Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

4th of July Open Thread

Happy Independence Day to my American readers, and to everyone else: Happy 4th of July! I imagine a lot of you are off work today and out enjoying BBQs with friends and family. So in lieu of a new column, let’s have a mid-week open thread here. Readers choice — talk about whatever you want. How are you spending the day? What are you drinking? Will their be fireworks in your life tonight (wink-wink)?

 

 

 

 

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    MissDre July 4, 2012, 2:07 pm

    Have fun USA! I have nothing to contribute, so I’ll just wish all my fellow Canadians a belated Happy Canada Day! πŸ™‚

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    Trixy Minx July 4, 2012, 2:15 pm

    I was going to go camping with a friend once I got off work but that has been canceled. Thanks, rain. I live in AZ it never rains. Also, the campsites I wanted to go to have been shut down due to some grizzly bear making people while they are sleeping.

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      Wendy's Dad July 5, 2012, 10:42 am

      Say WHAT?? What was that grizzly bear doing to those people while they were sleeping?

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        Trixy Minx July 5, 2012, 2:33 pm

        Whoops. My stupid phone. Grizzlies have been attacking people while they are sleeping. haha

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    Taylor July 4, 2012, 2:21 pm

    We’re making Alton Brown hamburgers tonight, and writing thank you notes for the wedding swag =)
    The wedding ended up being a lot of fun, and none of the things I worried about happened. Which goes to show, worrying works!

    Happy 4th all!!

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    Amanda July 4, 2012, 2:57 pm

    I’m still at work, but I’m looking forward to eating delicious food and drinking in the not too distant future. Happy Independence day everyone!

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  • katie

    katie July 4, 2012, 3:07 pm

    I’m dw-ing from the pool of my friends house… After my intense weekend of lake housing and my mom and sister and drinks in Chicago and dinner and babies and meeting long lost cousins… It’s been intense. But awesome. This is probably the best 4th I’ve ever had.

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  • JK

    JK July 4, 2012, 3:29 pm

    Independence day here is on monday (the 9th). But we donΒ΄t have any of the fun traditions.

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  • Cara

    Cara July 4, 2012, 4:11 pm

    Have fun, Americans! I have an exam tomorrow, yay! ThereΒ΄s not even another public holdiay in sight over here…. boooh

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  • honeybeenicki

    honeybeenicki July 4, 2012, 5:12 pm

    I scrubbed down the whole bathroom and re-caulked the bathtub. Doesn’t that sound like fun? πŸ™‚ My mom and I did go to some fireworks last night though (no other “fireworks” in this house tonight, unfortunately).

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    • Brad

      Brad July 4, 2012, 7:04 pm

      no it doesn’t.

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      • honeybeenicki

        honeybeenicki July 4, 2012, 7:46 pm

        Update on my oh-so-fun 4th of July: I also cleaned the living room, cleaned out my bearded dragon cage (including all new sand and washing all of his logs and rocks and stuff), cleaned out my rat cage (including hosing down the whole thing) and cleaned out my hedgehog cage. Oh and I cleaned the litter boxes. And now I’m going to clean the living room and my room.

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    ChemE July 4, 2012, 5:49 pm

    We went shooting today, figured I better exercise my second amendment rights! But man it was HOT!! And no damn shade, hopefully I didn’t get a sunburn. But we had fun, always a blast rapid firing some high-powered rifles down range at a zombie target. πŸ™‚

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    • Brad

      Brad July 4, 2012, 7:03 pm

      what rifles were you shooting?

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        ChemE July 4, 2012, 8:12 pm

        We were shooting a short barrel M14, Mauser, 12 gauge shotgun, and a Glock 40. My favorite is the M14, keep telling my husband we need to get another so we’re both equipped for the pending zombie apocalypse. πŸ™‚

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      Anna July 5, 2012, 12:52 am

      Sounds like fun!! I miss having big guns. Unfortunately, the higher caliber guns belonged to my ex and all I have left is my .22. I chose to buy a college degree instead of fun toys. πŸ™

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  • Brad

    Brad July 4, 2012, 7:02 pm

    Today is my birthday but I’m spending it working on a take home exam due tomorrow. Partly because I procrastinated (though I only had the time to work on it on Sunday anyway) and partly because most of the friends that I’m close to are out of town for the holiday, as often is the case on my birthday lol. And since I’m single right now, there won’t be any “fireworks” happening for me tonight. Oh well. At least I have an A in both classes right?

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    • honeybeenicki

      honeybeenicki July 4, 2012, 7:47 pm

      Happy birthday! πŸ™‚

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      Trixy Minx July 4, 2012, 8:10 pm

      Haha I was bummed to be turning 25 but I was even sadder knowing this is my first year in a really long time without having bday sex. Lol

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      ChemE July 4, 2012, 8:12 pm

      Happy birthday!

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    • Brad

      Brad July 4, 2012, 10:06 pm

      I just got done watching the fireworks from my balcony. One advantage of living so close to old town Manassas. πŸ™‚

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        Trixy Minx July 4, 2012, 11:41 pm

        I’ve been watching fireworks go off all summer. There is a hotel near my work and it seems like everytime I have a late shift there are fireworks going off there.

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      RhyanShae July 4, 2012, 10:31 pm

      Happy Birthday! Hope you took some time to enjoy yourself!

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  • beelzebarb

    beelzebarb July 4, 2012, 7:56 pm

    I’m in NC at my mother-in-law’s house (she’s awesome). My husband and I came up here from Florida for a custody hearing. We are fighting his ex for custody of his daughters. We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and then my stepdaughters talked us into a game of badminton. I suck at it. The 102 degree heat did not help. I’m looking forward to returning to the nice cool Florida weather – no joke. Anyhow, the hearing began yesterday and ended up going much longer than expected so we did not return home today as planned. It will continue at least until the end of the day tomorrow. Wish us luck?

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    • LadyinPurpleNotRed

      LadyinPurpleNotRed July 4, 2012, 9:41 pm

      good luck!!

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        McLovin July 4, 2012, 9:50 pm

        What are you doing tonight? Surely there’s another fireworks display in your honor, right?!?

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 4, 2012, 9:55 pm

        I’ve got a few this week! I love how the towns spread out the fireworks for before and after the 4th! Tonight no town really does anything since Boston does fireworks and because it’s hot and rainy I’m not down there, so I’m watching on TV. Tomorrow there are more fireworks for me though! Don’t worry, my birthday is still being celebrated!

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        McLovin July 4, 2012, 10:04 pm

        Perfect. I’d hate it if you didn’t feel like you were appreciated.

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 4, 2012, 10:10 pm

        No need to worry I am definitely being fully appreciated!

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        McLovin July 4, 2012, 10:23 pm

        Awesome. My work here is done then.

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 4, 2012, 10:26 pm

        But mine is not…are you doing something awesome to celebrate my birthday (and I guess America and stuff…but that’s less important!)

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        McLovin July 4, 2012, 10:37 pm

        Are you kidding? My whole day has been one long, drunken, celebration of your awesomeness!

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 4, 2012, 11:04 pm

        That’s what I like to hear!

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        McLovin July 4, 2012, 11:12 pm

        actually, I’m a little bummed now that you’re 3 hours ahead and probably not fully capable of enjoying the rest of your birthday party.

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 4, 2012, 11:18 pm

        I am always capable of enjoying the rest of my birthday party…this is my holiday! I prep for this all year (okay not really…but this is the one holiday that I go all out for and absolutely love so it still counts!) It has been and will continue to be fully enjoyed!

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        McLovin July 4, 2012, 11:25 pm

        I love a challenge! I mean, not so much that I love a challenge as much as I love it when I get what I want.

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 4, 2012, 11:28 pm

        Those are the best kinds of challenges!

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson July 4, 2012, 11:29 pm

        Ummmm hey you two. So this is awkward to bring up but ummmm Addie Pray is like right there*. I mean this is shameless. Have some manners.

        (right there is a place on the internet that AP will check tomorrow – and when she finds out about this shiz she is going to feel REALLY betrayed).

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        McLovin July 4, 2012, 11:57 pm

        Yeah, about that……….I mean, it’s just that……..well, I really dig the color purple! But at this point, it’s all pretty much one-sided so I’m just living the dream! That big, how the hell YOU doin’, oh it’s your birthday? dream!

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 5, 2012, 12:03 am

        to be fair…the color purple IS pretty damn awesome…

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        McLovin July 5, 2012, 12:11 am

        I know, right? I mean, who are we to fight this……….this, this thing that we have going on? Dammit, it’s your birthday and I wanna be the ding to your dong!! I wanna let you do all my laundry from now on. And, I’m serious about this:), I want you to mark down all the important days on my calender from now on so that I don’t look like a fool when birthdays and anniversaries roll around:)

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 5, 2012, 12:13 am

        I can be okay with that minus the laundry…the laundry part doesn’t work for me.

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        McLovin July 5, 2012, 12:21 am

        Ok, no laundry, check!

        Ok, nobody move! I’ve been challenged to an xbox match by my 14 year old and his friends. I mean it, nobody move until I get back!

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        McLovin July 5, 2012, 1:36 am

        I shouldn’t have danced with 14 year old devils.

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        Addie Pray July 5, 2012, 6:41 am

        Thanks for looking out for me iwanna! I’d normally feel betrayed but who am I to step in the middle of true love – which is what I’m seeing here between McLovin and Purple! You kids have my blessing. (Wow, I’m maturing!)

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 5, 2012, 8:08 am

        @ McLovin 14 year olds certainly can be devils
        @ Addie thanks, I appreciate your blessing!

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        McLovin July 5, 2012, 1:29 pm

        Just so I’m clear……..I’ve got new arm-candy, but still have to pick up the dry cleaning?

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 5, 2012, 1:31 pm

        that’s correct.

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        McLovin July 5, 2012, 2:18 pm

        I’m good with that. But I’m not shaving on the weekends.

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 5, 2012, 2:19 pm

        I like facial hair so that’s fine with me!

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        McLovin July 5, 2012, 2:34 pm

        That’s perfect! Now if I can close this deal that I’m working on today this could potentially be the most epic 48 hour stretch I’ve had in a long time!

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 5, 2012, 2:35 pm

        I believe in you…YOU CAN DO IT!

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb July 4, 2012, 10:57 pm

        Thank you! It’s an uphill battle because unfortunately the courts still tend to heavily favor the mother but she’s been shown to be negligent and dishonest and there are police records to show that her new husband is violent. We shall see…

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 4, 2012, 11:05 pm

        Well I’m glad there are records to help you prove things (of course it’s not good that her new husband has police records proving violence, but you know what I mean!)

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb July 5, 2012, 12:25 am

        I know exactly what you mean. We can’t undo what’s been done but we have it all on paper so hopefully we can stop it from being repeated. For what it’s worth, his ex-wife made a total ass of herself on the stand and we haven’t even had the opportunity to cross-examine her yet. At one point one of her statements prompted the judge to interject with a few questions of his own. Her answers resulted in him saying “frankly ma’am, that disturbs me.” I’d love to type it all out for you and any other DW reader interested but I am using my phone right now during a break from poring through previous court filings and highlighting the items she included in hers and then contradicted in her testimony. We’ve been going through documents since my stepdaughters left 6 hours ago and we are STILL catching her in lies. It blows my mind. We need to save these girls.

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 5, 2012, 12:27 am

        Wow…that sounds intense! Keep us updated on the outcome! (but seriously…a judge DURING proceedings is saying that’s disturbing seems like a good sign for you) I’m glad the girls have you guys!

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb July 5, 2012, 12:48 am

        Again, thanks! I will definitely keep you posted although it will probably warrant a forum post when I can actually use a normal keyboard. It’s…extensive. Am I a bad person for getting some sort of satisfaction out of the fact that even though I am 20+ lbs overweight, I still look a million times better? Please say no…

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed July 5, 2012, 8:22 pm

        Not at all!! That’s normal. As long as you keep us updated that’s fine…I just want to know! I’m thinking of you!

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        McLovin July 5, 2012, 8:30 pm

        What was good about your day?

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    lets_be_honest July 4, 2012, 8:15 pm

    Love the 4th! Had a great time at a BBQ at my friends house last night, spent the day at the pool w Peter and the kiddo. Fireworks tonight and a vacation tomorrow!

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    • iwannatalktosampson

      Iwannatalktosampson July 4, 2012, 10:39 pm

      Oh Peter, you’re such a catch.

      Like how I act like I know him. I like.

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    jlyfsh July 4, 2012, 9:07 pm

    had a great day eating crab and drinking beer at the harbor and now we’re piled in to bed with 2 shaking dogs who are terrified of all the various fireworks being set off by neighbors because fireworks are legal in south carolina. it is going to be a LONG night.

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      McLovin July 4, 2012, 9:13 pm

      Crab and beer sounds like a perfect way to enjoy the holiday!

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        jlyfsh July 4, 2012, 9:18 pm

        it definitely was! πŸ™‚ i recommend it to everyone, crab seems to go especially well with blue moon!

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        McLovin July 4, 2012, 9:30 pm

        I have a bunch of friends that live in Columbia, and Isle of Palms, so I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of SC. Y’all make sure that every meal is memorable!

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        jlyfsh July 5, 2012, 9:09 am

        that is southern hospitality at it’s finest πŸ˜‰

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    GatorGirl July 4, 2012, 9:33 pm

    We had a great but long day hosting friends at our pool. We bailed on dinner out with them and stayed in eating “kid food”. Mac and cheese, chicken tenders and tater tots. Now we’re watching a New Girl marathon and heading to bed early.

    I’ve had a rough day due to my time of the month, but overall it was a great 4th!!

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      GatorGirl July 4, 2012, 10:54 pm

      The cat is not liking the local fire works I must add. He is terrified.

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    RhyanShae July 4, 2012, 11:12 pm

    My family events always sound amazingly boring, but are absolutely hilarious to experience. We’re a crazy bunch.

    Spent the day with 3 of the 4 sisters of my mom. All told, my mom and her sisters are the 5 Crazy Aunts, and are pretty much the idea that most people write those “coming home to crazy family” movies are all about. I love all of them, though. The older they get, the raunchier they get. It’s also a challenge among them on who can make their mother gasp in horror first!

    We went to a local, man-made lake and spent the day enjoying the hot breeze, the shade, the bbq, and the amazing food my family makes that I’m terrified I’ll not be able to replicate to pass on to the next generation.

    Though, if I had a choice, I’d be in my favorite 4th of July destination: Gettysburg, Pa. I’m a HUGE Civil War nut, and I consider that place a home away from home, so I’m a little sad today too. πŸ™ Maybe next year, Gettysburg. Just maybe.

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  • iwannatalktosampson

    iwannatalktosampson July 4, 2012, 11:37 pm

    My old man’s that old man,
    Spent his life livin’ off the land,
    Dirty hands, and a clean soul.
    It breaks his heart seein’ foreign cars,
    Filled with fuel that isn’t ours
    And wearin’ cotton we didn’t grow!

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      jlyfsh July 5, 2012, 9:14 am

      even though this is a toby keith song i now have alabama’s high cotton stuck in my head.

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    quixoticbeatnik July 5, 2012, 3:02 am

    I was sick all night and all morning (short stomach virus I think – the toilet became my new best friend but I wasn’t throwing up….okay moving on) then when I finally felt better from THAT, I somehow twist some muscle in my back so it’s killing me. Well, now it isn’t. Because I took some hydrocodone. I feel great, but I’m hoping I don’t regret this when I wake up for my 10 am metaphysics class.

    Pro tip: don’t attend a university that makes you take 9 hours of theology and 9 hours of philosophy. And then 6 more hours of one. You will kill yourself…..But will you actually be dead? Blah!

    It was kind of a shitty day. The sickness, plus I was sad because I missed my family (I just moved into my first apartment by myself, but in the same city πŸ™‚ ). So I went home to do laundry. And cry. And be by myself.

    Debbie downer here – and now it’s time to sleep. Happy birthday ‘Merica!

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  • call-me-hobo

    call-me-hobo July 5, 2012, 8:26 am

    I’ve been without internet for four days and I feel like so much has happened on DW..and I’ve missed it! D:

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    • JK

      JK July 5, 2012, 8:36 am

      We miss you, too! You have missed out on a lot of debate.

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      • call-me-hobo

        call-me-hobo July 5, 2012, 8:45 am

        Like WOAH. And since it’s wedding related, I know you had a lot to say, JK. Lol

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        JK July 5, 2012, 8:46 am

        πŸ˜€ Is it just me or am I getting a reputation as a wedding basher?

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        Addie Pray July 5, 2012, 8:57 am

        Why are you such a hater of love?

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      • JK

        JK July 5, 2012, 9:13 am

        I love love! I hate greed, materialism and entitlement.

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        Addie Pray July 5, 2012, 8:29 pm

        Well alrighty, I can get behind that. πŸ˜‰

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  • Budj

    Budj July 5, 2012, 8:56 am

    I golfed…thinking only 9 holes and was surprised with 18…I know have a perfect red triangle on my chest (stupid polo)

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      Addie Pray July 5, 2012, 8:58 am

      Fais voir.

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    • Lili

      Lili July 5, 2012, 2:34 pm

      I wanted to like your picture. But thought it would be creepy/stalkery. So I’m just gonna announce it on DW. I really liked your pic with the shades. you look like a professional golfer who I would watch on tv, even though i find golf so boring to watch.

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  • Lili

    Lili July 5, 2012, 2:32 pm

    My Hair Hurts. Oh and I’m mad that I got cockblocked by mother nature. All my friends are hooking up with bar men left and right, and I was starting to warm to the idea, its been WAY too damn long of a dry spell. But instead, mother nature came to Ruin my plan and now I’m back to I want to be in a relationship. I cant be too mad I guess because it DID give me the best out ever when the friend of the guy my friend hooked up with kept trying to get with me. After repeated rejections because he had a gf, I finally just said, dude I CAN”T. so stop trying. He did ask ONE LAST TIME, when I was going home, so not sure it totally worked. But oh well. I also quite enjoyed singing along to call me maybe while i walked home at 2 am, and far far away from the creepster.

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