THE MAN

I know my life situation is not unique.  I know there are people who have had great and bad fathers.  I know all about are stories of joy and pain when it comes to dad’s.

That’s life!  And I am OK with that.

In my own life I never really knew my dad, he passed away when I was just 4 years old.  I have no memories of him.  But I know my father Louis Lorenzo Denton loved me, and I love him.

I was the youngest in my family dominated by my four sisters!  I was the baby boy (I did have an older brother Sammy who passed away shortly after his birth).  So this story about my dad was passed along to me by my mother.

I was told that when my father blessed me in church there was another baby blessing that day and when my Dad held me up for the church to see he said to the other father ‘MY BOY IS BIGGER THAN YOUR BOY”!  I probably still am.

My late father in law Merlin Kendrick was another influence on my life and I was proud to call him Dad.

Another aspect of my life is that I never knew either one of my Grandfathers.

So Father’s day takes on a different meaning for me because I had a lot of men who were Fathers for me.  My two Uncles Brent  and Danis were always there for me and even if I only saw them a few times each year they took time to talk to me and let me know they cared about me and for that I am grateful.

My teen age year’s saw three men teach me what is to be a man?  Let me tell you something about those men.  They were short in stature but GIANTS in my eyes.  I would bet none of the three were over 5 foot 5.  Dennis Mayes, Tom Pesekie and another David Denton (cousin) all at one time or another helped me see the true meaning of being a man.  “The size of a man has nothing to do with being a man”

Why would I say that?  I am just short of 6ft 1 and I have a large frame.  Despite my size I sometimes question myself and “HOW MANLY I AM”  When I think that way I think of these men who showed me how to be a man who cares about others, a man who strives to do the right thing and a man who loves and adores his wife.

So on this Father’s day weekend I will think of my Dad my father in law, my uncles , my three great men and I will also think for my close friends who have laughed with me and cried with me and just been there for me and being more examples of being a man.

There is a professional wrestler named Becky Lynch who calls herself “THE MAN” She says it indicates being who she is and being her best self.  I think that is a great definition.

Your anatomy might make you a male or a female.  Your anatomy might make it so you can be a biological father but it is the kind of person you are.   That make you a Dad and in my eyes a MAN.     Go out there and be THE MAN!

Happy Father’s day

Stupid news:  falling 60 feet in British Columbia, stealing grandpa’s car and Mars

 

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EAT MY VEGGIES —OK

 

The age old battle between parents and kids is ‘EAT YOUR VEGGIES”

I am not sure about the amount but I bet I cried millions of gallons of tears telling my mom I don’t like vegetables!

My mother like most moms tried all kinds of things even lying.  You see I would eat potatoes but not veggies, so my Mom plotted against me and my child like pallet and told me that hominy was just little potatoes.   I FELL FOR IT.

I started eating corn and eventually salad, (heavy of the dressing please)

But my taste for veggies started to change in my mid teen years when my sister Judy started making a Broccoli casserole.  I loved it! Not only had that vile weed broccoli but it was loaded with cheese another non favorite of mine.   I think it was the combination and then you add sausage and I must admit it was really good.

So as I age I have learned to not only tolerate veggies but I do love some of the green stuff!

What brought me to this blog today was a study I found on line about our favorite vegetables in the United States.  By far it is Broccoli!

In the study by Green Giant 38 of the 50 states including Utah and Idaho Broccoli is the favorite vegetable.   Yes Idaho favors broccoli over potatoes!   Maybe the study didn’t take into account that in Idaho the spud is not a vegetable it is a staple.

When I went to Ricks College and ate at the cafeteria we had potatoes every meal!  During Potato harvest I would walk along the roadway picking up spuds that had fallen off the truck.   FREE HIGWAY SPUDS!  And if a car had ran over the potato FREE MASHED POTATOES”

Today on the morning show IF FICTION WAS FACT!

Stupid News:  Parents ruin it for kids AGAIN and Soccer in Miami

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LOOK UP IN THE SKY !

 

Superman!  To say he has been a Super part of my life would be a Super understatement.   I just wish they would have had underoos when I was a kid.

Some of my earliest memories involve The Man of Steel.

Every Saturday morning at 6:30am The Adventures of Superman staring George Reeves was shown on a Memphis TV station.  My inner Super alarm clock would wake me up so I could sneak into the living room and turn on the Super black and white TV and turn the volume Super low and watch as Superman had bullets bounce of his chest and dodge the guns the bad guys would throw at him.

Superman has had several movies and TV series and I have watched them all.  If it had that S, I was watching. Then there are the movies.  Here is where I might lose some Superman fans.

I was kind of disappointed in the Christopher Reeves Superman movies!  There I said it, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy them.  Christopher Reeves made a great Superman and Gene Hackman was incredible as Lex.  The first Superman movie had one flaw that followed them in other movies.  Marlon Brando! I just have never enjoyed him in anything.  My personal opinion but every time they showed him or used his voice I just cringed.

Then there was the artistic license the movies took.  In Superman two in the fortress of Solitude the transporting power from one point to the other, WHAT?

Then there was THE KISS!  In Superman 2 Lois Lane found out Clark was Superman but she lost that memory with a SUPER KISS WHAT?  Just didn’t make since.

I went to see that film with my cousin, another Superman fan and when the SUPER KISS happened I heard him say very loudly ‘GIVE ME A BREAK”

So about that cousin of mine.   He is the one that got me hooked on Comic Books and superheros.   Then there was the time we both almost got killed.

We were supposed to be at a Wedding reception of his sister but decided to leave to drive from Paris TN to Metropolis…. Yes there is a Metropolis in Illinois across the Ohio River from Paducah KY.  As we cross the bridge the fog was so thick that you could barely see.  I was hanging out the passenger side tell him how close to the edge he was when we heard a horn.  A BIG HORN from a semi that was heading straight for us!   It was close but we survived and had to check our underwear on the other side of the bridge.

The was SUPER scary.

My favorite Superman stories are the ones with the Justice League or with a team up with Batman.

When the movie Batman v Superman came out I was in the hospital recovering from a knee replacement surgery.  It took me several months before I got to see the movie.

Now I know the critics and a lot of people didn’t like the movie.   I did, I have watched about 10 times over the years and I enjoy it every time.

One more Superman story involves MAD MAGAZINE.  In a parody of the first Superman movie with a great parody of the opening of the old TV show

LOOK UP IN THE SKY… IT’S A GOONY BIRD…. IT’S A JEFFERSON AIRPLANE….  NO IT’S JUST STUPORMAN!

I always wanted to be Superman but I found my Kryptonite.   Getting older!  But I am still able to be faster than a turtle… able to leap anything that is not taller than an inch off the floor … Bend a Tootsie Roll with my bare hands.  In my disguise as an overweight morning radio host I fight for Truth Justice and the American way.  And a SUPER NAP

Stupid news: Butter – Burrito’s and Spies

 

 

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NBA AND DAVE

As the NBA season winds down, I have thinking about why I have loved the NBA for so many years and why I struggle with it sometimes.

One of my first NBA memories was the famous Willis Reed injury game.  That is when a badly injured New York Knick center Willis Reed somehow found the strength to come out of the locker room prepared to play on one leg if needed and that was a boost to the Knicks.

I remember watching the Lakers and the Bucks when a young Lew Alcindor (Karrem Abdul Jabbar) stopped the bucks thirty three game winning streak.  I was pulling for the Bucks because of Oscar Robinson, the Big O was such a fun player to watch.

Who couldn’t enjoy the rivalry of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson? A rivalry that began in the NCAA final four played in Salt Lake City.  Two of the best to ever play the game.  They were two different type of players but they were so much fun to watch.

Who was better?  In my mind Larry Bird was a better all-around player, why because he thought to game.  His Basketball IQ on the court was second to none.

The Utah Jazz, I moved to Utah 25 years ago just as the Jazz stared to become a force in the NBA.  Stockton to Malone, Horney from the corner. I became a Jazz fan.

Watching the playoff game with Huston where John Stockton hit the shot to send the Jazz to the NBA finals.  It was a warm night and my front door was open for fresh air and the minute Stockton hit the shot you could hear my neighborhood celebrate.   It was so cool to hear people go outside to scream for joy honking horns and just celebrating that our beloved Jazz were in the Championship round.

Then as ABC would say, “THE AGONY OF DEFEAT”.  The Jazz and the Bulls was a great series, with the greatest player of all time Michael Jordon.  He dominated when he needed to even when he had food poisoning.  Michael Jordon the best, broke my heart several times.

But he is also the reason I started to have second thoughts about the NBA.  I have no proof but if you have watched the NBA you might have noticed the stars get special treatment form the Refs.   Jabbar and Chamberlin traveled with the ball so much they should still be using their frequent flyer miles.  MJ pushing off on B- Russ and this season. James Hardin traveling dropping his shoulder and drawing the foul.  It just gets to be a little too much for me.  So do I still love the NBA?   Yes but I don’t watch it very often anymore.

My 5 favorite NBA players in no order

John Stockton and Karl Malone- How can you separate the two.

Larry Bird- Did more with his skills than anyone I have ever seen in the game.

John Havlacheck- Boston Celtics

Jerry West- the Logo,

Bill Russel- I started watching the NBA when he was a player coach of the Celtics.  Then when he went into broadcasting you could tell his love of the game with a great laugh.

Today fifteen years ago Napoleon Dynamite premiered and the quirky film which was filmed here in norther Cache County and Preston Idaho had some great individual lines.

Stupid news: Avocado’s and Cage fighting

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I NEED A STAYCATION

When I was growing up a family vacation was a trip to Paris…….. Paris TN.   A French pasty was replaced by my Aunt Chris and her hot biscuits and molasses.  No Escargot for us in Paris we had fried Catfish and a classy French wine for some means moonshine but for me it was an ice cold Coke or R.C. Cola.

My family didn’t have a lot of money to take a family vacation so no long road trips for us, sleeping in hotels and eating in Restaurants, but I didn’t care.  I mean my Aunt’s biscuits were nummy!

So here it is in 2019 and my wife and I decided to not do an expensive vacation this year.  Instead we are going to STAYCATION!

As I googled Staycation I found my idea of a staycation was different than some.   I found more ideas about three day weekends and overnight stays.

Now don’t get me wrong we might to a one or two night stay but my idea of a staycation is more like a one day road trip.

Bear Lake – Antelope Island- Salt Lake- Southern Idaho eastern Nevada or Western Wyoming.  You know you leave at 6am do a lot of driving, see and do a few things and get home about 10pm exhausted from you day of relaxation.  Yeah a Staycation that doesn’t coast a lot of money.

Just this morning I looked at my wife Teresa and bemoaned the fact that I was up at 4:30am.  She said “Well since we are not doing a vacation why don’t you take a day off every once in a while for a staycation”

Not a bad idea, I thought, sleeping in to almost 6am, having breakfast without biscuits and molasses and a day of reading comics, watching movies and naps!

Man I need a STAYCATION

 

Today on the show Sunburns and Sleep

Stupid news:  The Octagon with Stars—and what is causing Tornado’s

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TO DONUT OR NOT TO DOUGHNUT THAT IS THE QUESTION

Friday was National Donut Day and that has inspired this blog.   But not for the reason you think.   I am not a donut fiend.    I like donuts but not to the point where I want donuts every day, every week or every month.

My wife was surprised a few weeks ago when she got home and there were a dozen fresh donuts…..  Minus 2… ok minus 3….. I can’t lie minus 4.   It is a strange day that I crave donuts.

So how did National Donut day inspire this blog?  Because of how it is spelled.   Information supplied today about National donut day claims 57% of us spell it D-O-N-U-T, the other 43 % spell it D-O-U-G-H-N-U-T.

No wonder I fluked spelling in the 4th grade!

So that made me google what other words have two spellings?   Dailywritingtips.com had the answer.

When the dictionary lists two alternate spellings of a word, should you use your judgment (or is that judgement?), or is there some other criterion for selection? Most dictionaries describe what is, rather than prescribe what should be — hence the alternatives — but they usually favor one form over the other. For both convenience and consistency, follow the dictionary’s indirect dictates.

In printed dictionaries, the preferred form will have the full definition, while the runner-up will be cross-referenced to the winner. Online, the spelling in the Web page’s heading indicates the preference, though the other choice will likely also be listed. Here are some common entries with more than one orthography:

  1. Acknowledgment/acknowledgement: Acknowledgment, though it looks awkward because the spelling implies that the g is pronounced hard, rather than (correctly) soft, is the preferred spelling, at least in American English.
  2. Adviser/advisor: Adviser is the preferred spelling, though it is inconsistent with the spelling of the adjectival form advisory.
  3. Aesthetic/esthetic: Aesthetic is the preferred spelling, a rare case of the digraph retained in American English in favor of a single-vowel spelling. (See also amoeba/ameba and archaeology/archeology.)
  4. Ameba/amoeba: Amoeba is the preferred spelling. It also has variant plural forms: Amoebas is acceptable in all but the most strictly scientific contexts, where amoebae is preferred.
  5. Amok/amuck: Amok is the traditional spelling, preferred to amuck.
  6. Among/amongst: The -st extension is, in both American English and British English, widely considered an unnecessary appendage. (The same preference applies for amid/amidst and while/whilst; whilst is, at any rate, rare in American English.)
  7. Analog/analogue: Analog is one of fourteen words in which the original -ue ending is clipped. Whether one form or the other is preferred varies depending on not only the word but also, occasionally, on which part of speech it represents. Most one- and two-syllable words ending in -ue have no truncated variant; prologue is the exception.
  8. Archaeology/archeology: The version with the ae digraph is preferred over the single-vowel form.
  9. Ax/axe: Ax is the preferred spelling, alone and in compounds (axman, battle-ax).
  10. Collectable/collectible: Collectible is the preferred variant.
  11. Barbecue/Barbeque: Barbeque is a variant of barbecue influenced by the truncation BBQ.
  12. Disc/disk: Disc is a variant of disk, though it has valid status in the “phrase compact disc” and references to similar media.
  13. Donut/doughnut: Donut is an informal variant of doughnut.
  14. Enquire/inquire: Inquire is the preferred American English spelling, but in British English, enquire prevails.
  15. Flier/flyer: Spelling depends on meaning. See this post, in which I conclude that pilots and passengers are fliers, and posted papers are flyers.
  16. Gray/grey: Gray is the preferred spelling in American English; British English favors grey.
  17. Nite/night: Nite is an informal variant of night.
  18. Theater/theatre: The former spelling is preferred in American English, though the latter form sometimes appears in proper names.
  19. Toward/towards: In American English, towards and other similar words are considered informal variants of the forms in which the s is omitted.
  20. Whiskey/whisky: The former spelling is more common in the United States (as well as in Ireland), though usage in labeling varies.

That is enough to make me want a shot of Whiskey or whisky but since I don’t drink I will run amok or amouk toward or toward the theater or theatre and enquire or inquire about movie times before I go eat a donut or doughnut.

Today on the morning show.  Healthy beer and we salute Dr John

Stupid news.  Stress and VHS tapes

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FINALLY BECAUSE OF STUPID NEWS MY NEW FAVORITE NAME IS “BOONLERT”

A NEW VETERANS CENTER IS COMING TO NORTHERN UTAH

Today is the 75th anniversary of the D-DAY.  The event that was a pivotal point to ending the terror that was Nazi Germany.

That was a part of history that I was not able to live through but it did after my family greatly.  My Uncle Edward Denton was killed outside of Paris France.   So today my thoughts are with veterans.

That is why I was so pleased a few weeks ago when I got an e-mail from Phil Redlinger of the Cache Valley Association.  I had met Phil one year ago when he came to the studios for an interview involving the Lance Allred ride for the Fallen.   During that interview he had mentioned that they were working on having a Veterans Center in Logan.  His e-mail said that he would like to come on to make an announcement.

That announcement is that after years of work the center is a reality.

This morning it was my honor to be joined Phil Redlinger along with Corey Nims and Bruno Seward from the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.    We talked about the Lance Allred Ride for the Fallen and in the interview Phil makes the announcement of the new Veterans Association coming to Logan.

My love and respect for our veterans and their families grows every time I get a chance to talk to great men like these men.

I had not seen Bruno since last August but it felt just like a scene in Tommy boy.

I am so looking forward to meeting so many more of our Vets as the plans for the new center come about and at the ride in August.

Today we did a lesson in Talking Smack

Stupid news

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HOW JUNE 6TH 1976 CHANGED MY LIFE

THIS IS A BLOG I WROTE ONE YEAR AGO.

 

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and all the other social media sites means we have access to instant news 24/7.   That was not the case on this date in 1976.  And it changed my life forever.

Today is the anniversary of the Teton Damn collapse that led to the deaths of 11 people and cause Billions of damage to property and changed not only my life but countless more lives.

Reports of a leak at the Damn began early that morning leading to the collapse at 11:55 am MDT. I was working at a convenience store in Memphis TN earning money for my second year at what was then Ricks College.  That day was a busy one at the store and I was unaware that people I knew where in extreme danger.   I did not learn of the collapse until Midnight.   NO SOCIAL MEADIA AND VERY FEW NEWS TALK RADIO STATIONS.

I was doing my job closing the store when I finally found out the news and my heart sank.   I got home as soon as I could trying to find information about it.   But the info was hard to find.  So I gave up went to bed and got up early to catch the news.  I was amazed at what I saw and heard that day and wondered if Ricks College survived, they did with little damage.

So at the end of the summer I got on board the plane and ventured to Rexburg and found what looked like a war zone.   Main Street had a few buildings standing but destroyed.  As I walked the campus I started to hear the stories of survival and courage…  I woke up every morning in my dorm room to the sounds of helicopters flying by with cars hanging from them.

Life moves on and Rexburg started to rebuild and it was the aftermath of the flood that affected my life so much.    Watch this video and you will find out why.

That man on that recording was Don Ellis, and Don became my boss in April of 1977.  His son Mitch Ellis was on the air putting on the air the reports.  Later Mitch told me that he didn’t think the leak would cause very little flooding.  He thought that until he heard his dad’s report while the damn collapsed and Mitch told me he thought his dad was going to have a heart attack live on the air.

The radio station stayed on the air as long as it could giving out information warning of the impending disaster.  Mitch said that at one point a policeman came to the radio station and said leave now or you will die.   Mitch grabbed what he could and left as the water was rising to the point that he thought he had waited too long and might die himself.

KRXK went back on the air inside a trailer that was placed on land just off the Rexburg Cemetery road.  We would joke on the air that our address was Cemetery road plot number 7.  The best part was when I realized that I was working with some heroes who had risked their lives to give information that no doubt saved lives.

June 5th 1976 an event in Rexburg Idaho had such a profound effect on my life even though I was miles away in Memphis TN

 


Today on the morning show : A secret and a game show

Stupid news : Florida where else

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GAME SHOWS

SAY THE SECRET WORD AND WIN FIFTY DOLLARS.

 It has been fun to watch James Holzhauer’s run on Jeopardy but that run ended last night and now that he is done with Jeopardy his four year old daughter can have a part.

Over the weekend James told a reporter that his daughter was crying because he might lose.  He comforted the little girl by saying that she could have a party when he loses.  His daughter started rooting that her dad would lose!

Utah’s Ken Jennings still has the record for the most overall winning but James does own the record for the best one day haul.  NOT JUST ONE DAY HE HAS THE TOP 10 DAYS!

Just one more Jeopardy The woman who is now The Champ Emma Boettcher wrote her Master’s paper on the show in 2016.

Game shows have always been some of my favorite TV Shows.

My love of one of the game shows had me doing something that I am not proud of, skipping school.   Well more like faking illness so I could stay home to watch “THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES”.  However if I found out the center square wasn’t Paul Lynde I felt great.

One of the few things that I was known for in my school was my impression of Paul Lynde.   It got to where I would answer questions in class like Paul!  My math teacher put a stop to that.

While on vacation in several years ago in L.A. my cousin and I went to a taping of two show of the “WHEEL OF FORTUNE”

It was fun and seeing Vanna White up close was KOOL.   But I found myself looking at the behind the scenes things like the used letter board a large chalk board that an assistant would make sure the contestants could see what letters were used.

Now the embarrassing thing about that show.   No I wasn’t embarrassed being caught at staring at the used letter board assistant.  In my defense I was single and in my mid 20’s and I was on vacation!  No the embarrassing thing came several months later not in L.A. but in Paris Tennessee  on Thanks giving weekend at a family gathering my cousin brought out a videotaped recording of the two shows we went too.  Audience shots confirmed we were there, that wasn’t embarrassing either but what happened next was.   Everybody in the room was solving the puzzles before I was.

I BLAME THE USED LETTER BOARD LADY.

Here are more of my favorite game shows

You bet your life – Grouch Marx , I used to stay up past my bedroom to watch Groucho work his magic

The Price is right— Just a fun show no matter who the host is.

Let’s make a deal….  Oh Monty, Monty, Monty.

The Joker’s wild… The Fun of a Vegas slot on TV.

Press your luck.  Stupid whammies.   One of my early trips to Vegas saw me yelling at a slot machine.  NO WHAMMY NO WHAMMY NO WHAMMY.  I think TBS is reviving this show, might have to check this out.

As I was writing this blog I went to the Web to jog my memory of game shows and it listed “THE GONG SHOW’.   I wouldn’t say this was a game show but dang it was fun`! The unknown comic, the judges the contestants and the main reason to watch!

I even have an autographed picture of him.

 

Today is national Cheese day

Stupid news   The PC police hate dodgeball

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THAT WAS SOME WEEKEND

My weekend was full of emotions.  It was a weekend of fun, illness, deep reflective thought and laughter.   I thought about this quote from Jimmy V the North Carolina State Basketball coach who was dying of cancer at the time

“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special. Jim Valvano.”
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That quote has meant a lot to me over the years and this weekend was a perfect example.

It started Friday afternoon as I had lunch with my best friend and former college roommate. ( Yes, I went to college!  Don’t ask me if I graduated).   As we ate there were stories, laughter and serious life discussions too.  We expressed outrage over current events in Logan and a very serious situations in both of our lives.  I am blessed to have several people in my live I can call my best friend.

Then on Saturday I did a remote broadcast from the Garden Gateway owned by my friends Moose and Adalia.  Once again laughter and memories but they had to work and so did I.   As the morning progressed several old friends arrived, some I haven’t seen in years.  That was really nice.

Right before I was going to leave I met a very nice couple from Smithfield that I really enjoyed talking too.

Saturday afternoon we went to a friend’s house to celebrate 3 birthdays all in one afternoon.  Mine on May 30, our friend Shelly on the 6th and my wife Teresa on the 15th.   Just friend’s pie and CROSS BOWS!  They had purchased tiny little cross bows that shot tooth picks, which we did to pop balloons!  Fun and Pie too!

Spending time with my wife is always great but I have had a bit of a cold this past week and by Saturday evening I was felling kind of punk but a quite evening at home was awesome.

Bedtime was cough time.  I developed an almost contestant cough that brought on a headache from **** and almost no sleep.

Sunday was quite because of the cold and I had to change some plans but it was a nice quite Sunday that was mixed with troubling news.

An Elderly gentleman I had become quite close to has been hospitalized and the prognosis is not good.  So I spent a lot of time thinking about him and what he has meant to me of the past 18 months.

And finally it is Monday morning and just before I showered this morning a Facebook post caught my eye.  A young man I knew years ago had passed away.  I would not say we were close but I knew him well and grief hit me knowing the pain his parents and realities are going to go through the next several days.

So here I am on Monday June 3rd and I can tell you my weekend was full of laughter, thinking and tears.   I wouldn’t change it for the world.  Why because that is life and life is beautiful and difficult at the same time.   I tolerate the difficult and embrace the beautiful.

 

Today on the morning show :  getting bumped off Carson

Here is the video of the show without her

Stupid News Donuts and Pigs

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