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Greeting cards from Kansas City, Part 2

Yesterday, I told you how my formerly fat ass ended up in Kansas City at the Hallmark Blogger’s Conference. To find out what happened after that, continue reading.


Previous to this experience, my most direct interaction with the Hallmark company came in high school when I would visit a friend who worked at a Gold Crown store. I never got invited to those parties where teenagers drank and had sex, so for entertainment I harassed my friends at their places of employment. I never felt cheaper than the day Jennifer V. gave me a discount at the Goodwill store. It was like stealing from poor people. My friend Nacho worked at Hallmark during the peak of the beanie babies craze, so our conversations would be interspersed with at least two to three phone calls from collectors asking if the next shipment had come in, had it, had it, OH MY GOD, had it?!! So, my biggest impressions of Hallmark were that they used to deal beanie babies to stuffed collectibles addicts and that they made commercials that make you cry.

After meeting in the lobby, our gaggle of bloggers walked over to the Hallmark visitor’s center where we had a meet and greet with each other and various marketing people, and, oh yeah, the president and CEO, Donald Hall, grandson of Hallmark founder J.C. Hall. He was a very unassuming, approachable man, like somebody’s dad or uncle, not the stereotypical high-powered CEO. Fellow blogger Beverly managed to hand him her friend’s portfolio and videotaped the whole ordeal even though she missed the part about him being the CEO and president. Boy was she surprised when we told her whose hands she’d stuffed that folder in. Stephanie asked Mr. Hall what they wanted to get out of the day’s events and instead of giving us some typical corporate, fancy talk he gave a sincere speech about how greeting cards seek to be an authentic expression of human emotions, much like blogging. You can’t fold him up and stick him in an envelope, but he really does talk like a greeting card!

Next it was breakfast and a tour of the visitor’s center. One of the nice things about digital cameras is that you can tell right away if your photo came out. Sadly, most of my visitor’s center photos look like photos of dark matter in outer space, but I did get one shot of the man they keep behind glass printing cards. I hope they feed him well and change his litter box often.

They just finished printing Valentine’s Day cards and are moving on to Easter. This machine attaches foil to the cards and there was another one that made die cuts. Volunteers pop out all the die cuts by hand. For a card shaped like a little girl’s dress, they actually have people glue a button on by hand.

Next we went to lunch at Union Station and talked about the Journeys card line and I got to chat with the other bloggers. It was nice having a small group because I got to know everybody fairly well and everyone got time to talk about what motivates them to blog and what they thought of the cards. After lunch we got to enter the Hallmark headquarters, which is so super-secret we had to get security badges. As Kansas City resident Erin told me when we unsuccessfully tried to arrange a meet-up, the Hallmark plant is “a Willy Wonka-esque thing that very few people get to visit.” I did not spot any Oompa Loompas in the hallway and no one from American Greetings cornered me in a dark alley the day beforehand asking me to steal an Everlasting Gobstobber, but I did get to watch a presentation by their trends expert, Marita Wesely Clough, in a room decorated with so many beautiful textures it made me want to stop at Michael’s on the way home and renovate my apartment. By the end of the presentation she’d filled our heads with so much information we were speechless. She gave us a packet of quotes, a reading list, articles, and a list of trends so thick that they will probably no longer be future trends by the time I’m done with it but established realities. Thanks, Marita!

Next up was a meeting with four of the artists and writers. On the way there we walked past the Hallmark library which contains art and design books that creatives can use for inspiration. We also passed their glass-walled art supply room which was overflowing with ribbons and bows and glitter. It made me want to wrap something. I’m glad there weren’t any craft bloggers in the group because they would have been slobbering up against the window panes or falling onto the floor in rapture at the presence of so much free tacky glue. The writers and artists seemed to really love their job, which is ultimately about expressing what people don’t know how to express. Hey, what’s the like? Blogging, perhaps? I hadn’t really thought much about the greeting card industry before, but as they said, it’s their job to step into relationships and help people communicate who otherwise can’t. When you put it that way your realize it’s a bit more important than slapping ink and glitter on paper.

Then we had a snack break where they gave us bags of M&M’s with the Hallmark logo on them. How much does that cost and can I do it with my own logo?

We gave them feedback on some things they’re developing and grabbed free swag off of a table. Then we said our thank you’s and good-byes and headed back to the airport in a limo.

I swear I really got to ride in the limo and not the shuttle bus behind it. Beverly has the video to prove it. If you travel in a pack with enough bloggers, it is assured that enough of them will be taking pictures and posting them on Flickr that there is no need for you to bring your own camera. They will document your life for you, like a wedding photographer who you don’t even have to pay.

As I sat in the airport waiting for my flight home, I have to admit I was very impressed with Hallmark. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I flew out to this convention. I was worried I’d be stuck in uncomfortable meetings with fake, plastic sales people trying to get us to hawk their latest products, but it was not like that at all. I tend to think of Hallmark as my mother’s store, but this event showed them to be very forward thinking. They are definitely open to new ideas and trends, hence the launch of the new Journeys line of cards that cover topics that have only been vaguely covered in cards before. I’m pretty sure if these cards had existed when I started losing weight my mom would have sent one along with those yellow roses she gave me.

They also really did their homework. Every person I met had read or was at least familiar with my blog. I need to go back through my site logs and see how many Hallmark employees have been trolling the blog lately. Even if they haven’t figured out this whole blogging thing yet, they are trying to. I appreciate that a lot and find it unusual in a corporation of their size. Shoebox Greetings (a tiny, little division of Hallmark) which does the funny cards has even started a blog called Tiny Little Division that’s pretty funny.

It was nice attending this event, not just because of the limos and the sushi and the M&M’s, but because it gave me a boost of creative spirit. Hallmark has one of the largest creative departments of any company and seeing so many people excited and enthusiastic about their jobs reinvigorates me to do the same in my own work. Big thanks to everyone who was involved in planning this event!

Now, for the part I know you all are really waiting for. Free swag!

I was just barely able to pack all the stuff they gave me into the empty space in my carry-on luggage. I’ve divided up the loot into four prize packs. One is a set of 18 (Product) Red Christmas cards. The other three are variety packs I sorted into one gallon plastic bags, some of which play music when you open them. The Christmas cards say “Let’s give less stuff, and share more love. Let’s be the peace, we’re dreaming of. Happy Holidays.” Okay, I’ll get right to that giving less stuff part after this contest is over.

To enter to win any of these prizes (or if you just really need a one gallon zip-lock plastic bag), comment on this entry before 11:59 p.m. November 2nd, 2007 (Friday night) with either the words “Xmas” or “Variety” or both, depending on which prizes you are interested in. US residents only please. Sorry, foreigners! I’m covering shipping myself and I can’t handle the fees to Australia or Chile. I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winners. Please comment with a valid e-mail address so I can contact you. If your e-mail bounces, I’m giving your cards and goodwill to somebody else. Good luck!

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124 Comments

Kala • October 30, 2007 at 7:41 am

Sounds like fun. Ohh to be treated like a skinny celebrity. I like the X-mas and the Variety!

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Allison • October 30, 2007 at 8:02 am

oOOOOOO Variety definitely. Thats so cool about the Hallmark thing!!

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Beverly Carney • October 30, 2007 at 8:03 am

You can get those personalized m & m’s at

http://www.mymms.com/customprint/

Haven’t tried the place but that’s the link – printed dove candies too!

LOVE your blog. Thanks for it!

PQ – Ooh! Thanks for the link!

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Rachel W. • October 30, 2007 at 8:32 am

Mmm, printed Dove candies. Those are trouble.

Wow, I sure hope I get a Variety of cards like these for X-mas!

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Kristin • October 30, 2007 at 8:45 am

I need some X-mas cards… I’d love to win. Thanks for sharing your swag.

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Carrie • October 30, 2007 at 8:47 am

Wow! Sounds like a really neat trip. I need to figure out how to become the kind of blogger people want to give limo rides too. My problem is the problem of all mommy bloggers–who will babysit?

I’d love the Variety pack.

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Penny • October 30, 2007 at 8:54 am

I have enjoyed reading your blog over the last few months. Thank you for all your insight about weight loss. I am looking forward to X-mas and trying a Variety of new things this year! Take care.

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CurvyJones • October 30, 2007 at 8:55 am

I wanna win something! Gimme some Xmas baby!

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adrienne • October 30, 2007 at 9:05 am

Years ago I read a great book written by the founder of the Shoebox division that left me very impressed with the whole company (“Orbiting the Giant Hairball” http://www.amazon.com/Orbiting-Giant-Hairball-Corporate-Surviving/dp/0670879835)

People like the employee who wrote the book probably help instill the company’s Willy Wonka appeal.

:)

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Kelli • October 30, 2007 at 9:26 am

I’m glad your trip was great and that you learned so much information from it, too. It’s cool to hear that such a large corporation still has people attending to the little details of the job i.e. button gluing. Also, way to go with your success over the past couple of years. You truly are an inspiration. Keep up the great work!

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Stephanie • October 30, 2007 at 9:37 am

I have to admit that I love Hallmark and it does make me feel like I am 60 years old. But I can’t help myself. They have great stationary and carry Yankee Candles. It is fabulous. And I would love any of the swag you received. So I am saying variety all the way!

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AfterGirl • October 30, 2007 at 9:38 am

I love your blog! I have lost 1/3 of me and want to keep going to lose a little more. I love browsing a Hallmark store with friends. You know everyone looking at different cards and burst out laughing and saying oh, oh, look at this one and you gotta read this one!

Really x-mas or variety, I love them all!

I tried to blog, but it involves actual writing and commitment! Gotta love those bloggers!

AG

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Brittany • October 30, 2007 at 10:02 am

Variety, please! :)

I’m new here (and a fellow Hoosier) but I’ve read back through the archives and love the blog!

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kyle • October 30, 2007 at 10:13 am

It’s ok, I’ll forgive. I don’t do Christmas cards anyway :)

Now if it were something I really needed…like say, a giant bag of reese’s peanut butter cups or something along those lines I might be a little upset with PQ!

btw, Australia and Chile can’t possibly be your only international readers!

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Alicia Ryan-Wynn • October 30, 2007 at 10:22 am

First, I LOVE your blog!!! I read daily and am working my way through your archives. You have inspired me to try and lose weight. I was going to tell you about the personalized M&M link, but someone beat me to it! Anyhow, I am interested in Xmas & Variety! Thank you!

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AwShucks • October 30, 2007 at 10:33 am

You mean a multi million dollar company uses volunteers to punch out the die-cuts? How clever! I bet that’s how they keep those cards a bargain at under $10. ;) That said, I’d love some free X-mas or Variety cards! I hope I win!!

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Annette • October 30, 2007 at 10:33 am

Although I’m not a blogger, I am a crafter. I could definitely see myself up against that window!!! I, too, am a fan of Hallmark cards. Only the best…..unless of course its handmade! I do have to admit, though, that Hallmark is my inspiration for my cards. Xmas or Variety, I love them all!

BTW, I totally love your blog, J. I read it daily and you have totally inspired me to get going and get myself back to a better life. I’m down 25 lbs my first two months and I am excited about life again. Thanks so much for your encouragement along with the “giggles” along the way! I can’t wait until your book arrives! It’s already pre-ordered!

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poppy • October 30, 2007 at 10:34 am

Variety or X-mas! Either is good with me. Your trip sounded lovely!

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Karen • October 30, 2007 at 10:35 am

Hi PQ… love your blog I would love either Christmas or variety swag… I’m not picky!

I could spend hours in a card store (and I have), so visiting Hallmark HQ would be so fab!

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Stephanie • October 30, 2007 at 10:40 am

Wow, what a cool trip. I am not a blogger but I read a ton of them and am really intrigued by how different corporations and businesses are reaching out to bloggers in different ways. So interesting. I was reading some things on some “mommy blogs” about the same kind of thing. Anyway, I’d LOVE some variety cards! And feel free to share more about the weight loss cards– is there a way to do that without coming off weird? I found when I lost a bunch of weight that it was strangely hard to manage some of the compliments, so I don’t know how I would feel about getting a *card* about weight loss or whatnot.

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Kary • October 30, 2007 at 10:43 am

Free stuff, free stuff..I would happily take either Xmas or Variety. Given half a chance I think I would line up for free anything. Glad you had an interesting trip. And yes I like Hallmark, but that is something I would like to keep quiet.

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BrightAngel • October 30, 2007 at 10:43 am

I love Hallmark, including their VARIETY of cards and tv shows. I’m happy they gave you such good treatment.

Just Your weight loss journey alone is remarkable, However, you are ALSO a unique and talented individual with a great talent of self-expression. You deserve the good things you are receiving.

Because I’ve learned to identify with you and your journey, it makes me feel really good every time when something good like this happens to you.

I suspect you have a great deal more terrific events that will be coming to you in your future.

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Sherri • October 30, 2007 at 10:54 am

I have finally decided to come out of lurking mode for X-mas or Variety. I have been reading your blog now for a couple of months here at work and have finally caught up to the current one. I refused to skip ahead but wanted to read everything in the order it was written. You are such an inspiration and though I only have half as much weight to lose as you did, I know that if I truly try, it will happen. If you can do it, than so can I! Besides I have 2 dogs and a 22 month old that I have to try and keep up with, so what choice do I have? Thanks again for the wonderful blog and I am definitely looking forward to your book!!! Congrats on everything you have accomplished thus far and may many more wonderful adventures come your way in the future. God Bless!!!

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Courtney • October 30, 2007 at 10:56 am

I’ll throw my name in for variety and xmas–they look really cool!

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M.R. • October 30, 2007 at 11:00 am

Xmas, Xmas!!! Oh goody a chance to win!

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Jen • October 30, 2007 at 11:00 am

Your trip to Hallmark HQ sounds very cool-I’m totally jealous and even just reading your post has made me wish for a career writing/creating greeting cards. I’m drooling over that art supply room!

I’d love to win one of your card packs, Variety or Xmas, doesn’t matter, I love free stuff and I am not ashamed. :)

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john • October 30, 2007 at 11:10 am

Very generous of you PQ – Xmas and Variety for me.

Thanks!

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Autumn • October 30, 2007 at 11:10 am

So great to hear that Hallmark is coming up with some creative new ideas! Sounds like a fun trip. I’d like to toss my hat in for variety!

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Tobie • October 30, 2007 at 11:19 am

Me too! Me too!

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Cricket • October 30, 2007 at 11:22 am

You inspire everyday!

Variety for me please :o).

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Amanda • October 30, 2007 at 11:32 am

Sounds like you had a great time! Ooh, free stuff!! Variety, please, if I win. I’m always having to run to the store at the last minute to buy a card!

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Jenna • October 30, 2007 at 11:37 am

I love your blog and am now delurking to enter the random drawing for your swag. Man, that makes me feel dirty! I like both the X-mas and the Variety.

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Tammy • October 30, 2007 at 11:39 am

Ohhhhhh……….aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh………lay some Xmas on me, baby:)

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bloomie • October 30, 2007 at 11:45 am

Variety please (not a Christian, but do enjoy the music).

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teebopop • October 30, 2007 at 11:48 am

My husband for years always told me that I either need to work for Hallmark or buy stock in them because I spent all my “mad money” at the Hallmark Gold Store.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I win.

Would it help if I told you I pre-ordered your book?????? LOL LOL

PQ – As I learned in KC, Hallmark is a privately owned company, though employees can purchase shares as part of their profit-sharing program. So you really WOULD have to get a job there to buy stock!

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sherijung • October 30, 2007 at 11:49 am

They will print your logo on just about anything you can imagine. They even print on little bean seeds, so the first leaves that sprout have your logo on them. At the Hershey store in NYC, you can get your name printed on M&Ms while you wait.

Thanks for the chance to win the cool variety cards too.

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Cheryl • October 30, 2007 at 11:51 am

I soooooooo need to start a blog that will make me famous so I can get free trips, too. Xmas or Variety, whichever.

Thanksbye!

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Donna • October 30, 2007 at 11:54 am

I just wanted to say thanks for the tour and the link tot he tinylittledivision blog – for some strange reason, I’ve always wanted to work for a greeting card company, so that was a treat!

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Mama Lily • October 30, 2007 at 11:58 am

So cool you got to go on the trip. What a world blogging has opened up for you. Xmas or Variety thanks.

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MB • October 30, 2007 at 12:13 pm

I would trade you an Everlasting Gobstobber hand delivered by an Oompa Loompa in exchange for the Variety and/or x-mas swag. I could really use the 1 gallon zip lock too so I can keep my new camera dry.

I love Hallmark and can spend hours looking for the right card for each occassion.

Did you ever imagine that you would be treated to such things when you started this journey? You deserve every success, swag, free limo rides and more!

Commenting from a tiny division of PQ’s fan club.

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JANIE • October 30, 2007 at 12:13 pm

i have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and i love it…put me in for variety.

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Paige • October 30, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Variety.

Also, I feel comforted by the fact that I’m not the only one who had a friend named Nacho in high school :)

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Jenny • October 30, 2007 at 12:34 pm

Pick me! Pick me!

I’m greedy like that.

Variety please, I’m kinda down on Christmas at the moment.

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Colleen • October 30, 2007 at 12:36 pm

This sounds like such a fun trip! I’m totally interested in a Variety pack. You are so nice to do this:)

Love your blog!

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the former veggie paparazzo • October 30, 2007 at 12:51 pm

Oooooh, thanks! I would like to be in the drawing for the Xmas ones!

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karen • October 30, 2007 at 1:24 pm

You have been an important inspiration and moral support for me in this long, long, weightloss journey. Your sense of humor and tenacity has helped keep me focused. I hope you realize how much help you and your wit are to your readers. Even those like me who usually just visit without commenting. I suppose it take free stuff to get us to come out of our shells. Thanks Pasta queen, you’re great. Xmas, yippee!

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PunxyLola • October 30, 2007 at 1:25 pm

I stumbled upon your blog a few days ago, and I’ve been glued to your archives like they’re latest episode of Nip/Tuck! You are such an inspiration…I just bought the Tanita scale this morning and started a blog to go along with my current vlog. Seeing your progress is just such a boost, and I can’t wait to read your book!!

And well, a chance at free stuff is always great! Variety pack-a-liscious!!

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Les~ • October 30, 2007 at 1:52 pm

I’ll take door #2 — Variety pack, please?

Glad you had such a great time in KC!

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Sandi • October 30, 2007 at 1:52 pm

Variety Please!

Fro a fellow hoosier – just want to tell you how much I enjoy your blog! Read it every day!!

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spacedcowgirl • October 30, 2007 at 2:03 pm

Ooh, count me in for the Variety! This is a very fun little contest and I’m glad you enjoyed the Hallmark conference.

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Julie • October 30, 2007 at 2:04 pm

I started reading your blog recently and it is really awesome. You write extremely well, and I, like others, can’t wait for your book. Thanks for sharing your freebies. I think both variety and Christmas are nice.

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America • October 30, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Looks like you had so much fun! And sign me up for the contest! I like the Variety pack or the xmas pack. Whatev….I’m easy. Well not EASY but…you know.

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virg • October 30, 2007 at 2:52 pm

I also read Back in Skinny Jeans blog on this trip. Sounds like an awesome experience. Please enter me in the drawing to win either the Xmas or the Variety pack. :)

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TeaMouse • October 30, 2007 at 3:07 pm

That’s unfortunate about the U.S. only – come on Canada isn’t that far and not much more expensive…:P!

Glad you had a good time visiting Hallmark’s HQ’s

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gina • October 30, 2007 at 3:08 pm

as always, love the blog!

xmas or variety for the win, please!

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Amy • October 30, 2007 at 3:20 pm

What a unique way to pull all of us lurkers out into the open. I going for the Variety!

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April N • October 30, 2007 at 3:35 pm

Variety, please!

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krissie • October 30, 2007 at 4:35 pm

Ohhh! Pick me for XMAS getting less cards!

i’m trying to avoid receiving anything this year! (except cards to give to others letting them know of our wishes…am I talking?)

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Kim • October 30, 2007 at 4:49 pm

Put me down for both please! And thank you very much for sharing your story (s) and your swag!!

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Betty • October 30, 2007 at 5:11 pm

Xmas or Variety, should my number come up! Thanks for the fabulous trip report. If you need more M&M sites, http://www.mms.com/.

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Sparker • October 30, 2007 at 5:21 pm

Christmas! X-mas, I suppose we’re going for.

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K • October 30, 2007 at 5:52 pm

I’ll forgive you for leaving us furriners out ;P

Evidently there’s more to greetings cards than I’d thought… an interesting trip. Though if someone gave me an encouraging-weight-loss card, I’m not sure how I’d react (might depend who it was from!)

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Milana • October 30, 2007 at 6:21 pm

This is really cool! Just something totally out of the ordinary… you really never know what life’s gonna throw your way!

Variety all the way!

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Chubby Chick • October 30, 2007 at 6:25 pm

Hi, Pasta Queen! I’m just getting back to you about the email requesting an interview that I mentioned in a post a few days ago.

I do think it’s legit, but I really wasn’t 100% sure… and I’m still kind of a wimp at this point… so I wrote back and declined. I received a nice reply, and now I kind of regret declining it. Oh well… let me know how it goes if you decide to do it!

And thanks for stopping by my blog! I know you get this all the time… but you are SUCH an inspiration… and I am TRULY honored that you even took the time to stop by my blog and read any of my ramblings. Thanks again. :)

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Chubby Chick • October 30, 2007 at 6:25 pm

Hi, Pasta Queen! I’m just getting back to you about the email requesting an interview that I mentioned in a post a few days ago.

I do think it’s legit, but I really wasn’t 100% sure… and I’m still kind of a wimp at this point… so I wrote back and declined. I received a nice reply, and now I kind of regret declining it. Oh well… let me know how it goes if you decide to do it!

And thanks for stopping by my blog! I know you get this all the time… but you are SUCH an inspiration… and I am TRULY honored that you even took the time to stop by my blog and read any of my ramblings. Thanks again. :)

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Chubby Chick • October 30, 2007 at 6:25 pm

Hi, Pasta Queen! I’m just getting back to you about the email requesting an interview that I mentioned in a post a few days ago.

I do think it’s legit, but I really wasn’t 100% sure… and I’m still kind of a wimp at this point… so I wrote back and declined. I received a nice reply, and now I kind of regret declining it. Oh well… let me know how it goes if you decide to do it!

And thanks for stopping by my blog! I know you get this all the time… but you are SUCH an inspiration… and I am TRULY honored that you even took the time to stop by my blog and read any of my ramblings. Thanks again. :)

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Chubby Chick • October 30, 2007 at 6:25 pm

Hi, Pasta Queen! I’m just getting back to you about the email requesting an interview that I mentioned in a post a few days ago.

I do think it’s legit, but I really wasn’t 100% sure… and I’m still kind of a wimp at this point… so I wrote back and declined. I received a nice reply, and now I kind of regret declining it. Oh well… let me know how it goes if you decide to do it!

And thanks for stopping by my blog! I know you get this all the time… but you are SUCH an inspiration… and I am TRULY honored that you even took the time to stop by my blog and read any of my ramblings. Thanks again. :)

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Chubby Chick • October 30, 2007 at 6:25 pm

Hi, Pasta Queen! I’m just getting back to you about the email requesting an interview that I mentioned in a post a few days ago.

I do think it’s legit, but I really wasn’t 100% sure… and I’m still kind of a wimp at this point… so I wrote back and declined. I received a nice reply, and now I kind of regret declining it. Oh well… let me know how it goes if you decide to do it!

And thanks for stopping by my blog! I know you get this all the time… but you are SUCH an inspiration… and I am TRULY honored that you even took the time to stop by my blog and read any of my ramblings. Thanks again. :)

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Chubby Chick • October 30, 2007 at 6:25 pm

Hi, Pasta Queen! I’m just getting back to you about the email requesting an interview that I mentioned in a post a few days ago.

I do think it’s legit, but I really wasn’t 100% sure… and I’m still kind of a wimp at this point… so I wrote back and declined. I received a nice reply, and now I kind of regret declining it. Oh well… let me know how it goes if you decide to do it!

And thanks for stopping by my blog! I know you get this all the time… but you are SUCH an inspiration… and I am TRULY honored that you even took the time to stop by my blog and read any of my ramblings. Thanks again. :)

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Chubby Chick • October 30, 2007 at 6:25 pm

Hi, Pasta Queen! I’m just getting back to you about the email requesting an interview that I mentioned in a post a few days ago.

I do think it’s legit, but I really wasn’t 100% sure… and I’m still kind of a wimp at this point… so I wrote back and declined. I received a nice reply, and now I kind of regret declining it. Oh well… let me know how it goes if you decide to do it!

And thanks for stopping by my blog! I know you get this all the time… but you are SUCH an inspiration… and I am TRULY honored that you even took the time to stop by my blog and read any of my ramblings. Thanks again. :)

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Chubby Chick • October 30, 2007 at 6:25 pm

Hi, Pasta Queen! I’m just getting back to you about the email requesting an interview that I mentioned in a post a few days ago.

I do think it’s legit, but I really wasn’t 100% sure… and I’m still kind of a wimp at this point… so I wrote back and declined. I received a nice reply, and now I kind of regret declining it. Oh well… let me know how it goes if you decide to do it!

And thanks for stopping by my blog! I know you get this all the time… but you are SUCH an inspiration… and I am TRULY honored that you even took the time to stop by my blog and read any of my ramblings. Thanks again. :)

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fat bridesmaid • October 30, 2007 at 7:26 pm

Oooh awesome swag! I want a piece! Christmas and variety please!

Also, I’m glad to hear Hallmark is a decent place. Their commercials always make me teary, and I’ve spent many a lazy Sunday watching their made-for-TV movies.

Sarah, Plain and Tall anyone?

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Miss Music • October 30, 2007 at 8:01 pm

Xmas, Variety…either will do!

My son and his wife had M&M’s printed with their names and wedding date, in their wedding colors for favors. I hated to eat them, they were so cute!!!

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Beverly Mahone • October 30, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Pasta Queen,

It was very nice meeting you at the conference. I’ve also been writing about my experience at the conference and my interaction with all of you. Stay tuned for the video! :)

Peace & Blessings,

Beverly Mahone

http://www.babyboomerbev.blogspot.com

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diana the scale junkie • October 30, 2007 at 8:30 pm

Give me a mixed up assortment of mish mashed diversity, a departure from the normality, wrapped up in a array of potpourri stew, of I crave VARIETY!

Aren’t the little Hallmark M&M’s cute? Check out their website you would be amazed at what they do with M&M’s these days. They’ve even jumbo sized them (shock and horror) but that could be a rumor, I’m too afraid to walk down the candy isle, I walked past it at Target today and it scared me really bad…grown ups were fighting over the last bag of Swizzler mix. Who knew stuff like that went on over candy?

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Lauren Plouffe • October 30, 2007 at 8:55 pm

VARIETY Oh joyous joyous hallmark, how I love you. So much that I stocked up before coming to korea so that I can still send hallmark cards (don’t worry, my home address is in Maine.) Now I desperately want to visit there, how sad is that.

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Jenny O. • October 30, 2007 at 9:04 pm

Variety or Christmas. Thanks- so nice of you to give away ( and pay to ship) the swag!

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jennifer • October 30, 2007 at 9:42 pm

Oh! I’d love to win the Christmas cards :)

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Jessica • October 30, 2007 at 10:05 pm

So I’ve been lurking for forever and have left a comment here or there but seriously for free stuff I’ll let you know who I am haha. Variety please if I should win! :)

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JoLynn Braley • October 30, 2007 at 10:09 pm

Variety! :)

Sounds like you had a fabulous time, I haven’t been to a blogger conference, yet. It would be awesome to meet up with some bloggers in the real world though….seems like there are more and more of these conferences all the time now, or maybe I just wasn’t aware of them before.

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April • October 30, 2007 at 10:22 pm

Nothing like a giveaway to bring out a lurker! Love your blog- such an inspiration!

Variety!!

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Heather • October 30, 2007 at 10:55 pm

X-Mas! Woo!

I’m glad you had a great time!

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Zanitta • October 30, 2007 at 11:21 pm

damn me and my need to travel the world, obviously I should have considering the possibility of missing free stuff and factored that into my decision!

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Chubby Chick • October 30, 2007 at 6:25 pm

Hi, Pasta Queen! I’m just getting back to you about the email requesting an interview that I mentioned in a post a few days ago.

I do think it’s legit, but I really wasn’t 100% sure… and I’m still kind of a wimp at this point… so I wrote back and declined. I received a nice reply, and now I kind of regret declining it. Oh well… let me know how it goes if you decide to do it!

And thanks for stopping by my blog! I know you get this all the time… but you are SUCH an inspiration… and I am TRULY honored that you even took the time to stop by my blog and read any of my ramblings. Thanks again. :)

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Shirley • October 30, 2007 at 11:51 pm

When I receive a x-mas card or some other variety I find myself looking at the back because when you care enough to send the very best you send Hallmark!!

Your blog has been about that; you care enough to send us the very best. I can’t wait to read your book.

Blessings,

Shirley

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Leslie • October 31, 2007 at 12:35 am

Greatly enjoyed your description of Hallmark! Love your blog too! You talk at such a VARIETY of stuff!

Leslie

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Erin • October 31, 2007 at 1:00 am

I’m so very glad to here KC treated you right while you were with us. I’m disappointed, however, there were no green-haired minions to escort you around the compound.

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Veena • October 31, 2007 at 2:20 am

Xmas and Variety! :) Glad you had a great time…your blog is really inspiring!

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susan • October 31, 2007 at 8:54 am

Variety Christmas

What more is there to say?

Thanks again for sharing your fun

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Dotsie • October 31, 2007 at 9:36 am

What a fantastic re-cap of a wonderful day spent with you. I’ll put a link to this on my site. Thanks.

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Skligerman06 • October 31, 2007 at 9:41 am

That’s pretty cool. A friend of mine did the m&m’s thing for party favors at a birthday party!

Nice X-mas cards!

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BMary • October 31, 2007 at 9:59 am

Sounds like a great trip! I recently hit the mark of losing half of me as well (200 pounds!), and your blog has been an inspiration along the way. I would be thrilled with Variety or Xmas.

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Lori • October 31, 2007 at 10:00 am

It’s pretty cool that you got inspired by visiting a corporate office. That is, sadly, not my experience. I like both the Xmas and Variety cards, and I send cards a lot. In fact, I’m a fan of Hallmark. American Greetings are…not good. Oh, and the brand that has its stuff at Target now is TERRIBLE.

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Queen Jaw Jaw • October 31, 2007 at 10:36 am

I have your Krispy Kreme VARIETY pack donuts and they are melting. If you ever want to see them again, especially before Xmas, you must let me win. Otherwise, its curtains for the pack. I’ll eat um all. I swear. Don’t push me. I’m a woman on the edge.

Queen Jaw Jaw

The Queen of Experiences

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MB • October 31, 2007 at 11:16 am

Nothing like free stuff to get a Variety of lurkers to come out. It feels like Xmas already.

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coraspartan • October 31, 2007 at 12:57 pm

I spend a lot of $$$ on cards at Hallmark. So it would be nice to win the Variety pack. Please enter me in the drawing.

Sounds like you had a good time!

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Beverly Mahone • October 31, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Hey—

If you can’t win anything on the PastaQueen’s site, c’mon over and try your luck on mine. My contest is a little more challenging. You have to answer some questions.

Great Blog and what a following!!!

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Alyssa • October 31, 2007 at 1:22 pm

xmas variety

de-lurking out of greed… i’m almost done reading the entire archives. If I lose my job because of all the time spent, can I come work for you?

PQ – Um, will you work for pistachios? And you don’t really need a health care plan, do you?

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Laura • October 31, 2007 at 1:52 pm

Holy cow, 90 comments! Put me down for Xmas. Glad you had such a great time.

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Lora • October 31, 2007 at 3:15 pm

Xmas and Variety!

I already had the Hallmark bag at one time and the buttons that hold the straps to the bag can come off rather easily if you add too many items into it or perhaps pull on the bag with the new strength you have from the bicep curls?

Someone already added the link to the m&ms.com but if you came up with a nice design/logo, you can go to cafepress.com and upload it to their site. Then we can buy all your t-shirts, mugs, alarm clocks, etc.

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Jenny K • October 31, 2007 at 3:21 pm

Hi Pasta Queen! The trip sounds wonderful — you definitely deserved it. : )

I’d love the variety pack please.

Thanks for your generosity.

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Pinky • October 31, 2007 at 4:35 pm

Would love to get a variety of Hallmark greeting cards that could possibly include X-mas one in them too!! You are too kind.

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becky • October 31, 2007 at 5:32 pm

That sounds like it was really cool. I’ve always liked Hallmark cards. I’d take the Christmas or variety packs if I were fortunate to win.

And if you want to get rid of that cool black Hallmark bag, I’m your girl! ;)

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Moni • October 31, 2007 at 6:44 pm

Hey PQ. I wouldn’t mind being entered for either xmas, or variety. I could always use more one gallon zip bags =D. *fingers crossed* I hope I win something =D

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MizAngie • October 31, 2007 at 10:36 pm

WOW! You’re getting LOTS of entries! Count me in…VARIETY is the spice of life. (I would credit the originator of that phrase but I have no idea who it was. Just know that I stole it.)

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Miriam • October 31, 2007 at 10:59 pm

Variety for me please please. Love your Blog!

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Mary • November 1, 2007 at 12:09 am

Variety or Xmas? Oh, too many decisions!

Sometimes greeting cards “push the envelope” a bit too far. I wondered about the line of Congratulations on your Divorce cards. Out of morbid curiosity, I opened one up. Inside, it read “think of all the extra closet space you now have!” Were I in that position, I don’t think this card would have been appreciated.

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Brian • November 1, 2007 at 1:30 am

Hey PQ, just wanted to say hi.

If Hallmark’s the Wonka factory, I guess that makes me an Oompa Loompa :)

I’m a cartoonist in Shoebox and also the “Visual Humor Editor” (a neat title given in lieu of raise) of our little baby blog: http://tinylittledivision.com/

So glad you enjoyed your visit! Wish I would have known you guys were coming. Would have been cool to rub elbows with more experienced bloggers.

Anyway, thanks for the shout-out. So glad they treated you guys well and that you enjoyed your stay.

(No need to enter me in the contest, btw, after 10 years here, I got Hallmark stuff comin’ outta my ears!)

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shorty • November 1, 2007 at 1:33 am

I love your blog! You are awesome. I am so glad that you got to do a book, I hope it makes you lots of money!!! I would love the variety!

Shorty

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Princess Dieter • November 1, 2007 at 2:54 am

VARIETY, VARIETY, I say unto you, kindly enter me into the giveaway.

Plus, that is one cool Hallmark bag with the pretty light blue detailing.

I can’t wait til amazon sends me your book!

The Princess

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chrissie • November 1, 2007 at 3:20 am

xmas or variety or bag

woot

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Deb • November 1, 2007 at 6:04 am

Variety.

Ok, this post has brought out *bunches* of lurkers (like me). I, like many others who have commented, do read very regularly – I just usually don’t want to clog up your day with a needless comment! :-)

I will take this brief comment time to thank you for having this blog. Watching your journey is a lift to my spirits on many days.

Deb

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Marie • November 1, 2007 at 6:38 am

Sounds like a fun time at Hallmark…I wanna meet the folks who write for Shoebox, cause those cards are hie-larious! Thanks for the link to their site. Oooo…and put me down for the Variety. No, wait. I think I need some Xmas cards too. OK, put me in for either.

PS, it is quite apparent that you were born to ride around in a limo!

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jae • November 1, 2007 at 11:31 am

Sounds pretty fun. I shall say either x-mas or variety! ~j

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Stephanie Quilao • November 1, 2007 at 3:47 pm

What an awesome follow up piece of our day. You made a really good point in that our day also gave me, too, a real burst of creative inspiration. Seriously, after we left Marita and the writers/designers, I felt like the Muses shot me full of creative vitality. I’m still reveling in it. So fabulous!

I can’t wait to see Beverley’s videos. I bet they’ll be a hoot…lol…

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me • November 1, 2007 at 4:15 pm

Hi PQ,

I’m not entering to win the free stuff – but what a nice thing to do!

I was going to post the link for the m&m’s but I see someone beat me to it. We ordered those for our wedding and they were great – and you can get custom colors, too. Highly recommended!

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Claudia • November 1, 2007 at 5:42 pm

Sounds like a really great trip! Love reading your blog! Keep up the good work! I hope I find some variety cards headed my way! :o)

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Beth • November 1, 2007 at 7:47 pm

I like variety in my day/week/month/year; and I LOVE your blog. Thanks for writing, sharing and inspiring.

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diamondwife • November 2, 2007 at 8:04 am

I love your blog. And I’m all about Christmas and variety. :)

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Angela • November 2, 2007 at 10:56 am

I’m all about Variety and Xmas too!

I’m jealous of your trip to Hallmark; i would have been one of the crafters drooling over the glitter!

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sharkgrrrrrl • November 2, 2007 at 11:55 am

Nothing like a prize contest to bring people out – I’d love either the “Xmas” or “Variety” cards! Congratulations on your accomplishments, especially your book deal. Your blog is incredibly inspirational and such a fun, witty read! Keep up the great work!

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Rachael • November 2, 2007 at 2:13 pm

Sounds like you learned a whole lot about Hallmark! How cool that they invited you! Please enter me in your contest for “Xmas” or “Variety” packs! Thanks!

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Autumn • November 2, 2007 at 3:34 pm

Congrats on being invited to such a cool event!

And, per requirement…”X-mas” and “Variety”! :)

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Meagan • November 2, 2007 at 6:28 pm

Oh – I’d love the Christmas package! It’s so nice to hear that one of our big corporations seems to have great character!

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