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J-Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 05 2008,19:41   

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Alas, it seems that Louis has been called away to France on a work-related trip, so we will not be meeting up with him for a visit to Hutton's Uncomformity (Siccar Point). Professor Steve Steve was disappointed to learn of this change of plans, and so was I.

Don't blame me, blame a) recalcitrant French "chemists"*, b) insistent boss and c) an incipient pay review date!

No one is more disappointed than I. First and foremost meeting the REAL Prof Steve Steve as opposed to some cheap panda knock off (which I have met many times) would have been the culmination of my hero worship. Also meeting some Kansans who are ACTUALLY reasonable would have been nice too. And of course to collect my winnings for a certain bet about a certain Kansan who is most certainly not reasonable at all (despite claims to the contrary). Although the latter is vastly less important than the former two reasons.

Of course this means I now have to schlep over to the US of A for a combined Howlerfest/PTfest/AtBCfest at some point in the not too distant future. Make sure you have warm beer, indifferent cuisine and bad dentistry ready for the event.

Anyway, since this is WILD(life)LY off topic thus far I shall redeem myself slightly by mentioning that my Dad telephoned me upon my return to inform me that he has adders in his pond. This is not a euphemism.



An adder, yesterday.

He then asked me (since I used to keep a snake, although I'm no Lenny Flank {snicker, giggle, shrug}) how best to deal with them since they were eating all his fish.

Leave the poor buggers alone and buy new fish in the autumn, was my advice.

Louis

* I have no desire to speak ill of French chemists in general. Many of my most capable and brilliant chemistry colleagues and collaborators have been/are French. This band of merry muppets however were trying to pull a fast one on we Rosbifs and claiming things they could not support as part of an outsourcing collaboration. Naughty naughty. They have been duly, but politely and diplomatically, dealt with.

Whoa - I think that's close enough...(I would have used a telephoto lens, BTW...

Where does your Dad live, that he gets adders in his yard???!!  Not England, right?

And in Other News - nice story Louis!  I would say more, but I don't want to offend Jeannot.  Shrug.

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Louis



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 06 2008,02:06   

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Where does your Dad live, that he gets adders in his yard???!!  Not England, right?

And in Other News - nice story Louis!  I would say more, but I don't want to offend Jeannot.  Shrug.

South of England, next to some heathland. We get adders in the UK, but they are weak European types whose bite is only mildly worse than a bee sting. Not proper venomous snakes like those you get in Furrin Parts and Teh Colonies.

My dad didn't take that photo btw! It's a stock one from teh tubes.

Louis

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J-Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 06 2008,08:41   

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Where does your Dad live, that he gets adders in his yard???!!  Not England, right?

And in Other News - nice story Louis!  I would say more, but I don't want to offend Jeannot.  Shrug.

South of England, next to some heathland. We get adders in the UK, but they are weak European types whose bite is only mildly worse than a bee sting. Not proper venomous snakes like those you get in Furrin Parts and Teh Colonies.

My dad didn't take that photo btw! It's a stock one from teh tubes.

Louis

Thanks.  I must have read too much Sherlock Holmes when I was a kid - The Adventure Of The Speckled Band stuck with me.

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Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 06 2008,16:50   

Thankfully we saw no snakes while in Scotland. St. Columba must have driven them down to Brighton.The only herps we saw were frogs and toads aplenty. We did see several road-killed foxes, as well as bunnies. Other mammals included both roe and red deer. I wanted to see a badger, but I was disappointed in that desire.  Maybe next time.

I have had time to only go through a small subset of the pics, but here are a few more.  The first is Siccar Point, on the East Lothian coast just south of Dunbar (John Muir's birthplace). It is a remarkably beautiful site, well worth the trip. It is a bit hard to find, but having found it, I can now provide explicit directions for any who want to venture there. J-Dog, if you get to Edinburgh to visit your daughter this year, you ought to take her there. You can see what you need to see from the overlook (where this shot was taken). It is a steep (about 45-60 degree slope) grassy clamber down the 300 ft cliff. I clambered back up before Elizabeth. She wanted to look at more of the tide pools and I wanted to get back on to level ground (silly Kansan). You can spot her there just to the left of the leftmost tide pool; it's a long ways down. But on the right of the picture you can see the geology for which the site is famous - red sandstones overlaid on folded, uplifted and eroded gray sedimentary rocks. If that can happen in 6000 years, it truly would be a miracle!



We also visited a nature reserve in Kinross (on Loch Leven, north of Edinburgh), where I got these two pictures. Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis, aka Dabchick), which was a new bird for the life list, and Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), which I had previously seen in California, where they are regular vagrants (a few show up there  every year).





Finally, here is a Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) amongst the cow parsnips and Scottish thistle at ye old Rintoul estate a few miles west and north of Kinross. It consists of an abandoned 19th century house (two stories) and caved-in barn (complete with resident Barn Owl).  My great-grandfather emigrated from this area of Scotland in 1849. It was quite interesting to visit the place from whence my family name originated...



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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 06 2008,17:50   

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Thanks.  I must have read too much Sherlock Holmes when I was a kid - The Adventure Of The Speckled Band stuck with me.

Wasn't that a Fer-de-Lance?

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 06 2008,19:45   

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Thanks.  I must have read too much Sherlock Holmes when I was a kid - The Adventure Of The Speckled Band stuck with me.

Wasn't that a Fer-de-Lance?

The fer-de-lance was actually the first Nero Wolfe story.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer-de-Lance_%28book%29

A little more googling gets me to the Speckled Band, which is an adder.

http://www.nomig.net/radiodr....%20Band

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J-Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 06 2008,19:47   

[quote=Albatrossity2,Aug. 06 2008,16:50]Thankfully we saw no snakes while in Scotland. St. Columba must have driven them down to Brighton.The only herps we saw were frogs and toads aplenty. We did see several road-killed foxes, as well as bunnies. Other mammals included both roe and red deer. I wanted to see a badger, but I was disappointed in that desire.  Maybe next time.

I have had time to only go through a small subset of the pics, but here are a few more.  The first is Siccar Point, on the East Lothian coast just south of Dunbar (John Muir's birthplace). It is a remarkably beautiful site, well worth the trip. It is a bit hard to find, but having found it, I can now provide explicit directions for any who want to venture there. J-Dog, if you get to Edinburgh to visit your daughter this year, you ought to take her there. You can see what you need to see from the overlook (where this shot was taken). It is a steep (about 45-60 degree slope) grassy clamber down the 300 ft cliff. I clambered back up before Elizabeth. She wanted to look at more of the tide pools and I wanted to get back on to level ground (silly Kansan). You can spot her there just to the left of the leftmost tide pool; it's a long ways down. But on the right of the picture you can see the geology for which the site is famous - red sandstones overlaid on folded, uplifted and eroded gray sedimentary rocks. If that can happen in 6000 years, it truly would be a miracle!



We also visited a nature reserve in Kinross (on Loch Leven, north of Edinburgh), where I got these two pictures. Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis, aka Dabchick), which was a new bird for the life list, and Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), which I had previously seen in California, where they are regular vagrants (a few show up there  every year).

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Finally, here is a Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) amongst the cow parsnips and Scottish thistle at ye old Rintoul estate a few miles west and north of Kinross. It consists of an abandoned 19th century house (two stories) and caved-in barn (complete with resident Barn Owl).  My great-grandfather emigrated from this area of Scotland in 1849. It was quite interesting to visit the place from whence my family name originated...


Absolutely tremendous - and holy ID, that IS a long way down!

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Gullibility is not a virtue - Quidam on Dembski's belief in the Bible Code Faith Healers & ID 7/08

UD is an Unnatural Douchemagnet. - richardthughes 7/11

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 07 2008,06:19   

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Absolutely tremendous - and holy ID, that IS a long way down!

Yep, and a longer way back up. Elizabeth took a picture (included below) as I was climbing back up; the little dot toward the top of the grassy slope, near the fenceline, is me. The fence looks useful, but the top strand is barbed wire; not the thing that you need to grab if you start to slip. If you need a sense of scale, I am 6'4" tall...

The impressive geology of the site can be seen again in the righthand section of the picture.



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 07 2008,11:52   

<FTK>Wow, Scotland must have been travelling pretty fast to bang into the sandstone so hard!</FTK>

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 08 2008,08:57   

In addition to the aforementioned Cooper's hawk that's been frequenting my yard, yesterday afternoon there was a female American Kestrel perched on my neighbor's TV antenna, smack in the middle of what appeared to be a finch convention.  There were eight of them (Gold, Purple), apparently unaware of the feeding habits of the kestrel.

As I understand it, kestrels are more likely to eat small mammals (mice, voles) and large insects (grasshoppers, dragonflies) than small birds, and are themselves considered a delicacy by Cooper's Hawks.  Nonetheless, the grouping on the antenna looked like a lion-sleeping-with-lambs situation.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 08 2008,16:26   

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As I understand it, kestrels are more likely to eat small mammals (mice, voles) and large insects (grasshoppers, dragonflies) than small birds

You'll see them frequently hover-hunt over open fields, looking for voles and/or bugs.  They'll take birds, too, but very small ones.  Though, one year while banding hawks, with a trainee on the large (pigeon) lure, a kestrel came into the station and the trainee was so excited I couldn't get her to stop moving the pigeon around.  Usually we immediately work on them with a house sparrow, before they get a good look around and see all the station hardware which tends to freak them out, causing them to perch on a mistnet pole or the like, giving alarm calls.  And looking with suspicion into the blind.

On this occasion I finally got the trainee to park her pigeon in small hideaway built of rocks for just that purpose.  The female kestrel walked into the little hideaway and jumped on the pigeon's back.  The trainee dragged the pigeon and tiny kestrel (outweighed by the pigeon something like 6:1) into the bownet and caught it.

That was one optimistic kestrel.

But usually birds sorta freak them out unless they're very tiny.  Kestrels, like all falcons, have relatively tiny and weak feet (compared to hawks and eagles of comparable size) so they grab prey and kill vertebrates by severing the spinal cord in the neck (their bills have a notch in them, one of the morphological characteristics differentiating them from hawks).

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 08 2008,16:30   

Beautiful blue tit photo above, nice job (and I speak as someone who's sold a fair number of nature photos to the international book and magazine market).

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 08 2008,17:03   

Last weekend I popped down to South Arm in search of Greenhood orchids (Pterostylis species) but sadly failed to find one.

So I ended up at the beach and found this....


Isn't that cool?
No?


Well here's another shot

I took a bit of video too. Not brilliant, but it shows the animal vanishing as it settles into some weed.

I find these decorator crabs very cool, partly I suppose because we didn't have anything like this in the UK. I've purchased a few books and browsed the web for information on Australian Majidae but there seems to be a bit of confusion. I'm not 100% on the species but I'm reckoning it's Notomithrax ursus.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 09 2008,12:46   

I have managed to go through about a third of my pictures from Scotland, and posted a couple dozen of the highlights, mostly from the Outer Hebrides, at this URL

http://www.davidrintoul.com/hebrides/

There are some birds, some scenics, and, just for Arden, some more pictures of the Butt of Lewis.

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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 09 2008,15:21   

I was on the ocean yesterday, and had some Delicious results.



This was a 10 lb male dorado.



This was a 25 lb male Albacore Tuna. (The dog's name is Yoggie).

The fishing was slow over all. I only lost one fish (a larger albacore) when my reel momentarily locked up. We caught 11 albacore, 2 Yellowfin Tuna, 2 Yellowtail jack, and 41 dorado for 32 people fishing. Mine was the largest dorado, with the majority barely over 3 lbs. (I had a several of those but released them). The per pound cost of the meat was still well above market, 15 lbs of trimed meat for ~$300.  The local fish market charges $10.

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nuytsia



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 10 2008,04:14   

This was rather cool.
Saturday was a beautiful day in Hobart so I popped into the Botanic Gardens to photograph some of the rarer endemic flora that's beginning to go into flower.

As I came round a corner I scared a White Goshawk that had been sitting on a wall.
I followed it through the garden till it settled in an Araucaria and took a few shots.

Right on the limitations of my 75-300 lens but I was still pretty pleased with these.
A friend had said they'd seen a White Goshawk in the gardens a few months back, but this was still a surprise as these tend to be a rural bird and the BG is in the center of Hobart.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 10 2008,10:20   

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Wildlife: What's in your backyard?
Fire ants in my cousin's back yard, and I now have intimate knowledge of them.

Bastards.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 10 2008,12:32   

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Wildlife: What's in your backyard?
Fire ants in my cousin's back yard, and I now have intimate knowledge of them.

Bastards.

OUCH!

Sorry to hear that.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 10 2008,13:03   

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Wildlife: What's in your backyard?
Fire ants in my cousin's back yard, and I now have intimate knowledge of them.

Bastards.

OUCH!

Sorry to hear that.

Thanks for the sympathy, I need it just now.

I have about half a dozen good sized welts and another dozen smaller ones on my legs.  Stepped right into a small nest of them, and I knew the damned things were there.

That's the real pain.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 13 2008,21:17   

Saw a black bear this evening, along one side of block where I live.

Several cars seemed to be loitering in the area.

Being on foot at the time, I decidedly did not loiter in the area.

Henry

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 13 2008,21:23   

wow where do you live?

a yearling attacked an 8 year old boy in the park here last weekend.  boys daddy run it off, unh huh.  a-hittin it with sticks and rocks, unh huh.  hit coulda been worse i reckon.  said they had been a-eatin fried chicken before hit come up on em, unh-huh.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 13 2008,22:39   

Colorado Springs. I was just walking around the block, when a car stops along side and the guy says there's a bear up there where those cars are. Well, I crossed to the opposite side of the street, and walked slightly faster than normal until well past it. Got a couple of glimses of the bear, which seemed to be exploring around a building.

If I'd been in my car I'd have gotten a closer look. Deer aren't that unusual to see around this block, but that's the first bear I recall in the neighborhood. (Though a couple years ago a coyote trotted by while I was pulling out to go to work; no road runners in area so it probably kept going. Well, unless that one likes rabbit.)

In other wildlife sightings, couple of times in the last week I saw a bird collecting bait. A couple of weeks ago there was a very brief glimpse of what was presumably a lizard (quickly getting off the sidewalk); lizards are rarely visible (to me, anyway) around here. (How many are around but out of sight, I have no clue.)

Henry

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 14 2008,10:05   

We justs moved to a new home in Lexington, MA (suburban Boston).  There are some wild turkeys in the area.  I've seen a few of them on my street, although none in my back yard yet.  Should be interesting when my dogs discover them.

Haven't gotten a photo yet, but I did have one fly almost head-on at my car.  I saw a big, black bird coming toward my windshield.  They are huge!

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 14 2008,11:02   

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We justs moved to a new home in Lexington, MA (suburban Boston).  There are some wild turkeys in the area.  I've seen a few of them on my street, although none in my back yard yet.  Should be interesting when my dogs discover them.

Haven't gotten a photo yet, but I did have one fly almost head-on at my car.  I saw a big, black bird coming toward my windshield.  They are huge!

When first married, we lived in Beverly MA, and loved it.

Once we saw a tom turkey - not wild, a domestic - might have just escaped - while roaming around Walden Pond - does that count?

If you haven't been there I recommend it, BTW, and 2 years ago re-visited Lexington and Concord.*



* For Louis and all the Brits here - It's why we don't waste ink on superfluous vowels in words like "color".  






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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 14 2008,11:09   

Also for Louis and all the Brits here, some more pictures of Scotland. All in colour...

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 14 2008,11:18   

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When first married, we lived in Beverly MA, and loved it.

Once we saw a tom turkey - not wild, a domestic - might have just escaped - while roaming around Walden Pond - does that count?

If you haven't been there I recommend it, BTW, and 2 years ago re-visited Lexington and Concord.*



* For Louis and all the Brits here - It's why we don't waste ink on superfluous vowels in words like "color".  





Yeah, Walden is a favorite spot.  It's only a few miles from my house.

Beverly is nice too.  When I first moved to the area in the early 90's I looked at houses in Beverly.  It would have been a tough commute though given where I have worked over the last decade.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 14 2008,11:29   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ Aug. 14 2008,11:09)
Also for Louis and all the Brits here, some more pictures of Scotland. All in colour...

Beautiful Pictures* - thanks, I forwarded them to my daughter Erin.  

I also just read The Man Who Found Time by Jack Repcheck, the story of James Hutton, and I understand a heck of a lot better how important your trip to Skepic Point was.

Thanks for the pics and the posts.


* I liked your coloured pictures.  Plus it looks so peaceful there with not a lot of lorries to spoil the view.  I noticed that you didn't have any night pics though - Did your electric torch run out of charge?

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 14 2008,13:42   

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I liked your coloured pictures.  Plus it looks so peaceful there with not a lot of lorries to spoil the view.  I noticed that you didn't have any night pics though - Did your electric torch run out of charge?

Yeah, and we didn't figure out that we had to go to the chemist's shop to get batteries.  So we just ate haggis, and hoped that the fluorescent flatulence would be sufficient lighting...

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 14 2008,13:58   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ Aug. 14 2008,19:42)
Quote (J-Dog @ Aug. 14 2008,11:29)
I liked your coloured pictures.  Plus it looks so peaceful there with not a lot of lorries to spoil the view.  I noticed that you didn't have any night pics though - Did your electric torch run out of charge?

Yeah, and we didn't figure out that we had to go to the chemist's shop to get batteries.  So we just ate haggis, and hoped that the fluorescent flatulence would be sufficient lighting...

Was it deep fried Haggis? I did warn you that Scottish cuisine involves a lot of batter and deep frying.

The NHS has thought about introducing a policy regarding deep fried pizza. Each time you eat a piece of deep fried pizza you get a stamp. Three or more stamps a year and they refuse to treat you for heart disease.

Louis

P.S. Thanks very much for the wonderful photos. I'd share you some of mine from the same period if I'd taken any. even if I had they'd have all been of moody Frenchmen, labs, offices and NMR spectra.

P.P.S. J-Dog: With that many colours in your foliage, a beautiful sight I agree, I think you need the extra vowels to fully encompass the magnificence of such a sight.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 14 2008,14:19   

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* I liked your coloured pictures.  

Please. The correct term these days is 'pictures of colo(u)r'.

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"Rich is just mad because he thought all titties had fur on them until last week when a shorn transvestite ruined his childhood dreams by jumping out of a spider man cake and man boobing him in the face lips." - Erasmus

  
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