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    Eh....

    I was invited to a drive with my three nephews and their grandparents in a minivan up along the Columbia (River) Gorge to go buy some apples.

    I'm not sure what the point was — maybe to relieve my nephews' parents of their children for most of a day.

    I brought along my Wittner Mini metronome, which the nephews enjoyed for a minute or two.

    And the Alfred's publication of Bach's 2- and 3-part inventions, which they didn't enjoy at all.

    But they dug the hell out of using the analog "stopwatch" feature of my watch.

    Unfortunately, they didn't really seem to do the slide-rule bezel feature that good.

    BUT no one can deny the Columbia River is a good one. It's a shame there's all that crappy highway along it, at least as far as a town called "Hood River."

    And no, I didn't just think of the word "clitoris" when I said the name of that town, until just now.

    Well, I suppose I'll have to go back there.

    OHHH, but not only did I get to sing "Roll On Columbia" in my best John Carradine impersonation (very deep baritone!), but me and the other adults had some fun doing Wm Shatner impressions of such songs and others.

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    ETTA I will say after I asked to make a quick stop at the grocery near my place, the middle nephew asked as I put the Bach in my paper grocery sack in the car..."What's that book?" Of course I said, "It's music!" And, pretty cute, as I was dropped off back at my place, he gave me a small blank piece of paper. "Do you want me to write on it?" <nods yes> "Should I write something on it now?" <shakes head no> "OK, well, I'm going to keep it and write something for you next time I see you! Thank you!"

    I think I'm going to be perverse and write some music on standard staff-lines — maybe I'll do a short (it's like a 2x4 inch piece of paper) thing about his name in music (cf. the "B-A-C-H" theme).

    That should slow them down for a while.


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    Well, I'll be damned. The Company doesn't have a non-third-party seller of a stand-alone edition of Beethoven's Op. 27 no. 1. I already have break-out editions of Op. 27 no. 2 (which I promise myself I will never play again, but still occasionally read through, especially the last two movements), and Op. 26 (I'm still working on mastering that one — particularly the variations and the Rondo), and the Pathétique (likewise, no interest in playing again) and the Op. 10 no. 3 (nope, not again), so not interested in a "collected sonatas vol. 1."

    However, they did have a cheap Henle edition of Debussy "Children's Corner" (no, it's not intended to be played by children — some of it is kind of difficult, actually).

    And Henle had a cheap edition of just the first three of Bach's English Suites, which suits my needs (I'm really only playing the A major and the A minor — and the A minor I'm still struggling with, so maybe a good bound edition will make it a little easier to dip into).

    Oh, and Henle had a cheap edition of Beethoven's two "easy" piano sonatas, Op. 49. Actually, I've read through them at least once, and while they aren't typically demonic in technique, they're still not exactly plink-a-plink pieces of music, and I think they're worthwhile to use as warmups or to have something nice and musical to have in my "book" that doesn't take too much brain-power.

    Plus, if Seannie keep up with music, he can have that and the Bach Invention/Sinfonias, along with other smaller editions suitable for an intermediate player/learner. Lots of others in my little library, but those would be good ones to pass along.

    ETAOh, I should have looked up a nice edition of the Diabelli Variations — oh well, that's more for curiosity than anything I hope to play end-to-end.

    And, yes, of course Seannie can have the Joplin material and all the related — but I don't think the ragtime spirit has caught up to him yet.

    EETA And, no, I don't have a fetish for the Henle editions — it's just that since I was a kid, I always found them easy to read, with lots of space to mark up things with pencil. And, I'll admit, the blue covers are very handsome. The Wiener Urtext is also good, and in some cases easier to read for Bach, but can be cramped for annotating in pencil for Beethoven.

    So, I consult them all, but I'm sticking with Henle for music I'm past "studying" and just want to read efficiently. My difficulties with the A-minor English Suite notwithstanding — it's not the notes so much, it's just that there are so many of them, in that particular Suite.

    EETA All right, changed my mind. I don't need or want the Beethoven Op. 49. HOWEVER, Henle has the WTC vol. II with fingerings by András Schiff from The Company, and I only have the Peters edition of WTC vol. I (with photocopies of some of WTCII). So, that's a better buy.
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    YES, I know from watching Schiff's performance of, for example, the Chopin Préludes, that I won't be using his fingering suggestions, and will indeed be supplementing the volume with my own notes, but unlike some people, I happen to think Schiff is the greatest living Bach interpreter today, even better than .... Angela Hewitt. I don't think he had much to do with the editing of the volume in the scholarly sense, but the Henle is bound (ahem) to be readable.

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    Oh, and my Ørberg annotated edition of Vergil Aeneid bks 1 and 4 (with extracts from the interceding books) is due to arrive soon.

    Yeah, I've used Clyde Pharr's student edition, which is very good (except I don't like having to flip back-and-forth between two different languages, which is one reason I'm an awful translator), and while I still have my Oxford Press edition of Vergil, it's challenging. I even have the Cambridge "green and gold" of the Georgics, but those are very difficult without significant cribs to help with the agricultural terms.

    I'm tired of writing my own cribs and annotations in pencil on various photocopies pasted into books these days.

    So, I guess I'm sticking with the classics in music and literature these days.

    Sort of, like, humanizing, or something.

    Maybe Shelby, she's right: I'm an old, old man. Yeah, well so what? I can still kick some ass!
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    Shit, I am fucked.

    I just read through a handful of the little 2-part inventions which were new to me at the keyboard — all of the ones I stumbled through while waiting for my chickpeas to heat up are going to take my patented "very, very slow" method of playing through. I couldn't even remember the D minor (IMHO one of the more straightforward ones, and one I often just did for fun), and looking at the music just confused me.

    No, I'm not going to treat these as compositional exercises, as they were intended, but just use them as opportunities to fix some technical problems, not to mention that (most of) they/m are good music.

    So, more or less, the "easy" two-part inventions (all of them), will be like a little textbook for me to hack my way through. More or less "physical training" on the basics.

    Still on board with the 3-part sinfonie, but I'll have to see if the new text printing confuses me. Those are a little closer to me in terms of knowing how they sound and some good ways of playing them. (Even though I still take the D maj and the A maj a little slowly, and don't have the blinding speed I desire for the E maj [which is not probably the way it should be played, but I think it's fun like that]).

    And similarly, the three-part inventions will remain part of my regular routine, except now I won't have the excuse that I can't find where this or that errant page went.

    ETA Oh, and the reason I likely won't be blindly following Schiff's fingering suggestions (for a different set of Bach pieces) is just that, observing his performances, his fingers are shorter than mine — it doesn't really translate, necessarily. And, I'm not as familiar with WTCII, most of it, as I am familiar with many of the WTCI pieces (mind you, not mastered, just familiar with from reading at the keyboard etc.), so I'll have to figure it out for myself anyway.
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    I have concluded that M______ from The Company might actually be either (i) a lesbian or (ii) not interested in me or (iii) just doesn't want to get involved in the workplace, even though I'm super-chill.

    I prefer to think (i), but (ii) is fine also.

    It's possible she has something she considers shameful in her private life: a wild, untamed bush, or maybe she's not financially independent, or maybe she's self-conscious about being petite.

    Therefore, I conclude she requires some magic dong, preceded by some nice words, and then, some nice more bit of dong.

    Oh well, I can't convince them all. But she still is nice and we get along fine when I see her and talk to her.

    Still needs more dong. Mine, not hers.

    /*BUT I still am interested to look at Schiff's fingering in the Henle WTCII — I find it interesting to examine how others perform more-or-less-complex pieces.*/
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    OK, listen up bitches.

    The András Schiff-fingered edition of WTC II published by G. Henle (and, no, I don't know why children on piano forums don't seem to understand that "Verlag" is not actually some guy's name — well, back in my day, it was understood that knowing French, German, and English was a prerequisite to studying humanities, like mathematics, music, literature, or the technical specialties of science).

    Well, I've only flipped through it, but the fingerings and hand-divisions seem uncontroversial. And, more importantly, it's very legible.

    The Peter Verlag (hehe) of WTC I has served me well, but I had to do quite a bit of supplementing with my own notes, and the typesetting is pretty cramped.

    This new (to me) edition of WTC II will make things a bit easier.

    AND, while flipping through the Henle edition of the Engl Stes 1-3, it occurred to me I already have bootlegged photocopies of the Henle of 1 and 2 (A major and A minor, repectively), I still appreciate having these in bound form.

    Primarily because the Preludes to both Engl Stes 1 and 2 are very long — especially the A minor — and it is a pita to deal with photocopies for such a longer piece that is meant to be played in one "breath." (At least if one doesn't intend to commit it to memory, or tape together multiple pages in one Kerouac-length roll).
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    Oh, and I saw yet another John Goodman/"Walter" double driving into the warehouse today.

    There must be something about guys who are ... hefty, and who wear glasses that leads them to the Walter way, including haircut and wardrobe. Whites only — other ethnicities of similar build seem to go different ways.

    Very curious, but also, pretty damned funny. In a good way.

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    I think I'm going to get my tires rotated (Les Schwab! free!), BUT more importantly, I'll swing by a brick-and-mortar music shop and try to just grab one a cheap edition of Beethoven's Op. 27 no. 1 — that's another one that's tiresome to use photocopies, and just easier to have it all in one thin volume. I've mostly got all the movements down, but it's hard to remember without a "crib," or some kind of aide-memory, so something to flip through at the keyboard would be helpful.

    IMHO.

    ETA Oh, yeah, definitely watch the elderly Emil Gilels on youtube do this sonata. A man and his horn. That's about the way I think it should be done — simple, matter-of-factly.

    EETA And, yes, if anyone doubts the power of the V7-->I cadence, well, that's your piece. I haven't bothered to improvise on the 1st or 2nd movements, but it could probably be done just for fun. And, no, the last movement with the overlapping hands isn't all that hard — but it would be a good technique to use for improvising, maybe on a Monk tune.

    Well, I'm not there yet, but at least I can still do as Beethoven wrote.

    It would be better to abstract the technique away from the tune LvanB wrote, though, and use it for other things. Well, I guess there's a time for everything.
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    Well, the Debussy (Henle edition) of Children's Corner arrived yesterday — very legible, and indeed, just as I recalled, some of them are kind of a technical workout.

    The Ørberg edition of Vergil, Aeneid bks 1 and 4, also arrived. I'm not sure the glosses and marginalia, all in Latin, are all that useful, but it is a slim volume and it is convenient to not have to resort to photocopies of various cribs and pencil markings. The ultimate goal is just to read the Oxford Classic Text edition without needing to look anything up, so I'm happy with this as a goal. The classic Clyde Pharr is great for learning, but like I was saying, it's confusing to me to switch between English and the original text.

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    All right.

    So there must be some kind of gossip train going around — this little friendlet of mine asked me today, "How come you know French?"

    She'd have no reason to know I speak even pidgin French, except maybe she overheard me talking with some Africans or muttering under my breath.

    Oh well.

    She seemed satisfied when I told her that I wear a tweed jacket and smoke a tobacco pipe.

    Meh, I don't know. I don't go around speaking French except if I want to mutter something absolutely inappropriate to myself.

    "Meh blah blah I had a French boyfriend once!"

    Good! Good for you!

    Ergh.

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    And, no.

    No, thank you.

    Tricks ain't walking no more.

    Fool me once, blah blah.

    What kind of idiot parks in the back parking lot? So you can spend your ten minute break looking at the whoremongering horde of the warehouse?

    Yeah, thank you no much. '

    I park in front — I relish breaks so much in order to get away from you, not be reminded of "you."

    Fucking idiots.

    Oh, well, I guess if everyone did as I did there wouldn't be much difference.

    But they don't.

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    score, dude.

    One call to my doctor's office and I can get some REAL sudafed.

    You know, the kind that used to be OTC until all the junkies screwed it all up.

    Maybe I can get through a day with only soaking one hankie instead of two or more.

    Surprisingly easy — I'm sure I'll have to give the pharmacist fingerprints and ID and whatever, but I'm reassured that my doctor doesn't think I'm some kind of meth junkie.

    And, no, you can't have any. This is between me and my upper respiratory system alone.

    ETA Oh, I did try insufflating pseudoephredine once. Key word is "once," and that was a long time ago, before all the meth people.

    I highly do not recommend trying that.

    Actually, since I'm moralizing, don't insufflate cocaine either. It's a nice buzz, but turn it down if someone offers you a filthy rolled-up piece of paper money. I mean, good god, use a fucking piece of a bic pen — who do you think you are, Tony Montana?

    Disgusting.

    So, what have we learned?

    Use Sudafed as directed, and don't be a dumbass.
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    Oh. I bet I know how Shelby knows I speak FR (near-native? I don't know how to classify it, except that the term "fluent" isn't too useful — I've heard plenty of supposedly "fluent" people talk with horrible broken accents and not even know how to chat up a women or just bullshit at some café — yeah, sure, I speak FR but unless I'm writing or speaking to academics, I speak it like the english language, namely, pretty sloppy and just chat informally).

    It's my little Somali buddy from the earlier shift: at least he's heard me chatting with a Kenyan in FR, and he knows I'm super into M________ (no, dumbass, that's not "M" as in "Men,"). Probably he started some thing like that.

    Well, that's OK.

    At least I think that solves that "problem." For all I know, he was trying to help me out with this gal M______, although I'm not sure why that would help. But he's a young kid, and we trade jokes a lot, so I think the "team-work" approach is probably what he's going for. ETA ZOMG HE WANTS TO DOUBLE STUFF M_______ WITH ME! UP WITH WHICH I WILL NOT STAND! No, pretty sure he doesn't see why I find Morgan attractive, although he seemed interested to know how many black girls I was "with." The answer is two, but that's none of your business, so stay out of it.

    You know, if he makes me seem "exotic" to this girl, then maybe his own status gets elevated.

    But why or how? I don't know. Maybe he's just glad to be in good with a white who isn't a total racist and who tends to be mistaken for "a boss" sometimes.

    I will say in defense of The Company — they really do practice what they preach about diversity, at least among ethnic divisions. It reminds me of living in an actual city, this warehouse, where there isn't a concentration of power among sexes or ethnicities. Probably higher up there is, but they do good at the warehouse level.

    And there's no particular "clannishness" among the workers — women, men, of whatever skin color or native language just pretty much do their stuff and get along.
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    Hmmmm.

    My Zenni Optical glasses arrived today — I wasn't expecting much at all, but the regular glasses seem to be fine. And the sunglasses almost seem a little 1960s European crime movie style.

    Most importantly, they fit and I can see out of them.

    Not up to doing photographs yet, but sometime soon maybe, just for fun.

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    (i) I was conversing briefly with a veteran coworker at The Company, mostly just being an ear to listen to, and she actually starting crying a bit. No, I didn't try to slip her the sizzler, but the coherent, legitimate complaints she made to me in private, combined with her generally stoic and stalwart profile, leads me to think Ivan Drago is part of a conspiracy.

    (ii) I was looking for an empty "cart" at work with which to transport goods, and after having identified one which suited my needs, said to M_______, "this is about the right size cart for me." Remembering after the fact that she is a little self-conscious about being shorter than 5'5""

    (iii) The only thing that makes M_______ smile a bit is when I interject "Sir" as a form of address to her. She prefers that to "ma'am." I don't know why. She thinks it's funny because I teased her a bit about her using a clipboard during part of her training as...I don't know, see (i). Probably also she's convinced I've desexualized her and no longer propositioned her on....ta ta DUH!...a date!

    (iv) I managed to make some photos of the online opticals Z____ Optical sent me — actually, they look better in pictures than IRL. But, IME, since they soak you on the tinting for presciption sunglasses, those are better to do in person. Regular glasses? Those are OK. I think they cost like $9.95 (USD) and are just fine, unless you have uneven ear-heights and have the balls to try to bend the "branches" (stems? I don't know what the word is) into a more comfortable shape. Unfortunately, imgbb is being slow, so just use your imagination.

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    (i) I was conversing briefly with a veteran coworker at The Company, mostly just being an ear to listen to, and she actually starting crying a bit. No, I didn't try to slip her the sizzler, but the coherent, legitimate complaints she made to me in private, combined with her generally stoic and stalwart profile, leads me to think Ivan Drago is part of a conspiracy.

    (ii) I was looking for an empty "cart" at work with which to transport goods, and after having identified one which suited my needs, said to M_______, "this is about the right size cart for me." Remembering after the fact that she is a little self-conscious about being shorter than 5'5""

    (iii) The only thing that makes M_______ smile a bit is when I interject "Sir" as a form of address to her. She prefers that to "ma'am." I don't know why. She thinks it's funny because I teased her a bit about her using a clipboard during part of her training as...I don't know, see (i). Probably also she's convinced I've desexualized her and no longer propositioned her on....ta ta DUH!...a date!

    (iv) I managed to make some photos of the online opticals Z____ Optical sent me — actually, they look better in pictures than IRL. But, IME, since they soak you on the tinting for presciption sunglasses, those are better to do in person. Regular glasses? Those are OK. I think they cost like $9.95 (USD) and are just fine, unless you have uneven ear-heights and have the balls to try to bend the "branches" (stems? I don't know what the word is) into a more comfortable shape. Unfortunately, imgbb is being slow, so just use your imagination.

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    God damned.

    I am a bad man, so I will just say.

    That fucking bitch who gave me a haircut ... doesn't anybody know about Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now?

    All right, it was a fine haircut I guess, but I don't want to look like Mitt Romney or somebody!

    There's a fine balance between "business in back" and "kick your ass" in the front!

    Women.

    And, yeah, I tipped her whatever, so stop whining you complaintards.

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    I'm slightly still peeved at this one little confidante, Sh_____, whom I sometimes see as she's coming off my (past) shift, waiting for a ride, while I'm parking and getting ready for my new shift.

    She really gave me some brutal sassing about when I asked her about "Hey, how's M____ doing?"

    Yeah, she's pretty...has kind of an upfront sense of humor, I guess....but it wasn't really necessary for her to say "M_____ thinks you're too old and ...."

    I can't remember, just juvenile sass — we all know each other, pretty much, but still, she went a little too far.

    OTOH, when I was just chatting with a few others, they didn't have much nice to say about Sh______ — I still think it's unfair to her, and maybe fuels some of her apparent vitriol against my (apparently) well-known "like" like of M_____.

    I don't have anything to be ashamed of about the latter — I asked her out, and either it didn't take or she has some other things going on, or, like me, she'll take months to make a decision about something. Beyond which, we're still friendly, and not in a creepy way. Just like it should be, IMHO: play your hand and then move on.

    It was shocking to me just how much negativity Sh_____ had about the subject — we're not best friends or anything, but I'd never seen her unload such negativity on the basis of one "chit-chat" topic.

    Oh well: it was cold outside, as well as busy as hell, I'm sure, for her shift.

    ///////////

    I'm pretty sure the manager for this portion of the week put me outside out front, paired up with a burly ex-Marine ... apparently there was some trouble with one of the private drivers yesterday, something about cops being called and shit.

    It's nice to be recognized for my skills at being tall and supposedly able to repel a threat, even though I still think the best move is to de-escalate: The Company isn't worth endangering myself or anyone else for, even though I admit I don't mind a fight or even just some harsh words, said in a calm voice.

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    Well, I can't quite figure R__ticia out — I think we might be becoming pretty good work-friends.

    In fact, I think most of the core group have warmed up to me after about a month — probably something about them getting used to me getting shit done quickly despite my pores constantly leaking wine, and my greediness when it comes to break-times (no, I don't abuse taking breaks, just I find it very difficult to go more than a few hours happily without taking five to cocoon myself in seclusion).

    The guys in the new shift seem to run the gamut from yoga-exercising hipsters to pretty macho guys, and also some neckbeard nerds, but that all seems good relationships at work so far. We get along and communicate and get it done.

    Ra____icia seems to have developed some kind of special bond with me, though — kind of funny, but I guess we're just on the same wavelength.

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    There is a real problem with trying to "date" women in Portland — from what I can see, rents are high, so most people who aren't professionals seem to have roommates.

    I don't know how that would work, going to "her place," with a roommate. I'm not interested in meeting her little friends in that situation, and dealing with that whole thing would put me in a bad groove.

    My place is fine, but it would probably be unappealing to a non-crack-whore, what with my housekeeping abilities and such. True, no roommate, and the toilet seat is clean enough, I guess.

    A non-smoker would not be able to deal, and, in fact, my entire front room is filled with music crap, with barely a spot on the couch to sit down.

    Well, that's not going to change anytime soon, but it's a real problem, I tell you.
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    THIS is a portion of the job assignment roster for today.

    Yes, you can imagine that was the source of much amusement.

    At first it was funny — I think I started it by laughing out loud.

    Unfortunately, I think I have some new nicknames on the job.

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    Yeah, that was a fun few days to see how long that lasted.

    Oh well, it's all in good fun. Sort of a little madhouse in there. Well, I'm not the cabin boy anymore, so time to move on.

    Interesting exchange, we were changing shifts (temporally, not clothes), but C___ and M______ were walking side-by-side while I was on my way to empty my bladder before the shift change.

    Carl's a nice guy — typical to him, he said his usual "Hey, good morning J___! Nice to see you again!"

    And the usual reciprocations — eh, he's almost ten years older than me, and also kind of short and pretty fat.

    Nice guy, I've chatted with him a bunch, and we're good coworkers.

    Of course, en passant, M_____ held her little arm up to give a "high-five," and also gave me a nice smile.

    WHY? do people do the "high five," when it's very uncool! It is not the way! We're not playing B-Ball or winning a trophy!

    And, no, I'm not jealous of C___: that would surprise me if she went for that, but, whatever, he's a nice guy, so if she feels like throwing that guy some poontang, it's all right with me.

    Kind of reminds me of this other fellow, about the same age as C___, about whom I went apeshit when I saw M___ and him giving each other a hug in the parking lot.

    Mmmmmm....probably just, I don't know what her deal is, but she might favor male company with unlikely people, for gratification other than sexual. Maybe she's got some kind of friendship-fetish, if that is such a thing.

    Couldn't say.

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    Mmmmmm....probably just, I don't know what her deal is, but she might favor male company with unlikely people, for gratification other than sexual. Maybe she's got some kind of friendship-fetish, if that is such a thing.
    That was a fucking ridiculous thing to say.

    It's clear that she thought enough of me to give a friendly salute, even if it was in the defective form of a high-five and a smile.

    I wish she knew that me smoking cigarettes (at the moment) isn't a deal-breaker.

    Or at least it shouldn't be: she doesn't know my dislike of them, nor that it's no problem for me to not smoke around her.

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    And here's something truly pointless you'll really enjoy.

    Me sitting waiting for the laundry machine, obsessing thinking about what my girl is thinking:

    "Well, gee, I dunno, he is really strong and has big hands, but it seems like he knows some stuff about like stuff, and is interested in what I have to say. He is kind of a pig, and he smokes, but the blacks like him and he's really friendly. My vagina is getting a little moist. Is it worth plugging in the Hitachi? I don't know, oh dear."

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