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Buzzed Driving?

Bogus “Buzzed driving is drunk driving” fear campaign!

While out Christmas shopping all over the state of NJ this month – we’ve noticed a TON of these “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” announcement signs everywhere.

Are you the one that soaks it all up and just follows the herd? Or do you question really what is behind this mass marketed mental programming?

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What alcohol “law” is there when you have arbitrary punishments?

The NJ Attorney General’s office says:

“In New Jersey, a person is guilty of drunk driving if he/she operates a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater. BAC refers to the amount of alcohol in your blood. Although the law refers to a 0.08 percent BAC, you can be convicted of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor even when your BAC is below 0.08 percent.”

Read that sentence again. “Although the LAW refers to (one thing) you can be convicted (arbitrarily despite a documented law)….”

So what exactly can you be convicted for? A psuedo law? Because someone “thought” you were bad?

Meanwhile, the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission takes a somewhat different stance regarding DUI: “The ONLY scientific way to determine whether a driver is under the influence is through blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Your BAC can be tested with a simple Breathalyzer test. In New Jersey, a person with a BAC of 0.08% or greater who operates a motor vehicle or a boat is considered to be driving under the influence (DUI).”

So what is it? (And look at the Chinese menu of fines and penalties they’ve snuck in there for “violating” these laws).

The “law” is as simple as the mood a cop is in that day

Well, DWI Defense Attorneys Villani & DeLuca out of Point Pleasant, NJ say this: “Under the Limit Can Still Result in DWI! It is important to address a common misconception. A BAC of less than 0.08% does not mean you will always avoid a DWI charge. Police can decide you are intoxicated based on the “totality” of the circumstances, including your performance in the field sobriety tests, your speech, other behavior and your driving conduct. If you have any amount of alcohol in your system and it can be shown that the alcohol influenced your driving abilities, you can still be charged with DWI.”

You see that? What is the point of having a “law” with “scientific” measurements – if all it takes is some cop with a bad attitude to fuck with you?

What about people who are just bad drivers all the time? Or have bad coordination? Or a speech impediment? Even a sip of wine could crush them with thousands in fines!

And more importantly – if they’re going all-out with the “buzz” surrounding alcohol, maybe it’s time to amend the laws to make drinking, TEXTING and driving at the same time mandatory 10 year jail sentences. I bet most of the drunk driving accidents these days involved cell phone usage too.

Regardless – it will always be true that it’s best not to screw around regardless of how capable you think you are. Just never drink and drive!

Teens for Jeans

Teens for Jeans donation bin in Hoboken NJ

Have any jeans you don’t want anymore? Well, instead of throwing them out, or taking them to the Salvation Army in Jersey City – Hoboken High School’s Dimitri Rodriguez is taking part in the Teens for Jeans campaign:

“I’m currently running a community service project at my school called Teens for Jeans. Over a million young people experience homelessness in the United States every year and one of the most requested items that young people in homeless shelters ask for is a pair of jeans. There is a bin in the lobby of City Hall and is running until February 13, 2015. We only accept jeans of any size and color. I would great appreciate it so the word can get out around Hoboken.”

Teens for Jeans Hoboken NJ

Hoboken Christmas Trees

Get your Hoboken Christmas Trees now!

Don’t have your Christmas Tree set up yet? What are you waiting for? An “after Christmas” sale?

Instead of going to places like Home Depot for your tree – why not “shop local” and pick one up in town?

You have Cal’s Christmas Trees downtown (my favorite due to the easy in and out with your car!)

Cal's Christmas Trees Hoboken NJ

Hoboken Christmas Trees Cal's NJ

As well as Silletti Brothers also conveniently located smack dab in the middle of town.

Hoboken Christmas Trees Silletti Bros NJ

Better hurry, though… only nine days left until Christmas!

KRS-One gets props in Hoboken

Any of you remember KRS-One?

Spotted this interesting (minor) graffiti along Washington St. the other day: “KRS-One meets Tent City N.Y.City.” May not mean much on the surface, but it reminded my of some good times.

Growing up during the “birth” of Hip Hop / Rap was definitely good times. There were many prolific hip-hoppers out there, and KRS-One (Boogie Down Productions) was one of the best. We all had it playing in our “boomin’ systems…”

Krs-One graffiti hoboken NJ

KRS-One and BDP were prophets!

But going back and re-listening to his stuff from 20-25 years ago, and you realize how far ahead of the times he was with his lyrics! Especially important now, with all this moronic Michael Brown and Eric Garner crap hitting the streets. If everyone, and I mean everyone listened carefully to the messages it would make sense – and the violence would stop.

But we DO NOT HAVE PHILOSOPHY or critical thinking in popular music anymore. Not whatsoever! Thinking is outlawed!

Here are a few very relevant Boogie Down Productions / KRS-One songs that could easily be considered current today.

Boogie Down Productions: “Who protects us from you?”

Listen to the lyrics – or read them here. How true today? “You were put here to protect us – But who protects us from you?”

Boogie Down Productions: “Stop the Violence”

One of their first hits – and sensible lyrics again. Might be dated – but just replace some of the words – and it’s just like today! (Including presidential vacations).

Enjoy!Proof that listening to music of days past is well worth your time.

Xmas with Latin American Flavor

Latin American Flavor this Christmas in Hoboken

Sure, for Thanksgiving, it’s not too common to stray too far away from the traditional turkey dinner. But who said other than gingerbread cookies that you can’t inject some zesty Latin American Flavor to your cold Christmas food and drink options? Well, three of the best Hoboken restaurants ZafraCucharamama and Ultramarinos want to help!

Whether you get a nice gift certificate or have your holiday party catered – these three restaurants offer up some of the most unique and tasty dishes in Hoboken.

Imagine on your table whole legs of pork, Cuban tamales, Yuca, Rice, Beans and tons of other tasty side dishes and super fresh desserts and sweets? A happy experience, holiday or not!

Email ultramarinoscatering@gmail.com or call (201)238-2797 or (201)491-6023 to knock this item off your holiday to-do list. See the respective websites below for even more. Enjoy!

latin american flavor catering hoboken NJ holiday christmas feast

Cucharamama – 233 Clinton Street – cucharamama.com
Ultramarinos – 260 3rd Street – ultramarinos.biz
Zafra – 310 Willow Avenue – zafrakitchens.com

Brunch with Frosty

Brunch with Frosty the Snowman at Mikie Squared

We see a LOT of Hoboken marketing pass our desk here at Hoboken411. And for the most part, we’re okay with almost all of it. But in the end, not much “stands out” in terms of “wholesome.” I apologize for those who put effort into crafting a carefully planned marketing endeavor. But something about how “innocent” and truly sincere the fun events over at Mikie Squared are make them that much more “feel good” in my opinion. A partial throw-back to different times, is my inclination.

Take this “Frosty the Snowman” brunch series they’re doing starting this Saturday December 6th from 10am to 3pm, and continuing for the next two Saturdays (the 13th & 20th for the math-challenged). It’s such a harmless, yet fun event for the little ones in your life. It’s practically non-denominational, which makes it A-OK for everyone, and you get to enjoy some tasty food and drink in the process.

There will be holiday food and drink specials – free treats, and everyone gets to take photos with Frosty! (You know, because 98% of you have high mega-pixel smart phone cameras!)

I just think it’s sweet and fun. And if you have kids, they’ll love it even more and ask for it every year until they wake up and realize that Frosty is a fictional character!

Mikie Squared is located at 616 Washington Street and you can call them for more information at (201)792-0001.

Frosty the snowman Brunch Hoboken NJ Mikie Squared

PS – I reserve the right to change my opinion about “Frosty the Snowman” pending my review of his DVD collection.