Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M. Stir

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M. Stir

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Byline: TOM SZAROLETA

MOVIE QUOTE

DRIVING YOU NUTS

Here's a quote from a movie that was popular sometime in the past 100 years. You can figure out which movie it is, or you can just keep whispering the words to yourself all day long trying to link them to something.

"Well I'm not looking for a mail-order bride! I just want somebody I can have a decent conversation with over dinner, without it falling down into weepy tears over some movie!"

ANSWER: Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks), "Sleepless in Seattle"

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COFFEE

STARBUCKS, IN AN INSTANT

Can you get high-quality joe in an instant? Starbucks thinks it has achieved the seemingly impossible with its new VIA Ready Brew coffee. According to the company, Starbucks developed a patent-pending technology that helps preserve the coffee's "taste, quality and freshness," which in theory should turn out a better cup of instant. Compared to making a physical trek to the store, it's relatively economical, with single-serve packets going for $2.95 for a box of three, or $9.95 for a box of 12. Good news in an economy where you're probably stuck with more to do - and really in need of that jolt of java - and less to spend.

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MUSIC

ROCK ON!

A curious young music fan recently asked one of the learned rock scholars at A.M. Stir an intriguing question: Who rocked harder, Foreigner or Journey?

A difficult choice, we answered. Both bands put out pretty good rock albums in the late '70s, then put out a lot of power ballad dreck in the '80s.

So we quickly developed a highly scientific formula that you can use to compare any two bands to determine which rocked harder.

First, take the band's single hardest rocking song. …

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