New Year New Adventure Part II

Sorry if you’re uninterested in Pittsburgh, but there’s more you should know about it. For instance, I found my dream house, or rather, dream condo. It’s in a church. On the South Side  (the artsy side) there is an old church that’s being renovated into condo units; it’s called Angel’s Arms, and the units are custom-designed per occupant. The view of the city is spectacular! This city is seriously like the San Francisco of the Midwest. I kind of can’t believe I’d never been there before.  Here is the church. There is the steeple……open the doors, and see the rich people! Or at least see how they live. Here is my dream fireplace.I think I’ll be like 180 when I can afford to live here, but this is the dream, people, if any benefactors want to step up. And while I’m on the subject of churches, feast your eyes on the cathedral of learning!

It’s a huge public place to sit and learn. This photo is of the entry. Go here to see more cool study rooms. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I could craft a pretty damn fine young adult novel if this were my office. I can see why Pittsburgh is one of the most literate (8th in the nation) places to live. (Thanks, Berk.)

The other part of Pittsburgh that I dug very much is the The Strip. It’s market after market of fresh food from every ethnicity you can imagine. Too bad I don’t cook. But, in a tiny corner of an enormous warehouse on The Strip is a donut shop called Peace, Love, and Little Donuts. Ron, the baker, gave us his card and cell # in case we needed anything while we were there, or if we decided to move there. It’s damn tempting, people. Damn tempting! Those little donuts were as awesome as Ron!

So, what do we do? How do we rank the residency programs; it’s a dead heat for the top two choices, which I’m not supposed to name. But do you choose the #1 spot based on Residency Program strength or do you choose based on the city where you want to live for the next 3 or more years? What would you do?

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!

4 thoughts on “New Year New Adventure Part II

  1. Ummmm that’s UNBELIEVABLE!!! What did those condos run? Dan & I might be looking at Philly (I know, wholly different from Pittsburgh!) & your tale does at least inspire hope 🙂

  2. My husband is applying for PhD programs, so we may have the same issue — 4 years of our lives will be spent somewhere. It’s tempting to look at location first. But IMO — go for the strong program. The program determines what happens next, and what happens next lasts a lot longer! You want to come from the strongest base to be able to name your next step.

  3. I think you should go with the IMO program. You can always move to where you want to live when Josh is finished with the program. Unless you want to live in the place you’re picking for location after Josh graduates. Then the choice becomes harder.

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