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You’re different…

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are the sweet words that were said to me when my life took on a whole new meaning.

Welcome to my world… it’s a fun, lighter side of life, & really it’s not serious. That’s the way I like things but also enjoy expression, experiences, & feelings.

This is what brings me to my website, blog, tonight. It’s a question that’s deeply on my mind because it’s something that makes me wonder how many more people are out there that do not know what real love is like.

Have you ever heard the saying, “you’re looking for love in all the wrong places.” I’ve heard it countless times throughout my lifetime but for once I think it has smacked right in the face. Not in a way that I expected. It’s come in a very unique form that makes me appreciate the perspectives that are presented but genuinely love on the deepest of levels.

What are the current issues, well for myself it’s patiences… due my eagerness but not only that it’s that for a while now my thoughts on the back of my mind are always upon this exquisite creature. Like any unique breed comes a very different set of lines to follow & sometimes it’s rough to remember that because it’s not the same.

I was in a conversation just the other day where the word love was used & I’ll admit at that very moment I wanted to instantly react with these words, “that’s not love.” I didn’t react because I would have been wrong on many levels & possibly hurt the someone so near to my heart that its indescribable sometimes. This bond is reaches far beyond words, admiration, & trust for if it wasn’t for that there wouldn’t be a solid foundation for all the ups & downs I see or have already seen. I hope one day they’re not afraid but that may not happen. I don’t know but what I do know is that I am always right here no matter what is said. You do that for me & it means the world to me.

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Life’s daily struggles

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We live in world full of problems, undoubtedly, but the best approach to this is just one day a time. A very close friend sent me that image above & it’s very important to remember to do your best daily. Sometimes, we don’t, there are those days where we have bad days & we fail to do anything justifiably good. In fact the seven billion people on this earth can do extremely evil things to each other than are completely unacceptable, unfathomable, & most of all just sadly unfortunate.

One situation doesn’t define us, solutions to world’s problems come from common people & not the decision makers in suits. They may weld the power but the truth is as sensible & sentient beings we have God given rights to live the way we all individually see fit. Freedoms.

What am I getting at for this Monday Blog?

We have choices, many choices, & there are times we make the wrong ones. If you make one then you should admit to it because when you make a mistake it much easier to make a negative a positive by choosing to say, “I was wrong in my actions & deserve any consequences you have for me.”

Whether it’s out in the open, personal, or private the solutions & roots to betterment begins inside ourselves so we can shae it to, sometimes, a dark world. As for the bad days, you pick up, make up, & “never do it again.” If you don’t learn from mistakes then you are doomed to repeat them.

The world has enough doom & gloom nowadays to be a monster like so many are. Slay the monsters, including your own, & make the world a better place by choosing positive paths. Not destruction.

Jonathan

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The unlikely Superstar Daniel Brian

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No matter how you look at it, Daniel Bryan has become a success in the land of giants better known as the WWE.

Clearly, by no means is this a fluke at all as he’s put his time in ever since he broke into the professional wrestling business. Solid matches in which the purest wresting fans can appreciate but not only that he’s revolutionized one word.

“Yes”

This isn’t a new trend where fans have chanted one word. Back in the fall of 2001 “Stone Cold” Steve Austin due to an inside joke with fellow professional wrestler Christian started responding in promos with, “What?”, to the point it was chanted past his in ring retirement to this very day when there are pause by wrestlers the crowd finds boring or wants to annoy.

Yet, this isn’t totally about wrestling but real life aspect of humility. Daniel Bryan doesn’t believe he’s a anyone special & that’s the ultimate humility that he truly believes that he’s not doing anything but living what we all want to do & have inside of each of us, a dream. Finding & creating success. I was in attendance at Wrestlemaina 28 in Miami when the word “yes” because the new “what” & Daniel Bryan lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Sheamus in 18 seconds but it may have solidified him as the success story he’s become over the past two years including coming out of Wrestlemaina 30 as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Though, through it all, it hasn’t changed Daniel Bryan. Winning the title, getting married to Brie Bella, & the recent loss of his father he’s the type of person that deserves success because it hasn’t changed him.

When you still live in the small town of Aberdeen, Washington after all the celebrity & fame you know Daniel Bryan is truly a man of humility.

Congratulations, Bryan Danielson, Daniel Bryan.

Jonathan

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So I turn 35 this week…

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It’s time for another birthday, & yes I am glad I’ve made it this far, but what have I really done with my life so far?

Sometimes, here is where it’s going to get fun, I live my life as if I’m a super hero with soulutions to everyone’s problems. Which, actually I don’t have, there are times I do pretty good at but Tony Robbins started his paid life coach career a long time ago from scratch but for some reason I don’t see that happening for me. Granted, I am a nice guy & would give you the shirt off my back to help a friend out in any way.

Sometimes, I feel a CEO of a company & corporation minus the pay. Actually, I am because in 2008 I started part time self video publishing & then continued into photography. Also, here is fun one, I was on YouTube nearly before anyone else way back in October of 2006. Technically I can call myself a YouTube Original if I put more videos out.

My point is, at this stage in my life I should be a successful 35 year old with my own family, supporting myself, & living the “American Dream” but as my life tends to go it’s all about being different.

All my life, and even now, something about the world has defined me to being an outcast so if I am such then I will find other freaks just like myself & we will rise. Trust me… mark my words as I venture on into what life has to offer via the opportunities than can be made just by being yourself. I will do it my way. If you don’t believe me then get off my crazy train but if you do then hop on now because it’s going to get interesting!

Jonathan

 

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Where do I stand?

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Where do I stand is an important analytical question for self evaluation.  Somedays I think my answer is that I am not well defined or I’ve stuff doesn’t end up going my way yet I come out smelling like rose because i know how to handle situations.  Society is a mess & the Unites States in general is a more paranoid place than I used to be but that’s all because terrorists made this nations fearful of every devil behind every bush.  This isn’t a political rant, it’s a life rant on people & interactions.  “The greatest tragedy is people don’t think.” Ryan Miller

I study interaction because so many people get it wrong, don’t express them well, or choose to put to much ill conceived thinking into something that should remain simple.  I’ve been a victim of many of those circumstances where just because I know how to do something regardless of my title I’m treated differently.  I’m a doer & want to do because I can benefit my family, my friends, & people I love.  I getting to that point where if someone decides to cross my path trying to prevent what I love doing they’re going to be a stain on my road to what I want to accomplish.  I love being a nice guy but I have a very close friend that’s taught me a little about being on the edge & how actions speak louder than words too.  That’s why at the moment I feel like the odd man out of place in the overall picture, yet give me a day because those feeling pass.  What’s important are the people who I know who support me without question.  If I didn’t have those kind of people around me then everything I do would really feel quite meaningless, pointless, & everything I’ve done is waist of time.  This year has been full of ups & downs.  My 2013 hasn’t been all that easy but if it were not for God above, my own nature, & the company I find myself around I couldn’t do what I do.  I made reference to the word title in the second sentence of this paragraph.  That’s a reference to my real life job as custodian or service staff for a school system & it’s a title I cannot stand.  I’m just going to blatantly & bluntly come out and compare ti to slut shaming, yeah you read that right, which has been around for quite a long time.  I know the you all reading this out there are like, “hold the phone.” How can you compare your title of custodian to slut shaming where a woman makes herself available to men and gets criticized for the action.  Simple, I ended up getting criticism for what I’m good & enjoy doing because someone else thought it was wrong of me to be doing photography, videography, digital media, & social media for a girls basketball team I spent four years around & put countless hours into making memories for them to enjoy after they move of from high school days of being a student athlete. I was shamed by one person, the community showed there endless support, & I ended up with very close friend in the process.

What I’ve learned in year timeframe with my close friend is a lot about life & sometimes following your desires.  Individually I’m pretty strong person but my resolve wains at times because it sometimes I go out of my way to help all of my friends even if it means sharing a lot loads.  Sometimes those burdens come in all different packages but that’s most of life is tackling all of those with a good support group of people who can really tell you that tomorrow the sun will rise & you have a fresh start to really keep proving to everyone what you’re made of even it you only have a good day.  Who knows what might change overnight?  Just always be ready for because its sometimes it can be a true test of what kind of person you really are.  Always rise up to challenges & defeat them so that you can become better at what life throws at you my friends.  Yet sometimes its all about consistency & nothing changes.

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Open commentary on the disgruntled custodian

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Below is an incident that occurred at an elementary school last week just a few minutes from where I live.  Currently I work for  this school system and have some open concerns a I want address.  These are my own thoughts that may not reflect those of Kanawaha County Schools.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A way to thank teachers for their service at Cross Lanes Elementary may have sent a disgruntled employee over the edge, prompting the school to be placed on lock down Thursday

via UPDATE: Janitor Charged with Making Threats after not Getting Gift Card

Let me first state that I do not agree with his actions of making terror threats of attempting to blow up the school & endanger the lives of the children that attend that school, teachers, & other service staff.

What I do agree with are his feelings.  Let me be clear, the above statement in black in white openly says I DO NOT agree with any part of those thoughts, he’s justified in having the feeling of being left out, excluded, or ignored.  Okay, I understand not everyone in life can be a winner but some of the time people & organizations do not recognize the hard working contributions of the service staff employees of the school systems.  Apparently, gift cards were enough to make this custodian snap, he may or may not of had history of flying off the handle.   Still my point is as a person we’re not supposed to exclude others yet I know it happens quite a bit.  Society is tiered.  Poverty, middle class, & wealthy people but this happens at our jobs too.  How many times to service staff miss out because they are considered lesser people?  Remember the Civil War & it fight against slavery it in this country?  Americans fought & died to make a person of color, blacks, free in this country.  Now we’re fighting among ourselves over gift cards.  Has that what disgruntled employee have come down to anymore?

Honestly I don’t know but what I do know is that I want to make people more aware of people & their feelings.  I know many people can relate to being left out & we all cannot be winners.  Still, I want to bring this subject to light that we’re taught from a very young age that were not supposed to segregate people.  Everyone is supposed to be included in when the staff gets rewarded but that isn’t the case.  Sometimes we are shunned like we don’t have even the slightest clue of what is happening in the school.  Show up, do your job, & go home is what were expected to do & yet that all many people find as satisfaction in life.  To me there is more to life than that.  That’s why the I can identify with this custodian & how he felt left out.  Overall my point that I may work for the education system & miss out but don’t forget that we are people too.  That’s the way we want to be treated, like a person regardless of our job title.

Thanks for reading, I’m a custodian, but my title Is “Jonfun” Jonathan Miller.

 

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I’m all for ex-football player Brian Holloway doing this!

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I’ve heard of wild house parties before but when you break in & start a party you’re going to commit a crime regardless of your age.  I want to bring some more media attention to this story because this is the type of behavior that relates somewhat to situation that I found myself in last winter.  Where parents are not being parents & blaming other for the deeds of their children.

The parents wanting to sue Brian Holloway for posting already public images of partying at his vacation home in upstate New York do not have a leg to stand on.  Lawyer upon lawyer can point out, and I’m not a lawyer, is they already implicated themselves as criminals for the destruction of his home, theft, & behavior alone.

This reminds me of what happened last winter when a woman contacted me for her daughter’s social media usage which I wasn’t even up to date on but still I caught the blame for just simply being on her social media profiles.  Which if you haven’t read about all my awkward situations with many women that have thought I’m some kind predator you can read it a previous blog which you can view here at this link.  http://wp.me/p33Wuh-1B

Anyways, this isn’t about me it’s about the bigger picture that Brain is trying to bring light to & I agree with his actions after this situation.  These teenagers will not learn a thing if he doesn’t go after them & show them there actions were wrong & the parents supporting there children in these actions are reprehensible.  Them attempting to sue him because he’s post there public picture they posted to social media.  You can find the story at http://helpmesave300.com as he’s trying to at least get things back that were stolen & help these teenagers learn that the behavior was totally unacceptable.  I believe his reaction to this is fair & just as he’s just wanting to be a model citizen to these teenagers who could conceivably be the future delinquents of the world.

You can read a excerpt from the Associated Press story below as it’s been in the news almost all week.


House trashed by wild party, former NFL player Holloway fights back with smarts

Published September 19, 2013Associated Press

The kids who trashed Brian Holloway’s vacation house during a wild Labor Day party weekend in upstate New York messed with the wrong guy.

They gained plenty of notoriety, sure, but they’re about to get more trouble than they bargained for, too. And not just because Holloway is a former NFL lineman who knows a thing or two about meting out rough justice.

He also happens to be a Stanford grad who’s every bit as savvy at using social media as the kids who descended on his family’s second home in upstate New York, then bragged about the destruction with photos and posts in real time on Twitter. More to the point, Holloway belongs to a family of prominent activists who don’t just walk away from scrapes that other people started.

“I blew way past furious when this thing happened,” Holloway said Thursday. “But the real backhand slap came yesterday.

“I’ve got a few hundred names (of kids who attended) already. They weren’t hard to find. They told on themselves using social media the way they did. I’ve been talking to nearly all of them on my website (helpmesave300). But when I made an appeal to come back here and help make it right … only one of them showed up yesterday with his dad.

via Column: House trashed by wild party, former NFL player Holloway fights back with smarts | Fox News.

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I know what you did last winter

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 EDITORS NOTE: I began writing this before I went to Creation Festival NorthEast & feel even more adamant about posting this after listening to testimony from others.  If you truly live as Christian in this world you have to be daring & bold just as Jesus was in his ministry.  I don’t have a perfect life but all of my work goes to glory of God & the way I live.   

  • Matthew 12:33 (KJV)

    Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

I know what you did last winter

So, I’ve decided that I’m going to share this with everyone I know because my closest friends said that what I went through was on the verge of unnecessary.  You don’t agree with me because all of this is being told from my perspective & as we all know there are two sides to every story.

I have preface it with some back story because my life isn’t exactly linear… well it is in a existence to time, space, & universe standards but for me it diverges into who I am.  What makes me seek out passions & start working towards a better future whether it’s ten minutes down the road or ten years.  My first year on internet was 1996 when I was the ripe old age of only sixteen.  It wasn’t high speed because it was dial up account but it was fast enough for the original form of social media, chat rooms, message boards, & internet relay chat.

Even back then I was already open to the experience of getting online and interacting with people from my local area to around the world.  No surprise?  Right?  After I graduated high school most of my existence was online and before social media became a big deal and totally ingrained into the mainstream public culture.

Fast forward a few years to mid 20’s.  I had a girlfriend for nearly most of that time and describe it as such, two wonderful years, two shaky years, & two years that it unraveled.  Someone I had completely naive trust in and I’ve had to slowly recover from such.  So much so that my first real interest after her was Canadian girl in western province who was a very forward eighteen years old.  We had ten years age difference but I puppy loved her to death until she was fed up with me.  Yet, it sparked my fire back up to look for a woman.

Here’s where the story picks up, if you haven’t been reading the last three paragraphs they may be tad bit unnecessary but they’ll give you a clearer perspective of who I am.  So the year was 2008 when all of the garbage starts and I’ve had to endure being accused of being sexual predator three times in the course of 18 months.

My first incident occurred with a girl then 14 who’s now 18 on a Christian website called FaithFreaks.com where I worked for year as volenteer cousiler & youth leader.  I had many people that had my phone number including many teenagers.  During a late night conversation I said something personally to her about myself that at that time freaked her out that she reported it to other administrators & leaders.  What did I say?  Well, something she didn’t understand & was sexual term but I was not trying to do anything with her or stalk her.  After the investigation interview they cleared me of wrongdoing & it was just a big misunderstanding with a temporary ban from the website.

My second incident happened when I had started work at Chuck E. Cheese right before I lost my job at NAPA Auto Parts in April 2008.  The job started in February to be exact & this incident happens in June.  Where some woman, while I’m dressed up as Chuck E. Cheese, accuses me of fondling her breast.  My manager quickly dismisses it.  She knows I’m not some sick pervert, seriously I had the back ground check before I started to work there & a majority of their staff is teenagers.  By the next week I have an incident report to send to corporate office.  Then I have four Charleston police detectives show up at my house. Where I explain how it all went down & ask me to come in the next day to be questioned.  Sure, I have nothing to hide.  I’m a very honest & straightforward person.  Ask anyone that knows me.  You want know anything about me, ask!  Well, after the questioning the officer seemed pretty cool about nothing going on.  Yet, this wasn’t going to end peacefully as the woman decided to sue the company.  It ended after a year apparently round after round in court.

(Editors Note: You have to pass a comprehensive background check to work at Chuck E. Cheese as an adult.  Same for when you start with a school system.)

Certainly my year couldn’t get anymore turbulent could it, wrong. My third incident occurred as substitute when I started for Kanawha County Schools.  A teacher at Point Harmony accused me of sexual harassment.  I did receive a written verbal warning for this incident because the word I used that irritated the woman was busty.  Since then, I’ve rarely even used that word since then due to making me paranoid to even say.

After 2008 it’s been pretty quiet so I decided to launch into social media, digital media, photography, video, & commentary on political views.  So far I’ve had pretty decent time doing including diving into being a public figure.  That’s why my facebook & social media is set to public.  I have nothing to hide, also a majority of minors I interact with I have parents on my facebook page as well.  The only issue is Kanawha County schools considers social media dangerous.  To me that is dinosaur thinking because if you understand technology you use it but school systems or at least most them advise their professional, service, & other employees to avoid them.  It can all lead to “trouble”.

Here, time for me to be blunt about this.  The only trouble it can cause is if you’re sexting, or having conversations with minors that are not appropriate.  Almost every other day it seems there is a news story on some person, adult to minor interaction, that thought it was a great idea to do send or exchange sexuallity explicit materal.  Which, here let me put you this way, I’ve NEVER did this.  Don’t plan on doing it.  This world has become everyone is suspect & if not you have to be doing something bad.  I’ve treaded the boundaries unintentionally & learned from my mistakes but this past fall of 2012 drama reared its ugly head again.

Even with most of my safeguards of being an honest & outgoing person occasional people don’t agree with the way you live.  So, I was all set have a great season with the St. Albans Lady Red Dragons basketball team.  I had someone pop up & cause my life to be hectic for a few months.  Here is what happened… (see below images from my personal facebook account)

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As you can see I had a parent whose daughter I met in the general public at a haunted house decide I was some kind of threat.  Apparently people think I’m either an easy target or just plain stupid about the way I conduct myself.  I’m a person of character & integrity.

If you don’t believe me then spend some time around me which is what I did with the girls basketball coach Scott James.  He’s good person & if he thought for a moment I was threat to any of his student athletes I wouldn’t have had just access to him & his team for five years.

Furthermore I made myself accessible to not only the student athletes but the parents.  People who would appreciate my hard working efforts to cover the team as photographer & digital media gatherer.  So, where am I?  Limbo… I never heard back from the principal or the board but my plans are if I’m still in this area & a custodian at Saint Albans High School I plan to be back where I was with Lady Red Dragons.  Doing photography & being part of the support staff for this team.  Finally, if releasing this costs me my job at Kanawha County Schools because I’m releasing this via my personal & public website then I am not meant to stay an employee there & it’s time to move on.  Which is what I’ve been looking for since I started position because I’m not cut out to cleaning, thought I’m not cut out for a lot of things but that doesn’t stop me from trying.  Thanks for reading about crazy life.

One side note, judge me & say what you’d like about me but I am not after any teenage girls.  Yeah, I know many of them but seriously try actually being mature because I don’t think with my penis, really it doesn’t control my brain.  Thank you.

Jonathan Miller

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Graduation 1998 15 years later: A tornado followed by a Hurricane.

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This past Sunday exactly 15 years ago the graduating class of Poca High School was waiting in a parking lot wondering if were were going to graduate on time. In fact many of us just said mail us the diplomas because we were frustrated that the building we were supposed to use had been hit with a power outage by a severe storm that rolled through the Kanawha Valley earlier in the afternoon. It was a very rare & strange occurrence.

Maybe it should have been a sign that sometimes life just isn’t under our control but we’re subject to other forces in this world. Whether it be people or even the planet we call home. So where are we 15 years later. Many graduates have families, good jobs, & are making the world a better place. I guess if anything most of the Poca High School Class of 1998 has found their happiness & success.

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Remember Me This Way 15 years later the Poca High School Prom

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These eight pages don’t capture the night for me because most of the pictures are of the juniors.  I should ask who the photographer was for the event but then again not that really matters.  At least there are some moments that were caught & put into the 1998 yearbook.  This is “Remember Me This Way” & encapsulates what once was.

Hello, I’m Jonathan Miller & at that time was ending my tenure at Poca High School.  I didn’t have high marks in my classes but I did manage to win the hearts of everyone as Most School Spirit along with my female counterpart Miranda Milhorn (Rutledge) during my time at Poca.  Most people still remember me as “The Poca Dot” mascot while being at Poca during that time & apparently I left an unfulfillable legacy for people who’ve tried to follow me.  Imagine that and no I’m not bragging that what I left for others to try to do  after my days in Poca, West Virginia.  I believe in being able to set some standards & high ones because the world touts this as what we all want to aspire for in each of our individual lives.  I’ve shrugged it off many times but apparently I am meant to carry the ball but actually getting somewhere to where I can prove it or I’m building on my own.  Anyways, enough of me carrying on… I want to do a retrospective here.

From about the first of April until about the middle of May is prom season across the United States & it was not different before the advent of social media & technology.  Now it’s shared more & people see what everyone is wearing before they get to the dance but back in my day it was just chance that I found the perfect girl in Marlette to go with that night.  I’ve reflected on out endless night of dancing many times & we only sat down during the slow songs.  We danced once of them because we were both high energy & charismatic people so it made sense that her & I had the time of our lives.  We’ve both discussed this event over many time but fate seems to have determined it be one time event for her & I.  We talked about it recently & she’s right about both her & I needing a unique person to put up with our strange & outgoing personalities.  She’s always been interested in the arts & theaters where I’ve been drawn to professional wrestling which can be considered an offshoot of the arts depending upn your perspective. Yet, not to get far off base on this being about 15 years ago, I remember it being such a blur of people wondering how we kept going until 11 pm   Our after party was with Amanda Suttles who graciously hosted a small party at her house where we played board games all night & just enjoyed friendship.  Though Marlette did switch into fishnets… which was the wildest thing that happened that night.  I know there are wilder stories out there but who knows what blackmail would ensue if they ever made the light of day?

I know not everyone feel the way I do about remembering events, the pastimes long ago.  At times people seem to resent nostalgia but its about respect to me.  Paying homage to the times we’ve shared, the friendships, & the people who come through your life.  We are only on earth a limited amount of time & seeing that there are times we are all more alike than different.  Its that old cliche of, “the more things change the more things stay the same.”

Looking at some of the girls that are now women on some of the pages I can say most all of them have become life successes.  Actually it seems most from my graduating class has fared well in this every fast paced world.  Yet, I can truly say my evening was full of fun & everyone involved made it look like it was fairy tale come to life.  Looking back some it still feels truly surreal.  Who knows maybe some of my classmates feel the same way.

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