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18 trivia open mic karaoke 19 LA LA LOVE LETTERS
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There Strong and Expensive and Will Do The Trick Grandma and Grandpa were visiting their kids overnight. When Grandpa found a bottle of Viagra in his son's medicine cabinet, he asked about using one of the pills. The son said, "I don't think you should take one Dad; they're very strong and very expensive." "How much?" asked Grandpa.
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"$10 a pill," answered the son. "I don't care," said Grandpa, "I'd still like to try one, and before we leave in the morning, I'll put the money under the pillow." Later the next morning, the son found $110 under the pillow. He called Grandpa and said, "I told you each pill was $10, not $110."
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News & Stuff 140th Flag Day - June 14, 2014 The ﬁrst ofﬁcial Flag Day was proclaimed in 1916. The day commemorates the adoption of the ﬂag in 1777. The idea had been around a long time before President Woodrow Wilson made it ofﬁcial. As early as 1861, a number of people and organizations worked to put the day on the national calendar. Displaying the ﬂag on Flag Day is today considered an act of patriotism and hope.
Cool Money Gifts Hot off the presses, the U.S. Department of Treasury offers uncut sheets of bills in denominations of $1 to $50 (including $2 bills). They even offer acrylic frames for the sheets. You can also buy lucky money. These bills were issued in 2009 and their serial numbers begin with at least three 7s in a row.
A Trend: Americans Are Krazy About Kale Kale, a super food, has it all and it's getting the royal treatment. The leafy vegetable is ﬂavorful, low carb and low calorie.
Google Map Has River Views! Google Maps has launched a new "river view" of 286 miles of the Colorado River, including stunning 360 degree views of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, as seen from aboard a raft. This is the ﬁrst time Google Maps has used its street view technology on a major whitewater river in the United States. The American Rivers staff joined Google on an eight-day rafting trip to take photos of the river last August.
Kale is a cruciferous vegetable, a leafy relative of broccoli and Brussels sprouts. It's one of the few rich sources of vitamin K, which is good for your bones. The more delicate varieties like Red Russian and dino kale can be eaten raw or chopped into salads. Curly kale is crunchier and chewier and is best when marinated for 30 minutes in dressing before going into the salad. Make your own kale chips. Wash and dry the leaves then remove any thick stems and tear the leaves into large pieces (they'll shrink). Toss with olive oil and sprinkle with (if desired) salt, garlic powder and/or pepper. Spread them on a baking sheet and then bake in a 375 degree oven until crispy, 10 to 15 minutes. Kale is also great in your blended smoothie drinks. Take a handful of Kale, put it on the bottom of your favorite smoothie maker, and add frozen or fresh fruit, a ½ cup of Almond Milk and a spoon of your favorite protein powder. It’s a great way to start your day.
Cortana: Microsoft's Answer To Siri With A Know-It-All Twist
Live without pretending, Love without depending, Listen without defending, Speak without offending. Aubrey Drake Graham (Drake), Canadian recording artist, songwriter
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An elderly Italian man who lived on the outskirts of Rimini, Italy, went to the local church for confession. When the priest slid open the panel in the confessional, the man said: "Father, during World War II, a beautiful Jewish woman from our neighborhood knocked urgently on my door and asked me to hide her from the Nazis. So I hid her in my attic." The priest replied: "That was a wonderful thing you did, and you have no need to confess that." "There is more to tell, Father. She started to repay me with sexual favors. This happened several times a week, and sometimes twice on Sundays." The priest said, "That was a long time ago and by doing what you did, you placed the two of you in great danger, but two people under those circumstances can easily succumb to the weakness of the ﬂesh. However, if you are truly sorry for your actions, you are indeed forgiven." "Thank you, Father. That is a great load off my mind. I do have one more question." "And what is that?" asked the priest. "Should I tell her the war is over?'' A little old lady asks her doctor if there are any Viagra pills for her elderly husband. "Yes," the doc says, "there are three different strengths: 20% , which lifts it up a little bit; 50%, which makes it stand up half way; and 100%, which makes it touch the ceiling." "Oh", says the woman, “I’ll take the 20% pill please." The doc shrugs his shoulders and says, "the 20% pill won't do much for you sex life, love." To which the old woman replies, "no, but it'll stop him from pissing in his slippers!" FACEBOOK.COM/WHATSUPXTRAMAGAZINE
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The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, by Ben Horowitz Starting a business? Want to be a CEO? Learn about the “hard things”. Ben Horowitz talks about a time all entrepreneurs experience, that moment when things are going so badly that people shake their heads and ask why they don't just quit. They usually don't have an easy answer or any answer at all. Horowitz, author of “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building A Business When There Are No Easy Answers”, urges entrepreneurs on to the struggle. There is always a way, he says, if you go to war and embrace the struggle. Struggle is a homegrown term for the grandson of communists and the son for a former communist turned conservative thinker, David Horowitz. Karl Marx wrote that life is a struggle, and Horowitz adds, so is business. Horowitz started out by co-founding the pioneering LoudCloud company and supervised its evolution into a software ﬁrm, Opsware. It's the in-between part that shaped Horowitz' idea of embracing the struggle. LoudCloud went from being the hottest dot com property going to being a pariah after the dot com bubble burst. That moment was war and Horowitz like other CEOs he describes had to turn his company on a dime and reimagine it. Horowitz discusses other wartime CEOs, such as Steve Jobs, who returned to his company in 1997 when the business was on the teetering on bankruptcy. In war, CEOs don't need management professors and books. They need to focus their vision on recovery and use their business insight to ﬁnd new paths through the struggle. This book is in no way a "pat on the back for me" to me. Instead it is an honest discussion of how the author and others screwed up and how they got out of it.
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Man Unable to Control Himself is Reprimanded
A man goes to a sex addiction support group and is told by the group leader he must go without any sexual contact for two weeks, two weeks later he returns to the group and the leader asks him how it went.
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. Brian Tracy, business consultant
“'Well' says the man 'the ﬁrst week was ﬁne but I really struggled on the second and when my wife bent over the freezer to get something I couldn't control myself and ended up shagging her there and then'. 'We don’t want that sort of behavior here' says the leader. The man replies 'no, they didn’t like it very much in 7-11 either!'
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by Ashlee Schultz
Steve was a small-boned line cook in his mid-forties, weighted by love for his dogs and disdain for everything else. He was shy, but we bonded over the year I worked with him. He saw me exhausted and hung over often. He never judged, but would occasionally call when I overslept and gently nudge, “Are you coming to work?”
When I arrived I’d bang on the windows, and the pregnant women chatting outside the yoga studio next door would stare, even when I’d shoot hate rays into the backs of their heads. The owner of that bar never gave me a key, so I was reduced to waiting on the sidewalk until Steve stopped shaving carrots or chopping meat and let me in. “Good morning!” he’d greet me, always chipper. He was a positive presence except when the night staff left him with too much to do. I’d arrive parched and wearing the same makeup from the night before and Steve would assume his duty to inform me of the night staff’s shortcomings. “Those guys really don’t understand how much I do,” he’d say, shaking his head as I hung my purse on the hook near the ice bin. “If it was anyone else in here, forget about it. They’d quit the ﬁrst day. But not me, I’m no quitter. I just take it. But you wait Ashlee, one day they’ll be sorry.” I quietly believed Steve was plotting the deaths of the entire kitchen staff, perhaps by planting an explosive in the basement walk-in cooler or by installing a torch on the hood of the grill that would ignite and instantly incinerate anyone who ﬂipped on the burner. He was also cheap. As health code mandated, the back of house was forced to wear hats, which the owner occasionally gave them upon receiving promo items. One summer day, Steve got a pink one boasting a popular brewery. “Can I have that?” I asked, expectantly. “I’ll bring you a fedora if you give that to me.” “It’s my wife’s birthday gift,” he said, tucking it into his backpack. “What else did you get her?” “Nothing. She’ll be happy with this. I’ll tell her it’s because she likes to lie outside. She’ll say, ‘Oh, thank you, honey.’” Steve and I also bonded over our love for horrible jokes. “What to pigs put on their cuts?” I asked, and Steve ignored me until he was done laying pepper jack cheese on a well-done burger. “You have to dress the bun like it’s a little doll,” he explained. “Oinkment!” He would erupt in laughter like he was seeing a comedian along an audience of 5,000. “Oinkment. That’s cute.” He smiled a broad grin and then paused brieﬂy before lifting up his shirt. The sight of his scrawny bare chest surprised and repulsed me. “Why did the tomato blush?” he asked, still holding his shirt up. “Because he saw the salad dressing.”
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JUNE HOROSCOPE ARIES: A disappointing past project doesn't mean your next one won't be a fantastic success. Learn from it. Analyze where you went wrong. Then try again.
LIBRA: Uncertainty about the future may leave you with no sense of direction. The situation will improve, but slowly. Your decisions will be beneﬁcial to all, so make them.
TAURUS: In order to be aware of a big opportunity coming your way, you might have to put other matters into the back of your mind. Speak less, listen more and watch.
SCORPIO: Right now, you're tuned in to the thoughts and feelings of co-worker and partners. You seem to know what those around you think and want so make use of it.
GEMINI: In matters of the heart, proceed cautiously. What works in your personal life goes double in your work life.
SAGITTARIUS: Your imagination travels around some wild corners. Know you don't need to indulge every dream and idea but this is the time to plan one of those dreams and indulge.
CANCER: When there's a choice, it's better to leave a little to the imagination. No one can predict the future, so take on the task you're offered and you'll do well. LEO: Your inquisitive nature searches far and wide for the best ideas. You do love change and pursue it with enthusiasm. The ability to get support from co-workers helps. VIRGO: When an avoided task is brought to your attention, realize that you are the one to do it, so get started. Don't hide your smarts. Intelligence is sexy.
CAPRICORN: This is a good day to plan ahead, because you can see a change in a situation you previously thought was set in stone, but situations rarely are. AQUARIUS: Conversation ﬂows so easily when you're around that special crowd of yours. But now is the time to make time for new people. You could ﬁnd a friend or a new love. PISCES: Be ﬂexible in making plans with others. Your way really isn't always the best way, so keep that in mind. Do your best to avoid conﬂicts that could lead to a dead end. 773.213.4597
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Rice Preference The young woman really thought she'd been very patient through a protracted period of dating with no talk of marriage. One night her steady boyfriend took her to a Chinese restaurant. As he perused the menu, he casually asked her, "So . . . how do you like your rice? Boiled? Steamed? Or fried?" She looked over her menu at him and replied clearly, "Thrown."
Talking Clock While proudly showing off his new apartment to friends late one night, one wag led the way to his bedroom where there was a big brass gong. "What's that big brass gong for?" one of the guests asked. "Why, that's the talking clock" the man replied. "Watch", the man said, giving the gong an ear-shattering pound with a hammer. Suddenly, someone on the other side of the wall screamed, "F'gosh sakes, you idiot, it's 2 a.m. in the morning!"
Too Much Sugar A fellow nurse at my hospital received a call from an anxious patient. "I'm diabetic and I'm afraid I've had too much sugar today." she said. "Are you light-headed?" my colleague asked.
Looking Glass 1. What weekly radio program has been hosted by Ira Glass since 1995? a- Car Talk, b-This American Life, c- All Things Considered, d- A Prairie Home Companion 2. What broken crystal animal is offered to Jim by Laura at the end of the Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie? a-Unicorn, b-Swan, c-Deer, d-Alligator. 3. What architect designed the glass pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum in Paris? a-William Burgess, b-I.M. Pei, c- Eliel Saarinen, d- Benjamin Latrobe. 4. What New Wave band had a #1 hit with the song Heart of Glass in 1979? a-The Happenings, b-The Dolls, c-Blondie, d-Wang Chung. 5. Father Time carries an hourglass in one hand, and what object in the other hand? a-Football, b-Flute, c-Beaker, d-Scythe. 6. What actress is accused of being a Soviet spy in the comedy ﬁlm The Glass-Bottom Boat? a-Doris Day, b-Eleanor Powell, c-Judy Garland, d-Brigitte Bardot. 7. Which of the dwarves in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs wore glasses? a-Happy, b-Bashful, c-Doc, d-Grumpy. 8. What was the last name of the police detective played by Ron Glass on Barney Miller? a-Meyers, b-O’Hara, c-Harris, d-Riley. 9. Who recorded the 1974 top 10 song Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)? a-John Denver, b-Engelbert Humperdinck, c-Carl Douglas, d-Leo Sayer. 10. Selenium is used in glassmaking to create glass of what color? a-Red, b- Yellow, c-Violet, d-Green.
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Apples The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: 'Take only ONE. God is watching." Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, 'Take all you want. God is watching the apples."
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Veils Of Sunshine By Rob Christiansen
I worked for a company that employed a self-styled executive assistant, a conﬁdent incandescent hourglass who generated a positive vibe on the q.t. She ﬂowed about the ofﬁce, smiling, giving off a hundred watts if you caught her eye. Never ofﬁcially awarded Best Dressed, she could dress to live in addition to kill, equally suiting me.
A friend bent down to discard trash and hit the back of her head under a table. I drove her to the ER. She had a headache and mild concussion. The doctor advised her to “rest her brain until symptoms improved.” Aren’t we all resting our brains until symptoms improve? She stands in a veil of sunshine outside my bathroom and talks to me while I urinate. The bathroom door is open. She hits my left arm for emphasis. I always remind her not to do that.
She had a framed photo on her desk. The three people in the photo smiled whimsically while casually avoiding the camera. She was in the photo. I found it intimidating, as my heart always silently beat toward her. Because it would be months until she invited me to go downstairs for coffee, I didn’t realize the photo was her shield.
She said she was waiting for a train when a Socialist Doomsday cult tried to poison her with sarin gas. The train’s fumes saved her because sarin gas is odorless but the train chemicals were foul-smelling and she ﬂed the station’s catacombs.
It was, by now, three years old. The guy in the photo wasn’t actually her “husband” or father of the boy; he was her ex-boyfriend, and he occasionally harassed her, mostly by phone. He forgot she had three cop brothers. I didn’t solicit the harassment updates or recaps she provided me at the company picnic and softball game, Christmas party or on the concrete bench along Wacker Drive where we frequently lunched. She found my irritation over the ka-BONK noise that the cars made driving over a proximate steel plate on Wacker amusing. She valued her family, including her son, of whom she had custody, a Corona & lime soul mate sister, brothers, and an independent grandmother who still walked back and forth to the store pulling a grocery cart her own height. We shared Busia’s birthday in a Polish restaurant and spent holidays at one sibling or another’s house. “SecreKerry” was the straw(berry blonde) who stirred the drink. She wasn’t brash, or “out there,” at the ofﬁce. I once held an umbrella that the wind suddenly destroyed—on Wacker Drive— while we walked to Union Station after work. She called it a “cheap-ass drink umbrella.” We were platonic because sometimes I sprayed her. I need a “shield” joke to get out of this. We were platonic because, eventually, at best we’d only kiss. I couldn’t spray her then. I made voice memos on my phone. When down, my words fray like weak piss rather than spiral like a football thrown by Drew Bledsoe. When high, I spit at you. I know because Drew Bledsoe said so. I don’t know what Drew Bledsoe looks like. Every time I see him he has a helmet on. He wears it to avoid my spit…. Surely, I would be diagnosed if ever I were referred to a psychologist from a psychiatrist, or vice versa. Offhand I don’t know the sequence. I edited my memos like mad, and furthermore omitted all the nonsense.
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I shook my head and said, “You’re crazy.” She hit my arm, but she would have done that anyway. The radio on the sink was playing “I Missed Again” by Phil Collins…. I’m not crazy. I’m just lazy. I don’t know what a week ago from the 3rd was until I check a calendar. I involuntarily spit when someone grants me face time. They wipe their mouth without ﬂinching, displaying nonchalance I lack. I’m a writer, not a talker. I’m not a writer on my 1040 form, nor do I declare that I’m a talker. I don’t spit when I write unless I’m writing about a baseball player. I spit to become one with him, but I go into the bathroom to do it. I speak for reticent writers, some of whom may also be writers in residence. Since we don’t discuss our projects, we are a study in still life in bars, where street artists and caricaturists congregate to draw us. We’re sometimes depicted playing cards and our faces are replaced with those of dogs. Déjà vu to me is when I’m writing something that I feel I’ve written before. I have a disorder that subsequently is neutralized in the same sitting. I eat a lot of cupcakes with white, red and yellow frosting, but then I eat a bunch of lettuce and get my color back. My ﬁctional character, “Theman,” rhymes with lemon. You know he’s a bitter S.O.B. and not a bit player like you know how to ride a bicycle or to get out of the water before your skin turns to rubber and Goodyear wants you, not to join its ranks, but as raw material. I’m a good ﬁt for Goodyear. I spin my wheels. I’m already too-tired. An old photo makes you look younger. A new photo makes you look older. “Please listen to the entire message as our menu options have changed” sounds like a waiter describing specials. Every girl on the Clark Street bus after 7 p.m. Saturday is a lunatic. “Is this seat taken?” is countered with, “No, but that seat over there isn’t taken either.” SecreKerry’s secret, an old photo on her desk, kept male coworkers honest. All she wanted was a friend without beneﬁts. She stands outside my bathroom and kibitzes with me and goodnaturedly hits my arm while I stand there trying to urinate into the middle of the bowl. She’s O.K. She’s preparing for a PowerPoint presentation. WWW.WHATSUPXTRA.COM
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Dear La La, My husband was depressed and he just continued shutting me out. He recently went for counseling and with therapy and medication he is ﬁnally beginning to return to the man I fell in love with. Unfortunately during the last year while we were struggling with these issues I met a man who treated me like a goddess. I care about him but the truth is I love my husband and I am terriﬁed if I tell him about the affair he will either relapse or worse yet throw away our marriage. I'm stuck and scared. What to do? Confused Carrie Dear Carrie, You’re not stuck, but you do have a bed to make. In fact, this whole situation is no longer about you. People cheat when there is a void, and you essentially lost your husband for a period of time. I get that. It WAS a big deal. Well, playtime is now over, and now you must do everything in your power to lift up your husband and your relationship. If you truly love your husband and your marriage, your sidepiece has to be completely removed from your life. Aside from what others may believe is right, I see absolutely no point in telling your husband of your affair. It will do nothing constructive for him or your relationship; the main thing it will do is give YOU relief of the inﬁdelity. If you can’t live with the burden, then consult his counselor and have him or her advise when/how to present the circumstance. Lauren Strec is a media host, blogger, and beer-drinker. Check out her website, LaurenStrec.com for videos, blogs, and social media links. 773.213.4597
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