Show Notes for Thursday, August 11, 2022


Dear John,

We recently moved to my husband's hometown. His parents are getting older and we will be caring for them. I started my new job and I found out that my husband used to be a bully in school and my manager was one of the kids he picked on. I feel like I'm being punished for stuff that my husband did when he was a young dumb kid. I asked my husband about it. He said he feels bad for his actions from back in high school. I asked him to apologize to my manager. He said that would be pointless and may even cause more problems for me at work. He suggested I find a different job. What do you think? Should I just move on? Is it too much to ask my husband to apologize to the man he picked on as a kid? He said he felt bad about it. Why wouldn't he say it to him? I think it would make a big difference for my manager. What do you think?

Signed – Stuck In The Middle

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August 11

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A study has found that the pandemic allowed teens to sleep more, reducing COVID-related stress. McGill University researchers started looking into the sleep patterns of 62 students at a Montreal high school in early 2020. In the middle of the study, the pandemic hit, and online or hybrid learning emerged, along with a completely different schedule. That meant the scientists were able to study the difference between the sleep teens were getting before the pandemic and during it. With no commute, a later start, and no extra-curricular activities, teens were suddenly on the sleep schedule their bodies naturally need. The team found that teenagers became generally more alert and less stressed, which helped them better navigate the pandemic.

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It pays to tweet. A new study says executives who self-promote regularly on Twitter are more likely to receive job offers with high salaries than those who don’t promote their brand online. The research, carried out by McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin — determined that executives who promote their expertise and qualifications on Twitter are 32% more likely to attract higher-paying job offers after interviews. The flipside? Poorly-written tweets can backfire on executive candidates if hiring managers don’t like what they see.


Kevin Smith is buying the movie theater that made him fall in love with filmmaking. The 52-year-old New Jersey native is purchasing the Atlantic Moviehouse in Atlantic Highlands, where his father brought him as a child, sometimes allowing him to cut school. The filmmaker, who announced the news on Instagram, is expected to close the deal on the property, which he will co-own with his wife, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith and other business partners, on Sept. 14. Plans include renovating the 250-seat interior of the theater, and erecting a mural in the lobby featuring characters from his movies such as “Clerks” and “Mallrats”, which were set in New Jersey. Smith also intends to live in the apartment above the theater, a twist on his childhood dream of living in a movie theater.

Kevin Smith has spoken out against Warner Bros.’ axing of “Batgirl”. During the latest episode of his “Hollywood Babble-On” YouTube show, the filmmaker called it “an incredible bad look” for the studio to drop the comic book tentpole, which was to be headlined by a Latina actor, especially when Warner Bros. is still moving forward on the release of its Ezra Miller-led “The Flash.” Smith said that he wasn’t concerned even if it was a horrible movie, and, quote, “I guarantee you that it wasn’t. The two directors…did a couple of episodes of ‘Ms. Marvel,’ and it was a wonderful…show and they had more money to do Batgirl.” Warner announced Aug. 2 that it would not be releasing the $90 million Batgirl in theaters or on HBO Max despite the movie being fully shot and in post-production.

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If you’ve still got a road trip or 2 planned before the end of summer, here’s a piece of advice: Ditch the GPS. A memory expert in Montreal says she’s found an association between “habitual” use of GPS and spatial memory deterioration. Véronique Bohbot, a scientist at the Douglas Research Centre and a professor of psychiatry at McGill University, says her research shows that degradation of spatial memory is correlated to the frequency of GPS use. According to her, the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain involved in spatial memory, is also involved in other types of memory, learning and emotional behavior. That means people who have better spatial memory have better cognition and less risk of Alzheimer’s disease. She says humans have their own built-in GPS-like capabilities, and using it is good for our brain health. While it may seem impractical to swear off using a GPS on your next road trip, Bohbot suggests turning it off and trying to find your own way home after reaching your destination, or looking at the route before leaving to determine if you’re comfortable trying to find your own way.


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Britney Spears has hit back at Kevin Federline after he revealed his sons with the pop star haven’t seen their mother “for months”. In an interview, Federline claimed their teen sons Sean Preston and Jayden had “decided” they didn’t want to see their mother or attend her recent wedding to Sam Asghari, and suggested they were embarrassed by her revealing Instagram posts. On her Instagram Story, Brit called the comments “hurtful”, writing: “It saddens me to hear that my ex-husband has decided to discuss the relationship between me and my children…it concerns me the fact that the reason is based on my Instagram … it was LONG before Instagram … I gave them every thing…My mother told me ‘You should GIVE them to their dad’ … I’m sharing this because I can … Have a good day folks!!!”

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A former housekeeper at a 4-star hotel has a list of things you should never touch when staying in a hotel room. TikTok user @_sourqueen detailed some slack cleaning processes, saying: “I’ve seen some things. I have some horror stories.” For starters, she says when staying at a hotel, you should never use the coffee pot or any of the glassware. Why? “Usually, the housekeeper just rinses these…in the bathroom sink, and dries them off with the same rag that they used to clean the rest of the room”. Other things to avoid, according to the video, which has been viewed more than 534,000 times:

The ice bucket: Guests sometimes use them as “water dishes for their pets and whatnot” – or worse. She said, “I don’t even want to talk about that.”

The bedspread: She says they are only washed once a year, unless someone has bled, puked, (or worse) on them. She suggests you take it off the bed “the minute you walk in there.”

Although @_sourqueen acknowledged not every hotel operates the same as the one she worked at, a lot of people messaged her saying they had found the same level of cleanliness where they worked. The TikToker also pointed out that she feels part of the problem is housekeepers get in trouble if they take too long cleaning a room or for sending too much laundry to be cleaned. LINK:

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Douglas Robert and Tamíris Muzini were ready for their big wedding day, but it was also the day that Tamíris would find out there was someone else. As the blushing bride arrived at the church in Brazil, she noticed a wedding crasher had come by—a stray blonde dog that was mingling gently with guests. No problem…the ceremony eventually commenced — with the dog sitting down by the doorway to watch, as if he knew what was happening. As the newly-married couple headed for the exit, the dog suddenly became excited. As the bride put it, “When he greeted us at the end, he asked: ‘Take me home.’” They decided in that very moment to make their happily ever after fit for 3. They adopted the scrawny pooch, and named it Braiá Caramelo. Braiá’s scars suggest his road to the church had not been an easy one, but that’s all behind him now. Muzini says the loving pooch “gives us hope”.