Wrestling Q&A – December 14, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Q&A
December 14, 2017
DougMaynard.com

Let’s talk a little wrestling this AM. Let’s do this…

1. What current WWE superstar has the worst finisher. I am going with Braun Strowman.

Actually, a running power-slam by a guy the size of Strowman doesn’t seem all that bad to me. For me, either Naomi’s “big finish” where she hits a person in the face with her butt or else that knee to the face thing by Seth Rollins would qualify as the worst. I much preferred it when Seth used the curb-stomp or the pedigree. Made much more sense.

2. If you could pick one guy from the WCW roster in the “war” time frame, that you feel WCW and Eric Bischoff dropped the ball with, a guy who could’ve played a much bigger part if given the chance, Who do you pick? I gotta go with Jericho.

There are plenty of folks who could be used to answer this. How about Scott Norton? Man was a monster, but stuck in tag teams with Ice Train as “Fire and Ice”. Steve Austin wasn’t used well and that’s why he left to go to the WWF. Jericho obviously could have been used much better as well.

3. Which title run do/did you enjoy more: Heel AJ or Face AJ?

Probably the “face AJ”. He’s not a natural heel in that he’s cocky, but not really coming across as evil or a low-life piece of scum. The face role is more natural and since people are going to cheer AJ anyhow, the best role for him.

4. Describe Jason Jordan in one word.

Athletic. And now that the “one word” is out of the way, how about a work-in-progress. I’m not crazy about Jordan or this whole angle as Kurt’s son, but it’s slowly growing on me and I’m curious to see where it goes and when they do the heel turn where Jason turns on Daddy to prove himself thing. We know it’s coming, but just a matter of when. Jordan is a good wrestler who is kind of bland in the (scripted) promo department, but there is potential there and while I originally thought (and still do) that this story with Kurt is a dumb one, it may be the one that makes or breaks the man. We’ll see.

5. Which was the more electrifying finishing move? Tully’s Slingshot Suplex, Arn’s DDT, Nikita’s Russian Sickle, or Magnum’s Belly to Belly.

The belly-to-belly by Magnum and Arn’s DDT always seemed to just come out of nowhere and while they were hot for the time period, being turned into just regular moves by the current product has lessened the effect for me over the years. Tully’s slingshot was exciting and exceptional for the time, but again, time has made it less impressive. I’ll go with Nikita’s “Russian Sickle”. Just like Stan Hansen’s “Lariet” or JBL’s “clothesline from hell”, it’s just brutal and effective and is almost painful to watch. You feel sorry for the victim. I’ll go with Nikita on this one.

And that’s all for this. Short, I know, but this is my warm up. More is coming (I hope). Thanks for reading. Questions and comments are welcome and appreciated. Until the next time.

Ubuntu!

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Flashback: Wrestling Survey – December 10, 2011

I found this old wrestling survey I took way back six years ago… Enjoy!

Flashback:  Wrestling Survey – December 10, 2011
1.How long have you been a Wrestling Fan?

For as long as I can remember. My older brothers and sisters used to take to me to see the weekly live shows at the Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC when I was barely able to walk and I grew up watching stars like Wahoo McDaniel, Ric Flair, Blackjack Mulligan, Ivan Koloff, Paul Jones, The Andersons and so many others each and every week. And I was hooked from day one. That’s been well over forty years now.

2.What got you into Wrestling?

I think I answered that in the last question.

3.What was the first Wrestling match you saw?
I have no idea. But the first match I can remember seeing live that really stood out and made a major impression in my youthful mind was the legendary Brute Benard (look him up) against “The Dean Of Professional Wrestling” Johnny Weaver, in Raleigh, NC at one of the Tuesday night shows. I think I was maybe five years old.

4.Who is your favorite Wrestler?
Of all time or current active stars? Of all time, it would be Harley Race, Ric Flair,. Blackjack Mulligan, The Masked Superstar, Jamie Noble, Larry Zbyszko and Arn Anderson. Of current wrestling stars, the top guys on my list would be CM Punk, The Miz, Juventud Guerrera, Ethan Storm and a local Indy Tag Team called BD Productions. And a man named Hunter Holtzclaw who is just too damn sexy for words to describe. I want to rock his world!.

5.What is your favorite Wrestling Company?

I grew up with the NWA and Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling (Jim Crockett Promotions), but unfortunately, the NWA is a shell of what it once was and Crockett is out of business. So be default (mainly because it’s the only true big time international company left), the WWE gets the nod. Also, a small but damn good group from here in North Carolina called “American Championship Wrestling”.

6.Favorite Wrestling Tag Team|Faction|Stable?

My favorite tag team of all time is The Midnight Express (Eaton and Lane). My favorite faction is the infamous Four Horsemen, but I do have to admit a soft spot for The Dangerous Alliance as well.

7.Who is your favorite Female of Wrestling?

Anyone who knows the slightest thing about me already knows the answer to this one. Lisa “Ivory” Moretti, my one true love and beloved. No one else even comes close.

8.What’s your favorite Wrestling finisher?

Either the claw (as used by Baron Von Raschke or Blackjack Mulligan) or the Cobra (as used by Masked Superstar).

9.How often do you watch Wrestling shows?

Every Monday night for sure and occasionally on Thursday and Friday for Impact and Smackdown if there’s nothing better to do.

10.What is the greatest wrestling match you’ve seen?

I don’t know if it’s the greatest, but my favorite match of all time came from a Clash of the Champions event and pitted The Midnight Express (Eaton and Lane), accompanied by Jim Cornette against The Horsemen (Ric Flair & Barry Windham), who were accompanied by J.J. Dillion. After that, my other favorite match was on WCW Saturday Night with Larry Zbyszko taking on Lord Steven Regal for the WCW TV Title.

11.Favorite match stipulation?

I’m not a big fan of gimmicks or crazy stipulations so I’ll go for something simple and to the point – how about a good old fashioned street fight.

12.Have you ever been to a live Wrestling event?

I’ve been to literally hundreds of Indy wrestling events and several WCW shows back in the 90’s. I have yet to make it to a live WWE or TNA event though so that’s on my future agenda.

13.What is your favorite wrestling manager?

Of all time, it’s got to be Gary Hart. The man just did an amazing job. And following closely behind Hart would be Woman (Nancy Benoit), Sir Oliver Humperdink and Jim Cornette.

14.If you were a manager, who would be your top star?

If I had the chance to be a wrestling manager for the WWE and could bring in who I want for my stable (which I wouild model after the Dangerous Alliance, it would be Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin, Chris Masters, Ethan Storm, Mike Knox and Lisa “Ivory” Moretti as my co-manager.

15.Did you want to be a wrestler when you grew up?

I wanted to be either a wrestler or a writer. And as I got older, I found a great compromise. I write about wrestling. So there you go.

And there you go…

Ubuntu~

Wrestling Q&A – December 9, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Q&A
December 9, 2017
DougMaynard.com

Before I get started on the Wrestling Q&A, I have two things to say. First off, my condolences to the friends and family of Fred Fox, long time local radio personality who passed away earlier today. First with WEWO and then later, as the owner of WLNC, Fred was truly and will always be the “Voice of Scotland County”. RIP Fred.

And secondly, we are just hours away from the Scotland High School “Fighting Scots” playing for the 4A State Championship. I graduated Scotland, Class of 85… and best of luck to my former High School. Bring it home guys. GO SCOTS!

And now, let’s do some wrestling…

1. With the end of the year coming to a near… who would you say are you top ten wrestlers in the world?

I’m mainly a WWE guy, but I do try to pay attention to the rest of the wrestling companies as well. In my opinion, the Top Ten right now would be: Brock, AJ Styles, Miz, Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, Jay Lethal, Asuka, Cesaro, Kevin Owens and Neville, subject to change of course, but all of these folks can always be counted on to put on a top notch match and work well with anyone.

2. CAN or WILL Broken Matt Hardy work in WWE ??

So long as Vince refrains from getting too involved and allows Matt Hardy the creative control he needs, I think Broken Matt Hardy can and will do very well as part of the WWE Universe.

3. Who’s the top ten best tag teams in the world currently ?

This is only opinion and speculation on my part, but if I was trying to get together the best tag teams in wrestling today for an event, I would go with Cesaro & Sheamus, Gallows & Anderson, The Usos, Nick & Matt Jackson, The Revival, The Miztourage (Axel & Dallas), Harper and Rowan, The Hardy Boyz, Briscoe Brothers and Owens / Zayn.

4. Hypothetically: If WWE were to create a shoot, modern day version of the Brawl For All tournament, with MMA instead of boxing, (EXCLUDING BROCK) who would be some guys you would like to see compete and who do you think would win? Who would fill out your 16 man bracket?

Sixteen WWE guys that I think would do well in an MMA style “Brawl For All” type tournament? I think I’d go with Sheamus, Karl Anderson, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, Drew McIntyre, Rhyno, Jinder Mahal, Big Show, Roman Reigns, Bobby Roode, Braun Strowman, Curtis Axel, John Cena, Rusev, Luke Gallows and Cesaro. And my winner, at the end, I think would be either Joe or Nakamura.

5. Do you see Batista be as big of a movie star as the Rock?

What the Rock has achieved goes above and beyond almost anyone in Hollywood history, much less anyone from the world of wrestling. Batista will and is doing well, but will he ever be as big as The Rock? Nope!

And there you go. Thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, questions and all feedback is welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, take it easy & have a great one.

Ubuntu!

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Wrestling Q&A – December 7, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Q&A
December 7, 2017
DougMaynard.com

It’s Wednesday night. How the hell are you? Let’s do some wrestling Q&A, shall we? And if you’re not down with that, two words for you. Woo Woo Woo! Wait, that’s three words. Oops. My bad! The questions come from the KoK and the JCP group on Facebook. Let’s do this…

1. Name your picks for the 3 greatest recognized world heavyweight wrestling champions. (NWA, AWA, WWF/E).

For the NWA, it comes down to either Harley Race or Ric Flair. It’s a tough call, but I think even Harley would agree that Ric should get the nod here. For the AWA, there is no doubt that Nick Bockwinkle would be recognized as the greatest AWA Champion of all time. And for the WWF/E, I want to say Bruno Sammartino, but I have to be honest and admit that Hulk Hogan was and will always be the man where WWE is concerned.

2. I think Daniel Bryan is already cleared to wrestle and they are leading up to him vs Shane McMahon. What do you think?

I think it’s just a matter of time before we see Daniel Bryan back in the ring (if WWE doesn’t want to lose him), but I hope that Shane isn’t the one he comes back to wrestle. Shane is reckless at times and to be honest, who cares about Shane? I would prefer for Bryan to come back and take on Miz or Owens or maybe even Shinsuke or Balor. Make it a match worth watching and not a Shane-McMahon spotfest.

3. If you were to get into pro wrestling (provided you aren’t already) and could choose one veteran trainer, who would you choose to be trained by and why?

I think I’d try to get trained by Lance Storm if possible. He’s a great wrestler who knows everything there is about the business, knows what the WWE and Impact expect and look for in a wrestler, can teach locker-room protocol and has a track record and background that few could equal.

4. Who was the greatest Television champion during the JCP era?

I really want to say Arn Anderson, but to be honest, it was his teammate, Tully Blanchard, who really elevated the TV title first and made it stand out as extra-special.

5. Besides The Rock n Roll Express & The Midnight Express , Who’s The Best Team 2 Hold The NWA World Tag Titles?

An easy question – Ole and Gene Anderson, aka The Minnesota Wrecking Crew.

6. Who Is The Best Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Champion?

I remember a few people who held the title such as Buzz Tyler, Black Bart and Sam Houston, but in my mind, the most memorable from my younger days was the Olympian, Ken Patera. Patera was also at the time, if I remember correctly, half of the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions with John Studd, although I may be wrong about that.

7. Name the greatest wrestler, in your opinion, who NEVER held a World Heavyweight Title.

This honor would fall either Lord Steven (William) Regal or “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson. Both men had different styles and personas, but were easily among the best in-ring performers of their era.

8. Wouldn’t it be great if Dean Ambrose became the Lunatic Fringe again and took on Matt Hardy? Crazy vs. Crazy….

I’m not a big Ambrose fan and he bores the hell out of me. I’d rather see “Broken Matt” versus Goldust, Bray Wyatt, R-Truth and Little Jimmy or even Miz and the Miztourage first.

And that’s all for now. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you on the other side. Take care.

Ubuntu!

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Wrestling Q&A – December 5, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Q&A
December 5, 2017
DougMaynard.com

A few wrestling questions to be answered. Let’s just do this, shall we. Happy Tuesday!

Thoughts on the NWA world six man titles. Was it a meaningless title . What is your opinion?

For the most part, it was a meaningless title that was designed to give Dusty or his friends a belt without taking away spots from the other top talents. However, I do think that during the original run of the title, during the JCP era, when you had Ivan Koloff, Nikita and Krusher Kruschev running around as a unit, it was a fun time to watch and they gave the belts credibility. But aside from that short time, those belts were a waste of everyone’s time.

I remember Dutch Mantel in JCP as part of the Kansas Jayhawks in 1986. My question is, what was so special about him ?

Dutch’s role in JCP and WCW for that matter was pretty much a waste of time and he really wasn’t used as he could have been, but the man is a great talker and not too shabby in that ring as well. Watch some of his work from Puerto Rico or Memphis and you’ll get more of an idea just how good Dutch actually was as a performer. And he was / is also a good booker who knows how to make matches that make sense and have logic behind them that the fans actually enjoy, a rare thing in today’s wrestling world. I think his best spot though was as the color commentator, at least during the Crockett run. He told the stories, sold the matches and wrestlers in the ring and was entertaining while doing so. He was the Jesse Ventura or Bobby Heenan of Southern Wrestling commentary before we had a Bobby Heenan or Jesse Ventura doing commentary on a regular basis.

What’s your favorite Andre the Giant moment?

When I was like 13 years old and saw Andre live in Lumberton, NC, wrestling against John Studd. Andre won by DQ when Studd lifted him (barely) over the top rope and the match was pretty much a stinker so far as the wrestling goes, but Andre was so huge and larger than life. It’s a great memory from my childhood days.

You have your own promotion. Who would be your Champions? Please NO WWE GUYS. ONLY GUYS FROM THE CROCKETT ERA OR LIKE TERRITORIES.

World Champion : Ric Flair
US Champion: Rick Steamboat
NWA TV Champion: Arn Anderson
Mid Atlantic Champion: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine
World Tag Champions: The Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette
Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions: Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen

Who was the best commentator?

I would love to say Bob Caudle since he’s the voice of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and that’s what I grew up on, but it’s not that easy to answer anymore. Tony Schaivone, when he first started out and before he was burnt out, was excellent. Jim Ross is damn good and Michael Cole can do a great job when he’s not being over-produced by Vince and his earphones. I think though, for my personal favorite, I’m going back to the old school and the then-host of World Wide Wrestling for Jim Crockett Promotions, Mr. Rich Landrum. And Bobby “the Brain” Heenan and “Dirty” Dutch Mantell were my two favorite color guys of all time.

Has there ever been a PPV in which every current wrestler on the roster appeared?

The only ones that I can think of is way back when WCW held their World War 3 pay-per-views with the three ring sixty man cluster-f*cks they called a Battle Royal. I think WWE has come close with the past few Wrestlemania’s, with the Andre the Giant Battle Royals, but I’m just guessing at that. I’ll give WCW the nod for this question.

Thoughts on Woken Hardy ?

I’m glad to see Matt back with the crazy role. I think the idea of a feud with him and Bray Wyatt together will be most excellent and make for some fun and memorable moments. Wrestling on Monday nights will be “must see” again just to see what his “Woken Brilliance” will come up with and anyone who does not agree needs to be DELETED! ‘Nuff said!

And that’s all for now. Until the next time, take care and stay sweet!

Ubuntu!

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Wrestling Q&A – December 3, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Q&A
December 3, 2017
DougMaynard.com

I’ve got the soundtrack to the musical “Rent” cranked up and blasting. (Don’t judge me!) And now I’m ready to do a little Q&A about the world’s greatest sport, wrestling. The questions come from the KoK and PWInsiderElite.com. And the answers, that’s all me. Let’s do this bay-be!

1. How awesome would it be if 3mb reunited? Their first stint sucked but now all of them have evolved.Imagine Drew and Jinder as tag champs.

While I could see a backstage reunion at one of the big events like maybe the Royal Rumble, I don’t think that these guys should interact and be shown together too much. Drew is a “face” for the most part and hasn’t even made it to the main roster again, although I think as soon as he’s cleared from this latest injury, that’s just a formality and will happen soon enough. Jinder is a full fledged heel who turned on Heath to get his contract and job with Smackdown Live (anyone else remember that?) and Heath is pretty much mid-card tag team guy with Rhyno. I could see a spot where Heath tries to reunite 3MB with himself as the leader and both Drew and Jinder give him a beat-down as they reject his advances, then having a staredown before going their own way. 3MB was a a fun and good thing for it’s time, but it’s time for all three men to move on now.

2. How about that there 180 Ed the Owl did on the Broken gimmick?

Ed the Owl and Impact realized that they were fighting a losing battle that, even if they won, wouldn’t do them a bit of good and was majorly hurting them in the place it matters most, the court of public opinion. A smart move just to cut their losses, let Matt be “broken” again and all parties move on.

3. Who would you consider the greatest rival to Ric Flair? Ricky Steamboat, Dusty Rhodes, or Sting?

What about Blackjack Mulligan or Harley Race? Of these three men, while I loved the matches versus Steamboat and thought that the Sting / Horseman wars were great, the title of Ric’s greatest rival has to go to Dusty Rhodes. Ric versus Dusty brought out the very best of both men time and time again and never got old.

4. Do you think Vince could have gotten more out of Ric Flair after he dropped the belt to Bret Hart in 1992 or was Ric going back to WCW the correct creative move?

Ric going back to WCW at the time was the best move for everyone involved. Ric wasn’t happy and was ready to go home and Vince didn’t have a place for him at the top of the card where he belonged so they mutually agreed to part ways. And both went on to bigger success than ever before. Definitely a good call by both men.

5. In looking back on YouTube I found out how much I enjoy Austin Idol even though I never got to see him as a kid. Are there any great stars you didn’t get to enjoy until long after they were around?

I’m older so I’ve seen most of my favorites, but a few tapes that I’ve seen on YouTube have allowed me to see some folks, who I’d seen wrestle but in their later years and not their primes, and enjoy their skills. I think the guys who stand out the best for me would be Ray Stevens, Adrian Street and Nick Bockwinkel, all three men I’ve seen wrestle, but not as much as I’d liked. Also, Johnny Weaver, before he was “The Dean of Professional Wrestling” and Bruiser Brody, a true monster among men long before Braun Strowman was even an active sperm cell, stand out for me too. YouTube is a wonderful thing.

And that’s all for now. Thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts and questions are welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, have a great one and I’ll catch you later.

Ubuntu!

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Wrestling Q&A – November 30, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents;
Pro Wrestling Q&A
November 30, 2017
DougMaynard.com

I’d like to send a big shout out to my nephew, David Shawn Gantt, who turns 40 today. Happy Birthday Shawn. And now, let’s get busy with some wrestling Q&A. Time is short and so is Hornswoggle. Let’s do this…

Why didn’t Ken Shamrock translate the same way Brock does?

It was a different time when Shamrock was active and MMA / UFC was just beginning to get started as a big thing so the people / fans weren’t as familiar with it as they are today. Plus Brock has two big advantages over Shamrock. Brock has an “it” quality about him that makes him stand out and get attention. Shamrock didn’t really have this in my opinion. And also, Brock has Paul Heyman speaking for him and working as his “advocate” to get him over. Heyman could get over a tuna sandwich if he wanted to. Shamrock only had himself and that just wasn’t enough all the time.

Will Paige end the streak?

Nope. Paul Heyman’s client, Brock Lesnar already did that. And if you’re talking about the “other streak”, with my new beloved, Asuka, the answer is also, in my opinion, no.

Is anyone still a fan of The Fashion Files. They were entertaining at first but now they seem to just drag on and just be boring or cringy.

Didn’t you see the reference last night on Smackdown Live about “beating a dead horse”? They are getting lame and need to be shelved. They served their purpose by helping to get Breezango (and to a lesser degree, The Ascension) over. Now it’s time for the men to quit doing skits and get back into the ring and wrestle.

Who are two of the most underrated indy male and female talents you would like to see get a shot at the performance center?

There’s a man in Georgia who I’m very familiar with who has been wrestling over twenty years, but is still a young man with a tremendous amount of talent, charisma and ability inside that ring by the name of Michael Youngblood. He’s worked with the WWF before back when he first started out, wrestling against guys like Men On A Mission, Scott Hall, Kurt Angle, Rob Conway, etc. And now it’s time to come full circle and do it one more time. Remember that name… Mike Youngblood. If WWE is smart, you’ll be hearing a lot of it in the months and years to come. As for female talents, why they have not yet signed Tessa Blanchard, I have no idea. WWE needs to get that woman signed and moved to Orlando ASAP.

I’m a big fan of ODB, I wonder why she’s never been given a shot in WWE? With WWE needing in-ring vets to help train the next generation, doesn’t she seem like a useful hand?

ODB worked for a long time in OVW so I know that WWE is well aware of her and what she can do in that ring, but my guess is that her character and in-ring-style, which is very unique, just isn’t what WWE is looking for or wants. She’s a good wrestler and I enjoy her work, but she’s not one would expect to see on WWE TV without a lot of major changes to her character and style. She would have been fine for the “Attitude Era”, but in today’s WWE, not so much.

Are there any talents on the main roster that you think need to maybe go the Drew Galloway/Cody Rhodes route and go away for a bit to find something new?

I would say Curtis Axel, but he’s already one of the older men on the roster so that might not work to his advantage because of his age. The same goes for Zack Ryder. They would do well with a chance to be away from the WWE and rebrand themselves as winners rather than the proverbial jobbers they seem to be now. I think Dolph could do that, go out and rebuild himself and his character and come back better than ever. He would probably be my pick. Bo Dallas could do it as well.

Is there any chance of Molly Holly, Candice Michelle, Torrie Wilson, Stacy Keibler or Layla El make it in the WWE Hall of Fame one day?

There is always a chance of any of these ladies being future inductees, but the possibility is higher for some rather than others. Molly is a definite yes in my opinion, as is Candice. Torrie might happen one day when they’re hard up for names, but not very likely. Stacy left the company on bad terms, but has since been down to the Performance Center to help train future stars so if her Hollywood career ever takes off, I think her chances are well. And Layla is popular within the company, but didn’t really do anything of note as a wrestler so I’d place her odds pretty low.

Is there any chance of Jeff Jarrett working with WWE in some way after his rehab?

Anything is possible in the WWE, but this? I’d normally say no, but with the return of folks like Bruno, Bischoff, Warrior, Lex Luger, Cornette, etc, who knows? If a role became available that would work out and be beneficial to both WWE and Jarrett, I think the options are there and it could happen. Never say never in the business of pro wrestling.

Of the following names: which one has the best chance of recovering from WWE’s bad booking and become a top player? Rusev, Dolph Ziggler or Bray Wyatt?

With the right stories and opponents and push from management, none of these careers are unfixable. With Bray, as we’re most likely seeing with “Broken” Matt Hardy, it just takes a good match and good promo and the past is immediately forgotten. Rusev is the same way and it wouldn’t be hard to get him back into the main event picture with just a little bit of good writing and a push (and put him back with Lana). I think Dolph will be the hardest to redeem and save, but all of these men can be fixed and saved. Bray would be the easiest, but none of these guys are lost causes yet.

And there you go. I’m through and now I have to go get ready for work. Thank you for reading. Until the next time, all comments, thoughts and questions are welcome and appreciated. Take care and stay just too sweet. I’m down and gone.

Ubuntu!

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