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Bobby Fix-It Back in the Saddle: The Billy the Kid Chronicles Continue

Updated on March 16, 2016

Welcome Back to the Story That Will Not Die

It’s all your fault, you know. This series may have faded into literary oblivion if not for you and your insistence that I continue it.

And I am very grateful that you did insist because I continue to have a blast writing it.

What is it about anti-heroes and our love of them? As I’ve said many times, I am fascinated by the good vs bad that continually fight within us all, and Bobby/Billy certainly knows all about that personal battle.

So let’s see what our anti-hero is up to this week, shall we?

A domestic scene in a sea of trouble
A domestic scene in a sea of trouble | Source

Nature Vs Nurture

Is a person born twisted, or do they become twisted because of the life they live and all of the influences bombarding them?

There was a kid back in the Heights when I was growing up. We called him Max Fly back then, as in “Max wouldn’t hurt a fly.” This was back when I was about ten, maybe eleven, working the streets, hustling the dime, looking to stay one step ahead of the cops. Anyway, Max was just another street rat, like me, but nicer, you know? He never said a bad word about anyone, wouldn’t say shit if he had a mouthful, always please, thank you, and the thing is, anyone else tried to act like that, he’d get the shit kicked out of him, but Max was so damned nice that people just left him alone.

Flash forward ten years and Max was sent up to Attica for life. One night Max came home, his girlfriend sleeping, and he drove an ice pick into her brain with a hammer. When the cops finally got there, Max was sitting on the bed, brushing his girlfriend’s hair, and singing “Jesus Loves Me.”

Nature or nurture?

That kind of shit keeps me awake many nights, and it don’t take a degree to understand why, me with what, eight kills? Nine? Were they justified? Were they necessary? Law-abiding citizens, sipping umbrella drinks out by the pool, will shake their heads and say there is no place for that kind of barbarism in today’s society, but those same citizens have never seen the aftermath of a pregnant sixteen year old gang-raped to death, or stare into the vacant eyes of a father after he shot his entire family because his wife forgot to pay the utility bill. Those kinds of things have a way of changing your thinking a bit.

So am I a stone-cold killer or just a guy who has seen too much shit and believes that mad dogs need to be euthanized with a nine-millimeter slug to the brain pan?

Lovely thoughts as the date approaches when Genna will give birth to our daughter. Two weeks and counting, as they say, all signs are good, all tests positive, our unnamed daughter is on schedule and looking healthy.

Our unnamed daughter….that’s the topic of discussion over breakfast. Genna wants it resolved as soon as the last of the yolk is gone from my plate.

“What do I know about naming kids, Genna? You know I’ll be fine with any name you come up with.”

“Billy, it makes no difference what you know or don’t know. This is our daughter. It took two to make her and it’s going to take two to name her. Now how about Maria?”

I was shaking my head while sopping up the last of the yolk. Time was running out.

“Maria sounds Italian. This is an Irish kid.”

“Billy, I hate to shock the shit out of you, but have you noticed I’m black? If she pops out of the oven looking like a dark chocolate candy bar, your insistence on an Irish name is moot, isn’t it?”

She had a point, but then so did I: this was way outside my comfort level.

“Genna, when you’re right, you’re right. Maria sounds perfect to me.” I immediately got up, took my plate to the sink, rinsed it off and kissed my chocolate candy bar on the forehead.

“Now that it’s all settled, I need to get to work. Matt said we had hay to haul today.”

I damn near made it out the door but the phone had other ideas.

That’s the problem with technology. It makes it easier for bad news to reach you.

Trouble in Paradise
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Time to Fix a Problem

The call was from my fellow worker at the Circle T Ranch, Mike Duncan. He asked if I could leave for work a few minutes early and meet him at the Lazy Boots Café for coffee before work. I told him sure. There was something about the tone of his voice I didn’t like.

Mike’s a big kid, slim waist, broad shoulders, surfer blond hair, the type to drive young women nuts. Hell, I’ve seen quite a few older women looking his way when we were in town on errands, but they were all wasting their time because Mike was bat-shit crazy over his wife, Ella, as pretty a twenty-five year old as you are likely to find, cheerleader pretty, homecoming queen pretty, the kind of pretty you just want to wrap up with a bow and share with all the uglies of the world.

I found him in the back, corner booth. I nodded at Verna as I walked in. By the time I slid in the booth she was there with a cup of coffee, black, strong, just the way I like it. The yuppies can have their flavored mocha shit. I want my coffee capable of holding a spoon vertical and staining it black in the process.

“What’s up, Mike? What did you want to talk about?”

He was having a hard time looking me in the eye. That’s never a good sign.

“I’ve got problems, Bobby. I don’t know what to do and I thought, well, you know, maybe Bobby Fix-It would have a suggestion or two.”

“Let’s hear it.”

Evidently Mike got himself in a little trouble when he was eighteen, the kind of trouble that will squeeze a guy’s balls blue and have him crying for his mommy. To hear him tell it, he and a buddy were out joy-riding one hot summer night, drunk of course, and one thing led to another and his friend pulled into a convenience store for some smokes. The boys went into the store and Mike’s friend pulls out a gun and robs the place of a couple hundred dollars, then proceeds to pistol-whip the clerk.

“We fled the scene, Bobby, but some witness got my friend’s license plate number. My buddy was arrested, got sent up on an assault and robbery charge, but he never gave me up so I’ve skated on it all these years.”

I could see where this was heading and it wasn’t pretty.

“My friend’s name was….is….Max Piceen….anyway, he recently got out of prison. He called me the other night. He wants money he says he’s owed for those years in prison, says if I don’t pay him, he’s going to the cops and turn me in. Shit, Bobby, I don’t have that kind of money. And I told him that but he didn’t want to hear it, said if I didn’t come through not only am I going to prison but he’s going to take care of my wife after I’m sent away.”

By that point he had tears in his eyes.

“I don’t know what to do, Bobby. My wife, Ella, she doesn’t even know about this, and I honestly think Max would hurt her if I was arrested. He was always a crazy sonofabitch. Should I confront him about it? Should I turn myself in?"

A Rock and a Hard Place

So there it was. Guilt by association? Roll the dice and hope he doesn’t get craps? Put his trust in the legal system?

“I’m not a lawyer, Mike, but my guess is the statute of limitations falls into play here. I think enough time has passed by and you could skate on this with the law but….and this is a big but….if your friend is as crazy as you say, he’s not interested in turning you in. He wants his pound of flesh, either from you or Ella. Paying him money is just postponing the inevitable. He wants to kick someone’s ass and that’s the whole point of this.

“I don’t want you confronting him. That’s what he wants. Let me talk to him first and see if I can’t come to some arrangement with him. Did he give you a phone number?” Mike nodded. “Okay, give it to me and let me do my thing. If that doesn’t work we’ll move on to Plan B, but usually my thing is pretty persuasive.”

He gave me the phone number. I told him he could pay for my coffee and we went to work.

Genna was not going to be happy about this, not with two weeks before the birth, but what was I supposed to do, let a friend down? That’s just not my way.

Nature vs nurture….I knew my story. It was time to learn Max Piceen’s story and deal with it.

And I’ll See You Next Week

Oh my goodness, Bobby is about to dive into the deep end again. I’d say there’s a good chance that this guy, Max, is about to find out you don’t mess with the friend of Bobby Fix-It.

See you next week!

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 12 months ago from New York, New York

      Cannot wait to see what Bobby does to Mike's friend, but have a pretty good idea still. Happy Wednesday, Bill and yes I am one of those people, who are truly happy that you are keeping this tory alive and well here! :)

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      Mike 12 months ago from Rural Arizona

      And just when I thought these could not get any better here you come with this one.

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      Eldon Arsenaux 12 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      "That’s the problem with technology. It makes it easier for bad news to reach you." Is a great line. I'm in a slight rush to type this out before work Bill, but I have another comment before I go. Your nature vs. nurture debate, internalized in Bobby was, to me, most pithy when he makes the sudden shift from talking about the horrible occurrences in the world and then switching automatically to the birth of his daughter. It's not a seamless segue, and that's what jarring about the jump. For me, it strips the nature VERSUS nurture, and injects an and in there. Just a thought, but I really like that paragraph, full of goodies.

      Have a great mid-week Bill,

      -E.G.A.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! The response has been wonderful and I appreciate it. Happy Wednesday, Janine!

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I better be improving, or there's no reason for me to continue writing. :) I appreciate it, buddy! Have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eldon, I appreciate that insight. I'll take it to heart when time comes to convert this to a novella. Thank you for that and I agree with you.

      Happy Workday, my friend.

      bill

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh no, just when Genna is about to give birth! I have a feeling Max is on his way out. So glad you are keeping this story alive.

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      DreamerMeg 12 months ago from Northern Ireland

      Wooh, now what's going to happen. He keeps getting into trouble!

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Ruby! If I were Max I would be heading out of town right about now. :)

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Meg, I don't think he can help himself. :) Thanks for being here once again. I'm happy you like this story.

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      Shaloo Walia 12 months ago

      So the novella is out? All the best!

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      Devika Primić 12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have given life to a wonderful story.

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      Buildreps 12 months ago from Europe

      Honestly I didn't thought you would publish again another part of the series of Bobby-Fix-it, because your novella is out. How long are you going on with this series? And how is your publicity doing? I love to read this series, although the language is typically American I perfectly understand every little word of it. Great achievement, billybuc. Have a great day!:)

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      manatita44 12 months ago from london

      Cool. You've mastered the art of making us want more. Nice build-up. I'll be here next week. Inshal'lah!!

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago

      Ok, Bobby fix this blackmailer good, but don't get hurt. You still have me dangling.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago

      P.S. could you give your baby daughter an exotic name. Maybe ask your followers for suggestions.

      I like the name Jade.

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      Linda Lum 12 months ago from Washington State, USA

      What is it about Billy/Bobby's persona that leads people to believe that he can "fix" things for them? Poor Genna must really love the guy--she's put up with far more stuff than I ever would have. Thanks for keeping the story going.

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You dirty rat -- this was all just a set up so I can hardly wait for next week! If you stop now I will have to get a Bobby to fix you right away, you are in it for life now buddy.

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      William Leverne Smith 12 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Serious reflections... then the set up... we are off on another good one. Bring it on. Thanks for sharing!! ;-)

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      breakfastpop 12 months ago

      I don't want this to end. By the way, I haven't started your novella yet, but I can't wait!

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Swalia! Nothing ventured nothing gained.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! I never foresaw this when I started it, but I'm thankful.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps! I'm not sure how much longer I'll do this series on HP....hopefully I'll know the time is right when it arrives. As for the publicity, it's going all right although I don't spend nearly the time on it I should. The thing about a series is, over time, it becomes it's own publicity...one in the series publicizes all the others in the series....so it will be slow-going but I'm confident.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Music to my ears, Manatita. I appreciate that and I'm glad I left you salivating. :)

      blessings always my friend

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, I'll keep Bobby healthy. You can count on me. He's in good hands with this writer. :) Thanks for dangling. Hold on till next week.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, I love the name Jade...and Jade it shall be. :) Thank you for the great suggestion.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, word spreads over time...one fix-it job is advertised in the underground marketplace and it just gains momentum from there. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :) Thank you, always.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Eric, I'm in deep doo-doo if Bobby turns his attention on me. Thanks for the laugh.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Bill, and thank you for your loyal following.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, Pop! Thank you so much for buying it....enjoy!

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      Linda Crampton 12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Once again, I'm looking forward to seeing how Bobby fixes a new problem! This series is very interesting.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      So am I, Alicia. It should be interesting. Thank you so much.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      good old Bobby Fix-It keeps doing what he does best. Love the guy.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 12 months ago from The Caribbean

      I notice that we have short stories within the story and I like it. Thanks for the good reads.

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      Marlene Bertrand 12 months ago from Northern California, USA

      In the same way that you can't trust the media to report the truth, you can't trust the law to protect the innocent. Bobby knows what's up. I'm looking forward to seeing how Bobby deals with this Max character.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do too, John! For Bobby and myself, thank you!

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for noticing that, Dora! I appreciate you always.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, thank you so much! This Bobby guy is a character I'd really like to know in real life, although he might make me nervous. LOL

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      Missy Smith 12 months ago from Florida

      Billy should really be careful on this one. It's just too close to the birth of his first child. This is kind of scary to think about, but I'll be back next week. :)

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Missy, this guy lives a gifted life. Let's hope he continues to live it when that child is born.

      Thanks, as always, for being here.

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      Bill De Giulio 12 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I'm thinking that Max is about to get a rude awakening. Can't wait to see how Bobby deals with this. Another great chapter, looking forward to the next one.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill! Bobby never fails to entertain us all. I look forward to the next chapter as well. Happy Weekend, my friend.

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      Michael-Milec 12 months ago

      Growing popularity of Bobby's 'execution' of justice concerns me. Someone might get interested in "miraculous" cases either saving or disappearing of certain persons, and concludes these things happening since a newly moved in couple took residence in our neighborhood... (Just thinking ), trusting your better way of exciting conclusion. Definitely, my friend we do trust you...

      Peace and blessings.

      PS Happy building and beautiful weather.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahh, Michael my friend, who knows what webs are weaved in the mind of the writer? Still, it is nice to be trusted.

      The clouds are approaching. I think I need to get outside and work quickly before the rains appear once again.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 12 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Eagerly awaiting the continuation of this story.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma! I'll try not to disappoint you.

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      Deb Hirt 12 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Looks like something that needs to be handled quickly, and I'm ready for it.

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      Nithya Venkat 12 months ago from Dubai

      What will Bobby do help out his friend or make sure that he is there for his wife? Waiting to see what he is going to do. He is in a tough situation.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      So is Bobby, Deb! I'm sure he won't disappoint you. :)

      Thanks a bunch, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Never fear, Vellur! Bobby can handle it. :)

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      Lawrence Hebb 12 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      So Bobby's got a couple of new challenges, somehow I think dealing with Genna is the harder one!

      Actually Genna's comment reminded me of the 1986 soccer world cup where Ireland fielded a team that got through to the quarter finals, they'd changed the rules in citizenship and you could claim it if your grandparents were born there.

      There was only one player in the team that had actually spent time in Ireland and he really was BLACK!!

      Loving this story.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And Lawrence, I love that story of yours....great anecdote, my friend. Thanks for that.

      bill

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      Frank Atanacio 12 months ago from Shelton

      again I get involved and you stop it at a page turner.. until the next installment which I believe is up because I've fallen so behind in my readings.. but I'm catching up happy belated Easter my friend

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Easter, Frank, and wherever you are in this story, thank you so much! You are appreciated.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 11 months ago from United Kingdom

      So is Billy turning into a sort of badass Ann Landers who lets his glock do the advising?

      You're not fooling anyone with your complaining, Bill. You love Billy as much as we do and you would have carried on regardless. :D

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that, Zulma...badass Ann Landers! I'll be laughing the rest of the day over that description.

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      Shauna L Bowling 11 months ago from Central Florida

      Billy has really brought your imagination to life, Bill. I've given up on trying to figure out how he's going to deal with each problem. I'm looking forward to learning how Bobby Fix-It fixes this bitter thug's thought process.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, thank God Billy is more creative than I am or I'd be stuck for solutions to these problems. :) Thanks for finding the time to read and comment. You are always appreciated.

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      Larry Rankin 11 months ago from Oklahoma

      Another wonderful installment.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Larry! I appreciate it.

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      Shannon 10 months ago from Texas

      Bobby Fix It sure is becoming somewhat of a local celebrity. I think this character is appealing because of the good vs evil contrast. It does exist in us all, as you say. But not to this extreme for most people. Does that make it more satisfying? Sort of like the extreme heroes in action movies.

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      Bill Holland 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shanmarie, I bow down in front of you for your diligent effort to get through all of these chapters. Thank you so much.

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      Shannon 10 months ago from Texas

      What can I really say? It's hard to put down a good book!

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      Bill Holland 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That says a great deal, Shannon...thank you!

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