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Meet Jami

I live in the Central Business District. I grew up in Lancaster city and went to McCaskey where I had a great time. We had awesome teachers and I still have some of the same friends. I'm the Chief Deputy Register at the Register of Wills Office, so I work in the courthouse, and I couldn't ask for a better mentor than my boss, the elected Register.

I'm always at Square One, (they even nicknamed me "Sweet Jami" which was, of course, sweet!) and like to attend Scott Pfeiffer's writing workshops at the library when he has them and I can make it. On Saturdays it's fun to shop for Midcentury Modern furniture and vintage jewelry.

I like to travel, and of all the places I've ever been Chicago is my absolute favorite. I lived in Michigan and Japan for a while and have been all over Asia. When I was younger I never thought I would want to live in Lancaster, but now I can't see living anywhere else!

Three people now living I would like to have lunch with: Michelle Obama....she's amazing. James Franco: he's super talented and smart. And Dr. Jeff Kurland at Penn State. He was my favorite professor but I never did make it back to State College for the lunch date we'd already planned...9 years ago.

The cause I most believe in is: Protecting those who can't protect themselves, especially children. Next year I plan to volunteer with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that seeks to ensure safe environments for children.

Name three things on your bucket list. 1) To resume piano lessons. I played for many years and then stopped, 2) to run a marathon and 3) to get my law degree.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A forensic anthropologist. I majored in biological anthropology and still love science. My life has had so many wild turns that I still think that it could happen.

My greatest accomplishment is... My undergraduate degree has brought me to so many fascinating people and taken me to so many great things. I'd consider that my greatest accomplishment.

My unfulfilled ambition is... To finally finish that novel that's been lurking around in my head for years, despite the fact that everyone who sits in a café with a laptop thinks they're a writer.

Three words to describe me are...

Bibliophilic: I am PASSIONATE about books. . .I love reading and being around them. I miss the old Borders that was dark and stoic like a library. I'm hoping I'll have a fantastic collection someday.

Curious: I always want to know more. I'm fond of research and will find the answers. Unless it has to do with cars...then I'm completely uninterested.

Aloof: I've been told many times that I maintain a degree of distance from people. It's not intentional, though.

In South Korea

Tell me something about you that most people don't know. I LOVE strategy games and war history. I'm fascinated by the machinations that lead to World Wars I and II and will make it my goal to demolish the high scores of others in puzzle games.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? What am I going to wear? And then I change three times before finally leaving.

What's the farthest-away place you've been? Japan? Thailand? Although I had a 24 hour flight to India and I'm still not sure how that happened.

What do you think Lancaster will be like in 10 years? I'm looking forward to living in an even more vibrant art hub, with more venues for live music and upscale entertainment in the city. I think our population will continue to rise as more and more people who visit realize how much they love it here. Lancaster is so different form how it was when I was growing up. It's come so far, I can't see why it can't go further.


What do you consider to be Lancaster City's greatest asset? The passion with which the people devote themselves to bettering the city. I may not be a fan of every idea, but at least the people here have awesome talent and initiative.

Grabbing a bite in Lancaster with - $5, $10, $30 - Where (and what): $5- Market for lunch during the week. The Goodie Shoppe has amazing dishes for low prices. It adds up quickly after I make all my rounds (which includes Wendy Jo's) and I usually spend much more. $10-Rice and Noodles (on Oregon Pike). There's a seasoned pork vermicelli dish I can no longer live without. I'm there at least once a week, but definitely every Saturday! $30-Drinks with my meal at JB Dawson's or the Marriott.

What are the best aspects of your job? Each day is a new learning experience . One day someone will register a will handwritten on the inside of a Christmas card, the next your receiving petitions from feuding family members who can't agree on settling an estate. We even have a copy of President Buchanan's will. We do everything from opening estates to adoptions to marriage licenses.

Would you describe yourself as introverted or extroverted? Both. I enjoy socializing and especially like parties, but I do crave my alone time.

What is your coffee shop drink of choice? I go to Square One Coffee on Duke Street just about every evening, although I'm not a coffee-drinker. I drink English Breakfast everyday but of late I've been really into London Fogs.

What music are you listening to now? I'm obsessed with Ilan Eshkeri's compositions for the movie Stardust and One Republic, and Florence and the Machine. Odd combination, I know.

Best advice from your parents... To ALWAYS act like a lady.

What should they have taught you in school but didn't? Spanish. I'm glad that kids are learning that in elementary schools now. I hope they're also teaching them not to wear their pajama bottoms in public.

If there is one thing life has taught me it is...There are always people who think they deserve special treatment just because they woke up that day. And those people definitely don't care what I think about them.

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