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Old 02-12-2010, 05:46 AM
 
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Okay, my child is out of school all week; trash pick-up has been suspended indefinitely; and my old rear wheel drive won't go anywhere! So why do I LOVE Pittsburgh? (Other than the fact that I had the Strip District all to myself yesterday?)

It seems to me that people have been incredibly snarky on the boards lately. And yes, I know I'm a Pollyanna, but hey! . . . If you have power, and your roof hasn't collapsed, you are blessed, right? I spent the entire day yesterday making salsas and tortillas from scratch! I was warm! How lucky am I? And all the while I was thinking -- or trying to -- about the last time I could do that without a paycheck.

So . . . my road is ice! But I think my puppy is house-broken, and soon I will buy a house with a real kitchen. My son is going door-to-door to shovel walkways, and I, all warm and toasty inside, have been introduced to some of the most incredible people via this board. So am I the designated cheerleader? Maybe. But I know more about my neighbors here over the last few days than I knew over 20 years in Massachusetts! I have been blamed for "bringing the snow with me" but guess what? People I don't know are helping me to dig out my car and taking my son sledding. They are sharing information about themselves while they do so, and not offering apologies. Here, when I post my joy about Pittsburgh, I have been told that soon I will have a list of "pet peeves" about living here. Probably. But for the time being, I may hate this weather, but I LOVE the fact that I moved here and have met such amazing people. I have listened to people fight recently on this site about Erie and Upper St. Clair (and a whole plethora of other things that actually made a moderator step in). And yes, I know this place is far from perfect. (Trust me . . . a week with no school and I want to kill my son!) But I still wanted to pipe up and say, "Hey you all! Grab your shovel and go outside! Talk to someone, and they will talk back!" You may all be jaded because you are used to it, but I'm not. This is just a wonderful place to be!
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:59 AM
 
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Well, I think you have your first Pittsburgh-related pet peeve--the people on this board spend a little too much time bickering and complaining!

More seriously, I agree it is wonderful to see how neighbors and strangers will rally together in a situation like this.
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Old 02-12-2010, 06:08 AM
 
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BrianTH, I am sorry I can't add to your reputation (apparently I need to spread the love around!), but I have always appreciated your comments (as well as the fact that you're just there . . . AND that you're from Michigan!) I think you are a true, unbiased, addition to these threads. And you were an incredible resource to me when we were moving here. Thank you!
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Old 02-12-2010, 06:57 AM
 
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It has been my pleasure!

By the way, believe it or not, but while we are undoubtedly always going to provide a little more work for the mods than we should, I think our quirky little community here may be healthier right now than it has ever been, or at least in my time posting here.
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Just East of the Southern Portion of the Western Part of PA
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Don't let this recent weather get you down. Remember, this was something like the 4th worst snowfall in Pittsburgh history. This kind of snow just isn't normal here, so keep the faith!
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:22 AM
 
Location: RVA
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The biggest mistake you could make would be to think that this board represents Pittsburgh. Remember, this is a place for insecure people to complain about the place they're currently stuck, for the most part. Well, except for those of us here who actually enjoy living here. Glad you like it! Or love it, like I do.
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:36 AM
 
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The biggest mistake you could make would be to think that this board represents Pittsburgh. Remember, this is a place for insecure people to complain about the place they're currently stuck, for the most part. Well, except for those of us here who actually enjoy living here. Glad you like it! Or love it, like I do.
Well said. You/we could be living in a lot worse place than Pittsburgh & PA. Some here would not be happy anywhere.
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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Glad to hear that you're still loving Pittsburgh!

I think many of us are getting cabin fever! Then again, we usually bicker on City-Data. That's how we provide some balance!

And it's hard to avoid getting into a cat fight with Pittsburgh haters.
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:29 PM
 
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if it werent for this snow storm, i would still not know my neighbors.

in a few days, i got to know the upstairs guy, his family that visits, a man across the street, another woman over there, and a number of passers-by, to some degree.

two of the nicest kids (cousins) came by to help dig people out. the neighbors paid them a nice chunk!

i heard a lot of "f* this sh*" type dialogue , but hey, its pittsburgh, what are they gonna say: "lets dig out the Volvo then go in for some rose and a brick of cheese - the 'desperate housewives' marathon is on!" ?
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:53 PM
 
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YAY, Puppy!!!

How did the poor little guy fare with all the snow. My sister has a small terrier and she had to dig a pee-pee path for him -- the snow could have covered him twice over!

There'sa a saying that Mary Engelbreit illustrated so well -- bloom where you're planted. I think you are doing a remarkable job at that....
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