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mother earth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 02:55 PM
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Occupy Yourself Movement on Oct 28th 2011
Source: cmn.com

#Occupy Yourself Movement on Oct 28th 2011

The Occupy movements around the country and the world are garnering overwhelming support from the general populace. While not everyone has the means to physically participate, there is much we can do on a collective level to help bring our point home to global corporate interests. In this spirit, many of us seek non-violent ways of demonstrating our repulsion at the vast control these corporations have garnered while infringing on our civil rights as they wage their global destruction on all that is true and fair. It is one thing to stand in a mans front yard to demonstrate your dislike for his conduct, but another thing altogether to refuse to participate in the system from which he gains his resources for power. To annihilate a social cancer, you must become willing to starve it. In this light, we have choosen a date for the following activities (or non-activity, as it were):

1) A 24 hour television blackout where all participants willfully keep their tubes turned off. If enough people participate, this could cost corporations millions in lost revenue.

2) A 24 hour retail boycott where all participants agree to refrain from buying any merchandise not directly associated with basic needs, such as food and medicine.

3) A 24 hour employment walkout where participants refuse to attend work, with the exception of emergency services.

4) It has been suggested and bears repeating, all bank accounts that are not absolutely necessary should be closed. If you must retain a bank account, switch to a credit union or smaller locally owned bank.

These are just some of the ways protesters can make an impact from home. Surely, there are many other suggestions we can add to the list as well. And, if 24 hour actions arent enough to make a sufficient impact, longer periods of non-compliance should be considered.
A momentum is occurring
People are uniting across the world
They are sending a message
The next step is fast approaching

On Oct 28th 2011
WE SHUT THE SYSTEM DOWN.

For one day we peacefully protest in a symbol that will be felt across the globe.

We step out of the system and step back into ourselves.

Turn off all lights
Unplug all electrical devices
Abstain from using TV, radio and internet or phone.
Abstain from making any purchase of any kind
Choose that morning to cancel any services you feel you no longer need
That morning call in sick to work

Do NOTHING that generates money into THE SYSTEM.

We will send a message
We will unite

Most importantly, for one day
We live without distraction
Read a book
Meditate
Play
Sing
Dance
Create
Frolic in nature
Love

On Oct 28th 2011
Step out of the system and get back to yourself

Spread the word!
SHUT IT ALL DOWN!

www.facebook.com/event

Read more: http://www.cmn.tv/news/occupy-yourself-movement-oct-28t... /
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 02:58 PM
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1. But it's my birthday!!!
Jeez, do it on somebody else's day.
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 03:03 PM
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2. Happy birthday---in advance.
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 03:15 PM
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5. Have a good one! It's my m-i-l's 85th birthday that day
:toast:
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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 03:59 PM
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ME TOO!
but I could stand a nice quiet day for my birthday
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 03:04 PM
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3. Never happen. eom
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 03:10 PM
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4. I am going to bet right now that this will fall flat on its face.
People have jobs and no time. They aren't going to give the boss an excuse to fire them. They need to shop when they have a minute, and baby's diapers, Grampa's heart medicine, and those darn groceries are not going to magically appear if there's something you need to go buy on one lousy day.

People who are contrarians and don't want to be told what to do will go out and shop just to be difficult. Others will go hoping for reduced crowds.

If there are any sports events on TV (e.g. the Canadiens are playing the Bruins that night), fuggedaboutit. People like their sports, they don't want to do yoga all the live-long day. The Bill Maher fans won't want to miss REAL TIME.

It's just a non-starter.
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a simple pattern Donating Member (426 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 03:29 PM
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6. Well, that's that, then.
Too bad goodthinktelevision and freedomshopping are just so darn compelling.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 06:15 PM
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15. No. Read what I said.
Taking care of my family takes precedence over a meaningless display of faux righteousness that in the end means nothing.

Are you seriously telling me that buying Granny's medications on the 29th instead of the 28th will make a real difference?

I live in NEW ENGLAND. We have this stuff called SNOW that on rare occasion shuts down our world. If we miss it on one day, we make it up on the next.

It's a stupid idea, to put it bluntly. It won't make a difference, because everyone will lie and say they did it, but in reality they'll just go about their business as they always do.

The thing that is reducing spending in this nation is something called UNEMPLOYMENT. What we need are more JOBS for people, not silly boycotts of "everything."
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RegieRocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 03:57 PM
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9. They have you chained big time don't they!
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 06:10 PM
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14. What do you mean, "chained?" Because I don't want to sit at home contemplating my toenails?
I suppose, if what you mean is I have obligations to family, friends and loved ones, yes, I suppose you could say I am "chained." But I don't mind those chains at all.

I'd rather be chained to my family and friends than anyone else or any other purpose. They have my back, I have theirs.
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RegieRocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 12:06 PM
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17. I will tell you.
Those very reasons you stated are why. The powers that be know you and enjoy their control over you. They know you are helpless to do anything because of those chains. Revolutionaries however had and do have those same obligations, they choose to make a sacrifice to make things better. The sacrifice to do a general shopping strike is not a very big sacrifice, quite small really. So.....
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:06 PM
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18. That's just silly. It's not "powers that be" that cause people to need groceries and medicine.
These strikes are just stupid in the context of this nation. You have to have "99 percent" of the people supporting it, and that degree of support for a "general strike" is not there, not even close.

Spend more time honing the MESSAGE--jobs, economic equality, an end to corporate greed, a tax system that is not regressive....these things are easy to communicate. The stupid strikes only hurt the small businesspeople and their wage slave employees, some of the very people who are part of that ninety nine percent everyone is yelling about. When you tell an overworked mother that she can't go to the store (or risk being a pariah) because of some misguided and ignored "general strike" you risk being regarded as fringe and unserious.

This has nothing to do with mysterious "Powers That Be" (already the most overused and lame phrase of the governmental fiscal year, even though the term has only gained overexposure in the last month) and the "control" you imagine they have. It has everything to do with relating the OWS philosophy to REAL people with REAL lives, who can't stop to participate in a meaningless bit of nonsense that will have NO effect.

Knock yourselves out if it makes you happy. It's an empty gesture, but I am sure you mean well. Just don't expect people who struggle every day in the real world to put this little project on their to-do list. It will be as ignored as that "Don't buy gas" day ( http://www.snopes.com/politics/gasoline/nogas.asp ) was a while back.
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RegieRocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:04 PM
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20. The only one silly is you. There would not be a USA if the revolution relied
upon the likes of you. Your do nothing approach is the definition of meaningless. You are either a 1% or a wannabe. You obviously know nothing about business so your claims of " of no effect " are hilarious. Your lack of historical facts are also hilarious. How in the hell do you think we gained independent from the British? By " real people have real lives so I can't participate in a revolution because I have to get grandpa some medicine and groceries. What a fun#ing riot.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:36 PM
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22. Well, I beg to differ.
If anyone needs to wake up and smell the history, it's not me--that tea party in my hometown at the dawn of this nation wasn't a one day adventure. Hilarious, indeed.

I spent a career as a professional military officer, and the revolution relied on plenty of my fellow "meaningless do nothings," not people like you who sit home doing yoga, vowing not to buy a Starbucks coffee on a single day, and scolding strangers on the internet for not being impressed by your non-sacrifice.

"The likes of me" preserved, defended and protected your Constitution for a few decades.

You're welcome.

Try behaving like an adult on occasion--it will make for a change, and you might find you actually like it.
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RegieRocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:46 PM
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23. You cant handle the truth!
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 09:56 PM by RegieRocker
Better read a book about the subject finally instead of winging it. It makes you look bad. The army that was raised were all citizens. Unbelievable. Roflmao! Oh I too spent 3 years in the service and what I enjoyed most was kicking the ass of a Colonel as a citizen. He was a snot nosed brat and needed to be knocked off his know nothing high horse. You had better realize the sacrifice and contribution of the 99% which were civilians.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:23 PM
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26. What do you think I am? I happen to be a citizen.
You might want to have a closer look at that Continental Army you claim to know all about, in particular, the officer corps--George Washington had just a teeny little bit of military experience (he was fighting the French in the Ohio Valley decades before the revolution--as I'm sure you didn't know), as did a guy named John Paul Jones and a host of Polish and French officers that trained that group of volunteers you seem to be obsessed with.

You spent three years in the military, you say? However did the organization survive! What, they let you go early? Convenience of the government, I hope, for your sake?

And you "enjoyed kicking the ass of a colonel"--oooh, I can see I'm up against a real prize!

Nice try. As the kids say, fail. Back to class with you--you shouldn't try to "school" people when you plainly do not have any grasp of your material, or the ability to communicate effectively.

Your intolerance, lack of knowledge and boorishness should be a source of embarrassment to you. That might take more self-awareness than you can muster, I suspect.
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RegieRocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 08:23 AM
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32. A true 1%er thru and thru. You're. piece of work!
"Soldiers in the Continental Army were citizens who had volunteered to serve in the army"
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continental_Armyp

I was asked to re-enlist with a 20,000 bonus. I was offered NCO training and decided to go to work in civilian sector. A prize you are not. Go back to your 1% hole. Your incapacity to see the truth is boring me along with your density. You have nothing.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 11:09 AM
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36. I'm thinking you were probably lucky to leave without charges.
I'll bet the only bonus you got was a tip not to come round there anymore, and to not make any more trouble while outprocessing. Giving us the life story of a more successful pal, is that it?

See, I simply don't believe you--I think you're fantasizing. You haven't been very believable up to this point, and I just can't see the Services scraping that hard at the bottom of the barrel to retain the likes of you after three scant years.

Keep calling me a one percenter. That name calling shit might earn YOU a name you might not like.


Oh, and your link? We hold some truths to be self-evident. Maybe you have a hard time grasping the concept that two or more statements can be true? Go read George Washington's biography, and then tell me, Bonusboy, that the Continental Army had no professional officers in the ranks.

Feh. It's very clear who has nothing here, and it ain't me.
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RegieRocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 06:16 PM
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37. You are unable to think . ROFLMAO
Yea that's why I was offered $20k to re-enlist because I was the bottom of the barrel. Keep it up you're hilarious. I did however cause a Sargent to be sent back to NCO school for his behavior toward another soldier. That caused quite a stir, but hey unlike you, I don't ignore and do nothing in regards to injustice. Did it hurt me? No. Actually it caused the bonus offer. Why? Guts. Your shallowness at conceiving the truth is quite evident. I know who and what you are. Go look in a mirror and look for a long time at yourself. You're a human being with no power over another. You are a citizen now. Equality has you by your ass and you don't like it, that is also obvious. Too much power for too long? Too long in the service maybe? Get off your high horse because you're not in the service anymore. LOL Oh, you're a 1%er alright and the 99%er's know it now on this forum. Have a nice day. You're dismissed.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 08:05 PM
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40. You should re-read some of your comments. They're something else.
If only you had writing skills, you could try your turn at fantasy fiction.

Don't forget your little hat on your way out the door, now!


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RegieRocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 09:57 AM
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42. Lol you confuse my writing skills with your inabilty to comprehend.
Facts do not make me a internet tough guy. Did I threaten you? No. Once again your comprehension skills are seriously lacking. You are still dismissed.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:18 PM
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25. You said pretty much
everything I would.

People talk about their "principles" and the "courage of their convictions" like sitting around on their asses for one day is actually the height of bravery.

Like nobody but the 1% is going to be hurt.

Lots more people than just the 1% could be, and will be, hurt in a general strike.

What's the response to that?

Suck it up.

So. The top 1% tells the bottom 99% to "suck it up".

And some in the 99% are also telling their own to just "suck it up".

It's not even done politely, either. No, "I'm sorry it has to be this way, I wish it could be different".

Just a basic self-righteous flippant attitude toward people who are already hurting. Need to work to make ends meet? Too bad. Go without. Declare bankruptcy.

I don't have a problem with people protesting for a good cause. What I do have a problem with is people who think they have a right to inflict certain consequences on others. No matter what that cause is.



PS...thank you for your service. It's a damn sight more brave than sitting around doing fucking YOGA or picking one's nose while contemplating navel lint, thinking it's making a huge difference in the world.


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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:30 PM
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27. Thank you. I think we're both rowing the same boat.
I really want these OWS efforts to be a catalyst for real change, but I think they need to focus on the issues and not make "demands" that sound petulant or foolish or castigate people for failing to agree with bad ideas.

The protesters don't need to be marching to the courthouse, defending accused terrorists in Boston, or telling people from coast to coast who are worried about getting fired to stay home from work and not buy baby food on one lousy day. It's like kids who have never had to pay a mortgage, make enough to put food on the table and keep the lights on, and run a household are making this shit up as they go along--they don't really get it.

They need to stick to the issues: Jobs, economic parity, corporate corruption, reform of government, that kind of stuff.

I really think some adult supervision, or at least guidance, is needed for this "organic" movement. They're going in circles and that's not a good thing.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:44 PM
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31. Hmmm. Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee. No surprise here.....
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 06:52 PM
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39. Feel better now?
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 08:11 PM
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41. Is she following you around, too?
She's been chasing me all over the board, simply to weigh in and say "I don't like your opinion!"

I really thought that kind of conduct was what one saw from the other team--intolerance, lockstep adherence to ideology, refusal to listen to other points-of-view....but I guess there are a couple on this end, too.

You have my sympathies if she's doing it to you too--I think she has some issues, perhaps needs a little expert help (why else would anyone behave so oddly?) --so I'm not going to get up in her grill (as the kids say) too much.

She is annoying, but her behavior reflects poorly on her alone, poor thing, and probably indicates problems far beyond her repetitive disapproval of our failure to join her Happy-Happy cheerleading squad.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 03:36 PM
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7. Bank Run and General Strike, thanks, but no thanks
Like that's gonna happen :rofl:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 03:54 PM
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8. Occupy yourself? Doesn't that make you blind?
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RegieRocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 03:59 PM
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11. You can't go blind when you already are blind!
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 04:02 PM
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12. I will participate in another national strike
Fully aware that's just me


The day after my birthday.
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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 05:53 PM
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13. Ride a bike
Edited on Wed Oct-26-11 05:55 PM by Gregorian
It's good for you. It denies the oil companies of income. It does not emit exhaust into our precious air.
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 06:20 PM
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16. I'll participate.
Be ready for a much more publicized, comprehensive, and widespread similar event date to be announced.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 01:30 PM
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19. Number 1, done, as it is most days.
Number 2, very doable.

Number 4, again, already done.

Number 3, no way. I miss work, I miss paying rent.
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RegieRocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:07 PM
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21. Doing ot on a sunday would be best. Those that must work should.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:49 PM
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24. "Consumer Media Network"? Are they affiliated with #Occupy?
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 08:36 AM
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33. If I do all this, I'd have to get out of here and I'm not done yet?
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Puzzledtraveller Donating Member (158 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 08:41 AM
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34. I do this already
because I can't afford to do anything else..
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Downwinder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 06:32 PM
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38. +1
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deaniac21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 08:57 AM
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35. Calling in sick is dishonest. No can do. About 30 minutes after I
finish my coffee I will occupy myself.
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