These yinzers have been around the block—the blocks of Pittsburgh, that is. These Pittsburghese bloggers write about whatever suits your fancy, including the terrible drivers in Pittsburgh, the roads in the ‘Burgh, and food to try in our Steel City. So, pay attention, you jagoff! These ‘Burgh blogs will teach you lessons about life, and everything you need to know about this great city.
We take football seriously in this town.
–Ya Jagoff! This blogs has had some great posts in the past about Mike Lange (an awesome feature they do, called “Yakkin’ With Ya Jagoff”), Pittsburgh traffic news, and even comical memes to boot. Their images are some of the best. My recent favorite was about how they made Pittsburgh versions of the Coke bottles with names on them.
–Minimum Wage Memoirs: This ruthless blog reminds of some of my tales from when I was taking the retail route through life (sometimes I wish I were back there). These memoirs tackle some of the most irritating tropes you’ll find in retail, and tell the story behind some of the most horrific sights the writer has seen in stores around the ‘Burgh. She also laments the fact that she works in customer service, but always comes back to the fact that we should all be good to each other, and even if it is “just retail,” you’re still working as a team, and the lessons you are learn in customer service cannot be taught anywhere else in life.
What would you do if you had tourists in that weren’t hungry, and didn’t drink that much, besides call them a jagoff? I have 5 charismatic destinations that are guaranteed to thrill you and your friends and/or family. For example, in the little town of Swissvale, we have the exotic and enticing Trundle Manor. This place holds skeletons, skulls, and some jarred specimens for the curious friends on your list. For the artsy type, there is Fallingwater, and for the outdoorsy type, the Carrie Furnaces. For the risk-takers, I would recommend Kayak Pittsburgh and Skydiving Pittsburgh.
Photo credit: Esther Westerveld
–Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built this extraordinary house in Ohiopyle between 1936 and 1939. Check out the website link above for more pictures. You are sure to be amazed. Fun fact: Wright’s parents, the Kaufmanns, are from Pittsburgh, and yes, they are the same Kaufmanns who owned the chain of stores with the same name. Surprisingly, many of this home’s corners are made of glass. The house is built over a waterfall, and was priced at $155,000 in 1939 ($2.6 million inflation-adjusted for 2013). It is 5,330 feet of magnificence, and looks to be breathtaking.
The keys to an awesome ‘Burgh baby shower are planning, place, and keeping the pregnant lady happy. There are a few other things to keep in mind, though, like centerpieces and games, for example. I think my family, friend, and I did a pretty good job at having a successful baby shower for my younger sister, so I’d like to share these tips with you. Hopefully this blog will help you if you ever have to throw a baby shower (ladies) so that you will have a great turnout, and have fun while you’re at it, too.
My first big tip is to pick a great place to have said baby shower. I got a tip from an invitation store owner/my old boss when we first started planning the baby shower: she advised having the baby shower at a restaurant. The main reasons were because you can reduce the amount of planning, and have less clean-up at that. Normally restaurants are good at being hospitable, also. I know the restaurant we picked even helped us do a lot of the heavy lifting, helping to bring decorations in and moving around tables in the closed-off party room, also. This was a huge help, and in the end, clean-up was a breeze. Having the food provided (besides the cake) was a great assist, too.
Baby shower door signs are sweet…
There are countless murals, paintings, and the like around Pittsburgh. There are the Oakland doors and Shadyside murals, just to name a couple. Braddock, near the east end of Pittsburgh, has many such murals, but the signs are way more interesting, welcoming you to Braddock in as many ways as possible. They are displayed on both ends of Braddock, with a few in the middle, too. With Braddock’s renovations in the past few years, including benefiting from some grant money given to the town by Levi’s, and the Braddock Redux project, headed by a Harvard graduate, who is also called the mayor of Braddock by its residents, John Fetterman. Urban farming is growing here, also. They are making their way towards growth, and while these have all been baby steps, to some Braddock is home. They have called it their homes for decades, and meshing the new with the old seems to be the one of the only strides they need to overcome, when it comes to businesses around town, along with people’s perception of Braddock. It is still considered a depressed area, but hopefully in the near future it will be rejuvenated, and will be called home again by new residents and businesses alike.
This is a mural about the North Braddock Aviary, which, mysteriously, I couldn’t find any info on…
This is the 2nd part of a 2-part series: The ABCs of Pittsburgh
Newsworthy: We have made the lists for most affordable city, the second on the top ten cities to pursue the American dream in, and most recently we were ranked as the second most unhappy city, which is pretty much ludicrous. All in all, we make the news. A lot.
Outdoor festivals: The annual Three Rivers Arts Festivals, The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, and various community days and sidewalk sales around Pittsburgh have made it one of the most livable cities, also.
Penguins hockey: These guys are at training camp right now, also. Go Pens!
This steeltown has more to offer than steel and pollution these days, as in food, friends, and fun. Any day in Pittsburgh you can find free things to do in this awesome city, like going to museums, movies in the park, and sidewalk sales, like Squirrel Hill’s for example, that can’t be cloned elsewhere. Pick a day, and do something you’ve never done. This list should give you some ideas, and also some knowledge about Pittsburgh. Also, this is a two part series, just in case you’re wondering where the rest of the alphabet is at the end.
Football is #1 in this town. This was taken at Giant Eagle.
Artistry: The Mattress Factory, The Andy Warhol Museum, and The Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland are just a few of the places you can see art on display here. No matter where you live in the ‘Burgh, you can find art right around the corner.
Baseball: The Pirates are not always winners, but now we can say we were winners for a while, after last year.
Colleges galore: CMU, Pitt, and Chatham are just some of the college campuses located here. There are many more around town that offer career training in almost any field you can imagine.
Photo Credit: Ranzag, http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utente:RanZag; srakirei, https://www.flickr.com/photos/sorakirei/
Did you know Joe Manganiello hails from our Steel City? This famous celebrity is from Mount Lebanon. He graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 1995, then went on to study Drama with (and graduate the same year as) Matt Bomer at Carnegie Mellon, where many greats of this city have come from.
Before that, though, he got paid to dress up as Captain Morgan at bars in Pittsburgh, and then went on to be Tyrese Gibson’s bodyguard for a while. After that, he began to act and never looked back.
Here are some (more) fun facts about Manganiello:
-His first acting role (besides a small short) was as Flash Thompson in Spider-Man.