Sun Stories: Anna Laura Sommer – Secret Identity

That is her real name and these are her real photos. Anna gave me permission to publish them. The first time Anna came into the salon she looked like the photo above. But she was wearing even more loose-fitting clothing. If she had told me she was just getting to get a base coat for this weekend’s folk festival I would have believed her. Because she just looked like a plain Jane hippie girl.

Then we got to talking. “What are you looking to do today?”

“Just a spray tan.”

“Wedding? Event?”

“Fitness contest.”



“Forgive me but I would never have pegged you for a fitness competitor. We’ve had a few of them in here before, and they’re all buffed and look like they just came from the gym. How’d you get into that?

“Well I saw my sister-in-law compete in one and thought at the time, whoa that’s way out of my comfort zone.”

The photo on the left is the ‘Before” pic and obviously the one on the right is the ‘After.’



She had a passion for health, wellness, and service since she can remember. She attributes this to her family. She grew up on a farm in a small town in Arkansas. Growing up on a farm gave her brothers and her a rather unique perspective on life: one that enabled them to dream wildly and fearlessly. Her mother, who was and continues to be an incredible inspiration in living a healthy, balanced life despite whatever curveballs life may throw at her further fostered this creative spirit within each of us. Her brothers, as well as her husband and sister-in-law, went on to selflessly serve our country as officers in the United States Army.​

Needless to say, everyone in her life has demonstrated in various ways what it means to be a Servant Leader, and truly live a passionate life by using your own gifts to help others succeed.​

When her brother, Tyler, lost his life during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2009, Anna fell into a depression that she struggled to recover from for at least 7 years. She lost sight of the dreams she had as a child, and began to merely exist, rather than live.

When she began a rather stressful graduate program, she began to go to the gym as a way to cope with the stress. She started to learn how to eat to fuel her body. She even began to read personal development books for fun! She knew she wanted others to experience what she was experiencing. Upon completing graduate school, she discovered a deep passion for coaching others in their personal health and fitness journeys, and obtained my personal training certification in 2016.

Her mission is to equip others with the tools they need to feel good in their skin.

She saw her sister-in-law in a fitness completion and thought that was way outside of her comfort zone. So she decided to take a chance  and enter one herself.

She entered her first ever fitness competition and won FIRST Place!


An object in motion stays in motion, but it has to be properly fueled to do so. We as humans are no different. Fuel is what keeps us going and keeps us continually burning with more intensity.​

She’s heard many people (both women and men!) tell her how intimidating, uneasy, or incompetent they feel when they walk into a gym, surrounded by “meatheads”, “hotshots”, or people who look like they know what they’re doing. These men and women say they ultimately wind up wasting their time, because they don’t have a plan, or they become too nervous to work out in front of people, so they just…don’t.​

Anna has certainly been there, and she doesn’t want anyone to feel that way. She wans to help you uncover the confidence and gain the knowledge you need to become “fueled”- mind, body, and soul. It’s when we step into our own power that we begin living life at 100%.​

Anna doesn’t want to become a crutch for you. She wants to coach you by providing you with the “not-so-secret secrets” to living a healthier, more joyful lifestyle.​

When you align with FUEL, you become a part of a tribe of like-minded, empowered women who support one another in achieving their goals. If we were created to go at life alone, there wouldn’t be so many of us, right?

Professional Credentials & Background

•​​Certified Personal Trainer, American Council of Exercise

•Certified Lifestyle Coach, Savage Lifestyle Coaching Academy

•Fitness-Nutrition Specialist, American Council of Exercise

•2017 Ms. Bikini New England

•Fitness America Bikini Pro

•Team Isagenix Athlete

•Licensed & Certified Speech-Language Pathologist, ASHA


An amazing Sun Story about a great lady!


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Dating Etiquette and Rules for Women – First & Second Dates

“Ladies! Here’s a complete roadmap to dating etiquette!”

It’s been a great night of drinks, dinner, and conversation, but the evening is coming to a close as the bill is finally brought to the table. Questions start to flood your mind: Do I offer to pay? Did I do everything I could have to impress my date? Will there be a second date?

Dates can be stressful, especially first dates, but by following some dating etiquette, a woman can relax and enjoy the experience. Here are some guidelines to help you handle awkward situations involving the bill, and some other general dating advice for women.

How to Handle the Financial Aspect of Dating

Who should pay the bill when you go out on a date? What can you order on the date? It all depends on how long you’ve been dating, and how far you are into the relationship. The financial aspect of dating is much different for a first date, for example, than it is for a fourth or fifth date.

First Dates

Most men will pay for first dates, but some won’t pay or expect the woman to pay for her share. Here is some advice for a woman going on a first date:

  1. Go Prepared. Even if the man asked you out by offering to pay for your dinner, bring enough money to pay. The man may forget his wallet, or be unable to fully cover the bill. Perhaps he intended to split the bill from the beginning. Or maybe the date just doesn’t go well, and he no longer wants to pay for your share. With so many possibilities, it’s a good idea to carry cash with you and be prepared to take care of the bill if necessary.
  2. Be Considerate of What You Order. A first date is not the time to order the most expensive item on the menu, or to order multiple courses and pricey drinks. By the end of the date, you may quickly decide that the guy is not right for you. It would be inappropriate to let him know you are not interested, after he just spent half his paycheck on you.
  3. Be Mindful of the Restaurant You Pick. If the man asks you to pick the restaurant, choose a moderately priced restaurant or find restuarant discounts and coupons. Don’t select an expensive restaurant, and don’t ask to go to a fast food restaurant, either. You do not want the man to have to pay for an expensive dinner, and you do not want to insult him by selecting a cheap restaurant.
  4. Subtly Offer to Pay. While most men will pay, it is important to make sure that the man knows you did not just go on the date for a free dinner. Some men will be insulted if you offer to pay, so you need to subtly hint that you are willing to pay. For instance, when the check comes to the table, reach for your purse. Chances are that the man will tell you not to worry about it as he reaches for his wallet. Just thank him, and let him know that you appreciate his gesture. If he doesn’t stop you, don’t be offended. Simply offer to split the bill, which is fair.

Subsequent Dates

Ladies, after you have been on your first date or two with a man, the rules change a little. Do not expect the man to continue to pay for nice dinners and evenings out, even though some men will still pay. Here is some advice as your dating relationship gets more serious:

  1. Continue to Offer to Pay. You always want to arrive prepared, and if this is your second, third, or fourth date, the man may or may not allow you to pay, but at least you have shown that you are willing. It all depends on his belief system, how he was raised, and his current financial situation. If you find out that your personal belief system about how men and women should split the bills on dates doesn’t match with his, perhaps this is where the relationship ends.
  2. Communicate. If you continue to date this gentleman, there may be a time when you feel it is right to discuss the financial aspect of dates. A conversation about how bills are split on dates helps both of you to understand what to expect. If this is going to be a lasting relationship, this may be the first of many difficult conversations about finances, and it is important to open the lines of communication from the very beginning.
  3. Do What Works as a Couple. In this modern era of working women, there are a lot more options when it comes to paying for a date. Essentially, it’s about what works best for each individual couple. Perhaps you decide to take turns paying, or perhaps the man decides he always wants to pay. The key is to communicate about money, so that there are no hard feelings.

General Dating Etiquette for Women

Although the financial aspect of dating has changed drastically in recent decades, it is just one aspect of dating etiquette. Here is some more general etiquette advice for women going out on dates:

  1. Give Him a Chance. You may have had a long week at work, and you may be tired of the dating scene, but if you have agreed to go out on a date, you need to put your best foot forward. The man you are going out with may have been looking forward to this date all week, and perhaps had to step out of his comfort zone to ask you out. Have a good attitude and an open mind while you are on the date.  You could end up having the night of your life.
  2. Dress to Impress. You may not feel like dressing up or trying to impress your date, but he may be expecting more than jeans and an old t-shirt. If a man is buying you a nice dinner or dressing up for you, show your appreciation by freshening up before you go on your date. It’s a nice gesture, especially since men really enjoy seeing the woman they are taking out all dressed up.
  3. Arrive on Time. Unfortunately, women are known for being late. Show your date respect by arriving on time. If you know you will be running behind, call ahead or text to let your date know. That way, he’s not wondering if you have bailed.
  4. Don’t Talk About Old Relationships. There is no bigger turnoff than a woman talking about her old boyfriends. If you say something positive about an old boyfriend, it shows that you admire him and may still have feelings for him. On the other hand, if you say something negative, how does your date know that you won’t do the same to him?
  5. Don’t Dominate the Conversation. Another turnoff is when someone dominates the conversation, so make sure you give the man a chance to talk about himself. That is also the only way you will get to know him.
  6. Don’t Talk About Marriage or Children. If you talk about marriage or children, you may come off as too desperate, and it may scare your date away. Show your date some respect by avoiding a pushy subject, such as marriage, too early in your relationship.
  7. Don’t Drink Too Much. First of all, if the man is paying, he will pay for all your drinks, which will quickly add up on the bill. Secondly, you don’t want to come off as though you have a drinking problem, which may be a red flag for the man. Most importantly, you need to make sure you are thinking straight. If you are out on a first date with a man you do not know, you do not want to make yourself vulnerable by having too much to drink.
  8. Be Interested in Him. You may not find his profession as an accountant or computer programmer riveting, but make eye contact and show him that you are interested in what he has to say. Hopefully he will show the same respect for you.
  9. Don’t Play Games. It takes courage for a man to step out of his comfort zone and ask out a woman, so be honest and straightforward with him. Don’t play games by acting as though you are interested in him, or not interested in him.
  10. Don’t Chase Him. Don’t rush the relationship or try to move along the relationship at an uncomfortable pace. Let the man be the pursuer, and wait for him to contact you. Women are sometimes ready to express their feelings much earlier in their relationships than men are, so don’t pressure him to express his feelings prematurely.
  11. Be Honest. Don’t give the guy the runaround if you know it is not going to work out, and don’t avoid the subject of a second date if you need to tell him that you won’t be going on one. Be honest, and do it at the end of the first date or soon after. That way, he doesn’t get his hopes up and expect a second date.
  12. End the Date if Necessary. If the date is going on too long, and you are ready to go home, it’s okay if you end the date. Just say that you are ready to call it a night. If you do not plan on going on a second date, don’t hint that a second date is a possibility. There is no reason to carry on the date through coffee and dessert if it is miserable and not going anywhere. Your date may appreciate your honesty, and the end to a rough night.

Final Word

The most important piece of dating etiquette for a woman is to be respectful of the man you are dating. Be respectful of how you treat him, and be respectful of his wallet if he’s paying. If you respect him, he will respect you, and hopefully that will lead to a long and happy relationship together, lasting much longer than a few dinner dates!


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Phicklephilly – Temple Is One Of The Top Schools For ‘Sugar Babies’

“Website says 155 Owls signed up to find ‘sugar daddies’ in 2015.”

College can be very expensive, and more than 100 Temple University students have sought help easing that financial burden by looking online for a “sugar daddy.”

That’s according to a list recently released by the website Seeking Arrangement. The service hooks up “babies” seeking pampering and allowances with “daddies” (or “mommas”) looking for “beautiful” companions.

The Daily Mail reports that Temple was fourth in the country for sign-ups on the website in 2015 with 155 students.

CEO and Founder Brandon Wade says the site offers a solution to the college debt crisis in the country. The site is not an escort service, according to UPI, as the “babies” — who receive an average of $3000 monthly allowances from their “daddies” — are not required to have sex with the men.

A new video advertisement for the site promotes the service as a way to pay for a college education, with a girl explaining, “our mission is to provide quality education, completely paid for by wealth benefactors.”

The video urges girls with so-called “daddy issues” to sign up. It chides “daddies” who give small allowances and one girl is seen being reprimanded for her skirt being too long.

Penn State was also on the list, coming in ninth with 121 new sign-ups. New York University topped the list with 225.

NBC Philadelphia reports that Philadelphia Police say it’s not worth investigating the vague distinction the site holds between dating and escort service.

How does Temple feel about ranking so high on the list? The school told the news station they wouldn’t comment as “Seeking Arrangement didn’t deserve any more publicity.”

I’d love to hear what everybody thinks about that video. Comments and thoughts welcome!


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Stacy – Jekyll to Hyde

Get set up by Jewish best friend’s wife with amazing girl who after 4 martinis morphs in to Hyper Sexual Jekyll and Hyde child of the Waffen SS.

Get set up by my friend’s fiance with a new coworker. We were introduced at a party then decided to go out for some drinks, etc. Stacy’s educated, intelligent, fun, gorgeous, well dressed but “can’t find a good guy” according to all sources.

We head out to this great little place (now closed sadly). First 2 hours we are having an amazing time, we kiss, it’s electric. I like her and she really likes me. We decide to order another couple of drinks and some food. We’re having a good time together, and already set up another date. I decide that I want to see where this will go, so I’m not going to let this first date wind up in bed. I want to see her again. She’s great.

Then it starts… I can’t tell if it’s the booze or she’s just been well-behaved up until then. Our server doesn’t come back with our order quickly and Stacy hisses, “That bitch better hurry with my drink. Did she get lost or something?” She laughs, then quietly mutters, “fucking kike.” I’m not sure what she says at first (note: The friend that set us up, her husband, my friend, is Jewish). Then as our order comes the floodgates appear to open. And more and more gradually her mouth spews bile, racist and other, every few sentences directed randomly at people she sees nearby or comments in general. What the hell happened to the gorgeous intelligent girl I met here 3 hours ago? I’m not drunk, a bit tipsy but well in control. She’s intoxicated so I decide that I’ve had enough. It’s getting worse, so we have to go.

We chose a place close to where she lives so it would be in walking distance and I decide it’s not safe for her to walk alone and I’ll grab a cab afterward. The walk was brutal I’ve got a super horny Ms. Hyde on my arm. Trying to get her home ASAP so I can get the hell out. She’s loud as hell now. She’s practically yelling about the fact that she wants me to do XYZ to her when we get home and she’s gonna break my dick off and ruin me for other women.

She bellows at anyone looking at her strangely because they’re a/an (insert horrible phrase here). She gets closer to me and tells me how great I am and she wants to see me again tomorrow not the weekend when we originally planned (totally oblivious that I’m certain this will be our last date).

I get her to the door of her building after a brutally long walk (should have been 10 minutes, took almost an hour because she was a total mess). A scene ensues at her door when I won’t come in. I tell her my ride pulled up out front already. I’ve got to work early and we have had too much to drink for this.

“Don’t you like me? Don’t you want to fuck this?” (she flashes her amazing breasts at me and pulls up her dress. No panties. I get to see the full show). “You don’t know what you’re missing! You can’t get it up, can you? Are you fucking gay you fucking faggot? Don’t call me you piece of shit. I’m telling everyone you have a small dick you faggot.”

This takes less than 2 minutes. I say goodnight and I escape quickly down the stairs. She texts me saying “fck ou ashol ur regret thsi” or some other bad drunk typing.

I escape home. The next two days are interesting trying to explain to my friends what went wrong, while receiving texts and ducking calls that left voice mails all indicating: Had a great time. Sorry if I misbehaved a little on the way home. Wish you’d stayed over. Can we see each other sooner rather than later? Don’t you like me anymore? Etc…

So sad. (See – Jill – From Jill to Jezebel)

What if we’d gone out and didn’t drink any alcohol? Would the night have been better? Should I go out with her again as long as there’s no booze? I’d love to know what everybody thinks about this date.


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Tales of Rock – Greta Van Fleet

This is a post I wanted to nail the day I felt this magic but I just didn’t have room for it with all that’s been going on. But let me tell you…I love these boys. They are everything that’s alive in me in music and give me hope. Not that I need it but, goddamnit it feels so good.

I was working a Saturday at the salon. Usually the music playing is pop or top 40. Lately it’s been a lot of workout type music that is really busy and peppy. I’ve grown accustomed to all of it and don’t mind listening to it during my shifts.

I enjoy music and have all of my life, but as you get older it just isn’t that important to me. I guess I’ve sort of heard it all in my lifetime and nothing new really lights me up anymore. There just aren’t any new bands coming out that spark my passion.

I’m okay with that.

Sometimes the music cuts off if the internet fails at the salon. I usually go into the control room and just turn it back on.

That happened today and I went to the tablet that the internet station is on and tapped what I thought was the station we were currently on. But it wasn’t the disco workout channel. It was a hard rock channel. I dug what I heard and just left it on.

I’m hearing the likes of Metallica, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, etc. It all sounds good to me.

Then I hear this song that really strikes me. It has a certain familiarity to it. An almost eerie familiarity. I grab my phone and walk into room #2 (The music comes from the sun beds themselves.)

“Siri. What song is playing?”

“Let me listen.”

“That’s Highway Tune, by Greta Van Fleet.”

I’m thinking, who is this chick Greta?

It’s a quiet day, so I go back to the computer at the counter and pull up Youtube and search for Greta. I find that there is no girl named Greta. Greta Van Fleet is the name of a band of four good-looking young guys. Three of them are brothers!

The band was formed in 2012 by Joshua “Josh” Kiszka, Samuel “Sam” Kiszka, Jacob “Jake” Kiszka and Kyle Hauck. Hauck subsequently left the band, in Oct. 2013 and was replaced by Daniel “Danny” Wagner the same year.

The band is named after a woman from Frankenmuth (MI, US) named Gretna Van Fleet and the name is used with her blessing. Frankenmuth, Missouri is where this band is from.

GRETNA VAN FLEET . . . center, was the 2016 recipient of the Frankenmuth Women’s Club’s Edelweiss Award for her volunteer work for the community and the club. Above, Edelweiss Award organizers Ruth Wallace, left, and Marilyn Banes, present the honors to Van Fleet. The club also makes a $500 donation to the cause of the recipient’s choice and Van Fleet chose the Frankenmuth Farmer’s Market. Read about ALL the happenings in your hometown in this week’s issue of the NEWS.

One of their grandparents once said, “Hey we got to stop by and visit with Gretna Van Fleet.”

And the boys were like: “Hey that would be a cool, unique name for our band!”

In the time Hauck was the drummer, the band recorded and released 3 songs “Highway Tune” “Cloud Train” and “Standing On”. February 28, 2014 a live EP was recorded all in one take and subsequently released on June 7, 2014 at a release party. In 2014 their song “Standing On” was featured in 2014 Chevy Equinox advertisements in the Detroit area. It’s one of several songs, along with “By the Riverside”, “Cloud Train”, “Lover, Leaver, Taker, Believer”, “Down to the River”, “Sing in the Rain”, “Thunder Stomp”, “You’re the One” and “Written in Gold” that were previously released and are currently unavailable.

I wanted to give you some background on this band before  I got to what I wanted to say.

I pull up the Highway Tune video and it begins playing.  I watch this band and hear the opening chords and then a very familiar howl come from the singer. Goosebumps pop up all over me. I’m tingling as I watch what I would describe as…

The Second Coming of Led Zeppelin.

I kid you not. I am so excited to hear this band, I look to see if they’re on tour and if they’ll be coming to this area and also if I can get tickets.

They’re that good. It’s almost haunting to see a band that can create a sound like Zeppelin. The howling vocals of a young Robert Plant coupled with the galloping rhythms of Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and the late John Bonham.

It feels so good at my age and experience I can still be moved. Thank you boys! I wish you much luck. Rock ‘n Roll is alive and well!

Check this out!


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The art of casual dating…truly, there is an art to it and I have so much to learn!! — Sensuality, Sex & Something else

I am more nervous about tonight’s date than any other moment I have had with M. I seriously want this date to end in some hot and steamy sex but I know that I have to be open and honest with him and in all fairness to him, the conversation needs to happen before the sex….damn morals!! I […]

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Nicole – Remember Our Date?

This happened a couple of years ago. I was rebounding from Annabelle.

I joined Tinder awhile ago and have had zero success finding anything longer than a few dates and some quick flings. One day, while relaxing from a hard day at the office, I was Netflixing my night away when a match alert went off on my phone. I started talking to Nicole and after some back and forth about our lives and basic small talk, we decided to get together for drinks at a local chain bar, Dave and Busters.

I showed up about 10 minutes early, headed inside and got a lay of the land. Families everywhere, ages ranging from Disney World screamers to high schoolers to adults and families. I was a little concerned about the choice to meet there, but I figured what the hell, I would see where the date went. She called me 20 minutes later, having gotten lost between the main entrance to the shopping center and the parking lot for the arc.

Whatever, the place is kind of tucked away in the back of the complex. When she finally walked in, she was DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, as in the hottest person I have ever been on a date with. Awkward hug out of the way, we head to the bar to grab a drink before earlier smack talk/bragging about arcade game skills were put to the test.

Everything was going great. We reminisced about fun places and events, talked about our current lives and work, etc. The conversation was great, and she was giving all the signs that she was really into me. Hand on my leg at the bar, running her fingers through my hair. Looking back, this maybe should have been a warning sign as this all happened within the first hour of meeting each other. But at the time I was thinking with the wrong head. We finish drinks, she grabbed my hand on the way to the gaming area and by now I was asking myself how this could get any better. We play a few games, we make out in front of a giant Connect Four game, and head to the bar for another drink.

While sitting at the bar for round number 3, she left to use the restroom. I’m sitting at the bar, and I noticed she had been gone for a pretty long time. I started to realize that maybe she wouldn’t be coming back, because in all honesty I had been waiting for the other shoe to drop all night. There was just no way a girl like this existed. I noticed that she took her purse and her jacket with her. Again, I started to slowly let it sink in that I would be leaving the arcade alone. If I had only been that lucky…

I got a phone call during my stay at the bar. It’s my date. Great, she’s calling me from her drive home. Hey, at least she didn’t just walk out and ghost me. I answered, and I can hear arcade games in the background. She told me she was lost and was looking for me. Apparently it is possible to get lost in the 50 feet between the bar and the restrooms. I found her and we headed back to the bar and settled up the tab. It was getting a little late, and I was ready to head home and succumb to the after-work heaven that is Saturday night and Netflix.

I drove her to her car, since mine was close and she couldn’t seem to remember where she had parked. God, this girl got lost a lot. We said our goodbyes, she got out and I drive away. I made it out to the main road and thought to myself, what the hell am I doing? This girl was obviously into me and it wasn’t THAT late, so I turned around in the hopes that I could catch her before she left so that we could hit another bar. What happened next I swear Hollywood couldn’t make up.

I found her passed out behind the wheel of her car. Not nodded off, not resting her eyes from a long day. Completely and utterly passed out. The sub-zero windchill and the sobering reality that I can’t tell if she is still breathing snapped me back to reality. I had to open her door and shake her awake when my window pounding and phone calls didn’t do the trick.

Sidenote here, I have a very healthy understanding of my state’s drunk driving laws, and while she could have gotten off, she would have definitely been charged after the police were called by the aforementioned families in the arcade seeing a running car with someone passed out behind the wheel. I woke her up, took the keys out of the ignition and took her back to my place where she passed out again.

I put her to bed and slept on the couch for fear of her not remembering anything that happened and getting the police involved when she woke up next to a stranger. She woke up the next morning like nothing ever happened. Small talk ensued on the way back to her car, and after I left I tried to figure out what the hell had happened the night before.

I thought to myself that someone who passes out behind the wheel of her car that quickly has probably had this type of thing happen before. A quick Google search of her name pulls up MULTIPLE arrests (and a really hot mug shot) for drugged driving in a state where weed doesn’t count as drugged driving. Great, so this has to be one of the big boys (meth, heroin, pills, coke). I won’t pass judgment here because shit happens, but this girl obviously still had a substance issue and I was also a little concerned. If she did drugs in the arcade bathroom and, had we been pulled over on the way back to my place, I would have some explaining to do due to constructive possession laws in my state if she still had drugs in her purse.

Stupidly, I decide to go out with her again thinking that it may have just been nerves or a bad reaction to vertigo medicine, and I was again thinking with the wrong head. We set a time, and I wait. And wait. I headed towards where we were going to meet in the hopes that I would get a phone call while running errands I had to do in that area anyways. I got a phone call from her while in the store that I couldn’t understand. She was slurring her words and I couldn’t understand a word she said. She finally called back the next day and explained that she had been hanging out with some friends but couldn’t remember anything other that getting bombed while watching Game of Thrones.

After all of that, and an awkward conversation where I came clean about finding her mug shot, she claimed that ambien was the culprit. I got out of any further contact because I wanted no part of what appeared to be a downward spiral.

Lesson learned: listening to your little head can lead to some crazy experiences.


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