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Best Laid Plans: What will happen this week?

The Wedding Overshadows All.
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Faye has a stumble.
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Claire finds out she barely passed her exams.
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Hannelore comes back!
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Purple Monkey Dishwashers!
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A week of nothing but Steve eating cereal.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #50 on: 29 Apr 2019, 21:55 »

That may be the most complete and accurate description of an IPA ever.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #51 on: 29 Apr 2019, 22:08 »

Agreed.  I have a friend who is obsessed with them for whatever reason, but she's always wanting some of whatever stout or porter I order for myself.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #52 on: 29 Apr 2019, 22:14 »

Of course that's Brun. 

The 1890s dress code probably doesn't apply until after 5:00.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #53 on: 29 Apr 2019, 22:21 »

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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #54 on: 29 Apr 2019, 23:23 »

This is probably a consequence of not drinking very much but I don't get the punchline beyond a vague awareness of 'real ale' snobbery that Jeph is referencing and criticising.

Meanwhile, I think that Jeph is aware of the debate amongst his readers about Faye's behaviour. As I suspected, it's basically her desire not to be the one who "spoils everyone else's fun" because of her own situation. It is somewhat indicative of both her essentially generous nature but also, unfortunately, of her low self-esteem and her belief that she doesn't deserve consideration.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #55 on: 29 Apr 2019, 23:45 »

This is probably a consequence of not drinking very much but I don't get the punchline beyond a vague awareness of 'real ale' snobbery that Jeph is referencing and criticising.
It doesn’t have anything to do with ‘real ale’ – IPAs predate the concept by about a century. It has far more to do with the quantity of hops used, which is “all of them”, giving the stuff a strong astringent flavour like washing your hands in lye soap and white wine then licking them.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #56 on: 30 Apr 2019, 00:06 »

Eh... I really like them. Can’t take more than 3 in a row though. It fills me up too much. Like eating a large meal.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #57 on: 30 Apr 2019, 00:52 »

more hops means longer shelf life, better suited for the sea voyage to India. hence the name India Pale Ale.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #58 on: 30 Apr 2019, 01:15 »

So Bubbles doesn't always see unicorns or winged horses. Sometimes, it's a guy urinating...

Now, I wonder what Melon saw back then...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #59 on: 30 Apr 2019, 01:24 »

To a degree, it feels like Melon ia chasing a near death experience.
My guess is, the drain cleaner gave what other people might classify as bad trip, only Melon likes it. Look at what she does for work - but what does she actually do, though?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #60 on: 30 Apr 2019, 01:32 »

There's no accounting for taste, I guess.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #61 on: 30 Apr 2019, 01:41 »

There's no accounting for taste, I guess.

IPAs, Melon, or both?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #62 on: 30 Apr 2019, 02:17 »

To a degree, it feels like Melon ia chasing a near death experience.
My guess is, the drain cleaner gave what other people might classify as bad trip, only Melon likes it. Look at what she does for work - but what does she actually do, though?

I don't know either what she does, but she likes it. And Roko seems to be completely unaware of what Melon does for a living.

And I found some indication about what she sees when she smells some strange chemicals...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #63 on: 30 Apr 2019, 02:39 »

There's no accounting for taste, I guess.

IPAs, Melon, or both?

Please note: that phrase means, "Personal preference is beyond criticism."

It does not specifically mean, "I think that person has terrible taste." In case that's what you thought I was saying.

What I'm really saying is I don't see the point in criticising people who like IPAs. Or screaming while covered in vermin.

I personally think that IPAs are fine. Not my favourite, not what I usually buy, but if someone shouted me one, I'd happily drink it.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #64 on: 30 Apr 2019, 04:12 »

IPA's have their time and place. A hot summer's day, for instance. Just like most other ales and beers have their own place.  Given a choice, though, give me a Belgian red amber.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #65 on: 30 Apr 2019, 04:43 »

I'm lost on beer conversations.  Most beers give me a migraine on my 2nd or 3rd one.  It's why I stick to my "cheap and crappy" Pabst Blue Ribbon.  Most of my drinking buddies are beer snobs and usually feel the need to make a joke or two about my beverage of choice.  But I sit there happily with it knowing my six pack of pint cans was $5.99 while they paid god knows what for theirs.  Plus since my beer is mostly water I can drink a 12 pack in a night, go to bed, wake up and go to work with no ill effects :D

Just have to remember not to add in Rye whiskey.  That stuff I can be a little snobbish about myself lol
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #66 on: 30 Apr 2019, 05:10 »

I wasn't aware IPAs had a reputation for being... not good? To be honest, I still don't understand the point. Aren't they just a kind of beer, and therefore can wildly vary in quality?

Some of my favourite beers were IPAs. I'm not a beer connoisseur or anything, but I drink beer on occasion. Apparently, I drink the... wrong kinds of beer?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #67 on: 30 Apr 2019, 05:20 »

I wasn't aware IPAs had a reputation for being... not good? To be honest, I still don't understand the point. Aren't they just a kind of beer, and therefore can wildly vary in quality?

Some of my favourite beers were IPAs. I'm not a beer connoisseur or anything, but I drink beer on occasion. Apparently, I drink the... wrong kinds of beer?

I don't think they have a reputation for being not good, I think it's more referring to IPAs having become all the rage in the past 5-10 years (seriously, 15-20 years ago you really didn't have that many of them), despite many people who don't quite get the appeal of them.
I am one of them. I really like beer in general, lagers, stout, porter, wheat, etc. However, pale ales, and IPAs in particular, I just don't find appealing, not in taste, and definitely not in smell.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #68 on: 30 Apr 2019, 06:02 »

Since almost all breweries in my native Alsace, which once was a major land of beer, were bought by Heineken (Ancre, Fischer, Adelsoffen, Mutzig) and Carlsberg (Kronenbourg), I drink belgian abbey beer, like Grimbergen, Affligem or Leffe, or alsatian Meteor (the last survivor of globalization, which is hard to find) whenever I find some (especially Wendelinus abbey beer). I also like Hoegaarden (also belgian).
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #69 on: 30 Apr 2019, 06:07 »

Just something to remember about beer, even internationally recognised brands are going to be a differing quality based on their markets. Locally sourced hops, water and other ingredients are going to have an impact on the overall quality, flavour and taste, as will how its stored. What tastes good in one country might taste like crap in another.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #70 on: 30 Apr 2019, 06:39 »

Water is actually a key ingredient when it comes to transplanting breweries. Most of the rest you can replicate, even if some yeasts are markedly different when cultivated. Water, though, in the amounts you need it, can be costly to adjust.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #71 on: 30 Apr 2019, 06:42 »

There's no accounting for taste, I guess.

IPAs, Melon, or both?

Please note: that phrase means, "Personal preference is beyond criticism."

It does not specifically mean, "I think that person has terrible taste." In case that's what you thought I was saying.

What I'm really saying is I don't see the point in criticising people who like IPAs. Or screaming while covered in vermin.

I personally think that IPAs are fine. Not my favourite, not what I usually buy, but if someone shouted me one, I'd happily drink it.

I meant to inquire context, so the answer I was looking for is probably "generally, and both to be specific".


With the rise of craft beers they revived some uncommon brewing styles, including IPAs. They do have their place, but my go-to style still is "Märzen" (I think that's Lager, basically).
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #72 on: 30 Apr 2019, 06:44 »

IPAs are fine. Not my favorite, but don't dislike them either. They do have the reputation of being the "dude" beer style though.

I prefer like local sour ales or goses, and if I'm somewhere that doesn't have small brewery stuff, I go with a wheat bear like a Weihenstephaner or Hoegaarden.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #73 on: 30 Apr 2019, 06:49 »

IPAs have a certain hipster reputation, I think.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #74 on: 30 Apr 2019, 07:04 »

I LOVE liquid bread beer.  Roko?  Care to join me?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #75 on: 30 Apr 2019, 07:35 »

Oh damn... SHOTS FIRED!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #76 on: 30 Apr 2019, 07:37 »

Oh damn... SHOTS FIRED!

What kinds of shots? Vodka? Tequila?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #77 on: 30 Apr 2019, 07:49 »

IPAs have a certain hipster reputation, I think.

^This. IPAs are the hipster beer, and there seems to be a direct correlation between the skinniness of the jeans/waxiness of the beard and the amount of hops said hipster will claim they like. Those of us that like to actually taste grain in our beer "just aren't sophisticated enough to appreciate real beer" (nevermind the fact that IPAs originated from attempts to cover up the fact that the beer in question had gone bad). There's some that can actually be good (New England-style or "juicy" examples can be good with more fruit notes than pine and I'm growing fond of the "brut" trend where they use some champagne enzyme to knock down the bitter flavors while leaving the lovely scent) but most IPAs in America come from the Pacific Northwest-style which has devolved into an arms race to see who can shove the most bittering hops into their wort (I've even tried an example where they smoked the hops over peat, it was NOT a good choice).
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #78 on: 30 Apr 2019, 09:41 »

I love a good NH / New England IPA. But I can also see Bubbles' description as pretty accurate.

I love them most when there are some fruity/floral flavoring to it and not super high in IBU. I wouldn't even say they're really hipster anymore. College kids love them for the high alcohol content.
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« Reply #79 on: 30 Apr 2019, 09:44 »

IPAs have a certain hipster reputation, I think.

^This. IPAs are the hipster beer, and there seems to be a direct correlation between the skinniness of the jeans/waxiness of the beard and the amount of hops said hipster will claim they like. Those of us that like to actually taste grain in our beer "just aren't sophisticated enough to appreciate real beer" (nevermind the fact that IPAs originated from attempts to cover up the fact that the beer in question had gone bad). There's some that can actually be good (New England-style or "juicy" examples can be good with more fruit notes than pine and I'm growing fond of the "brut" trend where they use some champagne enzyme to knock down the bitter flavors while leaving the lovely scent) but most IPAs in America come from the Pacific Northwest-style which has devolved into an arms race to see who can shove the most bittering hops into their wort (I've even tried an example where they smoked the hops over peat, it was NOT a good choice).

I didn't know IPAs were huge in the Pacific Northwest. Isn't a California Common the alternative that they make out there? I remember it being explained to me in a way that a Common style of beer is basically an IPL (lager) while the North east focuses on an IPA (ale).
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #80 on: 30 Apr 2019, 11:31 »

(I've even tried an example where they smoked the hops over peat, it was NOT a good choice).
What pervert did that?  One reason for drinking beer is to clear the smoke flavors of whatever I'm grilling out to get ready for the next bite.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #81 on: 30 Apr 2019, 17:02 »

Thanks for the IPA explanations above. IPAs exist in Australia, but "beer culture" is a bit foreign to me.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #82 on: 30 Apr 2019, 17:26 »

That may be the most complete and accurate description of an IPA ever.
"It's an acquired taste."

One I shall never acquire.

I can't stand any grain-based beer or ale. All of it is super bitter to me and triggers my gag reflex. Fruit beers are fine, and so is Danish honey mead, but none of the grain  stuff. Strong liquors are a mixed bag but mostly fine (certain rums, Jägermeister, Root 100, Pucker, etc are fine). And, most mixed drinks are fine, too (Seaside Sunrise is probably my favorite).

EDIT: typo fixes and bolding for emphasis

P.S. No intent of snobbery, I just can't drink them. If you like them, enjoy.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #83 on: 30 Apr 2019, 19:07 »

...I mean, by definition, beer is grain-based... I guess ciders and meads sometimes turn up on the beer list, but...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #84 on: 30 Apr 2019, 19:48 »

Marten owes me €923, €1 for every brain cell that idiot just broke.
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« Reply #85 on: 30 Apr 2019, 20:15 »

...Is that sarcasm? :-D :wink:

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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #86 on: 30 Apr 2019, 20:26 »

Marten just figured if you acquired enough experience, you automatically level up.

I like the "Be nice to Elliot" note in the background. Brun reminder? ;)

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« Reply #87 on: 30 Apr 2019, 20:47 »

...I mean, by definition, beer is grain-based... I guess ciders and meads sometimes turn up on the beer list, but...

Tepache, also tiswin and a number of others.

EDIT: Upon further reading; 'tiswin' refers either to a corn beer or to the sacred saguaro wine of the Tohono O'odham.
Though, "fruit beer" will turn up a list of results.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #88 on: 30 Apr 2019, 23:30 »

Tepache is no beer. Tiswin, yes, though to what extent maize should counted as a grain; there are other be recipes that add corn to the malt.

Fruit beers exist, but generally there made in one of two ways: either fruit is added to the malt during the mash - like Belgian Kriek - or fruit is added before fermentation. Some fruit beers are regular beer with fruit extract added after fermentation. More of a mixed drink. In every case, there is a grain base malt.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #89 on: 30 Apr 2019, 23:39 »

I've tried my best and tried to be fair to Marten but, in the end, there is only one conclusion to come to: No, Bubbles, he isn't being sarcastic. Whilst Jeph is doubtless exaggerating for comic force, Marten really thought that change was spontaneous.

So, I'm wondering if we were all wrong and the potential for Faye having an issue during the engagement party was a red herring. Could it be that we're heading to a whole new arc where Marten tries to reinvent himself for the future? It can be argued that every strip that featured him in the last 500 strips at least identified his passivity and stagnation as a character as a growing issue.

Meanwhile, I suspect that Claire has finally scrolled through all the serious choices and that she, Tai and Dora are now looking at all the options for funny theme weddings!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #90 on: 01 May 2019, 01:09 »

Yes Marten, there are changes you don't aim for consciously, but they tend to be minor. Admittedly, you get forced to make a decision. But no, if you want to change, you have to work on it.


I consider myself a patient person, but I can feel I have lost some of my patience over the years. It's probably that I expect people to know certain things, and I am disinclined to make them understand that. Or something like that.
... Crap, I might turn into a grumpy old man!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #91 on: 01 May 2019, 01:23 »

I'm wondering if we were all wrong and the potential for Faye having an issue during the engagement party was a red herring. Could it be that we're heading to a whole new arc where Marten tries to reinvent himself for the future? It can be argued that every strip that featured him in the last 500 strips at least identified his passivity and stagnation as a character as a growing issue.
Right, it will happen just after we've finished the Roko dysphoria arc.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #92 on: 01 May 2019, 03:02 »


I like the "Be nice to Elliot" note in the background. Brun reminder? ;)

I don’t think that note is intended for Brun.  She’s nice to him.

Strange that Bubbles with all her finely tuned senses cannot detect sarcasm.
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« Reply #93 on: 01 May 2019, 03:09 »

trange that Bubbles with all her finely tuned senses cannot detect sarcasm.
I'm pretty sure she can.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #94 on: 01 May 2019, 03:26 »

I still struggle with this mindset. "I haven't practiced or done anything related to this skill in months except thought about wanting to be better. Isn't that enough?"
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #95 on: 01 May 2019, 04:19 »

Apparently Marten thought you'd solely grow through life experience. Of course life makes you the person you are, but not necessarily the person you want to be.
Being as passive as he is hasn't really hurt Marten until now, or at least not in a way he had felt the need to actively seek change.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #96 on: 01 May 2019, 04:54 »

Being as passive as he is hasn't really hurt Marten until now, or at least not in a way he had felt the need to actively seek change.

That's been a major part of Marten's arc from the beginning. Most, if not all of Marten's major changes in life have been the result of someone else enacting them.
Which has the side effect that Marten has never really worked towards anything, because its usually just fallen into his lap. And that has hurt him in its own way, he's never developed the desire to go out and take life by the horns. Its had the opposite effect, he's just this passive guy who today just looks like he's been slapped in the face with the realisation that he has to work at obtaining the life he wants.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #97 on: 01 May 2019, 07:28 »

I have WAY too much Marten in me.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #98 on: 01 May 2019, 19:27 »

I've been watching tons of Critical Role and briefly mistook Sven for Matt Mercer.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3991-3995 (29 April - 3 May 2019)
« Reply #99 on: 01 May 2019, 19:34 »

So, I'm wondering if we were all wrong and the potential for Faye having an issue during the engagement party was a red herring.

You were saying?  :laugh:
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