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Richard, you drive us crazy!

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Have you ever been curious about what it’s like to be a blogger, especially an Armitage one?

Let me tell you this- it’s so luxurious and exclusive we put the Dynasty Carrington’s to shame ūüėČ

Nope, not a whiff of desperation.

Oh, the lifestyle of the rich, famous and blogging…

Earlier today, at the eleventh hour:

Me: Oh bloody hell, I need a FanstRA4 post for tomorrow and I’ve got nothing. Any ideas?

Magzy: Eeerrrr I had an idea a while ago…

*I wait..and wait….nope, that’s the end of THAT discussion…the sound of the clock clicking is defening*

A few hours later…

Me: So, about that fab idea you had and I really need…

Magzy: Eeerrrr…. just do some a post “Richard as something…”. Ya know, like last year’s Richard characters as dogs

What about… eerrr…..Richard and cars…

*I snort, rolls my eyes, prepare to go to¬†war about how stupid the idea was… but hold up… hold on one damn minute…this could works….yeeeessss…. this could work..kinda….*

Richard Armitage, you drive me round the bend!

I mean seriously, you need to give us all a break from your smoking hotness!

You drive us all crazy, so¬†here’s a crash course on¬†what cars different RA characters drive.

The car stopped with a jerk, then the  jerk got out.

Our dear Grizzly Gizzy is a bit dangerous, therefore I can see him in a Hennessey Viper Venom 700NM.

I’m not saying Guy has self-esteem¬†issues, but he’d definitely be¬†driving an expensive stolen sports car.

Based on his behaviour many would rather see him in a Mazda LaPuta or Mitsubishi Pajero¬†(a little Spanish joke there…).

Anyway, everyone’s fuming over the high cost of gas, but not to worry as Guy¬†has the¬†poor villagers running on fumes¬†to keep that tank filled up.

Guy Viper

Our favorite bookworm Harry Kennedy definitely wormed his way into our hearts.

It just isn’t fair how¬†he fueled our fangirling¬†imagination and he wins hands down.

With his John le Carr√©¬†books and maths skills, he’s quite¬†a Smart one.

At first he¬†couldn’t figure out how to fasten¬†his seatbelt, but then it clicked.

Harry Smart

Many artists tend to be tanked most of the time, and Claude Monet would support his fellow painter and drive a Citro√ęn Picasso.

Richard’s wig hardly revved¬†our engines, but the part was an auto-matic hit with the fans.

It’s hard enough to maneuver the art world and stay in the race, but it’s easy to brush it aside when you travel in comfort.

Armitage Monet Picasso

Thorin Oakenshield, we’re all in this Armitage Admiration for the long haul.

Riding that pony¬†such a long way¬†must be¬†taking its toll and you must be running on fumes (I still don’t get why the eagles could just drop you off closer to your destination).

Anyway, I’d like to offer you a more comfortable, not to mention worthy of a king, ¬†alternative meaning this Mustang.

This is the only horse power you need to get to where you’re going!

Just remember not to speed in the frozen areas because the Middle Earth police will stop you cold.

Thorin mustang

Drivers in a rush who stop at traffic lights often see red, but no such worries for our dear fast and furious¬†John Porter as he’d roll alone along a desert road (apart from a few planes, tanks, terrorists, bombs¬†and such).

That’s why I think he’d definitely need a Renault Duster with its own swanky protective scarf and sunglasses.

Also, the car manual stipulates the driver must be shirtless while operating¬†this machine, dunno why, possible something to do with the gear shift…

John Porter Duster

ATTENTION : Loose Nut behind the Wheel!

HONK… If You Want To See My Finger!

CAUTION: I drive like you do !

HONK if you Admire Armitage!!!

Marry, sleep with or take as your date to a school reunion…?

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*Guest blogger alert part 2*

Hello again, fellow Armi enthusiasts!

Some saucy silliness for you today! Teehee!

On day 2¬†I asked you who your fave Armitage character and¬†“go-to”¬†viewage is.
And I¬†told you all about mine.¬†With the aid of some pretty pictures ūüėČ
On day¬†4 of FanstRAvaganza¬†I’d like to know which¬†of the tall beauty’s¬†nice, not so nice and a¬†lot nicer than some characters you would….
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Now, that charming chap from Leicester has played an array of characters.
From tall handsome strangers…
Hellooo, Harry Kennedy!
To brooding “bad boys”…
Sir Guy, throw me upon your steed & run away with me!
There’s been topless tough guys…
Oh, Sgt. Porter, I do like your…gun! >_>
And¬†most magnificent¬†spies….
Well, you know my feelings on THAT MI5 agent… *ahem*

Righteo!
Just to spice things up a bit, and make it more fun. (And because I’m a bit of a meanie!¬†;P).
I have¬†chosen 9 of¬†Armi’s characters¬†and,¬†picking their names out of a hat, (or in this case,¬†my Thorin Oakenshield¬†mug),¬†I have split them into
3 random groups of, er, 3.
Consider each 3 in turn.
And tell me
(please)
If you absolutely definitely HAD to make a choice
(and let’s pretend you do!)
Who would you…

A). Marry

         B). Sleep with

                C). Take as your date to a
school reunion?

It’d be marvellous to know your reasons too!

First group of beauties:
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Second group of swoon-er-roonies:

Group2poster

Third group of hot potatoes:

Group3poster

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I know it’s tricky (very tricky!)
But think it through. Mull it over. Make yourself a cuppa and ponder the pros  and cons of each option.
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I had to think long and hard myself.
For group one
I finally decided I would….

MARRY: Lucas North

I couldn’t NOT marry my favourite spy. Plus I would get to wake up to THAT FACE every morning, stroke his glorious tattoos, and swoon over his legs all the live long day! (You know, when he’s not off spying & stuff!)

SLEEP WITH: Sgt. Porter

He’s just so tough and strong and steaming hot!!
I’d want him to pick me up and throw me on the bed! Yum!

TAKE AS MY DATE TO A SCHOOL REUNION: Thorin Oakenshield

How impressive would it be to bring a Hot Dwarf King from Middle-earth to your school reunion? Everyone would be in awe of him. Plus he’d have much prettier hair than all those bitchy girls you went to school with! Also, he could defend your honour with his sword fighting skills!!
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My choices are of course subject to change. -_-
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As for groups 2 & 3…
I’ll have to think on it some more and get back to you! ^^

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Well, I hope you enjoyed my little game!
Can’t wait to hear what you’d “do” with all these Armi-licious characters!
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P.S. If you have any thoughts on anything else you’d like to –¬†*ahem* –¬†“do”¬†with these characters, or¬†any others I’ve not mentioned, please feel free to share that too!

Perhaps you’d like Ricky Deeming to take you¬†for a ride on his¬†motorbike? ūüėČ
Or¬†maybe you’ve had thoughts about spending time with¬†Monet and his….canvas?! ūüėČ
Don’t be shy: share!

^_^

Merry FanstRA4 everybody!

Images borrowed from: RANet
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The Love Song of R.Crispin Armitage’s Beard

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Oh the beard, THE beard, the BEARD!

I’ve done so many different things to it and with it, apart from sitting on it actually touching it (which would be crossing so many lines, not to mention laws, even I know that…).

Let me see:

¬†I’ve fixated on it, I’ve sold it, I’ve even¬†created¬†a Beard Fairy.

Richard-Armitage-by-Robert-Ascroft moustach pointy beard

The punchline?

I wish I could say that at first I didn’t like the beard, but it grew on me…

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t kick it out of bed (out of fear Richard Armitage would come tumbling out of it as well seeing they’re kind of attached and what are the odds he’d climb back into bed with me a SECOND time?).

If I’m honest the only beard I want on a hot actor is the Victoria’s Secret model type on his arm on the red carpet, to keep up the illusion of him being straight (Ya know, just like…. Oh, insert almost any actor’s name here…).

Moving veeeeeery¬†swiftly along in order to¬†avoid the controversial g-a-y issue before things get a tad hairy….

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No matter how hard I try to avoid the hairy thing, it seems to be following me (but not literally because that would be cause for great concern!).

Some say¬†a man without a beard is very much like a¬†woman with one, however I stand by every¬†female’s right to grow one, especially if you’re a¬†lady dwarf!

Anyway, as we stand by, holding our collective Armitage Admiration breath, watching out for any indication¬†that Richard is in fact releasing the bearded beast from¬†within just in time for NZ, I’d like to offer some suggestions on how to change that baby face into Cousin It.

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Take my advice Richard Armitage, and you’ll be having me¬†bitching about that bloody hairy thing in no time!

Firstly, and most importantly, stop shaving!

Assert your right, not to mention the need, to grow a beard.

Glueing on¬†fake beards is for wimps¬†and you’re not a wimp, are you Rich?

Richard Armitage, put the Gillette products down!

Don't fake it! Armitage beard

Eating a healthy diet can also aid the growth, so Richard, eat your vegetables at every meal.

Yes, even the spinach AND the brussels sprouts, unless you want a beard that looks like you’ve just hit puberty, and I start calling you Justin Bieber.

All Man Richard Armitage

Talking of boys to men, growing a beard is an affirmation of¬†manliness and masculinity, so make sure you puff that chest out, get a comb-over, have a few pints of larger, fart in bed, refer to some women as ‘Birds”¬†and keep that testosterone level nice and high.

It is acceptable for you to belch in public while you are growing out the stubble, it’s the manly thing to do (especially if you’re eating non-rabbit food like meat!).

Also, wear plaid and drive a truck and NEVER use a coaster, at least till the beard has filled in nicely.

Thorin Beard shampoo

Going from stubble to Alf may cause irritation, so soothe your itchy newly bearded skin with a  moisturizing lotion or other skin-care products.

I say, if it itches, just scratch it, kinda like when I get that itch to look at Richard Armitage and automatically scratch it by going online.

Once the hairy monstrocity cheek warmer grows out, it’s time to give it some TLC.

Armitage Bonsai

I read somewhere that trimming your beard is like tending a bonsai.

I’m suddenly overwhelmed¬†with the thought that Richard’s beard is like a dwarf miniature tree in a container, and I’m feeling much less zen.

I’m trying to locate Treating Your Beard Like a Bonsai for Dummies on amazon, but they must have sold out.

Oh, and ladies, all of the¬†above tips works quite well if you’re trying to grow some leg hair too.

You may wonder why I’ve spent so much time on something that should, in my humble opinion, be flushed down the loo (minus Richard of course).

I have great respect for the beard.

The beard (almost) single-handedly (or -hairly) has managed to earn a $1bn to date.

Not bad for some slightly greying facial hair growth!

Ps. The post title is inspired by The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock.

T.S Eliot is rolling in his grave and I do apologise for using his wonderful poem for my own silly amusement.

The Afterthought of FanstRA 3!

I can’t believe the 7 days of FanstRA 3 are over.

I will be going back to the posts in all the 5 chains as well as the anchor posts.

¬†I’m pretty sure I didn’t miss any, but it will be nice to read them calmly!

I was also thinking about writing about my most favorite posts.

Just for the record, the all were amazing, in their own way!

¬†I’d like to write about those that were a little different and a little nuts.

As you might have already gathered, I like weird ūüėČ

I will also be announcing a competition connected to Paper Richard!

If you don’t know what I mean click HERE.

Now for the Thank YOU part of my posts:

Thank You to the organisers!

I really don’t know how you managed to pull it all off and organised this rowdy bunch!

 Thank You for spreading the word out about posts on Twitter and FB!

Thank You to my fellow bloggers!

Thanks for bringing your a-game and entertaining us! I’ve learned plenty and have come across so many wonderful blogs.

Thank You to blog readers!

To those who clicked on my posts (I don’t like the word lurkers and especially to those¬† who took the time to comment!

It’s your participation that makes this event what it is. And it is amazing ūüėČ

Thank You to Magzy!

My sister has been providing her computer mad skills  to bring my weird ideas to life.

Without you they’d still be stuck in my head, without a chance¬†of ever seeing the light!

 THANK YOU!!!

Day 6 of FanstRA 3!

It’s already Day 6 of FanstRA 3!

I’ve enjoyed reading all the posts, have had quite a few giggles, learned a thing or two and have visited so many blogs!

I am definitely getting my Armitage fix ūüėČ

I was¬†chatting¬†with my sister yesterday (not an RA fan, I’m afraid) and we were talking about the afterlife.

She said: I’m not worried you’ll haunt me when you die.

You’ll be too busy haunting Richard Armitage!

That cracked me up!

Anyway, I’m not part of the FanstRA¬†tagteam chain today, but please check out¬†¬†our 10 lovely anchor bloggers!

Links to all FanstRA 3 posts appear here at the end of each day.

Tomorrow I will be posting my last FanstRA 3 post.

I’m super excited about this one, as it was my Everest-¬†time-consuming and demanding plenty of effort!

It’s a biggun!

To tease you a bit, let’s just say:

I will be stripping Richard bare!

Yup, you read that right!

Not Porter, Lucas or Thornton!

Not Harry, Thorin or Muligan!

No hiding behind characters!

When I say Richard, I mean Richard!

And the best part?

I’ll let YOU strip him too!

So I’ll leave you with threatening Porter, who will attempt to¬†bully you into dropping by tomorrow…

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Heinz Kruger in his Skivvies

Happy FanstRA 3!

We’re in Day Five of the FanstRAvaganza 3 in The Freeform tagteam chain!

If you missed Day Four, check out the posts at Gratiana Lovelace, Me, My Thoughts and Richard Armitage and Do I have a blog? .

Also in Day Two, see my partner’s post at thearmitageeffect and JT’s blog.

I was shocked to learn that Heinz Kruger from Captain America was among the least liked Richard Armitage characters!

Sure, there are the Nazi sympathies, bomb detonation, using children as shields in a crossfire etc. aspects to him, however we have forgiven various RA characters for worse crime (although, I admit, not by much).

I refuse to believe Heinz didn’t ignite our passion (get it? bomb? ignite? Oh, nevermind…).

I personally feel he has an undie-served reputation!

We have never really had the chance to see Heinz in a friendlier environment.

Perhaps with Kruger it’s the case of, as Harry Jasper Kennedy would say:

” stark, crisp exterior with the promise of softness beneath…”

That is why I invite you to take a peek beneath the rough exterior of the 40s suit, with its puffy bold shoulders and rough wool.

Let’s have a look at the softer, more domestic side to him.

I’ll try to be brief!

You may think that Heinz is so uptight because he had his skivvies in a gripping twist.

No such thing!

The ads of the WWII era stated:

¬†“Uncle Sam needs rubber so Jockey waistbands are no longer all-elastic.”

This would mean that during his stay in Brooklyn, New York, plotting and conniving, Heinz would be unable to purchase a nice, tight, stretchy pair of undies.

Those that he would buy would have a woven waistband and two side buttons.

Maybe Heinz was so evil because he just didn’t get the support he needed.

There is something sexy about suspenders, although perhaps not so much on men.

They guarantee a man’s socks stay up in all conditions.

Even while driving through a busy Brooklyn neighborhood circa 1942, shooting at innocent by-standers and being chased by Captain America, there would be no sign of a pasty calf.

He may have unsuccessfully tried to escape in a weird submarine thingy and bitten through a cyanide pill, inevitably resulting in death, but I bet his socks did not roll down.

I guarantee they stayed up

Now, that’s what I call fashion elegance!

So next time you are quick to judge poor misunderstood Heinz, remember!

He too had a home, a private life and he too changed his undies daily!

For more of The Freeform chain in FanstRA 3, see my partner’s post at thearmitageeffect and JT’s blog

Yesterday’s posts are at Gratiana Lovelace, Me, My Thoughts and Richard Armitage and Do I have a blog? .

Tomorrow, The Freeform tagteam continues at White Rose: Sincere and Simple Thoughts, Something About Love (A) and C.S. Winchester.

All F3 links can be found here

Day 4 of FanstRAvaganza!

I’m having a wonderful time visiting all the¬†exciting blogs.

I must however admit FanstRA 3  has thrown my sleep pattern off balance. Because the posts appear at 00:01 GMT, this means that I have to set my alarm clock, wake up in the middle of the night, read, post comments and nod off again.

But it really is worth it!

I’m posting today only to guide any lost souls that may have lost their way.

Remember that if you aren’t sure where to go in the FanstRA 3 chains, visit¬†our 10 lovely anchor bloggers!

Go through all the 5 tagteam posts of the day and make sure you visit and give plenty of support to all the bloggers.

Links to all FanstRA 3 posts appear here at the end of each day.

Thank you to all those wonderful folks who have clicked and commented on my previous FanstRA post

I really appreciate it! No, Really!

My next FanstRA 3 post will be here for you tomorrow.

Yup eager beavers, at 00:01 GMT.

To give you a little clue as to what to expect tomorrow, let me just say this:

I will be uncovering one of the least liked RA characters and it’s going to get intimate ūüėČ

I hate to leave you hanging till then, so… something spicy to heat up your day!

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It’s a Dog Eat Dog World, Richard Armitage

Happy FanstRA 3!

We‚Äôre in Day Three of the FanstRAvaganza 3 in The Freeform¬†tagteam chain! If you missed Day Two, check out the posts at Melanie’s Musings, An Obsessed Fanatic and¬† Do I Have a Blog?

Also in Day Two, see my partner’s post at A is for Armitage  and Funky Blue Dandelion

It really is a Dog Eat Dog World, or as Britney Spears would say to her dogs: It’s Richard Armitage, b*tch!

As a dog lover, I can’t help but notice how much humans tend to resemble their dogs.

So with hardly¬†a moments¬†paws…

Take Guy of Gisborne, from Robin Hood

The fierce rottweiler-like¬†henchman of the Sheriff is¬†loyal but deadly. Whether he was really a good man, that’s a matter to chew over…

Because of that evil Vasey, poor Gizzy felt like he was going round in circles, chasing his own tail.

Then again, every time an evil plan was hatched, Guy was all ears.

He followed at the Sheriff’s heel and that always ended badly.

Yes, Gizzy has done plenty of bad things, but afterward at least he didn’t try to flea.

Perhaps Guy is like a mixed breed dog, half Lab, half pit bull.

¬†Sure, he might bite off¬†your leg, but he’ll bring it right back to you.

Then we have the spy extraordinaire, the international man of mystery and mischief, Lucas North from Spooks.

He is one mean, lean, London saving machine!

I bet¬†he makes you hot under the collar…

With his strong frame and long muscular legs, he reminds me of a pedigree Doberman.

Of course in season 9 it all went to the dogs.

I guess RA fans have quite a bone to pick with the writers of Spooks.

But, as I said to my friend Russel: It don’t mean jack! We still love Lucas!

Then again, from a certain angle…ermm… he resembles a different breed altogether…

Then there’s poor John Standring¬†of Sparkhouse, bless him!

As this was the first high-profile role for RA, it probably gave him a new leash on life…

As a farmer, he’s good at handling farm animals, much like a sheep herding dog.

Anyway, with Carol’s mood swings, poor John often ended up in the doghouse.

Now that¬†was ruff…

John tried to reason with her, but he just wasn’t herd.

I often wish John would stand on his own four legs!

What does Carol expect? That he’ll wag his tail every time he sees her?

But for poor John life is like a dogsled team. If you aren’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.

Next up is the unappreciated Claude Monet, dogged by all the art critics.

 That really ticked him off!

No wonder he was so melon collie in The Impressionists!

Poor Richard had questionable facial hair and dodgy wig in this one, much like a chinese nude dog.

Nevermind, I still find him quite fetching…

Then there’s John Thornton from North & South.

He sure marked new territories in the textile manufacturing world of Milton.

I mean, his position in the North is nothing to bark at, he was a mastiff success…

Must have been thanks to the Lassie faire economy.

Maybe instead of a cotton factory, he should have had a chocolate lab.

By the time the strike had finished, it had all gone to the dogs.

Luckily, Margaret could retrieve it all.

Dear Thorin, The Hobbit hasn’t yet hit the screens, but I have a feeling you will be this woman’s best friend!

You have kept Richard away for a long time, but I’m not sniffing at that.

There’s no point in b*tching about you being away filming for the past year.

We love you anyway and where you lead, we follow!

Let’s not beat around the bush, the movie’s going to be¬†a great dane.

And if Richard Armitage was a dog, I’d treat him just like my two Yorkshire Terrier puppies, Emma and Mela.

I ‘d love it when he slept in my bed, even if he took up most of it.

¬†I’d let him lay on my lap for hours and stroke him.

¬†I’d let him lick my face to show how much he loves me.

I’d¬†forgive for any naughtiness the moment I laid¬†eyes on that beautiful (not pug) face.

I’d¬†bundle him up warm¬†when it’s cold and hate to force him to pee outside when it’s frosty…

And for all the awful K-9 puns, I beg your Paw-don…

Feel free to raise your leg in¬†salute¬†to how doggone¬†ridiculous they are ūüėČ

For more of The Freeform chain in FanstRA 3, see my partner’s post at A is for Armitage  and Funky Blue Dandelion

Yesterday‚Äôs posts are at Melanie’s Musings, An Obsessed Fanatic and Do I Have a Blog?

Tomorrow, The Freeform chain tagteam continues at Something About Love (A),Me, My Thoughts and Richard Armitage and Do I Have a Blog?

All F3 links can be found HERE

FanstRA 3 Day Two!

Oh, It’s FanstRA , it’s Day Two!

Where to go, what to do?

Hello, I hope you’re enjoying the festivities.

 I already have a few favorite posts, which I will be sharing with you next week, when the FanstRA dust settles (surely it will take longer than a week for the RA crazy to stop though?) 

I’m not posting anything¬†today, apart from a quick message that¬†redirects you, so you’re on the right track.

Remember that you can never get lost in the FanstRA 3 chain thanks to our 10 lovely anchor bloggers!

Visit any of them and you will soon be on the right track.

One thing’s for sure! I’ll be there, reading and commenting ūüėČ

Make sure you check out ALL of the FanstRA 3 tagteam chains.

All 5 of them!

Links to all FanstRA 3 posts appear here at the end of each day

My FanstRA 3 post will be here for you tomorrow.

Or for those eager beavers, at 00:01 GMT.

What to expect?

Well, let’s just say I plan to make you a little hot under the collar…

So, while I’m tied up, making my way around the chains of posts, I leave you with a subdued¬†Gizzy…

Image: AllthingsRArmitage

Happy FanstRA 3 The Day has Come!

In the beginning, Richard Armitage made scores of fans — and he keeps on making them!

‚ô¶To kick off The Fandom chain:

Didion converts friends to Armitage love

Phylly3 reports on her fandom experiences

‚ô¶In The Hobbit chain Ana Cris writes on her recent film location visit

Mrs. E.B. Darcy speculates about what our hero will do in An Unexpected Journey (spoilers!)

♦ King Richard Armitage chain begins with  Maria Grazia on a film adaptation of Richard III

‚ô¶Beginning The Fanfic chain, fedoralady explains fanfic’s mainstream appeal

‚ô¶ In The Freeform chain, Fabo files an eyewitness report on Richard Armitage’s visit to U.S. accent school

jazzbaby1 wonders “what were they thinking?” re: Lucas North’s women

ChrisB opens the Armitage Alphabet, with “A is for Action”

Links to all FanstRA 3 posts appear here at the end of each day

Remember that at any time, if you get lost, you can go back to the anchor bloggers who will guide you on your way.

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