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Dieting is for Suckers!

Sorry I’ve disappeared for so long. Since my hernia surgery in early December of last year I have put on considerable weight – even for my standards. These past couple of months I have tried to lose this weight in many different ways. Like they always say, it is way too easy to put on ten pounds and damn near impossible to get rid of two pounds. My quest has taken me to the gym, playing roller hockey for the first time in almost two decades, and trying to run around the neighborhood in search of weight loss. About the only thing I accomplished was hurting my body more. I am starting to reconsider getting in shape and just dealing with the horrible sad body I have left while I can still walk and function properly.

I was trying not to sit around the computer, trolling the internet, and adding my comments to different message boards I frequent. I was also trying to cut down on my viewing time on Netflix. It is so addictive watching all those shows I missed over the years, and who can say no to just one more episode? I was still keeping up with the hockey season but not drinking a six pack of beer or more while watching a game. All of this was done with the intention of cutting down inches on my waistline. There are rows of shirts in my closet that no longer fit my protruding belly.

Now I am not quite this bad yet!

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The gym seemed like the logical first solution. Unfortunately it was right after the New Year and every last person in Buffalo had the same idea to lose weight this year. The wait to get on a treadmill was longer than how long I could last on one before I was huffing and puffing about to have a heart attack. Because of the hernia surgery I thought best not to lift anything quite yet. So was I really committed to the gym, probably not?

However, when I was younger I was always committed to organized sports. Sports always kept me in great shape. It is always easier to get in shape when you have other people working hard alongside you. I already was on a bowling team, but let’s face it, bowling doesn’t quite cut it for a physical sport unless you are at the professional level. My 180 average falls just a little bit short to qualify. Plus I believe while playing a sport you should probably at least sweat. Between the salty foods and the couple of beers I have during bowling, whatever calories I am burning off while rolling a ball down a lane I am putting right back on with the food and beer I am consuming.

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A friend of mine started hinting around at work about starting a hockey team. This definitely peaked my interest as I used to play almost every afternoon as a kid after school. We paid to have custom jerseys made and I had to buy all new equipment as mine was all gone over the years. In the first game I twisted my ankle and in the second game I twisted my knee. We lost by a combined score of 38-2 in those two games. Well, at least we were the best dressed hockey team – we just didn’t have the skills to match. Despite the pounding the team has taken, it’s a lot of fun. I haven’t noticed much weight loss though.

Finally, I tried to start running around the neighborhood now that the weather was breaking in snowy Buffalo. The twisted ankle and twisted knee made this difficult but I plunged forward. Still no weight loss. Now I know what you are thinking. I have changed a lot in my lifestyle except my diet. But if I can’t eat what I want to eat, there just is no point in living anymore is there? Of course I jest, but seriously I don’t want to go on a diet. Aren’t there any other solutions? A fat man has to eat!

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– Damian Mikrut

Follow me on Twitter: @nyislanders19

Dudeline Ep. 1

We here at Stuff Dudes Like are always interested in trying new things and taking chances on fresh new ideas.

When Dakota Wheatley came to us with the idea of a late night talk show monologue on a website, we jumped at the idea! So without further adieu… Heeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Dakota!!!

 

 

 

– Dakota Wheatley

Twitter: @dakotawheatley

FaceBook: dakota.wheatley.73

 

Martinsville Madness

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The NASCAR fantasy season is won and lost on short track races, it is imperative to get this week right. With 500 laps it is crucial to pick the drivers that are going to lead for  those all important laps led points. Let’s get to it.

Logano is on pole, running fast and has the all important final pit stall. A MUST start.

This is one of Jeff Gordon’s favorite tracks and it has been showing in practice. A great pick. Same goes for Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin, you can’t go wrong picking any of those 3.

Martin Truex and Kurt Busch continue to be fast at great values. Hopefully you grabbed them a while ago and have a lot of value locked up in them.

Chris Buescher  was the 13th best fantasy driver for only $5 last week. At $5.50 this week he is a must own for cash strapped owners.

 

My Ideal Lineup:

 

Logano

Gordon

Truex

Kurt Busch

Buescher

 

-Adam Dulski

@adamdulski

Jelly Car 2 (Video Game Review)

THIS REVIEW ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON EXTRAGUY.COM

 

Genre: Racing/Puzzle
Release Date: January 10, 2011
Platform: Nintendo Wii, iPhone, Android
Price: Varies

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Squishy car, squishy wheels, squishy fun. Disney Interactive is promising a squishy good time with their new game Jelly Car 2. Is the Disney magic alive on WiiWare, or is Jelly Car 2 less fun than getting a box of Jello Pudding Pops that has nothing but a bunch of empty sticks and melted goo inside?

The presentation of Jelly Car 2 almost makes it worth the purchase alone. The game looks like it was hand-drawn by a little kid on a sketch pad, complete with lined paper backgrounds, slightly colored-out-of-the-lines powerups and sound effects done by a person making them with their mouth. The music is fun and upbeat which perfectly fits the on-screen hijinks. You can even customize your Jelly Car to the color and shape of your choosing.

There is something for everyone in the game’s four modes. Classic mode will have you attempting to get to the goal in the fastest time possible. You’ll have to use platforms (both moving and stationary), walls, giant car-squishing gears, the ability to grow to monster truck size and more to get there. There are two kinds of powerups to grab – the wall sticking wheels and car lifting balloons. They will allow you to roll on any surface (even ceilings) or float up through holes and gaps. Once you’re finished, you will return the stage selection screen to pick a new level, or try the same one again to beat your best time. You can even race your friends through the classic mode stages in multi-player.

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Long Jump makes you pick up as much speed as you can and before jumping off of a ramp to fly over as many feet as possible. Factory mode seems almost like a whole separate game in itself — one that shares a similar art style, but wasn’t enough of a game to sell separately. You rotate objects in the path of falling shapes to get them into areas of the same color. Every time you make a mistake, you lose one block of life. Lose them all and its game over. It serves as a nice change of pace and provides challenging diversion after ten or twelve levels in classic mode.

The most fun mode in Jelly Car 2 by far is the level editor. You will be able to place powerups, ramps, roads, walls and whatever else wherever you like until your ultimate Jelly Car experience is complete. It’s just a shame that the created levels cant be uploaded for others to try. Even the ability to send them to your friends would have been a nice addition. I would have loved to see the absolute craziness people will come up with. I guess there’s always Youtube…

When I saw that Disney made a game called Jelly Car 2, I felt an uncontrollable urge to download it. Maybe it was just the feeling of Epic Mickey still coursing through my veins, or the cute graphics that reminded me of Nintendo’s WarioWare series. Either way I’m glad I went for it because if I hadn’t, I would have missed out one of the most fun, addictive and completely original games I have had the pleasure of playing on Nintendo’s download service. At a mere 500 points, Jelly Car 2 is easily more bang for your buck than an equally priced box of Bill Cosby Jello Pudding Pops, and twice as jiggly, too.

 

 

FINAL VERDICT

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– Keith White Jr.

Follow Me @KeefWhiteJr

Batman: Arkham City Lockdown (Video Game Review)

THIS REVIEW ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON EXTRAGUY.COM

Genre: Action
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Platform: iOS, Android
Price: $5.99

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Riddle me this: Can an iOS game pack the same punch as the current-gen game it based on? When I saw Batman Arkham City Lockdown in the App Store I actually let out a little cheer. I was at work and wasn’t supposed to even be on my phone, let alone looking at new apps, so I got more than a couple unexpected looks from coworkers after my somewhat quiet “Awesome!” while staring down at my lap. After playing the game, I can totally relate to their bewilderment. After spending some time with it, I realized that this Batman isn’t quite what I expected.

Arkham City Lockdown takes place in the same universe as Arkham City and looks a lot like it at first glance, but that is where the similarities end. It’s a very basic, very linear beat-em up. Pick a location, fight three or four bad guys individually, possibly fight a boss, then return to the main menu. Here you’ll pick a different location, rinse, then repeat. There appears to be almost no story other than you play as Batman and Batman likes to kick the asses of bad dudes. This is unfortunately something of a drag, as things get repetitive quickly.

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Even still, the animations are fast, fluid and look great in action. I really cant say enough good things about the graphics. The unlockable costumes are snazzy, but it’s even cooler how each one has unique attributes that change Batman’s stats. The game also features achievements for replaying the game with each costume, but it’s really just the same thing over and over with a different coat of paint.

The combat controls are similar to those found in Epic’s Infinity Blade series. You time your attacks based on what your enemy does and strike with swipes and taps on the screen. It works really well and was a great choice by the development team. It’s just a shame it gets so old so fast. The voiceovers in cutscenes are also stellar while the sound effects and music will sound familiar to those out there that have played Arkham City.

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Batman: Arkham City Lockdown shows just how far iOS games have come graphically in the last few years. Just looking at it you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between this and its big brothers on the home consoles. As gorgeous as it looks and as fun as it can be at times, in the end it cant compete with the Infinity Blades of the world or even the franchise it’s based off of.
 

 

FINAL VERDICT

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– Keith White Jr.

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Springtime Cocktails!

With spring here, I wanted to send you some drink recipes that I thought our readers would appreciate as the weather gets warmer. Each cocktail is perfect for favorite spring activities, watching a baseball game with friends or enjoying patio drinks.

Below you will find a variety of cocktails made with Bulleit Rye, Crown Royal Regal Apple, and the new Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum. Not a spirits drinker? I also included a wine spritzer recipe with the recently launched Chateau La Paws Chardonnay, an offering for wine lovers that gives back to rescue dogs.

 

Bulleit Rye Smash

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1.25 oz. Bulleit Rye
1 oz. simple syrup
3 wedge(s) lemon(s)
3 piece(s) mint sprig
3 dash(es) bitters

In an ice filled shaker combine all the ingredients. Shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

 


 

Golden Delicious

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1.5oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple
1oz. Pineapple Juice
1 Dash angostura bitters

Add ingredients to high ball. Top with ginger ale and lemon garnish.

 


 

Palomaloha

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1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum
Juice of ½ lime
Grapefruit soda to top

Fill tall glass with ice. Pour in Captain Morgan® Grapefruit Rum, lime juice and grapefruit soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

 


 

Spritz Tzu

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3 oz. Chateau La Paws Chardonnay
1 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
2 oz. Club Soda
Lemon Twist

Fill rocks glass with ice. Pour in Chateau La Paws Chardonnay, elderflower liqueur and club soda. Garnish with lemon twist.

 

 


 

 

– Alexander Greer

agreer@taylorstrategy.com
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Not Knowing the Lingo, Bad for the Gringo

The flight from Auckland to Mexico City was fraught with problems. I had trouble processing my Esta (US security check). It was sorted in the nick of time, but when I landed in LA, security carted me off for an interview about my being in the US before. Apparently I had overstayed my welcome. Added to this, I was suffering from a mild case of Delirium Tremens due to a few days excessive drinking prior to our departure. Andreas, a Norwegian who I’d met in a Wellington backpackers a month earlier, was too by the look of him. When we finally arrived in Mexico City Airport, almost missing another connection in Dallas, we were both in ill temper.

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To our mutual amazement, we discovered that apart from border control, no one spoke English with a fitting degree of adequacy for our pickled brains. After much gesturing and pidgin English, I purchased two bus tickets for what I hoped was Mexico City center. I wasn’t convinced: the young Mexican lady looked bewildered. After zealous security checks we got on a nice air conditioned coach. I had just relaxed into my seat when a security guard began going around taking everyone’s picture with a digital camera. A little disconcerting, but no matter. Off we went.

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Not long into the journey we both fell asleep. I awoke first. There was barren scrubland on either side, not a building to be seen. Not Mexico City then. Still, we were playing it by ear anyway so it hardly mattered. As good a way as any to explore the country, I thought. I let Andreas sleep on, but when I heard him stir I kept an eye on him to watch his reaction. He looked around sleepily, eyes widened. “What the…?” Then something incomprehensible…. Norwegian, I suspected. I laughed for some time. He joined me eventually. Good humour restored, we agreed it was probably a good thing.

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Puebla, the town where we ended up some hours later, is a town of some character. I was struck by several things, the traffic being one. Not literally, though I came close. The noise and density of said traffic was something else. Particularly impressive was the sheer volume, in both senses of the word, of horn blowing, which was so loud and incessant that it sounded like a pneumatic siren.

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The architecture was beautiful, and like nothing I had seen before, many buildings having mosaic or patterned tiles adorning their facades. The cathedrals too, of which there were many, were very lovely. But, more interesting, was the inexplicable abundance of shoe shops. Shoe shops were everywhere. We were tripping over them. Puebla is not a tourist town, at least not for international travellers; our pale complexions garnered no little interest, particularly Andreas, who looks as Nordic as the fabled Thor. We assumed, therefore, that the shoe shops were serving the local populace. Try as we might, we couldn’t find a logical explanation.

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“Maybe they just love shoes?”, I suggested, giving up.

“My ex must be Mexican”, Andreas countered.

“Haha… She liked shoes, did she?”

Pause.

“Nah. Couldn’t understand her… Hahahaha..”

“Hahahahahaha!”

Idiots abroad.

 

– Hugh Hamilton:

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The REAL March Madness

I know what you are thinking “great another article about the NCAA Tournament”, but no I am talking about the biggest sporting event in the month of March. Yes folks WrestleMania is almost here, this is the 31st time WrestleMania has been shown, and I have seen every one of them. They have always been a big event, and this year will be no different. Some of my best moments growing up were watching WrestleMania at my friend Izzy’s house, and they continue to be must watch. I am going to break down the matches this year and tell you who is going to win. Admit it your bracket is already busted and trust me that pool you are in at work is being won by someone who has never watched basketball and are winning on pure luck. I don’t know the exact order of the matches but I will do a breakdown in order of importance.

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Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns- The setup to this match has been very interesting. People don’t know what Brock Lesnar is going to do because his contract is set to expire, and the backstage gossip you hear is almost as good as the match will be. Roman Reigns was hugely popular and then got hurt and now he is booed. I see no scenario on Reigns winning the match no matter if Lesnar leaves for the UFC or not. Reigns is too young and too green yet to be champ, but he has improved a lot and he is McMahon’s golden boy so we will see him at many WrestleMania’s to come. Look for Lesnar to control much of the match, but Lesnar will definitely put Reigns over by having a great match with him. Lesnar will F5 him and Reigns will kick out, but after that it will be over with Lesnar doing another one and getting the pin. This will be a showcase to see if Reigns can headline WrestleMania.

Sting vs HHH- I have enjoyed what the WWE has done with Sting having him not show up much and surprise the authority. He has been getting a huge pop from the crowd. I think this will be a very good match, but I am curious how long Sting can go. Look for Sting to win, and this feud will continue on. Sting will win via Scorpion Death Drop.

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Paige and AJ Lee vs The Bella Twins- Seriously I don’t know why they put the Diva’s on near the end of the night. However this is a great time to go to the Bathroom, get a snack, or even check on the NCAA tournament. If you want to look at pretty things I am sure you can find better on your computer. AJ Lee and Paige will win but this will be a snooze fest.

Bad News Barrett vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper vs. Stardust vs. Daniel Bryan- In my opinion this will be the best match of the night. Anytime they do a ladder match for WrestleMania it is always pretty epic. All of these wrestlers minus R-Truth deserve a bigger push than what they are getting. However, Daniel Bryan will win this match in the end. Right now he is the biggest baby face in the company and they will put a belt on him to showcase his talent and popularity.

John Cena vs Rusev- I know everyone is sick of seeing Cena win, and this feud is getting pretty played out. Right now Rusev is one of the better heels in the company and has not lost yet in the WWE, and he has by far the hottest manager in Lana. Cena is a very polarizing figure, kids love him and hardcore fans hate him, but the bottom line is he is still good for the company. Cena wins this back and forth match with STF submission.

Undertaker vs Bray Wyatt- When this match got announced I was apprehensive to see the Undertaker after his performance last year against Brock Lesnar, however recently some training pictures have surfaced with the Undertaker and he looks to be in great shape. Bray Wyatt is one of the best talents in the company right now. He is great on the microphone and is a very good wrestler. I really miss the Wyatt family I thought they ended that too soon. Bray Wyatt will carry much of this match due to the Taker’s age, but look for Undertaker to get the win via submission and a triumphant return to WrestleMania for him.

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Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins- This should be a fun match, I enjoy watching Rollins he is very sound technical wrestler, but with the constant interference it’s hard to tell how good he really is, and what his capabilities are. Orton has been on a roll since coming back and will control much of the match. However I believe some way the authority will interfere and cause Rollins to win. I see this as a feud that will continue for a little while.

Andre The Giant Battle Royal- Many of the entrants for this battle royal have not been announced at my time of writing, but they will try to use this to get someone who isn’t a higher tier guy an immediate push. Last year Cesaro won it, but unfortunately they did nothing to push him further. He is finally in a good place tagging with Tyson Kidd. Look for Sheamus to return to action, but I am going to go out on a limb here and say that Mizdow wins the battle royal. Ultimately I think Mizdow and Miz will work together and eliminate a lot of the entrants and it will be down to those two and Sheamus at the end and Mizdow will turn on Miz.

 

– Jeff Bauer

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Fontana Weekend

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If you followed my lineup last week, did you have fun winning your league? Let’s cross the checkers first again this week.

Grabbing Kurt Busch last week for $22 really paid off and it’s going to pay off even more this week as he has been unstoppable in qualifying and practice. A must start and the favorite to win.

Breaking News: Kevin Harvick is good. A must start in all formats

Obviously you are starting Martin Truex again, a bunch of money in the bank on his salary and fast again in practice.

For your 4th driver you can pick between Brad or Jimmie, both have been equally fast all week and have been in the top 5 in 10 lap average practice speeds.

Need a driver on the cheap? JJ Yeley and Matt Dibenedetto are top choices for the $6 and under crowd.

My ideal lineup:

Kurt Busch

Kevin Harvick

Martin Truex

Jimmie Johnson

Matt Dibenedetto

 

-Adam Dulski

@adamdulski

Timing is Everything

Our minds carry with it a bag of memories. We have the pleasure of pulling them out any time we want and wander back to a time. The very idea of being able to physically travel back in time and experience life from the very first second is a dream and fantasy many people have had. And I am no exception to daydreaming about unordinary things. Such fantasies reflect a deeper yearning for doing something idealistic, but which is completely out of reach.

I would love to bounce around throughout history and see what life was really like experiencing tremendous social, artistic, and cultural dynamics. During my voyage back in time, I would spend my days getting acquainted with those monumental people who have had a major impact in the construction of history. In fact, since I’m dreaming, I would like to write my name in the history of the humankind. Every man wants to write his name in history. Although a small portion of them have that privilege. As a person who often travels too far into her own head and wishes to stay there my theory is simple: the endless imaginary possibilities offered by a world you have not experienced and a life you have not lived are no match for those same confining days of your own past.

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We would be different people if we had lived in another time. How could we ever be unhappy if we found ourselves standing amongst the greatest icons who have held their fists high shouting and screaming for what they hoped would be a better tomorrow to those who, today, take on stress by choosing the perfect filter for an Instagram post… of food!

I let myself imagine walking down unfamiliar avenues, alongside the people who aren’t products of the digital age. Nelson Mandela takes preference over all others. You see, Nelson and I share common ground, literally. We’re South African, and this makes me prouder than proud. Nelson Mandela was a fighter. Instead of bowing down to an unjust system of government, he became a lifelong warrior in the battle to free South Africa. But even while in prison Mr. Mandela continued to be a beacon of hope for his people, who carried on the struggle against Apartheid in his absence. Mandela, a man who’s spirit cannot be crushed, a man of great personal honor, strength, and integrity was always fighting for something greater than himself and that was the freedom of an entire nation. It is painful to imagine that this man, who radiated so much love, who espoused so many truths, could have spent so much of his life in prison. Nelson Mandela has always inspired me to think beyond myself, to think of people in the wider world as part of a common humanity.

I was born a year before the apartheid era ended so I didn’t have the chance to live through the struggle or witness the great change. Many would say it’s a good thing and that I’m lucky but the true desire to go back and help construct history stems from wanting to meet the greatest hero’s before they saved the day.

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I’d make a trip further back in time to a struggle less merciful and take a seat next to Anne Frank, the most famous victim of the German holocaust. Anne spent two years of her life living in an attic with two other families. Life became difficult for the Franks and other Jews of Holland. But of all the unfortunate events that occurred in those two years the one good and greatest thing was: the diary. For her thirteenth birthday Anne was given an autograph book which she used as a diary. It was her best friend. They stayed in the secret annexe for two years, unfounded. Anne wrote about their hellish ordeal, suffering from boredom, hunger and the ever present fear of discovery and death. Anne’s dream of becoming a famous writer came true, eventually, however not in the way she imagined.

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If I was stuck in that attic with Anne and the gang I would have been mentioned on every few pages depending on her likes of me. When I read the book “Anne Frank: Diary of A Young Girl” the desire I have to travel back to the past had grown even more. It would have been a great privilege to share a space and time with a young girl whose state of mind was filled with profound truths, whose soul desperately wanted peace for everyone and whose heart yearned for simple pleasures. Anne was just a young growing girl who was not given any room for growth and yet she experienced more than most of us ever will.

Going into future seems strange because there’s too much uncertainty. The desire to travel back, however, is a want of life re-lived with the knowledge of experience and imagined foresight. More than anything, this desire is nothing but a romance with my fantasy, and always will be.

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Would you go back in time? If so, when and where? Tweet me

 

– Naseeha Tayob

TWITTER: @naseehatayob