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Filtering frack-edly polluted water

My spouse and I have recently moved to Western Pennsylvania and are really concerned about the pollution to the local drinking water due to fracking (hydraulic fracturing). What are the best ways to filter this water for consumption? What are other health concerns to watch out for (and ways to solve for these)? [more inside]
posted by taltalim on Aug 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Pittsburgh: Bargains Along the Rail Lines?

My wife and I will be visiting the Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory during a two-day trip to Pittsburgh, and we're trying to avoid the CBD markup on hotels, parking, and restaurants. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Jul 9, 2014 - 13 answers

Pittsburgh radio spot, early 90s

When I lived in the Pgh area, one of the drive-time radio shows would occasionally host a spot from a guy who'd give a 5-minute rant in the most perfectly raw Pgh accent you could ever imagine. I don't recall much about his persona -- just another working stiff from Steeltown -- but his pitch-perfect voice was a major element in the act. Any memories?
posted by LonnieK on Feb 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Cabin or B&B with privacy within 4 hours of Pittsburgh

We would like to go away in April to celebrate both a birthday and a wedding anniversary. Our ideal location would be a fairly nice B&B or resort that has either a private cabin or outbuilding, as well as proximity to hiking/the woods. Ideally within 3.5 to 4 hours drive from Pittsburgh. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Jan 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Yinzer Gifts!

I need some gifts for my best friend that scream "Pittsburgh!". [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Jan 14, 2014 - 21 answers

Looking for a new job, but don't know where to start

What are my options for good jobs without a bachelor's degree? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Nov 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Pittsburgh: Riding the choo choo with Daddy

What's fun around a Pittsburgh Light Rail stop for a 2.5-year-old? I'm taking my toddler-daughter for a ride on the train tomorrow. Last week we went to Dormont Park. What should we do this week? I haven't spent much time in the South Hills. (I'm looking to go South, not North - we know the North Side in-and-out) Meal suggestions also welcome!
posted by chickencoop on Nov 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Gift ideas for my mom, Pittsburgh edition

I know there's a strong 'burgh contingent here, so I'm hoping you can help me brainstorm a birthday present for my mom. She has had a busy year as a caretaker - she started the year on the west coast with me welcoming her new granddaughter & helping me recover from a c/section. There's been a few trips back to the midwest to help my grandmother with health issues and then cleaning out her parents house of 60+ years. On top of that my dad had surgery about a month ago. If that isn't enough on her plate she and my father have spent the last 3 years renovating a house, they finally moved in this summer but I don't think she's been there more than 2 weeks at any time. A lot of unexpected travel, some assorted business issues, trips getting extended due to unforeseen circumstances, etc. It obviously hasn't all been bad (new house! new grandbaby!) but I think she needs some time to recharge herself. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by snowymorninblues on Oct 31, 2013 - 5 answers

Walking around downtown Pittsburgh?

My partner and I are very excited about our trip to Pittsburgh next month! But I have a question about walkability. We'll be staying downtown on Penn Avenue and it looks like we can walk to a lot of places quite easily, but should we? We are big walkers and our city is very residential downtown, but it seems Pittsburgh's downtown gets pretty empty at night...is that a concern re: safety or for any other reason? [more inside]
posted by Lescha on Oct 11, 2013 - 15 answers

Pittsburgh Photography Locations

My wife started her own photography business about a half-hour east of Pittsburgh; so far the jobs she's had have all been located east of Pittsburgh, and usually even further east than we live. She has been approached by a friend-of-a-friend to do outdoor family portraits and is looking for a location sort of in the middle for both parties. We are located in the Monroeville area, and the client is in the South Hills/Beechview area. The client is looking for a location that won't be super crowded (thus, comfortable enough to be photographed at), has a lake or pond, and hopefully without anything unsightly in the background/on the horizon. Any suggestions? (Bonus: If there is anything unique about the location - ie: an interesting bridge or unique architecture, has a great location for sunset, has some sort of overlook, etc.)
posted by GuppieXX on Sep 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Where do Pittsburgh hipsters thrift?

I'd like to try setting up a small booth in a Pittsburgh flea market or antiques mall, but where? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Sep 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Hello Pittsburgh — vacation questions

I am looking into a trip to Pittsburgh for a long weekend getaway in the Fall. Things we (two females/40ish) think would be fun: [more inside]
posted by Lescha on Aug 8, 2013 - 24 answers

Cash Rules Everything in Pittsburgh, but why?

My wife and I are heading to Pittsburgh this weekend and in checking the hours for one of the places we loved during our last visit there noticed they delivery via FedEx. Then I noticed something interesting. [more inside]
posted by playertobenamedlater on Aug 1, 2013 - 14 answers

TX Beer in PA?

How can I provide our host in Pittsburgh with delicious Texas brews? [more inside]
posted by theweasel on Jun 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Good bike for long distance biking?

Biking from Pittsburgh to DC: what is the best bike for me?? [novice biker] [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 13, 2013 - 25 answers

CBT headshrinkers in Pittsburgh

Can you offer any recommendations for CBT-centered therapists in and around the Pittsburgh area, ideally east end? I'm looking for a CBT psychologist to provide therapy in conjunction with meds. [more inside]
posted by woolly on May 14, 2013 - 1 answer

Pittsburgh restaurant recommendations

I would like your help brainstorming the perfect Pittsburgh restaurant(s) to suit the needs of my local group. Special requirements (of course) inside. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Mar 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Black Thumb + Cold + Bad Light = Super Easy, Right?

What are some hardy, pretty, or useful houseplants for a small space in the Pittsburgh/Western PA/Northeast region? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Feb 22, 2013 - 15 answers

Decent garden center south of Pittsburgh?

I'm going to help my brother install a raised bed and some fruit trees/bushes in a couple of weeks. We're probably going to be putting in some raspberries/blackberries, blueberries, and maybe a few fruit trees. I do not want to purchase diseased/generic junk at a big box. Is there a decent garden center in the West Newton area? Bonus points for tipping me off to somebody who can deliver a yard or three of garden soil/compost. Many thanks!
posted by Camofrog on Feb 14, 2013 - 3 answers

Where should I go for pharmacy school? UF, UPitt, UW-Madison

I'm trying to decide what Pharmacy school to go to and I'm very stuck. I've already been accepted to UF, UPitt, UW-Madison. I'm waiting to hear back from UT-Austin, and Chapel Hill, but deposits are due and I need to make a decision ASAP. [more inside]
posted by LaunchBox on Feb 12, 2013 - 14 answers

What's cool from PIT -> ILM?

Considering driving from Pittsburgh -> Wilmington, North Carolina in early July. What neat stuff is on the way? (any way!) [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Feb 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Where to go on a first date in Pittsburgh?

27 year old straight male living in Pittsburgh. I'm doing the OkCupid thing. I would like to go on a few dates, but I don't know where to go for a first date. Elsewhere on AskMe, people have said that a first date with someone you met on Okcupid should be brief compared to a first date with someone you've known in person for a while. Makes sense. I could put together an awesome date that was three hours long, but when I try to think of something short and sweet, I'm at a loss. [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye on Feb 5, 2013 - 18 answers

1989 Wasn't That Long Ago...

Buying a furnace for just one floor of a house - help! [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me find fun & intellectual activities in Pittsburgh

27 year old somewhat nerdy male. Non-drinker. Have lived in Pittsburgh for four years. Recently left a nights-and-weekends kitchen job for a 9-5 office job. I've never had nights and weekends off in my adult life and, silly as it sounds, need ideas on what to do. [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye on Dec 4, 2012 - 24 answers

Where should my wife and I go for a long weekend in December from Pittsburgh?

My wife and I are looking for ideas for a long weekend getaway from Pittsburgh in early December. What would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by sgo on Nov 6, 2012 - 10 answers

What are some good daytrip destinations within 3.5 hours of Pittsburgh?

I'd like to get out of Pittsburgh for a daytrip with some girlfriends this Sunday. What are some fun places within 3.5 hours drive of Pittsburgh where we can eat nice things, see nice things, and drink nice things for a day? What should we do when we get there? [more inside]
posted by Alison on Nov 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Moving to the Steel City!

I'm moving to Pittsburgh, but I'll be working in Vandergrift. Can you help me with Pittsburgh neighborhoods and its environs? [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue on Oct 24, 2012 - 12 answers

What covers our needs without going overboard?

We own a house. Two of the floors are rented out. What is the best home insurance for us? General home insurance questions to follow. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Oct 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Outdoor fitness classes in Pittsburgh

Outdoor fitness classes in Pittsburgh? [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob on Oct 4, 2012 - 4 answers

I want to watch the OTHER black and gold team, please!

Where is a good place to watch a non-Steelers football game on TV in Pittsburgh? [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Sep 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Here's hoping I can do better than McDonalds

Taking a long-distance train trip with a 3.5 hour layover in Pittsburgh. Where can I eat near the train station during my layover? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Sep 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Help us find a Pittsburgh-themed activity for our dad!

My siblings and I are struggling to come up with a birthday present for our dad, who's turning 60 in a couple weeks. My sister-in-law heard about a thing in Philly where you can go on a tour of the city and learn to take pictures with your fancy digital camera, but we can't find a Pittsburgh equivalent. Help us, please! [more inside]
posted by leesh on Aug 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Need a bank with Pgh and LA locations

Please help me find a bank with Pittsburgh and Los Angeles locations... [more inside]
posted by jus7brea7he on Jul 28, 2012 - 7 answers

A queen mattress that fits through a twin doorway

Looking for a comfortable (firm!) queen mattress that fits through a very small door. [more inside]
posted by Chef Flamboyardee on Jul 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Pittsburgh travel advice?

Pittsburgh travel advice? [more inside]
posted by barnoley on Jun 10, 2012 - 26 answers

Looking for non-religious volunteer work in the Pittsburgh area

What kinds of volunteer work could I do that might give opportunities to get to know others, particularly in the Pittsburgh area? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Jun 4, 2012 - 10 answers

How late is too late to find a good apartment?

How early should we look for apartments in Pittsburgh to move in July? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on May 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Where to send my resume at this point in my education?

I'm in community college for I.T. (associate's degree focused on network/sysadmin work, mostly). I have a valuable, but incomplete set of marketable skills at the moment. I have a good handle on how to market myself, but no clue as to who I should be directing my attention to job-search wise . What businesses would be interested in someone who is still in school, but has proven himself capable at an internship and is willing to work for cheap? [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye on Apr 9, 2012 - 7 answers

It thirteen point one miles

Help me run the last three miles of a half marathon next month. I've run twice before and both times I stalled out at around 10 miles. I've got four more weeks to go, help me make the best of them. [more inside]
posted by octothorpe on Apr 9, 2012 - 21 answers

Around the US Northeast in Seven Days

We need a sanity check on this trip, please! My partner and I are planning on getting out of South Carolina by this summer. We know we'd like to live further north, but there are five places we're considering and we're trying to plan the most economical yet useful trip to help us decide. So: what is the cheapest way to visit Pittsburgh, PA, Syracuse, NY, Burlington, VT, Portland, ME, and Providence, RI in a week? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Feb 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Is there anything like a My Fit Foods in Pittsburgh?

Is there anything like a My Fit Foods in Pittsburgh? [more inside]
posted by JPowers on Jan 1, 2012 - 1 answer

Southern girl going north.

I just got a new job (yay!) in a far-away and cold city (Pittsburgh!). City-specific questions below and general advice on changing climates needed. [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Dec 11, 2011 - 28 answers

Can I have my dream bike and ride it too?

Pittsburgh cycling: road bike or hybrid? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Nov 29, 2011 - 12 answers

What Are Best Practices for Landlords in Pittsburgh?

I am buying a 3-family house. One unit has tenants. This is in Pittsburgh, PA. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Oct 31, 2011 - 15 answers

Sowntown Pittsburgh Apartment Recos

Looking for downtown Pittsburgh apartment recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Next time I will take the train.

DC to Pittsburgh by bus on Thanksgiving weekend? Will it be a traffic nightmare? [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on Sep 23, 2011 - 2 answers

Ten mile run route suggestion for Pittsburgh

Pittsburghers who are runners/joggers, I need your help planning a route for an out of town visitor. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Sep 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Moving to Pittsburgh! What do I need to know?

Got my Fulbright award and moving to Pittsburgh! What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob on Sep 10, 2011 - 39 answers

Fun things to do in Pittsburgh when you're alive?

I'm going to be going to Pittsburgh to visit a friend this weekend. She works until 8:30 pm, however, so I'll be left to my own devices for the afternoons and early evenings. I'm totally cool with that, and I look forward to exploring on my own. But I need a place to start! Can you help? [more inside]
posted by sandraregina on Jul 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Where should I swim / enjoy leisure?

Swimming in Pittsburgh! I'm not interested in swimming in the rivers, but looking for great (not as in the Great Lake Erie) lake suggestions, ideally within an hour of Pittsburgh/Shadyside. [more inside]
posted by glaucon on Jul 6, 2011 - 5 answers

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