Random n’at.

1. If you’ve been following my sister Tina Fey’s blog at all, you’ll have found this absolutely hilarious post about the evils of Box Tops for Education.

Also, when my sister talks about her OCD and neuroses and obsessions, she is not even kidding. They’ll make a TLC show out of her soon enough. They’ll call it, “The Crazy Lady Who is Terrified of Dented Cans of Tomatoes.”




3. Sarris Candies had a devastating fire last night and it feels like the Wendell August Forge disaster again. However, Wendell came back stronger than ever and therefore, Sarris will too.

Pics of the heartbreaking flames here.

4. The penguins at the zoo are going to go on walks for the zoo visitors now, like a parade!

I can’t wait!

There better be fireworks too or this isn’t a real Pittsburgh parade.

5. Headline: “Banned In 19 States, Animal Gas Chamber Still Legal In Pennsylvania”

Me: “Is it available for rent? For pigeons? I’m asking for a friend.”

6. Occupy Pittsburgh has been ordered to vacate Mellon Green, and their response to that has been measured and mature.

I’m not even being sarcastic.

7. Frank McKinney is a real estate guru and children’s book author who traded places with a Pittsburgh homeless man recently, for a one night stay at the Light of Life Mission.

Pretty cool.

Also? WHOA:


I don’t even know where to start. It’s like David Copperfield and Siegfried and Roy made a baby!

8. The new guy over at DVE is comedian Bill Crawford and for some reason I thought “Bill Crawford” sounds like the name of a 55-year-old man. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, you geriatric yinzers.  However, as this video of Bill Crawford meeting Sean McDowell for the first time will show, Bill is quite the whippersnapper, getting a whole eyeful of Sean’s jaw-dropping Steven-Tyleresque yumminess:

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I hope that’s really how Sean McDowell introduces himself to fans who approach him in the grocery store.

9. Pictures of Ben Roethlisberger and his wife golfing in Hawaii. Nice butt-pick, Mrs. R!

(h/t PittCheMBA)

10. My dad and reader Becky both emailed me this photo and said maybe I should give this a try to solve my weather-related dish problems:

That’s actually kind of brilliant.



  1. Butcher's Dog
    February 3, 2012 1:32 pm

    One of the reasons Wendell August Forge came back so strong and so quickly was that they had a mega order of commemorative tix from the Penguins, an order that was confirmed almost before the final embers of the fire were doused. Hopefully Sarris will get something like that to jump-start them again.

  2. empirechick
    February 3, 2012 1:38 pm

    #8. Bill Crawford’s voice sounds old, too – he’s way younger than I pictured.

  3. TracyinSC
    February 3, 2012 1:55 pm

    Anyone else notice Ben’s tattoo on his foot (picture 23)? Wonder what it says…

  4. Loopy
    February 3, 2012 2:13 pm

    I love how Randy has his finger at the ready on the dump button when Bill Crawford Speaks.

  5. jann
    February 3, 2012 2:29 pm

    I was wondering was Mrs. R was reading in the golf cart.

  6. Rachel
    February 3, 2012 2:45 pm

    So are you the good parent that your sister was referring to?

  7. Suz
    February 3, 2012 3:15 pm

    I’ve often wondered what God’s thought process was when he decided to create penguins.

  8. Dan
    February 3, 2012 4:17 pm

    spray your dish with Pam… that will keep snow and rain from building up on it… can’t do much about the clouds blocking signal though, and I’m pretty sure Al Gore would be upset if you took a plane ride to “Pam the Atmosphere”

  9. Lisa
    February 3, 2012 4:49 pm

    I really miss Jim Krenn. He was lighthearted and fun, and seemed so much younger than this Bill Crawford guy. All he does is complain. If I wanted to start my day by hearing bitter people complain all morning, I’d put the radio on 104.7.

  10. bucdaddy
    February 4, 2012 12:31 am

    That’s Mrs. R? Funny, she doesn’t LOOK 20 and drunk off her ass.

  11. Ms. Redd
    February 4, 2012 5:48 pm

    Uh- 55 isn’t exactly geriaticville. Really…

  12. Cheryl
    February 5, 2012 2:15 pm

    Her thong was probably in her butt.

  13. LaReina
    February 6, 2012 9:03 am

    Well, pretty much measured and mature: “At most, they said, they would ‘rickroll’ — play Rick Astley’s 1987 hit ‘Never Going to Give You Up’ at high volume as a form of protest.”

    Oh, the humanity!

  14. JennyMoon
    February 6, 2012 9:29 am

    On that second picture of Mrs. R picking her thong out of her butt, doesn’t it look like she is yelling at Ben about something? Maybe “What the hell are you doing you dumb ass?!?” Not that I say that to my husband or anything. I’m just guessing.

  15. Late to the Game
    February 6, 2012 10:14 am

    Ginny, I went to the Frank McKinney homeless event in a skeptical frame of mind, and I was really impressed. I thought it would be very self-aggrandizing — he really milks the rock-star, David Copperfield thing on his web site and in his p.r. — but then you hear him speak and he’s as authentic and sensitive and whip-smart as anyone could be.

    I guess he does the hype to get attention to the issue, but then he presents a humble message — not faux-humble either — that really works. It worked for me, anyway. Very moving.

  16. hello haha narf
    February 6, 2012 3:21 pm

    won’t the fireworks scare the penguins on parade?

    i love that your dad sent the same thing. awesome like a possum.