Saturday, April 4, 2009

PITTSBURGH'S "BUCKET LIST"



editor's note: I received a version of this list from devoted reader "Dunny" R. of Murrysville who is a former Mt. Washington "Mountie". After making some modifications to "Dunny's" list, gussying it up a little with photos and even adding several additional items, it's now up to 100 things that you must have done to be considered a "Yinzer" before you kick the bucket. Check the list and see how many you've already accomplished! Some things are relatively easy, but to be considered a true "Yinzer" you'll really have to work at it. I was surprised. I thought I'd score better, but I got an 80. Yikes, I'd better get busy, the meter's running. But I don't see me water skiing the three rivers anytime soon....



1) ( ) You've gone to a Steeler game



2) ( ) You skipped school to go to the Pirates home opener.




3) ( ) Been on a blind date in Pittsburgh.

4) ( ) Been to a Penguins Stanley Cup playoff game.




5) ( ) Been to a Pirates game.

6) ( ) Been to a Pitt football or basketball game.

7) ( ) Took a picture of Pittsburgh from a Mt. Washington overlook.

8) ( ) Been in, or even on the ledge of the fountain at Point State Park.

9) ( ) Been lost some where in Pittsburgh.

10) ( ) Saw the buffalo herd at South Park.

11) ( ) Attended the "free" fair at South Park Fairgrounds.

12) ( ) Visited Washington, PA.

13) ( ) Swam in one of the 3 rivers.

14) ( ) Been to the 3 Rivers Arts Festival.

15) ( ) Experienced local live music.

16) ( ) Eaten a Primanti's sandwich.

17) ( ) Eaten at the "O".


18) ( ) Been to the top of the US Steel Building.




19) ( ) Been to the top of the Cathedral of Learning.



20) ( ) Spent a night at 7 Springs.

21) ( ) Been "down Market Square".


22) ( ) Attended 1 of 6 Steelers Super Bowl Parades.




23) ( ) Partied in the Strip District.





24) ( ) Toured the Iron City Brewery.

25) ( ) Drank an Iron.

26) ( ) Explored the Carnegie Science Center.

27) ( ) Saw the trains at Buhl Planeterium.

28) ( ) Been to the Pittsburgh Zoo.

29) ( ) Been to Station Square.

30) ( ) Watched the Car Races at Schenley Park.

31) ( ) Seen a concert at Hartwood Acres.


32)( ) Been fishing in the 3 rivers.

33 ( ) Held your breath driving through any Pittsburgh tunnel.

34) ( ) Been called or called someone a "jagoff".

35 ( ) Been to a non-athletic event at Mellon Arena.

36 ( ) Been to a Steeler game at Forbes Field.

37)( ) Been to a Steeler game at Pitt Stadium.

38) ( ) Been to a rock concert at 3 Rivers Stadium.

39) ( ) Been to Heinz Field.

40) ( ) Partied on the South Side.

41) ( ) Shopped on Walnut Street.

42) ( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Falling Water.

43) ( ) Went white water rafting at Ohiopyle

44) ( ) Scaled Mount Washington on the incline.

45) ( ) Been on a cruise on one of the Gateway Clipper fleet boats.

46) ( ) Been on a "Just Ducky" tour bus.

47) ( ) Traveled the city by trolley.

48) ( ) Traveled the city by PAT bus.

49) ( ) Seen the Pittsburgh Ballet.

50) ( ) Seen the Pittsburgh Symphony

51) ( ) Been to Kennywood Park.

52) ( ) Eaten fries at "The Potato Patch".

53) ( ) Rode the "Racing Whippet" at West View Park.

54) ( ) Truly believe in the power of the Terrible Towel.

55) ( ) Hiked or camped in the State Game lands

56) ( ) Seen a movie being filmed in Pittsburgh.

57) ( ) Been to Cleveland.

58 ( ) Been to State College.

59)( ) Used a bike or motorcycle for transportation in the Burgh.

60)( ) Fed Pigeons downtown.

61) ( ) Been to the Pittsburgh Aviary.

62) ( ) Seen the flowers at Phipps Conservatory.

63) ( ) Participated in First Night.

64) ( ) Watched planes take off from the airport.

65) ( ) Been ice skating on a pond/lake/river that is not an ice rink.

66) ( ) Been water-skiing on the three rivers.

67) ( ) Been to Hidden Valley.

68) ( ) Met a movie or tv star in Pittsburgh.

69 ( ) Been to Zelienople.

70) ( ) Swam in Lake Arthur.

71) ( ) Fished in North Park Lake.

72) ( ) Been to the Andy Warhol museum.

73) ( ) Been to the Carnegie Museum.

74) ( ) Parented a child in Pittsburgh.

75) ( ) Married in Pittsburgh.

76) ( ) Will never leave Pittsburgh (other than for a vacation).

77) ( ) Born in Pittsburgh.

78) ( ) Driven through the Blue Mountain Tunnel on the turnpike.

79) ( ) Been to Lake Erie.

80) ( ) Been to a drive-in.

81) ( ) Enjoy Islay's "chipped ham".

82) ( ) You've owned a house in Pittsburgh.

83) ( ) You attented a high school football game on a Friday night in Pittsburgh.

84) ( ) You attended at least 10 Pirate games over the last 17 years.

85) ( ) You saw a home Steeler playoff game.

86) ( ) You saw the Pirates play a World Series game.

87) ( ) You attended a Steelers training camp at St. Vincent's.

88) ( ) You attended a Pirates spring training game in Bradenton.

89) ( ) You attended a Penguins practice at Southpointe Ice-o-plex.

90) ( ) Rode the Thunderbolt at Kennywood.

91) ( ) Toured the Heinz plant and got a pickle pin.

92) ( ) Visited St. Anthony's Chapel on Troy Hill.

93) ( ) Tailgated at a Steeler game.

94) ( ) Been to the County Airport.

95) ( ) Been to Storybook Forest.

96) ( ) Ice skated at PPG Place.

97) ( ) Went swimming at Dormont Pool.

98) ( ) Ate at Beto's Pizza on Banksville Road.

99) ( ) Ate a fish sandwich at Wholey's in the Strip.

100) ( ) Met either Myron Cope, Bob Prince, Bill Hillgrove or Mike Lange.

Since there are a hundred questions, it will be easy for you to figure out your grade, but then again, maybe not.

"Pittsburgh's Black and Gold" Official "Yinzer" Rating Scale

92 to 100- "A" Yinzer through and through. Go ahead and "Kick the bucket" now and you can say that you've already done it all.

85-91 "B" careful to finish up on your list so that you can be considered a Yinzer before you start "Pushing up daisies".

73-84 "C" if you can do better and get busy on your list. You're not ready to "Cash in your chips" yet.

65-72 "D"elerious is what you are right now. You have a lot of things still to do before you're ready to "Check out."

0-64 "F" 'd up. You're missing out on the greatest things in Pittsburgh! Get busy before the "Grim Reaper" decides otherwise!!!