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I was in line about an hour behind that Sparks McGee. She made me jealous I hadn't thought of it ;)
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I just read the announcement on facebook about reading something from part 2, and I am really, really, REALLY excited about that!
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Happy Birthday! I hope it's a great one.
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I've been reading your blog regularly for almost a year now. This is my first time reading this story, and I love it. As much as I love the description of the childhood event, I'm especially drawn to the ending because this is the first year I have a child old enough to enjoy fireworks. I've always loved fireworks (ask my husband about me dragging him from Downtown Disney back to Magic Kingdom in 20 minutes so we could be there to see the show), but our son is almost two this year, and the light is somehow even more amazing reflected on his face. Thank you for capturing some of that emotion. It's a great story and beautifully written.
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Except that the underwear bomber was flying INTO this country, not out of it, so he wouldn't have gone through any TSA procedures at all. He was caught through an investigation and ongoing monitoring by professionals in multiple countries. He was caught because they already suspected him of being a potential terrorist. Would the TSA have caught him if he'd been flying OUT of Detroit? I honestly don't think so. There are so many problems with the current system, I don't even know where to start. The cost of the scanning machines is ridiculous, the health concerns are more than troubling, and the people performing the pat-downs are basically minimum wage workers with little training. Kaelri, you say we need security measures that would protect us. I agree, and I think TSA is way off the mark.
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"The Guild" panel was the highlight of my entire trip to Seattle. It was the first time I've attended a con, and despite the four-hour drive, getting stuck on the other side of Snoqualmie (We now know that Cle Elum, Washington is actually a very nice place) and having a whole lot of work to make up today, you made it completely worth it! We didn't get your autograph - had to leave the line to make it to the photo op with you guys - but it has jumped to the top of my to-do list. Thank you for being there and being so awesome! Thanks to The Guild panel, my husband has finally been converted to full-on Wil Wheaton fan!
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I would absolutely love to buy one of these, but since we won't be able to attend until Saturday (something about needing to work to afford the ridiculous amount of photos, autographs and other misc items that we plan to buy), I'm not going to get my hopes up that you have any left over. You're a lot more popular than you give yourself credit for!
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