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Emily, The Bachelorette – Episode 3

What an episode! In the beginning, while Emily was talking with cutie-Chris, she realized he’s only 25. She said this is a “red flag” for her. I sat here screaming, “What about Jef??? He epitomizes immaturity!” At least Chris acts more mature, even if he’s younger than Jef. Oh well, Emily has to figure things out on her own. Or does she?

She assembled her friends to meet several of the bachelors who had come along for the group date. Her friend Wendy (or is that her sister?) seemed to be the most outspoken, telling Travis the egg was “disgusting” (which I agree with, but that’s beside my point). Wendy kept telling Sean, “You’re so cute!” Then she had him take his shirt off and made him do push-ups. She made Ryan do push-ups too and told him he was so “put together and pretty.” Maybe it’s just me, but Wendy came off as a bit creepy. She sat on Sean’s back while he did push-ups. This lady needs to get out more. Maybe there are ladies out there cheering her on, but if she were a man and Sean and Ryan were women, we would all be appalled and disgusted by her behavior. Imagine some bachelor’s friend asking the bachelorette’s to spin around so they can check them out, or asking them to show some more leg, etc. Is it acceptable behavior just because Wendy is a woman and she’s doing it to men? I don’t think so, and I hope I’m not alone in my thinking.

Anyway, off my soap box . . . Ryan made a major faux pas in telling Emily that if she were to gain weight, he would still love her, but he wouldn’t love on her as much. Nice. Ryan has quickly dropped in my ratings. He’s too shallow.

Emily polled her friends and a few of them had a couple of picks, but according to the friends, Doug is the frontrunner (3 votes)

followed by Sean (2 votes)

and Ryan (1 vote).

They may have been the ones the friends voted for, but Arie wasn’t on the date, and he and Emily seemed to make a real connection. When they were eating, Arie confessed that he had lived with a girl who had two kids, and he wanted to have children but she didn’t, so they ended the relationship. I thought Emily’s reaction showed that this turned her off, but I was mistaken. He got a date rose, and later when Emily was furious at Alessandro for admitting that being with Emily and Ricky would be a “compromise,” she turned to Arie for support. It ended in a make-out session in the house, and judging from the preview for episode 4, Ryan calls her out on this. Looks like drama will ensue. Anyway, chalk it up to Arie for coming out of no where. That was unexpected. I think Emily sees in him, the life she never got to live out with her fiance. And he’s a cutie. 🙂

In other highlights, Kalon put his foot in his mouth again when he told Emily, “I love when you talk, but I wish you’d let me finish.” Ouch. He’s a bit of a control freak, so there’s no way this guy is ready for a package deal. Having an instant family, and all that entails, would cause him to short-circuit.

And Travis let Emily smash Shelly the egg. About time. That was just a little too weird.

Stevie went home, and next episode has Ryan stepping up his “competition” in light of Emily making out with Arie. He’s doing exactly what Emily said she didn’t want someone to do: win for the sake of winning. Also, Chris confronts Doug but I’m not sure what that’s about. Increased tension in the house? We’ll see. Always more drama to unfold!


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Emily, The Bachelorette – Episode 2

I’m slowly catching up! This was an interesting episode that started off unlike most bachelor/bachelorette dates. Instead of jetting off to some exotic locale or jumping into a hot tub at a ritzy hotel, the first one on one date was held in Emily’s house. Ryan was the lucky bachelor who got to help make cookies for little Ricki’s soccer team.  He played along, though. Then they did a more traditional date and dressed up for dinner. I noticed one red flag: Ryan speaks over Emily. When Emily is finishing a sentence, he jumps in without letting her finish. Granted, we all do this sometimes, but I couldn’t help but wonder if it’s a control thing with him? Later in the show, after he already had a rose, he monopolized Emily’s time by having her read a letter he wrote for her — 7 pages long!!! He reminds me of Courtney from last season and how she wanted to monopolize Ben’s time. Courtney won, though, so we’ll see if this tactic works for Ryan. The initial warm-fuzzies I had for Ryan and starting to fade. . .

The second date rose went to Jef. Seriously?? I can see her keeping him on for a while, but to give him a rose that early? Is Emily pining for her own lost youth?? She went on and on about how he ignored her reassuring looks and how she didn’t get one back from him, and how he makes her feel like an awkward middle schooler. Maybe she enjoys the chase, but in Jef’s case, it’s not a chase. The kiddo is immature. He needs someone much younger, certainly not someone with a child.

Another interesting bit of body language that I noticed was when Kalon pulled her aside to talk, she sat on the very edge of the couch, symbolically the farthest point from him. But then he ended up getting the first rose at the rose ceremony, so go figure.

Joe’s energy was finally toned down and he seemed to be a likeable guy, but I don’t think it was enough to overcome that first impression of over-the-top energy. They went on a one on one date, and Joe didn’t come back. I told you Emily looked scared when she met him!

Doug and Kalon had a bit of a disagreement. I don’t think Kalon said anything so horrible when he said Doug put parenting on hold to be there, but as a single parent it’s a touchy subject for Doug. Kalon, too, reminds me of Courtney in that he’s quickly becoming the outcast. There’s one in every crowd.

Aaron and Kyle made their exits. Both are California boys. Coincidence?

Episode 3 looks interesting with Tony missing his boy (possibly leaving the show?) and Alessandro saying something about how being a father to Ricki would be a compromise. Emily throws something, but it’s hard to tell what it’s in response to. Objects flying by episode 3? It’s going to be a wild season!



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The Bachelorette — How have I missed Emily’s season??

I guess I’ve been in a whirlwind, but I realized The Bachelorette is off an running without me. Thanks to Hulu, though, I just watched episode one. Looks like it’s going to be an action packed season! I’m going to get caught up on the episodes, but for now . . . Bachelorette Emily gets to hand out the first impression rose, so I thought it would be fun to record my own first impressions. The beginning of the episode showed profiles of a few of the men, so I’ll just start there and then go thru the remainder as they were introduced to Emily.

Kalon – my first thought was that he isn’t as much past his womanizing days as he thinks he is. I had already decided he was a “NO” before he ever showed up in the helicopter, but I guess there always has to be someone we love to hate. We’ll see if my first impression changes.

Ryan – works with kids, has a dog. I’m impressed! Let’s see if it lasts.

Tony – has a son which is good, but also bad since he lives in Oregon. Clearly, Emily doesn’t want to leave Charlotte, so would Tony relocate there and be on the opposite side of the country? I’m a parent, so this doesn’t make me think highly of Tony. I’m calling this one a “NO” also.

Lerone – I didn’t have much of an impression one way or another about him until they showed him with his little dog. It just didn’t seem to fit him and didn’t give me a clearer impression of who he is. My thought was “Iffy . . . at best.” But then he was eliminated at the rose ceremony.

David – a singer/songwriter who said songwriting comes easy to him, that it’s a “rush of emotion.” For whatever reason, that red-flagged him for me as not being the strong male figure Emily should be looking for. He, too, didn’t make it past the rose ceremony. That didn’t surprise me.

Charlie – was involved in a balcony collapse accident wherein he sustained a brain injury. Nothing to scoff at. I recall years ago several people dying in that same type of accident. Beyond that, though, I didn’t catch much about him. Seems sweet, but will need to step it up.

Jef – I’ve never seen Jef spelled with one “f” but I’m trying not to let that cloud my judgment. He looks like he could be Justin Bieber’s older brother. I’d already pegged him as a “NO” (too immature), then he rode up on a skateboard while catching a ride on the back of the limo. Good grief. Playing with your toys doesn’t impress a woman. Not this one anyway. Maybe he impresses Emily. He made it thru the rose ceremony, so we’ll see how long he makes it. Emily said he’s “super cool” and she feels like a nerd. If he continues to be “super cool” and she doesn’t feel special, he’ll be gone. Watch out.

Arie – a race car driver. I didn’t have a good take on him, but an interesting thing happened. He asked Emily if she was ok with him being a race car driver. She paused a moment and said, “Yeah.” But as she said it, she was shaking her head no. Body language experts would argue that she was lying! Hmmm. . . we’ll just have to see how it plays out.

Sean – insurance agent from Texas. Cute, but other than that, not a major impression on this one. He made it past the rose ceremony, so we’ll see.

Doug – he’s a self-proclaimed hugger from Seattle, Washington, with an 11 (almost 12) year old son. He’s likable, but I stand by my earlier argument that he has a child and lives on the other side of the country (so . . .NO! Unless his child’s mother isn’t in the picture at all. In that case, more power to him. Go wherever.) Doug’s son wrote a letter to Emily that tugged at her heart strings. Doug got the first impression rose. Well played. 🙂

Jackson – fitness model who got on one knee and dove into the cliche “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” One word Jackson: cheesy!!! He was clearly a NO, from the get go, and not surprising, didn’t make it past the rose ceremony. Stunned that he’d been given the boot so soon, he pointed out that Emily was missing out on a great body and proceeded to remove his shirt and show off his “great body.” Your 15 minutes are up, buddy. Next.

Joe – jumped out of the limo shouted “EMILY!!!” I think he was a bit too enthusiastic. Emily looked a bit scared. He made it past the rose ceremony, but I don’t expect him to last long.

Kyle – didn’t make much of an impression on me.

Chris – didn’t make much of an impression either, but as he walked away, Emily said, “So sweet.”  Maybe there was something edited out that impressed Emily. Later, he pulled out two bobble heads, one of him and one of Emily. They had a Barbie-like conversation. Who knows about this one.

Aaron – Biology teacher – I thought the horn-rimmed glasses were a prop to accentuate his educator-status, but later he still had them on. Makes him look a bit nerdy. Not very impressed with him.

Alessandro – “You’re real! . . . That’s how we do it in Brazil.” What? Are people often not as they seem in Brazil? I’m confused. Couldn’t help chuckling, though, that he spoke to her boobs. Eyes up here, Alessandro. 🙂 Let’s see how long Emily puts up with that.

Stevie – Party MC – like Jef, I think he’s too immature. He introduced himself with a handshake, so I don’t think he’s up to the challenge. He made it past the rose ceremony, but believe me, he’s not the one.

Randy – got out of the limo dressed as a Grandma, stooped over using a cane. How is this supposed to attract a mate??? Needless to say, he didn’t make it past the rose ceremony.

Nate – didn’t make much of an impression, but this is another one where Emily whispered “So cute” as he walked away. Keep your eye on him. He’s a contender.

Brent – I thought his gimmick with the name tag was cute, but then when he sat down with Emily, he said he had 6 kids. I thought it was a joke, but when he didn’t make it past the rose ceremony, he broke down saying that he probably wouldn’t find love since a man his age with 6 kids blah, blah, blah. So it’s no joke. Wow. My questions is whether or not he’s divorced or is he a widower? That wasn’t mentioned. Either way, Emily wants to build a family, but that would be instant family. It may not be easy, but I think Brent can find someone. Surely there’s a woman out there who wants kids. It’s just not the right situation for Emily.

John “Wolf” – walked confidently up to meet Emily. My question is “Why do your friends call you ‘Wolf’?” Maybe that will come out later on. Other than that, not much of an impression.

Travis – brought an ostrich egg as a symbol of Emily and Ricki and how he’s going to take care of them. Sort of reminded me of Kasey from Ali’s season (I think) who was going to “love and protect your heart.” Not a good comparison though. Sorry Travis! He was the last to receive a rose, so we’ll see how long he lasts. Is the egg hanging out all season? That thing will smell awful if it gets cracked. Yuck.

Michael – what’s with the 1990s hair? He’s “Music Mike” from Austin. Possibly a Stone Gossard wanna be? I don’t think he’ll last too long.

Jean-Paul – doesn’t know much about her, which I thought might be refreshing, but apparently not. This divorced gent didn’t make it past the rose ceremony.

Alejandro – I’m going to get him confused with Alessandro. Shame on me. Anyway, he and Emily carried on a brief conversation in Spanish. We’ll see if anything gets lost in translation.

So that’s the skinny on the bachelors. My one complaint is this: I’m going to go nutso if Emily continues to say, “I know, right?” I know “everyone” says it, but isn’t it soooo last year?? And am I the only one annoyed by that phrase?

The previews for this season show Emily getting downright explosive at someone who refers to her daughter as baggage, and not only does Emily cry, but so do several of the bachelors. Looks like it’s going to be an interesting ride!


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Kacie B talks with Ellen (and a sneak peek at “The Women Tell All”)

Kacie B. sat down with Ellen recently and predicted that Ben picks Courtney in the end. That’s what I’ve been saying! Ellen showed a sneak peek at the “Women Tell All” episode that’s coming up Monday. Looks like Courtney will suffer the wrath of several scorned women. As Ellen says: I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I wouldn’t either. How sad that in the end Courtney will have made enemies, not friends, and in the long run, she won’t have Ben either. It will all have been for naught. Hmmm. Something to think about . . .

Here’s the video:


Ellen chats up Kacie B

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Kacie B’s Return . . . and Quick Exit

Just after a night of Oscar buzzing, it’s back to “The Bachelor.” Nicki and Lindzi both confessed they could see themselves with Ben and went on to declare their love. From my side of the couch, it was oh-so-painful to watch, when it seems apparent Ben is smitten with Courtney.

Bye Nicki. Ben thanks you for playing.

Then enter (er, re-enter) our sweet, darling Kacie B. The commercial that’s been airing has been playing up her visit as a chance to warn Ben, but it turns out the real reason (or, more accurately, the initial reason) is because Kacie wants more explanation as to why she was let go. Oh, Kacie B. Let it go. Many of us, myself included, have been there and put ourselves in that position. Some part of us, even if we don’t dare admit it, thinks If only he could see me one more time, he would come to his senses. Rarely, if ever, does anything change; however, the “dumped” goes through everything all over again. That’s just what happened. Poor Kacie said she had to walk away from Ben yet again. She had to take a moment and lie on the floor in the hallway while she regained herself. Makes me sad for her. Her heart’s breaking, but I hope she mends quickly. She’s got too much potential to waste time pining over Ben.

Meanwhile, Ben is rattled by Kacie’s warning. I’d go so far as to say he looked downright annoyed by the time Kacie was leaving. Then when Ben met with Chris Harrison, he admitted being confused. I found it interesting that he said something to the effect that he had everything figured out and then Kacie came back with “the warning.”  (See!! I told you — he’s been planning to pick Courtney!)

Fast forward to the rose ceremony. For two seconds, I was thinking C’mon Ben! Now’s your chance. Cut ties with Courtney. Of course, that didn’t happen; Nicki didn’t receive a rose. Ben’s plowing full-steam ahead, heading straight for heartbreak station. First stop, a proposal to Courtney. Along the way, Lindzi’s being strung along. I don’t think I’ve felt as much sympathy for the other bachelorettes (or bachelors) as I have this season. Maybe because it’s seemed evident earlier on that Ben was focused on one person. The other contestants, though, of course, don’t see what we see. They aren’t there to see all the interactions with the other ladies. That’s why I think Poor Lindzi! She thinks it’s all “real” and she can see herself with him, and she thinks he might propose. I would hate to be in a situation like that where I eventually feel duped. Ugh.

Lindzi -- the one to be sacrificed at the end, all in the name of TV ratings

But the show must go on, right? Next week might be the show of all shows, when the girls return including Courtney. To face all the girls again, she’s either very brave or crazier than she seems . What did you think about her teary exchange with Ben where she said she regretted some of the things she’d said? There were moments I bought it and moments I thought This girl is good! I’m still haven’t made my final decision on that one.

I'm sorry, Ben!

One interesting thing to note: Ben asked Nicki and Lindzi if they wanted to stay in the fantasy suite. He let them make the decision. In Courtney’s case, somehow, Courtney turned it around and asked him what he thought. I’m telling you, there are subtle clues that indicate Courtney is the one. Not in a sense that their relationship will work out, but I do see Ben proposing. All these subtle indications plus my insider information (LOL). Did you read my post about that?

I could be wrong, but one thing I do know: I’ll be tuning in next week to see the claws come out the Women Tell All episode.

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More musings on “The Bachelor” . . .

Why do I keep thinking about “The Bachelor” situation?? I had decided Ben was all in — hook, line and sinker — and destined to pick Courtney. Now, though, . . . I’m not so sure. Maybe he’s going to come to his senses and realize Courtney’s been in it just to win it. If he does figure that out, my guess is he’s going to pull a Brad Womack and not propose to anyone. No offense to Lindzi or Nicki.

Us Weekly has a clip from the upcoming episode, where Courtney explains that she tried to be nice to the other girls, but gosh, golly, she’s in a unique situation (i.e., I’m so much better than them!) Here’s the clip:


The article’s worth reading. A source close to Ben says he feels he’s had the wool pulled over his eyes. Seriously? C’mon, Ben! There was no wool involved! Your common sense was tossed aside along with Courtney’s underwear. Your pal says you feel like a fool, and that’s because you should feel like a fool. Grow up a little, okay? Geeze.

Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on him. He had good intentions. But, I think that just shows he wasn’treallyready for marriage. He let sexual manipulation cloud good judgment. Why does that happen? All of the girls there are attractive. And sexy. Why is it one sexy, but truly insincere gal, can turn a guy’s head? Courtney’s quite the character, and while her nicknames for the other ladies may be appalling, that’s nothing, I’m sure, compared to what viewers are calling her. I wonder if, in the end when she’s earned the publicity she so craves, will she feel it was all worth it?

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OMG, Kacie B. is Coming BACK to The Bachelor!

I just saw a commercial that revealed the “mystery lady” who surprises Ben, and it’s none other than Kacie B!! I’m in shock. Well, actually I had thought for a fraction of a second that it could be her, but I quickly thought Naaaaa.  Turns out it is! She’s coming back to warn Ben again that Courtney isn’t what he thinks she is. Good grief. How many times does Ben need to be warned? In the commercial, Ben asks, “Am I being played?” Oh Ben. Ben, Ben, Ben, Ben. Benny. What can I say? I appreciate Kacie’s concern for Ben’s welfare, but at this point, she’s got waaayyy more empathy for him than I do.

The preview for next week also shows Courtney getting teary-eyed and voicing her remorse for saying things about the other girls. Is Courtney going to have an “I don’t deserve you!” moment as a way to duck out of the competition? (I question her sincerity. Am I alone in my opinon on that??) Or is she just trying to lure Ben in a bit more? Either way, looks like I’ll be tuning in to find out how this drama plays out.

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Dear Kacie B, You’re Too Good For Bachelor Ben! [MORE SPOILERS]

Here it is late Wednesday, and Monday’s episode of “The Bachelor” keeps bugging me. I mean, any gal who stages a mock wedding has got to be unhinged, right? The fact that Ben didn’t send her packing speaks volumes. Sooooo, due to my preoccupation, I had to go back and watch the last few minutes of this weeks episode. I was so caught up in Kacie B. getting the boot, that I’ve been neglecting to speculate on who it is that’s going to be making a comeback appearance. Who could it be? I’m just not sure! Any thoughts on that? Could Shawntel be crashing the show again? That would be awkward!

One thing I do know after rewatching the ending: Kacie B. handled herself with such class and restraint at the end when she had her final conversation with Ben. She saved her breakdown/freak-out for the limo ride. Watching her be so kind to Ben, I couldn’t help but think how Ben is really missing out! I can’t believe what he’s getting himself into with Courtney. He’ll find out soon enough, though.

A thought crossed my mind that Kacie B. could be the next bachelorette, but Emily (from Brad’s second go-’round is all set for that). Honestly, I don’t think Kacie B. will be on the market long enough to sit through a season of “The Bachelorette” followed by a season of “The Bachelor” before getting her own shot. Some man near her is going to realize what a catch she is and make a move. Smart man. Dear Kacie B., don’t cry over Ben. Be grateful he showed his true colors before you got too involved. Take what you’ve learned and move on. Next!!

And then there are Lindzi and Nicki. During the rose ceremony, the look on Lindzi’s face showed she was certain it was her time to go home. Then when she got the rose and it was down to Kacie and Nicki, poor Nicki looked like she’d just ran over her dog. She thought was out the door. So to then watch them standing by as Ben announced they would all be traveling to Switzerland — it was painful, just awful! Come along for the ride ladies, as Bachelor Ben strings you along on his way to propose to Courtney. Ugh.

I know, I know. You may be saying, How can we be sure he chooses Courtney in the end? Well, besides my gut feeling, I have one other piece of circumstantial evidence. I know someone who lives in Scottsdale, AZ (Courtney’s hometown, remember), and this someone who lives in Scottsdale is a hair stylist. This stylist posted a picture to facebook of said stylist with Bachelor Ben, after having given Ben a trim. This was no more than two weeks ago. Coincidence? I don’t think so. I think Ben was in town to see his gal. When I saw this photo on fb, I didn’t think much of it, other than a passing Oh wow, six degrees of separation type of thing. Then after Monday’s hometown dates, it hit me. Bleh. So now that spoiler is out of the bag.

Maybe I’m wrong. We’ll all have to tune in Monday to see who the mystery gal is, see how those dates in Switzerland turn out. At this point, I can’t look away just yet.

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Oh, the Bachelor . . . [SPOILER ALERT]

This show is reallly beginning to irk me, but I keep watching. A few weeks ago I was thinking I can’t believe Ben keeps Courtney around. Despite the internet rumors that Ben ends up with Courtney, I kept thinking it was just a ruse to get everyone riled up and ranting about Courtney. You know, along those lines of No publicity is bad publicity. But now Ben just sent Kaci B. packing, so I’m going to go ahead and call it and concur that Ben does end up with Courtney. Bleh. Kaci B. was the only other one whom Ben seemed to have a genuine attraction for. Obviously whatever attraction was there was tossed to the side like Ben’s underwear when he skinny dipped with Courtney.

I don’t feel bad for Ben. He’s made (is making) his choices and will have to deal with that. Plenty of people have tried to warn him, including Ellen. Did you see that episode? I heard about it and looked it up, so here it is in case you missed it. Pay close attention to Ben’s face when Ellen tells him he’s probably engaged to Courtney. It’s rather telling. When I saw this, I was ready to call it, but I just didn’t want to say it was so. Anyway, check out this clip of Ellen telling it like it is to Bachelor Ben:

I don’t want to be yet another person jumping on the Courtney-bashing-bandwagon, but this girl is nutso, and for Ben to have picked her illustrates a couple of things. 1) This show doesn’t allow the Bachelor/Bachelorette to really get to know the person. Duh. 2) Men, despite their best intentions, tend to think with their penis. I hope this isn’t true of all men, but who am I to say?

Not to gloat in anyone’s misery, but internet rumors suggest that after 3 months of engagement that Ben and Courtney are on the outs. Big surprise there. Not. This is a classic Jake & Vienna redux. I have got to stop watching this show . . .

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80s TV shows = Time Machine!

I don’t think of myself as much of a TV watcher, but I’ve noticed I’ve been posting about TV shows lately. Go figure. I do sometimes have the TV on, especially if it’s a weekend my son’s off spending the weekend with his dad. In a weird way, the white noise keeps me company. So in this white noise fog, I’ve made an interesting discovery. Time machines do exist!!!

Tonight I was doing some work after my son went to bed, and I heard the familiar refrains of that popular sitcom “Cheers.”

I was suddenly transported back to the 90s when I was married. I remembered a former co-worker I haven’t thought of in years, who was a huge Cheers fan. She even went to Boston to visit the place that inspired the series. I had a mini trip down memory lane.

As interesting as that was, it’s nothing compared to the feeling I get when I hear the theme song of “Too Close for Comfort.”

Hearing the theme song and watching an episode really takes me waaaaaayyyy back. For some reason it also makes me think of a cousin who lived down the road from us for a few years. We must’ve watched the show together at times. Otherwise, why does the show make me think of her? It’s more than just thinking of people, though, and reminiscing. I get a visceral feeling, almost like I’ve stepped back to a different time. It’s more tangible than just thinking back. It has to be the music, the sounds, and the way it imprints a feeling or sensation in some remote wrinkle of our brains. It’s an amazing feeling. Like an addict chasing a high, I’ve found myself flipping to the channels that play the old reruns, looking for that window to the past. Time machines do exist.

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