1. When your boss calls a meeting just so he can hear himself talk, and as you’re sitting there looking right at him, does it takes all of your strength not to deliberately mime shooting yourself in the head? Just me?
2. The Pens. Oh, that was so so hard to watch.
The boys have fought valiantly all season, and they’ll continue to fight tonight, but not being able to get a goal on 5 on 3 to me was a huge flashing light that maybe this isn’t our year.
All hope is not lost. Just a big bunch of it is.
3. Speaking of the Pens and the Where in the World is Evgeni Malkin-itis that has inflicted Burghers everywhere, spotted at Fuel and Fuddle and snapped by Jim L’s camera:
Hah! But seriously, before we talk smack about Malkin’s lack of goals or scoring contributions this series, you’ve got to believe that our frustration pales in comparison to the frustration he’s feeling at himself. He’s doing a great job of yelling at himself without us jumping on his shoulders and pummeling his head with the frying pan of Hockey Justice.
4. Well, there’s being goth and then there’s having goat horns. No seriously. Goat horns. And that, my friends, is a classic What the Effie.
5. And finally, two sides to the Giant Eagle boycott coin.
From reader C:
You have every right to make whatever choice you please vis a vis choice of supermarket; but, I wonder if you realize how many local people are employed by Giant Eagle, from the headquarters in RIDC, down to the employees of the stores, including high school kids and disabled individuals who have an opportunity to work when they otherwise might not?
When the population of our region is shrinking, in large part due to a lack of jobs, do you really want to support Aldi and Trader Joe’s, which are foreign companies, or Costco, WalMart and Whole Foods, giant corporations that rose to national prominence through shady practices of their own?
Do you realize that the price of “staple” food items have shot up across the board, not just at Giant Eagle, due to the use of corn for fuel, the cost of gas to transport food, and a rising demand for food worldwide?
Again, it’s your blog, and you can say what you want; I think you’re being a little shortsighted in your criticism, or perhaps not considering the issue from all sides.
And this from reader Back in the Burgh:
I took your Giant Eagle rant to heart last week and decided that while I can’t completely quit shopping there (just unrealistic with it 3 minutes from my house and nothing else close enough), I figured I could spend more time (and money) at the other options near me – Costco and WalMart (both about 15 minutes away). Today I went on an adventure to Whole Foods. It’s about 40 minutes from me, but it was SO worth the drive! I felt like I was in produce heaven. I have never seen such beautiful produce. And, of course, it had all the cool, odd stuff that you’d never find at GE. The bakery section was wonderful and everyone working at the store was nice (even chatty … imagine that!). And they bagged my groceries for me … so hard to find anymore! So while it’s a bit of a hike, I imagine I’ll be finding the quickest way there every few weeks. Totally worth the drive. Thanks for making me stop and think about it all last week!
Now THAT is what’s called fair and balanced coverage. I report, you decide.
As for me, I’ve decided and I’m sticking with BITE ME, GIANT EAGLE!