Sunday, November 22, 2009

Breaking News: PW and Dandy become BFF

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Uh-huh. I met the one, the only, Pioneer Woman! Wooo hoo! Perhaps we aren't so much BFF as we are two people who just met for a minute. But its almost the same thing.

A few months ago I got my sister Sherri completely hooked on PW. We've been waiting anxiously for her to come to Southern California ever since we heard about her book tour.

When she finally posted the Torrance location I cancelled all plans. Which is totally understandable. Its not like I'm getting married the weekend after next.

Its not like I have 20 past due items highlighted on my knot checklist. Its not like I have baking to complete....random uncontrollable eyebrow hairs to pluck....menus to print....thank you notes to write.....paper bags to hyperventilate into.

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This is P-dub we are talking about. I don't think Borders knew what was coming. I tried to warn them. Most of the staff I spoke with didn't know who she was. I was nervous things would get crazy. But I was armed with a yellow wristband which meant we were in the first group for signing.

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When my good friend Ree first came in, my pictures were turning out like this. Why? Because I still have no idea how to use my camera, thats why. Its pathetic. The very sweet lady in front of me turned around and told me to up my ISO because she could hear my shutter was too slow and didn't want me to have blurry pictures.

How sweet is she?! But I just stared at her like a dear in headlights. "Um... I don't know how to adjust my ISO..." and I handed her the camera. Which is missing the eye piece by the way. I have no idea what happened to it. AND there is cookie dough on it. So embarassing.

Lucy (the sweetheart) adjusted the camera for me and I was able to take some decent pictures. She didn't even scold me for obvious camera abuse.

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The line in front of us looked like this. You probably wish I would stop rambling and tell you about Ree already...I'm sure you are really just dying to hear all about her!

I learned these very important facts:

1. PW is very long and lean and gorgeous and says its on account of The Spanx. OK, she doesn't actually speak like that. Unless they have some new facial mask sort of Spanx I'm going to say Ree is just naturally pretty.

2. The Farm is a 4 hour drive from The House. 4 hours?! Their land must be super gimongous.
2a. I really like The Capitalization today.

3. When asked what advice she can give new bloggers.... Exercise More! Seriously. This will defintely be the case as I cook my way thru her book. Who am I kidding. This will definitely be the case as B cooks his way thru her book.

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4. PW really does do a fantastic Ethel Merman impersonation.

5. There has been no cutting or snipping that will impede further procreation in pioneer land. Hey, I'm just the middle man here, I'm just telling it like it is, I'm just relaying the info.

and finally (drum roll please)

6. P-dub will be publishing Black Heels to Tractor Wheels! (insert spontaneous clapping here)

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Sitting with PW is Sandy. Sandy has 15 kids. She seems like such a sweet thing and I'm wondering if she has a blog. Do you know Sandy and her 15 kids? I think we have a lot in common and we may also become best friends... only by "a lot in common" I mean "polar opposites". I think Sandy could teach me a thing or two.

I want to hear more of her story, she brought pictures and she said that all her kids aren't "homegrown" which I thought was the cutest thing.

update: I have found Sandi here!

I'd also like to note how super stylish Ree is. Look at those boots!

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This is Lucy! Thank you Lucy for saving my pictures. I should have told you about my blog but I get nervous and I forget. Do you give private lessons?

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This is Sherri, my sister! No we did not get a picture of the three of us. But we did think of it afterwards. We are good at coming up with ideas when they are useless.

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This was my reaction when I ever so kindly asked Ree if I could move into the pantry at The Lodge.

I was completely denied. I was heartbroken. There she is laughing as my dreams shatter.

Or maybe I have no idea why I am making that face. I like to think its just one of those awkward shots of me as I am speaking. I look sick. I look weird. I pray my expression had changed by the time she looked up from writing.

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A few things about this picture. Ree looks very purty. I suddenly feel the urge to grow out my hair. I realize I need to expand my collection of accessories. That box in front is a present I brought to Ree containing Salted Butterscotch Shortbread Bars (recipe tomorrow here and on Tasty Kitchen). Next to Ree's elbow is something cute that the very sweet girl in front of me gave her and I'm dying to know what it is. I wish I had gotten her name, also she had a very sweet boyfriend who offered to get us all coffee while we waited in line. We declared him a keeper.

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Hee! B saw this from across the room and started laughing. He said all I'm missing is a thumbs up gesture. I'm so happy my face looks like it may explode.

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Don't you think for a minute that I wasn't thinking of you. Of course I was. Now I realize that some of you already have her cookbook.

But do you have an autographed one? So, because I love you, because I clap every time one of you leave me a comment, because I know you love PW, because I'm getting married in less than 2 weeks, because I fit into skin tight jeans and I can still breathe and because I want you to spontaneously clap as well.... I am giving away this PW signed cookbook!

To enter: Leave me a comment! If you are a follower leave me a separate comment! If you link to my blog from yours leave me a third comment!

Giveaway closes on Friday at 9:00 pm PST. Winner winner chicken dinner to be announced on Saturday morning which just so happens to be 1 week from my wedding day... just so you know.

68 comments:

  1. You are too crazy! But I love it! :) I also want a cookbook! :)

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  2. This was a Very Entertaining post Indeed and I carefully read All the Way to the end, chortling Merrily to myself, even though our Deprived Culture does not know who this woman is. There was a separate queue for the men, right?

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  3. Oh, I could just pick you off the ground and give you a big hug for being so sweet and thinking of us!! Whether I win or not. But I hope I do!

    If PW were to come here, I would totally drop everything, too. J & Z would have to fend for themselves while Mommy tries to rub elbows (or even just coat tails!) with P-Dub.

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  4. You are so cool! I guess you ARE remembering to breathe and a whole lot more! ; )


    ~Andrea~

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  5. You look super cute in the photo with PW! Wish I could see her on her book tour!

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  6. Yippppeee!!! You got to meet her! Isn't she the sweetest thing?

    Please don't count me in with the many contestants you'll have for the drawing, since I have mine.

    I'm so glad you got to see her! You guys look great together!!!

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  7. Woot! You got to meet PW!!! I wanna be just like her when I grow up. Love your giveaway idea but leave me out of the hat since I won her cookbook and Thanks to you from She Wears Many Hats giveaway. Did you know Becky (Farmgirl Paints) got to meet her too and is also giving away a signed cookbook? Great minds think alike! Okay doing a happy dance and clap to start the day:)

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  8. OK, so first I had to slay the green eyed monster of envy that came to invade my heart when I read this post. No amount of begging and pleading over at TPW or on her Facebook page would induce PW to come to Cleveland as winter approaches. It has been beautiful here.

    How cool it was that you got to meet her and had her sign your book (get away from me green eyed envy monster!!). I will just have to live the experience vicariously through you. Sigh.

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  9. I hope you got one to give and one to keep! Because I would hate to think of you giving away your only signed copy.

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  10. That looks like a great night! I love your account-- I love reading everyone's different experiences at the different signings. I was out of town when she came to Denver, and I'm not sure I'll ever forgive myself! :)
    Leave me out of the drawing, though, as I have my copy already, too.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I am SO Jealous. I want to meet Ree! I believe she is coming to Atlanta, GA but that visit is during the time of year when my only resemblance of life is work and sleep. **sigh** Glad you were able to meet PW and it sounds like you had a great time!

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  12. I follow your RSS feed using Google Reader!

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  13. I am SO spontaneously clapping over here! I had a dream the other night that I met Ree...is that lame or what?! Very cool that you *actually* met her :)

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  14. Well, my favorite pic is the last one of you and PW. What a wonderful pic of both of you, two of my favorite bloggers, together :) Thanks for the wonderful report! I almost felt like I was there. I have a couple of PW ckbks reserved for gifts (shhhh, don't tell). A signed book... priceless! -Tammy

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  15. Oh, and I'm a follower, too. How could I NOT be??

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  16. What a FUN day! I'd LOVE to win her book! ox

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  17. My separate comment since I'm a loyal follower. Also wanted to confess. I have the same problem with indoor photographs ~ after almost a year of owning the xsi. In our 'spare time' we both need to learn more about our cameras.. right? Rrright! :) -Tammy

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  18. OMGOMGOMG... I'm so jealous! You know I tried and failed in Denver, and I was going to tell her how you & I met via (well, ya know, blogged at each other through) her blog too!

    Such cute pictures, and congrats on your signature!

    But you know I totally want it, even though I already have one. Just saying. ;)

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  19. I am so jealous of you right now...I would rather meet the Pioneer Woman than a movie star any day of the week! Oh, I'm sure she was wonderful...

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  20. You are so lucky to have gotten to see her!! What a great giveaway!! sstroh14@yahoo.com

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  21. Oooh so jealous! I'm going back to Minneapolis tonight and she was just there this weekend. Waaaaah.

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  22. Ooh, and I follow you via The Google Reader.

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  23. You are so getting married on my birthday! It's a great day. Not that I'm a crazy internet stalker or anything, but I got married on my best friends birthday, which worked out great. Seeing as how we're now BFF's...it's perfect! I swear I'm not crazy.

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  24. I can't wait for PW to come to Dallas in a couple weeks. I won the cookbook on her site, so I don't let me win this one. Awesome!!

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  25. HI Dandy, I loved this post and the pictures are great and that was so nice of the lady to set your ISO up. I need to learn to do that myself, and I have the same camera you have. This is a great give-away! The closest PW will come to me is Atlanta, GA and that's probably a six hour drive away from me :( too far for me to drive. I so wanted to meet her, but the book would be the next best thing! I will have to post about this on my blog when I update later! So I'll be back. Thanks so much for this golden opportunity. I love your blog!

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  26. I have met PW and she is stunning! I had to wait for four hours to get my book signed, but it was worth it to meet her. I also got to meet Marlboro man and her two little boys, so I got all three of them to sign my book when they walked by as well. It was a great time and I got really pumped when she told us that black heels and tractor wheels will be out in Feb 2010! I hope she comes back for another signing!! (okay I am obsessed)

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  27. So jealous! I wanted to go to a signing soo bad, but a stupid thing called work got in the way.

    Love the blog. And, while I do have the PW cookbook, it has no signature, and I would LOVE one!

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  28. You are such a fortunate young woman ... so is she to have met you.

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  29. Oh and I linked at ya from Le Blog.

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  30. Plus, because I'm greedy and really want a signed copy, here's #3 because I am *such* a follower. ;)

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  31. I LOVE the smiley picture of you and Ree. And I'm also so glad you took the time out of all the errands and stress to do that. You would SO regret it later if you hadn't. Am I right?

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  32. Comment #2: Also ... you are going to be such a beautiful bride next week (and I'm not just saying that to butter you up!) I bet B is gonna cry buckets when he sees you.

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  33. Comment #3: Also ... I am wishing you MUCH willpower and control over the holiday weekend. Just don't deprive yourself of the good and healthy stuff. And freeze the pies and cakes for after the wedding so you can indulge later!! :-)

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  34. Great post...I love to hear your thought process. She was purty wasn't she! Did you get tongue stuck like me? I wanted to say so much, but how weird is it for a complete stranger to know so much about you.

    Just so you know Dawn I'd probably stand in line to meet you too:) That's just the way I roll!

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  35. I'm kind of stunned with a jealous awe!
    So do I leave 3 comments?! I will and if that's wrong you can delete them and tut.

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  36. oh and winner winner chicken dinner is a new one to me but I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!

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  37. comment 3 ... can't think of anything interesting to say and Dave has just come home with chocolate for me... xxxxxx

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  38. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! It was hilarious to see that you too went to a P-dub book signing! I went last week and it was AWESOME! She is so nice.

    Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  39. HI cute girl!! So nice to meet you. Thanks for the shout out and finding me today. Now, I am going to kick your butt for not finding me last night. I love meeting new friends. BFF's? Heck yeah!

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  40. Look guys its Sandi! Sandi from the picture!

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  41. GASP!!!! GASP!! and GASP!!! again!!! I am so super excited for you! How fun that you met our leader! :o) So awesome Dandy. I'm pretty much speechless.
    Okay I'm licking the computer screen over my comment and I'm crossing my fingers as I click "post comment" because if I win this giveaway I will be the happiest woman on earth!! A book touched by two of my favorite bloggers????? That's a chance of a lifetime!!!

    PS Hi Sandi! You're sweet! And super clever--it's so awesome that you can tell what needs to be done to a camera's ISO just by listening! I'm like...what's ISO?

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  42. Of course I follow you, you silly goose.

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  43. I'm not going to be able to make it to the signings in my area, so an autographed copy would so make my day!!

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  44. Hi Dandy!! You'll love Sandi! She is sweet, honest and really funny! And her kids...so cute!! Count me in as one of your new followers..thanks to Sandi. Oh how I wish I could meet Ree! Lucky you! Gotta go and look around your blog. Good luck with the wedding!

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  45. Hi Dandy! Thanks for stopping by 24 today. Sandi is a lot of fun and I'm glad you were able to track her down! Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

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  46. Oh, in case you don't know already, I'm a "follower"... through and through. :)

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  47. Thank you so much for loving my photo site!! Its practically brand new so I more than clap, I exclaim with joy! every time someone visits it! Oh, and I am new too your blog too, but that seems as if it will change:)

    And I love P-dub! Unfortunately her book tour brings her nowhere near Vermont... sigh... so instead I will use Tasty Kitchen as a crutch!

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  48. Dandy you're too funny! I bet you're a lot of fun to be around. :)
    ~ingrid

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  49. Dandy,
    I love this post it is fabulous! I also read where the great Sandy left a message and you guys are BFF's now! :) So cute! 15 kids (Egad) I have 5 (not all home grown either) and WHEW...Girl I am tired! Can't wait to see your recipe tomorrow! OH yes, and thank you for directing me to your New Moon article-You did a wonderful job on that. You know, those candies are really easy to make, you just use Avery labels and Hershey Nuggets. Many people put their engagement photos on them and the date of their wedding day~♥ Kind of a cute idea. Lastly, please put my name in for the cookbook giveaway-I need to look up if she has been in Seattle yet!

    Robin~♥

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  50. Clicked over and think this is a beautiful
    gesture. So interesting to hear that BHTTW
    is going to come out in Feb.

    Started reading Ree in 06. I'm thrilled with
    her very warranted rise to fame ;) and would
    love a signed copy - I am in Canada - no tour
    here. Hope your wedding is perfect, and your
    marriage better :)

    Best, Cathi

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  51. Just in case you didn't know, I follow you. I heart you too!

    I recall when you had that book giveaway a while back, and we could choose between three different books. Remember that? Of course you do. One of the choices was PW's book. I was still living under a rock those days, because I said to myself, who is that? Sometimes, non-ignorance is bliss. : )

    Be well! ~Andrea~

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  52. That's so neat that you got to go see Ree! I have bad luck getting to actual events involving bloggers I love. It's a curse. Thanks for thinking of all your blog readers!

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  53. *squee* PW!!!

    I feel selfish entering this contest since I JUST chimed in for that Sarah MacLachlan cd, but since I found you because of PW's comment boards, I'm setting shame aside and posting. :)Especially since she's coming nowhere near me. And because I'm a spontaneous clapper, too.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  54. how neat! that is the cutest picture of you and Ree (I mean the one where you are smiling, ha ha).

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  55. I failed to tell you just how ADORABLE, absolutely adorable, you look in the pic with PW. You are quite the beauty, my girl!

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  56. Hey Chica! Just wanted to let you know I posted about your giveaway yesterday. Everyone should know how cool you are!

    Have a great day and keep on....breathing! : )

    ~Andrea~

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  57. I MUST HAVE IT! I didn't get to see her on her crazy book tour and she's not coming to the east coast---so, so sad---PLEASE send it my way! :)

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  58. I follow you on Google Reader---never miss a thing---if that's not what you meant by "follower, if you meant on blogger---" just delete me--it won't hurt my feelings---well, not much anyway! Hugs and I can't wait to see all your wedding photos!

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  59. Awww... I loved, loved, loved reading about your blog crush. And then got absolutely giddy when I read about your give away. Pick me, pick me!!! Oh-oh pick me!! Pleeeease!!!

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  60. I've been following P-Dub's book tour via everyone else's blogs and that lead me to yours. What a great find!!! How do you stay so thin with all your yummy cooking???

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  61. Where do I start, I'd love a signed cookbook, I'm excited about your up coming wedding and I'm not even a guest, you have the coolest blog, and those shoes of your Mom's minus the Easter socks are to die for!
    Patti

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  62. Okay has it really been this long since I read YOUR blog??? How on earth did I miss this???

    I have no right to enter, having previously won a giveaway of yours... yet here I am, in all my Pioneer Woman loving glory. Because it just can't be helped... I even won a cookbook on another giveaway (but haven't yet received it) and again... there is no help for ME!

    I am so jealous that you got to meet her!!!! Why didn't she come to Seattle???

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  63. Please enter me! I just found your blog through Cottage Girl. So cool that you got to meet PW! I hope to see her when she comes to the Pacific NW after the first of the year...Seattle/Portland.

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  64. Not sure how the time thing goes, bit I have to be cutting it close! I have been following you for about a month now. Since the engagement photos(Which I loved) And I would LOVE this book. COme check out my blog. http://pachadermsandwryms.blogspot.com/

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  65. You know I would love that cookbook but the way I see it, if it's meant to be, it will happen. If not, I'm heading out to the next book signing!!

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  66. Oh, how fun!! I hope I get to meet her...do you think she'd swing by my house if I miss it?! I wrote about my predicament if you have a spare moment and care to read about it (hahahaha, on the spare moment business...) http://www.fivewalkers.com/journal/2009/11/10/on-being-right.html
    Unfortunately, you would have to cut and paste to see that...but just in case, it's a kind of sad and funny story at the same time. That can sum up my life, actually!
    Well, have fun preparing for your big day, and I hope you are able to visit with your friends, and give out jobs as needed!

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