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What Was The Worst Year Of Your Life?
Vanity ^ | 11-26-2005 | Me

Posted on 11/26/2005 3:54:50 PM PST by UnBubba

I just finished reading about that sorry b*st*rd, George Clooney:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1528789/posts

He whines on about the past twelve months being the worst year of his life. Boo Hoo. I guess being a world traveling multi-millionaire isn't as wonderful as we might think.

What I have discovered over the years is that good and bad times are somewhat cyclical. Everything can be going well and then, all of a sudden, a bad cycle will emerge. The same is true in reverse.

I thought it might be enlightening to hear what real people have to say about the worst year of their life. I am sure your year will put poor George in his place.


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I'll start by saying the worst year in my life was 1985. I lost my mom and dad in the course of three months. Both were in their late 50's.

This particular cycle of events ocurred out of the blue. I was riding a high cycle right up to this point. Time has a way of catching (sneaking) up to you.

I have never experienced (before or after) anything that could be worse than this, in my life. 1985 was "the worst year in my life". What was yours? I am interested, if you would like to share.

1 posted on 11/26/2005 3:54:53 PM PST by UnBubba
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To: UnBubba

My bad year started in 2003. My dog died. Exactly one month later, my daughter's dog died. Then, she and I were in a motorcycle accident. Then my mom was diagnosed with liver cancer. At Christmas she told me there was no change and not to come home (at the time I was living on the opposite side of the world from her). In February 2004 she died. At the end of April my dad announced his engagement. My family moved back to the states in the summer. In September my dad was married. That left taking care of my grandmother to me during Hurricane Ivan. She continued to deteriorate until her death at Easter this year.

This isn't as bad as others have had it. It just is a lot of challenges for an extended period.


2 posted on 11/26/2005 4:00:47 PM PST by Jemian (Message to Murtha: ONLY COWARDS CUT AND RUN.)
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To: UnBubba
Bad shit happens to us all. Some dwell on it, some move on. I hope George goes even more nutso dwelling on it. Another GOP landslide in 2006 should do it.
3 posted on 11/26/2005 4:05:04 PM PST by satchmodog9 ( Seventy million spent on the lefts Christmas present and all they got was a Scooter)
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To: UnBubba
My most stressful year was 1986. My father in law died. We bought our first home, my wife was pregnant for the first time, she had a miscarriage. She got pregnant again,got pre-eclampsia and had a premature C section. Our baby was in intensive care for 30 days and in the hospital for 50. We got severely ill for two days, so violently ill we could not leave the bed. Our daughter turned out to have cerebral palsy. That was a rough year.

But we got through it with faith in God. My worst year was 1969, when I entered Junior High School and 7th grade. I was pestered by bullies, got my first in school swat, and lost my friendly relationship with the first girl I fell in love with. At that time, I had no belief in God and I felt down, frustrated, and angry most of the time.
4 posted on 11/26/2005 4:05:16 PM PST by Forgiven_Sinner (God is offering you eternal life right now. Freep mail me if you want to know how to receive it.)
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To: UnBubba
1992 ...
My favorite Grandparent died
I lost my 10 year job
My bathroom burned
My dog died
My truck was stolen
and my wife left me ...
so at least one thing went right
5 posted on 11/26/2005 4:05:27 PM PST by clamper1797 (A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.)
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To: clamper1797
so at least one thing went right

Just when I was getting depressed, you got me with that perfect timing.

6 posted on 11/26/2005 4:11:03 PM PST by Cagey (Some men are Baptists, others Catholics, my father was an Oldsmobile man.)
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To: UnBubba

The collapse of my marriage resulting in divorce a decade ago.

In hindsight, I understand that we made a mistake and everything worked out for the best, but it was very difficult back then.


7 posted on 11/26/2005 4:11:26 PM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: Ditter
Ping.

Clooney should listen to Bill O'Reilly (BOR) and "SHUT UP!"

8 posted on 11/26/2005 4:47:29 PM PST by UnBubba
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To: UnBubba

The year I was nineteen. I was in and out of the hospital with an undiagnosed eptopic pregnancy for one month before it was found and removed...along with some of the parts. I then was ill for a year and given at one point six weeks to live. I lived in a bleak rural setting with a husband who was working 14 hours a day. I couldn't walk or move much at all. I had not much family and they sent plants that I killed with ineptitude. I was wrapped in blankets all day on the Morris chair with easy listening music on (it was the only calming music I could manage)taking toxic amounts of chemotherapy waiting to die or get better. It was so difficult a time I couldn't even talk about it for years without tearing up.


9 posted on 11/26/2005 5:43:42 PM PST by Chickensoup (Turk...turk...turk....turk....turk...turkey!!!!!!)
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To: UnBubba

Well, I'm not sure about the worst year, but the last two months have been very difficult. Extremely difficult. I'm hoping things will start looking up again soon.


10 posted on 11/26/2005 6:18:14 PM PST by jocon307
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To: UnBubba

I had to bury my 17 year old daughter in 1988. That was, and will be, the hardest thing I will ever have to do.


11 posted on 11/26/2005 7:00:36 PM PST by Diego1618
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To: UnBubba
My worst year out of an otherwise wonderful life was 1984. In Jan my mother died. Her death was not as sad as the life she had led for 5 years as a stroke victim who could not speak or walk but it was a sad good bye to a wonderful mother. Then in Oct of '84 my father died suddenly. My 18 year old son came home from college for dad's funeral and 24 hours after we buried daddy my son was killed in an accident. I stopped grieving for my dad and began grieving for my son. Occasionally I would be so low that I wanted to talk to my dad (I was already used to the fact that I could not talk to mom because of her stroke 5 years before). I would dial daddys number and then remember he was gone too. Then I would grieve for him for a few hours before I went back to grieving for my son. All in all it was the worst year I can imagine having and I survived. It took me 3 years to pull it all together and during those 3 years I am sure other lesser, normal sort of tragedies occurred, but I felt bulletproof where sadness and tragedy were concerned. With the help of God I made it and I know with his help I can make it thru whatever else life holds in store for me. So cowboy up George Clooney! (you lilly livered liberal)
12 posted on 11/26/2005 7:03:15 PM PST by Ditter
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To: UnBubba

Dear George,

Switch with me - or maybe the countless single parents out there working two jobs or even three just trying to keep a roof over their childrens' heads and some food on the table.

Poor little Georgie... did the world find out you were potentially trying to hide your sexual perversions?

Tough buggers.

"The worst year of your life" is a vacation to most of the world.

Shut up and sing.

DD


13 posted on 11/26/2005 8:29:42 PM PST by Dashing Dasher
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To: Dashing Dasher

2002

Layed off from my job of 12 years, both parents diagnosed with cancer. It was also a good year, I got married and bought a new house. Dad would die in 2003 but Mom beat cancer, at least for now.


14 posted on 11/26/2005 8:33:40 PM PST by 38special (The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away)
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To: UnBubba
Amazing how many people included the death of a dog with their worst year story.

I had to put my Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Jake II, down on December 19, 2001. He was only 5 but the cancer got him. It was a sad day. I dug a grave, built a casket and lined it with a camo blanket and buried him with a hand made cork mallard decoy and some other duck hunting items. That dog loved to hunt.

Reading these posts got me to remembering the lyrics to a Commander Cody and The Lost Planet Airmen song, Down to Seeds and Stems:

Verse 1
I'm sittin alone, Saturday night, watching the Late Late Show.
A bottle of wine, some cigarettes, I got no place to go.
Well, I saw your other man today; he was wearing my brand new shoes,
And I'm down to seeds and stems again, too.

Verse 2
Well, I met my old friend Bob today from up in Bowling Green;
He had the prettiest little gal that I'd ever seen.
But I couldn't hide my tears at all, cause she looked just like you,
And I'm down to seeds and stems again, too.

Chorus
Now everybody tells me there's other ways to get high.
They don't seem to understand I'm too far gone to try.
Now these lonely memories, they're all I can't lose,
And I'm down to seeds and stems again, too.

Verse 3
Well my dog died just yesterday and left me all alone.
The finance company dropped by today and repossessed my home.
That's just a drop in the bucket compared to losing you,
And I'm down to seeds and stems again, too.
Got the Down to Seeds and Stems again Blues.

15 posted on 11/26/2005 8:34:42 PM PST by cowboyway (My heroes have always been cowboys.)
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To: UnBubba
The worst year of my life was last week.

I just wish I could remember it.

16 posted on 11/26/2005 8:35:31 PM PST by AmishDude (Your corporate slogan could be here! FReepmail me for my confiscatory rates.)
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To: UnBubba
2004.The finest man to ever walk this earth,the man who always has been and always will be my hero,died:

My Dad

17 posted on 11/26/2005 9:02:39 PM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: UnBubba

He's short, unmasculine, undesirable except for the most dimwitted nymphettes (nymphs?)and a poor excuse for an actor.

No wonder he's depressed. He should take a page from Willis, or Bogie or Gibson and start acting like a man.



18 posted on 11/26/2005 9:06:05 PM PST by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: UnBubba

Dear George Clooney, clearly your karma is in line with uranus.......


19 posted on 11/26/2005 9:08:56 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: cowboyway
My beloved Rottweiler, Darling Precious, was lost to me in 2003 at the age of 12.

She was my best friend, constant companion and protector.

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20 posted on 11/26/2005 9:35:23 PM PST by Dashing Dasher
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To: UnBubba

While riding her bike home from work, my eighteen year old daughter was killed by a drunk driver on June 11 1982.


21 posted on 11/26/2005 10:17:40 PM PST by SweetCaroline (What shall it profit a person if they gain a million dollars, but looses their soul?)
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To: UnBubba
2001 was pretty bad, but I think 2002 was worse.

I was hospitalized with a disability I'm still suffering from. I lost a good job, had to drop out of school (three units shy from my degree), my wife decided that it would be better if she treated me as a friend rather than a wife, so I had to move into a smaller apartment, and she kept the dog.

Most of my "Friends" didn't want to deal with me in my condition, so I lost contact with most of them. About the only thing I was left with was the support of my parents and a friend and they were all 700 miles away.

But I did save a bunch of money by switching my auto insurance to Geico.

So there's always a sivler lining.
22 posted on 11/26/2005 10:26:45 PM PST by birbear (Admit it. you clicked on the "I have already previewed" button without actually previewing the post.)
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To: SweetCaroline

I'm so sorry.


23 posted on 11/26/2005 10:43:32 PM PST by Dashing Dasher
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To: Diego1618

I think you when the booby prize for worst thing that could have happened.


24 posted on 11/26/2005 11:23:25 PM PST by The Westerner
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To: UnBubba
1975: Parents separate for good. (Divorce not too long afterwards). Mother gets custody of us kids. We go on welfare and endure a decade of back breaking poverty. (Father, by contrast, built his own business and lived/lives quite comfortably)

1995: I fall off a step ladder on an off the books job. Breaking my foot and fracturing and disfiguring my shoulder. Operated on my foot. Put a couple of screws in there. Put in a wheelchair for 4 months. Have to learn how to walk again. Now walk with a painful limp. I used to be able to walk for miles (and enjoyed it), but now cant even walk from one room to the other in my own home without discomfort or pain. (I was hoping to join the Army)

2004: One of my cats died. And also lost the use of my car because didnt have the money to have it fixed (it all went to vet bills). So to get to work and back home, I had to rely on public transportation. Problem was that the only bus stop nearest to my house was a 20 minute walk.

So, I would walk to that bus stop to take the bus to the train station (a ten minute ride). Then I had to wait for the train to come which was around 50 minutes. Then the train would take me a couple of stops (another ten minute ride) where I would endure another 50 minute wait for another bus to come and take me from the train station to my job (another ten minute ride).

As a result, I spent only 30 minutes riding, but two hours waiting/walking around for busses and trains. Both ways. 5 days a week I did this through the entire fall and wintertime. Walking through rain, snow, heavy wind, and freezing temps as well as waiting around in such weather for my train and busses to to come pick me up. It wasnt untill the weather got warmer this spring was I finally able to get the car repaired. (Taking a taxi to and from work was out of the question: Too expensive)

25 posted on 11/27/2005 12:05:28 AM PST by lowbridge (All that is needed for evil to triumph is for "RINOS" to do something)
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To: UnBubba

2000 - Abusive relationship


26 posted on 11/27/2005 6:47:51 AM PST by sassbox (GO IRISH!!!)
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To: cowboyway

I still play that song from years ago!Commander Cody and The LOst Planet Airmen!!


27 posted on 11/27/2005 10:51:16 AM PST by xarmydog
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To: cowboyway

Sorry I didnt Read the bands name on your post.


28 posted on 11/27/2005 10:52:41 AM PST by xarmydog
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To: lowbridge; Everyone Else
Hey lowbridge, you sound like you live on Long Island. Am I correct? I am a Long Islander.

To everyone else who responded, I appreciate your comments and am floored by some of the stories I have read. Let's hope for many good years ahead.

GXK

29 posted on 11/27/2005 6:50:13 PM PST by UnBubba
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To: UnBubba
Hey lowbridge, you sound like you live on Long Island. Am I correct?

Yep. In Suffolk County. Close to the Nassau/Suffolk county border.

30 posted on 11/27/2005 7:10:59 PM PST by lowbridge (All that is needed for evil to triumph is for "RINOS" to do something)
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To: UnBubba

In 1976 my mother died of breast cancer, after trying to conceal her disease from the rest of us. While she was in the hospital, my sister had to go in as well to have a brain tumor removed.

Back then I felt that my world was collapsing, and that, if G-d existed, He sure as hell didn't like me. Now I see where I gained the strength to carry on & gain greater independence.

Maybe finding the silver lining in the dark cloud is a way of avoiding the self-pity mode.


31 posted on 11/27/2005 7:40:58 PM PST by MoochPooch (A righteous person worries about his or her behavior, an extremist about everyone else's.)
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To: Dashing Dasher

Sorry for your loss. That is a handsome friend.


32 posted on 11/27/2005 7:43:39 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Westlander

Her passing has created a need for guns.


33 posted on 11/27/2005 7:44:51 PM PST by Dashing Dasher
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To: clamper1797

The year I got married. Sometime in the late 70's I'm told.


34 posted on 11/27/2005 7:45:48 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: UnBubba
I notice that most people's "worst year" revolves around the death of others. Maybe I'm just more fatalistic than the average person but I accepted long ago the fact that all of us are going to die someday and therefore deaths aren't that devastating to me. Though I concede that the death of my wife or one of my kids would be very difficult, I can handle the death of just about anybody else.

The worst year of my life was 1984. It was my last full year in the Marine Corps. I had decided early that year to not re-enlist and once I made that decision, the next 14 months leading to my discharge seemed like a prison sentence. I wanted so badly to just get out and get on with the rest of my life. When I finally got discharged on February 9, 1985, it was the happiest day of my life. I still have vivid memories of flying from San Diego to Boston with the feeling that I had all of my life ahead of me, with a clean slate and endless possibilities. I must say that things have turned out pretty darn good.

35 posted on 11/27/2005 7:51:25 PM PST by SamAdams76 (What Would Howard Roarke Do?)
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To: UnBubba

my worst year can't compare with the rest on here without a doubt, but here it goes:

My worst year (it was actually over about 2 year) was from about mid-July 2001 to September of 2002. I was probably clinically depressed, my new marriage (I was married in May of 2002) was failing, I was having troubles at work, I was constantly negative about everything. I could not get out of the rut and the funk I was in. It started fairly innocently: I was turned down for a promotion at the job.

Another rejection happened again that August. What was happening was the boss man was hiring "ringers" for certain positions and putting them on the help desk with me. When a NOC position or a DMS position or a Config Management position would come open, he was required to open it up to people. Well I would work on a certain area and try to learn the responsibilities of those areas only to find out that the new hire who had been there for 2 months had been doing that for 10 years or more. It sucked.

Being that I was only 21 at the time, I couldn't get over it.

I started to put on weight, I stopped working out, things weren't going my way. When I got up to 296 lbs, my wife more or less brought me back into reality. From July to September it was a slow climb back out of my problems, through exercise and just doing fun things with the wife. On September 8th of 2002, I weighed myself and was down to 250 lbs. I felt GREAT. I won't let that happen to myself again.

It was harder than I can make it be through words, but against what others have gone through on here, it doesn't come close to comparing.


36 posted on 11/27/2005 8:00:30 PM PST by MikefromOhio ("you're a jockhead" - NewRomeTacitus)
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To: UnBubba
2005 was the worst year of my life. The person I loved most in this world, my best friend, decided to end our friendship. I lost my best friend and soulmate and will be reminded each year hereafter since her birthday falls on the anniversary of my mother's death. Instead of celebrating something happy, I now, in essence, celebrate two deaths.

Can't wait to kiss this year goodbye.

37 posted on 11/27/2005 8:05:24 PM PST by rintense
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To: jocon307

Hang in there... not sure if you accept prayers, but the freeper prayer request brigade really helped me when I needed it.


38 posted on 11/27/2005 8:10:41 PM PST by rintense
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To: UnBubba

Forgot to add that while dealing with the 2005 BFB (best friend breakup), I went though a horrible stretch this summer where the doctors thought I may have a brain tumor. Thank the Lord it was negative.


39 posted on 11/27/2005 8:13:45 PM PST by rintense
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To: Ditter

"So cowboy up George Clooney! (you lilly livered liberal)"

I like the way you said that!

On a serious note, you sound like you had a really awful year. I'm very sorry for your loss of your son, just very sad.


40 posted on 11/28/2005 12:02:53 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Ditter

Oh my, that is quite a year to have to go through.


42 posted on 11/28/2005 9:44:22 PM PST by UnBubba
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To: Diego1618
I happen to be reviewing my old posts and came to this thread. I want to let you know that I'm thinking of you as I write this. What a terrible loss. I pray for you and your daughter.

GXK

44 posted on 03/27/2007 9:00:12 PM PDT by UnBubba
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To: UnBubba

"What I have discovered over the years is that good and bad times are somewhat cyclical. Everything can be going well and then, all of a sudden, a bad cycle will emerge. The same is true in reverse.

I can attest to that.

The worst three years of my life - 5th grade.


45 posted on 03/27/2007 9:05:17 PM PDT by baubau (BOYCOTT businesses that hire 3rd world illegal aliens.)
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To: UnBubba

Sheez. It ain't even over yet. Let me finish life and I'll get back to you.


46 posted on 03/27/2007 9:07:31 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: UnBubba

BTW, thanks for resurrecting your old thread. Thought provoking to say the least. I hope all your years henceforth will be terrific.


47 posted on 03/27/2007 9:11:33 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Thank you, and to you, as well.


48 posted on 03/27/2007 9:20:03 PM PDT by UnBubba
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To: UnBubba

I hope to never be able to answer this question, although 2005 sucked pretty bad. i found out my now ex wife was doing her boss, and my father died. I was very close with my dad.

My uncle told me the story of sitting in a rice paddy in Viet Nam, spitting out the nasty taste of his co-pilots brains after getting shot out of his second huey, very concerned about high speed lead poisoning while his wife was home, 8 months pregnant. He told me that was the worst day of his life, and if i ever had a bad one like that, to call him and bitch. I don't think I'll ever have a bad day like that!


49 posted on 03/27/2007 9:25:11 PM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (There are 2 types of Rudy fans - the uninformed or anti-conservative TROLLS who do not belong on FR)
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To: UnBubba

Thank you, my FRiend. Your thoughts and prayers, and those of others.......have always meant a great deal to me.

Diego


50 posted on 03/27/2007 9:31:47 PM PDT by Diego1618
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