Show us the best thing about your home town.
Submitted by 怒涛の鮫.
You know, this doesn't exactly fit the question, but I had been wanting to post this, so here it is:
A Pittsburgh girl knows just about as much about football as her guy friends, in some cases, even more. She drinks beer because it tastes good but knows when to be classy and drink something more sophisticated. She owns a Steeler jersey (and NOT a PINK one!) not just because it's cute, but because she supports her team and understands the game. She loves Kennywood and isn't afraid to order cheese fries from the Potato Patch because, let's face it, Pittsburgh girls wear winter coats and scarves more often than bikinis and flip flops.
A Pittsburgh girl loves St. Patrick's Day, even if she's not Irish because green beer is good for the soul.
Pittsburgh girls don't have a funny accent. They just speak a different language. The word yinz is dear to her heart, even if she would never say it herself.
A Pittsburgh girl goes to church on Sunday hung over, only to be let out early by the priest because the Steelers kick off at one.
A Pittsburgh girl might not live by the beach, but the Three Rivers are just as good! She has seen all four seasons and has a reason to love and hate each one of them. She's the type of girl you can call late at night and spill your heart out to. She's the type you can take home to Mom and Dad without worrying they won't like her because everyone loves a Pittsburgh girl. If you need a girl to take to the game, she'll be there. If you need a friend to help you out, she's there. If you need a drinking buddy, she'll be there with her IC Light in hand.
So, let your Pittsburgh girl know you love her!
You can take the girl out of Pittsburgh, but you can never take the Pittsburgh out of the girl!
Pennsylvania. Land of the Amish. Next door to some serious rednecks. (WV) Not a huge Republican state that I'm aware of. With their choices being what they are, they are leaning towards Hillary. But, that's not to say that the younger generation isn't putting in its two cents for Obama. Neither here nor there.
Today, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette there were some great quotes taken from random folks on the street. Here's a little insight into how PA rolls.
"A couple blocks east, at Jimmy's Quick Lunch, Hillary Clinton's the favorite of many regulars. 'I like her backup man,' said retired machinist Ronald Duser, referring to former President Bill Clinton. 'And her family's from Scranton. She seems to be an honest person, just like my wife.' Of Obama, Duser said: 'I'm not crazy about voting for a colored guy, but that's not why I don't support Obama. I'm not prejudiced. I just like Hillary.' A couple tables over, Jean Fetterman, a foster grandparent, said of Clinton: 'Oh, I love her. She's a very intelligent person, and she has her husband who went through this.' She scoffs at the idea of voting for Obama: 'I don't want to be a Muslim!' She looks dubious when told Obama is Christian. 'Then why did he go see what's-his-name over in Iraq, that Lama?'"
So Obama visited … a llama? The Dalai Lama? Osama? The Roller-rama? A bull from Bramah? Wagamama?
Sometimes people have mashed potatoes for brains and there's nothing you can do about it.
"And he didn't go to Iraq, either. Let's get this straight once and for all: that one time when he went to visit the llama, he wore the traditional garb of Suriname. He did it only because llamas, like illegal Mexicans, are from South America. Any politician, colored or regular, would have done the same. (Sigh.) But there you have it – this is now Clinton's base."
My home state. Gawd bless 'em.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Why?
Submitted by abcdefg81.
Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, circa 1970-1990.
I grew up in this wonderful place. By today's real estate standards, it's still a gem and has much to offer.
- Location, location, location – only 20 minutes from downtown Pittsbugh, within a 30 minute drive of 5 major malls, a small hometown grocery story within 2 miles (where they know you by name and will charge it if you don't have enough), and not a long drive to several major universities (Pitt, IUP, WVU, Penn State branch campuses).
- Crime rate – back in the day, it was pretty much nil. We left our cars unlocked with the keys in them and the doors unlocked overnight. It was safe to trick-or-treat, go caroling, and just let your kids run around and play hide-and-go-freeze at night.
- School district – one of the best around. My graduating class had a bunch of damn near geniuses in it (myself NOT included) as well as athletes. Several went to the NFL and many now have prosperous careers. Wonderful buildings housing our educators and students as well as the most kick-ass football stadium around. Superb faculty and great opportunities for the students.
- Weather – yes, it rains, often. But you take the good with the bad. The first day warm enough to wear shorts (and after a long winter, that's the first day that breaks 50 degrees), summer days hot enough to go to the waterpark, SWEATER WEATHER!, the beauty of untouched snow in the back yard, changing of the leaves, crickets chirping at night, beautiful starry skies with no light pollution.
- People – everyone knows everyone, but they still kept their nose out of your business. I knew I could always count on any of our neighbors if I needed a hand.
If you're passing through Pittsburgh, take a drive straight down Route 51 and check it out.