1. I don’t know who kidnapped Old Pittsburgh November and replaced it with This Pittsburgh November, but that kidnapper can go ahead and torture Old Pittsburgh November and chop it up and bury its remains scattered across the mountainside and I won’t say a word to Mother Nature about it because I approve of This Pittsburgh November and it can stay New Pittsburgh November forever.
2. As you know, Lukey served on a panel that debated who should be Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2009.
Let me repeat that. Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.
The front-runners for Time’s “Person of the Year” award appear to be Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke — and Twitter. At Thursday’s annual debate leading up to the announcement, panelist and 2001 winner Rudy Giuliani nominated Bernanke, and also said he’d start using Twitter, even though he doesn’t even use e- mail. “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio also went with Ber nanke, though Gayle King and Barbara Walters both opted for the micro-blogging service. The choice of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravensthal (sic), on the other hand, was more political: the unemployed worker.
Um, dear Rudy, Gayle, and Babwa: Twitter, in all its awesome tweety gloriousness, is not, in fact, wait for it … a person.
Nominating and electing Twitter as Person of the Year is like choosing Taylor Swift as Zoo Animal of the Year or choosing a green apple as baseball’s Rookie of the Year or choosing the Roberto Clemente Bridge as Playmate of the Year.
Celebrities really are stupid. Bravo to Lukey for having the ONLY semi-decent suggestion.
3. The tuition tax was kicked in the donkey omelets by the ICA and for now, Lukey cannot use it to balance the budget.
This is me, high-fiving you.
Let’s hope it dies in the courts.
4. Sidney Crosby is filming a commercial tomorrow in Pittsburgh and Nancy Mosser casting was looking for bunches of paid extras. I don’t know if they’re still looking, but if you’re interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Somewhere, my sister Pens Fan just plopped her baby in the crib and ran to email Nancy.
5. Reader Laura visited New York City recently and sent me back some Burgh love.
Spotted in front of FAO Schwartz:
Spotted all over town courtesy of the NHL store:
And spotted in Little Italy:
Respect the Parking Chair, yo.
And the soul of Myron Cope shrieks, “Curse them!”
(h/t Mikey and Big Bob from their site)