Friday, October 28, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
If you're looking ahead to potential vacation destinations for next summer, Pittsburghers might want to think about saving some cash and taking in the sights in their own fair city, as Pittsburgh was among the locations listed in National Geographic Traveler's Best of the World 2012.
The slideshow proclaims our three rivers setting as one of the most naturally beautiful in the world, touches on our rich cultural offerings, and, of course, focuses on our recent "reinvention" as reasons to visit.
The city tourism office must be be loving this most recent accolade and, in fact, already have it featured prominently on their website. But who can blame them? It's an impressive list from a renowned organization that comes with a lot of credibility.
But while you're at appreciating the art at the Warhol and the architecture of the Allegheny County Courthouse, it wouldn't be a proper trip to the 'Burgh unless you also took a ride up the Incline to get your photo on Mount Washington, followed up by a Primanti sandwich.
Monday, October 17, 2011
|Grushecky and Springsteen perform in front of packed houses in Pittsburgh in 2010|
Any memorable Grushecky or Springsteen shows in Pittsburgh that you've seen?
Monday, October 10, 2011
The front nine features seven par 4's and two par 3's. The distance is manageable, however there are very awkward lies and narrow fairways that emphasize accuracy and careful club selection. It is very easy to drive a ball into an adjacent fairway or over a hillside. Highlights of the front 9 include the views of the Edgar Thomson steel mill and Kennywood Park as previously mentioned and the two par threes, # 5 and # 9, which require precision tee shots due to the heavily vegetated rough in front of the holes and wooded areas behind the green.
- Bring a lot of balls with you due to the topography of the course.
- Take a cart, I recommend not walking the hilly terrain.
- Be very careful driving the carts, the turns are tight and paths are steep.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
The last movie that I saw was Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It was a game time decision to see Apes or Captain America: The First Avenger. Since choosing Apes I felt as if I truly missed out on one movie that I was sure to love. I felt that I had to make it to see Captain America, but after seeing it last night at the Maxi Saver in West Mifflin I am glad that I didn't pay full price for what turned out to be a disappointing movie.
Captain America takes place during WWII as pathetic wimp Steve Rodgers (Captain America) played by Chris Evans is denied enlistment to the US Military for many physical deficiencies. This sets the stage for Rodgers to desperately seek entrance and even though he has no stunning physical characteristics, he possesses the smarts, determination, and patriotism...in other words the "intangibles" to be a great soldier. This allows him to be selected as the prototype for a new breed of super soldiers.
While the story with Rodgers is taking place we see another side of the story which introduces Johann Schmidt, Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving conducting scientific experiments while simultaneously killing naysayers who are against his occult obsessions. Red Skull was a previous scientific experiment and his role is to also develop super soldiers based on ancient superstitions with which Nazi leader Adolf Hitler also shared a fascination.
These two stories ultimately should coincide and leave for a heart stopping action movie, but from my point of view this was never achieved. Both stories took too much time to develop and once they FINALLY came together the two main characters had a short fight sequence and then the movie ended. The movie did a horrible job bringing together why Red Skull wanted to develop his own army outside of Hitler's, how Captain America and Red Skull became enemies, and left no satisfying conclusion. The only idea that tied the two people together was one was an American soldier and the other a quasi-Nazi soldier.
In addition to the story line being so boring, it seemed like it should have been released directly after 9/11 because it seemed like a cheesy patriotism propaganda movie from the 1940's. I rarely fall asleep during movies at the theatre, but I did doze off for the last 10 - 15 minutes and missed nothing as my wife explained what happened. I was told to stay for the credits by the usher and we stayed in order to see the preview for next summer's blockbuster hopeful The Avengers which hopefully will bring some characters with small roles from Captain America together with other Marvel characters together with success.
I am glad that I saw Captain America only because it was on my list. Other than that, I do not recommend Captain America unless you have absolutely no other options.
Pills gives Captain America: The First Avenger 1/6 Irons, the lowest movie review to date.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Top 10 Favorite Dive Bars
10. Casey's Draft House - If this place did not have a midget pouring shots it would not have made the list.
9. Chief's Cafe - Just walk inside one time and order 40. This place is classic drunkenness at it's best.
8. Brillobox - Most likely purposefully a dive, this caters to hipsters and provides a great night out.
7. Slaphots - Maybe if you're lucky you'll see Mike Lange after a Penguins game.
6. Sam's Bar - Classic long bar with a mirror behind it. Reminds me of Moe's Bar on the Simpsons complete with a balding man slouched at the bar.
5. Warehouse Cafe - This is where we all got our start when drinking being home for the holidays.
4. Bar 11 - Candy necklaces, flaming Dr. Peppers, and foam squirting all over the place and who can forget the pounding of the drum?
3. Gene's Place - The type of place where everyone knows and remembers you. The legend of Good Gibbons was born here and a deep fried turkey at Thanksgiving. Words can't describe this bar.
2. Kopy's Bar - Great music, cheap drinks, locals, darts, memorable decorations and on a South Side side street.
1. Garage Door Saloon - Oakland side street, open air, loud music, cheap drinks, and memories from yesteryear. I only wish it were still Cumpie's.
What is your ranking?
For more information on Pittsburgh bars be sure to check out the Ultimate Pittsburgh Bar Crawl.