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Pictures taken during May 2017

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JWST is gone!!
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Well, it was fun while it lasted
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I found it behind the SSDIF, but it shipped out not long after
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Coincidentally, the King of Sweden was coming to visit a few days later, so they had some stuff up about Sweden's involvement with NASA
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Not every day you see a Swedish flag sitting around Building 29
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Me with Jack Schmitt! This guy walked on the Moon!
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Explaining what we'd be talking about today
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Dr. Schmitt sat right next to me! This photo is super out of focus but I love how goofy it is
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Dr. Schmitt was still sharp as a tack at 81 years old. He's still doing research on the data he personally recovered from the Moon!
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He also knows how to tell a good story
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You can't hide your visitor badge from me
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Dr. Jack Schmitt, everyone!
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Officiant Jeff knew how to spin a good yarn.
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Also, Vic's brother bought way too much White Castle
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Let's practice!
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This is Vic's "I will love you forever" face
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This is Amanda's "I already have to do this at Otakon and now at my own wedding?" face
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Topaz and Amanda move the magical arch into position
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"And another thing about weddings.."
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Amanda's mom is here! What's in the bag??
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The arch's magic has not yet been activated. Jeff will do that.
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Weddings are fun
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Vic taps the tarp with his magic wand
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Joy is here and she brought 40 pizzas! Or chairs. Probably chairs.
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These tables were way heavier than they looked
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Stop giving me that look!
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Jeff drove up from South Carolina to join these two goobers in holy matrimony
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"Good podium. Stay."
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That's one big pizza, Joy
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It looks like Topaz's gut is hanging out, but it's just a weird shadow
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"The sun is going to be there!"
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The arch is getting progressively more magical
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I approve of this cutain
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Amanda thinks about space
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Flowers are pretty rare in space
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Vic curses the sun a good one
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It's a little Death Star!
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Taping the tarp. Or tarping the tape?
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Topaz is the hand of god
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Assemble the lanterns!
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Vic's brother Michael has been flying too many drones. He's become an R2-style robot!
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We herded the lanterns so they wouldn't escape
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How do remote control lanterns work?
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These are Topaz's everyday flowers
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This are going pretty well
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Fancy lights!
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Topaz is crushed under the weight of a billion pounds of popcorn
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Dean doesn't know much about weddings. Other then the one he got at his house and his Mom put a couple games on it..
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This couch needs to move so we can put cake there
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Sam is faster than my camera
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The cats will be alarmed to learn that their skyscraper can move
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Dean is suspicious of cameras
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But loves walls
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Michael has already joined the Brotherhood of the AMV Server but I've never gotten a photo of it before!
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Aww, it's beautiful!
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Running ethernet cable through the window. Like y'do
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Equalizer settings! Otakon 2015, Otakon 2016, Wedding..
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It's so intensely weird to see the server outside
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We legitimately ran sound calibration like it was Otakon. We blasted the neighborhood with pink noise
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If you couldn't tell this was Vic and Amanda's wedding from just this photo then you don't know them
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Topaz will be on server duty tomorrow, so he gets a refresher on running the music
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I reject this pun
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There's a moth!!
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Moth captured and released into the wild.
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Topaz inspects the laserdisc collection
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"What IS this??"
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Vic's halo
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"This laserdisc is gigantic!", says Topaz
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Dean is easy to distract
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He put all his skill points into looks, not brains
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Sam put his into paranoia
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This is how Topaz makes punch
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That's a lot of booze
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That's a lot of blooze
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"I put the rice krispie treats out, Vic"
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Time to hang the lanterns
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Hey I know those people
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Vic will never guess which dial I licked
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Like an idiot, I asked Vic if he had this custom made. Guess I should have read it first
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Best photo of the batch, right here. Clean, Vic, clean!
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The cake survived the car ride
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But would not survive the guests.
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Vic's parents are here for the wedding, of course. I wonder how many laserdiscs THEY have.
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Which side will you choose? Or will you combine them into the purple Mace Windu?
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Fancy custom Star Wars ring!
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The family Boruta! Also Mountain Dew.
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Amanda's Mom added the production staff. What normal people would call bridesmaids and groomsmen
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Michael is a-lurkin'
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Vic's Dad is wondering why he has two cups
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I told you we were production staff. Also, Alex was totally a bridesmaid
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I made a thing
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Omar is suspicious of the staffers
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Bryce looks like he's about to pull a shotgun out of this box
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You can't escape the gaze of Omar
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It's Alex! Aka Chauncey! Aka Fig!
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This is Alan's snazzy face
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Omar helps Alan with his tie
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Omar smells the Krispy Kreme candle
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Some additional guests
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Just hanging around before the race
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"McKeed told me the rat was THIS big"
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Meanwhile, the couch has made new friends
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McKeed and Madison are here!
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Joanna too! The gang's all together
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Topaz stood in for some practice shots
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Someone let this guy in
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Steph's here!
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Mike and Meri! It's impossible to take a photo of Mike without him turning towards the camera and making this face so I may as well embrace it
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Wes and Sue are here too! And that guy again..
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Alex looks surprised
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How about this tent, eh?
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I have no idea who this is but Amanda told me it's Vic's aunt and his cousin whose name is Katherine with a K.
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More guests I don't know! (More Vic-cousins)
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Michael's wife is having fun.
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Bodyguard McKeed dares you to take his daughter's stuffed animal away and see what happens
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Alex makes a good picture great
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Here it is without a panicked Alex
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Time for Vic to suit up! I think Amanda has been in the hyperbolic time chamber getting ready for months
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Everyone go outside!
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Jeff is legit. Getting married by a Sith lord!
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Amanda's all ready to go!
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I love the smirk. I wonder if Amanda was hearing the imperial marching theme in her head..
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Vic is looking snazzy!
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And also goofy
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Amanda gets some last minute prep before the big walk!
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I think she's ready!
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Fancy dress
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Vic forgot to cut these things off!
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Vic waits at the end of the aisle
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Is Alan.. taking a selfie?
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Hello, guests!
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Dunn dunn dunn, dun dun-dunnn, dun dun-dunnnnn
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That's a lot of dress to navigate, Amanda
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Will Amanda remember to walk slowly so I can get more shots than this one? Of course not, where's the challenge in that?
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"Here, hold this"
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Let's get this party started! And by party I mean marriage. And by started, I mean sealed with Jedi blood or something.
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Something about those speakers being in these shots really makes me laugh
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I honestly have no idea what Jeff said because I was too busy panicking and taking photos from every angle
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The rings await on the podium!
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Topaz has the server under control
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Take her hand!
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You know, there's only so many captions you can make about something like this
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D'awww
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A new era indeed
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Does the server count as a guest?
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Putting on the rings!
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Now kiss
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They did it!
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Just walk down the aisle and then it's time to celebrate
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"You know, it's not really a light saber.."
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Everyone wants a picture!
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The Borutas and their lovely house
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Imperial Gothic?
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Some aliens tried to beam Amanda onto the mothership, but Vic's mom had it covered
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The lovely couple
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Now kissss. Again.
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Amanda selected "stilts" from the dropdown
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Fancy Princess Leia hair
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These are Topaz's special day flowers
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Amanda meets with some friends. Both of whom have some spiffy space-themed items!
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Is it drinkin' time? I think it's drinkin' time.
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Oh it's drinkin' time alright.
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Cheers, McKeed!
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Mike just DOES this to me! How does he do it??
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Meri displays the Mace Windu
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This Mom to Mom talk makes C-3PO hold his leg and dance
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Business business business, numbers.
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More Amanda-guests! Fancy turquoise hair
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Brett is having fun. Having fun looking like a doofus!
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McKeed inspects the ring
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Omar is a Mace Windu connoisseur
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I feel like Brett could look like he belongs in any party photo
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Alex is treated to an Alan story
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Is this Omar's good side?
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This was as close as I got to an amazing photo of Madison reaching for the big shiny power button on the server
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More photos!
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Little Amanda!
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Bounty Hunter Amanda
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"Did you get the shot?"
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I demonstrate my beer holder
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This is proper wedding food technique
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Bryce looks like he's really into a good story here. Brett looks like he's into a good chicken.
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Vic and Amanda get their own table
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Captain Suspicious on the right there..
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I see you. You see me.
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Hi Omar
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How Vic and Amanda ate those ribs without staining their white suit and dress I will never understand
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Don't launch the cork through the tarp!
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Michael double fisting some champagne
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Topaz is helping
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Amanda is a fan of Michael's speech
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I should have photoshopped a little lens flare sparkle onto Topaz's teeth to go with this pose
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Oh no! Now Vic is bounty hunter! How can this be?
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Bryce thinks funny things are funny
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Alex is suspicious
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Swing the baby!
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Mike and Meri also enjoy fun things
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Bryce and his Mom!
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This is Brett's new LinkedIn photo. He's the CEO of LinkedIn
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Joanna and Madison
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"We cutting this thing or what?"
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The cake was in a corner so this was the best angle I could get
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Cake!
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The top of the cake was the best
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So many photos!
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Those monsters got peanut butter or something on the bottom
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The main party is over. Time to chill out.
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Hi everyone!
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Vic's Uncle and some guy in a white tux
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Guests started filtering out
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Vic looks stunning with his flowers
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Sue checks out Vic's OJ simpson football
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I have no idea what was being said to me here but this is a face that I make
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Brett took these and I just included them to show that sometimes I also have fun at things!
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Guess who took this photo
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Relaxing in the other room
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Time to actually sign the paperwork
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Topaz says he didn't resist but we all know that I completely kicked his ass.
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I'm a witness!
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So is Alex! Good thing they had the two guys who don't go by their give names listed as witnesses..
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Well that was a blast. Congrats, Vic and Amanda!
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Time to pack up the chairs
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Too bad Vic didn't buy them. We could use them at Otakon
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Topaz knows how to coil cables properly
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Steph drew.. Brett?
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Hi everyone!
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Omar is sleepy
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What's over there?
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Oh man. So much leftover food
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Boba Catt
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Vic's ready for May Christmas
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It's a mixer!
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It's a bunch of Star Wars mugs!
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Neat
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Amanda writes down all the stuff
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Vic like
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Sam's not sure about all this paper
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Vic really like
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Breakfast time
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With the power vested in him, Jeff pronounces it time for pancakes
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Steph's so far away!
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Fig is learning the hazards of sitting right across from me
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Topaz knows the hazards well
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Amanda need coffee
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These two goobers got along way too well
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Action Vic?
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Fig inspects the scrapple..
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No don't do it!
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Chris Carberry from ExploreMars introduces the conference
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I tweeted to get on the live-updating TV. Eventually they had to start hand picking tweets since some trolls figured out the hashtag
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Artemis is a cool name
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Hey that's my boss!
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Bill Gerstenmaier! He's in charge of all of human spaceflight
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Hi, Gerst
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Our host for the panel
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I obviously sat in the front row
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Talking about international space efforts
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My seat is the one with the hoodie on it. Shortly after I took this photo Buzz Aldrin sat down in the seat to my left. Earlier he sat where the guy in the black jacket is sitting
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Turns out you need a lot of companies to get to Mars
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It's time for Dr. Aldrin himself!
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Buzz shows off his famous shirt
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That's a pretty cool nametag
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Buzz Aldrin gets into his speech
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He's a pretty short guy. All the early astronauts were but he's also in his 80s now so he's shrinking a bit
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He knows how to hold the attention of a room
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Hi Buzz. Would you like to come meet my cat named Buzz?
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Dr. Aldrin was here to talk about his Mars Cycler concept. A somewhat elaborate plan for human Marsm issions
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Look out! Buzz Aldrin is coming to get you!
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Buzz Aldrin's speech was a little nuts, but it was hard to not be in awe just listening to him
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I wasn't able to get a photo with him, but I sat next to him for hours and shook his hand. I'll take it!
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Staging on Phobos, eh?
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Nice paracord
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Buzz has a lot of wrist and finger decorations
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He kept pointing at us
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Oh Buzz. What have you done?
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Oh no. Oh Buzz.
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Just to cap it off, let's see that shirt again
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A bunch of companies talked about their Mars plans. I won't burn any bridges, but some were essentially "What's a Mars?" SpaceX was pretty cool though
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Buzz got up to ask a question after he was sitting RIGHT NEXT TO ME
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Starting off with a rainy day in Maryland
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The purple house has a pink car now!!
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Aunt Teresa loves my photos
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Inspecting some historical litter
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"What is President van Buren doing here?
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Stroopwaffels!!
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Becky loves my closeup photos
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Happy Becky!
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"OK, you can put the camera away now"
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Dinner!
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Mom gets a nice little cupcake!
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Secretly she's on a no-carb diet. Such temptation!
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"Can I blow it out?"
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Little cupcake!
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Time to read cards
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Mom loves a good card
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Especially a funny one
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Becky and Mom can't even handle this card
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Aunt Teresa's face sums it up
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Ah, that's what's so funny. Becky mixed it up!
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She also mixed up where Mom and Aunt Teresa were taking a trip to!
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Oh well, it's the thought that counts
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She also got some cheesy cups and a neat bit of smart jewelry!
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Selfie time!
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BECKY LOVES SELFIES
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Hey I know that Boston
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10,000 miles!
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It's a small van but you'd be surprised how much you can fit in it
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Making progress
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Gotta get Bryce's precious poster that he definitely loves so much.
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Aaaand packed.
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Bryce loves driving
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Wes says bye!
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Annalise came to get dinner with us!
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That is one fruity drink
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I beat Fire Emblem: Conquest while we waited for food
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I got a bunch of little beers
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Recreating Bryce's famous technique of touching peoples' faces while you take their photo
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Annalise is weird
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I've passed this place countless times and always kept in the back of my mind that someday it would be my turn to visit it. I took no photos of the wake or funeral. These are from the reception.
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Uncle Michael, the eldest, gave a speech. My mom captures the day's feelings pretty well
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I was happy to see that there were still some smiles. After all, it's rare for this much of the family to get together at once.
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Aunt Teresa
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Greg and Johnny
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Uncle Brian and Uncle Stephen
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Aunt Kathy
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Aunt Anne, Gragra's sister.
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Caitlin's daughter Juliet did a great job injecting some joy into the day and reminding us that life continues
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Good job trying to intimidate my camera
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Uncle Stephen, now a grandfather, having fun with Juliet
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Caitlin demonstrates my cat wrangling techniques with Juliet
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Where's Mommy??
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Hi there
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Smile for the camera
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Just a couple of cool cool people
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Hi Branagans! Sorry for the low photo quality, it was pretty dark in here
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Becky can always spot a camera
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Such a stinkface!
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Juliet and Becky
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Kate came by to pay her respects
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Aunt Kathy will kill me for posting this but I liked Becky photobombing the background
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I felt bad for not making a point of saying hi to Aunt Anne. She passed away a few months later.
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Uncle Brian spotted me
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Uncle Brian and his cousin David. I'm not sure what that makes me and David. I'm bad at family trees
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Taking Juliet for a walk
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Uncle Michael and Aunt Teresa
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Aunt Diane
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Uncle Peter
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Telling stories on the couch
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Selfies!
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This kid is going to have a very different relationship to technology growing up than I did
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Siblings telling stories
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Gathering near the bar
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Told you we could still have a few smiles
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Hug
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Uncle Peter somehow ended up with these heavy flowers
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Well.. now what
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This is how I left the group. A strange quantum state of grief, joy, and some ethanol for good measure.
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Sorry I can't stick around, I've got a plane to catch!
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Remembering others who sat on this bench..
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It's tough to convey this in a photo but the lighting was REALLY strange
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This isn't some artifact of the camera. It was all weird and orange
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Hi Dan
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Hi Dan
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Just a typical afternoon at work
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David's having fun
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Gibsan
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Gibsan's done with us
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Car washes are scary
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Just a corner of Omar's house
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Buzz!
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Neil!
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Omar!
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Vic's got his slump on
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New luggage and old luggage. I still maintain the old luggage was good since who the hell would steal it?
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