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The Catfish~

Updated on September 10, 2014
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CrisSp is your Emergency Specialist at 37 thousand feet. A writer without a niche. Wonderwoman consumed by wanderlust!

A catfish is nocturnal and prefers to be alone in solitary bottom-dwelling life.
A catfish is nocturnal and prefers to be alone in solitary bottom-dwelling life. | Source

Have you seen the movie Catfish? If not, I invite you to watch this very interesting film (trailer below) and see for yourself how social networking could be scary sometimes and pose a danger to anyone specially the most vulnerable ones.

This poem is inspired based on a true story that is similar to the movie itself where a mentally deranged (sociopath) woman filled her fantasies with lies and deceptions taking advantage of the lonely souls, if not the vulnerable ones. Why catfish? Accordingly, when live cod were shipped from North America to Asia, the fish's inactivity in their tanks resulted in mawkish flesh. However, fishermen found out that putting catfish in the tanks along with the cod kept them active.

Since sociopaths are capable of manipulating their victims using their wit and charm and have the ability to captivate other people to believe in them and make them active in life, it makes them parallel to a catfish. They can create various personae based on the life they fantasize and can very well use their charm to get their victims’ sympathy. They take advantage of the most vulnerable ones.

Sociopaths are sometimes called a bluff, charlatan, pretender, double-crosser, an impostor, a crook, deceiver, shark or barracuda. They have a parasitic lifestyle and are pathological liars. Although sociopaths are people with psychopathic personality, not all of them are criminals. However, they lack a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.

There's no known cure for sociopaths but they definitely need professional help. They can suck your blood out. So, beware! Dont be a victim!

"Catfish will try to win your love and sympathy. So, use your common sense". - Dr. Phil

Advice on dealing with a sociopath: Don't. Once you have identified one, Don't have anything to do with them. ~
Advice on dealing with a sociopath: Don't. Once you have identified one, Don't have anything to do with them. ~ | Source

Catfish in a dream?

Catfish in your dream denotes that you will be embarrassed by evil designs of enemies. However, your luck and presence of mind will tide you safely over the trouble. ~ Source: dreamsdreaming

Food for thoughts-
Food for thoughts- | Source

You put her under your spell

With your gentle words

And charming facade

But beneath those beautiful eyes

Is a devil in disguised.


The early signs raised alarm

Your story so wicked yet you sold it

To this foolish child who's blindly in love

And in love she left some broken souls

Leaving in-depth pain of frustrations.


Bereft of moral and values in life

You’re a parent of five pretended a teen

And snatched your prey

With your evil desire to run away

From the ghosts of your past.


Such a heartless creature

You stole her future

Now she’s kept in a cage

What a shame indeed such a disgrace

Living a life full of lies.


In your fantastical sense

You changed your appearance

The color of your hair, even your name

That beautiful name now dastardly owned

By a con artist with a mysterious past - YOU.


Once virtuous child now dimmed with sins

Superficial tears rich with insincerity

Is your weapon to gain some sympathy

And within the walls of dishonesty

Is a life destroyed by your vicious intent.


While the sense of betrayal continues

The tortured souls you have deeply hurt

Will patiently wait for the judgment day

With a hopeful heart, it will soon arrive

Singing praises of the truth to smile about.


The twist and turn of playing games

You’re a slimy, stinking catfish in a pond

Hard to figure like a tangled tussle

Divine intervention promise not to curse

So, here's a prayer instead that you breed nil.


Copyright@CrisSp~TM/03-2013. Read me: "The heart of my soul speaks to the soul of my heart by writing." ~

© 2013 CrisSp

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, CrisSp,

      What a profound and scary poem here. When that photo popped up , it made me jump! This is written as though you have come across of one such sociopath . . . Yikes!!! Your descriptive words tell the tale of the sociopath's intentions, which are clear.

      I am have come across a couple of them in my lifetime, and believe me it was no picnic to say the least. Yes, that is a good thing to pray indeed!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing (my share buttons are not showing up at the time, will return!)

      God bless you for this eye-opener here. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow! I saw the documentary on this! It was so frightening. Now I want to watch it again. Thank you for this wonderful hub! Up+++, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have not seen the movie and in truth I have never seen a catfish live....but I do love your poetry so this is much better any way you look at it. Always a pleasure reading your work, Cris. Well done!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      You have certainly captured the Cat fish intent. This is scary and your words make me realise how easy it is for the vulnerable to be taken over by falseness presented as fascination, love, or much more that a sociopath can present. And the hopelessness to see it happening. Well written - makes me sad. Voting up

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Intersting preface and a frightening poem!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      This is very a very interesting piece , and I agree with the fact that this was a very sad individual who was so lonely; because sometimes you can be surrounded by people and still feel that way... I saw this movie and have caught the show a few times; but the woman in the movie

      I pity more than anything

      You put a very nice spin on this serious new times issue...Wow!!!

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      aykianink 4 years ago

      Best line: "To this foolish child who's blindly in love":-(

      I thought it was called 'catfish' because of the parallel to 'fishing' or 'phishing.' Interesting.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Absolutely first class. So well thought through and presented.

      Voted up and all.

      Graham.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Bravo. Thank you for this. truly hair-raising poem.

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Excellent poem and hub, well done. I saw the documentary and it is so sad as to what evil manipulating can to to a person. Voted up and awesome.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! An extremely engaging hub with a wonderful poem! These people are totally unwanted. The movie trailer is very interesting and made me want to watch it. Will visit your hub titled 'Sociopath Disguised As An Angel' soon. Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & shared

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Absolutely brilliant and I vote up and share. Thank you for sharing this gem;you are so very talented.

      Eddy.

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      SandCastles 4 years ago

      Great Poem! I heard about this documentary. It's important to be discerning; a person isn't always what they appear to be. It is also important not to allow others to play judge with you. Some people who've been conned become so suspicious that they put others on the witness stand. They are cynical, "Sure you are, yeah, like I believe you". They want you to keep trying to prove to them that you are trustworthy while they stand their playing judge, "Hmmm, well maybe" and in these situations, the suspicious person can play judge and executioner with someone else.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Faith! Happy to see you here...this is a 3rd party experience and one that I contemplated writing about because I do not want to be judgmental. However, in seeking some lights, one should be able to express his/her thoughts and hopefully, the lights will shine upon. "Ask and you'll receive"---when we ask for the truth to come out, it'll come out in just a matter of time and in HIS time. Thank you for your support. It is highly appreciated.

      Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Randi! If you've seen the documentary, you'll very much understand the thought put forth on this poem. Catfish could be very scary...you don't want to deal with them. You simply can't trust them. Be careful. Thanks for the vote and all.

      Love~

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Bill! Trust me, I even went to the Chinese fresh sea food market just to take that picture of a live catfish. Really, interesting!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      interesting poem, crissp.

      did not realize how potent these cat fishes would be until now...lol

      gotta watch the movie, now :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Travmaj: Somehow, I pity the catfish for the mental sickness but then again it is not fair because they seem to be conscious of their actions just no remorse. Too bad for the victim(s). Well, thank you for reading and for your valued comments.

      Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      xstatic: Thank you. You're right, it is frightening and it could happen to anyone. So, beware!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Laurinzo: Like you, I pity the woman but it's rather worse to be the victim of this shameful act. My goal is not only to express myself in this hub but also to reach out and warn people that this kind of creature do exists and that anyone could be a victim. Be careful for that devil in disguised.

      Thank you for always stopping by.

      Hugs~

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      aykianink: So glad to see you here...thank you and since there's a lot of deceptions and fraudulent acts by the catfish, I guess, "phishing" will make it parallel as well.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I haven't seen this documentary--but this is such a sad sad place to be for anyone--you really nailed their plight

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Awesome, true words of reality. I can relate this to myself and so many whom I have come across. Thank you for this beautiful poem. Voted up, awesome and sharing!

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      CrisSp...Wow..very impressive poem..but I was unaware you knew my last boy-friend..

      he was "pond scum" also...seriously though I look forward to viewing this documentary...enjoyed the hub...loved the pictures

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm not sure how to take this. I've not seen the movie you reference. I do know I love catfish, I have colored my hair in the past and have attempted to change my appearance to match my age. I am far from deceitful and have a good heart. I don't mesh with society and I prefer to be alone. So, what say you about that, CrisSp?

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Graham.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Creepy enough for you, eh Martin? Thanks for stopping by.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      What a great poem about a very scary and real problem. Jamie

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Gypsy48: Thank you for your readership and all. The goal is to inform that there are people like this in the world and they can be a danger to society, sadly.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ish, I encourage you to watch the film. It's really interesting and thought provoking. My pleasure to share and thank you.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Eddy, my fellow poet, I try and we try to do our best to pen our thoughts in the hope that they may serve as an inspiration and leave some wisdom to ponder upon. Thank you for reading and commenting.

      Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ruchira: Thank you for dropping by here. I sincerely appreciate your comments. The movie is indeed very interesting and something that will keep us thinking...catfish exist and they're out there. Beware!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Audrey: Thank you. It is pitiful for the catfish and truly sad for the victim.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      livingsta: You see, reality hurts and it is sad...it isn't fair but what's fair in this world anyway, eh? Well, thank you for your feedback, for the vote and for the share.

      Love and light,

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      kj force: Lol! I wasn't pleased to meet him though. *smug face me* You very well know what a catfish is...I'm sorry.

      Thank you for your feedback. It is much appreciated.

      Cheers!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      bravewarrior, I'm sure the cosmetic enhancement is not intended to hurt anyone but only to suit yourself. You see, there is a big difference between purposely changing your appearance to swindle and to do it simply to beautify yourself. I've done that too and I like changing my hair color but I've never cheated to gain sympathy or hook up in a fraudulent relationship. Like you, I also prefer to be alone, well, at times and for as long as we don't do any harm to ourselves or to others, then that I would say is acceptable. I bet you have a good heart.

      I actually enjoyed your feedback and so, thank you.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Sandcastles: Your opinion matters. Thank you for your readership and for your comments.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Jamie, thank you. We should know about them...they can destroy us, if we allow them to.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi CrisSp my friend... I do hope this was not your story. Such a shame the deception of others can lead us to so much pain and suffering. When they are done they simply move onto another.

      They will some day pay the price....

      Hugs and Blessings from Alberta

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      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      Wow, i Haven't seen anything from you recently. but, you came back with flying colors, you made an incredible poem. Its good to see you again, cant wait to read more.

      I. White

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      i love psychology and am watching every moment of the jodi arias (hairy-ass) trial at the moment..

      if you'd like to see the textbook definition of narcissist, sociopath AND psychopath - i highly recommend you tune in for a moment or 2..OMG..

      this...creature - would give charles manson and hitler a run for their money - and maybe even win..

      great poem - still think the poor catfish's getting a bad rap..lol

      it's like calling a murderer an 'animal' - now - that's not very complimentary to animals, now is it..(lol)..

      voting and sharing on..

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That movie trailer is sure intriguing, but I listen to your warning. You know, I will HAVE to see it. Your poem is right on target for a sociopath, though. You did a great job on it.

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Wow.. a powerful and thought provoking poem... makes me want to watch the film and the documentary! Voted up and all sorts... all the best, Jen

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Rolly, thank you for gracing my day. Always a pleasure to see you and no, it's not my own direct story (thank God) but of someone very very close to my heart and as this person's heart is bleeding at the circumstances, I am also hurting. So, what better way to express our emotions --it's here, in writing and hopefully, we reach out and help those who are maybe in the same boat or are experiencing similar difficulties...the truth will prevail and someday, they will pay the price. I just hope it isn't too late yet. *hugs back to you*

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Isaac, thank you and so sorry for this very late acknowledgment of your kind comments. This poor soul is terribly occupied with other things in life. I shall be visiting you soon in your hubland. Take care.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      ImKarn23: Karen, May I call you Karen? Thank you for that enjoyable comments...(hairy-ass, eh?) I shall be checking on your recommendation later on. I've read quite a number of books and articles on the subject and it's really fascinating. I know, poor catfish--they're tasty though when deep fried. Lol!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      aviannovice: Thank you. We all must learn to listen to our instinct, you know. Truly, the film will keep you thinking and I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy learning from it. Regards,

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Jen, thank you for your readership. Great to see you. As always, I sincerely appreciate your visit and the votes. I hope you get the chance to watch the film. It is indeed, thought provoking.

      Love from the sky~

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      Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

      I love your writing. It is beautiful, lively and refreshing. Two thumbs way up!

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Hi Chris , I wonder all the time about how sincere people are . This is awesome , your writing ! And as you know the evil side of humanity lies within many many hearts . Being a fairly keen observer of people ,I see the games , the posing , the sharades people play . I don't think thats spelled right ! From a young age the deceptions of emotions , the tricks of the hearts made me turn within for my own protection . And yet , like the young people in the trailer , almost all hearts seem to step on themselves trying to grow !.......All of it made me pull in my needs for attachments to people ........ahh anyway awesome write up , wicked poem !.......Ed

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Phoebe! Pleased to meet you.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      "charade"--Ed. Lol! It doesn't matter....I get the message and thank you very much. It feels good to know that this hub is comprehensible enough for readers to be aware that "catfish" exists in real life (they are tasty deep-fried). *chuckle* Hopefully those who had experience how it is to be seriously deceived will learn a lesson or two and be much more smarter to have the courage to say, No, it's not going to happen anymore and that there's no more next time.

      I hope you're having a great day Ed! Take care.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Hey where is my love from the sky ?......He he .......heres your ..:-}

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Of course....here's twice the love the from the sky, Ed! :)

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      Caroline Marie 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Hi Crissp what a wonderful poem. Very informative too! I want to see that movie. Thank you fro sharing. :)

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Awesome hub - lovely poem. And I have seen the movie, it was pretty cool - different, and sort of strange, but I liked it.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Carol, thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you find this informative. I also appreciate your gesture of sharing. Love and light~

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Monis Mas, thank you. Glad that you like the poem and the movie, which indeed is quite different and strange enough for us to ponder about. See you in the next hub stop.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      "Beneath those beautiful eyes

      Is a devil in disguise"

      Great description of a catfisher. Enjoyed this and look forward to reading more of your works.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Mr Archer, pleased to know you and thank you for your visit. I sincerely appreciate the compliments.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I've been told of a couple of hubbers that fit this description...no names! Let's just say, no matter how nice someone may sound; don't be naive.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Wayne! How curious it is, eh! But, catfish is everywhere and I guess, you're right that no matter how nice someone may sound; don't be naive. Well, thank you for reading and commenting. I hope all is well with you.

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      Meredyth Lynne 20 months ago from Los Angeles

      Wow. I couldn't watch the video because it's not available in the U.S. But, yes this sounds like the poem i wrote about my mom in my hub, Steady. Love it! Very well down.

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      CrisSp 20 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Amanda Abbott: That's unfortunate that you can't watch the video and strange that of all places, it is not available in the U.S. Well, thank you for reading and for your time commenting. Much appreciated.

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