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"Murphy was an optimist!"

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley May 17, 2007 10:19 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Today was a very important day. It went really bad. But I liked it.

It’s Burns, not Steinbeck.

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