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Overated – Surprise birthday parties

Ned Bitters This week’s inductees into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” are … surprise birthday parties. My niece might be the most impressive person I know. She can sing, dance and write. She excelled from elementary school through grad school. She was national youth chair of a

Overrated – NHL playoff beards

Ned Bitters This week’s inductees into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” are … NHL playoff beards. We’re not even a week into the NHL playoffs, but players already are sprouting the early stubble of playoff beards. This means we’ll soon start listening to wistful announcers wax stupid

Overrated – Homemade beer and wine

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … homemade beer and wine. If you want to grill a hamburger at home, do you buy a cow, tend to it, slaughter it and grind your own hamburger meat, or do you run over

Overrated – Municipal sports bets

Ned Bitters This week’s inductees into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” are … municipal sports bets. Last week in a Pittsburgh newspaper there was a story about (and an accompanying stupid picture of) some Pittsburgh councilwoman wearing green and eating cheese. This was the main picture on

Overrated – My maturity, Pt. II

Ned Bitters A couple of years ago I wrote about how any allegations of my maturity were unfounded. Consider this Part II of that installment. Whatever maturity I might have is vastly overrated. Anyone who knows me well suffers no delusions about my maturity, but I can

Overrated – Cartoons

Ned Bitters This week’s inductees into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” are … cartoons. Last week the Sunday newspaper had a little piece devoted to offbeat (read: way too precious) ideas for first dates. These suggestions were beings sold as quirky and unique, largely because they written

Positive Cynicism – Everyone wants your money

Aaron R. Davis I don’t know who to blame exactly, but you raised my insurance rates. Yes, you. With your frivolous lawsuits and insanely high settlements. I call up my insurance agent to ask why my rates are so high, and she gives me this spiel about

Overrated – X Games fan coolness

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … X Games fan coolness. The Winter X Games ended last week. Despite being fully entrenched in this hell called middle age, my old ass watches a lot of the X Games each winter and

Overrated – Civil War reenactments

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … Civil War reenactments. I recently saw yet another news story about some local group trying to keep some company from putting up some store on some Civil War battle site. I’m being purposely vague,

Overrated – Your celebrity impressions

Ned Bitters This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … your celebrity impressions. Here’s how to tell if you’re one of those cringe-inducing amateur impressionists who people run from at work, family gatherings or any other social function. If, as soon as you saw