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There Is Such A Thing As A Dry Heat

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My message to the humidity, as quoted by the immortal Loc Dog…

“Break Yo’ Self.”

And thank Allah for the break in humidity. The office feet smell was making me sick.

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Written by kkktookmybabyaway

June 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Posted in Life

Meter Feeder

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Dear Pittsburgh Parking Tax Hike: thanks for reminding me why I choose not to live within Allegheny County. xoxoxoxoxo

The cost of Pittsburgh’s parking meters is on the rise, although one official with the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership thinks the increase will have a minimal effect on commuters or those visiting the city.

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority ratified an earlier decision by Pittsburgh City Council to raise the parking meter rates in nearly all areas of the city; the change, which took effect Wednesday but won’t be evident until meters are converted in the next couple of weeks, will also extend meter enforcement hours until 10 p.m. in the city’s busier neighborhoods.

The change is part of a continuing squabble between Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and the authority — the parties who were almost successful in leasing the city’s parking assets to a private firm last year — and the city council, which scuttled that deal in the hope in finding another way to raise money for the city’s underfunded pension accounts.

That squabble is likely to continue, but in the mind of Lucinda Beattie, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s vice president for transportation and parking, the change in the meter rates isn’t going to be a detriment to those visiting the city.

“The impact is going to be much less than what would have happened if the city had leased its parking assets,” Beattie said, noting that meters in Chicago, which leased its assets to a private firm, will cost $5 an hour starting next year. “Parking is still a bargain in Pittsburgh, even with these increases.”

Beattie said commuters aren’t using metered spaces on a day-to-day basis; they use pre-paid lots or cheaper remote lots in the Strip District or the North Shore.

“And the people who are coming into the city for an event still have plenty of spaces in garages or the stadium lots to choose from,” she said.

You know, it’s not so much the $3 per hour of metered parking (no clue how much it was before because I stay away from the city as much as possible), but rather the extended enforcement that is going to get under people’s skin.

The money isn’t going to come with the extra few quarters. It’s going to come with the extra tickets because I doubt people carry 12+ quarters in their pockets. When I heard this story on the local snooze broadcast, the teleprompter reader didn’t say if these meters are going to have credit-card access.

Here’s another thing I’m wondering about regarding the extended meters: will there be a safety issue with someone going out at 9 pm to put another batch of quarters in the meter? The article said the extended times will apply to certain areas of the city. I heard that the previous time meter enforcement ended was 6 pm.

And finally, I have to laugh because (as the the article I posted said), this tax hike will probably not affect the commuters as much as the locals. But hey, those city pensions ain’t going to pay for themselves.

Now if you will excuse me, I’ll head back to my place in suburbia where it costs a dime to feed the meter for God knows how long.

Written by kkktookmybabyaway

June 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Posted in News

Coming Up Shorts On Interview Protocol

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So yesterday someone rang the workplace’s front doorbell. It was some kid (oh God did I just say that — he was n college at the very least).

Anyway, he was applying to a job opening that my boss posted on Craig’s List, something I knew nothing about.

Now showing up unannounced looking for a job: Good.

Showing up wearing a PITTSBURGH PENGUINS COLLARED SHIRT, SHORTS and NIKES: Bad.

If this was a job for some crazy person to mop the floor, that’s one thing. (We’ve had three of them since December, including one of them returning for two days.) This is supposedly for a somewhat professional position.

And while I’m at it, why do people say, “I need a job” during the interview? God, even I never do this and foot-in-mouth is a freakin’ reflex with me.

Of course, having said all this, this guy will probably get the job. Not that I will know when it actually happens.

Besides, at this place I wear shorts in the summer and sweatpants in the winter. It’s not like a dress code is heavily scrutinized here.

Written by kkktookmybabyaway

June 2, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Posted in Life

kkk’s Rule Of Life #69

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Few things amuse me more in this world than when the office power goes out and I get to learn which co-workers still haven’t mastered the art of periodically saving their electronic work.

Written by kkktookmybabyaway

June 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm