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    • Kitteh #4

      6 years ago

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      [left to right: Sulley and Tux]

      After Skully left, these two have been a bit vocal missing their commrade. Now, the only time they meow is if they want to eat, poop or want to go around the kitchen floor for a wander.

      Speaking of poop, Sulley (ginger cat) had the experience of a lifetime and surprised Katie and I. We had just come back from doing our laundry and let out the kitties to walk about and relieve themselves. The kittens are still far from kitty litter trained, but I know a pooping kitten when I see one all hunched over looking as if it were straddling an imaginary air-horse. I picked Sulley up from the floor and placed him in the litter box. In an instant this long, slick, black, worm-like type rope started to ooze out of his rear.

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      [Fig. 1] Katie and I cheered on the little champ on yelling like any cheerleader at a football game. Things like "Yeah Sulley!" and "Poop! Poop! Poop!"

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      [Fig. 2] After about 30 seconds, the continuous slick rope curled around twice.

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      [Fig. 3] after about 50 seconds it was on its fourth curl.


      For the record I have never seen a cat so fatigued from pooping so much. Sulley was literally hunched over the edge of the litter box, he took a bit of a rest before cutting ties with the butt coil. After one more push, the butt beast severed and Sulley continued to hang over the edge of the litter box for further rest.

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      And that was it. After that strenuous ordeal Sulley then curled up into a kitty ball to sleep.

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      Tux is worrisome. When we first took him in. I thought his eyes were just as good as Sulley's. Now it seems the opposite. Tux is now blind in both eyes and is acting the same way as Skulley whom we had the misfortune of losing last week. He bumps into walls and any obstacles in his way. He gets lost easily roaming around the kitchen floor. Worst of all, he's not popping normally. He seems to drip poop only to stain his tail and the towels he sleeps on. I wish there was anything we can do, but I fear for the worst for Tux. Their next check-up is tomorrow and I suspect Tux will be put down leaving only one in our care, Sulley. smiley2.gif

    • Kitteh! #3 - Skully

      6 years ago

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      Katie came back from her work at the vet and she informed me that Skully was regrettably put to rest. I knew and feared the worse for Skully. She was the biggest fighter of the other two. She was always hungry and very eager to hold on to life.

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      Unfortunately, due to internal complications, upper respiratory issues and being blind as a bat, the vet made the executive decision to put her down before she suffers any more. Even though Skully lived such a short life, she was under much tender loving care together with what was left of her litter.

      You will notice I refer to Skully as a she. Katie kinda botched this a bit and mixed up their sex. When the kitties were responding to our care and looking well nourished Sulley showed some serious cajones and Skully not so much.

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      Tux and Sulley had their eyes irrigated with a saline solution at the vet and now their eyes can heal normally. To be brutally honest, Tux looks the worse of the two. Fortunately, he's eating a pooping like a champ, however his eye are milky white and seems to be wheezing a lot lately. Sulley, is making great progress and seems to mirror his sister's (Skully) eating habits. As the days go on, I'm hoping that both of them make great progress and their eyes full heal ready to live life in great homes.

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      Now they only have each other.

    • Timeline

      6 years ago

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      A core sample from 2006 - 2013

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    • Kitteh! #2

      6 years ago

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      The kitties are doing fine and their eyes are starting to get better. All three of them are opening their eyes and are responding to the eye drops Katie got from her work. They seem to like roaming around our kitchen floors and our shoulders [as seen here, and here].

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      Skulley - The shoulder cat

      Personality update:

      Skully - Is the biggest of the two and eats the most. Every time we feed him through syringe, he just latches on like it was a nipple supplying fatty cat food. On the floor he's pretty docile. At first, he doesn't seem to be the adventurous type when we put him on the floor with the others, but given time and space he moves around. He definitely is a fighter when it comes to being fed and handled and I don't blame him. Now that his eyes are open, the right one looks to have very noticeable, very protruding ulcer while the left one looks functional, yet not something he can rely on. If he can function with the one eye, he'd need the support of a good home when he's out of our care.

      Sulley - I can already tell she's the dominant of the group and she's the female. She'll mount just about anything; Tux, a bag of recyclables, Tux, my foot, Tux. She's the first of the three to climb from my lap to my shoulder, ever since then, they've all just wanted to sit on my shoulders and play with my long hair. In fact, I heard Sulley let out a purr when she was trying to mount my head by way of my hair. Her eyes are open, but it's too early to tell if she'll be able to use them properly.

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      D'aaaw! Tux

      Tux - I set up a system where I place their food bowl on one end of the kitchen and a paper towel on the other end. When I set them down, they go on the paper towel first and when I feed them, I bring them to the food bowl and syringe the food in their mouth. Tux by far seems to the the bright one of the group. When he pees of the paper towel, the others follow suit. I haven't had to clean up yellow puddles so far since I let them roam. Tux, along with Sulley seems to respond to call sounds ("psst" or kissing sounds). He also seems to be the only one of the group that poops which worries me about the other two. I hope this doesn't lead to a cat enema. I wouldn't know where to start... Wait, I do know, I just choose not to think about it.

      My sister and her family came over to see the kitties. My niece was both excited and scared to be around them, not because of the way they looked, but because she was afraid of handling them. Normally five year old kids will be rough for no good reason, but she seemed to really respect the kittens like they were her little brothers and sisters.

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    • Kitteh!

      6 years ago

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      Meet (left to right) Tux, Skully and Sulley

      I did not expect my girlfriend (@tuckapenguin) to bring home her work today, but she did! We're going to hopefully nurse these four week old kittens back to health. From what Katie told me they were abandoned in someone's front yard and really just left for dead. Someone brought them into the veterinary clinic and they found out that the kittens might be blind, because they show signs of conjunctivitis. Our mission is really to see if they can survive the weekend.

      In the short time, I've gotten to know them and their personalities:

      Tux (black and white) - He's missing his left eye and has a really swollen right eye. Katie said that it's possible that when Tux was on the front lawn, a bird might have pecked at his eye and ate it. In fact there was a fourth cat, but they had to euthanize it, because it's eyes were literally hanging from outside its head. Personality wise, he seems to like to be alone and separate himself from the two Sully and Skulley. I huddled them together and when I came back from washing my hands Sulley was sleeping on top of him. Tux didn't seem to mind at all, he looked comfortable.

      Skully (one of the ginger tabby cats) - He looks like he just got into a fight with Mike Tyson. He's absolutely malnourished with a very thin and bony face. Both his eyes are swollen and we can barely see his eyes. He's feisty and a fighter. Every time we try to hold him to feed him he will pull and tug and use all his strength to get out. We put a hot pad in the makeshift box they're sleeping in and he immediately detected it and went straight for it.

      Sulley (the other ginger tabby) - This one looks the best of the two and with swollen eyes. She's got a bit of a protruding gut. We have no problems feeding her with the syringe. The only thing I noticed with her is she likes to be on top, haha! I saw her sleeping on top of Tux in what looked like a suffocation attempt. When I separated her from Tux, she then began to sit on top of Skully before going to sleep. If anyone of them dies and it's not Sulley, I'll blame her.

      We're not keeping the cats if they make it past the weekend. It's just not possible. I'm hopeful that their condition begins to improve over the weekend and that their eyesight gets better, if not at least restored to some or all.

      BRB, gonna check on the kittehs!

    • Pixelrama Graphics @Infinential

      6 years ago

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      Last year in October, I had lunch with a friend of mine at a Jack Astor's Bar and Grill next to the Colossous Cinema in Vaughn Mills. We caught up in discussions about our personal lives and what we did for a living. What we discovered was a hatred towards our jobs in the software industry, citing mutual abhorred sentiment towards our decision makers. Apparently, as it turns out, the companies we both worked for had technological inept decision makers, which lead to ill informed decisions that caused extreme pressure and burnout. He resigned from the company along with a handful of his development team and found another software company as a technical lead. At the time, I was on the fence.

      Before our food arrived, my friend showed me a prototype game he had been working on with another developer in the past year on his iPad. The game mechanics were simple; match the coloured blocks to get a high score before time bar or health bar runs out. The only thing the prototype lacked a direction in graphics. It had a rainbow coloured background with tri-coloured text. The blocks were rounded on the edges and when matched with the same colour would merge into a large block. A timer would then countdown from five before the merged block would disappear and new blocks will appear. I had not done any creative work and really was itching for some new challenge. I'm glad I was approached to help.

      The early concept (example):
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      The conceptual look we decided to go forward with:
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      Then came the melding of code and design:
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      At the moment, we're working the loose ends, code bugs and graphical issues both in style and supporting all iOS devices from iPhone 4S - 5 to all iPad versions.

      We also decided on a name. We've been calling it Project Spike for the last 9 months. And it's good to know that we can call it something:
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      As for release, I'm not too sure yet. We've been working on this on an extremely part-time basis meaning at maximum we would work at least a minimum of 8 hours on the project each week which splits it to roughly an hour each day. It's a bit refreshing and at times aggravating to work on a project with an extremely flexible schedule, but the part time nature is to ensure we just don't burn out. I see this almost as a re-entrance to get us back into what we enjoy the most. For the developers, it's creating a framework and code base. For me, I enjoy doing anything creative, because I need it.

      In the meantime, we will be posting regular updates on our Twitter account Infinential when we are close to release.

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    • Time

      6 years ago

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      I wish I had more of it. I go through every day wondering how much time a task will take and the answer is, I have no idea! I gotta start logging the time it takes to work on a creative project from conception to end.

      I'm still working on the comic as we speak, but it's taking longer than expected. My focus seemed to be off track, because throughout the whole ordeal, I've been second guessing the approach. It really is horrible to second guess, halt everything for several days to regroup thoughts, work on other unrelated creative works and then continue on track again realizing that there is a way to move forward without having to scrap everything. This information could have been useful a few days ago. smiley4.gif Stupid brain!

      During this brain fart, I didn't stop or mope around like I usually do. I managed to do something out of the ordinary, I painted on an actual canvass using paintbrushes and acrylic paint (thanks to my dear ol' girlfriend @tuckapenguin for the means to get the paint supplies). It may not mean anything to you, but for someone who is used the UNDO function in the digital world, the analog world is an unforgiving bitch!

      The first thing I worked on were characters I'm personally too familiar with:


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      Left to right: Howell and Warren
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      Dommer

      Howell was the first character I lightly sketched out on the canvas. I then proceeded to ink first before applying the colours; bad idea. In my head I was like, Outline first so that when you apply the water colour the permanent ink will act as a barrier. WRONG! Ink started seeping in areas I didn't want it to seep in the first place. I learned my lesson when working with Warren and Dommer.


      The next thing I wanted to try and do is create a scene with a character I'm currently working out the story details; Katana Master Kevin

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      After learning my lesson with watercolours, I painted everything first before outlining in permanent ink. The result ended up pretty bad ass! It's not done yet, but I hope to complete it soon. Why an old man and Kevin duking it out in a light saber battle? Good question! I have no fucking clue!


      On Sunday, I was over at my parents place celebrating father's day. My sister and her family also came to visit. Seeing how I had paint, a canvas and a five year old niece the sum of the equation became obvious. The result?


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      A little of elbow grease ...
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      Est voila! A fitting father's day and grandfather's day gift.


      My sister requested that I make a painting of her daughters, my nieces. In the back of my mind, I was already casting any doubt that I could do anything that would seem worthy of hanging up on a wall. The next day, I made up my mind and took the challenge, because after all I have time, I can put in the effort. So went in search for a picture that I could use as a template.


      When I found this photo on my sister's Facebook profile, I knew there was no other image that I wanted to work with.
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      I had an idea of stenciling their faces in Photoshop, print them out and then paint within negative space:
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      In my first attempt, I tried to stencil the whole picture, but then I soon realized after trying to cut out the negative space, the lines were just too thin which would cause a great deal of problems if I tried to paint over them due to paint bleed into areas I don't want it to go.

      I ended up thickening up the lines and as a result, I ended up with this:
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      End results as of Tuesday June 18 at 5:35am

      I have to admit, I'm afraid of colour. I always feel that I can never get it just right and it just ends up frustrating me. Painting with Acrylic to get the proper colour tone was a good game of trial and error, but as soon I was 7 hours into the painting, I sort of had a colour mixing groove, where I managed to get the colours I wanted. I found it extremely satisfying and gratifying that I was using real physical medium instead of relying on digital swatches in Photoshop. Every new colour mixing attempt felt like winning the lottery.

      I finally went to sleep at 6am and woke up at 12pm and finished up the painting:
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      Impatient, I called my sister to see if she was at home with the kids so I can present her with the painting. She loved it so much, the kids seemed to like it as well:

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      More in comments...

    • Birthday - Update

      6 years ago

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      Hey peeps,

      It's my birthday today and guess what I'm doing? Rest would be an understatement. I'm still just hacking away at my first large graphic project. To show you how it's going, here's page two halfway done.

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      What a way to die, eh?

      It took a lot of practice and tweaking of settings to get comfortable with this tablet. I think I've gotten to the point where I'm actually enjoying myself when I draw on the tablet, instead of getting frustrated wondering why my pen strokes don't do what I want them to do! Oh, there's still frustration, but not to the point I want to pull all my hair out (my lovely locks).

      Like any advice from talented writers, I have been told that in order to get into the mode of doing anything creative and ambitious as a personal project, one should compose short irrelevant pieces to get the juices flowing.

      One of the first things I did was test my strength on composition and I came up with this:
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      then this:
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      Another day, I decided to break away from tableau images and try something familiar and I came up with this:

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      and this:

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      The pen and tablet started to become a comfortable tool in my hands, but I noticed that the brush strokes were not how I wanted them. After playing around with pressure sensitivity and moving my Photoshop workspace to my bigger computer screen, I decided to try again and came up with this:

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      I never thought I could achieve this kind of brush stroke work without using Adoble Illustrator, but fiddling around helped me get what I wanted.

      So, that's it for now. I think by the end of the week I can get up to three pages completed on my project.

      Here's a little practice comic I made yesterday. I kinda like this one:
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    • Project Motivation

      6 years ago

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      Since I'm in between jobs, I've decided to work on a creative project while I look for employment that's right for me.

      Here's a tiny preview of what I've been working on in the last two days:
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      My goal? I hope to get this done by the end of the month so I can stop my apathy from convincing me that it is not worth doing. The odd thing is that there is no risk. I can draw and I can write... somewhat. What prevented me from doing this in the past? What is time or just plain laziness? Both? Maybe I haven't been motivated. Motivated by what? Why am I asking questions and answering them? Shut up! No, you shut up! I'm insane!

      Not to sound like a vent, but I haven't been pushing myself as hard as I had in the past. How does one keep up a focus and stay motivated at the same time? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

  • Comments (2455)

    • Preezerk

      10 years ago

      lol

      made the pen, then thought Hey...good journal idea.

      No way in hell I was redoing that. smiley0.gif

    • hobbitboy

      10 years ago

      I love you GIF.

      5 years now? damn

    • Kittiegirl92

      10 years ago

      lol well in your case Joe i might make an exception. lol smiley8.gif

    • Groonz

      10 years ago

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      This is awesome... very nice!

    • BasketOfFish

      10 years ago

      Meh, at least you know she won't be buttf*king you in the woods.


      Do I?

    • BigNiceJohn

      10 years ago

      I got it, Joe... check your email.

    • Spamman4587 KY Jew

      10 years ago

      Hey pookie, I love you...I think you'd like THIS

    • Majori

      10 years ago

      I'll definitely see what I can do. My only problem would be travel and board.

    • Majori

      10 years ago

      It was a great time and I miss everyone so much. =(

    • Wingnut

      10 years ago

      haha, thanks man! I'm thinking I'll bust the t-shirt out at RvBTO next year. Probably not the gloves, though.

      It's definitely a different culture here. Everyone knows who Hammer is on the site, but IRL, nobody has a clue.

    • Groonz

      10 years ago

      made it across town (taxi to yonge and TTC the rest of the way) in about 45 minutes.... I think that is a new record for me.... great party.... happy birthday!

    • Groonz

      10 years ago

      I wouldn't mind bringing something.... it's just at midnight what would anyone want to eat?

    • Groonz

      10 years ago

      Looks like I can actually make it to the party tomorrow.... I was really on the fence because of baseball, but because it is over now I can get out of work in time for the last 3 or so hours of the party.

      However, at best I will be there at 11 pm.... I already know what booze I am bringing... but for the potluck I was wondering if I should bother... think anyone will still be in the mood to eat by the time I get there?

      Post edited 10/30/08 7:08PM

    • Abandoned

      10 years ago

      hey man, for friday, do you need anything brought? snacks? drinks? because i have a full extra 60 of vodka lying around if you need it.

    • Anomalous

      10 years ago

      Ba ha ha ha ha ha!!! The receipt bandit has struck again!!

    • Charlie

      10 years ago

      I miss Joe my favorite Canadian!!

    • john Quarlton Tanks

      10 years ago

      it was an inside job, my friend is a projectionist, and he said they just throw out trailers, so I asked him to grab trailers for me.

      any and all trailers

    • sirjasona71

      10 years ago

      Dude it's amazing!! I've listened to it 6 times in a row since i got it earlier!!

    • Preezerk

      10 years ago

      Yep.

      That and the leaf.

    • john Quarlton Tanks

      10 years ago

      Stand back everyone, nothing here to see
      Just a difficult shot, and behind it all is me
      Yes, Dolly Man is here, hair blowing in the breeze
      The shot needs my pushing expertise

    • Groonz

      10 years ago

      B.S. that was what you were trying to do. smiley8.gif

    • Cheshire_Cat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Registration Team Lead

      10 years ago

      lol yeah! I was wandering and was like "hey.. I know him! weren't not friends?!"

      :) so thanks for the accept

    • Groonz

      10 years ago

      Link

    • Thundera

      10 years ago

      It was great seeing you yesterday!
      Come over every Tuesday!!!! :)

    • Preezerk

      10 years ago

      a wise decision my lord.

    • squall_born

      10 years ago

      Im starting to upload whatever vid I have from NYC and I just got done doing this one. If you want to play around with it, go right ahead.

    • john Quarlton Tanks

      10 years ago

      well if you need me to light anything, let me know smiley0.gif

    • dasfowler

      10 years ago

      Hey, man, DeVry has a better image than Biola does right now, so it's a big step up. Plus, considering it was made without the $40K advertising budget and the production was mainly one dude, I'd settle for DeVry status :P

      das

    • duffboy700

      10 years ago

      I remember watching your RvBTO 2007 Bootleg Edition DVD. It was pretty cool man. I know that was a while ago but you did a great job. Did you go this year?

    • Anomalous

      10 years ago

      Cool. Just finished finally getting around to watching Dr. Horrible. Seriously, can Whedon do anything without killing off a character?

    • Anomalous

      10 years ago

      Now the site isn't loading at all...I think it's on my end.

    • Andymatron

      10 years ago

      So what do you know Joe?
      I got nothing.....

      Post edited 10/11/08 2:13AM

    • BigNiceJohn

      10 years ago

      ok, ryan's coming, and I'm going to make dinner. Good dinner... no lamb thing.

    • BigNiceJohn

      10 years ago

      Hey Joe, want to come over for the first hockey game of the season Thursday night?

    • john Quarlton Tanks

      10 years ago

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    • daruma

      10 years ago

      So the other day, I accidentally deleted most of the contents of my 'my documents' folder. Including your pictures that I was coloring. smiley4.gif

    • thejewman

      10 years ago

      No star?

    • Groonz

      10 years ago

      you gotta get up at the crack of dawn to grab your flight or do you have a whole other day there?

    • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      10 years ago

      Thanks!

    • Groonz

      10 years ago

      I am not sure if I should be upset with all the effort I put into this and how little work they did. I mean I did get my passport in less than 2 weeks so I can't bitch about that. However, I thought long and hard about the references and then put a lot of effort into getting good reference. I ended up putting down my best friend (who obviously knows me the best) and my oldest friend (who I played with as a small child).

      The guarantor thing makes sense to me though. Not everyone has a family doctor, and it is already confirmed that everyone with a passport is a Canadian citizen.

    • Groonz

      10 years ago

      I wonder if they even bothered to check my references or any information I gave them.

    • Microbe

      10 years ago

      Same here dude! I'm going to be in NYC for a whole six days :)

    • Enforcer2005

      10 years ago

      Ew. Dude I am stoked to see you.

    • Groonz

      10 years ago

      I can't figure out why or how but I got my passport in the mail yesterday.... when I got there they said it would not be mailed till the 23rd.... weird.

    • Fuck2You

      10 years ago

      NO MORE STAR FOR YOU?

      OMFG

    • Jengaship FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Travancore on DD

      10 years ago

      CALL IN!

      1-724-444-7444
      Call ID: 6478, #.

    • squall_born

      10 years ago

      Ok. Just say the word and Ill help out.

    • squall_born

      10 years ago

      i just happened to see your star was gone. do you want me to responsor you again?

    • squall_born

      10 years ago

      has it been 6months since I sponsored you????

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