Random n’at

1.  Good morning!

I just have to tell you guys this … thanks to my post yesterday, I have become NEWLY obsessed with the “trifecta” of David Cook, Bryan Adams, and Phantom of the Opera.

And my God, is YouTube ever a first-class enabler of my addiction.

David Cook singing a Phantom song.

David Cook singing a Bryan Adams song.

Bryan Adams singing a Bryan Adams song over scenes from the Phantom of the Opera.

David Cook singing a Bryan Adams song in duet with Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams singing opera sort of (O Sole Mio)

It’s a weird feeling coming to terms with just exactly how lame I am.

2. This is so awesome. Check out what the Mario Lemieux Foundation is doing as a fundraiser with the Pens — a permanent Mario Mosaic in Consol Energy Center!

The Mario Mosaic, when completed, will be a collection of images from thousands of Pittsburgh Penguins fans, Mario Lemieux Foundation supporters and cancer survivors that come together to create a 20′ x 8′ tribute image that will be on display in the main lobby of the new Consol Energy Center.

Supporters can be a part of Pittsburgh Penguins history by having their photo permanently on display in the Mario Mosaic. Photographs can be uploaded for a donation of $66.00 at www.mariolemieux.org/mariomosaic.

Fans will be able to view their photograph and the full tribute image when the mosaic is unveiled in Consol Energy Center in October 2010. A website will also be launched where participants can view the mosaic, zoom in on photos, view information about each photo and share the Mario Mosaic with friends.

Bucket list #44: Get a picture of me, Bryan Adams, David Cook, and the Phantom wearing Pens jerseys and submit it to the Mario Mosaic.

Plan B: Photoshop.

3.  Here’s something amazing sent to me by the writer of Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls (hee!):

Pigeon d’Or involves manipulating the metabolism of pigeons and turning them from urban nuisance to winged dispensers of a soap-like substance that would contribute to making cities spic-and-span.”

Pigeons. That. Poop. Soap.

Will they vomit deodorant?

And when there are more than three of them within two feet of each other, will they all spontaneously combust?

Because if we’re scientifically modifying pigeons to be less of a nuisance, we might as well go for shock and awe.

4.  Here You Go has a few postcards up that they’ve received back from their efforts to hand out free umbrellas in Pittsburgh. The second one is just fantastic.

(h/t Noelle)

5.  This past Friday there was an auction at A Night at the Museum benefiting the Carnegie CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach) and one of the auction items was:

Bowling with Steelers’ Punter Daniel Sepulveda
Share a pizza and knock down some pins while asking Daniel Sepulveda anything you want to know about life in the NFL. Daniel is a down-to-earth guy who happens to be the Steelers’ top rookie of 2007 and Joe Greene Great Performance Award winner. You and five others can enjoy a fun family night out with this outstanding, personable guy, on a mutually-agreed-upon date between May and August 2010.

Donated by: Daniel Sepulveda

Value: Priceless

Well, I don’t know if I would say this is “priceless.”

I think if I wrote it, it would say:

Bowling with Daniel Sepulveda: Six billion dollars

Bowling shirtless: Priceless

(h/t Megan)

6.  This is a website started by two local running moms to help other moms become runners. I Run Like a Mother.

I have this little nagging thought in my head, especially after this weekend’s marathon, that I could run if I worked at it.

But then I see the snickerdoodles.


8. Cinco de Mayo is a few things in my life. One, it is the cincoest day of the Mayo, which means that Las Velas will be busy helping Pittsburgh get its Mexico on, and it is also my anniversary. This year will be ten years I’ve been married to my awesome Mexican who can’t ever show up on time.

But this year, we’re celebrating one day early due to the aforementioned holiday. We’ll be at Young Frankenstein’s opening tonight and PF Changs prior to that. I’ll be following the Pens score on Twitter.

Then, this Friday will be a special Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Night on the siete-eth dayo de Mayo. That should be lots of fun because a mariachi band instantly makes anything more fun. I’m going to hire them to stand behind me and play “La Cucaracha” as I pay my bills next month.

Also, somewhere, my husband is reading my Spanglish and is probably all, “It has been diez yearos. You’d think she would know a bit mas de Espanish by now.”


  1. summer78
    May 4, 2010 10:04 am

    Snickerdoodles are WHY I run! Well, that and four babies!

  2. G-Man
    May 4, 2010 11:20 am

    Ginny –
    Since you say your husband never shows up on time, I’m guessing the wedding was SUPPOSED TO BE on May 4 and the whole Cinco de Mayo wedding just sort of happened that way.

  3. SpudMom
    May 4, 2010 11:23 am

    Happy Anniversary!

  4. Alicia
    May 4, 2010 11:25 am

    It ended up that TWO lucky winners will get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to bowl with Daniel Sepulveda. So, I guess it isn’t once in a lifetime anymore, but still an equally amazing opportunity.

    Also, the event was a benefit for the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach). It just happened to be held in the Carnegie Music Hall.

  5. Kim Z
    May 4, 2010 11:33 am

    It must be hard to find a mariachi band that covers Tom Lehrer’s “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park.”

  6. Virginia
    May 4, 2010 12:02 pm

    Thanks, Alicia! I fixed it.

  7. PK
    May 4, 2010 12:08 pm

    Hey Ginny…I’ll be at the opening tonight as well and hope I get to bump into you. Looks like we’ll be “puttin onnna rizzzzzzzzzz!”


    And afterward, “Don’t go…I was going to make espresso.”


  8. bucdaddy
    May 4, 2010 12:26 pm


  9. Amy L.
    May 4, 2010 12:32 pm

    Would you consider writing “Bowling with a Shirtless Daniel Sepulveda” instead of “Bowling Shirtless?” It kind of sounds like *you* would be the shirtless one. I’d prefer Daniel’s pecs, thankyouverymuch, but I suspect that a selection of your readers got all nomnom at the thought if it being you.

  10. PK
    May 4, 2010 1:05 pm

    @bucdaddy – better yet,


    Best. Line. Ever.

    Oh, and “He vill curz ze day zhat he vas buorn ah Vrankenshtine.”

  11. Pensgirl
    May 4, 2010 1:06 pm

    2. Love the Mario Mosaic. Saw the email about that last night and thought it was fantastic. I know what photo I’m submitting!

    8. ¡¡Feliz aniversario!! Me encanta Cinco de Mayo…encanta mucho mas!

    También, “yearos” = “años.”

  12. Cassie
    May 4, 2010 1:16 pm

    If he complains about your spanish, just say it’s because of your inner ear…

  13. Sooska
    May 4, 2010 3:28 pm

    I love the idea of a Mariachi band playing “La Cucaracha” during bill paying. I’m thinking Buckwheat Zydeco playing “Ya Ya” for changing kitty litter.

  14. bucdaddy
    May 4, 2010 4:37 pm

    10.PK Says:
    May 4th, 2010 at 1:05 pm


  15. bluzdude
    May 4, 2010 8:56 pm

    Buc Daddy… dang, you beat me to it!

    Ginny to Daniel: Vould you to have a roll in ze hay?

    Daniel to a shirtless Ginny: What knockers!

  16. Brian
    May 4, 2010 10:10 pm

    OMG. You got married on exactly the same day that I did. Wow. That just blew my mind.

    Of course, you had the good sense to stay married… me, not so much. So good for you! Congrats on the 10th!

  17. bucdaddy
    May 4, 2010 10:51 pm

    A rrrrriot ist und ugly tang, und it’s yoost about time ve had vun!

    To zee lumberyard!

  18. red pen mama
    May 5, 2010 9:23 am

    Happy anniversary, you crazy kids. Have a margarita for me!

    And Young Frankenstein is the only Mel Brooks movie I like. Much to my own dear husband’s disappointment. Hope the show was great!