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Pittsburgh’s 2014 St. Patrick’s Day celebration

March 17th, 2014 No comments

BTTF Delorian Pgh Parade

The only way this day could have happened was with everything in the universe being aligned. Not only did my family go out of town but it was St Patrick’s Day parade weekend.

If you’re thinking this ended in a glorious night of drunken debauchery, well, not really. Wait, I just lost you didn’t I? Ummmm ummmmm I was all painted green running down Carson street and getting all WOOOOOOOO with some dudebros and… and… yeah I got nothing.

You’d think it would with a stay-at-home-dad set free on the world for the first time in months and on the biggest party weekend but reality is I stayed pretty mellow, spent some time with friends and flew solo for a bit.

First off was the parade in downtown Pittsburgh. I can say that it has been 10 years since I ventured to town for the parade and a lot has changed from the days when we’d meet my mom, dad and bro in market square for beers and cigars. Now Market Square has family friendly times, camping out in front of the William Penn is best for dealing with families and the Boulevard of the Allies is for the tailgaters.

Highlight, besides catching up with Dudders and Ginger on the Blvd, was the random ticket I scored for the Pittsburgh Power arena football game later that afternoon.

Lunch – Proper Brick Oven and Tap Room
I jumped between overcrowded bars praying to find someplace to eat and finally have a beer. Skies opened and the craft beer gods shined on Proper. I’ll have a full review coming up on “Should I Drink That?” but a quick review – They make their own bacon, DAMN GOOD BACON! Plenty of taps featuring some hard to find local beers and pizza that was downright sinful. I also got to enjoy it with the Crappies :)

Pittsburgh Power Arena Football
I’m still trying to figure out the rules to this game but for my first experience I loved it and MUST take Teaspoon to a game soon. Even better, free ticket scored me THIS SEAT!  Yeah not bad at all.

I was starting to get in a funk, kinda been in one for a while but something hit during the game and instead of hanging around for a concert later that night I decided to call it a day and catch the T home. I put out on Twitter I was looking to do something closer to home and that’s when social media came through and my bud Eamon said we had to meet up at a South Hills establishment I’ve passed many times but never again.

I think this is my new favorite place to go when I need to unwind. 1) Their scotch eggs are the best I’ve had in the city 2) They have Sweet Baby Jesus on tab 3) Everything we had that night was excellent. It felt like I was back at Jimmy Z’s in Wesleyville. Very friendly staff and none of the obnoxious falling down wrecks from the parade. Mixed with the regulars getting their green on it was a much needed break from the usual picking Cheerios and gummies out of my hair while one kid beats up the other.

Great time capped off with Sunday breakfast with the Sorg’s and Dudders at the Original Pancake House. I couldn’t have planned a more perfect weekend and that’s probably why it did happen. I didn’t plan it, I just went with the flow and that’s a major change from my structured stay-at-home-dad days.

thirty eight.

February 21st, 2014 No comments

Doug 18th Birthday

“Unbelievable, that old Biff could have chosen that particular date. It could mean that that point in time inherently contains some sort of cosmic significance. Almost as if it were the temporal junction point for the entire space-time continuum. On the other hand, it could just be an amazing coincidence.” – Doc Brown, BTTF2

Today is the 20th anniversary of my 18th birthday and it didn’t hit me until I found the picture above.  This was taken inside my new ride, a 1981 Monte Carlo, with a fresh hair cut and visions of playing baseball for a living as my future. Reality is that now I’m a stay-at-home dad trying to write a post while a pant-less potty training 3yr old boy is running around shooting his Fart Blaster and my soon-to-be 5yr old is playing Sonic Colors on his tablet next to me on the couch while I watch the news.

This is not what I pictured back then for turning 38 but you know what, I’m not complaining. What I thought was success in 1994 was based on what parents and teachers said it should be. Truth is, success and happiness is unique to everyone. While I can’t wait to be back to work, I have loved every minute I’ve been able to enjoy with these knuckleheads. I’ve had career success with developing award winning web sites, social media campaigns and a podcast which still blows my mind at it’s popularity. Now I’m enjoying it as a father.

Today my wife and kids decorated the house and gave me the Back to the Future trilogy on blu ray and the Back to the Future LEGO kit during breakfast. This afternoon I’m watching the USA v Canada Men’s Hockey game with the kids. Tonight we’ll probably have pizza from my favorite place, pick up a few bomber bottles of my favorite craft beer and finish it with some friends in a video chat.

This is what I call a perfect day.

Categories: Erie, Family, Fatherhood, Friends

I’m gonna Voodoo-U

April 7th, 2013 No comments

I’ve had this CD in my possession since 1999 when I was a new kid in the Burgh working at a tech company. Over the years the owner of the CD and I joked about me giving it back and quite honestly I just forgot.

Many, MANY moves, getting married, kids and 14 years later I decided it was time to return the disk — Lords of Acid “Voodoo-U

Back in the late 90’s/early 2000’s the place I worked at had a glorious mp3 server along side a Quake server (ah the days when Napster was still legal). I loaded it up with all of the grunge music I could rip and the old guys (to me 30 was old) were cramming it with 70s rock and Jimmy Buffett.

Looking back I had no idea that my internship would not only shape my professional career but mold me into the person I am today. “Baptism by fire” was a common phrase thrown at me as IT guys were constantly testing to see if I could hack it in the corporate world. Not only could I take the pressure I also learned more than any university could ever teach me. The 3 month internship turned into an 11 year run before we finally shut down.

I shipped the CD back to my buddy Mike on Valentine’s Day after a discussion with his wife were she stressed “Whatever you’re sending, remember we have kids.” Whaaaaaaat? Meeeeeeeee? Oh I’m an innocent catholic boy.

When he opened the package he was greeted with an autographed full size photo you see above. Who wouldn’t want to see that beautiful face on the most romantic day of the year?


Categories: Friends, Music

I gave that basketball thing a try

January 20th, 2013 2 comments

Pictured above is the greatest basketball team ever to grace the three rivers, The Pittsburgh Pisces. That is how we were going to rule the court last Friday night. Instead it turned out to be a bunch of mid 30 -40 yr olds (mostly dads) gasping for air and wanting a nap.

The last time I played any organized basketball was in 1996 because I had intermurals at Pitt. A friend of mine playing swears I played when we worked together, and I probably did, but it would have been for 1 pick up game. Friday night was the start of a new weekly workout that I need to get ready for.

I was amazed that I made it the full hour with a couple breaks instead of dying after 5 minutes. My wife reminded me before I left and even the following day that I don’t like basketball but when you’re playing with friends it seems to have a certain appeal to it. I have been asked to join some games at work also so an upgrade from my chucks might be in order.

I woke up Saturday morning with minimal soreness in my body. Once I got into a rhythm, playing continuous wasn’t too bad. Thankfully 95% of the others are playing at the same pace as myself so that was a huge help.

Probably by the time we’re done I’ll be able to fly like Jordan. HA! as long as I score 1 basket a night I’m a happy man. A very old feeling and tired but happy man.


Categories: Friends, South Hills

Random thoughts from an overly tired utensil

January 25th, 2012 2 comments

I need to smile more. Jesus I didn’t realize it until I saw this pic and this was the best one out of the series on my webcam I just shot.

I wonder how long I can grow a beard until I wake up and find that someone shaved it off? At least let me make some designs first.

What’s with that funky eye thing from my glasses? I need to get new glasses or contact. Probably depend if I play softball this year what I’ll get.

Dropping pounds. Not from some great miracle diet unless you count sleeping in 2hr spurts a diet. Let my kids sleep over for a couple weeks and you can be as dashing as myself. If anything it making me cranky. Yes, cranky.

I bought a couple books today. I hate reading but something compelled me when I listened to the author speak. I never impulse buy. I did today. Books will be posted when they get here.

Did you ever notice the people that bitch most about how they hate the high school drama on social media sites are always the ones causing it? Even funnier is when they drag fantasy land into the real world and spend all of their time offline talking about what happened online. Watch out I might blog about it. Err wait. And people wonder why TV soap operas are dying *sheesh*

You thought all those D&D kids from grade school were freaks. They’re the ones building the apps right now you can’t stop using. Suckers!

I’ve paid attention more to the debates recently not because I want answers but because I want to see who’s going to get choke-slammed by Newt next. He probably won’t win the nomination because people are still too sensitive but man he’d be a bad ass. At the end of the day though my vote in November will go to Stephen Colbert.

If the biggest drama in your young life is if you should have kids now or later,  my advice is to wait until you’re 30. You’re obviously not ready to handle the mindscrew they lay on you so enjoy your 20’s. Just wait until there are 2 of them.

Want or need? The most annoying thing old people, especially my mom, say to me is “Do you NEED it or do you WANT it?” when it comes to making purchases. I have a feeling this has the legs for a good post subject. One that I NEED and WANT.

Late today I got the great news that this big project I’ve been stressing over got the green light to launch days earlier than expected. To celebrate I’m going to be the celebrity judge at a wine competition tomorrow night. Wrap your noodle around that one. Little know fact, I like wine… Franzia, thanks to Griff.

I have a couple more brew kits coming my way and I just need to pick out the yeast. Be afraid.

Looking forward to hanging with various groups of friends I haven’t seen in almost 6months. There will be bowling, mexican food and tequila involved. This can’t end well.


Categories: Friends, idiots, Pittsburgh