Sunday, November 30, 2008

That's Gotta HURT!

Seriously?

I just saw a CBS PSA advising women to get their men prostate exams for Hanukkah

The tag line was "Give the gift of a kosher prostate"


Srsly?

Double You Tee Eff?

Friday, November 28, 2008

FAIL

The hotel is full of fail.

My laptop on the desk has NO INTERNETS CONNECTION FOUND!

Blakes laptop on the bed works fine.


FAIL!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Blake and I are watching the Macys Thanksgiving Parade, and yes, we just got Rick Rolled.
We are heading out to my Sister in Law's church for a community lunch they are offering. Blake will get to meet Lydia and see Elise again, and Aunt Erin will get to see her girls on Turkey Day.
After that we will hit up the Thanksgiving Day buffet at the hotel, I told my mom I didnt want her cooking some massive dinner with all of the back problems she is having.
Its a non traditional dinner, but it will be yummy and I will be with some of the people I care about most.
I hope all 3 of you out there that read this have a wonderful holiday!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The tubes are broken

Posting from Blake's computer. Hotel internet connection likes him and not me. I can't get online, so this is my Wednesday post. Happy Thanksgiving, Pittsburghers! Don't forget to listen to "Alice's Restaurant" tomorrow at noon on DVE.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Catch-up

Blake loved DeLuca's
Hes happy it finally snowed today.
Twilight was good, but Quantum of Solace was better.
Toy Galaxy has a Zombie exhibit now, and I got my Monroeville Zombies hoodie.
Tomorrow trips to the comic shop for him, and Trivia for me :)
Happy Pre-Pre Turkey Day.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy.

Blake is here and except for the fact that getting to him at the airport was HELL because PENNDOT is on crack everything is wonderful so far.
I'm going to take him to DeLuca's for b-fast today and probably hit up Eide's and other stuff in and around town. I think we have to take a trip out to McKnight rd for something, but Im not sure yet.
There will probably be pictures n stuff later.

And oh yeah, he's a better writer than me so read his stuff about the trip
www.evertimerealms.com

Sunday, November 23, 2008

How do you do it?

I hear that alot when people find out about my relationship.
It's a tad on the unconventional side.
In fact, according to Mapquest its 1128.13 miles of unconventional.
See, Blake lives in Louisiana, and I reside here in my 'Burgh
So often I hear from people "How do you do it?"
It always confuses me at first, that people seem so amazed that two people can be committed to each other and not live close, like distance automatically equals infidelity, or that somehow it's not real or serious or that its weird.
I wasn't looking to fall for him when I met Blake, I was in the last stages of a relationship that was down to one engine and spiralling out of the sky. I sent him a PM about his book (yes, we met online. please take your snickers outside) and we simply started talking, then Talking, then flirting (innocently enough I assure you) while in the real world my relationship was over amidst creepy discoveries, possible cheating and a lack of anything even remotely resembling affection. Blake became someone I looked forward to talking to online, and eventually a few months later I called him and we spent a very awkward time on the phone ( I was convinced he didn't like me) The next time we talked I think we spent 4 hours on the phone. Six months later he flew to Pittsburgh to meet me and 3 years later we have not looked back.

It's hard, I won't deny that. I hate being away from him. I often feel completely alone without the one person who I need more than any other. But we go on, we get by with our sporadic visits and all too fast moving weeks spent together. We go on knowing that at some point all of this pointlessness will be worth it when we can finally be together, for more than a week, together in the same place at the same time for the rest of our "as happily ever after as two people can possibly make it" lives.

Do I sometimes wish this situation was different? You bet, I'm not going to lie to you. Do I ever wish I was not with him? Never. Every second spent apart, every dreary moment spent without a hug or a snuggle when I need it, every second spent on the phone, every dime spent on travel is worth more to me in the long run than anything I have ever done in my life. Period.

Its now quarter to two in the morning. Blake will be here around 1pm. We will spend a week together and then he will have to depart back to Louisiana. We will be apart until February when I go down there for Mardi Gras and as much as every second apart hurts its all gonna be worth it when I find myself in an airport, wrapped in his arms.




Ear Candy.... A Man's Gotta Do Dr. Horribles Sing Along Blog

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Brought to you by the letters "E" and "P" and the number 42





Jesus Christ, look how damn young Bob and Gloria and Gordon and Maria and Luis are....I FEEL OLD NOW!!





And finally, 2 of my FAVORITE Muppets from my days of watching Sesame Street:

Forgetful Jones






and

The Amazing Mumford!








And don't forget
Last year some people over at the Childrens Television Workshop decided early seasons of Sesame Street were NOT APPROPRIATE for children.

Asshats.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Goodbye BurghBlog.

Thank you PittGirl.
Thank you for pointing out the silly, the sad, the wonderful and the beautiful about our city.
Thank you for making me laugh. Making me think. Making me remember just what it is about Pittsburgh that I love so much
Thank you for giving me a new vocabulary to spread amongst my friends.
Thank you for the nicknames, which brought knowing smiles and random high fives when yelled out during games.
Thank you for saying the things we all wanted to say sometimes.
Thank you for being a voice we all looked forward to hearing from every day.
Thank you for being Pittsburgh.

We will miss you.

I am PittGirl

Monday, November 17, 2008

Even a BLIND MAN could see that was a touchdown!!!

From ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- The first 11-10 game in NFL history shouldn't have ended that way, referee Scott Green said after a last-minute touchdown was errantly taken away from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

The officiating mistake didn't affect the outcome since the Steelers still would have won, but the touchdown would have changed the score to 17-10 -- or, more likely, 18-10, since the teams were lined up for an extra-point try that was never attempted.

On first-and-10 from San Diego's 21 with five seconds remaining, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw a short pass to LaDainian Tomlinson over the middle for 3 yards. Tomlinson turned and made a handoff-type lateral to wide receiver Chris Chambers, who attempted to pitch the ball to a teammate only to have safety Troy Polamalu scoop it up and score from the 12.

Both teams left the field on what looked to be a game-ending play but were called back by the officials for the extra-point attempt. At that point, the replay official called for a review.

After watching the play, Green initially announced the ruling on the field was upheld and the touchdown counted. But the officiating crew huddled again before the extra-point attempt and changed the call, deciding that an illegal forward pass should have ended the play.

Green, in a postgame interview with a pool reporter, said that call was errant -- even though his explanation for the confusion was almost as confusing as the play itself.

"We should have let the play go through in the end, yes," Green said. "It was misinterpreted that instead of killing the play, we should have let the play go through."

Green said the confusion occurred because there was a misunderstanding about which lateral was in question.

"The first pass was the one that was illegal, but it only kills the play if it hits the ground," Green said. "That was incorrect to have killed it at that point. The ruling should have let the play go on. That's just the way that it played out. We believe the second pass was legal."

Green was asked why, since the ball didn't hit the ground during any of the tossing, the officials decided after huddling that the play should have ended.

"We didn't kill it on the field," Green said. "After [the] discussion we decided ... there was some confusion over which pass we were talking about and it was decided that it was the second pass that was illegal that did hit the ground and therefore we killed the play there."

However, the officials realized afterward they erred.

"I know," Green said. "The rule was misinterpreted."

In an interview Monday on SportsCenter, Mike Pereira, the NFL's vice president of officiating, said the league would look at "tweaking" its replay system, possibly before the playoffs, to allow officials to go back to replay a second time if an error is made. In the current system, officials cannot return to the monitor for a second look at a play if there is confusion about rules interpretation.

That the Steelers preserved their victory "doesn't make us feel any better about the call," Pereira said.

The score made a difference in the wallets of a lot of bettors on the Las Vegas Strip.

"Anyone who had a bet on the Pittsburgh side and thought they had won weren't too happy," said John Avello, director of the race and sports book at the Wynn resort.

Avello said there might have been $10 million bet on the game statewide and many times more than that in illegal bets around the country and in offshore Internet betting sites. There was more money bet on Pittsburgh, he said, especially in parlay bets.

Though the officials later said they made a mistake in calling back the touchdown, the official score remains 11-10, and even if the NFL changes it, Nevada sports books paid off on the final score from Sunday.

Asked about the officiating -- the Steelers drew 115 yards in penalties to the Chargers' 5 -- Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin declined to comment.

"No, I have never seen a game ended with 13-to-1 in penalties [the official tally was 13 against the Steelers, two against the Chargers], but I am not answering questions about the officiating," Tomlin said.

The call affected betting on the game since the Steelers were either a 4½- or five-point favorite and would have covered if the touchdown counted.

"It was weird," Steelers receiver Hines Ward said, " ... but this game is about wins and losses, and we won."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report
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In other news....

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Currently Reading...

2 books in the current reads list.
Nothing unusual if you know me.
I often have 2-4 books going at the same time.

Who Can Save Us Now?
(Brand new Superheroes and their amazing (short) stories)

Edited by Owen King and John McNally

Ill fully admit that seeing Owen King's name on the cover is what first drove me to pick this book up (I'm a huge Stephen King fan, and I've read some of Joe Hill's books (Kings son)) I knew His other son Owen wrote too, but had not read anything yet so I was intrigued(he has a short story in this collection). And after reading the back I was sold.

From Amazon.com
Twenty-two of today's most talented writers (and comics fans) unite in Who Can Save Us Now?, an anthology featuring brand-new superheroes equipped for the threats and challenges of the twenty-first century -- with a few supervillains thrown in for good measure. Edited and with contributions by Owen King (We're All in This Together) and John McNally (America's Report Card), Who Can Save Us Now? enriches the superhero canon immeasurably.
With mutations stranger than the X-Men and with even more baggage than the Hulk, this next generation of superheroes is a far cry from your run-of-the-mill caped crusader. From the image-conscious and not-very-mysterious masked meathead who swoops in and sweeps the tough girl reporter off her feet; to the Meerkat, who overcomes his species' cute and cuddly image to become the resident hero in a small Midwestern city; to the Silverfish, "the creepy superhero," who fights crime while maintaining the slipperiest of identities; to Manna Man, who manipulates the minds of televangelists to serve his own righteous mission, these protectors (and in some cases antagonizers) of the innocent and the virtuous will delight literary enthusiasts and comic fans alike.

With stunning illustrations by artist Chris Burnham, Who Can Save Us Now? offers a vibrant, funny, and truly unusual array of characters and their stories.


Also on the list...
Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay

I had heard of the Showtime series starring Michael C Hall (Who I loved loved loved in 6 Feet Under) and was immediately interested in the concept. When I found out it was based on a book I ran out to Borders and picked up the first novel, Darkly Dreaming Dexter. Shortly after finishing that I was back to pick up the next book, Dearly Devoted Dexter. I loved them both (and season one of the series. Hall is perfect as Dexter IMO)
I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of Dexter in the Dark in paperback form and so far I am not disappointed at all.
I love this character, and I love these books.
It is wrtten differently than the others..and Im not 100% sure where Lindsay is going in his explanations of Dexters mysterious "Dark passenger" but I cant say anything more till I finish it :)

From randomhouse.com

In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds. . . particularly because, on occasion, he commits them himself. But Dexter's happy existence is turned upside down when he is called to an unusually disturbing crime scene at the university campus. Dexter's Dark Passenger – mastermind of his homicidal prowess – immediately senses something chillingly recognizable and goes into hiding. Dexter is alone for the first time in his life, and he realizes he's being hunted by a truly sinister adversary. Meanwhile he's planning a wedding and trying to learn how to be a stepfather to his fiancĂ©'s two kids – who might just have dark tendencies themselves. Macabre, ironic, and wonderfully entertaining, Dexter in the Dark goes deeper into the psyche of one of the freshest protagonists in recent fiction.


So thats what Im reading now...


What are you reading (the 2 people who read this blog)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

THANK GOD!!

The Steelers are (almost 100%)staying in the Rooney Family!
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!

From www.thepittsburghchannel.com


PITTSBURGH -- Ownership of the Pittsburgh Steelers is remaining within the Rooney family.

According to WTAE's news exchange partners at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, four sons of Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. have agreed to sell their stake in the team to brother and current chairman Dan Rooney, and his son, Art Rooney II.

The deal could pay the four Rooney brothers who are selling their shares as much as $750 million.

They hope to complete the deal before a meeting in December.

Each of the five Rooney brothers holds a 16 percent interest in the team.

Their relatives, the McGinleys, control the remaining 20 percent.

The team has an estimated worth of $800 million to $1.2 billion.

The Steelers have not released an official statement.


Heres hoping nothing changes from now till December!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll 1930-2008

From the Associated Press

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Knoll dies at 78
By MARC LEVY – 2 hours ago

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Catherine Baker Knoll, who at age 72 became the first woman to be elected as Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, died Wednesday. She was 78.

Knoll died at National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she was recovering from treatment for cancer, Gov. Ed Rendell said in a statement.

"Today we mourn the passing of one of the strongest, most dedicated public servants in Pennsylvania's history," Rendell said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Catherine's family. She will be deeply missed."

Knoll was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in July 2008 and began radiation and chemotherapy treatments before publicly revealing her illness in August. The Senate's presiding officer, she returned for the start of the fall Senate schedule in September, but showed signs of fatigue. On Sept. 22, she announced she would heed the advice of doctors, family members and colleagues and take time off, missing her first Senate session in six years.

"Even as she fought cancer in recent months, she remained upbeat and dedicated to serving the commonwealth," Rendell said. "Catherine was a very passionate and exuberant advocate for many worthy causes. Her passing is a tremendous loss for the many people whose lives she touched."

A former schoolteacher and Democratic veteran, Knoll served two terms as state treasurer beginning in 1988. When she won re-election in 1992, the always optimistic Knoll received one of the largest vote totals ever for a statewide Democratic candidate.

"I happen to think that Pennsylvania is like a 10-speed bicycle," Knoll said on the day she was sworn in as the state's 45th lieutenant governor in 2003. "We have gears we haven't even tried yet."

As lieutenant governor, she held the gavel in the state Senate and chaired the state Board of Pardons and a local government advisory committee. Rendell also asked her to serve as chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council.

She was so committed to presiding over the Senate that, even cancer-stricken, she told Senate Minority Leader Robert J. Mellow, D-Lackawanna, in September that she felt badly about putting down the gavel, in case she was needed to cast a tie-breaking vote for the party.

Mellow described a determined woman who was passionate about being an elected official — she would go anywhere, any time to represent the state, he said — and serving the Catholic church.

"If there is a Heaven and Hell, then when she passed away she went straight to Heaven," Mellow said.

Under the state Constitution, Knoll will be replaced by the Senate President Pro Tempore, Joseph B. Scarnati III, R-Jefferson, who plants to retain his Senate seat.

In a statement, Scarnati said Knoll "embodied the type of character expected of true, effective public servants."

Knoll's tenure as treasurer had been damaged by allegations that a former campaign aide used his position to benefit from the sale of state bonds. Knoll was never implicated, but it came up repeatedly in the campaign.

Knoll was born in Sept. 3, 1930. Her father, Nicholas Baker, was the mayor of McKees Rocks, a Pittsburgh suburb. She originally tried nursing school, but disliked it, and went to Duquesne University to study history and education.

She met her husband, Charles Knoll, while she was a student and married him just before graduating.

She worked for local Democratic candidates, became a member of the party's state committee and started working for PennDOT in the early 1970s.

In 1976, the party asked her to run for state treasurer. She lost to Robert E. Casey, a Cambria County official who was unrelated to future governor Robert P. Casey.

She ran for treasurer again in 1984, losing in the primary by fewer than 15,000 votes.

She pledged to never run for office again, but changed her mind when her husband, a postmaster, died in 1987. All four of their children encouraged her to do so.

Knoll, affectionately known as CBK, won handily and pledged to clean up a treasurer's office that she said was a mess. She said she was proud the agency provided $25 million in loans to small businesses through development centers at colleges and universities, as well as $100 million in low-rate first-home mortgages to single parents, first-time buyers and veterans. She also oversaw the startup of a college savings program for parents.

In 1996, her daughter Mina ran for treasurer and lost.

Knoll raised eyebrows several times inside and outside the Capitol.

She once agreed to be the guest of honor at a fundraiser for a high-ranking Republican and was criticized by Democrats for agreeing to co-sponsor a fundraiser for another GOP state representative. Knoll ultimately canceled both plans.

In 2005, Knoll was forced to apologize to the family of a Marine killed in Iraq for showing up uninvited for his funeral and giving out a business card. Family members said she made a remark about "our government" being against the war.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

If you listen closely, you can hear Marion Hossa weeping.



OR in the more eloquent words of my friend Kevin:



The Detroit Red Wings confronted a difficult loss tonight at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins in a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup finals.

Marian Hossa, playing against his old team was held without a goal and only two assists. The Red Wings, meanwhile, gave up a 5-2 lead to lose in overtime with the final score 7-6. They also allowed a 19 year old kid to score a hat-trick.

"Losing a game is always tough, especially when it is a team full of young guys and people who you were friends with" said Hossa.

When asked to comment on his 3-goal, 4-point night, Jordan Staal opted to refrain from commenting beyond whipping out his dick and smacking it against the Red Wing logo at center ice.

In response to the center-ice antics, Jiri Hudler of the Red Wings was overheard stating "Seriously, fuck these guys."

Monday, November 10, 2008

Nothing can stop her now...



And the younger one is climbing out of her crib now...





Ear Candy....Freeze Ray Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Dump Truck Gets Dumped.




Pittsburgh Steelers cut backup RB Najeh Davenport
11 hours ago

PITTSBURGH — Najeh Davenport was released Saturday by the Pittsburgh Steelers, five weeks after they brought back their former top backup running back following a number of injuries.

Davenport, the Steelers' starter during their wild-card playoff loss to Jacksonville in January, was let go even though starter Willie Parker is not expected to play Sunday against Indianapolis because of a sore shoulder.

Davenport's roster spot was taken by linebacker Donovan Woods, who was taken off the 53-man roster last month but was added to the practice squad. Woods has played on special teams in four games this season.

Davenport, a former Packers player, spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons with Pittsburgh but was released in June. He was re-signed last month after Parker injured a knee, first-round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall was lost for the season with a shoulder injury and fullback Carey Davis sprained an ankle.

In two-plus seasons with Pittsburgh, Davenport ran for 768 yards, seven touchdowns and a 4.3 yards per carry average. He also had three touchdowns on pass receptions


I got that link from a Canadian website. First one to show up other than Wiki and stats...Whathuh?

As for some clarification as to why I refered to him as Dump Truck...

From Najeh Davenports Wiki entry (LOL)
Prior to entering the NFL, Davenport allegedly pulled down his pants and pooped in the laundry basket of a Barry University woman in her dorm room on April 1, 2002. He was then given the nickname "Deuce" by the Packers fans, then renamed "Dookie" by Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com. Fans of The Burgh Blog have also named him: "The Dump Truck", "The Defecator", "Davenpoop", and "The Poopetrator." He has also been nicknamed "The Thundering Turd," and an urban legend has suggested that when he was with the Packers, a letter writing campign to the equipment manager asked for him to be issued jersey number 2 for practice. In a plea bargain, his felony charge of second-degree burglary and misdemeanor count of criminal mischief were dropped in exchange for his completing 100 hours of community service.


Hey PittGirl, you are officially part of his Wiki entry. Score!

Ear Candy SNL...and as per usual its not funny

Friday, November 7, 2008

I hope Karma is good to you.

Meaning...

I hope you wake up tomorrow deaf, blind and dumb if you had anything to do with this...

From www.post-gazette.com
Butterfly Girl, a bronze statue in the Children's Garden at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, has been stolen.

"It's very disheartening. These kids don't have access to another barrier-free sanctuary like this," said Todd Reeves, executive director and superintendent at the more than century-old school.

The theft, described by school officials as coldhearted vandalism, was part of the damage discovered at the $720,000 garden around 7:30 a.m. yesterday when staff began arriving for work.

A similar statue of a boy was found toppled, face down, in the herb and flower garden. An arch sculpture of fruits and vegetables, with a giant fork protruding near the top, was broken in half, the broken section lying on the ground.

The Children's Garden, though aesthetically attractive, was equally important as an outdoor classroom and recreation space for the 175 blind students ages 3 to 21 who attend the North Oakland campus.

The arch, sculpted by Pittsburgh artist Robert Qualters, was one of several attractions in the garden that students could use to enhance their sensory awareness.

On a sunny, warm day like yesterday, many of the students would have been escorted to the garden to play, to touch and feel the sculptures and experience the sun and open air in a safe environment.

"The students would have been out ... on a day like this, but not with all of this mess," said Jillian Pritts, a spokeswoman at the school.

The broken and toppled artwork lay in place until police could investigate.

A resident in the area reported that building sensor alarms sounded around 2 a.m., and a possible suspect was seen running up the street.

No arrests had been made yesterday, police said.

The Children's Garden was built in 2003 with grants and donations from 23 foundations and 250 individuals who bought engraved bricks for the garden walkway.

It is fenced in with a locked gate.

Ms. Pritts said the children had been able to enjoy the outdoor facility year-round.

She said she hopes the Butterfly Girl statue, cast by artist Peter Calaboyias, will be returned.

"We couldn't replace a one-of-a-kind artwork that someone made just for us," Ms. Pritts said. "Who knows why [vandals or thieves] would choose this venue? It's just a shame."



It takes a hard calloused soul, or lack thereof to do something like this.

Thanks to PittGirl at The Burgh Blog for the links.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus







Little Miss I dont smile for the camera, and company.







Ear Candy Dr. Horrible's Sing along Blog Soundtrack

Thursday, November 6, 2008

NaBloPoMo Posting!

To the people who never ever believed me that these commercials existed....
BOOYAH!!
I TOLD YOU SO!!








Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Welcome to History, America.

Tonight, for the first time, a Black man was elected as the President of the United States of America.

Weather you like him or not, weather you voted for him or not, you cannot downplay the enormous significance of this event.

Tonight, America made history.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

VOTE DAMMIT!

I don't care who you are voting for.
I don't give a flying rats ass what your political beliefs are.
Go out today and VOTE!

Do you know how women and minorities suffered to win the right to vote?
Do you know that no matter how insignificant you might think your vote is, you are wrong?
Do you know that the last election came down to a couple hundred votes?
Do you know how many people did NOT vote last election?

If you are a US citizen, of legal voting age, YOU SHOULD VOTE!

Its your right, and so many people have suffered and fought for you to have that right.

USE IT!

And if you don't vote, or you stupidly are not registered I dont want to hear a goddamn word out of your mouth for the next four years. You had your chance to make history and you laughed at it.

VOTE TODAY!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Soooo...

Im trying to do the NaBloPoMo thing...

Since Blake is on his third year of
nanowrimo
I figured why not.
Im not the wirter he is, but I can (try to) put up a post once a day this month.

Maybe.

I make no guarantees on Wednesday...thats my drinking night.


Or any drinking night actually.

Ear Candy Don't Let's Start They Might Be Giants.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008