Last minute Burghy giveaway

So, it’s been crazy since we last chatted.

Mourning the lost lives. Asking the questions that won’t ever be answered here on Earth. Praying the prayers that feel a bit futile if we’re being honest. Shaking angry fists. Trying to make sense of something that will never make sense if you live a thousand years. Trying to push down the silent terror and imagined pictures that keep bubbling to the surface.

I’m right there with you.

It is a giant burning hellfire ball of suck that we’re left staring at until our eyes melt right out of our sockets.

But life goes on even if we don’t want it to, so let’s just try to focus on the good we can find out there and make that good shine so bright it dwarfs the evil.


So this seems so trivial in light of THAT, but I do have some Burghy things to give away to one of you as either a Christmas gift to yourself, or a last minute gift to someone in your life.

What: One randomly selected winner will receive the following:

— One copy of  Food Lovers’ Guide to Pittsburgh autographed by all four authors Julia Gongaware, Sarah Sudar, Amanda McFadden, and Laura Zorch. I personally purchased this book at their book signing. It is apparently mostly sold out all over the city, so it’s a hot item!

— One artist signed “Pittsburg” print by illustrator Rachel Sager. Again, I personally purchased this print from her at Handmade Arcade. I AM GIVING YOU ALL THE THINGS.

— From Edgar Snyder himself! A “Mocktails” kit to help you throw a safer New Year’s Eve bash. Inside you’ll find mocktail recipes. A few small mixers, a t-shirt, Ghirardelli chocolate, recipe cards for you to put your own recipes on, and coasters, etc.  I didn’t purchase this, but rather it was sent to me by Mr. We Get Money For YOU!, who makes a point to encourage safe and responsible New Year’s celebrations. And as the former recording secretary of Norwin’s SADD, I feel it my duty to pass this on.

One just-released Pittsburgh Dad DVD, autographed by both the director Chris Preksta and Pittsburgh Dad himself, Curt Wootton. He has WOOT! right in his name.

That’s the face of a man who says WOOT! a lot, don’t you think?

To win! You have until Thursday at 5 p.m. to enter at which time will pick the winner. This is another one of those giveaways that I’d rather not mail because of all the different sizes of the items, so if you enter, either live in or around the city, or have a buddy willing to retrieve these items from me at Las Velas in Market Square.

One comment per valid email address and so you have something to say, tell me something Christmas-y or Hanukkah-y. A Christmas joke. The gift you can’t wait to give. The gift you hope you’ll receive. The time your kid figured out the truth about Santa. What you made your Elf on a Shelf do. Your favorite carol (O Holy Night).  Anything at all!

Good luck. If you don’t win, I’ve linked out to all the various places you can purchase the items.


  1. Melinda
    December 20, 2012 11:22 am

    My favorite Christmas commercial is the Hershey’s kisses playing the bells. The first time I see it, I know it’s the Christmas season. :)

  2. Janet
    December 20, 2012 11:35 am

    My favorite holiday commercial is the Eat ‘n Park tree.

  3. Leslie
    December 20, 2012 12:07 pm

    The year my dad dressed as Santa & popped his head in my room as I struggled to sleep as a kid. I can still picture it!

  4. Sarah
    December 20, 2012 12:10 pm

    I was born and raised in Fayette county but I have lived in Columbus OH for the last 12 years. It never feels like Christmas to me until I go online and watch the Eat N Park commercial. I miss it!

  5. Linda Sue
    December 20, 2012 12:23 pm

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Rachel Saeler
    December 20, 2012 1:17 pm

    I would love to win any of these!!!!!!!!!!! My friend at work made his elf on the shelf tie up some of these small Santa’s reindeer “figurines” and wrote: “if you’re not good, Rudolph is next!” Hahahahaha!

  7. Holly Tonini
    December 20, 2012 1:38 pm

    Happy Christmas all!

  8. Mary Lynn
    December 20, 2012 1:52 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all

  9. LeeInIrwin
    December 20, 2012 2:16 pm

    Merry Christmas! I love all the baking that happens this time of the year! It’s like all the moms and grandmas are getting ready for the cookie table at your cousins wedding….it smells so good!

  10. Mollie
    December 20, 2012 2:20 pm

    We’re getting our daughter her first pair of roller skates for Christmas. I don’t want to see her get hurt too badly, so I’m looking forward to tying a pillow to her butt, just like my mom did for me. :)

  11. Nicole
    December 20, 2012 2:40 pm

    I know it’s the holiday season when I see the Eat N Park commerical or hear All I Want for Christmas is Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!

  12. Clint
    December 20, 2012 2:50 pm

    Oh! Holy night is def a favorite carol of mine.

  13. Natty
    December 20, 2012 3:30 pm

    For me, giving is always better than receiving…I can’t wait to see the smiles on peoples faces when the open their gifts. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  14. Melissa
    December 20, 2012 3:34 pm

    I love everything about Christmas…the tree the family the gifts the food….ahhh….the most wonderful time of the year indeed!

  15. Matthew
    December 20, 2012 3:36 pm

    My favorite Christmas move is National Lampoons!! Classic!

  16. Kristie
    December 20, 2012 4:16 pm

    Can’t wait to see the look on my daughter’s face when she sees the bike she asked Santa for under (or next to) the tree. Makes me excited for Christmas.

  17. Jenn
    December 20, 2012 4:35 pm

    My niece has recently taken an interest in football, particularly the Steelers, since she attended a field trip to Heinz Field with her school. We got her a Steelers hooded sweatshirt and wee black and gold crystal earrings (she just got her ears pierced) for Christmas this year. Another Steelers fan is born! :)

  18. Tracy
    December 20, 2012 4:47 pm

    It isn’t Christmas until you see the Eat N’ Park Christmas tree commercial

  19. DP
    December 20, 2012 11:00 pm

    I have to agree that the eat-n-park tree gets me every time.

  20. John
    December 22, 2012 12:46 pm

    Do you prefer (written by my bro and me):
    Dashing thru the dirt
    On my dad’s clean white shirt
    smashing grease and grime
    laughing all the time
    Oil on the front
    my dad sure will grunt
    he’ll take me into his own room
    and beat me with the dirty broom.

    deck the halls with poison ivy
    tis the season to be itchy!

    Yes, I realize it’s on the level of Shakespear, but me and my bro nonetheless strived to go into our other chosen professions of carpenter and waiter.

  21. kathee k
    December 23, 2012 4:46 pm

    You should see this. An acquaintance of mine started this. It’s Christmasy, I promise