A Diasporan Checks In

DEAR CAT: I was born in Pennsylvania, left when I was 18, joined the Navy, and now live in Hemet, Calif. I have been a huge Steelers fan since the 1970s. I have a Steelers tattoo and eventually my Harley Davidson will be painted with a Steelers theme. It took a year and a half to convince my wife to paint our house black and gold, but now the neighbors are complaining about the color.

Mostly the wives are complaining, the husbands say I'm lucky to have a wife that understands my passion for the Steelers.To stop all the neighborhood talk, my wife now wants to paint our house a bland color like every other house on the block. How do I politely tell neighbors to shut up about
my choice of colors?


Clearly, this is someone who needs to get a life. As in: Remember your Pittsburgh roots! To her enormous credit, Cat tells him to do just that:

Some neighbors might find that decorative "accent" a bit garish, but it's your house and you're free to decorate it however you wish. You don't have to tell them to shut up, in fact you don't have to say anything.

Cat's Call: If it makes you and your wife happy, that's all that matters.
Sixburgh. Coming to a California suburb today.


1 Response to "A Diasporan Checks In"

Anonymous said... 4/21/2009 12:06 PM

i love the steelers as much as anyone, but this guy does come off as pompous and "garish".

why these huge displays of your loyalty? what possesses someone to put that much energy (and paint) into saying "yea, thats my team".

is football all you can talk about? is this the reason you get out of bed in the morning?
the guy hasnt even lived in PA in decades.

the church of scientology has a gated compound in Hemet, CA. apparently, that town is the focus of irrational thinking.

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