Befriend a Pittsburgher and you’re pretty much making a friend for life. Pittsburghers are typically friendly, helpful, and outgoing. But, as with any city or state, we also have our own little quirks that make us stand apart – like these 12 bizarre Pittsburgh experiences we’ve all had at least once.
1. You dodge potholes – and lose.
If there's one thing every Pittsburgher has undoubtedly, absolutely (and every other existing superlative) done is valiantly tried to swerve out of the way of a pothole with little success.
2. You have to leave insanely early to get downtown just to sit in front of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel.
Pittsburghers who live in or travel from the east suburbs know the nightmare that is the inbound Squirrel Hill Tunnel. Sure, it takes maybe 15 minutes to make it from Monroeville through the tunnels in the middle of the night. But, add some traffic and that ominous tunnel monster, and you've got to leave plenty of time to get where you're going.
3. You sit in traffic because of construction work but no one's on duty.
We've all been there, right? Sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, wondering why we are just sitting, only to drive by constructions signs and maybe a few cones but no construction workers.
4. You gasp in unison with fellow Pittsburghers when the electricity goes out in public.
A power outage at home? No big deal. In public? Such a shockingly unexpected occurrence often results in a singular gasp from everyone at the grocery store, restaurant, or other public place.
5. You tell people how long in takes to get to their destination in minutes, not miles.
Apparently, some people determine distance by miles. Weird, huh? We, Pittsburghers, however can confuse out-of-towners because we judge distance by time. It takes, for example, 10 minutes to get from PNC Park to Station Square.
6. When bad weather approaches, you race to the grocery store.
Uh-oh! KDKA, WTAE, WPXI, and the Weather Channel all predict snow heading toward the Burgh. What's a Pittsburgher to do? Race to the grocery store to stock up on the old standbys: Toilet paper, milk, and bread.
7. You leave the house dressed for winter and, by the end of the day, you have to change into summer clothes.
You bundle up in winter clothing, a coat, a scarf, and gloves when you leave home in the morning and, by the end of the day, you can barely count the minutes until you return home and change into your shorts and flip flops.
8. You use a chair to save your parking space in the winter.
Digging out a parking spot takes time. And, if there's one thing a Pittsburgher won't stand, it's someone stealing his or her parking space. We mark our territory using chairs. Always respect the chair.
9. You stand in line for hours to snag playoff tickets for the Pens, the Steelers, or the Buccos.
Pittsburgh's a die-hard sports town. Pittsburghers, who bleed black and gold, will stand in line for hours to snag a ticket to the Pens, Steelers, or Buccos playoff games.
10. You're nebby.
You're not only nebby, but you know what nebby means! C'mon. How many among us have had little choice but to hear the loudmouth on his phone, telling a story and, out of curiosity, we've kept listening to see how it all ends?
11. You have been told to “red/rid up your room.”
Tell a non-Pittsburgh to rid/red up his or her room and you're likely to get a strange look. But, if you're a true Pittsburgher, you've either been told to red up your room or told someone, rather emphatically, to red up his/her room.
12. You confuse an out-of-towner with your Pittsburghese.
Jagoff. Yinz. Nebby. Red up. Dahntahn. Every true Pittsburgher has confused a non-Pittsburgher with Pittsburghese at least once. And, admit it, it's kind of fun to see the confused looks, isn't it?
We’ve all had some of these bizarre Pittsburgh experiences but, let’s face it, that’s what makes Pittsburgh – and Pittsburghers – so special. You know what else makes Pittsburghers special?
Here are 15 reasons people from Pittsburgh are the best kind of people you’ll ever meet.