Random n’at.

1. It’s FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

I don’t normally use a lot of excess exclamatory punctuation followed by a 1, but I’m still at the mercy of the Brain Bongos.

In other news, I feel like a straightjacket is in my future. You can only take so much in-brain bongo drumming before you start running the streets screaming and tearing your hair out.

2. The City is upgrading to Google mail for email because their archaic system of pigeons and hastily scrawled notes wasn’t working out too well. Although, it’s possible they upgraded from pigeons to Lotus Notes prior to this switch.

Never one to pass up the chance to speak plainly — non-verboserly, if I may just make up a word, Lukey said:

“Adopting this application aligns with our goals to utilize the best, most innovative technology in order to modernize our government, cut costs, and improve operational efficiencies,” Mr. Ravenstahl said.

Thank you, Pointy-Haired Boss.

When I’m mayor, that will read, “This is going to save us a bundle of money, folks, and added bonus: our emails will actually get sent!”

3. This Pittsburgh proposal story is adorable, fresh, memorable and in a way, historic.

It’s the story all about how the lawyer proposed to the doctor at the location of their first awkward kiss.

Check it out! [/Wendy Bell]

4. Last week an Amish woman in Indiana County (that’s an important part of this) died in a laundry accident.

Gizmodo dug deep and got to the heart of the matter.

Amish Woman Dies after Freak Laundry Accident

Well, this is awful. An Indian Amish woman died while doing laundry the old fashioned way—over a flaming pot of boiling water. It appears the flames got out of control, consuming and killing her with burns. Well.

Indian. Indiana County. Same diff.

[golf clap]

(h/t Dan)

5. My new friend at Make-A-Wish, Dana, informed me that Pittsburgh Popcorn Company’s downtown store is featuring  Hazelnut Nutella popcorn the week of June 17-23.

I’ll be the curly-haired, straightjacket-clad chick first in line muttering about “Bongos. Make the bongos stop. Make the bongos stop, for the love of Nutella.”

If I ask for white chocolate drizzle, will they honor that or kick the crazy lady clutching fistfuls of hair out of the store?

6. I love kids. I particularly love sick kids or disabled kids because, what a hand they’ve been dealt, right?

Another person who loves disabled kids is Pittsburgh native Sean Casey who along with his wife Mandi of Casey’s Clubhouse, and Bob Nutting, broke ground for a special Miracle League baseball field that will be accessible to children with disabilites to allow them to come to love playing baseball.

How awesome is that?

The field will be located in the Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center in Boyce Mayview Park.

See more pictures from the groundbreaking here!

7. The problem with me being so wrapped up in those who I shall not discuss (Sigh. The curse. It lives. Maybe I am the curse.) is that I’ve fallen behind on what’s happening with the Pittsburgh Power.

According to reader Tracy, with their recent win, they’re now in first place in the American Conference East Division.

I know many of my twitter friends have been attending the games regularly. How is attendance holding up?

I could Google that, but I’m too busy dancing to I’m Too Sexy which is now playing in my brain.

Sooooo sex-ay.

8.  A funny picture sent by reader Chris.

You know what they say — When God closes a door, he opens a bar.

Rep. Gergely might want to get his signage taken down soon.

9. I’ll have three giveaways happening next week. The first on Monday and then on Wednesday, a combined giveaway for two prizes.

10. Genre’s Kids with Cancer Fund is holding their annual golf outing on Monday and their annual 5K race is coming up in August.

Check out the details for both events here!

I plan to take part in the walk part of the race again this year and therefore will be raising money later this summer for it.

Don’t you fret. Have I got some AMAZINGLY embarrassing pictures to help motivate you to pledge to me. The one I found recently includes me with a mullet, a mustache, and a formal dress.

You ain’t ready for that jelly because it’s business in the front, party in the back, and fuzzy on the upper lip.

11. Finally, a new flash mob hit Market Square today, this one for Pride Week and it is rainbowtastic.

That guy in the front in the green shirt? LOVE.

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  1. PG Wodehouse
    June 10, 2011 3:25 pm

    Would think the in-brain bongos would inspire your beat poetry.

  2. PittPygmy
    June 10, 2011 3:30 pm

    FYI, the lead dancer’s name is Maddy Landi. He did all the choreography and led our practices. He’s a great teacher: we learned the whole thing in 3 2-hour practices! So glad people are enjoying it; we had a great time doing it.

  3. PittPygmy
    June 10, 2011 3:31 pm

    Link to the full flash mob video:

  4. Jen
    June 10, 2011 3:40 pm

    Fun! I walked through M Sq and wondered what was about to happen. I was going to hang around, but then I walked past Bruce Villanch and was all “WWWAAAAAA dude from Fit Club! Dude from Fit Club!” and was then too distracted to hang around. I thought I heard music start, I should have gone back!

  5. Mark
    June 10, 2011 4:00 pm

    It was more performance then Flash Mob, which is a term being overused. When you tell media outlets, set up sound equipment and clear a space it lacks the surprise of a Flash Mob, but was a fun distraction at lunch time.

  6. Butcher's Dog
    June 10, 2011 4:15 pm

    Anyone else wondering what a flash mob of drunken Amish teenagers would look like? Couldn’t be as awesome as this one, but it might be fun.

  7. Stephen
    June 10, 2011 4:24 pm

    The Power may be first in the division, but the Sparks are first in my heart.

  8. Pittsburgh Tom
    June 10, 2011 4:32 pm

    The Pittsburgh Power is doing well attendance-wise. There was a dropoff after the first game (which was expected) and they obviously don’t have the attendance of the Pens, but compared to the attendance of their away games, the home crowd are pretty good.

  9. G-Man
    June 10, 2011 4:34 pm

    I’m glad you mentioned Bob Nutting being a part of some good deeds. I’m no fan (nor enemy) of the guy. But he takes plenty of criticism for the Pirates. It’s only fair his good deeds get some publicity. h/t to you, Virginia.

  10. Baba Wawa
    June 10, 2011 4:53 pm

    if you go to the popcorn store in town, there is a bongo player on smithfield street you can hear every morning in front of the church (just so you don’t think you’re crazy)

  11. bucdaddy
    June 10, 2011 6:03 pm

    When God closes a door, he opens a bar.

    Having been to Mr. Small’s, Altar Bar and the Church, I’m inclined to agree.

  12. Cindy
    June 10, 2011 8:15 pm

    That proposal story melted my cynical heart! Good to know there are still some romantic men out there!

  13. Smith
    June 10, 2011 9:20 pm

    I can vouch that the popcorn is EXTREMELY DELICIUOS. Gimme Dell Popcorn!

  14. Leenyburgh
    June 10, 2011 9:21 pm

    Did you know Pino Gelato has nutella gelato?

  15. aunt_chilada
    June 12, 2011 12:51 am

    That poor Amish woman.
    there are a thousand ways to die but I can’t imagine going while doing laundry. I would think I’d gone straight to hell.
    I would take jumping off a bridge over laundry any day. I would much prefer alcohol poisoning to laundry. I would even take a sugar coma from a nutella binge.

    Sorry, morbid much?

  16. Col
    June 12, 2011 2:21 pm

    Oh my. I never thought of laundry as being so dangerous.

  17. jmarinara
    June 13, 2011 12:35 pm

    I hate flash mobs.

  18. Cathy
    June 15, 2011 10:28 am

    Love Maddy!!

  19. Tolnski
    June 21, 2011 11:38 pm

    Cool! I grew up with that “proposer”! Defintely a sweet guy.