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Old 07-31-2012, 08:23 PM   #16
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A few questions for you. Is that a submarine I saw in the boat harbor? Do people actually live on the island? I see tourism is their industry, and it makes total sense.
Oh boy! An actual person! It's strange over in this forum, isn't it? Even though I can see that there has been some activity in the last week, it still seems like it's another planet over here! It seems quiet.

Yes - you have sharp eyes, Michele. That's the Semi-Sub. It's also called the Undersea Tour. Actually, I think that two different tour companies on the Island might have their own versions of the Semi-Sub.

Anyway, it's a really cool tour if you want to see fish up close and get pictures of them. I think it is a thousand times better than the famous Glass Bottom Boat tour. The Glass Bottom Boat is cool just because it's a boat with a glass floor, but you can't really see anything up close. So as long as you don't get claustrophobic and can handle a submarine-type of environment, the Semi-Sub tour is the way to go!

People live on the Island - I am trying to remember the number of residents that was once quoted to me. It was at least a few thousand, but they are all spread out. Many of them live in those stacked apartments and houses in the photos I posted above. Some of them live on the "other side" of the Island, which is Two Harbors.

The reason everyone mainly drives golf carts is because there is a long waiting list for people to have vehicles brought to Avalon. If the vehicles are service vehicles of some kind, then that's different. But just to have a car for the sake of having a car will require a wait of many years to bring the car over. It's a small town. There's really no need for a car unless you want to go inland or over to Two Harbors and drive through the buffalo.

I've been told by some of the residents in Avalon that they all have to take multiple jobs because it's expensive to live over there and each job does not pay very much. So a lot of people work day jobs, night jobs and weekend jobs. Some folks shuttle back and forth between the mainland and the Island - like maybe stay on the mainland during the week and come to their apartment or cottage in Avalon on weekends.
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Great job so far Sherry. Glad you posted on the SoCal board as I would never have looked here.
We didn't go to the museum and I can tell I'm glad. That walk must've been hard with a sore foot. It does look incredible but not likely my DS's cup of tea.

Did you take pictures of the big boats turned into houses? Maybe I can add some pictures if I can find my camera cord.

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Old 08-01-2012, 11:27 AM   #18
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Great job so far Sherry. Glad you posted on the SoCal board as I would never have looked here.
We didn't go to the museum and I can tell I'm glad. That walk must've been hard with a sore foot. It does look incredible but not likely my DS's cup of tea.

Did you take pictures of the big boats turned into houses? Maybe I can add some pictures if I can find my camera cord.

Looking forward to seeing more.
Thank you, Wendy!

I'm glad to see another familiar DIS'er over here.

I know what you mean - I'm not sure if too many people look in this forum! I didn't really prefer to post my Trip Report/photos here. I would have preferred to post all of it in the specific SoCal forum, where our Free Catalina Express birthday trip thread is located. Better yet, I would have preferred to stick this Trip Report in my existing Disneyland TR tread over in the DL trip report section, where I already have a regular group of followers (such as Michele/kaoden39, who posted above).

But it gets a little tricky when it comes to where certain threads and certain TR's are supposed to go, and I'm playing by the rules. Things like Superthreads, information threads or strict non-Trip Report photo threads that might include photos from many different people (such as a "Post Your Photos of Catalina" type of thing) can go in the SoCal section, which is why I put the Free Catalina Express thread there. The Trip Reports are supposed to be separate.

However, from what I saw, we don't have a separate section for Southern California trip reports only, and I can't stick a Catalina TR in the middle of my Disneyland trip report thread - because one trip has absolutely nothing to do with the other - so I was kind of stuck having to post my Catalina TR here in the California & the West TR forum.

In any case, when I eventually get a Catalina Superthread going - which is going to have information and photos (hopefully from lots of people) in it, such as info for the different boat services, some of the restaurants and some of the places to stay, info about some of the different activities or tours in town, links to any other threads or TR's that involve Catalina, etc. - that will go in the regular SoCal section.

Confusing, isn't it? It confuses me too!

Yow know, I don't think I got pictures of the big houseboats, unless I am forgetting! I'd love to see them. I was noticing how clever some of the names of the boats are, though!

Based on what I would have liked to cover and what I would have liked to get photos of, I missed a lot of things. I was thinking mainly in terms of putting together the eventual Superthread in the Southern California forum, so I was trying to get a lot of general 'around town' pictures, like pictures of shop/restaurant signs, pictures of the beach when no one was on it, a few pictures from up in the hills, pictures from both the area by the Casino and the area by Lover's Cove, etc. I just didn't have enough time to get photos of everything I wanted to get. I think I would have needed at least a weekend to do it.

It was a bit rough walking on my injured foot, up to the Wrigley Memorial. In fact, my foot was bothering me yesterday too and I wasn't walking anywhere, really! In fact, I've been trying to take it easy on my foot since Catalina so that I don't do anything to make it worse and give it a chance to heal without extra stress put on it, and it still hurts when I am just going from one room to another! Eventually I will have to get it looked at by a doctor, I suppose. Easier said than done in my case, but don't know if my foot is going to get worse or not.






I still have lots more Trip Report photos to share here! I am doing double Trip Report duty - posting my Catalina TR photos here and working on my in-progress Disneyland TR from my holiday 2011 trip.

In addition to those things I am also preparing to launch a "Theme Week Photo Countdown" in my Halloween Superthread as we count down to the start of the Halloween Time season (which kicks off next month) at Disneyland, and a Theme Week Photo Countdown for my Christmas Superthread, as we mark the days until the start of that season too (it starts in November, but there is lots of ground to cover so it takes 3 months!).

And, I am trying to slowly but surely gather little bits of info here and there to put together the eventual Catalina Superthread in the SoCal forum.

I am all over the place, bouncing back and forth between holidays, between threads, between Trip Reports and between forums on the DIS!!!
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No submarine for me. I get terribly claustrophobic. The que on Roger Rabbit made me incredibly ill the only time I was on the ride. Its the glass bottom boat or nothing in that circumstance.

I would be willing to bet the majority of homes there are vacation or weekend homes. The cost of daily expenses has got to be prohibitive.


I think that if I could get Scotty on a boat it might make a nice over night stayt for he and I.
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Great photos Sherry. I see a lot of familiar places. That hike to the Wrigley thing looks daunting with a sore foot but I'm glad you made it.

Only one piece of input for your eventual Catalina Superthread. Be sure to post about five of your "beach" photos and make it very clear that those show every square inch of Avalon's beaches (and how early people stake spots). I'd hate for people to go expecting wide sandy beaches like Huntington or Newport.

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No submarine for me. I get terribly claustrophobic. The que on Roger Rabbit made me incredibly ill the only time I was on the ride. Its the glass bottom boat or nothing in that circumstance.

I would be willing to bet the majority of homes there are vacation or weekend homes. The cost of daily expenses has got to be prohibitive.


I think that if I could get Scotty on a boat it might make a nice over night stayt for he and I.
Michele -

Yep. If there is any chance of claustrophobia, the Semi-Sub is not for you. Not that it's unbearable or anything, but for those who are prone to getting uncomfortable in small spaces like that (or like on the Disneyland Subs), this will probably not be a good idea.

If you can force some Dramamine into Scotty, maybe he could manage a trip over! It is a really nice day trip or a romantic overnight trip (although most of the hotels and cottages require a 2-night minimum these days unless they have last-minute cancellations, I think). It's a great place to take nice scenic walks by the ocean and listen to music in one of the bars.

The interesting thing is that the economy over the last several years had a big effect on Catalina and they lost a lot of their tourists, which, as you said, are the bulk of their income. The tourism business dwindled. So I think that a lot of the residents who maybe lived and worked there year-round - or even half of the year - probably had to start working on the mainland and possibly living there too. So I am actually wondering if the number of permanent residents on Catalina dwindled along with the tourists. It's possible that a lot of Avalon residents moved off of the Island and back to civilization just for work.

My friends Jackie and Bob - who you have seen in my DLR trip reports - have a friend who lives in the Hamilton Cove part of Avalon. I posted some photos of Hamilton Cove on the previous page. He lives there for part of the year - the off-peak season, essentially - and then he rents out his condo or villa or whatever it is to tourists and visitors who come to stay for the peak months, like holiday weekends and summer. I would bet that this sort of thing is very common these days, with part-time residents renting out their homes to tourists for peak season.

Then, at some point, the Chamber of Commerce or the Avalon City Council or someone or another decided to start sprucing up Avalon by way of adding in the zip line and other adventures. They replaced a couple of the old restaurants with new ones. They replaced some of the shops. They started having exhibits at the museum that is located in the Casino building. And then they started up the free birthday boat ride on the Express.

So there are obviously some people who have to live on the Island year-round. They have to work in the restaurants and shops year-round. There are even some small offices there. There is a small hospital. There's a school. A lot of retirees might live there too.

But, as you indicated, I would bet that only the bare minimum of those residents are working there, because it is probably not cost effective to employ lots and lots of people year-round, especially if the tourists are not pouring in year-round.

And then there is probably a surge of new employees who come to live on the Island and work for the summer months only, or just for major holiday weekends, and then they go back to their real lives on the mainland for the rest of the year. I once dated a guy (probably like 20 years ago or so) who did that - he lived on the mainland for part of the year, and then moved to Avalon to work for the summer and on holidays (he worked at Antonio's, the restaurant that I posted pictures of, and somewhere else). He would stay with whichever friends he made who actually had houses in Avalon. He didn't really do it "for the money," because the money wasn't great. It was more just a way to have fun and meet people while working in a cool place for the summer!



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Great photos Sherry. I see a lot of familiar places. That hike to the Wrigley thing looks daunting with a sore foot but I'm glad you made it.

Only one piece of input for your eventual Catalina Superthread. Be sure to post about five of your "beach" photos and make it very clear that those show every square inch of Avalon's beaches (and how early people stake spots). I'd hate for people to go expecting wide sandy beaches like Huntington or Newport.

Looking forward to more ...

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Yay! Another familiar DIS-friend!

Thank you!

Yes, I was glad that I did the Wrigley thing too. I always curse it at the time I am doing it, but then I'm glad later on, after I'm done with it! It's not something I would do on every trip, for sure. I've gone up there about 4 times now, I think, and have skipped it on lots of other occasions. It takes a chunk out of the golf cart rental time, and I missed stopping at some of the scenic points along the golf cart path because I wasted so much time at Wrigley! So whenever my next trip is - like IF the Express' free birthday deal is happening again next year (past April), I will probably skip Wrigley.

Oh, I will definitely be asking for lots of input from you, Wendy and whomever else has Catalina input to offer when I get the Superthread going! So don't go away! I'm sure I will overlook something crucial and will need to add in things as I go.

I agree about the Avalon beach - I wanted to get some photos of that tiny beach when it was not clogged up with people, but you are 100% correct. People will get there early and stake out spots, and the beach is full by late morning. And I mean, packed with people. Also, it's not exactly a quiet, remote beach. The main street there - Crescent Avenue - runs right behind it, as you know, so it is basically like you are camped out on the sand, in the middle of the hub of activity! There are some places where you can plop down on the beach that are below the main flow of foot traffic - like when you walk towards the Casino and get near the Via Casino arch and the Tuna Club and all of that - so those are a tiny bit quieter and more private, in a way, simply because they are not situated (literally) in the middle of the action.

I hope to get some more rounds o' photos posted tomorrow, as well as add another installment to my DLR Trip Report.
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Was there in January 12. Sherry did you catch the two story home that was made out of two ship wrecks? I hope to return, I love your photo's , things I did not get to see.
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Was there in January 12. Sherry did you catch the two story home that was made out of two ship wrecks? I hope to return, I love your photo's , things I did not get to see.
Hello, usnuzuloose!

Welcome! I'm so glad to see more familiar names over in this forum - it seems so separate from the main activity on the board.

Thank you for the compliment.

Did I somehow manage to look past the shipwreck home in my own photos? (I am very old, you know.) Or is it something you saw when you were there that I somehow didn't see? I don't think I saw it, or if I did I certainly didn't 'notice' it. Normally I am very detail-oriented, but if I am focused on looking at something else in particular, I may very well look past something really obvious!

So you were in Avalon this past January? Did you go on your birthday, or just for a regular trip? And was it your first time there? I'm always curious to know what people think when they get back from Catalina because, in the old days it was always a one-extreme-or-the-other kind of opinion. People either seemed to fall in love with Avalon and couldn't wait to return, or they thought it was boring and they didn't want to go back. These days the opinions seem to be more in the middle ground area, where people don't really love it...but they don't dislike it either.

When I get the Superthread going for Catalina, hopefully you can share some of your photos and insight with us? I think there are a lot of DIS'ers out there who would really enjoy Avalon if they made the trip, but there are so many people who don't even know what Catalina is, where it is, what it's about, how to get there, what to do once they are there, etc. It would be great to get opinions and see photos from a variety of people who have been there!
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Still at the Wrigley Memorial…





The detail in the carvings is exquisite…




























Thank the heavens! These steps are heading downward! That’s better than up!






Back in the Wrigley Botanical Gardens…


…Because who doesn’t need a little Woody Lettuce in their backyard from time to time?




























Okay, this reminds me of a giant prickly foot and toes…









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A cactus with koala bear ears!













This is the funniest thing – the cactus looks as if it’s wearing fuzzy gloves or slippers or something!




















The actual plant that went with this sign was not interesting. It may have even been barely visible – that happened in some cases, where the sign was there but the plant had all but died!






Jacaranda…you love ‘em or you hate ‘em! If you love them, it’s because when they are in full bloom they provide a pop of vibrant color to any neighborhood. If you hate them. It’s because they shed all over your driveway, cars or backyard and leave a fairly sticky residue that is difficult to remove.

















I didn’t have time to follow this path to see where it led me, as I was running out of precious golf cart time…













This is reminiscent of some of the light fixtures you’d see at Disneyland Resort!









As you can see, it was a packed house for this educational video viewing area. Standing room only.



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Time was a-wastin’ and I had to pack up my golf cart and go, or else I wouldn’t be able to see any of the scenic views from up in the hills.

Ever since Pebbly Beach Road and Lovers Cove were closed to the public (although you will see that I ignored the signs to stay away later on), some of the best harbor/ocean views of Avalon from up in the hills were blocked. To be honest, there aren’t as many great views anymore – not compared to what there were – unless access is granted to tourists again.

I bid farewell to Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens (and all of those Godforsaken steps) and zoomed off into the hills.

At one point there were some annoying kids or young teens who were literally standing in the middle of one of the roads, chatting away with each other – it’s a casual type of town, so people stand in the middle of the road a lot! Even though they clearly saw that they were partially blocking my path and that I was trying to get around them, they would not budge. In fact, they pretended they didn’t see me trying to pass through the narrow spot they left for me, even though I was only a few inches away.

I hadn’t driven a golf cart in many years and was not feeling totally confident in my ability to squeeze through the spot on the side of the annoying kids. I was afraid I was going to bang into them or into their bikes or whatever. So I attempted to back up and make a U-turn on this hill to get away from these kids and find another road.

In the process of trying to make my U-turn, I overestimated how much space I had before I would touch the curb (that’s the disadvantage of not having anyone in the cart with me – there was no one to tell me exactly how much space I had) and I ended up scraping against it. I had to dust off the red paint shavings from the front right tire. I suspect it’s a fairly common occurrence to bang into things up on some of the narrow roads in the hills, as I noticed other scrapes on the cart (mainly the paint) that were definitely not mine.


Anyway, once I was done plucking the paint out of the tire and getting away from those human roadblocks, I continued along my merry way.



Wow…that road or trail, or whatever it is, is steep! Yikes! If I tried to drive up that hill – which was not accessible to tourists – I probably would have driven myself off the side of it – literally!







Finally I reached a scenic spot – although it’s still not as good as the spots that used to be accessible prior to the road closures…






















By the way, I should point out that the kind of pointy, triangular-looking rock on the road in the distance, past the harbor (it’s kind of in the upper third of the picture), is part of Pebbly Beach/Lovers Cove…which was closed, as I mentioned. That rock marks my old “thinking spot.” That’s where I used to go on previous trips to sit on a bench and stare out at the ocean. It’s quiet, except for the sounds of the sea and the seagulls.

Of course, I was not about to visit Avalon/Catalina without walking to my thinking spot, so I ended up defying the rules and walking over there at sunset anyway (as you will see in upcoming photos).






It suddenly dawned on me – after driving around seemingly endless hills with not much in the way of a view – that I’d better check the time. I had a 3-hour limit on the golf cart and wanted to see how close to the 3-hour mark I was getting. For some reason I thought the golf cart rental guy had told me that I was supposed to bring my cart back at 3:50 p.m. In fact, I even repeated it back to him for confirmation and he nodded.

But when I pulled over to the side of the road and looked on the yellow slip hooked on to my steering wheel, I saw that it said “3:20” as being my return time.

I looked at the time display on my cell phone and it said…“3:04 p.m.” Yikes! I had spent so much time at Wrigley that I was now in a time crunch to get out of the hills and back to town.

Now, even though it had been a while since my last Avalon visit and my last solo golf cart ride, I was still pretty familiar with how to get back to town. At least I had previous experience on my side. And I knew it was going to take a while to pull into the Island Rentals lot. I was going to have to go up, up, up into the hills a bit further before I got to a road that would take me down to the residential streets in town. These golf carts only go like 20 or 30 miles an hour, if even that much. That might be a generous estimate.

With an urgency that I can only equate with, perhaps, Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride, and a few not-suitable-for-DISboards words thrown around, I put the pedal to the metal and I high-tailed it through the hills as fast as I could manage.


I pulled into the golf cart parking lot at 3:17 p.m.!!!! Just. In. Time. Whew, that was close!

I headed back towards Leo’s Drugstore, which is where I’d left one of my camera batteries and charger to be charged - for $5. It took them hours to charge just one battery – much longer than it takes me to charge it at home – and that’s why I got such a late start in renting the golf cart. Normally I would have rented it in the morning, but I was afraid that I wouldn’t have enough battery power to last me for photos up in the hills and I wanted to get the battery charged before I rented the cart.

However, after realizing that Leo’s was taking forever to charge my battery I had to rent the cart anyway, or else I would miss out on the ‘get 3 hours for the price of 2’ deal at Island Rentals, which ended at 1 p.m. on that day. I had to risk taking the camera with only one partially-charged battery already in it and pray that it held out, while the second battery continued to charge at Leo’s.

My advice – if you go to Catalina for a day trip and do not spend the night on the Island, be sure to bring at least 2 fully charged batteries with you (if not 3 batteries) if you are the sort of person who takes lots of pictures. One for the camera; one to use as immediate back-up. Don’t rely on Leo’s or any other place in town to charge your battery. I’m not sure if their electrical currents are ‘different’ or ‘off’ because they are on an island, but the charging should not have taken as long as it did and it really threw me off schedule in my day.












A cute window display at Lloyd’s, home of the famous fresh salt water taffy…










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Lloyd’s colorful taffy comes in all sorts of flavors…












And apparently, Hello Kitty is never far away either!














An interesting light fixture for those light fixture enthusiasts out there!



















This street – Whittley – is a hill. About 95% of the places I have stayed in Avalon in the past have been located up this hill! Whether they’ve been apartments, cottages or hotels, I have usually ended up on this hill, quite a ways up. I think there have maybe only been two places I’ve stayed that were not on this hill. This is another thing that I cursed – and so did my friends – at the time I had to walk up it, especially after a long day of being in the sun or horseback riding, or whatever, but over the years of being away from Avalon I have come to miss this annoying hill!

Did I walk up the hill for old time’s sake, just to relive the memories? Heck no. But I certainly stood at the end of the hill and looked up at it fondly, taking a couple of pictures by which to remember it!












More to come later, including what I named "The Walk of Tile" (not to be confused with the Walk of Fame)...
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When I was standing at the foot of Whittley, looking up at that dreaded hill that had plagued me on most of my previous trips to Avalon, a very attractive man (who looked like he may have just come from diving or something) asked me if I wanted a picture taken in front of the sign. I didn’t, but I thanked him. We made small talk about the hill for about 1 minute and then he told me that I’d better apply some sunscreen to my nose because it was getting red! He was right, but the sun burned through all the layers of sunscreen I had applied, so my hands were red, my forearms were red, my scalp was red, my neck was red, etc.

It’s a very interesting phenomenon in Avalon, as opposed to Disneyland – I get sunburns no matter what (the pasty Irish skin syndrome), BUT I find that the sunburns are more deceptive at DLR. I can lather up the sunscreen and apply it at DLR, and I will see that I am burned by the end of the day or by the end of the trip – but the burns don’t seem to be quite as harsh.

However, in Avalon I could apply the exact same amount of sunscreen to my skin and walk around for a few hours, and that budding sunburn will show itself in a big way early on. It will be obvious to all that I am a walking tomato. And the sun will be much harsher, too. I have always suspected that all the water around the Island is what attracts the sun’s rays and makes them worse.

I went to the Cars Land/Buena Vista Street preview at DLR in June – I came back with a bit of a burn but it was not severe, although I was sick to my stomach and had a terrible headache the next day from being out in the sun. I went to Avalon 2 weeks ago and I am still peeling and shedding today, but I did not get sick the next day! Strange!




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I highly recommend the Flying Fish tour. I haven’t been on it since maybe 2001 or so, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s only active from June-ish to September because the fish are not as active in the off-peak season.

You go out in an open boat at night, and the captain shines a big spotlight onto the water, which attracts the flying fish (they have wings; hence, the “flying” title). They jump, they glide across the water, the do somersaults, they glow, and sometimes they even leap right into the boat.









The colors of all of the flowers (of all shapes and sizes) in a particular flower bed I discovered in the center of town were so vibrant! They were like little jewels sparkling in the bright sun!


These little tiny bunches o’ flowers (and I’m not sure if you can tell exactly how small they are in the pictures) were grouped together in such a way that they looked like individual bouquets of tiny flowers…







And it was very, very hard to get a close-up picture of them because they were so tiny, and everything turned out blurry when I zoomed in. (I tried it repeatedly – these photos I’ve shown are the least blurry of the bunch!) But to have taken a distant shot would not show that they were like little teeny bouquets…























































Time to leave the gorgeous flowers and start walking towards the famous, iconic Casino!



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Continuing on…









The late artist Thomas Kinkade painted several scenes from Catalina, including the Via Casino archway (this picture is from Google Images)…In fact, there used to be a gallery in town, solely devoted to his work.





















I love the shadow effect in these “Leaping Tuna” pictures (these were taken outside the Tuna Club – an exclusive, private club in Avalon)











As I mentioned in a previous post, there are many scenic spots around Avalon that are straight out of a postcard…














This is the Yacht Club…




















Thomas Kinkade also painted the Yacht Club (photo from Google Images)…







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Great pictures, Sherry. I am partial to the ones from the candy store . Could do without the cactus -- we have enough of that here. It's great that all of the flowers were blooming when you were there.

My mother has a great lithograph of the Casino that a local artist (who coincidentally was my kindergarten teacher's husband) painted. I told her if she ever gets rid of it that I have first dibs. It's much better than Thomas Kinkade, or at least more my style.

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