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Not one of the four Triad TRADESWOMEN profiled in this article was taught her trade by her father. Adrienne Mattson-Perdue learned how to use a hammer from her mother. Michelle Belanger discovered an aptitude for carpentry while working at a woodshop. Charmaine Brown learned from her best friend’s father. London Brown grew up working in the family vegetable garden, but neither parent was a professional landscaper like their daughter became.

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It was a feeding frenzy as nearly 40 fabulous foodies gathered for a one-of-akind feast: A Chef’s Table at ASIAN BBQ & GRILL that left us all ever so slightly painfully, but blissfully full on fellowship, Filipino cuisine and hospitality. 10 Clark Whittington is inviting the world to be a part of the growing ART-O-MAT family of artists, hosts and collectors, with over 170 machines across the United States as well as Canada, Australia and Austria. 11 The Hollywood Reporter, one of the entertainment industry’s most esteemed publications, has made it a happy summer at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, having selected both the SCHOOL OF DRAMA and the School of Filmmaking as among the best in the nation. 12 The romantic comedy ODE TO JOY is a fact-based farce inspired by a story on the popular radio show “This American Life,” adapted for the screen by executive producer Max Werner. 18 How did you come up with the name? I asked Taylor Dankovich, the host/creator of WHO KNOWS?, a podcast that analyzes the “simply complicated questions of life.” YES! WEEKLY

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There are all sorts of qualifications that candidates must meet to run for offices, such as minimum age and residency. It’s just too bad we can’t also require them to show proof of ACCOUNTABILITY. This past week, for example, it was reported that the budget stalemate between Gov. Cooper and the GOP-controlled legislature, is costing taxpayers $42,000 for every day the session goes over. 20 Greensboro-area musicians are working to fight poverty locally, but they’d like to spur a national discussion. Members of the regional music community have teamed up with the United Way of Greater Greensboro and local politicians, spiritual leaders, activists, and organizers on a project to raise AWARENESS, focus attention and generate funds to address the issue. 21 A new festival endeavor looks to gather folks for STILL THE DAYS FEST on Aug. 24 at Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company, located at 504 State St. in Greensboro. “Still the Days Fest is an all-day, all-ages musical experience that aims to promote the North Carolina independent music scene,” organizers said.



DISTRIBUTION JANICE GANTT KARRIGAN MUNRO We at YES! Weekly realize that the interest of our readers goes well beyond the boundaries of the Piedmont Triad. Therefore we are dedicated to informing and entertaining with thought-provoking, debate-spurring, in-depth investigative news stories and features of local, national and international scope, and opinion grounded in reason, as well as providing the most comprehensive entertainment and arts coverage in the Triad. YES! Weekly welcomes submissions of all kinds. Efforts will be made to return those with a self-addressed stamped envelope; however YES! Weekly assumes no responsibility for unsolicited submissions. YES! Weekly is published every Wednesday by Womack Newspapers, Inc. No portion may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher. First copy is free, all additional copies are $1.00. Copyright 2019 Womack Newspapers, Inc.


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WHAT: When Sinbad calls you up and says he’s available at the last minute for four nights of shows, you don’t think twice about saying YES! We’re pleased to have this mega-star back for 5 big shows! Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Standups of All Time,” actor and comedian Sinbad has had audiences laughing for over three decades. WHEN: 7 p.m. Thur-Sun | Extra Saturday show at 9:30 WHERE: The Comedy Zone. 1126 S Holden Rd, Greensboro. MORE: $27 tickets.

WHAT: Join the North Carolina A&T athletic family on Aug. 24 for the annual Fun Fest event at 11 a.m. in front of Aggie Stadium. There will be great music, food and a variety of games. Fans will also be able to meet the Aggies football, volleyball, cheerleading and cross country teams. Food trucks will be on site. Free school supply giveaway for first 400 school-aged children. WHEN: 11 a.m. WHERE: Aggie Stadium, Greensboro. MORE: Free event.

WHAT: The Triad’s most unique beer festival this year, a true blend of the love of baseball and craft beer! MVP Beer Fest all started with a love for craft beer and close-knit communities. As avid beer festival goers and natives to smaller cities, we wanted to create a positive platform that would not just bring a beer festival to town, but would also create a one of a kind hyper-local experience that gave small and local businesses a day to celebrate their community. WHEN: 2-6 p.m. WHERE: BB&T Ballpark, Winston-Salem. MORE: $40 tickets | $10 Under 21 tickets.


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WHAT: Join us as we wrap up summer and prepare for the school year! Bring the whole family out for a nice evening of music and Urban Line Dancing brought to you by DJ Marcus B. Smooth. WHEN: 6-8 p.m. WHERE: LeBauer Park. 208 N Davie St, Greensboro. MORE: Free event.



Walking into Tattoo Archive is like walking into a three-ring circus. With photographs and posters covering every surface, there’s always something to catch your eye, and yet, you leave feeling as though you missed more than you saw. Now located in Winston-Salem, the historical museum that doubles as a working tattoo parlor, was initially founded in 1980 by C.W. “Chuck” Eldridge. “My whole childhood, all the men in my life were tattooed,” Eldridge said. “They had service-related tattoos: my father, my brother, my uncles. So I grew up seeing those tattoos pretty much my whole life. And by the time I was 8, I wanted to get tattooed. Fortunately, there was nobody tattooing will present photographs, in my little home town. Not flash, and business cards even out of their kitchen.” from past North Carolina It wasn’t until he joined tattoo artists. the Navy in 1965 that he got Eldridge said he’s been givhis first tattoo — and then ing history lectures at tattoo three more. Eldridge said conventions for 40 years. that when he found himself When he was just starting with $200 in his pocket and Photo of Chuck Eldridge out, there would only be 12 hours of liberty in the and illustration one per year. Now there’s sailor-filled streets of San of Paul Rogers as many as four in a single Diego, he ended up leaving weekend. To Eldridge, these with four new tattoos. conventions have become sensationalIt was that childlike fascination with ized — an entertainment venue with hot tattoos, the same compulsion that led dog stands and wet T-shirt contests rather Eldridge to a tattoo shop that day in San than a place where people can share stoDiego, that later inspired him to found Tatries and history. He said he was extremely too Archive. With an impressive collection confused to see people dressed as zombies of tattoo history and collectibles to boast at one convention he attended. of, the shop aims to promote the history of That’s why Eldridge is proud to announce tattooing by offering a wealth of informathe first annual gathering of the Tattoo tion “to the casual visitor and academic Historical Society on Oct. 12. alike.” “We’re bringing all the tattoo museums “My task in this is to keep all these and collectors into one room for a day of peoples’ names alive,” Eldridge said. “Belectures and seminars — and to buy, sell, cause what’s happening is, and I guess this and trade,” Eldridge said. “It’s a bit of a happens in any industry or art form, people cultural experiment inside the tattoo world come into it, and they don’t really care because nothing like this has ever actually about the history of that art form. They been done. And there’s not going to be any want to reinvent the wheel.’” tattooing.” In addition to tattoo collectibles, the There probably won’t be any zombies Tattoo Archive is also home to the Paul either. Rogers Tattoo Research Center (PRTRC). While he has loved being a tattoo artist The PRTRC was established in 1993 as a for the better part of his life, Eldridge nonprofit corporation to preserve tattoo doesn’t expect his portrait to be added history by working with other organizato a museum wall of great tattoo artists. tions and individuals worldwide. Eldridge Instead, the work he’s most proud of is the himself coordinates with places such as nonprofit work that makes it possible for a bookstores, museums, and other tattoo museum such as that to exist. shops that are interested in hosting exhib“If I’m going to be remembered for anyits and lectures. thing, that’s what I’ll be remembered for,” If you’d like to see one of the lectures for Eldridge said. ! yourself, stop by the High Point Museum on Aug. 26. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Eldridge WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM


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A Chef’s Table: The Filipino Kamayan Feast


t was a feeding frenzy as nearly 40 fabulous foodies gathered for a one-of-a-kind feast: A Chef’s Table at Asian BBQ & Grill that left us all ever so slightly painfully, Kristi Maier but blissfully full on @triadfoodies fellowship, Filipino cuisine and hospitality. When owner Contributor Robert Lumbres said he wanted to be a part of the monthly dinner series, one would expect the traditional coursed or family-style dinner. But no, Lumbres wanted to share what he says is the ultimate showcase of Filipino hospitality: A traditional Kamayan Feast. Also known as a Boodle, a Kamayan Feast is kind of like the “luau” of the Philippines. Think long, community-style tables covered in banana leaves, and on the banana leaves, every type of food imaginable. There were no utensils allowed, so clean hands were a must. Gosh, what fun! Asian BBQ & Grill opened earlier this year at 3230 Reynolda Rd. in WinstonSalem. It is the first Asian restaurant serving traditional foods of the Philippines. From the much-beloved lumpia (a slim, meat-filled, spring roll that’s fried to crispy perfection. Also the most popular item) to barbecue chicken, chicken on a stick, pulled pork, fried rice, and noodles. And the desserts? Mango, purple yam (aka Ube) ice cream, and crispy spring rolls filled with soft, sweet plantains. “Filipino food is a medley of so many cultures,” Lumbres said. “The Philippines has been conquered so many times; we are now like our famous dessert, halohalo, where you have a fusion of different flavors and textures. Our food has been influenced by Spain, China, India, and Japan. Even the people and their names are a medley of all the countries.” But it’s sharing and fellowship that they pride themselves on. “When you come to a Filipino’s home, expect to eat, because someone is always cooking,” Lumbers said. Asian BBQ & Grill is a small restaurant, and though there are some tables and chairs, its concept is set up to be very takeout friendly, which is great if you don’t feel like cooking. The goal of the Boodle was to YES! WEEKLY

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not only share the experience but give the diners a chance to try almost everything (and more). “Many people have never seen blue crabs, so I thought that was a fun learning experience. The typical Boodle is a medley of seafood, barbecue, fruits and veggies, whatever is in season.” When we walked into the restaurant, the tables were lined with banana leaves, but it wasn’t long before the culinary and service teams began diligently placing items on those tables — first, crispy whole tilapia. Then sticky rice, pork belly, pork barbecue, chicken skewers, rice, mango, pineapple and bok choy. Also on the table, all the elements of a seafood boil including clams, mussels, shrimp, smoked sausage and corn. If that wasn’t enough, there was also a fried eggplant (prepared by Rob himself) and whole crab. To say it was a huge amount of food is an understatement. Most of us were stuffed by the time we were presented with Mamon,

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a small cake deeply colored from purple yam but tasting very much like a vanilla cake, crispy fried plantains, mango ice cream, Ube ice cream, and a few desserts that were snuck in that some of us didn’t even get to for being under the influence of food. Barrie Podair of Winston-Salem has been to many Chef’s Tables. She said she was full the next day after an experience with Filipino food. “I expected to try a wide variety of food, and it seemed like as soon as you stopped, it was like ‘But wait! Here’s more,’” she said. “When you’ve never had the cuisine and don’t know what to order, it’s nice to have a little bit of everything. And having plates and using our hands was not weird to me at all, because I have a toddler.” Ashley Creviston, who scored some last-minute tickets from the waitlist, said, “Feast doesn’t seem like a big enough word to describe this culinary spread. The lack of utensils certainly did not slow down our indulgence, and the food seemed endless. It’s hard not to have a good time when you are literally elbowdeep in some great Filipino cuisine.” Because Asian BBQ doesn’t serve alcohol, Cellar 4201 Winery and Incendiary Brewing were brought in for drinks. Looking at the aftermath, Lumbers said, “We like full. It’s our purpose.” Although he joked, “If Filipinos had been here, there would only be banana leaves and shells remaining.” Lumbres said the restaurant has been consistently busy and that catering is very popular as well. With the talent and leadership of Chef Ruth and Chef Rod, he hopes one day to open a larger restaurant with some hang out space. And anyone WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

who wants to book a Boodle can do so by reservation. Mary Haglund, the owner of Mary’s Gourmet Diner, spent many years as a girl in the Philippines and was there to offer her support. “I had so much fun sharing my love for all things Filipino. The food, the people, the hospitality,” Haglund said, “food brings us all together.” ! KRISTI MAIER is a food writer, blogger and cheerleader for all things local who even enjoys cooking in her kitchen, though her kidlets seldom appreciate her efforts.



Asian BBQ & Grill is located at 3230 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. The next available Chef’s Table is a Triadfoodies Friendsgiving on Monday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. at Providence Restaurant. Tickets are $50, and 100 percent of proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. Reserve tickets at https://triadfoodiesfriendsgiving.


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Art-o-mat dispenses art to the people


lark Whittington is inviting the world to be a part of the growing Art-o-mat family of artists, hosts and collectors, with over 170 machines across Terry Rader the United States as well as Canada, Australia and AusContributor tria. You can track the locations with an online map, so you are “never artless” in your travels, but you don’t have to leave the Triad to find an Art-o-mat machine. Whittington’s concept of encouraging more art consumption while reaching audiences that artists may have never accessed is keeping old vending machines out of the landfill and repurposing them into art dispensing machines where people can buy art on their own terms for $5. Local Art-o-mats can be found in







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Greensboro at Revolution Mill and in its hometown of Winston-Salem at the Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art, the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Foothill’s Brewing Tasting Room, Mary’s Gourmet Diner, A/perture Cinema, Salem Fine Arts Center, Artwork’s Gallery, Krankies Coffee, Earl’s, Jugheads Growlers & Pints, Wake Forest University, Wherehouse Art Hotel, The Olio Glasshouse, St. Paul’s Episcopal, and the Benton Convention Center. From locations in Walnut Cove, Durham, Cary, Boone and beyond North Carolina, Art-o-mats are on the move. Whittington, an artist and native of Concord, owned Rococo Fish Gallery in the Charlotte’s NoDa (North Davidson) Arts District in the late ‘80s before he moved to Winston-Salem. He said his art comes to him from his experiences and ideas. One day, he observed a friend’s Pavlovian reaction to seek a vending machine upon hearing the crinkling of a cellophane snack wrapper, he sketched out his first Art-o-mat machine, a piece of art itself created from retired cigarette vending machines. In 1997, he transformed his first old cigarette machine into a functional piece of art to dispense his black and white peel-a-part Polaroids and later invited other artists to be involved creating “Artists in Cellophane” for his conceptual work that included an Art-o-mat. “I love how artists take this format and make it their own,” he said. “I enjoy seeing people come up with great ideas and getting them into an Art-o-mat and keeping their art alive. When artists and buyers connect through an Art-o-mat, it’s tangible, it’s real, and it’s something people can take with them and enjoy.” Whittington said he was working as a graphic designer in a creative job to pay the bills up until 2003, but he didn’t let his job interfere with his personal art. He

graduated top of his class from Appalachian State University in graphic design and later went for his Master’s at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Even though he was making good grades, he got restless after a year, and got married before going out on his own as a DIY artist. When his Seed Gallery disbanded in 2011, he began focusing solely on Art-omats. Once he was in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, he went full-time. Whittington said he feels honored that one of his ideas has gained traction. “Most people don’t understand that I’m an artist; they think I’m a vendor. I’m okay with being under the radar. I want to share this with people and artists, and I don’t mind taking a back seat.” Art for these dispensers ranges from drawings, photos, paintings, jewelry, crafts and more as long as they fit into the 3¼ by 2 1/8 by 7/8-inch boxes and follow very specific guidelines. Whittington said that the art is selected based on effort, craftsmanship, and originality with careful consideration as to how the final piece will be viewed in the hands of someone who may have never bought art before. Whittington considers each artist’s involvement as a long-term relationship, meaning they may send work on an ongoing basis. They can create their own boxes/blocks or purchase them online. He also provides promotional sup-

port to the artists and venue hosts. Artists include Liz Morris, Janie ReavisCox, Pat Cooper, Valerie Hibbard, Dewitt Young, Allison Stoner, Sarah Whittington, Crystal Miyake, Dawn Petty, and many more may be viewed on the website. Whittington said the talent is inspiring to other artists and gaining popularity to collectors who don’t take their art collecting too seriously. Interested Art-o-mat hosts can apply to with the venue, location, and a brief explanation of how your mission will be a match for dispensing art as outreach in your community. Whittington said he likes to stay true to concept as he has learned that when people try to alter it, it fails. “Once an Art-o-mat is designed, installed and loaded with art, it just works on its own,” he said. ! TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, poet, singer/songwriter, wellness herbalist, flower essences practitioner and owner of Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind cat/dog/house sitting.



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UNCSA makes the grade with The Hollywood Reporter The Hollywood Reporter, one of the entertainment industry’s most esteemed publications, has made it a happy summer at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, havMark Burger ing selected both the School of Drama and the School of FilmContributor making as among the best in the nation. In its Aug. 14 issue, THR published its selection of “The Top 25 American Film Schools,” and UNCSA’s School of Filmmaking ranked 11th, its highest-ever placement on the publication’s annual list, which was inaugurated in 2011. Other notable industry publications, including Variety, MovieMaker, and The Wrap, have also lauded the School of Filmmaking. The issue features an interview with outgoing School of Filmmaking dean Susan Ruskin, who recently accepted the position of dean and executive vice-president of the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory in Los Angeles. (The AFI ranked fourth on THR’s list.) “The reason for film schools is you truncate the process of learning and create a safe space for people to find their voices,” she said. “We can be the sandbox that everybody experiments in. We can say (to the studios) ‘Come play with us,’ because this is the generation that is going to be creating content.’”

Filmmaker Brett Haley (I’ll See You in My Dreams, The Hero, and the upcoming All the Bright Places), who graduated the School of Filmmaking in 2005, added that he thought the school’s principal attraction is its size. “You’re in this small town, and you’re surrounded by artists, and you’re just focused on that.” The article described the School of Filmmaking “a tiny Southern film school,” consisting of 890 undergraduates and 152 graduate students, and highlighted its 30,000-square-foot New Media Building, which houses the departments of anima-

tion, production design, motion capture, gaming, digital design, and visual effects, as well as the two new MFA programs in creative producing and screenwriting. Associate Dean Henry Grillo was recently named interim dean of the School of Filmmaking for the 2019-’20 academic year. In June, THR ranked the UNCSA School of Drama as among the Top 5 undergraduate theater programs in the world. This is the third consecutive year that the School of Drama was so recognized by the magazine. “This is a great honor for our School of Drama,” former UNCSA chancellor Lindsay

Bierman said. “The Hollywood Reporter speaks to industry insiders, and the recognition reaches influencers. Dean Scott Zigler and his faculty are providing worldclass education and training for actors who will shine on stage and screen.” This is only Zigler’s second year as dean, and he has fashioned a program that teaches entrepreneurship as well as acting and directing. “Students who study acting today are going to have careers spanning many platforms, and our training is meant to prepare them for all opportunities – theater, film, television, web content, and even forms of media content we may not have seen yet,” he said. “Our alumni are entrepreneurs whose creativity and originality create opportunities throughout the industry. They are finding early success on a variety of platforms. “Our alumni are known for their topquality acting skills, their strong discipline and work ethic, and their versatility – the qualities you would expect from rigorous conservatory training. We want graduates of the UNCSA School of Drama to be as respected for their discipline and professionalism as they are for their talent and artistry.” Applications to the School of Drama reached a new record for the class of 2023, with 915 applicants to fill a class of 32 – a 25% increase over 2018. For more information about all the goings-on at UNCSA, visit the official website, ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2019, Mark Burger.

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Charlie’s romantic inclinations to quite a degree. As he bitterly notes, most of his dates have ended up with him in the emergency room — the better the date, the quicker the faint. As a result, he has attempted, with a measure of success, to live his life in a perpetual state of misery or at least indifference, all the better to remain upright and conscious. A chance, and somewhat contrived, an encounter with the impetuous Francesca (Morena Baccarin) leads to a disastrous first date, and Charlie is only too eager to pawn Francesca off on his fun-loving younger brother Cooper (Jake Lacy). Cooper repays the favor by setting Charlie up with Francesca’s eccentric co-worker Bethany (Melissa Rauch), and all seems well. Like Werner, much of producer/director Jason Winer’s prior experience has been in television (Modern Family, Life in Pieces, Single Parents) and sometimes it shows. Ode to Joy is a pleasant diversion and superior to Winer’s debut feature, the needless 2011 remake of Arthur, but there’s a

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Jane Curtin as Aunt Sylvia and Morena Baccarin as “Francesca” in Jason Winer’s Ode to Joy. small-screen feel to the proceedings. It is abundantly clear from the get-go that Charlie and Francesca are made for each other – while Cooper/Francesca and Charlie/Bethany certainly are not – and part of the fun is trying to guess how the story resolves itself, and true love wins out, all the while knowing it will. Keeping things buoyant is the amiable cast, with Rauch the obvious standout. She’s funny, sexy, and sympathetic – and in the inevitable break-up scene with Charlie, quietly heartbreaking. On a weekend getaway with Charlie, Cooper, and Francesca, she blissfully observes that the bucolic burg they visit is dreary, then spices things up with an after-dinner

“cello sing-along” (the film’s comic highlight). One almost wishes she and Charlie would end up together because they’re the far more amusing couple. As befits the title, the titular section of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – inspired by Friedrich Schiller’s poem “Ode to Joy” – makes its presence known, although for many of a particular generation this selection was immortalized by its use in Die Hard (1988). Then again, who can hear “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss and not immediately think of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)? ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2019, Mark Burger. COURTESY OF IFC FILMS. AN IFC FILMS RELEASE.


he romantic comedy Ode to Joy is a fact-based farce inspired by a story on the popular radio show “This American Life,” adapted Mark Burger for the screen by executive producer Contributor Max Werner. The film premiered at the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem earlier this year (selling out, no less) and is now in general release. Our intentionally lovelorn hero is Charlie (Martin Freeman), a middle-aged New York librarian who suffers from a rare neurological condition called cataplexy. Similar to the better-known narcolepsy, it causes Charlie to swoon in moments of extreme duress, particularly in moments of euphoria. Understandably, this has played havoc


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WSTA presents: Billy Elliot


ast Thursday night, Aug.15, my partner and I attended a showing of the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance’s Billy Elliot, and the performance rendered me to tears, from both laughing and crying. The small, yet intimate theatre was packed to its gills with a variety of folks, young and old. The cast of the play was also diverse in age, as a great deal of the cast were playing children, including the star, Billy Elliot (Julian Pecoraro). According to the Theatre Alliance website, Billy Elliot “tells the story of a young boy from a coal mining village in Northeast England who transcends class and circumstance to become a ballet star.” This musical is set during the 1984-85 miner’s strike, and Billy’s working-class family consists of his dad, brother, (both miners on strike) and his elderly grandmother. (His mother passed away a few years prior.) “They are not well off and have no experience with, or tolerance for the arts. His dad and brother are totally against the idea of him learning to dance, but Billy finds himself drawn towards the ballet world,” the website states. The cast did a fantastic job of conveying the emotions of each character to the audience. Grandma’s song at the beginning of the play had me rolling on the floor, laughing. It had a bit of dark humor to it, which I appreciate. The same goes for the “Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher” number. My favorite part was definitely the song where Billy and his friend, Michael (Liam Forest), dressed in drag and sang about individuality. The addition of the giant dancing dresses was awesome, and it went very well with the performance. Michael stole the show with his confidence, carefree mindset and enthusiasm. This was a bittersweet moment for me; it made me so happy to see that character feel comfortable enough to put on his sister’s dress and have a good time. But it also made me think and remember that character is set in the 1980s, which was a volatile time for the LGBTQIA community because of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the general hatred for anyone not conforming to heteronormative gender roles. The scene where Billy is reading Ms. Wilkinson (Heather Moorefield-Lang) the letter that his mother wrote to him before she passed, made me cry like a baby. (Just WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

thinking about it now makes me tear up!) I had to excuse myself during intermission to stop the waterworks. It was so poignant and so well done; I haven’t felt that strongly during a play in a really long time. The message of the letter really struck a chord with me, too. In that, Billy’s mother wanted him to know that she accepted and loved him no matter who he turned out to be. Throughout the whole play, Billy is trying to accept himself while facing those that have a hard time accepting him. This was such a heartwarming performance for all that were involved. So far, I have noticed a common theme with the shows produced by the Theatre Alliance this season: The inclusion of LGBTQIA stories and perspectives. I definitely appreciated it, and so did my partner. Other local theatre companies should take note. Next up on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m., is a staged reading of The Humans, which is a “story of the quintessential family reunion... Filled with equal parts humor and hurt,” by playwright Stephen Karam. Then from Sept. 13-22 is The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez. I am especially excited to see this play because it includes two of my favorite kinds of people: Drag performers and an Elvis impersonator. Don’t miss it! For more information, visit the WSTA website, !

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— Singer Wayne Newton was sued in District Court on Aug. 6 by a mother and daughter over an incident involving a monkey that took place in October 2017 at Newton’s

home in Las Vegas, where the daughter was an invited guest, according to court documents. Genevieve Urena, a minor, was touring the home when Newton’s pet monkey, Boo, “without any provocation ... attacked and bit Ms. Urena, causing injury to her body as well as emotional distress,” the suit claims, according to KVVU TV. The Urenas assert that Newton “had a duty to exercise due care” and should have known that Boo had a tendency to attack. They are seeking $15,000 in damages.

— In Perth, Australia, two pig farmers face jail time after illegally importing Danish pig semen in shampoo bottles. The Guardian reported that Torben Soerensen and Henning Laue, of GD Pork, were sentenced to three years and two years in prison, respectively, after pleading guilty to breaching quarantine and biosecurity laws by bringing in the contraband numerous times between 2009 and 2017 to be used in GD Pork’s artificial breeding program. Australian agriculture minister Bridget McKenzie said, “GD Pork imported the semen illegally in an attempt to get an unfair advantage over its competitors, through new genetics.” Western Australian Farmers Federation spokesperson Jessica Wallace called the acts “selfish”: “How extremely disappointing.” GD Pork also was fined $500,000.


The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on Aug. 11 that in the overnight hours, more than 50 old-style television sets had been deposited on the front porches of homes in Henrico County, Virginia. Henrico Police Lt. Matt Pecka said the culprits were caught on several doorbell cameras, with one of the videos showing a person wearing TV-shaped headgear while dropping off the TV. Even more puzzling, a similar phenomenon happened last year in nearby Glen Allen, where 20 sets were left on porches. Pecka said the only crime that might have been committed is illegal dumping: “We don’t believe there’s any reason for the community to be alarmed.”


Cambodian farmer Sum Bora, 28, is lucky to be alive after spending almost four days wedged between boulders in the jungle northwest of Phnom Penh. On Aug. 4, as Bora was collecting bat guano for use as fertilizer, he slipped while trying to retrieve the flashlight he had dropped down a crevice, The Washington Post reported. After three days, his brother found him and alerted authorities, who worked about 10 hours to free Bora from the hollow where he was trapped. He was transported to a local hospital.


Larry Adams, 61, of Daytona Beach, Florida, came out swinging late on Aug. 12, complaining that neighbors were playing their music too loudly in the parking lot of their apartment complex. Adams emerged from his apartment threatening to shoot them and brandishing nunchucks, which he then hit himself in the head with. Police officers responding to a 911 call told WOLF-Fox 35 that Adams


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also sprayed everyone with roach repellent, causing them to cough and their skin to burn. “We not even roaches, so why are we getting sprayed with roach spray for?” wondered neighbor Cici Sylvester. Adams, sporting a goose egg on his forehead, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.


For 68 years, Francis and Rosemary Klontz of Sacramento, California, have not just shared the ups and downs of marriage and family. They’ve cemented their bond by coordinating their outfits — every day! — for almost seven decades. Francis lets his wife pick out his clothes each morning: “She just lays it out for me, and I don’t have to worry about a thing!” he told KOVR TV. The couple also sing together, performing at church, hospitals and around the house. They started dating in junior high school in Auburn, Washington, and the dressing alike custom started when Rosemary’s mother bought them matching shirts. “We’ve been matching ever since,” Rosemary said.


What a relief! The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Aug. 8 that miniature horses are cleared to fly in all cabins of commercial planes as emotional support and service animals. The agency called “dogs, cats and miniature horses” the “most commonly recognized service animals,” Fox News reported. However, other organizations, including the Association of Flight Attendants, have urged a tightening of rules about the animals because of “rampant abuse” of service animal designations. Apparently, the DOT said “neiiiighhhh” to that.


A Gwinnett County (Georgia) medical examiner has resigned after wildly misinterpreting the cause of death for 61-yearold Ray Neal of Lawrenceville, who died on July 21. Despite reports by police and witnesses of large amounts of blood on the floor and walls at scene, investigator Shannon Byers initially ruled Neal had died of natural causes. But when his body arrived at the funeral home, employees discovered a hole in his neck, Fox 5 News reported, and Neal was returned to the morgue for an autopsy, which revealed he had been stabbed several times. Police are now investigating the death as a murder. !

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From pink hammers to flamethrowers: Triad tradeswomen defy stereotypes


ot one of the four Triad tradeswomen profiled in this article was taught her trade by her father. Adrienne MattsonPerdue learned how Ian McDowell to use a hammer from her mother. Michelle Belanger Contributor discovered an aptitude for carpentry while working at a woodshop. Charmaine Brown learned from her best friend’s father. London Brown grew up working in the family vegetable garden, but neither parent was a professional landscaper like their daughter became. The inspiration for this article began

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with Adrienne Mattson-Perdue, who recently founded Pink Carpenter, LLC, in Greensboro, and whom a mutual friend had suggested as a good subject for an article about local tradeswomen defying masculine stereotypes. “I spray paint all my tools pink,” Adrienne said. It is a practice she began while earning her carpentry diploma at Guilford Technical Community College. “Everybody has the same tools, and at the end of the day, you want yours back. I figured a dude has to be pretty fucking secure in his masculinity before he’ll borrow a pink hammer, and he’ll be sure to return it.” As a child, Adrienne was “always weirded out” by Father’s Day ads selling tools. “I never learned any of that shit from my Dad. My mom was the only one with any trade skills whatsoever.” Her mother signed up for shop classes in high school but was told to take home economics instead. This enraged Adrienne’s grandfather, a former escalator repairman who lost both legs after being sucked into one. “In what was one of the best acts of misogynistic feminism ever, he dragged himself out there, a huge pain in the ass when you’re in a wheelchair in the ‘70s. He told them ‘my daughter doesn’t need home economics; she already knows that shit because she’s a girl!’” When he said she needed shop classes because he couldn’t teach her, they let her enroll. Adrienne’s mother became a psychology professor, but her shop skills proved useful when she bought a building in New Britain, Connecticut. “It was called a two-family, a style of architecture which looks like a house, usually Victorian, but is actually two or more apartments stacked on top of each other.” This building contained two, and her mother rented out the other one. “We had our house set on fire when I was 9 because apparently drug dealers don’t appreciate having the police called on them. That’s when I met Paul, who my mother hired for repairs. The first time I was allowed to help was when I was 10 or 11, and Paul built the front porch. He taught me how to use a nail gun.” “The next time we flipped over the apartment, I was 12 or 13. Paul installed a floor and taught me how to work on that.”

Charmaine Brown Adrienne moved to North Carolina to major in English and education studies at Guilford College. “I was going to earn my certificate in secondary school English, but I don’t like lying to children. When they’d ask why they had to be there, I’d tell them they didn’t. After all, I’d dropped out of high school, and here I was teaching them.” She considered teaching in college, “but full-time professors are going the way of the brontosaurus. It’s all adjunct slavery now.” “I had a couple of crappy jobs and reached a breaking point last summer when I realized I just couldn’t keep working shit jobs that don’t pay a living wage, where I still found myself doing hard physical labor. I’d gotten a bachelor’s degree to avoid that.” So, she enrolled in the carpentry program at GTCC and earned her diploma in that trade.

“As long as I have to do hard physical labor, it might as well be something I enjoy and am skilled at, one that the entire current generation of workers is actually going to retire or die in.” Michelle Belanger, owner, and carpenter at Jill of Many Trades in WinstonSalem, also came to those trades from a completely unrelated field. She had been studying young child development at a community college in Traverse City, Michigan, but found out how much the staff at local daycare centers earned. “Even the ones with teaching degrees were making a very low wage.” So she took what she thought would be temporary work at a woodshop connected to a lumber yard and hardware store. “The entry-level pay was at least 50% more, with potential for increases. I had a chance to learn from some really experienced woodworkers and use some nice tools. They hired me to help with a side project they had taken on and then decided to keep me working in the regular shop.” She proved a natural despite no previous training, due to what she described as “my visual and spatial relationship/ geometry brain type,” and because she’s strong and agile. “Years of yoga, hiking, and dancing gave me good balance and an understanding of how to move from my center of gravity. That still helps me all the time.” She’s been steadily employed as a carpenter for decades now, and all her training has been on the job. “Mostly just applying the principals of plumb, level, and square, and my understanding of wood, combined with my experience. I don’t really have any formal certification. My work and experience speak for themselves.” Since founding Jill of Many Trades while living in the Triangle, most of her clients have been women; which has continued since she relocated to the Triad in 2001. “I got tired of dealing with men on crews and was considering trying to find some other kind of work. Then I started working for myself after getting laid off from a crew. I ran a classified ad in Carolina Parent magazine, and it was mostly women who responded for the first several months. They loved that I treated them well and got along with their kids and pets. And that I clean up and communicate well. Also, we bond over all kinds of things; the fabrics or paint colors in their


houses, their gardens, kids, pets, music.” But she’s also had good experiences with male clients. “Sometimes it ends up being part of my job to help them not feel bad that they’re not good at this stuff. I usually explain that learning any skill involves making a lot of mistakes and putting in the practice time. Then I ask what they would rather do with their time off. Practice a skill they will have limited use for, or pay someone who has already made a lot of mistakes and learned from them,” Michelle said. “What I sell is Jill Of Many Trades, nonsmoking child and pet-friendly woman carpenter. I am the product, a very cool, interesting person who you will love, and who happens to be a great carpenter. I can help you enjoy your house more, be good company, and show your kids that women can do non-traditional things and be in charge. That has its own value. And kids love me, as do pets. Which makes their parents/people love me more. And people can feel comfortable leaving their teenage daughter alone in the house with me working.” Charmaine Brown, owner of Modish Construction & Design, LLC, became interested in carpentry during her junior

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year of high school in Fayetteville. “One of my best friends’ dad was a carpenter so that I would work on projects with him. We built stairs and stuff around the house. He’d be making things and ask if we wanted to help. She never did, but I did, and I grew to love it. I sort of became his apprentice, or as he would say, his real daughter.” Charmaine studied biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. “I wanted to be a doctor but decided it wasn’t for me. So, I started to explore just what made me happy. Bought a couple of investment properties a few years ago and started fiddling around with it, and kind of fell into construction.” She also took a year-long carpentry class at GTTC. “We worked on Habitat for Humanity projects, so we built or helped build three different homes.” She plans to take her general contractor’s test next month. “I’ve been working on two projects, one of my own and one of my friend’s addition to a barn. I have a partner that I work with before I took the class in general contracting construction, he did most of the work, and I did more of the interior design and ideas, but now I’m much more hands-on with the building process, which is great.” She told me she’s particularly proud of her most recent project. “This is the first full renovation I’ve done. We’ve completely gutted the house, and I’ve gone all the way through it. So, I think I’m really proud of this just to say I’ve done it from the beginning to the end on my own.” For the last three years, Charmaine and her boyfriend have also owned DJ’s Transportation, LLC. “We read a lot of articles, then bought one truck and started out. We now have two-day cabs and two sleepers; one Freightliner and one Peterbilt. We have some contracts with LKQ Pick Your Part, the junkyard here in Greensboro. We haul their crushed cars to the Kernersville area.” Landscaping and gardening may not seem quite as stereotypically “masculine” as carpentry or trucking but have also historically been male-dominated. And how many other trades sometimes require a flamethrower? London Brown, owner of Barefoot Gardening in Greensboro, said that she enjoys using that tool not just for the sheer badassery of it, but because it’s better for the environment. “When I was Foreman of the Dirty Hoe Landscaping and Gardening in Asheville, we used flamethrowers a lot for weed suppression, and I love them. Because if

London Brown you go on a hard surface and just spray it with Roundup, that’s putting poison in the system.” She explained the reason for her company’s name being Barefoot Gardening is because “I want you, your children and your dog – whoever wants to go outside barefoot in their garden – to be able to do that without getting chemicals on their feet. Anyone can come inside and suck their toes and be perfectly fine.” London considers herself an educator as well as a tradeswoman. “Part of my job is teaching. When someone’s got square bushes, I explain that I’m not going to be shearing those bushes into that shape from the outside, I’m going to be making a lot of holes, to open the bush back up, get the airflow back in, and try to get it re-growing on the inside. That way, the plant can be healthy, rather than a breeding ground for fungus and insect problems later down the road. You need to selectively prune it, cutting out the dead, dying and decaying, but so many people mutilate them here because that’s what became common practice.” London rejects common practice for best practice and insists on doing what’s

right for the plant, the lawn, and the environment. “If you want someone to do something incorrectly, you’ll have to hire somebody else, because I won’t do it. I’m here for my clients, but I’m even more here for my client’s plants.” She has a degree in Turf and Golf Course Management from GTCC and apprenticed with Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, which USA Today and voted the best botanical garden in the U.S. She said that her business has been going well and that she has four to five subcontractors and one apprentice working with her every week. “The majority of my workforce is female and neurodivergent.” There have been times when she employed a more traditional demographic. “When I had a big stone job, we brought in some big strong guys in to help us move rock and move big wheelbarrows of dirt and things, so that me and the women could really focus on leveling and laying stone properly, with the guys there to help us lift it and set it back down. My women are good at the tedious leveling and shaving and making it perfect, and the guys are good at being strong, although we are, too! We moved 10,000 pounds of stone in two months.” Most of the women profiled in this piece said they’ve encountered resistance, or at least sexist assumptions, from men, either as customers or co-workers. “I sort of go out expecting it,” Adrienne said. “I’ve primed to expect sexism and misogyny everywhere I go because, as it turns out, it’s everywhere I go. And so, I have occasional things where I’m very certain that it’s sexism, and somebody else will tell me that’s it not necessarily there, maybe that person is just an asshole to everyone.” But she doesn’t buy that excuse. “Sure, I can be an asshole to everyone, too. But there needs to be space for women in trades, and if you’re trying to make space for women in the workplace, you need to understand that we’re coming into this expecting sexism because that’s what our experience has been. And so, I feel like people need to be more conscious of not sounding sexist, even if they’re doing it by accident, people need to pay attention to what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. They need to pay attention to whether they’re arguing with a woman over whether plasterwork and drywall are different substances. I promise you, they fucking are.” ! IAN MCDOWELL is the author of two published novels, numerous anthologized short stories, and a whole lot of nonfiction and journalism, some of which he’s proud of and none of which he’s ashamed of. AUGUST 21-27, 2019 YES! WEEKLY



The podcast that asks Who Knows? How did you come up with the name? I asked Taylor Dankovich, the host/ creator of Who Knows?, a podcast that analyzes the “simply complicated questions of life.” “Cause who knows, Katie Murawski man,” she said with a laugh. “Who knows what the hell we are Editor doing...I feel like the name speaks to the true essence of life, like who knows what is going to happen.” Dankovich has a background in audio production for live theatre and worked at Triad Stage for two years as the sound supervisor. She then decided to go to grad school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to get her Master’s degree in sound design/engineering. Dankovich said she never thought she would start her own podcast because she was not familiar with the medium at first. “I didn’t know what podcasts were until very shortly before I started, but I have been doing sound for a long time,” she said. Dankovich said she was working with her friend, Maria Württele, who introduced her to podcasts. “I didn’t even know there was a podcast app on my phone,” she said. “I just started listening to them and felt like that was the medium that I wanted to be apart of.” The first podcast she listened to was called Death, Sex, and Money, by Anna Sale at WNYC, and said that she draws inspiration from it because it’s a podcast about the discussions “often left out of polite conversation.” “Hearing people talk about what they go through,” she said, “it makes you feel connected to society in a way that you don’t feel in your normal day-to-day life. It feels good to hear other people’s stories, get inspired by other people, and learning about stuff you don’t normally hear about.” Dankovich said her favorite aspects of podcasts are its easy-accessibility as well YES! WEEKLY

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as the level of intimacy it provides. Dankovich said the audio production side of podcasting was a piece of cake for her, but it was a bit challenging with everything else. “It is a lot more work than you think that it is at first, it is a business,” she said. She started Who Knows? in December 2017, with Württele taking over as editor.(Now, Lynn Barbera has taken over as the new Who Knows? editor and producer.) “This podcast is an opportunity to explore life’s questions,” Dankovich said of Who Knows? “A lot of the stuff that I explore, we encounter in our everyday lives: race, religion, relationships, that kind of stuff.” She said Who Knows? is all about opening up and reflecting. Dankovich said she started this podcast to help cope with mental illness. “The reason why I started this show is because a lot of people that struggle with

mental health, I feel like they sit around thinking that they are the only ones who are thinking about the things they are thinking,” she said. “There is a lot of loneliness that comes with life; if we just talk with each other a lot more, we would realize we are all just trying to figure it out.” Dankovich wants to normalize the tough questions and lighten the load. The first thing that caught my eye about Who Knows? was the picture: A hand-drawn portrait of Dankovich and her cat, the Who Knows? “mascot and CEO,” Claude. Another was the first episode about body positivity. This episode resonated with me because as someone who struggles with an eating disorder, body positivity has not been something that I have always embraced. Dankovich said she agreed with me and felt the same, which was why she wanted the first episode to be about body positivity. “I was struggling really heavily with body positivity and body image issues,” Dankovich said. “I am currently recovering from an eating disorder. I was just bombarded constantly with images on social media, and this idea that thin was the way to be happy.” Dankovich said she started to feel bet-

ter once she started talking about it. She hopes that Who Knows? will encourage dialogue and be a resource to educate and facilitate people who don’t understand a feeling or an idea, so that they can “talk it out.” The Who Knows? open discussion format interested me because growing up in the South, talking it out wasn’t something that was encouraged or celebrated. Dankovich, a South Floridian native, wants to challenge those Southern norms and encourage communications. “Florida is the South, but I lived in Ft. Lauderdale and that is where it basically turns into New York City, where everyone is all up in your business,” she explained. “It was very open. But when I moved to South Carolina, my life changed. I was like ‘What the hell is going on?’ Why is everyone so weird?’ Weird meaning, weird about being open. That was a shock for me, and it kind of set me on this path, as well as my body image issues, my anxiety and depression. It was really bad going to the college in the South; it was rough.” Season 3 of Who Knows? will focus on creativity and innovation. Dankovich said she would be interviewing innovators, creatives, entrepreneurs and self-starters to learn more about their journeys and how doing what they do has helped shape their lives. Her first episode premiering on Sept. 2 will feature an interview with yours truly and some other Greensboro Roller Derby skaters. “I really want to highlight this because it is women coming together and doing something fucking amazing,” Dankovich, aka, “Dank the Tank” said, “and it is something people don’t know about. It is not nearly the same as it is portrayed on T.V.” Dankovich’s dream is to watch her podcast grow and become something huge. “It is the first thing I think of when I wake up and the last thing I think of when I go to bed,” she said. “I’ve never been as passionate about something before (besides theatre)...The best way to help a podcast is to listen to their show, visit them on social media, and talk about them and review them.” Who Knows? is available wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit the website (www.whoknowspod. com/) and help grow Dankovich’s following on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@whoknowspod). ! KATIE MURAWSKI is the editor of YES! Weekly. She is from Mooresville, North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in film studies from Appalachian State University in 2017.


Wade’s bad bills still affecting Guilford There are all sorts of qualifications that candidates must meet to run for offices, such as minimum age and residency. It’s just too bad we can’t also require them to show proof of Jim Longworth accountability. This past week, for example, it was Longworth reported that the at Large budget stalemate between Gov. Cooper and the GOP-controlled legislature, is costing taxpayers $42,000 for every day the session goes over. As of last Friday, their overtime tab had exceeded $1 million. In other words, they’ve gone way over budget while arguing to save money on the budget. That’s what you call an ironic absence of accountability. Soon, however, a new budget will go into effect, and all of the money wasted in the process will be absorbed and forgotten. Sometimes, though, our elected representatives do things that can’t just be absorbed and forgotten. In 2017, then-Sen. Trudy Wade introduced a bill that would allow municipalities to post legal notices on their own websites, rather than publish them in local newspapers, as is required by our State’s Constitution. She pitched it as a pilot program but, in fact, it mainly affected four Guilford County-based newspapers: the Greensboro News and Record, the Jamestown News, the High Point Enterprise, and the Carolina Peacemaker. Coincidentally, those papers had been critical of Wade and had refused to endorse her candidacy; thus, her legislation had the feel of a vendetta. Attorneys for the newspapers filed suit, claiming their clients “were specifically singled out for prior press coverage and editorials…involving certain acts by elected officials from Guilford County.” Attorneys Amanda Martin and Robert Orr also wrote that Wade’s intent “was to restrain the plaintiffs in their coverage of and editorializing about members of the General Assembly, through the diminution of plaintiff’s revenue from the sale of legal advertising.” To date, the Guilford newspapers continue to spend money on legal fees as they await the appointment of a three-judge panel who could resolve the matter for good. Sadly, that wasn’t the first time Sen. WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

Wade’s actions had caused chaos and cost people money. In 2015, she introduced a bill that would have re-aligned Greensboro City Council by reducing the number of councilpersons from nine to seven and stripping the Mayor of most of her powers. Some Council members indicated that Wade’s bill was no more than an attempt to put a majority of Republicans on the City’s governing body. And yet, then-Gov. Pat McCrory, himself a Republican, told me at the time that Wade’s interference in Greensboro government was “legislative overreach.” Realizing that a lawsuit against the State of North Carolina would be problematic, several Greensboro citizens and City Council sued the Guilford County Board of Elections, as a branch of the State, and thankfully they prevailed. Then, earlier this month it was revealed that a Federal Appeals Court had ruled that Guilford County would have to reimburse plaintiffs’ legal fees, now totaling $600,000. Many believe that Sen. Wade used her office to wage war on and intimidate the press and interfere with local government, so her failed re-election bid last fall was welcomed news to those she had wronged. But here’s the problem. Wade is no longer a legislator, yet we’re still dealing with the fallout from her vindictive “legislative overreach.” By all rights, Trudy should be held accountable for the havoc she has wreaked on us. She should be made to pay the $600,000 in legal fees incurred by City Council, as well as fees incurred by the Guilford newspapers, but that’s not likely to happen for two reasons. First of all, Wade probably doesn’t have $600,000 in ready cash laying around, and second, as a state Senator at the time of the complaint, she is immune from civil claims, unless it can be proved that her actions were “malicious or corrupt.” Of course, Guilford County could sue Wade, and try to prove malice, but that would be difficult, and we taxpayers would just end up stuck with an even bigger bill to pay. I’ve heard a rumor that Trudy may try to run for office again. If so, let’s hope that the Board of Elections will have revised the candidate qualifications to include “proof of accountability.” That would keep her off the ballot for sure. !

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Music community tackles poverty: Andreao “Fanatic” Heard, United Way of Greater Greensboro spearhead benefit album


t’s not unrealistic to say that music — even just a simple song — can change the world. For many of us, music has helped shape our understanding of things like the Civil John Adamian Rights movement, @johnradamian anti-war activism, women’s rights, environmental devastaContributor tion, Native American rights, the AIDS crisis, famine, and many other major issues in our time. Benefit concerts and musical activism have advanced the struggles of small farms, displaced Tibetans, those suffering under Apartheid, and countless other causes. Artists like to think big and to aim high. Greensboro-area musicians are working to fight poverty locally, but they’d like to spur a national discussion. Members of the regional music community have teamed up with the United Way of Greater Greensboro and local politicians, spiritual leaders, activists, and organizers on a project to raise awareness, focus attention and generate funds to address the issue. Artists United To End Poverty is an ambitious genre-spanning effort, with an album featuring around 40 contributors, with the help of producer Andreao “Fanatic” Heard. The record is set for release on Sept. 6, and Fanatic and his collaborators were busy readying the final mixes and planning events around the launch of the album when I spoke to him by phone about the project earlier this summer. Fanatic, who has worked with megastars such as Beyonce and Michael Jackson, grew up in Greensboro and had been living in New York and Los Angeles before returning to North Carolina last year. He got involved with a local effort to raise funds for victims of the 2018 tornado and started the drive to showcase local talent while helping those in need. “I thought this was a great opportunity to uplift the community here and to show how powerful the music community is,” said Fanatic, who’s been impressed with the quality of musical talent in the area and hopes to spread the word that Greensboro has a vibrant pool of musical YES! WEEKLY

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creativity worthy of attention on a national scale. Fanatic describes the current era as “one of the craziest times in American history,” and he expects musicians to rise to the occasion in the ways they have in the past. “Bob Marley, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Michael Jackson — all these people used music in a time of crisis like this,” he said. The album blends elements of spoken word, preaching, education and testimony, with musical threads of soul, hip-hop, electronica, rock, pop, folk and more. One of the first musical numbers includes the line “I just don’t understand why we’re living this way.” The sentiment runs through the record. If America is a wealthy country, and if people, in general, embrace the idea of helping those who are suffering, then it would seem obvious that we, as a nation, would take up the challenge of enacting the virtues of charity. For many of the artists on the album, love is the only solution: Love your neighbor, and everything will get better from there. Some of the songs clearly address poverty and the ways that financial struggle can undermine other aspects of one’s life. Other songs touch on the importance of having someone to share one’s burdens or to serve as a guide during troubled times. The themes of romance and religion get woven together — the overarching connection being that we all need something outside of ourselves to get through life.

Andreao “Fanatic” Heard Autumn Nicholas sings an intense, soulful acoustic folk song, “The Square Inside The Circle,” with passionate and expressive vocal ornamentation, gruff growls and high-leaping, quivering trills. “The crack doesn’t mean we’re broken, the crack just leaves us open to new light,” she sings. Jordan Hawkins contributes a lush, atmospheric, slow-burn soul track, “We Have” that evokes D’Angelo and Stevie Wonder, with lovely hovering choral effects. The idea of selflessness threads through the songs, whether in the service of love or of charitable commitment to others. Rev. F.W. Wright offers some compelling preaching, set to a mellow flute-heavy groove: “We’ve got to start somewhere, to gather a sense of our responsibility to each other, that answers the question of antiquity: Am I my brother’s keeper?”

The answer to that question is that, as the Reverend said, “We are only at our best when we are helping others to become their best.” The Triangle Afrobeat Orchestra offer a dubbed-out syncopated meditation with rhythmic echo effects and hypnotic off-beat accents. The collection of material on the record is varied and eclectic, coming at the challenge from all different angles. Fanatic’s “Color Of Love” brings to mind the velvety warmth of Aaron Neville. And TIGO B’s “Step Away From Heaven,” showcases the interesting intersection between hip-hop and mellow folk-pop. The variety is appropriate for the subject, because, as some of the songs and interludes suggest, poverty can hobble people’s lives in so many ways. One of the interesting points of the album made clear in a bit of testimony from the artist DEViANt, who maps out how he had to choose between pursuing his music or holding down a steady job. That dilemma might seem like a question of personal responsibility, but the fact is that many people might prove to be more excellent parents, civic leaders, mentors or members of the community if the requirements of earning money didn’t consume their waking hours. The idea that crippling fiscal struggles can prevent people from realizing their potential is something worth considering as a society. It’s easy to shoot down the idealistic hope that we could re-structure the way the average working life in America unfolds. Some would say that it’s a utopian fantasy, but the fact is that other countries provide workers with a greater degree of security and types of freedom. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one,” sang a famous musician who knew that music could alter history. Society is made up of individuals with their hopes, dreams, and concerns, and when enough people begin to evolve their values, things do start to change. “There’s a bigger picture here,” Fanatic said. ! JOHN ADAMIAN lives in Winston-Salem, and his writing has appeared in Wired, The Believer, Relix, Arthur, Modern Farmer, the Hartford Courant and numerous other publications.


Still the Days Fest comes to Greensboro A new festival endeavor looks to gather folks for Still the Days Fest on Aug. 24 at Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company, located at 504 State St. in Greensboro. “Still the Days Fest is an all-day, all-ages musical experience that aims to promote the North Carolina independent music scene,” organizers said. Katei Cranford “Our great state has so many talented musical acts, but our busy daily lives often make it extremely Contributor difficult to become aware of, experience, and interact with them,” they added as a motivating factor. Strangely secretive about Still the Days’ actual board members, the organizers boil down to a group of men “comprised of artists, web developers, dads, accountants, nonprofit professionals and business owners with a shared interest in making live music a priority in this community.” Twenty bands making a mostly indie-rock mix will be spread across three stages around the brewery compound. “The flexibility of the space at the Gibbs campus plus ample parking in the surrounding area was an element that inspired this first event,” organizers explained of venue selection. As for the theme of the fest, “think of it as a snapshot of inspiring local and regional artists.” “We realize that people reminisce about past experiences and things they miss,” the organizers explained of the concept. “The phrase ‘still the days’ originates from hearing people talk about their heyday of going to shows back in the day and discovering new music.” Organizers hope to tap into some idea of glory days and support they see lacking. They express a “passion to make live music a priority in this city in the way it was in days passed.” Nostalgia is an interesting concept to bank-on given this is the first endeavor for the group. “A few of us were chatting in late spring about putting together an event that aimed to promote the North Carolina independent music scene,” the organizers explained of how they got together. “We’ve noticed that the scarcity of consistent music venues in this city creates challenges for both music fans and artists in this community.”


The product is an all-day festival strategically scheduled with the back-to-school season. “We’re excited for the Greensboro community to come together for one day to celebrate the end of summer through music.” The group is heavy on logistics--scheduled 30-minute sets being a highlight they’re stressing for the festival they consider a “valiant effort.” “We wanted to curate a multi-stage music experience so that attendees could take in a large selection of musical entertainment in one day-long event,” they explained. “Each artist will be playing a 30-minute set, and the schedule is arranged so that live music will occur continuously all day long across three stages.” Inclusion is stressed, though their approach seems to be focused on top-down, crowd-funded bootstrapping fueled by an all-day brewery show with food trucks. “We have the passion and determination to take matters into our own hands and start trying to shape this city into the artistic, innovative and inclusive place we all know it can be,” they said. “One note at a time.” And on that note, bands, of course, remain at the center. “We’re excited to have a variety of artists taking part in our event and are grateful to have so many talented music acts in our state,” organizers said. “The response from local and regional artists wanting to take part in this type of unique event has been amazing.” Making their way from the Triangle are John Howie and the Rosewood Bluff, Horizontal Hold, Night Battles, Se Ward, Toothsome, and Youth League. Speak N’ Eye, and Haliday brings the Winston-Salem connection. Greensboro acts sprinkled throughout the schedule include Basement Life, Clay Howard and The Silver Alerts, Harrison Ford Mustang, Limn, Old Heavy Hands, Quilla, Saucer, Suzanne and The Painful Smiles, Young Andrew, and a special solo-set from Jerrod Smith of Instant Regrets. The day kicks off with new Greensboro trio, Distant Future and will close with Tide Eyes.

The festival presents itself as an oasis in a scene starved for outlets. “If you build it, they will come,” as the saying goes. And being that a notable chunk of crowdfunding source came from members of bands playing, demonstrates a popular response amongst their fold, one which highlights the need for musical spaces in Greensboro. And with their help, Still the Days Fest looks to make a morsel to savor. ! KATEI CRANFORD is a Triad music nerd who hosts the Tuesday Tour Report, a radio show that runs like a mixtape of bands touring NC, 5:30-7pm on WUAG 103.1fm.



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Submissions should be sent to by Friday at 5 p.m., prior to the week’s publication. Visit and click on calendar to list your event online. home grown muSic Scene | compiled by Austin Kindley



218 South Fayetteville St. | 336.610.3722 Aug 24: Matt Walsh Aug 31: Nobody’s Fault



6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct | 336.448.5330 Aug 23: DJ Bald-E Aug 24: Southern Eyes Aug 29: Local Music Showcase Aug 30: DJ Bald-E


GREEN HERON ALE HOUSE 1110 Flinchum Rd | 336.593.4733 Aug 24: Pete Pawsey Aug 31: Regal Sloan



129 W Main St | 336.258.8240 Aug 23: Charles Wesley Godwin Aug 24: Phatt City Aug 30: Reeves House Band plays Woodstock Sep 7: The Martha Bassett Show Our Band



2900 Patterson St #A | 336.632.9889 Aug 23: 1-2-3 Friday

ARTISTIkA NIGHT CLUB 523 S Elm St | 336.271.2686 Aug 23: DJ Dan the Player Aug 24: DJ Paco and DJ Dan the Player


120 Stage Coach Tr. | 336.292.2211 Aug 24: Wonderwall - A Tribute To The Beatles Aug 31: A Red Plaid Shirt Oct 5: Sing Hallelujah!


505 N. Greene St Aug 23: Chad Barnard Aug 30: Tyler Long


1819 Spring Garden St | 336.272.9888 Aug 21: Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Aug 23: Irata “Tower” Album Release Show Aug 24: Create. Ft. BUkU w/ Esseks, Supertask, Ghost & more Aug 25: Badfish: A Tribute To Sublime Aug 27: MC Armstrong Aug 28: Bishop Gunn w/ Jive Mother Mary Aug 29: Bad PPL Collective Aug 30: I Love The 90’s Rock Party Aug 31: Interstellar Echoes: A Tribute


310 S. Greene Street | 336.333.2605 Aug 23: 2nd Today Aug 25: Spotlight Sessions Sep 22: The Allman Betts Band Sep 25: Adam Ant: Friend or Foe


1700 Spring Garden St | 336.272.5559 Aug 22: Live Thursdays


1126 S Holden Rd | 336.333.1034 Aug 23: The Tennessee Tramp Aug 24: The Tennessee Tramp Aug 30: Mark Gregory Aug 31: Mark Gregory Sep 10: Trevor Wallace Sep 12: The Corey Holcomb 5150 Show Sep 19: Pauly Shore Nov 1: Chris Wiles Nov 2: Chris Wiles


11602 S Elm Ave | 336.698.388 Sep 7: Tian Garcia and Morgan McPherson Sep 18: Andrew kasab


117 S Elm St | 336.378.9646 Aug 30: Lil keed & Lil Gotit Sep 4: Big Freedia Sep 6: Filmore Sep 10: Polo G Sep 20: PnB Rock Sep 28: Gwar Oct 4: Non Point Oct 5: Mason Ramsey

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1635 New Garden Rd | 336.288.4544 Aug 30: Brothers Pearl


1111 Coliseum Blvd | 336.265.8600 Aug 21: Bryan Toney Aug 23: Farewell Friend album release party Sep 7: Comedy Showcase w/ Dusty Cagle Sep 11: Arcus Hyatt and Stephen Sunshine Sep 14: Chris McIvor Sep 18: Tony Low & Alice Osborne


348 South Elm St | 336.510.9678 Aug 23: Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers



5105 Michaux Road | 336.282.0950 Sep 7: Dan Moran

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502 N. Greene St | 336.274.2699 aug 24: improv Sep 6: ultimate comic challenge Sep 12: hillary begley

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841 Old Winston Rd | 336.497.4727 aug 22: Patrick Rock aug 29: James vincent carrol


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191 Lowes Foods Dr | 336.747.3059 aug 23: Music bingo/Karaoke aug 24: lasater union

aug 30: Music bingo/Karaoke Sep 6: Music bingo/Karaoke Sep 7: tracy & the Offenders Sep 13: Music bingo/Karaoke Sep 14: cumberland Drive Sep 20: Music bingo/Karaoke


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101 S. Fayetteville St | 336.622.3844 Sep 7: charlie thomas & the Drifters


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408 West 4th St | 336.331.3431 aug 22: Will Easter & the nomads aug 23: Scott Moss & the hundred Dollar handshakes aug 24: Whiskey foxtrot w/ Ryan Johnson aug 29: Squaring the circle aug 30: Souljam aug 31: Metaphonia

324 Elm St | 336.763.4091 @thewdowntown aug 23: Karaoke aug 24: live DJ aug 25: live DJ

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aftER hOuRS tavERn 1614 N Main St | 336.883.4113 aug 24: Sok Monkee aug 31: huckleberry Shine Sep 6: hard Rock Reunion Sep 14: Kwik fixx Sep 21: havoc Sep 28: bending fate

GOOfY fOOt taPROOM 2762 NC-68 #109 | 336.307.2567 aug 24: bango Earth aug 31: brittany Davis Sep 7: Stewart coley Sep 14: Emma lee

haM’S PallaDiuM 5840 Samet Dr | 336.887.2434 aug 23: cumberland Drive aug 24: brothers Pearl aug 30: throwdown Jones aug 31: Jaxon Jill


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118 E Main St | 336.207.1999 aug 22: tyler Millard Duo aug 23: the Dickens aug 24: Spare change aug 29: craig allen Solo aug 30: Jukebox Rehab aug 31: Stereo Doll


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3870 Bethania Station Rd | 336.815.1664 Aug 24: Line Dancing w/ Pat


STIP PROJECT NO. U-5766 seven-mile section of N.C. 160 (Steele Creek Road) from the South Carolina Line to I-485 in Charlotte.

772 Trade St | 336.999.8945 Aug 22: Old Time Jam Aug 26: Crenshaw Aug 28: Camel City Blues

Two public meetings will be held to present the same information:


The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold public meetings regarding the proposed widening of a

Monday, August 19 4-7 p.m. Kennedy Middle School 4000 Gallant Lane Charlotte

638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 Aug 24: Will Bagley and Friends Aug 25: Sunday Jazz Aug 28: The Eversole Brothers Aug 1: Sunday Jazz

Wednesday, August 21 4-7 p.m. Southwest Middle School 13624 Steele Creek Road Charlotte


At the meeting NCDOT representatives will display maps and be available to answer questions and

4926 Country Club Rd | 336.529.6230 Nov 15: Whiskey Mic

receive comments. Comments will be taken into consideration as work on the project develops. Written


comments or questions can also be submitted at the meeting or by phone, email or mail no later than September 6, 2019.

101 West 5th Street | 336.723.3700


630 S Stratford Rd | 336.768.2221 Aug 25: Live Jazz

Information will be posted on the U-5766 project webpage as it becomes available:


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Varina, N.C. 27526 by phone at (919) 552-2253 or via email at

5455 Bethania Rd | 336.923.8623 Aug 23: Tyler Nail Aug 25: Jim Lauderdale w/ Joe Smothers Aug 30: Marbin Aug 31: Time Sawyer Sep 4: Gretchen Peters Sep 6: The Plank Road Ramblers

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled


Brian Query, PE, Project Manager, NCDOT Division 10, by mail at 12033 East Independence Blvd, Suite H Matthews, N.C. 28105 by phone at (980) 262-6294, or via email at or Project Consultant, Aileen Mayhew, PE, Project Manager (Mott MacDonald) by mail at P.O. Box 700, Fuquay-

persons who wish to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Kayla Weber by phone at (919)707-6061 or by email at as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. Persons who do not speak English, or have a limited

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170 W 9th St | 336.754.9714 Aug 23: Whiskey Myers, The Vegabonds Aug 24: Jeffrey Dean Foster & Beth McKee Aug 30: We Rise To Fall, Shun The Raven, Desired Redemption, Johnny Zostant


826 Angelo Bros Ave | 336.725.0008 Aug 21: Casey Noel Aug 24: Gipsy Danger Aug 28: Momma Molasses Sep 26: Dr. Bacon



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[LEO (July 23 to August 22) Keeping your claws sheathed and using good humor instead to counter someone who’s bad-mouthing the Big Cat isn’t easy. But it’s the best way to avoid more problems down the line.

[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Before tackling that new project awaiting you at home or on the job, take time out for some much-deserved pampering to help lift your spirits and restore your energy levels.

[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Be careful not to allow the backers of a new financial “deal” to pull the wool over the Lamb’s eyes. It could hold fewer plusses and more negatives than you were first led to believe.

[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A workplace situation could improve if you’re less critical and more supportive of those who are, after all, trying to do their best. Let them know you’re there to help when necessary.

[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your social calendar begins to fill up more quickly than you expected. And that’s great. You deserve to enjoy some good fun after so much time spent on serious matters.

[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It’s a good idea to finish all incomplete tasks so that you can devote your attention to next week’s projects. The weekend could hold surprises for romantic Fernandas and Ferdinands.

[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A new job offer might not carry all the benefits you’re seeking. Make sure you know what you’re entitled to, what is off the table and what is negotiable before you make a decision.

[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A domestic situation continues to improve, thanks to all the tender, loving concern you’ve shown. A colleague makes a questionable move that you might want to check out sooner rather than later.

[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A workplace suggestion you made a while ago that you might have forgotten could come back with a request to turn it from idea to reality. Your social life picks up considerably this weekend.

[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A social obligation you would rather get out of could hold some surprisingly positive aspects. Why not go and see for yourself? A family member makes a curious request.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A sudden turn in a romantic relationship calls for both a rational and passionate response. Keep the love level high, but also find out why the problem arose in the first place.

[CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Someone from the past could return with an intriguing opportunity for a future project. Check into it, by all means. But don’t neglect your current responsibilities in the meantime. © 2019 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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Two weeks ago, I finally dumped my totally abusive jerk of a boyfriend. I do miss him, but I know I made the right decision. I came to see that he was Amy Alkon cruel, manipulative, sociopathic, Advice and toxic. However, Goddess I stupidly went on Facebook and saw that he already has a new girlfriend! I’m so pissed that I was replaced so quickly. I do not want him back, but I do want to make him suffer, basically to get revenge for all he put me through. My friend keeps telling me revenge is unhealthy and toxic and forgiveness is good for you and I need to forgive him. Is she right? — Burned Revenge looks so Clint Eastwood-cool in the movies — less so when you get arrested for keying “micropenis!!!” into your ex’s car, right under a street cam. The desire for revenge is basically the urge to punish people who’ve harmed us or those close to us. It’s widely believed to be a poisonous and maladaptive feeling that leads to poisonous and maladaptive behavior — like forays into the dark web to seek out a highly recommended but affordably priced assassin. In fact, evolutionary psychologist Michael McCullough explains in “Beyond Revenge” that the revenge motive seems

to be “a built-in feature of human nature,” a sort of psychological police force guarding our interests. It was likely vital to the evolution of human cooperation, which in turn led to essential human innovations such as flush toilets, openheart surgery, and the Dorito. Research that McCullough cites suggests the revenge motive has three functions: Deterring aspiring aggressors, deterring repeat aggressors, and punishing (and reforming) freeloading moochbags. The thing is, revenge has a companion motivation, forgiveness, which McCullough describes as “an internal process of getting over your ill will for an offender.” Interestingly, whether we forgive appears to be context-sensitive, meaning it usually isn’t the particular crime so much as the particular criminal that matters. McCullough notes that the forgiveness motivation seems to switch on when there’s a valuable relationship at stake — a continuing relationship between the harmer and harm-ee. In your situation, however, there’s no ongoing relationship to motivate you to forgive the guy. And though forgiveness is correlated with mental health and even physical well-being, the assumption that forgiveness is always the best course of action is a little under-nuanced. For example, McCullough writes that people with strong social support networks that encourage hostile responses to offenders can end up feeling “justified, comforted, and satisfied (by) their unforgiving stance” and “may not experience any negative emotional or physical con-

sequences.” On the other hand, he notes that “people who feel coerced to ‘forgive and forget’ may find their post-offence distress exacerbated.” To decide what’s best for you, consider the reason you give for wanting revenge: because your ex was on to the next woman pronto after you dumped him. Also consider that you now identify him as a pretty terrible person and partner. Of course, the reality is, we all want to be wanted, sometimes even by people we really don’t have any business wanting. But ask yourself something: In light of the sort of person you now see him to be, is it surprising in the least that he immediately latched onto his next victim? Next, look at your life and calculate how much time and energy you’re investing in thinking dark and nasty thoughts about him. Is keeping the hate fires burning for him benefiting you? Does it feel energizing (that is, rewarding), or does it feel a bit poisonous, psychologically and maybe even physically? Sure, it’s understandable that you’d long to do something — take some action, even the score — in response to feeling angry. However, if the reason for


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your anger is ultimately that you didn’t look too closely at whom you were getting together with, maybe what’s most productive for you now is deciding to let go of the past and working on being better at boyfriend vetting in the future. This starts with reviewing your last relationship from start to finish. Be intensely honest with yourself about all you overlooked about the guy and how you got used to his escalating levels of abuse as your continual “new normal.” By focusing on your part in this and how selective you need to be, you can shift into a sense of satisfaction that things will be different for you in the future. You should find this a welcome replacement for the head versus heart loop you’ve probably been stuck in: Your head says, “Move on.” Your heart says, “Sure thing — behind the wheel of heavy machinery when he has nowhere to go but el squasho!” !

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