Random n’at

1. So I had a thought and I’m going to share it with you. Ready?

I was watching a boxing match on HBO this weekend and I wondered why other one-on-one sports don’t do the whole pre-bout hooplah that professional boxing does. For instance, wouldn’t it be awesome if there were player introductions in professional tennis matches? The announcer would be all, “In this court, playing out of Melbourne, Australia and weighing in at 185 pounds with a blistering serve of 142 miles per hour …” and the whole time this is going on, the player’s entourage, all wearing matching Evian shirts or Rolex shirts, are standing behind the player nodding very seriously into the camera while making the “we’re number one” finger point, maybe hoisting the player’s most recent trophy for all to see. Rubbing the player’s shoulders. Pumping him or her up.

Genius, yes?

2. I didn’t know this until reader Zachary pointed it out to me, but they remade Ice Castles in 2010?! I hope the ghost of Collen Dewhurst terrorized the shit out of those involved in this sacrilegious travesty.

3. If you haven’t seen this yet, Pittsburgh photographer Aaron Hobson has combed through, gosh, probably thousands and thousands of miles of Google Street View images and discovered that there is beauty to be found in the space between the boring grey cement.  Here’s just a snip of one, but you must click and see the rest.


(h/t Jennifer)

4. This doesn’t have anything to do with Pittsburgh but I’m sharing it because 1. reader Aubrey who sent it to me directed her email to Mrs. Self United Conrad-Lamanna-Sepulveda-Manganiello and 2. I really wish someone in Pittsburgh would do this because it is AWESOME and 3. I’m just going to say this — 1:08. 1:08. 1:08. ONE MINUTES AND EIGHT SECONDS IN IS WHEN THE CRAZY HAPPENS!

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5. Would Mrs. Conrad-Lamanna-Sepulveda-Manganiello-Montanez be too presumptuous of a personalized stationery?

6. [Adds “Mrs. Conrad-Lamanna-Sepulveda-Manganiello-Montanez stationery” to Christmas wish list]

7. If you’re in Eat n’ Park anytime soon, you’ll want to purchase a $2 raffle ticket to win a new Ford Focus (Hey, husband! Say “focus” for me!) with all proceeds going to the Caring for Kids Campaign which raises money for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. SICK KIDS!

8. I love Pittsburgh Dad so much. Here’s the latest episode, a special Thanksgiving treat!

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True story, my father spent a good portion of his life in those glasses and has been known to tuck a sweater into jeans.

And the true belly laugh is the “get nice and bonkers and play a little game called ‘Which One of Us Can Break Something First.'”

Man, I rocked at that game when I was younger.

9. A little conversation with my mother:


Me: Hello.

Mom: Hey, honey! I’m thinking about the Christmas gifts for the kids and have you heard about this Cyber Day thing?

Me: Yep.

Mom: Okay. I’m on Amazon.com. How do I do this?

Me: [headdesk]

Bunch of phone calls and minutes later


Me: Hello?

Mom: Okay, I can’t figure out how in the world I add something to my cart. You need to come over here.

Me: Mom, do you see that big yellow button that says “Add to Cart”?

Mom: Yes.

Me: Click it.

Mom: [silence] Oh! I did it!

Me: [headdesk]

Bunch of minutes and phone calls later


Me: Hello?

Mom: Can you come over here and complete this purchase for me?

Gotta love my Mom.

10. What They’re Really Thinking will be up later tonight, once I’ve digested the fact that Tyler Freaking Palko almost beat us.


  1. Brian
    November 28, 2011 4:02 pm

    Someone has knitted up a couple trees and street signs on Liberty Ave between Garrison Pl and 10th St…

  2. Lee
    November 28, 2011 5:28 pm

    So….you’re saying you don’t think it’s the druids?

  3. G-Man
    November 28, 2011 5:29 pm

    I’m guessing when your husband says “focus” I know what it sounds like. I worked for pharmaceutical manufacturer Wyeth and their last CEO was a Frenchman named Bernard Poussot. He had two major distinctive features. One is he is about 3 inches taller than me (I’m 6′ 6″) and one time at Universal Studios park in Orlando he was chatting with me and people said the two of us looked like one of the rides. Anyway, I digress. The other thing about him is the way he pronounced “focus.” I mean, X-rated, potty mouth stuff. When he’d do a video conference and say that word, a room full of 50-somethings would giggle like adolescents.

  4. Leenyburgh
    November 28, 2011 5:32 pm

    I just helped my mom buy something on Amazon the other day for Christmas. What is it with these people? I told Pittsburgh Dad that he needed a Pittsburgh Mom spin-off. Oh, the possibilities…

  5. Kristin
    November 28, 2011 6:49 pm

    I love how the people of Toledo think that nobody else is doing this. It’s an international movement called Yarn Bombing. It has a book and a website and it’s own celebrities like Knitta, who is responsible for this amazingness: http://www.knittaplease.com/3.jpg. Oh to get a group of knitters/crocheters together to yarn bomb a PAT bus…or knit an actual cardigan for the Mr. Rogers statue :-)

  6. bluzdude
    November 28, 2011 6:51 pm

    Just how drunk IS the guy in the white shirt, in the yarn-bombing clip?

    Also, I’m wondering if you self-united with your actual husband… I mean, did he have any say in the matter?

  7. Mel
    November 28, 2011 7:37 pm

    Yarn Bombing: seen it in the East End, around some bike racks.

    Also, a couple years ago Cleveland featured this “art” during an outdoor festival one year. WAY TO BE LAST, TOLEDO.

  8. JillM
    November 28, 2011 7:38 pm

    LOVE Pittsburgh Dad….my 72 year old dad STILL has those glasses and last week before Thanksgiving went into the grocery store and “asked that nice young girl where they keep the kids wine” ?!?!?!?! Yes, she had no idea it was really sparking grape juice. I’m expecting Child Protective Services any day now…

  9. bucdaddy
    November 28, 2011 11:35 pm

    3. I like the Wall of Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream one.

    Also, my BiL lives in Scott Township and showed us the Google photograph of his street. There for literally the world to see is his dog taking a dump in the front yard.

  10. LaReina
    November 29, 2011 10:41 am

    bluzdude, I also wondered if the Toledo business owner had been hitting the sauce, then I felt bad because maybe he had suffered a stroke that affected his speech, then I wondered why he would agree to be interviewed if he knew he was barely comprehensible, which brought me back to be inebriated (him, not me, at least for now).

  11. Julia
    November 29, 2011 12:23 pm

    I was on Amazon yesterday too. Got some stuff for Lego Ninjago at a great deal, plus free shipping. Christmas shopping is almost done!

  12. AML
    November 30, 2011 5:49 pm

    Yarn bombing is def. in PGH. Also, did you see the tree in front of the Children’s Museum?

    Mr. Rodgers sweater: