Calling All Women & Men for CATS

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Calling all cat lovers, cat ladies, cat men, college students who miss their furry friends back home and essentially all gentle cuddle-loving human beings: 4E has BIG news for you.

CAT CAFEs are the newest, trendiest, most happening places around and we have one coming our way to DC!

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Crumbs & Whiskers, while not yet having an official location or opening date set, is advising prospective visitors to “BE EXCITED!” as there are full-fledged plans underway to bring a cat cafe here to the district. If you’re wondering what exactly this might entail, here is their blurb:

“Crumbs & Whiskers brings together some amazing things. Specifically coffee, tea, desserts, and you guessed it…cats! DC’s cat cafe will serve as a foster home for the Washington Humane Society’s shelter cats and as a really fun place to hang out for DC residents. The concept is pretty simple. Cats in cages are sad, so we get them out of there. Anyone without a cat is sad (or should be), so we hook them up. Then, we give everybody desserts and coffee and tea. The end.”

So pretty much it’s going to be the perfect venue for all things/moods: lonely, happy, sad, cuddly, first date(?) and even a space to add a new member to your family!

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Should you be worried that the prospect of a cat cafe might be an evil plot to exploit cats, fear not. Crumbs & Whiskers benefits not only its customers, but also its furry felines whose alternative would be a lonely cage. Being a cat at the cat cafe is a huge opportunity for our cat friends, as it greatly increases their chances for adoption! And YOU could be the adopter (I mean within or without respect to you campus housing codes).

If you are considering taking home a furry friend, know that adoption is not done on the spot, but through the Washington Humane Society – so at the least know that your decision will not be one done out of drunkenness.

Other important details to know:

  • No unsupervised kids under 12 (so basically like a 13+ cat club)
  • You must sign a waiver ( cats are animals capable of scratches and such)
  • Flash photos are not allowed for the safety of the cats
  • AND you must resist the urge to pet cats when they are asleep (r-e-s-p-e-c-t)

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To visit the Cafe: Reservations will be made in 30 or 60 minute increments and there will be a cover charge. Walk-ins are welcome if there is space. If someone does not show for a reservation availability will be made known via twitter. You may also schedule private events…team bonding, group study or birthday party???

Snacks & such will be prepared at a separate partner location and will likely be complimentary.

AND for those of you that are really into it- A GentleMeows Club will welcome feature members!!! (Yay exclusivity)

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR DC’S SOON-TO-BE NEWEST THING 

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4E’s Guide to Dating Apps: The Good, the Bad, and the Cuddly…

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College: Where students fresh out of high school are dropped in the middle of a random city in order to fend for themselves for the next four years. While you’re here you’re expected to study (and party) hard, grow as a person, make friends for a lifetime and, if your family is traditional enough, find a soulmate!

Thanks to the age of technology, there’s a whole world of apps that are designed to bring people together for all kinds of purposes. Not to worry, 4E has delved (maybe a little too deep) into the world of dating apps and has resurfaced with our top 5, in hopes that boys and girls alike can find love in a hopeless place (like a Lau cubicle). Here we go!

  1. Tinder. The holy grail/mother of all dating apps that is Tinder claims the number 1 spot because it was designed specifically with the college student in mind. In August 2012, Tinder was first piloted at the University of Southern California, and has since blown up around the country. Don’t feel like being a contributing member of society but want to boost your self esteem? Tinder allows you to search from men and women in your area and between your choice of age range, and if you like their profile, you can swipe right. A couple of hours on this bad boy and you’ll be raking enough matches to make you feel like you actually did something productive with your day.o-MINDY-PROJECT-TINDER-570
  2. Grindr. Despite the suggestive name, the idea behind Grindr is actually  pretty genius. Grindr, like Tinder, is location based, but is catered to males specifically. So if you’re a guy looking for someone to hang out, or go on a date with, then this is definitely your app! What we like about it is that guys can only see the information you want them to see, so you don’t have to worry about the creepy stalker types that want to find out where you live (Degrassi flashbacks, anyone?). The makers of Grindr also make it clear that this app isn’t just for dating, so if you just want a friend, you’re welcome too! If you are looking for a date however, there are more than 5 million guys on this app, so you’ll be sure to have your hands full searching! grindr
  3. Cuddlr. In a previous 4E post, we described who we would want to match with on Cuddlr just because the idea seemed so perfect, and we still stand by it. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and missed that post, Cuddlr is a (surprise!) location based app designed not for dating, but for cuddling (which could eventually turn into dating if you cuddle enough). You read correctly, based on who is near you, Cuddlr allows you to meet up with someone and share a cuddle- no strings attached. With this app you don’t have to worry about anyone having intentions other than sharing a cuddle, so just in case Bradley Cooper or your boyfriend pillow are unavailable, this app is perfect for you! Cuddlr
  4. Coffee Meets Bagel. This app right here is for all you ladies who are tired of wondering where the good guys are, or so the website says. We must confess, the name was what brought us to this app. Coffee? Bagels? Sign us up! With this app, ladies are given one “Bagel” at noon and can decide on whether to “Like” or “Pass” someone else’s bagel. Just to clarify, no your picture is not a bagel. This app is designed for busy young professionals who want to spice up their coffee breaks, hence the name coffee meets bagel. It’s perfect for the busy Georgetown woman who doesn’t have hours to spend swiping or would rather watch Netflix. cmb
  5. DateMySchool. We must admit,  we were kind of skeptical about this one when we first heard about it. We asked ourselves, “would we want to date specifically someone from Georgetown? What if it doesn’t work out and we have Econ together???” But then we looked closer and saw that anyone with an “.edu” address could sign up, and that you could filter your searches by school, departments, etc. If you’re big on privacy, a plus is that DateMySchool makes you invisible to people who are in the same school or department as you by default – that way you don’t have to worry about Eric from OPIM knowing that you’re stalking him online. If you want to make yourself visible you can change this in your privacy settings anytime. With this app, the college world is your oyster! 5303f7d984111.image

There you have it readers, the wonderful world of dating apps! The world is yours folks and now you have no excuse to not have a significant other to bring home for your next family reunion!

Photos: eduinreview.com, huffingtonpost.com, wikipedia.org, digitaltrends.com, coffeemeetsbagel.com, thebray.com 

Friday Fixat10ns: Love Through the Decades

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Once again, 4E has you covered when it comes to having the perfect playlist for your valentine. They’ll be impressed by the fact that you have a song for every decade. Hopefully, this evolution of love songs will try to express what you’ve been wanting to say all along.

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1. The 1920s: “Let’s Do It” – Cole Porter. Cole Porter might have lived back in the day, but he really got to the point. I mean let’s face it, everyone does it. Fall in love that is.

2. The 1930s: “Rhythm and Romance” – Ella Fitzgerald. Ella Fitzgerald is the Queen of Jazz, the First Lady of Song. Ella, your pure, jazzy voice can serenade anyone to fall in love.

3. The 1940s: “Five Minutes More” – Frank Sinatra. Maybe five minutes more will make a difference if you break out some Frank Sinatra. Guys take note, Frank Sinatra will always make a girl swoon.

4. The 1950s: “Earth Angel” – The Penguins. Released in 1955, this beautiful 50’s classic may seem a little familiar. That is because it was featured in the 1985 film Back to the Future.

5. The 1960s: “(You Me Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” – Aretha Franklin. Sorry Beyonce, but Aretha Franklin was the original diva. Aretha you are all woman and please keep doing you.

6. The 1970s: “Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder. This Stevie Wonder will melt your date’s heart and well, if you don’t have a valentine, just pretend that old Stevie is serenading you with those cool shades.

7. The 1980s: “I Melt With You” – Modern English. Nothing better than a little British new wave sound to live in up the mood. This may not be the most sultry of songs, but your date will appreciate it’s sweet sweet lyrics.

8. The 1990s: “I’ll Stand By You” – The Pretenders. Ah, what a classic 90’s cliché love song. The Pretenders really outdid themselves with this one.

9. The 2000s: “U Got It Bad” – Usher. Usher is the man when it comes to creating sexy and passionate renditions expressing love. Yes, that sentence was supposed to be extremely cheesy.

10. The 2010s: “Stay With Me” – Sam Smith. Due to the fact Sam Smith just took home 4 Grammy’s, I think he belongs on this wondrous list. Let’s face it, Sam Smith can steal anyone’s heart with his oh so beautiful voice.

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A Guide to Crushing Valentine’s Day

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It seems as though 4E is starting to get somewhat of a reputation as being a highly regarded dating guru. After addressing the issue of what a DFMO entails, emails began pouring in from lovestruck Hoyas across campus begging for some words of wisdom.

We recently received an email from yet another freshman in need of some help with his dating debacle. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we decided to lend him a helping hand and offer him a logical solution to his problem.

Hey 4E,

I saw your article a few weeks ago where you gave some pretty great dating advice, so I figured I’d give it a shot and ask for your opinion. There’s a girl who lives on my floor in New South, I’ll call her Sarah, and she’s pretty chill. She was in my ethics discussion last semester, but I was way too nervous to talk to her. Instead I just pretended to ignore her anytime she said hi to me in passing because I definitely didn’t want her to think I was too into her. I mean it’s all in the subtlety, right?

Anyway, I decided over winter break that I needed to make my move with Sarah this semester. The other day I ran into her in the hall on my way to the showers. Even though I was wearing a towel and carrying a shower caddy, I knew this was my time to shine. As I passed her I just blurted out “Hey Sarah, we should do something Saturday night.” She seemed kind of surprised, but it was casual because she agreed to hangout.  

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m really psyched Sarah wants to hangout this Saturday, but apparently that’s also Valentine’s Day. I’m not really into celebrating that holiday and I definitely have no clue what she’s expecting. My question for you, 4E, is how can I crush the Valentine’s Day game and really impress Sarah?

— Helpless in New South

Dear Helpless in New South,

Let me preface my advice with a question: what’s one thing all freshmen have in common? An eternal love for meal plans, of course! That’s why you should definitely make the most of yours by planning a special Valentine’s Day date at O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront. I mean nothing says romance quite like the sound of a dinging bell while someone screams “COME GET YOUR OMELETTE”, right? Right. Plus Sarah will be completely impressed with your ingenuity and regard for creative date ideas.

Now I know what you’re probably thinking, what could possibly be so great about Leo’s on Valentine’s Day? Well, a lot. Especially if you’re willing to put in the extra effort to make it a truly memorable dining experience. Just follow these simple guidelines and you’re sure to have the best Valentine’s Day ever!

When you get to Leo’s you may be tempted to offer to swipe Sarah in. DON’T DO IT. Seriously, it’s a huge trap. Today’s dating conventions are all about empowering everyone because #YesAllWomen (and more importantly, #YesAllMealPlans…gotta use those swipes somehow). After you swipe yourself in just start walking into Leo’s, she’ll get the idea and really appreciate how much you value her independence.

Next, find an extremely large table upstairs and commandeer it for your date. Pull a  tablecloth and some candles out of your backpack to help create some ambiance. Trust me, it’ll be totally effective. Insist that you each sit on opposite ends of the massive table and speak loudly the entire time to ensure that she can hear you. If she questions this seating arrangement, let her know it’s because it makes it easier to stare into her eyes.

Ask her what she wants to eat and tell her you’ll go get it for her. This will make her think you’re considerate. Completely ignore whatever request she makes and concoct the most disgusting mix of foods you can find. This will make her think you’re spontaneous. Continue to creepily stare at her as you eat as quickly as possible, and when you’re finished get up and leave. You’ll establish a sense of mystery which Sarah will definitely find intriguing, it’ll leave her wanting more. You’ll inevitably leave Leo’s thinking your date went so well that love must be in the air (fair warning: it’s actually Leo’s lingering scent).

Love 4Ever,

4E

Disclaimer: This article also does not express the views of any freshmen. The advice is still valid though.

Photos/Gifs: imgur.com; http://the-toast.net/

How to Celebrate Galentine’s Day

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Do you know what this Friday is?!!??

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Well, yes… but NO! IT’S GALENTINE’S DAY!

Last year 4E brought you a glorious introduction to “Your New Favorite Holiday” and we’re here to remind that you’re in luck – It’s that time of year again!

What is Galentine’s Day you might ask?

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For those of you Parks and Rec fans out there, and really for ALL of you guys and gals (but mostly gals), Galentine’s Day is the perfect prelude to the forever dreaded/over-anticipated V-day.

It is no secret that for most, Valentine’s Day generally turns out to be some extent of a disappointment. Whether you spend the day gawking at cute couples, chocolates, flowers and bears while being reminded of your own nonexistent love life, or whether you obsess, over-anticipate and set the bar too high for your own significant other, Valentine’s Day is mostly a day of inevitable letdown. However, we here at 4E are here to tell you that it does not have to be like this.

The solution: Galentine’s Day

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Here are some things to do on Friday that will bring you so much love and companionship that you will forget it’s a holiday:

1. Get started extra early with Galentine’s Day at the Women’s CenterHead over to the Women’s Center tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6:30 pm for treats, crafts, and company!

2. Invest in a great brunch, the ultimate gal pal time.

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3. Go see 50 Shades of Grey. I know you’re all thinking it so here are the details for Friday: Showtimes: 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:45 pm, 10:00 pm
Fandango cost: $10.56

4. Bake cookies, cakes and chocolate-covered everything. Take over your common room and/or someone’s apartment and let out your inner culinary desires while satisfying your craving for non-diet friendly sweets.

5. Go crazy with crafts! Scissors, glue, glitter – get creative, make a frame, make a gift and, most importantly, make a mess.

6. Make an Insta-Collage. Do you even need a reason to compile all of your favorite gal pics (awkward, cute, embarrassing, etc.)?! Take advantage of the excuse to express your love via social media!

7. Or do this:

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Whatever you do, make a point to serenade the awesome gals in your life. Happy Galentine’s Day!

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Top Five Reasons to Join 4E

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By now, you should have heard of the Internet sensation that is sweeping the nation (ok, maybe just Georgetown): The Fourth Edition! And today is your lucky day, because we’re hiring. So if you love writing, have a weird affinity for guac, an unhealthy obsession with cats and/or don’t mind taking the risk of peeing your pants because you’re laughing so hard, then we want YOU. If you’re still not convinced, here are a few more reasons you need to apply.

1. You will receive instant new best friends… and we are AMAZING. If you don’t join, you’ll be left with #nonewfriends. No one wants that.

2. Looking at GIFs all day instead of studying becomes “research.”

3. Conducting ridiculous photo shoots across campus is not out of the question.

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THIS COULD BE YOU

4. You’ll become part of a prestigious campus tradition… Well, sort of.

5. THERE WILL BE SNACKS. Because without snacks the world would be a really, really sad place.

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So if you’re still on the fence… well, that’s just impossible. And luckily for you, you have until Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. to apply! So grab your laptop, bring your sass, channel your inner Beyoncé and get writing! To join Georgetown’s craziest club, all you have to do is apply here.

And be sure to join the Facebook event for all the application information!

Photos: memecrunch.com, Emma Holland/The Hoya; Gifs: gifwave.com

Stolen Clock Hands: The Suspects

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For the first time since 2012, the Healy clock hands were stolen two nights ago. While they have since been replaced, who is responsible for the daring theft? Here are 4E’s top five suspects for who committed this most egregious (read: hilarious) crime.

Joe Biden

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Motive: Sign them and say that whoever stole them sent them to him. This would instantly increase his own status as a campus celebrity.
How: The VP attended mass at Dahlgren Chapel on Monday, likely as an opportunity to scout out the front of Healy. Using mass to hide your debauchery, Mr. Vice President?

The manager at Leo’s

Motive: Revenge on the students who steal all of his/her forks (and knives/spoons/dishes/cups).
How: While everyone was all the way across campus using meal swipes at Hoya Court, the manager snuck out of the now-abandoned Leo’s and took the hands. 4E fears that our precious clock hands will be melted into raw metal to replace all the stolen cutlery.

A freshman with a huge crush

Motive: Girl asked, “Can I have the time?”
How: I’m not really sure about this one. Some freshmen still don’t know what Healy is, so it’s impressive that he even knew there was a clock, let alone that its hands were significant.

The GU Rock Climbing Team

dsc_0344Motive: Tired of hearing, “Wait, we have a rock climbing team?”
How: They climb rocks for sport. Scaling the face of Healy? Child’s play.

That a-hole who always steals my spot in Lau

Motive: Because he’s a jerk, that’s why. You know the one.
How: I have no clue, since he has been in my spot in Lau every time I’ve checked.

Whoever the perpetrator is, it was pretty rad of them to steal the clock hands and offer us a little reprieve from the burden of finals season. 4E only hopes they send the hands to someone cool.

Photos: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nbihK0FLU08/T59DdKW-P5I/AAAAAAAAATc/GqpjGki53mc/s1600/clock+tower.jpg; http://boston.barstoolsports.com/; gubulldogblog.wordpress.com

Find Love Here: 4E Date Suggestions

jefferson-memorial-at-cherry-blossom-timeWhat is that? What is that feeling in the air? What is that crisp breeze blowing among the tulips? What is that fluttering in my chest when I walk outdoors? Could it be allergies?

No. The answer, my friends, is love. Love is in the air. In the words of Mark Twain, “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” 

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Thanks, Mark.

Here at 4E, we understand that spring fever is in the air, and we love it just as much as we love Beyoncé references and Burnett’s beverages. For that reason, we’d like to take a few moments to help you Hoyas out. We understand that it’s springtime and we know that you’re madly in love. So we’ve compiled this list of nearby spots for you to take your blossoming romances.

Places to Go For a D.C. Springtime Date:

1. The Washington Monument

Yes, the renovations are finally complete! That means that you and your significant other can officially purchase tickets and have a romantic monument date beginning on May 12. What says “I love you” more than hiking up 897 steps in D.C. humidity? That’s right: nothing.

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I don’t like giving this one away because Puro Cafe is my favorite Georgetown “secret.” Located at 1529 Wisconsin Ave. NW, this small Mediterranean tapas bar not only has unbelievable service and delicious food, but also features a beautiful outdoor garden. Sangria in the shade with the sweetie? Sounds like a date to me.

3. The Potomac Heritage Trail

The views are unbelievable. The memories are unforgettable. The romance is undeniable. Nothing says the perfect nature date like a hike on the Potomac Heritage Trail. Located just across the Key Bridge, this hiking path is fun and beautiful  just like you and your significant other. (Not looking for such a far walk? Head over to Teddy Roosevelt Island for similar forest fun without the distance!)

4. National Harbor

national_harbor_nightNothing is more romantic than a water taxi ride on the Potomac under the soft, starry skies. For $16, get a roundtrip ticket from the Georgetown Waterfront to National Harbor. While there, take advantage of the delicious food and stunning nightlife. Want to dance the night away with your beau? Head to Pose Ultra Lounge at the Gaylord National Hotel  the view is stunning! And for those of you who aren’t yet 21, be sure to take a ride on the Capital Wheel, coming to the Harbor in May.

5. The Leavey Esplanade

Trying to heat up your love life without burning a hole in your wallet? We get it (and so does Alicia Keys). Walk upstairs onto the Leavey Esplanade for a sweet, cost-effective date. A simple picnic underneath the moonlight is the perfect way to end a busy springtime week. Bonus points: Bring a guitar and serenade your special someone.

Happy dating, Hoyas. May love and luck be on your side.

Photos: tripmgnt.com, wikipedia.com, chesapeakeboating.net, blog.zagat.com

Washington: The City of Love (and Wine)

washington loves wineWine. It tastes better than Burnett’s. It is often imbibed on Wednesdays because of the brilliant opportunity it poses for alliteration. And it gives you horrendous hangovers. Or so they tell me. While I couldn’t possibly have any first-hand knowledge of this type of fire-water outside of Sunday Mass, apparently my fellow Washingtonians have plenty of experience with Bacchus’ favorite drink.

According to InTheCapital, the average Washingtonian drinks 25.7 liters of wine per year. This is the most liters per capita of wine consumed by any state, or in D.C.’s case, District. That’s right, our humble little District beat out even the most famous wine drinkers in California by 11.7 liters. If you don’t believe me check out this beautifully color coded map InTheCapital provided:

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That’s us, the minuscule blood-red spot in Maryland. Looks like a red wine stain on the patchwork pink shirt that is America.

In trying to find some sort of takeaway from the vital information InTheCapital has reported, let’s turn to MTV’s “Awkward” for some clarity:

With this sagely advice, I now dub the District of Columbia the new City of Love. (Move over, Verona and Venice.) Cheers to our D.C. lovers and cheers to their impending wine-fueled headaches!

Photo: inthecapital.streetwise.co, hercampus.com

So… How Was Your Valentine’s Day?

Shh!It is over. The love is gone. Instagrams about how perfect your relationship is are now unacceptable. And it is certainly time to put those pickup lines away and try something else.

1.148Since it is Feb. 15, people have bombarded me with questions about my Valentine’s Day. People must think I have an interesting life or something … which is clearly stretching the truth.

Are you also sick of being asked how your day was? Here at 4E, we understand that. So here are a few ways to spice up your answers. Because nothing is worse than continually saying the same thing.

“So, how was your Valentine’s Day?”

Make up a crazy tale that will make people instantly jealous. The more craziness, the better. I went to a party downtown and fell madly in love with a European prince. We danced all night and now I’m pulling a Princess Diaries and I am a princess. BOOM. 

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Food is always better. Make up a story that involves some amazing dinner. The more you describe the food, the more jealous people will be. And you better spend at least 25 minutes talking about your penne. The pasta was so amazing, I felt like I was in Italy. The smell intoxicated me and the cheese melted like an ice cream cone in July. 

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Put a ring on it. Totally pretend that you got engaged. Who will know? He liked it and then he put a ring on it. 

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Ignore the question. If you make it seem like a secret, people will instantly think the best. Oh sorry I can’t tell you, it is a secret. But if only you knew…

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Forever alone? More like party of one. You can always make it seem better, no matter what the circumstances are.

So go, my friends, and lie about your exploits. Oh, and the truth about my night? Ha, well you kinda had to be there…

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