Random n’at

1. Yesterday I found four stink bugs in my car and also, my car smells like hot feet now.

I need to go check my Geico info to see if stink bug infestation is covered, particularly if they will cover it if I light the car on fire or “accidentally” push it down a cliff.

2. Reader @gaitladyPGH tweeted me this link showing a Steelers tattoo coupled with dermal implants.

First, it seems a bit … much, yes? And second, I had never heard of dermal implants so I Google-image-searched it.


3. The awesome Tim Ruff of Walking in Pittsburgh fame, who I have met and watched in a live show and bought all his songs on iTunes, has a Kickstarter campaign to fund his first full-length album.

Here’s his Kickstarter pitch!

He is at $2,500 of his $7,000 goal. Let’s do this, Pittsburgh!

4. Jim Shearer of Yinz Luv fame and VH1 fame has announced via his new podcast that due to professional and personal commitments, he’ll be unable to produce a new Yinz Luv episode after each Steelers game, but rather will produce them when time permits.

He makes the point that if anyone in Pittsburgh would hire him to do sports-related stuff, this would not be happening.

Dear Pirates, Penguins, Steelers, local news channels, radio channels, etc., WHY HAVEN’T YOU HIRED HIM YET?

The first podcast is awesome, so I’m looking forward to hearing more!

5. Vivian Lee Croft who helped us so much in planning Ti Kanaval last year, left for Haiti this morning to spend some time there with Jamie and Ali McMutrie to begin documenting some of their work over the past year. You can follow her trip on her blog My Trip to Haiti.

6. Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History has what was the first complete T-Rex skeleton, which was purchased for $7,000 from the American Museum of Natural History in New York in 1941. It is now really the COMPLETE skeleton thanks to one forgotten bone being handed over to my self-united husband Matt Lamanna.

Also, I thought the line about the Paleontologist Barbie was a joke, but shut up, IT’S REAL!

I hope Ken is her waterboy.

(h/t DJ)

7. Lani Lazzari, pictured on the top of this post, is a Burgher who is the CEO of her own company Simple Sugars that sells all-natural skin care products.

Lani Lazzari started the company in 2005.

She is now 17-years-old.


When I was 17-years-old, I was recording secretary of Students Against Driving Drunk. So I can relate to being very successful at a very young age.


Lanni is out on the Smoothest Road Trip Ever, driving cross country to 25 cities from Pittsburgh to LA.

Check out the site and her trip blog.

8. Save the date of October 19 for the second annual Crazy Scary event at the ScareHouse with proceeds benefiting Make Room for Kids and Burgh Baby’s Christmas Crazy.

Last year I had to sprint at the speed of light through the entire ScareHouse by myself and Michelle donned a princess gown and hooker makeup.

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This year, I’m told there will be something even worse to experience.





  1. Christina
    September 21, 2011 7:09 pm

    I seriously, seriously, seriously do NOT understand why the hell STILL nobody hired Jim Shearer to produc sports related stuff. Really don’t get it :(

  2. Noelle
    September 21, 2011 9:30 pm

    AMEN Christina, what the hell!!???

  3. Noelle
    September 21, 2011 9:33 pm

    Please, please, please support the super awesome adorable and all around uber-sweetheart Tim Ruff. He is my co-worker at CMU (and a CMU music grad) and I admire him so much. Especially when you see him down the hall and he waves, points at you, and then dances himself through a side door. Swoon.

  4. jj
    September 22, 2011 7:18 am

    can’t bob pompeani make something happen for jim? surely he’s seen this page…. ;)

  5. bucdaddy
    September 22, 2011 10:46 am

    Lani is 17? Really, not making fun or anything, but I took her to be somewhat older than that.

    OK, I was thinking 30s.

    Maybe it’s just because she is apparently that mature.

  6. Steve
    September 22, 2011 1:24 pm

    I sure hope Tim gets that album off the ground. He is an outstanding musician.

  7. unsatisfied
    September 22, 2011 3:50 pm

    that tattoo/dermal implant thing = >eyeroll<

  8. Christina
    September 22, 2011 4:18 pm

    @Noelle – thanks for kicking my butt ;)
    Just put some $ on Tim’s kickstarter because I want this album to happen. He’s awesome!

  9. Noelle
    September 22, 2011 5:43 pm

    Awesome Christina! Thanks so much!

  10. biggeorge
    September 22, 2011 7:40 pm

    You have to stop posting so much in these random posts, it is a lot to take in! ;-)

  11. bucdaddy
    September 23, 2011 9:57 am

    Wow, that’s an … um … INTeresting tattoo and nail work you have there.

    Sorry, you’re not quite what we’re looking for.


  12. Dan (Not Onorato)
    September 23, 2011 10:32 am

    Agree with unsatisfyed

    Tattoo/dermal implants = *eyeroll*