Show Notes for Thursday, February 17, 2022


Dear John,

I don't know what to think right now. My boyfriend and I have been dating for three years. He is a great guy and I think the world of him. I was sure he was going to ask me to get married on Valentine's Day. We talked about it towards the end of last year. He's been working extra hours and doing some side-hustle stuff. He specifically told me he wanted to be able to buy a nice ring. Then, in January he asked me what my favorite restaurant was. He took me there for Valentine's Day. He made he day very special and I absolutely loved the date, but I somehow had it in my head that he was going to ask me to marry him that night. I think he could tell there was something wrong. I told him I was just not feeling great. I didn't mention anything about the proposal I was expecting. I feel bad that I kind of ruined the evening by getting inside my head about this. I don't care about some big ring. I just want to marry this man and start a family. Should I tell him that? I don't need him working extra hours for a ring. I'd rather have more time with him and set a date. Any advice? I know he listens to your show. Maybe you can also give him some advice?

Signed – Ready To Marry My Man

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Your plastic water bottle could be widening your waistline. In a new study, Norwegian researchers found that chemicals in common plastic products like water bottles or food packaging may put you at risk of piling on the pounds. Plastic packaging is widely used for food because it’s cheap and can increase shelf life. But plastic contains thousands of chemicals, and the researchers say some can get into your body and affect your metabolism and, therefore, your weight. The scientists, at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, identified 629 of the chemicals, including 11 known to interfere with human metabolism. Those chemicals reprogrammed certain cells to become fat cells, which multiplied more, and accumulated more fat.

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Condoms will be available to athletes at the Olympic Games in Beijing, but hugging is being discouraged. Organizers are keeping up with the tradition of making condoms available to Olympians, despite detailed social distancing guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 within the “closed loop” in which the Games will take place. An email from Beijing officials says: “All Olympic-related units will provide appropriate quantities of condoms for free at the appropriate time to people who’ve checked in to stay inside the loop.” The Games are set to take place from Feb. 4-20.

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TMI: Too Many Idiots

IMHO: Is My Hearing-aid On?

ASAP: Add Salt And Pepper

IKR: I Know Ralph

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YOLO: You Overthink Life Obsessively

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