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  • Where the devil have I been?

    High gang, its been entirely to long since I've been here.

    And boy have both our teams had a couple of seasons to forget. Anyway as you probably know lots of excitement over at my place the last few days but I'm woefully behind on what's happening with the Rams and you fans.

    I'll try to get up to date during this off season. And man may we both have better years next year. And I used to see a few of you over at our place, but not recently, what's up with that?

    I'm finally completely retiring this coming fall,(I retired 4 plus years ago but was working part time for O'Reilly until the wife retired), and one of the places we are going to go during our first winter away from the snow is St. Louis. I've flown through there a couple of times working but never seen the place from the ground. I'm counting on all of you to help with things to do while in the area.

    Les

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    Re: Where the devil have I been?

    Good to see your still around Pithyradish. I miss the spirited debate with you guys over at Seahawks.net, but we've been neutered the last few years. Hopefully we'll have something worthwhile to talk about in 2010.

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