Wednesday, December 28, 2016

#139 - The Liberty Bridge

The Liberty Bridge was on fire and literally minutes from collapsing, and yinzers were all 'we'll have it fixed in a week. No problem.'

#138 - EO Meeting

In a meeting with the EO (Executive Office) when a voice on the conference speaker cuts through like a hot knife through pierogi butter and you just know dude left Pittsburgh some years ago and fought and grappled and held onto his yinzer accent like Antonio Brown holds onto the football when inches from the goal line

Monday, May 9, 2016

#137 - apple

Walking to return some items to our street parked car, I saw an older Gentlemen harvesting apples with a basket and a stick.  He looked at me. i smiled and nodded. I wanted nothing more than a fresh picked apple. He hesitated. 'Would you like an apple?' he asked. "Absolutely. I would love an apple."


#136 - Squirrel!

Since watching 'UP!' at Dormont Park a few years ago, I yell 'SQUIRREL' when I see a squirrel. This is particlarly handy while mountain or trail biking and a squirrel is blocking your path.

During a spirited ride on Frick Park single track, I saw a tufty grey squirrel, yelled squirrel, watched him scramble up a tree, adjusted, rounded a corner, and shockingly yelled 'turtle!' as I came upon a ridge top, trail centered turtle, slowly making his (or her) way toward water.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

#134 - You're my wonderwall (of traffic control)

At the top of Polish Hill, stuck at the redlight about to cross (Take!) Bigelow, and the two 20 something vaguely broish dudes in the inauspicious civic in front of me start simultaneously crooning 'Wonderwall' by Oasis. Just before the second verse hits they both begin bitching about the length of the redlight in perfect synchronicity. The light turns green, the resume singing, then speed of into the distance.


#133 - Ardmore Boulevard

Old yinzers don't know any state road route numbers just long since retired road names, landmarks, and nicknames of roads. And will repeat some combination of the three when trying to explain directions until you understand.

'You got some good pizza aht there on Ardmore Boulevard.'
'Ardmore. By where you work. Good pizza!'
'Rt 30?'
'I dont know. Ardmore. Up from Turtle Crick.'
'Yeah. That's it.'