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Pop Culture Mysteries: And Then After That

Oh what the hell, I’ll just toss it all out there and you tell me what you think:

Part 1

  • Hatcher displays heroic punching skills in North Africa and Major Roundtree wants to know how he learned to punch

Part 2 – December 1941

  • Back to late 1930s where Hatcher moves to LA, fails as an actor, becomes a prize fighter known as The Jersey Jabber and is really good
  • But Mugsy McGillicuddy forces Hatcher to take dive after dive in favor of fighters he backs, threatening to hurt Hatcher’s girlfriend, up and coming singer Peaches LeMay if he doesn’t go along
  • Peaches doesnt know whats going on and dumps Hatcher, thinking he’s a bum for not standing up to Mugsy
  • Hatcher after going from “The Jersey Jabber” to “Take a Dive Dan” gets pissed, stands up for himself, beats the ever loving crap out of Mugsy’s fighter.
  • On the run from Mugsy, Hatcher hides out in a club run by Step Aside Clyde, Peaches’ Manager in the music game.
  • There’s been a rivalry between Hatcher and Clyde over Peaches’ affections.  Hatcher tells Clyde he has his blessing but he goofed and he needs to go on the lam and Clyde needs to protect Peaches from Mugsy retribution
  • In his car, Hatcher hears FDR’s “Day of Infamy” speech, decides Mugsy won’t be able to get him if he enlists in the Army.

Part 3

1944 – Before DDay – England

  • General George S. Patton, who swears early and often in outrageous and hilarious ways, not because I’d write him that way but because that’s historically how he was, demands three US soldiers, each having displayed expert punching skills in the field of battle, be brought to him.
  • Patton demands each soldier punch him in the face.
  • Soldier 1 does.  Nothing.  Patton calls him a girl.
  • Same with 2.
  • Hatcher knocks Patton off his feet.
  • Thus Patton selects Hatcher for a special mission.

Part 4 – Laying Out Operation Fuhererpunschen – April 1945

  • There is a secret meeting with only:  Hatcher, Patton, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the cunning/ruthless Agent Carmichael, who is in the process of starting the CIA and is essentially one of the US’ early intelligence agents.
  • A mole in Hitler’s operation has informed Carmichael that due to previous assasination attempts, Hitler is hiding in a bunker.
  • For security purposes, Hitler is the only one allowed to have a gun in this bunker.  No one, not even his closest associates, are allowed to be armed in the bunker.
  • Thus if no weapons are allowed, the only way to take out Hitler is to infiltrate the bunker and punch Hitler in the face.
  • Patton, who historically lead the US Tank operations, agrees to secure a German Panzer tank in battle.
  • Hatcher, Sam, Larry, and Dag will don Nazi uniforms.
  • Agent Carmichael’s mole, Fraulein (no last name yet) super hot German chick is a trusted Nazi secretary and will ride into Berlin with Hatcher’s tank crew
  • They will bring Joseph Tsang (who we know later becomes Ms. Tsang’s father, Hatcher’s present day landlord)
  • Tsang will pose as an emmisary of Japanese Emperor Hirohito, delivering a special message for Hitler’s eyes only.
  • Tsang objects to being forced into this mission because he’s Chinese, not Japanese.  Patton, being super racist, says close enough.
  • Fraulein will vouch for the crew to actual Nazis and because she is so trusted, will be able to gain access to Hitler’s bunker for them.

Part 5 – The Operation Itself

  • Once in Hitler’s bunker:
  • Hatcher must punch various Nazis, each selected to guard Hitler based on their own high level of punching skills.
  • Carmichael has explained that Hitler must be taken alive so that he can be studied to determine why he is so evil so that future evil world leaders can be identified and eliminated.
  • However, the Russians have sent their own puncher.  Hatcher must not only punch various punching Nazis but also the aptly nicknamed Comrade Clobberitsky, sent by Stalin to punch and kidnap Hitler so the Russians can study him not to bring good to the world, but so that they can learn how to be more evil.
  • I haven’t decided if Fraulein No Name doublecrosses Hatcher or not but either way Hatcher will totally get all up in that.

Part 6 – The Aftermath

  • Hatcher delivers a knocked out and thoroughly punched Hitler to Carmichael and Patton.
  • However, when Hatcher punched Hitler, he did so with such furious force that Hitler’s oddball mustache got stuck to Hatcher’s fist.
  • Hatcher keeps the stache, thinking it will come in handy.
  • Turns out it does.
  • Historically, FDR died of natural causes in early April 1945, sadly just a couple weeks shy of seeing Berlin fall in late April.
  • Historically, Hitler commited suicide in later April rather than be captured.
  • However, this novel argues that the suicide was just a story to cover up that Hitler was, in fact, punched, kidnapped, and taken to a lab to be studied.
  • Historically, Patton died in a car accident in Germany in December 1945 while overseeing the post-war occupation efforts.
  • The novel will claim that Agent Carmichael went off the rails and wrongly feared Hatcher might talk publicly.
  • Hatcher and his team are falsely imprisoned in Germany.
  • FDR and Patton, the only ones who know of the mission, are outraged by Carmichael’s chicanery and attempt to have Hatcher freed.
  • Carmichael has grown too big for his britches.  He has FDR and Patton assassinated and covers it all up (this is just fictional, of course).
  • Hatcher and team stage a daring breakout from the German prison.
  • In a final showdown, Hatcher informs Carmichael he’s stashed Hitler’s mustache and will reveal it to the world as proof that Hitler’s not really dead, that Carmichael must back off and allow him to live a normal life.

This sets the stage for a third novel in which Carmichael arrives in present day 2015 (probably damn 2016 or 2017 by the time I get to it) and squares off against Hatcher in an epic fight over Hitler’s mustache.

I realize this is a delicate dance.  Handled badly, it could be horribly offensive.  Handled well, it could be fun.

I submit that if Abraham Lincoln can be a vampire hunter, then Hatcher can punch Hitler in the face.

Surely there would be a BQB note at the end informing people it’s all tongue and cheek and they should not believe this happened because, you know, people are dumb now and believe anything.

OK 3.5 readers, does this suck or not?  Let me have it.

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Pop Culture Mysteries: And then…

And then after Roundtree asks how Hatcher learned to throw a punch like that, the novel would go back to Hatcher’s days as a prize fighter, how he had a shot at being a winner but the mob forced him to take a dive, how he’d always wanted to redeem himself and finally gets the chance to do so when he’s recruited for a secret mission to punch Hitler in the face.

It’s kind of a dose of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter in rewriting history in a fun yet semi-serious manner.

This is all top secret stuff the government doesn’t want you to know so luckily only 3.5 people read this damn thing.

Your feedback as to if this is a viable novel is welcome.  As always, if you see problems, tell me.


I was surrounded.

Tucked snugly in my waistband and hidden under my tank top, Betsy was my only back-up.

The leader dismounted his horse and pointed his sword at me, bidding me to reach for the sky.  I wasn’t in a position to argue.

“I am Amal Al-Karim,”  the man said as he removed the scarf that once covered his mouth, revealing a bushy black beard.  “Son of Imran, descendant of a tribe that traces its roots in this land to the 7th Century.”

Silence.  They were all waiting on me.

“I’m Hatcher,”  I replied.  “Jake Hatcher.  Son of Gus.  I’m from Bayonne.”

“Hatcher, Son of Gus,”  Amal said.  “You’re not a German.”

“I should say not,”  I said.  “In fact, there’s some egg on your face there, chief, because my boys and I are here to make the Germans go boom boom for ya’ so if you’ll take a hike we’ll be on our way as soon as we can.”

Amal walked around to my other side, studying me as if I were some kind of puzzle.  Little did he know I wasn’t that deep.

“You’re not a Frenchman.”

“What tipped you off?”  I asked.  “That we shot at you a couple of times before giving up?”

Ouch.  Yeah, I know.  Low blow.  The whole situation in France and her greater territories was a real, to borrow a modern phrase, “shit show.”

You had your Vichy French.  They collaborated with Hitler’s goons.  Then you had the Free French, the Frenchies who answered to the so-called government in exile under Charles Degaulle.  There was a whole French underground movement that fought the Germans valiantly.

The Vichy French were collaborating with the Germans in North Africa at the time as well, though I heard it wasn’t unheard of for the occasional Frenchman to switch sides once the Allies came rolling in.

“And you’re not British,”  Amal said.  “Where is this, ‘Bayonne?’”

“You’re looking at a bonafide Stars and Stripes waving American, Abu.”



“Why are Americans here?”

“That’s a helluva yarn,”  I said.  “Long story short, the Japanese bombed us, the Japanese and the Nazis are buddies, so now we hate the Germans and so now we’re here to make the Nazis go bye bye.”

“The French as well?”

“Only if they get in the way,”  I said.

Amal looked around at a few of his men.  I was outnumbered and like the Queen of England after a night with Prince Phillip, screwed royally.

“Surely these lands will return to us when this war is over?”


That was my only response.  I tried to stall but the breathe slipped out of my lips like I was a leaky balloon.

“You know, Armando…”


“Right,”  I said.  “I’m just a tiny cog in a much larger machine.  The brass doesn’t fill me in on the big picture questions like that.  They tell me where to go and who to shoot and I do it.  You know how it is.”

Without warning, Amal grabbed my knogan and slammed it up against the tank tread.


“All right!”  I said.  “Jesus.  I’m not a betting man, but I’d say when the dust settles, the French will be calling the shots in these parts again.”

Amal raised his sword and I felt a few drips of my own urine leak out in terror as the sun’s rays glistened off the shiny steel.

Me?  Jake Hatcher?  Get separated from my squash in the name of French imperialism?

No thank you.

I reached into my pants and pulled out my weapon.

The other one.

Betsy had six shots on her and I was going to use all of them.

SHOT 1 – Into Amal’s foot, putting him in so much pain that he was forced to release me.

SHOT 2 – The head of the palooka who charged at me screaming various mumbo jumbo words I didn’t understand.

SHOT 3 – A fella’s head, stopping him before he could jam his damn sword into my neck.

SHOT 4 – Some nimrod that tried to slice my stomach open.

SHOTS 5 and 6 – Two galoots that made a run for me, each dispatched in quick secession.

I was out and Betsy was back in my waistband for safekeeping.

Amal and a few of his goons circled me as the others watched.  Why they all didn’t just jump me, I don’t know.  Maybe it was customary to let their leader duke it out.  Maybe they just thought by hanging back, it would make for a more dramatic effect.

  For an injured man, Amal was pretty handy with the steel.  He lunged at me and I bypassed him quickly, then introduced one of his cronies to the business end of my fist. 

Yet another attacker screamed some gibberish and slashed away at me only to meet my left hook, followed up by a sweet right cross.

These fellas were hungry and I had an unlimited supply of knuckle sandwiches.

Amal flipped his sword around, performing various tricks until finally I delivered a clothesline punch right to his kisser.

He hit the ground like a ton of bricks.  I let my fists fly, one by one knocking the sword swinging madmen off their feet with my fists of fury.

Amal was back up.  Once more, he raised his sword and was about to bring it down when….BLAKATKATKAT!!!!

A barrage of machine gun fire ripped him to shreds.  A dozen or so more palookas were cut down until the rest of them hopped on their high horses and got while the getting was good.

Like an old Western, the cavalry had come at the last minute.  Except they were rapidly approaching in the form of ten tanks with British markings.

I’d never been happier to see the Union Jack.

They pulled up to a halt.  The hatch on one of them opened and a man with a handlebar mustache popped out.

“I say,”  the Brit said.  “What the bloody hell are you yanks doing out here in the middle of nowhere all by yourselves?”

The hatch of my tank popped open and Dag shoved his stupid head out, only to loudly shout, “God save the Queen!”

“I love you guys!”  my mechanic continued as he jumped out and walked over.  Sam and Larry soon followed.

“I love tea,”  Dag continued.  “I love crumpets.  I love your muffins.”

The Brit came out to meet us and I answered his original question after shaking his hand.

“Good help is hard to find.”

“Yes,”  the Brit said.  “And my good man, you are…”

“Hatcher,”  I said.  “Sergent Jake Hatcher.  Third U.S. Army.”

“Major Nigel Roundtree, at your service.  You’re a bit far from General Patton.”

“Yeah,”  I said, pointing at my rig, and then at Dag.

“Lousy ride…lousier mechanic.”


“No worries, old boy,” Roundtree said as his men began exiting their tanks.  “My men will have a look at it.  You chaps look famished.”

“I could eat,”  Sam said.

“Come, come,”  my new friend said as he put his arm around me.  “We’ll have a drink and get you fixed up.”

“No arguments here,”  I said.

“But Hatcher, you must tell me something.”

“What’s that?”

“Where on Earth did you learn to throw a punch like that?”

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Pop Culture Mysteries: Operation Fuhrerpunschen (Chapter 2)

“What do you think they want?”  Larry asked as we sat in the hull like a bunch of packed sardines.

“To buy us some flowers and take us on a date,”  Dag said.  “To kill us, you jackass!  What do you think?”

“That doesn’t make any sense,”  Larry said.  “We aren’t here to hurt them.”

I peered into the scope and got a better look at our incoming attackers.

“To them we’re just another bunch of assholes fighting over their shit, kid,”  I said.  “Load ‘er up, Sam.”

Sam couldn’t have possibly been comfortable in such a confined space.  I’m surprised he never developed a hunchback.

The Texan loaded up a high caliber shell.

Our ride was immobile but the turret still worked and I while I hated to fire on a bunch of locals who weren’t thrilled with the sight of new visitors, it was them or me and I was suddenly overcome by an overwhelming desire for it to be them.

“Two clicks out, Dag.”

“Ay, ay, mon Capitan.”

Dag adjusted the turret and…wait for it…wait for it…


Through the scope, I saw a powerful blast take out the first few rows of the oncoming formation. 

OK.  Before there’s a Twitter campaign for Bookshelf Q. Battler to resign from the Bookshelf Battle Blog for allowing me to write about how I ordered a bunch of Moroccans AND their horses to be wiped out, I’d like to once again remind you 3.5 readers:

1) It was war.

2)  It was them or me.

3)  It was pretty much Dag’s fault for not fixing the engine.  Had we been where we were supposed to be, those dead Moroccans could have been dead Nazis.  When it comes to dead Nazis, I always prefer more of them.

Sam loaded ‘er up, I advised, and Dag let ‘em have it again.

Between the two shots, we’d managed to cut the incoming force by half, but it was still about fifty to four.

Clank.  Clank.  Clank.

It wasn’t Dag’s wrench this time.  They’d reached the tank and were no doubt riding around us in circles, slapping the hull with their swords as an intimidation tactic.

Suddenly, a knock on the hull.

We all looked at each other, stupefied looks on our faces.

Finally, the muffled words came from the outside.

“Send out your leader.”

More dumb looks.

“Congratulations Dag my boy,”  I said as I slapped my mechanic on the shoulder,  “I’ve just resigned and gave you a field promotion as my last official act.”

“Oh F…”

Yeah.  Bookshelf Q. Battler tells me his readers aren’t cool with the “F” word so we’ll move along.

“You can’t do that!”

Dag was right.  I couldn’t.  And I wasn’t going to.  That tank was my ship and if it was going down, I was going to go with it.

“Send out your leader,”  the voice repeated.  “And the rest of you may live.”

“It was nice knowing you, Sarge,”  Dag said as he returned a slap on my shoulder.

“Screw that,”  Sam said.  “We’re in a metal fortress.  They’ve got swords and some Winchesters.  We’re fine.  We can stay in here forever.”

Sam had a point.

But then a hissing sound made me realize he didn’t have one after all.

Larry looked more worried than usual.

“Is that…”

“Dynamite,”  I said.

“You have thirty seconds until the wick burns down, invaders…”

“Put Lorraine’s picture on a stick and shove it up the hatch,”  Sam said.  “They’ll run like hell.”

Larry punched the Texan in the arm.

“OK!”  I shouted.

“No!”  Sam yelled as he loaded up a machine gun.  “If you’re going out, Sarge, we’re going out with you.”

“Right,”  Dag said.  “You guys go out first and I’ll be right behind you I swear.”

I ignored the peanut gallery.

“I’m coming out!”

The hissing stopped.  The wick was extinguished.

“Sarge,”  Sam said.  “We can take them.”

“Don’t be stupid,”  I said.  “I’m giving myself up and whatever happens, you’re all under a direct order to shut that hatch after I leave and don’t open it until the coast is clear.”

Sam nodded.

“You’re a brave man, Sarge.”

“Yes,”  Dag added as I climbed the ladder.  “I’d stop you, sir, but you just put me under a direct order so…”

“I really hate you, Dag.”

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Pop Culture Mysteries: Operation Fuhrerpunschen (Chapter 1)

In theory, if Jake were to write a second novel after Mr. Devil Man about his time in World War II and specifically about how he punched a certain dictator in the face, these three chapters might be how it would begin.

Feedback, criticism (especially negative) welcomed and appreciated.

Operation Torch

November, 1942

French Morocco

The last drop of water tumbled out of my canteen and onto my tongue, providing momentary refreshment until a grim reality set in:

None of us had a clue where our next source of hydration was going to come from.

Clank.  Clank.  Clank.

“I hate your guts Dag,”  I said as I laid down across the side of the M4 Sherman Tank under my command.  “Before we all die of heatstroke out here I just want you to know that.”

Clank.  Clank.  Clank.

Victor “Dag” D’Agostino was my mechanic, a fast talking Italian fella from Brooklyn, not all that far from my hometown of Bayonne, New Jersey in the grand scheme of things.  He was a decent enough guy, though a little twitchy.  He was a real bundle of nerves, able to fly into a blind rage at the slightest provocation.

Luckily, he was a small fry so he wasn’t able to do too much damage.

“Got any 7’s?”

On the opposite side of the turret, a no holds barred game of Go Fish was underway.

“Go fish.”

“No.  Look, right here.  You have a seven.  If someone asks you if you have a seven, you’re supposed to fork it over dummy.”

I closed my eyes and listened to the Southern drawl of my second-in-command, Corporal Samuel T. Calhoun.  He was a big fella, at least 6’5” and packing two-bucks and some change of solid muscle.  It was a bitch to share a tank him on account of his massive size, but I was glad he was on our side.

“Larry,”  Sam said.  “I can’ t for the life of me figure out how we’ve been playing this all damn day and you still don’t know the rules.”

“I can’t figure out why two red blooded American males aren’t playing poker,”  I interjected.

“Nothing to bet with Sarge,” came Sam’s reply.  “Except sand, sand and more sand.”

Clank.  Clank.  Clank.

“I can’t gamble anyway,”  Larry added.  “I promised Lorraine before I left that this war wasn’t going to turn me into a disciple of the devil and by God I’m going to keep that promise.”

Sam and I groaned.  I don’t remember what we each said, but it was along the lines of “Oh for the love of” and “not this again.”  We made our lamentations at the same time.

Private Larry Torkilsen was a freckle faced, red-haired Iowa boy, straight out of the corn field and as naive about the world as he was goofy looking.  None of us had the heart to tell him that Lorraine had probably run off with a Good Time Charlie as soon as he shipped out.

“Does this girl even exist?”  Sam asked. 

“Of course she does, here’s a picture.”

A moment passed.  A few more clanks and then a, “BLECH!.”

Larry walked around the turret to visit me.  I was feeling feint from being baked alive under the hot North African sun so naturally, there was a part of me that wanted to tell the kid where to shove his photograph.

On the other hand, the private’s scrawny carcass blocked the sun’s rays, giving me a little relief, but not much.

“Wanna see my girl, Sarge?”

“Give it here.”

I opened my eyes to see a snaggle toothed walrus of a gal, but even under the stress of the predicament I was in, I recalled two of Ma Hatcher’s most important lessons:

1)  It’s what’s on the inside that matters.

2)  If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

“Top notch broad you’ve got there, Larry,”  I said as I handed the photograph back.  “If I were you I’d be all over that like stink on a monkey.”

Clank.  Clank.  Clank.

“Thanks Sarge,”  Larry said.  The kid sat down a few inches from my feet and allowed his to dangle over the side of the giant metal beast.

Crapola.  He was probably going to want to talk.

“You ever get scared, Sarge?”

I could literally feel my flesh searing.  I felt like a nice juicy porterhouse must feel when it hits the frying pan.

“Please,”  Sam interrupted as he took a seat on top of the turret.  “The Sarge has a big ole pair of brass clankers.”

“Everyone gets scared now and then,”  I said.  “Anyone who tells you they don’t is a damn liar.”

Finally, some silence….but not for long.

Clank.  Clank.  Clank.

“But the person who should be scared is Dag, who was given…”

I raised my voice to make sure the little twerp would be able to hear me through all the racket he was making.



Dag lifted his head away from the engine.  He was still wearing his leather helmet with the goggles that made his beady little eyes look bigger than they wear. 

“What do you want?!  Do you think I asked for this?!”

I sat up.  The three of us became an audience ready to take in a comedy show we’d seen plenty of times before.

“Do you think I was sitting there one day in my ma’s kitchen, gobbling up one of her delicious Sunday dinners, thinking to myself, ‘Holy Shit, I really hope that a bunch of shit head politicians will decide that I have to travel all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to some Godforsaken desert wasteland just so I can fight a bunch of Krauts who stole a wasteland from the Frogs who, by the way, stole it from Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves or whoever the shit owned this shit hole first.”

I apologize, modern 3.5 readers.  People weren’t very nice when it came to talking about race back in those days.  Looking back on it, I was ahead of my time in my progressiveness.  I never used words like, “Krauts” or “Frogs” when “Germans” and “French” would do.

“You’re right, Sarge,”  Dag continued.  “This is all my fault, because after I wished to be snatched up and sent over here, I also got down on my hands and knees and prayed to God every single night to please, please stick me in the shittiest excuse for a tank in the Third U.S. Army.”

“It’s been three days, Dag,”  I said.  “Can you fix the engine or not?”

Ever the clown, Dag reached a hand down into the back of his pants and fished around.

“I dunno,”  Dag said.  “Let me see if I have any spare parts up my ass.”

“Probably not with your head taking up all the room,”  Sam said.

Dag lifted up his goggles, threw down his wrench and put up his dukes.

“You wanna go, Hayseed?”

Sam unfurled himself to his full standing length.  The Empire State Building with legs is the best description of the guy I can think of.

“Anytime, Dago!”

3.5 readers, it was the 1940’s, OK?  I’m not excusing it, but I can’t whitewash history either.

“Enough!”  I shouted.

The men piped down.

“Dag,”  I said.  “Do you realize we’re missing the war?”

“Yes,”  Dag replied.  “Hell, you should be thanking me.”

“Thanking you?”  I asked.  “Someday they’re going to sing songs about how Patton shoved his .357 Magnum up Rommel’s ass and the only thing I’m going to be able to tell my grandkids is that I sat around in the desert with a broke tank and a gallon of sand up my ass crack!”

“That’s if we make it back at all,”  Sam said.  “No water.  We can start walking now and it’ll be days before we reach any kind of civilization.”

“Maybe we should of started walking while we still had some water,”  Dag said with a smarmy look on his stupid puss.

“Maybe I thought you weren’t such a moron that you’d be able to fix this rust bucket!”

“Oh yeah?” 

In the distance, there was the slightest sound coming over the horizon.  Larry was the only one paying any attention.


“Well,”  Dag said as he waved a finger in my face.  “Maybe YOU’RE the moron for thinking I’M not a moron!”

Dag instantly regretted that statement as Sam and I bursted out laughing.

The sound got louder.  It was a bunch of men yelling.

“Does anyone else hear that?”  Larry asked.

“Quit your bellyaching and get back in there,”  I said.  “I don’t want to see your ugly mug again until this rattle trap is ready to roll, see?”


Larry was whiter than a ghost that had fallen into a vat of vanilla ice cream.  We turned around to see what he was pointing at. 

No,” I thought.  “It can’t be.”

I grabbed my binoculars and got a better gander.

There they were.  Over a hundred Moroccan riders galloping their horses faster than bats out of hell right at us.  They wore turbans, long flowing robes and scarves protected their faces from the sand that was whipping up into the air all around them.

They all had those fancy curved swords. Scimitars they called them.  Every rider had one and was swinging it around in the air.

Plink.  Plank.  A few of them had even embraced more modern weaponry, given the rifle shots that were ricocheting off the tank’s hull.

Dag made a run for the hatch and popped it open.

We all piled inside.

The last thing I heard before I pulled the hatch shut?


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I’m sorry…

I’ve tried my best not to do a throwaway post in this one post a day for a year challenge but here goes:

I live waffles!

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