
I also remembered I had an even more adorable picture of a squirrel in a crook from my latest park set, and here it is for this week’s Saturday Squirrel. Isn’t that guy just so damn awww-worthy?
For looking so beautiful sitting on the crook of a tree, you’ve definitely earned all of the benefits of being a celebrity. Even if it is only on my blog…
Have a great weekend everyone!