We’ve got 349 days left till our Giant Aventure: Let’s Move the Entire Menagerie to Albuquerque, according to the countdown clock. I think it’s therefore time to figure out what I want to make sure I do in Pittsburgh, either again, or for the first time, before then. Well before then, really, on account of how much time and energy packing up and getting all the animals into the cars will take.
So. The Pittsburgh Bucket List so far (please feel free to suggest further items in the comments here or on the Facebook Page link):
- All the museums. All of them. I’m a member of the four Carnegie affiliates — the Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, the Science Center , and the Warhol Museum — and I want to make sure I get to all of them, maybe several times. Also the Mattress Factory, a separate museum, which I adore. Adore, I tell you. So should go to several times. Also that wonderful History Museum. Yes. All of them. And the August Wilson Center, which I haven’t gotten to yet.
- Lunch or dinner up on Mt. Washington, with a good view of The Point. Gorgeous, night or day.
- Riding one of the last surviving cable cars up to Mt. Washington (They used to be strung all along the South Side, but now they’re really a tourist attraction. But I love them).
- Fallingwater, one last time.
- Coffee and reading a book for a while over at the Cathedral of Learning.
- At least four of the five operas I subscribed to this year (last year I had to give most of my tickets away). Absolute Must: The Magic Flute.
- At least three plays downtown.
- St. Anthony’s Chapel: still haven’t gotten here, oddly enough.
- My favorite cemeteries: Allegheny and Homewood.
- The parks I love: Frick and Schenley, especially.
- The South Side, for an afternoon walk, looking in the shops.
- The Strip, ditto.
- That giant black glass PPG building — maybe at Christmas, when they’ve got all the Santas of Various Nationalities, trees, and massive gingerbread displays with toy trains, kids on school visits running all around, and choirs singing Christmas songs. But really, that’s just an excuse to go see one of my favorite buildings, the one that looks like Darth Vader bought out the Emerald City.
That’s the top of the list, off the top of my head. Any other suggestions?