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Rocky Mountain Regional Rugby Report 7.31.14

In this Issue:

USA v Ireland 2014 WRWC

Friday, August 1, FFR National HQ at 4:30pm

local time,, 8:30am in Colorado: p 2 7s Competition and Conflict:: p 3, 4 Mountain League Standings, Roundup, yeeha! p 5 Fishing rugby players of Bristol Bay, Alaska: Alaska 1 s t 2 n d 3 r d year vets on the task: pp 6, 7 Things to do in (and around) Denver When You Can: Can and that won’t break your bank! o Denver Botanic Gardens-sponsored Gardens Mt. Goliath trail hike: lessons learned at altitude amidst the finest attitudes imaginable: pp 8-10 8 GlobalComps: Richard & Trotski - Super XV Rugby Championship Final: pp 12-14 hR’s Back Page(s): pp 15-17 o Daktari’s Rugby Cypher o Down the Whistler: Fractivity II o Rugby Dogs: “Now Now you see it…” it… o At Rugby Hospital: “Really wanna know?”

U S A v J ap an Satu r d a y , C ar son (C A) , 8:3 0p 0 m MT o n U n i ver sa l Sp or t s c ab l e ch an n e l


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15s

USA Women Eagles take on Ireland tomorrow, Friday, August 1 s t , in their initial pool match of 2014 Rugby World Cup. The game kicks off just after 8:30am Friday (tomorrow, August 1 s t ) morning at the home of French Rugby, just south of Paris in the town of Marcoussis. Competition may be viewed online, live at http://www.universalsports.com

with you, Eagles!


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7s National Clubsides in Seattle v World Clubsides in Limerick Denver Barbarians and Kansas City Blues are off to Seattle and USA Rugby national men’s clubside tournament on the weekend of August 9/10 by virtue their 1-2 finish at Omaha last Saturday. Barbos slot never in real doubt, but KC required a massive defensive effort to deny an all-ERRFU placement at nationals, repulsing a furious Glendale Raptors assault just before time in the match. World Club 7s, you say? Yes. World Club 7s is the clubside version of IRB 7s, which is for national sides only and more than likely never the twain, shall meet. While IRB 7s competition (Las Vegas 7s being the current North American leg) is sponsored and promoted by rugby’s global governorship, the International Rugby Board, WC 7s is done by a private organization you may have heard of before called The English Premiership. That’s organ in charge of the 15-a-side competition currently known as the Aviva Premiership, and that’s England’s top domestic club 15s rugby. Premiership’s arrival this season brings to World Club 7s all the backing, prestige and branding that austere organization enables. After noting just under 200,000 attendees over four days at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and a packed Twickers at the inaugural 2013 London World Club show, “Aviva Premiership is onboard,” says former Vail and Denver Highlanders mastermind and current Old Blue (NY) Director of Rugby, Steve Lewis, using terms such as, “explosive and burgeoning” to describe 7s growth rate and, “lucrative,” the influx of financial support to the new Olympic sport. Lewis will oversee a two-pronged, World Club 7-a-side attack on the weekends of 8.9/10 at Thomond Park in Limerick, Ireland and then the following weekend, 8.16/17,at that most awesome of rugby cathedrals, Twickenham Stadium, in London. Now, here a rub: Lewis will also command his Old Blue 7s troops as they vie for national clubside prominence at Seattle on 8.9/10, which begs the question, how can one be in two places simultaneously? Well, short answer, one can’t; but one can turn over the helm in Limerick to able Northeast ODA coaches Sean Horan and John McGeachy, who’ll be assisted by seasoned 7s instructor Dave Williams. While Limerick’s on, Lewis will be attending to the national championship with Old Blue in Seattle, then he red-eyes to NYC and a further red-eye to London and sure as Robert is your Mother’s brother, the globe-trotting rugby pilot will be on hand to command the London end of things. The New York City Sevens side includes seven, USA Eagles 7s caps as well as a 15s cap. “Expectations are high,” Coach Lewis reports of his squad comprised of half dozen current


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Eagles 7s campers and an equal number of Olympic Development Academy (ODA) worthies. Lewis believes the team, “more talented”, than last year’s 5 t h -place finishers. “We relish the challenge,” of competition against the best dozen clubside 7s the world has on offer states the confident, competent coach of the field comprised of: New York City 7s, Auckland 7s, Stade Français, DHL Western Province, NSW Waratahs, Daveta (Fiji), Vodacom Blue Bulls, San Francisco 7s, Saracens, Vancouver (BC) 7s, Munster Rugby and Moscow clubsides at World Club 7s, Limerick on August 9, 10; and that same field, with the omission of Daveta, Stade, SF 7s, Sarries, Moscow and Munster; and the addition of Seattle Rugby Sevens, URBA (Buenos Aires), Cardiff Blues, Kuban RC (Russia), RC Enisei (Russia) and Gloucester, plus a later nominee at Twickenham, London the weekend of August 16, 17.

NEW YORK CITY SEVENS - LIMERICK

NEW YORK CITY SEVENS – TWICKENHAM

Players

Players

Garrett Be nder (USA Rugby)

Nate Augspurger (Old Blue)

Jared Collinson (New England Prime)

Garrett Bender (USA Rugby)

Pono Haitsuika (USA Rugby)

Nate Brakeley (NYAC)

Will Holder (USA Rugby)

Pono Haitsuika (USA Rugby)

Carlin Isles (USA Rugby)

Marcus Henderson (Old Blue)

Seamus Kelly (University of California)

Will Holder (USA Rugby)

Jon Kokinda (New England Prime)

Luke Hume (Old Blue)

Evin O’Driscoll (New England Prime)

Carlin Isles (USA Rugby)

Sean Rafferty (Lo ng Island)

Seamus Kelly (University of California)

Ben Roach (Boston)

Derek Lipscomb (Old Blue)

Maka Unufe (USA Rugby)

Chris Mattina (NYAC)

Duran Vota (Boston)

Maka Unufe (USA Rugby)

Managem ent

Management

Coaches: Jo hn McGeachy, Sean Horan, Dave Williams

Head Coach – Steve Lewis Coaches: Sean Horan, Dom Wareing

7-per-side


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Summer Mountain 15s League W

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D

Overall

Vail RC

3

0

0

4-0

Steamboat Springs RC

3

0

0

3-0

Gentlemen of Aspen RC

2

1

0

2-1

Breckenridge Blue Goose RC

1

2

0

1-2

Grand Junction Griffins RC

1

2

0

1-2

Glenwood Springs Defiance RC

0

3

0

0-3

Latest in League: Aspen 27, Steamboat Springs 42; Non-League: Vail 42, Barbarians Mountain 15s Selects 10 SkiTown Rugby Tournament takes place in Missoula, Montana this upcomer and one might reckon the mountain clubs will be in attendance at that penultimate rugby snow show seeking the goodest of best rugby fortune in the Treasure State. However, Vail have elected to forego the tourney and are playing host to an earlymuster Harlequins side this Saturday, while Vail Olde Boys take on the World subsequent the first match. Steamboat Springs and Vail are headed for a confrontation as each is undefeated and should like to remain in that blemishless state. And that’ll happen, but Vail must deal with a young and dangerous Aspen XV on the weekend prior to the clash with the ‘Boat, to ensure a contest of the unlost.


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If you wonder what w as the impet us for the now-annual migration of former Colorado Springs Grizzlies high school rugby players to the great Alaskan fishery of Bristol Bay, you’d hav e to turn the page back to last century and the 1950s. For it was stories a yo ung Matt Ryan heard of his great uncle’s exploits as a commercial fisherman in the vast expanse of waters off our largest state that instilled t he yearning for the adventure and profit to be realized on those high seas. “I researched it online and generated a list of boat skippers who fished t he Bay,” reports the openside flanker, who will take his undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University next spring, “and emailed around 50. I received responses from a couple who told me to come up and do my work search in person. So I bought a one-way plane ticket,” says the confide nt, competent construction management major. “So I did, working aboard the S unlight III,” in 2012. Ryan recalls the init ial season as being, “a lot of work, of course, but more of an adventure,” and he has come to view fishing the annual, five-week, Sockeye Salmon, run on the Bay as, “ more of a job,” his own sense m aturing over the course of the last three years. Regards the weat her o n the water, Ryan remembers ’12 and ’13 being years with “2-3 day storms with their accompanying big swell,” but he says, “this year was relatively tame,” though he adds the first week of 2014’s run was, “kind of choppy.” So that Grizzly told fo rmer teammate, Dallas Frye, and he made t he trek last year. Frye walked t he docks, inquiring of bo at captains their need for deckhands. No job offer at first, but one skipper told the matriculating Linde nwood University junior that if he returned t he following day that pilot would have jobs for him to do. And it was t hat trial period next day that earned the hard-working backrow a berth o n the Sunlight III and he became a fisherman of Bristol Bay. “It’s one of those things that can be grinding and forbidding during the season, but I can hardly imagine anything I’d rather be doing with my summer time,” Frye reports, “and to be honest, I catch myself daydre aming about ne xt season (ofte n).” 2013/14 University of Northern Colorado Bears rugby coach Cristian Sarmento, a first-y ear fisherman, is no st ranger to risky busine ss. Last year he worked on a fire crew in t he Alaskan interior, cutting brush and fighting forest fires and this season he got aboard the boat t hat Dallas Frye crewed, Sunlight III. Sarmento, an early childhood education/kindergarten teacher during the schoolyear, co vers a number of positions o n the pitch for Glendale Raptors from flanker out thro ugh the cent ers. He describes his rookie experience fishing Bristol Bay as, “humbling.” The man known on the field as, “Scar, or Scarley”, spe nt a good bit of his initial work week amidst the high rolling swell, on Sunlight III, “a roll-y boat…hauling (nets) and hurling,” oft times in equal measure under intense scrutiny of the ship’s captain who was sussing out Scarley’s measure. Suffice to say Mr. Sarmento passed all tests wit h flying, red-white -and-blue colors!


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A common thread (ot her than the ex periential educatio n, rugby savvy and its interconnectivity learned from le gendary Colorado high schoo l rugby coach, John Paterson) to all three is that their first boat, the Sunlight III, was once owned by Captain Mike Marinkovich, legendary Alaskan skipper from whom its current owner learned the trade in t he harsh, yet abiding, schoolyard of t he Bristol Bay fishery. And has (now-retire d) Co ach Paterson has bego tten an ever-increasing multitude of rugby players whose realm spans the globe, Captain Marinkovich’ minions continue to imbue generations of fishe rfolk with an appreciatio n for and respect of the industry. 2014’s rugby fisherman of the Bristol Bay, Alaska sockeye salmon run:             

Matt Ryan (Colorado Springs Grizzlies, Cal P oly Mustangs) Dallas Frye (CS Grizzlies, UNC Bears, L indenwood University L ions) Cristian Sarmento (UNC Bears coach, Glendale Raptors player) Chris Codding (Cal Poly Mustangs) Casey Mille r (Cal Poly Mustangs) Todd Carlson (CS Grizzlies) Marcus Whitting (CS Grizzlies) Charlie Smit h (CS Grizzlies) Cole Hydrick (UNC Bears) David Peak (UNC Bears) Chuck Pret ner (UNC Bears) Chris Kunkle (UNC Bears) and Dan Bird (CS Grizzlies - Sockeye Run, class of ‘13)

not to scare you or anything, but 2014 Halloween falls on Friday this year… raise your hand if you’d like to see a doubleheader, maybe Lady Raptors v Black Ice , and Raptors v Barbos or possibly Highlanders v Harlequins in the Kettle prior to a rockin’, rollin’ … perhaps a bit of ravin’ as well… Halloween Costume Rugby Ball in the stadium What if Mom finds out?

pro sa ic o r p ro ac ti ve I’m go in ’, y o u go in ? Yep! I, also, must go

We’ll be Bonnie and Clyde Bunny and who?

… kee p th o se h and s u p…

He serious?

are you afraid? I’m afraid so

I’m afraid of what I might become…

Think they’re classy enough?

Class? …sure! Imagination? That’ll be issue

bring ‘er

Dean Vernon Wormer still running the show there?

Yah, but I hear he’s trying to change…

I like beans slithy tove

I’ll be Hilary… albeit a very, very striking Hilary

you even think about striking Hilary, we got problem…


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Mt. Goliath Tour al l im a ges : R o n a ld A. B u ss e im a g e c ap ti o n s : Ne v in B eb ee

Go lia th P ea k fro m th e P e s man T rai l all images: Ronald A. Busse -mailto:ronbuswriter@aol.com all caption edits: Nevin Bebee

If you’re new or used to the Denver area, an easy-going, easy-listening Botanic Gardens Tour of Mt. Goliath, a sub-pe ak of the Mt. Evans massif, may be just the t hing to instill or improve your knowledge of the eart h while taking in jaw-dropping panoramas amidst the peace, serenity and abject grande ur of t he Rocky Mountain’s Colorado Front Range. It’s about a 60-75 minutes trip out from Denver to the meeting point at the Mt . Goliath Natural Area and Dos Chappell Nature Cente r where we gathered wit h the hiking group on a Saturday morning and divide d into smaller groups of 4-6 individuals, each with an eminently-qualifie d, Denver Botanic Garde ns (DBG) docent-guide-cum-group-leader. My neighbor had arranged the free hiking tour o nline at http://www.denverbotanicgardens.com, DBG’s website where he obtaine d an information packet and liability waivers, bot h essential pre-hike reads for t he relatively undemanding 1.5 mile hike through 600 vertical feet of t ransition zone flora and fauna from tundra to subalpine forest.


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We accessed the 12,100 + foot trailhead and separated into gro ups, each hiking off at intervals of 100 feet (or so) to ensure sufficient “speaking space” for each group guide as they revealed fascinating anecdotes and t ales of the natural scientists who documented the region and its wide variety of species - o ur guide, Nevin Beebe, pointed out a line of peaks that paralleled the Continental D ivide whose names derive fro m those early explorers. Mr. Bebee spoke with an impressive professionalism, accuracy and eloquence that easily enabled understanding for and appreciat ion of the thorough spectrum of sciences: he described geologic features of cirques and moraines and the natural physics t hat form them; he was equally at ease delivering botanic and natural science information; as well as sharing ent hralling ex planatio ns of the interaction between t he plants and animals of the very high altitude (11,000 + ft) climate regio ns. For Mr. Bebee describe d each and every plant and animal species that inhabits t he, at (most times) fo reboding conditions - wintertime 100 mile-an-hour winds shift ing ice crystals that level everything smoothly in that frigid time of the year - well and truly. He noted the delicate ground-hugging plants of similar appearance, yet those that would have decidedly different co nsequences should one ingest them: one Glaciation effects on Gray Wolf Mountain ( 13,602') as seen tastes good and t’other? Well, t hat’ll kill ya’! As we from the upper part of the trail came across the t asty ones first, Edible Valerian and Geyer’s Onion, I didn’t really pay attention until we were over the ridge and into the meadow, as it were, and co nfronting t he Death Camas: “These are only confuse d for one another w hen they aren't blooming.” And though I’d already been paying atte ntion eve n though that sense w as constantly being windswept away by t he ast ounding 360° beauty, I focuse d wholly. Speaking of w ind, it’s there and working its erosive edge nearly non-stop; and it would be a discomfort sho uld you fail to bring clothing to break it at least in t he early stages of the hike that is decidedly windward until a nearby ridge is obtained. Then we dropped into the set of Sound of Music, only it was the sound of enlightenment as our guide explained and described t he enormo us amount of life in the transit ion zo ne and temperat ures increased considerably so that what o nce was shell-hoodee-tee shirt combo became tee shirt o nly. Mount Goliat h is world-renowned for its biodiversity. Professio nals from all over our planet come to study the area’s scient ific bounty of flora and fauna sustained in the delicate environment . Delicate and lo ng-lived, that is. Our guide Dramatic view looking south over Bistort and Alpine Avens, just 2 of more than 200 flowering plants on Mt. Goliath


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was quick to inform our group of the need to remain on the narro w trail so as not to disturb/ destroy the abundant life teeming alongside the occasionally rocky and uneven path (walking stick or hiking pole(s) recommended). Some of the inhabitants dwelling in the challenging environment, such as the bristlecone pine, are upwards of two millennia old, as in 2,000 years; careful custodianship of these national treasures is necessary for their cco ntinued, long-lived lived existence. The informative guides are specialists in providing you appreciation of and for the delicate highland biosphere. Anyone can access our national parks and recreation areas pretty much year-round, round, and they may draw their own co nclusions and derive their own joy therefrom on Th e gro v e of an c i en t Br i st le con e ( 1,2 00 - 1, 50 0 y ea rs old ) independent journeys into the back country, but for an all allinclusive experience amidst congenial company and with convivial, informative leadership, the Denver Botanic Gardens Mt. Goliath trail hike is the pace for you!

Bad news is the hikes are all but done for this season, good news being they’ll be on offer next year. We’ll keep you posted! Mind: Be certain to share the road with bicy bi cy clists whom you will encounter en ro ute.


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2014 Colorado Crusaders Camp 15s

high school boys

15s

Sundays, every 2 weeks, in “The Crater”, Mountain Ridge Middle School, 2pm - 4pm 1 st ups: September 14 th , running through December

“what rugby is all about”

This year Colorado Springs Grizzlies Rugby Club continues with the every-other-Sunday, fall-to-winter solstice camps that Director Otis McGregor confirms are guaranteed to be formative, fun and open to all. What’s more the camps are the best four-letter “f” word of ever… F-R-E-E!


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Super XV Rugby by the numbers

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for #12, Dan Carter, on 2 conversions and 3 sticksplitters as five-try Crusaders converted Sharks for a finals berth, 38-6, at home in Christchurch; handful of groundings for the Kiwis on dots by #s 9, 14, 8, 11 and 7: Willi Heinz, Johnny McNicholl, Kieran Read, Nemani Nadolo Nasiganiyavi and Matt Todd; a pair of first forty sticksplitters by returning #10, Pat Lambie, all the muster for the toothless visitors whose defense was ripped open by a quartet of second stanza dots by their hungry and form-looking hosts; No letup for guests though, as many are on the Springboks Rugby Championship squad pulling international duty at Pretoria v Argentina in a fortnight for first round of the premier SoHemi Test Series;

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victory away from the ultimate as Waratahs super second period surge lifted them up and over a thundering yet discordant Brumbies mob who enjoyed the better part of territory and possession - to the tune of 26&8 at Sydney; poor stoppages by the visitors made for more and better fluid continuity for homeboys who out-tried the travelers three-to-one on groundings by #s 14, 12 and 10: Alofa Alofa, Kurtley Beale and Bernie Foley; some of the horses must surely not be done as Australia host New Zealand All Blacks in the opener of Super Rugby Championship in a brace of weeks and they’ll be wearing Wallabies shirts at that kickoff;


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Super XV Rugby Championship

Waratahs v

Crusaders

3 r d time to be charm for ‘Tahs, or what? The Sydney franchise has been in this position twice before, though never with so much going for it: home match, 8game win streak, and knocking the socks off every opponent in that successful interval. But ‘Tahs will be hosting a Crusaders club who’ve beaten them in their two previous Super Championships, albeit at the New Zealand club’s home grounds; and the Crusaders have been victorious since 2004 v the 2014 leaguetoppers. As ever, the battle will be won up front by the action of the tight five and flankers in obtaining and maintaining possession the pill. Every one of the sixteen men in the packs a potential blockbuster be they young, old, or otherwise counted. And them what ain’t on their respective countries’ RC rosters will be looking to state their case right here, right now. So expect no sitting down unless things go squirrel-ways and the Sir assays a tenner, or worse… over-eager could put one under-dunder. Crusaders have Dan Carter returned from rehab/sabbatical and that appears to be a significant difference in the chemistry of the seven-time Super Rugby titlists. Sig-diff as in BIG-LARGE and chemistry as in EXPLOSIVE; that’s the charge that’ll be issuing forth out of Crusaders near-channel gunners when it’s not sticking ‘Tahs in far corner with the tactical boot of either #12 Carter, or #10, Colin Slade. Those strategic downfield lofts of the visitors must be countered by homeboys capable back-three led by fullback and top try-scorer in 2014 Super XV Rugby league competition, Israel Folau, abetted by flyers Rob Horne and Alofa Alofa the outcome of the catch-and-carry, which’ll be on, could very well determine things at day’s end. Alofa Alofa v Nemani Nadolo Nasiganiyavi will be one to see. RA predicts: you’re kidding, right?!!!


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2.3

Club Waratahs Brumbies Force Reds Rebels

Won Lost Drawn 12 10 9 5 4

4 6 7 11 12

MPts

0 0 0 0 0

58 45 40 28 21

New Zealand Rugby Conference

0.9

Club Crusaders Chiefs Highlanders Hurricanes Blues

Won Lost Drawn 11 8 8 8 7

5 6 8 8 9

MPts

0 2 0 0 0

51 44 42 41 37

South Africa Rugby Conference

1.6

Club Sharks Bulls Stormers Lions Cheetahs

Final 2014 Super XV Rugby Standings

Won Lost Drawn 11 7 7 7 4

5 8 9 9 11

MPts

0 1 0 0 1

50 38 32 31 24

War ata h s Cr u s ad er s Sh ar ks

12 11 11

4 5 5

0 0 0

B r u m b ie s Ch i e f s H i gh l an d er s

10 8 8

6 6 8

0 2 0

Hu r r ican es For c e Bu l l s Blu e s Sto rm e r s Lion s Re d s Ch ee tah s Re b e l s

8 9 7 7 7 7 5 4 4

8 7 8 9 9 9 11 11 12

0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

58 51 50 45 44 42 41 40 33 36 32 26 28 24 21


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*Daktari’s Daktari’s Rugby Cypher* Cypher last week’s solution “I’ve loved running out in Sydney,” Waratahs blindside, Jacques Potgieter, after receiving standing ovation : today’s cryp below

Daktari on the Han River, Se o u l , SK

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Down the Whistler Well, the Big Fish’re out of it

hR ©

XV

Never looked like they were ever innit?

rug by tim

I’m liking ‘Tahs… you liking ‘Tahs? liking them to lose by 3

I think Toulouse wins the EPC Rugby Championship… soon come

I think, also Then sir, you think in error

‘Tahs! Crush-aders!

my favorite story about me, is when I

back it up wi’ a fiver?

okay, but I’m for loo first

gotta bunch, right here me pocket; come look, I dig ‘em out…

King Loo-wee was the King of France, before the rev-o-loo-shyun… we haul away, we’re bound for better waah-thy-er! We haul away, we haul away Jo…

me thinks not, verily quoth I, Shakey…

it is war… innit? close enough for hand grenades…

Robert Burns

I was hoping you’d say something like that… let’s go… in the lot

… is close enough for me

I can’t understand it, pubby. I got that st nice kennel, and 1 time we use it, it disappears! This is some odd conjure, I must say! Whatever happened, you rascal you!??? Did you know that the word kennel comes from the German verb, “to know?” Know? I didn’t and it doesn’t.

Rugby Dogs

But then he g ot his head cut off, it spoilt his c onstih-too-shy-un! We haul…

You’ve forgotten I have both goat and Houdini in my lineage… and have you checked backyard? That ain’t a new swingset out there.


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À l’Hôpital de Rugby We ll, I’ m h a p p y to say , i t lo o k s l ik e y o u ’ r e in th e b e st sh ap e o f y o u r l if e … con gra tu la tio n s !

H u h ? Yo u su re ? T h e r e’ s go tt a b e so m eth in g y ou ’ re n o t t el lin g m e. G i v e it t o m e s tra igh t, D akta ri !

Okay , l et’ s s e e… y ou r p a rtn er’ s d atin g y o u r n ei gh b o r, y o u r d o g i s r ea lly y o u r mo rta l en e my an d th er e mi gh t b e a to rn ad o n ext su m m er … h o w zat ?

RSVP the cryp

He say tornado?

Yeah, but not for a bit

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