Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Life Sized Jenga

Vol 3 - Issue 16 of the newsletter. Hypothetical Situation.
What video game would you like to compete in, in real life? I’m not talking you sitting around with a game controller beating other people, I’m talking, you ARE Pac-man (Ms Pac Man?) and trying to eat as many pills as you can, all the while being chased by brightly colored ghosts.
Lesson learned, often things just ARE better when they're life sized.

Jenga Woes - Jenga Knees

Jenga Knees; noun. Knees/ankles that are covered in a mucky substance due to being on the ground intensely playing jenga.

Jenga Knees photo was not taken by me. Jenga knees photo was taken by Heather.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

So this bar in lawrenceville

I bet they say, "get out. If you want to play counting crows, get out."

I like this bar.

I want to play counting crows there.

But I will sit quietly with my beer and behave.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The French Stowaway

Souvenier that I was thrilled about. So delicious.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A very merry national hot dog day to you and yours

Updated with photo submissions from friends!

Angela's triple mustard Hot Dog

Mama's Dog

And Aunt Lynne's Hot Dog!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pizza Topics

Pittsburgh isn't even spelled right.

And pretty much any pizza is good when drunk. But this was REALLY good.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013


Victory Field is in Indianapolis! Between catching this game and spring training, I am apparently a closet Buccos fan. Though admittedly I'm becoming less-than-casual; as of late I have been planning my schedule so I can be sure to be home by gametime.

But the Indians being in town was merely luck with timing. In June, I headed to Indianapolis in for work. A friend tipped me off about the game - and so on a gorgeous Monday evening, I saw the Pirates' minor league team play.

Of course, my favorite tourism method anywhere is jogging through the city. Indy is still in the eastern time zone, however my usual Pittsburgh running time did not suffice. When my alarm went off in the morning it was very much still dark outside. I had to mull around for a bit before it was light enough for me to head out.

But here's a funny story. One night I went out to get some dinner. I sat down at the bar and asked for a menu.

The gentlemen next to me was somewhat distraught. "They're out of maker's mark," he said. "They were out of it in Chicago, too."

I laughed. We started talking.

Turns out he works for Metallica's opening act (Baroness) and they were playing in Pittsburgh that upcoming Friday. "Do you want to be on the guest list?" He asked.

"Yes- well, wait. I actually am going to the baseball game that night - so, no. But thank you."

"Don't worry about it. They don't usually go onstage until 10pm. I'll sign you up for you and, what, one friend? How many?"

I laughed and agreed.

So it's the night of the ballgame and my friend Matt and I are watching the Pirates win. I bring up the show and said, "So, how do you think we begin to find said list?"

Matt wasn't sure. "You're probably not even on it."

There was a reasonable chance of that. But what did we have to lose?

We showed up, and I walked up to the booth. "I'm on the list," I said.

"The will call list?"

"No... Not that list."

"Oh.... K. I'm going to need your ID."

I handed it to her. She checked my name, and looked at Matt. "He's your +1?" she asked. I nodded. She gave us our wristbands and our instructions.

We walked inside. "YOU WERE ON THE LIST!" Matt said. "I WAS ON THE LIST!" I exclaimed.

Fun show.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Happy Fourth of July

"It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not."

- John Adams July 3, 1776