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Yinz going to the 'Burgh? OJ wheels East Coast.

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CRANSTON LINED UP an East Coast trip for the OJ wheel team, with the idea of hitting New Jersey, New York, and Pittsburgh. Figgy, Freks, Sean Conover, P-Stone, Justin Strubing, Cooper Wilt, Ryan Harris, and Austin Kanfoush all found their way to NJ for 10 days of skating with no actual schedule or commitments. Our only real obligation was to get Austin back to the 'Burgh before the end.

TOUR GUIDE: OUR GUY

It's always a good idea to have a local who can show you around. We were having a hard time finding one in New York, so we went with the next best thing known to man: P-Stone. Having grown up in Jersey, Preston's got a vast knowledge of the area. Seriously, the man can find cheep beer, good food, and a place to take a dump anywhere on the East Coast. Knowing that he had us covered allowed everyone else to concentrate on skating. Unfortunately, nothing could change the weather, and for several days we were caught in a seemingly endless rain pattern. Conflicting schedules had two people flying out early, while the remainder of us continued on towards the 'Burgh ...

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THE 'BURGH

Pittsburgh is Austin's hometown, and he was psyched to show everyone around. "Yinz are gonna love the 'Burgh," he'd say, and he was absolutely right. He took charge of driving and had us all around the city and at the sickest spots without sitting in any traffic. We hardly got kicked out anywhere; more often than not, people were willing to let us skate. The 'Burgh definitely turned out to be the shit. No one would argue that. Nothing sounded better to me than sticking around for a couple more days, but the rental van had to be back in New Jersey, and so did most of the crew if they were going to catch their flights home.

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YINZ AND YINZERS

I've always enjoyed regional slang, and Pittsburgh has some that's entirely its own. The most commonly used word would have to be "yinz," equal to the South's "y'all." If you're within 30 miles of the 'Burgh, and someone's referring to a group of people, "Better believe they're going to say yinz" you better believe they're going to say yinz. The yinzers love their Steelers, drink their Iron City, and are always finding a way to squeeze yinz into the conversation. No matter what you're talking about, yinz guaranteed to hear it drop.

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Author:Xeno
Publication:Thrasher
Geographic Code:1U2PA
Date:Oct 1, 2011
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