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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day 08-14-02
Billie

Posted on 08/14/2002 6:42:42 AM PDT by Billie




A Few of FR's Finest.....
......Every Day

FR is a Treasure Trove of talented, compassionate, patriotic, wonderful people who gather every day to discuss the latest news and issues;  salute
and support our military and our leaders;  tell a few jokes;  learn a new
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are deserving. Thank you, Jim Robinson, for giving us the vehicle in which
we can express ourselves.

Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.  I
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of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world.





A Few of FR's Finest November 11, 2001

So many people have written me since my original Veteran's Day Tribute, asking how they, or a loved one, could be included in that tribute. Since I can no longer add the photos to the body of the thread, I've been including them in additional posts as I received enough to make another collage.

Still that doesn't seem to be enough. I think there's never been a better nor more appropriate time to keep the faces of our own Veterans and Active Military in front of FReepers--every day! That's why I wanted to do yet another Daily Thread .....ABOUT FReepers .....and FOR FReepers. But not only about our Military FReepers; for all FReepers! Wouldn't it be nice to get to know a few of the other FReepers as well? That's why, in addition to seeing FR's Finest Military Personnel every day, I thought it might be fun to feature a different FReeper (or FReepers) each day. If you would like to be pictured, or know someone who would, please FReepmail me and we'll turn the spotlight - on YOU - for the day!

And do let me know if you'd like your picture added to the groups of Veterans/Active Military below. I will keep this page updated, and continue to add them to the comment section of the original Veteran's Day thread as well.



TOP: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete
MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1






TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet

MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga

BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc






TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette

MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid

BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf





TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP

MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, OneidaM, rdb3, jwTexian

BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma






TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68

MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797
BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack





                     










Past or Present, We Salute You!




Thank you for your service to our Country!






TOP: dakine's wife, MeeknMing's dad, Auntbee's nephew, MilitiaMan7,
AlasBabylon.
BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad,
Aomagrat



dakine's wife:  White House Communications Agency (WHCA) 7 years, retired 05-02;  MeeknMing's dad:  USAF;  Auntbee's nephew:  USNavy since '89, USS George Washington;  MilitiaMan7:  USAF 07-73, Lackland AFB, Tech School at Goodfellow AFB, printer systems operator. first duty station Karamursel, CDI Turkey; then Iraklion AS, Crete, Greece; Other assignments included Alaska, Maryland (NSA), Japan, Michigan, Ohio, Japan again, 7 months in the USAF Regional Hospital at Travis AFB, Calif, and final assignment at McDill AFB, Florida. Retired 08-93, after 20 years.  AlasBabylon:  USAF 1976, retired in 1998 with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant (E-8) after 22 years as a communications and computer specialist. Some of his awards include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal (Bosnia/Herzogivina), and the National Defense Service Medal.  Joe Brower:   US Marines, Navy Corpsman with the Fleet Marine Force (HM3) in 1981 when photo was taken; deployed USS Tarawa with 5th Marine Amphib Brigade to Iran during the hostage crisis.  Temple Owl:  US Army. Photo taken in 1948 in Ruhpolding Germany, served 7 years in the Army Security Agency, leaving as a staff sgt. in 1954.  Temple Owl's wife:  Nurse with the 11th Evacuation Hospital in Korea circa 1951. She was a first lieutenant. Her unit received 5 battle stars.  dutchess' dad:  US Marines;  aomagrat:  US Navy, retired (former MMFN, GMT3 & WT2) Photo taken onboard USS Ranger (CV-61) in the Gulf during the war. 1982-83 - boot camp Great Lakes Illinois; 1983 Nuclear Weapons Training Group Pacific, NAS North Island GMT "A" School; 83-86 USS Enterprise (CVN-65) W Div. Homeport: NA Alameda CA; 86-90 NAS Island CA, Security Dept; 90 Nuclear Weapons Training Group Pacific, NAS North Island WT "C" School; 90-93 USS Ranger (CV-61) W Division. Homeport: NAS No Island CA; 93-94 Naval Recruiting Station, Huntsville, AL; 94-99 USS Wasp (LHD-1) Ordinance Control. Homeport: N Norfolk, VA; 99-02 Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, NAS Fallon NV.









THIS WEEK'S THREADS

08-12-02 backhoe
08-13-02 MeeknMing


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: freepers; fun; military; surprises; veterans
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To: ladyinred
Is that adorable baby in the picture yours?

Yes..., Logan is one of our grandsons.

Last week I had him out front in his stroller, and he became mesmerized by the flag gently flowing in the breeze. I decided to create a Kodak moment. Tough decision on which pic to use. :^)

101 posted on 08/14/2002 9:39:04 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Diver Dave
That picture of Logan wraped in the flag is so cute! i can see were you must be one proud "pop-pop".
102 posted on 08/14/2002 9:41:25 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: ClaraSuzanne; Billie; JustAmy
Tell Louie to behave himself and stay out of trouble!

If Amy shows up....

....all bets are off. : )

103 posted on 08/14/2002 9:44:46 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: daisyscarlett; Billie; Freedom'sWorthIt; dixie sass; ClaraSuzanne
Your calendar for the day prompts me to CALL MINE today!
She lives in Florida, and we are the only ones of our immediate family left, our middle sister dying two years ago.
(okay - admitting I'm The Baby..:))

Yes, we share a most special connection and off the wall humor, and 'shortcut' conversations, filling in all the blanks, reading the other's mind.

Then God wondrously gives us other 'sisters/sistahs' in life!

104 posted on 08/14/2002 9:45:34 AM PDT by LadyX
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To: ClaraSuzanne
OHPLEASEOHPLEASEOHPLEASE!

LOL! I'll try.

105 posted on 08/14/2002 9:45:56 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: ST.LOUIE1; JustAmy; Billie
Even if Amy shows up! LOL!
106 posted on 08/14/2002 9:47:00 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: ST.LOUIE1; ClaraSuzanne
I need a Baltimore oriole bird.
You get that, Santa Louie? :)

Get it, but ain't got it. LOL
Will do some checking around.

You'll 'get' it, Pip. LOL!

107 posted on 08/14/2002 9:48:16 AM PDT by Billie
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To: ClaraSuzanne
Mornin'/Afternoon Pippi.

Hope you will be able to get that 'puter of yours running properly soon.


108 posted on 08/14/2002 9:48:32 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: ST.LOUIE1
Thanks,hon!

I sais it in Bawl'merese! LOL!

109 posted on 08/14/2002 9:48:46 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Billie
: ) Thanks!

: )

Hey, how's Mits doing? I forgot to ask you after you got back from the vet for her checkup.

She's doing fine, thanks. The vet said she's way ahead of schedule for a complete recovery. : )

Can I give her a SK-WEEEEEEEEZE?!

She loved it....she sends you a big SLUUUUURP! : )

110 posted on 08/14/2002 9:49:56 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: Diver Dave
Me too! So I can show off that new logo Billie made me.
111 posted on 08/14/2002 9:50:00 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Billie
Thank you, Billie
112 posted on 08/14/2002 9:50:36 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Diver Dave; ladyinred
Well, I don't know why I couldn't see it - did you have to put the url in your browser, ladyred?

Anyway, I've saved the photo, and I'll add his name, etc and make the whole graphic with the pledge, so that anyone else can use it without having to retype the pledge. :)

113 posted on 08/14/2002 9:50:53 AM PDT by Billie
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To: ST.LOUIE1; whoever
We've missed you and 'who'.

Thinking of sending out a search party for who.

Certainly do miss her great posts.

114 posted on 08/14/2002 9:52:31 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Joe Brower
Thanks, Joe. It really is all pretty confusing to me, but as long as you're not upset about it, that's the most important part!
115 posted on 08/14/2002 9:52:31 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Diver Dave
I hear Who's having computer problems.
116 posted on 08/14/2002 9:54:30 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: ST.LOUIE1; JustAmy; ClaraSuzanne
If Amy shows up....
....all bets are off. : )

If Amy shows up, we gotta make room in at least one corner here! :)


117 posted on 08/14/2002 9:56:38 AM PDT by Billie
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To: ST.LOUIE1
I hope you don't think I was getting fresh with you!

Hon is a Baltimore expression said to end a sentence and to say "Welcome"

118 posted on 08/14/2002 9:57:02 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: ST.LOUIE1
Can I give her a SK-WEEEEEEEEZE?!

She loved it....she sends you a big SLUUUUURP! : )

LOL! It's great she's improving so fast!

Back later - lunch here.

119 posted on 08/14/2002 9:59:13 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; ClaraSuzanne
I need a Baltimore oriole bird.
You get that, Santa Louie? :)

You'll 'get' it, Pip. LOL!

Guess I'd best be lookin'. LOL

120 posted on 08/14/2002 9:59:37 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: Billie

Saluting: Free Republics Vets, Past and Present

And thanks for including me in the newest FR's Finest picture collage.


121 posted on 08/14/2002 10:03:55 AM PDT by Militiaman7
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To: Billie; Diver Dave
"Well, I don't know why I couldn't see it - did you have to put the url in your browser, ladyred?

Billie, I had no problem with mine opening right to Logan's photograph on my Internet Explorer.

Good afternoon from here, Dave.....Logan is precious!

122 posted on 08/14/2002 10:04:44 AM PDT by LadyX
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To: ClaraSuzanne; Billie
Thanks,hon!

You're the first to call Louie *hon*.

Is that permissible, Ms. Billie? : )

I said it in Bawl'merese! LOL!

And I understood it....

....something's wrong here. LOL

123 posted on 08/14/2002 10:04:45 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: ClaraSuzanne; ST.LOUIE1
"Tell Louie to behave himself and stay out of trouble! "

C'mon Pippin! What's a day without Trouble?


Hi, Louie!

124 posted on 08/14/2002 10:08:25 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: Diver Dave; whoever
Thinking of sending out a search party for who.

For sure! Getting her dsl straightened away shouldn't be taking this long.
Sure hope it's nothing more than a pc prob.

Certainly do miss her great posts.

I do too. Shhhh....don't tell her. : )

125 posted on 08/14/2002 10:08:33 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: Billie; JustAmy
If Amy shows up.... ....all bets are off. : )

If Amy shows up, we gotta make room in at least one corner here! :)LOL

I see Louie....is the other one 'Just Frank'?

126 posted on 08/14/2002 10:29:39 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: ClaraSuzanne; Billie
I hope you don't think I was getting fresh with you!
Hon is a Baltimore expression said to end a sentence and to say "Welcome"

Phooey!

I liked what 'I' thought it meant. : )

Get fresh....I don't mind. : )

Not too fresh...

...Billie would mind. LOL!

127 posted on 08/14/2002 10:32:40 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: ST.LOUIE1
Come out, come out, wherever you are!

Here I am!

Tag...you're it!


128 posted on 08/14/2002 10:34:04 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Billie
She loved it....she sends you a big SLUUUUURP! : )

LOL! It's great she's improving so fast!

Thanks, she's even started to run again. : )

Back later - lunch here.

Ok.

129 posted on 08/14/2002 10:35:05 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: ST.LOUIE1
I'll bet you thought I couldn't stay out of trouble for this long, didn't ya?

I've been looking for her but she must be hiding today.

130 posted on 08/14/2002 10:37:28 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: JustAmy; ClaraSuzanne
C'mon Pippin! What's a day without Trouble?

We'll have to invite Pippin in on some of our "trouble" days.
That way, less blame for us. : )

Hi, Louie!

Howdy, Princess!

131 posted on 08/14/2002 10:38:22 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: daisyscarlett
'Morning daisy. I love this! You made me feel very special and I thank you so much. I will be posting this image often. It is adorable! :-)


132 posted on 08/14/2002 10:40:30 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
Come out, come out, wherever you are!

Here I am!
Tag...you're it!

About time you rolled your fuzzy little body outa bed! : )

I'm 'it'?

No....you're it!

133 posted on 08/14/2002 10:41:18 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: JustAmy
Boring!
134 posted on 08/14/2002 10:41:58 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: JustAmy; Billie
I'll bet you thought I couldn't stay out of trouble for this long, didn't ya?

Heck....you just got here. LOL

I've been looking for her but she must be hiding today.

But she has spies....

....honarary 'Net Nannies'. Be careful!

135 posted on 08/14/2002 10:44:56 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: ST.LOUIE1
WEll, Keep your transelation! LOL!!

hon!

136 posted on 08/14/2002 10:44:57 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: daisyscarlett; Billie; Mama_Bear; All
dakine: Lovely photo of your wife with our wonderful President.

I noticed that right away when I first saw the pic. My eyes went right to Prez Bush, then to her. What an honor for them both! (And what an honor for my Dad's picture to be next to that!)

MeeknMing: Congratulations and thanks to your Dad for his Air Force Service. Please tell us more about him today....

I am really happy to have Dad added to the Military photos! Thanks!

Dad retired in 1975 from the USAF, as a Master Sergeant. He worked on the flightline in what they called "Crash Control". That means "Fire Department". He was a Fireman for 26 years.

He went in the AF in 1949 and was first stationed in the Aleutian Islands - a Radar Site I believe. (Watchin' those Ruskies, I'm sure!). Mom & Dad married in 1951. They met because my Mom's family knew my Dad's Uncle and they happened to meet there at Uncle Elish's (sp?) house.

My younger brother and I were born in the mid-50s. One year after I was born in San Marcos, Tx (Gary AFB), we started moving around. First stop was Panama. My brother was born there.

We have lived in Texas, Panama, Idaho, Washington State and The Azores, Portugal. Dad did isolated tours in Goose Bay, Labrador, Thule, Greenland and MacTan Island, The Phillippines. As a family we have been to Germany (sans moi), Spain, and Athens, Greece. When we were in the Azores, my brother had braces. Mom and Dad alternated every 3 months flying to Germany to have him serviced for his braces. (I never got to go - Wah ! lol).

I wouldn't trade military life and all the moving we did for anything. When I was a kid, we knew a lot of military families. We were all in the same boat, so to speak. When a civilian kid would ask if I hated moving all the time, I remember thinking: "Huh, doesn't everyone do this?" LOL! (Oh, btw, how many people do you know that has the seal of the Department of Defense on their H.S. Diploma? hehehe).

Dad retired from the Air Force (Carlswell AFB, Ft. Worth, Tx) on a Friday, and started his civilian job on the following Monday. He was an inspector of fire protection water sprinkler systems for Grinnell.

They moved out to East Texas (Quitman) in 1978 and he worked for Tyler pipe for ~15 years and then retired from there. He lives about 10-15 miles from where he was born. They say that you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy. That's my Dad!


Top, 2nd from the left is my Dad (John P. Meek), USAF Retired, 1975.



137 posted on 08/14/2002 10:46:09 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: ST.LOUIE1
You have to warn me when your trouble days are here

then, again, aren't ALL you days trouble days?

138 posted on 08/14/2002 10:46:42 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: ClaraSuzanne
WEll, Keep your transelation! LOL!!

hon!

Thank yooooou!

Makes me wanna dance!


139 posted on 08/14/2002 10:50:24 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: ClaraSuzanne; JustAmy
You have to warn me when your trouble days are here
then, again, aren't ALL you days trouble days?

Just about, but mostly when Amy arrives. LOL

140 posted on 08/14/2002 10:53:15 AM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: Billie
Hi Billie. It is nice this morning that we have even more FReeper military family and friends to honor. I have always had the deepest respect for the U.S. military, having been born and raised in a Navy family, but since coming to this website, my support for our fighting men and women and those who have served in the past has become a passion. Thank you for keeping our military loved ones front and center every day.

God bless America and God bless our men and women in uniform.


141 posted on 08/14/2002 10:54:38 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: ST.LOUIE1
No....you're it!

LOL! Okay, and with smooooooches like that, how about I stay "it" all day long? :-)

Glad to hear your little Mitsy girl is doing well. What a little fighter she is, to bounce back so quickly from her surgery. When Billie is through hugging on her, it's my turn. :-)


142 posted on 08/14/2002 11:04:44 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt
I love that photograph! It says so much and it touches my heart.
143 posted on 08/14/2002 11:07:02 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Aquamarine
Aqua, nice midi today. You got my patriotic blood pumping this morning.
144 posted on 08/14/2002 11:09:43 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: ST.LOUIE1; JustAmy
You need Amy to get in trouble?
145 posted on 08/14/2002 11:11:38 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Mama_Bear
...my support for our fighting men and women and those who have served in the past has become a passion...

Mornin' Mama_Bear. Thank you for those words.

You and JK demonstrate that passion with your posts and with your actions at the FResno FRiday night FReeps. Good on you! And...Thank You!

146 posted on 08/14/2002 11:11:50 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; ClaraSuzanne; lodwick; ladyinred; Mama_Bear; COB1


If I can keep JustFrank away, I'll may be able to avoid that corner today!

147 posted on 08/14/2002 11:11:51 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: ST.LOUIE1
I didn't know you could dance! LOL!
148 posted on 08/14/2002 11:12:28 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: JustAmy
You also have to look out for Louie!
149 posted on 08/14/2002 11:14:02 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: daisyscarlett
Thank you for your patience. I repeat, You and Billie are just lovable.
150 posted on 08/14/2002 11:14:32 AM PDT by Temple Owl
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