Lists, Theory & Essay

“i’m from a place…”

the people

exceedingly (and sometimes annoyingly) unpretentious, passionate, and unflinching, they remain the best part about the burgh. i’ve been to thirty-six states, four countries, and two continents, yet i haven’t seen a group of people with the same combination of folksy wherewithal and metacognitive sincerity. a place where, since everybody knows their own name and what the hell theyre supposed to be doing, there’s no need for wolf tickets and disingeniousness.  no flashes in the pan.  just fries. with everything…

pbrothers

…cause if you spend your entire life with your heart on your sleeve, theres no shame in it attacking you when its time to go.

the radio jingle for davids shoes…which every black pittsburgher can recite on demand

” i get my shoes from davids. davids shoes in east libetttttttttttttttttty”

kennywood day

quoting sully:

“Kennywood is a Pittsburgh tradition and historic landmark founded in 1898. Completely ingrained in the Pittsburgh culture, it’s practically assumed that every school districy, township, borough and several companies will host an annual Kennywood Day.

Virtually every Pittsburgher visits Kennywood each year and many more than once. Many end up working there at some point. I currently work with at least 2 ex-Kennywood employees, one of whom is married to an ex-Kennywood employee. Having lived in other cities, I can think of no other amusement park as completely ingrained in a cities identity as Kennywood.”

the friday before a steeler game

from baby’s with big ben bibs to sweet and senile grandmothers spewing savages swears at the mere mention of a seattle seahawk or baltimore bird, the entire city becomes a single-minded molitov cocktail: the borg with black and gold fangs

put it this way: downtown pittsburgh the friday before a steeler game is the only place in the country you’ll see lawyers rocking polamalu jerseys underneath $200 dollar jones new youk suits from burlington $3,000 zegna suits.

thats enough about me. tell us, people of verysmartbrothas.com: where are you from, and what about it makes you smile?

—the champ

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Previously

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  • Gem Possible

    you forgot to mention that Pgh-ers are TERRIBLE with directions. they don’t know how to get anywhere that is outside of their hood/borough/township/wherever. getting lost in pgh is the worst!

    • http://www.myspace.com/chicanextdoor Miss Patterson

      @Gem Possible, yeah, that’s because we’re not a grid city, and we’re hilly. but you still love it, don’t front :)

      • Gem Possible

        it’s hilly and there’s no grid (lord help), but i know this city and how to get from here to there better than most pghers i know.

        and heaven forbid you get lost just outside the city. ppl can’t tell you how to get back. *smh*

        • http://www.myspace.com/chicanextdoor Miss Patterson

          @Gem Possible, ooh good, since you know your way around in a car, you can teach me the shortcuts when i move back. and i’ll show you how to ride PAT. no?
          ;-)

        • http://www.myspace.com/chicanextdoor Miss Patterson

          @Gem Possible, ooh good, since you know your way around in a car, you can teach me the shortcuts when i move back. and i’ll show you how to ride PAT. no?
          ;-)

      • Gem Possible

        it’s hilly and there’s no grid (lord help), but i know this city and how to get from here to there better than most pghers i know.

        and heaven forbid you get lost just outside the city. ppl can’t tell you how to get back. *smh*

      • Voiceofreason

        @Miss Patterson,

        Yeah, Pittsburgh is one of those places where you know how to get where you’re going, but it’s hard to explain how to get there. Mainly because the city is hilly and not on a grid, plus there’s ALWAYS a detour. PENN DOT has been working on the same spots on 65 since I was 3, and I still have yet to figure out what they’re doing.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

          @Voiceofreason,

          PENN DOT has been working on the same spots on 65 since I was 3, and I still have yet to figure out what they’re doing

          dirty joke:

          what does penndot and a lesbian have in common?

          two things that dont do d*ck

          • miss t-lee

            @The Champ,
            dayum.

          • miss t-lee

            @The Champ,
            dayum.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

          @Voiceofreason,

          PENN DOT has been working on the same spots on 65 since I was 3, and I still have yet to figure out what they’re doing

          dirty joke:

          what does penndot and a lesbian have in common?

          two things that dont do d*ck

      • Voiceofreason

        @Miss Patterson,

        Yeah, Pittsburgh is one of those places where you know how to get where you’re going, but it’s hard to explain how to get there. Mainly because the city is hilly and not on a grid, plus there’s ALWAYS a detour. PENN DOT has been working on the same spots on 65 since I was 3, and I still have yet to figure out what they’re doing.

    • http://www.myspace.com/chicanextdoor Miss Patterson

      @Gem Possible, yeah, that’s because we’re not a grid city, and we’re hilly. but you still love it, don’t front :)

    • Me fail english?

      I just realized I have been to Kennywood. When I was at CMU they took us there.

      And not to be a hater but that reminds me of PGH’s crappy mass transit system that SHUTS DOWN!! I took a bus to some movie theater on the water. By time I left the movie…no more buses! We (like 15 of us) had to walk through peaks and valleys and rivers and hell for what felt like more than 5 miles just to get back to campus. To make it worse, we missed curfew. Hmph!

    • Me fail english?

      I just realized I have been to Kennywood. When I was at CMU they took us there.

      And not to be a hater but that reminds me of PGH’s crappy mass transit system that SHUTS DOWN!! I took a bus to some movie theater on the water. By time I left the movie…no more buses! We (like 15 of us) had to walk through peaks and valleys and rivers and hell for what felt like more than 5 miles just to get back to campus. To make it worse, we missed curfew. Hmph!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Gem Possible,

      you forgot to mention that Pgh-ers are TERRIBLE with directions. they don’t know how to get anywhere that is outside of their hood/borough/township/wherever. getting lost in pgh is the worst!

      i have to admit, this is true. ive lived in the city for 25 years, and i’m just now able to tell someone how to get to the west end

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Gem Possible,

      you forgot to mention that Pgh-ers are TERRIBLE with directions. they don’t know how to get anywhere that is outside of their hood/borough/township/wherever. getting lost in pgh is the worst!

      i have to admit, this is true. ive lived in the city for 25 years, and i’m just now able to tell someone how to get to the west end

  • Gem Possible

    you forgot to mention that Pgh-ers are TERRIBLE with directions. they don’t know how to get anywhere that is outside of their hood/borough/township/wherever. getting lost in pgh is the worst!

  • moks

    I love this site and have been reading for a while. Thanks for doing what you do. 1st!

    • moks

      @moks, well almost 1st :( I’m from the DMV. Our unique taste in fashion and music makes me smile and I love the word bamma. It never gets old!

      • Wise Diva

        @moks, oh it gets old to folks from ALABAMA! LOL. J/K. I get the evolution of the term, I have learned to not take it personally. Although, now that I think about it, maybe I just know too many DMV people, d’ahwell! Wouldn’t want to ditch them!

      • Wise Diva

        @moks, oh it gets old to folks from ALABAMA! LOL. J/K. I get the evolution of the term, I have learned to not take it personally. Although, now that I think about it, maybe I just know too many DMV people, d’ahwell! Wouldn’t want to ditch them!

    • moks

      @moks, well almost 1st :( I’m from the DMV. Our unique taste in fashion and music makes me smile and I love the word bamma. It never gets old!

    • SouthernGirl

      @moks,

      welcome!!!

      *shooting gold stars*

    • SouthernGirl

      @moks,

      welcome!!!

      *shooting gold stars*

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @moks,

      thanks and sh*t, and welcome

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @moks,

      thanks and sh*t, and welcome

  • moks

    I love this site and have been reading for a while. Thanks for doing what you do. 1st!

  • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

    im shatani and im from boston….things that make me smile about boston…

    -the duck tour! we started that ish and its amphibious! i love walking down the street downtown and having a duck tour go by and hearing them quack at you….good times!

    -i love the low budget commercials for the local businesses that put a jingle in your head that never leaves!

    -the rabid red sox fans make me smile…drunken a-holes *love*

    -the crazy mofos you encounter on the T

    -the swan boats at Boston Commons

    • Gem Possible

      i haven’t been to boston in many many years. but i didn’t like it when i was there (i was only a teenager tho), and vowed not to go back to NE. but a good friend of mine is moving there and since its the home of my Celts i’m willing to give it another try.

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Gem Possible,

        theres lots to NOT love about boston too…but there are definitely things that make me smile.

        like papa gino’s!!! that pizza is so effing good!

        • Gem Possible

          i feel you. i def plan to do up the bean experience once i get up there (while being on the look out for mah boo KG)

        • Gem Possible

          i feel you. i def plan to do up the bean experience once i get up there (while being on the look out for mah boo KG)

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Gem Possible,

        theres lots to NOT love about boston too…but there are definitely things that make me smile.

        like papa gino’s!!! that pizza is so effing good!

      • BK Dee

        @Gem Possible, Don’t bother. I went to undergrad there and besides wings at Slades and fine Cape Verdean men…Boston is not a good look!

      • BK Dee

        @Gem Possible, Don’t bother. I went to undergrad there and besides wings at Slades and fine Cape Verdean men…Boston is not a good look!

    • Gem Possible

      i haven’t been to boston in many many years. but i didn’t like it when i was there (i was only a teenager tho), and vowed not to go back to NE. but a good friend of mine is moving there and since its the home of my Celts i’m willing to give it another try.

    • Resident GRitS

      @shatani,

      …I thought the best thing about Boston was the accent:

      “Pahk the cah in the yahd.”
      “Throw the trash in the bahrrel.”
      “Put it in the top, left drah.”

      …love it.

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Resident GRitS,

        it is rather fun, that accent…ive been away from home for so long, that it now sounds foreign to me. so, it always makes me smile.

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Resident GRitS,

        it is rather fun, that accent…ive been away from home for so long, that it now sounds foreign to me. so, it always makes me smile.

      • miss t-lee

        @Resident GRitS,
        I remember watching “This Old House” with my Dad when I was younger and I was always fascinated with the Boston accent.

      • miss t-lee

        @Resident GRitS,
        I remember watching “This Old House” with my Dad when I was younger and I was always fascinated with the Boston accent.

    • Resident GRitS

      @shatani,

      …I thought the best thing about Boston was the accent:

      “Pahk the cah in the yahd.”
      “Throw the trash in the bahrrel.”
      “Put it in the top, left drah.”

      …love it.

    • http://www.myspace.com/chicanextdoor Miss Patterson

      @shatani, (smile)….kupel’s bagels in brookline, fenway park (hot dogs & beer), lucky strike lanes, the boston public library, dunkin donuts, the bertram inn and the green dragon tavern.

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Miss Patterson,

        awww…i forgot dunkin donuts! boston public library is no fan of mine, im sure…but i did love it there as a kid. all im sayin is, when you let three 16-year olds leave the library with about 60 books each…on the real, you never wanted those books back! stop tryin to blame me for your poor judgment, boston public library!!

        i’d like to also add to the list….newbury comics, those little brass statues of the ducks at boston common, fanueil hall and haymarket, sweet & nasty (best place on earth! they bake pornographic cakes on the premises!)

        • shay_d_lady

          @shatani, dunkin donuts is good but they aint got shyt on Krispy Kreme!

          • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula is Swamped

            @shay_d_lady,

            Down here, we rep Shipley’s Donuts. :)

            • Nikiloveli

              @Sula is Swamped,

              You better tell ’em.

            • Nikiloveli

              @Sula is Swamped,

              You better tell ’em.

            • miss t-lee

              @Sula is Swamped,
              Why do we only have one Shipley’s in all of Austin and it’s nowhere close to me?
              *sigh*
              They go hard!!

            • miss t-lee

              @Sula is Swamped,
              Why do we only have one Shipley’s in all of Austin and it’s nowhere close to me?
              *sigh*
              They go hard!!

          • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula is Swamped

            @shay_d_lady,

            Down here, we rep Shipley’s Donuts. :)

        • shay_d_lady

          @shatani, dunkin donuts is good but they aint got shyt on Krispy Kreme!

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Miss Patterson,

        awww…i forgot dunkin donuts! boston public library is no fan of mine, im sure…but i did love it there as a kid. all im sayin is, when you let three 16-year olds leave the library with about 60 books each…on the real, you never wanted those books back! stop tryin to blame me for your poor judgment, boston public library!!

        i’d like to also add to the list….newbury comics, those little brass statues of the ducks at boston common, fanueil hall and haymarket, sweet & nasty (best place on earth! they bake pornographic cakes on the premises!)

    • http://www.myspace.com/chicanextdoor Miss Patterson

      @shatani, (smile)….kupel’s bagels in brookline, fenway park (hot dogs & beer), lucky strike lanes, the boston public library, dunkin donuts, the bertram inn and the green dragon tavern.

    • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

      @shatani,

      oh, and i do so miss Boston Garden…

    • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

      @shatani,

      oh, and i do so miss Boston Garden…

    • miss t-lee

      @shatani,
      We have the duck tour here as well. I keep saying I’m gonna take it one day…lol

      • Me fail english?

        @miss t-lee,

        I think Philly has ducks too. I like the quacking as well :).

        I thought Boston was really clean and pretty but yall have this lil rep with racism that makes me wanna stay far away.

        • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

          @Me fail english?,

          yes, philly does have the ducks…but boston started that ish!

          and yes, boston does have a seedy underbelly of racism…round the south end gets real dangerous for a negro.

          its a nice place to visit but i have no intentions of living there.

        • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

          @Me fail english?,

          yes, philly does have the ducks…but boston started that ish!

          and yes, boston does have a seedy underbelly of racism…round the south end gets real dangerous for a negro.

          its a nice place to visit but i have no intentions of living there.

      • Me fail english?

        @miss t-lee,

        I think Philly has ducks too. I like the quacking as well :).

        I thought Boston was really clean and pretty but yall have this lil rep with racism that makes me wanna stay far away.

    • miss t-lee

      @shatani,
      We have the duck tour here as well. I keep saying I’m gonna take it one day…lol

    • http://nianaturally.blogspot.com N.I.A. fabuloussince1982….

      @shatani,

      I’ve never been to Boston, but I really want to visit and attend a BoSox game. And House Hunters on HGTV makes Boston look like a expensive nice plave to live.

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @N.I.A. fabuloussince1982….,

        it is ridiculously expensive! part of the reason i have no intentions of moving back. it is virtually impossible to live someplace decent by yourself, even as a working adult!

        if i ever get rich enough to live in beacon hill, i would move back. lol

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @N.I.A. fabuloussince1982….,

        it is ridiculously expensive! part of the reason i have no intentions of moving back. it is virtually impossible to live someplace decent by yourself, even as a working adult!

        if i ever get rich enough to live in beacon hill, i would move back. lol

    • http://nianaturally.blogspot.com N.I.A. fabuloussince1982….

      @shatani,

      I’ve never been to Boston, but I really want to visit and attend a BoSox game. And House Hunters on HGTV makes Boston look like a expensive nice plave to live.

    • http://www.xanga.com/oola72 Oola72

      @shatani,

      I’m from Boston too!
      I love ‘Frappes’ from Brighams Ice Cream
      #5 from Spinale’s Subs (“Down Dudley”)
      The Frog Pond in the summer
      The Tree Lighting at the Pru
      Newbury Street (where I can afford nothng)
      .. and the fact that you can pretty much walk the entire city.

      p.s. My love for Dunkin Donuts is borderline stalkerish.

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Oola72,

        woot woot!!!

        i forgot about the tree lighting! i love it! that whole area down in copley is fabulous….

        oh, and i love fire and ice…that mongolian barbecue joint. i think its at the arlington stop on the green line.

        newbury street is pretty fab…my friend and i always used to go to allston beat and check out all the stuff we couldnt buy. thats where sweet n nasty is…on the corner of newbury and mass ave.

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Oola72,

        woot woot!!!

        i forgot about the tree lighting! i love it! that whole area down in copley is fabulous….

        oh, and i love fire and ice…that mongolian barbecue joint. i think its at the arlington stop on the green line.

        newbury street is pretty fab…my friend and i always used to go to allston beat and check out all the stuff we couldnt buy. thats where sweet n nasty is…on the corner of newbury and mass ave.

    • http://www.xanga.com/oola72 Oola72

      @shatani,

      I’m from Boston too!
      I love ‘Frappes’ from Brighams Ice Cream
      #5 from Spinale’s Subs (“Down Dudley”)
      The Frog Pond in the summer
      The Tree Lighting at the Pru
      Newbury Street (where I can afford nothng)
      .. and the fact that you can pretty much walk the entire city.

      p.s. My love for Dunkin Donuts is borderline stalkerish.

    • http://www.threewaystotakeit.com Slim Jackson

      @shatani, I live in Boston now. Been here for over 3 years. We should chat about this place.lol.

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Slim Jackson,

        lmao…yes indeed we should! i would really have to get a super well-paying job to move back to boston. i hope thats why you went! lol

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Slim Jackson,

        lmao…yes indeed we should! i would really have to get a super well-paying job to move back to boston. i hope thats why you went! lol

    • http://www.threewaystotakeit.com Slim Jackson

      @shatani, I live in Boston now. Been here for over 3 years. We should chat about this place.lol.

    • revengeof thenerdette

      @shatani,

      i’m from Boston as well and I did a little dance in my office at the Prudential when I saw your post :]

      I love Boston for its history, for all of the schools, and for all of the delicious pastries I get from the North End on my lunch break… And I can’t forget to mention Doc Rivers and the Celtics as one of the most amazing things about my city. Go C’s!!

      • http://www.threewaystotakeit.com Slim Jackson

        @revengeof thenerdette,

        You’re like 2 T stops away from me right now.lol.

      • http://www.threewaystotakeit.com Slim Jackson

        @revengeof thenerdette,

        You’re like 2 T stops away from me right now.lol.

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @revengeof thenerdette,

        woot! *singin* the rock, the prudential. abooooove and beyond!

        girl, the north end is DANGEROUS…those little italian restaurants and bakeries are terrible. they put a hurtin on your wallet AND your waistline! lol

        i remember as a kid hanging out in copley square…those were the days. movies were all cheap and they never carded us! lol….and i do love a college town. i moved from one right into another here in philly. philly has a very different feel to it though….hard to explain.

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @revengeof thenerdette,

        woot! *singin* the rock, the prudential. abooooove and beyond!

        girl, the north end is DANGEROUS…those little italian restaurants and bakeries are terrible. they put a hurtin on your wallet AND your waistline! lol

        i remember as a kid hanging out in copley square…those were the days. movies were all cheap and they never carded us! lol….and i do love a college town. i moved from one right into another here in philly. philly has a very different feel to it though….hard to explain.

    • revengeof thenerdette

      @shatani,

      i’m from Boston as well and I did a little dance in my office at the Prudential when I saw your post :]

      I love Boston for its history, for all of the schools, and for all of the delicious pastries I get from the North End on my lunch break… And I can’t forget to mention Doc Rivers and the Celtics as one of the most amazing things about my city. Go C’s!!

    • tatica

      @shatani,
      You mean like “Bernie & Phyl’s, quality, comfort and price, that’s nice!” lol

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @tatica,

        YES!!!! theres so many of them…it takes one night at home and im singing them for weeks after ive left! lol

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @tatica,

        YES!!!! theres so many of them…it takes one night at home and im singing them for weeks after ive left! lol

    • tatica

      @shatani,
      You mean like “Bernie & Phyl’s, quality, comfort and price, that’s nice!” lol

    • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula is Swamped

      @shatani,

      I was in Boston last week-end, and it was my second time there. I like the intellectual vibe I get from the city… The austerity of the buildings and constructions… very puritan, very New England.

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Sula is Swamped,

        it is certainly the epitome of new england…especially downtown where they have the cobbled roads and you can follow the freedom trail and whatnot. i do love the feel of the city.

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @Sula is Swamped,

        it is certainly the epitome of new england…especially downtown where they have the cobbled roads and you can follow the freedom trail and whatnot. i do love the feel of the city.

    • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula is Swamped

      @shatani,

      I was in Boston last week-end, and it was my second time there. I like the intellectual vibe I get from the city… The austerity of the buildings and constructions… very puritan, very New England.

  • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

    im shatani and im from boston….things that make me smile about boston…

    -the duck tour! we started that ish and its amphibious! i love walking down the street downtown and having a duck tour go by and hearing them quack at you….good times!

    -i love the low budget commercials for the local businesses that put a jingle in your head that never leaves!

    -the rabid red sox fans make me smile…drunken a-holes *love*

    -the crazy mofos you encounter on the T

    -the swan boats at Boston Commons

  • Leila

    I’m from Rochester, NY – a place where everyone knows everyone. You can’t go to the mall, grocery store, club, or anywhere else without bumping into someone that you know. People keep it very real and sarcasm is the norm.

    • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

      @Leila,

      i went to college in rochester, ny! woohoo! RIT

    • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

      @Leila,

      i went to college in rochester, ny! woohoo! RIT

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Leila,

      been to rochester twice. all i remember about that city were the kodak signs everywhere. there were alot of trees too

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @The Champ,

        you must have mist the gray….i still believe rachacha to be the seasonal affective disorder capital of the country!! ive never seen a place so dismal and gray for so much of the year.

        • Leila

          @shatani, I can’t argue with you there. The weather was pretty depressing and it seems like winter lasts forever. It was cool growing up there, but I’m very happy that I left. The only things that I miss are my family and Wegmans. The dollar movies was cool too…

        • Leila

          @shatani, I can’t argue with you there. The weather was pretty depressing and it seems like winter lasts forever. It was cool growing up there, but I’m very happy that I left. The only things that I miss are my family and Wegmans. The dollar movies was cool too…

      • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

        @The Champ,

        you must have mist the gray….i still believe rachacha to be the seasonal affective disorder capital of the country!! ive never seen a place so dismal and gray for so much of the year.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Leila,

      been to rochester twice. all i remember about that city were the kodak signs everywhere. there were alot of trees too

  • Leila

    I’m from Rochester, NY – a place where everyone knows everyone. You can’t go to the mall, grocery store, club, or anywhere else without bumping into someone that you know. People keep it very real and sarcasm is the norm.

  • maria

    i was born and raised in Chicago…left when I was 21, but go back 3 times a year for extended trips…things that make me smile then and now…

    watching/listening to Harry Carey on WGN during Sunday afternoon Cub games

    um, singing along to “moo n oink” and “588-2300” Empire commercials

    eating Italian Beefs, deeped, with hot peppers and side order of cheese fries w/ hot peppers

    Humbodlt Park’s Puertorican parade celebration

    as a teenager…loving the neon lights on rides w/ “systems”

    Chicago’s L system in spite of the urine smell in our downtown tunnels

    have lived in dmv area since I was 23…tried using bamma in Chicago and got the stare down…they weren’t having it…

    @ Champ “metacognitive” thanks for expanding my vocabulary and knowledge…

    • Gem Possible

      just thinking of my recent past visits to chicago make me smile :) i love your hometown

    • Gem Possible

      just thinking of my recent past visits to chicago make me smile :) i love your hometown

    • Ms. Hall

      @maria,

      “bamma”

      You gon’ make me cry. sniff

    • Ms. Hall

      @maria,

      “bamma”

      You gon’ make me cry. sniff

    • http://www.myspace.com/chicanextdoor Miss Patterson

      @maria, one day before i die, i’d like to visit during the ‘taste of chicago’.

      • maria

        @Miss Patterson,

        i’ve been probably 5 times…i don’t do crowds too well…add Chicago’s humidty, swirls of food aromas & odors from sweaty Chicagoians plus being a fat@** greedy-must-try-every-thing and you could end up with nausea & vomiting lol

        i was gonna go to taste of DC last summer but they cancelled it? smh.

        bonus plug for chicago: Navy Pier, Michigan Ave., Grant Park concerts and sh*t

        • SouthernGirl

          @maria,

          every single time i hear somebody from chicago complain about humidity a little piece of my soul dies. i’m surprised i’m still living. im’ma have to dig up that last horcrux to survive. y’all don’t KNOW nuthin’ ’bout humidity. lol.

          • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

            @SouthernGirl,
            Tell em Chicago has it good. I was in Miami once in July. Felt like Jesus -n- The Holy Ghost had forsaken me outside.

          • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

            @SouthernGirl,
            Tell em Chicago has it good. I was in Miami once in July. Felt like Jesus -n- The Holy Ghost had forsaken me outside.

          • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula is Swamped

            @SouthernGirl,

            Girl preach! I was in Chicago from June to December… and folks were complaining about the humidity. I was like, are you kidding me? Please try Houston in August, then come back and tell me about humidity. :)

            • miss t-lee

              @Sula is Swamped,
              “Please try Houston in August”
              They don’t know nothing about that humidity!!! It’s no punk!
              Even here in Austin…when they say 100% humidity, they freakin’ mean it.

            • miss t-lee

              @Sula is Swamped,
              “Please try Houston in August”
              They don’t know nothing about that humidity!!! It’s no punk!
              Even here in Austin…when they say 100% humidity, they freakin’ mean it.

          • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula is Swamped

            @SouthernGirl,

            Girl preach! I was in Chicago from June to December… and folks were complaining about the humidity. I was like, are you kidding me? Please try Houston in August, then come back and tell me about humidity. :)

          • maria

            @SouthernGirl,

            i know about humidity, i lived in little rock in july…camped in a tent in florida for 3 weeks, and in sc for two summers, but still, chicago’s summers can whip ur as@…

            and as champ mentioned our winters aint no joke…when ur boogers freeze in ur nose cos its just that cold, well then u know things just aint right lol..

            and it can snow a blizzard nothing shuts down, u still gotta take ur a^& to work, class..etc

          • maria

            @SouthernGirl,

            i know about humidity, i lived in little rock in july…camped in a tent in florida for 3 weeks, and in sc for two summers, but still, chicago’s summers can whip ur as@…

            and as champ mentioned our winters aint no joke…when ur boogers freeze in ur nose cos its just that cold, well then u know things just aint right lol..

            and it can snow a blizzard nothing shuts down, u still gotta take ur a^& to work, class..etc

        • SouthernGirl

          @maria,

          every single time i hear somebody from chicago complain about humidity a little piece of my soul dies. i’m surprised i’m still living. im’ma have to dig up that last horcrux to survive. y’all don’t KNOW nuthin’ ’bout humidity. lol.

      • maria

        @Miss Patterson,

        i’ve been probably 5 times…i don’t do crowds too well…add Chicago’s humidty, swirls of food aromas & odors from sweaty Chicagoians plus being a fat@** greedy-must-try-every-thing and you could end up with nausea & vomiting lol

        i was gonna go to taste of DC last summer but they cancelled it? smh.

        bonus plug for chicago: Navy Pier, Michigan Ave., Grant Park concerts and sh*t

      • shay_d_lady

        @Miss Patterson, me and the fam went to the taste about 2 years ago.. we had a GREAT time and the food.. smh….it was great…..

      • shay_d_lady

        @Miss Patterson, me and the fam went to the taste about 2 years ago.. we had a GREAT time and the food.. smh….it was great…..

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        @Miss Patterson,

        Yes, Pattiecakes!!! You MUST come for the “Taste of Chicago”!

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        @Miss Patterson,

        Yes, Pattiecakes!!! You MUST come for the “Taste of Chicago”!

    • http://www.myspace.com/chicanextdoor Miss Patterson

      @maria, one day before i die, i’d like to visit during the ‘taste of chicago’.

    • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

      @maria,

      Chitown STAND UP!!!!

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        P.S. My reasons are listed wayyy below

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        P.S. My reasons are listed wayyy below

    • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

      @maria,

      Chitown STAND UP!!!!

    • Me fail english?

      @maria,

      watching/listening to Harry Carey on WGN during Sunday afternoon Cub games

      Does he really talk like Will Ferrell used to make him sound?

      • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

        @Me fail english?,

        Yo real talk yes. Ole boy used to get bored n sauced. Midwest style. Oddly enough nobody goes hard like in the midwest. I mean the drinking till u pass out n get up and drink some more. Eating till you see another stretch mark appear…

        • Me fail english?

          @WuDaMan,

          Haha, this reminds me of that SNL skit where Chris Farley and two others (I forget) sit around swilling beer, eating nachos and talking about “Duh Buhrs” (The Bears)

        • Me fail english?

          @WuDaMan,

          Haha, this reminds me of that SNL skit where Chris Farley and two others (I forget) sit around swilling beer, eating nachos and talking about “Duh Buhrs” (The Bears)

      • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

        @Me fail english?,

        Yo real talk yes. Ole boy used to get bored n sauced. Midwest style. Oddly enough nobody goes hard like in the midwest. I mean the drinking till u pass out n get up and drink some more. Eating till you see another stretch mark appear…

    • Me fail english?

      @maria,

      watching/listening to Harry Carey on WGN during Sunday afternoon Cub games

      Does he really talk like Will Ferrell used to make him sound?

    • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

      @maria,

      OOOh big ups on the Harry Carey 7th inning stretch song. N them commercialls
      We got baby baby baby spare ribs… lol
      n empire wooo hoo.

    • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

      @maria,

      OOOh big ups on the Harry Carey 7th inning stretch song. N them commercialls
      We got baby baby baby spare ribs… lol
      n empire wooo hoo.

    • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula is Swamped

      @maria,

      I absolutely, positively love Chicago. It’s just something about the city that warms my heart. Like a cleaner, more laid-back, more authentic New York. If I ever move anywhere else in the US, it will def be to Chicago.

      Love it!

    • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula is Swamped

      @maria,

      I absolutely, positively love Chicago. It’s just something about the city that warms my heart. Like a cleaner, more laid-back, more authentic New York. If I ever move anywhere else in the US, it will def be to Chicago.

      Love it!

    • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

      @maria,

      “um, singing along to “moo n oink” and “588-2300” Empire commercials ”

      YES! I love how Empire dude is now computer generated. What is he, 125 years old?

      Oh, and Eagle Man! I’ve got something…for youuuuuuu.

    • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

      @maria,

      “um, singing along to “moo n oink” and “588-2300” Empire commercials ”

      YES! I love how Empire dude is now computer generated. What is he, 125 years old?

      Oh, and Eagle Man! I’ve got something…for youuuuuuu.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @maria,

      eating Italian Beefs, deeped, with hot peppers and side order of cheese fries w/ hot peppers

      this sounds unbelievably good

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @maria,

      eating Italian Beefs, deeped, with hot peppers and side order of cheese fries w/ hot peppers

      this sounds unbelievably good

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @maria,

      btw, i’ve mentioned this before, but until i receive word otherwise, chicago, illinois is the coldest city on earth. every time ive been there ive been colder than anyones even been before anywhere else

      • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

        @The Champ,

        What not Mineapolis St Paul???

        • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula from BabiLand

          @WuDaMan,

          I am sorry but Montreal, QC takes the cake for me.

          They called the paramedics at the club because my stupid ass wore open-toe shoes to the club(WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!) which slowed circulation to my feet…

          *smh*

          • maria

            @Sula from BabiLand,

            roflmao, wow, terrible…

          • maria

            @Sula from BabiLand,

            roflmao, wow, terrible…

          • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

            @Sula from BabiLand,

            I bet you was cute though before your feet turned blue.

          • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

            @Sula from BabiLand,

            I bet you was cute though before your feet turned blue.

        • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Sula from BabiLand

          @WuDaMan,

          I am sorry but Montreal, QC takes the cake for me.

          They called the paramedics at the club because my stupid ass wore open-toe shoes to the club(WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!) which slowed circulation to my feet…

          *smh*

      • http://www.myspace.com/wudaman19 WuDaMan

        @The Champ,

        What not Mineapolis St Paul???

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @maria,

      btw, i’ve mentioned this before, but until i receive word otherwise, chicago, illinois is the coldest city on earth. every time ive been there ive been colder than anyones even been before anywhere else

  • maria

    i was born and raised in Chicago…left when I was 21, but go back 3 times a year for extended trips…things that make me smile then and now…

    watching/listening to Harry Carey on WGN during Sunday afternoon Cub games

    um, singing along to “moo n oink” and “588-2300” Empire commercials

    eating Italian Beefs, deeped, with hot peppers and side order of cheese fries w/ hot peppers

    Humbodlt Park’s Puertorican parade celebration

    as a teenager…loving the neon lights on rides w/ “systems”

    Chicago’s L system in spite of the urine smell in our downtown tunnels

    have lived in dmv area since I was 23…tried using bamma in Chicago and got the stare down…they weren’t having it…

    @ Champ “metacognitive” thanks for expanding my vocabulary and knowledge…

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