Christmas 2015, better late than never

Hi !  RenxKyoko Iglesias is here again ..

Before anything else, please check out  my anime /manga  blog  HERE.  I already have 3 posts over there, but there’s no FOLLOW feature on that blog, so if you’re interested , just click the link  HERE….

I piled on about  7 lbs. of  body fat  during the holiday season.  The perpetrators  were these nasties below…. mango cake and Brazo de Mercedes being the masterminds.

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.Caldereta ( stewed beef  with liver spread ), paella, barbecued spare ribs, fried pork eggrolls ( lumpia ) ,  fresh vegetable  lumpia, turrones ( fried  wrapped  saba bananas ), ham, ube  ( purple yam ) jam, fruit salad, mango cake, cassava cake, Brazo de Mercedes (  it’s the rolled cake in the pic )…. oh, I see a tin of Danish cookies!  I’m sure there’s chocolate pastry  somewhere there. I’m sure of this because I baked it.  Oh, my sister is in the pic, too ! Do you see her ? ” What’s with the pose, Sis ?”

Brazo de Mercedes  (  arm of Mercedes ) and mango cake are very popular cakes in the Philippines. We bought these two from Red Ribbon Bakery, a franchise of this popular bakery from the Philippines.  Brazo de M  is rolled cake with egg custard filling. Super yummy and mango cake is Red Ribbon’s  specialty.  And yours truly cooked the paella, my own specialty.

We heard the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve ( 10 PM , Dec.24 ).  * ponders *  I wonder why Catholics say ” hear Mass ” instead of “attend Mass.”

The Christmas gifts I received  in 2015 were a bit modest compared to 2014.  Well, it’s not about the presents, anyway.  I also know that 2015 wasn’t a great year for  my family, as far as finances were concerned.  We do  have our ups and downs, and last year happens to be a downer. I hope and pray 2016 will be a good year for everyone….. peaceful, productive and prosperous.  * sigh *  I bought 15 Power Ball lotto tickets, then I prayed to all the saints in heaven and promised that if I won, I’d donate one half to charity.  lol   Oh, well, better luck next time, eh ?

This is all for now. Be good. Be nice. Be happy. Peace.

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Amusing Musings

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Hi there !

Okay, I’m sure you’ve heard  of  this Miss Universe fiasco already.  I’m surprised  the media had taken notice of this  inane and anachronistic  event  * sings and dances *  I feel pretty , oh so pretty, I feel pretty, and witty and gay,  And I pity any  girl who isn’t me today, lalala….,  but  hey,  we do need to lighten up, right ? Well, I have to be honest and say it got me interested , too, because,  *  cough , cough * the new Ms.U  is from the Philippines.  Not that it’s such an earth- shaking event  to me, or to the Philippines,  for that matter. After all,   she’s  now the Philippines’ 4th Ms. Universe.  The Philippines has been winning  at most of  these international beauty pageants, big and small… in fact, some  complain that  it seems   Ms. Phil is automatically included in top 10, top 5 , or the runner -up.

So what exactly was the brouhaha all about ?  The host, Steve Harvey announced the wrong  girl, Ms. Columbia. They handed her the bouquet of flowers, placed the crown on her head, she started waving, then Boom !  You ain’t the winner, Ms.  It’s Ms. Philippines.  Wait, what, waaaaaaa !   Yikes !  Stupid host…..

You’d think the Phiippines would  feel  pretty blasé about this  kind of thing already, right ? .  Well……. no, not really . I’m sure they’re jumping for joy.   Filipinos love beauty pageants. There’s this Miss Barrio San Jose,  Ms.  Del Monte Street,  Ms. Boracay, Ms. Manila…. yep, there’s a Miss for every freakin’ occasion and place.  Oh, there’s a Miss  Gay Philippines, too.  Do you know  the Philippines is among the top 10 most accepting, gay -friendly countries  in the world ?  # 9, but would rank higher  if the strict Catholic country would allow same- sex marriage.” Oh, you’re gay ?  Let’s open a beauty parlor.  ”  Aunty,  not all gays go into beauty business.  I’m in college and majoring in Computer Science. Perish that stereo type. ”  This dialogue really happened.

So, where was I…….

By the way,  the very first Miss Philippines was my mother’s aunt.

I also need to mention my new Manga/Anime blogsite  Here.

This is also one of those posts that I wish I hadn’t written, ha ha…. Better get this published pronto before I change my mind.

This is all for now.  Happy Holidays to you all, and Merry Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas !

Hello !  Renxkyoko  Iglesias here.

I’ve finally created a new blogsite, as promised,  where I can write about mangas , animes, and video games to my heart’s content !  HERE it is.

I was supposed to post pictures of our Thanksgiving Day  fare , but it was a big FAIL.  My Mom volunteered to do it using her digital camera , but, guess what, there was no SD card in it. lol  It doesn’t matter, though, because the dishes are the same as last year’s, anyways ( there are pics of it somewhere here )…. paella ( I cooked that ) pork eggroll, caldereta, pork bbq,  chicken loaf, ham, sautéed veggies, and roast chicken, instead of roast turkey.

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Wow. I can’t believe we’re already in the middle of Christmas holidays.  * shakes head *  Here comes again this feeling of nostalgia for  Christmases past.  Is that a sign  I’m  getting old, or what ?  Please don’t answer that.

Anyway,  I was watching the APEC summit meeting that was held in Manila, Philippines , late November,  attended by 22 heads of state of countries that touch the Pacific Ocean rim ( that means the USA, too ). Pres. Obama was in the Philippines for 3 days. The Philippines has the longest  holiday celebration in the world ( starts in September, all through the ” er ” months ), so I’m sure the Philippines  had pulled out all the stops  to show off  how the country celebrates Christmas. Unfortunately, no one has uploaded on YouTube this year’s Philippine Christmas celebration. I did find an older video ( 2011 ) , but WP notified me that it couldn’t support the file type.  ( Seriously, what’s going on with WordPress? This has never happened before. )  Fyi,  the country’s population of 100 million is 90% Christian, more than 80% of whom are Catholics. It is a Catholic country. Don’t think Christmas is highly commercialized in the Philippines. It isn’t.  It is , in fact,  authentic , genuine,and religious in nature. I read an article by a CNN reporter entitled ” Why the Philippines leads the world in celebrating Christmas.” The article says, to quote , ”   it is the longest and the most lavish,  and  if a global competition were to be held for a country with the most Christmas spirit, the Philippines would have an excellent shot at winning.  While other countries ( even non-Christian countries ) focus on the commercial side of Christmas,  the Philippines’ Christmas is very religious in nature, as it should be.  Like,  for  10 days before Christmas Day, Filipinos go to Mass  everyday at 4: 30 AM. They call this Misa de Gallo ,  ( Mass at cock’s crow ) . I actually remember this. How can I forget ? A marching band  ” marches” up and down the roads, playing Christmas music to wake the people up at 4 AM ! On Christmas Eve, Filipinos go to Midnight mass they call Misa de Aguinaldo, after which, they go home to eat midnight dinner they call Noche Buena. Also, each house is decorated with traditional Christmas lantern they call Parol  ( or Star of Bethlehem. )

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I wish I could show you guys the amazingly beautiful lanterns and the twinkling colorful lights, but again, WP couldn’t support the file type.  I have only 3% storage left , so do you guys think it’s time to buy the Premium ?

Also, I feel WP is not blogger -friendly anymore. It was easier to post before. Now, it took me a while to post this.  This got lost in the muck several times before I finally got this published/

This is all for now.  Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Be good and peace to all.

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A little rant, okay ? Just blowing off my anger

Hello !   Renxkyoko Iglesias  is here again.

I ‘ve been sick and  bedridden the past 3 days , and have done  nothing but watch TV and  read  a few blogs, and you’d think I’d have time to post something,  but  I felt so weak I  didn’t even   have the energy to think , until today  when news on  the carnage in Paris happened.  This is one topic I can’t let  pass  without saying anything  .

ISIS ……..  I know I am not a war hawk … I  just want  world peace…… but now, I’m taking a hard look  at Pres. Obama’s  Middle East policy.   To be honest,  I want Pres. Obama to be more firm now , not to sound too politically correct, , and just call a spade a spade.  He placates so much  people don’t  know whether he’s coming or going.

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  • I realize it’s not good to say things when a person is angry.  Can a person take back hurtful words  apologize , then expect  everything will be forgotten ? No.  That’s why I had to revise this post  more than a dozen times,  ending up saying nothing.  I need to sleep this off  .

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I follow a blogger  who loves to talk about COINCIDENCES.   Coincidenceeeeeeee ! !  Anyways, I posted  a picture of moi  in Paris on my last post, and I also said my Paris tour post  wasn’t finished yet, and promised to get it done soon. And then , this horrible incident happened. Coincidenceeeeeeee !

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I ‘m still trying to figure out how to move complete files from Pictures to One Drive.  Right now, I can only move one picture , one at a time, out of thousands.

Anyway, I wish I could write down what I’m thinking at this very moment.  But if I did, I’m sure I’d regret it. My 2 close and dear friends at work are Muslims and they are the nicest people on earth.  I go to work tomorrow….. and I’m sure  J will be crying to me again. ”  Ren,  these terrorists are making my life  so stressful and scary. ”  She came from Afghanistan, and came here to the US to  marry her first cousin.  She didn’t want  to because she had a boyfriend  , but  marrying her cousin ( her father’s nephew) was the only way to get out  of a miserable future.  Her father’s being targeted by the Taliban because he works for the Americans, as a clerk.  Her story is very colorful  and interesting , and worth talking about in the future.  Like, one time , her husband  told her  they’d go shopping for clothes.  So , she dressed up and when she came out of the room, her  husband  staggered back ,  startled  to see her wearing a burqa, all covered from head to foot. .

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  •  I don’t even know how this  nasty war  started. Bush and his cohorts  lied to the Americans .  There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,  and there were no Iraqis  who committed the heinous 9/11.  There were no Afghans , either. Classic irony.    I admit     Saddam Hussein, and the Talibans were nasty people. But  they were their country’s  problems, not the Americans’.  We simply cannot impose our way of life on the Talibans.  We wear mini skirts  and bikinis, they wear burqas.  That’s the way they like it. * shrugs shoulders *   Let them be.

I wonder if  the US policy will change.  News coming out of France  are dire. ”  Time to raze Raqqa . ” (  capital of ISIS ? … as if they have a country )  The mood right now is the French don’t care anymore about collateral damage.  French President Hollande has declared an all out war against  ISIS.  The more tragic consequence of this is the serious and dangerous wedge that’s been created between  non- Muslims and  Muslim population . More innocent people wll be killed.  I don’t see the end in this vicious circle.

This is why I detest  religious Fundamentalists , of any religion.  I just watched a video of this ” Christian ” pastor named Steven Swanson who visciously ranted  about ROUNDING UP ALL THE HOMOSEXUALS  AND KILLING THEM. The virulent rant was uttered at an event organized for  Republican presidential aspirants Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal.  If your a Christian who feels the same way as Pastor Steven Swanson, vote for any of these 3 candidates.

Aaaargh.  I’m getting angry again.  I better stop here before I say something  that will offend my dear , lovely readers.  Peace ! !  Peace !  Peace !

Have a lovely day.

An Announcement fr Ren and Windows 10, What the heck ! !

Hello ! Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

No excuses.  I blog only when I feel like it.

So, I have finally  decided to have another blogsite that is devoted to animes, mangas, and video games, and maybe some movie reviews.  I’m sure you’re right now thinking, ” what the heck, Ren,  why make a new  one when you can’t even update your old one .”   The reason is demographics, my dear readers.  Out of  * looks at my current number of followers * about 1300 followers, only a handful share my love for animes, mangas, and video games. Who would be interested to know  that  a ) I played  Persona 3 FES  for an embarrassing 1,000 hours, ( not that I was the lamest player ever… I just made my character  and my allies , all 9 of them at 100 % strength ), and bawled my eyes out at the end of the game  b )  Kou  of Ao Haru Ride is a first class jerk and does not deserve Futaba’s love  c ) much as I love the anime  Inuyasha, I dislike the main character Inuyasha who is a wavering , two-timing scoundrel  and should have been dumped by Kagome  d)  Kimi ni Todoke’s live action adaptation of this popular manga is one of the  worst , ever …….  the acting of the actress who plays  Sawako,the main female character is unbelievably bad…… what was the director thinking ? e ) the anime adaptation of  the manga The Wallflower …. what can I say ? Did I just mention Kimi ni Todoke  live action was ONE of the worst ?  Well, the anime The Wallflower is THE worst.

So, that’s it. This is the kind of stuff   you’ll read on my new blogsite, if you’re interested.

Anyway….

I ‘m wondering……. may I know if anyone of you has a problem with Windows Update. Mine is currently Windows 8.1,  but my freaking computer is being forced to automatically update to Windows 10, and every time  it does, it fails , and it messes up my computer, BIG TIME ! !  I cannot log in, and , it seems the only solution is to REFRESH PC,  but then, it deletes some important files, like NORTON , my Internet security .  Then I contact  Norton  to put it back, Norton uninstalls McAfee, reinstalls Norton (  I pay $ 75 /year ),  Windows again updates (  the only options I have to log off are  1. Sleep  2. Update , then Shut Down 3. Update then Restart   ) , then, when I turn on the computer, I see ” Windows Update fails”, and , guess what, REFRESH  PC again,  Norton disappears, McAfee reappears, I contact Norton again. It feels like it’s a cat and mouse game. Do you know how many time I contacted Norton ? 4x , just this week. WTFudge, Windows ?  You, too, McAfee  ! !BOOOO ! !

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I can’t stand this anymore. Somebody, please help .

* whispers *   I hope VP Joe Biden doesn’t do the  Ralph Nader thing, because that’s exactly what he ‘ ll become , if he decides to enter the Democratic Party’s Primary. Bernie Sanders’  progressive  left supporters are solidly behind him,  whereas Joe Biden will get a significant chunk off Hillary Clinton’s block of voters. Don’t think that I’m blindly following Hillary because she ‘s a woman, and I want a woman president , at least once in my lifetime. I ‘ve paid close attention to both sides, and at first, I thought it wouldn’t matter to me who got the nomination, I’d vote for a Democrat, anyway, but then, it hit me….  I do have some issues with Bernie Sanders’ policies. First, he’s long on   bombastic  declarations, but short on how he’s going to realistically implement them.  Don’t ask me what my issues are. I’m not going to tell , not yet, anyway.

Okay, this is all for now.

Oh, by the way,  believe it or not, I’m not done with my European tour yet…. and my Philippine vacation. What’s preventing me from writing about my travels   is that I’m having a hard time posting pictures. Travel posts without pictures ? Not gonna happen.

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Bye for now.  And hey, thanks for reading.

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Hi, RenxKyoko  Iglesias here, Thinking Out Loud.

It’s been awhile, huh.  I’ve got so many things on my mind, actually, but most of them are not worth writing about.  But, this is my blog, right ?  I can write just about anything  . So, let’s see where my thoughts will take me.

Okay…….  if you bought a plane ticket, be sure to get on that plane at scheduled time. I’m talking about  US domestic plane , particularly budget fares,  and specifically  Jet Blue’s . Do you remember my best friend’s cancelled wedding ?  Well, I wanted to cancel my flight too, but I couldn’t get a refund . Oh, yes,  I can, they say, but there’s penalty  on  the cancelled flight.  How much, I asked . $ 267 out of  $ 287.  In other words,  I get a $ 20 refund.  So I decided I might as well use my scheduled 4 – day vacation,  and fly to Long Beach, California. Good thing my brother lives there. But  then,  his girlfriend was out of town, bro was at work, and I was left alone at his apartment. No problem, though.  His apartment was just a 10 minute walk to the beach, and there were plenty of cool places to visit in the neighborhood.  I took lots of photos, but I can’t post them here  at the moment.  I think I need to buy this Premium plan   being offered by WordPress.  I even got a Notification  from them that it was time to buy the Plan.

About my friend’s ex- fiancé….  he’s not a Captain, he’s just a regular police officer. And do you know how my friend discovered he had a wife and kid ? From his health insurance plan, that’s how.  My friend and I met up a week ago and she seemed okay. This reminds me  of what one character said in one Philippine movie that I watched a few weeks ago. He’s comforting the main female character who just got cheated on by her BF  of 7 years.  He says ” you can fall in love again, but you can never fall in love the same way twice. ”  Sheesh.  I just love that movie. Oh, by the way, I’ve been watching Philippine movies to learn the language  and culture.  The problem now is I’ve started fangirling.  This movie is titled ” The Thing Called  Tadhana ( Fate ). It’s a romantic comedy, and it’s hilarious.  I watched it on YouTube, , and yesterday, I wanted to watch it again, but I think YouTube yanked it out. If you  have Netflix, there’s another  Philippine  movie that I got to watch.  The title is THE ROAD.  I think that’s the one and only Philippine movie on Netflix. That’s unfortunate.  There are millions of Filipinos here in the US  who maybe interested, and at the same time help  the Philippine movie industry. Did I say I was fangirling ? Yes, I am. . I love the romantic tandem of Nadine Lustre and James Reid. Bahahaha.  * Seriously, Ren, get a life. *

By the way,  when I clicked Save Draft, I got this message….. ”  An error occurred while saving the post……. user cannot edit the post. ”   What the heck is going on, WordPress ?  Now that I’m finally on a roll, you do this to me.

Oh, by the way,  I just entered the 3rd or 4th phase of my life. This  is life – changing………. but then, every little thing that happens to us  is life-changing, isn’t it ?  I just  hope   any screw -up  that happens to me from now on is  due to my   choices, mine and mine alone, and  not due  to government decisions and some politicians’  stupidities.  Why do I say that ?  Well,  the university had to drastically cut the  number of classes and this  messed up my schedule.  So, why blame the government ?  The state funds the university……. no funding, no classes. Can  you imagine  having just one open  Chemistry class for  all Chem majors, Microbiology, BioChem students. ?  And that one class is a prerequisite  for all my major courses !  My situation was so bad  there was a time  I only had 3 classes, one of which was Ballroom Dancing.  What a pain.

Well, okay. Less classes , more time, more work, more  money, and at least, I learned how to dance the Foxtrot.

Oh, dang it !   Hillary  Clinton ! !  C’mon, move it, move it, move it ! ! !

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I notice every time  I  go  political,  I lose a dozen or so followers.  I swear, every time .  But, I can’t  always keep keep my political preference  hidden, right ?  OOh, and thank goodness for  comment  moderation.  A few weeks ago,  some asshole posted a comment on an old post where I  said I was neutral on GMO’s.  Rice  that had been genetically modified  in the ’60”s had prevented widespread hunger in SouthEast Asia. High yielding  rice was developed  at IRRI ( International Rice Research Institute ) in the Philippines in early 60s. I did  write , ” it’s been 50 years, but , as far as I know, , Asians did not grow 2 heads.  This commenter said, ” No , they did not, but unfortunately for you, you don’t even have one. For a microbiologist , you’re stupid, what kind of US education did you get  that you do not know GMOs are an abomination?”     X_X   How  do I respond to that ?  I’m sure this commenter  also  thinks vaccines cause autism.   +++  The problem with people like  this commenter is it’s difficult to have a decent conversation with them without  resorting to name- calling.  If this commenter is reading this, I would like him/her to know  I wish him/her success.  Meanwhile, I’ll still buy that 5 – lb bag of GMO potatoes for $2.57, instead of those 4 pieces of organic potatoes for $ 2. 79. I’m not a climate denier. I wish this commenter could also work on getting solar power companies to lower the cost of their products. We just had a solar water heater installed  for $ 6,000.00

This is it for now. I better end this before I say something I would regret later.

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I’m ranting, oh, yeah !

Hi ! RenxKyoko Iglesias here.

So, my last post was on April 26.  That was exactly  2 months ago.  ( Right, , Captain Obvious).  Now   I won’t give an excuse like I’ve been busy, yadiya, but I do feel I’m starting to lose my muse………. oh, alright, I’ve been busy. I’m putting in at least 10 hours of work everyday, from Monday to Sunday.  I have 2 jobs, you know.  Plus, all my free time is spent watching Netflix, mostly TV series that I never had time to watch when they were on, such as Poirot, Midsomer Murders, Fringe, Medium, 100s, etc., and animes such as Hunter x Hunter,( 100 episodes at 25 minutes per episode  )  Moribito,  and currently Inuyasha , which ends at 193 episode … I finished the whole dang thing  yesterday, at 3 AM. Well, after work is the only time I have, so don’t judge. . I can’t multi task when I watch animes.  They are in Japanese, so I’m  pretty much stuck in the couch reading the English subtitles. About  InuYasha…. it is  addicting. I love all the characters, except, believe it or not, the main character, InuYasha.  He’s a freakin’ moron,  indecisive, and a two-timing scoundrel. I dislike him so much that I feel I just wasted 85 hours of my life watching this character  being   a stupid/ idiot.  Die, InuYasha ! Other than that , the anime is one great fantasy/action/thriller  story.

So, if you’re so busy doing your thing, Ren, why are you posting now ? Well,  something happened a few days ago that made the wheel in my head churning again . My best friend “O” is supposed to get married on July 10, in Southern California ( I live in Northern California ), and I’m a ” witness”  in her court wedding. ( not church wedding ) I already bought my plane ticket, and arranged sleeping accomodations (  lucky to have my brother living there ) …….then 2 days ago, I received a text from O that the wedding was cancelled, permanently.  According to her, her ” fiancé”  has been living a double life  ( they’ve been living together for 2 years ) ,  is actually married, and has a child.  I was dumbfounded.  I hung out with her at their apartment, playing video games (  we’re not even done yet with Resident Evil, we both suck at it ), and yeah, the ” fiancé” was always there. And he was nice.  What the heck.  No wonder he wanted to hold the wedding at a place 600 miles from our city….. I wondered about that…… now I know.  So, when exactly does he plan to drop the bomb before he commits BIGAMY ?  What’s even more mortifying is the fact that  this guy is a police officer ,and a Captain , at that.  My best friend is also a police officer, by the way.  Dang it.  It felt like my own stomach  got  punched, so I cannot even imagine what she’s feeling now.  I don’t know what I can do to make her feel  better, besides trashing and badmouthing  him to death. That scumbag.  I’m not generalizing, folks, but seriously, we women always get the short end of the stick….. my friend and yeah, his wife, too. Worse for his wife, to be honest.  Aaargh !  Oh, man . The heck !

This reminds me of another break- up, but this time, the douchebag is my guy cousin.  He and his fiancée were about to get married….. church schedule already set,  wedding invitations, check, wedding dress, check.  So what happened ? My cousin had a co-worker who had a humungous crush on him since forever.  The woman invited him one day to dinner after work as farewell gift and according to him, a closure on her love. ( my cousin was aware she liked him. ) He obliged….. the problem was, they had drinks too many, and I assume, the woman was desperate, and men being men,  he got her pregnant.   Was the wedding cancelled ? Yes.  Did he marry the pregnant woman, ? No. Though he was threatened with a shotgun wedding by the woman’s family,  he still refused,   ( he consulted  with my  aunt …* my aunt is a judge* ,  regarding legal matters, like , was he legally obliged to marry her, and so forth ) Last news about him was, he and his ex bride got back together, not married yet,  and  he is supporting his child )  .  I met him for the first time at a family reunion when we were in the Philippines last year.  I almost told him, ” hey doosh, how’s it goin’? ”

* sigh *

Be brave and strong, sisters.

That’s all.  Rant over.

 

 

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