Thursday, March 29, 2007


I'm done. I want out. Anyone? And tell it like you still believe.

Oh, and follow that Kono blog link to see me acting like an idiot.

Every fucking time I'm happy it happens. Now that you've all seen it, you know. Any all-encompassing happiness leads to heartbreaking downfall. Sigh.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I could be wrong.

So, there's this (male) boss. And in a meeting he announces that he'll be taking his (male) assistant to San Francisco in a few months. For, well, really, what seems like some completely useless reason. What would you think?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Hold Stead Last Night


I can't remember the last time a band made me rock out like this. Even though I don't like their new album as much as the other two, I was still dancing and singing and clapping and screaming all the way through. At the end, they pulled a bunch of audience members up on stage. Yep, that was me up there, smiling and singing.

Side note: There was a small, younger girl dancing like crazy next to me too. There was also a line of people standing at the stage, not moving, not dancing, just watching (which I personally hate). Well, the small girl bumped into a much bigger girl standing at the stage and the bigger girl shoved her away. I was kind of horrified, so I danced my way over near her. I figured that the bigger girl wouldn't shove her if I were there too. And I was right. The next time the small girl bumped into her, she turned around, saw us both, and didn't do anything. Later, at Dee's, the small girl told me that the bigger girl apologized and bought her a drink.

I was thanking the guys for playing such a great show (and telling them that I had been begging them via email to come to Pittsburgh for the last year or so) when Galen told me that they were all heading over to Dee's post-show. M&M took a cab home and let me go hang with the band!!!

When I got there, they hadn't yet. I ran into a handful of people I had seen at the show and talked to a guy who had been playing Craig Finn's guitar at the end. He then came up and talked to me while I was sitting at the bar. Nonetheless, he kind of kept me hostage for a while after the band (Tad, Galen, Franz) got there. We walked over to the other side to meet them. When he left/got bored with the situation, Tad asked me if that guy was my boyfriend or something. No, I explained, I had just met him at the bar.

So I talked with Tad a bit about how people's all-consuming involvement in politics is overshadowing their personal interaction. Talked with Franz for a while - a little about the moustache and sadly didn't get to hear the Cindy Lauper story. Then I talked with Galen and make a bet, which I lost, so I had to buy him a drink. Damn it - isn't the rock star supposed to be buying me a drink?? Anyway I think it surprised him when I actually did it. So then we talked about music, literature, hometowns, etc.

It was dreamy. But it was also one of those situations where the guys sort of know that I'm not trying to sleep with them and am just interested in talking, and that was very cool. I really liked hanging out with those guys and wish they lived here, they would make really great friends.

Monday, March 19, 2007

I need a weekend after my weekend. And The Hold Steady

My weekend looked like this:
6pm – Pick up M’s mom from the bus station, go to M’s and start cleaning and packing.
10:30pm – finally eat dinner at Mad Mex (Tofu “wings” and Kristy’s Big Sister’s Quesadilla with tofu, delish!) I love having restaurants where I go frequently enough to actually know the wait staff. Someday I’ll get to hang out with J-A. Hah, and Mad Mex claims that you’ll never get your server’s phone number!

7:30am – wake up and get A, M and M’s mom to U-Haul.
9:30am – meet I&L in the strip for coffee. Haven’t seen them in a long time. Made vague plans for dinner at their place – L makes the BEST tofu salad. I’ve tried to replicate it, with the exact same ingredients and everything, but it just doesn’t work the same. I think it’s kind of like not being able to replicate your mom’s recipes, just because she’s your mom.
11:00am – to M&A’s to teach them how to pack up a U-Haul. You two might be rocket scientists (or whatever), but you have no idea how to pack a truck!
2:00pm – late to K’s house to make baby shower favors. I called ahead, thinking that if enough others were there, I could continue to help move. Alas, nobody else showed up. I’m glad I went though, because we had a great time and they look really good – she really did a great job planning.
4:45pm – went to Dozen Cupcakes to place an order and had an absolutely hysterical time. I’ll tell you all about it after the cupcake event. Purchased 2 East End Chocolate Stouts and 2 cosmopolitans. Oh, the chocolate stout is SOOOOO good.
5:30pm – pick up mom to go to the roller derby bout. We had such a great time. We were both screaming and cheering and rooting on the Slumber Party Slashers. We each bought t-shirts too – I can’t wait till summer when it’s warm enough to wear mine! Sadly our team lost, but it was a really fast-paced and fun game – we were literally on the edge of our seats the entire time.
9:00pm – find an open K-Mart to buy some paper to print out the LUPEC hand-outs for tomorrow morning.
9:30pm – finish editing, print and fold the hand-outs.
11:00pm – take mom home.
11:30pm – finally eat dinner.

Up at 8:30 10:00am – at the QS for Irish Women’s History Brunch (look here for details:

2:30pm – back to M’s to help clean and move and etc.
3:30pm – take M’s mom to the bus station
4:30pm – argue with Bank of America over fraudulent charges, for the second time. More moving activities.

Now . . . now . . . I’m just biding my time . . . until The Hold Steady tonight. Doors open at the Rex at 7:30pm. I’ll be there. I can't fucking wait. Oh. I really hope that I'm not disappointed. They played live on WYEP at 1:30. It sounded pretty great. Every time I listen to them I can't concentrate on what I'm doing, they distract me. All the words, all the sounds, all the comedy & tragedy. All the words.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Happy Pi Day

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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Some stuff to do this month

This morning my boss announced that he’s starting IRAs for us with matching funds. Hooray! This job rocks.

A few months ago, I met some friends in my favorite bar. Our waitress was a girl I really like, she’s cute, funny, smart and sweet. When we were leaving, I pitched in, oh, I can’t remember exactly, but it was over $5 – and my drink was NOT more than $5. To my HORROR, the people I was with picked up the money and counted it out so as to not leave a tip. Of course I argued and found out that two of them have some sort of problem with the waitress. That night I apologized and promised that I’d get her back.

Really, my friends are typically pretty great, but I'm absolutely not getting into this. I have no idea what the problem is, nor do I want to know.

Last night I stopped by the bar and left $9 on my $11 bill. I was so happy leaving, imagining her finding it and being surprised at first and then happy and then that “she shouldn’t have done that” look. Or something. Unfortunately, I had forgotten my bag full of cocktail books and had to go back in. She told me that it wasn’t my responsibility. I told her that I was making it my responsibility, smiled and left.

Then I headed to my friend MV’s birthday get together on the South Side – planning to have just one drink and maybe get one for MV. To my surprise, another of her friends, who I had just met that night insisted on buying my drink and hers! Sigh. It really does come back, doesn’t it?

Now, go do this stuff:

Join LUPEC for four Women’s History Month events!

LUPEC on Rhythm Sweet & Hot
Date: Saturday March 3, 2007
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: WDUQ - 90.5 FM
Listen while LUPEC ladies Black Monday and Sapphi serve up some cocktails and female musical artists of the 20s-40s with hosts Mike Plaskett and Dale Abraham.

LUPEC at the Quiet Storm
Date: Sunday March 18, 2007
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: The Quiet Storm, 5430 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15206
Join the ladies of LUPEC for a women's history month Irish brunch. Chef Sheryl, aka Brandy you’re a fine girl Alexander will be whipping up some yummy Irish brunch food while LUPEC provides some info about interesting Irish women.

LUPEC at The Frick
A Foot in Two Worlds - Exploring Cultural Identity
Date: Wednesday March 21, 2007
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: The Frick Art Museum, Homewood Avenue, Point Breeze
Many of us born in America are a mix of cultures and ethnicities. The Frick Art & Historical Center and Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC) come together to sponsor an evening with women answering the question, "What was it like to grow up in another culture?" Listen to Pittsburgh women, born into other cultures and now citizens of the United States, tell their unique stories. The evening includes light hors d'oeuvres and LUPEC's classy cocktail. $8 members, teachers, students; $10 non-members and guests. Registration recommended (412-371-0600).

LUPEC at Kelly’s Women's History Month “closing party”
Date: Saturday March 31, 2007
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
Location: Kelly's Bar & Lounge, 6012 Penn Circle South, East Liberty
Celebrate on the last day of Women’s History Month with LUPEC at Kelly's for women's history, classic cocktails, quizzes and prizes!