Random n’at.

1. Since Bryan Adams left me, my next obsession has knocked on my door, kicked it down with guns blazing when I didn’t answer fast enough, and currently holds me hostage with a cowboy boot to my neck… but I’m totally okay with it.

Meet Blake Shelton, if you haven’t already. Not THIS Blake Shelton from back when he looked like a scary cowboy on meth. THIS Blake Shelton, he of the cropped hair, smooth country love songs, and powerful voice. I love all six feet five inches of his honky tonk hotness and he’s in HEAVY rotation on my mp3 player. Also, his song The More I Drink is Julie Gong’s anthem.

2. For some reason, the minature trolls that operate my seatbelt-locking mechanism are really being overly cautious lately. Locking up at the slightest of braking actions, all, “OMG! PittGirl is pulling into a toll booth ticket plaza. OMG! Lock lock lock! I can’t handle this. We’re all going to die. HAS ANYONE SEEN MY INHALER?!”

Chill out, seatbelt locking mechanism trolls. I’d hate to have to take your miserable asses to the shop for some poking and prodding with pointy electrical things.

3. Well, I came in twenty-fifth place in that stupid-ass Sportsocracy March Madness shit. (If I had placed in the top ten, then that would have read, “Most Excellent Sportsocracy March Madness awesomeness!”) Even Woy beat me. WTF?

I’m currently debating how Shiny Quarter will meet its hellish, deserved fate. Rest assured it will involve pain and possibly pigeons, and definitely posted pictures.

That was some very brilliant, unintentional alliteration there. Yay, me!

4. Detroit Free Press has an article about how Detroit can learn from The Burgh. Best line:

And in what might be the biggest sign of change, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the city’s largest employer, is preparing to move its headquarters to the prominent U.S. Steel Tower this spring.

Yes! It’s not our new stadiums, the fact that we’re digging under the rivers for a giant, unneeded tunnel. It’s not that we’re getting a new arena or all of the downtown housing that’s being built. No, the biggest sign of the Burgh’s change is that King Frickin’ Kong is leasing five floors of a 64-floor building.

The NEXT best part:

More than anything else, Pittsburghers’ devotion to their city seems to have kept it from becoming a wasteland. Those who didn’t leave town when the mills closed have formed an emotional attachment to the area on par with the fierce loyalty exhibited by Pittsburgh Steelers fans across the nation.

“People love this city like no other city in the world,” said Michael Madison, a University of Pittsburgh law professor who writes Pittsblog, a blog about the area.

So much word to that.

5. If you’re a Queer as Folk fan or a Hillary fan, then you’ll be interested in this event with some of the cast here in the Burgh.

6. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that the Trib isn’t a cutting-edge, modern, hip publication willing to show some HAWT LESBIAN ACTION!

Made ya click! But seriously, she’s totally touching that lady’s boob.

(h/t The Mysterious M)

7. Reader Carrie sent this snapshot of a photo she took in Greece:

We all know who The Virgin of the Burgh is.

Jeff Reed.



  1. cultlord
    April 16, 2008 12:08 pm

    Sadly with UPMC moving into the US Steel tower they’re also adorning it with King Kong-sized UPMC letters defacing our beloved black monolith; our shrine to the heathen steel kings of old.

    I hope anyone who even starts to call it the UPMC tower is slapped. I’m already tired of correcting people when they call the Civic Arena the “Mellon Arena”.

  2. bucdaddy
    April 16, 2008 12:14 pm

    Your mention of Hillary reminds me, the other day I saw what must be the most conflicted driver ever. There were bumper stickers supporting Hillary AND Obama, both on the right side, of all places, and not on the bumper itself but actually stuck to the back tailgate of a big honkin’ gas-guzzlin’ Al Gore-hatin’ SUV. I can’t wrap my brain around that.

  3. Dawn
    April 16, 2008 1:37 pm

    Hey now… We tied! It wasn’t *that* bad! At least we beat Andrew Stockey…


  4. Dan (Not Onarato)
    April 16, 2008 2:40 pm

    Yeah…and he used to do sports for TAE…think of it that way

  5. Still A Fan
    April 16, 2008 7:08 pm

    reed is more like the SEEKER of virgins

  6. Woy
    April 16, 2008 10:50 pm

    I’m not normally into these things, but I think given my post (and for the fact that even I beat you in the Sportsocracy pool), you’ll consider joining in:

    Here are the rules (from Amy, person who tagged me):
    1) Write your own six word story.
    2) Post it on your blog [and include a visual illustration if you’d like].
    3) Link to the person that tagged you in your post [me!], and to the original post if possible [so we can track it as it travels].
    4) Tag at least five others with links.
    5) Don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.
    6) Have fun!

  7. Julie_Gong
    April 17, 2008 2:48 pm

    I don’t know of this Blake Shelton. I’ll have to check him out since he does sing my “anthem” woot!

  8. Trish
    April 18, 2008 7:45 pm

    Blake Shelton totally got married (before he got divorced) in the same chapel I got married in.