Smithfield News is Open Christmas Eve

Last Christmas Eve, John and I were closing servers. After we finished, we left the restaurant in search of a downtown Pittsburgh bar still open past eleven. We found one in old Chinatown, but when we walked in there were no patrons. The barmaid anxiously washed pint glasses. The waning moments of the Hawai’i Bowl showed on the television in the corner. Oregon State was winning handily. I couldn’t think of anyone who cared about that game, except for degenerate gamblers...

Pittsburgh Women

In Pittsburgh, women carry large baskets of coins. They scatter the nickels, dimes, and quarters up and down the city streets, as if they’re sowing corn or oats or wildflower seeds. When they’ve finished, the women stoop and twist to gather the change back up again.