Show Notes for Thursday, July 7, 2022


Dear John,

We have a couple we hang out with, but lately they have been very awkward to be with. They either fight the entire time, or they are over the top lovey dovey and almost obnoxious. We had some other friends over at the same time as this couple for a game night. This couple spent much of the evening by themselves and later complained to my wife that nobody was talking to them. They left the room and sat by themselves. I didn't know if they were having a little spat or making out. I love these two, but we don't really like to hang out with them anymore, it's always awkward. What do we do? I've tried to quit inviting them, but my wife feels bad and usually invites them to join us for things. Is there a trick that has worked for you or someone you know? Would love to find a polite way to break up with these friends.

Signed – UN-Friending Friend.

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July 7th

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A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …

50% of dog owners say theirs loves to watch TV.

21% of women put on lipstick before going to the gym.

35% of women say they aren’t attracted to a man with a hairy chest.

17% of men have never worn a tuxedo.

82% of women have asked a stranger where they bought their shoes.

44% of men say they have flirted with a bank teller.

70% of men say they’ve gone to a movie they didn’t like, just to please their partner.

68% of people say they get their best sleep while on vacation.

21% of adults say they don’t really like going on picnics.

99% of women say they DON’T want their partner to wear a Speedo this Summer.

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A Denver couple scored an unforgettable moment after the Stanley Cup was mistakenly delivered to their home instead of to its intended recipient — Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog. It’s a well-known tradition that every member of a Stanley Cup-winning team gets to spend a day with the prized trophy. Monday, Dmitri Rudenko and his husband Kit Karbler were returning home, when they saw someone pulling into their driveway, and opening the trunk to reveal a case. It turns out that Landeskog lives in the same area, and has an address that’s “only one digit off”, according to the couple.


Bill Hader and Anna Kendrick have reportedly split, after dating for several months. Notably, neither of the 2 have ever spoken of their relationship publicly, but Hader previously replied, “Oh no,” when asked if Kendrick would ever appear in his HBO show “Barry”. The alleged news comes just a week and a half after actress Rachel Bilson officially confirmed that she once had a secret relationship with Hader. Speaking out about the split, the former “Hart of Dixie” star said she felt like it was “probably harder than childbirth.” Hader and Bilson met while filming “The To-Do List”.

Dakota Johnson has opened up about the making of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, specifically her alleged feud with co-star Jamie Dornan. The 2 played the starring roles of ‘Ana Steele’ and ‘Christian Grey’, and longstanding rumors suggested that they did not get along in spite of their intimately close scenes together. This week, in a Vanity Fair interview, Johnson said, quote: “There was never a time when we didn’t get along. I know it’s weird, but he’s like a brother to me. I love him so, so, so much.” Johnson said the 2 “had to really trust each other and protect each other… We were doing the weirdest things for years, and we needed to be a team”. Fans naturally speculated about Johnson and Dornan as they starred in perhaps the most famous erotic romance franchise of the last several decades, with some even sharing clips from interviews where the 2 seemed awkward around each other.

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Apple is working on a new feature that will not only direct users to the nearest gas station, it’ll let them pay to fill their tank directly from their car’s dashboard. The feature is expected to roll out as part of the major CarPlay update Apple announced at WWDC 2022 last month. Here’s how it works: iPhone users will need to download a fuel company’s app and set it up with their payment credentials. Once that’s done, users will be able to activate pumps at stations and pay for gas from their car’s navigation screen. Fuel purchasing will start rolling out to CarPlay-enabled models when Apple starts releasing software updates later this fall. Essentially, it’s integrating what’s already possible through gas station apps on the iPhone, but into the car.

The new 2022 Gucci Pet Collection includes a $7,500 French-inspired chaise-style dog bed – and a $460 poop bag holder, among other things. Also available for pampered pooches: $220 embellished AirTag holders, $895 bowl covers, $4,050 pet carriers with the iconic Gucci house monogram and a “travel bowl set” with a case emblazoned with the “GG” logo and priced at $4,250. Oh, and who can do without a $500 leash? Studded, bedazzled and adorned with plumage, there’s also a line of apparel, from T-shirts to hats. The Italian luxury house released a whimsical ad campaign last week with a wide range of cutie-patootie pups rocking the new line, offered in a variety of materials including plain leather, canvas, web stripe and herbarium print. According to the company, “the Gucci Pet Collection infuses the everyday with a magical aura. Unveiled in a colorful, retro-inspired campaign, the pieces allow each animal’s personality to shine as an ode to the Creative Director’s vision of individuality.” LINK:


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Tom Sawyer” was the first novel written on a typewriter.

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Question: 20% of singles say they are looking for someone who is passionate about THIS. What is it?

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What would you do if you checked your bank account and found you had mistakenly been paid 300 times your normal salary? That’s what happened to an unnamed staff member at a Chile food processing company, and he decided to take the money and run. When the employee at a Consorcio Industrial de Alimentos discovered he had been paid nearly US $181,500 for a month’s work instead of the usual $545, he initially raised the eye-watering overpayment with his manager, who contacted HR. The worker agreed to return the cash after visiting the bank the following day. But instead of giving it back, the man withdrew it — and hasn’t been seen since. His employer was unable to contact the man, and later received word from his lawyer, saying that the man had resigned. Consorio has contacted police.

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Best TV of 2022 so far (and where to find it) FIRST HALF OF THE LIST

In January of this year, we were still watching the end of some of the best dramas of 2021. Then along came mid-season drama and comedy.

The CBC’s The Porter (streams CBC Gem) was the big-ticket drama and delivered an eight-episode series teeming with compelling characters – deeply committed to making the trials and tribulations of its characters in 1920′s Montreal part of an entertaining, hectic world fuelled by music, talent and ambition. Less a history lesson than dramatized interpretation of real events, it’s a sizzling, sexy story about people you want to root for and follow.

Son of a Critch (streams CBC Gem) got funnier and more absurdly droll as it developed, with Malcolm McDowell’s presence and gusto adding immensely to the series based on Mark Critch’s memoir about growing up in Newfoundland and Labrador. Some episodes are beautifully, weirdly funny and its the CBC’s biggest hit in a while.

A more magical comedy came in As We See It (streams Amazon Prime Video), an absolute peach of a show. Based on an Israeli series, it’s best called a “dramedy” about three twentysomething roommates who are on the autism spectrum. Uproarious, poignant and pointed originality.

Then came the much-binged Inventing Anna (streams Netflix) which dramatizes the bizarre story of Anna Delvey, (Julia Garner), who conned her way upward in New York social circles and spent other people’s money. By turns schlocky, witty and insightful about the shallow rich, it heralded a slew of docudramas about criminals and grifter, some of which appear on the rest of this list.

The Girl from Plainville (streams StackTV) is surprisingly solid and moving, given its torn-from-the-headlines origins. The case was the 2014 death by suicide of 18-year-old Conrad Roy (Colton Ryan). It was notorious because 17-year-old Michelle Carter (Elle Fanning), Roy’s girlfriend, was alleged to have sent him many texts encouraging him to do so. It is more about mental health and misunderstood notions of tragic love than it is lurid.

The Dropout (streams Disney+) has Amanda Seyfried as Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, who faked the efficacy of her device that could, she claimed, quickly do blood tests, at any time or place, from a single drop of blood. It’s about the dark, grifter side of Silicon Valley, but more richly focused on the story of a smart, driven and hard-working but utterly delusional young woman who was selling aspiration, not expertise, to the gullible.

Severance (streams Apple TV+) is about work-life balance, but the approach is only occasionally funny, in a wry, sinister way. In fact, the show is drenched in paranoia about what corporate work does to people. Be aware of the perpetual state of anxiety it intends to impart, while admiring the luminously strange beauty of it all. It is a what-if drama. What if you could entirely separate your work life from your home life? This is on-offer at the mysterious Lumon Industries – the employees can have a brain surgery called “severance.” This suits Mark (Adam Scott), because he’s grieving the recent death of his wife, and in the workplace Adam and a few others inhabit, there’s deft but savage satire of corporate life.

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A Tennessee Highway Trooper recently rescued a dog collapsed on the side of a highway in the sweltering summer heat, but little did he know that it would be the beginning of a special friendship. Trooper Pumpy Tudors was alerted by a good Samaritan to the small dog, which was “parched and desperately needing water and shelter from the heat.” Tudors stepped in to offer water, shade from an umbrella, and some snacks he had on hand. He set up a chair beside the dog and worked to establish trust before eventually taking the panting pup to an animal shelter for further care. After no one claimed the dog, Tudors officially adopted the dog and named her Princess, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in a Facebook post.