Show Notes for Thursday, January 11, 2024


Dear John,

Okay, here's the problem. I'm short. I've spent most of my life hearing someone sing or whistle that Randy Newman song “Short People” when I enter the room. And I'm sick of it. I'm a guy, 5 foot 4 inches. And it's not easy. It's worse than being a "Little Person" because they at least get sympathy from people. I just get told to not be so sensitive and don't let it bother me. I don't get dates because of my height. Women want a guy that's taller than them. I overheard one woman tell a friend that I was "great until he stood up." And I get passed over at work because nobody take some seriously. Even in meetings, my input is disregarded. It's disrespectful. And it's wrong. My brother is 6'2" and he told me about a medical procedure that could help. They stretch the legs, then lengthen the bones a little at a time by breaking the leg bones and inserting rods. Over time, it would add 3-4 inches to my height. That still wouldn't make me tall, but 5'8" is a whole lot better than 5'4". The recovery period is rough, and there is some risk it may not heal properly. What do you think? Is this worth it?

Signed - Sick Of Being Short

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January 11th

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International Parity At Work Day

International Thank-You Day

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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

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I’m pretty sure I’ve found the perfect destination for environmentalists. This summer, competitors in Finland will face off at the 5th-annual “World Tree Hugging Championships”. The competition will take place in the private Halipuu Forest, about 170km (106 miles) north of the Arctic Circle. The event challenges participants to compete in 3 events: first, to hug as many trees as they can in a minute, with each hug lasting at least 5 seconds. Second, for a maximum of a minute, to offer their most dedicated hug, showing presence, intention, love and respect to one individual tree. And finally, in the freestyle round, the contestants must give their most creative hug to a tree, however they interpret it, lasting a minute. As weird as all of this sounds, it does have a serious side. Not only is it aimed at encouraging people to connect with nature, the competition was originally devised as a way to save a family’s forest from being chopped down.

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Back to Black (May 10): Marisa Abela stars as Amy Winehouse in a biopic directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, told from the late singer’s point of view.

If (May 17): Written and directed by John Krasinski, it stars Krasinski, Ryan Reynolds and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in a tale that asks: What if your imaginary friends weren’t imaginary?

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (May 24): Anya Taylor-Joy stars as young Imperator Furiosa (the younger version of Charlize Theron’s “Mad Max” character). She is thrown into a Biker Horde led by Warlord Dementus (Chris Hemsworth).

Garfield (May 24): Chris Pratt and Samuel L. Jackson star in the franchise’s first animated feature since 2006. Pratt voices the titular orange feline, with Jackson portraying his father Vic.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (May 24): Following the death of Caesar in 2017’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” this installment is set several generations later, with apes now the dominant species.

Ballerina (June 7): The “John Wick” spinoff will follow Ana de Armas as an assassin trained in the traditions of the Ruska Roma. Also stars Keanu Reeves and Anjelica Huston.

A Quiet Place: Day One (June 28): This prequel to the 2018 post-apocalyptic thriller stars Lupita Nyong’o, as she navigates the first moments of the alien invasion in New York City.

Horizon: An American Saga (June 28 and Aug. 16): Directed, produced and co-written by star Kevin Costner, this Western that follows the expansion of the American West before and after the Civil War. It will be released in 2 parts.

Despicable Me 4 (July 3): Not many plot details have been released, but we do know that Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Pierre Coffin, Miranda Cosgrove and Steve Coogan are all returning.

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