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Pictures taken during December 2015

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Max got me an F1 LEGO Technic set!
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Little pieces
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Tadaaa! If you pull it back and let go, it drives!
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Hey I know that door
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Hey I know this street!
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My local bodega
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Unfortunately there is no bodega cat
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I cross this intersection every day
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Up the stairs
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Waiting for the 7
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Who's going deeper into Queens at this hour?
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Train's here
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And now I stay on it until the end of the line
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I poked my head out at Grand Central
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This is a good way to pass the time.. and get strange looks
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Most of the time I have the car to myself for the last little bit to 34th st
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They had to replace all of these maps when they opened the new station
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Hey it's me!
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Let's go that way
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Welcome to 34th Street Hudson Yards. Arguably the cleanest station in the NYC subway
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It's usually pretty empty
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The way out
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These escalators are enormous
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For some reason they aligned the tiles with the slant of the escalator.. very disorienting
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Sometimes water drips from the ceiling
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Neat art
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Lots of construction happening in this area
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This is the entrance
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Lots of food carts near the Megabus
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Lots of Megabuses near the Megabus
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Someone's getting towed
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Weird statue heads
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I also walk by the heliport every day. I always cringe as I pass through the plane of the tail rotors
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These chairs are so weird
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The Hudson
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Hey I used to work there
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Was Tony here?
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Nearly at work
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Hey it's Chelsea Piers
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The view from the elevator
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We work in the same hallway as the Law & Order Special Victims Unit studio
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The hallway is lined with posters of terrible movies
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Hi Nate
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My crazy desk!
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Could it be??
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It's a WASD Keyboards box!
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Ooo, instructions
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There it is. The theme is supposed to look like a Red Bull Racing F1 car
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Cherry MX Clear switches. It's gorgeous.
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Trains are a lot nicer than buses
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Lovely landscape
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Bridge are neat. It's tough to take a photo from one without a pole in the way
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Reading Project Mercury documents for the podcast
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This time he didn't fall out of the chair
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Gragra's on the move
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Mom caught her!
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Gragra is ready for a visit
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Cosplaying booze?
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Mom's having fun
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Aunt Meredith is here!
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And Uncle Peter!
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I think it's time to drink whatever this thing is
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Johnny agrees
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What's in the bag?
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Johnny gets his first taste of VR. He is a fan
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So is Uncle Peter
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Everyone was having more fun than it looks here, I just mistimed the shot
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This year we got Dad a new recliner, but we had to custom order it and it wouldn't arrive until late January. But he was still excited!
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Ooo, what's in the envelopes?
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Gee, thanks for the dollar, Dad. (The joke is he got me some gift certificates of my choice instead)
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Becky has once again injured herself somehow. Poor Becky
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Whoa, hi Dad
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Becky tries VR out
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I think we have another fan
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She was having fun!
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Recreating a classic old photo of the two of us standing in front of this stupid poster
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Macaroni lurks under the tree
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Present monster
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I had never seen It's a Wonderful Life and Mom insisted we had to fix that.. even though it kept us up until almost 2!
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Becky caffeines up for Christmas morning
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Ooo, wine glasses!
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Mom loves wine glasses
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Becky helps unpack the glasses
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Looking good! Plus, one broke and they sent four new ones and let her keep the three good ones!
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What did I get Becky??
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It's those weird magazine dividers that she wanted for her classroom!
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This should make rainy days in NYC a lot easier
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I think Mom found a winner
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Lumpy misleading present..
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It's a Discman... what?? I'll explain later
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The Giant Bomb guys would be proud
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Christmas is fun
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Hey nice, a wine board
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There's definitely a theme for Mom this year
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Mom knit me and Becky awesome blankets! So soft
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I got Becky something else!
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It's "the Huddler"! Like a snuggy.. but a Patriots uniform
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Looks like it.. fits? Is that even the right word?
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A Jambox! Suddenly the discman makes more sense. Bluetooth for the iPhone, discman for CDs!
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Aunt Teresa and Uncle Chris got me these funny Rubik's Cube mugs
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Haha, I don't remember what gift this was attached to but I liked the card
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Look at this amazing sweatshirt!!
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Becky got Mom some sort of town outing with her. I forget the details but they were both excited
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You see?
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I missed what the deal with Peaks Island is but Mom is all about it
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Boxes like this are always exciting
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Becky got Mom a nice trivet. Or whatever you call this. Wall-squares
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Ooo, space pen!
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Ready for breakfast?
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I had Diet Mountain Dew instead of a mimosa
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I got a new lens! Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
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Pancake lens! So little!
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I also got some fun clear "thinking putty"
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Christmas breakfast!
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Ready to go?
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Nick's turn in VR. It did not agree with him very well
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Uncle Chris asks what Gragra's been up to
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Greg was really into VR
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Sitting around chatting
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Time for presents!
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The other side of the room
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For meee?
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It's an ornament!
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Gragra looks so concerned
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Hi Mom
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Sometimes I question my policy of captioning every shot. This one is like "Yup.. Uncle Chris"
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Gragra gets a present!
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What could it be?
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It's a Rubik's Cube! She liked mine so much the other day that I had to get her one
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Mandatory Goulding beard?
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Happy Hobo Gragra?
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Nick and Becky got some wind chime thing
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Let's read about it
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I got Aunt Teresa a present!
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It's a breakfast sandwich maker!
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Time for dinner
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Hi Uncle Chris
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Uncle Michael stopped by
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King Michael
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I forget what was in this letter
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I think Uncle Michael likes the crown
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Becky and Nick!
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Me, Mom, and Becky!
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Uncle Chris was also impressed by the GearVR
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Macaroni loves movie time
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My Mom's house! Not for much longer though, it's on the market!
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Looking up Meridian St
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Hi, cat
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Typical suburbia
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The roads around here can be a little rough
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Looking West into downtown Melrose
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Becky's old dance school. I can't tell if it shut down or if the exterior is just all messed up
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Main Street, Melrose
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This was my "playground" during the brief stint I did at Catholic school
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The Catholic school. I lasted one semester. I didn't like them and they didn't like me.
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St. Mary's, my old church
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Nice building, I guess
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This is the bank where they filmed the opening scenes of The Town
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This guy should clearly be doing one of the Y-M-C-A letter poses
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Walking along Main Street
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I love the smell of this hardware store. Is that weird?
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City Hall
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Fire department
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I only know this is that building where I go to see Becky perform in The Nutcracker
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This used to be Caruso's and had some pretty great pizza
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Wait, is Melrose Co-Op a Bank of America now?
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The Gazebo at Ell Pond
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Ell Pond can look pretty nice
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What are gazebos even for?
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Continuing on
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The Vietnam War memorial. Dad's friend Scott Andresen is on here.
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I used to take this curvy road when walking to school
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The Fellsway
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In the winter this was always completely covered in ice and I would fall on it all the time
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Oh jeez, I know this place
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Melrose High School
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I spent a lot of time hanging out down here waiting for a ride
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The entrance to the school
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Hey, Abby donated a brick!
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And Dr. Burke!
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The new Middle School has some nice elements
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Shadows and light
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This area is uh.. hm.
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This wasn't here before
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Anybody home? Ms. Whitner?
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Standing in the Fellsway is inadvisable
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Walking back to Mom's house
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Having this license plate is just asking for trouble
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This is the place
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Test driving the chair we had picked out
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Hey this one's not bad!
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Test driving chairs is serious business
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Becky helps out
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Dad was having fun comparing them all
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Time to choose a fabric
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Becky is ready for Dad to make a decision
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Is this the one?
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We ended up with a brownish fabric. At the time of captioning, the chair has arrived and he loves it! Just had to rearrange the furniture a little.
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Robert Young, aka Pop Pop, my grandfather
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He served in World War II
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He died when I was 13. I have good memories of him but they're not as strong as I'd like
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Lots of little items placed by family
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It's a nice pictueresque site
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Not sure what to say on this one..
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Time to head home
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Nice weather for the visit
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Yesss, oven full of Petrone's
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Mom is more freaked out by the big 3-0 than I am
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Nick and Becky came by to celebrate
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Posing with Uncle Chris and Aunt Teresa!
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Me and Mom!
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Here comes the not-cake!
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Oh jeez, I guess it's real now, huh?
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Who wants a slice
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That's a special low-carb pumpkin pie, by the way
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Way to go, Mom
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Wow! Mom got me this amazingly detailed model of a Mercury spacecraft
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Specifically John Glenn's vehicle, Friendship 7
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Snazzy hair, Beany
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A present for Beany!
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It's a Hello Kitty chia pet! Ch-ch-ch-chia!
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Macaroni hates paper
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Beany got my Mom a nice candle!
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Steph and Brett are here and they are ready for Petrone's
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What could I have gotten Brett?
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It's a weird little mini-blender / cup thing! Yaaay more smoothies
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Macaroni approves
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He kept popping out and attacking fingers
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Bye Mom! Nice hanging out!
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South Station, packed as always
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Where is my train?
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This is a piece of Trinitite that Brett got me for Christmas
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It's a glassy substance formed from the sand of the desert near the first ever atomic bomb test. Dark history, but fascinating! And yes, it's very slightly radioactive but harmless
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Welcome to my laundromat
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It has drying machines
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A Wiimote in the wild?
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Topaz was very impressed by the positional tracking of the DK2 and did a pretty good job in the race car!
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Buffalo Wild Wings is objectively better than Chipotle
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Hi Alan
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Hey Mel, what kind of wings are you going to get?
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Topaz is excited for wings
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Bryce ordered fried pickles and then talked about how he wondered where they were for like 20 minutes
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Will takes Magic pretty seriously
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Mel clearly does as well
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Let's get this game going!
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Thanks, Mel
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Holy crap
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Alan watching some games or something
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Mel and Will watching the same whatever
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Topaz photobombs himself yet again
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Mel tries some uh.. adult videos in VR
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"What is going on here!"
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"Don't SPIT on it!"
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Gah, hi Will
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Will was a fan of VR
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Mel, that is not how you gun
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Is it time for the ball to drop?
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