The Old Soldier has had a busy day. I got off a nice long post earlier this morning. Then instead of taking a walk down to the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh and through Schenley Park to find the house where Andy Warhol grew up I decided to visit my younger brother in the assistant living facility that he is in about a 30-minute walk from my apartment building.
I had my plastic water bottle full of ice and I sipped on it as I enjoyed the warm weather and the sunshine.
He didn’t have much to say. I guess when you live in a place like he does for so many years you get pretty isolated. I’m 65 and live on my own but it is a constant struggle for me not to get isolated. If you are retired with limited funds it’s easy to get isolated. That’s why when I do have the funds I attend karaoke on Friday nights at Del’s and I’m really looking forward to becoming more involved with The Big Idea Bookstore and Cafe that is only a few blocks from my apartment building and carries the only book I’ve ever written.
After I left my brother the Old Soldier marched back to his apartment, scraped together a few dollars and then marched in to Bloomfield (Pittsburgh’s Little Italy) and had a couple of beers at Armand’s at the bar as he watched a little of an Eddie Murphy film he had never seen before.
Then I marched back to my apartment to put up this post. That was a lot of marching in the hot sun, but it got me out of the house and gave me something to blog about.
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