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For dog lovers :The story behind the letters and numbers in my username......

Wednesday, December 08, 2010


It is a balmy 10 degrees c here in central Newfoundland this morning which might sound cold to some of you but for pete's sake we are living on an island off the east coast of Canada! This is so unseasonal but we will take it as long as we can get it! I really hope we get some snow for Christmas though and that it stays through January and February. I love the cold weather that we usually get in those months as the sun is usually out in all of her glory too.

Anyway, I digress! I figured it is high time I explained the reason behind my username in the hopes that some of you will do the same.

Remember my earlier blogs about my beloved Peaches? Well, to tell you all the truth we never actually "owned" her. She moved into the house next door to my parents (I was still living there at the time) and we met her at age two. The neighbours, the Coles, worked fulltime and so Peaches wormed her way into my Mom and Dad's heart and home! If she was at her home for any length of time (even when the owners were home) she would whine at the front door and run over to our house.

Over time, we started having sleepovers and extended stays although most nights she would go home at 8:00 p.m. when her owner came over to take her out for a walk. She would go very reluctantly and in her old age would even growl at him! We all were a bit shocked at her behaviour as the owners are really nice people but I guess we gave her constant attention which is what all little animals crave.

Her name was Peaches and the neighbours were Coles....hence the PC. My parents surname was Osmond...thus the O. I know this is going to sound like a bunch of hillbillies but when my father died and Mom moved to an old age home, my husband and I bought their house so I ended up back next door to Peaches. My married name is Hamilton.

Jokingly at the vet clinic, Peaches became known as Peaches Cole-Osmond-Hamilton as she was orginially listed under Cole until we took over the vet bills, food costs, etc. Our reasoning was, she was with us most of the time, they had a child in university and John and I had nobody to care for.

To conclude, you all know that PCOH is a testament to my love for that little bundle of fur and the 051610 stands for May 16, 2010 when she crossed the Rainbow Bridge!

This will be our very first Christmas without her and we all joke that for the first time in 17 years we get to open our own presents as she was a terror when it came to opening things!
Hopefully Maddy didn't learn that "skill" from her and that Louisa doesn't do it either.


P.S. I would really like to hear the stories behind your Spark names too!

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JHADZHIA 12/9/2010 10:50AM

    What a wonderful story of a dog who found her own true loves! Glad you gave her such a good home!! I know you are going to especially miss her at Christmas time..
My name is boring in comparison. Its from Star Trek Deep Space 9. I have been a fan since the original first came out. I liked the character Jadzia Dax, and I looked it up online on how to spell it, but got a site where it was misspelled Jhadzhia. I discovered I could get this as a user name anywhere and have kept it ever since.
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DAVEINSEOUL 12/9/2010 1:10AM

    Neat story about Peaches. I don't have as interesting of a Sparkname - just name and location, that's all.

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JLITT62 12/8/2010 8:16PM

    Mine isn't nearly as interesting as yours. Simply my name & my birth year.

I really kind of want to change it now, but then everyone has to refriend me, which is a pain.

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RIMAJO 12/8/2010 7:45PM

    What a great story about Peaches, I love when you share such heart warming stories Susan. They always make me smile. That dog sure was special to alot of people, I especially like that she had a mind of his own! Got to love a smart pup to have adopted you & yours. ;)
My nick is a mix of names, mine & my Moms. Nothing fancy, but it seems to work.

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OLDERDANDRT 12/8/2010 6:18PM

    What a sweetie that Peaches was!! She had soo much love to give, but preferred to give the lion's share to you!!
As for Spark names....years ago when I got my e-mail account, apparently I was feeling really old and came up with older than dirt and pared it down by removing unnecessary vowels and so I'm Olderdandrt! Really I'm not SO old! Hopefully I'll live to be a ripe old age and then the name will actually fit! emoticon


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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/8/2010 11:24AM

    It sounds like Peaches adopted you and she made a good choice.

My daughter recruited me for Sparkpeople. She is well endowed, and way back when she was in high school, her friends dubbed her Diva and helped her set up her first e-mail account as S3xy_diva_que3n. The moniker stuck. Since I was signing up as a favor to her, I wanted the online connection. The name I wanted was divaqueensmom. That name, however was already taken so I became s3xydivasmom. Bear in mind, it's the daughter who is sexy, not me.

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LESLIES537 12/8/2010 10:32AM

    What a sweet story! I loved it! Especially the part about opening the Christmas presents! emoticon

My user name is not as cool as yours but I'll tell ya anyways... emoticon It's just my first name, my middle initial S (stands for Sue) and the numbers 537 stand for Les (my nickname) because upside down it spells Les and on the phone key pad it also spells out Les. Now ya know! emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 12/8/2010 9:41AM

    Susan, what a lovely story. It proves that we don't chose our pets, our pets chose us.

My name is simple. Gayle is my first name, my last name begins with G, and I was born in 1963.

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    What a sweet story!!! I used to have an orange fluffy cat named Peaches, too! emoticon

My screen name (MOMMA_LITTLE) just came from having teenagers with friends who weren't comfortable calling me "Lori", but I didn't think Mrs. Little was all that necessary, either! One day, someone started calling me, "Momma Little" and that is a name I enjoy! emoticon

The best thing of all, is now those same "kids" are saying that I should add on to it, "Hot Momma Little"! Aren't they SWEET!? emoticon emoticon

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MEMARE 12/8/2010 8:39AM

    What a sweet tribute to your sweet Peaches.
She knew where she wanted to spend her 'quality time'!

My username is simple, just like me.
It's just Me! Mare. emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 12/8/2010 8:08AM

    That's a great story - thanks for sharing! It's so nice to hear that you were able to give peaches the attention she deserved....meaning no disrespect to your neighbors. Peaches just knew where she wanted to be!


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CHLOE453 12/8/2010 7:47AM

    What a beautiful story about your beloved "Peaches", thank you so much for sharing. We lost our "Sadie" 4 days after you lost your baby, funny how those dates just seem to stand out in our minds. Maddy and Louisa may just be the complete opposite and rip their presents open...lol...Bob used too before when he was younger. Take care and have a good day today.

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OUBACHE 12/8/2010 7:45AM

    I admit to having been curious about your Sparkname. It's amazing how much influence our animal friends and family can have in our lives. I'm sorry you are facing your first Christmas without Peaches. I know I'm missing some of my pets who have crossed the bridge right now. Snuggling memories are some of the best and the best snuggling took place during these cold winter months. At least you have a lot of fond memories. No one is ever really gone as long as we have them in our memories.

P.S. It sounds very beautiful where you live. I hope I have the opportunity to visit Newfoundland some day.

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Yes, that heaving, gasping image on International satellites was me!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010


I've got nothing in particular to write about today but thought that I would write a blog anyway. I am hoping to one day be able to go back over what I wrote and have a good laugh at myself.

Yesterday, I did something I've never done before and have dreamed about doing for some time. Now, don't get too excited because what I did was started jogging! Yes, that heaving, gasping image on the International satellites was me. I started my normal walk and then every so often would break out into my version of jogging. I did 7 lots of 100 steps of jogging. Not a great start but its a start!!!!

Okay, after that, I went home and baked an apricot cake....which turned out yummy.....I know this because my husband couldn't wait until it cooled down to sample it. Now, today he has gone with the rest of it to share with his classmates. (Yes, I'm married to a 45 year old school boy)

Oh, something funny did happen last night with Louisa. We have this rather heavy reindeer that comes out once a year as a Christmas decoration. It is about 18 inches long. Anyway, we took it out of hibernation last night and Lou started stalking it! When she finally got up enough nerve to get closer she immediately went and sniffed its bum! We laughed so much at her and now you all know why her pet name is "the big dumb retriever".

I hope I made some of you smile! xo Susan

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DAVEINSEOUL 12/9/2010 1:12AM

    But dogs will do what dogs do best :-)

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CALGARYNEWF 12/8/2010 10:57AM

    Well done with the jogging!!!!You gotta start somewhere!


Thanks for the laugh. You made my morning!

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LESLIES537 12/7/2010 5:20PM

    emoticon Yes, you did! Thank you for that!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/7/2010 2:16PM

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    Thank you, Susan! That smile was GREAT! I loved it! Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 12/7/2010 1:09PM

    I haven't been by for a bit, but I'm so glad I stopped by today.

HOORAY for you for starting jogging! When I first started, I ran 30 excruciatingly long seconds, then walked for 90 sec. And when I say "run"... it really was more shuffling/jogging. You will be AMAZED by your body's ability to adapt as you continue to train. May I recommend "The Fat Runners Club" on the C25K Team? They were a fabulous support for me when I first started running. Of course, any questions you have I'd be more than happy to answer if I can.

One warning: Running is ADDICTIVE! The endorphins, the feeling of accomplishment, the connection with your body... fabulous!

Also... make sure you take the dogs with you for company. I love running with dogs & found that mine needed to build up stamina with me.

BTW, I saw on the weather network that NFLD is experiencing a "heat wave" of +12C today. You lucky thing you!

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 12/7/2010 12:59PM

    Omg, can I just say this...you are too much!!!! emoticon
I was laughing to bust a gut just at your title....lol.
and then when I got to the Lou story, well I lost it...at least she is female cause god only knows what that poor reindeer would have had to endure if Lou had have been a male emoticon

Anyway great job with the jogging. I have been at that for a almost a year now and although I had a major set back over the summer and am just getting back at it, I can jog a good distance before I have to stop. It all starts somewhere.
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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/7/2010 11:38AM

    The title made me laugh even before I read your blog. The dumb retriever story gave me another chuckle. 100 steps of jogging is a good way to start a running program. Good for you.
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SHELLPRO 12/7/2010 9:26AM

    Hey! A Starts R Great- now keep it going! Not to mention, U baked but you didn't say U ate any of it? Kudos 2 U! emoticon

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Saw your blog title on your status today had HAD to come and read it!

Wonderful, thanks for the chuckles today

FYI there was no record of any heaving or gasping on my satellite yesterday, so keep up your great work and go for it with your running, jogging or even walking.


I can just see that retriever sniffin' that reindeer too. Great blog

Have a SPlendid Day

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JHADZHIA 12/7/2010 7:58AM

    emoticon Dogs will sniff anything!
Well done with the exercise!
Apricot cake would be wonderful! Mom brought me some of her Marvelous Muffins over :)) Yummy!

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Clothes sizing standards are just so wrong......

Monday, December 06, 2010

Happy Monday morning to you all!

Of course, if you are like 99% of the population you probably don't like Mondays but they have always been a favourite day of mine. Tuesdays were always my off day so I guess that only proves what an oddball I really am!

So, I weighed in this morning and I'm down....apparently I lost 2.4 pounds since last week despite all the stuff I ate and the little bit of exercise I did. It is really making me wonder if my scale is correct. I weighed myself Saturday morning right before my monthly friend arrived and I was 5 pounds heavier than what the scale said this morning. I've heard of water retention but......

Okay, so to get to the title of my blog. I started out this journey wearing a size 2x in clothes and I weighed in at 222.4. That was August 30th. Now, I'm supposedly down to 203.2 but I can still wear a 2x in some stores, a medium in one (I bought a top just to see the medium on the tag!!!) an XL in another. Is anybody else out there confused with clothing sizes?

I think this is becoming an issue for me because up until recently I only shopped in the plus-size clothing stores and there really aren't many of them here in my home province. I quickly learned their sizes and could usually just pick my size off the rack without any trouble. Now, I'm sort of overwhelmed with all of the things that I just might have a chance into fitting into. XL in regular stores is starting to fit parts of my body. For instance a pair of pants in size 18 will be too big in the bum, thighs and hips but too tight across my stomach and I can't squeeze the girls into most tops unless I want to look like the Pilsbury doughboy!

That is my rant for today. I love hearing back from all of you! Please keep reading and encouraging me as that is what is working for me!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/6/2010 6:36PM

    emoticon with that weight loss!!! I just get sooo tickled when I see folks refer to their boobs and "the girls"!!! Listen, honey, sizes have been flubbed up for awhile, now! And it's getting worse. I wish somebody would standarize it!!! I found some old clothes that I had put into storage years ago and I feel sure that if I bought similar items now, they'd not really BE the size they say they are compared to how they're labeled.
G'luck with that! I have the same trouble.


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LESLIES537 12/6/2010 3:29PM

    Great loss! You are doing an awesome job in the weight loss department! Now....if only we could talk to the clothing department about this size thing.... emoticon lol Keep up the good work!

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HOPEFULANGE 12/6/2010 2:07PM

    Wow!! emoticon on the loss! That's a nice number to see!!!

I've always hated clothes shopping. Of all the shops around, I've found that if a size fits me in one store, a different one will fit me in another. I swear every manufacturer has a different size! I've never understood it and have had many frustrating shopping trips. I'm in the habit of automatically bringing at least 2 if not 3 sizes of the same garment into the fitting room because I have no idea what size is going to fit!

It's even more frustrating during weight loss because once you find clothes that fit...they won't fit in a few months! LOL...I know that's a good thing, but it's getting expensive!!!!

Keep up the good work, and I hope you have more patience for clothes shopping than I do!

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JHADZHIA 12/6/2010 11:08AM

    Well done with the weight loss!
Don't get me started on women's sizing. IT SUCKS!! I HATE it and it makes me not want to shop for anything until I absolutely have to..
I used to buy men's clothing for durability and long wearing for my factory job, and loved that one size was the same in all stores with an actual waist and leg measurement that was real. These sizes women keep referring to fitting in a 2 and 0 are just ludicrous!! In my opinion 2-6X will always mean baby sizes!!! I just want my proper waist size, thank you very much!! There should be some kind of standard!!

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APIRLRAIN888 12/6/2010 8:44AM

    wooohooo great job

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Happy Sunday

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Sorry I've been out of touch lately but this week has been a wee bit hectic. I did three shifts of volunteering with the Salvation Army Kettle campaign in three back-to-back days and boy, it was tiring standing for two hours at a time.

As I've said in previous blogs, I am not religious but I do believe in spirituality. Anwyay, I guess I'm Christian in that I believe in God but I'm not a fundamentalist by any stretch of the imagination. So, it comes as no surprise that the Kettle campaign enraged me this year. Well, not so much the campaign, but the people who pass you by.

I know you are all thinking that we cannot all afford to give but please! In the five years I've noticed that the poorer the dressed the people the more they give. You can tell that these people truly understand the meaning of giving! Yes, you get the rich people stopping by and dramatically inserting a $20 or a $50 bill into the kettle (it is like they want to be noticed) but most people just slip a few coins in and wished me a Merry Christmas. Some apologize for only having a little bit of money to part with and that is fine. I thanked them for their donation just the same as I did the richer people.

Anyway, before I lose whatever Christain spirit I have left, it is best for me to change the topic! Ha! I'm home today baking that cherry cake for my husband that he has always loved but that I've never bothered to try to make. We actually mixed it up together which was kind of fun...especially when we looked and saw Lou trying to lick the butter wrapper in the garbage! Not sure how it is going to turn out (I'm not a baker!!!) but I'm sure it will be a memoralbe experience as John has learned (the hard way) not to try to steal the cherries his wife has so carefully cut up. I think he got tapped with a batter covered spatula for that one!

Oh, and we went to the Santa Claus parade yesterday. People at work laughed at me when I said John and I watch it together because I guess they figure people only go to watch if they have children. Maddy and Lou went too and Lou got silly when she saw horses for the first time. She didn't even notice Santa Claus but Maddy did and barked his little head off until Santa turned and said,, "Merry Christmas little doggie". It brought us to tears from laughter.

Okay, that is enough of my ramblings. I've been off track but will get back on the rails tomorrow on weigh-in day.


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    I love that you and your hubby took the time to make a cake with one another. MMMM Cherry pound cake, one of my favorites!!!
So how did it turn out??
I love that you and your hubby took your furry babies to the parade...and even happier that Santa acknowledged the louder kid...lol..
As for the Kettle, I give whatever change is in my pocket at the time. It is never much at each stop , but I am sure it all adds up in the end...and if I don't have change it never hurts to say hello, or Merry Christmas or even just a nod of acknowledgement is an act of kindness, so that is what I do.
Oh, and good luck with your weigh-in.
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HOPEFULANGE 12/5/2010 7:59PM

    I know how you feel! I volunteered with them last year and it was very frustrating and the percentage of people who just walked by. You could tell most people were trying to avoid eye contact! However, like Momma_Little, I've seen it from the other side too...you just pass so many of the kettles and it does make you feel bad just to walk by! I like you're suggestion of giving a smile - I'll be trying that next time.

Looks like you're well into the spirit of the holidays - baking and a Christmas parade! I walked with the Guides in the Mount Pearl parade yesterday - lots of fun since the girls are so energetic! Ah to be that young....

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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/5/2010 7:01PM

    I've done volunteer bell ringing from time to time. It gives me a lot of empathy for those without adequate shelter or heat. It gets so cold and miserable. I try to give at least once when I'm out, but like Momma Little, I avoid eye contact with the bell-ringer when I don't. I'm thinking that all of us would like to have our existence acknowledged with a smile and a hello. And that is especially true for the paid bell ringers. Imagine doing that for eight hours for minimum wage. A little human kindness will help make their day easier.

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PCOH051610 12/5/2010 6:43PM

    The following comment is for Momma_Little but can be read by all of you.!

Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. I realize that most of us try to give to charity whenever we can and I know what you mean about not being able to afford to put money into every Salvation Army kettle you see. But I think the solution is to give whatever you feel you can afford and then when you see a different one, just make eye contact and smile. It really does make a difference. If it makes you feel any better, say that you've already given.

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APIRLRAIN888 12/5/2010 6:38PM

    it was nice of you to volunteer and good luck on your weigh-in

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    I LOVED your ramblings! There is ONE thing about the Salvation Army kettles that I have to point out. As many times as I go in and out of stores for stuff, I just can't put into every kettle I come across. It makes me feel so badly, and so usually, I don't know what to say, so I don't make eye contact and continue to my car. Imagine if I put $5 in a kettle each time.. I wouldn't even be able to pay for my utilities. What do you suggest about things like this? This is the first time I've ever admitted this, so please know I'm not against helping the down-trodden. I just don't know what to DO sometimes. Love you for what you're doing, by the way. emoticon

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Should have bought a lottery ticket

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Good Morning all,

I hope this finds you all healthy and happy! I've been drinking my water and walking just about everyday but other than that, haven't been watching what I've been eating very carefully! Oops! Have to fix that before it becomes a longterm problem!

Anyway, as for my blog title. Don't read any further if you don't believe in gambling! Not that I'm into it in a big way but yesterday we had our annual Christmas raffle here at work and last night I attended a turkey bingo as a fundraiser for a local fire department.

The Christmas raffle is organized by our student council and they ask businesses for prize donations. You could win things like a t-shirt, a gift basket, etc. All monies raised then goes to local charities. Anyway, at that event I actually won a full dog grooming (Maddy is not pleased!!!) which was rather appropriate!

Then at the bingo last night I won the grand prize of a 30-35 pound turkey (!), all the vegetables, salt meat (the Newfoundlanders will get that one) plus $50 in cash.

Let me stress that I am not a bingo player. I'm the one still trying to get the cover off of my dabber and they are on the third number! It was the funniest thing ever because my cousin who had roped me into going said that in the event that I won the grand prize she would actually cook the Christmas dinner for all of our family! ! emoticon You should have seen her face when I won! That was the most precious memory of the day!

Fast forward to last night when I finally saw my husband for the first time all day and he listened intently and then said, "I wonder if it is too late for you to buy a Loto649 ticket". We didn't stop to get one as I don't generally buy tickets but maybe I should have! Ha.

Come to think of it I think I won more than my share yesterday

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OLDERDANDRT 12/2/2010 3:02PM

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    Hurray! What a fun blog! Cha-Ching! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 12/2/2010 11:36AM

    emoticon That's awesome! Will Maddy be getting done for the holidays?!?

I hope your cousin holds up her end of the bargain and cooks it for you! If not - it's still a great prize!!! Congrats, you deserve it!

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JHADZHIA 12/2/2010 11:19AM

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What an awesome lucky day! I agree, good things come in three, maybe you should have gone for the ticket. I used to buy them, but stopped in protest of the fact they raised the prices and I never won anything, just NOT lucky.
Have a terrific Thursday! Hope the stingy Spark wheel gave you something better than the 3 I got..

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LESLIES537 12/2/2010 10:34AM

    emoticon Sounds like it was your lucky day! Congrats on your winnings! emoticon

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