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  2. Appeal denied, retaliation report dismissed because they couldn't prove it was a false report. It is clear that they are not interested in doing anything about it. Q did a half day at the STEM school program on a day off (different districts who have different semester grading days off). It was grades 6-10, so she would be one of 2 6th graders. That ended up being a little intimidating for her. They are learning Python, and everyone is on their own plan, but she worked with another kid of similar age and she had a tough time following because she would be a beginner. They also had their Language Arts section and discussed The Hobbit. The teacher told me later that she participated more than some of the other kids who have actually read the book. Haha. The teacher ultimately thought it went well, but Q didn't feel as good about it. So she requested to stay at her elementary school for the rest of the year because she loves her teacher. So I requested we stay on the waitlist for next year for the STEM program. In the meantime, we will check out our District's parent partnership program and see if it has a similar program that wouldn't be as bad of a drive or consider one of the private schools. I did follow up with the principal to let her know that we had considered other options but decided to stay, but because of how the situation has been handled, we plan to leave the school district next year. I think she was surprised that we would go that far, but its very clear that I cannot expect this district to look out for her interest. I also let her know that this situation has taught Quinn not to report, because it won't go anywhere, and it will just stir up drama when all she wants is to be left alone. As long as kids lie and say they didn't do the thing, the finding is "inconclusive". You can't trust bullies to tell the truth about their actions. On a positive note, we had an excellent IEP meeting for E yesterday. Everyone is very proud of him for how far he has come in the last 1.5 years. I did bring up how I am very concerned that they are moving 6th grade to middle school the year that E goes into 6th, and his SpEd teacher admitted that she had a moment of initial panic when she heard the news, as well, because we all agree that E probably needed that extra year with them. However, the team promised that they will come up with a robust plan and supports for him. One thing they pointed out was that the program he is in is not currently at our local middle school. If he were to continue in this Social Skills/Communication program, he would need to go to the middle school at the other end of the district, which is a 30 minute bus ride. They've actually made it a point to provide a customized support program for each of their graduating 6th graders so that can attend the local middle school and avoid sending kids to the other side of the district, and have tried to argue to the district that they have enough kids (with future growth) to support a program at the local middle school. Sigh. So they want to come up with a similar plan for him because they think it's important for these kids to stay with their peer groups instead of sending them off to middle school with no friends. I made sure to thank them for creating such an inclusive environment at their school, and to let them know that it's not the norm at other schools we've attended (this goes for our previous district, too). They said that meant a lot to them.
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  3. Q got into one of the private schools for next year. That's a relief. It's a really small school (22 kids max per grade/class) so I hope that's the right fit.
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  4. Actual photo from the press conference
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  5. Agreed with Krawlie and Metropolis. The Roman vs Rock match was the plan. But WWE botched the execution. They thought the fans would be fine with Rock just taking Cody’s WM spot because hey, it’s the Rock! They misjudged how much we’re invested in Cody, which is a damn shame because they should know better. Shows you what they really think of their fans if they feel it’s that easy to take a character like Cody whom they’ve built up for years and just toss him to the side. The optics were made all the worse because around that same time the Rock was all over the news as the new member of the TKO board. Thank our lucky stars Vince is no longer in charge because if so, they would’ve doubled down on Rock vs Roman and done things to make Cody look stupid just to screw with everybody. Credit to WWE creative and the Rock himself for recognizing what was happening and pivoting. The last thing they wanted was for Philadelphia to crap on their main event. Rock knows all about that since the last time WWE tried to push Reigns on the fans, he and the Rock were booed out of the building at the 2015 Royal Rumble in Philly. Roman has been great for WWE as its heel champion and you can’t deny that title has been made super important because of how long he’s held it (same as Gunther with the IC title). The Bloodline storyline was red hot two years ago with Sami Zayn joining the group and then all that went down with that. Had Reigns lost to Cody at last year’s WM, it would’ve been the perfect culmination to the whole Bloodline angle. But it lost its steam after Roman beat Cody and then disappeared for most of the year. IMO it was made worse by, every time he did wrestle, as infrequent as it was, all the matches were the same. I get that he’s a heel, but seriously? Many great heels in the past have had their share of clean wins. Just last month when Roman was in a 4-way match against Orton, Styles and LA Knight, that would’ve been the perfect opportunity to have a clean win. It’s a 4-way!!! Just have Orton hit the RKO on Styles or something like that where Roman could then sneak up behind Randy, toss him out of the ring and then he gets the pin on Styles. But no, even in a match involving so many wrestlers, they still had the same ending where the Bloodline interfered so Roman gets another cheap win.
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  6. They can't use Neil's America, it's all about immigrants coming here from all over. It would probably offend too many conservative types LOL.
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  7. Unfortunately, it really does seem like the only way to stop bullies is to kick their ass or embarass them. I hate that, but it's always worked. She did kind of try verbal "fighting back" with one of the girls, and it sort of worked because Q would call her on her crap and the girl would be embarassed, but after awhile the girl started escalating. She tried ignoring. Didn't work. We talked to her psychologist and she felt this girl actually loved conflict and got some sort of weird dopamine hit from the negative attention. We tried taekwondo when Q was in 1st grade or so. It was too hardcore. They wanted a 2-3 day/week commitment and they promised black belt in 3 years. I said look I don't care about black belt, I'm more interested in the discipline and using her body to be more intentional, can we do 1 day/week? They were like nope. She also was way too freaking excited and trying way too hard. She and E both are very sensory seeking and love that large muscle feedback. Unfortunately, we encourage both kids to de-escalate because they're small. They are not gonna win any fights. But I think the thing to note here is that these girls we just dealt with are not going to beat her up. They're a ballerina, a clumsy girl, and a diva. At least 2 of them struggle academically. They're just mean and they aren't special. I could see the diva getting into a hair pulling fight, but she's also the one who has backed way off. For that, I'm grateful that the message was received and she has stopped bothering Q. The other 2 are former friends so that one hits harder. She used to be quite the smack talk and back it up type until she got that concussion. When she tried out for a soccer team 1 year older than her, she went up to the biggest girl on the other team during scrimmage to tell her she was going to win... and then she did. The coach loved it and gave her a spot right then and there. 3 weeks later, she got a concussion and she hasn't quite been the same since.
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  8. The thing that got me about Stallone's tribute... besides talking about how integral Carl Weathers was to both Rocky's success and Stallone's success, was at the very end. Just a subtle thing... most of the time, when people talk about someone important to them who's passed, they talk about how lucky they (the survivor) were that the deceased was part of their life. Stallone said he was lucky to be part of Carl's life. That's a real thought, a real emotion right there, and that got me.
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  9. You shouldn't be buying a PC with a 4 core processor in this day and age. No less that 6 cores with Multi-threading. Walmart carries this Ryzen 5 5500 rig for $800. https://www.walmart.com/ip/CyberPowerPC-Gamer-Master-Gaming-Desktop-AMD-Ryzen-5-5500-16GB-AMD-Radeon-RX-6700-10GB-1TB-SSD-Black-GMA6800WST/1593349367?athbdg=L1103&from=/search
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  10. I was looking for old costume photos and found this relic that had to be shared
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  11. ...will be old enough to legally buy and consume alcohol in all 50 states in about 3 weeks. I was a few months shy of turning 21 myself when I first joined, which now means that I have lived more life with Nightly than without. My Nightly-aversary happens to be on a Friday, so...Zoom party??
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  12. Are dudes in Seattle pissed that everyone is stealing their look?
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  13. Man I collect toys from our childhood and let me tell you, for the right collector, that shit can be worth A LOT
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  14. Update! Despite having these dreams regularly for over a decade, I actually have not had a single one since I posted this almost 18 months ago. Therapy works you guys. Even if it's just ranting online.
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  15. For last place! Conference and SB pick results Gamevet: Conf = 1-1 / Superbowl = 1-0 Krawlie Conf = 0-2 / Superbowl = 0-1 Metropolis Conf = 1-1 / Superbowl = 0-1 Ms. Spam: Conf = 0-2 / Superbowl = 0-1 Post Season Overall results Gamevet: 9-4 Metropoli: 7-6 Ms. Spam: 7-6 Krawlie: 7-6 It took 3 seasons to get back in the saddle again. I went from worst to 1st within the last 5 weeks of the season. It was a rough ride to get there. Congratulations on having such a competitive season. It would have been crazy if San Francisco had won. We would have ended it with a 4 way tie.
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  16. Definitely. But what about Niel Diamond's 'America'? What about the theme song to TEAM AMERICA?
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  17. I suuuuuuuper don’t care and I’m pretty sure I’d hate anyone who does hahahaha
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  18. You know how adventure movies sometimes show an American getting on a bus in a third world country— people are packed in tight, there’s loose goats, some old lady has a chicken in a cage on her lap, the route is treacherous, and usually the bus breaks down in the middle of nowhere so the hero gets off, but then the bus leaves them behind? That’s basically flying Spirit.
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  19. I think we are discovering that public school is just not for her. And yes, we've generally gone to affluent schools, so that may be part of the problem because while we like having a nice house, we aren't big on luxury items. E, however, tends to go to less "good" schools and I have noticed that they seem to have a better environment and more inclusivity. Admin doesn't seem to get wrapped up in petty crap, and I'm not sure if its because they don't get all the volunteer help-that-is-not-help. I actually miss his Title I school, but it was also K-2, so it's not like it's an option because obviously he outgrew it. However, E has never gone to a school for more than 1 year until this year. Part of this was he had the wrong placement, and we also moved school districts. The current school, though, is one of the "better" schools and while I think it still has some of that lame PTA culture, the kids do seem to be kinder and more inclusive. Dont get me wrong, E doesn't have many friends. But I have seen his classmates be super kind to him at school and outside of the classroom (lacrosse tournaments, etc). But I think the lack of friends is because he doesnt know how to connect, and I'm not sure he tries all that hard, either. I don't think Q would stand out as the obnoxious rich kid at a lower class school. She has no idea what a Stanley cup is and I'm pretty sure her reaction would be why on earth would you care about what water bottle someone is using? She puts stickers all over hers anyway. I mean, if that's fitting in, I don't see her doing that ever. But maybe she will develop some awareness in the next few years. Q's therapist thinks the STEM program is a much better fit for her. She has patients that have attended this school and thinks it's great (to be fair, I would've killed for a place like this). She said the constant stress that Q has been under for the last 2 years is not healthy, especially at this age. The program also has a lot of neurodiverse kids. We are going to go sit in on class Monday (our district has a grading day) for a final decision. But neither district has said anything to me about the transfer request. So they may not release us. I had originally put Tuesday on the transfer request so I think it's obvious that won't happen. If they do not respons in 45 days, it is considered rejected. I think the other issue is that none of the private schools seemed as good as her old one. I was really trying to make it through 5th grade there because I hoped middle school would be better (really good activities like choir and musical, sports, etc). I even offered to let her go back, even though we think we should've sued them. That was the fastest No I've heard in any of this. I reminded her that she does have a few friends there, even if they aren't her best friends. I think we will look at the local private Catholic school for HS, though. We KNOW she has friends who will go there. And I hear you so much on the parents being friends instead of parents. I was really struggling with that. I want her to be happy and feel like she has a say. I also know that some of her rationale behind decisions were not good ones. We follow the Collaborative Problem Solving model, and I even told her therapist that I may need to pick the authoritative path here for her best interests. And while the therapist would normally be aghast at that, she agreed that safety is first. I know she will get over being mad at me. Really, I am concerned about next year as much as this year. Showing up to middle school with zero friends and a few enemies is NOT a recipe for success.
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  20. Dude that place is awesome I wish sites like redfin and zillow and the like would have floor plans too. As fun as looking at pictures can be my brain has a hard time getting a full feel for the house without knowing how things are laid out. not like I'm ever gonna be able to buy a house lol
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  21. I lost everything to draft kings. I bet all my money that Usher would say 'yeah yeah yeah' for twenty straight minutes. Tell me that is not an absolute LOCK! Who knew Usher had other songs in which he doesn't say 'yeah yeah yeah'?
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  22. A friend of mine...a guy who will argue to the death over virtually nothing, has opened a subject on Facebook that people are sort of taking black and white views over. It's starting to interest me so I thought I'd get your take. When a singer is invited to sing the national anthem at a public event, does the singer have an obligation to just straightforward sing the song with no embellishments or is it an invitation to put a personal spin on a very well-known tune? I don't care one way or the other but I think it depends on the event. If it's a solemn occasion, by all means, tone it down. But if you hire Mariah Carey to sing it at the Superbowl (which is not happening, I know, but as an example) I think you should expect her to run scales. And I think that's okay. He's very adamant about it remaining unemotional. How do you feel, even if you don't really care?
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  23. Still the best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxHnXajIex4 edit: YouTube doesn't auto-embed anymore? wtf?!
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  24. This right here (I’m assuming you got autocorrected out of saying “what is expected of you”) would solve so many problems in life. Just fucking communicate with people. It’s amazing how many people don’t do that. I know people who have been together for decades who won’t just ask their spouse how they feel/what they want and instead act how they expect that spouse to respond, which almost always leads to a fight they’re shocked they’re having. Just fucking talking to each other! As for the actual topic here, it depends on the event. I generally tune my brain out during the anthem and just wait for it to be over. For something like the Super Bowl I expect it to be over the top and dramatic. Something tells me Reba isn’t gonna go too crazy with it though. The over/under I’m seeing is 90.5 seconds and I’m taking the under .
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  25. I think America the Beautiful should be the national anthem instead.
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  26. Hearing people murder it is the best thing about it (same for God Save The King), so I'm all for that I haven't made it to the end of Fergie's 2018 NBA one yet
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  27. I need new stuff to watch. What do ya'll subscribe to? I watch a lot of Smosh even though I am Way out of the demographic... but I have to know what the kids are into and taking like and they help with that. Also follow a couple horror, filmmaking, and design channels to stay educated. Adam Savage is always fun. Also a couple gamers who I enjoy seeing reactions from. What I DON'T need-- any more pasty white dudes with glasses and beards who look like me talking about Star Wars.
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  28. That’s unreal! Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer as well, some 10 years ago. Toby’s song “Shoulda’ been a Cowboy” was played during a Cowboys Super Bowl Victory back in the 90’s. He also had a song about Desert Storm called” Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue”, that got brief airtime on various music radio stations.
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  29. Yeah I'm actually debating between the Total Joys and the Super Joys now. I'm not sure I want to do mid 70s underfoot anymore, but maybe 82ish? I think my Salomons have lost their camber. They didn't feel snappy like they used to, compared to my new Head Kores. So they really just need trashed. But I definitely think I can justify some carvers. I really do prefer ripping paste, I just can't find any right now. But I think I'd be happier on the moguls on something a little more reactive. Last Friday I was doing pretty good on the blue moguls. But black plus moguls? F that. I miss steep groomers. They no longer exist at Snoqualmie.
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  30. Oh I forgot, whenever there is a hurricane in Florida or some crazy category 5 disaster I usually get on the'Tube and find some storm chaser like accounts. (Sometimes periscope is better for that, maybe I'll try twitch). Other people's misery as entertainment and all that...well, it's more being witness to crazy weather phenomenons that I like. I don't like watching real war videos or streams. That's kind of fucked. Twisters and hurricanes are ok though.
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  31. I had to stop with ScreenRant. It was just too much. Their pitch meetings series was funny, and I watched a couple Easter Egg videos-- but so much of their content is the sorts of conversations that used to happen on here 20 years ago and it drove me insane THEN. Mostly Star Wars theories coming from people who have bad taste, hot takes, and have read every single thing with a Star Wars logo on it and act superior about it.
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  32. Same. Cinema Therapy Midwest Magic Cleaning Legal Eagle How to ADHD Heather Kell of Kell of a Plan Planning with Bumble The Speech Prof Mothers Against Greg Abbott Hannah Bayles Mended Light Clutterbug And some I'm not subscribed to but must watch a lot because they're always on my home page: Ms. Mojo/WatchMojo CNN all the late night talk shows Mama Dr. Jones Charisma on Command TED-Ed Howard Ho Brandon McNulty ScreenRant Mountain Rug Cleaning
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  33. As if I didn’t know it already, I feel so out of tune with other people from this thread. It is almost as baffling to me as the old soccer ball thread. But hey, maybe it’s not you, it’s me. Or is it?
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  34. I mostly watch PC Tech channels and those centered around retro video games. PC Tech Channels Linus Media Group Paul's Hardware Gamer's Nexus Jayztwocents Hardware Unboxed Digital Foundry Vidya Games Sega Lord-X Retro Bird (funny guy) Game Sack Metal Jesus Rocks Angry Joe Gaming Historian There was on tech channel I was subbed to a little over 5 years. He was a guy from New Zealand, that did computer hardware comparisons. His show was Tech Showdown. His final months were just brutal. His girlfriend moved out and decided to take a break from YT. He went to Vietnam and was doing short videos about his trip. He seemed to be having a good time, but then he kind of disappeared for a few weeks. He ended up getting 2 different bacterial infections from the food he had eaten. The doctors couldn't fight both and he eventually died from it. Still sad about that. He was a nice guy.
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  35. He honestly believes that without Carl Weathers, Rocky wouldn't have seen the success it did. He brought a powerful, charismatic character that could talk the talk, and walk the walk. It was the perfect opponent for little old Rocky to step into the ring with. Stallone pretty much pushed all his chips to the center of the table, when he bet on Rocky.
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  36. Beau of the Fifth Brigade (also Roads With Beau) does very good informative breakdowns of current news. Mostly US but also some international More on the infotainment side of current happenings I have Internet Today and Philip DeFranco On the general video essayist side I have: Hbomberguy, very long videos but very well researched and the last couple have had impressive ripple effects. PhilosophyTube, like above very well written but more emphasis on set design and theatrics OverlySarcasticProductions: history, mythology but what particularly draws me in is their Trope Talk It is a running joke how many channels on how many different topics Simon Whistler has, if you will watch it and he can get sponsors to it he will do it. Still, they have their entertainment value (occasionally) so here are few and you can find the rest if his style isn't too annoying to you: BrainBlaze, Today I Found Out, Decoding The Unknown, Casual Criminalist Atun Shei Films, does a lot localised history info tours centered around New Orleans but sometimes venturing up east coast to key areas in early American history. They also do amateur film stuff (with at least one funded and finished indie film, that I know. probably more). They also do "Checkmate, Lincolnites", a mock debate of a confederate and union soldier with more Civil War trivia than I know what to do with. Three Arrows and Shaun, very long podcast type essayists (I think they might actually be podcasts transferred to YT). General right vs left politics on current issues in the news. ERB of course but they do stuff so rarely anymore that they don't count. Whitney Avalon did similar videos but now she too takes soooo long breaks between uploads. I have a nascent interest on D&D and am trying to learn more about the mechanics so I watch Critical Role of course but also their British cousins at Oxventure. Pointy Hat provides me fun infodumps on the character classes and DiceBreakers about tabletop games outside D&D. There's more but this is the sum I'm willing to expose myself to critique for now.
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  37. Gaming wise, I watch AngryJoe (sometimes for the lolz but hes pretty obnoxious) RPG Division CohhCarnage Apollo Speaks (for VTM lore and such) LegacyKilla (awful name) for gaming news and general industry gossip. For TTRPG actual plays I watch Roll4It specifically their VTM series with the PodByNight crew. RedMoonRoleplaying Other stuff.. Jays2Cents for computer building stuff. MorePlatesMoreDates for nerdy breakdowns of performance enhancing drugs, physical and hormonal health, weightlifting stuff and the odd Trenbolone horror story. But I'll admit most the stuff I watch on YouTube is trash. I watch lots of live music as well. Mostly metal bands, but a lot of other guitar based stuff really. KPXP is great for studio quality sound, mostly rock/psych/indie/punk on their channel.
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  38. I got tricked in to boarding a Spirit flight once When I realized this and asked the pilot where we were flying to, they got distracted and we crashed into another plane
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  39. There’s a massive amount of people whose entire personality is based on hate. I was like that in my late teens/early 20s. I thought it made me edgy and interesting. Thank god I grew out of that (though admittedly it can still come out from time to time, but I try not to). A lot of people never do at all.
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  40. Amen. Critical Drinker is a joke. It started off making valid points but then her realized and even admitted that those videos get the most views, so that's all he does now. So you are basically admitting that you sacrifice the quality and validity of your chanel just for the sake views. Actually, he literally admitted that in an interview once.
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  42. Divisional Round results have been added to the 3rd post above.
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  43. We need a Mars Attacks scenario this election!
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  44. I am more familiar with my area schools so that helps me but not you. I just feel terrible for you because school should be a support network for the parents and your tax dollars should work for you. Personally I think a lot of schools have fallen victim to the crap culture that pervades a lot of things like politics and work now too and nothing productive comes out. Ugh.
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  45. Broke in my new winter hiking gear
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  46. PXL_20240116_010541805.TS~2.mp4
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  47. Q and I are back at it. Took 30minutes just to find parking. It's like 8F. Went down out usual black and it's a hot mess. Even I fell. Then skiing on a green section I tried to hockey stop and instead face planted, hit my head and chest. Q said I dropped something, it was some piece of foam so I think I may have hit it and that made me fall. Ow. We sticking to blues today. We lasted an hour before coming into the lodge. Snow is packed so hard it squeaks.
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  48. Today I was reminded just how much the 405 can suck. The real 405 in LA, not the poser one in Seattle
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