Show Notes for Thursday, September 22 2022


Dear John,

I have two friends getting married on the same day next year. I was asked to be in the wedding party for both of them. I was asked first by a friend from college who is a good friend, but the next week my best friend since kindergarten asked me to be her maid of honor on the very same day. I have not told either of them about the issue yet because I want to make sure I do the right thing. It's not until next August, so there is plenty of time before their weddings. I'm very happy for both of my friends. I know the weddings will be at slightly different times, but I don't think I could pull off being at both weddings. The thought of that makes me a little sick. What do I do? I'm leaning towards making sure I'm there for my best friend. Do you think my other friend will understand? Any advice?

Signed – Wedding Partier

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Drew Barrymore was gobsmacked that her ‘rain frolic’ went viral. The “Charlie’s Angels” star and talk show host posted a joyful video to Instagram of herself rejoicing as she frolicked outside during a downpour in July. In the clip, she tips her head toward the sky and says: “Whenever you can, go out into the rain! Do not miss the opportunity!” The video has been viewed over 22 million times and racked up over 10 million likes. While on the red carpet at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party in New York, she told reporters that she “had no idea [it would go viral]…it was just a moment.” LINK:

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Lawn Love ranked 2022’s Best Cities for Chocolate Lovers.

We looked among the 190 biggest U.S. cities for abundant chocolate factories and high-quality shops selling chocolate, including chocolatiers, dessert shops, and patisseries. We also considered chocolate-themed entertainment like museums, tours, theme parks, and events.

Check out the 10 sweetest (and 10 bitterest) cities for chocolate lovers below, followed by key insights from our report. (See where your city ranks.)

Best Cities for Chocolate Lovers

Rank City

1 New York, NY

2 San Francisco, CA

3 Las Vegas, NV

4 Hershey, PA

5 Los Angeles, CA

6 Seattle, WA

7 Chicago, IL

8 Orlando, FL

9 San Diego, CA

10 Dallas, TX

Worst Cities for Chocolate Lovers

Rank City

1 Sioux Falls, SD

2 Columbus, GA

3 Mesquite, TX

4 Garland, TX

5 Fayetteville, NC

6 Clarksville, TN

7 Surprise, AZ

8 Hayward, CA

9 Hampton, VA

10 Newport News, VA

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