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Pittsburgh Pride

There’s a post making it’s way around Facebook, and if you haven’t read it, take a minute.  Here’s a short snippet:

No matter how many hundreds of times we drive the Parkway West into town, we get butterflies when we come out that side of the Fort Pitt Tunnel and see the spectacular paradise that our grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and friends helped to build – brick by brick, day by day.  Together.

Yes, I love this city, I love how absolutely genuine the people are.  The way we band together at a moment’s notice, and all the interesting and tucked-away corners of this city.  But even so, it’s nice to see it written down.

Head over to Facebook to read it, and take a moment to enjoy the pride.

An open letter to Mary Ann Burkhart of Bethel Park.

The Tribune Review ran this piece: When Pittsburgh flies rainbow flag, some see red

Ms. Burkhart is quoted:

“Lesbians, gays and transsexuals are honored … under a flag that many people have died for?” she said. “I’m crying for my country.”

Ms. Burkhart,

You make the assumption that those who have defended this country: one, should only be honored if they fit your narrow view of acceptability, and two, no one from the LGBT community has ever died for this country.

Let’s start with the countless scores of LGBT service members who have fought for this country since its very inception.  Who have died for this country.  Do you not think that they matter?  Can you so callously brush them aside?

Why do you not also cry for them?  Does their sacrifice, their family’s loss, not move you?  Why is your sorrow based upon their personal lives, in which you are in no way connected?

And what of the countless members of the LGBT community harassed, beaten and murdered, simply for who they are.  It was only a few short years ago that sexual orientation and gender expression were added to the federal hate crime statutes.  And it took the brutal and heinous murder of young man Matthew Shephard to bring this issue into focus.

Matthew died underneath that flag.  He died here, on American soil, tied to a fencepost, beaten and tortured and left to die in agony, all because of who he loved.

So when you cry Ms. Burkhart, cry for our fellow citizens.  Cry for the ones who spread bigotry and intolerance.

So when you cry Ms. Burkhart, cry for our county.  Cry for those who have died underneath the American flag, their lives cut short due to the hatred of their neighbors.

So when you cry Ms. Burkhart, cry for all the brave members of our armed forces, not just some of them.  For they all deserve our respect.

All my best,


Pants on fire

Listen, Mattress Discounters, enough with the lying.

We don’t need to be told every three months that “never before has Mattress Discounters closed early” to get ready for a sale.

You do it all the time.

Stop it.  It’s insulting, and quite frankly, very lazy advertising.


Everyone with ears.


P.S. No seriously, knock it the F off.

A note on November

Once again, I’m joining the ranks of amateur novelists, participating in NaNoWriMo.

And once again, I’m reminded how awesome Pittsburgh is: at last count we have over 30 writing events in November, so if you see a group of people frantically typing  (and possibly wearing silly hats), stop over and ask how their word count is doing.

I’ll be back later this week with some more posts, but I just wanted to drop in quickly.  If you’re interested in writing, it’s never to late to start, and we’re a great group to have fun with.  And besides, there’s always good food where we write/meet!

Wash your hands.

BuzzFeed highlights this awesome wash your hands sign.  Anyone know where these are located:

EMTs and Firefighters

Maybe it’s not being described exactly right, maybe I’m not understanding it correctly (and slogging through the comments hasn’t helped much either), but I have to agree with Ginny over at That’s Church about the ridiculous way Pittsburgh handles emergencies.

Go over and read the whole thing, here’s a favorite quote:

If there are people trapped in cars, aren’t the firefighters already going to the scene along with the EMTs? So why not let them do the rescue and let the EMTs worry about the medical side of things? Doesn’t that just make sense?

Maybe I’m a bit biased, having worked at a camp for 11 years, and being a first aider for many of those years, but when we responded to something, whoever got there first jumped in until the full-time medics came along to help out.  Also, more often than not, someone would come to the office for help, and I’d be there assisting until the medic drove out to our sub-camp.

But again, I’m sure I’m not understanding the whole arrangement in the city, just still seems not as useful to the victims.

Once more, to Braddock

Once again, the city and the world are coming together to support Braddock.

This time, by asking the question, what would you do with a second chance?

Check out the contest, submit your own answer or pick up a shirt to help give Braddock a second chance here.

Zombie store opens in Lawrenceville

A new zombie store has opened in Lawrenceville,  House of the Dead operates in a niche perfectly made for, and from, Pittsburgh:

“I don’t think House of the Dead would have worked anywhere else but Pittsburgh. We’re the zombie capital of the world.”

Blogh has a great article up about it, check it out here.

The Brew Gentlemen kickstarter

The Kickstarter for The Brew Gentlemen has started up, check it out here.






Wigle Whiskey

Last weekend, I did an awesome activity with Venture Outdoors, we did a hike through the Strip District which was followed by a tour of Wigle Whiskey.

As I learned, about 40 percent of Venture Outdoors activities are somehow connected to food and dink, and I have to say, it’s a great way to get people outside.

We started at the Distillery and then hiked through the Strip, across the 16th Street Bridge and down to Washington’s Landing on Herr’s Island.

Along the way, we learned various historical facts, which was pretty awesome.

The tour of the Distiller was really good, our tour guide was very informative and absolutely hysterical.  We all started with a cocktail, learned the story of Wigle and how whiskey is made.  Our tour ended with a lesson on how to taste whiskey, and of course, a chance to apply our newly learned skills.

Special thanks to Wigle Whiksey and Venture Outdoors.  The trip is done every other month or so, so if you’re interested, you should be able to do the trip once more this year I think.  Check out the rest of my pictures here.

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