We made the newspaper! Coverage of Swim & Water Polo in the Post-Gazette

See the Post-Gazette article and be sure to click on the photo to uncover all five of the photos.

To see all five photos from the P-G’s photographer, you need to click on the camera icon on the main image. Only one photo was printed in the newspaper.

Come Live Over Here

Thanks Quora for this discussion: Answers to where should a married couple in early 30s move to in Pittsburgh?


Consider the South Side

In our 30s, my wife and I moved to Pittsburgh from Chicago. I am a boomerang and we met while she was getting her Ph.D. at Northwestern.

Our choice of neighborhood, something we still don’t regret, was the historic South Side.

I’ve never owned a lawn mower.

We raised our kids here too. This year both are in college and doing well.

You might want to rent in the city for a year. Look and look some more. You can find wonderful, weird, urban spaces with great potential and tons of charm. We’ve re-made our house a number of times, changing rooms, expanding, improving value and staying put.

Bonus insights from the Facebook group, South Side Secrets

Funny, true, 2nd-hand story about South Side pride N’at, in the wake of the “discussion” on the other thread about 15203:

Our home’s former owner who we never met was a small business man, Mr. Gursky. He lived here and ran his shoe repair shop here for decades. He and his wife raised two children on this spot on 12th Street. One kid became a doctor. He fixed the shoes and boots of countless of people throughout his long life. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, nor any of the family.

After we moving in, for years, people would knock on our door and try to give us their shoes. Nope. This isn’t a shoe repair shop these days. Often, the stories would start to flow.

One guy recounted how he once brought a pair of shoes into the shop and to his former neighbor, Mr. Gursky. This customer had lived in the South Side for years. They chatted. The guy allowed how he moved to Brentwood, (perhaps Baldwin?) as Mr. Gursky, the shop owner, hadn’t seen him around the South Side in recent months.

As the conversation winds down, the tattered shoes come out of a bag and onto the counter / work bench for repair. Mr. Gursky picks them up, walks outside onto the sidewalk, tosses them down in disgust and says, “You move away. You’re too good for us now. You take your shoes to Brentwood! Let them fix em.”

Mr. Gursky, living what some have called ‘the immigrant’s dream’ with home / business under the same roof, was not having anything to do with those shoes from the ex-South Sider who moved to Brentwood. Hard. Crusty. Iron willed.

Kay Atman gives a lesson on goal-setting steps, part of Digital Badges / Goals / Masters Level

Kay Atman, Ph.D., retired professor from the School of Education at University of Pittsburgh, talks with Swim & Water Polo staff member about the 12 steps to goal setting.

“My viewpoint is that human beings are goal-seeking, teleological organisms. That is, human beings do things for a reason or goal and strive to make meanings of their lives. The process of learning in a particular domain or content area is complex. Individuals develop a knowledge base through conditioning by the environment; they also actively construct a knowledge base through their seeking information and thinking about the subject based on their maturation and prior knowledge. When knowledge (which may be either cognitively- or affectively-based) is purposely put into practice through an exercise of volition, conation, and will, it leads to behavioral competence and, through reflection, to wisdom.“[1] Huitt, W. (2001).

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