Hi,

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the first British colony (1583), Sir Humphrey Gilbert, on his sailing ship Squirrel, landed on Newfoundland and claimed it for the queen.  It’s John Houston’s birth anniversary (1906) and the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death (1962).

Bromeliad is pretty much finished and ready for our first guest tomorrow.  The contractors still have to finish the entrance down on the first floor and install the fireplace and mantel, but other than that and some details for me (I have this idea to do a faux over the bed.  Here’s the pictures.  They’re pretty self explanatory, and I have a bunch I need to do for breakfast yet.  I still need to figure out a seating arrangement for in front of the fireplace  and some odds and ends.  When I’m happy with it, I’ll get my pictures organized and do a before and after, but that’s not going to be for awhile.

In-Bev, the Belgian company that bought out Budweiser has filed a patent request to have copy right over our area code, 412.  They also have filed patent requests on fourteen other cities.  In-Bev won’t comment on their intentions.  The assumption is they will be labeling locally targeted beverages.  My question is if 412 is patented, will I have to remove that from my brochures etc?  :)

The Manchester House  Tour and sale was a tremendous success, I am hearing.  Now, they are following up with their 13th annual house tour (no sales, unless you enter a house you really like and make an offer to the owners).  :)  They are featuring six houses and two gardens 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday.  It costs $15 for this self guided tour and tickets will be available on the corner of Page & Manhattan Streets across from the Conroy Education Center.  Info on there web site or by calling 412.321.7707.

The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is being held next weekend (August 12 – 14) at the Butler County Fairgrounds.  This is where the Bantam company fulfilled a request from the military for an all purpose vehicle in 1940.  They made 3,000 Bantams the first year, the forefather of the Jeep.  More info on their web site or by calling 866.856.8444

I have been so incredibly busy, Derronda’s officially carrying three full time manager’s shifts for me.  She’s such a God send.  She definitely saves my sanity.

Have a great weekend,

ed

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