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The CREATIVE BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for March 18th, 2021

And now, ladies and gentlemen, fresh from the Streets of America

By Bandit, Bob T. Wayfarer, Sam Burns, Laura, the Redhead, Bill May, Gearhead, RFR, El Waggs, Dan Leadbetter and the whole crew
3/18/2021


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I’m researching FXDR models
and was trying to find out the difference between FXDR and FXDRS. I was told there were slight differences, and then Ron and Bartels’ H-D helped. The only two-year model 2019 and 2020 were all FXDR but when they sent the paperwork it said FXDRS, so the confusion.



The folks next door loaned me a fork lift. I have two motorcycles in my office and one in the living room upstairs. The brothers, Jeremiah and James were concerned, but it worked like a champ and we lowered them to the shop level in no-time.



The Bonne Belle arrived at Departure Bike Works this week. Lee and his crew will install our new 45 flathead engine and get it ready for Bonneville.



The international speed trials are on for August 25 in Bonneville, and we will be there with the Salt Torpedo and the Bonne Belle. Hang on for more reports.








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FROM THE PRISM SHOP--Bronco Bronze Restoration
During the teardown process, we inspected and cataloged each item diligently and, during that process, we uncovered a couple of things; the engine was in better condition than we imagined and the vast majority of original components were in good condition and able to live again.

See the whole story at prismsupply.com. I had a similar ’48 Panhead with an XA front end I rode for 12 years.

--Bandit





The MRF pushes back on EPA about Current Ethanol Labeling Requirements--

This week the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) joined other national groups in pushing back on proposed rule changes to current ethanol labeling requirements. Representatives of manufacturers, suppliers, and consumers of boats, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, and outdoor power equipment made clear that elimination or changes to current E-15 labels at fuel pumps would cause irreparable harm to millions of consumers.

In a letter to the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Administrator Michael Regan, the group stated that, “The misfuelling of marine engines and vessels, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, and outdoor power equipment places significant burdens on both the American consumer and product manufacturers. The risk to consumers is that they will experience product damage, compromised performance and emissions requirements, economic loss, and fuel leaks resulting in unsafe products.”

As a reminder, in January the EPA proposed elimination of the current E15 label altogether or the significant changes listed below:

Removing the “Attention” stripe along the upper right corner of the label.
Removing the phrase “E15” from the label, while including the language “contains up to 15% percent ethanol”.

Revising the language “Use only in” to “Safe for use in”.

Revising the language “Don’t use in” to “Avoid use in”.

Revising the format of the word “prohibited” such that it is not in bold and italicized type.

The MRF has long advocated consumer education to combat the increased prevalence of E15 nationwide. The letter to EPA points out that a recent survey shows, “Three in five consumers mistakenly assume E15 is safe for all their products.” Additionally, consumers should be aware that many manufacturer warranties are voided if improper fuel is used.

The MRF thanks the diverse set of partners that have worked together on this issue. Other signatories of the letter include the American Motorcyclist Association, American Sportfishing Association, Boat Owners Association of the United States, Briggs & Stratton, Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, Motorcycle Industry Council, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, Special Vehicle Institute of America and the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association.

MRF President, Kirk “Hardtail” Willard said, “Whether it be the boat guys, the chainsaw guys or the flying cars guys, the MRF will work with almost anyone when our interests are aligned.”
 
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What’s the deal with Ethanol? Why are we forced to use it. I’ve recently experienced the damage is can cause to carburetors. It’s dangerous if you leave a bike unattended for any length of time.--Bandit





BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
OFFICIAL PRODUCT REVIEW: Motorcycle Cooling Vests

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The H-D cooling vest team will tell you the vest does work well in "less humid" climates. Adding a wet vest on top of your clothes in Houston during a 90+squared day (temp/ humidity) is really pointless. You just end up wet, steamy, and with a bad case of swamp crotch.

I used my vest for less than a week for regular work commutes but have found it to be rather effective in states where the humidity is 75% or less.

--Johnny White
Humble, TX




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BARTELS’ HARLEY-DAVIDSON & GLENDALE HARLEY ANNOUNCE THAT THE 3rd ANNUAL RIDE FOR THE CHILDREN MOTORCYCLE EVENT, HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3rd, 2021 WITH GRAND MARSHALS, LORENZO LAMAS, PERRY KING, DAVE EKINS, SEAN MCNABB & JAIME ELVIDGE!

A host of celebrities, Law Enforcement and the general public will now join Grand Marshals, Lorenzo Lamas, Perry King, Dave Ekins, Sean McNabb & Jaime Elvidge for a beautiful motorcycle ride from Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, Marina Del Rey to Sycamore Cove State Beach, Malibu with a BBQ lunch, live concert and Beach Party on Sunday, October 3, 2021.

BARTELS’ HARLEY-DAVIDSON & GLENDALE HARLEY are excited to Scott Patterson will join other celebrity Grand Marshals for the 3rd Annual Ride for the Children Charity on Sunday, October 3, 2021.

Scott Patterson is an American actor, musician, and entrepreneur. He is known for his role as Luke Danes in Gilmore Girls and as Special Agent Peter Strahm in the Saw films. Scott is President/CEO of Scotty P's Big Mug Coffee. He is an avid motorcycle rider and participates in a number of charitable events.

The Ride for the Children will begin at Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, 4141 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA with a beautiful, escorted ride from along the Pacific Coast Highway to the serene Sycamore Cove State Beach, 9000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA.

Join Lorenzo Lamas, Perry King, AMA Hall of Famer, Dave Ekin, Actor/Musician Sean McNabb, Jaime Elvidge, professional motorcycle journalist and Scott Patterson for what will be a wonderful day ending with a concert by Aces & Eights, a BBQ lunch by J Wolf Catering and a Beach Party at Sycamore Cove State Beach, Malibu, CA.

Olive Crest has been transforming the lives of abused and neglected children through the healing power of family since 1973. Olive Crest is the leader in prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect, and homelessness, serving over 4,000 children and families each day throughout Los Angeles County. The 3rd Annual Ride for the Children will fund programs that help us break the cycle of child abuse and enable at-risk youth and families to become healthy and productive citizens.

Registration begins at 8:00 AM - Ride begins at: 10:00 AM at Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, 4141 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey, and concludes with a concert by Aces & Eights, a BBQ lunch by J Wolf Catering and a Beach Party at Sycamore Cove State Beach, Malibu, CA. The Event concludes at 3:00 PM.

For more information on Olive Crest, go to www.olivecrest.org.

To register online: www.olivecrestride.org.


WHEN: 8:00 A.M. Registration, Kickstands up at 10:00 AM, Sunday, October 3, 2021.

WHERE: Ride begins at Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, 4141 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey, concludes at Sycamore Cove State Beach, Malibu, CA

WHY: To raise funds and public awareness for Olive Crest and their families.





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I've done the math.
Seems I died in 1537.

--Sam Burns





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THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON FUTURE SUCCESS SUGGESTION BOX IS NOW OPEN AT BIKERNET--The first note crashed in the system.

Here goes my thought process: H-D needs to work on supply and demand of the consumer. In the late ‘70s the dealerships were smaller. The company had to pay on lesser sq. building footage and inventory storage.

The inventory was several baseline models. Let's go back to the basics. The consumer wants what they want so give them options. The floor model will be used for display and test drives for the customer. The customer can either buy the floor model or order one out of the factory line ups.

The customer then has options on the order. They can pick paint scheme, chrome or no chrome, engine displacement and factory or custom parts options. Supply and demand is the partial answer.

They have to get away from the overwhelming inventory of H-Ds . The dealerships look like huge Harley museums for that H-D experience, which most riders aren't impressed with. The work force will be affected, so try a couple of things. When times are thin due to consumers demands, the techs are sourced to the dealers as tech support or mechanic support.

The UAW locals should be involved to help in the process. The corporate conglomerate should be forced to reduced options for company perks on monies also. Just a thought.

--Gearhead





NUCLEAR PLANT CLOSURES And Renewables
Increase Electricity Prices & Unreliability--
The following is the official written testimony submitted to the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for a hearing to examine the reliability, resiliency, and affordability of electric service in the United States amid the changing energy mix and extreme weather events by Environmental Progress Founder and President, Michael D. Shellenberger. Click here to download a PDF of the testimony.

Good morning Chairman Manchin, Ranking Member Barrasso, and members of the Committee. I am grateful to the Committee for inviting my testimony, and for your willingness to hear from someone who is neither a grid operator nor an electric industry participant, but someone whose perspective has been shaped by two decades of research, writing, and action motivated by a concern for necessary improvements in the reliability, affordability and environmental sustainability of electric service.

Congress took questions relating to the security of America’s electricity supply seriously before more than a dozen states experienced energy shortages last month, but those events make this hearing all the more urgent. In 2012, 2017, and 2021 the National Academies of Science and Engineering published three separate reports on threats to the grid, resilience, and the future of electricity. [1] In its 2017 report, the Academies warned that U.S. electrical grids were increasingly “complex and vulnerable.”[2]

Over the last 25 years, increasingly decentralized electricity generation in restructured electricity markets, along with growth in the number of regulatory institutions, has resulted in “divergent interests of federal, state, regional and local authorities,” wrote the Academies in the 2021 report.

Electricity experts are not able to clearly answer the question, “who is in charge of planning, developing and ensuring the integrity of the future power system?”[3] The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and-the North American Electric Reliability Corporation are tasked to ensure electrical grid reliability and resilience. However, the Academies noted, “they too face short-term pressures and fiscal constraints.”[4]

Meanwhile, many experts see in recent trends an inevitable transition away from coal and nuclear power plants, designed to function as baseload capacity, toward variable renewable energy sources with just-in-time natural gas back-up. The price of solar panels and wind turbines has declined 75 percent and 25 percent, respectively, since 2011.[5] The U.S. Energy Information Administration ("EIA") estimates renewables will be a larger source of electricity than natural gas in the United States by 2050. In that same time, EIA projects renewable electricity will rise from 28 percent to 50 percent of global generation.[6]

But events in mid-February throughout the center of the country, including Texas, and last summer in California, suggest that attempting to replace nuclear plants with variable renewable energy sources could make electricity grids less resilient. While energy sources across all categories failed in mid-February, they didn’t all fail equally. The capacity factors for nuclear, natural gas, coal, and wind in Texas during the four days of load shedding during the cold snap were 79 percent, 55 percent, 58 percent, and 14 percent, respectively.[7]

Nuclear plants are among the most reliable components of America’s power grids. Nuclear plants operate as a national fleet at 94 percent annual capacity factor, thanks to tightly choreographed refueling operations that barely interrupt eighteen-month continuous uptime at most facilities.[8] The hardening required of nuclear plants first in response to 9/11 and then in response to the loss of Fukushima Daiichi in 2011 has further ensured their contribution to reliability, resiliency, and affordability.[9]

Although Texas lost one of four of its nuclear reactors after cold water affected a sensor, automatically shutting down the reactor, it returned to service within 36 hours, and thus in time to help end the power cuts. Meanwhile, nuclear reactors in other cold snap states, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan, operated normally.[10]

Even if all Texas wind turbines had been winterized, it is unlikely that they would have contributed significantly to electricity supply because wind speeds in cold snaps are so low. It is for that reason that grid operators do not rely on wind turbines to provide more than trace amounts of power during those periods. And, indeed, while wind turbines north of Texas functioned more or less as intended, during the cold snap, they produced very little power for their grids.[11]

Part of the reason for inadequate in-state electricity supply in California last August was that state regulators had closed in-state baseload power plants. "People wonder how we made it through the heat wave of 2006,” said the CEO of California’s grid operator, CAISO, at the time. “The answer is that there was a lot more generating capacity in 2006 than in 2020.... We had San Onofre [nuclear plant] of 2,200 megawatts, and a number of other plants, totaling thousands of megawatts not there today."[12]

Electricity lost from the closure of California’s San Onofre nuclear plant undermined electricity affordability as well as reliability. It was mostly replaced by electricity from natural gas, which raised the costs of generating electricity by $350 million.[13]

Texas and California show that policymakers and regulators have struggled to manage the grid’s high and rising level of complexity, with troubling consequences. Are we so confident that reducing energy diversity while pushing more variable energy onto electrical grids is the best path forward in terms of reliability, affordability, and sustainability?

Affordability and Sustainability: Lessons from Around the World

California offers a relevant real-world picture of the impacts of significantly expanding reliance on variable renewable energy sources while reducing reliance on nuclear energy. California significantly expanded its use of renewable energy starting in 2011. That year, California generated 13.5 percent of its in-state electricity from all non-hydroelectric renewables.

In 2020, California generated 39 percent of its in-state electricity from them.[15] As a consequence of purchasing and integrating variable renewable energy onto its grid, California’s electricity prices rose 39 percent in the decade from 2011 to today, despite persistently-low-priced natural gas, which made doing so easier and more affordable.[16]

California retail electricity prices rose eight times faster than the nationwide average between 2011 and 2020. Today, California households pay 55 percent more than the national average per kilowatt-hour of electricity. In 2020, California’s electricity prices rose 7.5 percent, compared to just 0.25 percent in the other 49 states.[17]

Some of the cost of variable renewable energy sources comes in the form of the transmission lines they require. With funding from Bill Gates, the analytical group Breakthrough Energy Sciences last week estimated the U.S. could reduce carbon emissions 42 percent and generate 70 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2030. But Breakthrough Energy calculated that the cost of new transmission, distribution, and storage would be $1.5 trillion.[25]

And that amount does not include the costs associated with local and state political opposition. In their 2021 report, the Academies noted that while variable renewable energy sources like solar and wind appear to be popular in public opinion surveys, “political uncertainties concern the durability of policy support for renewables when deployed at large scales, especially where it is highly visible and potentially conflicts with other land uses.”[26]

Many energy experts are enthusiastic about solar panels, but new information has called the social and ethical value of the technology into question. The average annual pay of a power plant operator is $79,400 per year versus $46,900 for a solar installer, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data analyzed by NBC News. [32] That appears to be in part because so much of the economic value of solar panels is at the place of manufacture, not installation.[33]

As troubling is evidence that cost declines of solar panels, most of which are made in China, appear to stem from the involuntary labor of a persecuted Muslim minority, the Uighurs. In January the U.S. State Department deemed China’s treatment of the Uighurs to be genocide.[34]

Ninety-five percent of the global solar panel market contains Xinjiang silicon. While there has been talk of bringing solar manufacturing to the U.S. and Europe, doing so would significantly increase prices.[35] There is proposed Senate legislation to ban imports from Xinjiang unless they are certified, and similar legislation in introduced into the House. But given the fungible nature of silicon, some fear the Chinese government could evade such controls.[36]

And more decentralized electrical generation makes the grid more vulnerable. “We’re adding a lot of stuff at the grid edge,” said the lead author of the Academies’ 2012, 2017, and 2021 reports, “and if I start building microgrids does that increase my potential vulnerability? The answer is, ‘Yes, of course. The more complicated I make it, the more attack surfaces and, hence, the more possibilities of failure.’”[37]

Germany has only been able to manage the seasonal fluctuations from intermittent renewables by maintaining a large and diverse fleet of coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants. Germany added 150 percent of its total capacity in coal, natural gas, and nuclear in the form of new wind and solar capacity, which was part of why Germany’s electricity prices have risen to the highest levels in Europe.[40]

From this information we can gain a clearer picture of electric reliability, resiliency, and affordability. What tends to make electric grids more reliable, resilient, and affordable is the generation of electricity by a few large, efficient plants with the minimal amount necessary of wires and storage. What tends to makes grids less reliant, resilient, and affordable is significantly increasing the number of power plants, wires, storage mechanisms, people, and organizations required for operating them.


The U.S. reduced its greenhouse gas emissions between 2000 and 2020 more than any other nation in history in absolute terms, according to preliminary analysis by the Rhodium Energy Group. U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 were 21 percent below 2005 levels, which is nearly a one-quarter larger reduction than that promised by the United States under the Copenhagen Accord target of a 17 percent reduction. Even without the pandemic, emissions would have declined 3 percent in 2021, Rhodium estimates.[48]

The premature closure of nuclear plants threatens reliability, resiliency, affordability, as well as America’s reductions in greenhouse gases. Without state or federal action, the US will close twelve nuclear reactors by 2025, which constitute 10.5 gigawatts of highly-reliable, low-cost, and low-carbon power.[49] Despite ratcheting regulations, the cost of operating America’s nuclear plants fell from $44.57 per megawatt-hour on average in 2012 to $30.42 in 2019.[50]

The U.S. might achieve higher levels of electricity resiliency, reliability, affordability, and sustainability by reconsidering whether nuclear power plants are really so unattractive, and wholesale markets really so efficient.

While a significant amount of electricity policy is determined by the states, the Senate can play a constructive role in maintaining the reliability, resiliency, affordability, as well as the diversity and sustainability, of our grid by taking policy action now to keep operating the nuclear plants that have been critical to preventing power outages in recent years.

Michael Shellenberger, Founder and President, Environmental Progress
2569 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704




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5-BALL WINS AT THE FLYING PISTON BREAKFAST IN DAYTONA--
Your vest was a hit with the crowd. We were running an online auction during the charity breakfast and we had people bidding on it from across the US.

I spoke with Edge and he said it was the best one to date. And since it was our 1st breakfast in Daytona, I would say it was a winner. We were able to fund 2 kindergartner classes with bikes. We raised $12,000 in 2 hours, good for the little engine that could.

Thanks again for the support,

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WHY THE NEED FOR THE PULLEY LOCKING PLATE—We ran across several pulleys getting loose and started to investigate. Recently Frank Ball Jr. famous tattoo artist in covid hiding had a problem and found this locking plate.

 
We don’t see this happening on stock bikes, so is it aftermarket aluminum or is it hot rod traits by young high performance guy jamming off the line or dropping the clutch at high speeds to slow down? Let me know what you think.

--Bandit







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BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--Sam's Picks for the Week of March 16th, 2021

https://www.bikernet.com/pages/Sams_Picks_for_the_Week_of_March_16th_2021.aspx

Great article, Great pics. To ride a chopper you have to have that attitude! That Pat Kennedy chopper is one of my favorites!

--Stealth
charlotte, NC






TECHNOLOGICAL DEBATE--Windows vs Ford

For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on. At a recent computer expo
(COMDEX) : Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,

"If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

In response to Bill's comments,

Ford issued a press release:

If Ford had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this
part):

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash.........twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could
continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal
Operation" warning light.

7. The airbag system would ask, "Are you sure?" before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would
operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.

PS - I'd like to add that when all else fails, you could call "customer service" in some foreign country and be instructed in some
foreign language how to fix your car yourself!

--El Waggs




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I traveled all the way to London for this one. My humble yet tremendous appreciation to the Grand Duke of Dingleberry, Sir Geoffrey Clive Ridgewell-Hawkes VIII who cleared up the entire FXRD/FXRDS question for me in far less time than it took to board my flight.

Sir Geoffrey, an admirer of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, emphatically replied..."elementary my dear sir", the difference is quite easily explained. The acronym employed by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company is quite simply FXRD. FXDRS is the plural form of FXRD and infers more than one.

An FXRD is a singular form of the unique American classification of a motorcycle model. Rarer, but nonetheless extant is the crude American lack of proper punctuation and capitalization. FXDRS should of course be FXDR's to properly state the possessive.

Far less likely, but quite possibly, a colonial might have used the aforementioned lack of an apostrophe as some sort of contraction or glyph. To be certain this conversation has made me late for tea and you, sir, could have far more easily conveyed your simplistic query in a text. Good day!

Sam
UT
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Editor Response At last clarity, but isn't the singular FXDR not FXRD? The mystery continues.
--Bandit
Three new features PLUS the news this week....starting to look like the Bikernet of old. Must've gotten some go go juice this week. Good for you!

Johnny White
Humble, TX
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Editor Response And packing like a madman. I'm sure the Badlands will be packed with inspiration.
--Bandit
I've heard that spoked wheels use a seal between the hub and pulley. The factory says to replace the bolts each time they are removed. Reports of folks that have used a variety of Loctite and bolts still have loosened. The advice is to chase the treads on both the bolt and hub and to thoroughly clean with acetone prior to a sparing application of Loctite.

If you're going to do all that might as well use the primer. Make sure the old or new bolt is not bottoming. Use a torque wrench. Bolts do stretch. If using locking plates it might be a good idea to check the wheel balance. While doing all this, may as well check the wheel bearings and trueness of the wheel and the pulley.

Sam
TX
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Editor Response Thanks for this. What do you mean by Primer?
--Bandit
I can see you stuffing that '28 into the wardrobe box. Thinking about such a move makes me bleed from the eyes and ears. I have tremendous empathy for what you are doing and why. I won't start on the government aspect...it will get really ugly really quick.

I would caution anyone about removing plastidip from older paint as it may pull off parts of the clear coat.

Thanks for the pic of Rogue. I thought there was one of him laying down inside? My memory is not reliable.

No luck finding a headlight for Mr. Teresi from parts salvage but found a bunch of LED replacement lights for the new style bucket. Maybe fashion a headlight bucket and install one of those? Easier said than done I reckon.





Sam
TX
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Editor Response Hey Sam,

I will check with Joe regarding the headlight. Yep, the move is a challenge, but I keep reminding myself about the new adventure, over and over...


--Bandit
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