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One more reason Pittsburgh is boring

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

March 17, 2008, USA Today 

For years, Fred Rogers taped his Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood public television program in Pittsburgh, and this week, the City of Bridges is celebrating “Won’t You Be My Neighbor Days.”

Travelers can join the festivities by visiting the Mr. Rogers exhibit at Pittsburgh International Airport. Located in Concourse C by Gate 51, the exhibit includes one of the star’s signature sweaters, a pair of his sneakers and several puppets and figurines from the Neighborhood of Make Believe, including King Friday, Queen Sara, Prince Tuesday, Henrietta Pussycat and X the Owl.

Fred Rogers, who died of cancer in 2003, would have turned 80 on Thursday, which is also the last day of the festival. This year, his birthday is being promoted as “Sweater Day,” with event organizers urging everyone to wear a cardigan to honor Mr. Rogers.

…huh? What? Oh, sorry. I feel asleep after reading “Won’t You Be My Neighbor Days”.

Don’t get me wrong; Fred Rogers seemed like a very nice man, in a dry wheat toast sort of way. And, believe me, we need some wheat toast from time to time in this quick bread and pumpernickle world. (What? I don’t even understand what I just wrote.) But Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood was a boring place to visit as a child and remains a boring place as an adult. I remember sitting thisclose to the tv screen as a young, emotionally fragile young girl, eating a big bowl of King Vitamin thinking, “What the heck is wrong with Lady Aberline? Doesn’t she know she’s talking to hand puppets?” And what was up with Bob the Dog? A man in a dog suit? That’s some freaky-ass stuff right there.

My memories of Pittsburgh include dive bars, Primanti Brothers sandwiches, riding the Jackrabbit at Kennywood Amusement park, the Incline ‘elevator’, and dates with some really cute football player guy who never laid a hand on me. (The nerve!). I neither knew — nor would I have cared — that Mr. Rogers was in the same city. I was there to drink and eat greasy giant sandwiches.

Sorry for the sidetrack (the blonde football guy and all…). Let me come back to my original thought. The museum is inside the airport terminal, which means you need to go through security and have a ticket. So how do the “Sweater Day” organizers plan to promote a “festival” and encourage people to wear sweaters? They’re going to tell people to fly that day just so they can wear a cardigan and party with Pittsburgh’s most boring? It makes absolutely zero sense to me.

I did like X the Owl, though. He was a full-on rebel. I want to party with that guy.

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Sloooow news week

I know I’ve been abnormally quiet for the last few days, which can be attributed to two things: 1. I’ve been out of town, 2. ain’t nothing been interesting enough for me to write about. Sure, I could write about the lunacy of a $10,000 Virgin Mary Rold Gold Pretzel on eBay or Britney being allowed to see her kids in all her full frapp & Marlboro glory, but why bother? Slow news week, I guess. Heck, I wasn’t even all that enthusiastic about Castro’s retirement. I mean, the guy died 10 years ago. I think they just ran out of Castro look-alikes and his corpse is becoming too stinky for “Weekend at Bernie’s”-style antics.

Maybe I’m just depressed.

There just hasn’t been much to get me riled up or stoked in the news lately. There was that little blackmail effort against MSFT levelled by a blackhat hacker this week. But I’m always blathering on about the evil empire and I really need a new target. My old pals at McAfee have also finally found out that spam in non-English languages is a neato-keen way that hackers can launch targeted attacks against specific countries. Doy. Welcome to the 21st century, guys. And the sedentary mini-MSFT that is Symantec scored a spot on the Top 10 list for Most Pirated Software. Yawn! Poor John Thompson will have to get the gold faucet for his guest bathroom instead of the platinum. Pity.

Like I said, nothing interesting happening.

I’m off to Europe for a couple of weeks tomorrow. Sorry in advance for the lack of posts…

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