Random n@.

1. A sign I noticed as I approached Oakland via the Boulevard of the Allies immediately after my SUV hit a pothole so big that it would have swallowed a Chevy Aveo whole and still had room left over for a Geo Metro:

This is a State Maintained Road


2. You now have 22 days to get your PittGirl Says Drink shirt (now available in XXXL) before they’re taken off the WearPittsburgh site. Have you bought your shirt yet? Why haven’t you sent me a picture of you wearing it yet? And if you’re David Conrad, why haven’t you sent me a picture of you wearing it while running an ice cube tantalizingly down your neck?  What’s wrong with you people?!

Also?  I’d sell my soul to Bill Belichick for a picture of Yarone Zober wearing the shirt.

3. If you’re a filmmaker, and I know that some of you are because you’ve told me you are, you might be interested in this little project called “Pittsburgh Neighborhood Narratives.”

4. Librarian Bridget let me know of a book for children that I need to be aware of called Wringer, as in SANTA WANTS YOU TO WRING THAT PIGEON NECK GOOD! The summary:

Palmer LaRue is not looking forward to the day he turns 10. His town has an annual Pigeon Day. When a boy turns 10 in this town, they become “wringers” and strangle the pigeons wounded during the annual pigeon shoot. He must either accept this task or find the courage to say no. His buddies soon discover Palmer is hiding a pet pigeon in his room.

The topics listed are courage, peer pressure, pigeons, and violence.

I agree, it takes great courage on my part to encourage my peers to be violent to pigeons. Yay, me!

5. Speaking of pigeons, reader Amanda sent me this picture of a Victoria Crowned Pigeon from the Aviary on the North Side … er, Shore. Whatever.

So it’s got some fancy feathers on its head. It is still a pigeon. It still poops. It still brings down bridges. You can stick a feather in a pile of cow poop and it is still a pile of cow poop, y’all (also h/t to reader RJD).

6. In case you weren’t aware, Schwenneker is heading to Chicago and taking his awesomeness with him. (h/t Jaime)

7. If you’ve ever wondered what Anthony’s basement looks like, he’s taking you on a photographic tour. Please pay special note to the fact that he bought the house knowing there was a dead pigeon in it. I can’t decide if I was thinking of buying a house and found a dead pigeon in it, would I flee from the house or would I buy it on the spot because: this house kills pigeons all by itself!? (also h/t to Robert)

8. Up close and personal with Dr. Matt Lamanna (who you can hear speak this Saturday at the museum) and I do mean up close. I think I can see up his nostrils. Hot. (h/t Stasia)


  1. the violet
    December 12, 2007 11:41 am

    I am so totally crushed that my dream man Don Schwenneker is leaving. I told him to never leave Pittsbugh…this ruined my day. I’m sorry but if WTAE hires another D.Ivory or Erin I’m seriously going to loose my shit.

  2. Bram R
    December 12, 2007 11:55 am

    sorry, hot stuff. I promise I’m ordering several….

  3. Danopsu
    December 12, 2007 12:05 pm

    “The Don” is leaving? Cripes! He double kicked ace! Good luck Don….

  4. eag
    December 12, 2007 12:49 pm

    I hit the same pothole today in my sweet mini van. It was full of water and deceived me into thinking it was not 4 feet deep. Curse you Ed Rendell.

  5. Jim Lokay
    December 12, 2007 1:01 pm

    Dittos to Don — he’s a class act and a hell of a meteorologist.

    As for #1, I’ll be doing a story on that tonight. I’m writing it now with you in mind now, PittGirl.

  6. RJD
    December 12, 2007 3:10 pm

    Your Southern readers thank you.

    Now if only we can teach the difference between posessive and plural.

    Baby steps.

  7. DW
    December 12, 2007 3:43 pm

    I’d like a mens shirt with long sleeves! Or maybe I’ll just be trendy, buy the T and layer it w/ a long sleeve shirt. But that’s pretty complicated for a guy who can barely match his socks…

  8. Mark Denovich
    December 12, 2007 6:09 pm

    I was a wringer once when I was 7. We would collect the wounded and hand them to an old man… he did the actual wringing. Heads went in one pile, bodies in another. I have to admit that I wanted to take one home as a pet, but they all wound up in the pile.

    I’m going to be back in Pittsburgh for Xmas. I’ll look through our photo album for some pictures from the day. It is still clear in my memory, a day that I remember very fondly. My father, despite being physically disabled, was the shooter of the day, taking home the prize money.

  9. unsatisfied
    December 12, 2007 7:05 pm

    #2 — “You now have 22 days to get your PittGirl Says Drink shirt (now available in XXXL)….”

    XXXL??!?? do we really have that many fat-ass pittsburghers who are fans of the pittgirl???

  10. scottie
    December 12, 2007 8:48 pm

    unsatisfied: Considering her # of readers and the percentage of fat-asses in Pittsburgh, statistically, there’s a high likelihood of a fat-ass PittGirl fan.

  11. Frank
    December 13, 2007 9:59 am

    I always wondered who put the “State Maintained Road” sign up, and why. I’m sure there are many roads that are actually maintained by the state, but I’ve never seen such a sign anywhere else. I could totally see a city employee putting it up because they were sick of getting called about the terrible condition of that small ramp. It’s kind of passive-agressive…

  12. Kat
    December 13, 2007 10:22 am

    I could totally see a city employee putting it up because they were sick of getting called about the terrible condition of that small ramp. It’s kind of passive-agressive

    Well, I guess it’s good that after New Year’s they’re tearing the whole thing down, bridge, ramp, and all, but I have no idea how I’m going to get to work.