Show Notes for Thursday, August 4, 2022


Dear John,

I have been invited to a wedding for a classmate. We were never really close. I'm not even sure why she invited me. My mother said I should go. I think it would be weird. We have not talked in over a decade. We were never super close friends. We had a few classes together, but that's about it. We are friends on facebook and she comments on my stuff quite a bit, but we have not even chatted on that platform for over five years. I actually checked to see how long it's been. I think this would be a very strange thing to do. Am I being rude? Should I send a gift and tell her I can't make it? That would save her money on a dinner and it would save me the awkward evening.

Signed – Old Friend

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KFC has added 2 mouth-watering new items to the menu, but you’ll have to go quite a distance to try them. The new Flossy Original Recipe Chicken Porridge and the Shroom ‘N Cheese Pockett are both exclusive to Singapore. Priced at about US $2.85, the Flossy Chicken Porridge is just what it sounds like: warm porridge topped with Original Recipe fillet chunks and chicken floss. What is chicken floss? “A dried meat product with a light and fluffy texture similar to coarse cotton.” Shroom ‘N Cheese Pockett is described as a “warm and hearty toasted wrap” filled with KFC’s famous hot & crispy Zinger fillet, herb-marinated mushrooms, mayonnaise, and melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese. It goes for about US $5.00.

Known for favorites like the Big Mac and Quarter Pounder, McDonald’s is adding another burger to the lineup…in South Korea, at least. The Boseong Green Tea Pork Burger is made, logically, from Boseong Green Tea Pork, which “is known for a tender texture with less smell.” The patty is layered with spicy cheese sauce, bacon, Korean cabbage, red onions and mayo, and cushioned between 2 buns. It’s sells for US $5.00, and it looks pretty good! LINK:

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