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Marc Goodman

Marc Goodman

I’ve been on the wrong end of a shotgun three times.”
~Marc Goodman

Tonight’s guest is a good friend of mine who emigrated from England. He is a multi-talented, intelligent, and truly fun guy. It’s time to talk to fellow Toastmaster, jewelry designer, financial services adviser, chef, and raconteur extraordinaire, the one and only Marc Goodman!

We discussed the UK, Trump, his career in food, his experience as a stand up comic, and of course, the importance of life insurance and annuities. If you want to contact him regarding financial services, his phone number or email is available on request-just hit us up.

 

 

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I’m Sorry…

Catching up

Jim and Mélanie

We have started a daily routine that has already improved our health and our attitudes. We wake up at 5:30 (3 full hours before the start of Jim’s Day Job), go for a walk in the park next door, have a healthy breakfast with plenty of coffee, and make entries into our respective Gratitude Journals. We do this 7 days a week. Jim sleeps better on far fewer hours, and has felt a marked difference in his overall day. Melanie has found it to improve her general outlook and creativity.

Good news

Veteran-Run Business is Left Destitute When Equipment is Stolen, But People Spend $15K to Replace It

Weird and Funny News

Publix grocery store sees dirty word in ‘Summa Cum Laude,’ censors cake

Couple Finds Funny Hidden Message From Former Owners In Their Bathroom

 

Rants and Rabbit holes

Our sketch this week features the return of Howard Schmutz from Starcucks, making an important announcement!

We filled in for Tessa on Ancient of Days earlier in the evening, and talked on both shows about what a sorry state Britain, and London in particular, is in. The Trump baby “blimp” was relatively tiny, as was the crowd of professional protesters. Their mayor talked out both sides of his mouth advocating for free speech, as long as it’s against Trump. Blatant, Siddiq!

Dog Abby

A husband is tired of his wife’s inability to drive since she was in an accident. What should he do? Read Abby’s answer here.

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Once bitten – Dog Abby

Once bitten – Dog Abby

Dog Abby:

My wife was in a horrible car accident about 10 years ago. She refuses to drive anymore, which is okay with me. What I find irritating is that, when I’m driving her anywhere, she gasps and recoils at every single thing. I’m typically a nervous wreck after 15 minutes in the car with her.  I’ve gotten very angry with her over it. I think it’s time for her to grow up and drive her own car. Am I being insensitive or reasonable?

Driver in Dover

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Dear Mr. Dover:

I am sorry about your wife’s accident. You said it had been more than 10 years, which is about as many years as I am old. I still remember when I was a puppy and a mean Chihuahua bit me. I still get nervous around yapping Chihuahuas, even though I am much bigger than them now. Mom says that this is called, “Once bitten, twice shy,” and that makes sense. Your wife got bitten by a whole car, so it is probably even worse for her.

Mom was in a terrible car accident once, and she said it really affected her for a long time. She says that she still gets nervous when people drive up behind her too fast at stoplights. She said that the twice shy never fully goes away. You did not mention if your wife was hurt in the accident. Mom wants to know if she may have hit her head. This could be part of the problem. We both hope that she got medical care right after the accident and everything is OK.

When I was little, we lived near a military base and I heard lots of booms and pops all of the time. Mom said I never acted scared, and that was even during the Fourth of July. I love parties, and I used to like the big celebrations that people would have at the park and near the lake. Now that I am much older, the Fourth of July is my very least favorite day. The sounds are too loud and very scary, and mom has to take me far away from them. This means that I cannot go to the park or be part of the party like I used to, but I would rather give that up than be so afraid all of the time. I do not know exactly what changed, but that is just the way I am now. Driving is a type of freedom that is difficult to give up once you have had it, so your wife must be very afraid if she has done this willingly. It sounds like she may need to talk to a counsellor and come to terms with how she feels now. If she still does not want to drive, there are many other options out there. Lots of people do not drive. Mom drives for Lyft sometimes, so she meets oodles of these kinds of people.

You also said in your letter that you are OK with your wife refusing to drive, but then you say that she needs to “grow up” and drive herself. It seems that you are a little confused about how you really feel. It sounds to me that you DO mind, and maybe that is something you need to work on for yourself. I would recommend that you talk to the counsellor, too.

Good luck,

Abby

GAtM – taking over AOD again

Be nice.”
~All 10 Commandments; The Gospel According to Mélanie

Tonight, CCW took over Ancient of Days and, to honor Tessa Dick’s format, we read from the Bible and shared our thoughts. Well…mostly Mélanie shared her translations of the Bible in the Gospel According to Mélanie.

Jeffrey Michaels

Jeffrey Michaels

My favorite show I’ve ever done is the one I’m doing now.”
~Jeffrey Michaels

Tonight’s guest in an insanely talented man. I know because he sent me his actual resume. He plays the guitar, bass, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, and drums. He is trained in ballroom dancing, contemporary jazz, tap, hip-hop, and ballet. He sings. He writes. He’s even done live stunt-man stuff. He’s released 6 albums and has one on the way. Jim and I had the great honor of working with him this Christmas in the Nutcracker, in which he played the toymaker Drosselmeyer. He’s not only talented; he’s a genuine, sweet man with a wonderful sense of humor. And ladies, he is straight and single (he paid me extra for that).

Jeffrey has had an amazing career, fraught with big stars and lots of travel. He has overcome great odds (literally living with a broken back, yet still dancing), and has an attitude that inspires others.

I’m an open book. Too bad so many people are illiterate.”

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Mean Teacher needs Training – Dog Abby

Mean Teacher needs Training – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

My son came home in tears yesterday, claiming that his teacher insulted him. I want to believe this is not the case, but this teacher has developed a reputation in town for belittling students who have difficulty with the pace he sets. Should I confront him?

Mad Dad in Manhattan Beach

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Dear Mad Dad,

When my kitties or I do something wrong, Mom and Dad do not wonder whether they should tell us that what we did was wrong. First, they find out exactly who did it, and then they clean up the mess. They do not get mad if it was an accident. If it was not an accident, then they tell us “NO,” so we know not to do it again.

When I was a puppy and I chewed on things that were not mine, Mom would tell me, “NO,” and then take away the thing I was not supposed to have. She would then give me a chew toy and tell me “Yes,” when I was doing what I was supposed to do. This was much easier than her being mad all of the time, it meant that I never had to have a spanking, and it taught me exactly what would make her (and me) happier.

People are very much like pets. They will strive to get attention, whether it is bad or good. If they get good attention, they will continue to do whatever it takes to keep getting that good attention. Unfortunately, many will continue to do bad things even if they are given negative attention simply because it is attention. If they are told “NO,” and then given a better alternative, they will stop what they are doing so that they can get back to the good stuff.

If your son is upset a lot, make sure that it is not because he just needs attention — any type he can get. In other words, first, clean up the mess. Get the full story from your son and from his teacher. Then, once you know what happened (which will be somewhere between what your son says and what your teacher says because humans do not remember things the same way), deal with the situation. If your son needs attention, steer him toward GOOD attention and ignore the bad stuff so he stops it. If the teacher needs attention, tell that teacher, “NO,” so he does not do it again. If you do not tell that teacher no, he may not understand that what he is doing is wrong, and he will keep doing it as long as he gets away with it.

While you may want to remove your son from this mean teacher’s class, remember the other children and their parents who may not speak up. You are a good dad to care for your son, so do not let other dads’ sons be in harm’s way, either. Again, if no one tells this teacher, “NO,” he will keep doing bad things. Show him what he could be doing better, instead.

The Post Independence Day Spectaculah!

The Post Independence Day Spectaculah!

Catching up

Jim

Jim has been reading, thinking, and preparing for a personal and professional renaissance. Amazing things are coming, and he feels great!

 

Mélanie

Melanie is continuing to work on her seminars and books. Expect some more amazing stuff from her before you know it!

 

Good news

The world’s eyes are riveted on the boy’s soccer team from Thailand and the daring rescue being attempted. Miraculously, 4 of the 12 boys have been rescued as of this writing, and those remaining (including their coach) are healthy and in good spirits. Pray for everyone’s safe rescue.

Meanwhile, A 23-Year-old Invents Method to Break Down Unrecyclable Plastic Film into Valuable Liquids. We hope this is successful, and she reaps the rewards.

 

Rants and Rabbit holes

Our sketch this week, featuring the vocal talents of “Darkwing Dave”: THE ADVENTURES OF BACK AT YOU MAN AND LOGIC BOY!

Dog Abby

What do you do if your son says his teacher is mean? Read Abby’s answer here.

Doggie Dollah

 

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Bob Dancer

Bob Dancer

Players when they’re gambling can be really big jerks.”
~Bob Dancer

Bob chose the more solitary route of video poker over live poker for just this reason. His decision has made him (and others) millions! Mélanie met Bob as a fellow improv actor, and had no idea that he was WORLD FAMOUS. As soon as she caught wind, she started blowing in his ear to get him on the show….OK, she just asked nicely…

Bob is a prolific author, having published 10 books, including his autobiography “Million Dollar Video Poker,” which was book of the year for four years in a row in “Casino Player” magazine. He is also an inductee to the Video Poker  Hall of Fame. Beginning this very week, he’ll be teaching a FREE video poker class at South Point Casino, which, as you’ll learn in this broadcast, actually helps the house to teach how to beat the house. Go figure.

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Civil War and Back at You

Civil War and Back at You

Catching up

Jim

Jimmy missed the show last week because he was out forsoothing and verilying (for the NV Shakespeare Institute). Mélanie held down the fort with her should-be sister, Esther.

Mélanie

She has some more (yes, more!) upcoming webinars. Check out her latest here:

How to Write Like a Leader

Go here for a 50% discount on her next:

Marketing and Social Media Writing Tips
August 29, 2018
1:00PM EST – 2:00PM EST

Discount code: B7030238

She’s also working on more animations for the YouTube page!

Good news

Woman searches for her sister for seven years, only to find that she moved in next door:

https://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/2877/After-Searching-For-7-Years-Woman-Learns-Her-Sister-Lives-Next-Door

Man buys out failing Toys R Us to give to charity:

Mystery Person Spends $1 Million at Toys ‘R’ Us So They Can Donate All of the Goodies to Kids

https://www.sunnyskyz.com/happy-videos/7358/Cats-Do-Care-Man-Performs-Viral-Disappearing-Act-On-His-Cat

Rants and Rabbit holes

WTF with civility? Why is being kind and civilized now considered “privileged?”  NUTS! Mélanie relates that she is privileged to be awake to reality. Skin color be damned. Of course, what else would a racist, misogynist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, whateverinthefuckophobic say?

Dog Abby

What do you do when your (supposedly not-gay) dad’s friend grabs your (decidedly not-gay) ass? Read Abby’s answer here.

 

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Don’t Touch my Butt! Dog Abby

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Don’t Touch my Butt! Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

My father and his army buddy are co-owners of a successful pub and restaurant. During the summer, when I’m home from college, I work there as a host and wait on tables when it’s extra busy. At closing time a few nights ago, while my dad was taking a rare night off, his partner walked up to me, clearly intoxicated. He said, “Hey, gorgeous!” and caressed my butt. He then kept walking as if this was no big deal. I was too flabbergasted to say or do anything other than finish up and leave.

Abby, I am genuinely torn as to what to do. I have known this man my whole life. He is married and (I thought) straight. He and my dad share a deep bond that they say only fellow soldiers understand. I don’t want to do anything to damage that. At the same time, this has made me very squeamish about wanting to continue working there. Should I tell my dad, or should I confront his buddy in private? I also wonder if I should possibly let it go as long as it doesn’t happen again.

Long Summer in Long Beach

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Dear Long Summer,

Mom had to explain to me why you are upset. She said that there were two things going on in your letter that I would have seen very differently, and I am glad she told me these things, otherwise, my advice would have been more like my kitty Max’s, which is not very good.

First of all, if one of my dad’s friends called me gorgeous while caressing my back end, I would be thrilled. Mom said that dogs are very different when it comes to being petted, and that this was probably not something you are used to or that you would invite. I still do not fully understand, but mom said it would kind of be like when a strange kid pulls on my ears. I do not like having my ears pulled, so if caressing your butt is not something that you would enjoy having done to you by this man, then I guess that is the closest I can get to understanding why you were upset.

Mom also explained that you are a man, and you are not gay, so having another man touch you in this way and call you gorgeous was uncomfortable. Mom and Dad have lots of gay friends, and I do not care whether they are boys or girls when they pet me, but Mom said this is different for you, too. She said that, even if you were gay, you would still be upset because this man touched you in a familiar way that you did not invite. We talked it over, and finally agreed that this would be like the time we babysat a friend’s dog and he ate all of my food without asking! I thought he was rude and a little mean, and Mom said that is what this man was to you.

You said that he was drunk when this happened. This may be enough to explain the whole situation. I know that when Mom drinks too much wine, she has done silly things like throwing my ball directly under the couch, or forgetting to take walkies altogether! Dad does this dumb thing where he makes fun of me for paying too close of attention to my ball, and he will hold it over my head while singing songs or laughing at me without ever throwing it, until Mom yells at him.  Maybe this man forgot that he was a man, or that you were, or he thought he was making a joke and it was just a dumb thing. I still love my Mom and Dad because they love me and treat me very good almost all of the time. If they make mistakes, they say they are sorry and they mean it.

If this man was drunk and he just made a mistake that he does not remember, then I would let it go but still pay attention to what he does when he is around. We dogs can tell a LOT about a person through eye contact and body language, so see how he reacts to you making eye contact. If there is no shame or recognition there, then it was just a terrible mistake that he made and it most likely will never happen again. For instance, mom has not brought up housetraining since I figured out the doggy door. I do not make those mistakes anymore, so it is not an issue we discuss. Do not embarrass him or your dad by bringing it up, especially if he does not remember it.

If you see fear or shame in his eyes and his actions, then take him aside and speak about it honestly with just him. Let him either explain or apologize, and if it was a one-time thing that he is sorry for, forgive him and let it go. Let him know that you forgive him, too. There is no need to involve your father unless this is an ongoing issue with you or others.

If you see something else in his eyes or actions, or he tries anything else, like pulling your ears or stealing your food, then it is time to tell him NO, very clearly, and see how he reacts. How he reacts will determine whether you will have to talk to your father. While he is your father’s friend, your father is not in charge of this man’s actions. He is a grown man and is in charge of his own, as are you. He must take responsibility for his own actions, and this is not something that your father can do for him. That being said, your father should know at this point that this man is not safe and you are choosing to not be around him. Be very gentle with your father, because this is going to hurt him as much as it hurt you — maybe more. Your father may get angry with you, or even feel guilt, or a combination of many things. You know your father better than I do, so approach him the best way you know how, but also be ready for anything.

Mom said to add one more thing. You did nothing wrong. She said to remember to be kind AND firm.

Good luck, and with love,

Abby