April 16, 2012

My Pittsburgh Trip - Day 1


A few weeks ago, I went to Pittsburgh. At first I was somewhat apprehensive because I was of the impression that the average Pittsburgher did not have hands:

Informative part of the amazing Pittsburgh Bike Map
I was quickly relieved that Pittsburghers did in fact have hands. I know this because OTB Bicycle Cafe used a bike stand to hold toilet paper:
Bike stand for toilet paper
Obviously, it's very difficult to use toilet paper without hands.[Editor's note: Biking Columbus does not discriminate against people without hands. However, Biking Columbus would be weirded out if a city of 300,000 people didn't have hands.]

As far as the OTB Bicycle Cafe's food, it was wonderful. I had The Thick because it was a burger with BBQ and onion rings on it. Sign me up.

For those wondering, OTB Bicycle Cafe is situated in what I would describe as "Hipsterville." Hipsterville's proper name is the South Side but I was surprised how this area was relatively flat. I think this explains why there were a lot of hipsters there because hipsters like to bike. The neighborhood is largely surrounded by small mountains/cliffs and a large river and since hipsters only use fixed-gear bikes, there's no way they could live on a mountain. One day the hipsters may opt for amphibious modes of transportation and live in the river instead.

Big hill in background. No one wants to bike there.
The neat thing about Hipsterville is that there's new development going on close to the river which is best described as an outdoor shopping mall, similar to Easton. There's an REI there which is an outdoor recreation store. So there were bikes, racks, equipment. Just about everything a person could ever want.

I went to the Strip District after 5:00 and it really wasn't that awesome. It seems like a lot of places are closed. I'll give a special shout out to Gene's Last Chance since it was open and the bartender was really nice. Also, the Primanti Brothers are open 24/7 and they are pretty good. Pretty good, indeed.

Finally, I want to end with one more thing that we saw in Pittsburgh on the first day:
A Kwik-E-Mart
  Cool Rube Goldberg Device link of the day:

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