Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Homeland Security's So Tough

If I don't get stuck watching the kids this Saturday, I need go no further than PNC Park to do something fun on my day off. There is no baseball game taking place that day; I lost interest in paying to see a ball game after the last MLB strike. Saturday's event does involve a strike -- one of a far different kind. The city of Pittsburgh will hold a "full-scale terrorism simulation" inside the park. Attendance is not only free, but those who show up to participate get a "goodie bag":

Every volunteer at Saturday's PNC Park emergency evacuation drill will leave with two tickets to a Pirates game, a miniature replica of PNC Park and a Red Cross first-aid kit.
On top of the goodies, the volunteer victims will be treated to a concert featuring (among others) Mitch Berg's favorite Pittsburgh-based rocker:
Before the City of Pittsburgh ignites a full-scale terrorism simulation to test the capabilities of its local emergency responders, live entertainment will be provided in the ballpark by Donnie Iris, Joe Grushecky and B.E. Taylor starting at noon.
I would expect Mitch to show up, being the concerned citizen and Joe Grushecky fan that he us, but I understand that he already has a regular Saturday afternoon gig that prevents him from attending.

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