Archive for August, 2012

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The Daily Show covers the voter ID voter supression measures here in Pennsylvania.  The second clip is also funny, although it mainly focuses on Ohio.

Check out the clips here if you have a few minutes.  You’ll get dragon bones, 7-Eleven, peanut butter and outrage at the loss of constitutionally-guaranteed rights all in the name of partisanship.

Stone House/Stone Beer

The Stone House in Farmington (Fayette County) is hosting a special night with beer pairings by Stone Brewery.  Stone is wildly popular in the craft beer scene, although I tend to only see the IPAs, so I stay away.  I have recently had the smoked porter with vanilla bean, and it quickly has become an absolute favorite of mine (there is also a pepper version, also very tasty).

I’ve only eaten at the Stone House once, but I liked it a lot, although the parking still confuses me, there is plenty of it, but I never see anyone park on the one side.

If your’e up for a scenic and pretty drive, head on up the mountain and check it out.

Only 72 days left…

Until the election and we can hopefully once again become more civilized.

Not that we shouldn’t be civil all the time, but it seems like that sentiment gets thrown out the window rather easily this time every two years.

Take for instance, the words of Allegheny GOP Chairman Jim Roddey:

“There was a disappointment tonight. I was very embarrassed. I was in this parking lot and there was a man looking for a space to park, and I found a space for him. And I felt badly — he looked like he was sort of in distress. And I said, ‘Sir, here’s a place.’ And he said, ‘That’s a handicapped space.’ I said, ‘Oh I’m so sorry, I saw that Obama sticker and I thought you were mentally retarded.”

Now, he did eventually apologize for his remarks.  And of course, we’re all (myself very much included) guilty of using words that we should not, although as of late I’ve tried to make a more conscious effort to not use the word “retarted.”

But the vitriol behind the original comment is what bothers me.  I hate the fact that we are all so divided and at each other’s throats when we’re all trying to get to a better place.

Only 72 days left…until the next cycle.

PATransit Tuesday: ConnectCard off and running, sort of

Today is the start of the public pilot test of the ConnectCard, although already some people have been testing the system (Pitt students/faculty/staff and those with an annual pass).

The first step is setting up the security of your card, in case you lose it, you can recover the balance.  I have to commend the Port Authority workers, I called yesterday the first day to set it up and begin using the card, and their computer system was down.  But the woman on the phone was very helpful and very nice.  She asked a few questions and then took my phone number in case she had to call back with something they might have missed.

Sadly, the machine to put money on the card at Penn Station is out of order, but I’ll be heading to Steel Plaza to put money on my card later this week (I have some paper tickets to use up first), hopefully that is a pretty easy process.

Oddly Enough

I’m cleaning up some news feeds that lay ignored during my time away, and I’m a bit concerned.  Pittsburgh came up three times within a week on Yahoo!’s Oddly Enough feed.  Either they just found how weird we can be, or things are getting really strange.

First, a fire alarm in an apartment building in Wilkinsburg blared for 15 hours before it could be shut off.

Then, a patient with terminal cancer decided to create a bowling ball urn.

And lastly, out in Johnstown, a motorcyclist snapped a pic of a newly painted double yellow line, painted over a dead raccoon.

PATransit Tuesday: Meeting new friends

Slog reports on a study from Science Daily about sitting on a bus:

If one of two seats is occupied, you look for two seats that are free. Only when you can’t find two empty seats do you take a free seat next to a person. This is “the greatest unspoken rule of bus travel.” Here’s where the problem begins: When seats must be shared, the “seated passengers initiate a performance to strategically avoid anyone sitting next to them.”

The first part is certainly true, but very rarely do I see riders on PAT buses trying to block out other riders.  Sure, I do see it every now and then, but most often, people are more than welcome to share the seats.

And besides, that’s how you can find new friends (or sometimes in my case, people who just want to hear themselves talk).  But of course, I guess I would have to be awake to meet new friends.

A follow up to Orpik’s You Can Play ad

Orpik’s “You Can Play” ad ran during a recent Pirates broadcast and The Pensblog picked it up.

I think it speaks volumes about how far society (or at least how awesome Pittsburgh is), that the conversation quickly turned to Pringles, juggling, and other random bits of news, the commentors having written off those who had some sort of problem with the ad campaign.

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