Stuff I wrote

I feel like it has been forever since we’ve chatted. My life, you guys, is wonderfully full of so many things. I sit on two nonprofit boards that I really care about and try to take an active part in — Genre’s Kids With Cancer Fund and Haitian Families First. I have my kids and the restaurant (bank reconciliations can go suck a bag of you know what) and my consulting gigs and, of course, Make Room for Kids — lots being planned around that right now. Add to that meetings upon more meetings and the writing I do for the magazine and I don’t think I’ve ever been this busy in my life — and it’s great. Things are great. The noise in my head persists, but I’ve learned to cope. It’s a big nothing to me anymore. I stay busy so I don’t sit and listen to it all day. But that means I don’t have time to just chat with you much anymore.

I hope things are good with you. I hope you’re still riding my bandwagon. It’s okay if you’re drunk while you’re on it. I’d be wasted too if I didn’t have to drive the damn thing and as the former recording secretary of Norwin’s Students Against Driving Drunk, that would be really really ironically bad.

I have some stuff I’ve written for Pittsburgh Magazine and I wanted to share those with you:

— Did you know that Pittsburgh is home to the second steepest street in the world? There is even some argument that it could be classified as THE steepest street in the world, but the arguments have to do with degrees and grades and slopes and smart shit like that, so I tapped out. Anyway, I have a post up at the magazine about some great accolades Pittsburgh has received recently from outsiders and one of those has to do with our biking scene. There’s video of bikers trying to scale Canton Avenue and it’s just crazy how steep that street is. Go check it out and let me know YOUR feelings about that pukey Gravity Room at the Children’s Museum.

— My monthly column covers all of the odd clubs we have here in Pittsburgh. I spent hours and hours hunting down these clubs and found everything from broomball to underwater hockey to some “friendly” nudist clubs to a lock-picking club and more. A snippet:

And God help us if the Pittsburgh Small Breed Playgroup ever accidentally plans an event at the same dog park as the Pittsburgh Giant Breed Dog Meetup Group. Doggy carnage. And if the Pittsburgh Attachment Parenting Community should happen upon that? End of days.

Now, like I said, I did my research. Hours and hours spent in the blasted Internet wormhole, and I feel pretty confident that I found every unusual club there is in Pittsburgh. Did I do a good job or are there some odd, obscure clubs you know about that I didn’t feature? Let me know. I’d love to put together a list, especially if there’s something awesome like the Giant Turtle-Riders of Pittsburgh Club, because who wouldn’t want to ride on the shell of a giant turtle?!

Giddyup and YEE-HAW!


  1. JeniRae
    September 26, 2012 4:52 pm

    Here’s one not mentioned and pretty unique: The Darlington Polo Club! (you know, that sport with the horses). A Beaver County institution which just completed its 75th season – our club is wayyyyy more “blue collar and six-pack” than “blueblood and champagne”. Check us out on FB!

  2. Butcher's Dog
    September 26, 2012 5:01 pm

    We could, of course, start any clubs for which there was a crying need. Perhaps just a formalization of the Haters of: Flyers, Ravens, Browns, Bengals, Capitals, Phillies, Yankees, Cowboys, Rangers, et. al. Feel free to add to the list.

  3. Virginia
    September 26, 2012 8:00 pm

    Susy, I received the information about that need quite early on along with other bloggers, but before I could even write about it, it went viral and the rest of the blogging community and Pittsburgh and beyond stepped up and filled the need in amazingly generous fashion.

  4. Chris
    September 27, 2012 8:12 am

    Well, there’s the Pittsburgh Fight Club, but I’m not supposed to talk about it………

  5. bucdaddy
    September 27, 2012 10:57 am

    I need to check the grade on North High Street here and get back to you.

  6. philmatt24
    September 27, 2012 1:56 pm

    You mentioned Hurling in the article, but I think you left out Curling…

    I’m sure you knew about that, but obviously there is nothing “odd” or “unusual” about curling. It is simply the coolest sport known to mankind.

  7. Dan
    September 27, 2012 2:35 pm

    I’m still on the bandwagon, but just in case we finish under .500, I’ve got the snorkels ready for when we crash into the Mon!