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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, July 28

  • National Milk Chocolate Day

Has your circle of friends gotten smaller? A study published by the Survey Center on American Life found that Americans have fewer friends than they used to. The study revealed that 49% of Americans over the age of 18 said they had fewer than three close friends. In 1990, just 27% of Americans said they had fewer than three close friends. In 1990, 33% reported having 10 or more close friends, while today, only 13% said they had 10 or more good friends.
The pandemic definitely had an effect on friendships. The study found that 47% of Americans said they’d lost touch with at least a few friends over the last year. Women, in particular, said they’d lost touch with friends during the pandemic, with 59% saying they had lost contact with friends in the last year.
But it’s not just the pandemic that has led to fewer close friendships. Things like marrying later, spending more time with their kids than past generations, and working longer hours has also affected friendships. (NY Post)

Why do these things not happen to us when we’re bored? A man in South Carolina who won $375,000 on a lottery scratch-off ticket said he only bought the ticket because he was bored and looking for something to do. (UPI)

Walmart wine … Walmart is launching their own wine collection. The Walmart Winemakers Selection is an international affair, including Malbec from Argentina, Italian Pinot Grigio, French rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon from California, and a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Each bottle is just $10. (The Drinks Business)

And speaking of Walmart, lots of college freshman will be heading off to school in the next couple of weeks, packed with stuff to fill their dorm rooms. Good Morning America has a list of some of the dorm essentials every college freshman needs, including shower shoes and a shower caddy, a small fridge and a single-serve coffee maker, comfy bedding, a mattress cover, noise canceling headphones, and an LED light.

Music News – Wednesday, July 28

A legislator who introduced a “Free Britney” bill in Congress this month pulled out a big weapon to support Britney Spears — comparing her dad’s oversight to “Communist China.”
South Carolina representative Nancy Mace told Fox News “As a mom, one of the things I was really disturbed by is they’re forcing her on birth control, an IUD, to not allow her to have kids. It’s just really crazy what’s going on. These are things that happen in Communist China, not the United States of America.”
Mace says that that if her bill passes, it would allow someone who is under a conservatorship to petition a judge or court, for an independent or public guardian to make sure the conservator doesn’t have a conflict of interest.
There are about 1.3 million people in the country who are under a conservatorship right now.

The ex-husband of Kelly Clarkson never needs to work another day in his life. A court ordered the singer to pay Brandon Blackstock monthly in spousal and child support.
Each and every month, Kelly Clarkson must Venmo $195,601. Incredibly, Brandon Blackstock wanted twice that amount!
Kelly must pay another $1.25 million to cover her ex-husband’s legal costs. She can afford it, too. According to court documents, Kelly takes home each month more than $1.5 million.
Post-divorce, Brandon Blackstock will back-burner being Blake Shelton’s manager and pivot to “full-time rancher and sponsoring rodeos.” Kelly wanted to sell their Montana ranch, but the divorce judge denied it. (People)

Carlos SantanaRob ThomasThe KillersElvis CostelloEarth, Wind and FireLL Cool JJon Batiste, and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, among others, have joined the lineup for New York City’s Homecoming Concert, set for August 21st at Central Park.
They join the previously announced Paul SimonJennifer HudsonJourney and Patti Smith with special guest Bruce Springsteen at the show. Organizers say that 80-percent of the tickets will be free and distributed starting August 2nd through Homecoming2021.com. VIP tickets will go on sale for Citi cardholders on August 1st.
All attendees are required to be vaccinated. Close to 60,000 people are expected at the show. It will also be shown on CNN at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 21.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, July 27

Earlier this month, severe storms and flooding affected thousands of people in western Germany and Belgium.
A charity based in Louisville, Kentucky — called WaterStep — saw the news and were able to help the people there who are still struggling.
WaterStep helps communities around the world maintain safe water supplies.
In this case, the group was able to send eight water disinfecting devices to the area, which will end up providing clean drinking water that will also allow those overrun by the floods to cook, clean and bathe.
Certainly, the people of western Germany and Belgium have a lot of work to do to get back to normal, but thanks to WaterStep, many of them will have a safe supply of water until that work is done. (WDRB-TV)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, July 27

Britney Spears formally petitioned the court to oust her father. Her new lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, filed on Friday a 127-page document detailing why Jamie Spears is the wrong person to oversee Britney’s finances and showbiz contracts.
According to the filing, Britney’s estate is worth $69 million. However, the lawyer suggests that dad syphoned much of her fortune into his bank account.
Rosengart also identified the accountant they wish to replace her father. Jason Rubin has expertise in probing financial records for misconduct, which might raise eyebrows among Britney’s relatives.
The court will consider Rubin at a hearing in December—after Britney’s 40th birthday. She plans to attend. Once a conservator has replaced Jamie Spears, then the lawyer will work toward gaining Britney’s freedom. At the current pace, it may happen in 2022 at the earliest. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Universal has paid a whopping $400 million to buy a new Exorcist trilogy, Variety reports.
Ellen Burstyn, who starred in the 1973 original, will reprise her role as Chris MacNeil.
The first of three horror movies is expected to open on October 13th, 2023. Other installments could land directly on the Peacock streaming service.
Also cast is Hamilton star Leslie Odom Junior, whose character tracks down Burstyn’s after his child becomes possessed.

A new live-action Pokemon series is in development at Netflix, Variety reports. Lucifer‘s Joe Henderson is attached to write and executive produce. Though there’s no word on the plot, sources say the project would be akin to the Detective Pikachu film starring Ryan Reynolds.

MTV is rebooting Behind the Music as a podcast. Dr. Dre and Ice Cube will be the first two artists featured. Both episodes will be available on Thursday. Other episodes will feature 50 Cent, AC/DC, Adam Lambert, Bret Michaels, Courtney Love, Duran Duran, Fat Joe, Guns n’ Roses and Madonna.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, July 27

National Scotch Day

Have you been dining out and noticed a few too many people being a bit rude? … According to a recent article, restaurant owners say some customers have “forgotten to be human” during the pandemic. Seems there’s been quite the uptick in rude, demanding, and angry customers as restaurants have re-opened.

Would you give this a try, or would it be a hard pass?  There’s a small-but-passionate group of people online who claim the best snack in the world is OREOS WITH SALSA. People have been hyping it on social media for a while, so it’s not a new idea.  But a writer for the site Delish.com just tried it.  And their verdict is . . . NOT good.  They described the taste as “musty,” and said dunking them in milk is a much better option. Some people claim it’s great though.  If you really want to go all-in, they say to buy a pack of Oreos . . . remove the middle row . . . and fill it to the top with salsa for easy dipping.

Jerry Seinfeld had a classic bit about the Olympics, and said he’d rather win bronze than silver . . . because silver would be a bummer, but bronze would feel like you won SOMETHING at least.  So do you agree with that? Someone polled 2,500 people, and it turns out most of us DON’T agree.  Of the people who answered, 93% would rather win silver.  Only 7% said bronze. If you grew up in the “participation trophy” era though, you might be the outlier.  People aged 18 to 25 were more than twice as likely than older people to say they’d rather win bronze.

If you feel passionately about finding out what Dorito or Cheeto dust would taste like on a potato chip, listen up.  Frito-Lay just debuted a new line of potato chips that taste like OTHER chips and snacks. The three flavors are Cool Ranch Doritos potato chips . . . Cheetos potato chips . . . and chips that taste like Funyuns.  So if you think those snacks would be better in potato chip form, get excited. It’s not clear how many stores have them, but right now Target.com appears to have all three.  And they’re a limited time only thing, so they might only be around for summer.

Music News – Tuesday, July 27

Britney Spears formally petitioned the court to oust her father. Her new lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, filed on Friday a 127-page document detailing why Jamie Spears is the wrong person to oversee Britney’s finances and showbiz contracts.
According to the filing, Britney’s estate is worth $69 million. However, the lawyer suggests that dad syphoned much of her fortune into his bank account.
Rosengart also identified the accountant they wish to replace her father. Jason Rubin has expertise in probing financial records for misconduct, which might raise eyebrows among Britney’s relatives.
The court will consider Rubin at a hearing in December—after Britney’s 40th birthday. She plans to attend. Once a conservator has replaced Jamie Spears, then the lawyer will work toward gaining Britney’s freedom. At the current pace, it may happen in 2022 at the earliest. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Ed Sheeran thought about a career change after his daughter Lyra Antarctica was born — with his eye on being a stay-at-home dad.
Ed, who’s back on the charts with “Bad Habits,” tells Sirius XM that he almost extended his 18-month hiatus into a permanent vacation. He says his first thought was “Right, that’s it … this is me I’m just gonna be a dad. I’m not gonna play music anymore.”
But after further consideration, he realized little Lyra might not like that idea. As he puts it, ” I was suddenly like, it is more important for my daughter to grow up knowing that her parents love working hard and and love creating and enjoy their jobs — and seeing that rather than like looking at your dad as technically unemployed.”

Fox’s new reality singing competition, featuring an all-star judging panel of musicians, just got a primo debut spot this fall.
Alter Ego will debut over two nights, September 22 and September 23, at 9 p.m. ET, right after the sixth season premiere of the network’s smash hit The Masked Singer.  Alter Ego features celebrity judges Nick LacheyAlanis Morissettewill.i.am of Black Eyed Peas and Canadian artist Grimes, also known as Elon Musk‘s romantic partner.
Alter Ego’s contestants will be “aspiring singers from all walks of life,” but they won’t be performing as themselves. Instead, they’ll be portrayed by digital avatars, which show them how they’ve always wanted to be seen.  The avatars will mirror each singer’s individual performance style via motion capture technology.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, July 26

In central Texas, a German Shepherd K-9 police dog named Bear was sent off into retirement in style with a retirement party.
Bear served six years as a police dog in the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. He originally joined the force in 2015, thanks to a donation from a local business.
During his years on the force, Bear helped fellow officers track down and locate missing children and elderly people, sniffed out illegal drugs and assisted others in need.
And at his retirement party, Bear took photographs with his co-workers as they wished him a happy farewell. An officer also read a proclamation, describing the dog’s accomplishments during his career.
His handler — Deputy Brandon Abbott — is sad to see Bear leave the police force, but isn’t too heartbroken as Brandon is adopting Bear, allowing the partners to stay together and allowing Bear to enjoy his retirement in comfort. (Yahoo)

The Daily Dish – Monday, July 26

Legendary standup comedian Jackie Mason died Saturday in New York City. He was 93.
Mason, who gave up being a rabbi for a career in comedy, had a series of successful one-man shows on Broadway. He also voiced the father of Krusty the Clown on The Simpsons, a role that won him an Emmy in 1992.
In the 2004 TV special Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, he was ranked number-63.

Angelina Jolie has scored a major legal victory in her custody battle with Brad Pitt.
Angie had demanded that the judge in the case be removed because of a conflict of interest, and now she’s gotten her wish. The California Court of Appeal has ruled that Judge John Ouderkirk is out, according to Us Magazine.
The removal means that the current custody agreement could be tossed out and the proceedings could start over.
Brad has been granted joint custody of their six children, despite Angie’s objection. A source had once said, “She will never forgive him. She maintains it’s far from over and still believes that justice will prevail.”

LeVar Burton‘s weeklong stint as a Jeopardy! guest host begins this Monday. LeVar has been very vocal about wanting to be the permanent host. David Faber (August 2nd-6th) and Joe Buck (August 9th-13th) will follow as hosts. (Variety)

On Thursday night, rapper Kanye West held a listening party for his new album “Donda” at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and Twitter went crazy. Not about the music or lack of it. About the ridiculous prices for food. A photo of the menu went viral – 40 dollars for a kosher hot dog, $50 for chicken fingers, 35 bucks for popcorn and other overpriced fare. Then some attendees took it further, offering bags of “Donda” air on eBay for over 3-thousand dollars.

The Coast Social Network with the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance – Monday, July 26

Jessica from Cornerstone Alliance introduces us to Brandon at the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance and Katie from Holt Bosse, who are working together to launch the “Little Fish, Big Pitch” program where local businesses could win a marketing plan from with expertise from Holt Bosse & Cornerstone Alliance and the Women’s Business Center! Get details at cornerstonewbc.com and be sure to get your application in before August 1st.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, July 26

  • National All or Nothing Day: Everyone has something they would love to do if only they weren’t so scared. Today is the day to just go for it – all or nothing.
  • National Aunt and Uncle’s Day

Have you ever completely unplugged for a day? Longer? Seems most of us haven’t. A new poll found that 73% said they can’t even imagine going 24 hours without looking at a screen. That’s probably because research has found that adults spend, on average, about six hours a day staring at a variety of screens.

Want to be happier, healthier, and have more friends? Join a sports team. A study found that people who are on a sports team are healthier, have more friends, go to more parties, and have a better work-life balance than those not on a team.

Do you have a bunch of unused gift cards stuffed in a drawer somewhere?new BankRate survey found that 51-percent of us are holding unused gift cards, vouchers, or store credits, to the tune of roughly 15-billion dollars in outstanding value. The study also found that millennials are more likely than older folks to have unused balances and are less likely to believe they’ll ever redeem them. Experts suggest using gift cards, vouchers and credits right away.

Another Zoom effect … Seems younger women are getting more Botox treatments. Doctors have noticed an increase in women in their early 20s coming in for Botox and filler. The reason? All the time they spent looking at themselves during Zoom meetings.
“I would say that my average age of patients shifted down considerably this year, and it’s now early 20s,” said Dr. Dmitriy Schwarzburg of Skinly Aesthetics. “And they’re coming not just for Botox, but for all kinds of procedures that they would otherwise consider at a much later point in their lives.”
Amy Shecter, the CEO of Ever/Body said, “The Zoom effect is real, and it has definitely been a catalyst for increased interest in cosmetic dermatology treatments.” (ABC)

Music News – Monday, July 26

Later today, attorney Mathew Rosengart will attend a Los Angeles court hearing to resolve peripheral issues in the Britney Spears case. Ousting her father is likely weeks away.
Her longtime agent, Cade Hudson, jumped on the #FreeBritney bandwagon. He said, (quote) “I’ve kept my mouth shut out of the fear of losing my job as her agent. Enough is enough. The nonsense needs to end. So, for the first time I’m publicly saying #FREEBRITNEY.” (TMZ)
This weekend, Britney celebrated this news by posing topless for Instagram – twice.
She also wrote about a dream vacation to the Mediterranean. She posted to Instagram, (quote) “Thinking about visiting St. Tropez with @Cher and eating ice cream. She was one of my favorite singers as a kid.”
Cher replied on Twitter (quote) “When #FreeBritney is FINALLY FREE, I’m taking her to San Tropez. We’ll eat ice cream to her hearts content.” (Billboard)

Ed Sheeran is giving fans a peek behind the scenes of his latest single, “Bad Habits.”
He released a new video showing some of the recording process and gave more insight into how the song came about “by accident.”
“Wrote bad habits in Jan with Fred Again & Johnny McDaid,” Ed writes on social media. “We rented an old country house with the idea that the change of scenery from a studio would help make the most interesting songs, and for a month just chucked around random ideas and genres that I wouldn’t ever usually make.”
He continues, “Bad habits came by accident and was such a fun tune to make. I didn’t know at the time it would end up as the first single from the album but here we are.”
In the behind-the-scenes clip, we see Ed and his collaborators jamming out, surrounded by books in a dimly lit room of the cozy old country house.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, July 23

In Manchester Township, New Jersey, Detective Richard Jupinka of the Manchester Police Department was on his lunch break, enjoying a meal at the Cafe Napoli restaurant, when his help was needed.
A girl at the restaurant was choking and couldn’t breathe.
The girl’s uncle attempted the Heimlich maneuver, but it didn’t seem to be working.
That’s when Detective Jupinka stepped in and put his expertise to work. Using the Heimlich maneuver himself, he was able to dislodge the food that the girl was choking on, allowing her to breathe freely again.
Thanks to Detective Jupinka’s quick action, the girl ended up needing no further medical attention. He was in the right place at the right time — and also just happened to be the right person for the job. (New York Post)

The Daily Dish – Friday, July 23

Anna Faris is a married woman again.
The former Mom star revealed on her podcast, Anna Faris Is Unqualified, that she and fiancé Michael Barrett secretly eloped.
She said, “I think we’ve spent the last year in a place of reflection, in a place of kind of prioritization to some degree, a place of anxiety, a place of like, whatever, assessment. But I’m looking around, just so, just my fiancé’s right … he’s now my husband.”
Anna said she and the cinematographer wed in a courthouse ceremony on San Juan Island in Washington state. “Yes, we eloped … I’m sorry. I didn’t know … I’m sorry, honey. I just blurted that out, but it just feels [like] I can’t say fiancé anymore. Thank you, it was awesome. It feels great.”
This is Anna’s third marriage. She was married to Ben Indra from 2004 to 2008 and and then to Chris Pratt from 2009 to 2018.

A New Orleans mansion reportedly owned by Jay-Z and Beyonce was set on fire Wednesday night.
Officials are calling it a case of arson after initially receiving a call about a suspicious person on the scene and discovering the house was on fire.
A crew of 22 firefighters responded to the one-alarm fire in the Garden District at about 6 p.m. and spent more than two hours battling the blaze.
There were no injuries. (TMZ)

Looks like there’ll be more writing from MATT DAMON and BEN AFFLECK in the future.  They recently reunited to write “The Last Duel”.  And it sounds like it’ll lead to more collaborations.
Quote, “I think we’ll write a lot more in the future just because it didn’t turn out to be as time-consuming as we thought.”
Matt and Ben won an Oscar in 1997 for Best Original Screenplay for “Good Will Hunting”.
Looking back, Matt said their old process was inefficient because they didn’t really understand structure.  Quote, “We wrote thousands of pages . . . we’d be like, ‘Well, what if this happened?’ and then we’d just write different scenes.”
So this time around, they reined things in.
Matt said, quote, “‘The Last Duel’ is more about perspective . . . So Ben and I wrote the male perspectives and Nicole Holofcener wrote the female perspective.”

Furry Friends Friday featuring Silver from Berrien County Animal Control – Friday, July 23

Silver is a four to six year old neutered Labrador Retriever mix, weighing in at 55lbs. Silver is SUCH a sweetie-pie and he would love to be the center of your world. When Silver loves someone he loves BIG, and sometimes this can cause a little anxiety if he is away from his people. Silver enjoys the company of other dogs and kiddos– bring them on down for a meet-and-greet! Will you be the gold to his silver?  Please contact Berrien County Animal Control at 269-927-5648 to learn more about sensational Silver!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, July 23

Today is:
  • National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
  • International Yada, Yada, Yada Day: Feel free to skim over important (and unimportant) details by saying ‘Yada, yada, yada’ instead; just like they did in that famous ’Seinfeld’ episode.
  • Gorgeous Grandma Day: A day to celebrate women of a certain age.

Ever wonder how to get a bear out of your car? Some guy on TikTok found one trapped in his Nissan so, of course, he made a video out of it. Once he pried the door open, the black bear just stood there for a while until him and his buddy scared it away. The car’s interior was totaled but his video has got 20 million views, and in our new economy of likes and shares, isn’t that what truly matters?

What if the universe was shaped like a giant donut? A group of astrophysicists now believe the universe may not be a flat planet after all. They studied leftover light from the Big Bang and determined the universe is actually shaped more like a glazed Krispy Kreme (and we’re the cream filling). The theory would suggest the universe was no longer infinite (or they could just be completely wrong).

Get ready to pay more for everything from soap to ice cream. Unilever says it’s struggling to keep up with rising inflation so they’re gonna start charging extra for stuff like Dove soap, Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Ben & Jerry’s. They already raised their prices in the spring.

Is your savings account looking a little sad? You’re not alone. A new poll finds more than half of us have less than three months of savings stashed away. Millennials are hurting the most with nearly 60-percent admitting they have little to no savings.

Seinfeld fans! The show now lives on in Lego form. A fan created a mini replica of Jerry’s apartment in honor of the sitcom’s 30th anniversary (2 years ago). It’s pretty accurate with Jerry’s green couch and apartment door. Lego loved it so much they’re gonna sell the set online starting August 1st.

Music News – Friday, July 23

Never got to see WHITNEY HOUSTON in concert?  Well, now’s your chance . . . SORTA.
A Hologram of Whitney is doing a residency at Harrah’s casino in Las Vegas this fall called “An Evening with Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Concert”.  Holo-Whitney will sing in the real Whitney’s actual voice, accompanied by a LIVE four-piece band, back-up singers, AND dancers.
While this seems like a cash grab from her estate, Whitney’s former manager and CEO of her estate, Pat Houston, claims they talked about the concept of her as a hologram before she passed away.
She added, quote, “‘An Evening With Whitney’ is another chance for us to relive and celebrate the talent that we were so lucky to receive for more than three decades.”
You can get tickets at 10 a.m. TODAY at Ticketmaster or WhitneyVegas.com.  It opens on October 26th at the Harrah’s casino.  (Forbes)

LIVE NATION is celebrating the “Return to Live” music by offering fans the chance to score $20 concert tickets.  Yes, this includes taxes AND fees.
There will be almost 1,000 shows to choose from, at Live Nation venues across the country.  Tickets go on sale to the public on Wednesday at LiveNation.com.
BUT if you have T-Mobile or Sprint, you will have the chance to score them a day before through the “T-Mobile Tuesdays” app.
Here are of some of the artists that will be participating:
  • Jonas Brothers.
  • Alice Cooper.
  • The Doobie Brothers.
  • The Black Crowes.
  • Maroon 5.
  • KISS.
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates.
  • Alanis Morissette.
  • Luke Bryan.
  • Pitbull.
  • Lady A.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, July 22

Lillian Cedoz is 12 years old and has raised hundreds of dollars for charity with her lemonade stand.
A few years ago, she started the stand and donated the money to a sea turtle rescue in Florida. This year, all the proceeds are going to the Toledo Animal Shelter.
This project involves her entire family, with her parents helping her set up the shop, squeezing the lemons and baking lemon bars. But, the idea is all her own.
Her father, of course, is proud of her — and describes her efforts as “her attempt at a lemonade takeover.”
And there are already plans in place for Lillian to continue selling lemonade and other sweet treats next summer and beyond, all with the goal of raising money for animals in need. (WTOL-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, July 22

Lorne Michaels and Bette Midler are among the five honorees who will receive the 44th Kennedy Center Honors for their lifetime artistic achievements.
The honorees, who also include opera singer Justino Díaz, Motown founder Berry Gordy and singer Joni Mitchell, will be celebrated on December 5th on CBS.
Kennedy Center president Deborah F. Rutter said, “This year’s honorees represent the unifying power of the arts and surely remind us of that which binds us together as human beings. These artists are equal parts genius, inspiration and entertainment.”

The bad blood between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel continues.
Last month Vin Diesel talked about the tension between the two action stars on the set of the Fast & Furious, saying he had to give his co-stars “a lot of tough love.”
Now The Rock has addressed the comment, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “I laughed and I laughed hard. I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I’ll leave it at that. And that I’ve wished them well. I wish them well on Fast 9. And I wish them the best of luck on Fast 10 and Fast 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies they do that will be without me.”
The two have been publicly feuding ever since The Rock called some of his unnamed male costars “candy a**es.”
It’s been rumored that he was referring to Diesel for being difficult to work with.

Harvey Weinstein was back in a courtroom on Wednesday.
Weinstein, who was in a brown prison jumpsuit and a wheelchair, appeared in person for the hearing, where the pleaded not guilty.
The disgraced producer had been extradited from New York to California to face 11 more charges of sexual assault.
According to TMZ, he’ll “remain in the custody of L.A. authorities while the case is pending. If it ends up going to trial — which it appears it will at this point — that could mean he’ll be here for a long time.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, July 22

  • Hammock Day
  • Mango Day

No surprise – lots of workers think meetings, whether virtual or in-person, are a waste of time. A new SurveyMonkey poll found that 32% of employees find themselves thinking, “This meeting could have been an email” all or most of the time.

When you think about all the time you spend working, do you include your commute?  It is time that you’re giving up for your job . . . and usually you’re not paid for it, unless it’s specifically PART of the gig. A recent poll asked people if they thought that those hours should count toward a person’s working hours . . . and the results were split.
41% said it SHOULD count . . . 41% said it shouldn’t . . . and 18% didn’t know.
But there are problems with commutes being paid time as a rule.  For one, it might make it harder to find a job if you live in a remote area, or WANT a job closer to your family or a school. And it would be frustrating to lose out on a dream job, just because another applicant lives closer. So the likelihood of it happening en mass is probably pretty low.

As bars and clubs open up again and dating life is returning to normal, we’re reminded that some of the things that are also getting back to normal are people bugging you for your phone number – when you don’t want to give it to them. If saying no doesn’t seem to work, here are some numbers you can give out to get you out of the situation. Fake numbers are one way to do it, but these rejection hotlines will definitely send the message that the person was being a creeper …
  • 719-26-OATES: It’s the Callin’ Oates hotline, where you can listen to a Hall & Oates song

Music News – Thursday, July 22

Since all of America’s other problems have been solved, congress has turned its attention to the most important issue around — Britney Spears‘ conservatorship.
On Tuesday, Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Nancy Mace introduced what they’re calling “The Free Britney Act,” which is designed to give more options to people placed under conservatorships. While the act is far-reaching and would apply to people across the country, both legislators agreed that their move was spurred by seeing Britney’s tearful court testimony last month.
The proposed act seeks at least $260 million in grant funds for states to hire caseworkers or conservators. Mace, who represents South Carolina in the House, said “Her situation is a nightmare, and if it can happen to Britney Spears, it can happen to anyone in this country.”  (KTLA)

Back in the early 2000s, the idea would have been sheer lunacy, but now, Backstreet Boys say they’re open to doing a joint tour with *NSYNC one day.
Speaking to PEOPLE (The TV Show!), Backstreet’s Nick Carter said of the proposed pairing, “I think it would just be good for the nostalgic side of it, for the fans, if we did something like that.”  AJ McLean chimed in, “The fans would lose their mind[s].”
Nick explains, “What’s happening now is that we are realizing that we’re the only ones that have gone through what we have together, and we relate to one another. It was a place in time, and our lives were very parallel. So, all this unity and coming together and all this love, it’s really cool.”
The comments come after AJ teamed with *NSYNC’s Lance Bass and Joey Fatone for a charity event last month, and after Joey, AJ and Nick — along with Boyz II Men‘s Wanya Morris — announced a four-night engagement in Las Vegas.
Around the time of the charity event last month, AJ told People that the two groups’ supposed “feud” had been “fabricated,” and added, “Just to be able to do something like this together hopefully squashes all that crap that was never true in the first place.”
As previously reported, Backstreet have scheduled a 12-night Very Backstreet Christmas Party residency show in Las Vegas later this year.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, July 21

Amir Durrani and his wife were flying out of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City for their honeymoon to Guam.
After passing through the airport’s TSA checkpoint, the couple decided to grab some coffee. But when they got to the coffee shop, something was wrong … The newlywed bride realized that the diamond was missing from her engagement ring.
The couple scrambled back to the checkpoint. The TSA staff did the best they could to find the diamond. No luck. It seemed that the diamond was lost forever.
Just five hours later, though, TSA Officer John Killian was standing at his supervisors’ podium and saw a sparkle. Sure enough. It was the diamond, on the floor, between the metal detector and the X-ray machine.
When Amir and his wife landed, there was a text message and voicemail announcing the good news.
Amir explained that their trip “went from a chaotic moment to one at peace,” all thanks to helpful TSA agents and one eagle-eyed supervisor who, literally, found a diamond in the rough. (WPIX-TV)