The Dread Lord speaks. Prepare to be destroyed.

If you’ve never been a reader of my blog before, you might not know that I branded the Mayor’s right hand man Yarone Zober as The Dread Lord Zober. You can go here to read why I gave him that nickname.

Today, I got an email from the Dread Lord himself:

Just dropping a line- Welcome to public (and un-anonymous) life! Folks tell me about your blog, though I don’t really read blogs, and I have enjoyed the title you’ve bestowed on me so much that I asked the staff to make a nameplate of it for me for Hannukah. They did, and I proudly display a “Dread Lord Zober” nameplate on my desk now. Thanks for loving Pittsburgh.

The Dread Lord Zober

I was skeptical, so I responded:

Dread Lord,

Are you serious? I’m going to need proof, as in a picture of this nameplate. In fact, a picture of you HOLDING the nameplate while handing out “DESTROY HIM” orders.

I’ll be waiting!


To which The Dread Lord sent me this:


First, this pleases me so much. Do you think Lukey has a “Hizzoner Master Lukey” nameplate?!

Second, Dread Lord, I call baloney on the “I don’t really read your site” crap. Admit it. You read it. Sometimes you love it; sometimes you want to destroy me.

Bring it.


  1. Angela
    August 27, 2009 7:06 pm


  2. Magus Patris
    August 27, 2009 7:08 pm

    The only thing that could make this bette is if that tome on his desk in front of him is entitled “Pittsburgh Pigeon Eradication Plan; Vol I & II”

  3. K
    August 27, 2009 7:08 pm


  4. ErinPatricia
    August 27, 2009 7:13 pm

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Thats the best thing I’ve seen all week!

  5. fsbigbob
    August 27, 2009 7:14 pm

    thats classic

    the best part is you know he was sitting there thinking….does my smile look my tie straight…should i leave this paper work on the desk…haha

  6. amy
    August 27, 2009 7:16 pm

    that? is fantastic. thanks for sharing – it’s good to know the Dread Lord has a sense of humor.

  7. Joyce
    August 27, 2009 7:19 pm

    Too funny! Isn’t it nice when someone actually has a sense of humor?

  8. Kelly
    August 27, 2009 7:24 pm

    Hahaha. I am beside myself with delight!!!

  9. hello haha narf
    August 27, 2009 7:27 pm

    oh my fuck, i hope you are happy…i just laughed so hard i peed the damn couch and dropped my lappy top on the floor.
    that is more awesome than a possum!

  10. Bobbo
    August 27, 2009 7:27 pm

    I didn’t know he was so young. He needs a “PittGirl says drink” shirt.

  11. Jennifer
    August 27, 2009 7:30 pm

    Wow. Just wow. I think I am slighly less repulsed by the Dread Lord. Maybe its an evil plot to win over the hearts and minds of Pittsburgh so we will struggle less when he eats our souls with is rusty spork.

  12. Burgh Baby
    August 27, 2009 7:31 pm

    That. Is. Spectacular.

  13. Uncle Crappy
    August 27, 2009 7:37 pm

    I still think it’s a trick.

  14. Bram R
    August 27, 2009 7:49 pm

    “…though I don’t really read blogs…”

    Oh, that’s a good one. Not as good as “my wife reads them and sometimes calls something to my attention”, or my personal favorite, “I read some blogs but I don’t read the comments”, but pretty good nonetheless.

    Kisses, Roni!

  15. T3chb0y
    August 27, 2009 7:56 pm

    He reads… Definitely reads… It’s just amazing how they all start coming out of the woodwork!

  16. Pa-pop
    August 27, 2009 8:10 pm

    Is the picture fuzzy because of the gloomy mists of doom in Dread Lord Zober’s Death Star?

  17. spoon
    August 27, 2009 8:11 pm

    I figured that the Dread Lord would have a better digital camera in the office. That looks like he took a picture of a picture.

  18. Vivian formerly NYLuvs Pitts
    August 27, 2009 8:17 pm

    Oh yeah!!!

  19. PittinDC
    August 27, 2009 8:30 pm

    Seriously, that is amazing!

  20. Summer
    August 27, 2009 8:32 pm

    He has a sense of humor. Awesome!

  21. Dave
    August 27, 2009 8:32 pm

    > awesome

    awesome with extra awesomeness

  22. Woy
    August 27, 2009 8:39 pm

    Who the hell is he kidding?

    That bound compendium in front of him is the printed archives of The Burgh Blog.

    The other? A pirated copy of “What To Expect – The Toddler Years” which serves as his job guidebook.

    I do love it when a public official has a sense of humor.

  23. tehamy
    August 27, 2009 8:53 pm

    Awesome picture. I’m pretty sure he just wants something from you. And I’m sure that he has ready every single post you have ever written.

  24. TwinMamaTeb
    August 27, 2009 8:53 pm

    LOVE it!

  25. Pensgirl
    August 27, 2009 8:57 pm

    At one point in my life I knew DLZ relatively well, and based on that I say:

    1. I see your baloney and raise you a shenanigans. He totally reads you.

    2. I buy the sincerity of his note. Rone has his failings, but his enthusiasm for Pittsburgh is genuine and I have no trouble believing that he really does appreciate how much you love Pittsburgh too.

  26. tolnski
    August 27, 2009 9:00 pm


    is church.

  27. Becky
    August 27, 2009 9:06 pm

    That is AWESOME!

  28. m
    August 27, 2009 9:11 pm

    Did the City spend money on that?

  29. GeeLyn
    August 27, 2009 9:22 pm

    This is full of win!

    It looks like he took it on a web cam.

    I bet he shows the blog to Lukey. Now he’s going to have to pull off something epic…

  30. Sheila
    August 27, 2009 9:29 pm

    Ok he so reads you – he wanted the sign for Hanukah- last year!! it’s probably been in his office since December!!

  31. Hutch Jr.
    August 27, 2009 10:02 pm

    Great stuff…they’re listening, and you know he’s reading it haha

  32. Jen
    August 27, 2009 10:19 pm

    oh. my. gosh. that’s awesome.

  33. Heather
    August 27, 2009 10:41 pm

    SHUT UP! That’s probably the most amazing thing I have seen all year…does that make me lame?

  34. Brian BK
    August 27, 2009 11:12 pm

    I’ll be his Facebook buddy if he makes that his profile picture.

  35. Elmer Palmer
    August 27, 2009 11:32 pm

    Yes, it is true. I was Dread Lord’s concubine. There, I said it

  36. Kristin
    August 27, 2009 11:36 pm

    I think you just won the internet. FREAKING AWESOME.

  37. chrys
    August 27, 2009 11:54 pm

    LMAO!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!

    I must agree.. he totally reads your blog. :)

  38. sparky
    August 28, 2009 12:48 am

    Looks like that Goof
    “Doogie Howser, M.D.”

  39. Bob O'Connor
    August 28, 2009 8:07 am

    on one hand I say to myself, “what a tool, Mayor Zober actually can poke fun @ himself and not be such an asshat after all”

    and on the other hand I say, “what a tool, Mayor Zober has responded to what a blogger has said and ridiculed him for/about and actually went forward and publicly embarrassed himself, the administration and the City of Pittsburgh by taking a picture of a nameplate displaying a childish moniker for all the world to see, what an asshat”

  40. Tinare
    August 28, 2009 8:23 am

    Too funny! Good one Zober!

  41. Sooska
    August 28, 2009 8:24 am

    Dear DLZ – Any publicity is good publicity. Seeing your name in print is a thrill for you (I don’t care what they say as long as they spell my name right.and having a powerful evil persona is positively orgasmic. You totally used to read PittGirl; now you read That’s Church. Love, Sooska

  42. naten53
    August 28, 2009 8:26 am

    This whole time I thought Yarone Zober was a nickname and I couldn’t figure out who it was or what it means

  43. Marcy
    August 28, 2009 9:01 am

    So much to love about this–awesome!

  44. John in the Rocks
    August 28, 2009 9:36 am

    That is totally clah-sic. Good to see that the Dread Lord has a sense of humor.

  45. Belle
    August 28, 2009 9:42 am

    HAH!! Love the sense of humor.

  46. Carson Street Observer
    August 28, 2009 9:49 am

    When I was a kid… And I REALLY wanted somethin’ somethin’… I asked for it on my birthday or the holidays, too.

    And… I wore wore my Knight Rider t-shirt ‘n Steeler hat because I was a follower. I wore my Air Jordans because I was an admirer… and, Dread Lord embraces his nickname because he is a FAN of yours as well.

    Not a reader of your banter? Riiiiight.

  47. Watch Dog
    August 28, 2009 10:36 am

    I hope the Dread Lord’s staff did not invoice the city for the customized name plate! Someone should alert the City Controller.

  48. Bill From Hanover
    August 28, 2009 10:38 am

    Leaving PGH many years ago I have come to appreciate these young guys and their attitudes, they are working hard on trying to turn the coty around, the best they can ..

    Kudos for their efforts and for being great sports in regards to posts and such …. Give’s the city a breath of fresh pigeon air …..

    Good to see your a very grounded individual Yarone and Lukey … Cool Dude indeed !

    I might have graduated with your older brother Luke ? 1982 Carlynton ?