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.
- Sports: Losing is not something we ‘Burghers take lightly. When our team loses, whether it’s the Pens, Steelers, or Pirates, we sometimes go off the deep end. In fact, even when we win, we’ve been known to create a riot or two. Remember when we won the Super Bowl a few years ago and couches got banned from being on stoops in good ol’ Oakland? Good times.
- Jagoff Attitude: Making a Pittsburgher angry is not a hard thing to do, but when you’re being a jagoff, otherwise known as an unkind or just plain disrespectful person in layman’s terms, you probably deserve our wrath.
- Traveling: Going anywhere out of the neighborhood you live in here in Pittsburgh is very disconcerting for some. Do you know where Bloomfield is? Kind of, you say. Is it near Squirrel Hill? That is where you live, of course. What other reference could there be? Nope, haven’t been there. I live here, in Squirrel Hill.
- Dirty Rivers: Although I’m sure they’ve come a long way (maybe) throughout the years environmental-wise, the rivers in this town are not anything anyone would call clean. But, there is no shortage of boats out there every summer. Some say these rivers are dirty; others are perfectly fine with our (kind of) murky waters.
So, what’s an outsider to do? Let us gripe. Once we get these issues off our chests, we are better people for it. Even if you don’t want to hear it, at least you won’t be putting off the inevitable anymore.