Thursday, November 03, 2005

Dancing Waters

The Bellagio in Las Vegas has the most amazing display out front called the Dancing Waters. Hundreds of jet streams that shoot water into the air, all timed to music.

Far be it that the Bellagio corner the market on this technology. Station Square, in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, has now entered the scene …on a much lesser scale.

For dinner, Jenni took Kate & I from her apartment, down the Duquesne Incline to Station Square. We wandered the shops and restaurants trying to find just the right place to sample the Pittsburgh cuisine when off in the distance, we heard a sound that made all three sets of ears perk up.

80’s hair band rock!

I’m not going to kid you; we’re all freaks when it comes to Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Dokken. We know all the words and if we didn’t look so stupid in our concert tees, we’d be dressed in Poison’s finest garb.

We turned the corner and there was a slightly pathetic, but colorful display of lights and shooting water, all synced in time to Van Halen’s “Jump.”

“Is this Heaven,” I asked aloud.

Jenni looked over as if to answer the question made famous by Kevin Costner. “Seriously, you’re a butthead.”

The waters begin dancing to Livin’ On a Prayer and both girls sang the lyrics about Johnny working on the docks, while Gina toiled away in some crappy diner. (Amateurs! We all know Tommy was the dock man.)

The sign surrounding the fountains indicated that 8:00 – 8:30 was the 80’s Metal theme and the waters continued to dance as we screamed out lyrics…some of us more accurately than others.

At 8:25, we were exhausted and exhilarated. The final song filled the air and Jenni yelped in delight. Three morons, all in their late 30’s all began air-guitaring Welcome to the Jungle.

As we departed, I begged to return at 10:00 PM. Jenni turned and read the sign. She looked back at me in disgust.

“I don’t care how gay you are, we not coming back for the Celine Dion theme.”

And they say there is no culture in Pittsburgh.



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