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Ahhh.. Sunday

I don't have much to say. Washed some dishes. Very good thing. Had ran out of cups to drink juice out of. Yuck. Put the coffee maker through its paces with some de-liming/de-oiling/cleaning solution. Now the filter looks normal. Hoorah!

Going to go to brunch with Matt's parents now. Ta.
The Death of Internet Radio

Go here to read about the end of Internet Radio as we know it. Incidentally, I've heard about this station via a newslist I'm on for Time No Reason, a band I used to have in rotation on WBWC at Baldwin-Wallace College. I have to read about this more, but I believe this law/act/piece of shit doesn't affect non-commercial stations that are broadcasting online, so hopefully WBER can continue to grace the Internet with their alternative music. Ditto for the numerous public radio stations out there that do that NPR thing as well.
It's In the Mail

The word is that our computer should arrive today. Matt checked our tracking number and it was on its way to Jamestown. I'll be pretty happy about that since I've received two cds from the Sassy Sisterhood CD Swap and I feel lame for not being able to send mine out yet. I just hope my selections of female artists are as fun to listen to as the cds I've received. Incidentally, can anyone comment on a good cd burning program? I've used the one that's bundled with RealOne Player, but would like to upgrade so there's not this 2 seconds of "dead air" between songs and the songs are all equalized so that you don't go from a low recording to a high recording, thus blasting your ears out. I'm not real technologically savvy but I can work my way around stuff. Comments? Anyone? Anyone?

Don't Eat the Fat Free!

Just a kind word of advice. The fat free Friendship Nonfat Cottage Cheese tastes nothing like cottage cheese asid…
I'll Trade some Spaces With You Baby

Thanks to Jessica for the link to tv's hottest carpenters. Amy and Ty make it all worthwhile. They will be mine. Oh yes, they will be mine. *slaps self* Ok. Anyway. I guess I must have a thing for guys that are lean with dirty blond hair (sorry Matt). It's like that small glasses fetish of mine. I think glasses are soooo sexy! Matt thinks it's funny that I get that stupid grin on my face whenever the sports director is on our local cable station. It doesn't help that we hang out with him sometimes since it gives Matt even more material to make fun of me. Geez. It's not like I'm going to take off on him or anything *rolls eyes* *laughs* And what's with Entertainment Weekly's url? ew.com? Ewww.
Children's Books, Children's CDs

Many thanks to Shep for providing a link to a list of children's books one of his friends plans to write some day. You have to scroll down to the 5/27/02 entry to read it. It put a smile on my face and immediately reminded me of the books with titles like "Everyone Farts." I guess they're semi-considered artistic since you can buy them in the gift store at Albright-Knox Art Museum in Buffalo.

A piece of good news: the new album by They Might Be Giants, No!, is number one of the children's music charts. I think that's sooo cool. Of course I own the album. I'm thinking of getting it for one of my friends who just had a kid since I know she won't tolerate Barney the Purple Dinosaur (I don't know why parents allow that stuff in their house!).

I Pledge Allegiance..

Oh boy. Here's a topic that's hot, so naturally I'm going to jump on that bandwagon (is that like jumping shark?). My opinion on al…
Judy In The Sky.. Sheptastic!

I'm all for making our work week only 4 days long. Long weekends could be a very good thing. This weekend wasn't bad. Matt and I took in "The Truth Isn't Out There" performed by the Bunbury Theatre Company. Funny stuff! It was written by a local lad, so that was a bonus. It also marked the first time we had attended a theatre production in Jamestown. We've been to concerts and the ballet, but never theatre. Local groups just rock. It made me think fondly of productions my friends have been in over the past years (Nuts, Memorandum, many one acts..).

Saturday night we did go on the walk around the Stow Farm with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy. It was a bit muddy, but the air was great. It had this musky, earthy, clean smell to it. Well, maybe not clean but you felt like you were in a good place. There was this amazing black willow tree that was at least a hundred years old. The trunk and limbs all twisted and k…
Happy First Day of Summer!

I nearly forgot that it's the longest day of the year. Unfortunately, I have to get up early tomorrow to read a proclamation at the American Heart Walk. In the meantime, plans for the first days of summer include a walk along Chautauqua Lake with the Watershed Conservancy, maybe taking in a play by The Bunbury Theatre Company, eating ice cream at Tastee Corners, and maybe a wee bit of gardening since the weeds I yanked out two weekends ago have creeped up again.
He Defined the Term "Meathead"

I went to a new fitness place yesterday to learn how to use their machines and where I should start in my workout program. The fitness place has a trainer, Justin, on hand to show you the proper way to control the equipment, how to fill in a sheet that keeps track of how many reps/weights/seat position/etc., and generally answer questions. The training was fine. After we finished the go-around, I headed off to use some piece of equipment that looked like a step-machine but had poles that moved your arms as if you were cross-country skiing (epileptic machine? something like that, but not in an epilepsy-kind of way). Justin called over as I walked away and the following conversation occured:

Justin: "Hey, what school did you go to?"
Me: "High School or College?"
Justin: "High school."
Me: "Irondequoit."
Justin: looks confused
Me: "It's in Rochester. I'm from Rochester."
Justin: &qu…
Quick & Dirty Addition

I just coded back in a comments feature. It's not the prettiest, but it's something to keep y'all amused until my home computer is functional. In the meantime I will be blogging occassionally from work. Shhhh.

Lunch in Historic Westfield

I met up with Sean (from Rochester) for lunch in Westfield today. It was pretty awesome to have lunch with a high school friend out here. He was in town for an interview at the Westfield Middle School. With all the teacher retirements happening, I'm hoping that he and Anne (his girlfriend and an old friend of mine) find jobs easily. That would be nice for them. And although if Sean was offered and had to take the job here in Westfield it would suck since his family & Anne are in Rochester. I, selfishly of course, wouldn't mind since I'd love to have a friend move here. We'll see how it goes.
And It Dies Again!

We have to send our lovely computer back to Hewlett-Packard. It seems that when we sent it in April the maintenance guys might have forgotten to put a new hard drive in it afterall, thus re-installing our old hard drive with all the bad sectors on it. And here we thought they were just being nice by transferring all our old information. Guess they don't do that unless they have a special order to do that. Argh. So we will be computer-less for this week and perhaps the next. I will blog as often as I can! I'm especially disappointed since I joined a Sassy Sisterhood CD Swap that started this week. Without my computer to burn cds I can't swap :-(
How About a Trip to Orlando?

I found out this past Friday that I'm eligible to win an I Love Lucy contest Trip for 4 to Orlando, Florida. Some of you may recall that I won the 50th Anniversary watch last year, which surprised me to no end. This is slightly different than those junk mail/email/calls that you sometimes receive for "You have won a trip/money/small island off the coast of Brazil!" only because it is legitimate (originally sponsored by TV Land I believe). Anyway, I now have to wait for the paperwork to be mailed so I can fill out my eligibility forms. Funny stuff, eh?

Aren't You Julie??

Janine's graduation party was lots of fun. Awesome food! There was a clam bake (think 50 dozen steamed clams for the crowd), barbequed ribs and chicken from the Dinosaur BBQ, yummy cornbread, chocolates/chocolate dipped fruit from Encore Chocolate, salt potatoes, Aunt Karen's beans (mmmm), and corn on the cob. I wish I lived closer to Rochester because I could…
Through the Glass Door

My dad witnessed a robbery at the Credit Union he belongs to last night. It was after 5:30pm when he got to the bank on Hudson Avenue in the town of Irondequoit. As he walked to the door, an Asian man said, "No! Don't Go In There!" My dad thought the guy was a little nuts and kept walking to the door. He noticed things seemed odd and when he looked through the glass door he saw a guy jump over the desk to where the tellers work. He decided at that point to get the hell out of there and started walking towards the Chase-Pitkins Hardware store next door. He turned around and stood behind a pole to watch what happened next. Always on his toes, he managed to get the license plate numbers as two guys ran out of the bank and sped off. Naturally, he had to give info to the police when they showed up, but that was it. We found out this morning in the Local news briefs in the Democrat & Chronicle that the two guys robbing the bank had semi-autom…
A Post-September 11 Must Read: It's Your Rights

I found this article via Wil who questioned whether this has been seen in any American news publication. I ask the same thing. One of more interesting parts of the article was the list of names of people who have signed the letter.

20I act like I'm 20.
This test was brought to you by Liam - Serving you fresh farce daily. Take it here.

Well.. I may be living in the 60's (see previous post with quiz results) but apparently I'd rather be in college (well duh!). Age 20 wasn't a bad year. Met some pretty cool people (including dating one of them for about 3 years), went on two cool trips to Windsor, ONT, had my first experience at getting drunk (Wooo!!), and generally had a lot of fun.
A Lesson on How to Really Trash the White House

Go here for a great laugh and an update on vandalism of the White House just prior to George W's move in.
Take the Subway Down I-86

Driving to work today I passed two oversize load vehicles carrying subway cars. It was quite a site to see these cars being carried down Interstate-86. It was almost as if the subway cars had broken away from their tracks and went on their own commute across New York state. I'm not sure if the cars were from New York City since the only identifier on the one car was "#3138, Not In Service."
Must De-Stress

I'm absolutely full to the brim with stress. Probably talking about it on here doesn't help, but at least it's better than thinking about work. I have so much work this week and next. Nothing like working on at least 7 press releases at once. Now, that might not seem like much, but when you take into account that it means bugging at least 7 people for information for the release, having those at least 7 people fact/quote check the release once I finally can write, getting approval for the 7 releases from 3 people at least 7 times, and then finally sending out the releases to the media.. well, that's a lot of time and work. On top of that, the house is a disaster. The kitchen is at least. I already guilt-tripped Matt about that. It's his responsibility and we've ran out of clean juice glasses, bowls, and little plates (not counting butter knives).

Trip Planning

The reservations are made for our two trips to Cleveland in July. The first tr…
The Forward Approach

The funniest moment of the day happened in the meeting I just came from. We have our weekly Administrative Services team meeting in the former County Clerk's office across the street from the current county office buildings. It's a small brick structure that has a cafe on one side and a computer lab/conference room on the other. Since it's older, we like to open the windows to get a breeze during the warmer weather. Unfortunately, this lets in the noise of traffic and kids getting out of school. However, this was a small bonus today. There's nothing like being in the middle of a serious work-related conversation and some teenage boy yelling "Hey (insert girl's name)! Will you have sex with me??" The whole group burst into laughter. Not a huge moment, but probably one of the best for today.

Gardening At Night

I've been steadily de-weeding the overgrown gardens around the house. I keep finding more little plots that need to …
Blogging and Journalism

I'd like to sit in on this college class about blogging out of mere curiosity. However, I tend to agree with Sean Kirby, author of the Daily Pundit, who said in the above linked article, "Teaching of blogging in journalism school signals an end of an era, a movement from blogging being separate from the old media, to it being appropriated by the media establishment."

This blog tends to be a more informal update on my daily happenings, but I do like to get a little serious at times. I will be soon adding to my links on the left the serious blogs I've been reading lately. It's amazing how much we miss in the popular media. There is such a load of information out there that I believe many things are happening under our noses that would appall us. Not that I'm saying there's a mass conspiracy, I just think there's an overabundance of information that the popular media has trouble sorting into a level of importance or relevancy.
Honey, They're Playing Our Song

Matt and I actually had to discuss what "our song" was at one point. We realized that we had several, very different songs that could count as "ours." Ready for the run down?

Len - Steal My Sunshine
Def Leppard - Animal
U2 - Beautiful Day

Ok, now the explanation (at Matt's pleading):

"Steal My Sunshine" came out when Matt and I started hanging out (just friends at this point). It was catchy and hadn't been obliterated by top 40 radio yet, so we dug it. Incidentally, we both heard it for the first time at the same time, but in different cities. I was in Rochester and he was here in Jamestown. I came home from my trip and said, "Hey, I heard this great song!" and Matt said, "Me too!" And truth be known, it was this song. Also, Matt had called me Sunshine a couple of times before this song came out and the name stuck (mostly now because I'm anything but sunny when I wake up).

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Which era in time are you?

Well.. that's cool.. that would make me about 16 years older than I actually am. Come to think of it.. most of the people I work with are at least 16 years older than me. Guess that makes sense.
The Latest on Re-districting in NYS

Here are some local links to stories on the approved redistricting plan:
The Jamestown Post-Journal Note: the map featured is incorrect
The Buffalo News This gives a better picture of who is benefiting from the plan pushed by the Governor and the Vice-President (note, I had it wrong in my last post)
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle The following quote from the story says it all: "This is the worst screwing we have ever gotten from the state Legislature, and we've gotten a few lately," said Mayor William A. Johnson Jr. about the plan approved Wednesday.
New York State Wired Offers links to online papers around the state.

More Blood

Oh yeah. I forgot to mention that I donated blood yesterday. It wasn't bad. Had a funny moment when the nurse prepping me looked at my information sheet and said, "Oh, you don't work at the radio station anymore? How long have you been gone?" When I told her it had been over a year she responded, "Oh. Where have I been!" Stuff like that catches me off guard sometimes. But back to donating blood. It's kind of fascinating to watch the stuff that sustains your life flowing through tubes. It always surprises me at how fast it fills up the tubes they use for testing. Weird stuff.

Redistricting Shenanigans

For today at least, Chautauqua County will be part of the same Congressional district as Erie County. Go here see a map of District 27, which is part of the new plan approved by the New York State Legislature today. What this means is that Chautauqua County, a rural county, will be separated from other rural counties like Cattaraugus, …
The Flash and Crash of the Seasons

Not very many people slept fitfully last night in Chautauqua County. Several thunderstorms rumbled through the area, illuminating countless bedrooms, rousing people from their sleep. I managed to sleep better than some, but even I got up and toddled down the hall to get a glass of water in the midst of it. The lightning was quite impressive. Lots of forks, bolts, and huge flashes that lit up the sky.

Blood and Gore in the Morning

For some reason, people are talking about all sorts of icky things today. My morning chit chat with our Senior Aide consisted of her telling me all about her granddaughter getting her thumb slammed into a doorway by a table she was carrying. That evolved into another story about how the same granddaughter broke her leg, but walked on it for a couple days. Then I went down the hallway to the Legislative offices where the aides were talking about female issues "down there." This included a procedure where an ag…
Treating Our Teenagers Like Babies

I don't usually pay attention to anything Fox News has to say, but this article on how we infantilized teenagers by Glenn Reynolds made sense. I could see this happening when I was in high school. Fortunately, my parents did have expectations that I would behave like an adult. Well, maybe it was that "iron fist" in an attempt to keep me innocent, but not unruly. But it used to truly irritate me at the lack of respect and maturity that some of my classmates above and below me exhibited. At times it was amusing, but for the most part irritating.
Bright and Early on a Saturday Morning

I did another one of my sleep-after-dinner-until-morning tricks again. That is, I had dinner, checked my email, and laid down for a little nap. I then proceeded to fall asleep for most of the night, only waking up to visit the W.C. I'm convinced my body hates me.

Relay For Life

At noon I have to go over to Washington Middle School (a few blocks from my house) to read a proclamation for the Relay for Life day. This is a benefit for cancer research that also recognizes the survivors. Last year I showed up in a suit to read the proclamation. This year I know better. Shorts and a t-shirt it is! Matt is supposed to go too and read a proclamation as well, but he's moving real slow at the moment. He was also supposed to go help with the set-up of a playground this morning, but since he went out last night, I doubt that's going to happen. Yeah, he doesn't fool me when he says stuff like "My allergies are killing me" righ…