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FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Marci Hodge ~ February 4, 2013
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC

Posted on 02/03/2013 5:03:38 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska

 

Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!
 
For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday...
Thank the Veterans who served
in The United States Armed Forces.
 
Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States
Armed Forces Today!
 
 

~ Hall of Heroes ~

Marci Hodge

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"In this job, you find out what you're made of; if you can hack it or not."

Recently promoted to Major, Marci Hodge knows a thing or two about what she's made of. She's spent ten years in the Army; 5 years on Active duty and another 5 so far in the Reserve. She returned from Camp Victory in Iraq, her second deployment, a couple of years ago.

"I'm not interested in reliving traumatic events. The job is to create stability and win hearts and minds," expressed Hodge, who spent 8 months in theater this last time.

MAJ Hodge, who served as Division Humanitarian Assistance Officer as well as the Battalion Sustainment Chief for the 401st Civil Affairs Battalion, is a logistician and civil affairs officer; simply put, "I can move anything," she said, like thousands of fourth and fifth grade level books for school children that the Department of State had been previously trying to move from Jordan to Iraq for the last few years with no luck.

Or such as in Iskandiayh, one of the 14 different locations her battalion covered in Iraq, where she worked on a project with local government to get a completely staffed plant that had survived the war back to fully functioning capacity. Working with one of the facility's managers- one of the few who spoke English at the plant- MAJ Hodge's team on the ground even helped establish organizational practices and human resources, bringing in corporate mentors from the United States.

Her team worked to ensure that the plant would be in a position to operate without the U. S.'s assistance in the future. They brought in older generators to their Forward Operating Base that the Army no longer needed but had the potential to refurbished, and presented the plant with and its employees with their first large project post-war. Local Iraqi truck drivers were also employed to transport the refurbished generators.

"It put folks back to work," said MAJ Hodge, citing at least a thousand workers associated with the local Iraqi plant's operations.

And it's the "folks" she's interacted with that have made the most significant impression on MAJ Hodge, including the Iraqi locals.

"People matter regardless of where they are," she said slowly, emphasizing that people are the same despite miles of ocean and geographic boundaries.

MAJ Hodge, awarded the Bronze Star for her meritorious service in Iraq, identified it as a "human connection" one that allows people to relate and help one another.

And according to MAJ Hodge, one would be hard-pressed to find "more amazing people" to work with than the American troops she's served alongside while in the Army, able to overcome the inevitable obstacles and disappointments that occur while deployed with camaraderie and hard work.

"It's your duty to give back," said Hodge. "You give it everything you've got."

Awarded: The Bronze Star

Right click to download this hero's story.

Interview:

September 15, 2010 - Crawford Broadcasting Comany (4.4MB)

 

Please remember the Canteen is here to honor, support and entertain our troops and their families.  This is a politics-free zone!  Thanks for helping us in our mission! 



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1 posted on 02/03/2013 5:03:49 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Good morning Troops, Veterans and Canteeners.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Our Flag Flying Proudly One Nation Under God

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Lord, Please Bless Our Troops, They're fighting for our Freedom.

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God Bless Our Republic

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands;
one nation UNDER GOD,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

Prayers going up


2 posted on 02/03/2013 5:04:50 PM PST by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
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To: All

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


3 posted on 02/03/2013 5:07:23 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

God bless you all.


4 posted on 02/03/2013 5:10:36 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Back home from PHX after a weekend of enjoying Nate. Got home at 5 PM.


5 posted on 02/03/2013 5:13:20 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: HopeandGlory
And in first....Nana Hope grabs the gold!!


6 posted on 02/03/2013 5:15:14 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: StarCMC; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; ...
Canteen Ping....."Hall of Heroes: Marci Hodge".


7 posted on 02/03/2013 5:29:49 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: StarCMC; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; ...
Canteen Ping....."Hall of Heroes: Marci Hodge".


8 posted on 02/03/2013 5:29:49 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: HopeandGlory
Thanks, Nana Hope, for today's Pledge…((HUGS)). Thanks, AfghanMan and Penguin Girl, for your service to America.


9 posted on 02/03/2013 5:30:26 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: StarCMC; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2LT Radix jr; ...
Canteen Ping....."Hall of Heroes: Marci Hodge".


10 posted on 02/03/2013 5:30:47 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Hoodat

Good evening, Hoodat....our Troops need all the blessings we can provide. Thanks.


11 posted on 02/03/2013 5:34:22 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Hoodat
And in second....Hoodat snags the silver!!


12 posted on 02/03/2013 5:35:58 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Aloha Night Owl! ((HUGS))
13 posted on 02/03/2013 5:37:26 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul the usual suspects!)
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To: SandRat

Good evening, Sand...((HUGS))...glad you are safely home.

Highlight of playing with Nate?


14 posted on 02/03/2013 5:51:38 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Freep mail me to be on or off the Daily Bread ping list


Just Enough

February 4, 2013

I love writing for Our Daily Bread. I confess, however, that sometimes I whine to my friends about how difficult it is to communicate everything I would like to say in a short devotional. If only I could use more than 220 words.

This year when I came to the book of Matthew in my Bible-reading schedule, I noticed something for the first time. As I was reading about the temptation of Christ (Matt. 4:1-11), I noticed how short it was. Matthew used fewer than 250 words to write his account of one of the most pivotal events in all of Scripture. Then I thought of other short yet powerful passages: the 23rd Psalm (117 words) and the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 (66 words).

Clearly, I don’t need more words, I just need to use them well. This also applies to other areas of life—time, money, space. Scripture affirms that God meets the needs of those who seek His kingdom and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33). The psalmist David encourages us, “Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing” (Ps. 34:10).

If today you’re thinking, “I need just a little bit more” of something, consider instead the possibility that God has given you “just enough.”

I would be quiet, Lord, and rest content,
By grace I would not pine or fret;
With You to guide and care, my joy be this:
Not one small need of mine will You forget! —Bosch
He is rich who is satisfied with what he has.

Read: Matthew 6:25-34

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. —Matthew 6:33
Bible in a Year:
Exodus 34-35; Matthew 22:23-46


15 posted on 02/03/2013 5:53:04 PM PST by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hi Everybody!

((((HUGS)))


16 posted on 02/03/2013 5:53:04 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: SandRat
And rounding out the top three....Sand bags the bronze!!


17 posted on 02/03/2013 6:19:07 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: BIGLOOK

Aloha and good afternoon, Hawaii...((HUGS))

Strange goings on at the Super Bowl....

Hope you’ve had a good weekend. Maybe a picnic? The park?

We’ve had sun both days, but temps into the 30s and melting. *sigh*


18 posted on 02/03/2013 6:29:56 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC

What a great hero and role model! Thanks, galz, for introducint us to the Major!


19 posted on 02/03/2013 6:31:11 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: The Mayor

Good evening, Mayor, and thanks for today’s sustenance for body and soul.

Hope you had a restful weekend.


20 posted on 02/03/2013 6:38:01 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: left that other site

Good evening, ML...((HUGS))...did you and Linda have a fun day?

A ride? Garage sale?


21 posted on 02/03/2013 7:00:03 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Still fighting the cold...Linda is being very patient, poor girl.


22 posted on 02/03/2013 7:04:24 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: LUV W

Good evening, Luv...heroes and role models for sure.

Hope you had a good day...a nap maybe?


23 posted on 02/03/2013 7:15:25 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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24 posted on 02/03/2013 7:25:33 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

It was a good day, and, yes, I did get a nice nap. Sunday naps are always the best! :)

Hope you had a nice restful day, too! Are your parents doing well?


25 posted on 02/03/2013 7:27:02 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: LUV W

No new problems, but my Mom is getting slower and slower. She doesn’t trust her knees much, so every little bump sends me checking.

One day at a time....we are managing.


26 posted on 02/03/2013 9:39:13 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Evening, Kathy. Nice to see a woman honored, although I still feel they should avoid combat.

Getting ready for bed, so I bid you nighty-night.


27 posted on 02/03/2013 11:16:39 PM PST by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: MoochPooch

Good night and rest well, Mooch.

I agree with you. And if this stands, they should have to pass the same standards as the men do NOW! No NEW lowered standards.


28 posted on 02/04/2013 12:46:11 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC
A very pleasant good morning to everyone at the Canteen and to all our military at home and abroad. Thanks for your service to our country.

((HUGS))Good morning, Ladies. Thanks for this morning's thread, Star. How's it going?

29 posted on 02/04/2013 1:15:50 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; E.G.C.; GodBlessUSA; LUV W; Arrowhead1952; HiJinx; AZamericonnie; ...


Good morning, Canteen.

Good morning to our

Military, our Allies, and their families.

Thank you, Star, for preparing the Canteen for today’s activities.
KUDOS and thank you go out to
MAJ Marci Hodge
for her service.

DC Metroland weather report

~ Today... Partly to mostly cloudy. High 39F.
Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

~ Tonight... Snow showers this evening
becoming more scattered later. Low 31F.
Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60%.
A slushy accumulation of less than one inch.

Yuck! More snow? I'm ready for summer.
We have been lucky. It snowed quite a bit on Saturday
but no accumulation.
Had some flurries yesterday morn but no accumulation, either.

{{Yoo Hoo Pro}} WOO HOO RAVENS!

That was a good Superbowl. Didn't care for the half-time show.
Favorite commercial this year for me was Doritos.
(and I didn't see them listed in the "so-called" news clips, even FOXNews)
Of course the M&M's are usually good as well as the Clydesdale.
The worse...GoDaddy.com...
close up, lingering kiss...supermodel Bar Refaeli and guy wearing glasses.
BIG DOUBLE YUCK!
Many others were kind of lame, IMO.

Guess I'd better make my rounds while it's still quiet.
But please stay right where you are.
Chat up the military or a family member.
No need to fret...you know I'll be back!

The FR Canteen is

Come in and sit for a while.
There's always plenty of coffee, tea,
pancakes, conversation, silliness,
and plain old BS

REMEMBER THEM ~ DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM


BANKOWSKI, ALFONS ALOYZE
3/23/1961
LAOS
KIA - Body not recovered.

FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT

Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above. Honoring those who have served before.



30 posted on 02/04/2013 4:43:49 AM PST by beachn4fun (Wanted: thread volunteers)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thanks for the supplies!

I am going to attempt to go back to work today...but I still don’t feel 100%.


31 posted on 02/04/2013 4:55:29 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: beachn4fun

((HUGS))Good morning, Beach. How’s it going?


32 posted on 02/04/2013 4:56:02 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: Kathy in Alaska; txradioguy; beachn4fun; StarCMC; Lady Jag; laurenmarlowe; tomkow6; GodBlessUSA; ...











Good morning to everyone at the Canteen. 55º with some light drizzle in the area.





33 posted on 02/04/2013 5:11:48 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, Period, end of conversation.)
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To: beachn4fun

Good morning beachy and (((HUGS))).


34 posted on 02/04/2013 5:15:10 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, Period, end of conversation.)
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To: E.G.C.

Good morning EG ((HUGS))

UGH! It’s Monday what more can I say?

Howz it out your way? Have a good weekend?


35 posted on 02/04/2013 5:44:08 AM PST by beachn4fun (Wanted: thread volunteers)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Good morning dear ((HUGS))

How was your weekend?


36 posted on 02/04/2013 5:45:23 AM PST by beachn4fun (Wanted: thread volunteers)
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To: beachn4fun
Hiya Beachie!!

It was a good game and congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens, Woo-Hoo!

We had a pleasent weather weekend but rain is expected.

I'm heading up to Washington Friday to help my BIL with a project and to visit my sister.

This coffee just isn't strong enough to get my eyes open...

Have a grandocious day!

37 posted on 02/04/2013 6:07:02 AM PST by PROCON (Never underestimate the power of low information voters in large numbers.)
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To: beachn4fun
Hiya Beachie!!

It was a good game and congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens, Woo-Hoo!

We had a pleasent weather weekend but rain is expected.

I'm heading up to Washington Friday to help my BIL with a project and to visit my sister.

This coffee just isn't strong enough to get my eyes open...

Have a grandocious day!

38 posted on 02/04/2013 6:07:02 AM PST by PROCON (Never underestimate the power of low information voters in large numbers.)
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To: beachn4fun; Kathy in Alaska; LUV W; AZamericonnie; fatima; Fawnn
It's going OK. Not much went on last weekend. I went out to the lake with Bo. We had a great time.

I'm going to go to the Ford place to get a new rear view mirror put in. The one I had came out as a result of an accident I had with a fence post a couple of weeks ago.

It's a common deal from what I've heard. I'm doing things a little different. Rather than back out straight from the garage to the gate I just back out of the garage to the right and then turn left towards the gate.

Last year, I was stuck in the mud at the lake and we had to replace the automatic transmission. This job should be a little more easier.

This is a 2006 Ford Ranger BTW.

39 posted on 02/04/2013 6:12:20 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: y'all; Arrowhead1952; beachn4fun; E.G.C.; GodBlessUSA; ConorMacNessa; Kathy in Alaska; HiJinx; ...

Heeeey...just a doggone minute!
Who let it be Monday so quickly!
Oh, well....all of you Early Birds have a GREAT day!
....and don't let it get ya down!
Hope the weather is good where you are!
We're supposed to be in the 70s! Crazy!
I guess I know a few of you
who were happy with the Big Game? :)
((((hugs))))

40 posted on 02/04/2013 6:16:08 AM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: beachn4fun

One of the local property owners had a big SB party that lasted until 1030 and then the cleanup started. I had another facility I had to close, so didn’t get to bed until after midnight.


41 posted on 02/04/2013 6:16:40 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, Period, end of conversation.)
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To: E.G.C.

Howdy, EGC! (((hugs)))

Glad you and Bo had a good weekend...and a romp at the lake! Hope they get the mirror put back with no problems!

It’s going to be warm and dry here...a big *yawn* since it nearly always is anyway. LOL!


42 posted on 02/04/2013 6:33:01 AM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: PROCON

Good morning Pro ((HUGS))

It was a good game, especially the first half. I hated going to bed on 3rd quarter when SF was making a comeback...I’m surprised I could fall asleep. I’m usually nosy and have to see what is going on. LOL

Oh, I bet you’ll have a nice time on Friday helping BIL and visiting sister. Does she usually spoil you when you’re there?

Grab another cup and get to work! hehe.

Hope your Monday is magnificently marvelicious!


43 posted on 02/04/2013 6:59:21 AM PST by beachn4fun (Wanted: thread volunteers)
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To: E.G.C.
The one I had came out as a result of an accident I had with a fence post a couple of weeks ago

Gotta watch them fence posts, they be a nasty bunch. LOL

44 posted on 02/04/2013 7:17:00 AM PST by beachn4fun (Wanted: thread volunteers)
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To: LUV W

Good morning Luvy ((HUGS))

dang Mondays seem to come around every week

I hope some of those 70s come this way. It was 25 this morning.

Hope your Monday is mellow.


45 posted on 02/04/2013 7:19:19 AM PST by beachn4fun (Wanted: thread volunteers)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Sounds like you had a fun time even though you got to bed late.


46 posted on 02/04/2013 7:21:00 AM PST by beachn4fun (Wanted: thread volunteers)
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To: beachn4fun

since no one else wants it


47 posted on 02/04/2013 8:42:05 AM PST by beachn4fun (Wanted: thread volunteers)
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To: beachn4fun

since no one else wants it


48 posted on 02/04/2013 8:42:43 AM PST by beachn4fun (Wanted: thread volunteers)
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To: beachn4fun

since no one else wants it


49 posted on 02/04/2013 8:43:20 AM PST by beachn4fun (Wanted: thread volunteers)
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To: beachn4fun

since no one else wants it


50 posted on 02/04/2013 8:43:49 AM PST by beachn4fun (Wanted: thread volunteers)
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