See that skyline?
That’s going to be what I see every day starting March 2nd. I’ll be over there… on the other side of the water. No, no… not there! Over not too far from (you guessed it) Shakespeare St. and Thames St.! I have no idea what’s over there, and that really wasn’t intentional, but the cool interactive map shows some promising restaurants. I also see that there’s a Fleet St. near my office… which is a pretty good indicator that I won’t be getting a haircut there any time soon.
It’s not too far from the National Aquarium (which, by the way has an experience in 4-D… can’t wait to see what that is all about), and not too far from the fantastic shopping district and historical district, and the delicious restaraunts serving seafood from the Chesapeake Bay!
There are tons of historical sites and museums that I can’t wait to visit. And there is the largest Barnes and Noble I have ever seen only a few streets over from my office. Top that with the fact that 2009 is a celebration of Edgar Allen Poe, and you will have one very happy Pittsburgh transplant in the city of Baltimore!
A quick word about Nevermore2009 — On October 7th, the date of Poe’s death, there will be a viewing… A VIEWING… Family 9-11 Am, public Noon-11 PM, before the burial on Oct 10 complete with horse drawn funeral hearse. According to the site: “This will be the public’s only opportunity to view Poe’s body before interment alongside his grandfather, grandmother and brother Henry in Westminster cemetery on Saturday October 10.”
Oh… I am so there…
Back to the matter at hand, though. I won’t lie… I’m nervous. New job (and from what I can tell so far, a job I will love designing PhD and Master’s level courses), new city, new life… It’s all happening so fast and that makes me a little nervous, but excited. The past week has been one gigantic whirlwind, and I don’t anticipate it slowing down any time soon. Hopefully by March. Hopefully!
I’ll certainly miss my family, but I know they’ll gladly come visit us (if for nothing more than the insane array of fresh seafood on every corner. Ha!). I was mostly saddened by the thought of moving away from the wonderful group of friends I have here in Pittsburgh, but then I realized something that struck me as profound: I met most of you through the glories of Social Media here in the Burgh. We generally communicate through Social Media, and we’ll be back to visit family and to attend fantastic YinzTeam events when possible on weekends… And I’ll definitely be back for Podcamp Pittsburgh 4, so why so sad? Right? RIGHT?! (Hurry and agree with me before my eyes start leaking… HURRY!!)
…19 days to the big move, and counting…