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..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. I Loved This Movie - March 1st
ALOHA RONNIE Guyer ^

Posted on 02/24/2002 1:16:13 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE

NEVER FORGET

...MEL GIBSON's new ..'BRAVEHEART' in 'Nam.. Motion Picture ..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. which opens this coming Friday, March 1, 2002 in theaters nationwide...

.. is .."Just OUTSTANDING" .. to coin the oft used phrase of approval of the Heroism of his Young Men fighting under heavy enemy fire for the then Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE in the -Valley of Death- that was known as the IA DRANG of 1965 .

...This 1st Major Battle of the Vietnam War between American Forces and Invading North Vietnamese Communist Army Regular Forces was first fully reported in depth in the 1993 Bestselling Book...

..'WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE and YOUNG'..

...by now Retired Lt. Gen. HAL G. MOORE and by JOE GALLOWAY ...who as UPI's Vietnam War Correspondent was fighting right there along side MOORE at Landing Zone X-Ray, IA DRANG-1965.

...Preview showings of ..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. for we Veterans of the Battle of IA DRANG-1965 have been showing in select cities around the country the last two weeks ...as well as at the -Home of the Infantry- Ft. Benning, Georgia ..where the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) Story bagan in 1965 ...and at Ft. Hood, Texas ..its current Headquarters.

...I was first blessed to see ..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. with MOORE/GALLOWAY in attendance at the February 13th Ft. Benning Screening and then again last thursday in San Diego with a family member who said the Movie was -STRIKING-...!

...This Movie is about the Heroism of the Hero Soldiers fighting on both sides of this Battle as well as the Heroism the Hero Families who waited for them to come home or not.

...I -LOVED- THIS MOVIE.

...I -LOVED- being able to personally tell IA DRANG-1965 Hero Families at Ft. Benning 2 weeks ago that it's now America's turn to follow their example they set long ago as shown in ..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. in a new -Time of War- in a new Century ..with an Enemy that is now Within BIG TIME.

...Now everyone in America is going to be put in the middle of these Hero families' feelings of 1965. This could not have come at a better time in the aftermath of the Airstrike Attacks on US on September 11, 2001.

It was really something watching the IA DRANG-1965 Landing Zone X-Ray Battle Area firefights on screen and hearing the bullets just zing overhead by our ears out there in the theater thru a great Stereo Soundtrack.

...As I originally witnessed the Hell of Landing Zone X-Ray from our 7th Cavalry Field Radios and rapid firing Artillery Batteries at Landing Zone Falcon 4.2 Miles out ...I could smell the STENCH of over 1,100 Dead North Vietnamese Communist Army Regular Soldiers rotting in the Hot Sun ..but not the zinging of rounds speeding overhead. On February 13, 2002 ..I did hear them at the Ft. Benning Special Screening. And soon ..so will YOU.

...MEL GIBSON's 360 Degree surmizing of his dire Landing Zone X-Ray Battle situation that brought his Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE to cry out .."BROKEN ARROW".. to his Radioman BOB OUELLETE for unlimited Airstrikes Support on his position from all over the Vietnam Theater ..is UNFORGETTABLE.

...MEL GIBSON's standing at the Vietnam Wall's 3rd Panel viewing our IA DRANG-1965 Killed in Action names was truly profound at the End.

...A silent IA DRANG-1965/WTC-1993/WTC-2001 Lifestaver Hero then..Lt. RICK RESCORLA.. picking up the North Vietnamese Communist/French Battle Bugle at Landing Zone X-Ray was very moving and now heralds the U.S. 1st Cavlary Saber ..Bugle... Call for our holding ACCOUNTABLE those who are truly responsible for the Sept 11th Attacks on US and HIM on American Soil.

..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. puts us all there in Battle as well as in the waiting Hearts at Home of November 1965.

...This Message of War and LOVE for each other at Home and away could not have come at a better for our Country.

...I -LOVED- being Blessed by GOD to suddenly be able to go to the Ft. Benning ..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. Special Screening ...after putting all in His Hands ... then personally wishing my Vietnam Commanding Officer Lt. Gen. HAL G. MOORE a Happy 80th Birthday under the ..'Iron Mike'.. Statue in front of Infantry Hall's Sergeant YORK Parade Field. We were like Young Soldiers together again with me carrying his Radio for him once more before the Battle of IA DRANG-1965.

...ALL UNFORGETTABLE -&- definately ALL IN GOD's PLAN.

Signed:..ALOHA RONNIE Guyer / Battle of IA DRANG-1965 / Landing Zone Falcon / www.LzXray.com

NEVER FORGET


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GARRY OWEN, Sir (U.S. 7th Cavalry Salute 2-U-All)

...For more on ..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. -&- ..IA DRANG-1965..

...please visit our IA DRANG-1965 websites...

.. www.LzXray.com ..-&.. www.WeWereSodliersFILM.com

...as well as my Bookmarked ..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. -&- ..IA DRANG-1965.. www.Freerepublic.com ..Articles simply by accessing the ..ALOHA RONNIE.. on this Post.

GARRY OWEN, Sir (A U.S. 7th Cavalry Salute 2-U-All)

1 posted on 02/24/2002 1:16:13 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (aloharonnie@webtv.net)
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To: Snow Bunny;RonDog;VOA;Flamefront;JMJ333;Joe Montana;goldilucky;generalissimoduane;Landru
NEVER FORGET

...For more on American Hero ..RICK RESCORLA..

...see the.. www.WeWereSoldiersFILM.com ..

..-General Discussion/Off Topic- Thread started up the afternoon of Sept 11th by a son of IA DRANG-1965 Helicopter Commander BRUCE CRANDALL ..played by GREG KINNEAR in ..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. titled:

'September 11, 2001--Another Day That Will Live in Infamy'

NEVER FORGET

2 posted on 02/24/2002 1:22:53 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
If it's HALF as good as Braveheart, it's a GREAT movie!
3 posted on 02/24/2002 1:23:14 PM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thanks for your comments Ronnie. Those of us who didn't serve don't know what you guys went through, but don't think for a moment that we don't appreciate your service, and realize that it was hell. You guys did us proud.

Sounds like one worth seeing bud.

4 posted on 02/24/2002 1:25:11 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Glad you guys have finally been given your just recognition...Heroes all...

Can't wait to see the flick!!

J6P


5 posted on 02/24/2002 1:27:39 PM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: ALOHA RONNIE; quidnunc
Thanks for the excellent movie review ALOHA RONNIE. I intend to see this movie and look forward to it. Thank you and all for your service to your country.

Tonight (Sun) on AMC there is a thirty minute special Behind the Scenes (of We Were Soldiers) at 10:30 pm (Eastern). I'm going to watch it.

6 posted on 02/24/2002 1:38:32 PM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Joe 6-pack;DoughtyOne;LexingtonGreen;Fred Mertz;Chaser
...Please sign the ..RICK RESCORLA.. Medal of Freedom Award Petition under his IA DRANG-1965 Photo on..

.. www.LzXray.com ..

...and then access there the IA DRANG-1965 Photo History of my...

..'Ronnie Guyer Photo Collection'..

...now being posted in the .. 'IA DRANG Misc'.. Section at the Home Page's lower right hand corner.

7 posted on 02/24/2002 1:42:15 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thanks Ronnie. Will do.
8 posted on 02/24/2002 1:49:02 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
# 912
9 posted on 02/24/2002 1:53:38 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
The memory of the Ia Drang survivors who taught me important stuff in basic training at Fort Dix in early 1967 keeps coming back every time I see the advertisement for this movie.

One fellow who ended up a couple of inches shorter, and was awaiting his release from active duty, told us that no matter what, don't leave anybody behind.

That's part of what our memorial is all about too. The guy's who fought in the Ia Drang Valley, and at Au Sha(sp?) gave all who followed them a standard - even if our government didn't have one.

It's a fine standard too; something President Carter didn't even know existed when he decided to violate it.

10 posted on 02/24/2002 1:55:44 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Ronnie! Tapping my toe. TED WHO? Grin...
11 posted on 02/24/2002 1:58:09 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
I'll definately see it.
12 posted on 02/24/2002 2:11:49 PM PST by cactmh
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
AR...My comments on the petition...

"I served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army from 1991 to 2000. Many of the best decisions I made in the interests of our nation, and our Army, were done so with the inspiration of the likes of COL. Rescorla, and others, that have graced the pages of the military history I felt compelled to read. His actions on the date of his death were truly consistent with those throughout his lifetime, and if any is to deserve this medal...it is he..."

13 posted on 02/24/2002 2:37:48 PM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: DoughtyOne
...Petition No. 912 = That's just OUTSTANDING...
14 posted on 02/24/2002 3:14:22 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: DoughtyOne
...That's a pre-Mary Jo-Co 1st Term Senator TED KENNDEY just under 2 years after JFK's Death in Vietnam checking up on LBJ's Vietnam Refugee problem after our first 1st Cav Airmobile operation in Song Ca "Happy Valley."

...Obviiously I was a big KENNEDY Fan at the time...?

15 posted on 02/24/2002 3:19:05 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Joe 6-pack
...Thank you for protecting us and making us the...

...HOME OF THE BRAVE, Joe 6-pack.

...OUTSTANDING ..RICK RESCORLA.. Petition Signature...

16 posted on 02/24/2002 3:21:22 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: muawiyah
...Just being with these same IA DRANG-1965 Heroes in the same room watching their story now for all to see on screen at the -Home of the Infantry- Ft. Benning ...was a true Honor.
17 posted on 02/24/2002 3:24:02 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: cactmh
...You'll definately see ..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'..?

...That's just OUTSTANDING...

18 posted on 02/24/2002 3:32:27 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thanks for the review.

The book was riveting.

I'll be at the theater Friday.

19 posted on 02/24/2002 3:46:46 PM PST by Beowulf
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
bttt
20 posted on 02/24/2002 3:52:28 PM PST by JMJ333
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To: Fred Mertz
...My TV Guide is showing that the American Movie Classics Cable TV ..'Behind the Scenes'.. program on the making of ..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. will also be airing...

...Live at 7:30pm tonight on the West Coast.

GARRY OWEN, Sir

21 posted on 02/24/2002 3:53:28 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thank you so much for this information Ronnie.
22 posted on 02/24/2002 4:06:43 PM PST by Snow Bunny
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thanks so much, Aloha Ronnie!

A crisp salute to you, sir! An amazing day. I ran into an old sailor, a friend of the family, who was serving on the USS Ward during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He recounted his reunion in Pearl for the 60th Anniversary, and talked to 6 Japanese fliers who participated in the raid. An amazing coversation took place between the Japanese fliers, and himself.

I am always humbled to be around such great men, who fought without question, for the greatest country on Earth.

God Bless!

23 posted on 02/24/2002 4:20:12 PM PST by Northern Yankee
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To: Northern Yankee
...ME TOO. Amen...
24 posted on 02/24/2002 4:49:08 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Can't wait to see this movie. Mel Gibson is the best. (He was born in the USA, but raised in Australia, I think.)
25 posted on 02/24/2002 4:55:09 PM PST by buzzcat
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
I was once young also, during VietNam and newly married. I worked with a young guy who was sent over there and looking back, I thank God that I wrote to him as often as I did. When he came back to work he told me "You will never know how much your letters meant to me". Never forgetting his words I now send e-mails to a sailor on a carrier, who is also very appreciative. And I thank you for all you do for our precious military. God Bless!
26 posted on 02/24/2002 5:05:58 PM PST by maxwellp
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To: maxwellp
..WELL DONE.

...Freerepublic.com's Home Page ..USO CANTEEN..

...is a great way to continue your great tradition, and of others, in supporting our Protectors Overseas...

...especially in -Time of War- in a New Century...

...with an Enemy is now Within.

27 posted on 02/24/2002 5:17:59 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Let's keep this post BUMPED!!!!
28 posted on 02/24/2002 5:50:00 PM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack
GARRY OWEN, Sir...
29 posted on 02/24/2002 5:57:15 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
huh?
30 posted on 02/24/2002 6:02:46 PM PST by cactmh
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To: cactmh
...Enjoy ..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. in Theaters Friday...

...and ..'The Making of WE WERE SOLDIERS'.. coming up in 20 minutes on the American Movie Classics (AMC) Cable TV Network...

31 posted on 02/24/2002 6:12:19 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Joe 6-pack
...It's now...

..-943- ..RICK RESCORLA.. Petition Signatures.

...That's just OUTSTANDING...

32 posted on 02/24/2002 9:10:41 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Unforunatly, I've been out of touch with Ernie Savage and his office-mate, Felipe "Phil" Mojica, since the end of last year...I guess it's 'bout time I try to get in touch with them and see what they think about this movie...


33 posted on 02/24/2002 9:19:56 PM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Aloha! Just four more days before the movie starts.
34 posted on 02/24/2002 10:22:56 PM PST by goldilucky
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To: abigail2;rebuildus;68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
...FYI...ALOHA...
35 posted on 02/25/2002 2:05:46 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thanks, AH. Like I said on another thread, I look forward to this movie with a knot in my stomach.

I know you know but for others, I was starting WO Flight School as this battle unfolded. Spent my first tour in Pleiku and know the Ia Drang well.

To all Nam Vets: I know this movie is going to be hard to watch and remember, others care. Welcome home.

36 posted on 02/25/2002 2:20:08 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny
A bump to you, Ronnie, and all of you others who put it on the line for us. God bless.
37 posted on 02/25/2002 2:28:27 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Until 'The Lord of the Rings' was released in december, I hadn't been to a movie theater in about 7 or 8 years. It appears that now, just a few months later, there is another film worth the time, money & effort to go see. What is going on here?
38 posted on 02/25/2002 2:55:15 AM PST by Nubbin
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To: Nubbin;leadpenny;Rightonline;Carl/Newsmax;Judicial Watch
...MEL GIBSON as Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE guests this hour on NBC's ..'TODAY'.. TV Show today and tomorrow...
39 posted on 02/25/2002 6:19:39 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
BIG BUMP, THANKS RONNIE.
40 posted on 02/25/2002 6:28:49 AM PST by abigail2
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Hey, no problem. Just giving you a hard time bud.
41 posted on 02/25/2002 8:11:25 AM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne
...Got a Big Belly Laugh from your Ted-WHO (?) post.

...Now I have just a Big Belly.

42 posted on 02/25/2002 9:13:53 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE,All
ALOHA RONNIE Guyer-Vet/Battle of IA DRANG-1965
asks that we sign this Petition for Tower 2 Lifesaver ..RICK RESCORLA


RICK RESCORLA's Picture graces the Cover of ALOHA RONNIE's Commanding Officer
Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE's Bestselling Book about the Battle of IA DRANG-1965
where RICK's heroism is highlighted on -35- different pages..!


Click Here to sign the petition.

Petition to the President of the United States to bestow America's Medal of Freedom Award on New York City's Tower 2 Lifesaver Hero ..RICK RESCORLA..
ON SEPT 11TH IN SPITE OF BEING TOLD HIS BUILDING WAS NOT IN DANGER, HE IMPLEMENTED THE EVACUATION PLAN HE HAD DEVELOPED FOR HIS FIRM, MORGAN STANLEY. AS A DIRECT RESULT OF HIS EFFORTS THAT DAY AND HIS QUICK ACTION, OVER 2,600 EMPLOYEES WERE SAVED. MR. RESCORLA WAS LAST SEEN GOING UP TO RESCUE PEOPLE WHO WERE UNABLE TO GET DOWN.
HIS ACTIONS REFLECT THE VERY BEST ABOUT AMERICA,
ITS CITIZENS AND ITS DREAMS.

43 posted on 02/25/2002 9:39:23 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
You too? Heh heh heh...
44 posted on 02/25/2002 9:48:32 AM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub;Snow Bunny
...It's now...

..-977-.. RICK RESCORLA ..Medal of Freedom Award Petition Signatures...

...and growing...!!!

45 posted on 02/25/2002 10:40:12 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub;Snow Bunny
...Thank you both for all your help with this Petition...
46 posted on 02/25/2002 10:59:24 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: Snow Bunny;RonDog;VOA;Flamefront;JMJ333;Joe Montana;goldilucky;generalissimoduane;Landru...
This is the documentary special I spoke of in previous posts. It is narrated by Jack Smith (2/7, ALBANY) and has to be the best Vietnam documentary I have seen to date.

The episode indicated in this link was but one in a six-hour series. I'm hoping TLC will air the whole thing. Either way, it's certainly worth a look for anyone interested in an accurate report of what happened and at the same time honoring the men who fought. Something you won't see in the mainstram media these days.

Ambush In The Ia Drang

47 posted on 02/25/2002 11:47:35 AM PST by Euro-American Scum
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To: All
...MEL GIBSON will be guesting for ..'WE WERE SOLDIERS'..

...Tuesday Morning after 7am on CBS' ..'The Early Show'.. not NBC's ..'TODAY'.. Show...

...as he's been there, done that on Monday.

48 posted on 02/25/2002 12:05:57 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thanks for the ping...and bump back atcha'!
49 posted on 02/25/2002 12:21:19 PM PST by VOA
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
BUMP !!!!!

Thank you Ronnie.

50 posted on 02/25/2002 12:34:10 PM PST by Snow Bunny
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