Random n@.

1.  One (actually, probably several or even “bunches”) of my readers survived or are surviving breast cancer.  This is breast cancer awareness month.  Check yourselves, ladies.  And men, what better reason to go to your woman and say, “Woman!  Let me feel you up.  It’s for the greater good.”  Grandmother of PittGirl did not survive breast cancer, so it is a fight dear to my heart. So go fight it.  Tell it PittGirl sent you and that should it even eyeball her, she’s armed with nunchaku.

2. Several (maybe even “bunches) of readers are pointing out a New York Times article about Lukey in which Lukey kind of takes a big arrow of blame, loads it into his bow, and hits the media square between the eyeballs.  Like I told reader Zach, “I just don’t know what to write.”

On one hand, I’m all, yes, the media has been kind of hard on Lukey who sometimes seems to be doing a decent job, but on the other hand I’m all Lukey IS a starry-eyed, autograph-seeking, bar-hopping, concert-going, perk-loving, blame-deflecting controversy magnet.

So since I can’t think of anything new to say, I suggest you read the reporting of this guy, this guy, this guy, and maybe these guys.

Also, shouldn’t The Judge or you 2 Political Junkies peeps be photoshopping the hell out of this?

(h/t Zach, Robert, BullDog, Ed Heath, M. Silenus)

3.   I heart Sidney Crosby so much, and if he wasn’t so young, he’d be my self-united husband right now.  This is the video that goes with this post.  Like reader NoSide15212 said, “There is NO WAY this kid is a professional athlete.”

That’s because most professional athletes would have knocked on the door, tossed the lady the box, and turned to walk away saying, “Later, bitch.  I’d come in but I don’t want to get the stink of common folk on my jersey.”

4.   Classy!  (h/t KGC)

5.  A three-block radius near the Waterfront is now receiving a new radio station signal that plays sounds, right now, the sound of a sparrow.

Next week, the two plan to play the sound of the rivers.

“We’re going to get on a row boat, find out where the three rivers meet, drop microphone down there and record it,” said Pena.

The Steel Valley Arts Council encourages the public to suggest some creative sounds.

Oooh!  I’ve got one.  The sound of a pigeon dying.  Make it happen.

6.  Something else for you to worry about.  You’re welcome.

7. KDKA has a slideshow on that Bodies exhibit.  I have to say, I’m starting to get less grossed out and more intrigued.  This must be what happens as doctors go through medical school and stop puking every day.  At least that’s how I imagine I would be if I went to medical school.

I’m particularly fascinated with the actual smoker’s lungs.  Gross.


  1. lynne
    October 9, 2007 10:40 am

    4. sounds like she has a lot to offer!

  2. barbian1
    October 9, 2007 10:58 am

    I seriously have one of those bugs in my Florida Room right now. It is stuck between the glass and screen and it’s been there since yesterday morning. I was afraid to mess with it then and now I am going to try that jar trick. Ugh.

  3. bucdaddy
    October 9, 2007 10:59 am

    1. The irony, of course, is that the article appears in an NYC newspaper, a city that if it had a Mayor Ravenstahl behaving the way Mayor Ravenstahl does, the Post and the Daily News, if not the Times, would have reduced him to a smoking, simpering hole in the ground by now.

  4. M. Silenus
    October 9, 2007 10:59 am

    2. The thing that got me about Ravenstahl’s interview in the NYT was how glib he was about his mistakes, and blaming the media? Really. Reading those words gave me no confidence that he has learned anything.

    In general, I thought the Times article was pretty under-reported and that they treated the kid with, well, kid gloves.

  5. bucdaddy
    October 9, 2007 11:03 am

    Oh, sorry, my 1. should have been 2. You go, PG, on No. 1.

    As for No. 4: I can sympathize, if you’re one of the few people who have to endure periodic breakouts, but … fair’s fair. Where’s YOUR photo?

  6. Brother Anthony
    October 9, 2007 11:07 am

    6. The smell isn’t the worst thing in the world. They kinda smell like freshly cut grass. That can be irritating when it’s out of place inside your home and in winter.
    The real annoyance is listening to them tap tap tap at a lampshade. And they can startle you when they decide to land on your head.

  7. NoSide15212
    October 9, 2007 11:50 am

    #2. Agree on the photoshop comment –someone needs to airbrush a City full of taxpayers on to the end of that pistol. Actually, I didn’t really see the pistol in his hands at first so I just thought he was doing a Jim Morrisson Lizard King karaoke jam. I think you should paste the photo into your blog and host a caption contest. C’mon, PittGirl –this city is crying out for some leadership.

  8. dee
    October 9, 2007 12:34 pm

    #3. And there are other professional athletes (well, hopefully, only one) who would actually come into your house, but only to poop in your closet.

  9. Pensgirl
    October 9, 2007 1:13 pm

    2. I love this: “…none of the mistakes he has made have materially affected the city.”

    Hey Dougie, don’t count your homeland security dollars until they’re hatched, OK?

    Huh…the NYT didn’t really do any actual – what’s the word, oh right, RESEARCH – on Lukey’s indiscretions before “reporting” this story. It makes us sound like parents who are upset because their teen dyed his hair blue.

    3. I think the line is “There is no way this kid is HUMAN!” ‘Cause, y’know, humans have failings and foibles and flaws.

  10. Still A. Fan
    October 9, 2007 2:55 pm

    1. i wish every cancer had a group. i wonder how much money people give “to cancer” and it ends up getting funneled into the breast cancer pot? before you call me all sorts of horrible things – know that my mother lost her battle with cancer of the uterus many years ago. in my mind, cancer is cancer is cancer and we should be able to cure all of it. when you think about it, isnt it a little weird that people have ribbons and a symbol and everything for breast cancer…..but what about colon cancer? shoudnt colon cancer have a ribbon? ok, pink is taken, but i’m sure colon cancer can come up with another color. and what about testicular cancer? i guess a sumbol for that wouldn’t be too hard to come up with. sick yes, inappropriate absolutely….. but think about it.

  11. wagon
    October 9, 2007 3:25 pm

    Go to the Bodies exhibit. I went in DC (actually northern VA) and was fascinated by it. I highly recommend it.

  12. The Bag of Health and Politics
    October 9, 2007 3:33 pm

    I know a few people that went through med school. They all complain about the smell of Formalin. Apparently, it gets on everything. The bodies exhibit, because the corpses are plasticized, has no smell as far as I know. I saw a bunch of pictures of the inside of my colon. It was interesting. Wasn’t really all that gross either. You’re right, once you get used to it, it’s not that bad.

  13. Judge Rufus Peckham
    October 9, 2007 5:05 pm

    Yes, Still A Fan, all cancers deserve funding for research. I am glad that breast cancer gets a lot of attention. My mother-in-law died of that terrible disease. It’s become associated in the public mind with other women’s causes, and some women’s groups get behind it, but the fact is, it affects all of us when it strikes a loved one. In case you haven’t noticed, women’s groups of any kind are always a lot better organized than men’s groups. When do you ever hear about prostate cancer awareness month? I believe there is one, but it doesn’t get much publicity. Only lung cancer kills more men than prostate cancer. But you see, males don’t like to think of themselves as possible victims — to disease or anything else — because to be vulnerable is not manly. It is for this reason we don’t believe in going to the doctor until it’s often too late.

  14. honda driver
    October 9, 2007 5:45 pm

    #1 – amen to that! four years surviving and going strong but i also understand the concerns voiced by still a. fan and judge rufus peckman. the maddening disease of cancer has many forms taking its toll on victims and family members, all deserving of research funds.

  15. The Bag of Health and Politics
    October 9, 2007 6:23 pm

    Actually, heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women. The over exposure of breast cancer fund-raising activities is certainly an issue within the cancer patient community, and the broader serious life-threatening illness communities.

  16. pittgirl
    October 9, 2007 6:35 pm

    Right, but just so we’re straight here, I’m not asking anyone to donate to anything.

    I’m just asking the ladies to check themselves.

  17. Aeran
    October 9, 2007 10:07 pm

    yep. Plus, it’s easier to self-check your breasts than your, i dunno, pancreas.

  18. Maria in Pgh
    October 10, 2007 12:26 am

    #2 As the Judge beat me to the Photoshopping, I opted for a new caption.

  19. Judge Rufus Peckham
    October 10, 2007 12:38 am

    (1) Bag of Health and Politics – I am sorry that I didn’t make myself clear. I was referencing only cancer when I discussed prostate cancer.

    (2) Maria, you are one terrific Photshopper.

  20. Bob
    October 10, 2007 9:12 am

    The bodies on display in the Bodies exhibit came from unknown or otherwise unidentified Chinese corpses. They did not give their permission to have their bodies used in this manner.

    For some reason, that just rankles me. It’d be one thing if they were people who had explicitly donated their bodies to science. These people did not.

    My family and I are Carnegie Science Center members. We spend a ton of time there, especially once the weather turns lousy. But I won’t be attending this exhibition — which is a shame, because I’d like to see it.

    I’m speaking only for myself here.

  21. Bob
    October 10, 2007 9:17 am

    The bodies on display in the Bodies exhibit came from unknown or otherwise unidentified Chinese corpses. They did not give their permission to have their bodies used in this manner.

    For some reason, that just rankles me, and I’m generally fairly difficult to rankle. It’d be one thing if they were people who had explicitly donated their bodies to science. These people did not.

    My family and I are Carnegie Science Center members. We spend a ton of time there, especially once the weather turns lousy. But I won’t be attending this exhibition — which is a shame, because I’d like to see it. My 4-year-old has seen the promos, and is alternately frightened and fascinated, and I think he’d get a lot out of seeing it.

    I’m speaking only for myself here. Others may not have the same objections, and that’s just fine. Enjoy.

  22. Bob
    October 10, 2007 9:18 am

    Ugh, double post, sorry.

  23. L
    October 10, 2007 10:35 am

    I’m with you, Bob. The whole thing just makes me feel really uncomfortable.

  24. Pensgirl
    October 10, 2007 10:40 am

    I think breast cancer was one of the first types that people really organized around…it’s had longer, as a cause, to grow. It’s harder to get people behind other types, I think, in part because anything organizers can think of has already been “taken” by breast cancer and people get charity fatigue. “Every month, I gotta walk for another kind of cancer! I’m tired of walking!” (Although walking for every disease might be a good way to get us all exercising!) Cancers do have to be studied separately because of evidence of varying causes (and thus different needs to combat/cure), but each and every cancer deserves funding and attention. Colon cancer killed my grandfather, so I focus on that one. But it’s always a good idea to get a reminder to check ourselves for the cancers we might be able to detect at home.

    I’m with you on the Bodies exhibit, Bob, and what makes the whole thing worse is that there’s an older exhibit that doesn’t use questionable ethics. “Body Worlds” uses donors who specifically signed off on their bodies being used for the education of physician and laypeople. It really bothers me that respectable institutions are giving credence to an ethically suspicious exhibit when they don’t have to!

  25. Maria in Pgh
    October 10, 2007 11:22 am

    Totally agree about the lack of permission from the deceased. I’m also betting if they had, say, used the bodies of US homeless or unidentified murder victims in this way there’d be a huge outcry.