Is 4:30 a.m. too early to watch a newscast?

Since July of 1982, Pittsburgh has had a morning newscast of some kind on at least one of its TV stations.  Now, these are the newscasts that air before the network’s morning programs air.  Newscasts would air at various times between 4:30 and 7 in the morning … and they would air for either one hour, 90 minutes, two hours or 2 1/2 hours.

WTAE gave us Pittsburgh’s first early morning newscast in ’82, but they aired it in two 15-minute blocks.  They aired at 6:15 and 6:45 in the morning … and they were shown during ABC’s “World News This Morning.”  WPXI gave us our city’s first complete 30-minute newscast in October of 1986.  It aired from 6:30 until 7 in the morning back then.  KDKA would start an early morning newscast of its own in 1990 … and it was one hour long.  It aired from 6 until 7 in the morning.

Nowadays, all three of our local stations start their early morning newscasts at or around 4:30 on weekday mornings.  The 4:30 a.m. newscast first came to Pittsburgh in 2010.  In my opinion, I think it might be too early to watch a newscast at that time.  Then again, I’m always up just before that time … and I may watch bits and pieces of an early morning newscast on one of our local stations, if I’m up to it.

I hope you enjoyed my little history lesson in today’s blog post.  Pittsburgh has had early morning newscasts in one form or another for more than 37 years now.  So, maybe I will watch a morning newscast whenever I wake up tomorrow morning.

Don’t Drop It!

Brady has been at our house since March of 2019 … and, at various times, he can be a very nosy bulldog.  Now you have to be on high alert whenever you come across Brady.  I have to do that on a daily basis … and that is especially true whenever I have to watch him during the day.  I do my best not to drop any items in his presence.  If any one of us should drop something in this presence, he may hear it and grab the item that one of us dropped.  He will get a firm grip on the item that’s in his mouth, but he does drop it eventually.  Sometimes, the item is still fine, but other times, the item is not so lucky.  I’ve had two close calls with my smartphone.  I dropped it on our dining room floor … and Brady almost got it.  Talk about a close call.  I also dropped it outside of our front door as I was about to take one of my walks recently.  Luckily, he was not there whenever that happened.  So, remember, don’t drop any items whenever you come across Brady, because there is a good chance that he may grab it almost immediately.

Now, as I wrap up today’s blog post, I would like to say that my blog did cross the 7,000-views mark today … and I will talk about the event in tomorrow’s blog post.

Joseph’s Moment Of Peace: Joseph’s West Virginia Public Broadcasting App

Last month, I talked about my 90.5 WESA app in one of my features, which is called “Joseph’s Moment Of Peace.”  Well, today, I’m using this feature again as I talk about another one of my public radio apps, which is on my smartphone.  This would be my West Virginia Public Broadcasting App.  Now, WVPB is affiliated with both PBS and NPR.  On the TV side, it owns some PBS stations … and, on the radio side, it owns some NPR stations.  Years ago, I listened to one of WVPB’s stations in the car.  The station is in Wheeling … and you can hear it on 89.9 on the FM dial.  I live in southwestern Allegheny County … and the station is quite listenable there.

Well, anyway, I have the West Virginia Public Broadcasting app on my smartphone … and it relaxes me in a big way, especially whenever I listen to classical music on it.  They play classical music on there during the day … and, of course, like 90.5 WESA, they airs lots of NPR’s programs at various other times.  Now, on Saturday nights, they air a show called “Mountain Stage,” which is produced by WVPB.  I don’t listen to the show myself, but I think it sounds pretty good.  I like the sleep timer feature that’s on the app.  It counts it down in hours, minutes and seconds.  The sleep timer feature is also on the 90.5 WESA app.  I like the WVPB app … and I will continue to use it whenever I can.

Good Luck, Roger Huston

On June 28, 1963, The Meadows Racetrack first opened up for business in North Strabane Township, which is in Washington County.  Nearly 13 years later, a man named Roger Huston started calling races there for the first time.  Over the years, I would watch him call the races on the Meadows Racing Network, which has aired on various TV and cable stations here in Pittsburgh over the years.  Now, over the weekend, Roger called his last race at The Meadows.  I may have heard him call a race or two at The Meadows Racetrack itself over the years.  I actually did it on a Saturday afternoon not too long ago.  I was actually sitting in the food court at the time.  I actually heard his voice over the loudspeakers while I was at the food court.  Roger did a fantastic job in calling the races that I was able to see while I was there that afternoon.

Now, back in July, while I was at The Meadows Casino on a Tuesday morning, I was able to walk downstairs and see some of the exhibits that are there.  They can be found near Meadows Lanes, which is their bowling alley.  While I was downstairs that morning, I saw Roger Huston not once, but twice.  That moment really made my day.

The Meadows Racetrack won’t be the same without Roger.  He was able to give us some class for more than 43 years.  Good luck, Roger Huston!

I finally got to go inside of our new silver truck!

On September 17, 2019, we got a new silver Chevrolet truck at our house.  It replaced our red 2013 Chevrolet truck, which was at our house from December of 2013 until September of this year.  Now, almost one month after we got it, I was able to ride in it for a few minutes one morning.  I was going to Katsur Dental in Collier Towne Square … and I was able to go from my house to the dentist’s office while I was in the truck.

Now, after I left the dentist’s office on October 16, 2019, I was able to snap a photo of myself riding in the new silver truck.  I really like it … and, on the inside, it’s not too much more different from the inside of our red truck.  I snapped a photo of our truck’s odometer also.  Before I show you that picture, I’ll show you the selfie that I took while I rode in the truck.

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On October 16, 2019, I snapped a photo of myself riding in our new silver Chevrolet truck. I rode from my house to the dentist’s office earlier that morning … and I rode in the silver truck for a few minutes then. The inside of this truck is not much different from the inside of our old red 2013 truck.

I snapped a photo of our silver truck’s odometer just before I left the truck that morning.  When I snapped the photo, it had 414 miles on its odometer.  That number has grown considerably over the past two weeks.

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On October 16, 2019, I snapped a photo of our silver truck’s odometer. When I snapped the photo, it had 414 miles on its odometer. The number has grown considerably over the past two weeks.

I hope you guys still like our silver truck as much as I do.  I was also able to ride in our truck’s back seat over the weekend.  I was going to a relative’s house for a birthday party whenever I did just that.  The silver truck is fantastic, both on the inside and on the outside.

Joseph Goes To Supercuts!

If you ride along Route 50 in South Fayette, there is a chance that you may be able to see The Gateway Shops, which is home to several businesses.  They have restaurants, a bank, an orthodontist’s office, a nail place and a haircut place, just to name a few.  Now, I had always wanted to go to that shopping center myself … and, on the morning of October 21, 2019, I was able to check out the shopping center for myself.  In fact, I was able to get my haircut while I was in the shopping center.  It was at a place called Supercuts.

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On October 21, 2019, I went to Supercuts, which is in The Gateway Shops in South Fayette.

Before I walked into Supercuts, I snapped a selfie outside of the place.  I did it just minutes before I got a much-needed haircut.

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On October 21, 2019, I snapped this selfie outside of Supercuts, which is in The Gateway Shops in South Fayette. I snapped the photo just minutes before I got a much-needed haircut.

I’d like to show you the inside of Supercuts.  It looks fantastic.  Now, while I was there, there was just one stylist there … and there were no other customers in there except for myself.  The haircut place opens at 9:00 in the morning.  I guess everyone was too busy to come in and get a haircut at the time.

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This is what Supercuts, which is in The Gateway Shops in South Fayette, looks like on the inside. While I was there on October 21, 2019, there were no other customers in there. I was the only customer in there at that time.

I was in there for just a few short minutes … and I would just like to say that the stylist who cut my hair that morning did a fantastic job in doing just that.  Will I be going there again?  Well, maybe.  I was given a “Hot Towel Refresher” while I was there.  They use it to get rid of the extra hairs so that you feel like a new person after getting a haircut.

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This is what my haircut looks like. The stylist who cut my hair at Supercuts that morning did a fantastic job in doing just that.

All in all, I enjoyed myself while I was at Supercuts in the Gateway Shops in South Fayette last Monday.  It felt funny being the only customer in there while I was there that morning, but it also felt great trying a new haircut place.  I may go there again in the future.  I hope you guys like my haircut as much as I do.

I have owned my Zombie Hunter shirt for one year!

Can you believe it?  I have now owned my Zombie Hunter shirt for one year now!  I bought the shirt at the Wal-Mart store in Raceway Plaza on October 24, 2018, just hours after I got my flu shot at Bridgeville Giant Eagle.  The shirt is very classy … and I have worn it many times since I got it.  It can be worn with jeans, nice shorts or nice pants.  Two of my friends have this shirt also … and, just last month, I saw someone wearing the shirt at Washington Crown Center.  I hope you guys still like the shirt as much as I do.

Joseph Is Seeing Tap That On The Outside!

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On October 5, 2019, while I was mailing a letter at Cuddy Post Office, I was able to snap this photo of Tap That, which is located next to the post office in Cuddy. This is the outside of the building. Hopefully I can eat there in the near future.

Now, back in August of this year, the Iron Creek Bar and Grille, which was in Cuddy for nearly nine years, became a fairly classy restaurant called Tap That.  Now, I was not able to see the building in person until October 5, 2019, whenever I was mailing a letter outside of the Cuddy Post Office.  While I was standing outside of the post office, I was able to snap a photo of the building that Tap That has been housed in for the past two months.  Now, in the past, it has been called several different restaurants, including Mariani’s Italian Restaurant, Iron Creek Bar and Grille and Ferguson’s Pub.

Now, I went to this place whenever it was called the places that I just mentioned in this post … and, hopefully, I can go there as Tap That at some point in the near future.  If I do go there, I will try to snap a selfie while I’m there … and I will talk about my experiences of eating there in a future blog post.

So far, Tap That is a fantastic restaurant … and, by looking at the photos of the restaurant on Social Media, you can easily tell that they didn’t change it too much.  Sure, they may have painted a wall or two, but, the inside of the restaurant hasn’t really changed too much since the Iron Creek Bar and Grille left the building this past Summer.  I can’t wait to see the inside of the restaurant in person someday, but, for the time being, I will just show you what it looks like on the outside.

I still have my new glasses one year later!

On October 6, 2018, just days after I got my eye exam at the now-closed Three Guys Optical in Collier Township, I got my new glasses.  I had owned my Joseph Abboud glasses for about two years whenever I got the glasses … and, nearly one year later, I still like them … and I wear them on a daily basis.  I hope you guys still like them as much as I do.

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I have owned these glasses for almost one year now. I purchased them at the now-closed Three Guys Optical in Collier Township on October 6, 2018.

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