Pittsburgh Panoramas

This summer, my fellow AEP co-op students and I were taken to Pittsburgh to see some power equipment suppliers and vendors. We were also taken to see the Pittsburgh Pirates whack the Washington Nationals. I took a panorama inside the stadium after the game with an iOS app called Auto Stitch Pic.

The fellow on the right is one of our outstanding chaperones, Brandon Cogan.


The other panorama I took during the game follows. 

 I was impressed with Pittsburgh. It felt prosperous, people were friendly, and the leafy surrounding hills were quite attractive.

More Habitat for Humanity Work

Today was my second and final round of volunteering for Habitat for Humanity as an AEP employee. The three main things I helped with were:

  1. Attaching channeling to the outside of the house. It will be used to attach the siding.
  2. Attaching vertical vinyl siding pieces on the corners of the house.
  3. Nailing overhead--awkward!--particle board ceiling panels for the front porch.

Nosing about Winchester, Kentucky

I'm in Lexingotn, Kentucky, writing this at a Panera. I've driven down to Winchester, Kentucky, to see the friend in whose Columbus, Ohio, apartment I'm living for the summer. I will most likely be helping him move back, whenever he does.

Winchester is quite a nice small city. It surrounded by the rolling hills of thi spart of Kentucky, a topography I enjoy, one inseparable from the Ohio River valley. Around Winchester are lenty of stone fences, usually built by Irish immigrant stone masons in teh 19th century. This is horse country, as many license plates will remind you, if you somehow manage not to stray off the interstate, about the only place where you won't see horses here. Beer cheese, which I've never had, was first whipped up here, and various restaurants promote it. I also see a number of "Coal Keeps the Lights On" license plates, since Kentucky is coal country, especially to the east.


The Kentucky River flows nearby and is currently quite swollen, large chunks of debris floating from recent heavy and fatal rains. There are surely ample canoe and kayak options, but I don't have the money to plump for those right now. I have been on a variety of trails, including one up to the old foundation of an earthen Civil War fort, Fort Boonesboro.  Later this evening I might stroll the cemetery, which dates from 1814, I think, to seek some neat old headstones.

There is a local soft drink, Ale-8, that has been in production for decades. Stopping in the local tourism office and Chamber of Commerce, where I was treated extremely well, I learned that there are a number of Japanese firms nearby, which is not a surprise, given the large Toyota plant up the interstate in Georgetown. But the people in the office were interested in my Japanese past.

Winchester also apparently hosts the headquarters of its local utility, the name currently escaping me. I had wondered whether AEP, my current co-op employer, might operate here, but unfortunately they do not.

I will head back to Ohio tomorrow with some of my friend's stuff, but it will be something of a disappointment to leave here. It seems a nice small town, with thriivng Lexington simultaneously near and far enough.

Nikola Tesla Day

July 10th is Nikola Tesla's birthday; it should be a holiday, for the man was a genius. Years ago I read a biography of him, in which I first learned about how nasty Thomas Edison was. A friend sent me this link about Tesla. It's a summary of the amazing eccentric Tesla. It does omit that there was a small group who were convinced Tesla was from Venus; if I recall correctly, he never discouraged them.

Nice work, Mr. Tesla!