PRAY FOR CALGARY

Wanye
June 21 2013 11:53AM

 

Terrible times today for our neighbours down the QEII highway as 100,000 people in 26 communities have been evacuated from their homes due to flooding by recent heavy rains.

Much of downtown Calgary and areas near the Bow River is underwater and there are reports that the Saddledome has been flooded too and that the dressing rooms and the jumbotron have been destroyed.

The Canadian Military has been deployed and the EPS has sent 100 officers to help among efforts currently underway.

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Obviously as an Oilers fan we loving giving Calgarians a hard time. But there is no joking around in times like these and anyone looking to help can support the Canadian Red Cross here. Alternatively you can call 1-800-418-1111. Nation HQ has made a donation and we encourage everyone to do the same.

Stay strong Southern Alberta and everyone else affected by this tragedy.

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#1 Ryan Pike
June 21 2013, 11:56AM
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According to reports, the Saddledome's entire backstage/locker room area, the first 14 rows and some of the private boxes are underwater.

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#2 Sanaa Montana
June 21 2013, 12:06PM
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Destroying the Saddledome is Mother Nature's way of telling Feaster that it is time for a rebuild.

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#3 2 AM
June 21 2013, 12:07PM
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Good luck calgary! we are sending help! hope it turns out ok

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#4 Will
June 21 2013, 12:10PM
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Happy to hear there hasn't been any injury or loss of life. Tough times for our Southernly neighbours, I hope it looks worse than it is.

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#5 John Chambers
June 21 2013, 12:21PM
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I have always said that city would have its comeuppance.

That said, hope the flood subsides and that the nine subsequent plagues are mild.

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#6 Snowdropper
June 21 2013, 12:22PM
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As an Edmontonian and Oiler fan now living in Calgary, I certainly dish out my share of ribbing to those down here. It is amazing though how people are handling things down here and helping each other out. I've heard stories of calgary construction teams and other groups driving from the city to worst hit areas outside the city to give help in numbers and vehicles.

Not to be forgotten in all this are the outlying areas in southern Alberta, particularly High River, Canmore and Turner Valley. The flash flooding and extensive flooding has been substantial.

Stay safe fellow oil country members in the south!

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#7 Kent Wilson
June 21 2013, 12:26PM
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Thanks for this Wanye.

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#8 UkeeRob
June 21 2013, 12:28PM
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@Sanaa Montana

Although I too believe that Feaster needs a wake up call to rebuild, that isn't very funny. I assume you're just joking, I'm not calling you an idiot, but man comments like that are what make others think Canuck fans are arrogant pricks. Hopefully people in Calgary are all ok. As much as I despise the Flames, their fans are Canadian people.

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#9 Quicksilver ballet
June 21 2013, 12:30PM
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Tough times. Prayers for loved ones not yet reunited.

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#10 Czar
June 21 2013, 12:30PM
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@spydyr

Have to admit I thought of your avatar when I checked out some of the flood pics, one of the best on the Nation by the way.

Good luck Calgary, so many jokes but now's not the time.

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#11 Spydyr
June 21 2013, 12:31PM
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My sister is one of the many people evacuated.Luckily there has been no loss of life.lets hope it stays that way.

So now will they fast line the new arena in Calgary?

The Alberta government better kick in the same amount as they did for Edmonton's new arena.Not a whole lot.

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#12 Czar
June 21 2013, 12:32PM
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UkeeRob wrote:

Although I too believe that Feaster needs a wake up call to rebuild, that isn't very funny. I assume you're just joking, I'm not calling you an idiot, but man comments like that are what make others think Canuck fans are arrogant pricks. Hopefully people in Calgary are all ok. As much as I despise the Flames, their fans are Canadian people.

No reported injuries or fatalities at this point.

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#13 Spydyr
June 21 2013, 12:32PM
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Czar wrote:

@spydyr

Have to admit I thought of your avatar when I checked out some of the flood pics, one of the best on the Nation by the way.

Good luck Calgary, so many jokes but now's not the time.

Thanks.

My heart goes out to all of our flooded neighbours to the south.Stay safe.

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#14 Czar
June 21 2013, 12:33PM
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Spydyr wrote:

My sister is one of the many people evacuated.Luckily there has been no loss of life.lets hope it stays that way.

So now will they fast line the new arena in Calgary?

The Alberta government better kick in the same amount as they did for Edmonton's new arena.Not a whole lot.

That was my next thought, this will definately fast track their arena deal.

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#15 gotommygo
June 21 2013, 12:36PM
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Thanks guys, from your friend and evacuee ...

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#16 Spydyr
June 21 2013, 12:41PM
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gotommygo wrote:

Thanks guys, from your friend and evacuee ...

Stay safe and dry.

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#17 Sanaa Montana
June 21 2013, 12:45PM
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UkeeRob wrote:

Although I too believe that Feaster needs a wake up call to rebuild, that isn't very funny. I assume you're just joking, I'm not calling you an idiot, but man comments like that are what make others think Canuck fans are arrogant pricks. Hopefully people in Calgary are all ok. As much as I despise the Flames, their fans are Canadian people.

I thought it was funny.

You assume I'm joking? Serious? You don't actually believe that I was being serious? That I somehow got inside information from Mother Nature?

I don't understand why you would call me an idiot or believe that I was an arrogant prick. I don't read Canucks fans comments or know who they are.

Of course, I wish everyone in Calgary all the best in this tragic time and that no one has to lose a loved one while it lasts. Material is just that, homes and Saddledome will be built if need be.

Unlike you, I do not despise the Flames. People usually hate those who they perceive to be better than them, Flames suck.

Canadian people? Really Don? So if they were American people and the flood happened in an American city: you would have found my joke funny?

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#18 vetinari
June 21 2013, 12:51PM
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We kid each other as hockey fans but we support each other as neighbours... stay safe Calgary and stay dry...

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#19 UkeeRob
June 21 2013, 12:52PM
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I didn't call you an idiot, but now I am. My heart goes out to anyone dealing with a natural disaster. My point is the hockey references, about Feaster, are out of line. Joking or not.

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#20 geoilersgist
June 21 2013, 12:56PM
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That Earls is across the street from my office.... I didn't make it to work today.... I am glad I live in the NW up on a hill. My best friends building is across from the Dome and he has been at my house since early this morning. I hope everyone stays safe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN_bGfD9wsc I took this from the here looking down on Bearspaw Dam

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#21 ghostofberanek
June 21 2013, 12:58PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Tough times. Prayers for loved ones not yet reunited.

I dislike you.

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#22 Quicksilver ballet
June 21 2013, 01:01PM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

I dislike you.

That's okay, you'll get over it.

I don't dislike you.

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#23 djc
June 21 2013, 01:07PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Tough times. Prayers for loved ones not yet reunited.

You should stick to topics you are an expert at - crying for Weber, complaining about anything the oilers do or don't do, and making jokes about people dying.

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#24 Sanaa Montana
June 21 2013, 01:10PM
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UkeeRob wrote:

I didn't call you an idiot, but now I am. My heart goes out to anyone dealing with a natural disaster. My point is the hockey references, about Feaster, are out of line. Joking or not.

When people are tired, anxious, or already angry, they are more likely to respond with anger. Some of this has to do with simple physiological arousal. A nervous person already has an elevated heart rate so doesn't have as far to go to become angry.

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#25 Quicksilver ballet
June 21 2013, 01:13PM
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@djc

Now! there's some passion is this thread.

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#26 ChinookArch
June 21 2013, 01:15PM
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John Chambers wrote:

I have always said that city would have its comeuppance.

That said, hope the flood subsides and that the nine subsequent plagues are mild.

Sadly, the RCMP are investigating creditable reports of 2 deceased men in the Highwood River, outside the town of High River.

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#27 Hat Pughes
June 21 2013, 01:15PM
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I too am an true-blue Oil fan who had lived in Calgary during our hey-day. Still to this day have an affinity for our Southern brethern.

Also have staff based in our Calgary office so have been in contact with them (sporadically as even communication systems are down/intermittent). Wish them all the best. Its very surreal.

The latest on the Saddledome is here.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2013/06/21/20918341.html

...and wouldnt that be an irony that Calgary and the Flames have to resort to something like this to get a new arena before Edmonton (INSERT SARCASM HERE)....

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#28 ghostofberanek
June 21 2013, 01:18PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

That's okay, you'll get over it.

I don't dislike you.

You should find something to do with your life, rather than commenting on a hockey blog site all day and constantly hitting the refresh button waiting to see what people say to you. How embarrassing for you, if this is all you have.

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#29 Quicksilver ballet
June 21 2013, 01:21PM
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@ghostofberanek

Lets not do the pot/kettle thing Ghost. You obviously have time here and there as well.

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#30 ghostofberanek
June 21 2013, 01:24PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Lets not do the pot/kettle thing Ghost. You obviously have time here and there as well.

*Facepalm*

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#31 mlcselli
June 21 2013, 01:27PM
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Today, I'm not commenting as a fan, just as a fellow Canadian. I'm sending prayers for hope, strength, safety and miracles to all of our brothers and sisters to the south of us.

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#32 UkeeRob
June 21 2013, 01:28PM
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@Sanaa Montana

Out of respect for those affected by this tragic situation, I won't debate this further. I made my point. My thoughts and prayers go out to all dealing with this. Stay strong my brothers and sisters.

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#33 Puritania
June 21 2013, 01:29PM
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Some people need to cool it with the jokes. This is a pretty awful thing to happen to the city of Calgary. Homes, and livelihoods are being lost. Show some respect. Would you like it if Flames fans were joking about Edmonton being underwater?

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#34 Evilas
June 21 2013, 01:35PM
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I work in Ft Mac, but live in Cochrane (on top of a hill purposely). I was taking classes at Keyano College and when I arrived 2 Mondays ago I was greeted by the scene of several flooded-out homes. The Keyano College Rec Centre main gym floor was totally submerged, it was awful.

The last few days have been nice and sunny there and when I was driving to YMM yesterday I heard Bob Stauffer talking about the flooding in Canmore. I had no idea. I hope everyone is alright.

The worst part about this is the stress and cost it causes, so many people do not know what their immediate future holds for them. I am sure the total damage is going to be in the neighbourhood of $1 billion. The forecast doesn't call for rain on the weekend, so hopefully the waters will recede by mid-week and people can get back to living their lives.

I am a huge Oilers fan and I served in the CF for 20 yrs to serve people (not just Edmontonians, Albertans or Canadians, ALL people) so it is disturbing to me when people are so flippant with their commentary. People who find humour in others' tragedy to me have lost are part of their humanity. Hate is not a part of my vocabulary.

I hope all of the affected communities and families recover from this awful event quickly.

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#35 book¡e
June 21 2013, 01:35PM
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mlcselli wrote:

Today, I'm not commenting as a fan, just as a fellow Canadian. I'm sending prayers for hope, strength, safety and miracles to all of our brothers and sisters to the south of us.

Just in case the prayers don't work, you might want to send some money.

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#36 Chris Fairfield
June 21 2013, 01:39PM
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Being a Flames fan since 1980 and having lived in Calgary for close to 8 years and now living in Victoria, BC, with my father and sister and having my father pass away last month quite suddenly, I have been thinking a lot of good memories about Calgary and growing up there. There are no words to describe the pain that I feel for Calgary and this unbelievable tragedy. I would love to be able to volunteer my time and energy towards this terrible situation. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you. (Calgary)

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#37 Scott in Grande Prairie
June 21 2013, 01:46PM
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Disappointed at the jokes being told on here.

To paraphrase from the great American playwright, George Kaufman, sometimes unexpressed thoughts are best left that way.

These types of disasters obviously transcend sports or petty (and tiresome, by the way) city rivalries.

A real "human" story is going to emerge in the next few days after the waters subside and the damage is assessed.

And, given the extent of the flooding into the downtown areas, my guess is that the story will be about how a lot of low- and middle-income apartment dwellers are without homes. Yes, there are some expensive office properties and condo developments in Calgary, but, just like everywhere else in the world, poor people also live in downtown Calgary.

And, let's also keep in mind that this isn't a "Calgary-only" story. Half of High River is under water. Pieces of Lethbridge are submerged. Red Deer may flood today. A dozen communities in Alberta, as of last night, were in a state of emergency. It's going to take months and billions to clean this up.

It's good to have a sense-of-humour when times are grim, but I think it also must be tempered and appropriate.

Perspective, please.

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#38 Hat Pughes
June 21 2013, 01:47PM
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Ok so the southern alberta flooding situation is the Canucks Fault.....

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Vancouver/2013/06/21/20918716.html

Tortorella is the Canucks answer??? Im wondering what really is the question then!!!

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#39 KetchupKid
June 21 2013, 01:49PM
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Warm fuzzy thoughts from BC. I hope you guys and your friends and family are somewhere safe. This will be over soon and we can all get back to stressing about professional sports.

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#40 backburner
June 21 2013, 01:53PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Tough times. Prayers for loved ones not yet reunited.

Are you like a sociopath?... unless its the new hip thing to get a reaction from people with a twisted sense of humor.. and using a disturbing Avavatar for effect? Wait before you make an epic comeback... I apologize if I mis-judged you.

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#41 Quicksilver ballet
June 21 2013, 02:07PM
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@backburner

Fair enough.backburner.

Just want to be a little less mundane than the other 99.9999% of contributors here. How sincere is it when a 10 second response here on this board is the limit to their contribution in this matter. What's wrong with a different perspective, or going against the current (no pun intended)

Just bored of all the usual insincere input here. Can we just stick to some controlled violence/hockey related conversation here on a hockey forum? Can't stand these bleeding heart interruptions.

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#43 Kenta
June 21 2013, 02:17PM
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@Sanaa Montana

What a couple of morons. Grow up and have some respect for what must be very trying times for thousands of people.

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#44 2 AM
June 21 2013, 02:22PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

The other 99.9999% of people are clearly more compassionate than you. Ill point out that it wouldnt really be a good thing if everybody started moving south to try to help, they would just clog the roads and actually slow down aid to the people that need it. The rescue forces are doing an excellent job, lets praise their efforts and leave hockey thoughts out for now. I have family in calgary, please go do something else for awhile and leave your weirdness out.

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#45 Saazman
June 21 2013, 02:28PM
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Sanaa Montana wrote:

Destroying the Saddledome is Mother Nature's way of telling Feaster that it is time for a rebuild.

I get it! I laughed! I don't think you wished anyone any misfortune. What is the big deal. Really laughter has helped me get through some pretty tough times.

*I would also like to wish eveyone the best during these trying times. But who wouldn't?

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#46 funkyjaman
June 21 2013, 02:31PM
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Just happen to see Kent post this article on twitter.

Thanks Wayne for the kind thoughts. I happen to be stuck here, in my home, in Canmore. My wife's parents were evacuated last night and are now staying as dry as possible with us. The Bow River here is a few feet from breaching in the middle of town, we live only a block away, and the devastation of homes and businesses is on everyones mind. We have a great community here and everyone is pitching in when possible but there is a lot of work to be done.

Joker guy, sorry if people don't feel like talking hockey or exchanging insensitive jabs with you in this thread.

Hope all you other folks in Southern Alberta are safe.

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#47 Baalzamon
June 21 2013, 02:38PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

If you want to talk hockey, talk hockey! Don't make flippant and asinine comments about people caught in the middle of a natural disaster. What the hell are you even doing on this thread if you don't want to see discussion about the flooding?

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#48 Quicksilver ballet
June 21 2013, 02:39PM
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@Wanye

Tried to help get you to page 3 again Wanye.

Might need DSF to help carry you through the rest of the way.

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#49 Charlie Huddy
June 21 2013, 02:44PM
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We need to assign everyone a compassion score so we can end the debate on who's got the most.

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#50 Quicksilver ballet
June 21 2013, 02:53PM
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@Baalzamon

Hold that thought Wanye...

Where in any of my entries does it celebrate the fact that a few residents from Calgary are getting brand new basements in the coming months?

Baalzamon, i'f you promise not seek me out and beat me up/leave me on the side of the road for dead, i'll be good. Plant your lips on my buttock, you bully.

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