Archive for November, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving from Screaming Weasel!

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment


Screaming Weasel would like to wish all it’s readers a very happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday. SW will not be posting until Monday, but the blog The Christmastime Dream will post the daily part of the poem all days.

Eat well, be safe, and only fight over Nintendo Wii’s with those of your own age group ….. clubbing an 86 year old lady to get one is just so not right.


P.S. – if you have any good Thanksgiving day stories, this is one of those posts we’d love to see you add comments to.


The Christmastime Dream 2008 Has Started – Reminder

November 25, 2008 Leave a comment


This is just a reminder that The Christmastime Dream has started.  The first post is up, so please enjoy, and again, if you would like to help by creating illustrations for the posts, please e-mail me at If graphic arts is not your thing, please feel free to post your Christmastime Dream memories to the postings that bring them to mind.



Pittsburgh Light Up Night 2008 and Jeff Reed

November 22, 2008 2 comments


Made light up night … although since there was parking the kid missed out on the Smithfield Street bridge thing ….. but the blowhardedness of the CEOs speaking at Light Up Night more than made up for it.

It was actually a nice scene. This year they had the sense to use a big screen so the kiddies could see the action even from far back without the parents having to hold them on their shoulders while getting kicked in the face. Unfortunately they forgot a sound system that you could actually hear (which is about the only thing that made the CEO speeches tolerable).

Note to Duquesne Light: Don’t let the new guy in the mailroom run the soundboard during a major event that your company is sponsoring …. it makes you look like idiots. Oh, wait, sorry folks – I forgot we were talking about Duquesne Light, looking like idiots just can’t be helped. No loss here, I guess.

There were some cool things:

  • For the kiddies (tons of flashing lights to play with in the car on the ride home causing parents to wreck because the stupid wands are so **** bright you can’t see out the back window)
  • Santa singing like Bing Crosby (or trying to) …. pictured above. Never give a fat guy in a red suite a microphone, unless it’s fake.
  • Lots of holiday dance performances – all family oriented which didn’t make SW happy at all.

And for the adults:

  • The seduction of Steeler Jeff Reed (pictured below):


(even if I tried I couldn’t setup a goofier scene than this)

And of course, the memories created during the night:

  • Frozen tears due to frozen feet on the kiddies (thanks from the parents for scheduling the night later)
  • Showing your kid (that could care less) around the Block House and museum.
  • Explaining that Santa will get there in due ******* time.
  • Watching other parents lose it ….. and the cute couples making you want to vomit.
  • Thawing your kid in the microwave after you get home.

Oh, on a side note … where was Mayor Luke?? Did he sense a deep disturbance in the force and had to go help out? Did Yoda appear in his dreams last night and tell him his real father would be at the event? Were the powers that be scared Opie would take one of the lights from a kid again??? Maybe he just forgot it was Light Up Night ….. you never know with Opie ….. use your imagination, he’s young … there’s much to go with here.

Pittsburgh, City Of Pigeons

November 21, 2008 Leave a comment

… Sorry, no pigeon pics in stock.

Well, The Burgh Blog is gone, and so is PittGirl ….. and everyone is still trying to figure out who she was. I was a fan too, so basically y’all or yinz need to drop it and get a life …..

but …..

I did hear a report about the pigeons flying the “missing man” formation while dive-bombing a brunette talking on a cell phone near Pittsburgh today ….. hmmmm ….. could it have been?

….. oh wait, I think that was just a local politician in disguise leaving a meeting with one of his mistresses after cutting a deal for a new Viagra billboard on the side of the Carnegie, and the pigeons were actually trying to help out.

Still best wishes and hope for all the bloggers that aspire to eighty thousand hits a month.


PS ….. I think the pigeons are having a private party at Diesel tonight.

The Short One’s Black Cloud

November 21, 2008 Leave a comment


Very rarely do you get the chance to harass your wife via your blog via her blog – but I’m getting that chance, so I’m taking it! Supposedly she has this little black cloud around her (which I doubt, but may actually have been the one that dropped that **** single flake of snow that the dogs and I had to fight over after being cheated out of the snowstorm the “meteorologists” predicted).

Of course, I may be wrong, and maybe that’s not actually piddle on the floor in the living room and just something that came out of her little black cloud (hmmmm ….. I seem to remember little black books from my younger days – not little black clouds. That statement should generate some conversation between us at Light Up Night tonight. But when reality sets in she’ll realize I was as computer geek back then, and those little black books weren’t mine.  Hopefully that will happen before I get hit).

BTW … she’s going the become the other half of the SWB blog soon …. so harass her a little and get her wit up (or just harass her a little … ur choice).

But check out her blog and remember one thing: Life is never as bad as your own mind makes it (The Pirates being the exception ….. I’m sure life really IS AS BAD as their minds make it).


Yup, God heard me! It’s Snowing!!!!

November 21, 2008 Leave a comment


It’s now snowing … so obviously God heard me complain about the issue.

Why do I care?

Because I’m tired of going to Light Up Nights and First Night celebrations when it’s warm!! I’m not in {{censored}} Florida … I’m in Pittsburgh!! I have a city born right to be cold and miserable (not just miserable as my wife says).

I fully intend to go to Light Up Night tonight, park at Station Square, and force my new step-daughter to freeze walking over the Smithfield Street bridge to get to the festivities – how else is she going to learn to appreciate the holidays in Pittsburgh??

Ok … it’s snowing, I’m happy now.

Snow ….. where is it?????

November 21, 2008 Leave a comment


(this is what this morning was supposed to look like)

Well, it happened again ….. the weather dudes and dudettes were wrong. There was supposed to be at least two inches on the ground this morning. This morning was supposed to be even a challenge for snow tires (which I spend $200 on rushing to get yesterday before work).

What was the result of last night’s weather advisory for Pittsburgh and surrounding areas? …. one flake on my **** pinkie finger. The dogs were even ticked because they didn’t get to catch any snowflakes.

Now …. it wouldn’t be irritated if all of the news channels had different views on the snow advisory …. but they all said they same thing. How can everyone in one region in an industry like that be collectively wrong and still retain jobs?? I thought that was only reserved for government workers??