Pittsburgh June 10, 2018
12 Unusual Experiences That Unite Every Pittsburgher
Let’s have a little fun today, Pittsburgh! We will all probably admit that some of the things we, Pittsburghers, do are a bit, well, odd. Unusual, if you will. After all, how many towns do you know where baseball fans enthusiastically cheer on life-size pierogies as they run around PNC Park in between innings? Oh, that’s certainly just the beginning, too, right? Here are 12 unusual experiences that are pretty much unique to every Pittsburgher.
1. The frizz – oh, the frizz!
Oh, how we love summer! But, with summer in the Burgh comes the humidity and a common problem (maybe not so unusual, but certainly common): Frizzy hair. Sure, we may have days where we look like we've just stuck our finger in an electrical socket. But, the good news is, we all suffer from it. (That makes it a little less frustrating, doesn't it?)
2. Oh, dear, what to wear?
And, we're not talking fashion here. Deciding what to wear, especially in the spring and in the fall, can be downright impossible. After all, we might leave the house in the morning when it's below freezing and, by mid-afternoon, be in the throes of a heat wave.
3. Turning on the A/C and the furnace on the
Yep, Mother Nature's inability to make up her mind around here means we often use the A/C and the furnace on the same day.
4. Knowing all the words to Misters Rogers Neighborhood.
"It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood..." If Pittsburgh had an official song, wouldn't you agree that
this should be it?
5. Smirking when someone says, "Kennywood’s open."
And, we're not talking about the amusement parking opening for the day or for the season. Wink. Wink. Nudge. Nudge.
6. Owning more black and gold clothing than any other colors.
Really, what other colors would you expect to dominate a Pittsburgher's wardrobe?
7. Making good use of our extra chairs.
We don't have much use for our lawn chairs during the winter, except after snow. Then, we pull them out and claim our parking spaces which we, of course, worked hard to clear. (In other words, don't you dare try to steal our space.)
8. Wearing shorts when it snows.
Snow? Ice? Cold? Pshaw. It's
always the right time to wear shorts (and even flip flops for some of us) in the Burgh.
9. Ordering fries on our sandwiches and salads.
We might just be able to call fries the official topping of the Burgh. We put 'em on our sandwiches and on our salads to add a little punch to our meals.
10. Carrying a Terrible Towel when we travel.
No matter where you travel in the world, you've got a good shot of running into a fellow Steelers' fan. And, we're pretty easy to spot since most of us take our Terrible Towel wherever we travel.
11. Sighing, frowning, shaking our heads when…
We approach the tunnel above. You know it. You know the feeling. It's one of those unusual experiences that only Pittsburghers can really understand.
12. Showing the world we’re proud to be from Pittsburgh.
Three cheers for the Burgh! We love our city, and we're proud to be Pittsburghers.
Your turn! What other unusual experiences would you say tend to unite every Pittsburgh? Share in the comments below. Then, click here to read about the 10 things Pittsburghers usually take for granted (but shouldn’t).