Random n’at


1. If you haven’t yet, please scroll down or click here to see pictures of the $20,000 in technology upgrades we dropped off and installed at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh this week.

2. Reader Kathleen is running the Pittsburgh 1/2 Marathon for Genre’s Kids With Cancer Fund.

If you’re looking for a charitable place to spread some good karma today, go throw in a few dollars for her? She only needs about $240 more to reach her goal!

For sick kids!

3. The Bucs are in second place. Half game out of first. They’ve won 12 of their last 16, I think. The best team in baseball, Atlanta, has only lost 6 games all season, and three of those were to the Pirates.


4.  Did you know you can buy Yinzer Bingo at Wildcard and another store that sells them, but I lost the name? There’s a K in the name? Anyone? Anyone? Zober?

Regardless, LOOK!



These are created by John the Craftist, who is actually a woman. Look at some of the other amazing stuff she creates, many of which are greeting cards:






I’m kind of in love with all of this and I wonder if there’s a Gemini one that says, “Witty. Passionate. Batshit Crazy.”

Anyway, I’ll be in Wildcard very soon to buy all the things.

5. Pigeons are assholes. And they smoke too. Look at this news photo from a 1989 edition of the Post-Gazette.

Click to embiggen and then read the caption.

The Pittsburgh Press   Google News Archive Search

Unreal. If today’s pigeons get wind of this, it is going to RAIN FIRE.

(h/t Jerry)

6. If you’re around Market Square next Friday morning …

Light of Life Rescue Mission is presenting former MLB player Sean Casey with the 3rd annual Locker Room Leadership Award at 9:30 a.m.  Sean is a former all-star baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, and Cleveland Indians. Dennis Bowman will emcee, introducing former Steelers Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley who will present Sean with the award.

I’ll be there hanging out for sure. Sean does amazing things for the homeless via Light of Life.

7. This is old, but shut up.

Pittsburgh leads the nation in people moving in.

Suck it, Portland.

8. Giant Eagle is grocery store Big Brother?

Also, people are STILL commenting on my pharmacy rant. My God.

9. Lukey went AWOL, said he never left the city, but apparently his press secretary thought he went to Bradenton at one point. 

That sounds right.

10. Pretty sure the P-G is going to endorse Wagner after reading this article. Why? Just scroll down and read the comment left by Matt Barron. The P-G very conveniently left out some HUGE names that endorsed Bill Peduto yesterday. 

[golf clap]

11. Headline: “Penguins Drop Second Straight.”


Seriously. Two losses in a row. NBD.

12. The fountain is almost ready to go!

Here’s an image from today via Point Park TV’s twitter account:


Cannot wait until I can take my kids for a stroll around the fountain again.


Also unreal? That WTAE used FOUR anchors to intro it. Hah!

But seriously … amazing video.

14. Mother’s Day!

I wrote about Pittsburgh Moms for the May magazine edition. A snippet:

Our conversations about the latest episode of “Greatest American Hero” turned to hushed whispers. There was no whining about elbows in ribs or bothersome jelly-shoe blisters. While we painfully swallowed our sneezes, our mom drove with her chin hovering 3 inches above the steering wheel and her hands locked in a death-grip. She’d hold this position until the wagon was safely parked — which is when she’d exhale and revoke the sacred Writ of Silentium Absolutus.

I didn’t appreciate it then, but I can see it now for what it was: My mother was doing something far outside of her comfort zone so that her girls could have nice clothes (that didn’t scream, “Five kids. One job. Hills is where the toys are.”).

And I also put together a Burghy Mother’s Day gift guide for you. Everything from Burgh-made jewelry, to an awesome Pirates iPhone case, to BYOB painting classes where Mom can paint her own Pittsburgh skyline, and LOTS more.

I mean, the Confluence necklace pictured up top of this post? Holy moly.

Check all the gift suggestions out here.

15. Finally, your amazing tweets:




  1. Bram R
    April 26, 2013 11:42 am

    Holy mackerel. This is such a great old-school post, souped up 20X3 style.

    8. I’m glad to hear it semi-confirmed he was at Bucs spring training in FLA for a while. Nothing would be wrong with a quick regrouping break, assuming the $$ is good. But rumor has it (DON’T SUE ME!!!!!!!) it was while N to the H indictment was being announced by the federalis. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall in Bradenton. I’m glad he didn’t come back with no memory and a face tattoo.

  2. SteelCityMagnolia
    April 26, 2013 12:21 pm

    OH-EM-GEEEE!!!! I am absolutely in lust over that jewelry!!!! The confluence necklace is amazing. The charm bracelet, also amazing. And then I went to both websites…..

    Would somebody want to adopt me and buy me jewelry????

  3. Amy
    April 26, 2013 1:11 pm

    I lived in Washington during the great pigeon courthouse fire of ’89. Someone made shirts, drawing of the pigeon with a cigarette in his mouth. They were kind of hilarious.

  4. red pen mama
    April 26, 2013 3:39 pm

    That was a great tribute to Pittsburgh moms — and your own mom, especially, Ginny. I have a Pgh dad, but my mom was only here for a few years for college (Duquesne grads, both of them). She’s retained a few Pgh lessons, thank goodness for us. :)

    • MattDC
      April 29, 2013 9:31 pm

      Cheers for Duquesne alums. My parents met while both of them were professors there. My mother. In 1949. That’s a pretty amazing mom in anyone’s book. (Even apart from the fact that theirs was a very existential first date for me personally.)

      While I eagerly await a Pirates championship season like the rest of you, I’m not taking any chances, and I recently hired the fellow law student who sat with me at the last 1979 winning World Series game in Baltimore. He is a lifelong Cubs fan, which gives me an obvious reason to feel superior.

  5. WIMom
    April 28, 2013 6:07 pm

    Way, way too early to even start mentioning the Pirates. I was on the bandwagon last year, but this year, I am going to wait and see what happens after the All Star Break.

  6. Kristin
    April 29, 2013 7:50 am

    The Yinzer Bingo and other John the Craftist items are also carried at Koolkat Designs in Mt. Lebanon. (The store carries all sorts of art and jewelry created by local artists. And as a bonus, you might just bump into Joe Manganiello when he’s in town. He likes to shop there, and even mentioned buying gifts there in a Vanity Fair interview!)

  7. Sean from Louisville
    April 29, 2013 9:30 am

    3. I have had my heart crushed by early season Bucs’ success the last two seasons, with last year’s late season meltdown taking away any optimism I have for early season (or even mid-season) promise for this year. I want to believe but I’m not getting zapped three years in a row. I won’t buy anything the Pirates do until they actually win 82.

  8. Tamara
    April 29, 2013 5:17 pm

    John the Craftist is the best and her items, including Yinzer Bingo, are also available downtown at Boutique 208, right across from Heinz Hall.

    Boutique 208 carries all handmade items by local artists.

  9. Kate
    April 29, 2013 11:36 pm

    In addition to Wildcard and Boutique 208, John the Craftist sells her hilarious items at Koolkat Designs in Mt. Lebanon (as Kristin mentioned, and perhaps the K store name you are looking for) and also Nota Bene in Aspinwall. The maker (I am just running with this secret identity thing) is as awesome as her work, too! Have you seen her stink bug card? So funny. First time I saw it, I almost spit out my tea!