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The Nightcap

Nightcap for August 30th, 2017


“Courage is grace under pressure.” – Ernest Hemingway

Who Really Wins on a Game Show?

Game shows have been around since TV networks realized if there is anything people love more than games and money, it’s shiny people with pronounced voices telling them they won money playing games on national television.

While there are countless types of game shows, most of them abide by the same premise and yield the same results. One lucky partner or group ends up with a previously specified sum of money, and everyone screams at the end because, well, who the hell wouldn’t want to win money?

But there is an underbelly of the game show world that suggests it is not all it’s cracked up to be. Maybe not so much with the game itself, but with the laws folloeing the grand win, specifically dealing with taxes.

Here, a woman gives her account after winning big on The Price is Right and explaining the loop holes and legalities which eventually yielded not-so-substantial winnings. We aren’t trying to be a Debbie Downers when it comes to game shows. They can be a blast to watch and an even bigger blast to win. It’s just not as easy as winning a car or a trip to Jamaica, no matter how they package the deal. Read more here.

Secrets in Marriage

Secrets. We all have them. Some are darker than others, and some could cause irreparable damage if they were to get out. The thing about secrets is that they are almost always bad; otherwise, there would be no reason to keep them.

The most difficult balance in life is discerning how much your spouse deserves or needs to know about you and your past. I doubt anyone believes they have access to 100 percent of the details that make their loved ones… well… them. Whether we want to admit it or not, our secrets are part of what has helped mold us. The question remains: when you plan on spending the rest of your life with someone, does that level of commitment require full disclosure of who you are and all the secrets you have held? And, conversely, do you expect that other person to tell you everything in return?

My guess is if you were to ask most people that question, there would be a resounding “Of course you should tell your spouse everything!” We equate love with being completely, emotionally open and honest. We don’t ask one another questions like “how many people have you slept with?” because we really want to know the answer. We ask them because we want to be entrusted with information that nobody else has been afforded. We feel special when someone we love discloses a secret. So, the idea of someone withholding information, no matter how pertinent or valuable the information is to the current state of your relationship or life, it feels like the love is lacking. This is where things get tricky because everyone has secrets and nobody is one hundred percent forthcoming with information even if it’s on a subconscious level.

In the case of this woman, she discovered early on that she hadn’t married the person she thought she had due to an incident that wasn’t disclosed to her during her husband’s bachelor party. Read her story here and let us know if you think she should feel betrayed or if she’s overreacting.

Life Skillz

CPR is a very important skill to have and who better to teach us proper technique than the cast from The Office?

Watch here