Randon n’at.

1.  There’s been a mini discussion amidst my Twitterverse about how uncool it is and how very early nineties it is that PittGirl hearts, adores, and imbibes the fantastic-osity of Zima.

Zima is delicious on a hot summer day.

Of course, I should have been tipped off to the un-coolness and unpopularity of it when I headed to the beer store on Sunday and this happened:

PittGirl:  Hi!  Do you have any cold Pacifico?

Beer Girl:  Just one box left, but it’s not cold.

PittGirl:  Hmm.  I need it cold.  Modelo?

Beer Girl:  All out.  The Mexican beers went like nuts this weekend.

PittGirl.  Hmm.  Zima?

Beer Girl:  I got shitloads of Zima back there.

I must be keeping them in business.

2.  Reader Brian tipped me off to this Ruth Ann Dailey column I missed because I still haven’t read yesterday’s PG (gasp!).

You can’t reason with them, and you can’t make them feel bad about themselves. Since what they like to do is to sow discord and control others, the only power you have is to let it go and walk away.

This line, I think I’m going to post to my dashboard the next time I want to flip off assholes like this guy:

… in the old white pickup truck that used the shoulder to drive by stopped rush hour Parkway traffic and then changed lanes in the tunnel.  You guys, I chased after him for MILES to try to get a good clear picture so that I could sic the Burgh on him and that was as close as I got.

Now, I’m just going to walk away.

And hope karma shoves a boomerang up his ass.

3.  I’m going to the Kenny Chesney concert on Saturday.  Say what you want, but if loving Kenny Chesney (and Zima) is uncool, then … whatever.  I’m still cool.  Besides, I love an excuse to braid my hair and bust out my cowgirl hat.  Yeeeeee-haw! (says Ken Rice).

4.  The Buccos of Suckitude are actually acting like they give a damn!

When was the last time the franchise showed a competitive streak comparable to the one this edition has displayed all season?

On this day alone, these Pirates stared down and wore down the legendary Johnson, emptied their bench and bullpen when Doug Mientkiewicz and Johnson had a verbal spat, pleaded their cases passionately with the umpires, slid and dived as if it were a playoff game and, most important by far, performed at a level that made all of that energy pay off.

And this despite temperatures that touched 92 degrees.

I don’t know who this “Doug Mientkiewicz” is, but if he’s confident enough to throw down with the Big Unit, well, I’ve got my eye on him now.

Also, if the Buccos of Suckitude can’t give a .500 season, the very least they can do, is give a damn.

5.  PBS says, “Hey, Mr. Rogers?  Yeah, thanks for the forty years.  As a gift, we’re pretty much removing you from PBS.  KTHXBAI.  Enjoy the grave.”

A childhood without Mister Rogers is a childhood without learning how the hell they make crayons so tasty good.

6.  I can’t even write about the seven-year-old accused of killing the 10-month-old in daycare and now faces a juvenile hearing.  This brain of mine won’t wrap around that, won’t even look at it.  It is pretending like it never happened and is all [hands over brain matter] “LALALALALA.  I can’t process you.”





30 Comments

  1. Pittsburgh Tom (in NJ)
    June 10, 2008 10:35 am

    Doug Mientkiewicz is the guy on the Pirates who actually owns a World Series ring.



  2. unsatisfied
    June 10, 2008 10:49 am

    mientkiewicz is bad ass. when the red sox finally friggin’ won the world series in 2004, he was their first baseman (that’s how he got that ring) and he refused to give the ball that he caught on the last out over to the red sox, who cried like the pansies they are about it (though, he eventually did agree with the sox to put it into the hall of fame).

    he is a pretty spirited guy — I’ll take him over derek “operation shutdown” bell or raul mondesi any day of the week and twice on sunday.



  3. Pittsburgh Tom (in NJ)
    June 10, 2008 10:53 am

    Is it time to start making WWDMD bracelets?

    Doug Mientkiewicz doesn’t hit homeruns, he just says “boo!” and the baseballs get scared and go hide behind the outfield fence.



  4. Mimi
    June 10, 2008 10:57 am

    PittGirl…for a Zima alternative, get some Izze Clementine (available at Whole Foods or Giant Eagle, but it’s cheaper at Whole Foods) and mix in a chilled glass with a little vodka. Amazing.



  5. Angie :-)
    June 10, 2008 11:03 am

    Zima is uncool? really their berry xxx is awesome. I love it! I will be uncool with you pitt girl. we will start our own uncool zima group! HA!



  6. Pittsburgh Tom (in NJ)
    June 10, 2008 11:08 am

    I haven’t had a zima since college, but I don’t recall it being too bad. If it was free and nothing better was available, I would drink it.

    On the other hand, zima gold was pure evil. It has to be the worst tasting alcoholic beverage I have ever had. And I’ve tasted black sambuca.



  7. Maria
    June 10, 2008 11:08 am

    1) Oh, Zima. It takes me back to my carefree early high school days when my friends and I refused to drink beer because omg it tasted like sooooo bad guys, ya know?

    4) I’ve decided I’d like baseball a lot more if there were more actual fights.

    5) That is so, so sad. I don’t want to bring children into a world where they can’t watch Mr. Rodgers everyday. So Mr. Rodgers gets cut down to once a week but the Disney Channel shows Hannah Montana multiple tims a day? What is the world coming to?



  8. corner press
    June 10, 2008 11:10 am

    I was lucky enough to get to cover a couple of Bucs games a few weeks ago for my freelance job. Actually got about 10 minutes uninterrupted to talk to Mientkiewicz one-on-one.

    Coolest. Guy. Ever.

    He talked to me in the clubhouse getting ready for a game against the Cubbies. And he didn’t blow me off, even though my questions were kinda lame. (It was a scripted interview, unfortunately.)

    And … not only does he have a WS ring, he was a HS teammate of A-Rod. Yes, THAT A-Rod.

    Can’t wait for the interview to be published so everyone can read it. (July sometime is what I’m told.) But he’s quickly climbing the ranks in my book. Especially after yesterday’s near miss.



  9. Sooska
    June 10, 2008 11:14 am

    re: “Also, if the Buccos of Suckitude can’t give a .500 season, the very least they can do, is give a damn.” WORD. I gave up baseball and the Buccos after 1992 becasue they didn’t (give a damn, that is) and have refused to set foot inside PNC Park until they do (give a damn, that is.) Perhaps they do. With this news I will have to keep one eye on this Doug Mientkiewicz person.



  10. Bulldog
    June 10, 2008 11:32 am

    Yep, Doug Mientkiewicz is the ONE guy on the team that’s not afraid to show some veteran leadership, even if it’s from the bench. Totally cool. He signed a contract with the team in the off-season even though the GM told him point-blank that the Pirates really didn’t have a spot for him and he couldn’t see how they’d be able to have him on the roster. He said “whatever, just give me a shot and I’ll take my chances.”

    He was such a strong addition to a clubhouse that sorely lacked ANY leadership that he’s having a huge impact every day. The credit that I have heard everyone from the bullpen to the “big names” give him make him indespensible.

    Every time he steps on the field in whatever capacity, you can see the “give a damn” oozing from every pore. He is the one demonstrating to the other guys on the roster that “you’re collecting a Major League Paycheck, so play like you deserve it.” He’s got a ton of respect in the clubhouse and this team wouldn’t even be within smelling distance of .500 ball without him.



  11. zarum
    June 10, 2008 11:46 am

    I tasted Zima once. It tasted like I imagine wet cardboard would taste.



  12. Izzy
    June 10, 2008 11:50 am

    Wow, Bulldog! Good to hear! I love this….

    He is the one demonstrating to the other guys on the roster that “you’re collecting a Major League Paycheck, so play like you deserve it.”

    DAMN straight!



  13. adam
    June 10, 2008 11:55 am

    He’s also got an Olympic Gold Medal, too, if I’m not mistaken.



  14. anna marie
    June 10, 2008 12:02 pm

    I grew up in a state where you could buy alcohol at the grocery store, and one day in high school (or maybe late middle school) I met my mom up at the checkout lines one day after browsing the store on my own for a bit. She held up a 6 pack of Zima and said, oh sweetie, look what I found–some new sparkling water for your lunch!

    Nice :)



  15. PittinDC
    June 10, 2008 12:25 pm

    The Succos are playing a little too good right now. I need them to bomb a few games against the icky Nats so that they can beat up on the O’s when I’m there this weekend. I have bragging rights on the line, and I’m fully convinced that the Succos have a “you can’t hit .500” clause in their contracts.

    It is good to see that they might be starting to care!



  16. McSmooth
    June 10, 2008 12:26 pm

    Mientkiewicz is my favorite Pirates player, simply because he played baseball at Florida State while I was a student there.

    At games, one student would get up and lead a cheer by spelling out “NOLES” with his/her arms (think YMCA). Fans would then yell “N-O-L-E-S…NOLES!”

    Later, a creative student got up and did “M-I-E-N-T-K-I-E-W-I-C-Z…MIENTKIEWICZ!” Poor kid trying to quickly go through all of those letters and keep pace with the fans. Looked like he was chasing off bees.



  17. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    June 10, 2008 12:34 pm

    Zima is good. Think of it this way, it people weren’t drinking it, they still wouldn’t be making it after all of the years.



  18. JP
    June 10, 2008 12:45 pm

    If you like Zima, you should check out Hop-n-Gator



  19. Sue
    June 10, 2008 1:30 pm

    You will have a blast at the Kenny Chesney concert. I’ve been to 4 already, and last year’s at Heinz Field was fantastic! Tailgating started at 10:30, gates opened at 3:30, the temperature was 99 degrees (actually 85, but in Heinz Field in the sun, it felt like 99) which made the beer go down faster (and those $8 rum drinks), by the time Kenny Chesney came onto the stage, I needed a nap! Long, fun day, so rest up & have a great time! PS – After tailgating since 10:30, you won’t even care about paying $8 for a rum/fruit drink. Until – you’re on your way home at 1 am, stop at Sheetz to get a coffee and a cookie to keep you awake for the 2 hr drive home and you only have change in your wallet!



  20. Mikey
    June 10, 2008 3:55 pm

    Why is it that out of all the episodes of Mister Rogers Neighborhood that we’ve all seen EVERYONE remembers when he went to see how crayons were made?

    It’s like taking a drunk uncle to a dirty strip club and telling him he can touch all the boobs he wants. As kids, we just all wanted to EAT the crayons so then when our super hero, Mister Rogers, took us to the epicenter of crayon making it was burned into our minds FOREVER.

    I think I also remember Mister Rogers going to a cheese factory? Maybe not though…those could just be drunk uncle at dirty strip club fantasies on that one because I LIKE CHEESE!

    Oh, and GO BUCCOS!



  21. Dan (Not Onarato)
    June 10, 2008 4:36 pm

    could Doug Mientkiewicz be the next Gary Roberts or Chuck Norris?

    WWDMD?

    Too much?

    Just a thought…



  22. Tony
    June 10, 2008 5:47 pm

    First time I tried a Zima, way back in the day, (and in fact, they WERE free) a guy came up to me and said, “You know what ZIMA stands for, don’t you?

    I didn’t.

    He said, “Zomething’s In My Azz.”

    Just had to laugh…



  23. Burgh Baby
    June 10, 2008 6:05 pm

    All the cool kids are drinking Zima.



  24. Steeler_tom
    June 10, 2008 6:46 pm

    PittGirl,
    Zima? Do what you like girl! To hell with anyone who thinks otherwise.
    (I like Mike’s Hard lemonade or the Original but hard to find One-eyed-Jack, to make it even better, pour it in a punch bowl and toss lemon slices in it!)
    Anyhow WWDMD bracelets? Gimme a break! How about WWPGD? (What would PittGirl drink? Lol)

    Yep sux royally what their doing to Mr Rogers,

    That little girl did something waaaaay bad, But things like this do not manifest overnight…. She’s got issues even at that age…. Nothing really mentioned about momma & poppa…. What are they sayin or thinkin… (are they around?) I’m sure someone somewhere will blame this on the Fire Dept, PD, Social services, The Mayor, The buccos of suckitude, etc, etc…



  25. John
    June 10, 2008 10:01 pm

    So of course the B of S go and blow 2 leads to the stinkin’ Nats tonight and lose. Figures.



  26. retiredguy
    June 11, 2008 8:06 am

    I may actually go to a Pirate game this year.

    Zima is ok, if you’re putting out a camp fire and don’t want to waste water.



  27. Pensrule
    June 11, 2008 10:57 am

    The stadium atmosphere is reason enough to go to a Pirate game.

    Zima doesnt seem to quench the thirst, next thing you know you are shaving your tongue.

    I would take a guess this poor little girl had some issues with being rough with the other children, most likely playing, not in a burning cats way. It is the fault of the supervisor. Who runs a daycare center where the diaper changing area is on another floor?
    Its a huge infraction to leave children alone, and there are rules to the age range in which they can be together in one “classroom”. These places have all had to be certified at some point, they know these things and did not do it! Up the River with them i say!



  28. Zsa
    June 11, 2008 11:18 am

    Zima w/ a shot of Chambord = YUM. The only issue I have w/ Zima is that it does not work and play well with others. Once that bottle goes up to your lips, Zima is pretty much your date for the rest of the evening, or you’re going to feel like CRAP the next day.

    I don’t know what about the Mr. Rogers story upsets me more – the fact that they’re removing him to push some insipid cartoon, or that they’re going to be making a new (and probably completely sanitized, unfortunately) Electric Company.



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  30. The Dude
    July 11, 2008 1:00 pm

    Did you see the first season of Sesame Street DVD has a parental warning label on it? It says..”NOT FOR KIDS” because of kids shown playing in a junkyard and riding bikes with (gasp) no helmets.

    P.S. I drank many a Zima at Jellyrolls….I think I will need one tonight.