Saturday, May 05, 2012

Pittsburgh Half-Marathon

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! 

Come on down to the West End Bridge and cheer on half of the MWBT&PC at half past 7:00 a.m. on May 6th at the half way point of the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon as the Captain and his better half cross a half-marathon off their half bucket lists.

- Pipe "half" Pipenstein  

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mt. Washington Brain Trust & Pipe Club Hot Tub Night

A series of haikus were created to celebrate the MWBT&PC hot tub night.  We will start with a selection from the Captain.

Small Bubbles of Glee
Tiny Bubbles of Happy
Cold Beer and Hot Tub

- Pipe Von Pipenstein

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Presidential Whiskey

A Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey of some high quality has been named in honor of the United States' 3rd President: Thomas Jefferson.

There are surely other Presidents deserving of a whiskey in their name.  Which Commander in Chief should be next in line?

The poll to your right offers many fine presidents.  However, if you're pick is not shown, comment below before the deadline (Leap Day 2012) and we can add your favorite Chief Executive to the drink list.


Lord Johnson

"Maybe you need a drink, Nick!  Might ease the pain of being wrong."
             ~Tom Hardy- Pittsburgh River Police

Monday, December 19, 2011

Beard of the Day

Another relative circa 1890's PA.
Sweet Beard.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Beard of the Day

This guy sure has an old-schooly beard.  I have no idea who he is/was, but he is a relation of mine on my mother's maternal grandmother's side.  This photo is circa 1898.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

M.W.B.T. & P.C. Beard Mandate October 2012

Get Started On Your Beards. Failure To Grow A Mandated Beard Will Result In Censure.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ode to Chairman Tom

Our compatriot, Chairman Tom, spent a few glorious months visiting the old stomping grounds of the sacred domain and its surrounding areas. He successfully completed his first scouting mission in S. Korea involving the MTBT&PC's secret plans to expand internationally. He now plans to move on yet again to Prague, and other areas of central Europe, to further his mission of finding other sacred domains all in the name of the MTBT&PC's secret plans of world domination. I've said too much, we will never speak of this again. We owe a lot to the Chairman and we wish him safe travels.

In his honor, a haiku has been prepared . . .

Flew From Korea
Taught Us A New Slapping Game
Then Left, Jokes On Us

- Captain

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Three Rivers: One Stupid Show

So . . . while most of Pittsburgh watched the Steelers destroy the Chargers (then let them back into the game, only to destroy them a second time in the waning moments), I chose to stand by my civic duty, and loyalty to the Mt. Washington Brain Trust & Pipe Club, and engage in the viewing of Three Rivers - for research purposes only. And I do mean research purposes only because there was absolutely no redeeming quality to this show.

Immediately upon the start of the episode I was pissed off because the very first shot of the show was of a city skyline. Not the Pittsburgh skyline mind you, but Cleveland's. Cleveland?! Of all the cities in the world for a guy to take a fall in a construction site, become legally brain dead, and have adequate organs for transplantation!

However, our fearless leader, the Captain, pointed out that having a Pittsburgh based show centered around harvesting organs from Cleveland, for the benefit of Pittsburgh transplant patients, wasn't a bad idea. I digress. The show went on to feature some of the most obnoxious characters and ridiculous story lines ever to grace our televisions . . . and I watch Grey's Anatomy.

A man and his pregnant wife came to the "world's best transplant hospital" because the man fell and bumped his head while painting the nursery (someone really needs to tell him about MedExpress). It was at this time that his pregnant wife collapsed and low and behold she happens to be in need of a heart transplant. How convenient! Fortunately Andy Yablonski, #1 cardiac surgeon in the world, and former Mt. Washington riff raff, is available and on the case (And he wears future shirts!)

The transplant team quickly descends upon Cleveland to get the brain dead guy's heart. Oh, but wait, his family is having second thoughts. So what's the new transplant coordinator do? He verbally attacks the family and informs them this heart is going to a pregnant lady (HIPPA anyone?) Boy, he has a lot to learn. Anyways, they get the heart, the pregnant lady crashes for a bit, the baby is born early, and they are now unsure how much damage to her brain occurred when she crashed. Then her clumsy husband said, "We were just going to paint the nursery and watch the Steelers today."

Dr. Andy seamlessly puts in her new heart and very shortly after he beckons her out of her coma with his soothing voice. (And the girl looks good after the traumatic day she had just gone through!) She inquires about her baby and Dr. Andy puts the TV on in front of her which allows her to see and communicate with her husband and new baby. Keep in mind, they were unsure if she was going to wake up after surgery due to possible brain damage, so I guess they told the husband, "Hey, if you don't see us on the TV, then assume your wife is brain dead." Nice. There was some other crap that happened during the premiere episode of Three Rivers but I have already talked about this show way too much.

"Well Bob, he's either putting them in the Allegheny or the Monongahela . . . That narrows it down" - Tom Hardy


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hear ye, hear ye

"You've got an opinion, but do you have what it takes to be heard? "

Let's be honest. The MWBT&PC is an opinionated bunch. That's clearly implied in the Brain Trust part of the charter. The question is, are we as good as we think we are?

The Washington Post is hosting an essay competition titled "America's Great Next Pundit" (the title alone shows how desperate they are for new talent). I think this is a great opportunity to get some national exposure for the MWBT&PC. Each member should enter this competition. The WP will start by choosing ten finalists, and clearly, there is a great chance that all of us make it to this next round.

So, the gauntlet is thrown. I challenge each and every one of thee to enter the AGNP competition at

May the best brain trustee win....

"I've got a new game. Everybody dies." - Jimmy Detillo

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rapid Fire Pittsburgh News 9/16

Item:  Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, famous for a variety of blunders from remarking on "Man on Dog" sex to involving the government in the Terri Schiavo case, has announced his presidential aspirations for the 2012 election.  With the nation underwhelmed by the announcement, I am reminded of Dan Savage's coining of the term "santorum" to refer to the bodily excretions resulting from anal sex.  

Item:  Twenty-two members of a drug smuggling ring, including 9 American Airline employees have been arrested for drug smuggling out of Luiz Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan Puerto Rico.   Lady Rivera has yet to comment.  Puerto Rican!

Item:  Break out your Captain America suits!  (Oh, am I the only one that has one of those?)  Pittsburgh City Council has rejected its ban on masks during the upcoming G20 summit.  Now I can greet those world leaders in style.

Item:  Steelers' Safety Ryan Clark on the fence about whether or not to play in Denver.  After losing his spleen, gall bladder, and thirty pounds during his last trip to Mile-High Stadium, Clark also found, in his own words, that "my lungs had filled, my kidneys were dented, and my stomach was closing."  And he's unsure whether he'll make a return appearence.  Now that's what I call Stillers football!  Guy damages most of his organs due to Denver's rarified air sparking an existent blood condition, and he still might go back and play!  Dude's tough!  or dumb.  

"You have two choices here:  You either put the guns down... or we all start shooting."
~Tom Hardy

By Lord Johnson