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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, October 14

TODAY IS:
  • National Dessert Day
  • National Emergency Nurse Day
  • National Stop Bullying Day

If you’re working from home, have you found that it’s now harder to relax at home? A new survey found that 25% of respondents say that when their home became their office, they had a harder time separating their work life from their home life, making it more difficult to just chill out. (SWNS)

How confident are you in your cooking skills? Seems a lot of people are very confident. In fact, 50% of people in a recent survey said they have a recipe so good that it could be served in a five-star restaurant. And 46% said their cooking skills were on par with professional chefs. (SWNS)

Speaking of dining … A restaurant group in San Diego wants to take COVID-safe dining to new heights … on a Ferris wheel. Yep, the group wants to build a 148-foot Ferris wheel that they say could safely accommodate as many as 288 people in 36 separate eight-passenger gondolas. “The views are amazing from the top of this wheel, and it’s a day and nighttime activity for locals, visitors, families, seniors and everyone in between. It’s also a very COVID-safe activity,” says David Cohn of the Cohn Restaurant Group. (Food & Wine)

Time to start your holiday wish list … First it was Gucci’s $1,200 grass-stained jeans, and now Ralph Lauren is selling paint-splattered coveralls … for $800. Here’s how they’re described on the website: “Made from Japanese cotton satin with the reverse side facing out. Utility pockets. Allover paint splatters.” (Independent)

In these turbulent times, it’s great to see people taking a stand and fighting for the important stuff — like Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza.
A Change.org petition is out there with more than 100,000 signatures, with the goal of keeping the menu item around.
If Taco Bell continues with their plan of “streamlining” operations — and if people don’t make enough noise about the Mexican Pizza going away — then it will disappear for good on November 5th. So … maybe … eat as many as you can until then? (Food & Wine)

Music News – Wednesday, October 14

Taylor Swift‘s generosity knows no boundaries — as she’s proven with a hefty gift to a needy college student in England.
Vitoria Mario, who moved from the troubled African nation of Angola as a child, got a scholarship to study mathematics at the University of Warwick. But that grant only covered tuition, leaving a gap of nearly $30,000 in room, board and supplies — which Tay quietly covered. Vitoria tells the Coventry Telegraph, “I just feel grateful to her and for everything she’s done because, to be honest, if it wasn’t for her I might not even have made it here. To finally be here is a dream come true.”
The 18-year-old went on to say that she didn’t face any backlash from fellow students, explaining “People have said they are proud of me and they are happy that I have made it. It happened a lot in the first week, but it’s calmed down now.”

Ed Sheeran‘s putting down roots in his tiny rural hometown — literally.
According to Britain’s Sun, he’s been planting hundreds of trees on the estate he’s developed in Framlingham, England. A source in the area tells the paper, “He’s spent tens of thousands of pounds on the project — and Cherry‘s involved too as she’s into re-wilding and sustainability. A huge field [around] his outdoor wildlife pond will become a dense wood in a few years and he’s planted trees six-deep around the perimeter to afford him privacy. It’ll help reduce the carbon footprint of him being a touring rock star too.
Ed has previously built a pub, greenhouses, an underground cinema, a gym, a recording studio and an area for goats, sheep and chickens on the estate.

Long before Katy Perry “kissed a girl” in her first hit, she was singing a far more spiritual tune — and fans can finally hear that, now that she’s allowed streaming of her Christian pop debut.
Issued under her real name, Katy Hudson came out  back in 2001 and sank without a trace…but it’s resurfaced on Amazon Music. Katy, who was 16 at the time, mixed innocent love songs with full-on worship tunes like “Faith Won’t Fail.”

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, October 13

Simon Cowell has made his first appearance since breaking his back in an Instagram video.
The appearance comes amid rumors that the America’s Got Talent judge is bedridden. Simon was seriously injured in August after he fell from his electric bike. He ended up having emergency surgery on his back and hasn’t been on TV since.
He’s been recovering at his Malibu home, but over the weekend there were conflicting reports as to whether he’s bedridden or “doing over 10,000 steps a day.”
However, just last week Simon appeared healthy and mobile as he celebrated his 61st birthday with ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour, who shared video of the party on her Instagram stories.
Still, Simon has more recovering to do as he was unable to lean over the table to blow out the candles.

Contact Music says Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is going to portray Cleopatra in a new movie about the Egyptian ruler. She tweeted;  “I love embarking on new journeys, I love the excitement of new projects, the thrill of bringing new stories to life. Cleopatra is a story I wanted to tell for a very long time. Can’t be more grateful about this A team!!”

Carole Baskin says the wildlife trafficking charges against her Tiger King co-star, Doc Antle, are warranted. She tells The Sun newspaper, “I believe that Joe Exotic was the largest producer of cubs for the pay to play industry, but I think the real kingpin behind this kind of exploitation has been Kevin Bhagavan ‘Doc’ Antle. He’s just smarter and better funded than the dominos that have dropped already, but the authorities have finally caught up to him.”
Joe Exotic Posted from Jail, saying: ‘’I am asking you to stand up against this because if they get away with this, peoples‘ farm animals, pets, and the way of life as we know it will be taken away. I continue to pray that my pardon is signed so I can sit down with a committee and show the evidence… ‘’

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, October 13

TODAY IS:
  • No Bra Day
  • Face Your Fears Day
  • Also … Amazon Prime Day starts today and runs through Wednesday

This is interesting … study by Syracuse University found that when more women are in executive levels at corporations, those corporations tend to have employees who behave better. For example — the researchers found that NFL teams with more female execs saw a drop in the number of player arrests. And NFL teams with a “critical mass” of women (two or more) in executive positions had a 21% decrease in criminal incidents. And it’s not just the NFL or sports teams — it’s all corporations and organizations. The researchers say their findings also have implications for organizations beyond those employing professional sport players, particularly visible organizations with high-profile employees, such as media and entertainment companies; and public-facing entities such as courts, schools, and government entities.

And another case for hiring more women … A Harvard study found that women are better doctors.  According to the study, patients in the hospital who receive care from a female doctor are less likely to die and are also less likely to be hospitalized again, than if they were seen by a male doctor.

Are you addicted to true crime podcasts? Well, now you can get paid to listen to them. Home security company Vio Security wants to pay someone $1,666 to listen to 31 hours of true crime podcasts – by Halloween. Interested? To apply, you’ll need to write a brief essay about your favorite true crime podcasts. If you’re selected, you’ll also get a heart rate monitor to record your “physiological responses as you “jump from pod to pod.” The winner will also have to answer some questions about their experience. In addition to the cash and heart rate monitor, the winner will get wireless earbuds, a flashlight and whistle, a door-blocking mechanism and access to a personal safety app. You need to apply by Monday, October 19th at 12 p.m (MT) and, if chosen, you have till October 31st to listen to the 31 hours of podcasts and complete your responses. (Insider)

Music News – Tuesday, October 13

Demi Lovato loves her body and all its curves.
The newly single singer posted a thirst trap on Friday. She bragged about her mental health as well as her cleavage. (quote) “Fun fact: I never had boobs until I started eating what I wanted. My whole life, I hated my small [breasts]. When I finally let go of my eating issues, I GOT THE BOOBS I WANTED!!!”
Not surprising. So many have complained while dieting that the weight seemed to disappear first in the chest. Not the place they wanted to spot reduce.
Demi has described how an abusive manager kept foods away from her and removed sugar from her dressing rooms. This happened even after Demi was diagnosed bipolar and bulimic. Her rehab stints have addressed her eating issues. (Us Weekly)

The NY Post says Shawn Mendes has gotten a new rib cage tattoo that reads ”little sunflower’. Many people believe that is Camila Cabello’s nickname.

And since we’re talking about Shawn, MSN says he is interested in starring in a Disney movie. The network quotes him as saying, “I don’t know how this doesn’t come across in some self-obsessed conceited way, but it would be Tarzan!”

The Daily Dish – Monday, October 12

Broadway fans will have to wait a bit longer for shows to resume. The Actors’ Equity Association says the curtains will stay down until at least May 30th. Broadway theaters closed their doors on March 12th.

Jeff Goldblum rewarded his civic-minded fans in the best way possible. He recreated his chest-baring pose from Jurassic Park.
The still-hunky 67-year-old says the new pic is for the fans who followed his instructions and registered to vote through HeadCount. Jeff writes, “WOW! Thank you to everyone who used my @HeadCount page to make sure that you’re #GoodToVote! Nearly 3,000 of you are ready for this November’s election. Here’s your reward…how time flies. @jurassicworld.”

Tatum O’Neal was put on “psychiatric hold’’ last month after allegedly threatening to jump off the balcony of an L.A. home.
According to TMZ, police officers responded to a call for a suicidal person who said she wanted to jump at the undisclosed residence and they ended up taking the actress to the hospital, where she was held for evaluation.
Tatum was recently in the news after reconnecting with her father Ryan O’Neal and after revealing that she was sexually assaulted as a child.

Kim Kardashian has donated $1 million to aid those caught in the conflict in Armenia.
The mogul, who’s of Armenian descent, made the announcement in an Instagram video, saying, “My thoughts and prayers are with the brave men, women and children. I want everyone to remember that despite the distance that separates us, we are not limited by borders and we are one global Armenian nation together.”
She invited her fans to also donate to the Armenia Fund.
Sisters Khloe and Kourtney also posted videos in support of the initiative and “made sizable donations,” according to TMZ.
The money will go to people in need of food, shelter, medical attention and other resources.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, October 12

TODAY IS:
  • Columbus Day
  • Native American Day
  • National Farmers Day
  • National Kick Butt Day

As if 2020 can’t get any more bizarre, a sexy  hand sanitizer costume exists. Yep, online costume seller Yandy is selling a sexy hand santizer costume for $69.95. Here’s how they describe it on the website: “Wash away the dirt of the day, and soak in that squeaky clean feeling in this exclusive Hand Sanitizer costume featuring a mint green bodysuit with a scoop neckline, a Yandy Hand Sanitizer print with ‘Kills 99.99% of germs,’ a pink Yandy logo, and a matching clear vinyl flared dress with velcro straps attached to the skirt.”  (NY Post)

Coronavirus has changed a lot of things … including our living situations. According to the Pew Research Center, 52% of Americans in their 20s are currently living with their parents – many having moved back home because of the pandemic. It’s the largest number of 20-somethings living with their parents since the Great Depression. (Insider)

A 10 year-old Jamestown, Indiana boy is being hailed as a hero for raising money for cancer victims. Charlie Jones is selling ugly Halloween pumpkins. He planted the pumpkins last Spring when he and his entire family were sick with the coronavirus. Charlie got his gourds to look ugly by using seeds from rotting pumpkins. He’s donated $720 to the Boone County Cancer Society (WTHR)

This is a great story … Last year, 10-year-old Vivian Anderson of Tampa, Florida, was in the car with her mom when she saw a “Men Working” sign. Vivian asked her mom, “Why is there a sign that says ‘Men Working,’ but men and women are both working?” Her mom, Mary, suggested she write a letter to newly elected Mayor Jane Castor, and let her know her concerns. It took almost a year, but on September 30th Vivian received an invitation to City Hall to meet with the mayor and review the newly revised signage, which now states, “Workers Present.” She was also gifted a hard hat and a signed street sign that reads, “Vivian M. Anderson Way,” which now hangs in her bedroom. “She was very excited,” her mom said. “I think it gave her a lot of confidence that people will listen to kids. Kids can make a difference.” (GMA)

Music News – Monday, October 12

Lewis Capaldi‘s music isn’t just for humans anymore — according to a new study, it shows dogs love his tunes more than any of his pop competition.
Researchers at Britain’s Dog Friendly Retreats hooked 30 pups up to monitors in a bid to see what music relaxed them and made their heart rates drop.  On average, the dogs’ heart rates dropped by 13 percent when they heard Lewis’s music, putting him just ahead of Bob Marley and George Michael on the pooch parade. (Daily Record)

The British postal service went above and beyond the call of duty to make a very special delivery from Ed Sheeran to a special needs fan in Ireland.
10 -year-old Lily O’Brien sent Ed an adoring letter, addressed only to “Ed Sheeran, singer of ‘Galway Girl,’ London.”  Not only did Ed get the note, he responded by sending a handmade guitar to the girl, who’s been taking lessons while in lockdown. Lily’s mom, Amanda, tells Ireland’s Lunchtime Live, “Lily has dyslexia, and she finds writing particularly difficult. After discussion with her teacher, we decided to try to teach her to type [and she] decided she wanted to write to famous people.”
Amanda went on to say, “He wasn’t in the phone book…but [Lily] came up to me and said ‘he sings the Galway Girl and nobody else does, and he lives in Europe. We couldn’t believe he had got the letter to start with… [Lily] was expecting a CD or a T-shirt. She was so excited — she just couldn’t wait.”

Demi Lovato has made a habit of calling out bullies online, and now her ex is doing the same — by smacking down her fans for bullying him.
TMZ caught up with Max Ehrich on Thursday, and he told their cameras, “We’re both anti-bullying people so people should stop bullying. What people think it’s about — it has nothing to do with anything. People shouldn’t believe what they’re reading. [We have to] do whatever’s the healthiest and safest for both of us.”
Max also admitted he’d heard “Still Have Me,” the tune she wrote about their split. He dubbed it “amazing.”

Furry Friends Friday from The Mason Jar Cafe featuring Jordan – October 9

Jordan is a male Terrier Mix. Jordan loves kisses, treats, and is such a loyal companion!  His foster says she is convinced he understands her with the looks he gives!  One of her favorite things about Jordan is that he LOVES to be tucked into his bed with a blanket. He is quirky, goofy, and is filled with so much love!  Could Jordan be your fur-ever friend?  If you’re interested in adopting this sweet man, please fill out an adoption application online at www.al-van.org.  Once reviewed, we will contact you about setting up a meet and greet.... [Read Full Story]

The Daily Dish – Friday, October 9

Harvey Weinstein has been accused of rape once again. This time an unidentified woman says the mogul assaulted her during one of the the 2000 presidential debates.
In a lawsuit obtained by Page Six, the woman claims Weinstein “lured” her to his New York City home “on a pretense of watching the 2000 presidential debate together.”
Instead, she claims, he “forcibly raped her.” According to court papers, “The sheer size and mass of Weinstein prevented plaintiff from being able to escape his clutches, but once he backed up, she broke free, sprinted for the door, and never saw Weinstein again.”
The court papers say that since the alleged incident, the woman has endured “severe emotional distress” and “her career was derailed and she all but stopped acting.”
Weinstein is serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York. He also faces sexual assault charges in Los Angeles.

A Texas woman is suing Brad Pitt for $100,000, claiming he romanced her and then stole her money.
But the star’s lawyers say the woman was the victim of a catfishing scam.
According to Page Six, health-care CEO Kelli Christina alleges she paid “$40,000 for the actor to make five appearances at events that she arranged for his charity Make It Right Foundation, which constructs new homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina.”
Kelli goes even further, saying she got close with Brad and they even had “discussions of marriage.”
Brad’s legal team has filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying he never had any dealings with Christina.
Kelli, however, still believes she was dealing with the real Brad Pitt and insists she’ll continue to fight. She tells Page Six, “We have been litigating since March 2020 and I am pushing back on media. This lawsuit is important for the country so I will continue to fight Brad Pitt and Make It Right Foundation. I have 113 pages of organized discovery to support the charges and allegations. I wouldn’t expect this lawsuit to go away easily.”

Katharine McPhee is pregnant, People magazine reports.
This will be the 36-year-old’s first child with her 70-year-old husband, David Foster.
The couple was spotted out this week, shopping for baby stuff.
Katharine and David wed in June 2019 after meeting in 2006 when he mentored her and other contestants on season 5 of American Idol.
He already has five daughters, ranging in age from 34 to 50.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, October 9

TODAY IS:
  • Beer and Pizza Day … otherwise known as Friday.

Deadline Hollywood says 59 million people watched Wednesday night’s Vice Presidential debate. It’s the second most watched VP debate since 2008 when 70 million viewers saw Joe Biden and Sarah Palin tangle.

You knew this was coming … The infamous fly that landed on VP Mike Pence’s head during the debate is already being turned into a Halloween costume. Online shop 3Wishes has released a white-haired wig with a plastic fly on it. Though you may want to just make a do-it-yourself version of it at home, since the “Debate Fly Wig” will run you steep $49.95. (People)

Well, here’s a no-brainer survey … After working remotely for months, 70% of workers say they want to ditch business attire for good. 28% said they missed dressing up to go to the office. (SWNS)

Hey, you’re probably staying in this Halloween, and maybe even planning to watch some horror movies. Well, now you can get paid to watch them. CableTV.com and HighSpeedInternet.com are looking for a scary movie superfan to binge-watch 24 hours of horror flicks on Halloween night. In return, you’ll get $1,000 — plus free candy and a $50 Starbucks gift card to help keep you up. Applications are open through Friday, October 19th at 11:59 p.m. Click here for more details. (Travel & Leisure)

College seniors and recent college grads are being offered the opportunity to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip — to nowhere. Natural Light, the a favorite beer of penny-pinching college students, is offering the “Natural Flight” to one lucky winner and up to three of his or her friends (all 21 or over, of course). The chosen few will win a flight on a private jet loaded with video games, televisions, snacks and loads of Natty Light. The plane will take off from the airport, fly around for a while, and then land back at the same airport. The contest runs through October 20th. (Yahoo)

Totally the Bomb says Starbucks is celebrating Halloween with a ‘Carrie’ Frappuccino. The drink is inspired by the 1976 horror film starring John Travolta and Sissy Spacek. It’s made with a vanilla bean Frappuccino, raspberry syrup, strawberry puree and whipped cream.

Music News – Friday, October 9

The trespassing stalker on Katy Perry’s property has been issued a restraining order. For the next three years, William Terry must stay 100 yards away from Katy.
Last month, shortly after Katy gave birth to a daughter, William Terry appeared at her Beverly Hills home. He jumped the fence but got confronted by Katy’s personal security.
Terry tweeted several threats against the family. He wished to “snap Orlando Bloom’s neck.” He then tweeted a curse against Orlando’s son to catch “catch COVID and die.” The restraining order includes Katy’s extended family as well as her tour stops. (TMZ)

Britney Spears‘ lawyer made a bizarre declaration in court on Wednesday, defending her by comparing her to someone in a coma.
TMZ reports that attorney Sam Ingham said he had the right to sign a statement saying Brit never wants to perform again because she “lacks the mental capacity” to do it herself. The lawyers and the judge entered a lengthy discussion about Britney’s abilities, but couldn’t come to a decision, so the judge put the matter over to another day.
Earlier in the week, Britney’s former lawyer seemed to confirm fears about her mental state, saying she would likely be under the care of a conservator “for the rest of her life.”

Mariah Carey has scaled plenty of charts in her lifetime, but she’s just climbed to the top of a very special one — The New York Times best seller list for hard-cover books.
The Meaning of Mariah Carey hit the peak this week, knocking journalist Bob Woodward‘s controversial Donald Trump book, Rage, out of the top spot. Mimi thanked fans for their support in a tweet, saying “It almost makes it tolerable to have lived through these experiences! LOL”

The Daily Dish – Thursday, October 8

The ratings are in for Ellen DeGeneres‘s premiere week — and they’re not good.
The talk show saw a nearly 40 percent drop from last year, suggesting her toxic workplace scandal has lost the comedian hundreds of thousands of fans.
According to Nielsen, the show averaged 1.66 million viewers for the week of September 21st, when she finally spoke about the controversy on air, down from 2.67 million for the opening week of September 9th, 2019.

Chris Evans is showing more skin on Instagram lately.  In case you’ve forgotten, a few weeks ago, Chris accidentally posted a pic of his junk in an Instagram story.
This time Captain America went shirtless — intentionally — in a video of himself doing a backflip into his pool. The actor wrote, “Last swim before the pool hibernates … (It was freezing!). I wonder what it’s like to be tan.”
Fans didn’t seem to care about the backflip. Their attention was on his tattoos.
One person tweeted, “Okay but I didn’t know Chris Evans had so many tattoos?”

Suzanne Somers is recovering after falling down the stairs at her home.
The 73-year-old actress, who also recently fractured her hip, underwent successful neck surgery, Page Six reports.
On Instagram, Suzanne explains, “I had an intense amount of pain after the fall that was not resolving – even after having tequila! After several scans, it was determined I had 2 vertebrae out of place which was causing pressure on nerves and creating that tremendous pain.”
The Three’s Company star said she’s doing well but she’ll need more time “to recover before I can join you again at the bar for our virtual cocktail parties.”
Somers and her husband, Alan Hamel, regularly have Facebook Live gatherings at their home bar, “Big Al’s.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, October 8

TODAY IS:
  • American Touch Tag Day
  • World Octopus Day

Has COVID made daters more concerned with personality than looks? According to Match.com’s new Singles in America survey, coronavirus has caused a dating “renaissance,” with people being a lot more sincere when it comes to dating, spending more time getting to know someone, focusing less on appearance, and looking for something more meaningful than casual:
  • 63% said they spend more time getting to know potential partners.
  • 69% said they are more honest with potential partners.
  • 59% said they are considering a wider range of people as potential partners.
  • 61% of Gen Z daters and 49% of Millennials said they are focusing less on physical attraction.
  • 50% of Gen Z singles said they are having more meaningful conversations with potential dates before meeting in person.
  • 58% said they have shifted toward more “intentional dating”

Moms dropping out of work force … Many people have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, but another under-reported consequence is the number of parents – particularly women – who have had to quit their jobs in order to stay home with their kids. A new report from the Labor Department has revealed that women between the ages of 25 and 54 are dropping out of the job market at the highest rate since the peak of the pandemic. The reason? With many schools and daycare centers still closed, women with young kids have had to leave their jobs to stay home with their kids – and, in many cases, home school their kids. (NY Post)

If your iPhone recently updated to the newest system software and you’re starting to see little dots on the screen, don’t worry, it’s normal, and probably very helpful. The Sun says Apple’s latest iPhone update adds a warning dot that alerts users whenever their microphone or camera has been activated. The feature is intended to help people know if they are being hacked. The dot turns green when the camera is being used and orange when the microphone is live.
A spokesman for Apple says, “Privacy is a fundamental human right and at the core of everything we do.”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … Good news: If you want/need to tune out the pandemic and politics, holiday movies are coming — and soon. Hallmark’s “Countdown to Christmas” movies start on October 24th, Lifetime’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” movies kick off on October 23d, and Netflix is rolling out 28 holiday movies this year, beginning October 28th with the Emma Roberts rom-com Holidate.

Music News – Thursday, October 8

Meghan Trainor is off the dance floor and onto the mommy track — with her first baby on the way.
The singer and her actor hubby Daryl Sabara broke the news Wednesday morning on the Today show. Meghan told viewers, “We’re so excited we couldn’t sleep. We’ve been waiting for so long. I was thinking about who do we tell first and I’ve told Hoda [Kotb] since I was 19, going to the Today show, ‘I will have the most babies in the world.'”
Meghan also has another delivery on the way — her first holiday album, A Very Trainor Christmas, will drop on October 30th.

Harry Styles is taking a big run at Hollywood stardom, but he won’t be shaking or stirring James Bond fans.
With Daniel Craig ending his run as the super-spy, insiders started speculating about who’ll wear Bond’s tux next — and British bookies started taking action on Harry. In the past couple of weeks, odds on the singer earning the nod went from 100-to-1 to 25-to-1 — but a rep tells the Daily Mail reports of Harry taking on the role are “not remotely true.”
One “insider” remains confident, though, telling the paper, ‘Harry is deadly serious. He has had a series of high-level meetings about becoming 007. [He’s] is a new age British man. He’s confident in his own skin and making him Bond would signal the franchise changing with the times.”

Madonna says she never reads her own press stories, but she sure does read her horoscope — as she proved by walking away from a collaborator because of his sign.
David Guetta, who’s worked with some of today’s biggest pop names,  tells YouTubers McFly and Carlito, “I did a remix for Madonna  — [‘Revolver’ in 2009] — and I won a Grammy for the remix. She calls me afterwards… She tells me that she loves this remix and she suggests that I produce her next album. I arrive for lunch. We talk about everything, the music, what she wants to do with the album. Super nice. It’s just her and me. Very relaxed, very cool.”
But things quickly took a turn. “She asks me for my astrological sign. I answer her Scorpio. Suddenly, she makes a face and she says to me, ‘I’m sorry, we’re not going to be able to work together. It was a pleasure to know you. Goodbye.”

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, October 7

Eddie Van Halen, one of rock’s greatest guitarists, died yesterday from a variety of cancer-related causes. He was 65.
His son Wolfgang announced his death on Twitter last night.
He’ll be remembered for his fiery performances and unique personal style on the instrument and as a music innovator. He pioneered two-hand finger tapping and harmonics on the guitar and held three patents for musical inventions.
Eddie played on two chart-topping singles during his lifetime — Michael Jackson‘s “Beat It” in 1983 and Van Halen‘s “Jump” in 1984. However, he topped the rock radio airplay chart 13 times with Van Halen, whose place in the pantheon of classic rock bands is assured.
Over on Twitter, Valerie Bertinelli has posted a loving tribute to her ex-husband, Eddie Van Halen.
Valerie, who shared a son, Wolfgang, with the guitarist, called him “my love” and said she was grateful to have been with him in his last moments.
According to TMZ,  Eddie died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. His wife Janie was by his side, along with his son, Valerie, and Eddie’s brother Alex.... [Read Full Story]

Music News – Wednesday, October 7

If Justin Timberlake had listened to his record label, he never would’ve brought “sexy back.”
In a new Apple Music interview, Justin looks back at his career and recalls that the “experts” said “SexyBack” was destined to bomb. He says, “When I brought the album in, I said, ‘This is the first single. Everybody told me I was crazy. They’re like, ‘It’s too fast.’ I’m like, ‘OK.’ Like, ‘It doesn’t sound like you.’ I’m like, ‘OK.’ They’re like, ‘It doesn’t have your falsetto.’ I’m like, ‘OK.’ And I say, ‘Every reason why you think that that’s why it’s wrong, I think it’s right.'”
For those keeping score, “SexyBack” spent seven weeks at number-one when it was released in 2006.

Britney Spears skipped the beauty routine Monday and went straight to work — doing chores around the house.
She hit Instagram to show off her “real life,” by posing next to a ladder positioned to change a light bulb somewhere in her mansion. She added a caption saying, “I can get insecure when photos are taken of me that I’m not prepared for… So I have always put so much effort into my appearance… But you know sometimes it’s nice to not try so hard and pull down your walls every now and then !!!! It takes a lot of strength to do that !!!”

The Daily Mail says Harry Styles is NOT in the running to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond. London bookmakers had listed his odds of replacing Craig at 25-1.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Tuesday, October 6

Natalie Neal is a grandmother who wanted to stay in touch with her five-year-old grandson Tyrion Spann, so she programmed the Alexa unit in Tyrion’s house so he could call whenever he wanted.
It was a great idea because it allowed Tyrion to call easily — and just say hello.
But, it ended up being a life-saving move — because Tyrion’s mom, Jasmine, suffered a serious epileptic seizure — and Tyrion was able to quickly call grandma for help.
When Natalie got the call from her grandson, she quickly figured out what had happened and immediately called 911.
Tyrion managed to stay calm and open the door for first responders, who were able to care for Jasmine.
The whole adventure certainly had a big impact on Tyrion, as he now wants to be a police officer or a firefighter when he grows up.