Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Only in Pittsburgh

One of the things that confounds outsiders about Pittsburgh is just how well we all know each other. That is especially true in politics, but applies to just about everything. What may not make sense on the surface is bewildering because the back story is what really matters to almost everything. What people are talking about or arguing over may have nothing at all to do with what is really being talked about or argued over. In some cases you have to dig back decades to really understand what is going on. In some cases you have to go back generations.

It's a bit stream of consciousness, but that all just came to mind because of the photo here. If we didn't all know and trust Eve I would almost think it was photoshopped. A random Sunday morning finds a local coffee shop with not one but two mayoral candidates sitting around. Within blocks of the campaign offices of a third mayoral candidate no less. The laws of probability would say it shouldn't happen, but it's a Pittsburgh thing. Other than Eve, I bet nobody else even noticed anything out of the ordinary... because it wasn't out of the ordinary.

That or Mark there is spying on Dok for Kevin. Not sure he would need to do it in person. His firm does specialize in various information collection technologies. There has to be a cheaper non-HUMINT way to keep track of what Dok is up to*. Just idle speculation on my part, but I wonder if any of the local campaigns have undercover volunteers working for any of their competitors. Cynical? Me? Remember that out in Philly, the alt-weekly there had undercover journalists in both the Clinton and Obama campaigns last year. I'd actually be a bit surprised if some of that was not going on here in some form.

* actually Big Dog is literally adjacent to Mark's offices, which would make you wonder if Dok was spying on Mark more than the other way around if anything.


Blogger n'at said...

I saw what I believed to be Acklin sitting out front the Big Dog a Sunday or two ago... Is the place filled with poly sci books, or do political minds drink alike?

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 8:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Chris Briem sitting outside Crazy Mocha yesterday with the wife of a former judicial candidate and two other people, one of whom looked suspiciously like Richard Florida. Later, they all climbed into a Zipcar driven by Eve Picker.

So there!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Brett said...

If anyone has any other photos like the one linked to, or any others of photos of things unique to Pittsburgh, submit them to Only in Pittsburgh, a local photoblog!

When I saw the title of the post I thought we were getting a shout out! :)

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Seriously, people? That's the best you can do?

Why do I even bother??

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

It wasn't the wife of a former judicial candidate...

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger n'at said...

Okay... I saw Agent Ska open for a Minutemen show at the Electric Banana?

Is it the success of the "new economy" small businesses on the south side from the 1990s that has fueled a neighborhood conclave of indies and repubs?

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 1:59:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Hey, I remember when Chinese on Carson represented most of the international menu you could get in the city. Beyond Italian that is.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 4:33:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

What about perogies?

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 6:16:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

ok ok.. how about if I call it the first expansion of the Pittsburgh menu in a century.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 8:26:00 PM  
Blogger Sam Olmstead said...

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Sunday, August 09, 2009 5:27:00 AM  

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