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When Temps Drop, Do What They Do, Warm Up With A Chick Flick — Dave’s Diary

We are heading into a bit of a cold snap and after a hot summer and mild fall and so the freezing weather may come as a bit of a shock to your system.  So guys, the answer to getting warmer is to shock your system even more!

My fellow friends, science compels me to report --If you are feeling chilly, you may want to watch-- a romantic movie or any of the so-called chick flicks!

A recent report in the Journal of Consumer Research reveals that participants who had just had iced tea or sat in a cold room were 83% more likely to choose to watch a love story compared with those who were not shivering.

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Category: Human Interest, Study
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Sarcasm Has Its Place – Sometimes. — Dave’s Diary

There are times when sarcasm is exactly what’s called for.  There are times when sarcasm is used when no real substance is available. And there are those who use sarcasm all the time…ALL the time like I want to take them OUT kinda all the time.  Most of the time I figured it was easier for people to be sarcastic than smart-logical-thoughtful-real.  Now this.

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For Couples Sharing A Drink More Helpful Than You Think — Dave’s Diary

According to a study of couple's alcohol consumption, the couple that takes a sip together more enjoys the trip together!

Women are far more likely to be in high spirits if they share a drink with their mate once a week than those who are teetotalers

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Scientists Bet You Bet Better On An Empty Tummy — Dave’s Diary

We’ve all done it and we all have paid the price. I refer of course to the higher price paid for shopping for groceries on an empty stomach.  Who among us hasn’t purchased more than we need or that common sense would dictate?  We’ve also been told not to swim on a full stomach but let’s not get sidetracked.  So what CAN we do on an empty stomach? How about place your bets.

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Category: Human Interest, Study
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Forgiveness A Sign Of A Healthy Mind — Dave’s Diary

I have been known to hold the occasional grudge a little longer than I should but eventually I come around to “letting go”.  How about you? How easily do you forgive people? A new study reveals that being a forgiving person probably means you're a mentally healthy person.

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Big Wedding Ring Brings Smaller Chance of Marriage Survival — Dave’s Diary

Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Sheryl Crow, Bon Jovi and Beyonce, to name just a few, have all had hit songs about engagement rings. The ladies' bling ring is a popular and pricey subject, but a new study out of Emory University found the amount that people spend on engagement rings and weddings is inversely associated with how long they actually stay married.

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Rapid City Plaza Captures Casper’s Interest – Yakima, Are You Listening? — Dave’s Diary

Next Monday evening Catherine Gustafson will be back to town with greater detail on the proposed plaza plan for downtown Yakima.  You are invited to check it out starting at 6:30 at the Seasons Performance Hall.

It looks like we have addressed the day to day parking concerns and we are working on the special event parking as well.

Keep in mind the main purpose for the plaza is economic revitalization and while there are no 100% guarantees there is plenty of evidence that a well designed plaza can help spur the economy.  The latest example of that comes from an article in a Casper, Wyoming newspaper.

Casper wants what Yakima wants and Casper has seen it already at work in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Their success can be Casper’s and it can be Yakima’s too.

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Red Wine or Gym Shoes? It’s Your Call — Dave’s Diary

I know this is the weekend for the Fresh Hop Ale Fest, and I know I should be writing about beer, but this is too good to pass up. And besides, wine grape harvest is in full swing, too.

I just received a Facebook post from a friend who used to work in broadcasting in Yakima.  He knows full well the importance of wine in these parts and he was happy to share this kind of news with me as I am with you! Cheers!

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Multi-tasking Might Shrink Your Brain — Dave’s Diary

How many times have you been told -- by a woman -- that women are better “multitaskers”? Ha! I laugh at that as I walk and chew g ... wait, I can’t do all three at once. Anyway, I hear it all the time, but it might not be the point of pride the little lady thinks it is.   According to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, watching TV while surfing the web and being on your phone can cause your brain to shrink.

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Hot Drinks Might Make You Think He’s Cool When He’s Not! — Dave’s Diary

We are into fall and the iced beverages of summer will soon give way to hot cocoa, hot tea and hot buttered rum.

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