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New Rush Album Touches On War On Terror and 9-11
Vapor Trails-The New Rush Album Due May 14 | 4-30-02 | my favorite headache

Posted on 04/30/2002 2:34:10 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache

The long awaited album from the rock band Rush who has sold in excess of 40 million albums worldwide is about to release one of their strongest efforts to date. I have had the opportunity to own this album for the last 2 weeks and it will be released to the public on May 14th. I am posting some lyrics to a few of the new songs on the album as Neil Peart (who lost his daughter and wife in 1997 in the span of 10 months),touches on the morning of 9-11,our fears, our rage, our hopes, and what was lost and can hopefully be gained.

For those not in the know Neil is a Libertarian and well versed writer who has paid tribute to Ayn Rand on many songs. So here are a few selections to read and take in. Also as a slight review for this album I must say that the album has hit a home run and the tour begins June 28th in Hartford,CT.

Notice the tribute to let's roll in there and the other meanings in between the song.

Freeze (Part IV of "Fear")

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The city crouches steaming, in the early morning half light
The sun is still a rumor, and the light is still a threat
Slipping through the dark streets and the echoes and the shadows
Something stirs behind me and my palms begin to sweat

Sometimes I freeze until the light comes
Sometimes I fly into the night
Sometimes I fight against the darkness
Sometimes I'm wrong
Sometimes I'm right

Cold immortal scream caught like a creature in the headlights
Into a desperate panic, or a tempest of blind fury
Like cornered beast
Or a conquering hero

The madness threatens
Closing
And i'm frozen in the shadows
I'm not prepared to run away
And i'm not prepared to fight
I could stand to reason
Or surrender to a reflex
I will trust my instincts
Or surrender to my fright

Sometimes we freeze
Until the light comes
Sometimes we [roll]
And sometimes we rise
Sometimes we fight
Against the darkness
Sometimes we fly
Into the night

Blood running cold
Mind going numb
Into a dark night
Of a desparate panic
Or a tempest of blind fury

Like a cornered beast
Or a conquering hero

Sometimes i freeze
Sometimes i fly

Sometimes I freeze
Until the light comes
Sometimes I fly
Into the night
Into the night
Into the night

Ceiling Unlimited

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It's not the heat it's the inhumanity
Lurking through the sweat of a summer street
Machine gun images pass like malice through the looking glass

The slack-jaw gaze of true profanity
Feels more like surrender than defeat
If culture is the curse of the thinking class

Ceiling unlimited
World so wide
Turn and turn again, turn again
Feeling unlimited
Still unsatisfied
Changes never end, never end

The vacant smile of true insanity
Dressed up in the mask of tragedy
Programmed for the guts and glands of idle minds and idle hands

I rest my case, at least my vanity
Dessed up in the mask of comedy
If laughter is a storm for a drowning man

Ceiling unlimited
Windows open wide
Look and look again, look again
Feeling unlimited
Eyes on the prize
Changes never end, never end

Winding like an ancient river
The time is now again
Wandering like an ancient river
The time is now again

Winding like an endless river

Peaceable Kingdom

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All this time we're talking and sharing our rational views
A billion other voices are spreading other news
All this time we're living and trying to understand
While a billion other choices are making their demands

Talk of a peaceable kingdom
Talk of a time without fear
The ones we wish would listen
Are never going to hear

Justice against the Hanged Man
Knight of Wands against the hour
Swords against the kingdom
Time against the Tower

All this time we're shuffling and laying out all our cards
While a billion other dealers are slipping past our guards
All this time we're hoping and praying we all might learn
While a billion other teachers are teaching them how to burn

Dream of a peaceable kingdom
Dream of a time without war
The ones we wish could hear us
Have heard it all before

Away toward the clearing sky

The Hermit against the Lovers
Oh, the Devil against the Fool
Swords against the kingdom
The Wheel against the rules

All this time we're builded like bonfires in the dark
A billion other blazes are shooting off their sparks
Every spark a drifting ember of desire
To fall upon the earth and spark another fire

A global angel on the fly
Away toward the clearing sky

Vapor Trail

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Stratospheric traces
Of our transitory flight
Trails of condensation
Held in narrow bands of white

The sun is turning black
The world is turning gray
All the stars fade from the night
The ocean drain away

Horizon to horizon
Memory written on the wind
Fading away like an hourglass
Grain by grain
Swept away like voices in a hurricane
In a vapor trail
In a vapor trail

Atmospheric phases
Make the transitory lapse
Vaporize the memories
That freeze the fading past
Silence all the songbirds
Stilled by the killing frost
For it's burned to ashes
Every name is lost

Horizon to horizon
Memory written on the wind
Washed away like footprints in the rain
Swept away like voices in a hurricane
In a vapor trail
In a vapor trail

Washed away like footprints in the rain
Swept away like voices in a hurricane

In a vapor trail...


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To: SolitaryMan
Rush Tour 2002-

June 28: Hartford, Conn. (ctnow.com Meadows Music Centre)
June 29: Scranton, Pa. (Montage Mountain Amphitheatre)
July 1: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
July 3: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
July 4: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion @ Walnut Creek)
July 6: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
July 7: Darien Center, N.Y. (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
July 9: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
July 11: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 12: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center)
July 14: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center)
July 15: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach)
July 17: Toronto (Molson Amphitheatre)
July 19: Milwaukee (Marcus Amphitheatre)
July 20: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center)
Aug. 1: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Sandstone Amphitheatre)
Aug. 2: Maryland Heights, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion)
Aug. 4: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug. 6: Burgettstown, Pa. (Post-Gazette Pavilion)
Aug. 8: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheatre)
Aug. 9: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
Aug. 11: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
Aug. 14: Nashville, Tenn. (AmSouth Amphitheatre)
Aug. 16: The Woodlands, Texas (C.W. Mitchell Pavilion)
Aug. 17: San Antonio, Texas (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Aug. 19: Dallas (Reunion Arena)
Aug. 21: Albuquerque, NM (Journal Pavilion)
Aug. 23: Salt Lake City, UT (Delta Center)
Aug. 24: Englewood, CO (Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre)
Sep. 14, Seattle, WA (The Gorge)
Sep. 15, Portland, OR (Rose Garden)
Sep. 17, Concord, CA (Chronicle Pavilion)
Sep. 18, Sacramento, CA (Autowest Amphitheater)
Sep. 20, San Francisco, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
Sep. 21, Las Vegas, NV (MGM Grand)
Sep. 23, Los Angeles, CA (Staples Center Arena)
Sep. 25, San Diego, CA (Coors Amphitheater)
Sep. 27, Phoenix, AZ (Cricket Pavilion)
Sep. 28, Irvine, CA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
Oct. 10, Miami, FL (National Car Rental Center)
Oct. 11, Tampa, FL (Ice Palace)
Oct. 13, Atlanta, GA (Phillips Arena)
Oct. 15, Cleveland, OH (Gund Arena)
Oct. 16, Rochester, NY (Blue Cross Arena)
Oct. 18, Toronto, ON (Molson Amphitheater)
Oct. 19, Quebec City, QC (Colisee Pepsi Arena)
Oct. 22, Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
Oct. 24, New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
Oct. 25, Hershey, PA (Giant Arena)
Oct. 27, Philadelphia, PA (First Union Center)
Oct. 28, Boston, MA (Fleet Center)
Oct. 30, Chicago, IL (The United Center)
Nov. 1, Ames, IA (Hilton Coliseum)
Nov. 2, Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)

51 posted on 04/30/2002 6:49:35 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: gcraig
Tour dates added to this thread
52 posted on 04/30/2002 6:50:41 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache
Oct. 11, Tampa, FL (Ice Palace)

Thanks! I'll mark my calendar!

53 posted on 04/30/2002 6:54:23 PM PDT by PogySailor
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To: SolitaryMan
From the site:

"fact 05: Alex once ate more than nineteen thousand dollars worth of cheese in a single afternoon."

These guys are honorary Freepers!

54 posted on 04/30/2002 6:56:56 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido
I can't tell you how many times I thought of FR when I read that...lmao
55 posted on 04/30/2002 7:00:00 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: PogySailor
See you there...I will be there.
56 posted on 04/30/2002 7:00:23 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: PogySailor
Nothing like the thought provoking lyrics of Rush

Each of us
A cell of awareness
Imperfect and incomplete
Genetic blends with uncertain ends
On a fortune hunt that's far too fleet

And the rest of the song is good too.

57 posted on 04/30/2002 7:12:18 PM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou
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To: My Favorite Headache
Aug. 16: The Woodlands, Texas (C.W. Mitchell Pavilion)

Hmmmm.... An outside concert in the middle of the August heat and mosquitos....if it was anyone but Rush, I'd take a pass;-)

58 posted on 04/30/2002 7:17:41 PM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou
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To: My Favorite Headache
I'll have to look into tickets for the Molson Amp, or for the tour later this year.

No, I haven't been to dmbgame.com, I'll have to check it out. Didn't get to see DMB here in Toronto. Those tickets sold out virtually overnight.

59 posted on 04/30/2002 7:40:53 PM PDT by -YYZ-
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
Free will:
You can choose a ready guide
in some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide
you still have made a choice
You can choose from phantom fears
and kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose free will.

For some reason that one was at the top of my head.

60 posted on 04/30/2002 7:46:46 PM PDT by -YYZ-
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To: -YYZ-
These days I'm really into the Dave Matthews Band.

I know everyone says they're great, but maybe I'm not hearing the right tracks. Of course, I'm so behind on music I think of Soundgarden as a new band and they broke up five years ago. Right now for me it's swing, old and new, (Louie Prima, Royal Crown Revue) old jazz,(the Duke) the blues (Sarah Vaughn) and classical(Schubert, LIszt, Bach, Metallica).

61 posted on 04/30/2002 8:39:51 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: My Favorite Headache
SO is the whole album formatted kinda like 2112?
62 posted on 04/30/2002 8:45:36 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK
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To: daffyduck
You saw Hemispheres you #&@##$&*$&#!!!!!
63 posted on 04/30/2002 8:47:07 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
Nope..not at all...these are really confessions and just downright the most personal lyrics Neil has ever written. Alex has left the solos out but has replaced what the keyboards put in the last years with amazing chords. It is a solid disc and I have been very moved by it. Something I was not at all with Test For Echo.
64 posted on 04/30/2002 9:12:53 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: PeaceBeWithYou
You have to! LOL...I mean don't ya want to be part of the Texas Welcome Back Committee For Neil Peart?
65 posted on 04/30/2002 9:14:27 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache
Cool! Many thanks for the info.
My uncle has a country place
that no one knows about...

Still my all time favorite...
66 posted on 05/01/2002 1:10:18 AM PDT by philman_36
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To: My Favorite Headache
I've got tickets for their July 4 show at Walnut Creek in Raleigh. I saw them last at the Dean Dome in Raleigh for their Counterparts tour. The sound in the Dean Dome SUCKS! I'll never go to another concert there. Exit Stage Left is my favorite Rush album. Pearts drum solo in YYZ is incredible.
67 posted on 05/01/2002 6:44:03 AM PDT by SunTzuWu
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We are young

Wondering the things of the earth

Wondering what our dreams might be worth

Learning that we're only mortal, for a limited time.

68 posted on 05/01/2002 7:04:54 AM PDT by Ferris
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To: -YYZ-
That is exactly the reason why I can't stand and never really could stand the band...the perfect mixture of preachiness and atheism. Blah. Of course and "Closer to the Heart" was nothing more than a dressed up call to Socialism...and factor that in with Peart's comments a few years ago about how you have only 3 and half minutes for a song, so you have to make the song really good. Rush...they've never been heavy; they're not interesting; their lyrics are generic. They are a stereotypically Canadian -- pacifistic openminded tolerance with no moral compass. Yawn...
69 posted on 05/01/2002 8:01:00 AM PDT by =Intervention=
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To: =Intervention=
Hmmmm. I take it you're not a fan. I've come to recognize some shortcomings in their music over the years, but I still enjoy listening to many of their older tunes. I guess you could see atheism in those lyrics, or socialism in Closer to the Hear, but that's just your interpretation. Peart wrote those lyrics, and his tastes in those years ran towards Libertariansim, which is rather the opposite of socialism, as I understand it. I would agree that most of their music since Grace Under Pressure has been rather generic, but I certainly wouldn't categorize the albums A Farewell to Kings (or maybe as far back as Fly By Night) thru Moving Pictures (or maybe even Signals) as generic.

Roll the Bones had some intersting tunes, too. ps I saw the Permanent Waves tour in 1979 or '80 as a 12 year old, opened by Max Webster. They were awesome back then.

70 posted on 05/01/2002 8:13:52 AM PDT by -YYZ-
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To: My Favorite Headache; -YYZ-
Anyway, "Part IV of Fear"? That's a little out of sequence, seeing as how parts I, II, and III came out in reverse order, part 3 on Moving Pictures, part 2 on Signals, and part 1 was on (which one came after Signals, Grace Under Pressure?). (like I said, used to be seriously into Rush).

To: -YYZ-
As for the Fear being part 4...it was the fans who always called it a trilogy...not Neil. Got my tickets for one show so far...will be working on more later on.


I think this is incorrect. I don't have it handy, but I'm pretty sure it's labeled as a trilogy in the liner notes. For more check out this explanation.
You can find all of the answers to your questions at The Rush FAQ.
71 posted on 05/01/2002 8:17:39 AM PDT by dyed_in_the_wool
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To: My Favorite Headache
It is a solid disc and I have been very moved by it. Something I was not at all with Test For Echo.

'Dog Years' was painful to listen to. The album was almost as bad as Hold Your Fire.
Considering how many great albums they've had, it's hard to gripe. But you have to call the bad ones when you see them.
72 posted on 05/01/2002 8:19:52 AM PDT by dyed_in_the_wool
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To: Ferris
Wondering the things of the earth

Er, uh, I think it's Wandering the Face of the Earth.
Perhaps you should check out Kiss This Guy.com.
73 posted on 05/01/2002 8:21:56 AM PDT by dyed_in_the_wool
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To: dyed_in_the_wool
Dog Years was a slap in the face. I did not deserve to be exposed to it. Same with Madrigal...not right. LOL...all in all though you can't complain with Rush. Yes some of Neil's beliefs I really really try to look past. The fact that he believes in a random universe you can't believe there is a God because there is no proof. I say to Neil prove there isn't. As he gets older and the hell that he has gone through it is funny watching him have gripes with Angels,God, and Religion all in one song. Then the next album he is talking to "stars" and asking why?

Surely Neil doesn't believe that stars are our spirit in rock and water form does he?? Oooopss...listen to the track Presto and High Water and there is your answer. Maybe Totem? His lyrics on 90% of other songs have hit home and hit a home run though but for the most part his pacifist side does come out more often than I want in Rush's music. But at this point...I will take any Rush I can get.

74 posted on 05/01/2002 8:26:54 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: Vladiator
"It's time for these guys to shut their collective Canadian ycake holes and go back to eating back bacon"

Hmm...very poignant and intelligent comment. Might I suggest you do the same? If you're some kind of fan of Vlad the Impaler or something (or "Robot Wars"?), maybe it will make you feel better to know that Alex Lifeson (not his real last name) is of Serbian descent, which is somewhere near Transylvania I guess.

Longtime Rush fan bump! While some albums were better than others, they were all good!

75 posted on 05/01/2002 8:49:20 AM PDT by cmak9
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To: My Favorite Headache
bttt
76 posted on 05/01/2002 8:51:39 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: My Favorite Headache
thanks for this post! ten thousand replies would not be enough. I have my tickets for the July 7th show at Darien Lake PAC outside of Buffalo. My best friend blew $100 on tickets for my birthday on July 9th! What a birthday present! Each ticket was $67 but I told him just to pay $100 or I'd feel bad...

If the show is good (duh!) I will try to get tickets to shows later on in the tour, maybe making the trip to Boston or somewhere else here in the NorthEast.

my friend says that his boss has seen Rush over 35 times, the first time was with ZZ Top for $6 !!!!

77 posted on 05/01/2002 3:31:40 PM PDT by Benson_Carter
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To: My Favorite Headache
Damm, I thought it was RUSH LIMBAUGH who was out with a new album. Oh well.
78 posted on 05/01/2002 3:35:47 PM PDT by Cacique
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To: Benson_Carter
What a birthday present! Each ticket was $67 but I told him just to pay $100 or I'd feel bad....<<<<<<<<

LMFAO...my kinda of friend you are...feelin bad if he spent less...hahahahahaha

79 posted on 05/01/2002 3:42:55 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache
hey, what can I say? we both wanted to be as close to the stage as humanly possible!

: )

80 posted on 05/01/2002 4:08:47 PM PDT by Benson_Carter
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To: My Favorite Headache
no no no... the tickets were $67 EACH but I told him to pay a total of $100 and I would make up the difference... LOL!!! I am not THAT bad!
81 posted on 05/01/2002 4:10:13 PM PDT by Benson_Carter
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To: Benson_Carter
I am :)
82 posted on 05/01/2002 4:14:19 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: Benson_Carter
my girlfriend got the N.C. tickets 4th row...240 each...yikes!
83 posted on 05/01/2002 4:16:43 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: nunya bidness
Pinged ya first!

84 posted on 05/01/2002 7:31:06 PM PDT by AnnaZ
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To: AnnaZ; nunya bidness
Damn, you beat me to it.
:-b
85 posted on 05/01/2002 7:39:43 PM PDT by MadameAxe
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To: AnnaZ; MadameAxe
Thanks to you both. I'll be there for one of the shows this summer.

And those little whippersnappers better have a beer bong if I'm stuck in the lawn seats.

86 posted on 05/01/2002 9:18:36 PM PDT by nunya bidness
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To: ladyinred
Wow I am old!
Having trouble seeing 911 in these lyrics! ,br> Excuse me while I turn over my Perry Como LP! :).......

>>>> Ok then I will break it down for you....

Vapor Trail
Stratospheric traces
Of a transitory flight
Trails of condensation
Held in narrow paths of white

The trail of smoke from the airplane engines that leave a temporary mark in the sky.. in this case the sky above Manhattan

The sun is turning black
The world is turning gray

Images of people leaving the WTC site covered in ashes

All the stars fade from the night
The oceans rain away
From Horizon to Horizon
Memories written on the wind

Fading away like an hourglass, grain by grain

> Swept away like voices in a hurricane

All that smoke and ash like a violent storm

As for the rest of the lyrics, perhaps predicting a world war triggered in the middle east?

88 posted on 05/02/2002 8:04:13 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache
HUGE Rush bump!!!!! My wife and I are going Sept. 20th to the concert in Mountain View. I haven't seen the band since the Counterparts tour.
90 posted on 05/30/2002 7:38:34 PM PDT by stratman1969
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To: stratman1969
Then you will love this...check out the transcripts and everything they have done here on CNN for Rush as of the 28th

Back On The Trail With Rush CNN EXCLUSIVE

91 posted on 05/30/2002 8:07:12 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache
Thanks for the link!!!!!
92 posted on 06/03/2002 8:28:09 PM PDT by stratman1969
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