Have you read …

(click the pic for the source, but I’d love to know the photographer’s name)

I’m gearing up to forget the Internet for a bit and focus on the real world as my sisters begin arriving home for the holidays from Texas (Tina Fey), Virginia (Ta-Ta the Giant Breasted Poobah), and Ohio (Princess Aurora). There are cookies to bake, a pound of melted butter to brush into baklawa (that’s Syrian), and presents to wrap.

I wanted to share two things I wrote that you might want to read when you get the chance:

1. A blog post over at Pittsburgh Magazine in defense of Wiz Khalifa Day, which as you know wasn’t too kindly received by some Burghers.

A snippet:

How important are these days year after year? Are you going to celebrate Rita’s Italian Ice’s Pinto League Softball Team next October 2?

Are you going to call off work next December 4 to celebrate OLSH Boys Cross Country Team Day?

Are you going to send a card to your grandma on December 10 for Amnesty International Write-A-Thon Day?

There are hundreds and hundreds of people, organizations and events that have their own official days in Pittsburgh and Wiz is just one of them … a famous one, but just one of many, nonetheless. Next year, December 12 will probably be proclaimed as something like North Shore Connector Day or Highmark Tenth Floor Employees Day or even Jeff Reed Self-Photography Appreciation Day.

2. I have a year-end recap up over at the magazine too.

“Ten Reasons Why Pittsburgh Owned 2012.”

On the list?

  • Yinztagram
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • Food trucks
  • And seven more

Go see the rest of the things and people I thought made 2012 a year in which our city really got to shine brightly.

Let me know what you think I should have put on the list.

And I’ll tell you to suck it.

KIDDING. I’m really curious if I missed something obvious that should have been in the year-end recap.

But also, suck it.



  1. Butcher's Dog
    December 20, 2012 2:54 pm

    Um…2012 was a leap year, so we head into 2013 with 366 days of awesomeness under our belt. Not to sound all teacher-y or anything.

  2. Leslie in Dayton
    December 20, 2012 4:08 pm

    Jeff Reed Self-Photography Appreciation Day! I’d love to see that – oh wait.
    Ginny, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. Neil
    December 20, 2012 5:42 pm

    That photo looks to be the work of Dave DiCello over at http://hdrexposed.zenfolio.com/portfolio

  4. bluzdude
    December 20, 2012 7:32 pm

    Aw, man! I wanna live in a town that has Annual Breakfast Day!

  5. Birgit
    December 21, 2012 12:14 am

    Definitely a picture of Dave DiCello, he does beautiful work. Just amazingly talented guy.

  6. Jane
    December 21, 2012 2:19 pm

    Thank you for your blog. love reading about what’s happening in Pittsburgh. Merry Christmas
    and Happy New Year!

  7. Rusty Click
    December 23, 2012 10:54 am

    I would love to have that as my desktop picture! Beautiful!

  8. bucdaddy
    December 23, 2012 11:11 am

    I thought Wiz’s house was in Canonsburg (Canon-Mac class of ’75 represent).

    And … you didn’t mention “Jack Reacher,” which I saw yesterday and have to say was pretty good, even if some of the best vistas of the city were in the service of a mass murder, and even if it featured a lengthy car chase that most Burgers would know would be nearly impossible dahntahn.

  9. red pen mama
    December 24, 2012 2:03 pm

    Yinztagram made me laugh out loud.