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I'm having one of THOSE days

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

My normally good dog ran out the yard,chasing a rabbit,the newspaper was blown under our old van,my ride to the gym never showed up,my daughter missed the bus,lunch boiled over,the car wont start,my dog jumped on me with muddy paws as I was going to leave(I had to go change)and the wind blew the umbrella over the neighbors fence...whew!Im still standing better than I ever did and just like a little kid...I laughed it all off.I have a nice aromatic chili in the crockpot,crusty wheat bread and a crispy salad ready for dinner.Now,Im going to have a nap and dream of the good days!!... emoticon emoticonSUSAN

  
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TRESSWANN 11/10/2011 7:45PM

    It's only a day, not a week and you have the right way to cope

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MARVEEME 11/10/2011 8:45AM

    If not for the trials in our life, we would have nothing to compare and measure our blessings.

Many blessings!

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MARTHASPARKS 11/9/2011 9:30PM

    Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow. It's only a day away! Things will be better then.

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DUSTYGIRL25 11/9/2011 9:04PM

    I think you have had a really busy day!
I would definitely take a nap and I would just stay there until the next day.
Good positive attitude!
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DESERTDREAMERS 11/9/2011 8:55PM

    emoticonLike BarbaraEllen said, this would make a great CW song! At least you haven't lost your sense of humor (just the umbrella) emoticon

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TRISSA3 11/9/2011 8:26PM

    I had one of those days, too. (You should read my blog...)

And I'd have chili in the crock pot, too. But my DH blew it up. (Another blog...)

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BARBAELLEN 11/9/2011 7:40PM

    I thought I was reading the lyrics to a country song before I realized it was your blog!
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IILAAD65 11/9/2011 7:34PM

    I had my crockpot going too!! Loved it!!

You have such a GREAT attitude!!

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ARLENE_MOVES 11/9/2011 6:48PM

    Chili hit me too!!! My dh makes the best chili -- oh, get better dh, I need your chili!!!

Hope the rest of your day was better after your nap!

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LHLADY517 11/9/2011 6:30PM

    Makes my day almost seem sane. (I was a substitute in the Middle School in-school-suspension room).

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SNOWANGELDIVA 11/9/2011 2:47PM

    Like maddieadkins...I heard chili and the rest of your mess of a day melted away. Mmmmmmm chiili!!! emoticon
I hope it's an upswing from here on out!
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MADDIEMADKINS 11/9/2011 2:43PM

    Your dinner description just made my mouth water! Yum!!! Sorry your day was crummy, hopefully your evening will be fabulous!

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A stranger at my door

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

I looked out the window and did not recognize the person standing there.I cracked the window and asked could I help him.You really dont remember me do you?he laughed.No,i'm sorry but No.I studied his face and a realization came over me.We were in the same diet/exercise clinic at the hospital on base 6 years ago!He was 17 at the time.Oh my gosh it was Joshua my long lost partner in that class.We were weight loss buddies.He weighed in at 433.I weighed in at 256.He was the most difficult,hornery,pig headed fool on the planet!He sat in class and played on his phone.All the while I nudged his arm to get involved.Josh,I said oneday,what are you here for?His sarcastic comment was...What do you think?rolling his eyes.By now I was ready to smack them eyes until they rolled around like a cartoon character!I grabbed his phone and said lets go!pointing at the door.The head nurse running the clinic looked at me knowingly and nodded her head.Once outside I gave Josh the phone back.What's up with you and why are you so mean?We sat for the next hour talking and he let out his demons....his mom it turned out had terminal cancer and his dad had left his family because of "the other woman"His brother died in Iraq and nobody could tell him anything!!!He was caught eating in HEB(our grocery store)without paying and the judge sentenced him to community service and a health class.His eyes were haunted with the saddest look could not be missed.The spark was not there...He was difficult to say the least but I became Josh's mentor.We walked the parks together,ate together,I tried basketball..NOT a Good thing!I got him to give up that sweet fruit punch and drink water.He cheered me up hills and soon we both noticed a change,not only in his weight but,his attitude.His mama passed away 10 months later and he moved to Michigan.Standing there before me was SGT Joshua Williams!!!He looked wonderful and I was so happy to see his sparkle was back in his eyes.He has a wife named Caroline,2 kids Oscar and JoJo and a husky named susie...lol!I have always wondered where he was and he helped to put my mind at ease.He is 248 lbs lighter and a hunk emoticonIm glad I had something to do with his change of spirit! emoticonSusan

  
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SNOWANGELDIVA 11/9/2011 2:43PM

    You made me cry. Oh my gosh, this is beautiful. Praise God.

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SUECHRIS50 11/9/2011 2:34PM

    the funny thing is,that if he hadnt eaten in the grocery store and gotten caught .He might be in jail.He says thats why we were meant to be partners!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 11/9/2011 3:37AM

    Susie, you are a Wonder Woman!

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MARTHASPARKS 11/8/2011 8:58PM

    Susan, you affect everyone in significant ways. What an amazing tribute to the value of a real friend.

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BARBAELLEN 11/8/2011 7:19PM

    Susan, admit it. You carry a wand, don't you?

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TXGRANDMA 11/8/2011 4:45PM

    emoticonWhat a wonderful story! My goodness, who would have thought? He knew you really cared, and you probably helped him to turn his life around!
emoticonfor you! Just Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.......

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DEBLYNN323 11/8/2011 4:15PM

    emoticon...very cool blog!

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NUMEXI17 11/8/2011 3:16PM

    What a blessing to see the fruit of your friendship come to fruition!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The Nobody girl and fried chicken

Monday, November 07, 2011

She was standing there in the rain,holding a battered cardboard sign with her head lowered.It said Please feed my kids.People were driving by,splashing her with water.I rolled down my window and told her to take her kids and go into the chicken place.She looked up and nodded her head.I had to stop and think what was my husband always saying about my heart being too soft?Oh well I forgot...she was sitting at a table trying to dry the children off.She looked up and smiled as I came in.Hello she extended her hand im Kaylee!Her smile lit her whole face.You arent like expecting sex or anything are you because i dont do that!No,im just helping. I sent the kids to wash their hands and asked her whatever was she doing out in the rain?She was 17(my daughters age)she already had 3 kids.I was kicked out for not paying the rent she sobbed.Her wet hair dripped on the table and she wiped her face with the towel i offered.I treated them to some chicken dinners and milks(plus some food for later)I took her small hand and choked back tears of my own.My name is Susan,I cannot believe you have to beg for your kids to eat.Are your parents here?Yes,she answered but,I cant go to them!The chicken arrived and the kids sat back quietly,not saying a word.I handed them each a plate of food,roll and milk.They looked at their mama.She reached her hands out and we prayed.the kids were so hungry I didnt recognize the bones on the plates.Even the youngest at 2 was still chewing a bone.You see im just a nobody but my kids are going to be somebody and I'll fight for them!!Mama Tiger as my kids call me.Listen to me as you never listened before I warned,call your mom and dad!!Tears began rolling down her face.I gave the kids some change to play video games and they scooted off to be kids.I looked at her and held her chin up pride has no place here!I hugged her tight and handed her my phone...call them!She reached out dialed a number and I could hear her mom KAYLEE?is that you baby?She was crying and had to give me the phone..I spoke to her mom repeating Kaylees fears and invited her to come join us(it had been 5 years since she ran away)A short while later a frenzied woman flew through the door grabbing her daughter in a huge embrace followed by a man looking so worried.It was his turn and he timidly stepped forward to hold his little girl.They were all crying and talking at the same time.The kids walked over looking confused.Who are you?the woman asked.Oh just a person that cares and im late so I've gotta go,so good luck!Kaylee ran out the door behind me Susan!wait!!She reached out like a movie scene and placed a little tarnished angel in my hand...Thank you!Your mom has my number so,call before you do anything crazy.That was 10 years ago!She is now married,has a degree in nursing and has 2 more kids.She calls me every now and then and on holidays and says Hi Susan its Nobody! and laughs.If you get a chance to help someone,help, it might just change a life or several...love and hugs! emoticonSUSAN

  
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INSIDEOUT2010 11/15/2011 3:20PM

    What a beautiful story! Thanks so much for sharing.

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SHASSYSUE2 11/8/2011 8:50PM

    I believe that God puts angels here on earth, and that day you were that young girl's angel!!!! I knew there was a reason I loved you!!!! If I could just hug your neck right this minute!!!! Thank you for having the heart of Jesus!!! HUGS!! Shannon

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DUSTYGIRL25 11/8/2011 1:37AM

    Oh, my gosh! This is the most heartwarming story I have ever read. I'm so lucky to be friends with the most wonderful person named Susan. emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/7/2011 11:06PM

    What a difference you make.

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JENNYD97 11/7/2011 8:47PM

    that is awesome!

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NSTARSMITH 11/7/2011 5:18PM

    Oh, yeah, I am crying, too. What a wonderful gift you have and gave to that girl, Mamma Tiger!!! emoticon

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ARLENE_MOVES 11/7/2011 4:48PM

    I'm crying...you need to teach a class in 'how to have a heart'

Love this!!

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BARBAELLEN 11/7/2011 3:38PM

    Susan, you are so sweet and giving. I wish I were as good a person as you are. My experiences in trying to help sad people have never turned out well, so I now avoid getting involved and end up feeling bad. It's great to hear about this happy ending!

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Changing full fat food..all opinions welcome!!!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

I want your opinions please!We are expecting guests for Thanksgiving and My questions are about exercising and food.Would you find it rude if you knew your hostess was planning an after dinner walk outside or on the treadmill?And what do you think about offering low fat alternatives to mac n cheese and cheesecake?I did it last year and the food was eaten but,my hubs says he didnt like it.I make a yellow cake using diet sprite only no eggs or oil and frost it with half cool whip half frosting.I make two pies out of the ingredients for 1 pecan pie.Its thinner but my family loves it....I boil fresh potatoes,mash them using fat free chicken broth and theres none left!!The problem is my hubs says im cheating them out of the reason we love Thanksgiving...for the fatty foods and the gorging on sweets.What do ya'll think?He didnt even know until he saw me making the food last year,that I was making it healthier!.... emoticonSUSAN

  
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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/7/2011 11:27PM

    I think I would be charmed to go for a walk with my hostess. And I would hope (but be amazed) to find that those snoozing after their meal had tackled the dishes in my absence. And if I was your guest, I would love to be offered healthy alternatives to the traditional fare. Although I might find myself choosing some of the full fat versions that were also available.
As for the mashed potatoes, why not serve your version with butter on the side for those that want it.
My sister did a weight watchers Christmas one year, it was a blessed respite from the seasonal excesses. Somehow we always find ourselves having two or three Xmas meals...




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MAMAG476 11/5/2011 5:53AM

    Hello my sly spark friend. I say a little of both or you prepare health and have someone else make the fatty foods. You are to much. Good luck. Hope you had a great Halloween. Have a great weekend and spark on. emoticon

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HDHAWK 11/3/2011 6:18PM

    Make what people will eat. If that means you have to make some lower fat versions for yourself I'd probably do it. Go for that walk too!

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SHASSYSUE2 11/3/2011 6:05PM

    My solution is simple, but NOT for everyone... I DON'T COOK!! We go out, and they can eat whatever the heck they want to and I eat whatever I want to!! I am soooo tired of trying to make everyone happy, and this year with my Healthy Journey I am not going to cater to everyone else... I guess I am just in that kind of frame of mind.... Sorry....

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WWE827 11/3/2011 5:39PM

    We always take a walk on Thanksgiving after dinner, and again after dessert. I mix up the healthy with the less healthy; and if I want some of the higher cal stuff, I just eat a smaller portion. I do agree that after I've cooked all day, I'm not as apt to eat much. This Thanksgiving will be different for us though; some of us are running a 5K (turkey trot) in the am, and my son, who's a chef is taking over the meal, and probably having fish instead of the usual turkey!! New is good (but there will still be apple and butternut squash pie).

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/3/2011 3:35PM

    I would offer a little of both. There are traditional foods that my family doesn't care for in a healthier version..ie..mac and cheese. But I can make a cake like you mentioned and they'll eat the whole thing. emoticon I would get my exercise in before the guest or after they leave. If it is a beautiful day maybe some of the others might want to walk with you. We almost always do something outside after the meal.

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MARTHASPARKS 11/3/2011 4:12AM

    I'm in a minority here. I think that a really good hostess prepares foods the way that most of her guests prefer it. I also think that a good hostess puts the focus on her guests for the time that they are present - which means exercising before they come or after they leave. We have a family tradition that might help. For at least 15 minutes before we serve our Thanksgiving feast, we go outside and breathe the fresh, cold air. Walking back into the incredible smells of turkey, potatoes, spices, candles and pie takes your breath away. Cooking for our family leaves me with no appetite, so gorging isn't an issue. I love to cook but the rest of mine are on clean up detail, so I don't have to do it all. That was their idea: the cook doesn't clean.

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BARBAELLEN 11/2/2011 9:29PM

    I guess some people have much more cooperative families than I do. On Thanksgiving, nobody will accept anything new or different, and the cook (me) doesn't rule. Sooo -- the cook has learned how to be sneaky.

I've gotten really good at figuring out what substitutions can or cannot be detected. I'm sure you have too. The mashed potatos with broth works, but I'd never get away with low-fat mac and cheese or fat-free gravy. I'm sure you know how to do this -- you sneak in whatever you can get away with, and don't let anyone see the containers you use! Then, you let everyone enjoy and eat like pigs, and you eat whatever is right for you.

I agree with your husband. It's comfort food for a comfort day, but what they don't know won't hurt them! Just don't get found out. :)

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KOFFEENUT 11/2/2011 9:28PM

    I always figure what they don't know won't hurt them. I once served a "chocolate mousse" that was entirely vegan (made with avocados). There would have been a MELTDOWN if they'd realized they weren't getting the "real thing". Instead they sucked it down and LOVED it!

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LINDAJ0621 11/2/2011 7:56PM

    Your recipe substitutions sound yummy! In my house, the cook (Me) rules and the non-cooks say "Thank You" and do the dishes emoticon
As far as walking goes, let everyone do their own thing. In my house, DH will be snoring in front of the TV "watching" football.
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MARVEEME 11/2/2011 7:24PM

    The traditional walk after Thanksgiving dinner is an institution in many families, much like touch football. Don't compromise on this one, and don't be upset if it's a small group at first. It will grow in the fullness of time. Keep DH out of the kitchen during prep, and he won't know how the food is made. If you don't mention it, maybe he won't either. If he wants fully rich foods, have him pick them up and make sure they're in the house in time for dinner. Good luck with the "bring a dish" thing, it didn't work for me either. I did, finally, pass the torch of hosting Thanksgiving to DD last year, and while I was still involved in the prep, they're getting the hang of making this their own tradition now.

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SUECHRIS50 11/2/2011 6:04PM

    I always have to walk after a meal to help my food digest and to feel better.I have asked my daughters to make a dish or two and bring it to dinner.I know its a tradition they have come to enjoy,coming over here,but, i'd like one year OFF!!

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SHOAPIE 11/2/2011 5:22PM

    I've found that the trick is to add some fat but not much and I've had no complaints.

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BETTERHEALTH123 11/2/2011 4:35PM

    Your husband is probably "right in a way" because that's how a majority of our American society thinks and has been thinking for the past hundred years -- but now during the present times most people seem to be eating more healtier than in the past.

That's just my opinion. Most every holiday is associated with food and sweets - our society is way too materialistic - even when it comes to holidays and it doesn't seem like that is going to change very much.



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VK2Z10 11/2/2011 3:32PM

    I agree with breathemusic. IMHO, your DH is wrong. it isn't RUDE to want to give healthier options. I would appreciate it, being your guest. I have hosted thanksgiving before and i had it potluck, so i would make what i wanted, and the guests would make what they wanted. I didn't take offense if the individual didn't like what i made. most of the time, it all got eaten. I do think a pre and post-meal walk would be a good idea, but i wouldn't force anyone to join you. I have a couple of dogs that need walks, so i have a built in excuse. i would walk and if nobody wants to come, so be it.
Also, if DH doesn't like the healthier options, tell him to make his own meal. LOL

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LHLADY517 11/2/2011 3:28PM

    I say go for it. Eating healthier is always better. I love the ways you "healified" your foods. I do think a pre-dinner walk would be best and after--maybe just a slow walk throughout the neighborhood might work.

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BREATHEMUSIC 11/2/2011 2:47PM

    I think that if people still enjoy the taste then go for it. The point is NOT to gorge yourselves on fatty foods. It's to come together and spend time with the people you love. So if there's a way to do that a little healthier, then go for it!! Although, might I suggest a pre-dinner walk? Or are you gonna have a break? I was just thinking that eating a big meal and then going on a walk sounds like a stomach ache in the making. LOL

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Our little piece of country

Monday, October 31, 2011

We moved to our neighborhood in 1997.It was cattle,horses,pigs and chickens.Now its been taken away by noise.The airport moved here by the base about 6 years ago and you can hear the Jumbo Jets night and day,Central Texas A&M,A pathways school,A middle School,3 new Churches,A career academy and 3 new fire stations.Now they are building an overpass and new highway and taking away our country road.The cattle fields are now gleaming new houses and neighborhoods!All the things I had admired about our neighborhood was its rolling hills(gone)the mooing of cows(gone)the peace(gone) Improvements?I beg to differ when I walk outside and hear traffic,sirens and school bells ringing.The marching bands sound like they are in our yard and the church choir is so dang loud(they practice outside)Other than that everything is peachy...grrrrr.....my mama always said be careful what ya wish for little girl...hmmmm... emoticonSUSAN

  
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TXGRANDMA 11/8/2011 4:52PM

    I am so sorry that happened to you in your area of TX. It surely doesn't seem fair. Maybe you can sell and move a little further out? Good Luck!
I sympathize with you, as I too, detest the URBAN sprawl. I think it is close to being a sin, using up the farm land for homes!
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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/7/2011 11:20PM

    I live in a suburb, but up 106 steps, the street seems far away and we don't hear much traffic noise. We and our neighbours walk up from the street and there are no car doors opening and closing nearby.
Though we are by the airport and sometimes we hear the planes coming in. and in the fog, the foghorns (romantic, I've always thought).
Then there is the sound of the children playing, and other neighbours, and their dogs. I can live with that, and they have to live with the sound of my chickens as they discuss their food finds, the neighbourhood cats when they get too close, and announcing their latest egg.
I used to live in the country and we would hear the sound of animals calling to each other. There was quite a din from the geese. And when it was time to wean the sheep, the ewes would call and call all night long for their little lambs. In autumn the vintners would set off bird scarers (like cannon fire at irregular intervals.) Farmers would shoot rabbits in the evening. Not so quiet, the country where i come from...

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IILAAD65 11/1/2011 9:13AM

    Move to ILLINOIS! :)

I drive the country roads to get to Walmart from my little town. I can get to the highway in less than 10 minutes but that's if I do the speed limit. One route I see sheep and the other is corn fields, crows and cows!

I love having it all within reach but where I want to be.

In 15 years, that's some serious progress! ... so sad to see it all go.

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MARTHASPARKS 10/31/2011 9:32PM

    Progress has its price. I'm sorry you all are paying it!

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BETTERHEALTH123 10/31/2011 6:58PM

    Your blog reminds me of Joni Mitchell song - Big Yellow Taxi-- "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot. They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum and charged the people a dollar and a half to see them...

don't it always seem to go, you don't know what you've got until its gone, they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

Sad.

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RRP546 10/31/2011 3:54PM

  thats progress

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