The Newtown Pentacle

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Brentwood and Thomas Jefferson

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

One of the many, many things I’ve been busy doing since arriving in Pittsburgh has involved taking advantage of the fantastic medical systems they’ve got here. Nothing particularly wrong, except for the hundred physical ailments which you’ve read me complaining about over the years. None of these aches and pains are particularly “treatable” unless they’ve discovered the fountain of youth somewhere, but it’s been a while since I had the folks in the white coats poke and prod and it’s best to let them work their arts periodically. I actually have a series of these appointments this coming week, establishing a base line and a relationship with the new medical peeps.

Our Lady of the Pentacle has also been getting checked up by the Doctors who practice her various specialties, and after a drop off at an appointment in the nearby community of Brentwood, I had about 90 minutes to kill. Luckily, I’m easily entertained and since I hadn’t set foot in this section of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area… I decided to set the car tires down and a ride around survey occurred. Nice little suburban style spot, this.

I tooled around in the Mobile Oppression Platformaka the Toyota – and found myself on a series of somewhat serpentine local roads which wound their way around the hills. There was a golf course/country club, and a couple of cemeteries, which all seemed visually interesting.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

This one, and the next shot too, were gathered within the fencelines of a cemetery which I hadn’t had the chance to record the name or location of when I was entering, since I was driving. Grr. A half hour of scouring Google Maps later…

Turns out that this area is called “Pleasant Hills,” and that the cemetery I had blundered into also functioned as a park, and is dubbed “Jefferson Memorial Cemetery.” Here’s a nice and fairly succinct article about the founding and creation of the place in 1929. I literally drove into the cemetery just to get off the road and out of the sort of high speed traffic that’s pretty common here in Pittsburgh.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The titular center of the place is the Thomas Jefferson Mausoleum (the 3rd President is buried in Virginia, as a note), which I kind of blundered across just after getting a call from Our Lady informing me that it was time to pick her up from that Doctoral assignation back in Brentwood.

I’ve got a few Doctor appointments myself, coming up, and I plan on taking a better look at this place on foot – after I’ve been poked and irradiated and sampled – at some point in the very near future. Interesting structure with a cool history.

Back tomorrow, and don’t forget to share this post of you like it.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

April 24, 2023 at 11:00 am

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  1. I’m really enjoying your pictures. To me, all the hills and different levels make the pictures so much more interesting. Previously I’ve noticed shadows more (with the different levels). 🙂🐿

    Jaye Haviland

    April 24, 2023 at 11:35 am

  2. You looking forward to electric cars? To unavailable chargers? To “range anxiety”?

    georgetheatheist . . . filler up.

    April 24, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    • Any new or additional form of anxiety will be embraced, for my part. If it makes money it’ll live, if not…

      Mitch Waxman

      April 24, 2023 at 5:01 pm

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