Show Notes for Thursday, December 08, 2022


Dear John,

My boyfriend is a bigger guy. The last time we were visiting my mom, she thinks he broke one of her chairs. These chairs are from the 1970s. I think time broke the chair. We're planning to join her for Christmas. She asked me to bring a chair for my boyfriend. I thought that was pretty rude. How do I even do that? I said I'd bring a folding table and four chairs. She said she doesn't have room for all of that, but would appreciate if my boyfriend would not ruin any more of her chairs. I don't think he broke anything. He's a big guy, but he has not broken any of my cheap chairs at my house. I think it was her old rickety chair. His family invited us to join them as well. Should I just tell my mom we're going to his family's Christmas instead? I think he's planning to propose to me. He has been asking a bunch of wedding related questions. I don't want to remember this event with some dumb folding chair controversy that my mom has created. What should I do?

Thank you,

Embarrassed Girlfriend

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December 8

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Girl Guides of Canada is changing the name of its “Brownies” program – to either “Comets” or Embers” The national organization is asking its members to vote on new name options for its program for 7 and 8-year-olds because the current name has caused harm to racialized Girl Guides. Girl Guides says that some Black Canadians, Indigenous residents and people of colour have chosen to skip the program or delay joining the organization because of the name.


Director Baz Luhrmann has mentioned his 4-hour cut of “Elvis” in the past, but he’s sparked more anticipation for it by revealing that a longer version of the music biopic would restore Austin Butler’s full concert performances as The King of Rock and Roll. While many of Butler’s performance scenes in the movie are abbreviated, Luhrmann filmed the majority of them in full — just as the real Elvis performed them. And Luhrmann wants the world to see Butler’s uninterrupted shows. He said: “Austin just did it and it was an out of body experience to watch him do those full concerts, so one day I will cut those full concerts together.” But don’t hold your breath. The earliest Luhrmann could see himself starting to work on the 4-hour “Elvis” would be in 2025.

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If you ever feel nostalgic for the sound of an old phone modem connecting to the internet…or the beeps and boops of a fax machine, for that matter, then you should go here . . . now: A website has put together what it claims is “the world’s biggest collection of obsolete and disappearing sounds.” Cities and Memory, an online collaborative, features a collection of over 150 sounds that are increasingly rare, including things like sounds used in retro video games, recordings of old-fashioned transport, and lots of mechanical sounds from outdated hardware. Or how about the classic ringtone from a Nokia 5120 phone…or (ahem!) the sound of an old analogue radio being tuned? The founder says the project is “designed to draw attention to the world’s disappearing soundscapes, to highlight those sounds that are worth preserving because they form part of our collective cultural heritage — and to help us think about how to save those sounds before it’s too late.” And they’re asking for more. Submit at:

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Answer: Bottles of scent (perfume/cologne)

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☞ “Carefully step over a non-existing obstacle.”

☞ “Say ‘no pun intended’ after a sentence where there was clearly no pun.”

☞ “When you shake someone’s hand, move yours left to right. As they do the traditional ‘up and down’, a hilarious circle ensues.”

☞ “Don’t turn around when you walk into a lift (elevator)”

☞ “When you’re talking to someone, keep handing them random items. They’ll just keep taking them without realizing it.”

☞ “Say ‘hi-five’ to someone, but don’t put your hand up.”

☞ “After giving a compliment, say: “no offense,” and watch them struggle to find the non-existent insult.

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It took 5 years for the adoption of Jennifer Hubby’s son to go through, and just before the official paperwork was signed, he had something he wanted to share. During the November adoption hearing in Bernalillo NM, the judge asked if anyone wanted to address the court. Hubby’s son took her up on the offer, telling the judge, “I wanted to say that I love my mom so much and that she’s the best mom I ever had. I love her so much.” An already emotional Hubby, who began the adoption process at his birth, became choked up, and her son pulled her in for a hug. The judge’s response: “You know what, it’s important to tell people you love them…that’s what we’re supposed to be doing. That’s a good thing.