Saturday, August 29, 2015

I Don't Care If It Rains, Let's All Go To The Bar

So I decided that, for my 29th birthday, I was going to get as many of my friends together and take them to the South Side. So we got a pretty good group together and started out at Dee's. I got a quick photo of the bunch there.

No, that's not it. 

That's definitely not it!

Ah, there we go. Sam was there earlier, but took off for Lava Lounge to meet an old college roomie who lives on the South Side now. We, in fact, caught up with them.

Thank you to Matt for driving, and everyone else for coming! Ray liked the music, Mike & Lauren recommended a couple of bars I'd never thought to try (Carmella's and Acacia - I was in Carmella's a couple times when it was still Inn-termission, but that was a while ago), Jonathan didn't get as drunk as we hoped expected, and a good time was had all around.

Oh, and we stopped at Lesvos for food. Obligatory pic of my friends eating, lol.

Let's do this again sometime!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

But If You Wanna Win You Gotta Learn How To Play

"It's the Ore Whore of the Hour!" said the Clock That Ended The Great Depression.

Welcome to Pen-And-Pencilvania.

Ladies, don't go half-assed and ask for 'one panty please'.

Top o' the morning, bottom of the ninth.

It's the difference between the numinous and the bituminous.

This Pistol Range Is Clothing Optional. You May Encounter Nude Recreators With Concealed Handguns.

"Mr. Spector, tear down this wall!"

Once you calm down, don't forget to leave yourself a Post-Snit Note.

Give me some aspartame, baby.

WARNING: The mind, heart and soul subsystems contain no user-serviceable parts. Please return to manufacturer for qualified service.

I think Ludwig Wittgenstein would be impressed. F.A. Hayek, not so much.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Narrow Streets Of Cobblestone

I've noticed that there are some really weirdly-named roads in my area.

Along Route 366 there exist Lincoln Beach and Kiebler Beach. No clue about the source of the names, although they do cross Pucketa Creek.

Out on Route 8 you will find Elfinwild Road. Obviously named before J. R. R. Tolkien became notable, or it would have been spelled Elvenwild, which I just think sounds better.

Found this one just outside New Kensington. Isn't this one refreshingly straightforward? If you look closely at the actual sign, the street's old name of McKean can be seen.

Better yet, Hampton Township is home to Lah Road. Yeah, that's it. Just 'Lah'. According to a reader, it's a common family name in the area, so that at least is a reasonable explanation. Even so, what kind of last name is 'Lah'?

Also in Hampton Township is Talley Cavey Road. According to Wikipedia, it's the original name of the nearby borough of Allison Park. The name originated with a location on the Ards Peninsula on the east coast of Ireland.

A third Hampton location poses a bit more of a mystery. Rihn Strasse, translated from German, just means 'Rhine Street'.

Meanwhile, out around Washington Township, there's Zubal Road. Again, it's probably just a family name, but I have to say it's just fun to say. Say it out loud Zubal. Zuuubaaalll. See, wasn't that fun?

Out around Johnstown on US-22 is Dishong Mountain Road. Another family name, if my research is correct. The name sounds kind of like the last refuge of Chinese steam locomotives - the Jitong Railway, home of the Qiangjing 2-10-2-types.

Also on US-22 is Harry Boring Road. Inclusion on this list makes it interesting. A longtime reader says it's also a family name, as there's a business in downtown Johnstown called Blaine Boring Chocolates. I'm not kidding.

Got a weird or inexplicably named road in your area? Let me know about it.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hangover Child, Til The Clock Runs Over

Q: What's a hipster's favorite kind of weather?
A: Post-cipitation!

Q: What noise does a hipster cow make?
A: "Meh..."

Q: What's the difference between farmers and hipsters?
A: Farmers can go a day without their Pitchfork.

Q: How much do hipsters weigh, on average?
A: An Instagram.

Q: How many hipsters does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: Y'know, the corner bar has working lights. Let's go get wasted.

Q: Where was the body of the drowned hipster found?
A: Floating in the mainstream.

Q: What's a hipster's favorite place in the whole world?
A: Not where they are.