Netflix Time is Any Time


Are you a Netflix subscriber? My family and I have been subscribing to Netflix long before streaming was an option. We had the one DVD at a time option many years ago. It was a great way to watch newly released films without having to wait around for the DVD to be available at our local movie rental place.

Are there still movie rental places around?

When streaming became an option we quickly changed plans to streaming instead of DVDs. I love the “instant gratification” of streaming.

DVD options are still available with Netflix.

Years ago we used to only watch Netflix when there was a specific movie we wanted to see, or when there was nothing else on television we wanted to watch. This time of year regular television is especially boring because everything is in repeats until the fall when the new shows and new seasons begin. I don’t know about you but I can only watch repeats so much before I get bored.

Thank goodness for Netflix. With their original series (Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, Hemlock Grove) and movies, plus other popular television series (Friends, Last Man Standing, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee) and films, there is an endless supply of things to watch, available to you 24/7. That’s good for people like me who have a hard time sleeping at night and prefer not to watch infomercials all night long.

We have Netflix on two televisions in our home. One our kids use and the other if for our entire family, and me and my husband. We set it up this way so that our “binge watching” doesn’t interfere with the rest of the family. Take for example our daughter. If she doesn’t have work or school (but her friend are working or at school) she’ll stay home and binge watch her favorite television shows on Netflix. She’s seen every episode of One Tree Hill a dozen times (at least!). She used to watch Degrassi and Glee too. Now she’s into other series like Grey’s Anatomy, Arrested Development and The Office (she just turned 20 so these shows are OK for her to watch).

I prefer not to watch those shows (they are no my “cup of tea”) so I like having a television to myself so I can chill on the couch and binge watch my favorite shows and movies when I am off from work and don’t have anything pressing to do.

My husband and I tend to binge watch in the evening after dinner. By that time of day we are done with work and stuff around the home so all we want to do is sit down and enjoy some quality entertainment.

Did you know…

34% of Netflix viewers choose to start their day with the cheesy jokes of Fuller House as the sun rises. And while school may be out at night, learning is at an all-time high on Netflix with documentaries being watched 24% more often after midnight.


I have to agree with the documentaries. I tend to watch them late at night myself. I LOVE documentaries. I think they are a great way to learn about important things. My husband on the other hand find them boring. If there is a documentary I want to watch I’ll wait until he’s gone to be to watch it. I also appreciate the quietness of late at night so that I am not distracted from what I am watching.

My husband will watch Planet Earth. He likes that documentary series. Netflix has eleven episodes in that documentary series.

I tend not to watch Netflix during the day (unless I’m off from work) because I know me and I know that I’ll get caught up in something and not be able to stop watching. Even a movie. I would hate to have to pause it to watch later, or not be able to move on to the next episode. For me, watching Netflix during the work week is not a good idea. That is why I stick with watching it in the evening (or late at night) when I have the time to devote to watching it and not having to be forced to stop watching. I tend to binge watch… a lot.

Our daughter watches Netflix morning, noon and night depending on her work/school schedule and social life. She doesn’t have a preferred time of day.

Our son only watches certain shows (he’s not much of a TV or movie watcher for some odd reason).

My husband watches Netflix mostly in the evening, but he will turn it on in the afternoon on the weekends. I don’t think any of us (except our daughter) watches Netflix in the morning.

If you are looking for new things to watch, check out what is new at Netflix.

House of Cards: Season 5 (5/30), Bloodline: Season 3 (5/26), Orange is the New Black: Season 5 (6/9), Inspector Gadget: Season 3 (6/2), World of Winx: Season 2 (6/16)

When it comes to watching Netflix, what is your viewing schedule like? Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to check out Netflix?

What are your favorite things to watch on Netflix? What are your favorite series to “binge watch”?

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.


*I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a free membership with my partnership with Netflix. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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How would YOU prepare for life on Mars? #MARSDay


I have always been fascinated by outer space. When I was a young girl I wanted to be an astronaut. I think at some point in their lives, most kids want to be an astronaut.

When I was a young girl, my father gave me a telescope. My brother-in-law also gifted me a plethora of books about the planets, stars, space exploration and more.

I even went so far as contemplating study Astronomy as a major in college. Sadly, I didn’t go that route because I didn’t think I had what it took as far as math skills were concerned (Math is not my forte).

Even as an adult, I am still fascinated by outer space.

Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

One of my favorite places to visit is the Rose Center for Earth and Space located at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. I also enjoy the Hayden Planetarium which is also located at the Rose Center.

Once I was fortunate enough to be invited to a special event at the Hayden Planetarium hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson – astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science communicator and Director of the Rose Center.

I can’t fathom living on another planet. I know that if I was given the opportunity I would do what I could to ensure that other residents took better care of that planet then they did Earth. Look at how much we’ve damaged out planet. We’re destroying our planet in so many ways. If I was given the opportunity to live on another planet I would make certain that people did not engage in harmful behaviors to send the other planet down the same path as our precious Earth.

Living on another planet would be an amazing experience – but also a terrifying one. Nothing would be the same. You wouldn’t have the same “creature comforts” as you do here on Earth. There would be no pizza delivery. No malls. No trips to the beach. No amusement parks. No movie theaters. Nothing like that. You would essentially be starting from scratch with the most basic essentials.

Available on Blu-ray TODAY is the National Geographic series Mars. The series originally aired on the National Geographic Channel back in December.

Mars is unlike any show I have ever seen. It’s part scripted drama, part documentary.

Mars was directed by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Mars takes place decades into our future. The year is 2033 and scientists are preparing to send humans to the “red planet” to colonize it. That idea might seem a bit “far fetched,” but great scientific minds like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk and NASA astronauts don’t think the idea of living on Mars is that far off.

Mars follows a crew of courageous international astronauts on its exhilarating maiden voyage to Mars and quest to colonize the fourth planet from the sun. In a unique blend of scripted drama intermixed with documentary sequences and feature-film-caliber visual effects, the series presents what the greatest minds in space exploration are doing to make traveling to Mars a reality, featuring Big Thinkers like Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Petranek. Experience MARS in breathtaking high-definition. The must-own National Geographic sci-fi docudrama is jam packed with two hours of extras, including prequel Before Mars, Living on Mars, Cast & Crew Interviews and more.

I have the opportunity to check out the series.

I’ve watched the first two episodes thus far. I plan on “binge watching” the remaining episodes this coming weekend.

The series is interesting how it combines a scripted drama with a factual information in the form of a documentary-type film.

The six-person crew on the Daedalus. The global event series MARS premieres on the National Geographic Channel in November 2016. (photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky)

The series goes back and forth between the fictional story of the first people to land on Mars to colonize it and all the troubles they encounter on their journey with inserts of factual information from some of the world’s greatest minds when it come to space and space exploration. It’s like two films (a dram and a documentary) rolled into one. I honestly would have watched the series if it was divided into two different series (the fictional story and the documentary), but I think combining the two adds to the fictional story. Knowing what would be involved in actually inhabiting Mars makes the fictional story that much more interesting.

So far I haven’t seen any “blow-your-mind” special effects, but, the film makers do a great job of making viewers feel just how overwhelming the task of being one of the few people to inhabit Mars. It’s void of natural life with no trees, water or any signs of anything living. It’s kind of scary. I know I couldn’t do it.

The information provided by the actual scientists is truly fascinating. I know some information about Mars from all those years when I was little and read up on the subject of outer space, but listening to the scientists talk about Mars piqued my interest in outer space and space travel. I feel like a kid again. LOL!

Look for Mars from National Geographic where ever Blu-rays/DVDs are sold.

If YOU were one of the selected individuals to move to Mars to help with colonization, what would be on your packing list? What necessities would you make sure to pack and take with you?

Here is my packing list which includes “must haves” for survival, as well as some comfort and necessities from home.

  • (2) Space Helmets (in case one cracks)
  • (2) Space Suits (in case one tears)
  • At least a (2) year supply of water (ideally I’d like to have more)
  • An abundance of long lasting batteries and if possible, rechargeable ones and a way to recharge them.
  • A generator to provide me with heat, A/C and electricity (ideally two of them if possible in case one breaks)
  • Crop seeds so that I can grow fruits and vegetables.
  • Books to read so that I am not bored.
  • Music. I would download A LOT of music so that I had plenty of choices to listen to.
  • Movies. I would download A LOT of movies to watch.
  • Walkie Talkie or some kind of device that would allow me to contact people back on Earth so I can talk to my family and friends, as well as scientists in case I need help or I had questions.
  • I’d like a camera or some way to take photos that I can share with the people of Earth so they can see what life is like on the “red planet.”
  • Medicine so that I can take care of myself, and others, if they get sick or injured.
  • Games and/or Indoor/Outdoor activities. I’d want something that was fun and entertaining to do and something I could enjoy doing with my Mars “neighbors.”
  • Photos and mementos of my family, friends and life on Earth.
  • Coffee (I need my coffee!).
  • Blankets, pillows and other comforts from home.
  • Paper, pencils, pens, crayons and paint. I love to draw, write and color. It’s a great way to de-stress and relax. Living on Mars and getting used to life on another planet would not be easy, so I’d need some way to relax.
  • Animals. If there was a way to have animals on Mars (dogs, cats, rabbits, cows…) that would be wonderful. I cannot imagine a world without animals.
  • And the #1 thing I would love to bring with me is my family. I cannot imagine, nor do I want to, a life without them.

To see what other bloggers would pack on their mission to Mars, check out the hashtag #MARSDay on social media.

If YOU were packaging for life on Mars, what would YOU include on your packing list?

Some of the crew exploring Mars. The global event series MARS premieres on the National Geographic Channel in November 2016. (photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky)


*I received a free screener copy and companion book in exchange for my review/participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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There are no more “damsels in distress”


Girl Power

As a mom, I have always taught both of our children (our son and daughter) that they can be whomever they want to be. We’ve never tried to steer them in any direction other than the direction THEY wanted to go towards.

I appreciate that there are plenty of strong women that can be role models for our daughter. I don’t ever want her to think she can’t achieve something simply because she’s a female. There are so many amazing women who are busting through that “glass ceiling” that often holds some women back.

Women can do anything a man can do. We can be Firefighters, Police Officers, hold government positions, race cars, climb Mt. Everest… we can do it all.

Gone are the days where a woman’s role was to stay home to cook, clean and care for the children. Women can – and still – do all that, but they can also find cures for diseases and fight in the military.

It’s great to see that entertainment is also showcasing strong women. I like that our daughter has plenty of movies and television shows available that have a female in a strong, leading role.

Studies have shown that girls as young as six are influenced by gender stereotypes, and that role models from the entertainment they choose can have a lasting effect.

We’re a Netflix family. Our daughter especially watches Netflix almost exclusively. I can’t even remember the last time she watched a network television show. Her current favorites are Shameless, One Tree Hill and Parks and Recreation. Our daughter will be 20 this year so she watches grown up shows.

There are plenty of great shows for younger girls to watch that feature strong girls. You have Violet’s (A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix series) quick wit, Elena’s (the new One Day at a Time series, also on Netflix) activist mentality, or Deidra & Laney’s (Deidra & Laney Rob a Train – airing on 3/17/17) unorthodox thinking. You also have someone from my favorite Netflix series, Stranger Things, where Eleven is helping to save her new friends and even a cartoon character like Tip (Dreamwork’s Home series) showing that true friendship knows no bounds.

For older girls shows like Girl Meets World, Fuller House and Gilmore Girls also have characters that are strong willed and don’t fall victim to old fashioned gender roles.

Images from AMC The Walking Dead

My personal favorites are the women of The Walking Dead. You will not find a “damsel in distress” among any of those characters (Michonne, Maggie, Carol, Rosita, Beth…). As for myself, I don’t think I could be as strong as fierce as those women. No way! I’d see a zombie come at me and I’d just lose it. I’d want to be saved! There is no way I can walk up to a hungry zombie and stab him/her in the head. I’d be afraid of becoming it’s lunch. But for the women of The Walking Dead it’s no big deal. They do what needs to be done.

Even though it’s a fictional show about zombies, the female characters make great role models for young women. In my opinion anyway.

Our daughter is also a big fan of The Walking Dead. I don’t know if she’s as tough as the women on the show, but I know she’s a lot tougher than I am.

As you can see, there are plenty of shows for girl, both young and old, on Netflix that put females in leading roles.


Do you have a daughter or granddaughter? Is she strong minded? Who does she look up to as a role model? What does she aspire to be when she grows up?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

For more information about Netflix, visit Netflix.com. They can also be found on social media.


*I have partnered with Netflix to bring you this information. I have received free service and promotional products in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Classic Power Puff Girls are Back! (giveaway ends 3/18/17)

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Hulu.

Are you familiar with the adorable, mini-superheroes, The Powerpuff Girls? Just in case you are not, here is a brief synopsis of the cartoon series.

The Powerpuff Girls centers on three sugar-coated superheroes, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, whose missions in life alternate between going to school, fighting crime, winning at hopscotch and saving the world before bedtime. The girls are frequently called upon by the town’s mayor to help fight nearby criminals using their powers. While their differences cause them to squabble and tease, their individual strengths combined always lead them to victory. They rely on teamwork, trust, and friendship to thwart evil (in the most adorable way).

When our daughter was in elementary school (she’ll be 20 this year!), her and her two best friends were totally into The Powerpuff Girls. In fact, they referred to themselves as such. It worked out perfectly too because my daughter has dark hair (“Buttercup”) and her other friend had really blonde hair (“Bubbles”) and the third friend dark blonde hair (“Blossom”).

You can see a picture of our girls (above). One of them is wearing a The Powerpuff Girls t-shirt. I blurred out the faces of my daughter’s friends to protect them. My daughter looks nothing like she did back then.

Somewhere in one of the “baby boxes” I have a drawing that one of the girls did of The Powerpuff Girls. I made copies of it so each girl could have one and I hung my daughter’s up on her bedroom wall. It actually turned out really good. I don’t recall which girl drew it but it turned out great.

One of the moms even purchased The Powerpuff Girls t-shirts for our daughters to wear. I know we still have that shirt in our daughter’s baby box too. They are great memories from her youth. I can’t believe all three girls are in college now and 20 years old (or close to it).

Needless to say we watched The Powerpuff Girls all the time. We enjoyed the show. It wasn’t annoying or overly silly like some kiddie shows were back then. It was fun and entertaining. My husband thought that the monkey, Mojo Jojo, was  super funny.

The Powerpuff Girls debuted in 1998 and the show ran through 2005. There was a 10th anniversary special, and a re-boot, but nothing beats the original series.

I’m thrilled to announce that The Powerpuff Girls are BACK! The original episodes are now going to be available on Hulu.

Hulu is THE streaming destination for the best of TV, and a great selection of films! Plus, you can stream almost anywhere, on any device, including gaming consoles, set-top boxes, tablets, mobile phones, and more. Visit Hulu.com to start your free trial.

I can’t wait to share this news with my daughter. She’s going to be thrilled. I wonder if she’ll let her Powerpuff Girl friends know about it too (I know she’s in a college class with one of them). Maybe they can get together and have a sleepover and watch a marathon of The Powerpuff Girls.

In honor of The Powerpuff Girls, Hulu is celebrating the launch by highlighting amazing girls across the country!

The contest is looking to find #RealLifePowerpuff Girls that inspire others, help out in their communities or excel in fields like sports or science.

Check out this brief video about #RealLifePowerpuff Girls.


Do you know of an awesome #RealLifePowerpuff Girl? If so, post a video or photo of them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag it with the hashtag #RealPowerpuff and #Contest. Please don’t forget to include why she is so awesome. You MUST include both hashtags in order to enter.

Who knows, your special #RealLifePowerpuff could win a special Powerpuff Girl prize!

If you would like more information on this contest, please visit the official website..

To help celebrate The Powerpuff Girls new home on Hulu, I have a great giveaway for a lucky reader – a 6-month Hulu gift code (the code is redeemable in the U.S. and does not expire).

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on March 18, 2017. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this prize package and/or who is your favorite Powerpuff Girl?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Are you a cheater?



Are you a cheater? Do you cheat on your significant other?

Wait! Don’t assume I’m referring to infidelity. No, no, no… What I am referring to is watching shows on Netflix.

I think we are all guilty of doing that. I know that I am. I’ve jumped ahead on my favorite series without my husband knowing about it. A good example would be when we first watched Stranger Things on Netflix. We watched the first episode together, then he went to bed. He had planned on watching the next episode a few days later. Oh no! Not me! I had to watch the next episode right away. In fact, that night I watched four episodes in a row. I never told him about that. We he finally watched the next episodes I “played dumb” about it and acted as if I was seeing the story unfold for the first time – even though I knew what was going to happen.

I did the same thing with the new Netflix series, Santa Clarita Diet. We watched the first episode together, then he fell asleep in his chair, so I went ahead and watched two more episodes. He slept the whole time. He never knew that I cheated and watched the next two episodes.

I know I’m not alone. I know there are plenty of other people who cheat on their significant other, or friends, and “sneak watch” episodes of their favorite series on Netflix. In fact, new data reveals 46% of streaming couples around the world are watching ahead of their partners and most only plan to cheat more. This cheating behavior only continues to grow with 60% of consumers saying they’d cheat more if they knew they’d get away with it. And once you cheat, you can’t stop: 81% of cheaters are repeat offenders and 44% have cheated 3+ times. I am definitely a repeat offender. I’ve cheated many times by binge watching and watching ahead a few episodes without my husband knowing about it.

I know he cheats too. He has access to Netflix and work and I know sometimes he sits at his desk to eat his lunch and watches Netflix. I just don’t know how many times he’s cheated on me. If he has cheated, he’s good about it because he never slips up.

Here are some more interesting facts about cheating with Netflix.

Cheating happens all over the world….though it varies a bit by country. The most cheaters are in Brazil and Mexico where 57%-58% of streaming couples have cheated, respectively. The most loyal viewers are in Netherlands (73% have not cheated), Germany (65%) and Poland (60%).

While no show is off limits, top cheating temptations are The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, American Horror Story, House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Narcos, and Stranger Things.

Most don’t plan to cheat…it just happens: 80% of cheating is unplanned. The trigger for the growing trend in cheating? Two-thirds (66%) of cheaters said that “the shows are just so good we can’t stop bingeing.”

Sleep with one eye open: 25% of cheating happens when one partner falls asleep. But whether this is even cheating is hotly debated. Half say “sleep cheating” doesn’t count (53%), but the morality of “sleep cheating” varies across the globe. Chileans think it’s no big deal, Japan sees it as unforgivable. Many are still cheating in secret: 45% never admit to their indiscretions.

If you stray, don’t beat yourself up about it. Cheating has become more socially acceptable, with 46% saying it’s “not bad at all.” Unless of course you live in Hong Kong, where 40% think watching ahead of your partner is worse than having an actual affair.

Cheating comes in many forms. Netflix has created a series of assets to help explain the phenomenon. Cheating Profiles highlight the most common types of offenders lurking in households around the world. This infographic illustrates cheating motivations and behaviors, and reaction GIFs help couples work through their indiscretions so they can protect their relationship…or keep on cheating.

Even our teenage daughter has cheated on her ex-boyfriend with Netflix. She admitted it to her ex that she did.

If you still plan on being a “serial cheater” on your significant other, and continue to watch Netflix shows behind their backs, as least make sure you don’t get caught.

Check out some great tips on how to cheat and get away with it.


I love that term – “steaming infidelity.”

If you would like to check out all the great cheat-worthy programs on Netflix, visit Netflix.com. You can also check them out on social media.

Do you cheat on your significant other when it comes to watching Netflix programming? What is your favorite series to commit “streaming infidelity?” Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.


*I am a member of Netflix’s Stream Team. I receive free service in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own (unless otherwise noted) and not influenced in any way. 


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Tune into the 2017 Kitten Bowl airing tomorrow on the Hallmark Channel


Tomorrow (Sunday, February 5, 2017) is the LI Super Bowl (51st). Will YOU be tuning in? Of course we will be, even if our team is not playing in it. After all, the Super Bowl is all about getting together with family and friends, having fun and enjoying a lot of delicious foods.

Not every one is into the Super Bowl. Or maybe they don’t want to tune in because their favorite team is not playing.

If you are looking for some family friendly, fun and fuzzy (yes, I said fuzz) entertainment on Super Bowl Sunday, check out the 2017 Kitten Bowl, airing at 12:00 (EST) / 11:00 (CST) on the Hallmark Channel.

Just like the NFL, the Kitten Bowl has a pre-game show, half time show, and championship playoffs.

The kitten bowl puts kitten against kitten – but in an adorable way. The game is played the same, but the kittens are more into playing with one another than actually getting the ball into the end zone.

The Kitten Bowl has been going on for the past few years. Not only is it fun, family entertainment, it’s also to help bring awareness to pet adoptions. All of the fuzzy participants are available at animals shelters and looking for their “fur-ever” homes.

I really like how the Kitten Bowl brings to light just how many wonderful animals are waiting at animal shelters across the country for families to adopt them.

On of this year’s Kitten Bowl players.

My family has adopted five cats from our local animal shelter (one has since died) and adopted a wild/feral kitten from our condo complex. Our dog is also adopted from our local animal shelter. We even adopted a hamster from our local animal shelter.

Believe it or not there are other animals looking for forever homes in shelters across the country in addition to cats and dogs. We’ve seen hamsters, birds, gerbils, rabbits, goats, ferrets, horses, pigs… you name it.

Thank goodness for programming like the Kitten Bowl to help shed light on this subject.

The Kitten Bowl is also a great option to watch with children who might be too young to stay up to watch the NFL Super Bowl. You can create the same party atmosphere watching the Kitten Bowl with younger children. Be sure to make plenty of yummy food and treats for them to enjoy while watching the Kitten Bowl games.

The Kitten Bowl is NOT just for children. It’s for people of all ages who love animals or simply enjoy watching adorable programming. I’m an adult and I enjoy watching the Kitten Bowl year after year. After a stressful week at work it’s great to sit and totally enjoy a show, while letting the cuteness melt my heart.

If you are interested in learning more about the Kitten Bowl you can visit the official webpage on the Hallmark Channel website.

Visit www.HallmarkChannel.com/Kitten-Bowl.

On the website you can find more information about the Kitten Bowl. You can also learn more about the players, watch videos, check out the “Kitten Cam,” and take a “selfie” with one of the kittens featured in the Kitten Bowl.

You can even create playing cards featuring YOUR furry friend.

The Kitten Bowl airs from 12:00 noon (EST) / 11:00 AM (CST). There is a pre-game, then the actual game and then championship game. If you miss it, it’s OK because the Hallmark Channel will be re-airing all of it aftewards. It continues to re-air until 9:00 PM (EST) / 8:00 PM (CST) Sunday night.

Be sure to check out everything else the Hallmark Channel has to offer. You can also find them on social media. All of their links are found out on their website.

You can also follow the Kitten Bowl on Twitter (@KittenBowlTV).

Will you be watching the Kitten Bowl tomorrow? Why or why not? Feel free to share your thought. I always love to hear from readers.


*I have partnered with the Hallmark Channel to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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