Beanie level: Errand boy

Apparently I needed to hear these words today and I can’t stop listening.
To all you Beanies who need to hear ‘you are okay’ and to ‘trust and love yourself’ … here’s to you!

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This clip reminds me of the conversations on our beanie walls. Stephen Colbert in New Zealand is gold!
Wish I could remember everyone’s names like @egads, @msrabbit, @azzo1, among others. Enjoy!

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    I love Stephen!

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    I once made a trip to Washington DC and a friend of mine made me stop by the Museum of Potrait to take picture of his potrait, which allegedly got hung in the museum through much nagging. So they hung his picture in front of the restrooms. That’s my first exposure of Stephen Colbert. 😋

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    “Am I supposed to see me when I’m invisible?” That’s one question I want to know the answer to 😂

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      As they went through all those storylines and added here and there it reminded me so much of how the beanies have had so much fun with Mr Sticky and added (or maybe usurped/overtaken) more storylines that are so much fun!

      All I can say is they must have had a ball making that ‘trailer’!

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Looking for the latest special episode on We TV and found this. Wept through the last half of it. Who doesn’t want to be loved, and treasured, and respected for who you are? love love love this

When the holidays are done but you are still stuck at home until your new job starts and you are not spending any more $$ then necessary – what do you do?

Well, you pull out an old camera with the macro lens, set up the tripod and makeshift studio under the skylight, grab a spray bottle filled with water, and start practicing with the flowers you bought at the store.

Of course after the first less than stellar attempts, you look on YouTube for videos on macro photography – and then practice some more.

Oh and this is between catching up with all the dramas I want to watch, cook and eat, then watch some more……
Thank goodness the new job starts tomorrow so I can get out of the house and starting earning $$ again.

Hope you like these as much as I enjoyed the practice!

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Halfway thru ep 47 of AMA and it is HARD to watch!
also, I don\’t want it to end….
waaaaahhhh what to do?????

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    I agree……I put off finishing the series for a bit- I didn’t want to say goodbye.

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    The last few episdoes was so stressful to watch

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      But totally worth it!!!
      I had to finish the series so I could get back to doing things! ack!!!

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        That’s right!😄

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        Ack! I hope you will be successful not to go back rewatch some scenes. That was the hardest for me. I kept going back to the scenes I loved the most 💔 and then go back again and again cuz rewatching once wasn’t enough.

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          Rewatched episode 31 today

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            Errrrrrrr….

            🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐

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            Still laughing at that scene 🤣😍😂😍😍 He was so extra in that episode ❤🤣 My parents thought I was crazy (watched it in the livingroom)

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            He’s one of a kind. Where else to find an adorable weirdo nutcase like him? 😭😭

            My parents thought I was crazy (watched it in the livingroom)

            😅 This is fitting Purpleink! You’ve turned like Gu Yanzhen. That’s a good sign huahhaha. I remember neener was saying she was giggling at a cafe about Gu Yanzhen-related😅 we’ve become pretty shameless.

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            I don’t know 😭😭 For now we can only rewatch until we get tired of him (which will absolutley never happen!!!!) I wish he was real 😭

            Oh well guess I’ll just embrace it and go full crazy Yanzhen then😂 Haha poor Neener though 😅, I will join your guys shameless club!❤❤❤

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          He is such a rascal – but so impossible not to love….

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    I still have the last episode to watch… since a few months ago… so… there’s an idea?

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    Uhmmmm wow… wasn’t it just this week you said you were on episode 14??? 😶😶

    Anyways stpauligurl…

    jjang!!!!

    I didn’t want to end it either….. it’s already 2020 and I’m still talking about Gu Yanzhen 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

    We’re here for you beanie! Jiayou 👊

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      Well, yeah… but happen to be between jobs and so with limited income, I’ve been staying home and binging…..

      but I’m sure you don’t know about binging *cough cough* @13infamyss – right? honestly I just couldn’t stop!
      thank goodness I had a commitment tonight and it forced me to finish the series…

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        Oh my you’re done!!! 👏👍🏼

        Thank you for putting up with him!

        Huehehhee.

        but I’m sure you don’t know about binging *cough cough* @13infamyss – right?

        Binging, what’s binging. Is that finding yourself wide awake from one to five am in the morning watching and spazzing and falling in love with fictional characters? Yeah I don’t know much about that. 🤪🤪🤪

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A holiday gift for all the untamed beanies… as if we could ever get enough of this cute young man.
Enjoy!

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Falling down the rabbit hole of Asian Boss. Korea sounds like a hard place to live in all honesty, but there are so many people working hard to make a difference.

Even the woman interviewing him couldn’t keep from weeping at the end. I was right there with her.

Such a good man.

Sorry for such videos that might make you cry – but this shows the strength of love in the human spirit. May we all be as strong and committed…..

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    It takes a village to raise a child is not an exaggeration.

    The norm when I was growing up was that it was not unusual for a neighborhood parent to take the kids home after school or if we had to leave early for some reason.

    Hell, most of my classmates had 2 parent homes and still needed help.

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    @stpauligurl,
    What a horrible catch-22 of infernal bureaucracy. Kim Ji-hwan-sshi is a taxpayer — so why is he being discriminated against in this way? How utterly unfilial to have onerous regulations that prevent a parent from accessing social welfare programs on behalf of his own child from the time she was born. (If mom had died in childbirth and were unavailable to sign the danged birth registration papers, would he also be up a creek?) If there were better mental health care and support for women with postpartum depression, the family might still be together, and this dear man would not have been reduced to abject poverty and contemplating suicide. It is heartwarming to see him helping out other single parents now that his own situation has improved a bit.

    After seeing this, it doesn’t surprise me that the ROK birthrate has dropped so low.

    This video sheds sobering light on the reason why Dong-baek’s mom put her in an orphanage in WHEN THE CAMELLIA BLOOMS, and why Seo Woo-jin’s bankrupt parents took such desperate measures in ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM 2. Art imitates life. For some reason, I cannot get “Hero” (IT’S OKAY, THAT’S LOVE) and “Carry Me” (LIVE), both by Family Of The Year, out of my head after watching this.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHeK0Cwr9sg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFzq-3qGli4

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      LOVED this! I remember that song but never saw the music video.

      This man’s story is really a testament to how low a person’s spirit can sink and rise up again.
      It was so hard to see the discrimination against single dads. Yes that is hard to imagine…
      But he is an amazing man and I have no doubt his daughter will grow up to be just as amazing.

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        @stpauligurl,
        I’m so glad I happened upon your links to the ASIAN BOSS videos. Like Kim Ji-hwan’s account of single fatherhood, the NK defector interviews with Kim Pil-ju and Sunny(?) are testimonials to the tenacity of the human spirit. I cannot thank you enough for posting them. I like to think that a couple of “low-flying angels” contributed to Mr. Kim’s panhandling, and gave him hope as well as donations.

        I’m glad you enjoyed the music. I found out that the two brothers in Family Of The Year are from Massachusetts, so no wonder this Beantown native likes their sound. 😉

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35 years ago on the 21st of December my husband and I drove to the airport to get our infant son from Korea. We call it his ‘gotcha day’. At that time you could go to the gate and wait as they walked off the plane. There were 2 other couples like us who were waiting for babies.

When he was placed in my arms I bawled like crazy for joy and amazement. It was a day I’ll never forget.

But what we didn’t know, was there was a 4th couple who was also waiting for their child. However their child was a ‘special needs’ baby. We didn’t know about them until the airline hostess said (about them) “I didn’t know angels flew so low” because this wasn’t the first special needs child they adopted. In fact if I remember right they had adopted something like 8 other special needs kids.

I have never forgotten that couple being described as low-flying angels – but they were.

Then today I came across this video and again thought of the phrase ‘angels flying so low’ that their stories impact our lives. What an amazing man he is to have such a big heart.

Over the past year or so I’ve read some books about people defecting from N Korea and it sounds like a particularly brutal place on earth. So for children to escape it only to be thrust into a society that doesn’t know what to do with them – this man is making such a huge difference in at least 10 lives today.

This is long I know – but I wanted to share this with all you beanies who share your love and lives in ways that you aren’t even aware of. I hope that in some way we can each be angels to each other.
Blessings to all of you during this last few days of the year as we head into a new one.

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    Thank you for sharing this story with us and the message of love for this season.

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    My eyes are filled with tears..♥️

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    This is so beautiful.

    Gotcha days are celebrated by one of my dearest friends and several of my neighbors. I hope yours was filled with mostly happy memories.

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      Thank you @ndlessjoie – usually people don’t know that term. I’m also what’s called an ‘airport mom’.
      I’ve contacted him on this day every year – only the last two he doesn’t respond – but I still tell him I’m glad he was placed in my arms. He always responded with surprise that I was the only one who remembered that day.

      Garrison Keillor once told a story in his Prairie Home Companion show (easily over 20 years ago) about a family adopting from Korea. I don’t know if I can find the story – but it was very sweet and really captured the feeling.

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    this is so sweet! Wishing you and your family a warm and cozy holiday season~

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    Thank you for posting this, @stpauligurl. It helps restore my faith in humanity. What an inspiring story, as is your own, and that of the “low-flying angels.” And “gotcha day” on the winter solstice — the turning point of darkness to light. How symbolic.

    I can’t help but be reminded of this song, and hope that communication resumes in right time. You’re keeping the door open, and that’s all you can do at the moment. Life is like that sometimes. <3 <3 <3
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkaKwXddT_I

    Re: Garrison Keillor story: Could it be this?
    https://www.amazon.com/The-Tolleruds-Korean-Baby/dp/B007ZZ61QK

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      Ooooh @pakalanapikake!
      Yes it is! Somehow we had that on tape (yes an old cassette) for years and would tell people about the story. I remember when they were asked about their “biological” kids and she thought, what the Korean babies are chemical? or something like that.
      Anyway thanks for the link which I of course bought and will listen to later today. His voice brings back so many memories.
      And I too hope the silence ends some day. There are times when I think about them the pain in my heart is almost too overwhelming….
      But I will never forget those low-flying angels at the airport that day.

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        @pakalanapikake – I finally listened to Garrison Keillor tell this story – (for the first time in maybe 30 years) and I bawled like a baby. When he was describing the mom mentally landing all the planes – I remember doing that when we were waiting for my son.

        Boy it brought back so many memories. Again, thank you for finding that link. PHC was a staple in my weekends for many years.

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        @stpauligurl,
        I’m so glad that’s the story you were seeking. You’ve gotten me intrigued, and I’ve now got a copy of it, too. For some reason, I never got into PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, probably because I wasn’t home much to watch it on TV in its early days. I grew up listening to radio humorists Jean Shepherd and Bob & Ray, so storytellers of their ilk were right up my alley, and I would have liked the music. I didn’t have a TV when I was in college, or when I lived in Hawaii in the early ’80s. During my own radio days, there was little time to tune in. — I do have the feeling that I missed the boat in this case. I have a dim recollection that my Mom was a fan of Lake Wobegon.

        If it is any consolation, my dear college buddy’s adopted hapa-Chinese kid bro — with a Scandinavian name that conjures a blonde Viking — has been going through a similar time-out. And the same has occurred with my German unni from my exchange-student days; her biological daughter broke off communications after graduation from college in England, and that has been that. I’m aware of family baggage in both cases. I just want you to know that you are not alone, and that other parents go through this, too.

        I kind of wonder if it might be a generational thing. Or maybe a midlife crisis that arrived early? One thing’s for sure: young people nowadays have it more difficult in some ways than we Boomers did, even with Vietnam and stagflation. I would hate to be a young person starting out at this time. It was tough enough in the late ’70s and ’80s.

        I don’t have kids, so my hat is off to you and your hubby for being “low-flying angels” yourselves. You opened your hearts and threw a lifeline to a vulnerable soul in need. I don’t know if you are familiar with the work of Nashville singer-songwriter Karen Taylor-Good, a native of El Paso. Her compassionate insight into the human condition has inspired and consoled me over the years. I had an inkling that some of her pieces might be apropos. Danged if I didn’t find a bunch of them on YouTube today that hadn’t been there the last time I looked. This one just might hit the nail on the head:

        Karen Taylor-Good: “Heart of My Heart (Where Did You Go?)” (Perfect Work of Art, 1999)
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0c59QY9H6I&list=PLg2Xireb081oYPPYdMm67Lt9YAm8cqKPn&index=38

        Another great one is “Real Men Cry,” which is on the same playlist, along with “Deep Blue Desert Sky,” “Real,” and “Wild Blue Yonder,” a few more of my faves. I’ve posted “All Is Well” separately [which is included in a radio interview that I found interesting], along with “Share the Lead.” I hope they lift your spirits, chinguya. 😉 <3

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Between watching Chocolate, where I can’t stop seeing Ha Ji-won as a stunt woman, and Hyun Bin as a stuck up chaebol, I stumbled across this video of Secret Garden. It was my intro to kdramas!

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Do you need a good ugly cry – but in a good way? Watch this one hour drama.
She makes me want to cut and color my hair. such a heartfelt drama. 🙂

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Okay, last night I couldn’t think of a kdrama to start, so what did I do but start The Untamed again! Each time I see more.
However this time I see scenes and think of the remarks from those cracked videos.

*Death stare, *being cute, *I’m gay for you, *I’m so fcked! and so on…

And now I found a new one. Will it never end?

Get out your tissues for this one. The music is beautiful and fits so well!

Seriously, I really need a life!

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    ha ha ha. this is so exciting..
    this youtube got me into untamed mroe than untamed did..

    and this video came out in july end or early august if i remember it right.. played nonstop for a week..

    all new fans are posting all these old things.. feels like sweet nostalgia..

    enjoy enjoy your fan fever ! 🙂

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    I have now started reading fan fiction of the untamed…
    This mv brought back all the feels! 😭😭😭
    Have you seen the film ‘The Young Victoria’? Sinead O’ Connor sang a track for the film called Only You, I definitely feel this song reflects LZ’s love for WY.

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      No I haven’t see that movie but I like Sinead O’Connor. Not sure if I can watch an english language movie any more after so many years of watching International films!!
      Thank goodness for subtitles eh?

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    this is so beautiful!

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    Thanks @stpauligurl This one was definitely one of my favourites. Couldn’t stop swaying to the music with a grin on my face and a sigh in my heart!

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To beanies all over the world as well as in the US where we are celebrating Thanksgiving today I wish you all a good day full of joy and thankfulness for who you are and how much you are loved.
Maybe we should just celebrate Thanksgiving every day (without all the food of course) but trying to be thankful for where we are right now and right here.
Granted it is easier said than done isn’t it?

But know how grateful I am to everyone who is a part of Dramabeans and have made it into the wonderful community it is.

This week I got some bad news, then *very good* news – and my heart is full of grief, as well as anticipation. Remember a couple of months ago I wrote a post that I needed to look for another job? Because I like where I work it was a very half-hearted effort and didn’t expect anything at all to happen until after the first of the year.

Well, this past Monday morning I had a phone interview and frankly wasn’t interested in the job or the commute, but still wanted the interview practice. In all honesty I was rather flippant and even joked around a bit. However the two people I talked to seemed really nice and the job sounded good as well. But I didn’t expect anything.

Monday afternoon we got an email that the company I work as a contractor wants all the contractors to take a total of 3 weeks off during and after the holidays! Needless to say I was upset – this is 3 weeks without pay for me and I was feeling very stressed.

Come Tuesday morning I get a call from the recruiter telling me that they want me to come start work in January!!! And the pay is SIGNIFICANTLY more than what I make now. So my now 10 min commute will become 50 – but the paychecks will help.

However, I LOVE where I work and the team I work with and the company and the technology. So I’m grieving leaving everyone, and at the same time know it will be a better opportunity. (I hope!)

Until this Friday when I give my 2 week notice I can’t tell anyone other than a few close friends around me. But I wanted all my beanie family to know that your encouragement when I posted the first time was very much appreciated.

Now back to the thanks part – I am so grateful to be a part of a community that loves the same kind of dramas and stories but also challenge me in so many ways to think about the stories. I only hope I can add as much to the community as many others do as well.

So CAHM-SAHM-ME-DAH!!!!!!

Sending flowers to everyone – especially those facing horrible weather this weekend!

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    Congratulations.
    A commute can be hard, but I hope that everything else outweighs it. Good Luck.

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    Good luck with new job!!!

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      Thank you @shach – I hope I get to work with a group of people as great as my team from the last 3 years.
      And happy thanksgiving, or happy day of thanks to you wherever you are!

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    Happy Thanksgiving!
    And congratulations on the new job!

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      Thank you @halfmoon – I am feeling very grateful for many things today. Mostly that we just have cold weather and no icy bomb cyclone and snow! yechh
      You have a great day!

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    Congrats and good luck with the new job! 🎉🎉

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    Best of luck on the new job! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Thank you for the flowers and best of luck with your new job!

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      Thanks @bbstl – I love dahlias and sunflowers and they are cheerful no matter what time of year!

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        I just noticed your avatar picture, from Pegasus Market, with the sunflower too ! 👍

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    Congratulations!! Good luck for the new job, I’m sure your colleagues will understand and will be rooting for you! You can maybe plan drinks or dinner to catch up as well 🙂

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      Thank you @ayaan – the few I have talked to understand completely and say I will be missed, but that I need to take care of myself.
      I’ll still be living in the same town so we will see each other……

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    Congratulations! Hoping you have ice free commutes all winter and that you enjoy the new job and co-workers just as much.

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      Thanks @ndlessjoie! Ice scares me the most! But I did ask if I could work remotely if the weather was bad and it’s okay. Many people make this commute and the freeway drive is a nice one. Besides my brother lives in that town and he already said I could stay with him one night a week if I need. He is the best bro!

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    Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Thank you @msrabbit – I’m getting more used to the idea every day – just not looking forward to giving notice to the management I like so well.
      I hope your Thanksgiving was nice. Ours was sunny and dry – but cold. Perfect day!!!
      Of course my brothers with me and TONS of food were a big bonus.
      Did you have a good thanksgiving?

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        Good to hear that you had a great Thanksgiving. I had a good one too. I was travelling to Asia to see my family. Not fun to travel during Thanksgiving, but since I get to see my family, it’s all worth it. 😁

        The only thing is that I have very limited access to the Internet, so I can’t check DB all the time now.

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    I just saw this post and want to offer my late congratulations. Have you started the new job yet?

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      Thanks @egads not yet. In fact tomorrow is my last day at work and I’m feeling soooooo saddddddd – but getting LOTS of hugs from co-workers and friends I’ve met in the hallway over the years.
      Very bittersweet. Then I’m off (aka unemployed) for two weeks and start the new job on Jan 6th.
      Not yet excited for the new environment as I’m still letting go of where I am now.

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If it’s possible, this one is even funnier and cuter…

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Someone stop me – these fan videos are just so much fun!

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These two. The title of this video is “beautiful mess” and how apt it is. Their relationship was complicated and simple and pure as they get. These two young men/actors did such a marvelous job ..

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To all the beanies and those who work to make Dramabeans such a wonderful, fun, and nurturing space for us all over the world…
This is for you!

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Pegasus Market. What a gem of a show that surprises, delights and makes me laugh out loud so much every week.
We’ve seen dancing Arab sheiks, dancing in between security lines, a fantastic rendition of Flashdance, and now a song about ramen.

The bad guy is so over the top bad that all I can say is he must be enjoying this so much from his horrid father role in Joseon Flower boys.

This week’s show was the best – how can I keep saying this? However we finally got some backstory to our characters that helps set us up for more stories ahead.

But then how can I forget those two walking in like the scene from Goblin. And when he says “I’m the Grim Reaper” and the other guy responds with “Hotel de luna?” I about fell off my chair…..

Beanies – this is my happy pill for the week. No matter what it makes me smile and laugh so much. I just wish I had more screen shots to show how incredibly well done everything is for all of it.

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    Haha. I have the exact screenshot of that Halloween costume. 😂

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    And it also gave a very good insight into Bok Dong. The man is just tired of righting all of the wrongs the CEO is approving. The 1st episode when he spoke up about that product was probably what broke the camels back for him. It was BS that it became successful but at the end of the day, if it was not, he would have been in charge of cleaning up that mess again.

    I really don’t think there is a villain in this show. Kwon was not always like the mustache turning OTP person he is now. I think he is just tired of the way the CEO is running things and is ready to start looking out for himself in some capacity.

    The CEO honestly is the ‘villain’ of this series. His actions are the results that we are seeing. At least he has a bit of awareness at this point, but he is a douche for how he treated Bok dong when he finally was told no. You totally see where Gab gets his attitude from.

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      Actually Kwon is not a “villain” in the typical sense, but more like the pretend incompetent, goofy trying-to-be-a-bad-guy villain. He is very over the top in his facial mannerisms that I just can’t take him seriously…
      But yes – the CEO is turning out to be the real b*stard in the show.

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    what is this drama? what is this about? is he the flying horse pegasus sent to earth in human form as some punishment?

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Tonight I was hungry for curd rice (you beanies from South India understand) and missing the times I got to celebrate Diwali with my Indian friends in Minnesota, so I looked up how to cook it.

Well, one thing led to another and after several YouTube videos on how to cook, I wanted to see some of my favorite Indian dance videos from Ed Sheeran’s “The Shape of You”.

You know that rabbit hole that is YT?

This dance video came up “Love is Love” and I was reminded of all our beanies who may suffer from who they love, but also those of us who have been smitten with “The Untamed” bug and thought you all might appreciate this.

It is so beautiful between the music and the dance.
Sigh – Love is Love everyone!

And Happy Diwali to all our Beanies who celebrate it! maybe I’ll have my own puja tonight

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    Happy Diwali 🙂
    Not from South India (I’m from a northern state), but I understand the craving for curd rice. Hope you were able to eat it. ^^

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      I made some this weekend but didn’t have all the ingredients and though it was passable, it wasn’t the same. I’ll go to the local Indian grocery to get curry leaves and other things.
      Funny story: years ago I went to a party with my “Indian family” and tried some of the usual curd rice in the buffet. However the one person added chilis that burned my mouth so I couldn’t taste anything the rest of the night. If I remember right, she was originally from Bombay – but I always asked what dishes Simi brought to the parties.

      But curd rice well done is heaven.
      Yes, I miss those Diwali celebrations……

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      Can you tell I’m feeling a bit homesick tonight? (even tho I only lived in that part of the country for almost 25 years?)

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        Aww. *Sends hugs across the screen*

        Also the chilli story made me laugh. 😂 I have a low tolerance as well & am familiar with that sort of thing. It really burns.

        The Indian grocery store is a good place to start. I hope it turns out yummy!

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          I’ll let you know how it turns out this weekend okay? And how is your hangover? Did you drink lots of water?
          yes I am homesick for my Indian “intentional family” in the midwest….
          but NOT Simi’s dishes…

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            Yes please 🙂 Do let me know.
            So no hangover! 🙂 Maybe because I did as you suggested and drank a TON of water. Also I was mostly REALLY sleepy & hoping my speech didn’t slur but it wasn’t a very noticable thing, is what I was told later by a friend so that’s great.

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    I had to google curd rice, and it looks delicious. Unfortunately I can’t eat dairy, but a curd rice recipe led me to a recipe for lemon rice and now I know what I’ll be making for lunch tomorrow. So, thanks!

    And Happy Diwali to Beanies.

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      I’d pick lemon rice over curd rice any day. Much more yum! ^^ (not that I can stand much dairy either)

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        Okay – now I have to look up lemon rice…..

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        Lemon rice??? I’ve only made lemon curd. Wow, I need to check curd rice and now, lemon rice. All sounds delicious.

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          anything with lemon is good. will look up lemon rice now….

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          Totally recommend!!😊😊

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            Can share recipe? And is it slightly sour/tangy?

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            I’m a terrible cook, so let me see if i can get my mum’s recipe this evening. Yes, its quite a bit tangy – lemon rice tastes distinctly lemon-y. Not so much that you struggle to eat it of course, but its a heavy, obvious lemon taste, not a mild, indiscernible, back of the tongue flavor.

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            Thanks @greenfields!

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            @outofthisworld – this is the one: https://www.indianhealthyrecipes.com/lemon-rice-recipe/

            My mum was once a terrible cook like me. She retired about 3 & a half years ago & her cooking has improved massively, but you know, she’s no chef. So this recipe itself is objectively good 😀 Because the lemon rice she makes is fantastic!

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            Thanks @greenfields

            I’ve bookmarked this and will try soon. My family is loving basmati rice at the moment so I’m super keen to try something new.

            Thank god for the internet. Our parents didn’t have access to online recipes or sharing of recipes in communities like this. Everything is handed down the family, from mother to daughter or MIL to DIL and so forth.

            I have no flair for cooking, some people just have the knack of knowing the little things that adds the extra oomph. But I think anyone can cook to survive, LOL. I’m blessed to have a helper who cooks really well and can whip up a dish just by me sharing the recipe with her. My late mother was a great cook, I wish I have inherited half her ability. This said, there’s always something comforting about mom’s cooking regardless of the skill!

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            I bookmarked a lemon rice earlier but then saw @greenfields was sharing her mom’s recipe, clicked the link, and there was the recipe I bookmarked. I’m glad it has your seal of approval G.

            @outofthisworld, I’m not a good cook. I’m a disinterested, don’t make me do this kind of cook. Unless I’m craving something. The best thing about adult children is I’m no longer legally obligated to make sure they’re fed every day.

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            @greenfields – I looked at your link and it’s the same web site I used for my curd rice!!!
            I LOVE being able to type in what I’m looking for albeit a recipe, gardening question or even car problem and I find the answer(s)!
            thank you!

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            @greenfields @stpauligurl

            Do you have a recipe for naan? I am confused by what I read on the internet. Some use yeast, some don’t . Some use baking powder/baking soda which are two completely different things.

            One of my gastronomic delights is a good fluffy naan but not many restaurants can achieve it. Well, at least they do taste better than any of my feeble attempts.

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            Adding tomato rice to the list cuz it’s my fav 😂
            (But I like all kinds ^^ )

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            @egads @stpauligurl @outofthisworld – if you do make lemon rice, do let me/us know how it goes
            @fatcat007 is right – tomato rice is nice too, but I’m a lemon rice fan. 😀

            Outtie – for naan, we use “maida”. I had to look it up in English, & it seems its called white flour/refined wheat flour. It’s not naan without maida.

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            Thanks! @greenfields

            I’ll check with our Indian grocers, they may carry the flour.

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            (and I just realised you asked about baking soda/flour – I don’t know >_< )

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            @outofthisworld of course I googled naan recipes, and there were several sites with recipes how to make – with and without yeast.
            I haven’t made it before, but this weekend may be a good cooking weekend for me!
            *off to the Indian grocery for curry leaves and those little chilis**

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            Greenie
            Weirdly i don’t *cook* curd/lemon rice (cuz me lazy :P)
            What i do is mix curd (or kadhi, you know 😉 ) with rice & eat it like that haha.😂
            Same with lemon, it’s a must with my rice lunch everyday, i just sprinkle lemon juice & salt on my normal rice.

            I only take the effort to make tomato rice cuz there’s no other way.

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        I agree, partially because I agree and partially because I am so annoyed when I cook something amazing and my husband eats some and is like, that was fine and finishes the dinner with curd rice. So based on that, I pick lemon rice because I have a complex 🙂

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      Unfortunately I ended up finding a video on how to make paratha and one thing led to another.
      The first time I had curd rice I thought I’d died and gone to heaven it was so good. My friend is from Mysore and so it might have been different. Thank goodness I can eat dairy…
      ooooh lemon rice also sounds good!

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    Sweet of you. Thank you.

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    Happy Diwali @stpauligurl!

    I just woke up(overslept) and my eyes ain’t good. So I was like “Nice music…not the usual super high energy Indian dance….wow! she carried him! I wouldn’t be able to…..wait………………………………………………….eh…..is that a beard?………………..oh……..the untamed reference…..” Now, I want to see Wang Yibo and Xiao Zhan do this, LOL! Actually, in all seriousness, they can totally pull it off.

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      I know!! wow he must have been strong!
      But still, it was beautiful.
      My son and brother are gay as are many friends of mine – but the untamed, I think really spoke to the love and commitment to each other that comes from true love.

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    This was beautiful to watch. The editing was wonderful too. My initial impression was that it was a traditional dance ‘couple’, just because of the long hair. But the Love is Love title makes sense in hindsight. I wonder if they blended an ethnic dance with contemporary movements to help the flow (not an expert in dance(s), just curious. I don’t mean to offend!) The sand clouds reminds me of smoke grenades in k-pop music videos or colored dust.

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      Wasn’t it beautiful? It reminded me of the days in the US when there were so many commercials that stated simply “Love it Love” – no matter who.
      I have many more friends who have been in long term (20-35 years) committed relationships and happen to be same-sex couples.
      Also I liked the clouds of dust simply as a visual…

      Can you image WWX and LZ doing a dance like this? (maybe they would use swords…)

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    What a lovely dance!
    And she lifted him! Loved it!
    Happy (belated?) Diwali and Happy New year!

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      That moment when you read the comments and… Both he? Even better!

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    Happy Diwali!
    I couldn’t get into the spirit of the festival this year, unfortunately, for some reason. Maybe because I was really busy right up until the day and there was no time for the enthusiasm to build up.
    But we had family over for Bhai Dooj as usual and it was a riot just as it always is. My sister was there for the first time in years and she’d forgotten how to do the…what’s the thing for the brothers? I know what its called in Marathi (ovalna), not in Hindi. Indian Beanies may understand this vague description.
    Anyway, she’d forgotten how to do it, so she did it thrice for one brother, because she kept going back to the beginning when she messed up, twice for the next and once for the third. And everyone kept yelling suggestions and teasing her all the while. It was hilarious.
    I hope everyone else had a good Diwali!

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    I am from South India and I am *here* for the curd rice appreciation! There are a few variants of it as well. Folks from one part of South India use pomegranate seeds (along with green chillis) to make it. In my state we just have it with tempering and sun-dried curd chillis (it sounds strange but they’re the BEST)

    I see lemon rice got some love as well, have any of you tried tamarind rice? It is tangy and lovely (although we have to eat a lot of it at festivals and it can get a bit much.)

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      yummm tamarind rice – I’ll look that up later today.
      It is morning and I just got up to see all these comments. This time of year is hard for me due to all the holidays – but it was always a special time with my Indian friends and we’d get together for a big Diwali party, thanksgiving and then New Years. They became my “intentional family” after many years.
      But I do NOT miss those hidden chili’s in Simi’s bean curd. My mouth hurt for hours!

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    Very belated Happy Duwali ^^

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    I love curd rice! & thanks for the warm wishes. Curd rice is actually quite simple to do, it’s really cooling, perfect for humid & summer weather & really fulfilling too.

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Can he be any cuter than this? I want to be around this little puppy!!!

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    I don’t think I’ve ever seen him in interviews or behind the scenes before! He is sooooo cute 😄💕 I’m seriously shipping him and Da Hee after he said he has her as his phone background 💕💕💕💕

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      I know – wasn’t that cute? He is absolutely adorable in this video…

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    Cute !
    Hmmm, i like his bangs down like that too.

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      It was so cute how at the beginning he was so afraid of popping the balloons but almost enjoyed it by the end.
      But his smile is so HUGE. You can really tell that he is a young man here – I think he is barely 21 right?

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Okay the weekend is here, and we are facing two new episodes Vagabond (or Vagabad?).
So far, we seen car crashes, bus crashes, drones, druggies who go into shock over and over, assassins who can’t seem to get their target, NIS agents who can’t seem to find or protect their targets.
Now we had a surgery on a femoral artery only using a cell phone for guidance, a blood transfusion – all in an office where somehow there were no surgical supplies.
Then the NIS assassins were all killed by a C4 bomb, except for 3 people who were standing 10 feet away.
A chicken-selling spy and high-fives on a cargo ship like it was the Titanic.
So, what haven’t we seen/or endured at this point? Every week writer Nim has pushed and stretched the boundaries of logic and sense – so what is there? What else can happen to make us laugh or roll our eyes into the back our heads?
Someone (aka Dal-Geon?) will suddenly pilot a plane or helicopter them to safety? Falling off a high-rise and surviving? Cooking a 10-course gourmet dinner for the team?
Any ideas or suggestions about how much worse it can get?
@leetennant @hebang @yyishere @msrabbit @katakwasbi @yyishere @sicarius

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    I’d like to be surprised.

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        Yes. But I am watching the spinoffs on @katakwasabi‘s posts and reading (comments on) recaps. You know those relationship where you’re better be friends than lovers? That’s me and Vagabond. Although I am not sure I am a friend. 😈

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          you have more self control then me. For some reason I need to see how bad it is – but I LOVE the posts from everyone. Especially the spinoffs and sh**posts.

          ANNND it’s Pegasus tonight!

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            Haha. It’s really more about having NO time to check it out than self-control, my friend.

            Yay for Pegasus. Satu! I’ve been meaning to make some posts on it, but didn’t get around to it and have not found any subbed BTS.

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            Well I watch them all because simply, I have no life. 🙂
            Yes there are no subbed BTS. What I’d love to find is a snippet of the ‘cultural event’ when Twisted Sister comes out instead.
            That was sooooo funny – but I want my co-worker to see it as he loves them.

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            @stpauligurl This is what I manage to find. This is a really short snippet though….. https://youtu.be/wCnaZVPDXg8?t=83

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    We need bigger explosions, new vehicles, more interesting characters..so:

    The ship is torpedoed by a secret NIS submarine.

    Our foursome take to a lifeboat; they are saved by a mermaid princess (Jun Ji Hyun cameo) who recognizes the Monkey King and gets them safely through the cordon sanitare that the NIS tries to erect. (Opportunity here for lots of super secret looking surveillance vehicles to fly swim crawl whatever across the screen).

    While on the beach, a rag tag group of K-pop wanna-be mercenaries driving really cool ATV’s and accompanied by Ma Wang runs across them and they make a deal…

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      They make a deal for an all-day spa experience where the female agent does hair so she can blow out the hair of all those k-pop wannabes.
      But then the North Korean assassins – the unkillables(?) crash the party and demand new styling so no one will recognize them as they try to find the mermaid.

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        Aha. Hyun bin makes a sizzling appearance as a North Korean agent with an accent and a hair, styled for jungle angst. Suzy gets drunk on soju again, and kisses him, for the third time. The next day, she is fired.

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      🤣🤣 You and your ❤ for explosives never fails to amuse me. This is why I can’t part with V for good!

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        Bet you didn’t know that there was a rocket ship design that used small atomic bombs for fuel? It was called Project Orion. The idea was that the rocket would surf the shockwaves from atomic explosions, one after another in a long string.

        A bit of explosions trivia for you!

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          No, I know nothing about explosives. Thank you for the trivia. I appreciate it.
          I did met a fellow tourist once who told me he is a retired engineer who used to built fighter jet. I thought that was sooooo 😎.

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    No aliens yet.
    No base jumping, skydiving, sliding down skyscrapers, jumping out of helicopters, super cars, or aliens yet.
    Oh and we haven’t flown a tank either.
    Plenty more to go 😛

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      Flying tank…A-Team the movie, one of the more ridiculous scenes.

      A-Team (especially the tv series) never took itself seriously, which made it more wonderful for me.

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        Never saw the movie but the A-team TV show was fun BECAUSE they didn’t take themselves seriously so we didn’t either.
        But Vagabad? Honestly I can’t tell…

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          The movie is also fun and also doesn’t take itself that seriously hahaha.

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          I would like a PG version of Vagaback. It shows clothes torn, exposed backs, and lots of raw, angsty skin. On DG and the Rock, of course. The Rock’s face would be broody, like his face, and hot. DG cracks two raw eggs on it, and good lord, the eggs steam, and cook in seconds. DG gets rid of the stove. From then on, he cooks all his meals – bbqed trout for dinner, too – on Mr. G’s smoking hot back.

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            🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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            *The rock’s back would be broody, like his face*

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            Can Mr. G get some eggs, please, instead of just cooking them? He deserves some ❤❤.

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            Sorry – but all I can think of first is please wash that sweaty back before we sizzle those eggs?
            then again washing that back……………………….

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        Oh it was highly ridiculous but it knew it so it’s fine. I actually love that movie. It’s one of my guilty pleasures.

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        I ❤ the A-Team. I took it seriously!

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      OH THAT – I want to see a Flying Tank! Bring it on NIS!

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        IF we’re going to see any Flying Tank, it won’t be coming from NIS. Their intelligence is not even close to that level yet. It will come from the alien monkey from outer space who came to fetch their Monkey King.

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          “ If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… The A-Team.”

          KTW uses his NIS black card and…hires the A-Team for help. They show up ready to rock and roll, including may be a flying tank!

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          But rest assured there will be a chat room for the Monkey King so he isn’t lonely whilst in outer space.

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            Did the Monkey King ever make it into the chat room in Hwayugi? I don’t remember…

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            I don’t even remember what a chat room is. LOL. Yea. That’s how much I retain from that drama.

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            It may be the only thing i remember that he laid on the bed and whined about not being added to the chatroom.
            (or maybe I just saw a short video of that scene)
            I have no idea if he was ever invited at the end…

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    Stay tuned for…
    A genius dog to make its bone-crunching appearance soon. This is a specially trained agent, capable of sniffing out targets within a 100 feet radius. It was trained by a genius monkey, so expect lots of obscure agent-laden gibberish, suitably decoded by Haeri and Our Hero. Vagabone stuff, indeed.

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      Does the genius dog have to sniff everyone’s butts to make sure they are the right targets? what we don’t realize is that she/he is a little blind in the middle eye.

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        Uh-huh. Cool. The genius dog wears an eye patch.

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    We’ll need some new ideas for high fives too. Hi5 through the bars and the Titanic sunlit backdrop one are simply not good enough for this drama.

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    I’m waiting for Lily’s backstory where she owned a beauty salon. She drugs bowl cut baddie and gives him a full make over starting with his hair.

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