Keeping the Mt. Lebanon Ladies' Neighborhood Happy Hour Lively
... One tradition we have on our street is the Ladies' Neighborhood Happy Hour, recently changed to Ladies' Neighborhood Respite Hour for reasons unknown to me. We rotate homes and get together every Friday at 5:00 for an hour of socializing. I can't make them all, but I get to as many as possible.
The ladies on our street range form young mothers in their mid-30s to grandmas in their 70s. Most are married, but we have 2 divorced and dating ladies in our group, Shelly and I, and we both like to talk. Luckily, the married ladies tolerate our stories and are quick to give us their advice.
A few weeks ago, we were at Shelly's house. She had a dilemma and wanted advice. Shelly is sharp and intellectual woman in her early 50s and much more picky about her dates than I am ... Shelly prefers to vet her dates through long e-mail exchanges (she's a writer) and will only then move to the telephone, and then, if they are lucky, they get a face-to-face meeting.
A good-looking 38-year pediatric oncologist (I'll call him PEDON) had e-mailed her, and despite the 17-year age difference, she had decided to e-mail back. He was witty, articulate and interesting, but made it clear in his e-mails that he didn't want an Internet pen pal -- he wanted to meet her.
Shelly was torn. She passed around copies of the e-mails and asked the neighborhood girls what to do ... They all had dating advice, despite the fact that some hadn't dated in 50 years or more.
Shelly took the advice and got together with PEDON. At the next Happy Hour we found out how it had worked out. They had met at Mitchell's Fish Market at the Galleria for a drink, and had gotten along well. He was genuinely attracted to older women.
But 2 weeks later it was all over. He had ended it because he felt she wasn't serious enough -- he was looking for a long term partner, someone he would settle down with and spend the rest of his life with. Shelly, recently divorced after 30 years of marriage, wasn't ready for that yet, and he was moving on.
It does make you question conventional wisdom. I always ignored the winks and e-mails from much younger men because I assumed they were looking for something superficial. Maybe next time I'll wink back.
TRES MAGNIFIQUE!: Pitt, Pens and Steelers All Claim Victory on Thursday
Call it the trifecta. The hat trick. The triple crown. Whatever.
Me, I'm calling it an early Christmas gift.
Because as if it wasn't good enough to have three major Pittsburgh sporting events running almost simultaneously on TV Thursday night, the Panthers, Pens and Steelers all treated us to (mostly) well-played, hard-fought and exciting games.
And, oh yeah ... all three ended as big wins for Pittsburgh. Did I mention that?
There was little more than seven seconds separating the Pitt Panthers from what would've been an excruciating OT loss to the despised Duke Blue Devils Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
That's when junior PG Levance Fields, a Brooklyn native playing in front of his hometown NYC crowd, faked a drive to the lane, recoiled back behind the arc, and launched a picture-perfect three pointer. It left the Panthers ahead by a point, left 4.7 seconds on the clock, and left just enough time for Duke to launch two futile shots as time expired.
Left a whole lotta sad, sad, sad Duke fans too. : )
Like Dave Wannstedt's recent defeat of WVU, this game was Pitt basketball at its toughest & finest -- a great national showing that will surely pay some hot-shooting, high-flying dividends come signing day.