I received an email from one of our favorite Duquesne buddies, Barry Long around 1 a.m. this morning. That was about 7 p.m. Saturday evening in Honolulu, where Barry lives at this time of year. Unbeknownst to Barry at the time he sent the email, Canada’s British Columbia had suffered a 7.7 magnitude earthquake, and as a result, a tsunami warning would be issued for Hawaii. Fortunately, the impact and tsunami warning were downgraded, and as of the time of this post, the danger has subsided. For more information on the tsunami, click here.
Here on the other side of the nation, Ocean City, MD and the entire Northeast United States is bracing for the impact of Hurricane Sandy. I purposely drove over to the Boardwalk along the ocean and was suprised at the fact although the wind was VERY strong, around 30-35 mph, there wasn’t any rainfall yet. The waves were really crashing, but there was an eerie calm along the Boardwalk.
I found it somewhat ironic that both Barry and I were both dipping our toes (so to speak) into Mother Nature’s stormy waters today at opposite ends of the nation. Certainly, Duquesne’s roots go deep!
With all of that said, Barry’s email contained a link to a YouTube video that I’m sure you’ll enjoy as a Duquesner and a Pittsburger (I’m claiming dual citizanship)! I began watching it early this morning and inspite of the ominous weather threats, I had a huge smile on my face and tears in my eye as I dabbed them with my “terrible towel.”
Thank you Barry, for this bit of sunshine on what is forcasted to be a very rainy day! We’re all so relieved that you’re safe from your threat!
YUNZ BE SAFE MY FRIENDS! Now, relax while you can, and enjoy the video:
Jim, it’s a small world after all! You on the Atlantic and Barry on the Pacific. If it hadn’t been for the wars most Duquesners would have been limited to the Mon River as the largest body of water they has ever seen. Barry, are you related to the owners of Long’s Trucking in Duquesne? Too prove how small the world is, I was on the beach in Hawaii late at night, when I heard an old fraternity brother call my name. Small world? Yep. 🙂
You bet, I’m a Steeler fan, from a long way back.
I used to deliver the Pittsburgh Telegraph back in the late 40s and they ran promotions, depending on the season, that if you sold 5 new subscriptions a month, they would reward you with a Steelers or Pirates ticket. I remember working hard at getting my 5 and a couple of times 10 new customers.
I knew they were going to lose as both teams were a little underpowered at that time but it just didn’t matter, I was there, in person.
It all turned around when Maz hit his world series home run and then came the Steel Curtain, Jack Lambert, Terry Bradshaw, Coach Noll, and Dick LeBeau.
I didn’t get to see the great teams of the 70s in action but like most out of town Steelers fans, I watched and listened whenever they were on the air nationally.
That video was GREAT. Yes, I did leave the area to live elsewhere, but I took the work ethics and hard core that living and growing up in the Pittsburgh area gave me to the places I’ve lived. I am very proud to be from the ‘burg. Go Steelers!
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To view the video, just click on the arrow in the middle of the bottom picture and enjoy!
I just returned from Ocean City……went to mass first. Had to hedge our bets with the ALMIGHTY that our “storm of epic proportions” is short in it’s duration and weak in it’s impact. But all will not be spared. The water has crested on the bayside and streets are now flooded for 2 blocks. Waves and winds pound the beach, so erosion will be bad. Note, we are hours away from the storms arrival, so people are out and about…no surprise. Stay dry my friends.
Thanks for the memories. I left Duquesne in 1964 but my heart is still there. Good place to grow up in the 50’s and 60’s.