Judge John Hodgman Episode 171: The Leisure Suit

Monte Belmonte

Stacey brings the case against her boyfriend Greg. When they go on trips together, Greg likes to dawdle and take his time getting on the road. Stacey has grown impatient with this, and wants to get out bright and early. Who's right, and who's wrong?

We are joined again this week by guest bailiff Monte Belmonte of 93.9 WRSI The River in Northampton, Massachusetts.

We're also assisted this week by Joel Mann at 89.9FM WERU in Blue Hill, Maine.

Thanks to Ryan Stauffer for naming this week's episode! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.



Irish jig

Does anyone know the name of the song Stacey sang at the end? I'd like to hear the rest of it.

Wegmans Date (*Buzz Marketing*)

Wegmans is pretty much my dream date destination.
If Stacey could kindly put me in touch with the guy who took her on a date there I'd appreciate it, as we're most likely soulmates.

Dynamic Range

In the clearing of the docket you discuss a woman who wants to leave the subtitles on when watching TV possibly because the difference in volume between the action sequences and the other dialog is so great.

This is what is known as dynamic range and almost all audio systems and TVs have a way to compensate for this "problem." Check the audio settings on your TV or audio system and you should find a setting called something similar to "Dynamic Range," "Dynamic Range Compression," "Audio Compression" or "Nighttime Mode." These settings reduce the difference between the audio highs and lows so the whole soundtrack is more uniform. That will allow you to keep the volume at an acceptable level throughout the program.

Look out Judge John Hodgman

Bailiff Monte Belmonte is just itching to set up his own interent court right under your nose!

Good grief!

I sympathized with Stacy until she lost count of her vacation days! While teachers' do not have easy jobs by any stretch of the imagination, they are extremely lucky to have as much vacation as they do -- especially in the United States, where the average person has 8 paid vacation days a year.

Teacher's "vacations"

Just as a note, while people seem to think that teachers get a huge amount of vacation time since they're off during the summer, the thing that most people don't realize is that they only get paid for 9 months of work. Most schools will let teachers collect a salary over 12 months, but it's a quarter less than what it would be if they worked full time. (And even then, the pay tends to be lousy.)

When I was a kid, my parents worked in schools (my dad was a superintendent and my mom was a teacher), and they worked all summer - my dad had to work on staffing issues, repairs, etc, and my mom taught summer school. It's a thankless job with long hours, and seeing the stuff they had to deal with is what convinced me to break the family tradition by *not* going into teaching.

Sticking to your issues with

Sticking to your issues with vacation times. While I agree that teachers get loads of time off, the one issue I would have with it is that you have no control of when it happens. Your vacations are always at "peak times". Of course I'm probably a weird one because I've enjoyed going to some popular destinations when they were uncrowded and such. I'd possibly go nuts in a long line at *Insert popular Orlando theme park*. The Grand Canyon looks a LOT better in solitude, the list goes on.

Why so crowded?

Right, but if those places are crowded when you're there, wouldn't that suggest that teachers aren't the only ones with limits as to when they take vacations? Like...anyone who has a child who's in school being taught by those teachers?