God Bless Pittsburgh

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          Solemn yet festive!

StrangeAppar8us is making some progress every day in one of the country’s finest hospitals, Mercy Hospital here in unexpectedly beautiful Pittsburgh. His kitties are being cared for, and as soon as we find enough competent catherds, will be winging their way to loving homes, thanks to our splendid great good blogging friends, who helped us get out the word.

I will refrain from making untoward remarks about Zero’s efficacy as ballast on the glass houses principle, especially after being taken out for an assault on the system called the Premanti Sandwich (Can’t link, as I’m still confined to a smartphone, but google it and gaze in awe on what Picksburgh hath wrought).

Pittsburgh itself is a town I can only describe as endearing. Its mountainous , river-crossed topography, tunnels and bridges make it the most enchanting toy train set imaginable.  Its residents’ kindness to shell-shocked out-of-towners who came here for Strange has been unstinting. Strange’s neighbors have reached out to help him with an enthusiasm that will no doubt embarrass the hell out of him. The hospital staff have been angelic and, in the case of the Sisters of Mercy, decorative too: nuns in Lurex turtlenecks? Yes indeedy!  But more to the point, their low-cost housing across the street has been a real blessing, allowing me to stay until Strange was past danger. The Department Of Spiritual Care has taken Strange and his motley collection of non-denominational, non-aligned friends in stride, and that’s a tall order. They have my deepest gratitude.

I can’t say enough good about “Picksburgh.” The gingerbread 911 tribute at top was part of a vast display of gingerbread edifices downtown in the windows of Philip Johnson’s gothic, glass PPG building. It took the fancy of this New Yorker, and so has Strange’s adopted town. I can see why he stayed. He once wrote me of his satisfaction, after mowing his (and his neighbors’, because that is our Strange) lawn, in sitting on his porch at dusk with a cigarette and a beer “and watching the squat brown city of Pittsburgh turn into the Columbian Exposition.”

Thank you, Pittsburgh.

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 11/21/11 at 09:45 AM • Permalink

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That is splendid news, Mrs. P.

Strange, in his writing, comes across razor sharp and wickedly funny, but never with the wanton cruelty or petty peevishness that trips up bloggers of his stripe. He seems to have a core decency about him and I imagine that is why his fellow roasters are so devoted.

Word, JS.  I couldn’t have said it better so I’ll simply concur. 

Get better Strange, we love ya!

What StringOnAStick said.  Also:

“Picksburgh”

LOL’d me - that’s the only way I can pronounce it!  And I hope to make it there someday to visit the Church Brew Works.

http://www.churchbrew.com/

Comment by Nancy in Detroit on 11/21/11 at 11:45 AM

Nancy, one of Strange’s pals took me there! Lederhosen. Big men in Lederhosen. And malted donkel caramel sauce bread pudding. Bring your own umlauts.

Here’s a link to the Primanti sandwich.  And yes, those are french fries poking out of it.  ;-D

Pittsburgh really is a cool city - the toy train set analogy is perfect!

@JS - yes, definitely.  If you’re an idiot right winger or whiny emobagger he’ll slash you to ribbons (verbally of course) but he’s a genuinely nice, warm and caring person with many friends.

I have often heard Pittsburgh described as a blue-collar San Francisco (the hills, I guess), but the folks there, based on Mrs. P’s report, seem nicer than the NIMBYs of the Bay Area. (I lived in SF for seven years and there are plenty of lovely folks to be found, but lord, that Left Coast self-absorption rap does indeed have a firm basis in reality.)

Here’s a link to the Primanti sandwich

*jaw drops*

Pronounced “permanni” btw.

It also contains cole slaw. Varieties include egg n cheese, kielbasa n cheese, ham, steak, or bologna n cheese, or what I had, the cheese n cheese. I picked it up, half of it dropped back onto the paper wrapping, and I just started laughing, which was exactly what the doctor ordered.

Excellent, excellent news all around.

Also, too, good Lord, it’s a good thing the town is ringed by rivers and mountains to keep that damn sandwich isolated from the rest of our nation. If it ever broke out we’d really have an obesity crisis.

Please send Strange my best regards.    Alas, I’m stuck in Washington state, but he’s in my thoughts.

Yay for Strange! Patrick, why would being stuck in WA be “alas?” You could be in OK right now, and that would be sad. But WA? Well, I suppose you could be on the wrong side of the Cascades…

Thanks for keeping us updated on Strange’s progress.

I just started laughing, which was exactly what the doctor ordered.

So great to read that, Mrs. Polly!  You are all angels and wonderful friends to Strange.

Thank you, Mrs. Polly for the update (and the yum yum sandwich.  Jelus).  Still holding Strange in a white light, hoping I’ll get to meet him one day.  I think we would get along faaaaabulously.

Pittsburgh is way cooler than people imagine.  The Primanti sandwich is one of the few things that approaches the system-assault capabilities of poutine. Though I have to say the Lemongrass Cafe (Cambodian), across from PNC Park, is great in a more cosmo way.


What Jewish Steel said, also too.  That’s exactly it.

Very glad to hear Strange is getting better every day.

Big men in Lederhosen

Ooooo, sexy!

The Primanti sandwich is one of the few things that approaches the system-assault capabilities of poutine.

Goodness.  It appears to be something ladled over a plate of french fries but I’m afraid to ask what it is.

OK, curiosity got the better of me and Google tells me it’s cheese curds and gravy.  Ummhmmmm.

Thanks for the update on Strange’s condition.  I’ll simply echo what Jewish Steel & StringOnAStick said. 

Heal thyself well, dear Strange and blessings and appreciation to all who have been there for him!

And yes, those are french fries poking out of it.

You say that like it’s a weird thing.

Glad that you’ve all been looked after Mrs P and that Strange continues to improve.

Goodness.  It appears to be something ladled over a plate of french fries but I’m afraid to ask what it is.

Why, cheese curds and gravy, of course!  To this day, French Canada’s only contribution to world cuisine.  As if it wasn’t bad enough that we gave you Celine Dion on the music front.

Big Like!  Please post info on any fund raising for medical expenses. I get paid this Friday and will be in the best position to provide some filthy lucre (and every other friday after)

To this day, French Canada’s only contribution to world cuisine.

Wow, I bet the original French are really loving being identified with that.  ;-)

A feverent and JENNEWEWINE Alaskan thank you for the
Roasters helping Strange! Tell him to get better in a hurry, he will be required to post double snark daily until my sarcasm deficit has been erased.

Perhaps someone can take him a tuft of his kitties’ hair for companionship?

@MB: Very glad to hear Strange is getting better every day. In every way? I’d settle for getting better physically right now.

Very glad to hear Strange is getting better every day.

Amen!

Thanks for the update. Get better, Strange!

Long time reader, but I just wanted to say thanks for the update on Strange and well wishes from “Philluflya”.

Pittsburg is a great little city. A real city. I used to love going there when i was a kid growing up in SE Ohio. I hope Strange will be ok. He has an unmistakable one-of-a-kind bead on life (i suppose we all do) but he really knows how to scratch it down.  Mrs Polly and Marindenver, you be some kind of angeles of the battlefield.

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A lovely post, Mrs. Polly. I join the other commenters in wishing for continued improvement by Strange, and in thanking you guys for all you are doing for him.  And it’s great to hear he has such wonderful neighbors.

I’m old enough to remember reports of how polluted and dirty Pittsburgh was in the heyday of steel making. I didn’t visit until after it cleaned up and kind of remade itself (IIRC, a lot of that happened in the 70s and 80s).  It is a nice town; wouldn’t be at all a bad place to live.

so glad to hear the good news about strange!

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