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December 29, 2018

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Old Lurker

Jack "one of the things to do, from the cruise excursion people, was to spend time walking along the quay where all the boats were tied up."

I was going to (re)tell a story about that the next time I am here and GUS is around...

D

I hope Clemson beats Bama.
We need different teams to win the championship.
Ohio State better come to play the entire game and not just the last 5 minutes of the 4th quarter.

Jane

Amom. keep us posted. Sounds like a difficult day.

Happy 2019 everyone! Hope it's a fabulous year!

Jack is Back!

OL,

That guy is a Darwin Award nominee, even if his still alive.

Well, if maryrose's 12:25 doesn't lure Beasts back, nothing will. Also, I see the other 'Bama guy, Tom R, has retired or is on vacay.

MissMarple2

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/12/31/gop-rep-dent-on-warren-2020-announcement-this-is-a-total-gift-to-president-trump/

Neo

Not sure how I missed that story about Apple moving high end iPhone production to India.

I suspect QualComm forced their hand

MissMarple2

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/30/syrias-assad-authorizes-iraqi-forces-to-strike-is-/

Captain Hate

Clemson won two years ago when Saban had an uncharacteristic brain fart and fired Lane Kiffin.

GUS

Hi Maryrose, I really love your posts, always upbeat and full of good stuff.

Clemson beat Alabama for the title in 2016.

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump
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I’m in the Oval Office. Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall. You voted yes in 2006 and 2013. One more yes, but with me in office, I’ll get it built, and Fast!

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
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It’s incredible how Democrats can all use their ridiculous sound bite and say that a Wall doesn’t work. It does, and properly built, almost 100%! They say it’s old technology - but so is the wheel. They now say it is immoral- but it is far more immoral for people to be dying!

D

It won’t hurt Bama to eat some humble pie this year as well.
I don’t believe in or like dynasties.Green Bay struggled this year as did other teams but some triumphed and will now go to the playoffs.
His:
I am sorry to say that I don’t know if your last post is sincere or if you are mocking me. Sorry it has come to this.
Hope your son’s senior year is going well and that he chooses a college he will love.
He has certainly worked very hard and deserves all good things.

D

His should be Gus.

D

I don’t drive my husband’s car either and I always thought that was an anomaly.

Old Lurker

There you are, GUS! Now I can make a tie to JiB's post above about the big boats.

I saw the very nice post the other night from you about all my sterling qualities, and of course I admire your insightful judgement of character!

There is only one word I would have you correct in describing me. You noted that I worked a long life and took big risks and earned great wealth for me and my family in the process.

The word that makes me uncomfortable is "great". I refer to myself as "run of the mill" rich. :-) As you will recall, I often comment that everything in life is a Bell Curve, and on the Wealth Curve, "Great" is at the far end, pretty far over from me.

Jack mentioned walking along the quay looking at the big boats. Old time JOMers know my universe growing up was a triangle formed by KY, WV and Pittsburgh. My siblings and I finally all got sent away to schools and colleges, and the family "tradition" was that each of us spent our junior year summers in Europe by ourselves. When it was my turn, Dad drove me to the Pittsburgh Airport, handed me a finite amount of cash (before Visa cards), a three month Eurorail Pass, and a round-trip plane ticket and told me he would pick me up in the same place in three months, and drive me back to college. He asked only that I send my Mother a postcard from time to time.

So off I went. By that age and knowing I would graduate in a year, of course I knew I had to settle on a life plan and perhaps a goal or too. I already knew that I would enjoy life more with more money than less, but I had not yet captured the true scope of that continuum.

Halfway through the summer I found myself walking along the quay in Monaco, looking at the private yachts towering above my head...some with seaplanes and helicopters on their top decks.

Right then and there, at the exact moment, I came to understand that no matter how rich I or anyone can become in life, there are always going to be people with three or four more zeros in their net worth.

I returned to college with a pretty good understanding.

D

OL:
Thank you for sharing that part of your life with us.

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

Nice story, OL!

The Infamous Ignatz

--I already knew that I would enjoy life more with more money than less...--

I used to think that too and I suppose for many people it is true.
But for me, looking back, I was a worse person with money.
It was, and is, doing the things to create wealth that are worthwhile and creative, for me. Actually attaining it, hmmm, not sure more than meeting my needs matters much anymore or is even good for me.

GUS

Thank you Maryrose. He's got a scholarship to the Engineering and Applied Sciences school at WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE. He hasn't committed yet, but he's either MINNESOTA/WISCONSIN or WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE. All very big schools. He's ready.
My boy is also the KAIROS leader starting 2 weeks from today.

Old Lurker

Understand completely, Iggy.

Manuel Transmission

Well, I insist that Mrs MT buy her cars with three pedals. :) I’m even willing to buy her stemcell treatment (not covered by insurance) for her bum knees just so she doesn’t have that as excuse.

anonamom

buckeye, spouse's current car is not MT.
First automatic for "his" car.

Bad knee....
It happens.

(But I do want you to rehab that sciatica away!)

D

Will remember your son as he leads his Kairos retreat.
He is helping so many others with his quiet leadership.
Will pray for him at that time.

Old Lurker

I knew I was hooked on Mrs. OL when were dating and she had to borrow $168 from me to fix the clutch on her 1974 Vega. From time to time I remind he she still owes me that $168.

Old Lurker

Any update on your Mother, A-Mom?

D

Iggy:
I am where you are at wrt money.
I see life as a roller coaster.
Sometimes you have more, and sometimes you have less.
As long as faith, family and friends are part of your life you are rich beyond your dreams.
Fortunately now, my whole family is healthy and happy.
That is a daily blessing I am grateful for each day.

Neo

Jerry Brown says Global Warming is the moral equivalent of WWII

Sign me up as a Conscientious Objector of Climate Change

Old Lurker

Money "Sometimes you have more, and sometimes you have less."

The best man in my wedding, years before VisiCalc, Lotus and Excel, maintained and updated a COBOL spreadsheet for his fnancial affairs he called "DeadStick".

I asked what that meant. He explained that, just like flying a plane that runs out of gas, he wanted to always no how long his existing money would last if he made no more, before he crashed and burned.

Old Lurker

"Sign me up as a Conscientious Objector of Climate Change"

Sign me up as Gen Rommel.

The Infamous Ignatz

When I had money I was complacent and didn't challenge myself.
If I had kept what I had, by the end of my life I would have looked back and considered a large part of it a waste on autopilot.
For me scrambling is a better and a more other-people-centered way to live.

Old Lurker

autocucumber is a real pain, ain't it?

Jack is Back!

OL,

I found out from a naval archtect friend from college that most of those superyachts you see in St. Barts & Monaco are charters. They may be owned by a guy with lots of zero's in his wealth, but he makes a lot of it leasing the boat out for charter.

He recommends this website:

https://www.boatinternational.com/

Pinandpuller

I thought a license plate said 'Goebbels' but it was University of Mississippi. Same difference.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

"A young man with his pants hanging half off his rear, two gold front teeth, and a half inch thick gold chain around his neck, walked into the local welfare office to pick up his check.

He marched up to the counter and said, "Hi. You know, I just HATE drawing welfare. I'd really rather have a job. I don't like taking advantage of the system, getting something for nothing."

The social worker behind the counter said "Your timing is excellent. We just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who wants a chauffeur and bodyguard for his beautiful daughter. You'll have to drive around in his 2018 Mercedes-Benz GT, and he will supply all of your clothes."

"Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You'll also be expected to escort the daughter on her overseas holiday trips. This is rather awkward to say, but you will also have, as part of your job, the assignment to satisfy her sexual urges as the daughter is in her mid-20's and has a rather strong sex drive."

The guy, just plain wide-eyed, said, "You're bull-shittin' me!"

The social worker said, "Yeah, well . . . You started it . . . . “

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

fix the clutch on her 1974 Vega.

I had a 74 Vega Automatic. Damn thing was a piece of junk. We went on vacation to Sarasota and going over the bridge in Tampa, after turning off the A/C, downshifting and whatever else, I had to have a push from my dad behind me in his Caddy to get over the damn bridge.

Thank God I totaled it a few months later. I ended up with the caddy which could fit a pony keg in the trunk upright which was awesome for parties at Stone Mountain and Lake Lanier.

Pinandpuller

This little Indian restaurant on Charlotte is closed today. There's such a thing as too much assimilation.

Jack is Back!

Good one, Steph.

New Horizon presser is on.

https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public

lyle

Saw my first 01.20.21 bumper sticker today. You?

Threadkiller

Ig, I think Buckeye is on to something with looking for a vacuum leak. When you get a lean code for both banks it is generally something in the intake or vacuum control system. I don't remember the year of your truck but if it is one of the modular motors they had a real problem with the vacuum tree directly behind the engine getting oil soaked and then swelling or falling apart.

I do not use liquid chemicals to search for leaks due to the fird risk. I have a propane bottle with a hose and a 2' piece of steel brake line. With the bottle slightly turned on I run the wand around the manifold and listen for the idle to bump up. If your scan tool has data watch the o2 sensors. A rich mixture will peg them at .8-1.0 volts and a lean mixture will drop them to 0 or just above.

Look at sensor 1 bank 1 and sensor 1 bank 2. Sensor 2 isn't for performance so they are irrelevant.

Let me know.

Jack is Back!

lyle,

Remember those "End of an error, 1.20.2008" bumper stickers? Didn't work out, did they.

Threadkiller

Peter, Honda engines in some years had a sloppy piston fit that got worse as the motor aged. You might be hearing the pistons rattling until the engine heats up enough to swell the piston into perfect alignment.

Does it sound like a diesel until the noise goes away?

Threadkiller

OL, your gin problem is directly related to your not inviting me over to share your misery.

:-)

pagar

Thanks, D.

JiB put up a lot of good info about Panama and the Panama Canal. I would urge anyone who gets a chance to enjoy a trip thru the Canal.It truly is a wonder.

As I have a lot of interests in them, I would like to note that the French have a cemetery for their workers they lost in their Attempt. Also that our
Battlefield commission has https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/104129/American-Cemetery-and-Memorial-Corozal.htm

Where they buried Canal workers plus: This cemetery contains the graves of American veternas of the Mexican – American War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and all other major conflicts. The memorial was erected in 1923 to remember people that served overseas since 1917.

The cemetery contains many of my friends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6KG_dBgzTo

Catsmeat

Ext--that's what the bird is--a red-bellied woodpecker! The name sounds wrong as the red is on the head, but you're right, the ladder-backed one has stripes on his face and the ones I have don't. So mystery solved!

Jack is Back!

My Bearcats just went up again 28-24 with 12:40 to go in the game on Va Tech, even after losing their starting QB. That little fireplug Michael Warren III is well over 100yds rushing and Haden Moore the sub QB just scored on a 11 yard draw up the middle.

Military Bowl, Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium, Annapolis.

Pinandpuller

Captain Hate

I met a Wheaten Terrier last night. Is the difference between that dog and yours comparable to like a Sentra and a Maxima?

Neo

Don Lusk, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Pinocchio’ Animator, Dies at 105

Captain Hate

I guess you could put it that way, Pin. Wheaten's are a bit more high energy and aggressive. We have some friends who've had a series of them. They're very loyal to their owners.

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
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Heads of countries are calling wanting to know why Senator Schumer is not approving their otherwise approved Ambassadors!? Likewise in Government lawyers and others are being delayed at a record pace! 360 great and hardworking people are waiting for approval from....

....Senator Schumer, more than a year longer than any other Administration in history. These are people who have been approved by committees and all others, yet Schumer continues to hold them back from serving their Country! Very Unfair!

Buckeye

When Mrs. Buckeye and I were first married I convinced her to sell her 2 year old Pontiac Grand Prix and buy my buddy's Ford Fiesta with a stick and an aftermarket A/C system.

She has picked every car she has owned since. No interest in my opinion whatsoever:)

Captain Hate

There is zero risk in using Schooomer as a universal punching bag. I don't think anyone outside NY and assorted blue hells can stand that goof.

GUS

Pin and I had numerous laughs over SCHMUCK.

clarice

Cooking for friends tonight. Onion pizza, minestrone, the Italian traditional lentils and cotechino and zabliogne with strawberries macerated in strawberry liquor. If I don't get to say it latere..Happy New Year to all.

MissMarple2

Happy New Year, clarice!

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

Appropos of nothing, a terrific vid of Papa Was A Rolling Stone by the Temptations.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXiQtD5gcHU

President-Elect Jim,SunnyvaleCA

Yes, HNY all!

daddy

It takes 6 hours and 8 minutes for a signal we send to the spacecraft just to reach it.

Extraneus

Great, Catsmeat! One of my faves. They're rarely aggressive but no other birds mess with them when they come to the feeders. Females have red on the backs of their necks like makes, but not on the tops of their heads.

I had a similar misidentification, thinking I had Brewer's Blackbirds, when they're not supposed to be in my area, but I ended up concluding they were juvenile Eurpoean Starlings. You can see the similarity if you scroll the starling pics to get to the juvenile here.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/European_Starling/species-compare/67373981

lyle

That meal calls for a nice Tuscan merlot, Clarice. I’m doing herb and garlic crusted rack of lamb, spaghetti squash, roasted mini red potatoes with a ‘05 Sassicaia. ‘08 Veuve Cliquot with appetizers.

Cheers and Happy New Year to all.

daddy

They are worried a bit because on the Pluto flyby NASA was 26 miles off from their aim point. Ultima Thule is a billion miles past Pluto and a whole lot smaller, so they are really crunching the numbers to keep it close. How cool is that:)

Jack is Back!

Clarice,

You can keep the rest and send Mrs. JiB the Zablione. On second thought yours is better than our pate, cheese, olives, herrings, and champagne tonight. Just can't get up the spirit for something harder than that.

How about that Cincy game. That little fireplug Warren III must have had close to 200yds. And they did with their backup QB.

Their next star:


Extraneus

"Real" Witches Triggered By Trump's Use Of "Witch Hunt"

henry

Awesome Jim!

Happy New Years!

daddy

They say that during the fast fly by, Ultima Thule will go from 1 pixel size to 1,000 pixel size, but very rapidly, so they really have to have their game plan perfect. The episode they are calling "Phone Home" starts on the 1st at 10:29 AM. (I'll be asleep)

Catsmeat

That bird site is great, Ext--thanks for linking to it! Very clear pictures. I love the cowbirds--learned to hate them through reading Pogo, but they may be perfectly nice birds. Don't they steal from other birds' nests?

Anyhow, Happy New Year, all--it will be fine by this time next year, one way or the other! (Lest you take that as much to go on, I also start thinking it's spring once the winter solstice is over--so I am obviously capable of wishful thinking!)

anonamom

The 12 minute James Brown Sex Machine is following that great Tempations' piece on my youTube feed---life is good here.

Taittinger in the freezer. I like my champagne ice cold. It's getting popped the minute that fella walks through the door!

Spaghetti con Broccoli from Pasta Fresca, minus the spaghetti.
Seriously. It's a garlic heavy broccoli puree, basically, that cooks for an hour or so. Serve big bowls of it, grating Parmesan Regiano heavily.
I cook a pound of broccoli per person. And we usually eat it all.

We are craving vegetables after all the indulgent eating we've been doing this past week.

Happy New Year!

daddy

Since Birdwatching is a topic of interest on this thread, I recall reading this birdwatching author, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, a few years back and thought her book on Chuck was excellent---Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin's Lost Notebooks

I have to dash downtown with a daughter to a book store and Library run, but I recall that Darwin as a very young man attended a lecture by
John James Audubon, and he said the material was excellent but the guy was longwinded as hell and tough to listen to. I'll dig up the quote later if anyone cares.

Old Lurker

"I'll dig up the quote later if anyone cares."

I care Daddy.

Jack is Back!

To add to daddy's info on New Horizon:

"The Ultima Thule flyby will come just hours after NASA's asteroid-sampling OSIRIS-REx spacecraft slips into orbit around the space rock Bennu.

OSIRIS-REx officially arrived at the 1,650-foot-wide (500 meters) Bennu on Dec. 3, and mission team members have spent the last four weeks studying the space rock and prepping for orbital insertion. The caution is warranted, for this will be a tricky maneuver: no probe has ever orbited a celestial object as small as Bennu before.

Press releases and updates about OSIRIS-REx's activities and Dec. 31 orbital insertion will not be posted on NASA's website, because of the ongoing partial government shutdown. But these materials will be available at the mission website and at the University of Arizona's main news site. (The University of Arizona is home to OSIRIS-REx principal investigator Dante Lauretta and the mission's Science Processing and Operations Center.)

Short updates will also be available via OSIRIS-REx's Twitter (@OSIRISREx), Facebook (@OSIRISREx) and Instagram (osiris_rex) accounts."

Wait until the MFM gets this press release. Above the fold healine:

Trump Hates Aliens!

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

I'm doing Thanksgiving redux but with ham instead of turkey. That will give me lots of leftovers for grazing tomorrow for bowl day and til I'm tired of casseroles. Ham, broccoli/rice casserole, green bean casserole, corn, dressing, mashed taters and gravy. Easy peasy and easy to pull out and reheat tomorrow without missing any bowl action.

I did get about 1/2 the Christmas decs down today. Now I'm wiped out with this damn cold that won't go away!

Jack is Back!

Steph,

Relax. Christmas isn't even a reall Christmas until Epiphany. When I was a kid we got religious gifts like missals and rosarys or scapulas on that day. Wait until the 6th:)

MissMarple2

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/12/31/chang-2018-is-the-year-beijing-realized-president-trump-was-outwitting-them/

Includes video with Gordon Chang on Charles Payne's show, as well as a discussion by Sundance.

Another Bob

“no matter how rich I or anyone can become in life, there are always going to be people with three or four more zeros”

OL, it’s not a bad thing to keep those with fewer zeros in mind.

Catsmeat

I'd appreciate that Audubon/Darwin quote, too, daddy!

Off to a party, then back for a small one here (black-eyed peas have been going in the slow cooker all day, and the champers is properly cold!). Got my thank you notes off today, thank heavens, with the children's gratitude properly inscribed as well. My mother is a stickler for thank you notes, and so in a somewhat less sticklier form am I.

Thank you all for being such lovely long-distance friends!

Old Lurker

:-) A-Bob

MissMarple2

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/travis-trent-drives-burning-car-out-of-hospital-garage/

A nice story.

Jack is Back!

Catsmeat,

New Year's Eve was when James Orlebar Cloyste's novel was accepted in "Not George Washington".

he morning of New Year's Eve was a memorable one for me. My first novel was accepted. Not an ambitious volume. It was rather short, and the plot was not obtrusive. The sporting gentlemen who accepted it, however--Messrs. Prodder and Way--seemed pleased with it; though, when I suggested a sum in cash in advance of royalties, they displayed a most embarrassing coyness--and also, as events turned out, good sense.

Paris celebrates New Year on the Champs and no problems (so far).

MissMarple2

The TRUMP PAGE
@MichaelDelauzon
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58m
>>>>>>>>
Fox News Pete Hedseth on AIR phone call with President Trump.

On Elizabeth Warren announcing her candidacy for President:

Fox News @PeteHegseth
: "Do you think she can win?"

President Trump: "I don't know, you'll have to ask her psychiatrist."

Jack is Back!

MM,

Its going to a be a doozy if she gets the nomination, which she won't. I think they know they have to go telegenic, inspiriing (in prog millenial way), as well as diversity. That equals Kamala, Cory, Julio (pick one), and a young socialist tranny. All are going to be perfect punching bags for Trump.

MissMarple2

anonamom!

The University of Michigan Has At Least 82 Full-Time Diversity Officers at a Total Annual Payroll Cost of $10.6M. That Would Support Full In-State Tuition for 708 Students. pic.twitter.com/hdvgCMaSAc

— Mark J. Perry (@Mark_J_Perry) December 31, 2018

Link goes ti list of names and salaries.

Extraneus

Don't they steal from other birds' nests?

They lay their eggs in other birds' nests in such a way that the other birds don't realize, and the cowbird chicks end up eating all the food and starving the other chicks. "Nest parasites," they're called.

NEST PLACEMENT

Cowbirds lay eggs in a great variety of nests, including Red-winged Blackbird nests in marshes, dome-shaped Ovenbird nests on the forest floor, cup nests in shrubs and treetops, and even occasionally in nests in tree cavities. Over 140 host species of the Brown-headed Cowbird have been described, from birds as small as kinglets to as large as meadowlarks. Common hosts include the Yellow Warbler, Song and Chipping sparrows, Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern and Spotted towhees, and Red-winged Blackbird.

NEST DESCRIPTION

Doesn’t build its own nest. Experiments done with artificial nests in an aviary suggest that Brown-headed Cowbirds tend to choose nests containing eggs of smaller volume than their own.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brown-headed_Cowbird/id#

Ralph L

It had those paddles on the steering wheel to shift it

Those don't have to be used on most cars with them. Perhaps he didn't tell you that.

I had a manual in NoVa in the 80's. Traffic was bad enough then, no way I'd want one now if I still lived there. In Alexandria, the City traffic guy admitted that lights were timed to impede commuter traffic and make bad intersections worse so people would avoid them.

henry

So cowbirds are basically urban grifters?

Extraneus

As for my contribution to the menu discussion, I was asked "Should we get one rib or two?" regarding a prime rib roast for two people. "Two," I said, thinking it was a no-brainer.

Turns out, two ribs came out about 8" wide and 5 lbs.

In the oven now, to be accompanied by Yorkshire pudding, as my bride is of British extraction and it's our anniversary.

Extraneus

So cowbirds are basically urban grifters?

More like illegal aliens with anchor babies.

Threadkiller

In Alexandria, the City traffic guy admitted that lights were timed to impede commuter traffic and make bad intersections worse so people would avoid them.

I believe this. When traffic lights here take a dump and go to blinking red traffic moves quickly through the intersections.

I tell my kids that it about control. They make the decision and you are screwed. You make the decision and you move.

Extraneus

Anchor babies who get past American kids via Affirmative Action.

lyle

Happy Anniversary, Ext. 🥂

Extraneus

Thank you, thank you. Took me two tries, but I finally got it right.

Buckeye

Alaskan Halibut with a panko, chives, parsley, dill and lemon zest crust.

henry

Worth two tries Ext. thanks!

henry

Beer, and some food or other. ;)

lyle

Powerline has a year end TWIP, if someone cares to link.

lyle

Your recipe sounds a great deal like one my halibut recipes, Buckeye. 👊

peter

TK@2:52, some owners of my model bitch on the Acura owners website about excessive oil consumption, which I have never experienced. It may very well the pistons slapping around, car has 80k miles on it, however, I have been a maintenance freak since I knew that the days of manuals were numbered. Considering the new Accord which is available with a 6MT however.

peter

Happy Anniversary ext!

lyle

Although I refuse to buy previously frozen halibut because I’m a food snob. But then, all of you already knew that.

Jack is Back!

Those shifting paddles on my Merc SUV saved my ass on the trip to Raleigh from Philly in that snow storm after the Army-Navy game. Always better to use transmission-engine traction than brakes on new compacted snow (new ice) than braking. I was able to control skids much better.

sbwaters

Year in Pictures: Highlights Edition

anonamom

Those don't have to be used on most cars with them. Perhaps he didn't tell you that.
I knew that. ;-)

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