Catching up again…
Ronnie and I had a great time in Altoona, PA. I learned two things about people there, one – you can’t live there is you’re not a sports fanatic. You have to own a Steelers shirt if you are going to live in Pennsylvania. On our airplane ride home the captain updated us 4 times with the football score because the Steelers were playing. They put a Steelers logo on anything that will stand still.
Normal everyday products for sale have the logo
Second – They are big fans of putting faces on things you eat. There’s a restaurant called Kings and they are home of the Frownie. I introduce to you the Frownie.
Then they even have a dessert competition called the Angry Mob
Then there’s the happier side, a restaurant called Eat ‘n Park has smiles everywhere.
They even try arrange the food you order into a smile when possible. It did make me giggle, so I guess smiles are contagious.
It’s not surprising that the Frownie originated near Pittsburgh, home of Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon, if you didn’t know, is the birthplace of the emoticon, thanks to Scott Fahlman, who started the whole sideways smiling business more than 25 years ago on the University’s Computer Science community b(ulliten)-board. He invented the frowning emoticon, too. In the same message, no less.
There reason why we went there…
To see these two get married…
and start their life together.