11.30.2008 - 12.14.2008
My three months in Pittsburgh have dwindled down to two weeks and as I put off my final to-do lists till the last minute, I am filled with excitement and dread. Excitement that I am about to return to a wonderful town with endless snow days and folks with amazing stories; dread that I have so much on my final to-do lists. Also sadness to leave another bunch of very cool people.
Pittsburgh has surprised me - easy to do when you've got no expectations about a place, but it's been very pleasant in any case. Trees and hills everywhere (fall was spectacular), very friendly people (coworkers AND customers), and a thorough opportunity to spend time with long-lost family. I would not have been able to return to Chamonix so quickly if not for Alyson and Eddie's generosity in putting me up and working me to death (per my request) at the Hartwood Restaurant.
I've learned so much from them and their cuisine is simply fantastic. I have been spoiled beyond belief, and will fondly dream of roasted butternut squash salad, tropical tiger shrimp, and pumpkin cheesecake with caramel drizzle when I'm back in Cham eating tuna from a can for lunch...and dinner. Hopefully I won't forget everything I've learned by the time I have enough money to buy the materials to cook the food in the way I've seen and helped.
No one has seen two people work harder than I have seen Alyson & Ed work, and I will remember their dedication when I am changing pillowcases and duvet covers, scrubbing showers, and dragging vacuum cleaners up and down stairs, because it's still not as draining as what they do every day. They are an insane experiment in human resilience and I have the utmost respect for them.
Its also always easier to pass the time with a great friend alongside. Thanks again for coming out to goof around Laura Lee! We worked hard, but laughed harder.