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Catching up with life and Penn DOT

July 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Ok, we’re back from catching up with life.

At least for one day a week, until school starts.

Like many, in the summer people like me (ones with kids we actual acknowledge) start to get a little caught up figuring out how to entertain a child we can’t afford to have in full time daycare (to give the cluelesss and idea of cost … we pay $320 per month for two days a week of daycare – full time would be over $600 in the summer).  So with entertaining a child, trying to make some money (my new job only starts at the end of August (but at least I know I have one – many don’t)), keeping up with yard work, etc – not much time is left for blogging … so my sarcastic self is getting pent up about being caged it.  Just ask my wife.

BTW … raising and caring for a child has carries huge rewards, so those of you that vow to never have children in your life may want to think about that.

Anywayz (this is the PROPER Pittsburgh spelling of ‘anyways’), that’s why I’ve been out a bit. I didn’t over dose on ice cream, or get depressed, or anything like that. I’m not that lucky to get to the point where I can file for disability and be a slacker for the rest of my life. I’m destined to be a hard worker (or sucker – whatever you call us types these days).

K – on to the Penn DOT issues (at least I think it’s Penn DOT –  correct me if I’m wrong):

I get to travel scenic RT65 almost every day to either the city or the South Hills for work and such.  Right now, like every place, there is road construction with lowered speed limits.  I actually try to watch the speed I go and attempt to watch out for the workers.  Considering I wouldn’t want to do a job where I can get easily picked off by a typical ticked off PA motorist engulfed in road rage, it’s the least I can do.  Admittedly I’m not perfect at it, but at least I try. Soooooooo, when you run into (not literally) to a road worker that more or less ‘eggs on’ that motorists, he deserves a ‘clueless idiot’ spot in my post:

Yup, driving through the road construction on RT65 near Bellevue (I think) at about 22mph (8 mph under the construction limit), one of the workers was giving the finger to at least three of the cars ahead of my, and almost completely sticking his face in my car as it passed, yelled “SLOW DOWN!!!!”

Now, to the complete idiot that did this (realizing you are lacking in brain cells), you may want to think about the following:

  • Startling ANYONE like that sets them up for veering off the road and killing one or a few of your co-workers. If you are low enough of a human being to live with that, I hope you have a big enough savings to support all of their families.
  • Giving the motorists the finger IS NOT good P.R. for any road worker that actually wants to be safe.  ie. The petroleum companies overcharging for add ins to gasoline that make it safer for the environment doesn’t work well when spilling millions of gallons into the ocean killing off our food supply (ticking off motorists doesn’t make them want to keep you safe while you are working).
  • Treat people the way you want them to treat you … and even though you are really screwing up their lives with your work, they will blow that off and keep you safe realizing that you have a family too.

That’s it … for now.  We may be back tomorrow morning.

-SWB

PS – Just because road workers smell like asphalt, doesn’t mean they aren’t people too … and that coating of tar keeps them warm in the winter – envy them.

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With This Driver, Stupidity Reigns!

April 14, 2010 Leave a comment

This must be a highlight day in the Pittsburgh for dolts in the news.  This little tidbit actually did happen.

27 year old (probably 10 mentally) Brad Crawford, drove onto the Parkway West going the wrong way with his headlights off.

Click Here for the Trib’s posting about the incident.

They’re doing tox tests.  Hmmmm … wonder if they thunks this may have a bit to do with controlled substances?

Anyway, enjoy this little this little “so stupid it actually did happen” snippet from the news.

-SWB

PS – the true things that are happening in society are validating reality shows so much more every day.

Fight Tha’ Change … c’mon now, Fight Tha’ Change!!

April 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Well, writing about typical Pittsburgh again … scream with me now “Fight Tha’ Change … c’mon now, Fight Tha’ Change!!”  – I JUST KNOW we can make this the new Pittsburgh hit tune.”

This isn’t one of those SWB postings where we rant about Burghers that are against stupid things like planting roses instead of tulips in front of government buildings … nope.  We’re going much further!!!

It’s Mother Nature!!!

Lots of changes are happening in the city …. some good, some bad, some political … but the big deal is the fact that not only do Pittsburghers now fight back against even the good changes that are happening to our city … Mother Nature is doing it too!

How?

Well, look at the debilitating snow fall … it’s depleting our Spring funding that is used for changes, it stopped construction, travel came to a halt, and more.  Now the earlier than normal 80+ temps are threatening to cause heat illnesses in our elderly, construction workers that are out in the heat, and later I’m sure the asphalt roads will buckle.

So Mother Nature even fights change in Pittsburgh … somehow I feel we’ll never get to move on.

{{groan}} It’s the never ending Pittsburgh cycle, “Fight Tha’ Change!”

-SWB

Spring Break Blah Blah Blah

April 2, 2010 Leave a comment

We, we went into hiding for a bit because we got depressed with the job situation (actually not, but I’m trying to get on Dr. Phil so I can snag up one of those free Prevention Magazine subscriptions he gives out).

Alright … we’re not depressed (but write in to Dr. Phil about us anyway … once he reads the blog we should be guaranteed a guest spot so he can do a case study on us).  The truth is it’s just spring break, and along with a heavy work time for me, there is the job of entertaining a 9 year old … so we took a break from creating the electronic tar and chocolate we call writing – and what others call $%#^$#%.

For those not in the know … Spring Break in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas is a little different than it is on Daytona, etc.  Although it is abundant in fun with flooding, road construction, and now unseasonably hot days … we still seem to miss out on the more fun juvenile things that places like Daytona have to offer.

Is it because Pittsburgh is really that dull and boring? No.  It’s because it’s still supposed to be cold, so nobody schedules anything … and if they did, road construction would probably keep you from getting to the event anyway.

So what do Pittsburghers do during Spring Break that others miss out on?  Well, mostly watch the kids.  Yup, that’s it … watch the kids.  Simple and exciting (at least it’s better than watching paint dry) – we’re not too demanding for our fun here.

Actually I gave myself a break and dropped the kid off at Fun Buy The Pound so I could enjoy a bit of coffee … which means I’ll end up having to pop about $20 for a toy she finds in the store while playing, and nobody paid for my coffee today, which means I’ll be out a total of $24.  Actually nobody ever pays for my coffee … you’d think after doing this since 2006 (and now being seen as a big time journalist type guy) somebody would donate $4 to my cause of producing really bad writing and keeping spell checking sites and software in business.  Hmmm ….

Anyway … enjoy the Spring Break, we’ll be back consistently after Monday, the 5th.

-SWB

PS – Toys, toys, toys … there’s gotta be a way to get kids to hate ’em.

It’s Spring!

March 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Birds are singing.

Snow is melting.

Potholes are blooming.

Green shamrocks are growing in the potholes.

You get the idea … it’s turning Spring in Pittsburgh.

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So what other signs of Spring do we have in this wonderful city of ours?

Let’s see:

  • The pirates are starting spring training with aspirations to actually become a baseball team again.
  • The waters are threatening to crest and carry Pittsburgh’s Primanti sandwiches out to sea.
  • The Cultural District smells like a well tuned engine with the performances of Grease (or could that be the oil leaks from the buses?).
  • Orange pylons are emerging from winter storage as Pittsburgh’s roadway obstacle courses are set for the Spring and Summer seasons.
  • In The Strip, dogs howl as the sweet voices of the Opera blend with the musical tones of the local bird song.
  • The aromas from the open doors at Pittsburgh Popcorn enlighten the senses (and unfortunately distract the drivers … that kitty never had a chance).
  • Vendors in the strip finally shed their winter garb, thaw out, and begin wakening from hibernation (it was sad how people just stole their stuff when they were sleeping over the winter).
  • Oh, and did I mention the potholes?  Well, we’re not going to make fun of the city crew, since this is really going to be a sucky Spring for them … although they fill all probably end up fitter than a fiddle (until St. Patty’s Day … along with everyone else).

-SWB

PS – Yup, Spring is in the air … so is the job market, fuel prices, home values.  Such appropriate crisis’ for the Spring 😉

The “Pittsburgh Winter” is officially back

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

If you think we are a little late on this post … read on.

A “Pittsburgh Winter” is only official once the car damage starts.  I’m not talking about the damage from mindless idiots trying to drive 65 during one of the worst storms we’ve had in years … I’m talking about the other damage.

Think about it … come on, you can figure it out ….

That’s right … the potholes.

So far we’ve had to spend $270 on front tires for our 2008 Fit due to rapid fire hits from potholes.  Even if the belt in the tire was going bad, the potholes helped it bite the dust.  The 12 year old I own Civic just got the windshield taken out from a loose asphalt cannon ball hitting it.  That’s another $210.

Yup we now have an official, down home “Pittsburgh Winter”.  Yay!!!

The thing that makes it even worse than the ones I used to remember when I was young is that the 2010 storm was bad enough you can’t even chew out the road crews.  If you handed every Burgher a 5 gallon pail of cold fill asphalt, they’d never be able to keep up.  That just creates more stress when you can’t blame another human.

-SWB

PS – I guess I shouldn’t complain since I survived an ice hit from the bridges … but I’m a Pittsburgh, so I’m required to complain.  What about these out of town folks moving here?, can’t we force them to earn their Pittsburgh citizenship status by filling potholes during lunch???

Gotta love family and snow days

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment

<— this should be a familiar sight for everyone by this time – even for the people down south ({{snicker}} … us northerners aren’t the only ones that got shafted this time … HA!!)

Anyways … the real reason for my post today is to present my theory on why we have snow days, leaving us to  babysit the younginz in our family until they have school again.

Here are the ‘normal’ legitimate reasons:

  • There is now power at the school.
  • The snow is so high and temperature so low it isn’t safe for the kids to wait for the bus (even though I had to walk to school is worse crap … which highlight my theory that the schools are producing wimps these days).
  • The teachers can’t make it to the school.
  • We can’t find the buses in the parking lot.
  • There is no heat in the school.

The REAL reasons:

  • Us, the teachers, really hate your bratty kids … you need to spend a few days with your little spawns of Satan to get a reality check. Enjoy your time freezing with them in your electricity free house while enjoying their endless whining.  We’ll be here staying in the school with generator power.
  • The electric company hates you … the electricity isn’t off due to downed wires – teachers paid them enough bribes to turn it off. The perfect combination of insanity instilled in your teachers after spending years with your children and the natural hatred of electric companies towards their customers allows this to happen … the bribes weren’t even necessary, but heck, it buys a few more gifts for the kids at Christmas next year.
  • God has a sense of humor … we’re just not getting it yet. The idea of being cooped up with all or a portion of your own family for days at end with no where to go is just behind the comprehension of most folks and usually considered an inhumane form of torture.

For those keeping up, click here for an update on the storm part 2 from KDKA.

-SWB

PS – feel free to comment on your own reasons and theories for snow days.