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[Staff Spotlight] Get to know HeadsNo2

Explain your username (and/or avatar).

I could explain it, but then it wouldn’t be fun anymore. Maybe I have an extra brain fetus, who knows? Let the legend live on.

What is the first drama that you watched (or the first drama that made an impression)?

This is a real chicken-egg situation, because I have a goldfish memory and can’t remember which one came first. It was either Full House or A Love to Kill, because I was super into Rain at the time. I loved Full House for the contract relationship and just how different it was (to newbie me at the time), and A Love to Kill for being so epically dramatic and so, so epically addicting. I’ve loved a good melo ever since.

Tell us about a job or two that you’ve had in the past.

I always liked to do odd, creative work, so I initially started out (back in college) doing odd jobs for theaters that included hair and makeup design, and when I started to take pictures of my work, I realized that the makeup would look better with better quality photos. So I started to focus on that, and it sort of accidentally morphed into a photography career that had me published multiple times internationally. I absolutely loved creating dreamlike, visceral shots with my models. I still do shoots when I have the time, but there seems to be less and less of that stuff floating around these days! I haven’t had many jobs because I started working here not long after college, which I’m only saying so that I don’t sound like an aimless wanderer.

Have you ever lived a moment that you thought belonged in a drama?

There was a guy I knew who was getting engaged and told me that if I just said the word, he’d call it off. I didn’t say the word, because I didn’t like him. I still get love letters to this day, so maybe people really don’t forget their first loves.

What’s your favorite drama that you recapped?

This is probably going to be a weird answer, but I kind of think it’s… Dr. Jin? I know it was a terrible drama, but I was fairly new at the time and this amazing thing happened: Hardly anyone was reading the recaps, and I was kind of miserable with such a dud, so I decided that I had to make the recaps fun for me, if no one else. I started to write like I didn’t have an audience, adding whatever observations and jokes came to mind, and I think it was around Episode 11 that all of a sudden readers/commenters popped out of the woodwork, having heard legend (I still don’t know how) of the craziness that was going on in the recaps. So it turned from an initially bad experience into this amazing thing where I got to have so much fun with the readers and really discover my writing voice, which I’ll always, always be thankful for. Maybe I got known around these parts for ending up with duds, but at least if I end up with a dud, I know the readers will be with me and that we’ll all have a good time. I love you, Beanies!

What drama genres do you especially like?

Sageuk, sageuk, sageuk. I love a good epic sageuk, with Chuno, Tree With Deep Roots, and Six Flying Dragons being, to me, the gold standard of fusion sageuk. But since everything can’t be a sageuk, I like really dark stories—you know, dark like my soul.

What drama genres do you especially dislike?

Oh my God, medical dramas. I just can’t. I truly don’t understand the appeal. The only medical drama I’ve ever liked was Beautiful Mind, but I think that was because it was heavily skewed in Jang Hyuk’s favor. Otherwise I don’t necessarily gravitate toward high school shows and super poppy rom-coms.

What drama character would you want to be?

If I could be a boy, I’d be Mad Mireu from White Christmas, because he was just so effin’ cool. If I could be a girl, I’d be Nam Da-jung from Liar Game, because she was surrounded by super smart hot men.

What was your major in school?

Political Science. I actually don’t regret it at all because it taught me how to analyze things critically and craft written arguments. I had some of my papers published in college, so I think that’s what helped lead me to writing and editing professionally.

What’s a random skill you have?

Well, I ride horses, although there was that time I fell off and almost died while recapping Age of Feeling (which maybe was a blessing in disguise?). Otherwise I’m known as a walking WebMD: All of the paranoia, with none of the annoying googling.

Favorite non-Korean movie and/or TV show?

Mad Max: Fury Road is definitely a movie I can watch and re-watch endlessly, it’s just such a perfectly executed film. Naming a favorite TV show seems way tougher, so I’m going to cheat and name a few: Deadwood, Carnivale, Twin Peaks (and the new sequel of it, because I’m obsessed with David Lynch and strong, substantial, visionary directing), Community (#sixseasonsandamovie), and the first season of True Detective, which is hands-down the best television I’ve ever watched.

Which Hallyu celebrity would you actually want to meet and spend an hour with?

Won Bin, and I’d use the hour solely to convince him that acting is still a thing he should maybe consider doing again sometime someday in the not-too-distant future or also kind of now since the clock is ticking and we’re all just on that long, inexorable march toward that most final of curtain calls. Y’know, just a thought.

Which of the 7 deadly sins would be your undoing? (Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, or sloth.)

Hmm, this is a tough one. Maybe greed, because I want to accomplish lots of things and never want to give up one thing for another, enough to where “Died of FOMO” would probably be written on my tombstone.

Your favorite drama has an unholy alliance with your most hated drama and produces a mutant baby drama. Describe the plot.

If White Christmas and Basketball had a mutant baby, it would immediately die from congenital birth defects. The end.

 
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LMAO! I love how your mutant baby drama dies right off the bat :D and good choice choosing Nam Da Jung. :P You make me want to check out Dr. Jin recaps just to see the craziness you mentioned.

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Dr Jin recaps were ♥

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Ok, now am curious about that legend of a recap. Off to read Dr Jin...

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Do you have to watch the show to understand the recaps? Or are the recaps standalones?

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The recaps are standalone :D enjoy!

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Thanks mary!

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So I'm off to reading Dr Jin recap right now

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Haha good times. I guess she had her name before that so the extra fetus didn't come from Dr jin.

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You just wrote what I wanted to write.... its like you read my mind word for word and alphabet to alphabet..!!! Amazing!!

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I still remember Dr Jin recaps. Drama was terrible but Heads recaps were the most fun.

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"I could explain it, but then it wouldn’t be fun anymore." Sassy, as expected from Heads! :D

Beauty, photography, horse-riding and writing! Such an interesting mix!

It's fascinating that all the dramatic moments till now have been around love/break-ups! :) Says something about what we consider "drama" in real life.

Also, I so want to go read the Dr. Jin recaps now!

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I can't believe she still didn't tell us what her name means :<

Where is HeadsNo1??? Does she exist somewhere else? Is our HeadsNo2 the good twin or the bad twin? So many questions!

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Lol @mary good one! 😂

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I have this very vague recollection of her explaining what it meant somewhere! Was it on twitter? Her blog? Or was it just a couple of beanies coming up with theories! We would never know!

You just turned it into a thriller! :P Now I too want to know if there is a HeadsNo1!

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Mwa ha ha! No one will ever know!

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And here comes Miss Mystery Name herself! :P

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when I first saw your username, I thought maybe she means she have two brains. With the recaps that you've done... those difficult ones.. I said to myself.. yes, you need two brains to to recap that show.

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If I had time, I'd go back and listen to the podcast that introduced a few of the first minions-- I think that's where she explained her username. IIRC, it's a music reference-- like the name of a band or song she likes. I know she has an especially wide taste in music.

My brain seems to always process "HeadsNo2" as "HeadNo2", so I tend to picture a two-headed being-- lol! But uri Heads is one of those enviable godesses who's multi-talented and interested in a vast range of things (and gorgeous, too)-- so I just think of her mind as being the equivalent of that from two heads. :)

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I think i remember she mentioned it in one of the poscast with @javabeans and @girlfriday.

Looks for that poscast now.

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Help meeeee! I'm......

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Hahhaha.... was the profile made just for this comment??? :P

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hahahah. ok.this got me LOL.

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Dear, just read the recap. Don't even try to watch, ok? It's madness. Poor LBS and PMY, they are wasted there.

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Oh definitely! :D Will just read, no watching!

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Afterward, if you still have time, read @headsno2 another recap of crappy drama with big actors "The Time We Were Not In Love". It was another fun full memorable journey she shared with us... ^^

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Yes!!! For that drama, the only thing I care is reading Head's thoughts. I remember reading her thoughts end of each recap (not the recaps) to see how far that drama goes. (Not realizing her "legend" with Dr. Jin). Yet someone commented and criticized her satire! :)) Regardless, I love Head's recapping style. :D

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I have actually read those! I started that crappy drama and gave up at ep 5 or so and then just enjoyed the recaps!

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Full House and A love to kill... Such sweet memories

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Hi Heads, it was nice getting to know you! 😊

Would love to check out your photography work if you don't mind sharing 😊 I love photography, although I don't have a talent for it. I absolutely love looking through pictures that captures the perfect moments. So yeah, IG is one of my most favorite pass times 😄

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Nice! I don't think I've read any of your recaps but I sure did like your top 10 lists of favourite dramas.
Aja aja fighting!

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try reading White Christmas recaps, it was so good that it'll move you to watch the drama right away.

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..Maybe I have an extra brain fetus, who knows? Let the legend live on..

Long live Dr. Jin, and cheers to @headsno2! *pop up the champagne*
It's indeed fun recap to read and what a group of readers you have there, who followed the ride from beginning to end (of the craziness)..

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As a life long, seemingly 'aimless wanderer', really enjoyed 'meeting' you HeadsNo2!

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So I randomly went through the final recap of Dr. Jin, and it sure does seem like a fun ride! I feel a little sad I missed out on that 😅

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I think I read somewhere what the name meant but then let the mystery continue.... sassy as ever Heads!

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Aaaaaah, I was reading your recaps for Dr.Jin during that time! I didn't realize I should have commented as I am such a silent reader back then.I think at that time I didn't bother commenting on blogs or social forums at all (maybe one comment once a couple of months ... and it was on facebook lol).
I remembered the entire first half I was going what the fudgies on the show. Like it was so absurd from the first episode and I was compelled to stick in a few more episodes for Song Seung Heon after watching My Princess (he's so darn handsome despite my not-so-positive opinion about his acting). Anyhow, your writing was zany and I loveeee it. Occasionally I would read your recaps even if I don't watch the dramas.
As for riding horses, like was it on the phone/laptop and you were on the horse? I can't imagine that but that's neat skill you have :D

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Those Dr. Jin (are we allowed to uttered that name now?) recaps elicited a lot of wonderful discussion and commentary. Those were wonderful times ;).

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I loved A Love To Kill until the last couple episodes. Then I hated it. That ending made me rage.

I have a thing for swoony bodyguards.

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Happy to see not one but two Jang Hyuk dramas mentioned. Chuno's OST rocks till this day! So glad you gave Beautiful Mind a shot even though you don't like medical dramas.

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3 actually, with Beautiful Mind.

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Oh right, I missed out Tree with Deep Roots.

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LOL.. If you're success in convincing Won Bin to return back to dramaland you'll become our Nation Heroine for sure..

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Cool. I also like David Lynch and Mad Max: Fury Road. I was going to watch Dr. Jin but I remember I read one of the recaps and saw how bad it was. The only thing I can recall is that Dr. Jin is able to go back in time and something with a jar.😀

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My first Rain drama might have been the one where he played the gigolo with Gong Hyo Jin. It was actually not that bad at all. I have fond memories of it.

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HeadsNo2! So great to know more about you! Thank you for sharing. .... Your humor, your sass, your creativity are always spot on.

Ahhh, the Dr. Jin days. Good times. Good hilarious times.

Thanks for all you do! It is certainly appreciated.

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I just want to say that I love you, Heads. Keep being awesome! Your kdrama moment made me LOL. I guess it actually happens in real life too.

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OMO!! I totally forgot that you recapped Dr. Jin. That was my first drama that I looked forward more to the recaps than the show itself. I loved your little insights. It made watching the show bearable. Thanks for that.

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Hahahhaha at the mutant baby drama! Gotta go read dr. Jin recaps now. Bye

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We don't always like the same shows, but I always read your recaps :)

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Now I'm thinking Won Bin is who Madame Kim Eunsook is currently convincing to be Mr. Sunshine. I mean, she DID offer SJK's role in Descendants to him. Also, she offered the same role to Gong Yoo, got rejected, tried with Goblin, he accepted and look what it became ^^. She could try to convince again. Second time's the charm.

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Oh but now I'm even MORE curious about the name. T__T

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Whoa, I did NOT expect to see my dad's name as a handle here. Wooooow!

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Ah, so Dr. Jin is where it all started. I love when Heads gets a crappy drama, it's the most fun ever (for us, maybe not for her).

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Haha.. We might sound like a sadist, but true that. She can turn a crappy drama into fun recaps where beanies have a blast reading and commenting on it.

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Love them; choosing Mad Mireu and your argument on choosing Nam Da-jung--a bad guy and a girl who is surrounded by bad ass prof and villain.
Sageuk manseeeeee!

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I am loving these 'staff spotlight' series. I was laughing reading this one. Thanks @HeadsNo2. :) I was so excited when you mentioned Full House and A Love to Kill. My first drama was Full House and I loved it so much and I loved Rain so much I then went onto watch A love to kill which I also enjoyed and also since loved melos.

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Dude, you're hilarious! If I could meet one of the Dramabeans staff IRL, I'd pick HeadsNo2 in a heartbeat. Thanks for gifting us these heartfelt laughs.

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Alright, so... I've taken notes and "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "True Detective" are bolded as shows to watch out for and watch...soon. I'm even tempted to go read your Dr. Jin recaps!

So happy to be getting to know ya'll!

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you have to watch mad max!!

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Hi Heads!
Not just a left brain and right brain person, you are... but an upper and lower brain too!!! How does that saying go ... two heads are better than 1. Muahahahah! So true!

I've always felt that I've never gotten round to reading much by you, probably because I don't watch sageuk much. It's fun reading ya whenever you step in to cover a current show that I happen to be watching.

I know it's a double-edged sword thing to put oneself and one's views out there for others to read, since there will be detractors, however, this is a fun blog and not a school report, so thanks for giving us your point of view regardless of sentiment. 😄

Take care of those upper appendages of yours and continue to have fun with your multiple brains!

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Yay! Nice getting to know more about you XD
I remember reading recap of Six Flying Dragons and Punch, two shows that eventually are in my top drama list. Although those two drama are initially great, your recap is seriously enjoyable, makes my watching experience certainly waaay better. Love all your sass and insight :p
True Detective! First season is super epic but until this day I don't have courage to watch the second season lol

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I know I shouldn't play favorites but Heads is one of my favorite recappers. I miss your writing :(

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Yay for another horse person!!! I have two in my back yard as giant dogs. I'm alone a lot, and I won't ride alone (too much experience with accidents involving horses and ignoring that little voice advising/begging me to not do what eventually got me hurt, lol). Nice to get to know you better!

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such talent and beauty! Pleasure to meet you, HeadsNo2.

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Sageuk sageuk sageuk! I lup joo!!! I was so happy when you joined DB because I know you'd be recapping some.
Btw there is full recap on "Conspiracy in the Court" but I can't add it to my favorite shows.

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Hey Heads! Yay for David Lynch. Does that kind of eerie/dreaminess ever come out in your photography? :D

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@headsno2 was the reason I started to read a recap for the sake of reading the recap. As in, I don't really care what happens in the drama, I just want to chuckle & cackle over the recap!
Keep writing and keep the snarks coming, HeadsNo2!

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Me too, I wish I could recall what drama it was. Heads' writing got me started reading recaps for all her shows, and then I was reading all recaps, and then every single thing that DB posted about anything and well, here we are all these years later. Addicted to DB but I fear it's now grown beyond my abilities to keep up (what's a fan wall???). Thanks, Heads!

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Mine was Doctor Stranger; started it for Lee Jong-seok but dropped it over annoyance of the first love being dead-not dead-dead with doppelgänger-undead-whatever (not necessarily in that order) that I just didn't give a damn anymore, but read the recap so at least I can have fun laughing at it...

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I don't remember when was my first Heads recap... I think it was Nice Guy. In any case, I'm a fan!

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LOVE! You are my favorite @headsno2 (along with @gummimochi ^^) since I like dark stories and good melos, and the fact taht you and gummi love KWB. I enjoy so much your recaps for White Christmas and Shark. I've said this before but probably you didn't see it so I hope you read it this time: Could you please recap The Devil/Mawang? I know it's way too old for now but the show was really riveting and I'm dying to know your thoughts about it. Cheers!

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I remember you from the Operation Proposal days. I watched that drama because Prodai was one of my fav Pi's drama and it was fun to read your snark in the recaps. Nice knowing more about you. :)

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Hi @headsNo2 it's good to meet you. Though, i feel somehow cheated; you see, your username is one of names i want explained. Whoa! Am i being greedy? Well it's a pleasure meeting you.
And i think you're cool

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I highly value your review of a show, thus I watched Heartless City just because you picked it as the best drama. And, yes, I, too, loved it and thought it was one of the best.

Mad Mireu is also my favorite character, and why I'm so into Woobin (fighting !).

So, I'm going to watch True Detective season 1, very soon. I also love Twin Peaks.

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I never finish Dr Jin and would never watch it, but I'm still binging on Dr Jin recaps (I was a lurker back then). It's so legendary that it feels like Christmas, where reading it becomes a yearly ritual.

Thank you @headsno2, it's not just you who found your writing voice, it was through that recap I realised how powerful voice can be in writing.

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This is such a great idea for doing Staff Spotlight. I've been an avid reader since the beginning and one of the things I was always curious about was the reason behind the usernames and avatar! I guess I'll never know about yours haha.

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Now I'm even more curious about the name!

I love all your recaps, so much fun! I didn't watch Jackpot but I followed all the recaps just for the laughs!

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My theory on her name is that when she first came across using handle names, HeadsNo1 was already taken by someone else. So she decided to use @headsno2. Then she just decided to use the same handle name whenever she needs to make an online account. Hehehe 😛

By the way, love your major! I finished Diplomacy in college, so I was amazed of this fact 😁

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Yes on the True Detective. I get chills just thinking about it. Down right spooky.

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