BLSays: Proppers, Skechers and A Lot of WhatAbout…

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    BobLee
    December28/ 2018

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    Proppers… Skechers… and A Lot of WhatAbouts

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    Hope all of you are enjoying a Joyous Holiday Season with family… and with whatever “friends” you have left as America continues to split apart like a too-ripe watermelon.

    Here at BLSays World HQ we eagerly await the arrival of The Dynamic Duo – Twinkle (Ruthie) & Twins Scooter (Scarlett) and their entourage AKA “Mom Kid & Dad Danny”.  ETA is New Years Day around noon EST.  Blondie is in Panic Mode fearing that Architectural Digest chooses their visit to judge our house for an upcoming cover story.

    Speaking of which… Blondie & I gave each other a long-discussed complete re-do of our Master Bedroom “ensuite”… whatever that means.  I appreciate the “new look” much more than I thought I would.   I did some really cool things with the TV and with the showerhead that “made the whole ReDo come together”… IMO.

    I also gave Blondie a coral bark Japanese Maple and a flowing snow Cherry tree.  Her 5-year plan to plant / landscape our entire backyard is in Year 3.

    I got framed prints of my favorite Year One pics of Twinkle & Scooter… and a mini-flashlight.

    Theres More.

    I pass along a lot of advice here but usually make “taking it” optional.  It is your Life to muddle thru…

    That said… I have found a clothing item that I INSIST you check out.  The website is Proppers.com … they offer military techgear and LEO clothing which may not sound all that whippy.   But they have a shirt that is – IMO – PERFECT for what I look for.

    LINK …

    It is full-button permanent press with chest pockets AND two vertical zippered pockets ideal for carrying your smartphone.  The shirt (in a choice of five colors) comes with a straight hem for in or out wearing.  It comes in long or short sleeve.  You can even use it as an “over-shirt”.   I have four of the five colors and will probably order the 5th one.

    The “zippered phone pocket” is what I LOVE.  Even better than the phone shoulder holster rig I bought a few months ago.   That sounds REALLY COOL doesn’t it?  Rather impractical however.

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    While I am enhancing your wardrobe, let me add Skechers.  The shoes that Howie Long amd Tony Romo shill for.  They make athletic shoes AND various styles of casual shoes and boots.  I have three pair… so far.  Their memory-foam insoles are awesome.

    Theres More

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    Those of you who did NOT take my advice to Avoid Twitter… and choose to follow me @bobleesays… might have enjoyed an extended Rock’em Sock’em I had this very morning with The Judge Bob Orr … not to be confused with The Outlaw Josey Wales.

    NOTE:  This is NOT “about politics”.  It is about me and JudgeBob (JBO) entertaining our respective Twitter followers. Trump Won

    “JudgeBob” was honored recently by the Hendersonville Chapter of The Sons of Anarchy for being Patient Zero for TDS – Trump Derangement Syndrome.   You may think you know someone “eat up” with Extreme Dislike for “Trump”.  I’ll put JudgeBob up against your guy and spot you Adam Schiff, James Comey AND John Brennan.

    That said… our “beg to differ” volleying for over an hour basically took-over Twitter.  JBO and I keep the rubber tips on our arrows so no worry about bloodshed.

    My suggestion that JBO reduce his daily intake of 200 proof Morning Joe Hater-Aid, Or at least switch to the “Diet” version… got no response.

    JudgeBob is convinced that if I withdraw my support from “Trump” that his Presidency will surely collapse.  That would leave “Trump” with only 60,000,000 hard-line storm troopers, but none of’em have my influence over so much of the human race.   Hard to argue with JBO’s logic.

    I probably do have more influence than Bill Kristol, Jennifer Rubin and some whack job named “Max Boot”.  Really!  Thats not saying much…

    When JBO compared my debate style to Choo Choo’s downfield running style, the tone of the whole thing veered off True Causes of The Collapse of Western Civilization.

    NOTE:  JudgeBob is also concerned about my frequent use of the insulting sobriquet “Chancellor Chihuahua” for his beloved alma mater’s feckless nitwit of a “leader” …LOL.

    His effort to change my mind on THAT was as unsuccessful as his “Trump” effort… but we had fun doing it; and I got a bunch of “likes” and “retweets”.   Thats what Life is all about on the cusp of 2019.

    Theres More

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    JudgeBob and I also discussed The Great Clemson Drug Thing.   TheJudge and I share a mutual contempt for All Things NCAA… but his take on this differs a bit from mine.

    His opinion is if it involves a Big Game and a Star Player that the “rule” shouldn’t really count… especially if “star player” says he didn’t do it.

    Hey.. it was “just a trace”… “just a sliver”… or “just a kilo”… or “just a few AK-47s and only one RPG” … YIKES!

    I reminded JBO that EVERY player who flunks a drug test claims “I didn’t do nuthin’…” and claims he got it from a tainted toilet seat or some such.   And they ALL “come from wonderful families”… “love their mammas”… and “is as fine a young man as it’s ever been my honor to coach” according to whoever his panicked coach is.

    Apparently the “thugs” never get caught… just the “choirboys”.  ????

    JudgeBob went into Judge Roy Bean-mode claiming he would either dismiss the case or delay it until folks forgot about it…  “Legislating from the bench” is usually confined to the 9th Circuit… but JBob is The Judge.

    … OR claim it was OK to take the banned substance so long as Clemson’s Football Drug Dept was offering the same banned substance to non-athletes.   OK… I made up that last part.

    I don’t know, or much care, if the Clemson guy did / did not do whatever.   You know me… I just enjoy anything that creates CHAOS and causes board monkeys’ heads to explode.  This does.

    There is so much rampant HYPOCRISY in Big Time College FB and MBB involving academics, recruiting and Fat Cat shenanigans.  Goofy rules about “banned substances” are ridiculous.  Throw those rules out.

    Let’em take whatever they want to … mainline high octane jet fuel… chew peyote… “greenies”… Dyanabol… blood doping… etc etc etc.  So their heart blows up before they are 25… or their brain goes TILT while checking out at WalMart… or their eyes bug out and their testicles shrink.  All that matters is “playing in The Big Game” … right?

    By the time they hit 30… 92% of’em are gimps limping along on bum knees & arthritic hips and no marketable education.  If/when CTE sets in, no one even remembers their name.  Who cares?  Right Mr Fat Cat?

    If the Gladiators all become steroid freaks it’ll make a better show for the fans … in the stands or at home watching on TV.

    Theres More

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    I don’t follow “movies” much these days.  I go to – maybe – two a year… maybe.  I have heard recently that there is one just out in which Ruth “Buzzi” Ginsberg and Aquaman team up to Save The Oceans from an Eeeeevil Dick Cheney.  I’ll probably skip that one.

    Have I told you that THE Ruth Buzzi follows me on Twitter.  So does the lady who is The Voice of Siri.  Cool, huh?

    Ruth Buzzi

     

    Have I explained…

    Why SOCCER might really be a Major Spectator Sport in America

    … after only 60+ years of predicting it will “any day now”?  … Next time.

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    BobLee
    • fayettewuf Reply
      3 weeks ago

      I think that Clemson should have gone with a typo defense. They should claim that it was due to a malfunctioning Little Orphan Annie decoder ring. Instead of Drink your Ovaltine, Lawrence got Drink your Ostarine.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Has…. makes more sense than UNC’s TGU Defense.

    • fayettewuf Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Out of curiosity, I went to the Propper site. Interesting gear available. I bought a Scoteevest for its zippered compartments including a phone pocket which I like particularly when traveling. Never worn Skechers. I am hooked on Eccos. They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. As for the kid at Clemson, I thought back to the NCAA and Cam Newton. IIRC that evidence surfaced that his services at Auburn were purchased fair and square. The NCAA allowed him to play in the championship game. Defensive linemen don’t get the respect quarterbacks get?
      It is interesting to me that whenever someone points out that the president is acting less than presidential, the response is typically not to defend what he said, tweeted or did. It is to accuse the one pointing out the of suffering from TDS.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        I prefer the Propper shirts to any “vest” of the various ones I have tried. The zippered pocket is deep yet not too deep and keep a phone as close to you as is possible. Before I found these, I would modify my various jackets/coats with a concealed “phone pocket”. Whatever works for you…
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        You would have to see the complete context of my jousting with JBO to appreciate why “TDS” was appropriate in this case for JBO. I yielded immediately that “Trump” is overly provocative (DUH!) and IMO should be more selective in the battles he picks and how he wages them… AND he does indeed have “unsavory character issues” that rival LBJ, JFK, WJC, et al. … Of course, had he taken my advice in the Summer of 2016, HRC would have won by 15% … JBO is somewhat “manic” in his views of “Trump”… going ALLCAPS and “babbling in an unknown tongue”.
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        A comparison of Lawrence to Newton cases and their timing is Excellent… The NCAA is nothing if not unpredictable and “selective” in its enforcements.

    • Wolfdon Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Neat shirts……The Judge is typical of many Trump haters …..was surprised recently to learn that Mueller has spent around 25 million trying to put Trump in jail …. That is in the ballpark with what the Flag Ship spent to stay out of the clutches of the NCAA. Bet both figures are low no doubt.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Interesting that you use those two comparisons… Trump / TGU. JudgeBob has VERY strong opinions about TGU, Mary Willingham, academic hypocrisy, etc etc… His opinions are in-line with mine on THAT subject which is why he is flummoxed that he/I differ relative to “Trump”. … How can I be so smart on one subject and so very wrong on the other ??? … 🙂

    • 58 Wolf Kennel Reply
      3 weeks ago

      BobLee, brave blog to take on Judge Bob Or, even if you are having the last word. He is a man I greatly admire but didn’t know he has the same aversion to Trump that I have. Good discussions with him several years ago in thanking him for his leadership in getting the Gov. McCrory Bond issue passed which also gave the UNC System some much needed capital for new projects. Actually owe Or a colored leadership basketball that McCrory did not get because of the governor’s opposition to State-wide Medicaid.
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      One of those new projects was the NC State the “Plant Science Initiative” building to be started this year. It will be the most modern in the world (and also helps PhD Plant Scientist Chancellor Randy Woodson continue his great leadership at State). The issue gave $100 million for the construction dependent on NC State raising an additional $50 million to complete. Proud to say my daughter-in-law was the development officer who raised that last amount.
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      But back to Judge Or. Would love to have seen your back-and-forth with him, especially since I know you don’t like to have those political discussions in public.
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      On to the Gator Bowl. Going to be a tough one. Don’t think our guys are subject to the same “gotta’ be number one” temptations that Clemson faces.
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      Sorry to see a good Raleigh area All-American the subject of such scorn.
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      Actually I have 8 great seats for the Gator Bowl driving going down with family including sister Jennie (who escapes your wrath all because of she’s of your era, and nice, and went with Bill Bunting to the New Bern High Senior Prom). Have one last seat and hotel room when my next door neighbor cancelled out for which you almost got the invitation until I saw who was coming for New Year’s.
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      As for Skechers, I have four pairs and are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever experienced.
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      Happy New Year !!

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        IMO… my encounter with JBO does NOT violate my objective to NOT use this column as a “partisan political soap box”. Yes, our topic was “How Eeeeevil is Donald Trump” but the whole premise was so over-the-top ridiculous that it transcended “politics”.
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        After all these years parrying & thrusting with you… JBO is a piece o’ cake. TheJudge is “a one-trick pony”… HATE TRUMP… HATE TRUMP… HATE TRUMP. Never calls him Donald Trump and certainly NEVER President Trump… just “Trump”. I told JBO I appreciate his Negative Passion as I am motivated by a similar negativity towards “Liberals and their media stooges”.
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        I don’t defend “Trump” as he IS a Most Peculiar and Mercurial Character. As for JBO’s contention of “Trump” being The Most Malevolent POTUS… that is not giving due credit to LBJ and 5-6 quite unsavory scoundrels of more recent vintage on “both sides”. RReagan and Harry Truman and possibly “Ike” might be the only ones – in my lifetime – exempt from such a dubious “honor”. “Your lifetime” goes back to Rutherford B Hayes and Martin Van Buren about whom I cannot attest.
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        TeamRandy at NCSU IS doing some marvelous things at Centennial Campus et al. And doing so without the embarrassing Stoopid Crap that seems Everyday over at UNCCH…
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        I have a feeling Your Pack will “get the job done” in Jaxville. Maybe not like Duke did though… YIKES. I see Frau has given KK the dreaded “long term extension”… Those NEVER seem to end well anywhere but we shall see…
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        Travel safely and Stay Out of Trouble! ….. Skechers ROCK!

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      ………… FYI WARNING …….
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      “JudgeBob” and I will be having lunch on Monday at a site/time TBD.
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      I require at least a one-hour notice. NOT to tape a pistol behind the toilet (its a GodFather reference, Albert) but to have my peeps run background checks on all the kitchen and wait staff. Can GUARANTEE you it will NOT be “over yonder in Chapel Hill”. JBO would probably have “Chihuahua” drop by and THAT could be CHAOS Overload even for moi.
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      Highlights of the encounter WILL, of course, Be Posted Right Here! I’m sure The “T” Word will come up; but this is really for a discussion of “paying college athletes”. JBO and I both have disdain for The NCAA and what it has dissolved into… a toothless dinosaur.

    • Doug Reply
      3 weeks ago

      I assume, probably badly, that there will be an investigation of smoothie machines at all football facilities after this. Team doctors, trainers, athletic support staff, and training table employees slipped Dexter and two others a ostarine mickey smoothie for sure without any of the control freak coaching staff knowing anything, Convenient huh? Viles A and B were both positive, JBO’s suggestion that only universities determine eligibility, not the NCAA, and that the players should be allowed to play would be great chaos and fun to watch, before, during, and after.
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      Now important stuff. On athletic shoes I recommend looking into On Cloud running shoes. The main attraction to me is comfort, light weight and most importantly the laces can easily be setup as slip-ons negating bending over to tie them up. https://www.on-running.com/en-us/
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      Enjoy the GK’s. We have our lively 1 y/o granddaughter for the weekend while mom and R&R at da beach. We just got a text asking what we were doing today. My response was nunya business. At the rate we’re going it’ll be 30 days or so before she gets back to near normal.😎

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Dabo’s “Dexter Is An INCREDIBLE Young Man” speech was as fine an example of genuine coachspeak cliches as one will ever see. The video of him (Dexter) at the soup kitchen and teaching Sunday School for the deaf kids was a bit much but THAT’s Vintage Dabo.
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        Blondie has every minute of Twinkle & Scooter’s upcoming 3-day stay pre-programmed. The Meet The Twins Gala on Wednesday should be an event our cul-de-sac will never forget. Booking the Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Corps took some string-pulling but she did it. The fly-over by the B-1 was a given…

    • 90Lobo Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Whoever the heck this ‘kennel’ fella is…please tell us why you keep mentioning him? I’ve asked around and NOBODY knows who he is! Don’t keep us hanging any longer. Either tell us why he gets ongoing celeb status w you…or maybe drop that dead character from your otherwise brilliant posts!
      -90Lobo

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Now Now… TBK is an acquired taste. He is a “Loyal Til Death Do Part” Wolfpacker for certain. I think he has reserved the entire Upper Deck of The Gator Bowl for him and the BK Posse. Not sure if Mutual Intense Trump Hate would be enuff to bind BK and JudgeBob… that would be A LOT of Harrumph in a confined space.
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    • Frank.T'O Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Do you think there is wholesale PED use with Clemson Football?

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        No more or less than there is at Alabama, Oklahoma, ND, OhioState etc etc and 95% of the traditional juggernauts of Big Time College FB. The top recruits all know each other thru recruiting and “they talk”. “They” all know who is getting $$$ – how much – how it is laundered… and who is taking what to “enhance their performance”.
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        “Cleaning it up” means dismantling College FB … ain’t gonna happen.

    • Edward.P.76 Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Are you and JudgeBob good friends?

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        I have no hesitation answering that “YES” and I feel certain JBO would respond likewise. We met 4-5 years ago thru his addiction to this column… pretty much how THEBobKennel and I met 8-10 years ago. Are we “need a kidney” friends? No, but how many of those does one have in a lifetime.
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        Believe it or not… I do NOT enjoy political arguments or whatever you choose to call such things. I avoid them. I have sincere contempt for rank/file “liberals”… “nothing in common but a pair of opposable thumbs”. The “Franklin Street Flotsam” type… “contempt” is a polite word for it.
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        JudgeBob, of course, is a bonafide card-carrying GOP guy… whatever the hell “GOP” means these days. He ran for Governor as a Repub several elections ago.
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        I do not have “liberal friends”. I DO, however, have a select handful of “friends” who are of the liberal persuasion. THEBobKennel and TheButchersLawyer being two of that very small select group. It is a difficult concept to verbalize but I am comfortable with it. I can’t explain “how to do it” because it depends upon the unique personalities of those involved.

    • OK.Appy Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Thanks for the heads up on the shirt. I’m going to order one. The “shoulder holster: idea does sound cool.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        The Propper shirts are great. They come in all sizes including XXXL and colors. Carrying my phone so it is secure and still easily accessible was always a problem. I never liked putting it in my pants pocket especially when traveling. The vertical zippered pocket is IDEAL and plenty roomy for a PLUS Iphone. I loved the whole concept of the “shoulder holster” but it is not nearly as convenient as the Propper shirts. Hope you like them as much as I do.

    • Janet.Richmond Reply
      3 weeks ago

      BobLee, correct me if I’m wrong. I also follow you on Twitter and enjoy your comments. You say often that you don’t love “Trump” so much as you “really really don’t like liberals (“LibDems”) and their media stooges”.
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      “Trump” is all that currently stands in their way to takeover America.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Yes. That is correct. I tried to explain that to JudgeBob but he was so fixated on my dominating influence over TrumpNation that it fell on deaf ears. The last 20-minutes of “the show” I was just “poking the bear” to keep him going. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • KP.87 Reply
      3 weeks ago

      BL… folks might think you’re making up your joust with JudgeBob. I was part of the Twitter mob that watches it. One could sense early on that it was going to be memorable. Gotta give JudgeBob credit… he IS passionate about his feelings. I contacted a few friends and had them watch it.
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      You are right about how he listed all the synonyms for “insane… malevolent… ultimate evil… diabolical… … …” I noticed he did not mention Melania’s stilettos or the Timberlines she wore in Iraq a few days ago. Do you think he despises her too?

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        He has never mentioned her (Melania). I think he is so focused on “Trump” that no one else matters. Glad you enjoyed the show. I could sense the crowd gathering as we got to around the 15-minute mark. I heard from someone on Jack Dorsey staff (Mr. Twitter) about JBO and I doing a regular podcast. I’m not too keen on the idea… but it was A HOOT.

    • MJ.Hickory Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Is there one specific reason that JudgeBob hates “Trump” so much?

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Great question. No, not that I could discern. He just strings together all the synonyms for “malevolent” he can get from his Roget’s Thesaurus. I know JBO is friends with John “The mailman’s son” Kasich, so perhaps he “caught something” from him. His frustration is not “Trump” as much as it is that I support him i.e. “Trump”.
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        I went thru my “lesser of two evils” and “enemy of my enemy is my friend” scenarios but to no avail. That I am THE linchpin to the whole “Why Trump” phenomenon is daunting. I am pondering the enormity of it all…

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      3 weeks ago

      ‘‘Tis late,

      Best comments about the Clempsome PED…..
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      B sample came back positive and verified A sample. As a past environmental guru, who certified labs and had split samples and blanks and such, the osteoporosis “fixer upper” be in their systems.
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      Note….there were only 15 NCAA randomly selected Dabo’s Dandies tested. So….3 were positive or 20%. In the real world of Mil STD QC and FDA testing protocols, you would go back and pull a larger sample….technically, there should have been a second random sample of say 25 pulled. One of the first laddies rings the chime, you run the second 25
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      Bottom line, one would conclude that 20% of the dressed out Tigers are popping the PED
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      My recommendation for the twins or for that magic sunset over a Washington sand dune that my GS took with his phone is CanvasChamps.
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      My DW had me do some simple cropping and color enhancement in Photoshop. She had about 10 images. Some mine and some the GK.
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      She had them printed on canvas with a mirror stretched frame. They go on a wall and don’t need a frame as the image, or mirror, wraps around the edges.
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      Always running specials. Great quality
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      Happy New Year

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Dang it. I know I have the contact info for that Navaho code-breaker around here somewhere…

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