Some random stuff

1. Let’s not call this a “Random n’at” post because it’s really just a list of some things I want to tell you. Don’t argue with me.

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2. If you’re downtown tonight for Light Up Night, come say hello to me at Steel City Studios in Fifth Avenue Place around 5:30. I’ll be recording a podcast interview with the one and only Ya Jagoff. We’ll be chatting about my forthcoming Yinzer Gift Guide for Pittsburgh Magazine and hopefully my new puppy and Fred Rogers.

Here’s the last interview I did with him:

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3. I just now realized I should have named my puppy Fred Rogers. How perfect is that? He could wear a red cardigan and tiny sneakers. Damn it. But alas, he is Milo Walker Montanez. He is perfect. He will tear your heart out and rip it to pieces like he does everything he can steal and scurry with under our bed.

Also, I haven’t peaked under our bed yet, but I’m guessing it looks like some raccoons had a meth-fueled rager under there.

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You should follow me on Instagram (Janepitt) for more Milo fuzziliciousness. And because I get asked a lot, he is a broken-coat Jack Russell Shorty and he is five months old.

4. Speaking of Fred Rogers, in a fit of writer’s block a few months ago, I decided to read every single Post-Gazette article that has ever mentioned Fred Rogers ever. EVER. That meant starting way back in the 1890s when other people in Pittsburgh dared to be named Fred Rogers. As if. The real stuff started popping up when I got to the 1950s and that’s when I hit paydirt.

After around 2,000 articles, I wrote this column for Pittsburgh Magazine. 

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Isn’t that illustration by cartoonist Wayno just PERFECTION? The facial expression is exactly what it needed to be.

I learned so much and I’m going to bet you probably knew ZERO of the things I discovered.

If you did know some of them … no one likes a show off.

One thing I learned that didn’t make the column due to space and because some of you probably knew this and I really wanted to give you stuff you didn’t know,  Mister Rogers’ other acting credit was a cameo in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman!

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5. This is so cool. Last night I headed to the Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department bingo night with Mario Lemieux Foundation’s executive director Nancy Angus to accept a donation from the bingo players.

Thanks to one of their players nominating Make Room for Kids as their charity for the year, and it being selected in a vote, Nancy accepted a more than $4,200 check from the fire department that will go towards the 2016 Make Room for Kids install at Children’s Hospital. We will be placing in-room gaming in the GI Unit, which houses Crohn’s, colitis, cystic fibrosis, and some transplant kids.

How cool is that?

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As we were leaving, we asked a lovely bingo player why she nominated Make Room for Kids as the charity for the year and she looked a bit sheepish and said, “I’m a Mario fan.”

Perfect.

6. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving. The next time you hear from me here will be the following week when I give away some of the fantastic items on this year’s Yinzer Holiday Gift Guide to one lucky reader.





3 Comments

  1. don
    November 23, 2015 8:14 pm

    Off topic I know but I was wondering how all the good people in Pittsburgh are thinking about putting out the welcome mat for muslims considering what has happened in Paris and Brussels? Also Hamtramck in Michigan is now run by a muslim majority city council. Seems the first order of business for the head of that council was to threaten change.

    Obama and his democrat pals don’t seem to be too concerned about the murders/unrest or or slaughter of Christians in the middle east and Africa. I guess that’s why they carried PA in both elections.

    Inclusive and peaceful are not or should not be words associated with muslims. I fear Pittsburgh may also find that out. I moved away long ago but have a great deal of concern for my family members who stayed behind.



  2. AZ
    November 26, 2015 4:20 am

    Chaplain JROTC prayer. “J’s”. Just Entertainment-Comedian.

    Okay I’m a mathematical Genius 1. One. I’ve been taught by the CIA to president. I’ve been taught by British white (USA) to be president. My President name is {President George Georgian} -white a type Russia. Now the (USA) is not on hold butt … the British are somewhat white okay. Swiss [Spelling? Swahili] Swedish Bombshell Raidretts. My orders are I and we have no connections to the CIA. Period. See you in the end butt I hope we be surfing. Deer Hunter moment just hand over the surf board. Marine-Recon-Ranger. In the US they don’t want to call yourself a ranger in the US marines butt … it’s just for the acting as a “ MOVIE STAR” okay. So again I’m not famous ok. I don’t like nobody for say its be-cuz I don’t want to handle it can no one maybe can handle it – the movie star cuz they have to all love you (U) ok. So compete level 1 A- Madicella Chavez {“CLUELESS-CHEER”} [with the psycho it’s with kill yourself so self-defense should be ok.]. I don’t what my number 1 one that bad, number 1 one fighter the Worlds for say. I don’t need everybody to love me ok. I just want to chill out at the beach and write {UC IRVINE MEDIA. With KGB radio and television we are ok. So ok. So No White Down ok.}. Butt as a surfer I kind of don’t want to surf again. I wear an Italian Surfer Horn Charm so I have at try to hold the Italian Mafia Devil’s Horn witch is surfer ok. What that means is I have too always back up me as a surfer. Now peace and we are all ok. Butt whatever dude dudett nurse dudett we need to just give them a doctor so peace out dudett. Maybe a fireman paramedic. Period.

    Jessica Alba might come back as a baby. [S.O.S]. My personal Soulmate ok. Jessica Alba might not be my personal Soulmate ok. {Mores code possible}. Movie Mission Impossible. The Baby Rape Drug is untouchable so go get that somewhere else ok. Your baby rape drug needs to away from me ok. As a WalMart Drug Dealer ok. WalMart gave me a home in it’s the parking lot butt … once the homeless start to build a tent like an electrical engineer WalMart would have to kick me out witch is ok too me so ok.

    Az “George Howe” 0’Neill Anonymous
    Genius Physiologist Chaplain
    Psychologist Film Military Scientist
    Anthropologist Movies Sarcasm



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