Random n’at.

1. Tonight is the Treehouse meeting, and I hope that I can count on some of you to be there with me as a show of support for Amy.  I know she’d greatly appreciate it as well, considering that one of the opponents to the treehouse said, “If you’ve got a treehouse, what better place to hide the drugs.”

Amy truly wanted both sides to be heard, and that’s what’s going to happen. The meeting will be facilitated by the Regent Square Civics Association and the Parks Conservancy will present on behalf of Amy.

2. The Freedom post office will be renamed The John Scott Challis Jr. Post Office in tribute to John Challis, the teen who died after a truly courageous cancer battle almost two years ago.

Huge high five to Rep. Jason Altmire for making that happen by having the bill co-sponsored by all the PA delegates before President Obama signed it into law.

3.  Boy, you’d think those Microsoft folks would just go away already, but NOOOO. They gotta keep giving, this time to the tune of an extra XBOX and Guitar Hero III with a wireless guitar, already delivered to the hospital for Make Room for Kids.


Mike and I will be getting busy with the other purchases very soon and will keep you updated.

4.  PNC Park was named the 10th best baseball park by Fox Sports stating:

The last game I attended, you know, the one we lost 20-0? I got to high-five the yellow pierogi.

Good to have that crossed off my bucket list.

Next on the list: Kick Steely McBeam in the junk.

(h/t Sue)

5.  On June 10, write your own “giant sucking sound” joke.

(h/t Charles)

6. A local pastor shows off his rap skills for a sermon, no less.

I’m told this is the pastor from Grace church in Cranberry and according to YouTube, it was produced for the final sermon in a series about parenting.

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(h/t Erica)

7.  Summer means heading outdoors in the Pittsburgh region, because, yo, Walls Are Bad.

You no longer have an excuse for not knowing what awesome things there are to do outdoors in the Burgh.

8. Up from 20th in 2007 and 4th last year, Pittsburgh has been ranked the country’s top philanthropic city in the United States, according to Charity Navigator.

This is a big deal! Group hug!

9.  Super fantastic giveaway coming up on the blog later today. Hints: Mansion. Mt. Washington. Jeans. Charity. Dancing. Jewels. FUN!

So excited for this giveaway!

10. Lukey sent an email to the college graduates in Pittsburgh asking them to stick around and live and work in the city after graduation, and surprisingly he did not begin the email with, “Dear Graduates, Let’s just pretend that little Tuition Tax thing never happened. Let’s move forward from it, if you will.”

(h/t Brian)

11. I can’t decide which new fake account I like the most on twitter: FakeTomlin or FakeJulie.

That’s like trying to pick a favorite between CryBaby Gumballs and Sour Warheads. NOT POSSIBLE!

12. If you missed it, my post over at Pittsburgh Magazine about my horrible eating habits.  Sneak peak: Count Chocula.

Also, please ignore the part where I get bitchy in the comments. Sometimes, bitchy just wins.

Maybe THAT’S what I’ll have put on my gravestone.


  1. Scott
    June 7, 2010 1:01 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of the mayor, but encouraging kids to stick around after graduation seems like a good deed. Maybe give the guy a break occasionally.

  2. DG
    June 7, 2010 1:02 pm

    That “Walls are Bad” link was fantastic. Thanks!

  3. Joe K.
    June 7, 2010 1:04 pm

    #10, from Luke’s e-mail:

    “Pittsburgh has already been your home while you wrestled with Kierkegaard and debated the relevance of Thermodynamics in your life;”

    Ah, college, I miss it so.

  4. NewBurgher
    June 7, 2010 1:17 pm

    Lukey knows who Kierkegaard was? Wow! Who knew?

  5. jen
    June 7, 2010 1:20 pm

    Hey did anyone see over the weekend the canoe record breaking event. lukey was suppose to participate but was an hour late. How can you not know the time of an event your suppose to participate. doesn’t he have someone to hold his carebear watch and get his butt where it’s suppose to be?

  6. Monty
    June 7, 2010 1:34 pm

    Apparently the guy from Nigeria who keeps offering to split a boatload of cash with me is now ghostwriting emails for Lukey.

    Shouldn’t that email have closed with “I await your quick answer and sorry for the bad englishes if there is any.”

  7. spoon
    June 7, 2010 1:42 pm

    i think @fakejulie and @faketomlin need to enter the Thunderdome with @garyroberts as the judge

  8. J
    June 7, 2010 1:51 pm

    so wait. we can’t have the treehouse because it creates a cemetary. but it’s ok to rename the post office in memory of a deceased child? wouldn’t that be the same thing?

    i totally support both events. i’m just saying…people are complete idiots. it’s the same thing. it only shows that the people of freedom are much more normal (which is sweet, because i grew up just over the bridge in hopewell! woot!) and the people throwing a fit over the treehouse (regent square, was it?) are absolutely cookoo for cocoa puffs!

  9. hello haha narf
    June 7, 2010 1:51 pm

    i totally forgot about a previous engagement this evening. attempting to reschedule in an effort to support amy and the tree house, but it isn’t looking incredibly promising.

  10. BeauJacques
    June 7, 2010 1:51 pm

    @ #4 NewBurgher-

    Lukey thinks Kierkegaard is a WWF contender.

    (He had to look up the spelling of WWF!)

  11. Joe K.
    June 7, 2010 1:53 pm

    New band name:

    Wrestling with Kierkegaard.

    You can thank me later.

  12. red pen mama
    June 7, 2010 2:32 pm

    re: #12. it’s nice to see you get bitchy once in a while. Sometimes bitchy does win. I wish you had given the commenter an *eyeroll*.

  13. Leslie in Dayton
    June 7, 2010 2:37 pm

    I think PNC Park is wonderful. It’s my favorite of the modern (not Fenway or Wrigley) parks I’ve visited. I’m planning a Yuengling and Utz run this summer and hope to fit in a Buccos game while I’m there.

  14. Stephen
    June 7, 2010 2:56 pm

    Hey, at least Count Chocula is part of a balanced nutritious breakfast. And thanks to that comment above, now I want Coco Puffs. Thanks, J!

    As for me, I had a foot long hot dog for breakfast. Don’t judge me.

  15. Magnus Patris
    June 7, 2010 3:02 pm

    Someone should tell that guy in the video that there are these things called “lens wipes”. LKinda makes the lens look less like a pigeon crapped on it. Just sayin’, yo!

  16. bluzdude
    June 7, 2010 3:21 pm

    Isn’t the Post Office where they send the drugs?

    I don’t want any special named Post Office in MY back yard. Bah!

  17. bucdaddy
    June 7, 2010 9:04 pm

    Tenth? TENTH? Blasphemy.

    Go piss up a stump, FOX Sports.

  18. andrea
    June 7, 2010 10:22 pm

    I’m willing to give the Mayor a break now and again, but I must say that his letter to graduates is possibly the most poorly written official communique I have ever seen in my life!

    Who cares that he (or his staffer) gives Kierkegaard a shout-out when he (or the staffer) hasn’t mastered basic English?!! That is one prodigious piece of comma-spliced crap. Hope the college grads he’s reaching out to are more literate than he is.

  19. Double Standar
    June 7, 2010 11:15 pm

    Doug Shields slobbered all over himself in turning a local golf course into a “cemetary” honoring a certain former mayor – but I guess that was ok b/c it was politically advantageous to Shields and those of his ilk – but he frowns on the idea of honoring and celebrating the memory of innocent little children. That’s Pgh politics in a nutshell.

  20. LaReina
    June 8, 2010 8:23 am

    Lukey’s sure he caught Kierkegaard at the Coca-Cola Post-Gazette First Niagara Starlake Amphitheatre Pavilion. Soren loved the Humvee.

  21. Ed
    June 8, 2010 12:15 pm

    Regarding #10, if Lukey wants people to stick around the city, maybe he should just get PennDot to work on every single artery out of town. Oh wait, that’s already happened.

  22. Megs
    June 8, 2010 5:59 pm

    LOL @ my sister’s church being mentioned on your blog! Boooo @ #10 for PNC Park, but I guess with all the other new ballfields going up lately it was bound to fall on the list? Love the ‘fake’ twitters :)))

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