Pittsburghers generally don’t take kindly to any kind of negativity regarding our beautiful city. Sure, Pittsburgh has its share of problems – high crime in some neighborhoods, for example – but we’re all bombarded by the risks of living in Pittsburgh on the news every day. So, let’s take a somewhat less gloomy approach to the topic.
1. Watch out for deer!
Beautiful deer make their home in Pittsburgh's woods but, with the ever-increasing expansion of the city and the suburbs, deer are losing their homes and becoming more visible in our communities. That means we have to watch out for deer when we drive, especially at night.
2. Potholes, potholes everywhere!
We've all been there as drivers. We see the pothole and do our best to maneuver around it...come up short and...bam. Or, sometimes we are rudely made aware of the potholes when we viciously hit one. Pittsburgh's known for its potholes, so much so that Mayor Bill Peduto began holding regular pothole blitzes, where city workers fix as many potholes as they can in a designated time period. (Picture above is of Archbald Pot Hole, the world's largest pothole, in Archbald Pothole State Park.)
3. Pittsburgh may be experiencing an epic case of...broken turn signals?
The light turns green and you hit the gas pedal, ready to go straight through the intersection when...you have to slam on your brakes. Or, someone glides into your lane without his or her turn signal, again forcing you to slam on your brakes. It's pretty much an every day occurrence in the Pittsburgh area. Failure to use a turn signal, in fact, has been shown to be one of the leading causes of vehicle accidents.
4. Summer humidity turns hair to frizz.
If you have hair that frizzes, you'll likely have more than a few bad hair days – thank you for that, humidity – during the long, hot summer. But, the good news is, there are enough of us in the frizzy hair boat that we all blend in to the crowd.
5. Tailgaters, speeders, and parkway traffic...oh my!
Yes, another danger related to driving makes the list but it's warranted, don't you think? There's little we can do to stop the parkway traffic – except maybe continue to maintain speed when approaching the Squirrel Hill Tunnel and not stop to rubberneck when there are accidents – but tailgaters and speeders are pretty much a fact of life if you live in Pittsburgh. If you've ever driven on the parkway, you can attest that very few people drive at or near the speed limit when in the left lane and tailgaters, well, we've all dealt with them.
6. Not understanding the meaning of the word “lose.”
Lose? What's that? Pittsburghers are used to winning sports teams and the Steelers and the Penguins generally live up to that expectation. The Pirates? They're getting there.
7. Beware of dramatic meteorologists.
Flash flooding, severe storms, and winter storms are no joke and Pittsburgh's meteorologists do their best to keep Pittsburghers informed. But, sometimes the hype up to the big storm, most commonly in the winter, is the result of meteorologists who often predict that either an inch or a foot of snow may fall which leads to the inevitable – Pittsburghers flooding into local grocery stores to stock up on milk and toilet paper.
8. Having too many...choices?
Pittsburgh's pretty much got everything you could want...and more. Restaurants (how do you choose which one?), indoor and outdoor activities, museums, and the best hospitals. Decision making when there's so much on offer is a big part of being a Pittsburgher.
9. Early winter mornings required to...shovel snow, snow, and more snow.
Pittsburghers are hardy but those frigid winter mornings with heavy snow can challenge even the strongest of people. Some winters, of course, are much worse than others but winter generally means having to dig cars out from under snow and shoveling sidewalks and pathways.
10. Wearing the wrong outfit in the morning.
Pittsburgh's pretty famous for having four seasons – and sometimes experiencing each of them in one day. Spring and fall are the perfect example. Wake up and head out for the day in a winter coat and, by the end of the day, the weather calls for shorts and flip flops.
Those are just a few of the risks of living in Pittsburgh but would you really trade the crazy weather, the humidity, the deer, and not knowing what it means to lose to live somewhere else? Oh, and in case you’re on the fence, here are
15 reasons people from Pittsburgh are the best kind of people you’ll ever meet.