Random n@.

1. What is so hard about maintaining the temperature on buses? This morning the bus driver would blast the air until we shivered and then flip on the heat until we were drenched in sweat. Surely there is a middle setting between “The Fires of Hell” and “Make Snots Freeze.”

2. You cannot be serious. Just, no! Reader Erik wrote:

It is your civic duty to inform the city of Pittsburgh that this crap is not acceptable.

Consider yourselves informed.

3. You guys, I have been so so so so SOOOO bad in responding to emails lately, but I promise, if you’ve written me lately, I’ll be writing to you soon.

4. HAHA! Look at the scaredy cat pigeons! (h/t to readers Kate, Spoon, Plexxer, JCIII, and anyone else I missed.)

5. The best part of this video? Obviously seeing Sonni Abatta at her candid best. And you know, she’s hot and all. Enjoy. (h/t Robert) If only Don Cannon had been there.

6. Wait. I thought that when birds ate uncooked rice their stomaches would explode. You mean to tell me that pigeons THRIVE on rice? Damn. Off to take down my “pigeon killing” rice feeder. Also:

Since June, stewards have been patrolling St Mark’s Square and other historic sites to slap a 25-euro fine on tourists found laying out a picnic, walking around bare-chested or dropping food wrappers.

Um. How does walking around bare-chested encourage the presence of pigeons? Do they like to poke nipples or something?


(h/t to Terri and Jessica)

7. I’m surprised Eat n’ Park hasn’t sued him for using the word “Smiley.” (h/t Winky)

8. Oh, Lord.

The gender gap has widened when it comes to hygiene, according to the latest stakeout by the “hand washing police.” One-third of men didn’t bother to wash after using the bathroom.

WTF? Dudes! Wash your frickin’ hands. Every. Single. Time. I’m going to vomit.

The Judge emailed:

Disgusting, but true. The fact is lots of men think that touching their, ahem, “best friend” at the urinal doesn’t require them to wash up. That’s what causes the differential between men and women. I personally have taken to using a paper towel to opening the men’s room door when I leave.

Screw paper towels. I’d get me a blow torch.


  1. A-Rod
    September 19, 2007 10:43 am


    she said blow torch….

  2. TC
    September 19, 2007 10:46 am

    2. Don’t worry about the Crocs. The escalators will get them!


  3. parking chair
    September 19, 2007 10:53 am

    8. hand washing in the men’s room? It happens at my office.

    However, there are two different guys who wash like so….

    They enter the men’s room, wash their hands, step up to the urinal and handle their junk, then zip, flush and walk right out. To paraphrase Whitney “to wash for yourself, is the greatest love of all”

  4. Kat
    September 19, 2007 11:15 am

    My office is conveniently located across from the men’s room on this floor, and I gotta say that there are a lot of guys who are in and out so fast that there’s no way that they even touched the faucet. Which is why I have a nice bottle of Purell in my desk drawer.

  5. Grossed out by this
    September 19, 2007 11:32 am

    In my office building, the restrooms share a common door and hallway before the doors to the men’s and women’s. I can hear the flush from the men’s, then the door open with no sound of running sink water (or time for it) in between. For quite some time I have taken to using a paper towel to open all bathroom doors, everywhere. I don’t mean to be a trader to my gender — but ladies, I have witnessed a scant few of you not washing your hands either! Gross. I’m sure I look liek a germ-a-phobe, but I don’t care.

    Everybody: wash your hands! It just makes sense.

  6. Bram R
    September 19, 2007 11:45 am

    #5 — What’s with the porno music? Does the P-G use that for all their interviews, or just the ones involving David, Sally, and Sonni?

  7. Burghthing
    September 19, 2007 11:46 am

    And remember, its the cold and flu season, so wash extra hard!

  8. chrys
    September 19, 2007 11:57 am

    hmmm.. maybe the people who don’t wash their hands can benefit from the assembly my daughter’s school does every year for all grades. LOL! My daughter is so grossed out by germs she washes her hands every time she goes to the bathroom.. she even washes up before dinner. hmmm.. does this make her borderline OCD?

    Men of Pgh..( and you dirty ladies too) wash your hands!!

  9. Grossed out by this
    September 19, 2007 12:05 pm

    trader – should be traitor

    liek – should be like

    My multi-tasking skills are in decline…

  10. Sofa King
    September 19, 2007 1:33 pm

    Man, watching someone walk out of the men’s room without washing their hands is such a pet peeve of mine. I’ve actually been known to call them out on it…right when they get outside and re-join their friends or co-workers.

    Yeah, I’m a dick, but it is amusing to mess with dipshits.

  11. Joey
    September 19, 2007 1:51 pm

    I can’t believe you haven’t commented on the shitty place for singles story AGAIN in the PG. Christ, those of us who are in that age range, and are single, live this every day.

  12. Pensgirl
    September 19, 2007 3:16 pm

    Sofa, being a dick for the benefit of all mankind is a completely forgivable offense.

  13. spoon
    September 19, 2007 3:23 pm

    Pensgirl, that’s how Dick won Big Brother 8 last night.

  14. Ed Heath
    September 19, 2007 4:18 pm

    I am trying to reconcile the great dilema. There is a sticker up in our men’s room that tells us to us a paper towel to turn off the faucet, after drying our hands. So we let the water run an extra minute? How environmental is that? But now I am looking at the faucet with suspicion. Never mind the door, I have long been using a towel to leve the men’s room.

  15. parking chair
    September 19, 2007 4:26 pm

    Of course, if the guy who puts the towels in the dispenser “uses the faciltiies” and fails to wash his hands before handling said towels, we are all doomed.

    doomed, i say!

  16. Kelli
    September 19, 2007 4:48 pm

    Ed, I’m not stalking you from blog to blog, but I will again comment on your comments.

    That is a double environmental offense, because it uses both extra water and extra paper towels. Because you don’t want to dry you hands with the towel you just used to touch the dirty facet.

    Not that I agree, I use a paper towel to turn off the facet anyway. I mean, I did just come out of the stall and turn the water on right? Which I would just be picking back up whatever I just deposited on the facet, then redistributing with my clean hands.

    Thank god they keep the paper towels mere inches from the facets here at my work.

  17. Sofa King
    September 20, 2007 8:19 am

    I am currently studying methods of channeling my energies in hopes that one day I’ll be able to both turn off the faucet and open the door using nothing but sheer power of will.

  18. Zsa
    September 20, 2007 10:35 am

    TC, I was SO happy when I read that story. Not happy that the kids got caught in escaltors of course, but happy that this will undoubtedly make the mommies of the world rise up to stamp out the giant fashion travesty that is Crocs.

  19. Rob
    September 20, 2007 10:43 am

    I think it is Sonni’s birthday on Sunday. Happy Birthday you pretty little thing!