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This city, while sometimes challenging for the directionally challenged like myself, is a great destination to see for history lovers and adventurous travelers alike. These are some of the main things you don’t want to miss when you come here to visit, and also some things to keep an eye out for.

1) Don’t expect to get anywhere quickly on weeknights from 3:30-7:30 P.M. This is commonly referred to as “rush hour” in other cities, but other locations of this size are not comparable. You can expect to be stuck when going through any of the major tunnels in this town during these times for 2-3 hours at least.
2) There are free things that you can do every day in Pittsburgh. For example, many times, the museums around town will have days of the week where you can go for free all day long. Check out this site for more on that:
http://www.livingpittsburgh.com/2009/10/living-pittsburghs-free-and-affordable-events-listing-things-to-d/ .

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As I cruise down the streets of Pittsburgh in my beat-up Mazda, I see more and more cars I’d like to own in the future, especially this time of year. Why, you ask? Because it’s the 2nd week of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix!

Ever since I was little, I remember going to car shows with my Uncle on my Mother’s side in the Midwest. He also had a 1968 Ford Mustang in my late Great-Grandma’s garage for upwards of 20 years. In 2003, he decided to fix it up, with completion in 2005, and now he brings it to car shows, winning awards and getting accolades all around the tri-state area of Minneapolis, MN. We used to go to car show after car show just checking out all of the old muscle cars, and some nicer European ones every once a while, too. The engines revving and the smell of the gas, burnt tires, and motor oil still get me excited to this day. But, these car shows have nothing on the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.

1968 Ford Mustang

This is the 1968 Ford Mustang mentioned above.

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There may be some tips here on how to get through any airport, but as a recent visitor of the Pittsburgh Airport, I felt the need to compile some tips on how to get through this specific airport as soon as possible. I consider myself a trained professional when traveling through airports, and hopefully I can make you one, too!

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Some of Andy Warhol’s art on display at the Pittsburgh Airport

First off, take advantage of the seemingly new feature, self check-in. You can check-in online up to 24 hours ahead of time, and print out your boarding pass at home. Then, when you get to the airport, you’ll just have to check your bag(s). And if you aren’t prepared to do this, there are kiosks near all airlines now that allow you to check-in before you hit your gate, and allow you to skip the huge line most people wait in. You can swipe any credit card, and your airline’s kiosk will find you in their system, print your  boarding pass, and bag tag(s) for as many bags as you may have. Then, you only have to bring your bag up to the check-in counter to hand over to the airline. Easy as pie!

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Some people say all of the wrong things, while others know just when to say the right thing. Pittsburgh is full of people who use Pittsburghese as if it’s a second language, but there are many who have the rare talent of speaking eloquently and complementary of this town.

Here is a list of my favorites:

Credit: Eldru (http://eldru.deviantart.com/art/Pittsburgh-from-the-North-Shore-375922428)

Credit: Eldru (http://eldru.deviantart.com/art/Pittsburgh-from-the-North-Shore-375922428)

“Just growing up in Pittsburgh and knowing different neighborhoods, having family there and just loving it, it’s like no other place.”

Wiz Khalifa

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Pittsburgh Penguins flag

A little ragged, but whose flag isn’t?

More new management, and also many new players, have decided to come along the rollercoaster ride that is the new Pittsburgh Penguins lineup. We have a hard time letting go here in Pittsburgh, but we will do our best to welcome the new players and management, without making them prove they’re not jagoffs first.

First, let’s start with our losses:

-James Neal (Nashville Predators)

-Jussi Jokinen (Florida)

-Tanner Glass (NY Rangers)

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Why, you ask, do people gripe? For the most part, it is to get something off of their chests that they can’t process from within. In finding popular opinion to justify our feelings, we unify. Unification brings us together, and then we gripe in unison, especially in Pittsburgh. For example, how many Facebook statuses in your newsfeed are whining about traffic right now? I’m sure it’s not as many as the weekdays, but there are probably at least more than 5. The top 5 Pittsburgh gripes that, in my experience, have won out to be most popular, are as follows:

  • Traffic: When there is traffic in or around the infamous tunnel monster, you are sure to hear about it. That is, if you’re not sitting in it yourself. And even then, you are sure to hear Pittsburgh’s loud yell in the form of honking, screeching tires, and jagoff slurs.

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Avila Beach, California

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m almost sure that if you asked school students today what the Golden Rule is, they wouldn’t be able to tell you. I know I was always the suck-up that knew the answer, but I think it was just because I understood the phrase wholly, even when I was younger. Take a lesson from this phrase, and treat your fellow beach enthusiasts as you would like to be treated.

-For starters, don’t walk as if you have weights attached to your ankles. Step lightly so as not to fling sand in other people’s faces. Think about it: has there ever been a time when you left the beach without being covered in sand? You have the power to lessen this for someone, if you try.

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