Meet the Parents

The reality version

Nadia and I went to Pittsburgh for me to meet her parents. The trip started out uneventfully enough, we jetted across America on the Airbus through clear skies.

Nadia let me have the window seat.

We first went to visit Nadia's mother, Shaheen.

We got there late, and Shaheen made us a fabulous midnight Pakistani dinner, including Channa Aloo (chick peas/potato), Channa Saag (chick pea/spinach), daal (lentils), Gosht Kabob (grilled meat sausage things), Murgh Tikka (oven roasted chicken chunks), Machli kabob (fish nuggets), Gajrela (carrot-rice pudding, Nadia's favorite), Halva (a sweet semolina dish), Gulab Jamon (sweet balls in syrup), Poori (puffy pastry bread), and Naan (the pita-like flat bread). It was seriously tasty. .

Shaheen made me feel right at home. We had some great chats, and we parted company looking forward to our next visit.

Nadia took me for a walking tour of the town. Our first stop was the fabulous Heinz Chapel. Heinz (like the ketchup,) Carnegie (like the Hall and the library system,)... Pittsburgh has been on the receiving end of some very rich people's philanthropy.

Our tour guide explained that the chapel cost one million dollars to build in 1934.

The Phipps Conservatory, in Schenley Park.

Inside view of the conservatory, a pleasant change of pace when it's 7 degrees Fahrenheit, a wind chill of 20 below, and snowy outside.

We continued on through Schenley Park, past this frozen lake. For an Arizona boy like myself, this was all quite novel, walking through a frozen landscape.

We stopped briefly in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where we saw this ad for an upcoming exhibit.

I was inspired by our friend the hummingbird. Like great athletes everywhere, I am unwilling to accept limits to what the human body can accomplish. Unfortunately, the "no-limits" idea also applies to looking idiotic.

The "Cathedral of Learning," the centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh. It looks just like a cathedral inside, except it's full of undergraduates sitting around reading the student newspaper.

Carnegie Mellon University is also in the Schenley Park neighborhood.


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