Your “Welcome To Smarch” Wednesday Evening Open Thread

Beerguyrob

Beerguyrob

A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.
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NFL News:

  • now that the Franchise tags have been applied (where applicable), all is quiet until next Tuesday, March 7th, when the “legal tampering period” begins and teams can start talking to pending free agents.
    • no contracts can be signed until after 4:00 ET March 9.
    • nfl.com has a list of the “101 Best Free Agents Available”
      • Top-5:
        1. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears wide receiver
        2. Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals defensive end
        3. Brandon Williams, Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle
        4. Dont’a Hightower, New England Patriots linebacker
        5. A.J. Bouye, Houston Texans cornerback
  • pending Free Agent news:
    • Chris Long has opted not to re-sign with the Patriots
    • the Eagles are going to kick the tires on Jamaal Charles
    • as previously stated, Colin Kaepernick has decided to take his kneeling talents elsewhere.
  • “Lemme back in” news:
    • Josh Gordon has applied for reinstatement
    • anti-Tebow Johnny Manziel has re-hired his agent, who is shopping him around
  • Belichick is debating the type of offer that could get him to trade Jimmy Garoppolo
    • according to PFT, it’d be a first-rounder, another pick, and the GM’s mom


Canada 150:

March 1, 1927 – The British Privy Council awards Labrador to Newfoundland over a claim from Quebec, which still does not recognize the decision to this day.

  • This dispute is the result of important Canadian history factoids:
    • no formal boundaries were ever established in the northern regions of British North America and New France
      • usually, territorial boundaries “followed the river”
    • Canada was formed in 1867 out of former English & French colonies that were:
      • forced together after the Seven Years War (1756-63)
        • reinforced along southern borders after the US Revolution and The War of 1812
      • united as a new country partly to avoid US invasion after the Civil War, due to British trade support for the South
    • Newfoundland was part of Britain until 1949.
  • in 1902, the Newfoundland colonial government issued timber licences to loggers for areas in Labrador along the Hamilton River
    • Quebec & Canada objected, and demanded the British government, through the Privy Council, decide the matter
      • Newfoundland argued it had rights to all watershed land, along both sides of the river
      • Quebec argued it had rights to the southern side
  • in 1927, the Council determined Newfoundland had a claim to the land drained by the Hamilton (Churchill after 1965) River

Rather than continue to pursue the claim, Quebec exacts its revenge by claiming 75% of the profits from the Churchill Falls Dam, which it built as a joint revenue-generating project with Newfoundland in the 1960s to capitalize on the growing US need for electricity.


Tonight’s sports:

  • NHL:
    • Penguins at Blackhawks – 8:00PM | NBCSN / Sportsnet
  • NBA:
    • Wizards at Raptors – 7:30PM | Sportsnet1
    • Cavaliers at Celtics – 8:00PM | ESPN
    • Rockets at Clippers – 10:30PM | ESPN / Sportsnet1
  • NCAA:
    • Arkansas at Florida – 7:00PM | ESPN2
    • Marquette at Xavier – 9:00PM | FS1
  • Women’s soccer: U.S. vs. Germany – 7:00PM | FS1

I gotta admit, Trump sounded a lot more conciliatory last night. Whether TV president acts like an actual president remains to be seen. I STILL PREFER PRESIDENT BARTLET!

 

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Note to self : Pick up Jamaal Charles in fantasy year after next, when he’s been given a year of rest and been made to look like crap by the Eagles…

Marc Trestmans Windowless Van
Marc Trestmans Windowless Van

I would hold a higher version of my parents vision on Trumps glorious society if I hadn’t been their bitch for 4 years. You keep getting injured or can’t even go to the store for soda, that is a problem.

Senor Weaselo

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Senor Weaselo

What is Senor’s and Redshirt’s Spring Break? I’ll take DFO Book Club for 1000, Alex.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

The budget for that one Superman movie was way underfunded.

Senor Weaselo

I forgot to say! So today the kids behaved enough so we played freeze dance at the end of class and they asked “Mr. Senor, play some rock and roll!” So I played, in order: Stairway, Free Bird, and Johnny B. Goode. By the end they said “Mr. Senor, you said you were going to play rock and roll!”

SMGDH.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

WHOA! DAMN!
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entropy

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

FISTING WITH TWO IN THE STINK!

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Sorry if I missed this somewhere; another island being flooded by rising sea levels.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/jets-release-darrelle-revis/vp-AAnGh8K

entropy

……..

(OK, that was really fucking funny)

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
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entropy

The Bakshi one was so much better, just for “Frodo of the Nine Fingers…. AND THE RING OF DOOOOOOOOOMMMM!!!” song.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

The gif makes it look like the little boyish Hobbit gon get raped.

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Make the kids pay for their own therapy!

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Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Super Saturday!

Senor Weaselo

It’s no Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge, I’ll tell you that.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
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https://imgur.com/gallery/3PFAxOH

This made me laugh my ass off.

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entropy
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entropy

That cover is hilarious.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

THE DINOSAUR ISN’T ROARING, HE JUST HAS BAD BREATH!

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

It must be cold in that jungle.

Brocky

always good to think towards the future:

like what am i going to wear for halloween next year?

I mean that non sarcastically. I’m looking on ebay and party city for clearance costumes.

……i may or may not have a few bookmarked

I have no idea where I was going with this

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

A kind of pirate?

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Sexy Harley Quinn?

Senor Weaselo

I’m leaning the Mr. Meeseeks suit I didn’t buy and therefore wear last year.

Fronkenshteen

Sessions. In cahoots with the fucking Russians. No jail, I’d imagine…

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Of course not. He’s not going to prosecute himself, and even if the U.S. Attorney for D.C. has the balls to file charges anyway he can just fire them and order their replacement to withdraw the complaint.

Fronkenshteen

He HAS to recuse himself or be forcibly recused, no? This shall not fucking stand, right?

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Or what? That’s the thing. This is Andrew Jackson telling the Supreme Court to get their own army if they expected the chief Executive to carry out an order he didn’t like (that being not to exile the Cherokee to Oklahoma). It’s not before a court, so there’s no way for a judge to order it, which in theory would be carried out by the Marshals (who work for the Attorney General).

Basically, this is like in 2006 when John Ashcroft refused to provide testimony to Congress without even claiming executive privilege. He just said no, and there was nothing they nor anyone else could do about it. Same reasoning: the Senate was still Republican and would never have voted to send a demand to the U.S. Attorney for D.C. file contempt of Congress charges. So nothing happened.

WCS

He didn’t do anything really anything wrong, like send emails on an unsecured server, or be cleared of any wrongdoing during an attack on an American consulate or embassy…

Unsurprised
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Senor Weaselo

The infamous conductor sent me a video of this kids playing hacky-sack with pizza dough as an example of “This is the most Italian thing ever,” but this might top it.

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

The Pope delivering the pizza. http://i.imgur.com/nF9xtWN.gifv

Romonobyl

Dammit Spurs…

Romonobyl

Or not.

Romonobyl

Kawhi you magnificent bastard! Belay my last, premature once again.

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Blazing Saddles is on Netflix.

Duchess
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Unsurprised

http://instantwatcher.com – Netflix and Amazon Prime releases

Duchess

Yes

Duchess

So fucking Sessions met with Russian ambassadors while working with the Trump Campaign? WTF

WCS

It’s literally House of Cards in real life.

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Nah. HoC is just bad Clinton fanfic. This is 24-level batshit insanity.

Sharkbait

Id rather live in the House of Cards universe.

Sharkbait

Jesus fucking christ.

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Meeting the new boss

Duchess
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Thanks for the link.

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Duchess

At his Jan. 10 Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) what he would do if he learned of any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of the 2016 campaign.

“I’m not aware of any of those activities,” he responded. He added: “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Lying to Congress is a felony.

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

*was

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Touché

Duchess

Pelosi has already said that he needs to resign

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

He needs to be imprisoned.

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I looked at his past when nominated a little in addition to what has come up regarding his agenda before; I guess with a guy like that I am not surprised that he would do that and be oblivious enough to technology that he would also get caught.

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Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

In honor of Ash Wednesday you should be watching Army of Darkness. Do it now.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Empty the bong water……

entropy

I recently caught up on the second season of Ash vs Evil Dead. That was surprisingly much better than season one

BrettFavresColonoscopy

Evening. Is it the apocalypse yet? I’d like to not have to finish a few projects I’m behind on for work.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Hello, would you like some coffee?

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litre_cola

So, Ice Bears have won all of these titles but I for one have not found their fans insufferable as most other “dynastied” fanbases.

litre_cola

Ice Bears are barely holding on.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

True in several ways.

litre_cola

See Northern Canadia

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and Alaska, Russia, etc.

litre_cola

Very true, but it is ok because global warming and climate change is a hoax.

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“Those bears are incompetent!”

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entropy

That was actually pretty funny all around. I wonder if someone will call her a “snowflake” now?

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Well, she is

Sharkbait

Cricket’s brother looks like Andy Dalton

ballsofsteelandfury

Beerguyrob, just a great job today! Actual information that made it look like we are actually professionals and not a bunch of #circlejerks staring at a cookie. Thanks!

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theeWeeBabySeamus

There’s cookies?

Romonobyl

What about cro-nuts? I really like cro-nuts.

ballsofsteelandfury

I do too.

entropy

Wait, we’re just supposed to STARE at the cookie? Oh fuck me I’ve made a HUGE mistake.

WCS

Always Sunny: Cricket’s Very Own Episode

King Hippo

saving it for the morn, but expecting GREAT things

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Sharkbait

tWBS:

theeWeeBabySeamus

Hopefully but not sure how long before I can, or how long I can last tonight (giggity). Hopeful I’ll be able to jump to the table in the next 30mins.

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entropy

I’ll be joining everyone momentarily

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There is going to be a lot of hard fucking tonight after the Roller Dance when the Poindexters get home.

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Senor Weaselo

Evening folks. Apparently Scrooge McDuck beats Shovel Knight in a fight.

theeWeeBabySeamus

I bet that didn’t sound as nerdy in your head, huh?

Senor Weaselo

No, it did. But there are nerdy enough people here.

litre_cola

That is fair and true.

Gratliff

Have you tried to play DuckTales recently? It shamed the fuck out of me. Why did game developers do that shit to kids?

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King Hippo

Maybe that basketball player used to be a TE or something??

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King Hippo

Holy dickballs, NORTHWESTERN!!!

Senor Weaselo

That just might be enough for them to go dancin’!

makeitsnowondem

OH MY GOD I JUST SAW IT

Sharkbait

So I just got off of a 3 and a half hour conference call. But the Ice Giants didn’t do anything stupid today and my boss didnt know I had bourbles during the call. So…win?

Gratliff

Conference Call aka zone out and work on what I was already doing until I hear “David?” so I can ask them to repeat the question, so I can give a half-assed answer and immediately go back to what I was working on.

This is also my strategy for actual meetings.

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

I now handle the training for the entire company. So like once every other week, I either got customers or in house training to give on our drives.

I get told all the time by fellow office workers that I am “lucky” that I have such an easy job.

I would love to meet another person that regularly has 8 hour straight meetings they must lead five days in a row.

A fucking hour long conference call has most people calling uncle.

entropy

I once had to join a conference call regarding our entire Exchange system dying at 11 PM… needless to say, as I was NOT on call, I was at the bar. I managed pretty well with the mute button while ordering until about 1 AM, when I shouted, “YES I WANT ANOTHER FUCKING CAR BOMB!” at the bartender…. and everyone on the call.

JustStopDude
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I saw your response you posted in yesterday’s thread about racism; you made the point far better than I did, appreciate it.

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

I get why people struggle with talking about racism. I struggle too. Its a conversation that I never feel comfortable with talking to people in person about.

Its the little things every day. I have lost track the number of times white coworkers and friends have asked me “Why can JayZ use the N-word but its not okay for a white person?”

You know I have been called for jury duty at least 6 times in my life. Never once I have sat on a jury. As soon as I am called, I get immediately dismissed by the prosecutor because the notion is that a black man cannot sit in judgement of anyone…or at least that is my impression.

Its like every fucking day, a random person jabs you in the arm with a pencil. Same fucking spot every day. Eventually your arm is just one big open fucking sore, dripping puss and some random person jabs you with a pencil and you snap “STOP IT YOU FUCKER!”

And everyone stops what they are doing and stares at you like you are crazy because all that person did was just jab in you in the arm with a pencil .

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Well, on that comment you said what I failed to say. Being a white male heterosexual I have never even come close to that kind of treatment or feelings. Quite the opposite; in black and Mexican, neighborhoods I have always felt at the very least partially welcome and never felt threatened. One exception was the wrong place and time in NOLA; but it was pretty obvious NOONE felt safe. Part of my experience may be obliviousness, but I usually have pretty good travel instincts.

Not really a point here, but it is amazing the cognitive dissonance that fairly intelligent people are so far beyond even conceptualizing this, let alone empathizing. tl;dr: people are fucking assholes.

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I have the same percentage on jury duty; the only reason for me is that one side always objected because I am a pedantic dickbutt.

Brocky

Of course it fucking snows the first day in march.

Maybe it’s my the dental work I had done today, but darn I’m in a bad mood.

Gratliff

It was 60 yesterday, it’ll be 60 on Friday. We’re currently getting heavy lake effect snow.

JustStopDude
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theeWeeBabySeamus

Why am I worried that this cat is the last thing several Japanese girls will ever see in their lives?

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My thought was that was his suicide note. #nobubbles

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

So because my personal life is such a fucking shambles…I actually care about the community’s opinions about things and seek advice from my fellow NFL gambling junkies.

I’m in my mid thirties and basically my health has taken a turn where I am not allowed to do as much field work. So for the first time in my life, I am looking at setting down roots and getting a place.

So please keep in mind, I am used to living in a fucking hotel room 330 days out of the year or in a single bedroom apartment.

3 beds 3 baths 1,835 sqft townhouse built in 2007. $207,375 is the asking price. So assuming 30% down, my monthly mortgage, insurance, and whatnot would be about $200 less a month than what I am currently paying in rent for a 1 bedroom, one bath apartment.

Seems like a no-brainer right?

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

For sure. If Trump delivers on his 4% growth promise you won’t see interest rates like these again for a long time.

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Bet the mortgage.

litre_cola

I would kill for that unit and that price here. KILL!

Gratliff

Move to northern Michigan. You can get 3500-4000 sq. ft. homes for 250-300k. THere’s an area around here where people moved in from California to work for Dow and used the money they got selling their little duplexes and shit and built McMansions with it.

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

Its fucking unreal the options I have. Literally the most difficult thing has been trying to work an real estate agent and not get distracted.

I’m used to housing options in Baltimore…

“Okay…I can tolerate lead paint…and no parking…but no bullet holes”

Gratliff

When I made the transition from inner city liberal to crazy cracker in the woods, it was staggering how inexpensive housing was. Almost made me forget about the half hour drive to go buy fucking milk.

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

The fucking batshit crazy thing…I’m within walking distance, like 30 minutes, from downtown. I’m NOT in the fucking burbs.

I don’t even have to cut down on my drinking!

Gratliff

I remember post-divorce how an 800 sq ft apartment felt extremely empty. I can’t imagine how big a 2k sq ft home would feel. It’s a fair enough price, but between the emptiness and the locked-in-ed…ness of owning a home, may be excessive.

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

The fucking kitchen/living room/dining area is bigger than my current apartment.

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Seriously though, I live like a pauper because I have no space for shit. Fucking garage too.

Real estate agent warned about the train yard the house is next to…

“I live next to the train yard already…above a bar. If anything, its going to take me a while to get used to the lack of noise”.

Gratliff

Why do those people hate walls so much? The entire open floor plan thing makes me insufferable when looking at places. I’m not allowed to house shop anymore, because it invariably turns into me making jokes about “Areas To Entertain” and “Distance To The Beach” and “Twin Brother Real Estate Agents Who Are Totally Not Fucking Each Other”. HGTV is on SO much in my house.

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I actually want to do that with my kitchen….. but I have the luxury of the basement being the TV room.

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

… and below another bar.

Duchess

I’d rather be building equity than paying rent. Also what city I’ll get you a realtor and take 25% for giving them a lay-up of a purchase 😉

WCS

Duchess

BTW… I must admit I do enjoy Blue Apron it has been a nice change of pace for my cooking

Gratliff

Is it worth the money? The fact that they’re just sending me random $30 off cards when I get NewEgg packages makes me think it’s overpriced as fuck.

Duchess

It’s priced at about $10 per person for 3 meals per week. so its basically saves me money if I don’t eat out twice with the GF, Plus they give you all the seasonings so you wont have to scramble to get Thyme or something like that. Just need to bring your own olive oil, salt and pepper.

BrettFavresColonoscopy

But is she OK with you eating out less?

Duchess

yup she feels guilty when we do and there is food in the fridge,

BrettFavresColonoscopy

Well way to ignore my cunnilingus joke

Duchess

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BrettFavresColonoscopy

Try green chef. My sister likes it way more than blue apron, and I think they do free trials too.

Duchess

will look into it

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[sister/ delivery man joke]

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I know Taco’s Titty City isn’t around any more…. maybe it should be.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

Lousy Smarch weather…

[glances outside, realizes it is a gorgeous day]

litre_cola

Boooooooooo!

Low Commander of the Super Soldiers

I just finished assembling a standing desk for myself at work, and now all I want to do is sit down.

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Is it sit and stand? I like mine and stand more all the time. Another advantage is when somebody is in your office and you are showing them something on the screen it is much nicer to stand and look rather than the awkward bend over. PLUS when standing they seem to leave earlier!

#overtimeweekendnopants

Low Commander of the Super Soldiers

Yeah, it is adjustable, which is really cool. I’m forcing myself to stand the rest of the day though, because I paid $400 for this, and I’ll be damned if I’m not gonna get my monies out of it immediately!

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There are many studies out of the various benefits, including for the employer and incontrovertible data that shows sitting all day in front of a computer kills you gradually and painfully.

I raise and lower mine 5 to ten times a day just to change positions.

LemonJello
LemonJello

I raise and lower mine 5 to ten times a day just to change positions.

You’re still talking about the desk, right?

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Desk?

LemonJello
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Low Commander of the Super Soldiers

…rather than the awkward bed over.

And I’m not the least bit surprised that there is a bed in your office, Moose.

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Hummmmm I reluctantly fixed the typo. I spend too much time there as it is.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Ah, the awkward bend over.
AKA The Baltimore Handshake

theeWeeBabySeamus

Shit…now you jerks got me doing it. Fozz is gonna kill me.