Friday, May 28, 2010

#34 - churches

Churches as places of worship, as bars, as restaurants, as brew pubs, condos, decrepit, falling, selling pirogi, welcoming saints and sinners, dominating our skyline.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

#33 - proximity

Living in Pittsburgh means having 3 grandparents (1 recently passed), 2 parents, 8 aunts and uncles, 5 cousins, and 196 friends from high school living less than 45 minutes away.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

#32 - The Pittsburgh Wave

Went cycling with the wife tonight. Stopped at a 4-way stop signed intersection. My wife wasn't sure which way we were headed so I gave the SUV to our left the obligatory Pittsburgh wave. The woman driving responded with a wave. It became the classic Pittsburgh wave showdown, each wave becoming a little more flamboyant until finally I was defeated, and my wife and I cruised through the intersection.

An occurrence that seems everyday normal, nay, boring to the average Pittsburgher is something that would never occur in another city of this size.

(Note: I was going to mention how when I first moved to upstate NY I tried the Pittsburgh wave a few times, and people looked at me like I was insane or possibly waving a gun at them - however, I swore this blog is going to be positive)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

#30 - Pittsburgh Bands

I don't know if it's been tabulated but Pittsburgh has to hold the record for most bands named after / with reference to the city.

Off the top of my head:
Polish Hill Strangler (gotta represent)
Steel Drunk
Enemies of Yinz
Commonwealth Conspiracy (OK..sorta)
Le Cachot
Dawn Cannon

Please add more in the comments! I know I missed a ton.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

#29 - Pittsburgh Left

"Is he going to make a Pittsburgh Left?" - My wife, been here for almost three years, about the cop car facing us at the light.
"Probably. He's just going to go for it." - Me
"What's the protocol?"
"He's a cop. You let him go. I hope he waves." - Me

Light turns red. I flash my lights to let the cop go. He makes the left and motions WITH HIS COFFEE thanks.

I love this town.