I liked the Waffle House post. September 2, 2011 9:12 AM   Subscribe

I'm here to defend zarq's alleged double and the deleted Waffle House post.

It is not a big deal at all, and I always support the mods, but I was excited to read the discussion on this one.

The old post was a one-link post about how FEMA is getting better. zarq's post was almost totally focused on Waffle House's own crisis management strategy, and had a number of related links. The only overlap was the intro to the WSJ story that noted FEMA's "Waffle House Index."

I read this article yesterday and was fascinated by it. Basically, the company has made it their personal mission that they will be the last ones closed and the first ones open in a natural disaster. They spend a lot of money bringing in outside resources (including their mobile command center and managers from other states) to make sure of it, and after Katrina they developed a whole protocol of what limited items to offer and how to cook them when you have some combination (but not all) of gas/electric/ice/generator power. That's pretty great.

The article says that their sales can be 300% higher after a disaster, but their costs in generators, extra labor, lodging, etc. are almost always equal to or more than that. They have just made the corporate decision that it is good for the company to be counted on as a reliable meeting place/taste of normalcy when a disaster hits.
posted by AgentRocket to MetaFilter-Related at 9:12 AM (95 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

It'd make more sense to consider leaving it if the Waffle House thing had been ignored in the original post, but at a glance it looks like people talked about it a whole bunch in the original thread, which makes this more of a double in spirit than it otherwise might have been.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:21 AM on September 2, 2011


Is there a version of MetaTalk not focused on why-did-you-delete-this-post whining? Maybe a new subsite of which I am unawares? Kthxbye
posted by mattbucher at 9:25 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah, it's boarderline, but I'm inclined to agree. I think if the links were arranged differently with "(previously)" next to the FEMA one, it wouldn't have gotten flagged as a double and would have been fine.
posted by nangar at 9:28 AM on September 2, 2011


Yeah maybe a new post with a clearer previously and more clearly delineated from the other post would be good.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:30 AM on September 2, 2011


I would have clicked on a thread about waffle house but probably not a thread about Hurricane Irene. So I'm glad you came to MeTa, anyway, because I found out about the Waffle House policy, which is darned interesting.
posted by Miko at 9:31 AM on September 2, 2011 [7 favorites]


You could [previously] this as well - one of my first MeFi posts ever. I love Waffle House.
posted by Miko at 9:33 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Man, I see they took the online jukebox down. Probably because they want to sell this.
posted by Miko at 9:35 AM on September 2, 2011


mattbutcher: G+?
posted by carsonb at 9:36 AM on September 2, 2011


I just came in here to ask for a double order of waffles.
posted by koeselitz at 9:38 AM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I appreciate your defense. I liked the article too! But it really was a good deletion.

(Although having two (rightfully!) deleted posts two days in a row for being doubles is not a trend I wanna continue or anything.)

I didn't do my due diligence in researching previouslies, and totally should have. The Waffle House aspect of the previous post was discussed pretty extensively then, and that was only four months ago.

Now if you'll all excuse me, I must go back to finding links for what will no doubt be an epic post about Bill Nye the Science Guy. :D
posted by zarq at 9:38 AM on September 2, 2011 [5 favorites]


jessamyn: "Yeah maybe a new post with a clearer previously and more clearly delineated from the other post would be good."

If anyone would like to do so, (and not that you need my permission or anything,) please by all means feel free to cannibalize my post from today to create something better.
posted by zarq at 9:40 AM on September 2, 2011


The prosecution rests and will now slip out for light lunch of olives, with a side a martini.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:42 AM on September 2, 2011


I'm here to ask why post from tomorrow will be deleted.
posted by swift at 9:49 AM on September 2, 2011 [6 favorites]


I'm really confused as to why this was deleted. No links or articles are repeated. The old thread is not open. Has the double-post policy changed?
posted by Kattullus at 9:50 AM on September 2, 2011


As in *my post from tomorrow. Not Post Waffle Crisps or similar.
posted by swift at 9:51 AM on September 2, 2011


Is there a version of MetaTalk not focused on why-did-you-delete-this-post whining? Maybe a new subsite of which I am unawares?

Aw, come on, we're not being that whiny!

Plus, we don't just whine on MeTa, we fume, gripe, and moan, too. And about all sorts of other things, not just deletions.

There's posts that didn't get deleted, posts that have pictures of cats in them and some people don't like cats, and links to kinds of music some people don't like either, like the other people don't like cats.

And some commenter called another commenter a bad name. And the other commenter kept commenting after the one commenter called him the bad name.

And pb needs fix something on the site because somebody's cell phone isn't working.

And there this [+] at the end of people's comments, and some people don't like the [+] thing. And pb made it so you can make the [+] thing go away, but it still not Ok because even if make the [+] thing go away, other people can still can still see the [+] thing.

We talk about all kinds things on MeTa.

And we make fun of people too!

(There's other stuff we do on MeTa, but some people don't like me to say those things.)
posted by nangar at 10:11 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Where is Pancake's House? We stop at Pancake's House.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:17 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Little-known Waffle House fact: Waffle House pays their employees weekly, in cash.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:17 AM on September 2, 2011


Someone should probably look in to Waffle House's taxes, then.
posted by maryr at 10:25 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


But not before my shift ends today, please!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:28 AM on September 2, 2011


I was kind of sad to see it go, but I got to see the red box of doom for the third time in my life, so it kind of balances out.
posted by TedW at 10:29 AM on September 2, 2011


What is the best thing to order at the Waffle House, I made it a point to go to the one in scranton, I don't really remember what I ordered, but I am worried I ordered the wrong stuff.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:31 AM on September 2, 2011


Merely here to say that I for one am not willing to try to improve on any of zarq's posts -- though would love to see this one go back up with the previously links in place for the prior discussion (and Miko's old post!) How about it, zarq man?

I admit my bias. I too love Waffle House, and waffles in general. Feh! I say, to pancakes!
posted by bearwife at 10:34 AM on September 2, 2011


What is the best thing to order at the Waffle House

No idea, I have never been in one. Why are you asking me?
posted by Meatbomb at 10:36 AM on September 2, 2011


Hey, look! A Waffle House!
posted by ColdChef at 10:38 AM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I guess I will have to go through life ordering the wrong stuff every time I go to a Waffle House. Man, I'm going to look like such an idiot!
posted by Ad hominem at 10:40 AM on September 2, 2011


Try the veal.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:41 AM on September 2, 2011


It'd make more sense to consider leaving it if the Waffle House thing had been ignored in the original post, but at a glance it looks like people talked about it a whole bunch in the original thread, which makes this more of a double in spirit than it otherwise might have been.

I appreciated the second FPP because in the first one, the Waffle House part was actually just a passing reference in the article that wasn't really explained in much depth. I even did some searches back then to see if there were any other references to the Waffle House Index with more details but there wasn't much out there. There were some nice comments in the first post like The Giant Squid's but the article that is the main focus of the new FPP was really what I was looking for back then, so I'm glad it was posted.
posted by burnmp3s at 10:44 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Someone should probably look in to Waffle House's taxes, then.

Why? They've shifted the burden of tax compliance from themselves to their employees. I bet the accountants at Waffle House corporate HQ have some of the easiest jobs in the business.

(The best thing to order at Waffle House is a patty melt and a side of hash browns scattered smothered and burnt. They never cook the hash brown crispy enough.)
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:46 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'd like to learn more about Waffle House. Maybe if the next post can focus more on it, rather than the FEMA thing. Waffle House is an interesting institution around that part of the U.S. It is one of the clearest markers when you are winding your way across highways that you have entered into that part of the country; Waffle Houses, and maybe Churches of Christ.
posted by jabberjaw at 10:50 AM on September 2, 2011


The last time I ate at a Waffle House, my older brother's coffee cup had sediment rings.
posted by The Confessor at 10:52 AM on September 2, 2011


This post is making me hungry.
posted by lampshade at 10:52 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Where is Pancake's House?

There is a Pannenkoekenhuis chain in MN.... I remember it being tasty, for certain values of tasty.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:00 AM on September 2, 2011


This post is scattered smothered covered and chunked.....and to answer the question, always order the hash browns.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 11:02 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


These pretzels are making me thirsty.
posted by K.P. at 11:05 AM on September 2, 2011


Where is Pancake's House? We stop at Pancake's House.


Now with video!
posted by never used baby shoes at 11:13 AM on September 2, 2011


Little-Known Waffle House in Grand Prairie
posted by ChuraChura at 11:17 AM on September 2, 2011


What is the best thing to order at the Waffle House, I made it a point to go to the one in scranton, I don't really remember what I ordered, but I am worried I ordered the wrong stuff.

I'm a big, big fan of the pecan waffle.
posted by Miko at 11:18 AM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Best thing to order at Waffle House: Cheese 'n' Eggs, with bacon, grits, and side of hashbrowns, scattered smothered and covered. Second best thing, any kind of egg sandwich, with hashbrowns scattered smother and covered. Third best thing, pecan waffle with hashbrowns scattered, smothered and covered. Get the idea?

There might be something decent on the wrong/dinner side of the menu, I don't know, I never look there.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 11:41 AM on September 2, 2011


Their chicken sandwich is seriously awesome.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 11:45 AM on September 2, 2011


I just realized that I have a very vivid childhood memory of going to the Waffle House where my family were regulars in my Halloween costume and being doted on by a couple of the waitresses. That's a memory that makes a lot of sense in some ways and not a lot in others.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 11:54 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I don't remember any of the times I've been to a waffle house.
posted by cmoj at 12:03 PM on September 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'm going to have to plan another trip out there. I guess the common denominator is hash browns.
posted by Ad hominem at 12:18 PM on September 2, 2011


I took heart at the newscast's mention of things like "flour," "eggs" and "milk." It seems they might actually still be cooking food there.
posted by Miko at 12:23 PM on September 2, 2011


I always thought that the Waffle House Index referred to the way that you can tell how Southern a town is based on the number of WH per capita. For example, Texas is a transition state between the southwest, the midwest, and the South, so it can be confusing when traveling, which parts are more Southwest and which are more Southern.

But if you look at the number of Waffle Houses, San Antonio (population ~1.5 million) has none, while Houston (pop ~2 million) has 10. Houston is infinitely more southern than San Antonio.

Dallas-Ft. Worth has 16 waffle houses, but a population of over 6 million. So Houston's WHI is .005 (waffle houses per thousand residents) while Dallas's is a puny .0026. DFW is half as southern as Houston.

I spend way too many road trips thinking about this.
posted by muddgirl at 12:55 PM on September 2, 2011 [8 favorites]


Hey Bulgar, your family were regulars in your Halloween costume? I'm so confused....
posted by Lynsey at 12:58 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was greatly disappointed that we did not dine at a Waffle House when I drove cross-country. I did see a soda machine with Faygo in it, though, and that was really southern enough for me.
posted by maryr at 1:08 PM on September 2, 2011


> So Houston's WHI is .005

Houston really has about 6 million people, though, so the difference in WHI is less than may seem on the surface. The city proper has 2 million, but all of the surrounding communities are pretty much part and parcel of the same amorphous blob.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 1:08 PM on September 2, 2011


I did see a soda machine with Faygo in it, though, and that was really southern enough for me.

What? Faygo's from Michigan.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 1:19 PM on September 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


Really? I have a mental association of it and the South. Huh. My apologies, to either Michigan or the South, whoever feels more offended.
posted by maryr at 1:30 PM on September 2, 2011


As a Juggalo, I'm laying my claim to the lion's share of the offense incurred.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 1:31 PM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


My then-girlfriend and I were driving back to Massachusetts from Atlanta after DragonCon one year. I can't remember where we stopped, some little town in South Carolina or something, but it'd been a few hours in the car and we were hungry, so Waffle House it was. It was delicious.

Then we finished our meal, went out to the car, and discovered that she had locked the keys in the car. Awesome. We went back into the Waffle House, ordered some more coffee, and sat there for another 8-9 hours while we waited for AAA to figure out whether or not they really felt like sending us a tow truck.

The waitstaff was very nice and accommodating, they gave us a bunch of free stuff while we were sitting around. After about hour 2, one of the waitresses came over and asked us if we wanted her to call her boyfriend, who had a jimmy in his car. Of course, we said, and so he wandered by about half an hour later and tried unsuccessfully to unlock the door.

Small towns, man, sometimes they're awesome. Within the next hour, it seems like every man and woman in this town started driving by the Waffle House to find us and offer to help. I've never seen so many arcane lock-picking tools in my life. They busted up the lock pretty good trying to help, but it was still really nice of them, and everyone was super friendly.

At least, until the tow truck finally showed up, late into the night. I don't think that guy was expecting half a town to be almost literally in line, waiting to give this guy a piece of their mind for making us sit there for so long. He had to fight his way through a bunch of cranky waitresses to get to the car, and then he had to jimmy the door while a bunch of snarky Southerners critiqued his every move. Hilarious.

They waved as we drove away. I love Waffle House.
posted by Errant at 1:33 PM on September 2, 2011 [37 favorites]


McDonalds is not available for comment citing national security.

good subject for a post zarq, re-do'er, it is quite interesting.

"Comic books and rubber bands"
posted by clavdivs at 1:36 PM on September 2, 2011


Then San Antonio has a population of 2 million, and houston is actually less southern than DFW?

Maybe that explains why the Bushes bought a compound up that way.
posted by muddgirl at 1:37 PM on September 2, 2011


Bring back the Waffle House! We could pretend like it was a disaster drill.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:40 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


So Scranton, PA is at least partially southern? Interesting.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:40 PM on September 2, 2011


It makes a twisted sort of sense, in many cases.
posted by muddgirl at 1:42 PM on September 2, 2011


I always thought my hometown was special, 4 Waffle Houses with about 50K - at one point there were 2 interstate exits with a WH on both sides of the interstate - now the WH are in the same places, but we've grown to 100K and not added any WH...
posted by pupdog at 1:57 PM on September 2, 2011


So does anyone else remember way back when Waffle House had a 24-hr. all-you-can-eat menu? For, like, $5.95 or something? Man...back when we were kids, unknowncommand and I would skip meals for the day in order to cram as many egg sandwiches, waffles, and orders of hash browns and into our bodies as possible. It was fantastic.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 2:13 PM on September 2, 2011


Will you please stop talking about waffles already? My waffle iron is broken. As is my heart.
posted by Splunge at 2:17 PM on September 2, 2011


So Scranton, PA is at least partially southern?

Isn't the old quip something like "Pennsylvania is Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with Kentucky in the middle?"
posted by absalom at 2:17 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Waffle House Index proposed by muddgirl is skewed in Texas by the large number of Dairy Queens there. It seems like even the smallest towns have at least 2, one on the right side of the highway coming into town and one on the left leaving town.
posted by TedW at 2:54 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


As always, you can't escape the dangling modifier police.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 2:57 PM on September 2, 2011


the rocky horror cast i was a part of (small furry animals with duct tape, represent!) always went to waffle house after the show. which is to say, i've been kicked out of waffle house a lot.

(hash browns, scattered & smothered [also diced & capped if i felt i was low on veggies that week], and a couple of waffles ala cart)
posted by nadawi at 3:09 PM on September 2, 2011


Never been to a Waffle House. Closest one to me is 247.91 miles away in Scranton, PA.
posted by ericb at 3:27 PM on September 2, 2011


PENDLETON, IN
173.65 miles away


Neither have I, but there is one a little closer than yours. Maybe on my next visit to Pendleton.
posted by lampshade at 4:24 PM on September 2, 2011


nangar: "boarderline"

*twitch*

*twitch twitch*
posted by IndigoRain at 5:03 PM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


This post is scattered smothered covered and chunked

Chunked?! Clearly, the South is indeed a separate country.*

*The country you fly over on your way from one coast to the next, naturally.
posted by librarylis at 5:25 PM on September 2, 2011


I saw somewhere that there was a big jump in sales of paperwork organizing supplies at Staples, before the hurricane hit. People apparently think that if they're going to be trapped at home, they might as well have a project.
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:11 PM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


There are a couple of Waffle Houses that I've seen here in Albuquerque. Are we sort of southern? I really didn't think so.
posted by koeselitz at 6:14 PM on September 2, 2011


Fuck everybody here for making me want hash browns so much that I practice translating my order into Waffle House-ese when the nearest fucking waffle house is in fucking I DONT KNOW WHERE CAUSE IM IN CALIFORNIA AND I HAVE TO DEAL WITH GETTING STABBED IF I JUST WANT SOME CHICKEN AND WAFFLES IN JACK LONDON SQUARE
posted by villanelles at dawn at 6:27 PM on September 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


"over medium on two make one a plate"

It's been awhile.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:33 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


There is kind of an index for neighborhoods in New York. Duane Reade index, they move in to a neighborhood on an upswing, when there is enough money to be made to justify it but the retain rents aren't obscene yet. Did you know that Duane Reade is named after the corner where the first store was? The corner of Duane and Reade street.
posted by Ad hominem at 6:36 PM on September 2, 2011


Waffle House is more than enough reason to head to Scranton.
posted by Ardiril at 6:37 PM on September 2, 2011


btw, I once lived within walking distance of the original Waffle House location in Avondale Estates. The first structure is long gone, but the location has always been a WH since. One of the few places inside 285 where you can walk at 2:30 in the morning with almost no fear. /cue 'red light violations' flame war

smothered topped and diced
posted by Ardiril at 6:47 PM on September 2, 2011


Waffle House Museum. I get my car serviced near there and always forget to stop by.

I may be the only person in the universe-where-Waffle-Houses-exist that never orders her hash browns smothered. The onions are always a little too close to "heated but still mostly raw" for my liking.
posted by catlet at 7:20 PM on September 2, 2011


catlet - ask them to burn your onions first.
posted by nadawi at 7:31 PM on September 2, 2011


Ooooo. There may be hash browns in my near future, unless I get distracted and go to Zesto's instead. (Waffle House and Zesto's: late-night Atlanta haute cuisine.) Thanks, nadawi!
posted by catlet at 7:42 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Isn't the old quip something like "Pennsylvania is Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with Kentucky in the middle?"

Yeah its Pennsyltucky and I guess Philadelphia just isn't southern enough because I just found out we have no Waffle Houses here. Pretty devastating turn of events.
posted by Danila at 8:18 PM on September 2, 2011


When my mother-in-law visited from Ontario, it was her first trip to the Deep South and I think there was a part of her who genuinely expected to see shotgun-totin' hayseeds in overalls drinking moonshine out of clay jugs with "XXX" scrawled on the sides.

So we tried to show her more positive things and took her to museums and snooty restaurants and all that. For a pretty crappy town, there's a plethora of good restaurants, and she enjoyed herself immensely, I think.

Then one night (we're night owls) we got restless and decided that we'd show her the Real Southern Experience and we went to Waffle House.

She LOVED IT. LOVED IT. LOVED IT. She was charmed by the talkative waitress who called her "Sugar"; she was fascinated by the skill, speed, and dexterity of the cook; she was amused by the loud drunks at the counter who were already arguing about college football though the season was months away. She ate every bite of her eggs and hash browns and ordered pecan pie (warmed on the grill with a pat of butter on an ice cube, the Waffle House Way). She couldn't stop talking about it. She had driven down, and she sent Liz a regretful text on her way back when she realized there were no more Waffle Houses between her and home.

For her birthday, we sent her two Waffle House mugs. She was delighted, and emailed us pics of her and her friend drinking coffee from them.

Waffle House: everyone likes it!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:48 PM on September 2, 2011 [10 favorites]


Isn't the old quip something like "Pennsylvania is Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with Kentucky in the middle?"

Yeah, the old timers out there sure like telling jokes about the watermelon patch at the white house.
posted by Ad hominem at 2:51 AM on September 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


BitterOldPunk writes "Why? They've shifted the burden of tax compliance from themselves to their employees. I bet the accountants at Waffle House corporate HQ have some of the easiest jobs in the business."

How does this shift the tax burden? Wouldn't they still be responsible for withholding?
posted by Mitheral at 7:37 PM on September 3, 2011


Mitheral, you're right. I stand corrected.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:47 PM on September 3, 2011


the nearest fucking waffle house is in fucking I DONT KNOW WHERE CAUSE IM IN CALIFORNIA

Goodyear, AZ.

And yes, I have made the drive from Los Angeles just for WH. 'Cause where are you going to get proper cheese grits in LA?
posted by hwyengr at 2:25 PM on September 4, 2011


Try Johnny Reb's in Long Breach. I'll vouch for their cheesy grits.
posted by jabberjaw at 7:27 PM on September 4, 2011


i was told there would be breakfasty noms in this thread

*waits*
posted by elizardbits at 8:46 PM on September 4, 2011


Heh. Bearwife, it looks like I don't need to try reposting. We've got ourselves a great thread right here. :)
posted by zarq at 9:15 PM on September 4, 2011


elizardbits: "i was told there would be breakfasty noms in this thread"

My children have demanded chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. Since there are no Waffle Houses for miles, I'll either make 'em myself or take the family to the diner.

Feel free to live vicariously through them in the morning. ;)
posted by zarq at 9:17 PM on September 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Lesson learned: When chocolate chip pancakes have been promised, do not substitute strawberries if you suddenly realize you are out of chocolate.
posted by zarq at 7:34 AM on September 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


There is a Pannenkoekenhuis chain in MN

The main Pannekoeken Huis chain went belly-up several years ago, but a few of the local franchisees continued in business under the name for a while afterwards. Any of them still around? A little googling has a late-1990s bankruptcy for the corporate organization, but I remember eating at the one in St Louis Park as late as 2005, 2006 or so. They tended to be in highway locations with a lot of sign clutter, so I may have driven past them without noticing.

Concept was a mostly breakfast restaurant with lotsa kitschy "Dutch" trappings: windmills, wooden shoes, Delft china blue/white color schemes, all laden on thick and syrupy. I've been told that at one point, if you ordered the namesake item, waitresses would make a big production out of delivering it hot to your table: "Pannekoeken!! Pannekoeken!!", although they never did that the few times I was there.

I remember the "metworst" sausage they offered as a specialty was okay.
posted by gimonca at 8:33 AM on September 5, 2011


In Minneapolis, we are closer to Tim Horton's in Fort Frances, ON than we are to the nearest Waffle House in the Kansas City suburbs. Five hour drive for the former, almost seven for the latter, per Google Maps.

I'm okay with this.
posted by gimonca at 8:45 AM on September 5, 2011


I just tried to find the necessary contact info to be able to inform the Bay Areans in the crowd of where to find the best apple pancake and German pancake ever, only to learn that Ken's House of Pancakes in Menlo Park is closed.

Well, hell. I hate getting smacked with "Nope, no there there anymore!" first thing in the morning.
posted by Lexica at 11:14 AM on September 5, 2011


gimonca - sounds like possibly the inspiration for Der Waffle Haus? Or are there just a lot of chains that kitchy out there?
posted by maryr at 4:52 PM on September 5, 2011


Isn't the old quip something like "Pennsylvania is Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with Kentucky in the middle?"

My buddy Dave and I had both spent a not insignificant part of our lives in Pittsburgh, which is part of why, I think, we became fast friends when we met in NYC, a year or so after I moved there from Pittsburgh.

My sister was in nursing school in PGH and it was late in the NFL season of one of the recent years that the Steelers were on a super-bowl winning streak - I think it was the Bus' last year. Dave and I decided to find some tickets to the Steelers-Browns game and drive down for a long weekend of partying at night with my sister and her friends, and then the game. The whole drive down, Dave and I were joking about girls from "Pennsyltucky."

Well, sure enough, we end up out one night late and Dave's flirting with a friend of my sister's and we all end up at some diner where I finally spill the beans to this PGH native that Dave thinks she's from Pennsyltucky. That was the end of that.
posted by allkindsoftime at 1:28 AM on September 7, 2011


I dunno, there is a bottomless cup of kitsch out there somewhere.
posted by gimonca at 7:37 AM on September 7, 2011


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