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Mmmmm, the bitter tang of failure.
About this creation
Ingredients:
Some different so-so projects, none worthy of their own page
Some assorted table scraps
Some aborted WIPs
A dash of random insanity

Mix and serve lukewarm to a hungry MOCpages crowd, and hope it ends up being more than the sum of its parts.




Brian Kescenovitz thought the Smog Factory looked empty with just the Space Ninjas on it, so before I tore it down I did this. There are some closeups of various scenes on my flickr. No, you don't get a link -- think of it as a not-so-fun game of hide and seek.






I had a plan one day to make a fleet of microspace ships out of nothing but Bionicle and some Technic pieces. The thing about Bionicle is, you can't get a really cohesive design with it. I got some interesting things, but nothing really good This one was by far the best.





Back end, the pics don't quite do it justice. It's all downhill from here for the microniclespace fleet.







This one's not too bad -- but not too good, either. I think the front looks like a hippo head.








This ended up as more of a howitzer-type thing than a spacecraft.








This was supposed to be like a floating station of some kind.










This one looked kind of neat, but not really microscale. The dark red thing and the flying hippo-fish seemed like they could be enormous capital ships, but this looked more like a minifig-scale drone or something. I slapped that clear brain piece on there, thinking I'd call it a cyborg race ship, but then I came to my senses and scrapped the whole Bionicleship experiment.



It was sometime in early to mid 2006 that I first discovered MOCpages. After seeing all the awesome SHIPs there, I broke out the Laygoes for the first time in quite a while and tried my hand at one of my own. Clearly Star Blazers influenced, with the mighty Wave Motion Gun for the front end. Gray and blue because it was what I still seemed to have the most of, thanks to growing up with Classic Space. This is as far as it got -- I ran out of pieces, and it got uglier and uglier the more I looked at it. Yes, it is truly hideous. In my defense, I was out of practice at the time.



Just a little something the cat was working on... the little fella got tuckered out trying to build without thumbs. This picture of kitty amongst the Laygoes is the only existing shot that includes the pirate diorama I was working on for NWBC '07. It wasn't so much bad, as just... boring. I had half come up with a little story to go with it by the time I decided it wasn't worthy and tore it apart, so it might resurface in another form someday.




This little choo choo train engine has been on Brickshelf for a while, but it was one of the first things I tried using Photoshop on to improve the lighting, as it's in the dreaded all-black color scheme -- and I totally butchered it. A year or so later I have a tiny bit more Photoshop skill, and it looks a lot better. I suppose I could fix all the shots in the Brickshelf gallery, but nah... it's like a matter of historical record now.




Dark Ritual -- add 3 black mana to your mana pool. (That's a Magic: The Gathering reference for the geeks out there.) This scene never quite worked out the way I wanted. An attempt at black candles on black candelabras was only part of the problem.






The higher angle lets you see the tied up girl better, but also lets you see the uneven "pages" in the book.







This is an old abandoned diorama, seen here mostly torn apart. I got to this point in the demolition before I thought I might as well take a picture or two. Reasons for abandonment: I did not have the pieces or the money at the time to acquire the pieces to finish it properly, and I belatedly realized the trans-orange Star Wars cannons were disgustingly ugly. Reasons to take a pic: I kind of liked the planters (well, maybe not so much the arrangement in the middle one), and the walkway (the concept more so than the execution -- 1x4 bricks with the one groove exactly fit the lightsaber bars). Once again, there exists in my head a half-formed story for this, so it might be reincarnated someday as well.



I have a lot of these 2x2x3 light gray slopes, and I think they'd make an interesting floor arranged like this. I've never seen it done, and ordinarily I would jealously guard a new technique so I could be the first to the net with it... but this is a pretty old picture and I've never gotten around to actually working this into a MOC. So if you like it and have the parts, go for it. I'd like to see it in a MOC, whether mine or somebody else's.




An old greebly spacewall study, possibly intended for a moonbase module. Again with the trans-orange Star Wars cannons... I think it was one of those things where I was Cracklink shopping and whatever store I was in had them for dirt cheap: "Oh, why the hell not? I don't need them, but for 2 cents each... I'll take fifty!" (That's what makes the site so dangerous.) So then I had a ton of them and felt duty-bound to work them into a MOC because I'd bought them for no apparent reason. Other than that, the wall wasn't too bad.




We interrupt this alleged MOC for a federally-mandated public service announcement:


THIS DATE IN FUTURE HISTORY

On this date in 2247, Robbie Jackinson breaks the color barrier by becoming the first brown man to join the space corps -- which had been strictly yellows-only up until that time. When later asked why he thought it took so long to integrate, Mr. Jackinson's reply was succinct: "Because people suck."

We now return you to your regularly scheduled parade of crap.





A mailbox -- thank you very much. I had a street scene going at one time, with the Cafe Corner, Market Street, and my own lame buildings. I wanted to keep them together, but then when I was getting ready to move I decided they were all too bulky to transport intact. Not much in the way of MOCs and WIPs survived that purge of moving house -- Shannonia, the Smog Factory, and a very few smaller things. Everything else got demolished and packed up.




A decent little mech, but I couldn't figure out what to do with it. I'd like to make several and put them in some dio, but this guy takes eight of those pneumatic T-joints, and I don't have enough. Also, while poseable, it's flimsy. And I don't really like how the T's stand out against the black. I guess I could make a gray version of this (except for the guns) but I like it in black. If the T piece came in black, it might be worth it to buy a bunch and make a squad of little chicken mechs.





I call this the needleship fleet. Mildly interesting, but not worth its own page.








I think I have more black pieces than any other color, and I know most of my small fiddly bits are black. So when I pull out my trays of small interesting pieces and start jamming, just seeing what comes of it, they generally tend to be black.




Not bad for five tiny elements.







Not bad for three elements -- I don't know why, but I really liked this thing, I was calling it a spybot. I should have invented some monstrous diorama to go around it, where this little guy would have ended up getting lost as a minor prop, all the while being the impetus for the whole project. That would have been a good story. I suppose I still could do that -- if I could only remember how to make it again...




I wanted to do a MOC about the hypocrisy of American drug policy... How every other commercial on TV is pushing some new pill, and the litany of possible side effects sound worse than the disease it purports to cure, and how more kids get high on the prescription drugs in their parents' medicine cabinets than on any banned substance -- and yet it's illegal for someone to use certain recreational drugs in the privacy of his own home, not hurting anyone (except himself, if you want to look at it that way). But this scene just didn't work. I won't go into the myriad of ways I messed it up or why I couldn't be bothered to fix it, I'll just use the excuse that I didn't want to anger our newest sponsor...



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Side effects may include: dizziness, insomnia, rancid flatulence, giddiness, severe dry eye, lethargy, random screaming, depression, amnesia, color blindness, vomiting, internal bleeding, hiccups, dry mouth, fever, stinky feet, arachibutyrophobia, narcolepsy, runny nose, doing the robot, kidney failure, crossed eyes, chills, liver damage, drooling, persistent itchy rash, certain birth defects, loss of bladder control, hallucinations, lycanthropy, speaking in tongues, green thumb, hair loss, gigantism, painful shyness, sore throat, constipation, genetic mutation (and not in a cool X-men way either), sneezing, impotence, really freaky deja vu, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, sleepwalking, blindness, foaming at the mouth, loss of equilibrium, sweaty palms, accelerated toenail growth, coughing, growing a second head, nosebleeds, cardiac arrest, severe itch in that part of your back you can't reach to properly scratch, uncontrollable belching, irritability, catatonia, lockjaw, twitchy eye, demonic possession, painful urination, luposlipaphobia, swollen testicles, toejam, blurred vision, global warming, blackouts, bone deterioration, enjoying Halo MOCs, joint pain, hives, increased appetite, irregular heartbeat, telling Bruce Willis you see dead people, migraine headaches, memory loss, night terrors, hubris, tone deafness, overpowering body odor, jazz hands, decreased sense of humor, reddened skin, alien abduction, genital warts, fingers falling off, hearing loss, drowsiness, difficulty breathing, intoxication, telekinesis, gangrene, unexplained bite marks, spastic limbs, ennui, blood poisoning, impaired judgment, goosebumps, panic attacks, hysterical laughing, uncontrollable urge to gamble, colon cancer, fainting, singing off-key, weakened sense of smell, green urine, believing I'll send you fifty dollars for reading all this, male lactation, eye boogers, believing something a politician says, running sores, kleptomania, developing a phony British accent, heartburn, brain freeze, tennis elbow, thumbsucking, stomachache, hearing things, jelly legs, craving peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, swollen glands, yawning, wild mood swings, ruptured spleen, honeybee die-off, intense thirst, losing your mojo, paranoia, not thinking I'm nuts for writing all this, tooth loss, misanthropy, forked tongue, dry heaves, dandruff, coulrophobia, stigmata, spontaneous combustion, zombiefication, halitosis, astral projection, compulsively writing long lists of imaginary side effects, crotch rot, paralysis, hangnails, believing Paris Hilton is actually attractive, vampirism, talking to yourself, necrophilia, shrunken head, unmanageable ear hair, the bends, difficulty swallowing, oily discharge, recurring dreams in which you're falling, wet willies, shortness of breath, meteor strikes, delusions of grandeur, the midas touch, brain aneurisms, thoughts of cannibalism, hemorrhoids, Armageddon, nymphomania, needing more cowbell, Panglossianism, vertigo, dermal liquefaction, compulsion to read fine print, death, and a fate worse than death. Caution: extremely habit-forming. Do not mix with alcohol, unless you really want to party.




Eventually I'd like to build a SHIP (Seriously Huge Investment in Parts, a spaceship that is at least 100 studs long). Figuring on using a Technic frame in it, I scoured Brickshelf one day to see if I could find any kind of compendium of Technic brick angle ratios that might be helpful. I couldn't. So I thought I'd make them for myself and document them. I'm sure someone of a more mathematical bent, knowing the measurements of Lego bricks, could come up with some formula to predict these connections. But I used the good old trial-and-error method to discover these two ratios.


Which were both really just one ratio, I soon noticed -- the angle of the diagonal brick is the same, the studs just face a different way on the bottom frames. This led me to wonder if that angle is the only one in which a diagonal Technic brick will join up with its horizontal or vertical mates -- once again, someone mathematically inclined could answer this definitively, but I started slapping together Technic bricks to make beams 30-plus studs long, and swinging them around trying to match up the holes at a steeper or shallower slope. That quickly grew tiresome, so the Great Ratio Compendium Project stopped with just these two (which are actually just the one). I theorize that other angles exist, with half-stud offsets through use of jumper tiles or the 1x1 technic bricks, but that line of research has been deferred for now. Someone else can take the baton and run with it. Please?




I was babbling about an abandoned WIP in my Glowing Gardens MOC, and this is the only part of it worthy of having its picture taken before it was destroyed. You can see part of the Smog Factory in the background -- I needed the 2x2x3 slopes off of this for it. This thing was like an arbor, with greenery on top and hanging down the sides, and the path from the dock led to a big temple, which was the part giving me all the trouble. And still is, now that I mention it.




A microspace container barge, which I began hating as soon as I finished it. I wanted more container and less barge (probably should have gone with technic axles for a more spindly-looking frame), but had lost enthusiasm for the idea at this point and didn't feel like reworking it. The concept has been done much better many times, by builders more skilled than me. And yet here you are wasting your time looking at this. Don't you feel cheated?



I liked the little picker craft a lot more than the barge. A LOT more. I made four of them, all numbered for your convenience.






If the barge had turned out better I might have been tempted to make some kind of space station for the pickers to shuttle the containers to and from... then again, I might not have.







And finally, Separated at Birth -- my sig-fig and I. It's uncanny! I mean, our shirts are exactly the same!

I post this not to get my silly face on the internet -- I'm squinting and the sun isn't even in my eyes; a few more years and I'll have to switch out my sig-fig's head for one with glasses, I think -- but because I've seen a few imposter sig-figs claiming to be me out there in MOCpagesLand. I would like the authorities to do something about this rampant sig-fig identity theft. Don't think it's a big deal? Wait until it hits close to home. YOU could be next!






Comments

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  December 4, 2011
I don't enjoy Halo MOCs either..... I love the whole thing.
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  November 28, 2010
lycanthropy, vampirism, and zombification?
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  March 31, 2010
Oh, wow. Either finished or unfinished your designs are excellent. The sloping floor plan looks like a great idea, and I like how in one simple idea, you had a black man in space. That's respect for black people, which caught my attention a lot. ~Ryan
  February 17, 2010
Cool nice work, and some of this stuff deserves it's own page, it's all really good! Ironically the ads on the side of this page are about new painkillers, and new drugs, and their various side effects!
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  February 2, 2010
Nice job putting in luposlipaphobia, the Far Side sure is awesome!
  September 26, 2009
if anyone watches jimmy neutron, you KNOW the spybot thingy looks like a black version of the germs in carl's stomach when jimmy & sheen go in his body. by the way the episode is when jimmy creates those sick patches. nice moc young!
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  August 6, 2009
SOOOOO much stuff. About the pill, you listen to the Stones, dont you, or maybe you dont and Im jus making a fool of myself, especialy considering how I wont stop typing. Any way, I like the Tang of Failior or whatever, I always wondered what it was made of. All your stuff is random, and not realy what Im interested in, but whatever, its all pretty cool. Your right, you and your SigFig are scary alike. I never knew anyone could have so much legos, oh and I love your cat. Any way, bye. =)
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  April 4, 2009
Side effects? Sounds like a painkiller where a side effect is death, doesn't it? Perhaps. Speaking of painkillers... :P
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  February 14, 2009
On my last comment, I was being an idiot. I've changed my mind, and realize you didn't mean to show this in a positive, OR negative light. Sorry again.
  February 2, 2009
Your triangle experiment would be greatly helped by the information in this wiki: http://oork.com/czwme for purposes of LEGO you would count the space between axle holes as an integer unit. I'm not sure if the other right triangles will make parallel bricks LEGO units apart (meaning you can fill the gap with x number of LEGO plates where x is an integer)
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  December 9, 2008
that was one of the longest things ive ever read i really liked it though you have a lot of minifgs i like the smog factory with all the minifigs on it and i liked the thing with all the silly side affects i actually red all that any way i liked it
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  October 15, 2008
Nice job including Luposlipaphobia. Not exactly relevant on the whole, but here's a page that should help if you ever make your SHIP: http://www.math.uic.edu/~fields/puzzle/triples.html
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  September 11, 2008
C'mon Noah this is perfectly original! some of these I wish you had posted Shannon. I know I would have posted like all of them but a great builder like you has to make a few sacrifices...
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  September 3, 2008
Ahh! I missed a Shannon Young MOC! I'm getting old. Good day
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  September 2, 2008
I hadn't noticed this earlier. Something always seems to slip through the cracks when you're busy. It's a nice bit of stuff to digest, so I'll be back. I know how it is to buy odd parts from Cracklink because they are cheap. I am that way at the Pick-a-brick in the LEGO store near my house. I got most of a cup of trans-green seaweed. I had no need, at least not then, but something came of it. I need the parts in hand to make something perculate in the old noggin. I bought some of those trans pink flower heads and Murder In The Garden came out of stacking them and staring at them out of the corner of my eye while watching tv. Anyway I'm now thinking of making a floor from those slopes. Gotta keep bustin' out of the box, thinkin' wise. Something I like about your work. see ya around, I gotta go to work. garth
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  September 1, 2008
Man, this ain't failin'! I didn't read all those side affects until I took the pill, now that I read them I see that I should have done so earlier...This one right hear is what I am suffering from: "developing a phony British accent" yep, that's it...
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  August 22, 2008
hypocrisy of American drug policy - money talks, b.s. walks; but doesn't the underwear go on the inside of the pants? Lee.
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  August 21, 2008
Some of this is pretty good but overall it's average : ) The thing about Mocpages is the fact that if you make a "Political Cartoon" Then everybody swarms you and says your brilliant and ingenious and that your creative or whatever : ) Thing is, is that it's already been done a thousand times over and that it's pretty much just complaining about how gun-control shouldn't exist or how religion is stupid or something : ) . Well then again I'm not an athiest (Please tell me that's how you spell it) nor a conservative so therefore I'm evil
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  August 21, 2008
I love the idea of a catch-all page. I often want to post things that maybe aren't totally perfect, yet I want to capture for posterity. In fact, most days that's all I have time to make :) --when playing with a 3 year old there's no time for grand projects. Anyway, there are lots of wonderful little gems in here. Thanks for posting! -N.
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  August 19, 2008
Like whaoh man...I gotta try that yellow pill...*hic*. C ya~ElNickre
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  August 17, 2008
I think I need one of those Curitols, but man thats alota sideffects... Even your "fails" are awsome. PS did you get my email?
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  August 14, 2008
Your failures are better then my best work :( . Oh well, no where to go but up! Great job as always!
Shannon Young
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Heather LEGO Girl
  August 13, 2008
That list of side effects is even funnier after I've taken my "happy pills." Ahh.. "happy pills". They are so nice and legal.
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  August 13, 2008
Jeebus that was funny-cool. So much randomness here it's hard to comment on everything. *inhales deeply* Ok, here goes: Robbie Jackinson rocks, ur bionicle ships suck, ur microscale is awsum especially the needleships, nice cyborg racer, you have too many multi-colored 1x1 tiles it makes me sick, ur old, blurry photos are funny-as, ur side effects list is brilliant and seperated at births rule! You sir, rocketh thy world.
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  August 13, 2008
lol plz check out my moc off page and BTW great mocs
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  August 13, 2008
How do you get this Curitol? I have uncombed hair disorder and those side effects don't sound all that bad. It's worth the risk. I like the container ship the most, but after seeing a pic of Curitol, the containers remind me of giant pills and the ship becomes one of those pill containers (MTWRFSaSu). I'm definitely interested in seeing this drug policy moc.
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  August 13, 2008
A lot of interesting things ! I must admit that my favorite is the "brown" Spaceman, this dude rocks ! Please, don't give up your idea to make a MOC about drugs, I'd really like to see this :)
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  August 13, 2008
Nice batch of rejects there, Shan. As for those side effects, I've been suffering from jazz hands since the age of six (in my case a hereditary situation, as my Mother was a dance teacher), and it's a terrifying condition that's left me scarred for life...so, not a side effect to be taken lightly, people! Glad to see we're clearing up the Sigfig issue as well. Now your alter-ego can be abused properly.
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  August 13, 2008
they are good but not as good as your others, I like that Dark Ritual. about the monkeys in my latest moc, it's funny you ask because it was after I saw your previous moc I went searching my monkeys, I had never seen them all together. when working on my moc-off entry I imagened some kind of zoo near the amusent park. anyway, thanks for your comment
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  August 13, 2008
Although I can't promise the stubble, I should be able to get the rest of it right next time... For what you ask? MUHAHAHA... ~ Chris.
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  August 13, 2008
The word "gumbo" has me drooling. I'd kill for some Cajun right about now. Oh, and if I could "fail" this well, I'd be a happy, happy person, instead of a grumbling sociopath who drowns the sorrows of his Lego failures in plastic bottles of Jack Daniel's. Ooo, that was poetic.
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  August 13, 2008
Magic The Gathering. :)
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  August 13, 2008
Yeah I forgot to mention that the side effects stuff was my favorite part. "I can take the headaches and vomiting to make my arm feel better. I can move it around...AAAHHHHH MY HEAD!!!!! I've got full range of motion."
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  August 12, 2008
BTW, the “side effects list” is about the funniest thing I’ve ever read. Was it done in one sitting, or jotted down over the course of days? I think “jazz hands” is my favorite…now gimme my fifty bucks.
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  August 12, 2008
Some good stuff in there, Shannon. I think the SHIP might have worked with a bit of a facelift, and the 2x2x3 floor technique is beautiful, but, ahh…those bionicle ships? Not so much, though I give you credit for the effort. I think we have all tried it, but somehow, our “ships” always look like things that could have randomly assembled themselves at the bottom of the bionicle drawer. In fact, that’s probably a good test. Toss one into the bionicle drawer, and if you immediately loose track of it amidst the riot of shape and color, it’s probably best to just leave it there…;-)
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  August 12, 2008
growing a second head lol. love the look into the work bench of a great builder. nothing like funny commentary to go along with it. good mocs great commentary.
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  August 12, 2008
I'll go and sit in time out for an hour (I was a bad boy) then go and do my best to make sure that Sigpersonator doesn't show up and try to get into the after party. Your list of side effects was histarical! I wonder how many people actually read all that? If you didn't people, do yourself a favor and go read it now. NOW I SAID! There's a good reason you are THE man when it comes to commentary. I almost found myself forgetting to look at the mocs. I guess that's one of the side effects of taking Shanofix twice a day... ~ Chris.
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  August 12, 2008
Wait a minute. I take the campsite thing back. You weren't invited. Sorry, thought that Mark invited you to replace me when I turned down the invitation, but I see he got the other Shannon instead. His sig fig looks much cooler with the batman tee and sunglasses and all.
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  August 12, 2008
Ahh, I feel privileged to have to some of your behind the scenes work, thanks for posting :)
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  August 12, 2008
wow. pretty good i guess...
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  August 12, 2008
I dont know why, but I feel compelled to stand up and clap! *clap* *clap* *clap* Bravo.
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  August 12, 2008
Why does your sigfig look different than all of the orange hair ones I've seen floating around on MOCPages at Award Shows, CampSites, Hall of Fames inductions etc?
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  August 12, 2008
Some of those I can see why you threw away, but others...Oh, and I'm jealous of your woodsmen collection. Thanks for posting! It was fun.
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  August 12, 2008
Well, I like the mailbox. Also, I agree with you about the absurdity of our drug laws. Let's have a discussion!
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  August 12, 2008
Well Dagum,the whole is equal to sum of it's parts,GUMBO!!!!!~LL
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  August 12, 2008
If only I could make any of those "throw aways"...*sigh*
 
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