Random n’at

1. For six days now I have been hearing what sounds like bubbles popping in my left ear. Lately it sounds more like someone is inside my brain playing bongo drums. It keeps me up at night. I swear the other night I heard “Stayin’ Alive” in my head.

Using WebMD and good ole fashioned ye olde common sense, I diagnosed myself with one of three things: 1. flesh-rotting parasite 2. brain-eating amoeba 3. inoperable brain tumor.

The doctor today told me it’s actually water behind my ear drum and it is going to take three different prescriptions to hopefully dry the liquid up and stop the drumming.

I said, “THREE prescriptions?! Are you sure it’s not just the voices in my head have formed a bongo drum band?”

Which begs the question, if the voices in your head form a band, what’s a good name for it?

The Parasitic Amoeba Tumors just doesn’t roll off of the tongue that well.

2.  When Pittsburgh celebrities tweet each other:

(h/t @lisamh77, whose twitter background is all kinds of kickass)

3. I tweeted this earlier, but I wanted to be sure you all knew that your job today was probably a lot less hellfiery that this poor soul’s at the Waterfront Chik-Fil-A:

Also, I’m pretty sure that cow is supposed to be grilling steak.

How do you say cannibal in bovine?

4. Speaking of my self-united husband Joe Manganiello, there’s an interview with Steelers.com up over at the Steelers’ site. A few of my favorite parts.

When you hear the name Steelers, what does it make you think?

I think about hard hitting, smash-mouth football. But the bigger thing is I think about the city’s personality. The steel mills are no longer here, but the city still has that blue collar workman attitude.  It’s no frills. They don’t put up with a lot. That is why you see a lot of players that cause trouble or have character issues leave.

What current Steelers player would make a good Spiderman?

Once again I have to go with Troy Polamalu. Troy moves differently than the other players. My trainer is a semi-pro football player and he has adopted some exercises that were taken from Troy’s workout. It’s all one-legged on moving platforms, catching things while keeping your posture. It has to be Troy who would be a good Spiderman.

Troy could never get his hair up in that Spiderman costume, therefore, the correct answer, Joe, was Daniel Sepulveda.

What current Steelers player would make a good werewolf?

James Harrison. He would make a great werewolf. He looks at you and his eyes light up yellow. I wouldn’t be surprised if James was a werewolf.

(h/t Traci)

5. If you don’t yet appreciate the genius that was Frank Lloyd Wright, architect of Falling Water in Fayette County, and other way-ahead-of-their-time edifices, check out this post where on what would be his 144th birthday, HGTV takes a look at what the times were like when Wright was designing two of his most well-known works.

I was stunned.

6. Those whom we do not discuss until they are at or above .500 … you know … are one game away from .500 … you know.

I was never here.

7. Clint Hurdle, manager of those whom we do not discuss, had a Q&A with fans, and these made me love him more, if that’s possible:

jonpone: Last night was a great example of not quitting. How do you keep them going when they are losing in late innings?

Hurdle:: #1 – Good teams don’t quit. #2 – Quitting is not acceptable here. #3 – We owe it to our fan base to play a hard nine innings for 27 outs as long as it takes — whether it is 9,000 fans or 30,000 fans. There has to be a certain honor you feel when you put on our uniform that says “Pirates” on it. In the true spirit of being a Pirate, how could you ever quit?

Amen and that’s church.

jm_bucsfan: How much do you love Pittsburgh now that you’re here for real?

Hurdle:: My family and I are humbled by the way we’ve been embraced by the community. The city fits us like a good pair of jeans. We are a blue collar family with a strong work ethic and commitment to one another. We have a “dig it out of the dirt” mentality. We are everything this city stands for since I made my first trip here in 1981. There is a hard-nosed mentality here that’s noticeable, but everyone here is soft where it counts — in the heart. We love it.

“Hard-nosed mentality … but everyone here is soft where it counts — in the heart.”

The drums in my head are playing “Endless Love” now.

8. If you’re looking to score Steelers individual tickets, June 25, bay-bee.

I don’t normally call you “bay-bee” but right now I’m just doing what the bongo drums in my head are telling me to do. If I suddenly type [BEWBS!], you’ll know why.

9. Welcome back Billy Guerin!

10. [BEWBS!]




  1. Megrcam51
    June 8, 2011 6:40 pm

    I used webMD this weekend to diagnose myself with Lymphoma. Turns out I have allergies! LOL Glad to know I am not alone in my neurosis.

  2. Kristy
    June 8, 2011 8:25 pm

    Lest you worry about the cow, we were there at lunch today and the cow came inside every five minutes, much to the delight of my 2-year-old. The bigger hazard seemed to be the grill, which he seemed to drop every time he dragged it back in. Special props to the teen girl who pulled my aforementioned 2-year-old from the top of the play tube-claustrophobic’s-nightmare-area so we could leave.

  3. bucdaddy
    June 9, 2011 12:03 am

    3. You get a cow and I’ll get a steak knife, honey
    You get a cow and I’ll get a steak knife, baaaaabe
    You get a cow and I’ll get a knife
    And we’re gonna take some bovine’s life
    And have some hamburgers todaaaaay!

  4. PG Wodehouse
    June 9, 2011 7:37 am

    Are you sure you’re not hearing Hot Butter’s Popcorn?

  5. Butcher's Dog
    June 9, 2011 7:37 am

    Sooo…you wanna be in show biz, kid? Sure, Shakespeare started out this way!

    bucdaddy may need to get the prescription refilled. Just sayin’.

    The band inside your head could be called Bongos in My Congo. Bumper sticker could read: You’re just jealous ’cause they only play for me. It’s a start.

  6. Mary
    June 9, 2011 12:01 pm

    I have no idea why they use a dairy cow to grill meat.

  7. Pensgirl
    June 9, 2011 1:11 pm

    1. “Which begs the question, if the voices in your head form a band, what’s a good name for it?”

    The Sybils

  8. Brittany
    June 9, 2011 1:17 pm

    I had the same problem with my ear! The doctor said it was water, but it really turned out to be TMJ.. webmd that.

  9. Janelle
    June 21, 2011 10:43 am

    Thanks to a cold last summer, I had fluid in my right ear. I was put on antibiotics, nasal spray, and decongestants, which is what really helped. So, three prescriptions, you say? Been there, done that.