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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

CP Year in Review: Looking back on staff writer Josh Oswald's favorite stories of 2019

Posted By on Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Editor's note: As 2019 comes to an end, I've asked Pittsburgh City Paper's editorial staff to select their five favorite stories from this year. Relive staff writer Josh Oswald's 2019 highlights below. — Lisa Cunningham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JOSH OSWALD
CP photo: Josh Oswald
Figuring out what the hell they sell at Pool City // March 5, 2019
Pool City's biggest sellers are getting drunk and sitting down is one of my favorite stories of last year, because I got to fulfill my lifelong dream of going to Pool City. I was the only customer in there for most of my visit, there was broken glass on the floor, and I wanted to buy 90% of what they were selling.

Yinzer Mingle // Feb. 13, 2019
I came up with the idea for
Yinzer Mingle (like Christian Mingle) — a dating app for yinzers — during an editorial meeting where other writers were talking about how awful dating apps were. I knew then, I could make the worst dating app. It was great fun to animate a commercial for the app and create a mockup of how the app would work.

I voted for myself and won // Dec. 9, 2019
This story wrote itself. I wrote myself in for a commissioner’s seat in a local election — mainly because I thought HAD to vote for three candidates and I didn’t know who some were — and I won one of the three seats. When I went to a FedEx to get the election forms notarized for filing, the employees told me they didn’t have a notary and that Google has them listed incorrectly. That’s when another customer, who happened to be a notary with her stamp in her purse, notarized my forms for free. This was meant to be.


click to enlarge The Meadows Racetrack & Casino - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP photo: Jared Wickerham
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
Playing the ponies Western Pennsylvania style // May 1, 2019
This story combined two of my favorite hobbies, drinking and gambling. It is also the longest story I’ve written and the most difficult in trying to find a common theme within my visits to different horse gambling spots. And I got to interview Bob Nastanovich, who would have talked about horses for days if we had the time.

click to enlarge SCREENCAP FROM WENDY BELL'S ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO
Screencap from Wendy Bell's announcement video
Who invited Wendy Bell again?! // Aug. 29, 2019
I wrote this for all the people of Pittsburgh. 

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