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"In studio with me Lexi's here. I've gotten a v Mendoza Lexi. Brinkley didn't say say your last name. It's all right. I've got almost the whole crew here and happy New Year's Eve everyone. I'm so glad to be back to work. Oh my goodness and it's so good And we're talking Psychology with John Bennett. Who was gracious enough to join? `As during this holiday break I Duan. I'm getting a part time job up next year over the holidays so that I don't have to offer so many days I can't take it. I'm a workaholic. What's wrong with me? Do Struggle sit in the house. I you know I I drank too much and I and some other stuff and just you know I just have trouble being off that the days. What isn't that something that we're supposed to do during the holidays? It's a time when we're able to just relax a little bit right. Spend time with the families drink a little too much eat a little too much little too many things that we're not supposed to do right. Yeah supposed to do that. And then as we get into the new year we hit the reset button. Yeah I gotTa to figure it out I I gotTA figure it out why I have this obsession. I need to figure it out so what I did. Relax and I did have a wonderful Christmas I did but it's just it's too long of a break for me. I just feel weird like like I was like what day is. It is if Christmas was on a Friday that we don't work and then have the weekend they'll come back. I was thinking that that we need to do that with with Christmas. And give us every laws. Yes so it's always on the same day every year and it's on a Friday it makes more more sense because we go through so much expense and so much trouble To to prepare for this beautiful holiday with our families. And then it's like boom it's over and people are open and then people were starbucks was open Christmas Day starbucks. Yana places. And I was thinking. That's heartbreaking but yet there's a lot of people that don't have any family or any place to go so for them. It's wonderful they get to you know. My family went out to eat on Christmas Day. It's just easier no cooking. No yes you know. Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah. I was in the restaurant business for many many years but we always closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving always. I woke up The Christmas morning and I had to run to the grocery store and and usually in California. Nothing's open But it so happened. That Safeway was open. That's a big grocery train. They have on the West Coast coast. Well when I was in there they were announcing like hey. They need some more people at the register and then they are now. It's hey guys you know. Thank our employees for being here because remember on Christmas Day. Hey it's only right and I was like. Wow that's pretty cool so they're not mandating people to be there if you want to be there if you want to work that day come on and work and we'll pay you double time and Ah love that. Yeah Yeah I mean when you're in a restaurant you have to think like those people. They're not with their families. They're serving you and so yeah I feel like you do Kinda. Oh them something a little extra to say thank you but a lot of times. That's why they do it too because when you're really poor you know you you I shoot. I used to work every GIG. I could get you you know I was. I was driving down Turtle Creek yesterday coming from a restaurant over there in that area with my daughter and I pointed to a high rise that I said I served a high. It wants there. When I first moved to Texas she goes what's that and I said? Well I didn't know at the time either because that's a very fancy thing and I didn't grow up fancy word for TEA party. Yes fancy word for a for a tea party at high noon and I used to be a Kelly girl and that was one of the gigs that I got but I worked constantly. I did anything almost almost anything that I could to make a little little money to pay my rent. Yours you know the holidays sometimes. Although they represent family for some people they also represent not not having family right. It represents that time where they're not surrounded by people they're not surrounded by loved ones so sometimes for those people. They need that escaped. They need that distraction to be able to go to work and then also the benefit is. You can make a little more money so I think that it can be twofold is sometimes I feel sorry when I see people working on that day but then also I do recognize can is that there are some people who don't have a family go to Christmas. Oh Yeah we don't celebrate Christmas and then you know there's a yeah there's a lot or or Hanukkah was on Monday. A lot of people are ready to go out and eat on Tuesday or Wednesday. And so you know. There's a few restaurants here in Dallas I think Royal China is one of them. That's open Christmas Day because a lot of Jewish I'm thinking of the Royal China's while you and I like world China and my daughter was complaining. She wanted to go to Royal Thai is at the New York Times and she wanted to real world China and the waitress overheard her and she said why Royal Royal China our funny. Well no no no we love you we love you we just take my gosh. Well you know today. We're GONNA be talking about preparing to be the best me for the New Year with dwayne Bennett And and it's always great to have you in studio it is. I did not a lot of reading but I did do some reading over the over the holiday break and I found some really interesting stuff. One of the things that I found found that I I think that most we kinda goes coincides with what we were just talking about What people that serves at night that run the city and run you you know run do a lot of different things like run restaurants or the hospitals hospital workers? A lot of times have to work that that midnight that graveyard shift and you know what do police police officers. Yeah no yeah. There's a lot of people out there. There's like this whole nightlife that existed. We don't really think about but it does have a lot of effect on so many people bowl and mostly negative because when you're fighting the sun the moon and the stars I mean you. It affects your health. Yeah Slip Sheet Shifts sleep right. That was twits tongue twister. But you know I think those can be difficult I witnessed it Recently so when I was staying at home in California my sister she works at third shift at a mental health hospital and just watching her trying to balance the time with family and getting enough adequate sleep to be able to go to work work. It can be very difficult and it causes you to spend your time sleeping. Would you should be getting you know the sun. You should be getting all the good vitamins that the sun gives you and all that you're you're not able to get it because you're spending that time sleeping it confuses your brain because in your mind you know the sunlight's coming in brings we should be up. We should be up. But no you're you're trying to get your sleep. Yeah this was an article in Nature Magazine The most recent issue and it says understanding what happens in cities after sunset is crucial to global sustainable development argues Michael Michael Couteau and he writes it. Some of the most influential thinking of the nighttime comes from the fast food chains. Interesting right and McDonald's being of course at the top of the list but this guy is a professor and director at the Connected Cities Lab at the University of Melbourne. I just thought it was really interesting because I had never really thought about it. That much in depth although although I used to work on night shift here and there because I used to do home health nursing and basically you know babysit elderly people to make sure they were safe throughout the night for their families. And Wow oh wow yeah. That's a great little side Gig Gig about that that when we're sleep the city's not sleep there. You'll moving parts. Hospitals Police Department. Apartments certain industries never close. They're still people working and not to mention. That's all the construction workers come out and they fixed a role in work on the highways and they work on the building. So you know there. There's a lot of people who are up. You know patrolling the streets making sure risque but also building our economy and building this country while the rest of us are sleeping yeah and nurses. Oh my gosh nurses they do. My Mother did that she my mother. I don't know how she did it but she would go to work from eleven. PM till seven. Am She would be home in time to get his already for school. Pack Our lunches and then while we were at school she would take a probably a nap during the day after housework. I mean this was you know. We didn't have a housekeeper. We had eight eight children. You know you just can't afford that nor did they. You know it just. It's so funny knowing. So many people have housekeepers. Now I know Oh judgment but I just don't get it I just don't get it. I have a question about that. Would a housekeeper be able to maintain cleaning up for family of Eight. That's a lot of. That's a lot out of stuff around around. We were raised with such disciplined. That there wasn't you know we had like regimes are not regimes routine routine routine. Sorry I'm still I. I think I still have champagne. and My blood a little bit of lingering lingering my gosh but yes my mother would work all night and and sleep during the day and then you know we come home from school and she would prepare dinner and do all these things and then go back to work at eleven. PM till seven am can you imagine rockstar. Yes it is yes. It is so many mothers so many women are able to kind of do that. They're willing to make the sacrifices you know whether they're working sixteen hour shifts or they're working author shifts to where a Lotta Times I think as a man I'm like look I'm now. I'm not working overnight. I'm just not doing it. You know but I think a lot of times you see those mothers willing to make. Those sacrifices professes necessary and shout to the fathers too because I think bothers do it but I think sometimes you know witnessing my mom do it growing up you know willing to work sixty hour shifts overnight overnight and doing whatever it you know you have to make sure that we recognize the people who are true heroes in our families right those ones who are willing to make the sacrifice in and hurt themselves sometimes mentally in physically to make sure everyone else's okay. I couldn't agree more well. I'm ready to get this party. Started diamonds. Pick the top songs of the decade from From the two thousand Yeah I. I'm anxious to hear what they are. But we've got fantastic. Show happy to be here doing a live New Year's eve show for all of our listeners. I and and so we'll be back soon here in just a minute after the break you're listening to one life radio EH."