Ballot Bins- A Creative Anti-Litter Effort in Pittsburgh

I saw my first Ballot Bin today on Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Here’s an article in The City Paper about this method to reduce cigarette butt litter in the city. Fighting litter is an ongoing battle. By the number of cigarette butts deposited in the bin, I’d say the Ballot Bin seems to be working.

Non-residents of Pittsburgh may not be familiar with the language of Pittsburghese so click here to familiarize yourself with the dialect. Or Wikipedia has a definition of Western Pennsylvania English with examples of lifelong speakers. Or scroll below photo to see these two words definitions. The questions can be changed on the bins. I’ll keep my eye out for some more examples of this anti-litter campaign.

Guess a tagger saw the Ballot Bin as a blank slate to deface

yinz –The term stems from the word you ones yinz (or yunz), a second-person plural pronoun brought to the area by early Scottish-Irish immigrants.

jagoff- an inept person, an idiot, a jerk

From the Archives

Still missing this wonderful restaurant. reblogged

MONTH: JANUARY 2010

COOKING CLASS “LA CUCINA FLEGREA” WITH ANNA

Rigatoni alla Vodka Spaghetti alla Rucola (Arugula) Tagliatelle Zucchini When we arrived Anna had bruschetta made on grilled bread, a plate of verdi and Kalamata olives and two cheeses for appetizer placed on a table waiting for us. She poured a glass of wine for each of us, red or white. A bottle of water, too. She demonstrated all three dishes and then each of us got to choose and make one by ourselves. The four of us made the Rigatoni with the Vodka Sauce. Watching all the work behind the scenes in the restaurant kitchen was impressive. When Anna prepared each dish it looked effortless. The combination of the ingredients makes each dish taste perfect! She had the recipes printed and tied together so we could add more recipes from another class. We ate AND took home leftovers. Delicious. We learned a lot about different olives, cheeses, pastas, olive oil, how to dice an onion without crying. All the classes are held 12:30 so we were finished in time for them to get ready for the evening service. What a satisfying way to spend a winter afternoon.

Diner

If you’ve a dream to own a modular stainless steel Diner they are still being manufactured by Diner-Mite in the USA- but they’ll deliver internationally! According to their website in 2003 they “Re-Introduced the Happy Days Diners line of Low-Cost Diners. Learn more at www.DinerConcepts.com

Providence, Rhode Island claims the first lunch wagon (1972)according to a Smithsonian Magazine article A Life Devoted to the American Diner. About Richard Gutmanan American Diner Expert “Johnson & Wales University’s Culinary Arts Museum in Providence, where Gutman has been the director and curator since 2005”

“The first stationary lunch car, circa 1913, was made by Jerry O’Mahony, founder of one of the first of a dozen factories in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts that manufactured and shipped all the diners in the United States” Smithsonian Magazine

Open 8-3 on Court Street in Athens Ohio

Other Diners I’ve posted

And one in Alexandria PA

Bobbleheads displayed at Jack and Benny’s Diner in Columbus

I posted an endangered diner in New Jersey in 2012

Population 446 in 2021

Monday afternoon I was driving where I’d not been before.

I decided to exit the Appalachian Highway and drive through the village of Coolville, Ohio, a few miles from the West Virginia border.

I thought the name Coolville was cool.

What are the top attractions to visit in Coolville?” Trip advisor

Roller Toaster

Found this Roller Toaster in Charlie’s car bin this afternoon and thought it was fun. We were building a block tower and an adjacent parking lot.

Turns out there’s a Fast Foodie Series of Hot Wheels Vehicles.

In 2020 it was $4.95. Listed at $19.95 today. Yikes! But on eBay a pre-owned one is $2.

I do love toast.

The size of a matchbox car but manufactured by Hot Wheels weighs 1.55 ounces

American Falls

American Falls Friday January 13th

The American Falls is the second-largest of the three waterfalls that together are known as Niagara Falls on the Niagara River along the Canada–U.S. border.” Wikipedia

Total height: 110 ft (34 m)