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March 9th, 2008

Excerpt from “Everything” by Lifehouse (No Name Face, 2000):
Cause you're all I want, You're all I need
You're everything,everything
You're all I want your all I need
You're everything, everything.
You're all I want you're all I need.
You're everything, everything
You're all I want you're all I need, you're everything, everything.
And How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?
How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?
How can I stand here with you and not be moved by you?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

I told you I was secretly a romantic sap at heart. For example, this video makes me swoon.

March 2nd, 2008

Pulled out my old journals and photographed them. Hey, I get bored easily on Sunday afternoons. As someone who sometimes starts a new journal before the current one is finished, there’s some inconsistencies with the dates and order of the journals pictured. It also excludes any electronic (offline) journals I may have kept.

Sure beats spending any more time on William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.

[hic]I can quit anytime I want![/hic]

February 26th, 2008

French time!

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I think it’s the combination of sampling J. Herbin fountain pen inks and all the Oscar attention surrounding La Mome (aka, La Vie En Rose) but I want to relearn French. Ferme la bouche, then.

February 24th, 2008

And now it's answer time!

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Pencils down, everyone! Here be the answers to yesterday's test. (Answers are in bold).

The following quiz uses multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, true or false, and such. No curves. No calculators allowed.

1. Amelia Sedly : Becky Sharp ::
        a) Fanny Price : Mary Crawford
        b) Melanie : Scarlett
        c) Jane Bennett : the Bingley sisters
        d) delicate flower : steel-toed boots
        e) all of the above (see “d” for explanation)
        f) none of the above
        g) Matthew 3:16 : John 5:21a

2. Which Star Wars character would most likely open the rift in Cardiff, Wales based on the sketchiest of information and thus bring about the end of days?
        a) Obi-Wan
        b) Padme
        c) Leia
        d) Emperor Palpatine
        e) Anakin
        f) Who are you kidding, of course it’s Anakin! Kid’s not happy unless he causes 5 apocalypses before breakfast.

3. Which comic-strip story arc of the past ten years was the most effective at being emotionally devastating without descending into maudlin cheesiness?
        a) Sluggy Freelance’s “That Which Redeems, Part II”
        b) Funky Winkerbean, when they finally killed off the teacher’s wife from breast cancer in summer 2007 and then picked up 10 years later with him as an oldish fart and their daughter as an annoying teenager
        c) Most of For Better or For Worse
        d) Sluggy Freelance’s “Wyang Kulit”

4. Fill in the blanks: When Groundskeeper Willie taught French class because the teachers went on strike, he greeted his students by saying, “Bonjour! You cheese-eatin’, beret-wearin’ surrender monkeys!”

5. Are you in over your head?
        a) hell yes
        b) well, [s]he’s on my mind so what do you expect?
        c) I wish I could just disengage
        d) Goddammnit, I hate the bleepin’ Fray. Their songs get one play on Grey’s Anatomy and suddenly, they’re bigger than New Kids on the Block.
        e) where’s that manual for how to save a life?


6. True or false: Although you immensely enjoy the comics of XKCD.com, the more esoteric math, science, and physics references go straight over your head and onto Mars. TRUE

7. It’s a Torchwood/Star Wars crossover! Now, who’s going to hook up with who?
        a) Obi-Wan with Gwen and Toshiko-- but only in a misguided attempt to impress Padme
        b) Leia with Owen, Jack and Ianto-- but only to make Han jealous
        c) Anakin with Jack-- because he couldn’t kill Jack for flirting with Padme (since Jack can’t die and whatnot) so this is the only way Padme will let him back into the house
        d) Luke with Lisa and Suzie, before they get too boring for him
        e) C-3PO with a wayward Dalek who thought it was on the set of Dr. Who

8. Vanity Fair and Moby Dick
        a) are both paragons of fine literature
        b) both shine unflinching lights on their respective societies
        c) were first published serially in newspapers over a period of a few years
        d) could have benefitted from some English 101 copywriting, for bleep’s sake

9. Does everyone have a drug dealer on speed-dial?
        a) Yes
        b) No
        c) Only when it’s not Lent
        d) Please turn off the Nickelback already, for God’s sake

10. Does Kate even know which Bible passage she’s referencing when she wrote “Matthew 3:16” in question 1?
        a) Of course not
        b) Of course! She has 4 Bibles
        c) Well, she did do pretty well in 10th grade Theology which focused specifically on the Bible
        d) Wait, isn’t Kate Catholic? How does she even know what a Bible is?
        e) I didn’t know the Kassiest religion had Bibles. Do I get that with my weekly dues?

11. Kate’s local parish is NOT participating in the diocesan-wide “Confession every Wednesday during Lent” because:
        a) the local parish always has to be different
        b) the catch-all “renovation” excuse
        c) the diocese is annoyed with the parish again (over something the parish did) so they purposely left out our invitation
        d) the local parish doesn’t have enough priests
        e) the parishioners don’t want to even be reminded that something like Confession exists so they hounded the pastor into not participating because the paster doesn’t know when to say, “Look! This is what we’re doing and you all just can shut up and deal with it!”
        f) this would actually inconvenience Kate and the local parish loves to mess with her


12. Mansfield Park : Vanity Fair ::
        a) Red Badge of Courage : anything written by Henry James
        b) One for Sorrow, Two for Joy : Go Down, Moses
        c) Lady Oracle : a Jhumpa Lahiri novel
        d) eating glass : watching a Billy Budd adaptation

13. True of False: Even out of context, the Torchwood Babiez LiveJournal is the cutest damn thing ever. TRUE

14. True or False: Although John Barrowman’s version of “Your Song” is slightly better than Ewan McGregor’s from Moulin Rouge, they’re both preferable to the Elton John or Rod Stewart versions. TRUE

15. True or False: Kate is writing this quiz while listening to iTunes. TRUE

16. True or False: Moore “safety” fountain pens were not inked when they left the factory. FALSE: Moore safety pens were filled with ink before leaving factories in the early 1900s. Therefore, if a dealer tries to sell you a “never-inked Moore fountain pen” he is blowing smoke up your ass.

17. Kate is going to fail her first essay for the “British Empire and the 19th Century Novel” class because:
        a) she’s writing this quiz
        b) her observations are bland and uninspiring
        c) she keeps misspelling the professor’s name
        d) the novels she could choose from thus far (Vanity Fair, Jane Eyre, Mansfield Park) focus more on societal differences, gender issues, and sexual politics more than they do on British imperalism so you’re just adding water to an already-thin gruel and Kate hasn’t successfully BS’d her way through a college paper since EN 102: Thoughts and Expressions II in 2002, so she’s a bit off her game
        e) and it’s not like it was hard to successfully BS your way through an EN 102 paper at Arcadia “University” if Hemmeter was your professor. I mean, talk about shooting lame fish in a bowl-sized barrel with a bazooka


18. True or False: If Arcadia wants that damn brick paid off, then when they send Kate a “pledge reminder card” they should include what she’s previously paid and not just list the overall amount and the most recent check. This makes Kate second-guess how much she’s paid them until she checks a calculator and realizes that they’re just f***tards who don’t know how to properly display giving histories. TRUE

19. Leslie Marmon Silko is a terrible writer. TRUE

20. I know that wasn’t true-or-false or multiple choice. I was just stating a fact because I recently found Yellow Woman in my bookcase, not realizing that I’d never sent it back to Hell where it belongs. STILL TRUE

21. Aradia’s required Justice and Pluralism classes are:
        a) grossly unnecessary
        b) pretty damn patronizing and insulting
        c) a goddamn pain in my ass, 6 years after the fact
        d) a bigger timesuck than The Forgotten
        e) harder to get rid of than Ruby and Bela on Supernatural


22. True or false: Ianto Jones is at his sexiest when he’s all angry and stuff. FALSE: According to Neree, Ianto Jones on Torchwood (the office tea-boy) is at his sexiest when he’s breathing.

23. Short answer: Torchwood’s writers can’t seem to decide if they want Jack to hook up with Gwen or Ianto permanently. Should they just throw up their hands and have a Jack/Gwen/Ianto/Rhys relationship? Answer why or why not in 6-10 sentences.
        They might as well because it’s the BBC and sci-fi so who the hell cares, and then the writers can concentrate on finding a stable, sane love interest for Toshiko because my God does that girl get dumped on by everyone in the Torchwood universe. Bloody Torchwood.

        

February 23rd, 2008

It's test time!

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The following quiz uses multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, true or false, and such. No curves. No calculators allowed.

1. Amelia Sedly : Becky Sharp ::
        a) Fanny Price : Mary Crawford
        b) Melanie : Scarlett
        c) Jane Bennett : the Bingley sisters
        d) delicate flower : steel-toed boots
        e) all of the above
        f) none of the above
        g) Matthew 3:16 : John 5:21a
2. Which Star Wars character would most likely open the rift in Cardiff, Wales based on the sketchiest of information and thus bring about the end of days?
        a) Obi-Wan
        b) Padme
        c) Leia
        d) Emperor Palpatine
        e) Anakin
        f) Who are you kidding, of course it’s Anakin! Kid’s not happy unless he causes 5 apocalypses                 before breakfast.
3. Which comic-strip story arc of the past ten years was the most effective at being emotionally devastating without descending into maudlin cheesiness?
        a) Sluggy Freelance’s “That Which Redeems, Part II”
        b) Funky Winkerbean, when they finally killed off the teacher’s wife from breast cancer in summer 2007 and then picked up 10 years later with him as an oldish fart and their daughter as an annoying teenager
        c) Most of For Better or For Worse
        d) Sluggy Freelance’s “Wyang Kulit”
4. Fill in the blanks: When Groundskeeper Willie taught French class because the teachers went on strike, he greeted his students by saying, “Bonjour! You ______-eatin’, ______-wearin’ surrender _______s!”
5. Are you in over your head?
        a) hell yes
        b) well, [s]he’s on my mind so what do you expect?
        c) I wish I could just disengage
        d) Goddammnit, I hate the bleepin’ Fray. Their songs get one play on Grey’s Anatomy and suddenly, they’re bigger than New Kids on the Block.
        e) where’s that manual for how to save a life?
6. True or false: Although you immensely enjoy the comics of XKCD.com, the more esoteric math, science, and physics references go straight over your head and onto Mars.
7. It’s a Torchwood/Star Wars crossover! Now, who’s going to hook up with who?
        a) Obi-Wan with Gwen and Toshiko-- but only in a misguided attempt to impress Padme
        b) Leia with Owen, Jack and Ianto-- but only to make Han jealous
        c) Anakin with Jack-- because he couldn’t kill Jack for flirting with Padme (since Jack can’t                 die and whatnot) so this is the only way Padme will let him back into the house
        d) Luke with Lisa and Suzie, before they get too boring for him
        e) C-3PO with a wayward Dalek who thought it was on the set of Dr. Who
8. Vanity Fair and Moby Dick
        a) are both paragons of fine literature
        b) both shine unflinching lights on their respective societies
        c) were first published serially in newspapers over a period of a few years
        d) could have benefitted from some English 101 copywriting, for bleep’s sake
9. Does everyone have a drug dealer on speed-dial?
        a) Yes
        b) No
        c) Only when it’s not Lent
        d) Please turn off the Nickelback already, for God’s sake
10. Does Kate even know which Bible passage she’s referencing when she wrote “Matthew 3:16” in question 1?
        a) Of course not
        b) Of course! She has 4 Bibles
        c) Well, she did do pretty well in 10th grade Theology which focused specifically on the Bible
        d) Wait, isn’t Kate Catholic? How does she even know what a Bible is?
        e) I didn’t know the Kassiest religion had Bibles. Do I get that with my weekly dues?
11. Kate’s local parish is NOT participating in the diocesan-wide “Confession every Wednesday during Lent” because:
        a) the local parish always has to be different
        b) the catch-all “renovation” excuse
        c) the diocese is annoyed with the parish again (over something the parish did) so they
                purposely left out our invitation
        d) the local parish doesn’t have enough priests
        e) the parishioners don’t want to even be reminded that something like Confession exists so they hounded the pastor into not participating because the paster doesn’t know when to say, “Look! This is what we’re doing and you all just can shut up and deal with it!”
        f) this would actually inconvenience Kate and the local parish loves to mess with her
12. Mansfield Park : Vanity Fair ::
        a) Red Badge of Courage : anything written by Henry James
        b) One for Sorrow, Two for Joy : Go Down, Moses
        c) Lady Oracle : a Jhumpa Lahiri novel
        d) eating glass : watching a Billy Budd adaptation
13. True of False: Even out of context, the Torchwood Babiez LiveJournal is the cutest damn thing ever.
14. True or False: Although John Barrowman’s version of “Your Song” is slightly better than Ewan McGregor’s from Moulin Rouge, they’re both preferable to the Elton John or Rod Stewart versions.
15. True or False: Kate is writing this quiz while listening to iTunes
16. True or False: Moore “safety” fountain pens were not inked when they left the factory
17. Kate is going to fail her first essay for the “British Empire and the 19th Century Novel” class because:
        a) she’s writing this quiz
        b) her observations are bland and uninspiring
        c) she keeps misspelling the professor’s name
        d) the novels she could choose from thus far (Vanity Fair, Jane Eyre, Mansfield Park) focus more on societal differences, gender issues, and sexual politics more than they do on British imperalism so you’re just adding water to an already-thin gruel and Kate hasn’t successfully BS’d her way through a college paper since EN 102: Thoughts and Expressions II in 2002, so she’s a bit off her game
        e) and it’s not like it was hard to successfully BS your way through an EN 102 paper at Arcadia “University” if Hemmeter was your professor. I mean, talk about shooting lame fish in a bowl-sized barrel with a bazooka
18. True or False: If Arcadia wants that damn brick paid off, then when they send Kate a “pledge reminder card” they should include what she’s previously paid and not just list the overall amount and the most recent check. This makes Kate second-guess how much she’s paid them until she checks a calculator and realizes that they’re just f***tards who don’t know how to properly display giving histories.
19. Leslie Marmon Silko is a terrible writer.
20. I know that wasn’t true-or-false or multiple choice. I was just stating a fact because I recently found Yellow Woman in my bookcase, not realizing that I’d never sent it back to Hell where it belongs.
21. Aradia’s required Justice and Pluralism classes are:
        a) grossly unnecessary
        b) pretty damn patronizing and insulting
        c) a goddamn pain in my ass, 6 years after the fact
        d) a bigger timesuck than The Forgotten
        e) harder to get rid of than Ruby and Bela on Supernatural
22. True or false: Ianto Jones is at his sexiest when he’s all angry and stuff.
23. Short answer: Torchwood’s writers can’t seem to decide if they want Jack to hook up with Gwen or Ianto permanently. Should they just throw up their hands and have a Jack/Gwen/Ianto/Rhys relationship? Answer why or why not in 6-10 sentences.

        

February 17th, 2008

Stand by...

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If time permits, I hope to do an entry soon offering a quiz on everything from William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair to Torchwood. Somebody remind me why the hell I went back to school because I’m really starting to feel like I made a mistake but just have to stick it out through May since the add/drop period ended about 2 days after my first session when I was still on the fence about dropping the class.

That is one long, run-on sentence.

February 14th, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Story behind this playlist. I was bored one night and wanted to make a romantic-themed playlist so I told iTunes’ “smart playlist” option to look for all songs tagged with the word “love” either in the album, title, or comments sections. Then I tweaked it a bit to add other songs that I thought would fit the bill. This also explains why “Loving Lovers Love” is on here. Mock as you will.
Wow, the background “music” for the Blackberry Pearl commercials must have come from the “trigger instant migraine” genre. And tonight’s Supernatural is heart-breakingly awesome. So far.

Kate’s “Love” Playlist
“Accidentally In Love”
        Counting Crows, Shrek 2
“All For Love”
        Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting, The Three Musketeers
“All You Need is Love,”
        The Beatles, Beatles One
“Almost Paradise”        
        Mike Reno and Ann Wilson, Love Songs
“And All I’ve Loved, I’ve Loved Alone”
        Grey Eye Glances, Songs of Leaving
“Anywhere”
        Evanescence, Origin
“Breathe Me”
        Sia, Breathe Me: EP
“Can't Take My Eyes Off You”
        Frankie Valli, Jersey Beat: The Music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
“Come What May”
        Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge
“Far Away”
        Nickelback, All the Right Reasons
“Hey Love”
        Grey Eye Glances, Songs of Leaving
“I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You”
        Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley
“I’ll Make Love to You”
        Boyz II Men, II
“It’s Not Over”
        Daughtry, Daughtry
“Kind of Love”
        Grey Eye Glances, Painted Pictures
“Kissing You”
        Des’ree
“Love Is”
        Amy Correia, Lakeville
“Loved by the Sun”
        Tangerine Dream, Legend
“Loving Lovers Love”
        Brain Guy and Pearl, MST3K: Clowns in the Sky II
“New Jersey Girl”
        Nerf Herder, American Cheese
“The One”
        Grey Eye Glances, A Little Voodoo
“The Promise”
        Tracy Chapman, New Beginning
“Seasons of Love”
        Cast of Rent, Rent
“She Loves You”
        The Beatles, Past Masters: Volume One
“Somewhere Out There”
        James Ingram, Forever More (Love Songs, Hits and Duets)
“Until I Hear It From You”
        Gin Blossoms, 20
th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection: Gin Blossoms
“To Make You Feel My Love”
        Billy Joel, Billy Joel: Greatest Hits, Vol. 3
“The Trouble With Love Is”
        Kelly Clarkson, Thankful
“Your Song”
        John Barrowman, Another Side
“Your Song”
        Ewan McGregor and Alessandro Safina, Moulin Rouge*

February 2nd, 2008

Question: How many fountain pens do I have as of February 2008? They’re listed below in no particular order, other than if I had more than 1 pen from the same brand, I tried to keep them together (Pelikans, I’m looking in your direction. Hey, get back here!)

1. Pelikan M620 Place de la Concorde (first “Cities” pen I purchased)
2. Pelikan M620 Grand Place
3. Pelikan M620 Piccadilly Circus
4. Pelikan M200 Blue translucent with gold trim
5. Pelikan M200 Amber translucent with gold trim
6. Pelikan M205 Transparent with silver trim
7. Pelikan M200 Green translucent with gold trim
8. Pelikan M150 Black with gold trim and “West Germany” on the cap band
9. Pelikan M150 Black barrel with gray cap and piston knob; cap band just says “Germany” and there’s no nib on the pen (Don’t. Ask.)
10. Lamy Safari dark blue with black clip
11. Lamy Safari light blue with red clip
12. Mabie Todd Blackbird lever-filler (approx. 60 years old)
13. Sensa Meridian silver
14. Levenger Prima, silver with purple cap
15. Bexley “Fountain Pen Network” Limited Edition (based on Bexley’s Simplicity model)
16. Aurora Optima in blue with gold trim (purchased as a “used pen” for 50% off from Richard Binder’s website; I’ve always admired this pen but would never have let myself buy it for full price. Aurora has really jacked up their prices lately)
17. Pilot Vanishing Point, blue with silver trim (retractable fountain pen!)
18. Parker Insignia (discontinued as fountain pen?) in marbled blue

I’m planning on pruning my collection but I’m at a bit of a loss on where to start. I’ve been making a list of “which pens to absolutely not part with, except under extreme duress” and so far, that list includes:
• all 3 Pelikan M620 pens
• the Pelikan M205 demo
• the Mabie Todd Blackbird
• Aurora Optima, particularly now that I’ve discovered that if you fill it with the fancy Noodler’s “Fountain Pen Exclusive” brown ink, it’s exceedingly happy. But what happens when I run out of that ink? Hmm. Well, that’s where Richard Binder and John Mottishaw come in!
• Parker Insignia (only b/c I want to get the nib tweaked slightly. It writes fine but I know it could write better and that it would be an easy thing to have done)
• the Pilot Vanishing Point (why did I not buy this pen sooner?! It is one of the greatest pens ever!!!)

        So theoretically, all the other pens on the above list could get the heave-ho, whether through the Fountain Pen Network Marketplace, Ebay, or me just giving them to like-minded pen people. It’s weird but whenever I thought about this before, I kept coming up with all sorts of reasons for keeping all the pens, particularly the Pelikan M200s. I’d been trying to collect all 5 translucent colors of the Pelikan M200 line but since they were discontinued a few years ago, it’s difficult. I’ve never been able to get the translucent gray or red pens. At this point, I don’t feel like putting too much time, effort or money into it. The blue Pelikan M200 is the first Pelikan I ever bought so the sentimental value is high...but is it high enough to make the “KEEP AT ALL COSTS!” list? We’ll see. Same with the Sensa Meridian, Lamy Safaris, etc. Even the Levenger Prima might only make the list because it was inexpensive when I first bought it in 2002. Since then, it’s been to hell and back so the most I could hope to make off this pen is beer money. That’s not even why I’m thinking of pruning my collection so viciously. I just think I’ve reached my saturation point for pens. I need to focus on really using the ones I have and keep returning to over and over again, which is the Pelikan Cities, Pilot, etc.

Enough ramblings. I need to finish Mansfield Park for Monday night’s class. Oh Jane Austen, why must your work be so inscrutable?
                

January 30th, 2008

Remember: Kate is strange

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It’s weird what will jog a memory. So a while back, I heard "The Promise" by Tracy Chapman playing on Melissa’s MySpace and downloaded it. I’m a sucker for rediscovering songs I listened to as a kid and this was one of them. The weird thing is that while I listened to the song, I got the strongest feeling that when it was popular (1996ish), I hadn’t just heard it on the radio all the time—it was also in a movie or a TV show (duh, Kate). It drove me nuts though, because I could almost see the clip playing in my head, but what the hell was the context? An ER episode? An early Buffy episode? Some random PSA about heroin chic? (that was the Big Topic during those days). Je ne sais pas. Today, I’m messing around online and decide to look up New York Undercover, a cop drama that ran on Fox from 1994 to 1998. Music was a large part of New York Undercover. Almost every episode ended with, or featured at least one scene in a nightclub owned by Eddie’s family, where the popular musical acts of the mid-90s peddled their melodic wares. Think the Bronze club in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and you’ve got it.

So while browsing through the list of New York Undercover episodes and their accompanying musical guests, I saw that the third season episode, “No Place Like Hell,” featured Tracy Chapman as the musical guest. Guess what song she sang? If your answer was “The Promise” then you get a cookie. And after reading that Wikipedia entry, it all came back to me—this was the episode where Eddie proposed to Nina. First, Chapman performed the song in the nightclub while they ate dinner. At the very end of the episode, when he actually proposes in the park, the song plays again on the soundtrack. Then Eddie dies in the next episode (third-season finale, “The Last Hurrah,”) because Fox and Dick Wolf suck. When is this show going to be on a legitimate DVD already?

In case you’re wondering, I started watching the show towards the end of the 2nd season in 1996. Yeah, it was strange for a 12-year old girl to list “gritty, urban police drama but not NYPD Blue*” as her favorite TV show of all time but there you go. I’m odd. I don’t know what my friends were watching at the time but it sure as hell wasn’t the adventures of undercover detectives J.C. Williams and Eddie Torres (Michael DeLorenzo is also a strange crush for a 13-year old girl to have. Remember, odd.) I seem to remember the words “Seinfeld” and “Jennifer Aniston” being tossed around the schoolyard a lot during those days—do they ring a bell?

*Not that NYPD Blue didn’t have its own merits. Jimmy Smits, people! Jimmy Smits. Before he was in Star Wars wearing froufy turtle-necks (but damn it, he was still kind of hot)!

Okay yeah, I’m weird.

January 21st, 2008

Ahoy there

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Mmm, steak sauce. In other news, I rather like this dating thing. ‘Tis fun. And the best part is, he’s not imaginary.
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