You know you’ve arrived if you ‘get’ the Pittsburgh left

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“The Pittsburgh Left — How to Become a Yinzer in Seven Easy Steps”:

1. You move to Pittsburgh and nearly broadside someone who takes a left in front of you as soon as the light turns green. “Jerk!”

2. You are confused that this keeps happening. “What’s wrong with this place?”

3. You expect other people to do it, and advance through the intersection cautiously. “This place is lawless, but I’m not going to wreck on account of the law.”

4. You idle as the light turns green and invite someone to take a left in front of you. “Peace of mind comes from adapting to convention.”

5. You are invited to take one yourself. “Ah, the satisfaction of being taken for a local.”

6. You expect one yourself and take it without regret. “Membership has its privileges.”

7. You face off against someone new to town who tries, but fails, to deny you your Pittsburgh left. “Jerk!”

PATRICK LEE MILLER
Edgewood


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