1. It’s awfully sunny here in Pittsburgh today, especially for a day in which THERE IS A GIANT CLOUD OF BLACK AND GOLD DOOM hanging over the city.
What They’re Really Thinking will be posted later today, once I’m done grieving. I heard that even the zoo animals are depressed, with the monkeys openly weeping and the rhinos refusing to have angry sex for the visitors’ entertainment.
2. No posting yesterday because my computer became infected with a malicious virus. After wrestling around in the mud with the virus for hours and hours and swearing so many swear words I had to invent my own new swear words (Methuselah!), I tweeted my problems on twitter and in the midst of seven hundreds responses to, “Get a Mac,” my butler Mike read my tweet and had the virus destroyed within ten minutes.
He is Batman.
THEN he told me to get a Mac.
3. Today is the last day to take part in gifting the sick kids at Children’s Hospital with a kickass gaming room and lots of handheld gaming systems and lots of sweet video games (rated E!) and I have to tell you guys, that in addition to the generosity of IKEA-Pittsburgh and in addition to YOUR generosity and in addition to Mike’s generosity, so many of you have emailed me to basically say, “WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?!” Everyone from installers wanting to install, to gamers wanting to donate games, to teachers wanting their classrooms to help out, to people who pretty much hate my guts, writing to me to say, “So, yeah. Can I help you with this in any way?”
This generosity of spirit is in no way inferior to the generosity of dollars.
I’m also going to be holding a quick auction next week because a local business has given me two gift certificates to offer to you. So watch for that.
I can’t express to you guys how amazing Pittsburghers are. And I do not care if you live in Rancho Cucamonga, California, or Houston, Texas, or Tampa, Florida or yes, even Cleveland, Ohio. You ARE a Pittsburgher, always.
If you’ve emailed me offering to help, just be patient with me as I work details out and I’ll let you know how else you can help.
4. ESPN Magazine ranked the 100 most memorable sporting moments of 2009 and Harrison’s 100-yard touchdown return in the Super Bowl was ranked number 2 while the Penguins winning the Stanley Cup was ranked number 11.
Am I crazy for thinking those should be reversed?
5. Glee is the best show on television until Chuck comes back and then Glee and Chuck should get married because they are both equally awesome and they will spawn an amazing show about a singing group of ninja spies who incorporate kung fu into the musical numbers they perform while saving the country from terrorists.
If none of that made any sense to you, you are missing out on two shows that will bring you joy.
6. If like me, your name is Virginia (Hiya, Aunt Ginny!), you can go to Macy’s today and get TEN DOLLARS JUST FOR HAVING THIS RIDICULOUSLY OLD-FASHIONED NAME!
(h/t to all of you that emailed it to me!)
7. You can pretty much bring the total number of dollars I have received in free stuff from PG+ (pronounced “[mouthing words]” in a perfect vacuum) to close to $400 now that I have won four tickets to see A Musical Christmas Carol tomorrow night at the Byham. I’ll be there with my son, my sister, and her son, but first we’re having dinner at Las Velas. It’s going to be a great night in the city!
I would just like to FURTHER extol you to never ever get a subscription to PG+ so that I can keep winning stuff.
Next I’m up for some tickets to the early screening of Sherlock Holmes and if I win those, I’ll give them away because I don’t go see movies in theaters. YAY! Something good for you comes out of my practically useless ears!
8. Did you guys read about the City Council meeting yesterday in which Patrick Dowd and Doug Shields basically lost complete control? It is a must read. Like a fun screenplay where you get to play out in your head what went down.
The P-G article makes it look like Doug Shields was the instigator while Patrick Dowd was trying to rein in the madness. I don’t know.
What I do know is that my old nickname for Doug Shields, you know, PeeWee, is no more because yesterday in Council chambers, on the record, Doug Shields knighted himself with a brand new one:
“Cranky old Council President Shields is at his crankiest today,” Mr. Shields said much later
Cranky Old Council President Shields it is!