Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ignorant Bus Riders


People on the bus never cease to amaze me.  They show no respect for other people and have the attitude that "as long as I'm comfortable than who cares about anyone else."  I ride the 67H which is not too crowded compared to the 61 and 71 lines but sometimes people do have to stand and a lot of the time they have to stand unnecessarily.  There is this one guy on our bus who will literally take up two (sometimes three!) seats in the back row of the bus.  He is there every morning and afternoon.  He sits there with his legs spread wide and will not budge if someone tries to sit.  People have to crawl over him if they want to sit in the corner.  I've seen him sit there in his two seats letting other people (including women) stand, all while having an "I don't give a shit look on his face."  The guy is big but he is by no means so large that he has to take two seats, he does this because it is more comfortable for him to take two seats.  The guy even extends his legs out so that the people sitting on the sideways seats in the back have to awkwardly move there legs around him to accommodate his relaxed position.

Another thing that really bothers me is when people have a shopping bag or purse that they think is entitled to its own seat on the bus.  I do not have a problem with people doing this when there are a lot of seats, but when people are walking down the aisle looking for a seat, put your damn bag in your lap and let them sit down.  A similar tactic is when someone sits on the outside seat when no one is sitting in the window seat.  Again, not cool, move your ass over and let someone else sit down.  Who knows, you might actually get to have an interesting conversation with someone.  At the very least,  you are allowing someone to have a more comfortable ride.

The previous people would never make it on a 61 or 71.  Someone would just tell them to move their ass the hell out of the way!

Finally, I hate the people that wait until the bus gets to their stop, then decide they need to ask the person in the aisle seat to move because this is their stop.  Come on, you know when your stop is coming up, have the curtsy to get up a few blocks before so the whole bus is not waiting for you.  Then, the best part is, these people get up to the front, and only then do they start looking for their fair or pass.  They slowly open their purse or dig through their pockets to try and figure out where the money/pass is.  People, you've been sitting on the bus doing nothing, the least you can do is have your fair ready by the time you move to the front of the bus, don't hold the people back that have their pass in hand and are ready to get off the bus.

Finally, I hate the people who feel like thy have to scream into their cell phones in order to have the person on the other end hear them.  I don't mind people talking on the phone on the bus but one thing I can't understand is why people just can't understand that the person they are talking to on the phone will be able to hear them just fine if they talk in their normal voice?

These are my top issues with people riding the bus, what are yours?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Guy or Girl?

I don't know, you tell me. Saw this person across the street while I
was waiting for the bus.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wrong Shoes!!

I forgot my gym shoes today. I still worked out despite some strange
looks and comments. Dedication.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Lamp

Where I saw all my movies when I was little. They are in the process
of bringing it back to life.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Haunted Mine

Last night the YPO took a trip to The Haunted Mine at Tour-Ed Mine in Tarentum.  We had a small but good turn out.  It was a good thing that I decided to leave early because that place was not easy to find.  First I typed the address into my GPS and it told me I was there at the middle of some random intersection.  Then I searched for "mine" in the GPS, it found it but pointed me to some dark road that went down into the woods with a No Outlet sign.  Did not look like the kinda place I wanted to go.  So I was sitting on the side of the road cursing myself for not writing down the directions when I saw the name of the road where I needed to be.  I drove there and ended up passing the place!  I turned arround and finally made it there.

Once there w walked through a haunted house that led us down into a mine.  We put on hard hats and rode the mine car down.  We then walked through the mine.  It was dark as hell down there and we could not see anything.  It pretty good over all and not a bad price at $10.

After the mine we went to Primanti's for a drink but then someone in the group decided he need to go to Wal*Mart to get something for his Halloween costume.  We all joined him.  Katie rode with me and Jason decided he needed to jump out of the car he was in at a red light to take a picture of us.  Haha?


We got to Wal*Mart and found the keg tub he needed and went to Shadyside for final drinks from there.  Even though everyone was slamming me for everyone in IT getting to have smart phones it was a fun night.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Forfeit?


Last night was a great night for kickball.  I got to the field thinking I was going to be late because of all the traffic on the Boulevard but I ended up being one of the first people there.  As game time approached most of our players were there but the yellow team only had four players.  They new that three others were going to show up but that was still not enough for them to play.  We asked then to play a scrimmage since they had to forfeit but they would not.  We decided to just play a fun game against ourselves since we had enough people there and did not want to waste such a good night for kickball.  It was fun although everyone was not playing up to par since we had beer in the filed with us while trying to catch the ball :-)  We then headed to Red Beard's for beer and wings after.  It was a good night.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Dividends, Corporations, and Greed


Hypothetically speaking, let's say there is a large global corporation that has recently laid off employees, stopped all raises and bonuses, and stopped matching employee's 401(k) contributions. The general feel around the office is that these are hard times and everyone should be cutting back. Employees should be glad that they have a job. On the surface this looks to be the same story that a lot of other companies are facing at the current time. But is it? Lets also say that this company's stock has been steadily on the rise while executives proudly boast that the company has huge amounts of cash on hand, more money than the company has ever had before. To top things off let's also say that this company decided not only to give its shareholders a dividend but also raise the dividend from the previous payment. All the while this company does not change any of its coast cutting tactics on its employees mentioned above.

To top things off, the company continually publishes messages on its intranet page that is readily available to all employees about how well the company is doing, that it is raising its dividend and it is sitting on mountains of cash. There is no mention about when the employees will get their much deserved compensation in the form of raises, bonuses, and 401(k) matches. As a matter of fact it comes as a slap in the face to these employees to read all of this “great” information about the company they work for while they are all getting the short end of the stick.

Even though this is a hypothetical story, what would you think if you were an employee in this situation?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Colors of Fall...and the Temperatures of Winter!

Recently, an x-Pittsburgher mentioned that she missed seeing the leaves change in fall.  I guess this is something that I usually take for granted.  I was meaning to go out and take some pictures and after seeing her status message it prompted me to finally go out.  Sunday, I took a walk through Schenley Park and Squirrel Hill and took some pictures.  You can see the album here:


Fall in Schenley Park and Squirrel Hill

The colors were awesome.  I always say that I wish it could be summer all year round but after driving around the last couple days and taking in all of the colors, I think I would miss it.  The last two day I had to drive out to two of our suburban locations for work, both of which I had to pass through some wooded areas.  I feel like the trees outside of the city have more color already.  It was just really nice to look at.  Sorry I wasn't able to take any pictures of these.

One thing that sucks though is we are having freezing temperateness.  It is going to be 33 tonight!  We pretty much skipped right over fall temps and went right to winter.  Damn I hate winter...

Enjoy the pictures all of you warm weather people.  I'll try to update the album as the season progresses.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Oakmont Bakery

Finally made it to this place. It is huge and everything looks awesome!

Monday, October 12, 2009

PodCamp Pittsburgh 4


This weekend, I went to PodCamp Pittsburgh held at the Art Institute.  Their website defines a PodCamp as follows:

PodCamp Pittsburgh is a FREE community UnConference, run by and for people who create, enjoy, or are interested in learning more about social media.


The event was both Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 4 and best of all, it was totally free!  We even got shirts at the registration table.  There were people there from all over including a few people I heard were from Baltimore.  There were of course a lot of the famous pittsburgh bloggers including PittGirl who I got to see.  I was not so happy that I missed her talk she gave though.  We had breakfast and lunch both days as well. :-)  Saturday started out with Pittsburgh city councilman, Bill Peduto, giving the opening talk.  There were a lot of events to pick and I will include highlights from the events that I went to.  The first session I went to was Finding People, and/or NOT Being Found Online.  It was pretty interesting how much information the speaker was able to find about pretty much anyone.  One cool site where you can lookup information on anyone who did anything wrong in Pennsylvania (including traffic tickets!) was Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System.


Next I went to Selling Social Media to Your Boss.  Here I got a bunch of good ideas on how I can persuade more people at work to allow us to do more social media type stuff.


Lunch was catered by Franktuary which was great as usual.


The final session I went to was Blogging 201: Finding Fodder - So, you've started a blog, Now what?  This was an interesting session given by the writer of The Burgh Baby which gave me some good ideas that I'm going to start to implement in this blog.


Today I only stayed for the morning sessions because I wanted to get back to watch the Steelers game.  The first one I went to was Political Blogging and Constructing a Solid Post.  Although this was geared mostly towards political blogging, I still got some useful information from it.  The session was given by one of the co-authors of 2 political junkies.


Finally I went to Security Awareness: Concerns past, present, and future.  This talk is making me think about some of the information that I have online as well as some of the sites that I visit...


Lunch today was catered by Market District Giant Eagle.  They put out a pretty good spread.


Overall, I enjoyed going to PodCamp and meeting other people like me who like to blog.  Sometimes I feel like there's no one else out there since almost no one else I  Know has a blog.  This provided a nice sense of community.  I am looking forward to attending next year and possibly even joining the committee that organizes the event.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Liberty Ave


I always liked the old fashion type they use on this sign above a door in Gateway Center.

Weekend Highlights

Friday I got an email from Information Sciences at Pitt!  They asked me to take three undergrads and three recent grads to lunch since I work for a "prominent Pittsburgh company."  The idea is to have a frank discussion about working in the real world I guess.  Sounded cool so I said I would do it.  Look forward to meeting these peopel.  O, and Alco is sponcering the lunch so I don't have to pay.  Later that night, I met up with some people from work at Carson City to surprise Amanda for her 30th birthday.  It was a fun time, I just wish I didn't have to drive so I could have drank as much as everyone else, o well not that bog of a deal.  Everyone left by 12 but I stuck around to meet Erin soon after since she was just getting off from the arena.  We hung out there for a while and then came back here.  She stayed over because she had to be in Shadyside at 6:45 for some fund raiser.

Saturday was not very eventful except for some news that I got.  Unfortunately the news must remain a secret for now.

Sunday I met Shawn at Heinz Field to tailgate with him and some of his family.  I could not believe there was almost no traffic getting over there.  I parked at the casino.  They were charging $20 since it was a Steelers game day but since I had a Player's Club card, it was complimentary. :-)  Last night was the last time I will see Shawn before he moves to Vegas.  I wish I had a ticket!  I got home just in time for the game to start.  I am planning on taking a trip to Vegas sometime in mid-January...sould be fun.

Today at work they were setting up the ice-skating rink and Christmas Tree!  So depressing!!!  I hate how early they put that thing up, it totally runins it by the time Christmas actually does come around.

Not much really planned for this week.  Stay tuned to find out if anything exciting happens.

Sally



 Well here is is, this is the Sally Wiggin T-shirt that I won for my G-20 video submission.  Haha, can't wait to wear this shirt out!  :-)

Heirlooms

At Right by Nature.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Café

Sitting at Crazy Mocha Squirrel Hill with the big window open.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

SuperPump250

I got this free sample at GNC. I mixed it up and it is neon pink!
Hopefully it gives me lots energy like it claims.

Getting Cold Again...

Well today is October 1 and it is already pretty damn cold.  I had to turn my furnace on last night..

The remainder of last week was pretty uneventful even with the end of the G-20 going on.  Last weekend I helped Kara move her stuff back to Cresson, PA (aka middle of nowhere):


It was cold and rainy the whole day.  To get to Cresson, you basically take 22 the whole way.  I never went past the Indiana exit, so that was kinda interesting.  I wish it would have been a nicer day though, my eyes were glued on the road because I could hardly see...mainly because of all the water coming off of the U-Haul that Shawn was driving in front of me.

Kickball was canceled again this week!  Not cool, looks like we will be playing in to November...should be nice and cold for that!

Also, today I found out I won a Sally Wiggin T-Shirt from iheartpgh.com!  I won because I submitted a video that shows a Terrible Towel relating the the G-20.  How cool is that?  I should get my shirt this weekend sometime.  Watch for a picture :-)

Living Art



PNC installed North America's largest living wall recently.  I took some pictures while I was down for the G-20 and thought it was pretty cool.  This thing is huge and runs along the side of One PNC.