LA Angels Weekend News Crash: Home Again

I honestly wouldn’t want to be a ballplayer. Too much time away from home. And I hate flying. I’d probably get used to the planes, but cuddling up with my son to read some Dr. Seuss each night is priceless. Money is nice, but not everything.

The Angels are fresh off a 7 game road trip through Oakland and Texas only to come home and play the same squads here.

Most of the talk in Angels land surrounds not Mike Trout or Shohei Ohtani this week, but Taylor Ward. He’s killing the ball and showing no signs of slowing down.

Yes, the Angels have the best hitter in baseball. But it is not Mike Trout.

Ohtani did learn who MC Hammer is this week.

The 8th inning in Texas on Tuesday night can only be described as “a nightmare.” Not the first nightmare inning, won’t be the last. Won’t be the last of this year. 162 games will give you at least a few nightmares.

EastSPiN is now acknowledging there are two coasts in this country and poses a debate: Does NYC or LA have better baseball right now?

FanGraphs did a small sampling of MLB players to find out who they think is underrated. A few Angels are quoted here.

In a truly bizarre story, the Yankees have cut outfield prospect Jake Sanford for allegedly stealing teammates gloves and other gear and selling it. Fans online also say he was selling autographed merchandise from players but not delivering the goods.

While it is pretty much impossible to celebrate anything the Asterisks do, I love to soak in the tears of chowds. Those tears were flowing when Houston unleashed five bombs in one inning in Fenway.

Conversely, there are 6 pitchers who have yet to allow a run this year. At least as of Wednesday afternoon. Let’s see how badly MLB jinxes these guys.

As we all know, wins for starters are way down. That’s not due to some conspiracy. At least Simba can cross something off his conspiracy list now.

The NBA is considering an in season tournament. Maybe MLB should so the same thing?

Sorry about the short links. Taking said son to the place with the mouse and It’s a Small World on this beautiful Thursday. Please link what I missed below.

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steelgolf
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4 months ago

Mariners signed J-Up.

JackFrost
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4 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Get ready for the “Napoli Treatment.”

We can expect 5 or 6 HR’s and a .750-.800 SLG from J-Up after our first couple of series with the Mariners.

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Twebur
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4 months ago
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Cowboy26
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4 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

This is a Perry reunion project.

Jim Atkins
Super Member
4 months ago

Just heard on MLB Network that Roger Angell had passed at the age of 101. He was flatly the best baseball writer of all time. Other writers create a picture in your mind. Angell painted a Sistine Chapel-sized mural of Fenway or Wrigley in your head. If you haven’t, read Five Seasons or Late Innings. Glorious writing with a deep love of the game in every paragraph.

MikeSalmon
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

RIP Roger Angell. Clearly one of the, if not the, most poetic and deeply thoughtful of baseball writers. Jim Atkins, I read your alert of his death and it now makes we want to go read Five Seasons again.

red floyd
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4 months ago

I’m too GA to look it up… who are the probables for Sunday’s game?

admkir
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4 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

TBD vs Sandoval

Cowboy26
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4 months ago
Reply to  admkir

That would be Cy TBD to us Angel Fans

RexFregosi
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4 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

what day is today?

red floyd
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4 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

The last friday before half-day fridays at my office.

steelgolf
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

Half day Fridays? I must hear more of this and how it works!

Twebur
Super Member
4 months ago

1 prospect for each team ready to make an impactMay 19th, 2022
MLB.com

Angels: OF Jo Adell
Adell started the season with the Angels but was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake in early May. All he’s done is hit and hit for power since he’s been down, which could earn him another callup soon. His biggest issue remains his defense, but playing every day in the Minors has allowed him to get more repetitions in the outfield. The Angels have a crowded outfield with Mike Trout, Brandon Marsh and Taylor Ward, but Adell looks like he could be recalled again soon because he’s clearly too good offensively for Triple-A pitchers.

admkir
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4 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

When I read this I did a double take because I was expecting someone else since I was under the impression that Jo was no longer a prospect

Twebur
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4 months ago
Reply to  admkir

If he doesn’t start catching and throwing the baseball like a barely average OF’er, he wont be anything but a DH, if he’s lucky….on another team.

admkir
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4 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

The point is how are you considered a prospect if you are no longer a prospect?

Twebur
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4 months ago
Reply to  admkir

I hear you….not sure how they classify the term prospect anymore.
My guess, he’s only 23, not yet played a full year on the MLB roster, I’m ok with that still being called a prospect. Only interested in his (lack of) defensive abilities at this point.

Cowboy26
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4 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

So you think under MLB’s definition Brandon Wood is still a prospect?

MikeSalmon
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4 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Brandon Wood is 37, not 23.

Cowboy26
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4 months ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

So Brandon Wood is 15 years younger than Grandpa?

MikeSalmon
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

No. You might be off by a factor of 2.

2-ish.

Twebur
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

I heard that Brandon Wood has reimagined himself as, 37 year old soft tossing journeymen pitcher César Valdez.And he’s no longer considered a prospect.

MikeSalmon
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Interesting. So your hypothesis is that junker-ball journeyman Cesar “El Gringo” Valdez, AKA Cesar “De Piel Clara” Valdez, AKA Cesar “El Fraude” Valdez, the suspiciously white soft-tosser who likes to quote Satchel Paige in a very broken Spanglish…is really Brandon Wood? Interesting.

BTW: his ERA is over 8 right now in the Mexican League, for the Durango Generales. So, if El Gringo is indeed Wood: nice try, Brandon.

Mikeal1st
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4 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

There was a tweet about him not playing either yesterday or the day before. There was some speculation that he may have been traded by tweeters but I guess not. I don’t know if I’d mind right now if he was.

Cowboy26
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4 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

Great so Twitter owns a baseball team now too?

Mikeal1st
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4 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Lol, had to reread mine to understand that one. Lol again.

Mikeal1st
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4 months ago

Shouldn’s Mike Trout and Mike (Ward) Trout be 1st and 2nd?
https://twitter.com/MLBNetwork/status/1527693383602405376?s=20&t=s_LPF0b6WJz5mbbdcwfrgQ

MikeSalmon
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4 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

Ward and Trout number 1 and 2 in all of MLB in OPS, but then again, Judge plays on the East Coast.

Ward: has walked one more time than Trout, but has played in 6 less games. And as we all know , MNT is always a threat to lead the AL in walks by the end of the season. Soooo…”good eye good eye!” to ya, Ward.

The Q about Ward: will he still be slugging and getting on base at this rate by, say, June 10th? I would be very impressed. But I’m guessing he’s going to move down a tad in the rankings. Hope I’m wrong.

Mikeal1st
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4 months ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

It would be so nice to have two Trouts followed up by Ohtani, I don’t see it happening but even if he regresses some we still have a great hitter on the Angels. Time to trade Adel?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Mikeal1st

Man, you really want to trade Adell. Why the hard on? And how do you actually see that working, what do you think we can get for him? And why would we trade him now?

Don’t get me wrong, I am OK with trading Adell in theory, I had us trade him in our pre-season IIWPTP posts. But the trade has to actual make more sense than just “I’m tired of Adell, and he reminds me of a guy who was mean to me in high school, so we should trade Adell.” It’s just not costing us anything to leave him be in AAA.

Mikeal1st
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4 months ago

We’ll, it was a question, so I wouldn’t characterize it as a hard on(?) but maybe we have a need in another area… like starting pitching, bullpen, shortstop or a catcher who can hit? I don’t play the trade games but he’s not helping out too much down in AAA and when he’s in the majors he’s a defensive burden and strikes out a lot. Maybe possible Brandon Wood needs more time or a different setting. He is only 23 but it’s been 3 seasons up and down and Ward is only the best hitter in MLB right now. I’m not sure, thus the question mark. and not the eggplant you’re looking for.
WTF does your name mean anyway?
🙂

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Mikeal1st

So who are we getting in trade for him if he sucks? Or are we just getting “trade him” back for him? Which of those needs are we filling with what we get back by trading a guy because he sucks? Who are pitchers we could realistically target, for example?

I think if PTP and some other GM actually work that out we may see Adell moved. But just declaring “man is GM, no like Adell, trade him good pitchum, man should do it.” isn’t realistic. Otherwise there’s no point in getting rid of Adell.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
4 months ago

Don’t know where I said trade him back for him.
My point was just to ask if it should be done, more of a food for thought question. Clearly you think not,
but I think I made it clear that my thoughts are that we may not need outfielders so much as other places. As for a particular player to trade for… I’m just not interested in spending the time to research it, I’m planning trips to Alaska, cleaning up from a party last night and installing a new microwave today after I type this.
if you’d like to research possible trade options for discussion feel free to do so and I’ll enjoy reading and comment. Otherwise, understand I heard you.
What does your name mean?

Twebur
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Twebur
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Twebur
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4 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Maybe Stassi coming back…..

admkir
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4 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Wouldn’t he just replace Lettuce

Cowboy26
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4 months ago
Reply to  admkir

yes but in the interim with the addition of Silseth and other. bullpen flotsam the Angels filled up their 40 man roster so now they need to create a new 40 opening for Stassi as he returns from COVID. finding spots on the 40 man will also be a problem when Zuks & Jose Rojas return from their COVID lock down

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Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
4 months ago

The coasts probably have better baseball because they have better money.
I haven’t been to a NY game yet but I gotta believe with the sunshine and Trout/Ohtani… Ward(?) that the Angels have the best baseball experience around… Dodger stadium it just so outdated and the people just aren’t as nice. I’d take the LA lineup over the NY lineup everyday… but then again I hate the Yankees even more than I like the Angels. Notice the run differential between LA and NY favors LA by about 20 points. Very Interesting Espin article.
Mike Trout is still underated?, unless you are a baseball fan.

JackFrost
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

Describing Dodger fans as “just aren’t as nice” is a very polite way of saying what typically goes on there.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
4 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

I’m an Angel fan… I was being nice.

JackFrost
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

Okay. Understood. So presumably you realize that a decent percentage of their crowd are actually thugs.

Cowboy26
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4 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

So nice thugs it is.

Mikeal1st
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4 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

 😂 

admkir
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4 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

There is no rich-poor designation in the parking lot

Mikeal1st
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4 months ago
Reply to  admkir

That is the scary part.

MikeSalmon
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

It wasn’t always like that. In the late 70s/early 80s me and a two-three friends (all white, spindly long-hairs from the SGV) would get fairly drunk, then wander all over the parking lot, because no one would remember where we parked. We never once thought of crime (that I recall).

We might have been too stupid and/or naive to think about crime?

My last time in Doyer Stadium parking lot was so GREAT I can’t discuss it here on CtPG. That, too, was a long time ago, alas.

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Mikeal1st
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4 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

That’s why I’ve invested. I can afford to pay to be in places where thugs can’t afford to go.

Cowboy26
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4 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I think the correct description is an “eclectic community”

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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  JackFrost

Are we still allowed to use the word thug? I can’t keep track of what is isty now…

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
4 months ago

Still good for me but I’m a 55 year old and don’t speak Millineal.

Cowboy26
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4 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

I think its “Super Predator” that we can’t say. ( Unless, of course we are referring to Doyer fans)

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
4 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

I would not disagree with that without scientific studies being done. I think they were Raider fans once also.

nishiogawakun
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4 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

My one experience at Yankees Stadium involved a 45-min delayed subway train, uber-level humidity, overpriced tickets, an insane amount of foul language, absolutely wasted seat neighbors, and some rank vomit. Only thing I liked was that the Yankees lost. Zero interest in going back.

Also think Dodgers stadium is simply unattractive, not to mention high levels of aggression I always seem to see there. And of course, the traffic is simply a nightmare.

That said, while I think The Big A has a good experience, I don’t find it particularly attractive either. Actually the opposite in my opinion, though not as bad as Dodgers Stadium. For me, if it’s SoCal we’re talking about, Angels>Padres, but Petco>The Big A any day.

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red floyd
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4 months ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

Oddly, my experience with MFY fans in their native habitat was pretty decent. We took the train from Midtown up to MFY stadium. I and the Miss UCs had nosebleeds, but the people we were sitting near were personable and friendly. They weren’t playing the Halos (I think it was Cincy), so maybe that’s why.

admkir
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4 months ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

Most New Yorkers I ever met didn’t realize that foul language was not common usage

Mikeal1st
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4 months ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

Sounds like a great day. The Yankees lost.
You know Putin is one of the secret owners.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
4 months ago

Wow, loved that stat comparison of Ward and Trout this year. We’ve had nearly a month of two Mike Trouts. Hopefull Ward can make it a season. You’d think our record would be even better…

Halo71
Trusted Member
4 months ago

Time to get back on track.

Jim Atkins
Super Member
4 months ago

Jeff, re: Dr. Seuss- Many years ago, I was at a party with good friends. I was spending the night, so I did not moderate my beer intake. Then my 4 year old goddaughter plops in my lap and demands I read Fox in Socks. It is completely impossible to read Seuss with a blood alcohol level above .05. She laughed so much she nearly peed on my lap.

nishiogawakun
Trusted Member
4 months ago

Let’s go, Angels! Help me forget the last series!

SeaAngels
Member
4 months ago

I’m relieved the Angels are home. Texas is a snake pit.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
4 months ago

Everybody is sleeping in. Resting up is good for your energy level for posting during tonight’s game. Even you Doomers need to re-charge, complaining takes a lot of energy to keep up whining.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
4 months ago

With all due respect Grandpa… Are they really doomers when the Angels haven’t won a playoff game in so long… or are they realists?

Cowboy26
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4 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

The correct answer to your question is (c) All of the above

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
4 months ago

Good morning, and another beautiful day for a home game. Not out of the realm of possibility Department is: Two series of sweeps coming right up. Ok maybe I am being overly optimistic here, but we should win the series with the Rangers just out of the General Purposes file. We have gotten all the “if it can, it will happen” bullsh*t crap out of the way. Well, I hope we have anyway.

The loss in the 10th inning was as devastating to me, but it also showed why we should never give up as this team is more than capable of coming back, and it does not care how many runs we are down. We will rise again.

JackFrost
Super Member
4 months ago

Didn’t you say we would win the Rangers series Grandpa ? Maybe it is time to stay silent.

Silseth will not pitch two consecutive great games against the A’s. Despite how weak Oakland is as an offensive club it is very difficult to dominant the same opponent twice in a ten day period. Check it out.

The A’s will score in the 1st inning and the Angels bullpen will again hemorrhage runs. The A’s win the game 6-5.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Oh yes, I did say I thought we would win the Rangers series and possibly sweep it. Why would I stay silent when I have still got a winning record in predicting W-L for the season?

We are not going to lose a game to anyone tonight. Our guys are chomping at the bit to get out there and win. I understand your joy in the road trip, losing road trip after all, but you Doomers are in for a huge surprise in the re-run series. We will win and everyone will be back to normal.

The Angels will win 7-3 tonight.

JackFrost
Super Member
4 months ago

Please stop using the term “Doomer” surrounding me and my comments. I am not a “Doomer.”

Not reflexively picking the Angels to win every single game does not make me a “Doomer” lol.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  JackFrost

I was wondering who was gonna decide “He means me…. HE MEANS ME!” and have to say something.

Cowboy26
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4 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

You know you’re doomed if the Doomers are fighting over exactly who the Doomers are.

Last edited 4 months ago by Cowboy26
JackFrost
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

He may not have actually been referring to me but he did use that designation in response to my comment, so I just wanted to let the whole community know that is not me. I mean, I never claimed this team would win 85 games or less. In fact, I firmly stated they would win more than 85 games, and probably reach 90 total. I still feel solid in that statement.

If anybody is a “Doomer,” (again, I don’t like the term) I would think that cuda44 or Tooty Two would qualify.

Last edited 4 months ago by JackFrost
2pints
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4 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

this sounds exactly like what a doomer would say

JackFrost
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  2pints

Really. Is that just some strange idea you have in your mind?

What exactly is a “doomer?” Please define what a “doomer” is so the whole community can know who they are.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  JackFrost

I don’t know if you’re a doomer. You are sensitive as f**k for a guy who likes to make his thoughts extremely known. That’s what I was getting at.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  2pints

Also, only witches float.

El_Duderino
Trusted Member
4 months ago

I am with you gramps. But only if we start all of our starters. Also If I see Rengifo in there I retain the right to take back my endorsement of said win tonight.

Cowboy26
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MikeSalmon
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

My eyes were delighted, until I saw the #7 spot. Whatta buzzkill.

Then again, Rengifo is due for a 3 for 4 night, with a homer and double. /s

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

He is batting. 304

MikeSalmon
Super Member
4 months ago

Are you gonna believe your own eyes, or (look of disgust on your face, like you just stepped into a steaming mound of dogshit)…”stats”?

red floyd
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4 months ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

Yeah, use your Lyle Eyes!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  red floyd

Bu bu but…. he swings from his heals.

Brent
Trusted Member
4 months ago

Also, that opening paragraph can be said the same for my career field. Being 6600+ mi from my family right now is not fun, to say the least. But the long term benefits obviously are worth it (just 6 more years til I can get that retirement out at 43).

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Brent

Wow, nice work… I’m looking at 62, but then again I had to pay the Divorce Tax and the Raise my kids by myself Tax, otherwise it would have been 55. Worth every penny. Congrats!

Brent
Trusted Member
4 months ago

Try not to suck.

MikeSalmon
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Brent

Quoting Socrates! Nice!

red floyd
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4 months ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

comment image

MikeSalmon
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4 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

Whoa! How’d ya get a photo? Gnarly! Righteous!