Guest: Griggsy’s Gripes

14 07 2011

Remember when I said about guest posts? You do? Good, because it is my honor and pleasure to unveil the first in a series of posts from Griggsy (you can follow Griggsy on Twitter – @Griggsy96). Griggsy and I have known one another for a few years through various channels and he approached me about doing a weekly column for AtC. I was only too happy to give him some space to do his thing. There are few better minds out there when it comes to Pittsburgh sports than Griggsy and I like to think he’s got an interesting outlook on many different things in this world. [EN: Griggsy uses an uncanny amount of ellipsis, too.]

Griggsy will be giving us his thoughts on everything ranging from sports to personal life to politics to the ongoing quest for steady employment. I fully expect everyone to treat Griggsy with the same respect, if not more, than you would treat me with. We will be working together on how to tweak the column over the next few weeks, so bear with us when things may look or seem a little different from week to week.

Without further ado, I give you the first installment of “Griggsy’s Gripes.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Griggsy’s Gripes

Lesson #1- I am terrible at starting and ending whatever I write.

I have never had the skill that great writers have. They know how to draw you in right away with a great beginning; usually a sentence, but often a paragraph. And then they have a way of writing a great ending, making their work stick with you long after you’ve moved on.

Don’t expect that from me. It’s a miracle I’ve gotten this far, and likewise a miracle you’ve read it.

Anyways, when Walt allowed me to be involved with AtC, I was thrilled to have the chance. Now, I just have to hope I don’t screw it up. I figure I should be able to handle that, right? Right?

Lesson #2- This is who I am.

My name’s Chris, but everyone knows me as Griggsy. I’m a 28-year old who is (pathetically) unemployed at this point in my life. But before you ask, I don’t live in my mother’s basement.

I have my own room upstairs, thank you.

I was born and raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, went to Penn State University, got my degree in Economics, and returned to the Pittsburgh area. Foolishly. OK, that’s not true. I love Pittsburgh. I’d just love it more if I had a career at the moment.

I am also very self-deprecating. As if you couldn’t tell at this point. But I digress.

Lesson #3- This is where I am.

Like I said, I was born, was raised, and now live in, the Pittsburgh area. As a male of my age in this area (maybe better said, as a person of my age), I am a massive Pittsburgh sports fan. A lot of my focus is on that, naturally. But, that’s not everything. Where I am, mentally, also causes my focus to be on the economy, the government, music, movies, literature, love, hopes, dreams, etc.

Lesson #4- This is why I’m here.

All of the above leads me to what I’ll be doing here at AtC. I have opinions, strong ones, about what the Pittsburgh Penguins are doing, and how my love life is going, and why the government may be killing my chances to find gainful employment that doesn’t include the phrase “would you like fries with that?”, plus just about everything else under the sun.

So, with Walt’s blessing, I’ll be showing up periodically to get my thoughts out to you. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it, and maybe learn a new perspective on things. Hell, I’ll just be happy if you make it to the bottom of each post.

Lesson #5- I don’t take myself too seriously.

I say this because I expect, and welcome, criticism of all kinds. If you think I’m a moron, tell me, but tell me why you think it, so I can work at no longer being a moron.

Lesson #6- Avoid the Clap.

Jimmy Dugan was right.

Lesson #7- …

Craig Adams is a god, Finns should be your heroes, hockey is the best sport ever, baseball’s starting to gain on football, relationships are hard work, jobs aren’t that easy to find, non-fiction books are better than fiction ones, Springsteen’s overrated, so is Will Smith, Pink Floyd’s underrated, so is John Cusack…..

Don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to get into each of those.

Until then……


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33 responses

14 07 2011
TheCynic

I made it to the bottom!

14 07 2011
Adam12

This really gripes my gears.

14 07 2011
Walt Flanagan

14 07 2011
Griggsy

As luck has it, the “Grinds My Gears” episode of Family Guy is on right now…

14 07 2011
Walt Flanagan

I enjoyed it the first time I read over it and I enjoyed it even more each subsequent reading. Keep it up, Griggsy. We just need to figure out a set day (or at least decide if we want it to be a weekend or weekday thing).

14 07 2011
Griggsy

I am good with it being a weekend thing (usually Saturdays), starting with next weekend. If you’re comfortable with that, of course…

14 07 2011
Griggsy

Also, thanks for the kind words, sir. Just trying to live up to your work…

14 07 2011
Adam12

I’m sooo looking forward to this Griggsy.

14 07 2011
matsif

woooooooooooooo

14 07 2011
jasp871966

nice, I like it so far
“I have my own room upstairs, thank you.” I lol’d
whaaaaaa
gl to ya griggsy, I’m looking forward to your work

14 07 2011
Jessica Rex

everyone should have a Finn hero. one more year Teemu?

14 07 2011
Villan

Nice start Griggsy, I look forward to reading your articles. I agree about Will Smith, his last good role was The Fresh Prince, that was good.

14 07 2011
jasp871966

will smith did other stuff besides the fresh prince?

14 07 2011
dappadman

I Am Legend, that’s all. Although not nearly as good as the depressing novel.

14 07 2011
Walt Flanagan

Welcome to Urf.

15 07 2011
TheCynic

Vincent Price>Charlton Heston>(X100000000)Will Smith

14 07 2011
Beau

Don’t feel too bad for him. That upstairs room is a palace. A palace, I tell you!

Great start bro, anxiously awaiting more.

14 07 2011
dappadman

MOAR Gripin’!

14 07 2011
Walt Flanagan

14 07 2011
Shaina Z

This post made me smile a lot. I’ll be looking forward to Griggsy’s posts from now on :D

14 07 2011
yinzer

Oh Griggsy, you had me until Lesson #7… 7.2 to be exact. You know the one. :p
Loved it. Can’t wait to read more. We’ll need MOAR BEERS next time I’m home.
Also, Walt, thanks for embracing guests, you benevolent son of a bitch. Great idea.

14 07 2011
Walt Flanagan

Well, I said I was going to have guest posts.

I’m a man of my word.

(skip to 59 seconds for dramatic effect)

15 07 2011
dappadman

Fuckin’ Heath Ledger. IMO top 5 movie character EVER. All genres, all-time, fuck all.

Also the Boss is indeed overrated.

15 07 2011
dappadman

Also can the Joker go to Washington or Harrisburg and shake things up? I am desperate.

15 07 2011
Walt Flanagan

The man left an unreal legacy with that role. God. I can’t even imagine the film with anyone else playing the role having seen how he did it. Man.

14 07 2011
...PetrsMailbox

Excited to see whats to come. Go pens

15 07 2011
Chizmo

nice to see a guest so quickly! great into griggsy, can’t wait for a post dedicated to john cusack.

btw, walt, i really like the gran torino references. one of my favorites, and the last movie to really tear me up. the ending was awesome, moving and completely unexpected.

15 07 2011
Griggsy

Thanks, everyone, for the kind words. It’s really overwhelming….

15 07 2011
jsfitz

Griggsy! Good to see you here, sir. Now, please try to refrain from killing anyone.

15 07 2011
Maria M

Looking forward to your posts, Griggsy!

15 07 2011
I. Cruxên

You’re a better writer than you think! And I agree on Pink Floyd

16 07 2011
Rachel A. Reznik

the EN about the ellipsis- lol! too true.

“I have my own room upstairs, thank you.”
this made me giggle, mainly b/c i’ve said the exact same thing to people.

Suomi!

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