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ladyscarlett


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Not sure if this goes into the beginners, but I'll try here first since it's official...I've started my trad rack!

First piece, #3 C4 cam. He's a big blue guy, and even better, hanging off a nice brand new non toothed RED biner!! Oh yeah, watch out...I'm out there!

So far, this newbie's personal* rack consists of

-3 lockers
-3 trad draws
-#3 C4 cam
-long sling for anchor material

It's coming along, slowly but surely.

Next...tricams?

whoo hooo!! Damn I love this!

cheers

ls

*my buddies and I have something of a "communal" rack. It actually works better than you'd think!


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That was my first piece oh so many years ago. Well the camalot version. It was a Xmas gift from my sister. It was amazing how fast the rack came together piece by piece.

Enjoy!


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ladyscarlett wrote:
*my buddies and I have something of a "communal" rack. It actually works better than you'd think!
That's the best method, for sure!
My first piece was a red HB flexicam. P.O.S. but it works.

I'd recommend getting a set of nuts before tricams - Nuts r bombar!


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Congratulations on your rack Cool

And another vote for nuts!
Tricams (as well as "normal" cams ) are nice and all, but nuts are a nice (and inexpensive) base of every rack.

qwert


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ladyscarlett wrote:
Not sure if this goes into the beginners, but I'll try here first since it's official...I've started my trad rack!

First piece, #3 C4 cam. He's a big blue guy, and even better, hanging off a nice brand new non toothed RED biner!! Oh yeah, watch out...I'm out there!

So far, this newbie's personal* rack consists of

-3 lockers
-3 trad draws
-#3 C4 cam
-long sling for anchor material

It's coming along, slowly but surely.

Next...tricams?

whoo hooo!! Damn I love this!

cheers

ls

*my buddies and I have something of a "communal" rack. It actually works better than you'd think!

Nice rack!



































sorry, couldn't resist.Tongue


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shoulda asked for pics... Tongue

Here's a shiny #3



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Gmburns2000 wrote:
sorry, couldn't resist.Tongue

Knock knock!

(Who's there?)

STFU.


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skelterjohn wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
sorry, couldn't resist.Tongue

Knock knock!

(Who's there?)

STFU.

knock knock

(who's there?)

no YOU stfu


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man...i was so excited when i got my first cam: a trango #8 flex cam. i was so ready.

now i'm up to 24 cams. be careful, you're opening a dangerous door.


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i bought 4 dmm nuts at he same time in 2001 (all the money i saved). And a week later i was able to buy a other 4 bd nuts ;-). They only way to test/use them at the time was putting the nuts in the reinforcement stones on a local dike. Tongue Later in 2002 i climbed whit the pieces fore real the first time in Belgium freyr on a kids climbing weekend Wink:-)[/;)].


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Nice Rack! Wink


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As a dude who found the pun "Nice rack!" funny the first time I heard it, I have to say it has lost its luster the 13,000th time around.

Good job on starting the collection Scarlett. I also agree a set of nuts should be the next in order. Keep your eyes peeled on mountain project for a good used set. Stuff seems to turn over pretty quickly there with plenty of solid deals.


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possum2082 wrote:
man...i was so excited when i got my first cam: a trango #8 flex cam. i was so ready.

now i'm up to 24 cams. be careful, you're opening a dangerous door.
John (angry) has you beat by about 100.


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sungam wrote:
possum2082 wrote:
man...i was so excited when i got my first cam: a trango #8 flex cam. i was so ready.

now i'm up to 24 cams. be careful, you're opening a dangerous door.
John (angry) has you beat by about 100.

wow sungie, that PC++ has come quite a ways while I've been gone. solid work.


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Gmburns2000 wrote:
skelterjohn wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
sorry, couldn't resist.Tongue

Knock knock!

(Who's there?)

STFU.

knock knock

(who's there?)

no YOU stfu

It's Dave, man... open up I got the stuff!


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sungam wrote:
ladyscarlett wrote:
*my buddies and I have something of a "communal" rack. It actually works better than you'd think!
That's the best method, for sure!
My first piece was a red HB flexicam. P.O.S. but it works.

I'd recommend getting a set of nuts before tricams - Nuts r bombar!

Agreed! A communal rack is how I began all those years ago... I had a set of nuts first, and for about a year, before I got my first cam... a 0.75 Camalot... the older version though.


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getout87 wrote:
sungam wrote:
possum2082 wrote:
man...i was so excited when i got my first cam: a trango #8 flex cam. i was so ready.

now i'm up to 24 cams. be careful, you're opening a dangerous door.
John (angry) has you beat by about 100.

wow sungie, that PC++ has come quite a ways while I've been gone. solid work.
heh, yeahBlush


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kachoong wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
skelterjohn wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
sorry, couldn't resist.Tongue

Knock knock!

(Who's there?)

STFU.

knock knock

(who's there?)

no YOU stfu

It's Dave, man... open up I got the stuff!

Oh shit, sorry dude. Yeah, come on in. No one followed you did they? Cool...*locks door*


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kachoong wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
skelterjohn wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
sorry, couldn't resist.Tongue

Knock knock!

(Who's there?)

STFU.

knock knock

(who's there?)

no YOU stfu

It's Dave, man... open up I got the stuff!


Dave? ...Dave's not here.




When I started out I had a job at EMS. My buddy and I went in halves on a full passive rack. The communal rack is indeed a great tool. We rocked that for a year or two before we each started adding our own cams.

Congrats on starting a rack! Next step... gearwhore. Wink (no female connotation intended)


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Gmburns2000 wrote:
kachoong wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
skelterjohn wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
sorry, couldn't resist.Tongue

Knock knock!

(Who's there?)

STFU.

knock knock

(who's there?)

no YOU stfu

It's Dave, man... open up I got the stuff!

Oh shit, sorry dude. Yeah, come on in. No one followed you did they? Cool...*locks door*


Cheesetits.


Gmburns2000


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kachoong wrote:
sungam wrote:
ladyscarlett wrote:
*my buddies and I have something of a "communal" rack. It actually works better than you'd think!
That's the best method, for sure!
My first piece was a red HB flexicam. P.O.S. but it works.

I'd recommend getting a set of nuts before tricams - Nuts r bombar!

Agreed! A communal rack is how I began all those years ago... I had a set of nuts first, and for about a year, before I got my first cam... a 0.75 Camalot... the older version though.

+1 - one of my first partners and I just went and bought stuff with the idea that we'd share it: rope, nuts, biners, slings. Didn't buy cams until I was racking on my own a few years later, though.


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My first was a set of nuts 1-13 at Moab Adventure Outfitters. I've probably got one or two of them still. It's hard to tell.

My first cams were a 1, 2, 2.5, and 3 friend. I got the 1 stuck maybe the second time I used it. The 2.5 got stuck about 3 years later when the cables broke in a hard to reach spot. I still have and use the 2 and 3. Or I would if there was any trad on this island.


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sungam wrote:
possum2082 wrote:
man...i was so excited when i got my first cam: a trango #8 flex cam. i was so ready.

now i'm up to 24 cams. be careful, you're opening a dangerous door.
John (angry) has you beat by about 100.

I've got more than 70 and less than 80 but don't have an exact count.


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ladyscarlett wrote:
Not sure if this goes into the beginners, but I'll try here first since it's official...I've started my trad rack!

First piece, #3 C4 cam. He's a big blue guy, and even better, hanging off a nice brand new non toothed RED biner!! Oh yeah, watch out...I'm out there!

So far, this newbie's personal* rack consists of

-3 lockers
-3 trad draws
-#3 C4 cam
-long sling for anchor material

It's coming along, slowly but surely.

Next...tricams?

whoo hooo!! Damn I love this!

cheers

ls

*my buddies and I have something of a "communal" rack. It actually works better than you'd think!
Go for a set of stoppers, maybe buy one tricam to see if you like it. Better yet, borrow one first. Have you ever used them?


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angry wrote:
sungam wrote:
possum2082 wrote:
man...i was so excited when i got my first cam: a trango #8 flex cam. i was so ready.

now i'm up to 24 cams. be careful, you're opening a dangerous door.
John (angry) has you beat by about 100.

I've got more than 70 and less than 80 but don't have an exact count.

Huh, I remember 117 for some reason.
Meh, maybe that was the combined rack size or something.


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Thanks for the encouragement and not laughing too hard at my newbie enthusiasm over the little things. It's just that it's MINE! Really MINE!

I have tried to use tricams before, but have only succeeded in one solid placement in the many attempts. I was thinking of them on the theory that if I have them, I'll get better at placing.

However, I can't deny the pleasure of a good set of nuts at hand, feels good in so many ways!Wink But the communal rack already has a double set, so I'm going to wait a little longer.

Thanks for the tip on Mountain Project as well!

On the "nice rack" note, I recently had a funny interaction chatting with someone after coming off a lead. We're talking about the climbing day and I realize that he isn't focused on my face. He just can't keep his eyes off my hips/below the waist/backside. I find it a little weird until I realize he's checking out/sizing up my (the communal) rack!

As an Asian girl ...this is the first time ever talking to a dude who couldn't take his eyes off my rack.

So

Much

Fun!

cheers

ls


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LS,

Forget all this talk about getting wimpy gear such as stoppers. Get something that will show people youíre one tough climber Ėget Valley Giants and proudly hold them up for all to see. Believe me, you will get a lot of comments on your rack.



For the first 5 or so years I climbed, it was always a communal rack. If you have steady partners, itís a good way to go. The first time I used a camming device, it was a #4 Friend that my partner owned. I was skeptical of this heavy, cumbersome device but decided to try it out. When Rod arrived at the belay, I told him how wonderful the Friend was and that it had built in smarts. He asked what I was talking about. I told him I placed it and then it followed me up the crack for 15í, which I thought was great. Rod then lectured me on properly slinging Friends and on the dangers of its walking.

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This weekend I discovered that one of my cams is missing. I probably neglected to put it in my bag after a day in the Bluffs. Having bootied a brand new C4 I'm back to even but it's sad to not have one of the original pieces of my rack out of sheer carelessness. I have others of the same size but it's just not the same. Frown

So keep an eye on your rack and don't let any doggies go astray.


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ladyscarlett wrote:
So far, this newbie's personal* rack consists of

-3 lockers
-3 trad draws
-#3 C4 cam
-long sling for anchor material
If you were in North Carolina, you'd be all set.

JL


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Congrats lady scarlett! You're now on your way to being a gear whore. It happened to me. I still remember, have, and occasionally still use my first 3 pieces: bought in 1971. Chouinard 6,7 and 8 Hexes that I slung with rope.


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saxfiend wrote:
ladyscarlett wrote:
So far, this newbie's personal* rack consists of

-3 lockers
-3 trad draws
-#3 C4 cam
-long sling for anchor material
If you were in North Carolina, you'd be all set.

JL

Frighteningly close to the truth.


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However, I can't deny the pleasure of a good set of nuts at hand, feels good in so many ways!Wink

Ha! You are shameless... in a good way.

Sounds like you have enough gear to be dangerous, i.e., have fun! Those pieces will add up sooner than you think. I'm not sure what my first pieces were. Probably the nuts at hand...


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welcome to the black hole that is being a gear junkie! Wink


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Heh!
I just put a #3 C4 on the wish list for Christmas.
Got top get some more. I've got 13 camming devices right now, that can't be good. I mean, bad karma and all that.


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I remember my first Piece. The lights were low. The mood was right. And alittle Method Man playing in the back ground. AHHHH those were the days.


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ladyscarlett wrote:

-3 lockers
-3 trad draws
-#3 C4 cam



CoolJosh


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possum2082 wrote:
man...i was so excited when i got my first cam: a trango #8 flex cam. i was so ready.

That's a kinda big piece for your first one, innit? Where you climb at?

(FYI, I'm not knocking the FlexCam -- I own a whole set!)


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I remember my first Piece. The lights were low. The mood was right. And alittle Method Man playing in the back ground. AHHHH those were the days.

Whoever rated you a one on this is a humorlous assklown whose last "piece" was their own thumb in a dark, painful place; that was great. *****


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That is what first came to mind when I saw the title. I answer some threads like that. I never even look at the stars. But sometimes ya just feel like being a bit well. Hell with out comments like these RC.com would die. I remember my first piece. It was the Rope. then Quik draws. Just kiddin folks. Oh crap another 1 star post.


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robdotcalm wrote:
The first time I used a camming device, it was a #4 Friend that my partner owned. I was skeptical of this heavy, cumbersome device but decided to try it out. When Rod arrived at the belay, I told him how wonderful the Friend was and that it had built in smarts. He asked what I was talking about. I told him I placed it and then it followed me up the crack for 15í, which I thought was great. Rod then lectured me on properly slinging Friends and on the dangers of its walking.

Cheers,

Rob.calm

PRICELESS!!!


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Yay! I understand the excitement!

My first was a set of wild country stoppers. I won them in a comp.
A 'drawback' of climbing with partners who have a good rack already-- no imediate pressure to buy.

But I am so, SOOO ready. I am saving for a Christmas gift to myself. That would be a set of four BD C4s to start, and some slings and 'biners. After that, I swear, I am joining a self-imposed cam-of-the-month club.


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robdotcalm wrote:

For the first 5 or so years I climbed, it was always a communal rack. If you have steady partners, itís a good way to go. The first time I used a camming device, it was a #4 Friend that my partner owned. I was skeptical of this heavy, cumbersome device but decided to try it out. When Rod arrived at the belay, I told him how wonderful the Friend was and that it had built in smarts. He asked what I was talking about. I told him I placed it and then it followed me up the crack for 15í, which I thought was great. Rod then lectured me on properly slinging Friends and on the dangers of its walking.

Cheers,

Rob.calm
12-Oct-09 15:30:00 MST (-6 UMT)

that was awesome rob!


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lena_chita wrote:
After that, I swear, I am joining a self-imposed cam-of-the-month club.

Ah, yes...ye olde cam of the month club...definately goes toward filling out the rack.


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Ah, yes...ye olde cam of the month club...definately goes toward filling out the rack.

I swear I read that four times before I realized you ended with rack and not crack and either word works just as well and carries interchangeable meanings.

Was just doing a climb tonight it was a bit dicey. We had 20 feet of runout with a very fingery bulge crux that almost took your feet out. We decided to avoid the 40 footer and place a mastercam 00, said a prayer to the Camalots still on the "rack" and sent it.

Once we rigged it for TR we loaded the master cam with a 1 foot fall to see if it would hold ( the placement seemed impossibly thin and shallow ) that sucker was bomber. I bet we could have whipped 20 feet on that thing and been okay.

We were wanting to fill up a crack but with the runout we filled up our rack.


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ladyscarlett wrote:
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However, I can't deny the pleasure of a good set of nuts at hand, feels good in so many ways!Wink
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As an Asian girl ...this is the first time ever talking to a dude who couldn't take his eyes off my rack.
...
I cannot believe that noone commented on those two gems yet Wink

So if you want that even more guys look onto your asian rack you have to make it bigger!
Valley giants are an option, but maybe a bit hard to get. If you want big cans err cams you should look into a pair of those things. Quite cheap for the size and definitely an eye catcher.
dont know for what you would use them apart from a conversation piece.

Ok, that's it from me as far as stupid comments go Cool

back to topic: Hexes might also be usefull, but be prepared to soon wanting to replace them with cams.
But if you need bigger gear on a budget hexes can be a nice addition.

so my suggestion: a set of nuts (for standart nuts brand probably doesnt matter) and 3 to 4 hexes (or maybe those sweet looking things

qwert


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I didn't comment because I like small racks. Big ones get in the way. You tell them to put their hips to the wall and they tell you its as close as it will get because the rack is in the way.


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I didn't comment because I like small racks. Big ones get in the way. You tell them to put their hips to the wall and they tell you its as close as it will get because the rack is in the way.

Strangely enough I have never had this particular problem, two reasons off the top of my head.

- I'm so short that my pieces actually hang well below my hips ( and butt!), almost below the knee, therefore the gear rarely gets in the way of my hips. My feet, knees, and shins, yes, but rarely my hips. I also might not be climbing the right climbs and next trip I'm going to be cursing at my rack being in the way...

- Maybe the rack I get to use is juuuuust the right size! Until it's time for that REALLY wide crack that is in my future.

Sounds like he/she are asking for the next climb to be wide offwidth and wide chimney!

Also, I clicked on that link to DMM. The pictures were distracting, and an intriguing idea. Still trying to imagine how they would look and feel in a crack...

cheers!

ls


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congrats.

all downhill from here.

and not always in a good way.


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ladyscarlett wrote:
Also, I clicked on that link to DMM. The pictures were distracting, and an intriguing idea. Still trying to imagine how they would look and feel in a crack...


What kind of antisocial lunatic would offer a young woman a link to DMM? You will get lost in all their shiny stuff! Crazy





Angelic
Welcome to gearwhoredom Cool

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that's a kinda big piece for your first one, innit? Where you climb at?

yeah...it was. "big" cams are just cooler. my partner just bought a #6 c 4 and i'm freaking out to use it.

i climb at the red river gorge and the cracks are not uniform for the most part.

In reply to:
you should look into a pair of these...
http://www.rockclimbing.com/...rum.cgi?post=2182700

hey! that's my chapstick!


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possum2082 wrote:
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that's a kinda big piece for your first one, innit? Where you climb at?

yeah...it was. "big" cams are just cooler. my partner just bought a #6 c 4 and i'm freaking out to use it.

i climb at the red river gorge and the cracks are not uniform for the most part.
Pistol Ridge beckons...


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ladyscarlett wrote:
Not sure if this goes into the beginners, but I'll try here first since it's official...I've started my trad rack!

First piece, #3 C4 cam. He's a big blue guy, and even better, hanging off a nice brand new non toothed RED biner!! Oh yeah, watch out...I'm out there!

So far, this newbie's personal* rack consists of

-3 lockers
-3 trad draws
-#3 C4 cam
-long sling for anchor material

It's coming along, slowly but surely.

Next...tricams?

whoo hooo!! Damn I love this!

cheers

ls

*my buddies and I have something of a "communal" rack. It actually works better than you'd think!

#3 C4, very nice. And let me also welcome you to the world of gear whoredom.
Lets see we had the obligatory STFUNoob, the nice rack, and the *cough, cough* nuts comments. While someone did mention and provide pictures of a #3. No one said the official phrase:
"This Threads Is Useless Without Pictures."
So we are now complete.


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Gmburns2000 wrote:
ladyscarlett wrote:
Not sure if this goes into the beginners, but I'll try here first since it's official...I've started my trad rack!


*my buddies and I have something of a "communal" rack. It actually works better than you'd think!

Nice rack!

sorry, couldn't resist.Tongue

Try to resist harder next time.

Ever wonder why there aren't enough girls climbing?

Stop wondering. It's you.


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brokesomeribs wrote:
Gmburns2000 wrote:
ladyscarlett wrote:
Not sure if this goes into the beginners, but I'll try here first since it's official...I've started my trad rack!


*my buddies and I have something of a "communal" rack. It actually works better than you'd think!

Nice rack!

sorry, couldn't resist.Tongue

Try to resist harder next time.

Ever wonder why there aren't enough girls climbing?

Stop wondering. It's you.


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Heh, you should see him scare the ladeez off in real life Tongue

(J/K burnzy. Sorry again for the uber-cockblock, but it did turn out she had a serious boyfriend.)


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