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What Is Our Country Coming To?

My view of the people who live in the same country as I becomes very dim when I read stories about students who believe the Press should be more restricted. This goes along with having to listen a pop music morning show where the hosts mistakenly believe that just because our Founding Fathers were Christains, that pushing Christianity on everyone is okay. I'm really getting sick of it.

People I used to work with said that this country is already a theocracy, not a democracy. I love what this country was founded on, but I hate the people ruling it right now. I hate that the citizens of this country are so lazy and willing to go along with whatever they hear on the radio or tv that they don't question that our rights under the Constitution are slowing disappearing. My only hope is for a revolution of thought where the corruption of the President etc. are exposed and people finally see what's happening here. Sadly, I'm not sure it's possible, especially after November…

A Fresh Cuppa

Regular readers will notice that In Java, Literally... has been blessed with a new design. I have the lovely Cherry at Web Divas to thank. The inspiration for this template has been perking for awhile, and I was fortunate to find someone who was able to make it happen for me at a very reasonable price. Comments are welcome.

For those not in the know, the whole premise of this blog was inspired by Java's, formerly Java Joe's, in Rochester, NY where I spent many nights throughout high school and college drinking excellent coffee, having fantastic conversations with friends, listening to live music by whoever happened to drop by from neighboring Eastman School of Music, and scribbling down thoughts that often began with the play on words: "In Java, Literally..."

The Kissing Man

We saw Sideways last night. Yes, it is amazing that this movie came to Jamestown, but that's besides the point.

The point is that the lead actor, Paul Giamatti, had an early appearance in one of my favorite movies, Singles, as the "Kissing Man." For those who don't recall this scene or aren't aficionados of the movie, this is the scene where Linda and Steve are having lunch or coffee in a cafe and there's a couple noisily making out at the next booth. Steve and Linda are trying to talk, but keep getting distracted by the sucking-face action. The guy looks over at them and says, "What??" and his girlfriend mutters, "Ugh.. no privacy anymore" or something to that effect. Funny shit. There's a point of trivia for you today.

"It's not safe in Upstate..."

Matt F. clued me into this rap artist from the Rochester, NY area called Beneficial. He's written a song about Rochester, NY that's either hysterical or a shrewd commentary on the Greater Metro area. I think the hysterical part comes from part of the chorus where he mentions ".. the weather changes twice a week.." punctuated by "Rochester, New York!"

Here's another site with some bio background.

Fine Dining Returns To Jamestown

Over the past two months, two fine dining establishments have opened, or re-opened, in the city of Jamestown. Matt and I had dinner at The Ironstone last Monday. This restaurant has gone through several owners, a major fire, and other happenings to now be owned by the same group that owns Olive's, The Watermark, and La Fleur in the Mayville area. The service was very professional, even though I had to giggle a little at the seriousness of our young waiter. Matt had the prime rib special that came with mashed horseradish potatoes. I had a the grilled ahi tuna with Asian cucumber salad. Both were excellent. For dessert, Matt had their molten chocolate dish which he compared to the chocolate souffle he had on our cruise, but better. I had the creme brulee, which was very good but I couldn't finish it. Matt sipped tea while I splurged on an Late Harvest Vidal Blanc ice wine from Heron Hill Winery. A very enjoyable dinner and we would definitely go back again.

Also now open next …

Music Meme

Snagged this made-for-Julia meme fromWeblog Wannabe.

1. What’s the total size of music files on your computer?

12.7 GB and counting.

2. What is the last CD you bought?

U2- How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (Deluxe)

3. What is the last song you listened to before you read this post?

"Drop It Like It's Hot" - Snoop Dogg Featuring Pharrell. It was on MTV Hits and I had to look it up since I didin't catch the credits before the song began. Needless to say, I switched the channel pretty fast.

4. Name four songs that you listen to a lot or that mean a lot to you.

I am a melodic pop bitch so some of the songs I listen to a lot are just damn fun to sing along with, even if the lyrics don't always means something. Songs that are guaranteed to please include The Format "The First Single," TrebleCharger "Brand New Low," Leona Naess "Charm Attack," and XTC "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead." Some of these mean a lot. I'm not getti…

A Tangential Post

Ok, since it's been days, I decided to write one of my famous tangential posts. I say famous only because I'm known to do this in real life occasionally.

My former boss makes me laugh. Apparently, while on the radio the other day, our County Executive said that Governor Pataki should "git'er done" in terms of his Medicaid plan. I don't know if it was intentional or if he just watched The Blue Collar Comedy Tour one too many times. I think it would be funny for him, or any elected official, to say that straight to the Guv's face or any of the "three men in a room."

We took advantage of our self-imposed "snow day" yesterday to do many, many loads of laundry. When I sorted everything out, you couldn't walk through our upstairs hallway. I told Matt this could never happen again.

Speaking of snow, I'm disappointed that once again, Jamestown gets screwed. I look at the RADAR and stories from New England and think, "Why the hell…
Liberally stolen from Buffalo Bloggers Buffalo Pundit & Byzantium's Shores.

Here's a list of the 50 worst songs of all time. You have to highlight the ones you actually LIKE.

1. We Built This City ... Starship (I hate to admit to this)
2. Achy Breaky Heart ... Billy Ray Cyrus
3. Everybody Have Fun Tonight ... Wang Chung
4. Rollin' ... Limp Bizkit
5. Ice Ice Baby ... Vanilla Ice (the ultimate sing along on the ski bus!)
6. The Heart of Rock & Roll ... Huey Lewis and the News
7. Don't Worry, Be Happy ... Bobby McFerrin
8. Party All the Time ... Eddie Murphy
9. American Life ... Madonna
10. Ebony and Ivory ... Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
11. Invisible ... Clay Aiken
12. Kokomo ... The Beach Boys
13. Illegal Alien ... Genesis
14. From a Distance ... Bette Midler
15. I'll Be There for You ... The Rembrandts (Oh just try not to clap your hands at *that* spot!)
16. What's Up? ... 4 Non Blondes
17. Pumps and a Bump ... Hammer
18. You're the Inspiration ..…

What's My Age Again?

Holy Cow! Nearly dead on!

Stolen from Erin-Go-Blog

You Are 27 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

What Age Do You Act?

When Making Up a Snow Day Back Fires

The Warren, PA Central School district may have a small p.r. problem on their hands. Fast and furious discussion on one of our local radio morning shows tipped me off about this item. It seems that to make up for a snow day earlier this winter season, the districted opted to have students make up the day yesterday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Now it isn't uncommon for a school district to take away a holiday in order to make up a snow day, but there are a couple issues for Warren Central Schools here:

1. The District could have canceled the Teacher In-Service day the Friday leading into the holiday weekend.

2. Warren County already has a problem with being viewed as non-discriminatory since the KKK did hold a rally in the city of Warren within the past five years. I cannot confirm this, but I also hear they do have a local branch of the KKK in Warren, PA.

Now, I'm not an expert in school administration, but from a public relations standpoint, I think there are ways to overcom…

Jamestown First City In New York State To Go Wireless

The city of Jamestown has installed a wireless network for its police force. Here's two takes on the story.

The Local News Side - courtesy of The Jamestown Post-Journal

Public Safety Goes Wireless
Jamestown Becomes First City In New York State To Cut Lines On Communications

By Loren Kent

The eyes and ears of city officials around New York State are on Jamestown. City officials marked the beginning of "something really big" as the city became the first in New York state to utilize wireless broadband communication for city utilities and public safety.

The "unwiring" ceremony at City Hall marked the beginning of a 100 percent wireless fidelity network for public safety communications in the city. "I trust that our local electricians have disconnected this wire from any power supply," Mayor Sam Teresi joked as he cut a wire representing Jamestown’s severing from traditional computer ties and marking the city’s advancement to wireless communication. "B…

Because I'm in a Saturday Goof-Off Mood

I needed a break from honest blogging, so here's a set of blog quizzes that I did on my day off.

You Are From Venus

You love all forms of beauty. You love dressing up and anything luxurious.
A social butterfly, you're incredibly popular and a great host.
You're known for your fairness and affection. And as a frind to all.
Careful though! You're desire to please may make you too willing to conform.
Be yourself. Focus on what matters to you. You'll be all the more popular for it.

What Planet Are You From?

Like this is any surprise

Your Dominant Intelligence is Musical Intelligence

Every part of your life has a beat, and you're often tapping your fingers or toes.
You enjoy sounds of all types, but you also find sound can distract you at the wrong time.
You are probably a gifted musician of some sort - even if you haven't realized it.
Also a music lover, you tend to appreciate artists of all kinds.

You would make a great musician, disc jockey, singer, or composer.

What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have?

I AM 11% WHITE TRASH! I, my friend, have class. I am so not white trash. . I am more than likely Democrat, and my place is neat, and there is a good chance I may never drink wine from a box. Take the WHITE TRASH test at

Hmm.. that 11% must come from living in a rural city, which is an oxymoron of a sort.

Saving Lunenburg

I'm stealing a post from Gen X at 40 because it's important to me. To find out why, go read the original post here.

This is the very quaint and historic town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia:

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

My parents, grandmother, and me visited back in May 2003 on our two-week tour of the Maritimes. While we only spent an afternoon in the town, it left an impression on me. The people in the visitor's centre were very friendly, our lunch was tasty, the shops were cute (where I picked up a calendar, coasters, shot glass, and other tourist-y items), and the vistas were beautiful. I told Matt we'd have to go there together some day. Let's hope whoever buys the Clearwater buildings has reasonable plans that fit the character of the town.

And How Are We Today?

I am not getting sick. I simply can't be. That's why I take echinacea! Phoo. Well, my throat has gradually become more sore each day this week. It's not terrible, but it's not comfortable either. I've also been fairly tired, but getting up at 6:30am and driving 45 minutes each way to and from work sometimes takes the starch out of you. I'm looking forward to tomorrow, when I can sleep away the morning. I did have one of those panic moments today when I thought it might actually be Thursday and not Friday.

Snow, Ice, & Rain

The weather has been interesting the past couple of days. Even though it was a bit of nuisance, I enjoyed cracking the creme brulee-like layer of ice on top of the snow that coated my car this morning. Even though almost all the schools had closed in the county, the ice and snow had melted making the roads just fine for driving. In fact, driving to work was easier today than yesterday when I had to pump my brakes while going down Airport Hill to avoid sliding into traffic or down a steep incline. The trick will be seeing how everything cooperates for tonight. We're supposed to get more snow and the wind is going to pick up. I don't think it'll be to terrible since all that snow will get weighed down by the slush on the ground, meaning there won't be anything for the wind to blow around. On top of that, the temperature has been warm enough today that icing shouldn't be too terrible on limbs and other wind-vulnerable objects. I'm also hoping that all the salt the…

Helping In 360 Degrees Fashion

For the past week and in the coming weeks, you will be reading, hearing, and seeing a lot of appeals for your help in regards to the tsunami victims. Since most of you probably visit and have wish lists there, I suggest you wander back there today to their Disaster Relief page. Donate $5. It's not hard. Seriously, what is $5? A sandwich? Your daily frapu-mocha-latte-cino from Starbucks?

And after you've done that and you've started patting yourself on the back, call the Red Cross (1-800-448-3543), or visit their Blood donation site to find out how you can donate blood. It's only fair that while you help those in need abroad that you extend the hand to those who need it at home.

International aid organizations:
UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)
United Nations' World Food Programme
Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors without Borders (donate!)
CARE International
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies


You are British Columbia!

Taken from Erin-go-blog!:

You're British Columbia. You're hip and happenin'
but also a nice person who isn't a snob. Career
is important to you but it isn't your whole
life. People assume that your life is perfect
and that you have it all, like you were born
with a silver spoon in your mouth. But it's not
true; you do have your own set of troubles just
like everybody else.

What Canadian Province Are You?
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I was hoping for Nova Scotia, honestly.