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Posted 7/8/2009 11:02 AM (#33617)
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In the next few days, five of you will be conscripted into the Cigar Geeks Bomb Squad. You will each receive a package in the mail with an unbanded cigar, and your responsibility will be to defuse the bomb, by smoking the cigar, posting a review, and giving your best analysis of the identity of the cigar. After everyone has posted their review and analysis, I'll reveal the identity of the cigar. The Geek(s) who guess correctly or make the best guesses will remain on the Bomb Squad for the next assignment. I'll pick additional membes, in a completely arbitrary and capricious manner, to replace those who are less successful in disarming the bomb.

The cigars will be from brands or makers who are generally well known. The cigars will have been selected for all sorts of arbitrary reasons. I might think that they're particularly yummy but under the radar, and want to introduce you to them without the preconceptions that come with a band. I might personally think that they're over-rated and want you to smoke them blind to get your honest view. Or I might just have had five dog rockets lying around that I wanted to get rid of.

I've posted this in the contest forum, but there's really no prize other than (1) a free cigar, (2) the opportunity for more free cigars, and (3) the esteem and/or ridicule of your fellow Geeks.

Bomb Squad members, please report in when you receive your assignment.



Edited by BlackIrish 7/8/2009 11:04 AM
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Posted 7/8/2009 11:10 AM (#33618 - in reply to #33617)
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This is an awesome idea and quite generous. I'm looking forward to seeing the results.
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Posted 7/8/2009 11:30 AM (#33620 - in reply to #33617)
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Posted 7/8/2009 11:30 AM (#33621 - in reply to #33617)
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Posted 7/8/2009 11:31 AM (#33623 - in reply to #33617)
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Looking forward to the reviews.......I love blind reviews!!
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Posted 7/8/2009 11:36 AM (#33624 - in reply to #33617)
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I like the idea and look forward to seeing the results.
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Posted 7/8/2009 11:54 AM (#33625 - in reply to #33617)
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very cool idea indeed Eddie
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Posted 7/8/2009 12:31 PM (#33626 - in reply to #33617)
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great idea eddie! very nice of you as well.....
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Posted 7/8/2009 12:52 PM (#33627 - in reply to #33617)
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Posted 7/8/2009 1:07 PM (#33628 - in reply to #33617)
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I think this is a worst idea ever, unless of course, I'm chosen, then it is a great idea. So you're not going to tell us who the members are? We have to wait until they get the package???
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Posted 7/8/2009 1:17 PM (#33630 - in reply to #33617)
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red wire no blue its like lethal weapon but they never defuse it right
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Posted 7/8/2009 1:36 PM (#33633 - in reply to #33617)
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This a sweet idea.I think this one will carry on by others also.
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Posted 7/8/2009 2:04 PM (#33634 - in reply to #33617)
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Awesome idea!!

How did you get everyones address?
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Posted 7/8/2009 2:34 PM (#33635 - in reply to #33617)
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your address is shown when people click on your name if you added your address
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Posted 7/8/2009 2:39 PM (#33637 - in reply to #33617)
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Posted 7/8/2009 4:11 PM (#33640 - in reply to #33628)
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lowpro75 - 7/8/2009 2:07 PM

I think this is a worst idea ever, unless of course, I'm chosen, then it is a great idea. So you're not going to tell us who the members are? We have to wait until they get the package???


Patience, Grasshopper. A little suspense is good, don't you think?
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Posted 7/8/2009 4:16 PM (#33641 - in reply to #33634)
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WeLustPapes - 7/8/2009 3:04 PM

Awesome idea!!

How did you get everyones address?


You can make it available to members on your profile, or you can participate in a pass. Or I guess you can send it to me by PM. If I don't have your address, I can't draft you.
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Posted 7/8/2009 4:19 PM (#33642 - in reply to #33628)
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lowpro75 - 7/8/2009 2:07 PM

I think this is a worst idea ever, unless of course, I'm chosen, then it is a great idea. So you're not going to tell us who the members are? We have to wait until they get the package???


I might also note that selection for the bomb squad is based in part on active participation in the forums, quality of reviews, and, most importantly, my whim.
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Posted 7/8/2009 4:48 PM (#33643 - in reply to #33640)
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BlackIrish - 7/8/2009 5:11 PM

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I think this is a worst idea ever, unless of course, I'm chosen, then it is a great idea. So you're not going to tell us who the members are? We have to wait until they get the package???


Patience, Grasshopper. A little suspense is good, don't you think?


Wouldn't letting them know ahead of time take the "Bomb" aspect out of it?

Not that I would think I would be a candidate, but what time frame are we dealing with between receipt of the cigar, smoke, and guess? I ask because I'm in and out of town with the kids for a week or so at a time.

Another thought to help of us with less experience, any thoughts about a multiple choice system? "Is it cigar A, B, C. D. or E?"

And since you brought in the Grasshopper reference: "When you can take the pebble from my hand, then you will be ready. Now go...and don't die with a rope around your scrotum."



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Posted 7/8/2009 4:57 PM (#33644 - in reply to #33617)
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Multiple choice would take the blind out of the exercise. I think the reason to do it this way is to take away any preconceptions you might have about a particular cigar whether it be word of mouth or popularity. Also when doing this making it the first cigar of the day is appropriate as well.
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Posted 7/8/2009 5:00 PM (#33645 - in reply to #33617)
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Posted 7/8/2009 5:15 PM (#33646 - in reply to #33617)
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I like it.

I was more or less doing blind reviews of every cigar I smoked from the first bunch of cigars my friend sent to me three months ago (since I knew nothing of the world of cigars).

I reported back in an email after every cigar. Very interesting how the mind, when fettered by outside info, plays tricks on your senses.

It's kind of embarrassing to look back at my review of the (Thompson) La Condesa, no matter how inexperienced my palate was (and still is, I'm sure).

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Posted 7/8/2009 5:47 PM (#33647 - in reply to #33646)
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cmmayo - 7/8/2009 6:15 PM

I like it.

I was more or less doing blind reviews of every cigar I smoked from the first bunch of cigars my friend sent to me three months ago (since I knew nothing of the world of cigars).

I reported back in an email after every cigar. Very interesting how the mind, when fettered by outside info, plays tricks on your senses.

It's kind of embarrassing to look back at my review of the (Thompson) La Condesa, no matter how inexperienced my palate was (and still is, I'm sure).



You said the "T-word". I've uttered it a few times and honestly, some of their stuff is decent and some are even good. Ain't no reason to get embarrassed around here, my friend. I found out in a hurry this is a very forgiving and understanding bunch of folks. And there's always the "edit" button.

My suggestion about the multiple choice was only to help out those of us with less discerning palates. I can tell a turd from a good cigar easily enough, but I'm not acquainted enough yet to be able to identify a cigar from taste alone. I am, however, willing to learn.
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Posted 7/8/2009 7:58 PM (#33650 - in reply to #33617)
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I just noticed that Eddie doesn't keep his online humidor open to public view. Makes it tougher for us devious individuals who might have tried to peak at it to get an idea of what he has a bunch of and might be using on this pass .

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Posted 7/8/2009 8:27 PM (#33652 - in reply to #33642)
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BlackIrish - 7/8/2009 5:19 PM

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I think this is a worst idea ever, unless of course, I'm chosen, then it is a great idea. So you're not going to tell us who the members are? We have to wait until they get the package???


I might also note that selection for the bomb squad is based in part on active participation in the forums, quality of reviews, and, most importantly, my whim.
I understand, my lord.
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Posted 7/8/2009 8:28 PM (#33653 - in reply to #33644)
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podman28 - 7/8/2009 5:57 PM

Multiple choice would take the blind out of the exercise. I think the reason to do it this way is to take away any preconceptions you might have about a particular cigar whether it be word of mouth or popularity. Also when doing this making it the first cigar of the day is appropriate as well.


Smart man.
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Posted 7/8/2009 8:29 PM (#33654 - in reply to #33645)
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mattmancool34 - 7/8/2009 6:00 PM

hmm i still say you send cigars that blow up


That could be fun. Fortunately I have your address from the pass.
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Posted 7/8/2009 8:33 PM (#33656 - in reply to #33617)
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Posted 7/8/2009 8:38 PM (#33657 - in reply to #33650)
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Jackal - 7/8/2009 8:58 PM

I just noticed that Eddie doesn't keep his online humidor open to public view. Makes it tougher for us devious individuals who might have tried to peak at it to get an idea of what he has a bunch of and might be using on this pass .



Seeing as I'm extra devious, I'd probably send cigars that AREN'T in my online humidor anyway.

Seriously, the point of this whole enterprise is less the contest/competition aspect than to get some blind reviews of cigars. I've found that blind reviews are fun, a great opportunity to expand your palate, and incredibly eye opening. I've smoked budget cigars blind and thought they were Padrons and I've panned cigars that, if banded, I probably would have rated more highly simply because of the band. I hope that you'll enjoy the experience, too.
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Posted 7/8/2009 8:44 PM (#33658 - in reply to #33657)
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Jackal - 7/8/2009 8:58 PM

I just noticed that Eddie doesn't keep his online humidor open to public view. Makes it tougher for us devious individuals who might have tried to peak at it to get an idea of what he has a bunch of and might be using on this pass .



Seeing as I'm extra devious, I'd probably send cigars that AREN'T in my online humidor anyway.

Seriously, the point of this whole enterprise is less the contest/competition aspect than to get some blind reviews of cigars. I've found that blind reviews are fun, a great opportunity to expand your palate, and incredibly eye opening. I've smoked budget cigars blind and thought they were Padrons and I've panned cigars that, if banded, I probably would have rated more highly simply because of the band. I hope that you'll enjoy the experience, too.


Just pulling your chain about the whole cloak and dagger, competition aspect of this. I would be honored to be part of the squad if you deem me worthy to be a defuser. Sounds like a blast.

By the way, I am in your neck of the woods right now. Enjoying beautiful Worcester weather (is it supposed to be raining in July?)

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Posted 7/8/2009 9:41 PM (#33659 - in reply to #33617)
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Are we all getting the same cigar or will they be different for each person? Just wondering in case one person's review or guess might influence another's.
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Posted 7/8/2009 10:31 PM (#33662 - in reply to #33617)
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Posted 7/9/2009 5:39 AM (#33676 - in reply to #33617)
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Posted 7/9/2009 6:51 AM (#33679 - in reply to #33658)
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Jackal - 7/8/2009 9:44 PM

Just pulling your chain about the whole cloak and dagger, competition aspect of this. I would be honored to be part of the squad if you deem me worthy to be a defuser. Sounds like a blast.

By the way, I am in your neck of the woods right now. Enjoying beautiful Worcester weather (is it supposed to be raining in July?)


No worries; I'd do the same thing.

As for the weather, I could handle the rain if it were warm; this 50 degree stuff has been going on since the beginning of June and we're pretty sick of it. Last week the Boston Globe ran a pictorial on How to Build an Ark. Since then, Home Depots have been completely sold out of gopherwood. ;)
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Jackal - 7/8/2009 10:41 PM

Are we all getting the same cigar or will they be different for each person? Just wondering in case one person's review or guess might influence another's.


Maybe
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Posted 7/11/2009 12:03 PM (#33885 - in reply to #33617)
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I've got the bomb! The cigar showed up in my mailbox today. Looks good! Thanks Eddie for selecting me and for coming up with the idea.
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WHOOOO HOOOOOO I am on the squad !!!! Thanks Eddie for including me this is very cool for sure !!!!
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Posted 7/13/2009 11:39 AM (#33994 - in reply to #33617)
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Sah-weet!!!!!!!!!! I have no idea what this cigar is, I've never really seen that shape before either...Im intrigued!


Thanks Eddie!
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Posted 7/13/2009 11:57 AM (#34000 - in reply to #33885)
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lowpro75 - 7/11/2009 1:03 PM

I've got the bomb! The cigar showed up in my mailbox today. Looks good! Thanks Eddie for selecting me and for coming up with the idea.


smoke 1 - 7/11/2009 1:50 PM

WHOOOO HOOOOOO I am on the squad !!!! Thanks Eddie for including me this is very cool for sure !!!!



Bob Cordell - 7/13/2009 12:39 PM

Woooooooooo-hoooooooooooo!


Sah-weet!!!!!!!!!! I have no idea what this cigar is, I've never really seen that shape before either...Im intrigued!


Thanks Eddie!




Thanks for participating. Hope you enjoy it. Think I should probably set up a separate thread for the reviews. I'll take care of that when I get a chance.
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Posted 7/13/2009 8:53 PM (#34062 - in reply to #33617)
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Hey Eddie, do we use the format that has been used for the CG staff reviews?

You know, the possible points in each category or just review the cigar on the 1-5 stars method and the usual comments?
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Posted 7/13/2009 9:06 PM (#34067 - in reply to #34062)
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Bob Cordell - 7/13/2009 9:53 PM

Hey Eddie, do we use the format that has been used for the CG staff reviews?

You know, the possible points in each category or just review the cigar on the 1-5 stars method and the usual comments?


I'll leave the exact format to you, but it would be great if you'd give a little more detail than usual, along the lines of the Geek Critiques.
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Posted 7/13/2009 10:01 PM (#34075 - in reply to #34067)
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Bob Cordell - 7/13/2009 9:53 PM

Hey Eddie, do we use the format that has been used for the CG staff reviews?

You know, the possible points in each category or just review the cigar on the 1-5 stars method and the usual comments?


I'll leave the exact format to you, but it would be great if you'd give a little more detail than usual, along the lines of the Geek Critiques.


I just saw this thread today...great idea Eddie!! Looking forward to seeing the results!
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BlackIrish - 7/8/2009 12:02 PM

In the next few days, five of you will be conscripted into the Cigar Geeks Bomb Squad. You will each receive a package in the mail with an unbanded cigar, and your responsibility will be to defuse the bomb, by smoking the cigar, posting a review, and giving your best analysis of the identity of the cigar. After everyone has posted their review and analysis, I'll reveal the identity of the cigar. The Geek(s) who guess correctly or make the best guesses will remain on the Bomb Squad for the next assignment. I'll pick additional membes, in a completely arbitrary and capricious manner, to replace those who are less successful in disarming the bomb.

The cigars will be from brands or makers who are generally well known. The cigars will have been selected for all sorts of arbitrary reasons. I might think that they're particularly yummy but under the radar, and want to introduce you to them without the preconceptions that come with a band. I might personally think that they're over-rated and want you to smoke them blind to get your honest view. Or I might just have had five dog rockets lying around that I wanted to get rid of.

I've posted this in the contest forum, but there's really no prize other than (1) a free cigar, (2) the opportunity for more free cigars, and (3) the esteem and/or ridicule of your fellow Geeks.

Bomb Squad members, please report in when you receive your assignment.



This will be happening again. Prepare yourselves.
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Posted 2/4/2011 11:57 PM (#140079 - in reply to #140071)
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Very cool idea!
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Posted 2/5/2011 12:42 AM (#140090 - in reply to #33617)
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Very cool idea!!! Nice work Eddie!
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Posted 2/5/2011 1:15 AM (#140097 - in reply to #33617)
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I like that idea...
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Posted 2/5/2011 2:10 AM (#140100 - in reply to #33617)
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Excellent idea. This should be interesting.
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Posted 2/5/2011 2:48 AM (#140102 - in reply to #33617)
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Sounds very interesting... That's a pretty sweet idea dude.
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Posted 2/5/2011 3:33 AM (#140110 - in reply to #33617)
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Sounds cool. Trying a cigar, not the ridicule part.

How many of you Army guys remember this cadence, "scored a low GT so they made me EOD"?
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Posted 2/5/2011 6:36 AM (#140119 - in reply to #140110)
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Shukpaw - 2/5/2011 4:33 AM

Sounds cool. Trying a cigar, not the ridicule part.

How many of you Army guys remember this cadence, "scored a low GT so they made me EOD"?



Sorry, I do not remember that one
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Posted 2/5/2011 8:28 AM (#140138 - in reply to #140110)
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Shukpaw - 2/5/2011 4:33 AM

Sounds cool. Trying a cigar, not the ridicule part.




I'm subjected to ridicule on a daily basis....I smell redemption.




"Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle." -George Burns
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Posted 2/5/2011 8:36 AM (#140143 - in reply to #33617)
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This looks like fun
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Posted 2/5/2011 8:44 AM (#140148 - in reply to #33617)
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Great idea to revive, Eddie! We tend to focus our ridicule on only a select few here . . . this will help to spread the 'ridicule' wealth around!
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Posted 2/5/2011 8:53 AM (#140153 - in reply to #33617)
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I was in on the first one. And I don't know where y'all get this whole ridicule thing. Nothing like that EVER goes on here!
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Posted 2/5/2011 8:57 AM (#140155 - in reply to #33617)
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I wasn't a CG on the first go-round. This should be funn.
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Posted 2/6/2011 8:14 PM (#140668 - in reply to #140153)
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gitfiddl - 2/5/2011 8:53 AM

I was in on the first one. And I don't know where y'all get this whole ridicule thing. Nothing like that EVER goes on here!


Dave thats just ridiculous...
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