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Date:2010-01-19 21:07
Subject:LEAD Brevard, Day 1 (part 2)
Mood: contemplative

So here's the stuff from the ropes course (quite good, I might add...)
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Date:2010-01-19 19:24
Subject:LEAD Brevard, Day 1
Mood: contemplative

So today was quite eventful. More behind the cut...
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Date:2006-07-14 18:44

If you happen to be in the melbourne area, check out http://my.fit.edu/~mwaldorf/ppages/sale.htm

(that's right, mike's trying to clear out his room in melbourne)

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Date:2005-05-07 11:37
Mood: awake

::sigh:: well, classes have ended and it's officially summer... really yesterday was summer 'cause my last final was thursday but there were people still on campus so it didn't really count... anyways, i went to work at 1 like usual and was greeted by reduced staff (surprise, cole decided not to go to work) and a veritable forest of laptops.  it seems some department (that shall remain nameless to protect the nice people in the department) had demanded to the director of IT that we weren't doing their systems fast enough.  so we had 4 of them in... then one of their people discovered his computer was uber-laden with adware/malware/what have you and too slow... so he demanded someone onsite... now let's put this together... we MUST finish 4 systems by closing... we also must handle phones and business as usual, we also must go onsite and spend untold hours cleaning this guys computer... there were only 2 of us in then... so i had my headset going and had a ring of 4 laptops... it was like "do this" ::type,type,type::... way too busy... and to top it off, the architect was wandering though debating to himself where the AC unit could go... apparently MIke B gets to share his office with an AC unit... Rhian gets to have electrical routed through his office... (they're redoing the north corner of the academic quad to look like the south half...by the president's office... that means all the servers are moving 'cause you just don't put a glass wall on a server room...) anyways, i seem to have forgotten that whole paragraph thing and this blob looks long enough...

so I headed home and made some stirfry.. it was yummy... then i wandered over to the fountain to see kat... we talked for a good 2 hours about all sorts of stuff.. which made me feel much better... i then headed to the sub and met up with vestdan, mischa, li, and manamike who were drafting... i watched for a bit then they gave me all the commons... so now i have a stack of onslaught commons... too bad i've not played MtG in like a month... then dan said he was trying to get me to play again... I just don't know... i mean, freshman year the game was fun.. now it's just expensive... the prereleases are the best part that i can remember but they were even more... i like limited play, not this "i've spent x months engineering this deck to beat the crap out of you"... give me limited that doesn't cost anything and i'd play a game or two... but not spend 8 hours doing that... anyways, i talked with kat a bit more when i came home and this subject came up... she was uncertain if she had an influence on my shying away from MtG... truthfully, I lost interest before the beginning of this academic year... so yeah, it's been my choice, not someone else's choice through me...  well, mike's babeling and it isn't 2AM so that'll never do...

so i came home, played my guitar and went to sleep... sleep is good... now i'm awake... i guess i can look for breakfast now...

that and I've heard this song on the radio a few times.. and I couldn't recall what it was later to go find the song... just that there was a good song on the radio... so anyways, i've found it now...

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Date:2005-05-04 23:37
Mood: content

so how did mike spend his morning off? mainly contemplating the inside of my eyelids... (sleeping)... so anyways, I made some Spaghetti-Os and went to work.. i was greeted by Tim saying "Waldorf! I'm so glad you're here!" so i'm like "hmm... what's going on here?"... apparently we were quite swamped... like there were 6 laptops in and we only are set up for 2 (maybe 3) at a time... so anyways, i fixed some winsocks problems then did some other stuff... I did a few onsites also... and I got to drive the cart around too...

after work I called kat while walking home.  of my my acrossed the street neightbors gave me an odd look while I was recounting Spaghetti-Os on my cell but well, they are good.. so she can deal... anyways, i randomly decided to make some vegetable soup for supper so I invited kat over to partake... we stopped by walmart to pick up a few necessary ingredients I neglected to get when I was there (sadly, the new little walmart does not cary quick cooking barley... I should know, I looked...) anwyays, we came back here and kat helped me peel potatos, carrots, and an onion... I cut a bunch of it and make a bunch of soup... it turned out quite good... and very hot... but we had bread so it was all good... anyways, kat and I watched some CSI then I took her home.  now i've been studying for my Digital Electronics final (tomorrow @ 3:30) and I've discovered that basically, the final will be the last test plus chapter 7... which is cool 'cause the last test was really simple... anyways, i'm going to bed now 'cause i have to be at work at 8 tomorrow...

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Date:2005-05-03 19:10
Subject:Mike's day of endless finals!!!
Mood: Cool runnings....

sunday night was cool... I didn't do too much.. though, i finished my Models homework and watched Cool Runnings with Kat... I still get misty-eyed at the end when they stand up and the slow clap happens... good movie... anyways, i headed to bed around 2 or 3 ...

so i had my Micro 2 final yesterday... it was a bit ::ugh::... i answered everything using the system we've leared however a 48 bit D/A converter doesn't make sense at all... ( a 10* 2^47 Ohm resistor is very hard to find)... i asked Deshmukh if that's what he wanted and he was like "do all 3 at once!!!!"... so anyways, this monstrocity converts the time (in BCD... 02 04 06 00 06 00 ) to an Analog value... (each of those numbers is 4 bits... and no, we can't convert each byte in sequence... all 6 at once... so yeah, 8*6 = 48 which is rediculous... anyways, i got back from the exam and noticed that Kat had a message up stating she was heading to the beach...

so mike called her and headed out to hang with her there... we layed on the towel and chatted for a while.. I've always found the beach very relaxing... so yeah, we headed for Steak and Shake afterwards and it was yum... i didn't order Masticated Cow (for the sake of the poor waitress... the last time we were there, the server said they had two soups of the day... Masticated Cow and Headless Chicken... I ordered Masticated Cow...) so I headed home and worked on linear algebra and Diff Eq....

sleep was very nice...

well, i got up around 6:50 'cause of my 8AM final... after a quick shower and a bagel (mmm... bagel...) i headed for my DiffEq test... it was 4 questions (75 points each) and I nailed the first 3... i got about half of the fourth... so that's like an 87 and with the other stuff a B should be the end result (which isn't bad)...

so from there I headed to the sub to review linear algebra.. i got some green tea (mmm... green tea...) and then headed to work.. (are we seeing a pattern here?) anyways, work was rather uneventful though I was greeted by Mike B (my boss) saying "dude, that system isn't SCSI" and i see a checklist with some scrawling in the margin stating the devices were IDE... so i'm like "well, take that up with windows..." so i pulled up with device manage and showed them how the devices are connected over the SCSI interface... i didn't open the case when i was there... (before)... how was i to know they were running SCSI over IDE? though, i was about livid when someone suggested it was a raid array.. first of all, anyone with a shred of RAID knowledge knows that RAID CD-ROMS are nonsensical... anyways, it wasn't a big deal.. so I installed stuff...

i got to my linear algebra (hereafter dubbed "LA" for simplicity's sake) around 12:55 (one of like 2 times i've actually made it to class on time!)... and got set for the final... having a 60 on the first test (as a result of some amazing addition and a generous 10 point curve on Dshalalow's part) and a 93, i'd need a fairly good grade for an A... now usually people just finish exams and place them on the stack... but i slammed it on the stack, did a victory dance in the endzone, then signed a ball and handed it to a fan in the stands... it was amazing... first of all, Dshalalow didn't arrive until 1:30!!! apparently he was at the new of Research's party and forgot to come to class... that and he thought it was at 3... anyways, he said that since he missed a quarter of the class, we should do 75% of the final for full credit... in the end, there were 125 points on the test and 100 points possible... so it was very nice... especially since i got all the answers and (short of nitpicking) should have aced it... (that's right, i didn't use special cases to argue the determinate question)...  anyways, i wasn't so certain how the test would go as i almost failed my sit down roll on the way into LA... (i tried to enter a left handed desk from the wrong side... )

so then i came back home, made a pizza, and read computer commnunications like a mad man... i got it call covered (barely) and headed to the final... the test was refreshingly simple... i know i didn't get all the points possible but I'm fairly confident i got at least 85 of them (with projects, homework, and the other 2 tests, that should be an A)... so it's all good...  now i'm back here... and i just realized I don't have to be at work until 1PM tomorrow... sweet...

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Date:2005-04-30 23:41
Mood: quixotic

so I've been looking at CRC circuits for the last hour and my mind is ready to wander... So where does it wander, you ask? to my favorite American poet.. Robert Frost... so here's a few of my favorites from him... complete with some minor commontary...

Mending WallCollapse )
BirchesCollapse )
The Road not TakenCollapse )

so let's see, i've not posted much about what i've been up to recently.. basically, i've been working on trying to survive the end of the semester... and I'm doing well enough... between assists from the network team at school (for input on designing a network when I'm not sure i know enough to lay one out) to finding my DiffEQ book (thank goodness i didn't sell it back) and relearning most of it, i've been busy but not overwhemingly so ( i guess i could just be "whelmed" at this point...) anyways, i've spent a good bit of time sitting by the black obelisk on campus looking at stars and talking with kat... it's quite relaxing and that fountain is quite beautiful when it's lit up at night... I was wondering around the bookstore looking for some green tea and happened to see the beannie/plush panthers they have there and couldn't resist getting one for kat... they were so cute... that and having lived in the bookstore for some time, he must know a good bit of quantum or something... I finished up my library helping time today.. i had a lot of fun.. it reminded me of my time at the PHS library sophomore year of HS.... anyways, i'm going to go play my guitar (or look at more CRC, A/D, or D/A circuits)....

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Date:2005-04-30 19:58
Mood: silly

so many appologies to anyone scanalized by my Golden Boy references... at least I didn't mention the "Beemo-baby"... anyways...

Your English Skills:

Grammar: 100%

Punctuation: 80%

Vocabulary: 60%

Spelling: 40%

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Date:2005-04-30 16:31
Mood: awake

some odd (but funny) news from around the world...



and some serious news too...

(kat, this one might be interesting to you)

and remembering how clear last night was, i wish i'd known of this earlier...

and last (but certainly not least) more SS news..

ok, so i've read enough news for today... (actually, this is likd 12x the news i've read in the last month)... so yeah, off to the library!

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Date:2005-04-29 09:04
Mood: tired

well, I just got discharged from phyiscal therapy! I knew this was comming down the pipes but it's now official... I saw Dr. Greenspoon yesterday and afterwards he spoke with Jeff and told him how well he thinks i'm doing and that I can be discharge when I feel ready.  Jeff and I had discussed it before then but the doctor had to give his approval before it could be official... so now mike has to remember to go to Clemente three times a week... i'm sure it'll be fine.

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Date:2005-04-27 17:58
Mood: quixotic

OMG this is hilarious....


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Date:2005-04-27 09:38
Mood: happy

alright.. so i just got back from my 6 week checkup and my knee's doing great... Dr. Greenspoon said that he's amazed at the recovery but that I should avoid most sports for another 3 or 4 months... I'll go back for a checkup in July....

ok, so here's my numbers... that and I disagree with advice number 3...

Your brain: 60% interpersonal, 80% visual, 20% verbal, and 240% mathematical!
Congratulations on being 400% smart! Actually, on my test, everyone is. The above score breaks down what kind of thinking you most enjoy doing. A score above 100% means you use that kind of thinking more than average, and a score below 100% means you use it less. It says nothing about how good you are at any one, just how interested you are in each, relatively. A substantial difference in scores between two people means, conclusively, that they are different kinds of thinkers.

Matching Summary: Each of us has different tastes. Still, I offer the following advice, which I think is obvious:

  1. Don't date someone if your interpersonal percentages differ by more than 80%.
  2. Don't be friends with someone if your verbal percentages differ by more than 100%.
  3. Don't have sex with someone if their math percentage is over 200%.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 69% on interpersonal

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You scored higher than 68% on visual

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You scored higher than 27% on verbal

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You scored higher than 97% on mathematical
Link: The 4-Variable IQ Test written by chriscoyne on Ok Cupid

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Date:2005-04-25 23:33
Mood: relaxed

so let's see... I was going to buy a used TV off of FITForum but apparently sending an email to someone and getting a reply back stating that you can come by and look at it means the person selling the item can sell it to someone else... anyways, I really don't need to spend money on a TV... mine still works... it just takes a couple 10 minutes to warm up when you first turn it on... anyways...

I stopped by the network team's offices today to get some input on my Computer Communication project... Dave suggested I define the project to aid in development... i think it's a good idea so Chinchilla Enterprises Inc. has been formed... they're getting a sweet network setup for around 250k (for parts.. plus the installer's fees, some budget padding for unexpected costs... and the monthly upkeep on a fractional T3.... anyway... it's nifty)... so anyways, I talked with my mom and dad for a bit... Damien just had his second birthday last tuesday and he's gotten his own big-kid bed... no more cribs for damien... he said hello to me on the phone and it really floored me.. i mean, I remember when he was born and he's growing up... I really should be more involved in his life but being away for school doesn't make it possible for me to be there too often... and the situation back there doesn't really allow for him to come to visit... ::sigh:: anyways... I happened into Kat after Linear Algebra and we chatted for a brief couple minutes .. (we both were heading somewhere)... it was nice to see her though.. (yeah, i'm such a hopeless romantic... so shoot me... anyways)... I got my x-rays for the 6 week checkup on wednesday... hard to blieve it has been that long.  so after I got back I worked on the project... then I spent some time on the phone with people back home... watching the sunset from my hammock in the back yard was quite relaxing... but then it got colder so I made some soup... it was good too... anyways, I'm going to go get my shower and maybe chat a bit before bed... some random things I happened acrossed for anyone who cares to read....

Your Inner European is Italian!

Passionate and colorful.

You show the world what culture really is.

You Are 55% Normal

(Somewhat Normal)

While some of your behavior is quite normal...

Other things you do are downright strange

You've got a little of your freak going on

But you mostly keep your weirdness to yourself

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Date:2005-04-24 13:13
Subject:more randomness....
Mood: happy

Your Taste in Music:

80's Rock: Highest Influence
90's Alternative: Highest Influence
90's Rock: Highest Influence
Alternative Rock: Highest Influence
Classic Rock: Highest Influence
80's Alternative: High Influence
80's Pop: High Influence
90's Pop: High Influence
Adult Alternative: High Influence
Progressive Rock: High Influence
Dance: Medium Influence
Ska: Medium Influence
90's R&B: Low Influence
Country: Low Influence
Hair Bands: Low Influence
Punk: Low Influence

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Date:2005-04-24 12:56

I'm almost curious how they came up with this... it's interestingly on target...

Your Life Path Number Is 8


You are focused on learning the satisfactions to be found in the material world.

The Life Path 8 produces many powerful, confident and materially successful people.

You are apt to be very independent, forceful and competitive.

Your routine is involved in practical, down-to-earth affairs, and there is relatively little time for dreams and visions.

You will want to use your ambitions, your organizational ability, and your efficient approach to carve a satisfying niche for yourself.

Most of your concerns involve money and learning of the power that comes with its proper manipulation.

This Life Path is perhaps the one that is the most concerned with and desirous of status, as an accompaniment to material success.

You are endowed with tremendous potential for conceiving far-reaching schemes and ideas.

You also possess the tenacity and independence to follow them through to completion.

In short, you are well-equipped for competition in the business world or in other competitive fields of endeavor.

You know how to manage yourself and your environment.

You are practical and steady in your pursuit of major objectives, and you have the courage of your convictions when it comes to taking the necessary chances to get ahead.

The negative 8 can be dictatorial and often suppresses the enthusiasm and efforts of fellow member of the environment. Often, the strength of their own personality excludes close feelings for other people with whom they come in contact. Material gains and rewards often become issues of utmost importance, even to the neglect of family, home and peace of mind.

Dedication to success can become an obsession.

Emotional feelings are often suppressed by the negative 8, resulting in isolation and loneliness.

All Life Path 8 people must avoid discounting the opinions of others.

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Date:2005-04-23 15:38
Subject:Ignite the Change!!!
Mood: busy

does anyone else find it odd that the Greek Task Force is distributing matchbooks to greeks with the words "Ignite the change" on them? i personally find this quite disconcerting... anyways, digital electronics homework is about done... and I've not discovered negative channel resistances, nor capacitances... so i think it's going well...

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Date:2005-04-23 02:44
Mood: sleepy

well, wednesday saw the end of SGA as we know it... the greeks sweeped every office they ran for... go figure... it's not like no one saw it coming though... now, how to break up that voting block... i'd be impressed by their voting turnout had the presidential candidate not emailed his brothers threatening them bodily harm if they did not vote for him and the "greek slate"... ( you can figure out who was greek slate by looking at the number of votes they recieved... if it was substantially higher then any competition, they were greek slate)... i mean, i understand influencing people to vote by playing to them but flat out demanding them vote for you is just wrong in my book...

anyways, we played 6 degrees of Patrick Stewart... I gave the last group LL Cool J to connect to Patrick Stewart... LL Cool J was in Rollerball with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos... Rebecca Romijn-Stamos was in X2 with Patrick stewart... great stuff... kat came over to help with the show and it went really well... (this happened before SGA... anyways, we hanged out in the coffee house before and after SGA... great stuff... then I came home and did my lab...

Kat, Dana, and a few others came over to watch Harvey... good movie...t hen we watched some Sorceror hunters... good show.. a bit odd at places... anyways, i'm off to bed now.....

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Date:2005-04-17 13:41
Subject:So I've created perpetual motion.....
Mood: (I have no mood for a smiley with its tongue stuck out)

well, let's see... I was just working on my physics lab and remembered my messing with InteractivePhysics in lab thursday... Basically, I had a large object shaped like a hammer (with very high mass... like 1.5 MG...)  allowed to rotate about a point on the very end of the handle... anyways, I put a much smaller object (like 10g) just out of range and had the system progress in time... gravity is on of course... as is friction... imagine my surprise when the hammer collides with the smaller object, rebounds, and completes a revolution beyond its initial location... so I let the simulation run and I discover that the hammer is gaining angular momentum...  I shout "whoo-hoo!!! I've done it!" and get a bunch of odd looks... then I explain that I just created perpetual motion according to InteractivePhysics...  I had a few people stop by to look at my discovery but then the Mac decided 5000 frames was enough for me to see of my perpetual motion machine... but still... it was great... now I have a valid reason to dislike the Macs beyond their slowness... They don't follow the laws of physics....

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Date:2005-04-16 12:11
Mood: relaxed

so what has mike been up to recently?

monday through wednesday were business as usuall mainly... except my therapist thinks I may be ready to stop going to physical therapy by the end of next week... that's fairly cool... though, I may stay there for the other 2 weeks I've scheduled and work on atheltic type stuff... anyways,  wednesday I met with my linear algebra teammate and her boyfriend... well, at least there were 3 of us so we could use one of the study rooms without having to worry about someone complaining... anyways, we worked on chapter 5 a bit... then I went to the SUB and worked on random things until SGA... last meeting is this week... anyways, I ended up calling kat while wandering over to the Rat Coffee house... I wasn't planning on staying so I didn't try to arrange anything... though, I did stay till 11-ish working on stuff for 6 degrees of patrick stewart...

thursday I was really busy... I had all my classes as usual plus last minute things for the design show friday... (and taxes... but i got those mailed early on thursday)... I went to Dr. Dshalalow's office hours to get something clarified and it was quite useful... that and we had an interesting conversation about purchasing books on the grey market... anyways, We finished with the arm construction and started to program it... it was quite fun.. though, I accidentally sent the ramping instruction to servo 4 (on connection 3) and almost caused it to hit one of the people in my group... that was easily fixed though (servo 4 became servo 3)... anyways, we programmed it until around 11 then I headed back...

back here I had project GreenLight stuff to do (my junior design thing).... I figured out how to build my software and then started messing with the PIC 18F452 i got freshman year... quite fun... so I got it going around 2AM... then I went to sleep..

I over slept friday by like 5 minutes and managed to get to PT by 7:40 so that wasn't bad... Classes and work happened... some group had free food in the Quad so that was cool... then I went to linear algebra and heard the algorithm we came up with in office hours being lectured to the entire class... so that was nifty... after that I had a interesting presentation on Virus Removal at work... i found it quite informative... so that was cool... that and we didn't have a laundry list of problems we'd created during the week... so I think we're making progress and improving the situation... though, the presentation went long so that may have been why... anyways, there was a problem 'cause one of my coworkers scheduled an on-site for the ARL (the cart won't go that far... nor would we be trying to make it...)

so from work i walked very briskly to Clemente for the last hour or so of the senior design showcase... my group's members were haivng fun with the arm... though either though my programing or anothers the shoulder's pair of teamed servos ended up being set to 741 and 441... which was why the arm was very unhappy (tied together at just about parallel and one side is set to near vetical whlie the other near horizontal... way too much internal stressing...) anywyas, GreenLight did well also... James spoke with someone who apparently was discussing our plans with City officials a few days back... and the prospect of city funding came up... so that's nifty... after that they did the awards... nothing I was on got awards but that's ok...

I got back to the SUB around 5:30 and discovered kat was early and had brought Rastaban... so i played with him for a bit (and caught up with kat... i'd not seen her since sunday...)... so that was good... we had the meeting then Lan, Mischa, Dana, Kat, and I went to Steak and Shake... our server was a bit odd... (they had 2 soup choices... masticated cow (vegetable beef) or headless chicken(chicken gumbo)... i tried the masticated cow...  anyways, kat and I went to the one acts at Gleason and had fun with that... the first wasn't particularly memorable however the second and third were quite good... the second debated the possibilities of life after birth (from the point of view of 3 fetuses in a womb very much like this one (that's a pun on the word room)... anyways..) they talked about the possibilities of adverse affects by knotting off their umbilical cords for a high... and why  no one came back from that opening... it was a bit graphic at places but quite good IMO... so we leave nothingness to briefly inhabit a damp, dark cave so we can be put back in nothingness 9 months later... i mean, i can think of many better summer cottages then a damp, dark cave... anyways... good show... the third was memorable because it was more commedic then anything else... no intelligent jokes or anything... just lesbian supercops and psychopath love... anyways, kat and i talked with Jenni and Jen briefly afterwards... then we headed back here and caught up with each other about the past week's happenings... it was quite good... especially since i'd not seen her since last sunday... we discusses some personal views on topics (good things to do) and, in the end, came to some conclusions that work for us... so it was all good.... that it was...  i didn't play my guitar for her though (i should have as I've about finished Crash and Burn ( a request))... anyways, i went to sleep and got up around noon... now i'm here.. and i'm fixing to do some HW or something....

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Date:2005-04-15 09:11
Subject:so i'm a little bit southern... there's a surprise...
Mood: amused

Your Linguistic Profile:

70% General American English

25% Dixie

5% Yankee

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern

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