Random n@.

1. Is it wrong of me to be bothered by the fact that the male barista (baristo? baritone?) at my Starbucks regularly does the open-mouth, noisy, gum chewing while he is fixing my drink? It’s not so much the why can’t you just chew with your lips closed aspect of it as much as it is the what if a drop of spittle lands in my chai and negates its awesomeness?

2. You don’t even know the self-restraint it is taking me not to just lift these masterpieces of Troysus and his wife off of the Whirl Magazine site. Go. Gaze. Read. Sigh. Also? That photo of him as Samson and his wife as Delilah? Inspired.

3. Joe Hardy’s ex-wife is planning to write a book about her three-month marriage to the 84-year-old man. Any guesses on chapter titles? Other than reader Parking Chair’s inspired “Too much 84, not enough lumber.” Hell, that should be the BOOK title. (h/t Robert)
4. Bill Deasy, who I am just now becoming more familiar with, did a song and video for KDKA. You can watch the video here. Where’s Sonni and Jim?

5. This means health insurance is going to become more affordable right? Right? RIGHT?!?!

6. Sports Illustrated rates the best body parts in sports and The Chin’s chin/jaw is in there and so is Troysus’ ass. Maybe that picture is supposed to be for his hair? Screw it. It’s the ass. (h/t G.)


  1. DW
    August 23, 2007 12:13 pm

    Oh man, that book threat is worth another $5 million for her!

  2. Gunn Lino
    August 23, 2007 12:36 pm

    Bill Deasy better watch it, he might just be in line for the next ‘Burgher hottie nomination.

  3. Goob
    August 23, 2007 1:13 pm

    In Italian, “barista” is used for for both male and female folks who tend a coffee bar, even though it’s a feminine noun. In Italian, if you pull a shot, you’re a girl. I blame the Romans for this, and their pervasive notion of gender in Latin. Although: it may not entirely be the Roman’s fault themselves. They ate a lot of lead, back then.

    At Starbucks, though, all of these words are loan words, so who the hell knows. Have a panini, and all that.

    And now I’m stuck with the vision of a Starbucks completely staffed by baritones, and they’re continually -singing- to each other.


  4. Anthony
    August 23, 2007 1:27 pm

    Bill Deasy could make Happy Birthday sound depressing.

  5. Greg
    August 23, 2007 1:49 pm

    Here’s my thoughts on UPMC

    UPMC is quick to point out that it’s not profit, it’s the remainder. It seems that UPMC has had substantial remainders for the past six years.
    The 19 hospitals employ a total of 45,000 individuals and is the regions largest employer. I am thankful that we have such excellent hospitals in our region, that being said.
    UPMC enjoys its nonprofit status, owning the majority of properties in Oakland. I wonder what the remainder would be if the organization paid taxes? I wonder if the region would have better mass transit if a few of the MEGA nonprofit organizations paid taxes? I understand the value they bring to our region and the jobs they create, I just have a hard time believing a nonprofit can earn millions in remainder year after year.
    Classifying UPMC as a nonprofit organization makes about as much sense as tunneling under the river to the North Shore. Oh wait a minute the ground has already been broken on that project…….. it seems the taxpayer loses again.

  6. dwight
    August 23, 2007 1:55 pm

    PG, I can’t even get past #1 as it is so disgusting. I think I am somewhat hypersensitive to stuff like that, but I think it is fine to be that way. Especially about things you put in your mouth. Ugh. So, no, it is NOT wrong of you to be bothered.

  7. Sofa King
    August 23, 2007 4:05 pm

    Hey, don’t sleep on Bill Deasy now, the man did the Good Morning America intro about 5 years ago.

  8. Pensgirl
    August 23, 2007 4:10 pm

    Actually Pittgirl, it’s probably against the rules of the barista’s job to be doing that. When I waited tables I wasn’t allowed to chew gum for that very reason, and it made sense to me.

    A professor once told me that thanks to all the hospitals, schools, churches, and parks we have, around 40% of the land in Allegheny County was nonprofit and thus untaxed – and that was before UPMC’s latest round of purchases. That explains a lot about Pittsburgh’s fiscal woes, doesn’t it? My opinion has long been that because hospitals no longer serve as charitable institutions they way they once did, and because so many own or are owned by for-profits, they should become a part of the tax pool. Even if there was a special reduced tax rate for them, they take more than they give anymore and they should really start contributing.

  9. Heavy T
    August 23, 2007 5:36 pm

    bill deasy makes me want to slit my wrist

  10. Kayla
    August 23, 2007 6:18 pm

    I love Bill Deasy’s music – I’ve beeb following him since back when he was with The Gathering Field (I miss them…). He’s a very talented singer and songwriter. Heavy T – have you considered seeing a psychologist about your issues?

  11. returningBurgher
    August 23, 2007 7:33 pm

    fortunately, not everyone in this region uses upmc health plan or highmark…. competition is good.

  12. RHS Teacher
    August 23, 2007 11:50 pm

    As a new reader, you have to tell me where the name “Troysus” comes from. And is his halo natural or added? Either way, it’s a turn-on.

  13. Erica
    August 24, 2007 3:01 am

    Funny you should mention possible guesses On chapters in The Soon To Be Ex Mrs. Hardy’s Book, I just listed a few in my own blog. Here they are:

    1) I Touched His Ding-A-Ling And Scored A 10 Carat Ring!
    2) My Porsche Is Sweet, But My Ass Hurts
    3) I’m Not White Trash, I’m Mrs. Joe Hardy, Bitches
    4) I Don’t Think He Loves Me For My Mind
    5) Viagra: I Hate It
    6) Mom Says I HAVE To Touch It Or We’ll Be Poor Again
    7) Joe Laughs When I Talk About My Feelings
    8) What’s A Lobotomy? Joe Says I Need One
    9) Me, Joe, And My 25 Year Old Rapper Boyfriend, Mookie
    10) I Don’t Think Joe Likes Mookie
    11) Mookie’s Dead; Kinda Scared Of Joe, Now
    12) He Used Me For Ante In Texas Hold ‘Em!
    13) Then He Sold My Soul To Satan For Immortality!
    14) I’m Moving Back With Mom, ASAP
    15) Will His Pre-nup Hold Up In Court?

  14. PittGirl
    August 24, 2007 8:00 am

    RHS Teacher, I dubbed Troy with the name “Troysus” because I think he is as close a person to Jesus as we’ll ever see. Troysus, Jesus, get it?

  15. ExYinzer
    August 24, 2007 1:17 pm

    Bill Deasy is a giant, giant tool. My band was slated to open a The Gathering Field show back in the day, and right when we were supposed to go on, he personally stopped us because (1) we would “dirty the stage” for TGF; and (2) we would cut into the time TGF’s CD would play over the PA. I’d love to see a Bill Deasy / Andrew Stockey fight to the death to see, once and for all, who has the most unjustifiably large ego in Pittsburgh.

  16. Mikey D.
    August 24, 2007 10:45 pm

    ExYinzer, highly doubt that’s what happened — gotta be more to that story. Whether you like Deasy’s music or not, he’s a genuinely nice guy and yeah, I’ve seen him play on lots of “dirty” stages. Doesn’t sound like him one bit.

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