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Always time for a glass of wine!

Correct: Always time for a glass of wine in Hoboken!

99% of marketing out there has zero affect on me and my life (thankfully). And even though this sandwich board outside Bin 14 uptown didn’t convince me to spend $15 a glass for wine at a bar – I have to say I agree with it 100%. “There’s always time for a glass of wine!”

(Oh, and the kind folks at Sparrow Wine uptown found me a case of my favorite Organic Wine: Venta Morales – a fine tasting Tempranillo out of Spain for just $75 bucks a case! Under $7 a bottle cannot be beat!)

Enjoy your wine (or whatever you drink your worries away with) this weekend!

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WHY: Madden 15 Lunacy

Madden 15 documents where we are going

Was forced to watch this three and a half minute “commercial” for the latest sports video game called Madden 15. It has been watched over 15 million times. That is twice the amount of time (and productivity) wasted compared to the equally moronic Charlie Sheen Ice Bucket Video.

And you can only imagine how many years of life were collectively erased from planet earth actually playing this game since it was released!

But you can actually use this opportunity as a learning experience. Watching commercials like this can be eye-opening, especially if you’ve been quite “disconnected” from the TV (not seeing it much for four years) like us.

For one, it demonizes men, making them look like retarded buffoons. Next, it uses a horrific soundtrack that sounds like the rest of the crappy music that’s “popular” with the lemmings these days. And the fact that they make one of the guys care more about a fake football game than his house burning down is just pathetic.

Sure, you can say this is all just for show – and it’s just a commercial, but if this is what it takes to sell things these days – you might want to add an extra notch of concern for the future.

What next for 506 Jefferson?

What next for old Diana’s spot at 506 Jefferson Street?

One of the last few true “neighborhood” eats – Diana’s – closed last year, and was recently “sold” on the real estate market.

Everyone I asked was convinced that there was no way in hell a new cafe with a “small town feel” will be coming in to replace it. Most likely bland, generic housing once again (which is fine if that’s what the proprietor wants).

But in today’s tumultuous real estate market, along with mavens trying to score big – what are the chances a genuine old school place (without the modern marketing and technology) can survive? Are the “good old fashioned times” just pretty much extinct?

What would work in this neighborhood anyway?

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Hoboken Movie Lineup: 12/19/2014

Bow Tie Cinemas Movie Times Hoboken NJ

Bow Tie Cinemas Hoboken NJ Movie TimesSomething for the kids opening this weekend in Hoboken: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, starting Ben Stiller and a host of other “A-list” actors (including the now dead Robin Williams).

You already know what the movie “franchise” is about, and even though it got “mixed” reviews from so-called critics – it’s barely over an hour and a half long, so you won’t be gone from reality too long.

But still, our advice is wait until it’s free, and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. And who knows what this “Sony Hack” blockbuster will be on Christmas Day. Does North Korea have anything to do with it? Is it “real” or is it Memorex?

Hoboken Movie Trailer: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

(Current Bow Tie Cinemas Movie Times in Hoboken, NJ below.)

Road work landmarks

Silver lining: Road work landmarks help with directions

Seems like every single road in Hoboken has some kind of street construction or repair going on. Heck, they can even pave the roads in just a day or two. But not here. Non stop road closures. There is a bright side though, all these signs can serve as handy “road work landmarks” for lost motorists.

“How do I get to the hospital?”

“Well, ma’am, head down Garden street, make a right at the orange “Road work ahead” sign, and you’ll see it in two blocks.”

Good luck with parking, though…

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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!