Pittsburgh Today Live Chat: Feb. 23, 2021

Pittsburgh Today Live's Heather Abraham and David Highfield catch up on all the latest happenings and preview what's coming up on the show.

Video Transcript

- Get ready. It's time for a well-deserved break, Pittsburgh, with Heather Abraham and David Highfield from the KDKA TV studios, it's "Pittsburgh Today Live."


DAVID HIGHFIELD: Hey, everybody.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Hi. Hey, you know, I actually had somebody message me yesterday. And they said, please don't stop the walk in because we love not knowing what David is going to do when he comes through the door.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Believe me, David doesn't know either.


HEATHER ABRAHAM: We had a little SNAFU yesterday with our walk in. And so--


HEATHER ABRAHAM: We weren't able to share. And there was-- people were nervous. They were--

DAVID HIGHFIELD: I didn't even--

HEATHER ABRAHAM: --worried that it wasn't going to happen.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Oh, it's good that you have your finger on the pulse of the people.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Checking messages and emails. I know.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: I don't check messages and emails.


DAVID HIGHFIELD: I do. I do. All right. Let's move on, Heather, to our first topic.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: All right, this is actually really interesting, and I think something that has become, like, a big focus during the pandemic.


HEATHER ABRAHAM: When is the last time you were told you were valued, that your contributions were valued?

DAVID HIGHFIELD: I think we all need to hear this, or need to understand within ourselves that we're valued.


DAVID HIGHFIELD: You know? And I think during the pandemic, a lot of people are stepping up and doing more work, whether it's from home, or at work, and just around the house. Like, how many times do you do things around the house and you think, is anyone noticing?


DAVID HIGHFIELD: Like-- so, anyhow.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Well-- so this guy on TikTok posted a video, and it was simply about asking people that very thing. It was something that he did as an experiment when his own job shut down. So take a watch.

- Now for this very unscientific experiment, we ended up getting about 150 people. And they asked one simple question to the other person. And that is, what went well in the last week because of you? And what was shocking and heartbreaking was how many people couldn't answer or broke down during the answer because they had never been asked that kind of a question before, which means they likely went days, weeks, or months without even being recognized for what they contribute. And it's hard to comprehend--

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Does that not-- and then, you know when I saw that, I thought, yeah, when was the last time-- and I will say, at home, you know, we make a point because Frankie does such an amazing job picking up when I'm at work and I come home. And so I come home, and the house is always clean, and I cook dinner at night. And so we try and make a point of at least saying thank you for doing that because it's not easy to do those things.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Yes, I think that is so important to say the thank you. And what was interesting in his video, and we didn't hear this part of it, was that people-- some people broke down--


DAVID HIGHFIELD: --when they were asked, like, what did you give as value that week? Because they had never even thought about it. You're just programmed to just, like, keep going and going and going. And it's nice just to feel that acknowledgment. So anyway, we wanted to bring that up and stress that to you because that's important, too.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Yeah, I mean, I really do think that we've all done a lot of, like, internalizing and self-reflecting about what we're bringing to the table and wanting to get recognized for that very thing, right?

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Yeah, it's important. Validation is important. And our next story is all about validation.


DAVID HIGHFIELD: I don't know whether--

HEATHER ABRAHAM: This is so cool.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: I mean, this-- hopefully, this is something that will move you as it moved us. But do you remember the video of the college gymnast? Her name is Margzetta Frazier. And she was performing earlier this month this amazing routine. She's with UCLA. And she performed music-- Janet Jackson music-- and sort of choreographed some Janet Jackson moves into her routine.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: The UCLA team is amazing. I mean, really, these gymnasts are incredible. Well, you got to see this because she got a FaceTime call.


JANET JACKSON: I have to tell you-- I keep telling you this. I keep saying you're incredible. Thank you so much for that inspiration.


DAVID HIGHFIELD: Oh, so that soft voice, that woman she's talking to on FaceTime is Janet Jackson.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: There she is. That's so neat.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: How crazy is that the Janet Jackson would notice? And she had noticed her routine before--

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Yeah, she retweeted it.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: --and reposted about it, and, you know, that sort of thing. But she called her up, and they really had a moment. And Margzetta said to Janet, your words meant everything to me. Like, I just think, you know, we're talking about validation. And that's just so sweet to, like, reach out and say, you know, I really was impressed with what you did. And you are a star, you know.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: You're a star, David.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: You're a star, Heather.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: It's important. And that is so cool. That is so neat to see. That's something that she will never forget. Never.



DAVID HIGHFIELD: Yeah, and she's going to go on to great things I'm sure. All right, so here's an idea. If you want to try something different working from home, you don't need a home office. You don't even need a chair. Why not stay in your bed?

HEATHER ABRAHAM: I don't get this story at all. But apparently, if you use your bed as your home office, there are actually some benefits, specifically when it comes to your back and, you know, less injuries and that sort of thing. But you have to change positions.


HEATHER ABRAHAM: That's one of the big things. Psychologists also say working in your bed can help with any work related anxiety you have. I guess the comfort of being in your safe place.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: I guess. But then you're inviting work into your safe place. And so that's like-- because don't they always say in your bedroom, you shouldn't have a TV in there?


DAVID HIGHFIELD: You shouldn't have your phone next to your bed because all these things, like, keep you connected, and you can't, like, retreat.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Or, like, the presence of it in your space.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Right. So, like, inviting work into your bedroom seems like-- I don't know. I don't know who these-- I don't know who these people are that did this study, but I'm not sure I agree with it. Plus, I would-- early in the day, I'd be-- you know, if you're a Zoom call in your bed, and sooner or later I'm going to be like-- and then people are going to-- people are going to talk about you.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Well, it's not even just the nodding off because I think I would fall asleep, honestly, if I was that comfortable. It's not just that. It's like, what are your colleagues going to think about you--

DAVID HIGHFIELD: David's not only wearing pajama bottoms, but now he's not even getting out of bed. Yeah.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: What's happened to us?

DAVID HIGHFIELD: You know what? I mean, maybe it's a study more about, like, doing things that will help your back.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Maybe that's it.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: I'm not sure. But we wanted to share it with you. Just an idea.


DAVID HIGHFIELD: Yeah. And here's another idea. If you want to increase the value of your home, you know, you can take on projects. And lots of people have during the pandemic.


DAVID HIGHFIELD: Or just give it a name.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Apparently that's enough now to increase the value of your home by, like, 40%. This is something that was written in "The Wall Street Journal." And this isn't just people with, like, sprawling, big estates. I guess HGTV has been naming homes. And even if you watch some of those shows where you pick a house, they usually have a name.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Those vacation shows.


DAVID HIGHFIELD: Like the vacation homes. They all have names, like Willow Bay, and Palm Tree Estates, and all that kind of stuff.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: So experts say choosing the wrong name can decrease the value of your home, but getting the right name can increase the value to 40% of the property's value. So, you know, I don't know how you choose your name. That's probably the most difficult.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: That's probably the most difficult part. So we have some info for you. What you do is you take the first name of your first pet and the street you grew up on.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: That's not it, David. You know what that is.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: That's something else.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: That's something else entirely.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: We do have a list. We have a list that is from apartmenttherapy.com. And it all has to do with, really, the sensible kind of information here. First, think of a word that describes your home. So is it a house? Is it a cottage? Is it a Chateau? Is it a villa? An oasis?

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Then come up with a unique name to pair it with. So maybe it's based on the views from your house. So willows, hillside, meadow, railway. Something maybe a little bit more whimsical or romantic.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: And then maybe there's something historical about your home. So maybe there's an old mill, or it used to be a schoolhouse or something.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Yeah. And then something unique. Is there something like a white picket fence? Or maybe you have red shutters on your home.


HEATHER ABRAHAM: And then you can kind of put it together. So an apartmenttherapy.com, they came up with something like the Old School House Loft or Honeysuckle House.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Those are nice.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: So do you have a name for your home?

DAVID HIGHFIELD: No. Because I think it kind of sounds pretentious. However, we have jokingly invited people over and said, you know, come over to Highfield Klein Manor.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: OK, well, that works, too. I think that works.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Come over around 6 o'clock. Highfield Klein Manor. Do you have a name? What would you name your house?

HEATHER ABRAHAM: I've been trying to think of it. I can't think of-- there's nothing like truly unique about-- I'm going to have to give it some thought.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: OK, get back to us.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: We have a 1935 craftsman style house. There's nothing, like, romantic or--

DAVID HIGHFIELD: No, I think your house is beautiful.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Well, that's very nice.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: I love the front porch. And don't you have-- do you have honeysuckle? What do you have outside?


DAVID HIGHFIELD: No, you had, like, something that-- in fact, the aroma was too much. Lilacs?

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Oh, yeah. That was our neighbor. We cut down our lilacs because we can't do it.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Because you can't stand the smell of lilacs?

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Well, it's what prompted Frankie to get allergies we think. Like, seasonal allergies. And then I started getting them, too, because they were so overpowering. Because it's not just like a little-- it's not, like, a little bush. It's huge.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Like a massive thing that was the size of the house.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Yeah, they're huge.





DAVID HIGHFIELD: That's-- once again, we've gone off on a tangent.


DAVID HIGHFIELD: Right now, we want to show you a pancake thief. So the pancake thief is a cute thief. It's cat named Tiger.


DAVID HIGHFIELD: And so Tiger sort of stole this pancake on television during this broadcast from Canterbury Cathedral in England. It was all caught on tape during their morning prayer broadcast. So we just want to give you a little sample, a little set the tone of what this was like. So just listen.

- --fire who cut it down perish the rebuke of your countenance.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: So it's very calming there. And you see Tiger right next to him. And there, Tiger is going to make his move. So Tiger's moving up on the table.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Oh, see, I don't even-- oh, because the table is right there behind the-- like, the shrub, or bush, or--

DAVID HIGHFIELD: And the Dean notices, but he keeps reading. And he's sort of just petting Tiger. And there goes the pancake. Did you see it?

HEATHER ABRAHAM: That's so cute.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: He gets-- oh, now we got a close up view. Here goes the pancake.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Is that a pancake or a crepe?

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Well, he called it a pancake. It kind of looks like a crepe when you zoom in, doesn't it? But the Dean did not seem at all upset. Listen.

- And we shall be saved. Well, Tiger's found some breakfast. It's pancake day for him as well.


DAVID HIGHFIELD: So this was actually back on Fat Tuesday, which is also Shrove Tuesday--


DAVID HIGHFIELD: --before Lent starts. And so that's why there were pancakes because that's sort of a traditional thing. Yeah, so Tiger is 14 years old, and apparently had to have a leg amputated because of cancer. Since then, he has been shy around other cats, but apparently not shy around pancakes.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: You can have as many pancakes as you want, Tiger. You eat your heart out.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Yeah, he also has taken the Dean's milk before.



HEATHER ABRAHAM: They seem to be good friends.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: I think they're good friends. So I think it's all right.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Yeah. Something we're excited about.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: I know. I want to see this.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: OK, so "The Wizard of Oz" is apparently undergoing a remake.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: I thought you were going to say renovation.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: Renovation. No.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: They're going to do a renovation.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: They're remaking "The Wizard of Oz" and-- OK, so I'm interested to see how this turns out. I'm also a little bit worried because it is such a classic. And we know that they've--

DAVID HIGHFIELD: It's a classic.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: They've done, you know, "The Wiz," which was well done. And we know that there's been "Wicked," which was well done.


HEATHER ABRAHAM: But can you really remake the-- I don't know.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: And there have been other movies that have tried to do it, too. And maybe not as well done as, like, what you just said, "The Wiz" and "Wicked." But I think it's very interesting. So they-- New Line Cinema is doing this. They've tapped the director of "Watchmen" to direct this. And, you know, what you're saying is so true because, like, people grow up with this.

I remember, like, watching on KDKA every Friday-- or not every Friday. But, like, it was always on a Friday every year, they would broadcast "The Wizard of Oz" in the evening. And I remember watching that with my mom. And, you know, you just get memories. And, you know, I remember, like, when the wicked witch and all that part you know when she's in the castle. And when I was really young, I didn't like that part, like, you know, because it's a little disturbing.


DAVID HIGHFIELD: Like, those marching soldiers. I don't know.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: In the age of animation, and graphic design, and all this stuff, I'm sure they can do something truly incredible with it. But again, there's something-- I don't know.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Well, I want to see it because, yes, you know, the classic will always be there. But it's such a great story. Why not re-imagine it in a new way?


DAVID HIGHFIELD: So anyhow, we're looking forward to it. No timetable yet on when that will be out.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: We don't know who Dorothy is going to be yet either.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: You should apply.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: With our Halloween costumes.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Right. Oh, yeah. We'll send the picture of our Halloween costume.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: We'll see if we can get it.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: See if New Line Cinema rings us up. All right, here's a question for you right now. Do you have piles of clutter, clothing, and other stuff filling your closets and drawers, even taking over your floors at this point? Well, then stay with us because coming up, we talk with a de-cluttering pro about how to tackle those piles and clear out the mess. But first, you have to get motivated.


DAVID HIGHFIELD: And we'll tell you how you can do that, too, coming up.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: That's the hardest part sometimes. And if you love home improvement shows, don't miss "Design Star: Next Gen" premiering this week with a local guy facing some unique design challenges. Coming up, we're going to talk with him about the show and what's at stake.

DAVID HIGHFIELD: Plus, 65 years ago today in Pittsburgh, Dr. Jonas Salk started vaccinating students against the polio virus. We're going to talk about the lessons we can learn from that time in history for today's pandemic.

HEATHER ABRAHAM: If you're watching PTL This Tuesday February 23, 2021, we are so glad you're here. Stay right there because we're going to be right back after this break.