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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #250 on: July 21, 2013, 08:25:01 PM »
That's about 10 blocks in Philadelphia or 2 avenues across in NY

I walk that far to have lunch where I live now!   lol
You left out the "up hills in both directions" part of that classic!!   :P

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My memory must be getting foggy. Yup, uphill in both directions and it was really 6 miles in minus 40 degree weather. The sleet at times froze me solid half way home. The good part about that was it saved me half the trip home. :) My sisters made it somehow and would pour buckets of hot water on me the next morning so I could get back on the bus.
Upon arriving at school, I would be bullied and beaten by thugs 3 times my size for my hot lunch token in my pocket. :'(
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« Reply #251 on: July 21, 2013, 08:44:48 PM »
Oh please Nancies, Why dont yall talk to me when at age 16 you and 3 farm workers (who couldn't speak english) had to unload an 18 wheeler of hay and stack it in the barn. Took all day. And guess what I got paid...nothing. I was earning the right to live under my parents roof ::)

I was overjoyed when I had to only muck the horse stalls, a much easier job  ;D I think this is why I love the smell of horse manure even today
Are you implying that I was overpaid? LOL!
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« Reply #252 on: July 21, 2013, 10:33:56 PM »
Are you implying that I was overpaid? LOL!

Yes. I am.

You were overpaid then, and are overpaid now in your current position as street hustler..

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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #253 on: July 22, 2013, 06:33:13 AM »
Some people think it is always cold in New England. I heard they just had a perfectly awful heat wave!!!
Some people forget the name of this thread is "Spring into Summer".
Street hustlers in New England aren't wearing heavy coats and scarves right now. Drag Queen prostitutes from up there are dressing more like this:



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« Reply #254 on: July 22, 2013, 08:33:18 AM »
Yes. I am.

You were overpaid then, and are overpaid now in your current position as street hustler..

LMOA! One of these days!  >:( ;)

Street hustlers in New England aren't wearing heavy coats and scarves right now. Drag Queen prostitutes from up there are dressing more like this:

I'll have to post an updated summer pic. Mmm... what to wear, what to wear.
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« Reply #255 on: July 22, 2013, 09:35:26 PM »
Hey Ted! Woohoo. You left me hanging after your corn quiz. I've already lost a night of sleep.  ???

 
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« Reply #256 on: July 22, 2013, 10:33:43 PM »
Hey Ted! Woohoo. You left me hanging after your corn quiz. I've already lost a night of sleep.  ???

Well, I had to double check.  It's been many years.  I knew it had something to do with hybrids and all that.  I cheated.

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« Reply #257 on: July 24, 2013, 05:14:48 PM »
Well, I had to double check.  It's been many years.  I knew it had something to do with hybrids and all that.  I cheated.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detasseling

I've been a space cadet lately. ::) Sorry so slow.
I guess watching a youtube video paid off! I was sort of right on my guess.

Nobody seemed to be impressed with my "egg fun fact". I honestly don't know why it works but it amazed me. Not much luck on Google.

Back to a couple of pics. (one per post as I'm not sure yet if the double pic posts are still a tech problem)

These are my purple pole beans growing up a tripod of rebar. I like that the beans are purple because it makes them easier to find when pickin'. (they turn green when cooked) :(
Some years the deer chomp them. So far so good.
First try at growing leeks (in foreground).

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« Reply #258 on: July 24, 2013, 05:21:59 PM »
The cucumbers love heat and water. Looks like a good batch. Picked 8 so far and will probably pick another 80 by summers end. I give most away and make fridge pickles with some and cuke salads of all types. I plant dill amongst the cucumbers. It just seems appropriate. :)

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« Reply #259 on: July 25, 2013, 01:13:33 AM »
Mitch, another quiz.  Do you know of some lilies that bloom later in summer?  We have some asiatic that bloom early.  I have heard of Fooled Me Lilies, that I think are suppose to bloom later.  Of course, Stella de Oro lilies bloom early and then later, from my understanding.  Those are those yellow ones you see in so many landscapes.

After our asiatics bloom in spring, I would like to plant some next to them, that will fill the void. 

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« Reply #260 on: July 25, 2013, 01:22:59 AM »
Oh, we made our first batch of blackberry jam.  All this came from a colander of berries.  We are worried about our grape crop.  They aren't looking so good.  We usually keep a couple jars for us, and give the rest away.  We have some, who act like it is crack.  They ask us in December, whether they can get just a little more. 

Last year, we entered both in the state fair.  Ok, go ahead and laugh.  We took 2nd place for our grape jelly.  We want that blue ribbon!  Brian ditched our regular recipe for this batch, for one by the USDA.  It called for 2 cups more sugar.  I think it is too sweet and it isn't setting as well.  We will go back to our regular. 



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« Reply #261 on: July 25, 2013, 11:33:51 AM »
Mitch, another quiz.  Do you know of some lilies that bloom later in summer?  We have some asiatic that bloom early.  I have heard of Fooled Me Lilies, that I think are suppose to bloom later.  Of course, Stella de Oro lilies bloom early and then later, from my understanding.  Those are those yellow ones you see in so many landscapes.

After our asiatics bloom in spring, I would like to plant some next to them, that will fill the void.
Well, I had to cheat on this quiz.
I tried planting lilies but it seemed they were short lived in my garden. It might have been those rascally moles or voles so I've learned to give up. :P Daylilies present another problem for me. The flowers and buds are like candy for the deer. Some years I get lucky that they don't discover them. This year they ate almost every one. >:( Daylilies are one of the few plants I have that the deer eat. If I were to add more it would become a smorgasbord.
I like the Stella de Oro for their long and prolific blooming but the color is a bit too bold for my garden's palette. Yes, I'm a picky garden Queen. ::)
Anyway, this link lists a lot of late bloomers.
http://plantlilies.com/

Blackberry jam. Yum!
Congrats on your 2nd place win! I would never laugh as this is serious competition! Tee hee. (Oops) No, really, it's what state fairs are about. Maybe one of these years Clara won't beat Aunt Bea.  :)
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« Reply #262 on: July 25, 2013, 04:54:38 PM »
That jam really looks good Ted.  And Mitch your yard is gorgeous.

I planted flowers this year and will never do it again.  The upkeep....
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« Reply #263 on: July 25, 2013, 05:20:47 PM »
  And Mitch your yard is gorgeous.

I planted flowers this year and will never do it again.  The upkeep....
Thank you Betty and LOL!
Like everything else, practice can teach one how to avoid the upkeep. Don't give up!!! :)
If you are referring to weeding the bed and watering, a good coat of mulch does wonders. I look at it like this, a few bucks spent on flowers in the garden that last all summer and put a smile on your face is far less expensive than spending the same amount on cut flowers that you enjoy for a week or 2.
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« Reply #264 on: July 26, 2013, 04:45:11 AM »
Oh, I rarely do cut flowers.  I won't be planting flowers again.  The watering is enough to sour the experience.  I suppose I could invest in mulch if I was planning on doing it again (which I am not).  Summer is almost over, so I'm not going to try to save everything now.

I had issues with bugs eating the flowers, so a friend gave me some insect repellant and that turned things around for a while.  Just not my thing.  I know gardening is therapeutic for some, but it's not for me.  I do like to gaze at other people's, though.
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« Reply #265 on: July 26, 2013, 07:04:31 AM »
That jam really looks good Ted.  And Mitch your yard is gorgeous.

I planted flowers this year and will never do it again.  The upkeep....

In agreement 100%!  I must be the only gay man in the Midwest that doesn't partake in this activity.  I'd rather work on cars or build something.

It does look beautiful Mitchypoo, I hope to find another husband who has those abilities.
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« Reply #266 on: July 27, 2013, 05:29:03 PM »
I purchased some blood orange marmalade yesterday :P
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« Reply #267 on: July 27, 2013, 05:46:05 PM »
I bought some Smuckers.
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« Reply #268 on: July 27, 2013, 09:43:58 PM »
I bought some Smuckers.

Your such a smart ass! You crack me up and so I guess I will grudgingly say thank you :P!

Mitch, your garden is BEAUTIFUL and today, thanks to you I went and bought some plants to replace some that on their way out. You are costing me money, quit posting.

I make incredible pickles and just maybe I will post a picture where I get there. They are bigger, juicer, sweeter and more satisfying then Miss Willy's!

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« Reply #269 on: July 28, 2013, 12:27:06 AM »
I bought some Smuckers.

Smuckers?  You need to put some of my jam in your mouth.

About the upkeep of plants-- it is a big job.  We are still in the process of planting.  Our landscape consisted of those giant bushes in the front of the house, when we bought it.  I think once we are done planting, it shouldn't be as much work.  Mulch and fertilize.  Well, some plants need dead-heading.  The big thing is planting annuals.  I planted begonias along our front walkway.  I'm getting where I can't be on my knees like that--don't go to the glory holes anymore.  My knees, thigh muscles, and back hurt for several days.  I have lost a little more weight.  I just need to workout more, and I think I won't be so sore. 

It does seem like a lot of work for plants that will die and won't come back.  I've tried to get as many perennials as possible.  I've had success, in the past, getting petunias to come back.  In early spring, we tear the seeds out.  They came back. 

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« Reply #270 on: July 28, 2013, 01:00:47 AM »
I bought some Smuckers.

u so nasty

I also have passionfruit champagne preserves from a kibbutz in Israel and a jar of blueberry pomegranate jam!
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« Reply #271 on: July 30, 2013, 01:52:56 AM »
hmmm, who doesn't love a delicious "waste" of champagne

the French 75:
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2011/10/french-75
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« Reply #272 on: July 30, 2013, 03:12:17 PM »
This morning I decided enough is enough! Kenny and I worked hard this spring dividing the pot bound water lilies. We were looking forward to seeing them revived and blooming. Someone else had other plans. Mr. Snap. >:(

A snapping turtle decided to take up residence and has spent all summer eating a water lily salad. It had gotten to the point that had he continued, the lilies wouldn't have survived. Water lilies are people too so Mitch to the rescue!

I had to drain most of the water in order to capture the little bugger. >:(

His new home will be on the other side of the Connecticut River. :)
Here he is in a 5 gallon bucket.

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« Reply #273 on: July 30, 2013, 03:18:29 PM »
And since I am still not able to post more than one pic per post (ahem...tech guys!!) here is a pic of what's under the surface. There is another deeper tier that you can't see. (about 30" total depth so the fish are able to survive the winter)



PS- By this time of year the lilies should be covering about 1/2 of the pond's surface.
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« Reply #274 on: July 30, 2013, 08:32:26 PM »
Incredible stuff Mitch! very lovely.

and are you sure you didnt flush Snappy down the toilet?
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« Reply #275 on: July 30, 2013, 09:24:00 PM »
Incredible stuff Mitch! very lovely.

and are you sure you didnt flush Snappy down the toilet?
Lovely??
My poor chomped lilies?  ??? ;D

The idea of Snappy in my toilet sends shivers down my _ _ _ _!  :o :o
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« Reply #276 on: July 31, 2013, 06:27:11 AM »

The idea of Snappy in my toilet sends shivers down my _ _ _ _!  :o :o

Shouldn't that be "sends shivers UP my _ _ _ _!" ;D

That critter was a bit big for flushing anyway. You would have had to get the plunger out and battle it out with him. I hope he likes his new home. I'm surprised he didn't decimate your fish population as well.
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« Reply #277 on: July 31, 2013, 07:12:36 AM »
Shouldn't that be "sends shivers UP my _ _ _ _!" ;D

Yikes! BOTH I guess! ;D


 I'm surprised he didn't decimate your fish population as well.
Me too. Maybe he was a vegan. :)
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« Reply #278 on: July 31, 2013, 08:06:51 AM »
That's a lovely mosquito pit Mitchy. ;D  I'd love to post pics of my Lily Garden, but I'd just be laughed at thanks to your exquisite works.  I now have 6 lilies that are around 6" tall.  My entire garden is 3' by 2'.  Even that takes too much work for my liking.
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« Reply #279 on: July 31, 2013, 08:14:47 AM »
That's a lovely mosquito pit Mitchy. ;D
lol.
 Actually, the fish take care of the skeeters. We don't often have much of a problem with them here compared to Minnesota...land-o-lakes. Fun fact: The Mosquito is Minnesota's state bird. :)
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« Reply #280 on: July 31, 2013, 08:19:13 AM »
lol.
 Actually, the fish take care of the skeeters. We don't often have much of a problem with them here compared to Minnesota...land-o-lakes. Fun fact: The Mosquito is Minnesota's state bird. :)

We live in an area where nobody would ever have a water pit of any sort.  Our entire community sits about 15' below the lake.  Therefore, we basically live in a marsh and already have mosquitos the size of bats.

I bet our mosquitos are bigger than yours. :P
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« Reply #281 on: July 31, 2013, 09:09:57 AM »
We live in an area where nobody would ever have a water pit of any sort.  Our entire community sits about 15' below the lake.  Therefore, we basically live in a marsh and already have mosquitos the size of bats.

I bet our mosquitos are bigger than yours. :P

Im not certain but if you have fish and circulating water skeeters wont be a problem ?

I want a fish pond by my back patio , its screened in so no bug worries . My biggest problem is getting the hole dug LOL . Im at the point where it kills me to do work like that and it kills me to have to pay to have it done .   

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« Reply #282 on: July 31, 2013, 10:22:34 AM »
Im not certain but if you have fish and circulating water skeeters wont be a problem ?

I want a fish pond by my back patio , its screened in so no bug worries . My biggest problem is getting the hole dug LOL . Im at the point where it kills me to do work like that and it kills me to have to pay to have it done .   
Have a hole digging party. BYOS. (bring your own shovel)  :D
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« Reply #283 on: July 31, 2013, 10:46:45 AM »
I want a fish pond by my back patio , its screened in so no bug worries . My biggest problem is getting the hole dug LOL . Im at the point where it kills me to do work like that and it kills me to have to pay to have it done .   

I'll come and dig a hole in your backyard, if you cook me up a chicken-fried steak.  ;D

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« Reply #284 on: July 31, 2013, 10:50:34 AM »
I'll come and dig a hole in your backyard, if you cook me up a chicken-fried steak.  ;D



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« Reply #286 on: August 01, 2013, 08:13:24 PM »
Thank you kindly Mecch. :) Kenny asked if we were having turtle soup for lunch that day. I told him I didn't have a good recipe. NOW I'm prepared! Turtles beware!!! :)
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« Reply #287 on: August 02, 2013, 12:34:31 AM »
Im not certain but if you have fish and circulating water skeeters wont be a problem ?

I want a fish pond by my back patio , its screened in so no bug worries . My biggest problem is getting the hole dug LOL . Im at the point where it kills me to do work like that and it kills me to have to pay to have it done .   

We used our tiller, shoveled, tilled, shoveled, etc.  I saw a back-ho for rent at Home Depot for like $150 a day.  I wished we would have gone that route.  We could have had it done in no time, and got to 3 feet, like I wanted.  We got to 2 feet. 


We have a turtle, too.  But, he is a pet.  Brian, my partner, brought him home for the summer.  I hate that he is caged up, so I let him out. 






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« Reply #288 on: August 02, 2013, 12:43:02 AM »
We used our tiller, shoveled, tilled, shoveled, etc.  I saw a back-ho for rent at Home Depot for like $150 a day.  I wished we would have gone that route.  We could have had it done in no time, and got to 3 feet, like I wanted.  We got to 2 feet. 


We have a turtle, too.  But, he is a pet.  Brian, my partner, brought him home for the summer.  I hate that he is caged up, so I let him out. 







Sweet looking dogs ! .... My days of using a shovel are over , even if I had a backhoe I would have to use one and it aint happening LOL . I hurt my neck and back windexing my car windows 3 weeks ago so I may fall apart if I pick up a shovel . I think I'm going to buy a big fountain instead . 

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« Reply #289 on: August 02, 2013, 07:51:19 AM »
I think I'm going to buy a big fountain instead .

Jeff, here's one for you. It could double as a urinal too! :)

http://www.houzz.com/photos/126895/Times-Three-Fountain-eclectic-outdoor-fountains-los-angeles

Ted, did you let the turtle have a little swim? I bet he thinks he's at summer camp. :)
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« Reply #290 on: August 02, 2013, 01:33:48 PM »
If I had a garden and the cash, I'd have coloured dancing waters like in Vegas or Dubai, or a black glossy resin replica of this Roman beauty from the late Renaissance:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontana_delle_Tartarughe
I also think it would look smashing in chrome.


There's a replica in SF on Nob Hill - the cable car (I took to work) goes right by it.
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« Reply #291 on: August 02, 2013, 08:17:46 PM »

We have a turtle, too.  But, he is a pet.  Brian, my partner, brought him home for the summer.  I hate that he is caged up, so I let him out. 



I love that you let the poor turtle out, looks like he is loving the grass!
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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #292 on: August 03, 2013, 01:54:08 AM »
I thought this was a good place to share this pic I took.  We thought we were seeing our first tornado.  Many called 911 and TV stations.  They say they think it was just a low-hanging cloud.  They had some fancy name for it.  It happened during a bad storm.  Some meteorologists thought it may have been a tornado that dropped down and went back up, but most said just a low cloud. 



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« Reply #293 on: August 03, 2013, 09:06:53 AM »
When Jan  , Jen and I were on our road trip to Memphis we got caught in a storm on the Interstate after seeing a cloud like the one ted put up . The car was rocking back and forth and the rain was blinding and going in circles .

I was very afraid we had driven right into a tornado , almost convinced in fact . Im from the south where we all know what these storms can do , I didn't want to scare them but it got so bad I finally told them that if I said so  , to get out of the car and run to the ditch and not ask questions . They got a little quite after that .

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« Reply #294 on: August 03, 2013, 03:37:51 PM »
Sure looks like a tornado to me. Did you happen to see any sharks flying about?
Maybe it was a sharknado. :o
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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #295 on: August 03, 2013, 03:43:53 PM »
Sure looks like a tornado to me. Did you happen to see any sharks flying about?
Maybe it was a sharknado. :o

Lol.  Tara Reid did land on our car.  I just saw she was in that movie.  Actually, we were transporting a new fish for the pond. 

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« Reply #296 on: August 03, 2013, 03:46:15 PM »
Lol.  Tara Reid did land on our car.  I just saw she was in that movie.  Actually, we were transporting a new fish for the pond.
maybe your fish was a spy for the sharks. be careful!!!
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« Reply #297 on: August 03, 2013, 05:16:23 PM »
When Jan  , Jen and I were on our road trip to Memphis we got caught in a storm on the Interstate after seeing a cloud like the one ted put up . The car was rocking back and forth and the rain was blinding and going in circles .

I was very afraid we had driven right into a tornado , almost convinced in fact . Im from the south where we all know what these storms can do , I didn't want to scare them but it got so bad I finally told them that if I said so  , to get out of the car and run to the ditch and not ask questions . They got a little quite after that .

When I lived in Tuscaloosa there was a tornado.  Frightening experience, and one of the reasons I moved back North.  We have increment weather, with wind and lots of water, and there have been tornados here; just not with the numbers there are in the South.  Far fewer. 
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« Reply #298 on: August 06, 2013, 05:31:11 PM »
News Flash! We had our first corn this week!
I know, not too exciting to most any of you but this was the first time I grew it. (I went with the sugar and butter variety) My hand pollination proved to be successful. Yay! :) No missing kernels and it was the most tender corn I've had since I was a kid.

On another just as intriguing front... the cukes are now overwhelming. Just gave away another dozen yesterday. I really should learn how to can pickles. I can't say that I've tried too many home canned dill pickles that impressed me. My mom did make some pretty good bread and butter pickles but I honestly didn't trust her ability to can safely. When opening a jar a year after they were canned I usually saw some sort of black mold on the underside of the lid. Scary. :o
She would give us jars and we just couldn't eat them. Shhh.... 
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Re: spring into summer...
« Reply #299 on: August 07, 2013, 06:29:04 PM »
Screw the Torndados and corn sightings, It's 106 on my porch right now.  Too hot to even rock in my porch rocking chair and whistle at the cuties this afternoon :(

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