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    davymid Male 30-39
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    February 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm
    Link: What Teachers Make - Ever heard the phrase ``Those who can`t do, teach``? This teacher delivers a response on behalf of educators everywhere.
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    mercedzdanz Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 9:16 am
    I`m a lawyer, and I`ve always had tremendous respect for teachers. Frankly, I don`t understand why they say "those who can`t do, teach."
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    2and2equals5 Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 9:18 am
    Wow... This sucks big time.
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    Zerocyde Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 9:19 am
    "So, what do you make?

    A difference. Why, what do you make? Money? Pfft, yea THATS hard to do..."

    lol, badass. I almost wanna be a teacher now just to maybe one day get to use that line on someone!

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    h0ax_d3m0n Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 9:29 am
    boooooo!
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 9:38 am
    I`ve thought about being a teacher before. I think the kids would intimidate me too much though. I`ve has a taste of teaching before. God damn is it hard. Much respect.
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    keith2 Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 9:42 am
    i`ve got nothing but respect for (most) teachers. those who actually try and reach out to their students, and consistently push them over the educational edge over and over again. those teachers, who will see each student`s strengths and weaknesses and build upon them, instead of just following the curriculum. talkin about you, Mr. Anderson you fxxkin rock and thank you. Doc White, you`re a great person but shatty teacher., and I`m coming for your job, I could definately do better. Sorry.
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    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 9:53 am
    Teachers really don`t make enough for what they do. They hardly get respect, even from the students themselves. How do you think that lawyer became a lawyer? He sure wasn`t born with all that knowledge.
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    Lou-Saydus Male 13-17
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    February 4, 2010 at 9:55 am
    I lol`d
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    Max_Normal Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2010 at 9:59 am
    "I`m a lawyer, and I`ve always had tremendous respect for teachers. Frankly, I don`t understand why they say "those who can`t do, teach.""

    Depends what you teach. If you get a 2.2 or 3rd degree in life science you go and be a teacher or a technician or a pharmaceutical salesman or an administrator. If you get a 2.1 or 1st, you do a Ph.D and become a post-doctoral researcher and hopefully eventually a PI, or go to med school. I have met one good scientist who actually wanted to teach, but only one and that was in about 10 years. That`s talking about secondary school (high school) teaching and below, obviously not university lecturers, they have to become PI level researchers first.

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    madest Male 40-49
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    February 4, 2010 at 10:33 am
    vv Teachers get summers off. Lawyers don`t. vv
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    bankvole Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2010 at 10:44 am
    Hi Max Normal, I`m a university lecturer in Ireland and so your comments are actually very flattering to me. At the same time I wouldn`t be so dismissive of secondary school teachers, who have to get through to students at a time in their life when they don`t want to learn, and enthuse them on subjects they have no choice but to take. As for primary school teachers... the idea of babysitting 30+ kids at one time scares me to death, but to teach them something at the same time, wow.

    However, it has to be said there are some frigging awful teachers out there as well.

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    sfcg Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2010 at 10:46 am
    Bah. We need teachers, but really, this guy is tootin his own horn a bit much there.
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    vegascartman Male 30-39
    735 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 10:53 am
    Teachers are great. The teacher`s UNION is not. While it`s true this guy is very passionate about what he does, the vast majority of teachers are not doing a good job and they defend their mediocrity to the grave: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx4pN-aio...
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    Sigon Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 10:53 am
    I have the upmost respect for teachers who teach in a completely unbiased way and actually care about their students ability to succeed. I have the upmost distain for teachers who use their position to coerse and influence their students to think their way and use grades and advancement as a cookie for those who follow in step.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    February 4, 2010 at 11:02 am
    What a jerk. "I can make a C+ feel like a congressional medal of honor and I can make an A- feel like a slap in the face" - yeah, based what kind of MOOD he was in that day. And he has not one, not two, but THREE stupid titles for his lousy "poem" (which didn`t even rhyme) and felt the need to tell them all to us because he thinks they`re so clever. This guy shouldn`t be allowed near students.
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    samenamegame Female 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 11:09 am
    i`m going to school to be biology teacher right now. and i just fell in love with this man.

    my family asks all the "why don`t you do something that will make a lot of money? you`re wasting your talent." i`m wasting my talent? shouldn`t kids have intelligent and passionate teachers?

    this is our future we are talking about. the attitude of "those who can`t do, teach" has played a role in why america`s education system is failing children. so why am i wasting my talent? because i can do so much more good inspiring and encouraging the future of america. that seems more fulfilling than bringing home a large check.

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    MrTwidget Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2010 at 11:14 am
    That was awesome.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2010 at 11:22 am
    We need teaches that know what there teaching not copying it from a text book with all the answers!
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    KingDragon Female 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 11:23 am
    Poetry doesn`t have to rhyme, it depends on the style. Also, the grades didn`t depend on his mood; he was trying to get across that the kid who made the C+ gave his goddamn best and worked for it. Maybe he was a D student before. The kid who got trouble for an A- wasn`t trying. As a teacher, you want to encourage children to reach their potential and to be the best they can be. Not just to coast along on what will do no matter how high a grade they get. In the poem, one kid tried and one kid didn`t and he rewarded them based on that, not just what mood he was in.
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    NotAllowed Female 18-29
    526 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 11:23 am
    i wish i had teachers like him..
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    MichaelBored Male 40-49
    206 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 11:30 am
    "...I have a policy about honesty and ass-kicking: If you ask for it, I have to give it to you."

    100% Grade A awesomeness.

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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    February 4, 2010 at 11:41 am
    That was awesome!
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    whiskyginger Female 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 12:03 pm
    I sent that a few years back to my English teacher after I graduated high school. She cried. He has other stuff out there that is just as amazing.
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    donthaveone Male 30-39
    953 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 12:09 pm
    The world would be a better place if Teachers made what Politicians do and vice-versa.
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    DavidXJ Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    This guys epitimizes (I think I spelled that wrong) the best teachers. I couldn`t be all those things he was talking about when I taught, so I don`t teach anymore. His talent is a gift to education.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm
    I have the upmost distain for teachers who use their position to coerse...

    Would it be wrong of me to go all Grammar Nazi on a comment about what makes a good teacher? Meh, I`ll leave it.

    What a jerk. "I can make a C+ feel like a congressional medal of honor and I can make an A- feel like a slap in the face" - yeah, based what kind of MOOD he was in that day.

    Wow, way to miss the point there, buddy...

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    rafaelbn Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    Awsome! Perfectly said!
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    MichaelBored Male 40-49
    206 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm
    @duffytoler:

    Not every poem should rhyme
    To write such a poem takes time
    Not to mention hard work
    So don`t be such a jerk
    Being that stupid should be a crime

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    Mornaf Male 18-29
    820 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm
    wait, does and not work anymore?

    anyway, I`m happy to see someone remembers how to spell "definitely" like I do
    "De-finite-ly"
    HURRAH!

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    RyanHake Male 18-29
    2690 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    Love it. There are many many teachers that don`t make as much money as they should.
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    odc Female 18-29
    319 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm
    Teachers rock
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    lemmingboy15 Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm
    @duffytoler, it`s called prose poetry... maybe if you had a good teacher when you were growing up you wouldn`t show your stupidity so easily ;)
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    itsallfake Male 30-39
    476 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm
    There is a vicisous cycle as to why our public education system is going down hill and why i dropped from becoming a teacher when i started student teaching.

    I think most of us went in with the thought that we were going to change the world around us. Make a difference in people`s lives and educate. Maybe we had bad teachers we felt we needed to replace. Maybe we were inspired by a teacher and felt the need to bring that kind of inspiration to others. Whatever the reason being, it gets torn apart pretty quickly...

    In one hand: The system. Think you`re going to teach "real" american history? Try again. Think you have a revolutionary new mthod of getting kids to learn? Leave it at home. The system is in place and has been for a very long time and not you or anyone else is going to change it. Sure you can slip in the occasional material outside the approved text, but don`t press your luck. Your lesson plan must be approved.

    tbc...

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    itsallfake Male 30-39
    476 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm
    So why do we get crappy teachers? The system broke them. So they do a mediocre or crappy job day in and day out until retirement and lean on the Union to make sure they are on the road to retirement.

    Then there`s the other hand: The moment a public school tries to cater to teacher with competitive wages, free form lesson learning, or the freedom to actually challenge students, the PTA, boosters, other parental organizations and the government immediately steps in and complains that the school is being too hard on students because it shows that MOST people are of AVERAGE intelligence and not fit for much more than manual labor thus shattering the crystal dream that their precious snowflake is going to graduate to CEO of fortune 50 company...

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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm
    Awesome. I`ve always loved the teachers that really care about what they`re doing. You can tell a teacher with passion from one that chases the checks.
    I especially loved my crazy, disorganized and sassy teachers. It reminded me that they were human too and had personality and humor.
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    JJXanadu Male 30-39
    516 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm
    I teach in NYC and I can tell you that teachers actually make decent money. Take a look at a teacher teaching for 10 years with an MA (required for permanent cert.) making 73,000 a year, but only working 180 days out of the year. That`s $405 per day.

    Now, look at someone who works a full year job, and take out weekends and holidays, as well as two weeks vacation. That`s about 240 work days in a year. Multiply that by $405 a day, and it`s nearly 100k.

    Not only that, but some teachers unions have ridiculous benefits and even better retirements. In my first 5 years teaching I put enough money into a TDA with a fixed rate so that when I`m 62 I will have over 900k dollars waiting for me. And that`s only if I don`t save any more money.

    Also, itsallfake, not all teachers feel the need to make sweeping changes. Many are satisfied with making small positive changes in many young peoples` lives.

    Life isn`t only about learning facts, but about learning to live well. Teachers can teach

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    JJXanadu Male 30-39
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    February 4, 2010 at 5:58 pm
    Oops, last line of my previous post should say:

    Life isn`t only about learning facts, but about learning to live well. Teachers can teach that.

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    ZenDragon Female 18-29
    229 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 7:14 pm
    Chicago schools are downright terrible. Heck, the head of the system has no teaching experience. How could he possibly know what teachers go through on a day-to-day basis? There is absolutely no administrative support and schools are severely underfunded. Teachers are disrespected, underpaid, unappreciated, overworked and much more. For a country that claims to value education, we definitely treat our teachers like crap. It`s despicable.
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    DRxSATANx Male 18-29
    321 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm
    Me, being a teenager I naturally hate school and think its stupid, and think that all the adults that run the school are opressing me and i might not get along with the teachers and all that stuff, but theres one thing that always goes through my mind, That they have to put up with more than a hundred snot nose brats for 8 hours a day, that crap sucks, and thus i sympathise for teachers.
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    tlshaman Male 13-17
    378 posts
    February 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm
    i shall send to my teachers and then they will like me
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    ilfg Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm
    there are far better recordings of this. seriously, you had to pick this one?
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    February 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm
    Bravo!
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm
    "i shall send to my teachers and then they will like me"

    Let me give you some advice.

    You can be friends with your teachers by getting to know them. Talking to them. Sharing funny stories with them. Being AUTHENTICALLY friendly with them. If you open communication with people, there`s a lot less chance you`ll misunderstand each other and higher chances you`ll get along better because of it.

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    GosuPaul Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm
    Absolutely beautiful.
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    HerrHuhn Male 18-29
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    February 4, 2010 at 11:33 pm
    I had the pleasure of having a teacher a bit like this fellow for World History in the 10th grade and for two years as my Academic Decathlon coach. A good teacher can open up new perspectives and push a student to find some of that elusive spark potential and wonder that so often gets buried beneath mounds of busy work. Hooray for teachers that force you to actually learn something.
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    mais_dare Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2010 at 12:21 am
    At first it started out kind of dumb, but once he picked up, it was good. I liked it.
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    martinrandle Male 40-49
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    February 5, 2010 at 3:59 am
    Thanks whoever posted this - I am in the process of seriously thinking about becoming a teacher and this was inspirational.

    Mart

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    gymcoach29 Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2010 at 5:29 am
    I am a teacher, and I have been for nearly 10 years. Although the idea is inspirational and the sentiment is true, it is unfortunate that I along with many other teachers leave the classroom because we cannot support our family on the salary given to teachers. I would never encourage anyone to go to school for 4 years minimum to get a job in which they cannot pay their bills. It is sad...One day we will hopefully give teachers the pay commesurate with their education and value to society.
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    itsallfake Male 30-39
    476 posts
    February 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm
    <quote>gymcoach29
    Male, 30-39, Western US
    20 Posts Friday, February 05, 2010 5:29:35 AM
    I am a teacher, and I have been for nearly 10 years </quote>

    "Phys-ed? You majored in physical education? Get out, seriously"

    Not my line, but funny in a cruel sort of way...

    Anyway, yeah...

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    anguskhan79 Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2010 at 4:45 pm
    I only had a hand full of teachers like this guy. If more of them had this sort of attitude we would have a much more intelligent society.
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    magoo22 Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2010 at 10:26 pm
    Good teachers can have a profound influence on their students. They deserve far more recognition for that. I can still remember who my good teachers were.
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    zekumi Female 18-29
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    February 5, 2010 at 11:17 pm
    Very nice, but I can`t help but not like this guy.
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    Seastone Female 18-29
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    February 8, 2010 at 5:58 am
    I think sometimes we let teachers get away with too much, though. I had a teacher who was an abomination to the profession (unable to explain even the simplest things, utterly senile, etc.), but because teachers are so hard to fire, they couldn`t do anything about it. So we had the option to cheat on the tests or fail Chemistry. I failed. Good teachers are wonderful, but such a huge percentage of teachers are terrible that I will not send my kids to public school. I`d agree with a pay raise for teachers if they`d allow a quality control check every now and then.
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    Asakura Female 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 5:25 am
    I agree with zekumi, something doens`t quite sit right about him, though it was a good speech.
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    hazeofwar Male 18-29
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    February 9, 2010 at 7:06 am
    That guy is my new hero.
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    sugarhyped Female 18-29
    329 posts
    February 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm
    zekumi: Very nice, but I can`t help but not like this guy.
    Asakura: I agree with zekumi, something doens`t quite sit right about him, though it was a good speech.

    agreed. i like the words but he weirds me out.

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    Ace_Mazta Male 13-17
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    February 10, 2010 at 1:14 pm
    win

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