Random n’at


1. First, a giant thank you to every single one of you who donated, tweeted, retweeted, Facebooked, or in any way helped with the Make Room for Kids fundraising effort this year.

The Amazon wish list is empty, which helped close the funding gap we were dealing with. The kids at The Children’s Home will get their computers and XBOXes and movies and games and printers and TVs, while the kids in the units we’ve already outfitted at Children’s Hospital will get the extra games they requested as well as the extra XBOX controllers.

Everyone will be happy!

Look for the install day post in late April and you’ll be able to see exactly what your donated dollars were spent on, and you’ll see the smiles they will bring to the sick kids.

2. The next mayor of Pittsburgh is not Bill Peduto or Michael Lamb … It’s Rebecca De Mornay.

Rebecca De Mornay and Nick Westrate have been cast as leads in NBC’s hourlong pilot Hatfields & McCoys, a take on the infamous feud set in present-day Pittsburgh. The startling death of the McCoy patriarch re-ignites the feud between the two legendary families, unleashing decades of resentment. De Mornay will play the central character of Mary Hatfield, the Mayor of Pittsburgh and matriarch of the powerful Hatfields, who basically run the city through their development company and political connections.

I like it.

Also, I’d like to volunteer my services to the writers to help them instill some true Pittsburgh flavor into the dialogue.

Mayor De Mornay: [slams hands on desk] If this gets out, things get ugly. Put a lid on it. I don’t need every yinzer from here to Aliquippa showing up and demanding we [finger quotes] “warsh the corruption out, n’at.” 

Email me, yo.

3. Pittsburgh Minecraft map.  There should be a Flyers skin for all the creepers.

I know way too much about Minecraft thanks to my kids.

4. This picture. Pittsburgh at dusk. MAN.

From wmellott on Reddit.

5. The Steelers have lost James Harrison, Mike Wallace, Willie Colon, Rashard Mendenhall.

They signed Matt Spaeth and William Gay, both former Steelers.

So basically our new strategy is “out with the old; in with the old.”


6. Pittsburgh’s Miss Smiling Irish Eyes 2013 is deaf. 

7. The teenaged founder and CEO of local company Simple Sugars will appear on Shark Tank on March 29. Set your DVRs.

8. The Knitting Lady sent me this pic of Geno holding her sock.



His face confuses me so much. For instance, here he is so attractive. Other times, it’s like WHOA, UGLY STICK!


9. “A very important in-depth analysis of early-90s style, featuring Jaromir Swagr” is the best thing you’ll read today.

I especially appreciate the scientific analysis of the ratio of the torso region to the leg region while he is wearing mom-jeans.

(h/t J)

10. Amazing pictures of Pittsburgh’s skyline taken this winter by Matt Robinson.

Couldn’t pick my favorite if there was an angry pigeon to my eyeball.

(h/t my dad)

11. Chatham University is holding a FREE fun-filled family-friendly Spring carnival complete with egg hunts, Easter Bunny photos, raffles, Haitian snacks, and more! And any proceeds or donations made are going to Haitian Families First!


See you there? I’ll be the one with the little girl who is begging the balloon artist to make her a pigeon.


[awkward kung fu moves]

12. And let’s end this post with some of my favorite tweets from awesome Burghers:

I don’t understand how I am the only person who starred that tweet. COME ON.

Thai McBistro would also be a great rapper name.


  1. AngryMongo
    March 21, 2013 11:38 am

    Nah, the Creepers should be dressed as Pittsburgh Pirates.
    You see them wander around a lot.
    They don’t make a lot of noise until they get close.
    Just when you think it’s going to be OK, they go ahead and blow up.

    It always ends in disaster.

  2. bluzdude
    March 21, 2013 1:30 pm

    2. I wonder if the Hatfields movie is going to attempt the Pittsburgh accent. I hate it when they don’t at least try. In every movie or TV show based in Pittsburgh that I’ve ever seen, they give you nothing. Characters that are supposed to be born and bred there for generations and there’s not a “dahntahn” to be heard. But set a movie in Boston and they all sound like the Kennedys. Set a show in Georgia and they sound like extras from Gone with the Wind. But a Burgh movie? Nada.

    9. You can’t underestimate how much I wanted to “be” Jaromir Jagr, back in the 90s, mom jeans not withstanding.

  3. Cassie
    March 21, 2013 2:31 pm

    I much prefer this photo of the Pittsburgh skyline…probably because I have it on my wall at home.


  4. Sooska
    March 21, 2013 4:07 pm

    #2 Why keep dumping this shit on the Burgh? All of these so-called Pittsburgh shows are terrible and they don’t shoot here anyway. They come in during bad weather, shoot while everything is cloudy and gray to make us look bleak and depressed and then go off to a sound stage somewhere. Ginny, you could totally make the dialogue authentic. n at.

    #9 LOVE that Jagr (and Marty Straka) blog post. Such as beautifully funny analysis of a (still) beautiful guy.

  5. Aimee St.Germain (Cooking the Strip)
    March 21, 2013 5:31 pm

    Love the Jagr style analysis. So funny!

  6. djh
    March 21, 2013 6:27 pm

    2. FYI: The Hatfields & McCoys was going to shoot here but went to Rhode Island for majority of shooting because of the lapse in film tax credits until the new budget goes into effect in July.

  7. Liz
    March 21, 2013 11:08 pm

    So many great things in this post, and somehow my favorite is still the Michelle Obama gif. That is hilarious, and appropriate on so many occasions.

  8. bucdaddy
    March 21, 2013 11:50 pm

    2. Glad TV will be making somebody other than West Virginians look like idiots for a change.*

    — bucdaddy, Morgan By-God Town.

    10. Some of those would make excellent jigsaw puzzles.

    *–Maybe it’s just what West Virginians tell themselves to make themselves feel better about the whole feud, but as I understand it, the Hatfields and McCoys were among the wealthier and more cultured families in the valley at that time. They weren’t THAT backwoods hick. They just happened to live in Appalachia and take potshots at each other.

  9. spoon
    March 22, 2013 12:36 am

    I’d ride the T with Rebecca De Mornay

    just sayin…