Monday, June 19, 2006

Pittsburgh at night

Pittsburgh at night, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.
Again, it seems hard to imagine that 200 years ago we lived in a world lit by fire and not by electricity. It seems hard to imagine that these buildings weren't always here. It seems hard to imagine that there isn't some degree of permanence in this image of the Pittsburgh Skyline.

This city and this view are amazing to check out. It is amazing that the people of mount washington let people come and go all through the night to enjoy this amazing view. Pittsburgh sits down in the valley where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers join to form the source of the Ohio River. I live just a couple hundred miles downstream. Once people floated the river in canoes--now we fly or drive everywhere.

How quickly the times change. Have you ever imagined yourself without the ability to travel so far so quickly? What would happen if your daily commute to work was on foot, by boat, or on horseback? Less than a hundred years ago it probably would have been.

That seems unimaginable to me. I wonder in what other ways our imagination has been stifled and enlivened by the convenience and technology we enjoy. Something to think about as you read this blog and enjoy this picture on your computer. . .

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