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Big week, lot’s to do

We’re anticipating a busy week, albeit we’ve had to say goodbye to some loyal customers. Last week ReedSmith officially moved to their new location at 3 PNC Plaza, and our friends from the The August Wilson Center, after ten years planning and three years of construction, have moved from their cramped quarters in the Regional Enterprise Tower (our home) down the street. We’ve made lots of friends the past three years, and know we’ll see everyone on occasion (our coffee WILL draw them back), and while we’ll miss them we wish the best in their new homes.

This week kicks off the start of Netroots Nation 09, with the likes of Bill Clinton, Valerie Jarret (President Obama’s BFF), and Howard Dean visiting our fair city, along with approximately 2000 progressive bloggers. We’re happy to be participating with a booth at the event, where we’ll be raising for Building New Hope and Rachel Carson Homestead selling their coffees (two organizations we support and volunteer for), as well as hosting Sustainable Pittsburgh whom we’re working with concerning a “green initiative” for local coffee shops.

flyer1aAlso this week, the World Pinball Championships in Scott Township (by Carnegie). Seems that the Pittsburgh region has quietly become quite the pinball mecca, home to the Professional Amateur Pinball Association. While it’s o.k. to idolize professional athletes (ahem), it seems even more appropriate to be able to mingle with the best, let alone challenge them. Attending the event is free, but apparently for the sum of a $5 registration fee, you can compete. Less than the cost of a hot dog at one of the local professional sporting events. Take that Frank Coonelly!

So hopefully we’ll either see you at our shop, the convention center, or PAPA headquarters.

“one of these days…Pow! Right to the MOON!”

Props to the moon mission — Happy Anniversary; 40 years and we haven’t figured out how to exploit it yet. I well remember sitting in front of the (black and white) TV, amazed at the feat. How far we have come in so many ways, yet a few things have yet to be surpassed. However, 1969 was not a good year for espresso, except price. If you happened to find a coffee shop that served any espresso, it would be unrecognizable by our present standards. I did find a menu that says a lot:

Coffee: $.15
Espresso: $.25
Cappuccino: $.35

On current events, I have (inadvertently) delayed posting an upcoming conference in Pittsburgh that has me personally excited: Netroots Nation 2009, August 13-16. As a daily dailykos.com addict (and sometime poster), it is with pleasure that I personally welcome all attendees to Pittsburgh. For a little insight to the conference:

“Netroots Nation amplifies progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate. Through our annual convention and a series of regional salons held throughout the year, we strengthen our community, inspire action and serve as an incubator for ideas that challenge the status quo and ultimately affect change in the public sphere.”

Simpatico is hoping to meet and greet many of the folks visiting the city, and look forward to the invasion of progressive, political activists working to improve America.