Asides: Newlyweds, surfers and eagles in Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGHERS

have long met under the landmark Kaufmann's clock on Fifth Avenue and Smithfield Street, Downtown (and in true Pittsburgh fashion it will always be the Kaufmann's clock even if the store is Macy's). Usually, the rendezvous isn't for the purpose of getting married. But last Sunday David McGee, 61, wed Karen Honacher, 37, under the clock at 1 p.m. sharp. Mr. McGee had more reason than most to suggest this spot. A clock repairer who owns Pittsburgh Clock & Lock in Mount Oliver, Mr. McGee has taken care of the Kaufmann's timepiece since the 1980s. Of course, the wedding went off on time and passers-by chimed in with their applause when it came time to kiss the bride.

IF YOU WANT to see that time has moved on in Pittsburgh, you can do no worse than stand at the Point, look out on the rivers and see people ... surfing. As the Post-Gazette's Dan Gigler reported Wednesday, three dudes from the South Side -- Steve Ford, Doug Pritts and Ben Calik -- this summer started Surf Pittsburgh, which charters trips on the rivers in a new Centurion Enzo wake boat and teaches people how to surf. The would-be river surfer is towed by the boat at first, but once a wake builds he or she can let go of the rope and surf unassisted -- until eventually falling off. These days kayaks and paddle boards are not out of place among the boats and barges. But hanging five on the three rivers is really gnarly. Cowabunga!

IF THE YOUNG EAGLE born to a nesting pair in Hays hasn't already fled the area -- and last week some eager onlookers thought that he had -- it is bound to happen soon enough. The very fact that bald eagles produced offspring in the city after an absence of many years is proof of the species' comeback. Indeed, the state Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Management has recommended that eagles get an upgrade from "threatened" to "protected." Where was the young fellow? Did he go surfing? Or did he meet someone under the Kaufmann's clock?

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