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Brady

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Sep 25, 2006, 8:28:18 AM9/25/06
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Hey, how's it goin'? Let's take a look ...

- Thursday, September 21, 2006 -

*AUDIENCE SHOW AND TELL*
Participant # 1: Stephanie Jenkins, a regional sales (?) analyst from
Long Island. Her thing: She and two of her friends -- they're with her
here tonight -- went to Las Vegas. They ended up seeing Dennis Rodman.
She brought a pic. Later, Dave scolds her for reading her gift
certificate while he was in the middle of talking to participant # 3.
Dave takes away her prizes until the end of 'Show and Tell.'

Participant # 2: Patrick King, a country club manager from Arlington,
VA. His thing: He can bounce a golf ball on the end of a golf club
before knocking the ball into a cup strapped to his head. He
demonstrates. I predict that Helen will think this was more of a 'Stupid
Human Trick' than a 'Show & Tell' item.

Participant # 3: Shaunna Bresnahan, a waitress from Astoria, Queens
(originally from Coral Springs, NY). Her thing: She can recite every
country in the world in under a minute. And she does so through song.
Hmm ... She reminded me of that guy who was in the Guinness Book of
Records as 'the world's fastest talker.' Remember that guy? He was
featured in at least one television commercial, years ago. I always
thought it sounded like he was running his words together. I guess the
true test would be to slow his (and participant # 3's) audio; see if
each word was clearly enunciated. I'll get right on that.

Dave spends time throughout the show trying to come up with a joke about
Paul's jacket. (It's very ... colorful.) After the break, Dave spends
some time talking about Ventriloquist Week. It's been a huge success.
His mother actually called him this morning and remarked about the Show.
Dave says she never does that. She called him up this morning and told
him how much they're "really enjoying the ventriloquists."

*JEFF DUNHAM AND WALTER*
He was really quite funny. I enjoyed his set.

*TED TURNER*
Among other more substantive things, they discussed the fact that Ted
just opened one of his Montana Grill restaurants in New York City. Dave
ate there a couple of nights ago. He said it was excellent.

*FERGIE*
For a while this weekend, I couldn't stop singing the chorus to this
track. Oh, I was definitely annoying people. The album is "The Dutchess."
------------

- Friday, September 22, 2006 -

*DESK CHAT HIGHLIGHTS*
It's been a magical week. We take a look back at 'Ventriloquist Week.'
(All they have right now is a graphic and some music.)

LeBron James is here tonight. Later, he and Dave will go out on 53rd
Street for a free-throw contest. Dave says he played a lot of basketball
when he was a kid; he says he was ... never really good.

A barbershop quartet comes out and stands behind Dave's desk. They begin
to get in tune, but Dave puts a stop to it before they have a chance to
sing. They're outta here.

There's been a big Segway Scooter recall. What's the problem? We take a
look. (They tend to 'splode. And whomever's riding one 'splodes right
along with it. You can't have that.)

"People" magazine recently came out with its annual 'best dressed'
issue. Jennifer Aniston took top honors. Dave *also* made a recent cover
of "People." He has a copy. (It's the 'People Who We Wish Were Dead'
issue. Also on the cover: Carrot Top, Craig T. Nelson and ... someone else.)

Before going to the break, we take a look at some 'Fun Facts.' I'm still
enjoying these.

*TODD OLIVER AND IRVING*
I thought this was a pretty funny act. However, I was kind of creeped
out by the dog's 'moving mouth.' Have you ever been to Branson? I got a
kick out of Dave and Paul discussing Yakov Smirnoff. He's got his own
theater, you know.

*LEBRON JAMES*
He won the free-throw contest. But Dave held his own! I believe LeBron
got five, in 30 seconds, to Dave's four.

*LUDACRIS*
Those backup dancers were talented. The album is "Release Therapy."

*OTHER STUFF*
- TTL: 'Questions to Ask Yourself Before Eating Spinach'
- George W. Bush 'What in Tarnation?'

*MISCELLANEOUS MEANDERING*
So what's happenin'? Are you like me? (Hey! I heard that.) Will you be
playing 'Spot Foxy' during tonight's Show?

Do you ever listen to NPR's "This American Life?" Did you catch it this
weekend? In my market at least, they reran a program from September 1997
titled "Kindness of Strangers." It can be found at the following URL.

http://tinyurl.com/lyejx

Check out 'Act Four.' It's the true-life tale of a New York City singer
who began performing Sinatra standards off the stoop of his East Village
apartment. His street-side concerts became a regular Friday night event,
drawing crowds and the approval of the cops. One of his neighbors, a
woman who had lived in the building for 40 years, was by his side each
week, supplying the dancing to his crooning. Listening to this story
just made me feel ... good.

That's all I got. Have a good Monday, people.

Later ...

Brady

R H Draney

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Sep 25, 2006, 10:57:45 AM9/25/06
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Brady filted:

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>Participant # 3: Shaunna Bresnahan, a waitress from Astoria, Queens
>(originally from Coral Springs, NY). Her thing: She can recite every
>country in the world in under a minute. And she does so through song.
>Hmm ... She reminded me of that guy who was in the Guinness Book of
>Records as 'the world's fastest talker.' Remember that guy? He was
>featured in at least one television commercial, years ago. I always
>thought it sounded like he was running his words together. I guess the
>true test would be to slow his (and participant # 3's) audio; see if
>each word was clearly enunciated. I'll get right on that.

I'm looking forward to the Animaniacs season 2 DVD set that's coming out later
this year...season 1 had Wakko singing all the states and their capitals (to
"Turkey in the Straw"), and I think the one with Yakko doing all the countries
(to "Mexican Hat Dance", as the contestant performed it) was the following
year...(in season 3 or 4, they sing all the planets; it's going to be odd to
hear it now that Pluto's been kicked out)....

>*TED TURNER*
>Among other more substantive things, they discussed the fact that Ted
>just opened one of his Montana Grill restaurants in New York City. Dave
>ate there a couple of nights ago. He said it was excellent.

Something wrong with his eyes...really sensitive to the lights these days?...r


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Sep 25, 2006, 11:30:36 AM9/25/06
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Brady wrote:
> Hey, how's it goin'? Let's take a look ...
>
> - Thursday, September 21, 2006 -
>
> *AUDIENCE SHOW AND TELL*

Meh.

> *JEFF DUNHAM AND WALTER*
> He was really quite funny. I enjoyed his set.

Me, too.

> *FERGIE*
> For a while this weekend, I couldn't stop singing the chorus to this
> track. Oh, I was definitely annoying people. The album is "The Dutchess."

Ugh. Awful.

> - Friday, September 22, 2006 -
>
> *DESK CHAT HIGHLIGHTS*
> It's been a magical week. We take a look back at 'Ventriloquist Week.'
> (All they have right now is a graphic and some music.)

Just stupid. It's one thing when they can't show NFL or Olympic
highlights, but this just screams "We tape on Mondays!" to me.

> A barbershop quartet comes out and stands behind Dave's desk. They begin
> to get in tune, but Dave puts a stop to it before they have a chance to
> sing. They're outta here.

Decent.

> There's been a big Segway Scooter recall. What's the problem? We take a
> look. (They tend to 'splode. And whomever's riding one 'splodes right
> along with it. You can't have that.)

This bit -never- gets tired. Always as funny as the first time --
which is to say, "not at all."

> Before going to the break, we take a look at some 'Fun Facts.' I'm still
> enjoying these.

And all's I can say is, bring back Krall. I'd rather have root canal
surgery.

> *TODD OLIVER AND IRVING*
> I thought this was a pretty funny act. However, I was kind of creeped
> out by the dog's 'moving mouth.'

Very funny; the dog's deadpan is what makes the act.

> *LEBRON JAMES*
> He won the free-throw contest. But Dave held his own! I believe LeBron
> got five, in 30 seconds, to Dave's four.

Much better than I expected. Not bad at all.

> *LUDACRIS*
> Those backup dancers were talented. The album is "Release Therapy."

Ugh. Awful awful.

> Do you ever listen to NPR's "This American Life?"

I loathe "This American Life" with the fire of a thousand suns.

> That's all I got. Have a good Monday, people.

You, too.

--Dake Sikula

bostonbill41

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Sep 25, 2006, 11:47:57 AM9/25/06
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>Something wrong with his eyes...really sensitive to the lights these
days?<

Turner has a bad habit of looking down when he talks to Dave. I hate
that. He did the same thing last time.

Bill

Marilyn

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Sep 25, 2006, 12:50:15 PM9/25/06
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Nick referred to it as looking down, as well. For me, it's a hell of a lot
more than that! He's talking with his eyes shut! It's like some new
ventriloquist kind of deal or something. He reads from a script typed on the
back of his lids.


R H Draney

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Sep 25, 2006, 1:03:42 PM9/25/06
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dsi...@yahoo.com filted:

>
>Brady wrote:
>
>> Do you ever listen to NPR's "This American Life?"
>
>I loathe "This American Life" with the fire of a thousand suns.

I'm not a fan either, but I wouldn't go that far...it's no "Car Talk"....

(Speaking of which, have you heard the "Car Talk Christmas Carol Pledge Drive
Special"?...in it, the Scroogiazzi brothers are encouraged to change their ways
so that Public Radio will flourish and "Tiny Ira" won't die of terminal
sincerity)....r

Steve Curtis

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Sep 25, 2006, 2:24:34 PM9/25/06
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Marilyn wrote:

>bostonbill41 wrote:

He's probably just one of those who are uncomfortable with a lot of
direct eye contact during a conversation. Some don't mind, some do.

dsi...@yahoo.com

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Sep 25, 2006, 2:36:06 PM9/25/06
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R H Draney wrote:

> (Speaking of which, have you heard the "Car Talk Christmas Carol Pledge Drive
> Special"?...in it, the Scroogiazzi brothers are encouraged to change their ways
> so that Public Radio will flourish and "Tiny Ira" won't die of terminal
> sincerity)....r

For me, it's less "sincere" than "insufferably smug."

--Dake Sikula

R H Draney

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Sep 25, 2006, 5:09:25 PM9/25/06
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dsi...@yahoo.com filted:

It's worth checking out...here's the cast:

Tom and Ray Magliozzi as The Scroogiozzi Brothers
Robert Siegel as Bob "Robert Siegel" Cratchit
Ira Glass as Tiny Ira
Susan Stamberg as The Spirit of Public Radio Past
Scott Simon as The Spirit of Public Radio Present
Andrei Codrescu as The Spirit of Public Radio Future
Carl Kasell as Crusty the Mechanic
Daniel Pinkwater as the Narrator

I'm willing to bet that Garrison Keillor considered it beneath him....r

Rod Fernandez

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Sep 25, 2006, 5:37:37 PM9/25/06
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He turns his head down 'cause he's a Turner.

But seriously, there is evidence that people's eye movements are related
to their specific thought processes.

http://www.lifecoachingstudio.com/acom12.htm

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Helen Read

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Sep 25, 2006, 10:14:17 PM9/25/06
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Brady wrote:
> Hey, how's it goin'? Let's take a look ...
>
> - Thursday, September 21, 2006 -
>
> *AUDIENCE SHOW AND TELL*
> Participant # 1: Stephanie Jenkins, a regional sales (?) analyst from
> Long Island. [...] Later, Dave scolds her for reading her gift
> certificate while he was in the middle of talking to participant # 3.
> Dave takes away her prizes until the end of 'Show and Tell.'

It reminded me of students goofing around in class. I'm glad Dave called
her on it.

> Participant # 2: Patrick King, a country club manager from Arlington,
> VA. His thing: He can bounce a golf ball on the end of a golf club
> before knocking the ball into a cup strapped to his head. He
> demonstrates. I predict that Helen will think this was more of a 'Stupid
> Human Trick' than a 'Show & Tell' item.

It *was* a SHT.

> Participant # 3: Shaunna Bresnahan, a waitress from Astoria, Queens
> (originally from Coral Springs, NY). Her thing: She can recite every
> country in the world in under a minute.

This was also a SHT.

> *JEFF DUNHAM AND WALTER*
> He was really quite funny. I enjoyed his set.

I enjoyed the Ventriloquist Week. I think I'm a bit more comfortable
with the humanoid puppets (Lester and Walter), as opposed to the animal
or alien ones (Darwin, Scorch, and the doggie).

> *TED TURNER*
> Among other more substantive things, they discussed the fact that Ted
> just opened one of his Montana Grill restaurants in New York City. Dave
> ate there a couple of nights ago. He said it was excellent.

The thing with the eyes -- they really did appear shut half the time --
was extremely annoying and distracting. At one point, after pulling a
momentary Foxy, as I regained consciousness I experienced a horrible
optical illusion: Turner's eyelids looked like some kind of malformed
eyeballs. It was deeply disturbing.

> - Friday, September 22, 2006 -
>
> *DESK CHAT HIGHLIGHTS*
> It's been a magical week. We take a look back at 'Ventriloquist Week.'
> (All they have right now is a graphic and some music.)

As Dake said, that was lame. Given the taping schedule they really did
have no highlights, but couldn't they have put together some kind of
Ventriloquist Week Closing Ceremony, with an over-the-top song and dance
number from Paul and company?

> LeBron James is here tonight. Later, he and Dave will go out on 53rd
> Street for a free-throw contest. Dave says he played a lot of basketball
> when he was a kid; he says he was ... never really good.

Always good to see Dave away from the desk.

--
HPR

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Helen Read

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Sep 25, 2006, 10:18:07 PM9/25/06
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Rod Fernandez wrote:
>
> He turns his head down 'cause he's a Turner.
>
> But seriously, there is evidence that people's eye movements are related
> to their specific thought processes.
>
> http://www.lifecoachingstudio.com/acom12.htm

From the above link:

> People are looking up - They are visualising

I definitely do that. I just now tried visualizing something, and I did
indeed look up.

> People look down and to their left - They are accessing their
> feelings.
>
> People look down and to the right - They are talking to themselves

Turner wasn't looking down and the his left, or down and to his right.
He was either looking straight down, or just plain closing his eyes.
What the hell is that about? It looked like he was having some kind of
spell. (My apologies to Mr. Turner if it is due to a neurological disorder.)

--
HPR

http://homepages.together.net/~hpr/daveorama/

Kath

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Sep 25, 2006, 11:04:58 PM9/25/06
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I've noticed some people listen better when not looking at the person
who's talking.

Kath - not saying that's what he was doing, but maybe.

kat...@earthlink.net

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Sep 26, 2006, 12:54:04 AM9/26/06
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Helen Read <h...@together.net> wrote:

>What the hell is that about? It looked like he was having some kind of
>spell. (My apologies to Mr. Turner if it is due to a neurological disorder.)

He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Donz5

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Sep 26, 2006, 12:58:32 AM9/26/06
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A disorder that resulted in the suicide of the wife of a friend of mine
a few months ago.

Not a happy disease.

Brady

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Sep 26, 2006, 1:32:32 AM9/26/06
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Dave Sikula wrote:

>> *FERGIE*
>> For a while this weekend, I couldn't stop singing the chorus to this
>> track. Oh, I was definitely annoying people. The album is "The
Dutchess."
>
> Ugh. Awful.

Oh, it's definitely awful, musically. No question about it.

>> Do you ever listen to NPR's "This American Life?"
>
> I loathe "This American Life" with the fire of a thousand suns.

See, if I had been playing 'What Does Dake Think About It?' at home, I'm
not sure that I would've won on that one.

Brady

Brady

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Sep 26, 2006, 1:36:58 AM9/26/06
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Helen Read wrote:

>> *TED TURNER*
>> Among other more substantive things, they discussed the fact that Ted
>> just opened one of his Montana Grill restaurants in New York City.
>> Dave ate there a couple of nights ago. He said it was excellent.
>
> The thing with the eyes -- they really did appear shut half the time --
> was extremely annoying and distracting. At one point, after pulling a
> momentary Foxy, as I regained consciousness I experienced a horrible
> optical illusion: Turner's eyelids looked like some kind of malformed
> eyeballs. It was deeply disturbing.

To me, it appears as if his eyes are literally closed, tightly. (As
opposed to merely gazing downward.) It looks very odd.

I like him as a guest.

Brady

Tom Wolper

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Sep 26, 2006, 12:31:44 PM9/26/06
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Brady wrote:
> Helen Read wrote:
>
>>> *TED TURNER*
>>
>> The thing with the eyes -- they really did appear shut half the time
>> -- was extremely annoying and distracting. At one point, after pulling
>> a momentary Foxy, as I regained consciousness I experienced a horrible
>> optical illusion: Turner's eyelids looked like some kind of malformed
>> eyeballs. It was deeply disturbing.
>
> To me, it appears as if his eyes are literally closed, tightly. (As
> opposed to merely gazing downward.) It looks very odd.

I'm going to guess that looking down or closing his eyes helps him keep his
train of thought so that he can finish his sentences.


>
> I like him as a guest.

I don't like the idea of his being a man who has solutions to the world's
problems. What he calls solutions are ideas which were in vogue a generation ago
and have never proven themselves when they were attempted to be implemented.

Tom W

Helen Read

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Sep 26, 2006, 11:43:55 PM9/26/06
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Would that have anything to do with the eyes-closed-while-talking thing?

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kat...@earthlink.net

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Sep 27, 2006, 2:20:54 AM9/27/06
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Helen Read <h...@together.net> wrote:

>Would that have anything to do with the eyes-closed-while-talking thing?

Dammit, Jim - I'm an afler, not a doctor.

Brady

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Sep 27, 2006, 2:46:29 AM9/27/06
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Tom Wolper wrote:

I'm kind of interested in checking out Ted's Montana Grill. I'm not sure
that I'd necessarily want to try the buffalo, though.

Brady

Marilyn

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Sep 27, 2006, 7:22:05 AM9/27/06
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Kathie wrote:

> Helen Read wrote:
>>Would that have anything to do with the eyes-closed-while-talking thing?

> Dammit, Jim - I'm an afler, not a doctor.

Perhaps it's "eye-polar". Get it? Eye. Polar. Like... down.


Alan Page

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Sep 27, 2006, 8:07:21 AM9/27/06
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"Brady" wrote...

> I'm kind of interested in checking out Ted's Montana Grill. I'm not sure
> that I'd necessarily want to try the buffalo, though.

Nothing wrong with buffalo. Enjoyed it many times at Tommy's Joint in
San Francisco.
Tastes like chicken.

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Rod Fernandez

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Sep 27, 2006, 2:48:46 PM9/27/06
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Iris I'd thought of that.

(Too corn-ea?)

Donz5

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Sep 27, 2006, 9:04:36 PM9/27/06
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Rod Fernandez wrote:
> Marilyn wrote:
> > Kathie wrote:
> >> Helen Read wrote:
> >>> Would that have anything to do with the eyes-closed-while-talking thing?
> >
> >> Dammit, Jim - I'm an afler, not a doctor.
> >
> > Perhaps it's "eye-polar". Get it? Eye. Polar. Like... down.
>
> Iris I'd thought of that.
>
> (Too corn-ea?)

All Power to the Pupils.

Kath

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Sep 27, 2006, 10:15:08 PM9/27/06
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Poor Ted's focus got a thick lashing.

Kath - eye socket at puns...

Kath

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Sep 27, 2006, 10:17:17 PM9/27/06
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oops.... eye really socket puns

katycren

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Sep 27, 2006, 10:58:25 PM9/27/06
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But don't acquiesce without a little humour.

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