All I want for xmas is to be able to ice skate

Winter is here, and once I’m done with the required seasonal illnesses, I’m going to be a sledding, skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, ice skating maniac. I would even snowmobile if it was possible. Okay maybe not. But I really wish we could still ice skate on the various ponds and “lakes” in Pittsburgh’s parks…

Highland Park’s Carnegie Lake: summer / winter

Schenley Park’s Panther Hollow Lake: summer / winter

At least we have an extra place to skate this year because of the Winter Classic. Not that I’m even a habitual ice skater! I do like the romance of it, though. Which is why I can’t NOT post this video, even though I will probably regret it later. (Do you ever find videos and feel compelled to post them just because someone took the insane amount of time to make them?)

So I’m hoping this year will be the year that I try ice skating one more time, and succeed in staying on the ice for longer than 15 minutes before giving up! If that doesn’t work, at least it’s still fun to drink hot chocolate and watch other people fall down.

In my search for historic ice skating images, I stumbled across this article about the Schenley Park Casino, which is one of those Pittsburgh things that aren’t there anymore (as Sebak would say…yet he never featured anything this cool in his movies). It burned down within 2 years of opening. It seems, though, that this may have been the site of Pittsburgh’s introduction to hockey!

The following day The Pittsburgh Press had this account: “Between 2,500 and 3,000 (despite bad weather) showed how hockey and ice polo should be played when business is meant. Before 9 o’clock the boys lined up and gave an exhibition of hockey. This game has never before been seen in Pittsburgh, and it was a revelation. The Casino players, in truth, didn’t know just what to do with that little flat “puck” used in hockey. They didn’t know whether it was good to eat or whether it was a holiday toy. No account was kept of the hockey score, but the crowd marveled at the work of the visitors.”

1895 - the earliest known image of ice hockey in Pittsburgh?!

Happy holidays, and GO PENS



various birds in flight

On August 16 I’ll be starting a new position at my institution’s main library (I’m currently at a departmental library). I get to be a current periodicals mom for an even bigger collection, and I’ll be doing more reference than I currently am. Exciting! To commemorate this occasion, I found some lovely somewhat-vintage photos to share, from the London School of Economics Library flickr set.

man studying with stacks in background

atmospheric shot of woman studying in library stacks

old photo of woman carrying stack of books
this will be me soon, but with journals

Pittsburgh snowstorm minipics

My cellphone only takes tiny pictures. I think I might use my tax return to upgrade to something that would be more appropriate for situations like this weekend’s snowstorm insanity, when things really need to be captured. This is what I got:

extra walls of snow on our neighbor's deck
trying to open our front door, which is 2 steps above street level.
looking down at my feet in their snow tunnels
our street is a river of snow that will never be plowed
that's our car. 😦
more buried things

a mailbox
heavy tree
the calm after the storm