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  1. Re: The smell of a Christmas tree = Fou d'Absinthe by L'Artisan

    so I guess I'm still the only one who gets an egg nog note from FdA...
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    Re: Warm winter cologne?

    winter doesn't mean you have to retire fruits, just opt for deeper, richer ones. My favorite is plum, which is why I like DK Men and Burberry London 2006 so much. The dates in John Varvatos are nice...
  3. Re: Colonial Drug - no website - but they ship nationwide in the USA

    I live just a couple blocks from Colonial Drug, and have been there many times (I actually just barely missed making the acquaintance of a visiting Australian Basenoter there one day last year)....
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    Re: But Guys...what *is* the sexiest frag

    If I see this question posted one more time I'm driving my car full-speed into a crowded night-club.
  5. Re: Vintage Bottle of Guerlain's Djedi sells for $761.00 on eBay

    Indeed, this is what ebay dreams are made of. Someone I know found a vintage pair of NIB Edward Green dress shoes (the very pinnacle of non-bespoke men's footwear) at a thrift store. he paid $2.00,...
  6. what to wear to an observant jewish wedding?

    A friend of mine went on the Birth Right trip and came back a profoundly changed person. he's been back to Israel a number of times since, and is now, all of a sudden, marrying his Israeli girlfriend...
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    Re: SotD Monday 20 August

    finally we get a day crisp enough in Boston to wear something with some body, so I'm wearing L'Artisan FdA. mmmm, a good stiff eggnog.
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    Re: Dzing! Went The Strings Of My Heart

    The other day I was polishing my chelsea boots, and my girlfriend, out of nowhere, announced how much she loves Dzing.
    In retrospect, it really wasn't "out of nowhere" at all.
  9. Thread: Test Board

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    Re: Test Board

    might I suggest
    http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/1884/300bt4.jpg
  10. Thread: M7 Fresh

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    Re: M7 Fresh

    never heard of it
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    Re: Higher Quality Alternative to Dior Homme?

    not sure I agree with this. BdA smells considerably thicker to me than DH. More "honeyed". I'd sooner call it the rich man's Versace Dreamer.
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    Re: Higher Quality Alternative to Dior Homme?

    Interesting you guys feel this way, I've never noticed it. Where is the synthetic bit, in the midnotes (just after the initial cloud of iris powder has cleared? I get a dusty cinnamon thing there) or...
  13. Re: Article in New York mag on Tom Ford and cocaine notes...

    The problem with Tuscan Leather is that the first spritz is awesome for about an hour, but then comes the drydown. So you spray again, but you need twice as much because of olfactory fatigue, and it...
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    do you ever literally crave a frag?

    I'm sitting at work today, having sprayed on a little Baldessarini this morning, and I'm seriously contemplating going home on my lunch break to put on Himalaya. I'm not sure why, but i can't get it...
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    Re: Congratulations, Grant and Danielle!

    Indeed. According to Grant's facebook page:

    "Grant is a father for the second time! Baby Eleanor born Aug 10th 13:03 and 7lb10oz and shes bloody lovely."
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    Re: Congratulations, Grant and Danielle!

    Congrats guys!!!
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    Re: Terre d´Hermes = Freedom/Liberty ?

    Another magnificent little set of koans from BN's poet laureate. I missed your posts Ted.
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    Re: Terre d´Hermes = Freedom/Liberty ?

    if someone can find me the smell of no line at the post office, I'll gladly trade my entire wardrobe for it.
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    Re: Mint and chocolate?

    yes, its strangely absent from the directory (if you look carefully at the listing for the regular version, there are reviews of the extreme threaded in there). Its called simple L'Instant pour Homme...
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    Re: Terre d´Hermes = Freedom/Liberty ?

    I think this is likely just nonsense advertising copy.



    It's the musk, KO, you're missing the musk.
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    Re: Mint and chocolate?

    The "Extreme" formulation of Guerlain L'Instant kind of takes me down this road. I've always found something faintly minty in L'Instant, and the Extreme version is (to my nose) mostly the regular...
  22. Thread: Test Board

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    Re: Test Board

    we're through the looking glass here people!
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    Re: Which one for an interview

    I'm a proponent of the No Frags For Interviews school, especially in your case, as it sounds like you are interviewing for a fairly conservative work environment. To many, cologne carries a...
  24. Re: Is there any way to automatically delete all of my posts?

    if you really want a clean slate, or need to cover up your tracks, you can just manually go back and edit all your posts to read "..." or somesuch.
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    Re: Fake Chanel No5 Tester From Ebay?

    ebay Chanels are extremely dicey, possibly even tied with Creeds off ebay. This has to do with how legendarily draconian Chanel is about inventory control. It is very rare for Chanel fragrances to...
  26. Re: Is there any way to automatically delete all of my posts?

    you've just made me very interested in your posts, mr. mcgee.
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    Re: apple in men's fragrances

    Boss Bottled (aka Boss #6 I believe) is a nice appley vanilla/musk scent.
  28. Thread: M7 Fresh

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    Re: M7 Fresh

    yeah thats the most reliable source. With the excahneg rate though, reliability costs quite a bit.
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    Re: Pinstripe blazer with slacks?

    This will 100% of the time look like an orphaned suit coat, becasue it will be. There are no pinstriped sportcoats (and certainly no pinstriped blazers, which is an oxymororn, as a blazer is by...
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    Re: I'm craving oranges

    you read my mind. Everytime I'm in Nordstroms (or Saks or whoever carries AdP) I take a good long whiff of this. so delicious, it literally makes my mouth water. There's also another Blu Mediterraneo...
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    Re: Post A Picture of Your Scents

    Caesar was one frag off- it's still anybody's game!

    edit: also, everyone beware: not all the frags on the shelf are listed in my BN Wardrobe, as this photo is of my frags and my gilfriend's...
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    Re: Post A Picture of Your Scents

    That was quick, Caesar! You certainly have a sharp eye! But while a sharp eye is key, Frag-recognition is, after all, what the game is all about. However, if you PM me your guess, I'll give you a...
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    Re: Post A Picture of Your Scents

    Usually my scents are stored unphotogenically boxed in a drawer, but Jen and I were doing some rearranging so I set them all up for a photoshoot. Here's the final product:
    ...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 14 May

    m7 fresh
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    Re: Your Favorite Burberry

    the new London, hands down. I used to love Brit, but now I find it way too sugared to wear in an y kind of heat.
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    Re: hello to old friends...

    Welcome to basenotes






    ;)
  37. Re: New Dior Cologne Homme has arrived..and it's not welcome

    This is a tendency, for sure, but by no means a rule. I, for one, much prefer m7 fresh to m7, I also often reach for Kouros Fraicheur before Kouros and there are some who argue Allure Sport is better...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 10 May

    ysl live jazz... its muggy here today
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    Re: Paco Rabane XS - Something similar?

    long ago, before I swapped my bottle of herrera for men to stu, and my bottle of XS to myacccolades, I remember their reminding me of one another (the scents, not the respective basenoters), though...
  40. Re: I have about 20 samples to give out for free...

    really nice site Michael, i like that it starts out w/ animation, but doesn't get tedious about it. One bit of feedback thoug: I'm pretty visual, so my instinct was to click on the pix of the flacons...
  41. Re: New Dior Cologne Homme has arrived..and it's not welcome

    from the sound of it, its pretty clear to me why this was brought to market: crass profit-chasing. The original Dior homme was a commercial flop in the states, because your average shopper was too...
  42. Re: Link to David Lynch's Commercials for Obsession, Gio, Opium, Jil Sander and more.

    That's very very bugged out Ted, Jen and I watched Mulhulland Drive last night as well.... Silencio
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    Re: What's your favorite by Kenzo?

    I really like L'Eau par Kenzo. i wear it exceedingly rarely, like a couple times per summer, but it's a great rendition of a fairly pedestrian make-up (citrus over a lightweight vanilla). If I...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 3 May

    when I wake up 3 hours from now it will be my new bottle of Navegar.

    thanks scentemental!
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    Re: SotD Tuesday 1 May

    it was kiton black
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    Re: chanel PM , bitter notes?

    oh my mistake, it was Chanel PM Concentree which I was describing. I actually have no experience with the non-concentree version. sorry for the confusion :)
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    Re: chanel PM , bitter notes?

    hi farshad-

    the topnotes of Chanel PM are dominated by a somewhat bracing clove accord, which can indeed seem "bitter". It gets sweeter as it dries down, but that harsh clove is what has prevenetd...
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    Re: Tried Kiton Black

    I'm giving kiton black its first full wearing today, after having acquired it in a blind-swap with my buddy Ziffy. I knew nothing about it going in, but I had (and never wore) something Ziff wanted...
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    Re: SotD, Monday April 30.

    Creed Virgin Island Water
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    Re: How to differentiate smells?

    practise practise practise.
    When you notice that Frag A reminds you a bit of Frag B, look them up in the directory and see what notes, if any, they share in common.
    Some would recommend getting a...
  51. F. Malle to visit Barney's NY in Boston on May 10th

    While chatting with the SAs at the Barney's in Copley Place today, I was clued in that Frederic Malle will be making an appearance at the store on May 10th from 5 pm to 8 pm. I assume this is part of...
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    Re: summer niche

    I regret it already
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    Re: summer niche

    L'Artisan Navegar
  54. Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    Amen to that. If ever there were a time for Griff's insider expertise, this would be it :(
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    Re: Christian Dior Polos for men

    before Hedi came along and made Dior Homme what it is today, Chruistian Dior had a fairly lackluster menswear line, with tons of production licensed out to lesser manufacturers. Lots of Duty Free...
  56. Re: How true is it that perfume is spoiled by light?

    It si very true, believe the hype or you'll be sorry. Objective evidence includes the experience of scentemental, who gave his wife a bottle of Chanel no. 19 (IIRC), which was accidentally left out...
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    Re: Wardrobe icon

    sorry, my bad, it was an unfunny joke :(
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    Re: Wardrobe icon

    ebay shut down your icon Diane. Nothing is sacred to those scumsucking %^@#*# bastards !
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    Re: Swiss army cologne owners!!!

    It's the Swiss army for chrissakes. What military secrets could they have? The valiant servicemen of the Swiss military should stick to what they do best: manufacturing pocket-knives and...
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    Re: Polo with the Strongest Sillage

    it hardly seems necessar to reply to such a unanimous thread but, yes, Green is a bonafide sillage monster. Though Purple Label can likewise crank it up to 11 if worn right (or wrong).
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    Re: Ebay to shut down all decant sales

    FWIW, much of Armani's production (especially the Armani Jeans diffusion line) are in fact made in China. They are then shipped to Italy where minor finishing is performed (the zipper is attached,...
  62. Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    For sure, you guys were respectfully raising the valid counterargument of "why not wait till an official complaint comes in?" I was mostly reacting to some other posts (in the ebay thread) wherein...
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    Re: General Announcement re: ED LUCE Atomizers

    FWIW, that sur-charge is waived if you break the $50 mark before shipping charges
  64. Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    Wow, I've a number of replies.

    FIrst off: sucks. a real kick in the teeth. For me, the decanting game, with all the back and forth, the longstanding relationships you develop (I can call stuigi's...
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    Re: The Smell of A&F Stores

    every morning the employees positively drench the place in "Ezra", their $90 high-end frag. I'm told this is the least popular job in the place, because you are spraying something like 100 times in...
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    Re: Caught! A "dilemma"

    +1 on everything john has said.


    and somebody buy his damn shoes already.
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    Re: Return Policy for Colognes?

    few places will let you return frags which are opened. Nordstroms is the only place I know of with a different policy, and theirs is downright ridiculous: anything, anytime.
  68. Re: What fragrance would Serge Gainsbourg wear?

    Rive Gauche is too hairy chested. Serge, legendary loverman that he was (this is a guy who recorded a deut entitled "Lemon Incest"... with his daughter), is more of a soft, loutish lech. He needs...
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    Re: The Most "Serge-like" non-Lutens...

    DK Fuel's odd "texture" (fumey, then viscous) reminds me of the Lutens style
  70. Re: Best comfort scents that you don't normally wear out (with good longevity)

    I'm this way with Tea for Two. It's not athta I [i]wouldn't['i] wear it out, it's just that whenever I put it on, it seems to lull away any plans of out. It's such a cozy homebody of a scent that I...
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    Re: Do You Love One That Everyone Else Hates?

    ck contradiction


    and Ezra Fitch. My girlfriend wears it alot (the men's) and I admit is growing on me. But if she didn't alternate it w/ Lutens and Artisans, I'd fear I was losing my snob edge.
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    Re: Colognes like Dior Homme

    bulgari black is powdery and dry, same ballpark. L'Instant would be worth a try as well.
  73. Re: Best way to seal a vintage bottle for shipping?

    also handy is to pack it upright in a box which is taller than it is wide (but still with many inches of styrofoam peanuts in all directions), with a "this end up" sticker on top. Packing bottles...
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    Re: "Liz Clairborne Curve Kicks"

    haha, good call genvy. If this is indeed your intent G Man, you are very bad at your job and should find another line of work. I believe you've been, as the kids on the internets say, "pwned!!"
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    Re: Bumping of threads on the sell/swap boards

    hi robyogi- I agree that overly-regulating the board carries with it the risk of making it into some impersonal ebay-style system, but "free and open" only lives up to the utopian undertones of the...
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    Re: Kouros variations

    I really like Fraicheur. I find it quite similar, but less explosive. Sometimes I want Kouros, but not all-the-way. That's when I wear KF. I love that subtle pineapple in the topnotes.
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    Re: Bumping of threads on the sell/swap boards

    FWIW, I can think of no one more qualified to serve as Mod of the Buying & Selling (were such a position to exist) than Stu. He's been here longer than any of us (just about) and takes the ethics of...
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    Re: Worst Comment (or reaction)Ever Received?

    I got a decant of Thrax's kidney fluid from Rach2jlc ("Excellent swapper, A+++", by the way). Man is that some sweet, potent stuff!!
  79. Re: GUYS! i need help finding a certain type of jacket

    ask here.
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    Re: Real Men Don't Wear Serge Lutens

    fair enough, I'll retract.
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    Re: Oriental Fougeres

    Allure Homme has always struck me as one of these. Intellectually, I know it should be a Fougere, but it sure wears like an Oriental.
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    Re: Real Men Don't Wear Serge Lutens

    ...
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    Re: retail prices

    not too add insult to injury, but I have bought 3 bottles of Dior Homme from scentiments, and the quality has never been an issue. Scentiments is an excellent, consummately professsional operation;...
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    Re: - Least favorite L'Artisan -

    Mechant Loup and Timbuktu are not for me, but I can see how someone would like them. Ambre Extreme is the only one I have found to be vile, smells like a sweaty woolly mammoth. Dr. Renato has...
  85. Thread: Dior Homme

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    Re: Dior Homme

    I'd recommend this over Vegas prices
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    Re: Best Sellers in Men's - 2006

    Thanks Vijay! it's tidbits like this that make you such a unique asset to basenotes. I, too, am dismayed that more folks leave your store with XS Black that FdT, but hey, it means more of it for us!...
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    Re: Where can I buy those 2.5 ml testers

    you are thinking of atomizers, testers are something different. Do a search for "decanting" and you'll learn all you need to know. ED Luce atomizers, available at Essential Supplies.com -> specialty...
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    Re: Desperately seeking jeans help

    sounds to me like you had the Levi's 527 low-rise bootcut. It's been discontinued, but is still widely available, just do a google search.
  89. Re: I can't believe I did this... (Mugler "Perfume" Coffret)

    Thanks for the update, Tim. I can't wait to find out which is which!
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    Re: What would you do?

    Id only raise the issue if the Polo Sport was sold as New in Box, in which case you should have gotten the box. the issue here is shelf life. A bottle which has been stored without its box is at a...
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    Re: Looking for a subtle mens scent

    L'artisan navegar
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    Re: Ban on shipping fragrances

    Like I said, in my experience (which includes shipping perfume by air on a weekly basis),these laws are all talk. The authorities have much bigger mail-fraud fish to fry than folks swapping...
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    Re: I hope to make you all jealous...

    I agree that L'Eau du Navigateur and Fou d' Absinthe are the L'Artisans that will put hair on your chest, and I'd add the peerlessly sublime Navegar to the list.

    However, you can find these at...
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    Re: Ban on shipping fragrances

    I send decants by Priority (which is air) several times a week, often to canada. I wouldnt sweat it. You'll be fine so long as you don't disclose whats in the package (USPS:"Is there anything...
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    Re: Axe Orion = CK Eternity?

    I think you might have a hard time finding someone around here who is familiar enough with Axe's various rip-offs to be able to cite which smells like which. Just suffice it to say that if Axe has 10...
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    Re: Best Christmas scents?

    A man after my own heart. I'm in Norway visiting family for just under a week, and to keep things simple, I brought only one frag: Burberry London. Its working out splendindly, what with the warm...
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    Re: Must Haves ?

    of your listed daytime scents, I think the first three make an absolutely excellent daytime rotation. Bulgari for a default, Live Jazz for when its scorching, and Guerlain Vetivier when you want to...
  98. Re: Dating a recent divorcee- what frag should be wearing?

    I rarely weigh in on "what should I wear for situation X" threads, but this one poses an interesting challenge. I agree that you should avoid something overtly masculine, so I think Dior Homme may be...
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    Re: Terre d'Hermes...

    pretty sure shifts' spray was a limited edition. When some Bnoters reported getting them (after having signed up months before the release), everyone went to that site looking for hand-outs, but (to...
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    Re: Got Ambergris?

    I know! It broke my heart to read the part where she looks whistfully out the window of her tchotchke-filled cottage, where she lives off social security, childless and never married, and thinks...
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