The Sobering Truth About Pittsburgh?

The Angry Drunk Bureaucrat is stone-cold sober yet still slashes his way (I've always assumed that ADB is a man) to an essential sixty-second visitor's guide to Pittsburgh's past and present.

As an expose of the underbelly of the alleged Pittsburgh renaissance, that post is pithier (and truthier) than anything I've ever seen or read. Some excellent movie quotations capture its spirit better than anything I could offer myself:

Crocodile Dundee: "That's not a knife. THAT's a knife."

Col. Nathan Jessep: "You can't handle the truth."

Vinny Gambini: "You were serious about that?"

The only problem with it is that real visitors will have no idea what ADB is talking about. Which means that the post really captures the point of Pittsburgh.


3 Responses to "The Sobering Truth About Pittsburgh?"

Anonymous said... 9/02/2009 1:51 PM

Australian guy: "that's not a knife, THIS is a knife"
Bart Simpson: "no it's not. that's a spoon."
Australian guy: "oh i see you've played knifey-spooney before" (slinks away sadly).

Bram Reichbaum said... 9/05/2009 6:21 PM
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Bram Reichbaum said... 9/05/2009 6:22 PM

I think my last comment here was supposed to go under Part II of the Pittsburgh's Revitalization series.

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