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Welcome to the Homeland

My grandmother, who is on this trip with us, is originally from Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. It's been several decades, but we've been able to bring her back for a visit. Welcome to the Homeland. Thus begins our journey through Nova Scotia. I'll post again when I get back home unless fate would find me a computer.

Final Lucky Link: Cape Breton Music Online: the Gateway to Cape Breton Music

Quebec City

I'm doing the time travel thing and posting updates to my blog before things actually happen. Today through Monday morning my family and I are in Quebec City. The bed and breakfast we're staying at is French in the sense that I'm fairly certain that the owner's first language is French. Should be interesting! Also, keep an eye out for news about forest fires. While there's rain being predicted for most of the first half of our trip, this area has been in a dry season and there have been some problems with fires.

And my link for the day: Lonely Planet: Traveling with tolerance and Understanding

Soon to be out of here

I'm counting down the hours and minutes before I leave on vacation. Wouldn't you know the radio station I used to work for took a huge shot at our administration today. Craziness. So while my co-worker is working frantically to clear up that mess.. which it isn't.. it's just political b.s., I will be making my merry way out of here. I'm so mean *grins* Anyway, I had a few free moments in my day so I worked on something that will hopefully give you something to read over the next week. So check back over the next 7 days and there should be a couple small updates. Enjoy!

Living With A Wonderous Drug

I've had a long and storied past when it comes to caffeine. I've worshipped this drug in its various forms but never quite got the pill version it. My first official cup of coffee was taken at La Dolce Vita, a little Italian cafe in Irondequoit, NY at the age of 11 or 12. They used to have a Friday special where you got Lasagna, salad, coffee, and dessert for a very low price ($5.95 I believe). The lasagna was decent, the coffee smooth, and the desserts to die for. I used to spoon bites of my zuppa inglesia or cappuccino gelato into my coffee, watching the cream float on top. It was a sad day when this place closed.

I don't recall when a hot cuppa tea became a must with my breakfast cereal, but dim memories seem to suggest junior high. Sometime in here, my mom and I found this cute tea shop called Lavender Blue in the town of Greece. They served afternoon tea complete with hot scones with jam and whipped cream, cucumber sandwiches, tarts, and apricots dipped in cho…

Far, Far and Away

I will be leaving town tomorrow evening on a two-week trip out of the country. The destination list is Quebec City, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and an overnight in Portland, Maine. It will be two weeks of driving with my parents and grandmother. Should be lots of fun! I truly doubt I'll get a chance to update my blog, but we'll see! I know some of the bed and breakfast places I looked at had computer access, but I'm not sure if we made arrangements for those particular places. Otherwise, it's just days of endless scenery, tranquility, and hopefully meeting up with cousins in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia.

But You Seem So Conservative!

Sometimes it's surprising to hear how people view you. I was at the executive board meeting for Jamestown's NEXT (a young professional's group) last night and we got to talking about the Avril Lavigne concert that had happened in the city of Dunkirk that morning. The discussion was along the lines of "She's NOT punk!" I offered up, "OK Go.. they rock so hard! Comparitively." I got four sets of wide eyed-stares from two members and the comment, "I never thought I'd hear the phrase 'rocks so hard' from Julia's mouth!" I was dumbfounded. Then the one fellow stated that I seem so conservative, especially when you consider how I dress. I had just come from work, so I was still in the "monkey suit" to a degree. I answered back that I really don't get into clothes too much and I just tend to wear plain stuff. I just think it's so funny that they thought I was conservative. I assured them they didn't…

There Goes The Last DJ

I occasionally troll the news sites for the latest bits on blogs or the media industry. The Washington Post had a great article about the effects of deregulation in the radio industry. It addresses several issues currently before FCC Chairman Michael Powell. I keep dreaming there will be a time when the whole conglomeration collapses and the radio industry has a shot at rebirth in terms more owners, thus the chance for more diversity and local flavor on the airwaves. I'm not sure I'll ever see that day but we can hope.

Also, Wired News provides a story about a couple bloggers trying to turn a humiliating episode for one Canadian kid into a positive thing. Perhaps we all should take a cue from them.

Yes, I Know the Lord

It seems no matter where I live in this town, the religious folk search me out. This morning my doorbell rings twice. To clarify that, it rang once and then rang again after I stood at the upstairs window waiting to see who walked away from the door. After the second ring, I decided to throw on my robe and answer just in case it was a friend. It wasn't the Mormons this time, but Jehovah's Witnesses. A nice Black couple stood smiling at me with their briefcases chock full of "The Watchtower" newsletter. I regarded them with some wariness and then tried to supress the smile and giggle that rose up when I realized that once again, they had found me.

I told them I was happy with the religious path I'm on and when they asked which path that was, I hesitated and answered "Unitarian". Now, I'm not really any religion but I figured if I was going to affiliate myself with something for that moment, Unitarian it was. The woman asked if I incorporated …
Where is my Mind?You're smart, shy, and often nonsensical. You have dreams of being famous, and you're quirky enough that you just might pull them off. Some would call you a genius, others would call you insane, but in reality you're pretty well-adjusted. Take a vacation once in a while- it'll help take your mind off of your troubles. Which Pixies song are you?

You Can Go Your Own Way

The Fleetwood Mac show in Buffalo last night was pretty amazing. The Buffalo News had a review in today's paper. For me, it was about seeing a band that had some great tunes. I also was curious to hear Stevie Nicks in action. She was in top form and Lindsey Buckingham surprised me with his stamina and enthusiasm. A good concert all around. I was especially happy to hear them perform "Don't Stop" even though I tend towards the misty-eyed side of the matter since it reminds me of the good ol' days when all we were worried about was whether Chelsea would grow up to be a pretty girl and what pretty girl was gettin' it on with the President. Oh come on, you know you're a wee bit nostalgic for those days!

The Dangerous Place that This Is..

The Buffalo News always gives me something to laugh about. This week it would be The Buzz, which appears every Thursday on the front of the Life & Arts page. Scroll down to the "Be On Guard" paragraph and read what Mary Kunz is saying about this humble county.

That little clip did tip me off that the Chautauqua Institution concert schedule has been released. I may just make it to a concert there this summer. I've always wanted to see the Indigo Girls and Huey Lewis would be hard to pass up. What a disappointment about KC and The Sunshine Band though!

In Java, Literally...

Written at Java's in Rochester, NY
May 9-10, 2003

Twenty-six to twenty-seven years. Still hanging out here.

I so miss eavesdropping here. Even on stupid " Can I borrow a cigarette?" conversations. Ach. And people watching. And striking up quick, random conversations with people at tables nearby. You don't even have to remember each other's name. It's a familiar anonymity. Total strangers will ask for chairs from your table, will ask if they can share a corner of your table. And if you see them around enough, soon you'll be sharing iced cappuccinos on hot summer evenings.

The things that binds you... hard to say. But there's the sense that you all love this place and always will no matter how jaded you try to be about it in your "advancing" years. That's why I come back. Plus, it's the only real coffee shop in this state or nation where I actually enjoy the coffee.

It's funny how a single sip reminds the tastebuds. Th…

I Saw the Best Minds of My Generation..

Ok, so the above is really Ginsberg but it's cool.

Way to go, your alter poet is Jack Kerouac, who is
by FAR the coolest!

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You Know It's Been A Long Week...

This morning's commute to work found me jamming along with the "Friday" song on the local Top 40 station. It's one of those stock songs that half of the Top 40 stations in the country probably uses come Friday. It's a mish mash disco-like song with "strong" guitars and clips from various places proclaiming "Thank God It's Friday!" along with other gimmicks. It's been such a long week that I was actually bobbing my head a little singing along with the catch phrase, "Born to be alive!" Either that or I need some caffiene stat.

Those Irondequoit Folks Just Love That MTV

I have to giggle a little over how many "locals" are on MTV'sSorority Life or Fraternity Life. I've copied a news story from the Irondequoit Post (my hometown's weekly newspaper) below:

IHS grad featured in MTV sorority show
By Linda Quinlan/Messenger Post Staff

You might have caught six Irondequoit High School athletes if you were watching the MTV series "Sorority Life 2" recently.

No, they weren't joining a sorority, but they were featured in a segment on a scavenger hunt the SUNY Buffalo sorority, Delta Xi Omega – "DZO" for short – held last fall.

One of the athletes, Chris Amico, a senior at Irondequoit High School, also happens to be the younger brother of one of the show's key sorority sisters, Stacey Amico, who was the "pledge mom" this past semester.

The recent scavenger hunt segment also featured IHS students Jason Giaconia, John York, Mike Zaccardo, Joe Centofonti, and Mike Giordanella. It was filmed at the Woo…

She's a Flight Risk

Gah, I'm totally addicted to "She's a flight risk". I haven't made up my mind on whether it's fiction or not, but I bow to the people over at Wired.Com News for this article that led me to that blog.

It's truly fascinating. I'm sure everyone thinks about running away at some point in their lives. I once had a grand scheme to ride my bike all the way to Seattle, WA from Rochester, NY when I was in 8th grade. And when I was at Buffalo State I used to drive back to Rochester at a moment's notice just to see my boyfriend. Seeing him was a first priority, but I also did it for the thrill of escaping to some place without really telling anyone. I would still like to do that if I didn't have time constraints. Matt and I do try to take spontaneous day trips, but it's been a long time since we up and decided to just pack it up and go off on an unexpected weekend. The last time we did that, we went to Cleveland and shocked the bejeezus out o…


Where did I go? Good question!

Things have picked up in some areas of my life but I'll be back to our regularly scheduled blog in time. In the meantime, enjoy the wacky antics of In Passing.
Say Goodbye

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Phew, Only 52%

Courtesy of Heidi, who got it from the Manor House page.

"52% You haven't quite cut that snob mustard, Julia.
Being 52% doesn't make you properly stuck up but
nor does it condemn you to burn in middle-class hell.
Unless you want to hang in snob limbo forever, brush up
on those P's and Q's, buy yourself some fruit knives and
start lying about your education quick."

I like 52%. Smack down the middle like the Libra I'm supposed to be.

A Pun Beginning to a Story

I was checking out some stories on the D&C site when the line to this story caught my eye and made me laugh:

Rochester liquor store owners are mixing cheers with boos over a state plan that would allow them the option of opening on Sundays.

Author of the article, Joseph Spector, we salute you!


Occassionally I have to reach back into my music vault and drag out some "oldies". Last night I picked out Morrissey's "Vauxhall and I" to accompany me while I washed dishes. Matt comes downstairs all concerned, thinking something is wrong, since he thinks I only drag out my Morrissey/Smiths albums when I'm in a funk. He's so cute! It's funny but I've always considered "Vauxhall and I" a kind of spring to summer album. The song "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" seems to have this humidity about it, like it was riding on the waves of a thunderstorm. Of course it was pretty close to raining last night when I had the album on.