Random n’at


1. Things look a little different on the blog this morning. First, I’ve taken down the Make Room For Kids thermometer, which was sitting over there so long on account of my laziness, natch. [eats a cookie]

You’ll also notice that the three featured posts are gone from just below the header. That is because apparently the widgets all got in a fight and started disabling each other with vicious bitchslaps.

My blog designer, Jennifer of Inksplash, is due to deliver a baby at … any … moment, and therefore, she won’t be able to tinker with it for a bit of time.

And why don’t I just tinker with it and fix it myself? LOL. You’d be surprised how very very little I know about WordPress and HTML and mothereffing widgets. In fact, when people email me to ask me for help with the techy stuff on their blogs, my response is, “LOL! SOMETHING SOMETHING VEAL!”

All that to say … the blog looks different! It’s not just you!

I’m wordy today.

2. A Mister Rogers story so unbelievable you might not believe it until you remember this is Mister Rogers we’re talking about and then you believe it. 

Wordiness is my co-pilot.

(h/t Randy Baumann)

3. How ’bout ‘dem Pens? I was glad they lost because they can’t never not lose again (triple negative, baby!) and I need them to lose now and not during the playoffs, eh?

Last night my brother-in-law Muchacho, Pens Fan’s husband, sent me a text so angry about Dan Potash, that I still to this moment do not understand what he was saying. He was apparently keyboard smashing on an iPhone, which isn’t an easy thing to do.

You know it’s bad in the Pens locker room when Dan Potash is forced to interview the opposing players.

And you know it’s a bad game when my brother-in-law turns on Dan Potash. That’s like walking up to Jeff Jimerson and being all, “No, I don’t want to run my fingers through your silky smooth hair.”


Also, wordiness! Get a cup of coffee; I’m using all the words today.

Including this one … brobdingagian.

[takes a bow]

4. Oh my God. We’re only on number 4.

5. Found on Reddit:


You know, if you have to drive a piece of shit car, you might as well drive an AWESOME piece of shit car.

Love it!

(h/t Charles)

6. A Calvin and Hobbes themed bedroom.

(h/t a bunch of yinz)

7. I recently reconnected to perhaps my favorite local artist Saihou O. Njie, whose paintings just … they’re amazing. I’ve been a fan for a decade now and someday, I will own one. Do you have one you want to sell me?

Anyway, check this out. His latest exhibit “Twinning,” at Manchester Craftsman’s Guild showcases his efforts to match 100 Africans with their African American lookalikes. 



8. AreThePiratesInFirstPlace.com is exactly what it sounds like.

(via Sarah from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books)

9. Why Jarome Iginla Chose The Penguins.

Sean Conboy is not only my editor, he is my spirit animal.

10. Things to read, because I can’t remember if I linked you to them or not on account of my previously discussed laziness [eats another cookie]:

11. “Three Things You Didn’t Know About Roberto Clemente.” Unless you are me, and then you knew all of them.

[awkward kung fu moves]

12. Tweets I love from you guys this week:

And now you have that jingle stuck in your head.

[drops mic and walks away]


  1. bucdaddy
    April 3, 2013 11:31 am

    I don’t believe in ghosts and spirits and angels and demons ‘n at. But a Ouija board scared the f*** out of me when I was a teenager and I will never ever ever touch one again (and haven’t for about 40 years). I’m not trying to be funny, I am absolutely serious. It’s a long involved story I won’t bore you with, but … Scared. S***. Less.

    • MattDC
      April 6, 2013 7:31 pm

      I’ll reply to Bucdaddy, just because he’s the closest old-timer to me.

      First, Fred Rogers was simply a great guy, period. Anyone who met him would agree. He was the same person on camera as in real life. He found SNL’s parodies of him as funny as the rest of us did. My daughter misses him at 26 as much as I do at 59. I’m really glad that you youngsters are keeping him alive on your blogs, because he deserves it.

      Second, Ouija boards were very scary in 1967-8, but to us guys, they were basically babe magnets back then, like puppies. Bucdaddy knows this as well as I do, but he’s just messing with you.

  2. Jeff
    April 3, 2013 11:59 am

    Ok, now that’s BS…I haven’t lived in the ‘Burgh for 23 years but now I have that damn Century III Chevy song in my head. That is seriously good marketing right there!

  3. red pen mama
    April 3, 2013 12:14 pm

    @observacious wins! I mean, I liked the “whole wheat gum”, but yeah. High-five, Kim.

    My older daughter (now 8) just discovered Calvin and Hobbes via the books on my IKEA Billy shelf. I could not be more proud as a mom.

  4. Dan
    April 3, 2013 12:42 pm

    Try looking for people that your grandmother was in a church group with – maybe they will have a copy of her recipe – that is how I’ve gotten some of what I thought were long lost recipes from my grandma!

  5. Erin Smith
    April 3, 2013 2:39 pm

    Damn, even that first Mr. Rogers anecdote (about sending the Christmas stories) made me tear up. Loved that man.

  6. Renee and Zoe
    April 3, 2013 5:42 pm

    That’s like the test of a true Burgher. You’re a Burgher if you know where Century III Chevrolet is.

  7. Emily
    April 3, 2013 7:15 pm

    Is that the American idiom for ‘giant, big ass desk’?

  8. Meredith
    April 3, 2013 7:23 pm

    The same jingle, with different directions, is used for SouthTown Ford in Ft. Worth, TX! I was flummoxed to hear it when I moved here!

  9. Ian
    April 5, 2013 12:04 am

    I can put you in touch with the owner of the Zombie Disposal car. She’s a friend. She customized that bad boy herself. It is as epic as the pic would lead you to believe.

  10. A Simple Man
    April 5, 2013 7:38 am

    Hmm brobdingagian… A brobdingagian Pirates Charities sign blocks the view of the city in PNC park.