There is a park down by the University of Pittsburgh named Schenley Park. I just came back from there a little while ago. Inside the park is Phipps Conservatory which was built in 1893. And inside the conservatory is an outdoor garden open and free to the public.
It was around 10:00 a.m. Workers were tending to the garden. A photographer with a professional looking camera shot photos of a couple. I walked around looking at all the plant life. And even though it was around 90 degrees, the garden was cooled by a long canvass that acted as a roof over the long runway and sprinklers that kept a pleasant mist in the air.
There are two fountains in the garden. The larger fountain sits in the ground, the water a pitch-black bubbling mass. But the water of the smaller fountain against a wall in the rear of the garden is clear. I could see coins laying on the floor of the fountain.
I had coins in my pocket. Should I make a wish? Did I really believe in such a superstition? It would be nice if it was true. What should I wish for? Continued good health? More readers for my little blog?
I decided to invest my change on a mug of cold beer at Del’s Bar and Italian Restaurant.
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