Tag-o-Rama 4

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Steven
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The Tag-O-Rama game started in September 2010, and periodically needs a new thread, due to message board issues. This is thread four. Here are threads one, two and three.

The rules are easy (although wordy, it is not hard to play)

#1 – Find the tag and get a picture of your bike in the same location (as best as possible). The first person to post a found tag gets to place the next tag. If you get a tag, but somebody else posts their picture first, you lose – you’ve been Bruced.

#2 – Take the tag to a new location, shoot a photo with your bike in the picture, and post it here. Keep the tag within Pittsburgh city limits and the surrounding neighborhoods. Give a few hints (or a short poem if you’re so inclined) so the next person can figure out where the tag is located. Try to place the tags in interesting locations, somewhere historic, etc. Remember, the point of the game is not to make the clues difficult to figure out. It is about riding, not Googling.

#2a – After you pick up a Tag, a new tag must be placed within 36 hours. If the new tag is not set within the time limit, the first Bruced posted gets the tag. If no Bruce was claimed, tag will revert to the previous tag, and somebody else will get their chance. If you won’t have the time to drop off a new tag, don’t pick it up to begin with.

#2b – This rule is intended to keep the game moving. If the overdue tag is posted before somebody grabs the reverted tag, then the new tag will stand. However, giving the overdue tag-holder a load of crap is highly encouraged.

#3 – Tag must be findable – don’t make your tag so obscure that no one will find it. Make sure to let folks know what riding conditions are involved to get to your tag.

#4 – File photos are NOT permitted. You may not use a photo taken before the current tag was set to prove you found that tag, nor use a photo taken before you photographed the current tag to set a new tag.

#5 – All images of tags that are posted, whether picking up or setting a new tag, MUST include the bike you rode to the tag. If your bike isn’t in the posted image, you don’t have a tag.

#6 The bicycle in the picture must get to the tag location under the player’s own pedal-power.

#7 – No whining.

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UPLOADING IMAGES
How to Post Photos

In case you’re looking for the photo upload button that was once on this site, sorry it has disappeared. We hope it comes back, but for now, you have to use the instructions in the link above.

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Some helpful links for the convenience of new players:

1. View the Tag Map to see all the tags.

2. The Tag-O-Rama spreadsheet, showing who got which tag

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For those of us who want to know more about the record keeping functions of Tag-o-Rama …

To add a marker to the Google Tag Map, sign in to Google, go to the map, and click the Edit link on the left. Then click the marker icon in the upper middle. Then click where the marker should go.

See one of the previous threads for examples of game play.


paulheckbert
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new tag. no hint.


The Iguana
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no bike. no tag.


jonawebb
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There’s an arc shadow in the right bottom of the first photo. Looks wheel-like.


The Iguana
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My mistake…I ‘ll ride without my seat today…tail tucked between my legs.


RustyRed
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Took me a while to figure out where in the PPG complex this was, but I snagged it.

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RustyRed
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New Tag!

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I made it back to my Sanctuary and sought Refuge from the downpour just in time!


jonawebb
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324 Sampsonia Way

Looks like the image format is still wrong. I’ll fix when I get home.


jonawebb
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Does this work?

Phew… no idea what I’m going to do for posting from the field. I had to use Flickr and edit the URL it generates. Suggestions?
Also, BTW, this street has grown cooler since the last time I visited here, for the Google Streetview photobomb tag. There are houses painted in different styles which are refuges for artists from countries that restrict art. Neat tags everywhere.


steeld55
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They both worked


jonawebb
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I just checked — @steven is right, in IE the first one is broken.
New tag

Working on a clue


jonawebb
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Ride East to north,
Let your bike climb into the Haze,
And you will find this tag,
On one of these beautiful Spring days.


jonawebb
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BTW here’s how I posted the new tag photo from my phone:
1. Install Flickr.
2. Share photo to Flickr.
3. Open my Flickr account in browser on phone (NOT app).
3. Copy photo URL.
4. Embed URL in img tag as usual.


Ahlir
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FYI Microsoft is freezing IE; a new browser (“Spartan”) will ship with the next o/s, shortly. I would suggest using Chrome or Firefox in the meanwhile.


Swalfoort
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Who created/edits the map for Tag-o-Rama?

I think there is an error in one location.

Unless there is a second tunnel that I don’t know about,

Tag 676 – Tunnel to Consol Energy Center

should be about two blocks to the northwest, somewhere under the “n” in Crosstown Park.

Definitely the same mosaic pattern, and I do not know of another tunnel in the Fifth Avenue corridor.

Can someone correct me if there IS a second tunnel?


jonawebb
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You can edit it yourself, I think, or at least you used to be able to.


Swalfoort
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Thanks, Jon! I move the marker to the appropriate location. But dang, I really was hoping there was a second tunnel!


paulheckbert
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more hint?


StuInMcCandless
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I have a hunch this involves a climb of Hill #7.


jonawebb
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Hill #7 is not too far away.
But if you were to come and stay,
Something blue would be good to display.


paulheckbert
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Good hints, Jon.

Northview Heights Family Support Center, 101 Hazlett St.


StuInMcCandless
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Oops, wrong side of East Street. I misread the “Haze” in the clue for Hazelton, not Hazlett. At least I got the right hill, which I hope helped.


paulheckbert
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new tag


jonawebb
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@paul, I’m glad they helped. I dropped the tag on Good Friday and rode past a fish fry on East St. Didn’t know the neighborhood was a Crips holding at the time; thanks for that. (BTW I think I’m a Crip; my daughter was told she was “such a Crip” at Schenley so I think that means I must be one too.)


paulheckbert
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hint: bridge at left crosses what was once known as Butcher’s Run or Saw Mill Run


StuInMcCandless
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Oops, almost gave it away.
I think I know where this is. I just had the position wrong.


Ahlir
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Stu, you just had to take it to the next level…

McNaugher School (For Sale), as seen from the next street up.
loc: 40.471961, -80.008140

I tried to get a fix on the name but found very little. There was an engineer by the name of D.W. McNaugher active about a century ago; partner in a concrete testing company. He shows in professional journals, but there’s nothing to suggest why his name might have been put on both a school and a reservoir. You’d think he would have been cited as contributing to various civic enterprises, but I guess he didn’t do anything worthy of later note. Which leads me to wonder: if you don’t come up in Google, can you really be said to exist?
Anyway, until recently this was a special-ed school. It’s shut down and for sale (you can find listings on the web). It’s the sort of place that if you could buy and maintain would make make a fantastic community or arts building. Of course it would have been better if it had stayed a school; I find it hard to believe that all those students suddenly and miraculously stopped being special. It all reminds me how a previous head of the school board (Roosevelt?) would boast, every year, that yet again he had not raised the school tax. Idiot.

When I rode up I ran into a man walking his dog; he lives across the street. We ended up talking for a bit. He seemed very concerned about getting things done around the district and even convinced me to swing by a spot on Brighton that he said had a very deep pothole (I wasn’t able to spot it). At some point he introduced himself as Joe the Bum and mentioned that he spent a lot of time downtown. Maybe you’d recognize him: he has long light-ish hair and a big beard, with braids sticking out in different places. He was pretty articulate, as people on the street go. I would have taken his picture, or a picture of his house. But he asked me not to; you never know who might come looking for him.


paulheckbert
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The name is McNaugher.
It’s a nice building (on the outside, at least) but a sad history:
[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1976/8/31, Parents Vote Ultimatum Over McNaugher School]
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1129&dat=19760831&id=CoFIAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jW0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=2133,2786161&hl=en


Ahlir
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@Paul: Interesting: From overcrowded, to special-ed, to empty. There’s probably some Meaning in there, somewhere.

For fun, I had decided to ride up Hazlett and across the bridge to get there, to check out the route and the previous tag. Some fun… In the process I discovered that the development at the top of the climb (a minimum security compound?) had a guard post at the entrance (as you’re getting to the bridge). Annoying; especially since the guard didn’t bother to raise the barrier for me.

More: After a while you can’t edit your post anymore! Actually a good feature. Had I been able to however, I would have added “incubator” to the list of alternate uses. That area could use some of those people milling about.

[re the spelling: for this tag stuff I always try to get the pic up right away, then spend time on annotations and comments. Once I did the initial post I saw that the spelling was wrong and fixed it; but I kept commentating. Not that I’m being defensive or anything…]


StuInMcCandless
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Bruced. My photo was at 7:09 p.m., after I sat out the storm at AGH.

The garbled text on the tweet was from trying to type “Macnaugher” on a wet iPhone. I didn’t realize the tweet went through until I got home and was reviewing my Twitter feed.

Judging from the responses, my original post from early this afternoon apparently was seen by a couple of people — which I find amazing because it was only up for two minutes. Then I realized I actually did have the right spot, and replaced the Google Map link with the text you still see. (hence the “take it up a level” comment)

In any event, I got 11 miles in, dodged a nasty storm, and saved $3.75 in bus fare. A good time was had by all!


Ahlir
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@Stu: At least you weren’t that (unrecognizable) guy I rode past on Perrysville, totally bundled up in super-yellow rain gear. It had me worried.

But I did ride past AGH in the rain, barely able to see anything through my glasses. This is two days in a row of total soak…


Marko82
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Mcnaugher school was built in 1910. According to a picture in the Carnegie collection the school is “…named in honor of the McNaugher Family, an important family who resided in the area.” http://images.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/i/image/image-idx?rgn1=ic_all;xc=1;g=imls;sort=dc_da;q1=McNaugher;size=20;c=hpicasc;c=hpicchatham;c=hpiccma;c=hpiccmnh;c=hpichswp;c=hpicmonroeville;c=hpicnpl;c=hpicoakmont;c=hpicphlf;c=hpicpitcairn;c=hpicpointpark;c=hpicpso;c=hpicrsc;c=hpicusc;back=back1428631488;subview=detail;resnum=4;view=entry;lastview=thumbnail;cc=hpichswp;entryid=x-msp117.b005.f01.i05;viewid=PPS1688.TIF

A check of the 1910 census for the 26th Ward of pgh lists a whole bunch of folks but the most likely target would be
In 1890 Joseph was the owner of a company called McNaugher & Co situated in Linden Avenue, Allegheny. He was also involved in real estate, banking, church work, and was treasurer of Westminster College
and his son
Rev. John McNAUGHER born 30 December 1857 Pennsylvania died 11 December 1947. He was a Theological Professor and Author… In 1920 John and Ella were living at 111 La Fayette Avenue, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. .. became the president of Xenia-Pittsburgh Seminary of the United Presbyterian Church of North America.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maggiesirishkin/mcnaugher1.html


Ahlir
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After yesterday, a Beautiful Day in the ‘Burgh today.


RustyRed
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I can’t believe this was not tagged yet.

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Also, it truly is a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Mister Rogers statue. North Shore.


RustyRed
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New tag!

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Another book grotto!


Ahlir
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From last year’s yoga ride (with Richard off screen to the left).


Ahlir
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Monterey St., Mexican War streets

loc: 40.456795, -80.013409


Ahlir
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Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Cambridge anymore.


Mr. Destructicity
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Oxford Center

Oxford Center, Downtown, on the Fourth Avenue side (in front of the Starbucks)


Mr. Destructicity
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NEW TAG!

NEW TAG

Would it help if I said it was a stone’s throw from the patron saint of Bohemia, Hungary, Poland, and Prussia, a man noted for his austere and simple piety; his opposition to slavery, polygamy, and idolatry; and his ability two have two skulls at once?

The ride to get here is pretty flat, except for the last hundred feet or so. Navigating all the one way streets to get here is more difficult than the actual ride.

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