Saturday, September 3, 2011

#33: Just Ducky Tours - Quack! Quack! Quack!

The Best Excuse to Quack Like a Duck

Last Saturday, two of my friends from graduate school, Katie and Robbie, were visiting Pittsburgh. For both of them, this was the first trip to the city in which they spent any significant amount of time. They joined Michelle and I for a tour of the city from the vantage point of a Just Ducky tour boat bus. The hour long tour was filled with corny jokes about ducks, bills, lame ducks, fowls... the list goes on. Even after living in Pittsburgh for more than I year, I had a great time and a few good laughs and learned a lot about the city. For example, it turns out that the reason Pittsburgh, and especially downtown, is so difficult to navigate is that it was designed by three different men. One worked from the Mon north, another from the Allegheny east. When the two started to converge, a third man was brought in to tie them together. This serves as further evidence that men are the intellectually inferior sex. A woman would never have let all this confusion happen.

The other fun part of the tour is when you actually enter the water. The captain gives the passengers a chance to drive the boat. He shared with us the history of these types of vehicles and how they were used during WWII. A piece of advice - get on a boat with the fewest number of children. They tend to want to drive right into the walls and bridges.

- Emily

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