I’d admit this post has absolutely nothing to do with art. Unless you consider crepe-style chocolate chip banana pancakes to be an art. As you may know, Pittsburgh, home of EBSQ, was also home to the G20 this past week. And like other forums of this nature, Pittsburgh saw its share of protesters and just general rabble rousers out to break stuff because they could. One of the businesses that saw damage was Pamela’s in Oakland.
Now, I take this as a personal offense. My mom worked at Pamela’s many moons ago when she went to Pitt. And when I took my turn at Pitt roughly 20 years later, this is where my family always went for breakfast when they came to visit me. Pittsburgers agree this diner is a local treasure. It makes no sense to me that a family-run small-business would get its front window shattered by people protesting corporate greed. But that’s unfortunately what happened.
University of Pittsburgh student Heath Curran decided to do something to help. He’s organized a “Pack Pamela’s” event this morning, starting at 11am. According to the WTAE,
Protesters tossed bricks and garbage at several targets in Oakland, including Pamela’s Diner, which had a plate glass window smashed. A local student is trying to help by launching an event called “Pack Pamela’s.” The idea is to have as many people pack the restaurant for as long as possible to help repair the business.
“This is more about being Pittsburghers, and as a Pittsburgher, we don’t let these things happen — and not only that, we get together and fix them,” said Heath Curran, the organizer.
So if you’re in Oakland (or even if you’re not), I hope you’ll consider stopping by, even if only to have a cup of joe. But if you have a little more time, try the pancakes. They’re awesome.
About a month ago, I saw a tweet from my friend Tara Hunt (social media maven and author of the recent “The Whuffie Factor”) talking about something that involved a Winnebago, social media, whuffie, karaoke, and Pittsburgh. Volunteering to help out was a no-brainer. Jump to this week and we’re pleased to announce that EBSQ and the Pittsburgh Technology Council will be hosting Whuffaoke or Bust this Saturday at the Pgh Tech HQ (2000 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh 15219) at 7:30pm. If you’re in town this weekend, we hope you’ll stop by. Rumour has it there will be some EBSQ swag up for grabs and there’s a good chance you’ll get to hear me sing (badly, lol).
EBSQ would like to congratulate our hometown team the Pittsburgh Steelers for making it to Super Bowl XLIII. We look forward to them bringing home the first-ever Super Bowl 6-Pack. And ifwhen they do, EBSQ will be giving away a FREE PERMANENT ACCOUNT to celebrate! Stay tuned tomorrow for further details!
In the interim, we’d like to inform you that EBSQ tech support will not be available between 6 & 11pm Eastern Time so our staff can celebrate football’s high holy day with their families.