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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Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a contributing editor for EBONY.com. He resides in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes.

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?
          ;-)

      • 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.

    • 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

  • 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!

    • SouthernGirl

      @moks,

      welcome!!!

      *shooting gold stars*

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @moks,

      thanks and sh*t, and welcome

  • 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)

      • 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!

    • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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.

            • 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://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://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://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://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

    • 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://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.

    • 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://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.

  • 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://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…

  • 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

    • 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://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.

          • 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

      • 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

      @maria,

      Chitown STAND UP!!!!

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        P.S. My reasons are listed wayyy below

    • 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)

    • 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://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,

      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…

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

            @Sula from BabiLand,

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

  • Gem Possible

    oh… and i’m from San Diego. which basically means i stay classy. whats not to like about the Diego?? everything about SD is beautiful. the weather, the people, the landscape, the skyline, the beaches, the wide streets, the 4-lane highways, the greenery. everything. i’ve even found beauty in the hoods, the dingy corner stores down the street, the liquor store with a sign that reads “beer and tacos”, and the orange and yellow striped taco shop shaped like a barrel (and thus called “the barrel” though it’s actual name is “el vaqueros”) that’s open 24hrs with the most traffic occurring between 12a-3a. and gettin quality rolled tacos or a carne asada burrito/fries/nachos late at night is a beautiful thing.

    i love that most homes have front yards and backyards and actual garages (living in the ATL i mostly saw “car ports”). i love that i can go to the beach in mid january without a coat, walk on the sand, watch a game of bball, or ride rides at a nearby amusement park. i love that i can see the Mexican border and Mexican flag from my favorite outlet mall. i love that our city is filled with filipinos and samoans. i love that there are nail shops on every corner and i can get a full set for $12. i love socal slang spoken in a high pitched voice. i love that i know all my neighbors. i love that we have outdoor malls and outdoor schools. i love that we have a shopping/entertainment district called “fashion valley”. i love that we have see’s (TM) candy. i love that we have jack in the box and in and out burger. i love that our airport is IN san diego (downtown, on the harbor). i love that we don’t have to import our seafood, we get it fresh!! i love our perfect weather. i love our world famous zoo.

    it warms my heart to hear so many ppl say that San Diego is their favorite place to visit. i def think it’s the most wonderful gorgeous city in the US. but most importantly, San Diego makes me smile becuz it’s HOME and that’s where my heart is.

    • maria

      @Gem Possible,

      mmmmmmm carde asada! yum

      • Gem Possible

        whatchu know bout that carne asada?? lol

        • maria

          @Gem Possible,

          oh trust- marinate in lime juice con salt and throw that joint on the grill…get some corn tortillas and make some fresh salsa verde, throw some chopped onions and cilantro on it…now what’cha you know about dat lol combine w/ chilled beer of ur choice

          my beer(s) of choice tecate w/ lime & salt
          or modelo especial w/ side shot of don julio

          damn, wish i wasn’t at work & could actually live out my comment right now…lol

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

            @maria, gurrl, whatchu know about tecate with lime & salt? i got (half of a) six pack in my fridge right now!
            and modelo…where you at?

            • maria

              @Miss Patterson,

              Ok now Miss Patterson, sounds like we need to meet up sometime lol i’m in dc…

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

                @maria, i’m in los angeles (for now)…next vsb club fiesta in dc, we’ll need pop open a few tecates.

          • http://ranting-auntie.blogspot.com/ Bajan Girl

            @maria,
            where you said you at again???
            shoot everyone looks at me crazy for the Tecate with lime and salt… they just don’t know.. with some grilled flank steak…..
            I do a shot of Cuervo gold and lime in my modelo…

          • Gem Possible

            @maria, well scuuuuuuuuse me!!! sounds like you’re my kinda gal ;)

        • miss t-lee

          @Gem Possible,
          shooooot
          I had some carne asada last night…lol

          • Gem Possible

            man i’m jealous!!! i can’t eat a lot of beef so i don’t buy it unless i’m cookin “mexican” for the homies.

      • Me fail english?

        @maria,

        I wanna visit SoCal strictly for the bangin Mexican food. I hear from transplants/tourists that that is like the hardest food to get authentic in NY (we don’t have a large Mex pop. at all)

        • maria

          @Me fail english?,

          cosign as the truth…even here in dc, the salvadorian owned resturants being faking they mexican and truly they are not…i am 1/2 mexican so i glad throw down and cook my food no matter where i’m transplanted…and my friends know this…lol

    • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

      @Gem Possible,

      ive wanted to move to san diego for a long time!

      • Gem Possible

        i don’t typically or necessarily recommend it as a place to live for grown single black folks lol

    • ofloveandotherdemons

      @Gem Possible,
      I’m heading down to San. D for the weekend next week. I’ve been in the OC for the past two years, and I still haven’t made it down there. Shame on me.

      • Gem Possible

        awww the OC. well i’m not surprised you haven’t been–ppl in cali tend not to leave their respective cities unless it’s to visit relatives lol. even then, they still don’t really visit the city. i was a teenager before i actually explored LA lol.

        but i’m sure you’ll enjoy your visit!! hit up all the tourist spots like Coronado Island (Hotel Del Coronado particularly), Old Town, Balboa Park/Zoo, La Jolla beach and Torrey Pines (very OC-ish lol), Gaslamp District (downtown), Mission and Fashion Valleys (shopping/entertainment districts), and chill at the harbor near the airport–lots of great seafood restaurants.

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

      @Gem Possible, you know what i enjoy most about san diego? walking along mission bay & mission beach, writing & sipping a latte @ claire de lune in north park, the hustler store in the gaslamp district (i’m kidding), the opera house (my best friend sang there, she’s an opera singer) the sunsets, that little sushi place that doesn’t open until 6 (but has a line at 530p) & has the best sashimi i’ve ever tasted, the weather of LA minus the pollution and congestion, the mission diner, and the cheap two hour coastal trip on the train to get there (beautiful). p.s.-there’s a dessert place there i always want to check out, but never make it to…dangit, it will come to me later.

      • Gem Possible

        sounds like you do it BIG in my city patticakes. a lot of SD has changed since i’ve been there and going home is like learning new places all over again. and isn’t the train ride up/down the coast FAB?? soooo beautiful and peaceful.

        and mission bay was one of my fave spots growing up. hit up Black Sundays (aka the sundays when all the black folk, esp the hoods, were out). check out belmont park.

        my new fave beach walk spot is Coronado. hang by Hotel Del and walk into the “downtown” area and go for ice cream or coffee. it’s lovely.

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

      @Gem Possible, and another thing…where are the brothas in SD? i’ve never actually seen one when i’m there visiting. i’m just curious and sh*t.

      • Gem Possible

        honestly i don’t see many brothas (who aren’t with 2520 or asian girls) in spots like downtown, La Jolla, mission valley, etc. they’re either in the hood or hiding out somewhere.

        every time my parents go out to some function (either thru my dad’s HU alum chapter or his “prof men’s group”) my mom is tellin me about some fine young man that i’d just LOVE if i were there lol. so just holla at moms if you tryna see some educated brothas.

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

      @Gem Possible,

      My cousin lives in San Diego now, and he absolutely loves it!! Said he will never live SC again (who can blame him, I won’t either). Over Christmas, he basically sold me on the idea of living in San Diego, or at least coming for a visit.

      • Voiceofreason

        @N.I.A. fabuloussince1982….,

        I’ve been thinking about moving to San Diego ever since I went to my cousin’s wedding there. It’s a beautiful city.

      • Gem Possible

        wow, i don’t know many young ppl that move to SD, esp if they didn’t go to college/grad school there. maybe your cousin knows where i could hang when i go back to visit lol

    • Leila

      @Gem Possible, San Diego is a beautiful city! I love the beaches:)

      • Gem Possible

        :) yay

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

      @Gem Possible,

      What I love about San Diego? The gorgeous weather, the airport in the middle of the city, the fact that I can run in the streets and oddly feel at home…. And the friday afternoons at Plan B were to die for (I heard it’s now closed… :( )

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Gem Possible,

      the whale vagina does sound like a great place to be and sh*t

  • Gem Possible

    and another thing (can you tell i’m refusing to work on my comps presentation??)…

    primanti’s sandwiches make me want to regurgitate. even the very sight *making a stank face at the post’s pic*

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

      @Gem Possible, gemmie, those are fightin’ words. regurgitate! we’re going to need to have a little talk.

      • Gem Possible

        cole slaw makes me gag and my esophagus gets spastic at the mere thought of it mixed with meat, fries, and bread. yuck!

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

          @Gem Possible, but have you tried it? it’s not like kfc coleslaw (which i hate) it’s delish! perhaps i should create a tour of miss p’s divine memories. let’s see, it shall begin with dancing in the fountain outside the ppg building, and then…

          • Gem Possible

            yes, i have tried it. and so i KNOW that i don’t like the taste.

            and i may or may not have already done a jig or 2 in the ppg fountain on a late summer night…

        • Nikiloveli

          @Gem Possible,

          After the first look at the pic, I refused to look closer, lest I figure out the ingredients of said atrocity. Now you’ve gone and listed them. We ain’t friends no mo’.

    • Pittsburb playa

      @Gem Possible,
      primanti’s sandwiches make me want to regurgitate. even the very sight *making a stank face at the post’s pic*
      I agree. This sandwich isn’t even good after a night of drinking.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Gem Possible,

      to be perfectly honest, i’m not a fan of those sandwiches either. i just included it because of the visceral reaction im sure it’ll receive

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

        @The Champ, i know, i know, you think they’re overrated, but you disappoint sir. *smh*

  • SouthernGirl is New Orleans

    i’m from a place that sadly, is still a shell of its former self. My childhood home and almost everything that I grew up knowing is gone but I still put on for my city. What makes me smile:

    *we don’t have sidewalks. it’s the neutral ground

    *walking down canal street dodging the street cars after school

    *I don’t have to ask if the seafood is fresh or if the tea is sweet

    *two words: mardi gras.

    *food like nowhere else in the world

    *there’s no such thing as head east/west/north/south on X street…it’s go like you going to tasha’s house, make a left on X street, keep going til you see such and such and make a right at the blue house on the corner.

    (if one more chicago person tells me the lake is east and expect me to automatically translate that into some directions I will scream. I know that but if i’m not familiar with where I am in the first place and the sun ain’t out how the f^ck am I supposed to know which way is east? i’m getting better though)

    *that lazy NO drawl when someone says, ‘yes in deed’, ‘say red let me holla at ya’, ‘how yo’ mama and ‘nem?’ or ‘baaaaaaby’

    *that we ‘make’ not ‘buy’ groceries

    *wearing shorts in february

    *the way people nod and say hello to strangers on the street

    *the low budget commercials! 1825 Tulane! or (man one to customer) you gotta go see the special man…(special man) let her have it! and she walks out with $300 worth of discount furniture

    *boys with their starched dickie’s and girbaud jeans

    *how hard people anywhere near the vacinity of the city will rep for NO. ninja you ain’t from NO. you from slidell/metairie/kenner.

    *laughing at tourists wearing mardi gras beads in august. two more words: easy target

    *I miss bayou classic. go jags!

    *I didn’t realize a what a county was until…only BBJ knows when. we have parrishes.

    tis all for now…

    • luvtheshoes

      @SouthernGirl is New Orleans,

      Awww…my daddy used to live in Nawlins before Katrina and I have lots of happy memories of it. My 12 year old self got quite the education on Bourbon Street. Good times.

    • miss t-lee

      @SouthernGirl is New Orleans,
      “*I don’t have to ask if the seafood is fresh or if the tea is sweet”

      Love my sweet tea!!!

    • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

      @SouthernGirl is New Orleans,

      I NEED to visit Nawlins soon! I ain’t never been. Maybe I’ll tag along w/ VEG one of these times. hehe

      • iloVEGrits

        @Luvvie,

        You are always welcome. Planning a return in April to see my maw maw. I didn’t see her in Jan or last week (shame on me!)

    • Nikiloveli

      @SouthernGirl is New Orleans,

      “that we ‘make’ not ‘buy’ groceries”

      –my sister and I just had this conversation. I think this is a La thing, though.

      That, and the fact that contrary to popular belief, the term “cold drink” specifically refers to carbonated beverages.

    • Nikiloveli

      @SouthernGirl is New Orleans,

      “that we ‘make’ not ‘buy’ groceries”

      –my sister and I just had this conversation. I think this is a La thing, though.

      That, and the fact that contrary to popular belief, the term “cold drink” specifically refers to carbonated beverages.

      • miss t-lee

        @Nikiloveli,
        I love the “cold drank” thang though.
        I learned that fast…lol

        • SouthernGirl

          @miss t-lee,

          glad you did. i still be giving folks the side eye talm ’bout ‘you want a soda/pop?’ i be like a foreign kid doing translation in my head…yes, i would like a cold drink. lol

      • SouthernGirl

        @Nikiloveli,

        hmmm…yes and no about “making groceries” is a louisiana thing. i find it sporadic in other parrishes. my bff is from shreveport and she’s makes fun of me all the time for saying that.

        same thing with the “cold drink.” when i went to NSU in northern louisiana a lot of them say ‘soda’

    • iloVEGrits

      @SouthernGirl is New Orleans,

      cosign everything you said.
      Plus, I love N.O. cuz no one, ever, ever asks: ‘what you mixed with?’ like they do every freakin where else

      • SouthernGirl

        @iloVEGrits,

        nope. because most just assume you’re mixed with something anyway. or folks be claiming their mixed-ness all proud and stuff… anyways, the more appropriate question would probably be what AREN’T you mixed with. lol.

      • Reci

        @iloVEGrits,

        I’m always lurking, but this made me smile from ear to ear. That’s why I will always love my home.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @SouthernGirl is New Orleans,

      all of these food channels on comcast has made me want to take an extended visit to new orleans. really, all of my dream destinations revolve around food

      • SouthernGirl

        @The Champ,

        you should. your belly will thank you.

    • http://missjaffre.blogspot.com missjess

      @SouthernGirl is New Orleans,
      i used to go to DU…i miss the n.o. so freakin much…used to be too confused about how it seemed like there was no “legal” age for doin anything there tho…gettin into clubs and drinkin and whatnot at 17

      the food is amazing…i still have daydreams about shrimp from deanies

      i so miss how yall talk…i swear its an entirely different language..where “drove” means upset

      • SouthernGirl

        @missjess,

        lol@ drove! so true….or how somebody was “dragging for you” if they were talking smack about you because they were mad at you. *sigh* i miss home.

    • http://blackgirladventures.blogspot.com Southern Lady

      @SouthernGirl is New Orleans,

      Yay for the Jags! I went to Southern U., so N.O. is my second home. I fell in love with that damn N.O. accent (literally). I go through withdrawals around Mardi Gras, but I’m always there for the Classic. Be there for Jazzfest! What you know about yea and no after a statement. “I’m ’bout to go, yea!” LOL

      I’m from Memphis, so I love:

      Saying “mane” before, in the middle and after statements. It can evoke many emotions….just depends on how you say it

      Beale Street in the summer

      Bert’s and Greg’s commercials (“I looovvvee to see Greg’s guys doing it!”)

      Old school 3-6 Mafia

      Libertyland (our makeshift theme park)

      Funnel cakes at the Mid-South Fair

      Being proud that I have NEVER been to Graceland, but lived in the same neighborhood for years

      Having the same black mayor for more than 15 years

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

        @Southern Lady,

        “Having the same black mayor for more than 15 years”

        This cat is a gangstar too. ‘GET THE HELL OUT OF MY OFFICE!’ LMAO!

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

    i’m from the Burgh, (Pittsburgh, that is) and I love every gritty thing about it. i love that i can walk around the city and remember every sweet moment i ever had growing up: the kaufmann’s (now macy’s) chocolatier where my mother bought me chocolate turtles,the kool jazz festivals lying in the park with my mother, the grey skies that i daydream in, the arts festivals with fried veggies & cheese and funnel cakes, shopping with my dad in the strip district on saturday mornings, salt sticks at fresh bakeries, watching the boats during the regatta, thick homemade milkshakes at the passavant hospital diner, the kiss at point park, meaty ribs & fish sandwiches in the hill, the aerial view of the civic arena after a pens game, the love potluck at bidwell presby, holding hands on the north shore, and making angels in the snow in my backyard. i’ve been to most of the neighborhoods in the burgh either by a wrong turn or a missed stop on the PAT, and it’s through this exposure (and the 5 schools i went to) that gave me a well-rounded upbringing. it’s not LA (thank God), but it’s home. pittsburgh holds my memories…good and bad. it’s a city packed with writing prompts, and as a writer i wouldn’t trade it for the world. :-) p.s.- i love pgh ‘mom & pops’ food. good sh*t. but fries at the O still melt my heart.

    • Gem Possible

      pgh’s grey skies make me want to drown in my own tears. talk about DEPRESSING. 200 days of cloudy, overcast, darkness is just enough to make anyone want to slit their wrists and do push-ups in salt water. like omg it sucks. but when it’s sunny, it is FAB!!

      and as much as i have a love-hate relationship with this place, the fact that the Hill is the birth place of August Wilson and setting of his plays makes me happy to bask in all of the gritty glory of pixburg :)

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

        @Gem Possible, come on… i gave sd some love, so you can give love to pgh too. ok, now you’re talking…august wilson. i’m gonna be the female version of him when i grow up. but, instead of a playwright, i’ll be a short story/novel writer. how’s that pixburgh? ;-)

        • Gem Possible

          i always drive passing by his used-to-be-house. and me and my girl really did go look for Aunt Esther’s red door on Wiley lol.

          and i’m def gonna support you sis. send me some stuff to read please and thanks.

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

        @Gem Possible, you know i miss pgh thunderstorms a lot. in fact i used to love when the lights would flicker. that’s prime bugs bunny/tom & jerry time right there! gemmie do i need to come out there and show you how it’s done? you too can learn to love a cloudy day.

        • Gem Possible

          i’m from socal. there’s nothing normal about so much cloudiness. there’s only so much a sane person can take. seriously, i get seasonal depression up in this joint.

      • Pittsburb playa

        @Gem Possible,
        pgh’s grey skies make me want to drown in my own tears. talk about DEPRESSING. 200 days of cloudy, overcast, darkness is just enough to make anyone want to slit their wrists and do push-ups in salt water. like omg it sucks.

        SOOOO true! I have added myself to the SAD study group.They should have put this in the grad student brochure. I might have actually sucked it up and went to sunny Cali.

        • Gem Possible

          indeed!!

    • Voiceofreason

      @Miss Patterson,

      I wish I could co-sign. There are definitley some great things about Pittsburgh, but I didn’t get to experience them all because growing up here I was always in Sewickley, Rochester, Beaver Falls or somewhere in between. I’ve been gone for almost 10 years, and now that I’m back I find it to be a pretty slow city which is cool for right now. I need to chill after living such a stressful life in NY. I was on my way to developing an aneurysm there. Seriously. Since I left my road rage has improved and I’m not constantly angry. Lol.

    • http://www.museacdonline.com pgh muse

      @Miss Patterson, awww… I love this post.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Miss Patterson,

      its amazing how closely everyones positive hometown experiences are tied into food

  • SouthernGirl is New Orleans

    I think my comment is stuck in some sort of dante’s inferno moderation limbo! :-(

    i’m going to bed.

    • http://myspace.com/shatani shatani

      @SouthernGirl is New Orleans,

      see, thats what you get for cussin! lol

      • SouthernGirl

        @shatani,

        lol. i tried to fix it!!! i did!