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Why are people so nice in the Deep South?
01/24/2013

Posted on 01/24/2013 6:23:56 PM PST by FoxPro

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To: FoxPro

Because they know God, or have been raised by someone who knows God, or has a role model who knows God.


51 posted on 01/24/2013 7:11:47 PM PST by Truth2012
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To: phormer phrog phlyer

Ain’t had BBQ until you’ve tried North Alabama style with white sauce. Yum!


52 posted on 01/24/2013 7:13:34 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: FoxPro

Here is a funny story for you. Our corporate office used to be in Little Rock and we had regional offices all over the country. We had an all-team meeting in Little Rock and went to dinner with people from all over the country. When dessert time came, the Texas and Arkansas team ordered three desserts and a bunch of forks and we started passing them around so we could try everything, like a big family. The looks on the Phoenix and Chicago team’s faces was priceless. It was like they were watching a zoo exhibit.


53 posted on 01/24/2013 7:14:25 PM PST by mnehring
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To: FoxPro

Thanks for a positive story! I love the south and would never move north.


54 posted on 01/24/2013 7:18:51 PM PST by marygam (I have extra ducktape for anyone who needs to wrap their head.)
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To: DwFry

55 posted on 01/24/2013 7:19:11 PM PST by stormer
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To: FoxPro

I moved to central KY and a small farm in 2011 after living in the Seattle burbs for 45 years. And the quality of the people here is a major factor. Even my sister in law from Chicago visited the Lexington KY area a couple months ago and was seriously taken aback by how nice people are here. And in her words, “It’s sincere.” And she said it like someone might bite into a gold coin and excitedly and stunned say, “it’s real”.

We dearly love it here.


56 posted on 01/24/2013 7:19:11 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: FoxPro

welcome to the south, where all the women are ladies and all the men are gentlemen. it is an entirely different way of life here. but don’t let the good manners fool you into the common notion that we are all a bunch of kind hearted rednecks. and don’t buy into the idea that we are also a bunch of rubes. we, for the most part, treat people the way we want to be treated. There must be something about our way of life here in the south because when outsiders come here, we can’t seem to get them to go home.

Just don’t try to change us. we like living this way.


57 posted on 01/24/2013 7:19:41 PM PST by yellowhorse (6 good horses, 3 good women)
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To: Pharmboy

Its not hard to find nicer folks out here in fly over country, at least away from the big cities.


58 posted on 01/24/2013 7:20:53 PM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: lyby

Hon, we go to Kroger and WalMart to socialize! LOL. My boys kid me all the time. “Gosh, Mom. How many people do you know?”. Hehe!


59 posted on 01/24/2013 7:21:55 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: stormer

I remember that day. They gave me my pants back once they got the photo.


60 posted on 01/24/2013 7:22:03 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

If WalMart doesn’t have it, you don’t need it.

;-)


61 posted on 01/24/2013 7:23:31 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

At least you remember. When my sister finally came home she didn’t have a clue...


62 posted on 01/24/2013 7:23:48 PM PST by stormer
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To: bigheadfred

Years ago my husband and I moved to central Maine. Pretty cold and snowy area. We drove in our little Pinto and one afternoon slid off the road. A big truck with four big men pulled up in front of us, All got out with a nod but no words, pointed us out of the way and one steered and pushed and the other three pushed and the car was back on the road. they did not say one word to us. We tried to offer monies but just saw them drive off.

This was, we discovered, the rule of the road, in the area, something like leaving the camp door unlocked and provisioned in alaska for whomever might need to stay.

Over the years we became part of the folks who stopped, nodded and pushed. There was great comfort in knowing that the next car would help when stranded miles from nowhere.


63 posted on 01/24/2013 7:24:39 PM PST by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: FoxPro

I would call Huntsville more like mid south than deep south. It’s northern Alabama which is closer to east Tennessee — a longtime Republican holdout going back to the Civil War — culturally, than the deep plantation South. Furthermore, Huntsville is a big time techie mecca with more PhD’s per capita than Silicon Valley thanks to its defense industry connections. Lots of international types around as well thanks in part to its excellent engineering oriented university. That particular Krogers serves the upscale Madison area where all the engineers live. That said, it’s still Alabama and the southern culture is very evident.


64 posted on 01/24/2013 7:24:54 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
Ain’t had BBQ until you’ve tried North Alabama style with white sauce. Yum!

Can you point me to a place that serves this in the Huntsville, Alabama area?

Please?

Thank-you sir!

65 posted on 01/24/2013 7:26:12 PM PST by FoxPro
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To: Truth2012
Moved to coastal NC in the late 80s, after having lived in DC, Philly and Honolulu. The NC folks were so friendly at first we thought they were putting us on. I've had to leave a couple of times since for work reasons, but we can't wait to go back for good. I think a lot of it is that Southern folks assume you will be your friend until proven wrong. It's the opposite in other places, and to top it off, in large urban areas they figure they will never see you again, so who cares? Some people think Southerners are phony, but they are wrong. Southerners care, and they have a philosophy they live by. I work contracts all over the US, and Wisconsin, Missouri, Tenn and Kentucky all have a big thumbs up from me as too. If you get to the Ft. Knox area, don't miss the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot. Best people ever there as well.
66 posted on 01/24/2013 7:26:58 PM PST by binreadin
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To: Bainbridge

I’d always heard that Bob Jones University was the buckle on the Bible Belt.

BTW....the original Bob Jones, and several of his progeny did and do hue the strict Baptist, anti-charismatic line. But a while back I heard that one of the Joneses in the line of succession had jumped the tracks and was a stalwart charismatic. Anyone know anything about that?


67 posted on 01/24/2013 7:27:19 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: stormer

At least you remember. When my sister finally came home she didn’t have a clue...
Hey, she’s my sister too! When’s she due? (as if I didn’t know.)


68 posted on 01/24/2013 7:27:28 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: KittenClaws
My husband and I, both Texans, were at the car rental counter at a California Airport....my husband for his drivers license number. He verbally gave the number, a typical trust issue in Texas.... and she says “To-To, you ain’t in Kansas anymore, I’ll need to SEE that license”

No sale regarding your suggestion they don't ask for drivers licenses at Texas car rental agencies...Total BS.

The moral? We are as surprised at cynicism as you are at openness.

Ya would have received the same response from white woman.

Ya see it's not cynicism for a car rental company to ask for your freaking drivers license, just like they do in Texas...LOL!

It's simply common sense...This isn't 1950s America, regardless of where ya call home...

69 posted on 01/24/2013 7:29:14 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: FoxPro

My Sister married a Naval Aviator and they have been all over the United States as well as most of the world. She says the rudest people they have met are from San Francisco.

They are retired and now spend 6 months every year in some country usually in Europe. My Sister says the Scots are friendliest people in Europe. The last two years they spent in Hungary. At first they got a bad impression as no one would offer to help you if you obviously did. Then they got to noticing that if you actually asked them for help, they were very forthcoming. They even asked a student for directions and he spent the whole day driving them around showing different attractions and then refused any money.


70 posted on 01/24/2013 7:32:28 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: mnehring

Hahaha! Why...we just love on everybody!


71 posted on 01/24/2013 7:34:19 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: mriguy67

It’s “old school”, and tells you alot about upbringing.

I attended a private school in Huntsville in 1964. Something had just happened that caused these church schools to spring up all over Alabama. As a first grader I was ignorant to the greater issues at the time.

The basic politeness you refer to is still found in the southern expatriot community, white and black as you travel America.

In increasing infrequency, I should add.


72 posted on 01/24/2013 7:34:43 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: freedumb2003

Same here!

Great people everywhere in the metroplex :)


73 posted on 01/24/2013 7:38:41 PM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: mylife

“Funny, I have a merchant in Texas like that, but he
is from California.”

I have lived in California all of my life, small town,
rural California, that is. Kindness and friendliness
abounds. Where it doesn’t is where rural communities
have been invaded by city dwellers, sad to say.
All Californians get a bad rap for the outrageous
actions of the dominant large city folks. If the truth
be known we proud, small town California hicks are
not so different than Ruralville Anywhere, USA.

I think the biggest difference in people is between
urban and rural, as opposed to state or region.


74 posted on 01/24/2013 7:40:08 PM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: yarddog

I was in NYC my h.s. senior year (1977) with an exchange student and her mother. They spoke minimal English. Apparently, we took the wrong way to the subway... We stopped at a corner store to ask directions... The store owners did not speak English either... At some point, I encountered a man and asked for assistance. He told me that I must not be a local because of my smile...

To wit:

To Be a Virginian
either by birth, marriage, adoption,
or even on one’s mother’s side,
is an introduction to any state in the Union,
a passport to any foreign country,
and a benediction from the Almighty God.
~ Anonymous


75 posted on 01/24/2013 7:41:23 PM PST by lyby ("Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe." ~ Galileo Galilei)
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To: cyn

That TOTALLY depends on what context it’s used in. Most of the time it’s used as a term of endearment. But in rare cases it is a polite way of saying “oh, that dumb@ss”.


76 posted on 01/24/2013 7:43:08 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Sivad
I think the biggest difference in people is between urban and rural, as opposed to state or region.

Roger that.

Pretty much the same in any state, generalities being what they are.

77 posted on 01/24/2013 7:43:26 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: mnehring

In the 23 years of my work experience, my first job, our company had facilities in various parts of the country including NJ and AL. The people in AL were the nicest folks and very polite. They would get us lunch and they brought some good food especailly BBQ.

However, the NJ facility, when we were there, we constantly had to walk on eggshells. We were told that we had to be very formal and demure, we were also instructed to dress much nicer and that even included weekends. We were in NJ for two weeks too install new system. And when installing the new system, we had to constantly ask permission to do this and that. The funny thing, for lunch, they always bought us fast food and for dinner, we did dinner on our own and excluded them.

Our last night there, we went to a very nice place to eat with the NJ folks. It was the kind of place where there were no prices on the menu. One person in our group ordered Filet Mignon and I ordered lobster. We were told thanks for hard work and were more than welcome to order anything on the menu. Two weeks after we got back to Indy from the NJ trip, I got called in and got chewed out about the lobster. The general manager (GM) was pretty livid that I ordered lobster and how I haven’t paid my dues to society and I need to know my place. My response back was if the GM felt I didn’t deserve to eat at a nice place, he should have been upfront and said so, of course I would have something to say to him afterward though. Nothing was ever said about the filet mignon.

In later years of my career, I have found that I don’t care to deal with people from the US Northeast especially New Jersey. Not nice people and they vote democrat too ! And the executive types are the type I don’t care to deal with. In my current job, I had to deal with a NJ customer and it started with a phone call from an East Indian and I pushed back and then the phone changed changed immediately and I was dealing with an Executive VP and he just started barking one order after another laced with threats such as filing a lawsuit and criminal charges if I didn’t fix his problem this instant. A real POS if you ask me. My manager and legal got involved.

When I worked at Lockheed Martin, we had counterparts in Gaithersburg, MD and they were a PITA to deal with. They plan things out but they never tell what they are and they expect you to drop whatever you are doing this instant and do work for them. I even politely asked them if they can tell us what is being planned so we can be prepared and get some work done ahead of time so it can be done well instead of having to do it in a hurry. They gave a curt response back they were not going to work that way and insisted that we are expected to be at their “beck and call” whenever. When it came to vacation, they told us that we don’t start vacation until Saturday morning and we were expected to be available into Friday night for whatever work they wanted done. And I really pissed them off when I left like on Thu afternoon or Fri morning after I had my 40 hours. They usually call me 5 minuted before I am ready to leave with bunch of work that they wanted done and I told them to find someone else to do it or it can wait until I got back. How they knew, we were required to put in our availability time in our calendar.

The gist of it, I don’t care to deal with East Coast people especailly with their entitlement mentality and having to constantly have to be very careful in how I dealt with them since almost anything can set them off and they demand to talk to your manager.

> I’m in East Texas (edge of the South) but I telecommute with teams in NYC, New Jersey, and Chicago and there really is a big cultural gap. We are obsessed with being polite, they are obsessed with being politically correct (to the point of rudeness*).


78 posted on 01/24/2013 7:43:51 PM PST by CORedneck
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To: FoxPro

It’s nice, isn’t it? I live in Houston and some people are nice here, but when we were south of Lafayette, the people couldn’t have been nicer.


79 posted on 01/24/2013 7:44:09 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: DwFry

“The least Multicultural societies are most often the nicest.”

Sociologist Robert Putnam wrote a very interesting book about exactly that, called “Bowling Alone” ...


80 posted on 01/24/2013 7:44:09 PM PST by Road Glide
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To: mnehring

Re: Christmas

My company has offices in a number of states, among them Texas and California.
In Cali nobody dares say merry Christmas or even happy holidays.

In Texas everyone says merry Christmas, and refers to all the holidays by their proper name. Easter also.

I’ve died an gone to heaven :)

(yes, am in Texas now)


81 posted on 01/24/2013 7:44:21 PM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: FoxPro

call the store!


82 posted on 01/24/2013 7:44:35 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: FoxPro

You can call someone anything
as long as you end with
“Bless Their Heart”


83 posted on 01/24/2013 7:46:45 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: mnehring

You should probably warn him about the whole hugging thing before he shows up at your church.

I'm sorry, but that was funny.  Because it's true! lol

 

84 posted on 01/24/2013 7:46:48 PM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: I still care; FoxPro
We have come to the conclusion that you see helpful strangers in areas that cherish large family.

SFran is the exact opposite. It is one of the rudest areas in the US.

You've hit on an unpleasant fact of life here. SF Bay Area people tend to see children as optional accessories to their lives.

85 posted on 01/24/2013 7:47:01 PM PST by thecodont
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To: reformedliberal

That is So wonderful!! If I could tolerate the COLD, I definitely would consider WI. GO PACKERS!!!!! (Our FAVORITE NFL team. - Don’t ask “why” as it is a family secret. :-)


86 posted on 01/24/2013 7:47:38 PM PST by lyby ("Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe." ~ Galileo Galilei)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Most of California was like that before we were inundated by New York and east coast college students during the Viet Nam War. They got their deferments, hung on in our low-tuition state colleges, and stayed after graduation. The California culture has suffered ever since.


87 posted on 01/24/2013 7:49:13 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: FoxPro
When I did my armor training at Ft. Knox probably 70% of my class was from states of the Confederate South. I was from Arizona, which made me a little hard to categorize (not a southernor, not exactly a Yankee), but I found these men to be easy friends and the "good ol boy" come to life.

Like the store manager in this story, which I totally believe. Yet there was a level beyond which we did not go. It may not seem to make sense in the context here, but it does to me; and I call it "honor."

I sometimes trash southernors here for hypocrisy and thin skins, but the underlying fault is not living up to your heritage. Y'all should do and be better.

88 posted on 01/24/2013 7:49:55 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: FoxPro

Welcome to the south. Kick your shoes off and stay a while.


89 posted on 01/24/2013 7:51:26 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: FoxPro

Well, it’s Ma’am....but I’m not pickin’. I’ll PM you a place near me that’s worth the drive.


90 posted on 01/24/2013 7:51:35 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: FoxPro

I got a smoked pork loin from a butcher in the Texas hill country last month for under $9.

91 posted on 01/24/2013 7:52:46 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: I still care

“SFran is the exact opposite. It is one of the rudest areas in the US.”

Of course, and if your life was an ongoing pain in the a$$, you’d be rude, too.


92 posted on 01/24/2013 7:56:07 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: FoxPro; All
Great story!

One man who has been to nine All Star games said he can overlook the hustle and bustle, because Kansas City's hospitality has hit a home run with him.

"They're courteous, open doors, you sneeze they say bless you," Chris Gamell, of Dallas, said.

A Jackson, Miss., man said he was a bit skeptical of what he would see in this "cow town," but he said he was converted after spending a couple of days here.

"Everybody's been awesome!" he said.

Read more: http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/local_news/mlb-declares-kc-one-of-the-best#ixzz2IxJXeWgO

93 posted on 01/24/2013 7:56:17 PM PST by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: FoxPro

Have you tried the boiled peanuts yet?


94 posted on 01/24/2013 7:57:28 PM PST by posterchild
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To: FoxPro

Bible-believing Christians, of whom there are many in the Bible belt, are blessed to be a blessing. Never deny them/us our blessing!


95 posted on 01/24/2013 7:59:20 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: a fool in paradise
I got a smoked pork loin from a butcher in the Texas hill country last month for under $9.

But these were really big!

96 posted on 01/24/2013 8:02:56 PM PST by FoxPro
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To: FoxPro

It is pretty cool being in the South. Zero stress, very easy lifestyle, nothing rushed, people are much slower and willing to have a basic life. It is probably the way everyone should be.


97 posted on 01/24/2013 8:03:25 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: posterchild
Have you tried the boiled peanuts yet?

No, where do I go for this?

98 posted on 01/24/2013 8:05:45 PM PST by FoxPro
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To: cripplecreek; FoxPro

Yes indeed. I am in rural CT and the people here are very friendly and would help a stranger in a minute.


99 posted on 01/24/2013 8:06:43 PM PST by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: posterchild

In the old days they were known ‘goober peas’.


100 posted on 01/24/2013 8:06:43 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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