1. Sorry I went AWOL yesterday. You ever have one of those days? You sit down to do what it is you do, in my case, writing, and your brain goes, “PUNKED!”
That was pretty much my day yesterday, possibly a symptom of the EFF THIS WINTER blues.
And how this winter continues to rage on. I don’t know who it was that pissed off Mother Nature so very badly, but I swear to God, I will hunt your ass down and sacrifice it to her in a blaze of glory.
2. A conversation with my conservative mother:
Mom: I was just saying to your father that when we were kids, it was like this all the time. Snowed like this every day from November to March.
Brother in Law: Did you also walk two miles to school uphill both ways every day?
Mom: ONE mile. But my point is that this is how it used to be all the time.
Me: Wait. So what you’re saying is that you believe in global warming?
Mom: [blink] I’m saying the weather CYCLES, is what I’m saying.
3. Lukey sez:
The mayor bristled at any suggestion that suburban roads were pristine while the city struggled.
“In some cases they’re a little bit better than the city, I’ll acknowledge that,” he said. “But they have challenges, just like we do. Their schools are closed, just like ours are. It’s not the city of Pittsburgh alone that’s dealing with this issue.”
Comparing the suburban snow removal to the city’s snow removal and calling it “a little bit better” is like saying two dollars is “a little bit less” than 40 million dollars.
Then, SIX DAYS after the storm, this headline:
HALLELUJAH! Six days is all it took for some people to SEE a snow plow.
4. Because snow is a new phenomenon that hasn’t historically really been a factor in the warm, tropical climate of Pittsburgh, it is understandable that there was no plan in place for the effective, efficient and orderly removal of snow from the streets, despite the two year old promise that a plan would be drawn up. However, in a flash of brilliance where brilliance means desperation, Lukey came up with the idea to BLITZ neighborhoods.
Yesterday and last night, 19 neighborhoods were blitzed. SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE STORM. That’s the worst defensive schematic I’ve ever heard of.
5. Lukey said:
“Could we purchase more equipment? Of course we can. We can always use more equipment. Is that the prudent thing to do? We’ll have that discussion, I’m sure, over the next weeks and months,” Mr. Ravenstahl said.
Show of hands — Who thinks that purchasing snow removal equipment would have been more prudent than spending a quarter of a million dollars on 250 replacement trash cans bearing the Mayor’s name? Anyone? Anyone? Zober?
6. Yesterday, the mayor was supposed to host a group of mayors from other cities for the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. Mayor Luke didn’t show up, with the reason given by a staffer being that he was manning the 311 lines.
7. Free lift passes at Boyce Park ALL MONTH LONG, thanks to the County installing a chair lift without a State permit.
8. Pitt versus WVU tonight at 9:00 at The Pete.
Use the Force, Jamie!
Important, it is, that this game, we win.
9. If a snow-covered street is the biggest of your worries, here’s a little perspective. Dennis Roddy is back in Haiti, this time reporting from the Hotel Montana, where they continue to dig for the remains of a Clairton native and University of Pittsburgh graduate, and five of his students.