So, you wanna date a Pittsburgher? Congrats! You’re in for a pretty awesome treat. Pittsburghers are, it’s probably safe to say, a unique group. Before you head out the door on that first date, here’s what to know before dating someone from Pittsburgh:
1. Pittsburghers are a loyal bunch.
Don't risk insulting Pittsburgh in front of a native Yinzer. That's just asking for trouble. We love our hometown, our families, our friends, and our sports teams, and most of us are quite vocal about it.
2. Sundays = Steelers.
Expect to do one thing and one thing only on a Steeler Sunday if you're dating someone from Pittsburgh: Watch the Steelers. And, if you're lucky enough to have tickets to a home game, get ready for tailgating before kickoff.
3. Pittsburghers are as tough as, well, steel.
Pittsburgh has faced some pretty significant tragedies during its history – from the loss of all 132 men, women, and children aboard USAir Flight 427 in 1994 to the recent mass murder in Wilkinsburg, which claimed the lives of six. But, instead of letting it get us down, we rally together in support of those most closely affected by tragedy.
4. Pittsburghers always lend a helping hand.
While we Pittsburghers may be tough as steel, we're also pretty compassionate and giving. Six years ago, Pittsburgh kicked off an annual Day of Giving, which encourages individuals to donate to local nonprofits. The annual event has raised $40 million since 2010.
5. Yinzers know good food when they taste it.
We know good food. After all, we live in a town famous for its pierogies, fries on sandwiches and salads, and Smiley cookies. In such a culturally diverse city as Pittsburgh, we know good food because we're surrounded by it. If you don't know good food, you'll certainly learn when you date someone from Pittsburgh.
6. Pittsburghers don't like to sit still…
Most of us Pittsburghers like getting out there and experiencing life – whether it's engaging in sports, kayaking or boating on the river, attending plays and the symphony in the Cultural District, getting our adrenaline pumping at Kennywood, or hanging out in the Strip District on Saturday mornings. Expect to be on the move when you date someone from Pittsburgh.
7. But, when we do, there are plenty of ways to relax in the Burgh.
Of course, sometimes we need to relax and Pittsburgh provides plenty of opportunities to do just that. Kick back and watch a good movie at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, for example, take in a free flick at Cinema in the Park, or binge watch your favorite new show on Netflix...and that's just the tip of the proverbial iceburg.
8. (Many) Pittsburghers like to kick back and chill with a good beer.
For some, there's nothing better than chilling on the porch with a cold beer and conversation with good friends and neighbors. Expect your date to want to do that at least a few times as you get to know him or her.
9. Family matters.
We stand by our families and love spending time with them. We want you to love spending time with them, too.
10. Friendships last.
Most of us have that one friend that goes back to the days of childhood. Our friends are our family and we want you to get to know and to love them too.
11. We love our pets.
Refer to our pet as an “it” and you're likely to get an icy stare. Our beloved pets – whether a dog, a cat, a bunny, a lizard, or a bird – are part of our families. You know you're probably in your date's good graces if his or her pet immediately likes you.
12. There's no place like home.
No matter where in the world we roam, we somehow always find our way home. Pittsburgh may not be perfect, but for Pittsburghers there really is no place like home.
There you have it: What to know before dating someone from Pittsburgh. What advice would you give someone who wants to date a Pittsburgher?