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October 20, 2011

2:05
P.M.

Celebritology Live

Total Responses: 41

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About the host

Host: Jen Chaney

Jen Chaney

An accredited Celebritologist, Jen focuses on pop culture news and trends in the entertainment world.

In addition to overseeing movie content for the Post's Web site, she also writes regularly about film, DVDs and stars of screens large and small.

When she isn't blogging or at the movies, she's ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.

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Join Celebritology blogger Jen Chaney to gab about the latest celebrity gossip and pop culture news making waves across the Web.

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Q.

Jen Chaney :

Topics today may include, but are not limited to: Lindsay Lohan, "American Horror Story" and Giuliana Rancic.

Let's begin.

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Once Upon a Time

OUaT starts this coming Sunday. Apparently writers from our beloved Lost will be writting for this show. Have you heard anything about the show? Good? Bad? Middlin? I'm excited and really want to love it!

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Jen Chaney :

I have heard some good things and have been meaning to watch the pilot. Your comment reminds me that I really must do that tonight.

– October 20, 2011 2:05 PM
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American Horror Story

I tried to watch the first episode on Hulu, but had to cut it off halfway through the credits in my dark apartment alone. Should I try it again? In the daytime? Squeeze my eyes shut during the credits? Are the rest of the episodes as creepy as the credits? - Signed, Scared
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Jen Chaney :

Dear Scared,

You should try it again. I am really enjoying the mystery of it, as well as the acting. (The way Jessica Lange delivered her "hell of a shot" line last night was a work of twisted, multi-layered genius.)

It's a creepy show but I wouldn't say I have been having nightmares yet. So watch it during the day, maybe? With someone close-by who won't mind if you squeeze his or her hand?

– October 20, 2011 2:08 PM
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epjd

What does LiLo do all day if she is not doing her community service? She is not working. She is in LA. She could be done by now if she just put some effort in.
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Jen Chaney :

Apparently she works very carefully on deciding which outfits to wear to her next court appearance. That right there sucks up a lot of time.

– October 20, 2011 2:10 PM
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Confession

I might be a little (a lot) obsessed with The Hunger Games and the upcoming movie. I can't seem to get enough of it. I'm in my early 30s (and never read the Twilight booksm fwiw). Am I lost forever, or should I just go with it?
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Jen Chaney :

I say just go with it. We all have our pop cultural obsessions, and there's nothing wrong with having a little fun with it.

I've read the first book and a half and am curious to see how they adapt the first movie.

– October 20, 2011 2:12 PM
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school for traveling celebrity kids

I'm not sure if you will know the answer to this, but I've been wondering for some time about the formal educations of the Jolie-Pitt brood, Suri Cruise, and a few other celeb offspring who are school-age but who seem to be on the move all the time. Do the parents homeschool, and if so must they register with some school district so the kids aren't considered truants? Do they have tutors who belong to the family's general entourage? Do they transfer six times a year? Go to classes online? Suri might still be pre-K, but two or maybe three of the J-Ps should be well into the elementary grades by now.
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Jen Chaney :

Great question.

I think the Brangelina kids have enrolled at various schools. I believe they were attending school in London earlier this year. But I think they also do some home schooling, too.

Certainly for kids that high-profile, and potentially on the move, the tutoring/home-schooling route may be the easiest thing to do.

– October 20, 2011 2:18 PM
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Lindsay

Up until now I've held out hope that Lindsay Lohan would be able to get herself together. After yesterday I really don't think that's going to happen. What a waste.
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Jen Chaney :

I know, it's unfortunate.

Today's events didn't bode well either.

– October 20, 2011 2:19 PM
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American Horror Story viewing tip

Best watched with a large, friendly, shaggy dog so you can hide your head in his fur when things get really creepy.
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Jen Chaney :

Good suggestion.

– October 20, 2011 2:20 PM
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Post Secret

Did you send in the "I miss LOST way more than I should" post card that's on postsecret this week? I agree.
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Jen Chaney :

Hey, that was my submission!

– October 20, 2011 2:21 PM
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Giuliana Rancic

Not a big fan of Giuliana Rancic, but I still feel for anyone with breast cancer, especially those who have it at such an early age.
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Jen Chaney :

Absolutely.

And I have to say, I have a different perspective on Rancic after writing this profile of her. I don't always agree with some of her career choices -- producing "Bridalplasty" didn't seem like the best move to me. But I was impressed by how down-to-earth she was when I interviewed her. I certainly hope she gets healthy very soon.

– October 20, 2011 2:25 PM
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Jessica Simpson

Do we care if she's pregnant? I'm just not sure if I care, what has she done in the last few years?
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Jen Chaney :

She has her fashion line. And of course, she still makes a lot of headlines.

As for the pregnancy speculation, it's been more comical so far than anything else. If it's true, she'll announce it when she wants to. Until then, all these stories are just silly.

– October 20, 2011 2:27 PM
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Hunger Games

Jen... you HAVE to read the 2nd half and the 3rd book. They are amazing. I am 28 and still can't get over them. I am thinking about reading the whole trilogy again just so I can read Mockingjay (the 3rd one) again. Dizamn.
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Jen Chaney :

I def. plan to finish them. I had to return the second one to the library before I could finish it. (Yes, I know that sounds pathetic, but it's hard to keep up with celebrity news and every TV show and movie and still find time to read.)

– October 20, 2011 2:28 PM
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Gaddafi

So who do you think should play the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in the inevitable bio-pic?
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Jen Chaney :

Too soon, my friend. Too soon.

– October 20, 2011 2:29 PM
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RE: school for celebrity kids

"Certainly for kids that high-profile... the tutoring/home-schooling route may be the easiest thing to do." Yeah, until they reach high school age and want to enroll at West Beverly High with Brandon, Kelly, Brenda and the gang....
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Jen Chaney :

Yes, life will get more interesting when the Brangelina brood hits the teen years.

– October 20, 2011 2:29 PM
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Post Secret

Really? I was totally joking and didn't think it was you but that's awesome!!
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Jen Chaney :

Uh, I am totally joking. But it could have been my submission because I also agree.

– October 20, 2011 2:30 PM
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Adele

What do you know about Adele? I have been listening to "Someone like you" on repeat in both radio and dj remix versions pretty much constantly. She seems like a really interesting person.
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Jen Chaney :

I am a big fan of her music -- even though "Someone Like You" gets an insane amount if airplay, I still haven't gotten sick of it yet. Same goes for pretty much every other song on that CD.

If you have OnDemand or can find it online, watch her appearance on "The Graham Norton Show." She told a very funny story about how she went to the ladies room at the same time as Jennifer Aniston and accidentally called her Rachel.

– October 20, 2011 2:32 PM
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Jessica Lange

So glad you brought up her acting in AHS; it's really nice to see the I was hired for my looks but can't act a lick ingenue (King Kong) develop into a fine actor (Blue Sky) and then to an almost grande dame (but not quite, but you know what I mean). I know they tried the same thing with Sharon Stone, who just never quite gelled as a serious actress, but, honestly, it's something you dont' see every day, and I think probably going to be ever rarer, given the way Hollywood hands out parts to young female eye candy who don't have the wherewithall to develop the craft. Not sure what I'm saying here, except that, my, when you compare Ms. Lange's early work to her mid-career and current work, what a pleasant difference.
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Jen Chaney :

She recovered from "King Kong" pretty quickly. She started racking up the Oscar nominations pretty quickly after that, so I think of that performance, as damaging as it was at the time, as more of an anomaly than a comment on her skills.

It's amazing to think of how soft and vulnerable she was in Tootsie compared with how steely and nasty she can be in American Horror Story. And as I said earlier, it's fascinating to watch/hear what she does with a line delivery.

– October 20, 2011 2:37 PM
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Lilo couldn't find the entrance?

I can see why. She can barely see through all that mascara she wears. And with the weird grayish-purple blush she looks like she should have been going in the back entrace with the corpses.
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Jen Chaney :

I really don't understand what happened with the make-up situation yesterday. She normally does not look like that. And after all the media attention on her teeth, you'd think she's try to look less zombie-esque rather than more.

She's an attractive woman who manages to make herself look less attractive than she really is, sometimes.

– October 20, 2011 2:38 PM
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Duran Duran

Did you see Duran Duran at DAR on Sunday? Great show -- they still look and sound fabulous! Wondering if there were any sighting around town while they were here??
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Jen Chaney :

I am chagrined to report that I did not. As a lifelong Duranie, I feel I have shirked my duties immeasurably.

Glad to hear the show was great. Unfortunately, I did not experience any John Taylor or Simon LeBon sightings.

I did meet the wild boys last time they played at Merriweather, though. I don't get too swoony about celebs given what I do for a living, but I will admit that that was a pretty exciting moment for me.

– October 20, 2011 2:40 PM
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NY Daily News Headline Yesterday

"President Obama disapproves of daughters watching Kardashians, says First Lady Michelle Obama" Now I have an excuse to forbid my daughter from watching that compost.
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Jen Chaney :

Did you need an excuse, really?

– October 20, 2011 2:41 PM
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Hunger Games--Audio Books

Get the Hunger Games series on audio. It will keep you from rushing ahead to know what happens next. Great listening in the car.
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Jen Chaney :

I have never gotten into the audio book thing.  I can listen to podcasts and things like that, but I am not a huge fan of being read to. I like to look at the words myself. I'm weird like that.

But I will finish the series, I assure you. As God is my witness, I can make it through two YA novels.

– October 20, 2011 2:42 PM
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Adele

Didn't I see an article recently reporting that Adele has had to take considerable time off because of major throat medical problems? I wonder if it has to do with improper singing technique.
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Jen Chaney :

She did. And it's not the first time she's had to put things on hold because of health issues. (She also apparently has stage fright issues from time to time.)

I don't know if it's a matter of bad technique or not. She is a belter, and if she isn't supporting her voice properly, that could easily take its toll. But I don't know if that's really the issue or not in her case.

– October 20, 2011 2:45 PM
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Jessica Lange

After the "King Kong" debacle she was box office poison for a few years, then stunned in Bob Fosse's film "All That Jazz" as the angel of death.
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Jen Chaney :

Yes. She couldn't get a job for a few years after King Kong. But again, considering what Lange did after that, it's a blip. She was on a major roll in the '80s/early '90s.

– October 20, 2011 2:46 PM
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Soft and vulnerable to steely and nasty

I think it may have something to do with getting older. Not that it makes you bitter, but most of us mature women really no longer give a hoot whether you like us or not.
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Jen Chaney :

Ha. As I get older, I find that to be truer and truer myself.

– October 20, 2011 2:47 PM
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J Lo and Bradley Cooper

Please tell me that this is not really happening. Does not fit with my image of him at all.
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Jen Chaney :

I have no idea whether this is really happening or not, even though Us magazine is clearly under the impression that it is.

His love life is so frequently written about, yet he is very insistent on not talking about it. So I don't know what to believe.

– October 20, 2011 2:49 PM
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I'm not CJH2, but have just become a fan of his/her snark

This post -- in response to "Lindsay Lohan ‘sorry’ about being late for first day of community service at L.A. County Morgue" -- has to be one of the finest snarks ever posted on Celebritology: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/celebritology/post/lindsay-lohan-sorry-about-being-late-to-la-county-morgue/2011/10/20/gIQAgs3o0L_blog.html "'sorry' about being late" Isn't everyone in the morgue sorry about being late?
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Jen Chaney :

That is a good one.

Speaking of snarky comments, I can't believe we haven't talked about the Kirk Cameron post yet. That was a good old-fashioned Celebritology BKD of the highest order.

 

– October 20, 2011 2:57 PM
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Serious side note

As one who admits I am among those ganging up on Lindsay Lohan and making fun of her situation, I do note that I, and I am sure, others do so only because she is a celebrity and she won't be personally affected by our jokes. Yet, I also wish to remind readers that dependency problems are often long, complicated matters, often requiring much counseling, sometimes several trips to rehab, etc. We should realize that just because a person hasn't recovered doesn't mean that they can not, and if anyone out there knows someone trying to recover, work with them, even when they say they don't want help. They usuall do want help and will appreciate it ever. So, don't give up. Now, back to the jokes. Why did LiLo cross the road? I don't know, but she really made that road angry.
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Jen Chaney :

Thanks for saying this. In all the media madness around the Lohan situation, it's easy to forget this.

And now back to wondering what's going on with her odd choice of courtroom blush...

– October 20, 2011 2:58 PM
Q.

WHY????

Why, oh why, are people like Casey Anthony, Amanda Knox, Natalee Holloway, et al., considered celebrities in the first place?
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Jen Chaney :

Because they wind up in People magazine. And that makes them celebrities.

I personally think of celebs as people who work in the entertainment industry primarily. But I am old-fashioned that way. I also still know what doilies are. Again, I am old.

– October 20, 2011 2:59 PM
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Twitverse

Are you thinking about doing more stuff on Twitter? I joined a few months ago and it's got its claws in deep now. (As they say in "Ides of March": Yes, I drank the kool-aid. It was delicious.)
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Jen Chaney :

What do you mean by more stuff, specifically?

The Celebritology account is primarily a feed of blog posts, although I do live blog awards shows and things from there, too. I would definitely like to spend more time tweeting things that say more than just our usual headlines.

I also have my own account, @chaneyj, from which I tweet much more sporadically. I'd like to get better about that, too. Hey, maybe if you follow me, I will!

– October 20, 2011 3:01 PM
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Lilo

I am not a Lilo fan nor defender, but, really, not letting her in to do her community service because she was late? I realize she is making this harder on herself than it has to be, but still. Can't the girl get a break?
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Jen Chaney :

Yeah. I mean, are the dead people on some important schedule that must be kept?

– October 20, 2011 3:02 PM
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Kirk (Cameron, not Captain)

Of course, I will try the link next to find out, yet since it takes far more work to ask you, I will ask you: what was the winning caption on the Kirk Cameron photo contest?
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Jen Chaney :

There never was a determined winning caption. Honestly, the comments got so out of control -- and so outside of the realm of what I intended with that post -- that I stopped keeping track of them.

– October 20, 2011 3:04 PM
Q.

re: Please tell me that this is not really happening. Does not fit with my image of him at all.

J Lo? Well that does it for me. The next time he asks ME out I'm going to say no.
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Jen Chaney :

Yeah! Like Cameron in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," you gotta take a stand.

– October 20, 2011 3:06 PM
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Jessica Lange -- at home

Is she still with Sam Shephard or did that relationship run its course?
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Jen Chaney :

Nope. Still together, as far as I know.

– October 20, 2011 3:06 PM
Q.

You're really old if you know the difference between a doily ...

... and an antimacassar.
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Jen Chaney :

OK, now you've lost me. I guess I am not that old.

– October 20, 2011 3:07 PM
Q.

I mean, are the dead people on some important schedule that must be kept?

No, but the people who want to get the visitation and viewing over with are on a schedule. What is she supposed to be doing at the morgue anyway? I hope they don't let her apply cosmetics and make fashion choices for the dead.
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Jen Chaney :

She was originally supposed to do janitorial work. Which, officially, sounded like the worst community service gig ever, as noted in this post.

– October 20, 2011 3:10 PM
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Lohan

Didn't they say that she was late for orientation? I imagine they'd already done the drill once for the non-celebs who bothered to show up on time.
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Jen Chaney :

I was being snarky before. Clearly she should not have been late. Given the situation she was in, it's always best to give yourself extra time, although she claims it's not her fault.

I can't believe we've spent this much time discussing this. Tardiness to morgue duty -- really, haven't we all been there?

– October 20, 2011 3:11 PM
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antimacassar

Wasn't the purpose of an antimacassar to protect furniture from the hair gel of that era (called "macassar")?
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Jen Chaney :

According to Wikipedia, that is correct. Today's chat is officially educational, everyone.

– October 20, 2011 3:12 PM
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M.C.

M. C, Hammer is starting his own search engine? What what money?
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Jen Chaney :

His bankruptcy problems happened in the 90s. He has since gotten back on course.

That said, not so sure about this whole search engine thing. I do think he should create a "Hammer time" button, which would function sort of like the random function on your iPod or Stumble Upon. Hit Hammer Time and anything can happen on this search engine!

– October 20, 2011 3:13 PM
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I hope they don't let her apply cosmetics and make fashion choices for the dead

I thought that was Cher's job in that Meryl Streep film (can't remember the title right now, though)
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Jen Chaney :

You mean Silkwood? That was a nuclear plant, I think.

– October 20, 2011 3:14 PM
Q.

NOT a Chuck Norris joke

Did you know he sang the theme song to Walker, Texas Ranger? Is there *nothing* he cannot do?
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Jen Chaney :

Nope. Not. a. thing.

– October 20, 2011 3:14 PM
Q.

There's "late," then there's Li-late

'Nuff said.
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Jen Chaney :

Bam!

Great, now I am going to be singing that for the rest of the day to the tune of this Oasis song.

"Hey... Li-late!"

– October 20, 2011 3:16 PM
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I *am* CJH2

And I thank you for the shout out! LiLo just makes it too easy sometimes... (Love the chats!)
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Jen Chaney :

You are welcome. Keep the witty comments coming, my friend.

And with that, I must adjourn for this week. We shall reconvene next Thursday at 2 to once again discuss Lindsay Lohan's community service obligations, Jessica Lange's career and any other nonsense that comes up over the next week.

Talk to you then.

– October 20, 2011 3:17 PM
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