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Jul. 6th, 2005 @ 09:10 pm (no subject)
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Picture 4 straight days of awesome food, good people, and tons of alcohol, and you've got the 4th of July party in Pittsburgh last weekend. Got to revisit wonderful eating establishments from college like Fuel and Fuddle, Sharp Edge(sampled the $150/bottle Thomas Hardy 1986 ale), Alexander's Pasta Express, and Srees(Sree even remembered me after all these years and gave me free lunch!). Also wound up checking out the Mattress Factory(an awesome museum of contempory art whose highlight is Cube!) and seeing Land of the Dead(a fantastic zombie film).


This year's extravagant grand finale of the July 4th party was certainly interesting compared to years past. No major dramas, but lots of microdramas from many people who were looking for excuses to not have a good time at the party. Amazingly enough, we didn't even get the cops called at all, but I suspect this is partially due to everyone being partied out earlier in the evening from the parties of the previous couple of days. The food again was superb, with notable selections being the Jack Daniels marinated steak, beer sodimized chicken, spicy grilled shrimp, as well as multiple styles of grilled salmon. The booze kept flowing with the traditional tables full of liquor and 2 kegs(Yuengling and Woodchuck). The main bar part of the party to me was towards the end when mr_mking and I got into a particularily pathetic argument(I'd call it a discussion but the other party was a pigheaded fool who wouldn't see any others but his own) about gay marriage and the principles of discrimination. And this argument came from a random person who I have no idea how they are connected with our core group(which admittedly is quite large). We've definately hit the point where the party has gotten too large(esp when katieboyd can randomly overhear complete strangers earlier in the week telling others that "the party on Wightman is the one to be at").

Plus this year we celebrated the 5th anniversary of dpb by commemerating it with a limited edition black tshirt. Swab had me get his(since he's quasi on dpb), but never told me that he wanted an undefiled shirt. Thus I passed it around the partygoers to defile it so that he could be a part of the party even if he wasn't there.

With the theme of War, the new-pittsburgh(DC) contigent decided to go with the Powell doctrine of overwhelming force and bring a large stock of bigass super soakers. Though the truth of the matter was that the plan didn't work as the wise Don remarked: "It's one thing to come and win the war, but New Pittsburgh didn't come with a plan to win the peace." When we had our fill of securing the victory of the war, we failed to secure the weapons, and they fell into irresponsible insurgent hands, and thuse they were used as WMDs(Weapons of Mass Drama). These insurgents failed to understand the rules of a watergun battle(which are remarkably similar to the Geneva convention):

1. Don't shoot any non-combatants. Any accidental splash damage onto a non-combatant is to be apologized for and efforts are to be made to prevent it from happening again.
2. Anyone that picks up a weapon(watergun/waterballoon) is considered to be a combatant. People who aren't carrying a weapon but are making threatening gestures at a combatant can be considered a combatant.
3. The hose is only to be used for filling/refilling weapons with water. The hose should never be fired at anyone for any reason.

Following these rules will lead to a safe and drama free water fight.


Plus in case there was any doubt, I hate alphabetically
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From:rys
Date:July 7th, 2005 03:35 am (UTC)

Ah yes...

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Fuel and Fuddle, how I miss thee...
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From:bogosort
Date:July 7th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)

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It's one of my personal favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh. Out of curiousity, when were you out there?
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Date:July 7th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)

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I was out there about 2 years ago, a friend of mine was working with a professor at Melon after she graduated and I was up to visit and get some skiing at seven springs in... Then we went to Fuel and Fuddle and I had lots of good beers. :)

Did you go to Melon, UPitt, or are you just from that area?
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From:bogosort
Date:July 7th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)

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I was one of those CMU geeks in college. Back in college we used to goto F&F every week to get some nice beers and hear the live music. Plus they do half price food at 11PM every night(though the beer's still full price).
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From:alphabetically
Date:July 7th, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
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Lee, why do you hate America, too?
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From:bogosort
Date:July 7th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
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Well there certainly are parts of America that I hate. Canada, Mexico, and all of South America. Clearly they haven't joined in the overwhelming awesomeness that is the United States, and thus they need to be taken over and shown the error of their ways.
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From:stealthhe
Date:July 7th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Lee, I msg'd your phone asking you about your Cooper, but perhaps you don't have text messaging...so I will ask here. Please tell me the PROs and CONs of owning a Mini Cooper. I'm interested in replacing my current car with one. I'll be test driving one this weekend, and if I don't like it I'll probably end up with an Accord...but I just wanted your take on the car since you're the only person I know who owns one.
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From:bogosort
Date:July 7th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I got the message yesterday, and I'm writing up a blurb right now.
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From:koopiskeva
Date:July 7th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
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Mazda 6 > Accord

think about it |:
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From:bogosort
Date:July 7th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Accord comes in a Hybrid version, which is teh awesomeness.
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From:scintilla72
Date:July 7th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
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But availability?
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From:bogosort
Date:July 7th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Mazda 6s are probably easier to find than Accord hybrids since they are in heavy demand due to their awesomness. But presuming that time is on your side, it's a good option in my opinion.
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From:koopiskeva
Date:July 8th, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
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Accord Hybrid Price tag > Mazda 6 price tag :P