Travelogue: Penn Hills, PA


Penn Hills and Monroeville are both suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. According to the local news, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ season opener yesterday resulted in significant employee absenteeism and cost local businesses a number of dollars that would probably have left a lasting impression had I not been hacking up my left lung at the time.

My other apprentice and I are in Penn Hills and Monroeville for the purpose of a software upgrade pilot, I’m coughing up gobbets of rainbow-hued phlegm and I’ve all but lost the ability to speak. When you put it all together, that spells F-U-N.

I can’t tell you a whole lot about Penn Hills or Monroeville, except that there’s an Outback Steakhouse next door to the Hampton Inn in Monroeville. The Outback (and the nearby Max & Erma’s) both close before 11:00 on Sunday night, so 10:09pm isn’t the ideal time to arrive in Monroeville if you’re hungry. Also, trying to take a left onto Rodi Road between 5 and 6pm is a fool’s errand.

Last, but not least, trying to get the hotel television to use the auxiliary inputs is a royal pain in the ass. This is important because my Xbox connects to the auxiliary input, and I’d rather play Soul Caliber II than try to find something to watch on hotel cable. I can’t watch television without TiVo anymore, anyway.

9 responses to “Travelogue: Penn Hills, PA”

  1. Thagg Avatar


    The whole famn damily just went through that. Sucks the life out of you for a couple days, then gives it back a bit at a time.

    Get some rest. You won’t remember the next few days anyway.

  2. Elder Bigger Lil Sis Avatar
    Elder Bigger Lil Sis

    I think that maybe you need to start taking grapefruit seed extract. If the prospect of 15 drops doesn’t appeal to you it comes in tablet formula. I have been on it for a while now and so far no colds (there now I jinxed myself just for your benefit)…

  3. KJToo Avatar

    Get some rest. You won’t remember the next few days anyway.

    Alas, I have a feeling that I’ll be remembering these days for quite a while. If not because of my respiratory woes, then certainly thanks to some interesting difficulties we’ve had during our pilot.

  4. KJToo Avatar

    Grapefruit extract, eh? Perhaps I’ll give that a try. In the meantime, I’m running with a cocktail of Mucinex, Advil Cold & Sinus and Ricola.

  5. Thagg Avatar

    I had some trouble at first with the name. Look again carefully, grasshopper. It’s easy to miss. Grapefruit seed extract. Mom researched it. You’re only going to find it in a health food store. Tastes terrible, to say the least. Seemed to help with some sinus problems I had over the winter.

  6. KJToo Avatar

    Ah. Grapefruit seed extract it is. I’ll visit a health store, assuming that doing so won’t cause me to immediately burst into flames.

  7. Thagg Avatar

    I’ll visit a health store, assuming that doing so won’t cause me to immediately burst into flames

    If it helps, I didn’t.

    Just do yourself a favor. Save a bunch of time and ask where it is. Depending on what you’re looking for, it could be in several locations, since they are grouped by manufacturer/distributor, not category.

    Watch out for the hippies (just kidding).

  8. blob Avatar

    Last fall, I stayed at the Comfort Inn in Monroeville, on Rodi Rd at the junction with US 22.

    I didn’t have any trouble getting around.

    Of course, it was the weekend.

    And I was there for a concert.

  9. KJToo Avatar

    The US-22/Rodi Rd. junction isn’t terrible, but if you go about a half mile north on Rodi Rd., you’ve got all of the I-376 traffic to contend with, as well. During the weekday drivetime, there’s usually a traffic cop standing in the middle of Rodi Rd. just north of the I-376 junction waving his orange batons around, so dense is the traffic.

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