February 2nd, 2009

Steelers

Damage Report

Taken verbatim from a comment I just left to a post in the pittsburgh community:
Just returned home from several neighborhoods. What I saw:

Squirrel Hill: Happy people at the corner of Forbes and Murray, with a smaller cluster at Forbes and Shady. No destruction that I saw.

Bloomfield: The streets were (mostly) cleared by the time I passed through, but there appeared to be remnants of a burned couch (smashed and charred wood, a lone cushion) on Liberty near the Italian grocery.

Oakland: Oh, Oakland. There were dumpsters in the middle of the street near the law school. They were burning and burned for a long time, until a fire truck finally arrived and put out the fire. The obnoxious chicks up in the towers were dumping water out of their windows on the crowd, and doing this pretty steadily. But the worst (IMHO) things that I saw were the bus stop at Hillman Library, completely destroyed -- flattened to the ground -- and several windows at Hillman Library (along Forbes Avenue) smashed, with faux-anarchist graffiti ("riot," etc.) spray painted on the wall. Want to smash the state? A fucking LIBRARY is not the place to start. Douchebags. :(

I shot much footage and will be working to upload it to my personal LJ in the next 24 hours or so.
Steelers

Super Bowl Night Pictures.

It looks like it's going to take quite some time to upload all of the video I shot tonight. So here, to tide you over, are the still pictures I snapped:

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I shot about 18 little videos as well, ranging from just a few seconds each, to upwards of five minutes. I've been uploading them to YouTube for about three hours now, but I'm less than halfway finished, and getting pretty fricking sleepy. I'll let yinz guys know when they're finished.
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Sleep Deprived Moment of the Day:

My favorite sleep deprived moment of the day:

I was talking to aaronbenedict on the phone sometime in the wee hours of the morning (and by "wee hours" I probably mean something along the lines of 11:00 am). I sneezed and said "gesundheit." He immediately apologized for not having said "gesundheit" first. It was only then that I realized that I had been the one who'd sneezed -- my brain had heard a sneeze and automatically said "gesundheit," without realizing that I was the one who had sneezed. It was enormously confusing at the time.
Steelers

The second installment of Super Bowl night videos.

These are the rest of the videos I shot last night. The disclaimer, once again, is that it's all raw, unedited footage, and some of them are more watchable than others.

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The last video shows the aftermath of the destruction at Hillman Library, which is the piece of vandalism that bothers me the most. Who fucks up a library? Even if it is Pitt's library, you just don't fuck up a library. So seriously *not* cool.