I have heard of it for a while now, seen the pictures, and heard the rumblings of hoots over “O69″…But this BINGO was OUTrageous. Once a month the Rodef Shalom Congregation in Oakland fills with people all to host a great night for charity filled with shouts of “BINGO” and cheers from the players when asked “Who wants some MONEY?” Tickets sell out, sometimes a month in advance, and go for $18 for 6 boards for about 10 regular play games. There are three special games and one Twitter game where they secretly give out four numbers over Twitter. The special games are the big money. There is also 50/50 raffle and As seen on TV giveaways and door prizes. But there is the charity and why this night is important and it was solidified when this BINGO virgin had to take an oath with her BINGO marker raised in the sky. It was only a game and the point was to raise money and have fun. There is a guest caller for a game also. This night it was Hugh McGough a judge in the Oakland area who marries a lot of same sex couples, one of which was there that night. There is also a Drag Queen and Drag King Show intermission with music, dancing, and fun. OUTrageous BINGO is taking a BINGO break over the summer and will resume again in September so keep your eye to the Facebook Page for the release of tickets. And a Super Spoiler Alert: There is a OUTrageous Bingo on Halloween this year and there is costumes and treats all night long from what I hear. This girl didn’t win but I had a blast and can’t wait for fall to join in again. So as they say at OUTrageous BINGO: Now Sit Down, Shut Up, and Play Bingo! Check out OUTrageous BINGO. Facebook and Twitter.
I am usually not the one to get on board with style things. I practically live my life in jeans and t-shirts. A lot of my rationale behind that is my size. As a girl who’s been a size 16/18 for the better part of the last decade, finding something I actually like can be difficult.
With the advent of Pinterest however, my style options have opened. Take this outfit, for instance:
*Photo from Plus Model Magazine
This outfit could easily work as a work outfit, or a cute party outfit (maybe without the jacket). You can dress it up or down with accessories to fit your needs. I really have to admit I’m all about the strappy sandals. They’re totes adorbs.
On the last day of Pride and Three Rivers Arts Festival I found myself in that scary rain storm that cleared Downtown Pittsburgh in about 15 minutes. Steve and I had an umbrella and so the fear of a lightning strike is all we had to worry about so we continued on with our Downtown Date
Steve enjoyed a beer, a Purgatory from Helltown, and we ordered the Carnivore Pizza. It came topped with Pepperoni, sausage and bacon. All the Meats. It was delicious. We decided the best part was the garlic taste in the crust. It wasn’t bettered on and wasn’t obvious when you looked at it, but you could taste it.
Our bill wasn’t a sticker shock either (under 30). Overall it was a great spot to wait out the storm and wait for the next T ride home.
Between my husband, and my sister, and a few friends, there has been a movement over the past decade or so for me to do yoga. I’ve gone to the gym in the past, and done home workouts, but the idea of going to a class has never been high on my list of goals. The idea of a yoga class is actually that much lower on my list. I blame it on my pursuit of success and not wanting to fail miserably as the “new kid” in the class not knowing anything.
After much haranguing, I finally gave in and attended a yoga class with my sister.
For those of you in Pittsburgh and its outlying areas, my sister lives in Regent Square, which I consider a nice little niche area the other side of Downtown from where I live in the South Hills. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but to put it in perspective – they have a yoga studio or three in Regent Square, whereas I have no yoga studio in Beechview. And, I crossed a river and went through a couple tunnels to visit my sister’s yoga studio – so you know it was something I made an effort for as many Pittsburghers stay on one side of the city, rarely crossing a bridge let alone going through two tunnels to do something.
I have to admit, I enjoyed the class. My sister has a membership to the studio, so I attended as her guest for a very nominal fee for the morning. As a yoga newbie, I did bring my own mat – it’s a little thicker and my back appreciates the extra padding ever since my car accident over a decade ago. (The accident wasn’t crippling, but it left some residual soft-tissue issues that flare up when I overdo things – like hang out on a hardwood floor for extended periods of time.)
For starters, the instructor, “L,” was super nice. It’s not that I expected a yoga instructor not to be nice, but she didn’t single me out as a clueless newbie. Yoga Class Fear #1 was therefore averted. The class was pretty full for the space, but comfortably so. And, of course my sister and I got there just before the class began – which meant spots right up front. Yoga Class Fear #2 was therefore not averted – the newbie was at the front of the class in front of the other students who’ve been there. Even though “L” wouldn’t be judging, I couldn’t speak for the rows of folks behind me. Presumably, they wouldn’t be judging, but of course in my “worst-case-scenario” kind of way, I automatically assumed I would do something horribly egregious and get called out for it. But, putting that fear aside, I sucked it up and we started our 90-minute yoga class.
L made it a point to ask about any health issues at the outset. When I mentioned my neck and back issues, she told me she would keep the movements within my wheelhouse. And, she did. There were only a couple poses I struggled with, and I modified them as necessary. L even gave modification instruction for those of us who couldn’t do the full version. The couple poses I had difficulty with, she was helpful in not just showing me, but adjusting me, and things were good to go.
Although the class was 90 minutes long, it didn’t feel that way – especially after I let go and gave in to it. Yes, the first 30 minutes or so I kept consciously thinking about what I was doing and whether I was looking like a dork. The last hour was when I finally just relaxed and concentrated on what I was doing and the really soothing sounds of L’s voice as she gave instruction. I swear, if I wasn’t bending and stretching in the various poses, it is quite possible I could have fallen asleep – but in a good, I was that relaxed, kind of way.
I realized when I was briefly speaking with L and some of the other students afterwards, that I had actually done pretty well with my first yoga class. And, I didn’t feel like an outsider as I had at the beginning of the class. Truthfully, I’m looking at hitting up more classes with my sister in the future. I’ve also checked out their website, and may look into some of their other classes and services, too.
On the opening night of the Three Rivers Arts Festival we were blessed with the lyrical stylings of Jenny Lewis.
Child star gone rocker her voice is as strong as an ax and her ability to play the guitar stands above all. Her set list included old songs and songs off of her newest album “Lullaby”.
If you missed her set check out the pics below and short video. Check out Three Rivers Arts Festival for the rest of the live free concerts now until Sunday.
You wold never know it is there unless you walk by and notice the fountain outside. Tucked into a strip of stores sits Perry Perk a small coffee shop with breakfast and sandwiches.
I stopped in for lunch when I was working nearby. I decided on the Cranberry Twisted Turkey Sandwich. On a croissant is turkey slices and swiss cheese; topped with a mayo that is mixed with walnuts and cranberries. I thought the combo was interesting and to my delight it was delicious.
To drink I got a Iced Tea with a Passion Fruit sweetened syrup. It was sweet and tasty.
Looking around the shop waiting for my sandwich it was small, probably seats about fifteen people. It has free wifi and also sells homemade goods along the shelves.
They had breakfast items too and according to their YELP reviews their coffee can’t be beat. So next time you need a quick bite and your in North Hills check out Perry Perk.
Perry Perk • 1012 Perry Highway • 412-348-0079