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Monday, May 25, 2020

Posted By on Mon, May 25, 2020 at 7:37 PM

CP ILLUSTRATION: JOSIE NORTON
CP Illustration: Josie Norton
Never one to miss a good social media trend, we jumped on the bandwagon last month and created our own "Pick Your Pittsburgh Quarantine House" meme that gave us some good laughs:


But now a month has passed, and we're still haunted by readers telling us their favorites weren't included in our original list. Since we're still in the yellow phase and a lot of us are still stuck at home, we thought we might as well continue the fun. It's time to pick your own quarantine house! It's this week's #CPQuestionOfTheWeek.

You're quarantined with one Pittsburgh celebrity, one Pittsburgh food, and one Pittsburgh drink: What do you choose?

Scroll down to see who our readers chose when left to their own imaginations. (But, for the record, I still think our House No. 6 sounds like a blast.)

"Mister Rogers.
Potato Patch fries.
Arnold Palmer drink.
#sopittsburgh"
Brian K. Root on Twitter

"Betty Esper, 40 oz from Capris Pizza, crab legs from High Rollers. We don’t even have to leave Homestead."
@jeremyjoens on Instagram

"Gertrude Stein, Stations' Tagliatelle with Smoked Pork Shank, and those frozen jabronis from Tina's."
David Bernabo on Facebook

"Noodlehead Chang mai 100% - the person and the drink don’t even matter"
@galsgals on Instagram

"August Wilson - greens and beans from Collangelos and Rose cider from Threadbare."
Anna Rodi Benvenuti on Facebook

"Mikey and Bob. Primanti's. Rolling Rock, before it left Pittsburgh."
michael palmosina on Facebook

"Jeff Goldblum, Triangle Hoagie, Pittsburgh Lemon"
Jessica Amber on Facebook

"Jonas Salk, Pretzel Shop Anything, Turners Iced T"
@lukachris on Instagram

"Polish food with Andy Warhol and beer at Cinderlands"
Beth Oberly on Facebook

"Frankie Capri * Primanti's * IC Light 🔥🔥🔥🔥"
@jleighbob on Instagram

"Mister Rogers
Buffy the Mac Attack Slayer from The Yard
Hitchhikers Band of Existence IPA"
Michelle M on Twitter

"Pittsburgh Dad, Gooskis Wings, Wigle"
John Huxley on Facebook

"Tony Buba, Mineo’s pizza, East End Big Hop"
@samueledwardprice on Instagram

"Wiz khalifa, pierogis, turners chocolate peanut butter milk."
Jessica Grey on Facebook

"Joe Manganiello... and who needs anything else? 😄"
Becky Broderick on Facebook

The Pittsburgh celebrity people mentioned the most:

The man. The legend. The Rick Sebak.

"Rick Sebak, whatever people drop off at his house, and Marburger FARM Dariy chocolate milk."
Amy Brunner on Facebook

"I’m going with Rick Sebak, Turner’s Strawberry Lemonade and a wedding cookie table."
@kimmy_kimkimm on Instagram

"Rick Sebak, Fiori's, Arsenal cider"
Megan Elizabeth on Facebook

"Rick Sebak, Mason Dixon Hot dog and a variety of beers from D's Six Pax & Dogz! 🍻"
Regina Robinson on Facebook

"Rick Sebak, 'O' fries with whiz, Turner’s tea, all narrated by Rick Sebak, natch."
@mrswhitesclassroom on Instagram

"Rick Sebak, pierogies, Schneider's chocolate milk"
Matthew Frankwitt on Facebook

"Rick Sebak. Pierogis Plus. Parking Chair Vodka. There are no other answers..... 🎤 drop."
@leea.jo on Instagram



Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2020 at 4:23 PM

CP ILLUSTRATION: JOSIE NORTON
CP Illustration: Josie Norton
Yes, most of Western Pennsylvania is now in the yellow phase, and Beaver County is about to join us, but that doesn't mean life has returned to normal. We're still social distancing. We're still wearing masks. And we still can't return to life as we once knew it. So what does everyone miss the most about life before COVID-19? We reached out to our readers on social media and asked for our #CPQuestionOfTheWeek:

What do you miss the most about life before the pandemic?

"I miss being able to pet neighborhood dogs."
Tessamyn Wieczorkowski on Facebook

"Live Music"
@pittsburghmusicguy on Instagram

"I miss when every single topic that was talked about was not 'it'"
Face with rolling eyes
Andy Manos on Twitter

"Going to a Pirates game."
Katie Kowall Reed on Facebook

"
Going out to a local coffee shop and chilling out for an hour. 💛☕"
@crabbymum on Instagram

"
THE NITE LYFE"
Rejoice Evans on Facebook

"I miss holidays with family and friends. Missing out on an in-person Easter and Mother's Day was tough."
Brian K. Root on Twitter

"Browsing independent bookstores and spending days in local libraries."
@literarylittorallenhart on Instagram

Our favorite comment of the week:

After numerous folks posted about missing hugs on our Facebook post, Jessica Jones Brendel shared this photo of a "hug curtain" her family created so her kids could hug their grandparents:

And me? What am *I* missing the most?

The sense of time. I told yinz I'd get this post up on Monday, and here it is Wednesday already. Hey, cut me some slack, will ya? There's a global pandemic going on! (What will I miss the most about the pandemic when it goes away? Being able to use that excuse.)

Monday, May 11, 2020

Posted By on Mon, May 11, 2020 at 7:16 PM

click to enlarge CP ILLUSTRATION: JOSIE NORTON
CP Illustration: Josie Norton
With most of the department working from home these days, our editorial Slack channel has been filled with our staff sharing all sorts of odd quirks we've picked up during quarantine.

Amanda Waltz has developed an obsession for looking at luggage online, even though she's not going anywhere. Hannah Lynn has found herself browsing apartment listings, even though she's not moving. And me? As the solo editorial person still coming into the office during the pandemic, I've taken to raiding everyone else's desks for snacks left behind, even though I'm not hungry. (Thanks for the leftover Girl Scout cookies, friends!)

We reached out to our readers on social media to see if they too have picked up any new quirks for our new weekly series, #CPQuestionOfTheWeek:

What's the weirdest habit you've developed during quarantine?


"I researched 'cat language' and am trying to communicate with my furbaby on a new level."
Becky Klink on Facebook

"Watching YouTube videos of abandoned mansions"
@katie41222 on Instagram

"Reading old Hollywood wiki pages."
Jenna Thomas-Cline on Instagram

"Talking to my plants. I had never done it prior to covid 19."
Jeimy Ibarra on Facebook

"Sitting in different rooms of the house getting a feel for them"
@kirbycucumber on Instagram

"Not being able to hold an adult conversation. Does that count?"
Jessica Amber on Facebook

"Drinking"
slimathee on Instagram

"Staying in my pajamas ALL day!"
— @vail4507 on Instagram

And readers who I'd like to think would appreciate my daily food hunts:

"Hummus in bed at 3am"
@m_zaharko on Instagram

"Increasing my snack intake. Look, it's been a rough couple of months ok? I haven't been able to do s——!"
Aimee K. Davis on Facebook



Monday, May 4, 2020

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2020 at 9:22 PM

click to enlarge CP ILLUSTRATION: JOSIE NORTON
CP illustration: Josie Norton
It's a hotly contested question, being debated by folks all over the country: When is too soon to ease COVID-19 restrictions? Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Allegheny County was not one of the 24 counties in Pennsylvania allowed to reopen this week, despite the expectation from many that Pittsburgh's Stay at Home Order phase would be eased to the Aggressive Mitigation phase. Some took to social media to express their relief, fearing for public health safety if restrictions were lifted, while others, many fearing lost income from businesses still unable to open, expressed their frustrations.

We reached out to our readers on social media for the second installment of our new weekly series, #CPQuestionOfTheWeek:

Do you think Pittsburgh is ready to reopen?


"Not until we have widespread testing for our most vulnerable populations, such as nursing homes, the jail, and alternative housing facilities!"
— Allegheny County Councilperson Bethany Hallam

"Abso-freakin'-lutely. Allegheny County population is 1.2 million. There's only been 102 deaths. That's .008% of the population. That is such a ridiculously low number to be even having this conversation. Governor Wolf has cost more than a hundred people their lives in financial hardship."
Instagram.com/tony.tucc

"No. The region is full of selfish jags who refuse to care about other people's well-being."
Amy Brunner on Facebook

"Absolutely! If folks dont feel safe they can stay home but business needs to carry on!"
Instagram.com/rachelleparksbonato

"If I felt people would look after not only their own health, safety and interests but also the health, safety and interests of others, yes. But too many don't. If we put others before ourselves, we could. Too many are fueled by anger and fear, not love."
Sam On Yavin IV on Twitter

"Yes based on the data based on available hospitals beds and ventilator available. We did our job we flatten the surge. Now they need to do their job and reopen us."
Laurie Christy on Facebook

"The sad irony is that if social distancing measures and business closures work, then people think they weren’t necessary to start. Those who are calling for businesses to reopen have not seem their friends and families affected (yet). Until we have more tools to combat this—whether that’s tracing or some confirmation that this new remdesivir drug works for treatment—reopening isn’t worth the risks."
Instagram.com/amfanee.lr

Our favorite answer of the week:

"Yinz can reopen, but ima stay in the house & watch what happens to you first 😜😜😜"
Instagram.com/sarahsarah62880

And, on Twitter, we followed up this week's question with a readers' poll:


Thank goodness for takeout.

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