New Year New Adventure

I am in a hotel. I think I’m one of the few people that really enjoys them. I love the sense of adventure of being away from home. Unlike my house, hotels aren’t messy. There are two TVs and a pool. Beyond that there’s a sense of unpredictability. For example, the guy at the front desk has purple hair. The person who had this room before us left a black hoodie here, which I intend to keep. We have complementary rice krispie treats and microwavable popcorn in our room. The view is unique: it includes a few of the bridges here in Pittsburgh as well as being able to see into an old folks home.

And hooray for eating out! Possibly it’s the best part of an adventure. Tonight we ate dinner at church. Literally. There’s a church here that’s been transformed into a pub called the Chruch Brew Works. Dude, we drank beer in church. And we didn’t pray either. How rebellious!

Some other things that I’ve discovered about Pittsburgh include:

1. This was Mr. Rogers neighborhood
2. There is a different neighborhood (or maybe just a shopping center) called GIANT EAGLES. (I didn’t see any, FYI.)
3. A GPS is useless here!  The roads are hopelessly confusing. How do you “turn right” when there are 2-6 choices?
4. Toll roads. Firstly, compliments to PA on the speediness of salt trucks. Snow barely has a chance to touch the roads before BAM! Salt! And secondly, “service plazas” are great. You walk in and it’s like, is this a mall food court or a rest stop???? Then, you have to choose between Panera and Starbucks???? Oh, the fancy pants driving is worth the price !

So, this is only day one and I’m really liking this little city so far. Whether I want to move here or not, I’m not sure. So, go easy on me, Indiana friends.

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

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