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  1. I hope the wall are well insulated otherwise all the other guests got to hear a wild ride! ;–)
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    Chapter Twelve

    Are we sure that Aaron is straight? He has some unusual interests for a hetero guy. And Beth does have a history… ;–)
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    Chapter 1

    I’ve missed my favorite Lego minifig head! ;–) This is an interesting concept. It’s unclear to me just how much hearing Anders has. He uses implants, but was he lipreading the delivery guy’s words or does he have limited hearing? We know that Nico is interested in Anders, but how do Tommy and Tyler fit into the story? Yeah, yeah, yeah. I need to wait to read the following chapters. ;–)
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    Chapter 2

    The gang is clever to exploit the talents of young Damien, Mattie, and Reggie. Lots of adults would dismiss the information they discovered. (But then again, lots of men would dismiss Harry’s assistance as well due solely to misogyny.) It should be exciting to reread Henry’s adventures uncovering the antichrist. The rise of the megachurch phenomenon is frightening. Of course, being an Agnostic, the increase in power and influence of any organized religious organization or institution scares me.
  5. Every time I thought I’d hit rock bottom, I found new, lower levels I could sink down to. Homelessness was the most humiliating and frustrating thing I’ve ever endured. With lots of help, especially from many people who didn’t know who I was, I was able to climb out of that black hole and become housed again. If not for my obsessive (stubborn) personality, I might not have succeeded… ;–)
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    Cannonball

    Billy clearly has Cognitive Dissonance – just like me! ;–) People have told me they like me because I smile all the time – I think I’m either frowning or neutral in my expression, but many people around me have a permanent scowl so the difference might make me look cheerful in contrast. Other people tell me I’m a nice guy, but I’m only following the suburban Social Contract I was raised with (which is very different from the more urban Social Contract where I now live). I have an excuse for everything… ;–)
  7. IQ doesn’t have any connection to ‘common sense.’ There’s no association with EQ (Emotional Quotient) either. I can personally confirm the latter. ;–)
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    Chapter 1

    Okay, so Henry ‘Atwood’ has just completed his triumph as presenter of Eurovision. And Ed has just wrapped up the Dressner/Josseran crisis with Rudi. This tells us where this story fits in the saga! While I’ve read this story before, I am hopelessly forgetful when it’s been literally years since. I remember bits and pieces (as usual). But I can’t remember the basic plot anymore. Too many Rothenian tales read out of order! ;–) I look forward to being thrilled all over again! ;–)
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    Chapter 11

    I’m several years younger than you are. I wasn’t very aware at the time, when the draft actually ended. I’m sure my older brother was very conscious of that date. He was only vulnerable for a year or less. I’ve always thought I have an addictive personality, but like many things in my life, it’s not pronounced enough to be a diagnosed. I was given a series of psychological tests (twice, a couple years apart). The tests only confirmed what my therapists had already diagnosed: that I am clinically depressed and suffering from generalized anxiety. I felt like I was cheating with a co
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    Raw Deal

    The Billy Club sounds painful! ;–)
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    Tug-of-War

    Ah, the director commentary track! ;–)
  12. The widower of one of my best (female) friends shares your birthday, but he is a quarter century older than you! They got married the year before you were born. ;–)
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    Snow Battle

    I grew up in Navy-town San Diego in the Seventies (I graduated from high school in 1977). While they have had LGBTQ+ and allies in office, San Diego still has a core of deeply conservative residents. There are many retired and former Sailors and Marines living there (not all of them were honorably discharged). Orange County is experiencing a demographic shift, but those usually mean the people who are feeling displaced react poorly to that change and dig their heels in. The eastern parts of Southern California remain extremely conservative, as are the rest of the eastern edge and far
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    Brett's Mom

    I mentioned one easy, non-chemical strategy in a comment for the last chapter… ;–)
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    Wrestling

    In Orange Is the New Black, Tiffany (aka ‘Pennsatucky’) is diagnosed as dyslexic in the final season of the show. She is taught to use a highlighter to help her identify what she has read. (To say anything more would be a spoiler.)
  16. Just stringing us along, huh? ;–)
  17. Lots of foreshadowing that’s only obvious in hindsight! Very clever, Darth Squirrel! ;–)
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    Chapter 11

    Yet still not understanding why so many prefer to read your stories in smaller bites at a time? ;–)
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    The Worst Day

    There are sayings that acknowledge that. When we describe someone as having married their mother, it’s not so much an Oedipal thing as echoing a pattern. My favorite cousin married a man who resembles my favorite Uncle in personality: both are intelligent, calm, gentle, and loving men. (She is two years younger than I am, but I think he’s older than I am.)
  20. World Channel is repeating American Masters Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life tonight. World Channel is usually broadcast on a secondary channel of your local PBS station. In the Bay Area, that means KQED 9.3 (San Francisco) or KQEH 54.3 (San José).
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    Hill of Candles

    More Ron Weasley/Weasley Twins (who aren’t really redheads)/Eddie Redmayne fetish. I’m not into tattoos, so not really Ed Sheeran. Seth Green is kind of cute, but too short. Jesse Tyler Ferguson hasn’t aged well. ;–)
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