Archive for January, 2010

Chicago plays dirty

Primantis or Luckys?

I’m watching Man v. Food right now, and it is a repeat (I remember the segment about Chicago deep dish pizza), but I don’t think I’ve ever watched the last segment before.

The host has to eat three overstuffed sandwiches in an hour, and while the sandwiches seem to be bigger than Primanti’s, there are a couple other differences, mainly the bread (Lucky uses French bread).  Update: He ate all three in about half an hour and won the challenge

I took a look at Lucky’s website and here is what they say:

Lucky’s is Chicago’s home of the overstuffed sandwich. This style of sandwich can be found in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Florida and Maryland.

Maybe imitation is the best form of flattery, but we’ll still claim home to the original.  Speaking of, I had Primanti’s yesterday due to their special with Destinta (take in a ticket stub, get a discount on a sandwich and a drink) and once again have to recommend the General Tso’s wings.

Shake ups on the airwaves

If you’ve turned on a radio this week, things are different.  I’m sure I’m missing some of the changes, but here is what I’ve found so far:

  • DVE’s morning show got split up
  • B94 is sports talk now (I guess to compete with 1250)
  • Bubba is now back at Star on the morning show
  • The B94 set list has been merged in with Star’s

That’s what I’ve found so far.  There are probably more details and rumors floating around, I’m still getting used to everything, not that radio is a huge factor in my life.  Is it sad that I still miss the days of talk radio 1250 with Lynn Cullen, Ann Devlin and Uncle Dougie?

PATransit Tuesday Bonus Update

Remember when I was taking bets about if my bus would be on time yesterday?

I think I owe you a dollar, because it was on time!  I don’t know if my constant complaining did the trick, and honestly, I don’t want to hold my breath, I still have to get home three more times this week.  We’ll see how this plays out.

Also, on a related note, I just found People of Public Transit (it’s like People of Walmart, but you know, for transit).  Here’s one of my favorites:

I have a feeling I’ll be referencing them a lot…

PATransit Tuesdays: Hello?

Aaaaaaand we’re back.  I wish it was on a better note.  Sometimes I feel like I’m always complaining in these columns, and maybe I am, but not to fear, I have at least two more in the works (one of which I can remember off the top of my head) that are of lighter fare.  Oh see, it’s also a pun, kind of, since the fares were just increased.

Speaking of, the fares went up.  And service disappeared.

That correlation was disheartening to say the least.  For the past two weeks, ever since the start of the New Year, my bus in the evening has either not showed up or been half an hour late (at least).  And while typically I can go with the flow, this is one, annoying, two, crappy service, and three, very cold.  And yes, I can survive in the cold, I’m bundled up enough when I need to be, but I have been concerned for some of the other riders on my bus, especially those with small children.  Standing out in the cold for half an hour, to catch a bus that never comes, to catch a different bus to a park ‘n ride, to wait outside another half an hour, to take a slower bus line home is not fun, nor could it be with small children.

So I did what any reasonable person would do.


How you can help

I graduated from Saint Vincent College (more on that later this month), and every year, we sent a group of students, professors and administrators down to Haiti to volunteer.  During the year we fundraised, and generally, I feel, learned more than the average person about the poorest country on the planet.

If you haven’t heard, the island nation was rocked by a 7.0 earthquake (I haven’t heard anything about the Dominican Republic, so I’m guessing they were not affected, which I find confusing, but I’m not a seismologist), centered very close to its capital city.  Reports are streaming in, The Daily Dish has some excellent coverage here (from that post, leading to twitter, youtube and blog posts).

And locally, Virginia (I still want to type PittGirl) over at That’s Church has a plea from friends and native Pittsburgher’s who run the BRESMA orphanage in Port-au-Prince:

“i want to make sûre évryoné ùnderstands we cant stay in haiti and thé kids will not live if théy stay. Riots will start within two days.”

Virginia continues:

This is my plea to you to work any connections you have to help get Jamie and Ali McMutrie out of Haiti along with the children that already have adoption papers set for adoptions in U.S. homes.

I’m looking at you, local and state politicians with Washington connections.  I’m looking at you, rich people with private planes.  Please don’t look away from me.

Otherwise, these children will not survive.

I am not rich, I don’t know anyone who is, but maybe someone who has those connections will see this post.  We have to try.  The power of the interconnectedness of the web rarely fails me, don’t fail us now!

In the meantime, want to give?  All you have to do is pick up your cellphone:

  • Text the word “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 to the Yele Foundation, the leading contributor to rebuilding Haiti founded by Wyclef Jean.
  • Text the word “Haiti” to 25383 to donate $5 to the International Rescue Committee
  • Text the word “Haiti” to 85944 to donate $5 to the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International
  • Text the word “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross.

Also, screw you Pat Robertson.  You give humanity a bad name.

Friday afternoon mental health break

For your Friday afternoon mental health break, I would just like to add how much I want my own special playground with slide!


While the rest of the ‘Burgh was desperately trying to stay warm as the wind chill dipped to -4 degrees, a few of the penguins at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium got to go outside and enjoy the weather. As part of the zoo’s animal enrichment program, designed to give animals new sensory experiences, aquarists take the penguins outdoors when the weather is appropriate, letting them play in the snow and enjoy a small penguins-only playground behind the aquarium, complete with a tiny slide.

Poll, maybe

I set up a poll, but have no idea how to get it to show up on the main page, or anywhere for that  matter.  Curse you WordPress!

Anyway, leave a comment, let me know what you want to see more on Pittsburgh Metblogs in 2010:

  • Sports
  • Politics
  • Culture/Life
  • PATransit Tuesday
  • The July Project
  • Other feature
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