June 7th, 2004


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06:14 pm - on being the Lorax...
Every once in a while I see something on the news so annoying that I want to write one thousand words of free flowing hostility, but so stupid that I can't be bothered to put that much thought into it.

So here's the deal. I like trees and parks as much as the next guy. Hey, what could be so lovely as going out, enjoying the sun, listening to music, having a BBQ picnic, flying a kite, throwing the frisbee around and sneaking off to make out with the 19 year old bikini-clad sun bathers who happen to be sun bathing there? Very few things. So we need parks, I acknowledge that.

But, can someone please explain to me how a city that has a serious downtown parking problem, a city so broke that it has deemed it necessary to institute a 50% tax on what parking is available there, has seen it fit to find the funds to convert a large portion of what parking is available into a park? That's right, apparently Tom Murphy has decided to extend Three Rivers Park by digging up the available parking by said park and planting grass and trees and stuff there. What the fuck? Who the hell is even going to go to said park? It's downtown! No one lives there! And if I decided i wanted to drive down there and have a picnic, where the fuck am I gonna park now? I certainly am not going to pack up my barbecue, kite, frisbee and boombox on the bus. And I don't think the 19-year-old coeds are going to ride the bus in their bikinis either. So what's the fucking point? Dammit! danitapgh is right, this city needs me. I am so running for mayor in the next election (or city council or county commission or czar or lord high supreme commander of Pittsburgh or something... whatever can give me an iota of power in this city and the right to beat the crap out of stupid people).


EDIT: Also, someone please explain to me how, for the love of Jay-Z, shutting down the government including the US Mail for Friday is honoring the memory of President Reagan? Did Ronnie just hate when things got done or something?

In other news, congratulations to beststephi on finishing her PhD this morning. Yay!

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[User Picture]From: stuntviolist Date: June 7th, 2004 - 04:22 pm (Link)
They didn't shut down the whole government for Nixon did they? He did a lot more good for this country than Reagan did (hard to believe, but it's true).


And yeah beststephi
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: June 7th, 2004 - 06:37 pm (Link)
yeah, apparently Nixon didn't have a presidential funeral. They were saying this was the first one since '73 (I think, LBJ). I don't get why, since Nixon resigned before impeachment and indictment and therefore maintained all ex-presidential benefits (secret service protection, the library, free postage for life, etc.) Fucking hypocrits. *shrug*

Steph says thanx...
From: stuntviolist Date: June 7th, 2004 - 07:49 pm (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: June 7th, 2004 - 07:54 pm (Link)
[User Picture]From: dariaphoebe Date: June 7th, 2004 - 04:27 pm (Link)
Extend 3 Rivers Park? What's a 3 Rivers Park?

You mean Point State Park? Well, if so, the city is being stupid... it's a state park!
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: June 7th, 2004 - 06:39 pm (Link)
As I understand it from the news (and I might be wrong), Three Rivers Park is the smaller city run park a little down from the point. Kind of across from where the stadium used to be.
[User Picture]From: katieboyd Date: June 7th, 2004 - 05:19 pm (Link)
My school did a similar thing. U of Cincinnati has a horrible parking problem, in that it doesn't exist. The few garages that they do have are incredibly expensive. There was one large lot that most of the students got permits for. The only real lot of substantial size, and only permit within reasonable cost. So, what did they do? Replace it with some grass and a few trees. It wasn't even a nice park.
Some idiots said that they'd attract more students if they had more green space on campus. But, guess what, when you have a city campus, you just have limited greenspace. Sorry. But there's no need to eliminate a necessity that's already in shortage.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: June 7th, 2004 - 06:42 pm (Link)
yep... bunch of tree huggin' hippies... except not... I guess for one thing, this will force people to use lots instead of meters which will bring in more money from the 50% tax dollars.

That, or no one will ever go downtown again...
From: inmostlight Date: June 7th, 2004 - 08:45 pm (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: June 8th, 2004 - 09:16 am (Link)
[User Picture]From: ludimagist Date: June 7th, 2004 - 05:56 pm (Link)

I like the idea of you running for office.

Mav is the Lorax
He speaks for the trees
But the trees have no parking
So nobody sees
The trees have no parking
So lonely they are
Nobody visits them
Neither from near nor far
The trees have no parking
And so the park is a waste
No people are visiting
No 19 yr old coeds to taste
So dig up some trees
And lay some asphalt
So people come visit
So the party won't halt
Mav is the Lorax
He speaks for the trees
Don't let them be lonely
And don't add more parking fees.

[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: June 7th, 2004 - 06:45 pm (Link)

*snif* That was beautiful...

UNLESS
From: ludimagist Date: June 7th, 2004 - 06:53 pm (Link)

thank you

From: chrismaverick Date: June 7th, 2004 - 06:59 pm (Link)

Re: thank you

From: ludimagist Date: June 7th, 2004 - 07:09 pm (Link)

Re: thank you

From: chrismaverick Date: June 7th, 2004 - 07:13 pm (Link)

Re: thank you

[User Picture]From: evolve Date: June 7th, 2004 - 06:21 pm (Link)
including the mail? are you fucking kidding?
wow.
that's almost infuriating.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: June 7th, 2004 - 06:46 pm (Link)
well... its mostly annoying... I don't really use the mail much... but I am irritated by it.

Nice to meet you by the way. Cute comic on your info page.
From: evolve Date: June 7th, 2004 - 11:25 pm (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: June 8th, 2004 - 09:19 am (Link)
From: evolve Date: June 8th, 2004 - 09:21 am (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: June 8th, 2004 - 09:29 am (Link)
From: evolve Date: June 8th, 2004 - 10:21 am (Link)
From: chrismaverick Date: June 8th, 2004 - 10:30 am (Link)
[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: June 7th, 2004 - 06:24 pm (Link)
I am so running for mayor in the next election (or city council or county commission or czar or lord high supreme commander of Pittsburgh or something... whatever can give me an iota of power in this city and the right to beat the crap out of stupid people).

You've got my vote, as long as you remain firm in your opposition to a desk for Kayleigh.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: June 7th, 2004 - 06:48 pm (Link)
of course I will... Standing builds character...
[User Picture]From: wooble Date: June 7th, 2004 - 08:17 pm (Link)
Did Ronnie just hate when things got done or something?

Nah, I think he pretty much just hated commies, poor people, and minorities.

[User Picture]From: thwomp Date: June 8th, 2004 - 06:19 am (Link)
Which I guess means he hated you, Mav, you unemployed black pinko, you. or something.
From: chrismaverick Date: June 8th, 2004 - 09:27 am (Link)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: June 8th, 2004 - 09:21 am (Link)
exactly the kind of people who deliver the US Mail... uh... or something...
 

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