Dapper Day Spring 2017 Epcot

Posted by miss m on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 @ 4:38pm in Blog, Creativity, Photography and Pics, Things To Do, Walt Disney World with Comments closed |

Since I had to work last November for the Fall 2016 Dapper Day at Epcot, I didn’t want to miss Spring 2017 Dapper Day at Epcot – especially since it was the perfect opportunity to do a Disneybound of my favorite Disney character – Figment!

Dapper Day Figment Disneybound Spring 2017 Epcot

Two tiny wings, eyes big and yellow
horns of a steer – but a lovable fellow!
From head to tail, he’s royal, purple, pigment.
And then, Voila! You’ve got a Figment!

Dapper Day Figment Spring 2017 Epcot

Though a simple look, my Dapper Day Figment bound was a huge hit! A purple dress, orange petticoat, orange ribbon turned into a belt, and a felt “F” I made in yellow and red (when it was obvious the 94F temp that day meant I couldn’t wear the custom painted sweater I had planned on!) I finished it with a pair of sequin “Mickey Ears” with little orange Figment horns and my rainbow umbrella – which totally stole the show all day! (For the record, it can be purchased here on amazon!)

See more photos in my Dapper Day Spring 2017 Epcot Gallery.

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Gut Punch (My Reaction On the Eve of the 2016 Presidential Election)

Posted by miss m on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 2:56am in General Blather, Grief |

I don’t have the words to adequately describe how disappointed, disgusted and literally scared I feel in this moment as a woman in this country. I knew we were still a country battling bigotry, misogyny, hatred and even anti-intellectualism, but….but. This is something else entirely.

I thought we were better than this. I thought decency would prevail in the face of horror. I thought common sense would override fear-mongering and blind hate; that the “ours” of this nation would come together and overcome the “mine” mentality of this nation.

I fear my country tonight. I fear the millions of people who excused away the sexual attacks and vile commentary repeatedly thrown at my entire gender.
I’m terrified of living in a society that has collectively decided to wage open war on so many groups including women, LGBT, immigrants, people of color, etc., etc.

I am horrified at the welcoming open arms bigots and hate groups have enjoyed to their caveman ideals; that people who should hide their beliefs away in shame are now able to proudly strut those same disgusting views as “valid” or just “telling it like it is.”

I don’t want to live in this kind of world. I don’t want to live in this kind of fear. And I honestly don’t know how to face a future where all of this is just okay now. Because it’s not. And the fact that so many not only feel like it is, but they are forcing us all collectively to walk down this same path is more than I can comprehend.

I don’t have the words to express just how broken the human race truly is if this is the kind of mindset that not only still exists, but flourishes.

I honestly thought we were better than this. And it’s painful to discover I was vastly, deeply wrong in that thought.

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Vote for PhoenixFire Designs Best Handcrafted Jewelry

Posted by miss m on Monday, August 15, 2016 @ 1:36am in General Blather, PhoenixFire Designs with Comments closed |

Can you do me a quick and easy favor?

15 years ago in 2001 I started making jewelry. It was a hobby at first, but people liked what I did and eventually 10 years ago in 2006, I opened my PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop. I continued to run my business part-time while also managing a normal day job.

Well all that changed five years ago in 2011 when I wound up in the ER. Long story short, I had nearly 3lbs of tumors in my uterus and after months of treatments, I had a hysterectomy at age 34. During this time on medical leave, my day job laid me off. (Nice, right?)

So with the support of my husband and a TON of fear and uncertainty, I decided to try and run my business for real as my only job. It’s been a ton of hard work but it’s been so rewarding. After over a year of recovery, I’m back to good health and I’m happy.

Here’s the favor part. I got nominated for “Best Handcrafted Jewelry” in Tampa Bay. I would LOVE to win, especially given this year marks 10 years of my etsy shop and 5 years since my medical crisis. So can I get a vote? It’s just an email address (they don’t email you anything) and selecting “PhoenixFire Designs” under the “Best Handcrafted Jewelry” category. One vote per EMAIL address (not necessarily per person.) No prize money or anything but it would be an amazing honor to be able to say I won.

Vote PhoenixFire Designs for Best Handcrafted Jewelry in Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay 2016

VOTE HERE

Thank you for your support!

Another mass shooting in America

Posted by miss m on Sunday, June 12, 2016 @ 1:36pm in General Blather, Grief with Comments closed |

The victims and families of the mass shooting in Orlando last night don’t want your prayers or your thoughts. They want your OUTRAGE that a small percent of gun nuts have successfully lobbied against passing ANY common sense gun laws and have put their profits over the lives of human beings.

RAGE to your elected officials that they won’t stand up to terrorist organizations like the NRA who not only allow these mass shootings but who PROFIT from this fear and horror and death.

RAGE to your elected officials that they won’t listen to the overwhelming majority of the US population that WANTS common sense gun law reform.

And VOTE to change the broken system and elect officials who WILL stand up and do the right thing and work towards a SAFER future for all of us.

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Megacon Orlando 2016

Posted by miss m on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 @ 3:17pm in Creativity, Entertainment, General Blather, Photography and Pics |

I went to Megacon for the first time this weekend. Previously, I made my Comic Con debut last year, in my first-ever cosplay as a girl Marty McFly to meet Lea Thompson at Tampa Bay Comic Con.

This year, we had even higher stakes as none other than Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd was going to be there!!

Christopher Lloyd at MegaCon 2016, Doc Brown himself!

I bought us tickets for Saturday, bought a 1:30pm photo op with Christopher Lloyd and dusted off the old Marty cosplay outfit. I was psyched!!

A little after 7am early Saturday morning, the alarm went off after about 4.5 hours of sleep. I wanted to make sure we got an early start so we could get there close to the 10am opening of the convention. We got ready and headed out, leaving a little later than I had wanted at around 9am, but given it was only a 90 minute drive, I figured that would still get us there by about 10:30am and probably in the building around 11am.

We set off on I-4 from Tampa to Orlando. Made great time until….we came to a screeching halt somewhere around Auburndale. It was just an absolute mass of cars, literally crawling forward an inch at a time, stopping, then moving forward a tiny bit more. Repeat until you go insane. (We came to a near dead stop somewhere around mile marker 50 or so and had until exit 72 for our exit. All of which was just jammed.)

What should have been an hour and a half turned into over THREE HOURS of absolute maddening traffic. We didn’t even get to the convention center until noon. Where we then further got stuck in a never-ending line to the toll booth trying to park.

The wall of cars converging from multiple roads trying to get into the parking lot for MegaCon.

The wall of cars converging from multiple roads trying to get into the parking lot for MegaCon.

As we sat there the time just kept ticking by. I had a 1:30pm photo op that was booked and paid for! By the time it was nearly 12:30, I knew I couldn’t wait any longer. I actually threw the car in park, grabbed my stuff and left Love to park the car.

Over a mile run from where I had to leave Love with the car (who was stuck in line trying to park) just to get to the West Concourse to make my 1:30pm photo op.

Over a mile run from where I had to leave Love with the car (who was stuck in line trying to park) just to get to the West Concourse to make my 1:30pm photo op.

I took off, running in 95F heat through acres of parking lot, past other concourses of the convention center trying just to get to the building. After literally over MILE of run/walking (I measured it on google maps later), I ran smack into a line extending the entire length of the West Concourse, OUTSIDE stretching back just to get in the door!!

About 15 more minutes of this line, I finally made it in the building. Only to be faced with ANOTHER LINE that literally WRAPPED around the entire perimeter of the massive room within the convention center! I had prepaid for my ticket but I needed my wristband and the line to get it was several thousand deep! I knew they were expecting over 100,000 people for the weekend but I never expected they would ALL be ahead of me in line!!

At this point, it was 1:15pm. That was the time I was supposed to line up for the photo op and I didn’t even have my wristband yet! I got out of line, found a person who worked there who directed me to a manager. Another guy came up at the same time who ALSO had the same 1:30pm photo op and she escorted us both all the way up front, direct to the ticket taker and got us our wristbands. Success!

Except the photo ops were on the entire other side of the convention center. And it’s a MASSIVE space that was FULL of people. The guy and I (never caught his name) stuck together, weaving in and out of people, dashing like mad fools trying to make our way to the photo section. We arrived literally right at 1:30pm. We were able to get in line and thankfully, Christopher Lloyd was running a few minutes behind.

I was DRENCHED in sweat at that point despite not even having my jacket or vest on and fighting to stop panting from the non-stop running I had done for the past hour. Remember, I bailed out of the car around 12:25pm and it was now 1:30pm and it took that long just to get from the parking lot to the line!

Again, thankfully, the photo op was running behind so I had time to cool off enough to put the rest of my costume on, touch up my makeup and reapply my lipstick. By around 2pm I got in and got my pic with Christopher Lloyd:

Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd and me in my female Marty McFly cosplay at Megacon Orlando 2016.

Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd and me in my female Marty McFly cosplay at Megacon Orlando 2016.

Mission accomplished!! 😀

So much more to the day and so many more lines! Oh, and photos too!

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Birthday Girl!

Posted by miss m on Monday, May 16, 2016 @ 11:36pm in General Blather, M's Birthday, Photography and Pics |

Today is my 39th birthday. (Woah, I know!) I spent the day going to see Captain America: Civil War (#TeamCap!) and generally had a low-key but fun day. Here’s an obligatory birthday day selfie:

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Dapper Day – WDW Spring 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016 was Dapper Day at Walt Disney World. This time, it was a Spring Fling in Magic Kingdom! Dapper Day, for those who might not know (such as most of the “regular” park guests for the day, all of whom felt I looked friendly enough to ask LOL) is a day to dress to impress. When Disneyland first opened in 1955, people wore their Sunday best; men in suits and women in dresses, hats, gloves. So Dapper Day is a twice-a-year event dedicated to bringing a little style and class back into the parks. It’s not about being “vintage” specifically nor does it require a certain time period (though many do chose to embrace a mid-century 50’s or 60’s style.)

I went last year for the first time to the Fall Soiree held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. That day, I opted for a “provincial town” blue dress Belle Dapper Disneybound. (A Disneybound is when you dress inspired by a character, movie, attraction, etc. without going for a full, 100% accurate cosplay.)

This year, a few months ago I got the idea to do something with one of my favorite attractions, The Haunted Mansion. I found a perfectly Dapper green and black dress which reminded me of the “Maids” and “Butlers” that work the attraction. From there, I spent a lot of time finding and modifying various aspects to complete the look. (Including making a Bat Stanchion Necklace) I’m happy to report it was a total success!

Dapper Day Spring 2016 Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion Green Dress inspired Disneybound Bat Stanchion Necklace

Dapper Day Spring 2016 Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion Green Dress inspired Disneybound Bat Stanchion Necklace

Dapper Day Spring 2016 Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion Green Dress inspired Disneybound Bat Stanchion Necklace

Dapper Day Spring 2016 Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion Green Dress inspired Disneybound Bat Stanchion Necklace

Dapper Day Spring 2016 Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion Green Dress inspired Disneybound Bat Stanchion Necklace

Feel free to check out my entire album including more group shots and other shots with fellow Dapper Darlings here on my facebook page.

I handmade the Haunted Mansion “bat stanchion” necklace I’m wearing for the day and had so many people inquire about it that I will be doing a limited run of them for sale. Follow PhoenixFire Designs to be updated when they will become available. I need to get additional supplies and materials plus get more cast and painted. Update: Pre-orders for my Haunted Mansion Bat Stanchion Black Lace Choker Necklace Here!

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Handmade Haunted Mansion bat stanchion necklace worn by me for Dapper Day at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Spring 2016 as part of my green dress HM disneybound. Preorder now available through PhoenixFire Designs by overwhelming request!

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Reminders of Things Best Left Forgotten

Posted by miss m on Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 11:04pm in General Blather, Grief, Rants with Comments closed |

Trigger Warning: abusive father bullshit ahead

This one is dark and heavy. There’s also lots of cursing head. Fair warning.

Read more…

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Leap Day

Posted by miss m on Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 6:28pm in Blog, General Blather, Holidays, Photography and Pics |

It seems that I only write a post once every four years these days. Regardless if that’s accurate or not, I just had to post something today to have a date stamp of February 29th on the blog. 😉

So here’s a gratuitous car selfie in lieu of any actual content:
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Happy Mathematical Construct Day everyone! See you again in four years. 😀

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OMG SHUT UP SMALL CHILD!

Posted by miss m on Thursday, January 21, 2016 @ 1:12pm in General Blather, Rants |

I know I should probably find it “cute” or something, but I just can’t. Every single day, I am “treated” to the…let’s be generous and call it “singing” of the small child in the apartment below me. He (?) sings as loud as he can, shrill and screechy and ungodly out of tune over and over and over again. All day long.

Me listening to the kid sing. If I were in clothes not just PJ's and did my hair and makeup as opposed to having it pulled back in a bun because I haven't washed it yet. But you know, same thing.

Me listening to the kid sing. If I were in clothes no PJ’s and did my hair and makeup as opposed to having it pulled back in a bun because I haven’t washed it yet. But you know, same thing.

Yesterday I was woken up around 8:30am to the dulcet sounds of For the First Time In Forever from Frozen. It was a living nightmare.

The approximation of the sounds that come out of this kid’s mouth is something like WHAAAAAAAAAA aaaah wwawawawa MmmmAAAAWWWWW and about as in-tune as bagpipes in a garbage disposal.

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The “singing” is of a volume and frequency that it travels through the floors and walls from his apartment to mine. I will sit, listening to this Hell for 10 or 15 minutes until I can’t take it any longer and play the I have over 5,000 songs on my pc and speakers louder than you game.

This morning we discovered that Imagine Dragons > his punk ass.

I just love apartment living.

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The Future

Posted by miss m on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 @ 4:29pm in Entertainment, General Blather, Movies with Comments closed |

Marty: All right, Doc, what’s goin’ on, huh? Where are we? “When” are we?

Doc Brown: We’re descending towards Hill Valley, California at 4:29 PM on Wednesday, October 21st, twenty-fifteen.

Marty: Two thousand fifteen?! You mean we’re in the future!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 4:29pm

The Future: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 4:29pm

Welcome to the future!

Back to the Future October 21, 2015: Hoverboards and Nike Mags

Back to the Future October 21, 2015: Hoverboards and Nike Mags

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Blast From the Past – Starlog Magazine January 1990

Posted by miss m on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 @ 10:28pm in Entertainment, General Blather, Movies, Photography and Pics with Comments closed |

I recently found a copy of Starlog Magazine from January 1990 while cleaning. The cover story? An interview with Robert Zemeckis on the filming of Back to the Future: Part II! This is a timely find given that we are nearly at the future – October 21, 2015.

From McFly

It features some great production photos from the film as well as a Q&A with Zemeckis. Since this is a 25 year old issue and I’m sure most BttF fans don’t have a copy laying around to read, I’ve scanned all the pages and uploaded them for reference and review.

From McFly
From McFly
From McFly
From McFly
From McFly

The full gallery (including much larger versions of the scans) can be found here on my G+ account.

As a bonus, here’s the back cover of the issue. It was a full page ad for the Back to the Future fan club. Man, I wish I had gotten in on that! (Only $9.95! 😉 )

From McFly

Great Scott! (I know, this is heavy!)

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Dapper Day Fall Soiree 2015

Posted by miss m on Friday, October 9, 2015 @ 4:54pm in Creativity, Entertainment, General Blather, Love, Photography and Pics, Things To Do, Walt Disney World |

I attended my first ever Dapper Day Fall Soiree at Disney’s Hollywood Studios October 3, 2015. It was amazing!

If you’re not familiar with Dapper Day, don’t worry I wasn’t either until a few months ago. It’s an unofficial event that takes place twice a year at Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris. It was inspired by the notion that when Disneyland first opened in 1955, people dressed up to attend. Men wore suits! Women wore dresses, hats and heels! It was a cause for looking your best; being dapper and smartly dressed.

So for two days a year, people embrace the idea of coming to the parks in your “Sunday Best.” Last Saturday’s Fall Soiree was the most recent such day. Though not required, many people lean towards a mid-century (1950’s or 1960’s) style look and dress. Some people also chose to “Disneybound” which is where you wear clothes inspired by a character, film, movie, etc. That is what I chose to do.

Me in my Dapper Day Belle "provincial town" blue dress 1950's Disneybound at the Fall Soiree  Disney's Hollywood Studios October 3, 2015.

Me in my Dapper Day Belle “provincial town” blue dress 1950’s Disneybound at the Fall Soiree Disney’s Hollywood Studios October 3, 2015.

Everyone looked so amazing! And everyone was friendly and happy and having a wonderful time.

Wonderful group from Dapper Day Fall Soiree 2015 at Disney's Hollywood Studios including  me in my Belle blue dress disneybound.

Wonderful group from Dapper Day Fall Soiree 2015 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios including me in my Belle blue dress disneybound.

There was such a range of creativity in the outfits as well, especially those who chose to incorporate a Disneybound into their Dapper Day fashion.

Disneybounding for Dapper Day including Tiana, Belle (blue dress) and Mulan. Fall Soiree Disney's Hollywood Studios, October 3, 2015.

Disneybounding for Dapper Day including Tiana, Belle (blue dress) and Mulan. Fall Soiree Disney’s Hollywood Studios, October 3, 2015.

Love and I as we closed out our first (but not last!) Dapper Day at Disney's Hollywood Studios for the Fall Soiree October 3, 2015.

Love and I as we closed out our first (but not last!) Dapper Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the Fall Soiree October 3, 2015.

See about 45 more photos I took in this Dapper Day gallery.

Me in my Dapper Day Belle provincial town blue dress disneybound at the Fall Soiree in Disney's Hollywood Studios October 3, 2015.

Me in my Dapper Day Belle provincial town blue dress disneybound at the Fall Soiree in Disney’s Hollywood Studios October 3, 2015.

I highly recommend if you get a chance to attend a Dapper Day, do it! A good 50% of the park was Dapper and I assure you that you will not be the only one and everyone will be having a wonderful time.

See you in April for the next one!

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PhoenixFire Designs Handmade At Amazon

Posted by miss m on Thursday, October 8, 2015 @ 3:38am in General Blather, PhoenixFire Designs with Comments closed |

The brand new PhoenixFire Designs Shop on Handmade on Amazon is now LIVE!!

PhoenixFire Designs Handmade at Amazon shop is now live! Tree of life pendants, wire wrapped jewelry and more coming soon!

PhoenixFire Designs Handmade at Amazon shop is now live! Tree of life pendants, wire wrapped jewelry and more coming soon!

There is currently a limited selection of our signature tree of life pendants and wire wrapped jewelry but there’s more to come!

PhoenixFire Designs on Amazon

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My week from Hell

Posted by miss m on Friday, October 2, 2015 @ 2:28pm in Customer Service, Finances, General Blather, Rants |

(Warning: There is bugs in this post. Specifically ants. There’s also A LOT of cursing.)

I have had a fucking week from hell and I’m just over it. All I want to do is lay down and fucking cry. I have no one to vent to so I hope you will allow me to share here.

Sunday night around midnight, my husband is going to bed and…there’s a fucking invasion of ants in our master bedroom. Couple weeks ago, the apt below us had a swarm in their master bedroom closet.

I need to point out that I have a hardcore phobia of ants. Like, even trying to talk about it gets me all shaky. So needless to say I had a fucking panic attack that night. They were on the floor, the bed, the curtains my fucking pillow – everywhere. I was hyperventilating and sobbing my eyes out and shaking so hard because I was so freaked out.

Meanwhile, my poor husband is trying to kill them, wipe them up, smoosh them, etc and every time he moved something, there were more.

I wound up doing like 6 loads of laundry (they were in the bedding, extra linens, clothes, etc.) and couldn’t even bring myself to sleep in my own bed because I was so freaked out. I was up until 7:30am before I was finally able to doze off for about 3 hours on my couch.

Of course, my apartment complex is made up of fucking assholes. So Monday they were – big surprise – total fucktards about the whole thing. “Do you eat in your bedroom? was their reply.

First off, no I don’t.

Secondly, who the fuck cares because I’m pretty damned sure the people below us don’t eat in their closet so it’s ridiculous for you to act like I somehow brought this on myself!!!

They were absurdly unsympathetic telling me that *I* had to put out traps because they couldn’t for “liability” reasons. Oh and I needed to move every single piece of furniture away from the walls by the so they could spray Tuesday. They couldn’t help me in any way because, of course, of “liability” reasons. I told the property manager I have permanent neck damage so there’s a very low limit to what I can do, and she was like, oh well that’s what you have to do.

So Monday night my husband and I do our best to make sure you can at least get to the baseboards as best as possible. Furniture doesn’t fucking float so there’s only so much it can be moved since we still need to, oh I don’t know, access the bed! The living room is a disaster with overflow of laundry & linens I haven’t put back away and now furniture and things taken out of the room for access.

Tuesday I sit around all day and….pest control doesn’t show! Who’s surprised?

Oh the pest control company had “an emergency” so they’ll be here Wednesday instead. First thing, before noon, promise.

I get up early Wednesday and…wait. By 12:30pm still no sign. So I call. “Oh they’re supposed to be here sometime today, you’re on the list.” Thanks.

Finally come about 2pm. The guy asks if I have any allergies or sensitivities. Uh, yeah to almost everything. Especially scents. (My husband can’t wear cologne because it gives me migraines. Even his stupid deodorant reeks to me. I buy unscented everything.) Oh well, he says, this stuff is horrible. It even gives ME headaches and I don’t have any sensitivities.

And this is what you want to spray in my BEDROOM??

So after all that, he wound up baiting and setting up traps instead, no spray. He said he’d spray outside heavily (which is the problem in the first place IMO since our whole building is swarming in ants. Like, they are everywhere!!)

Meanwhile, my husband has like 30 huge, puss-filled awful bites all over his arms and legs. I have about 4 on my feet since he was one the one right in the mix of it. Apt complex does not give any shits.

We haven’t seen any more since but I’m so nervous now and worried because we never had them before and the just BAM! a ton all at once. They had to come from somewhere and I’m so afraid they’ll be back.

I’m so done with this place and so very, very tired of their bullshit. I wish I could just pack up and leave tomorrow. Of course if we wanted to leave it would be thousands and thousands of dollars in early termination fees and if we just left without 90 days notice, we could never get a place anywhere else ever again. Not like we have the money to move anyway which is why we’ve been stuck here so long in the first place.

It’s just become nearly unbearable and I’m just so damned depressed lately about everything and so overwhelmed. I feel like just laying down and crying. It’s all I want to do. I have no motivation, no energy, nothing. I’m just so done with it all and I’m tired of being powerless and beat up.

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