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John is one of my favorite people, and I love him dearly. (I would never write that he isn't photogenic- only meaning that he is much better looking than these pictures tell.)
(Not that I care. After all, I still like Job.)

(Totally J/K, guys. I'm a jerk.)


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It's a volcano. With dinosaurs. We actually won for speed and design- first for design, second for speed.

This Lucy's hummingbird, which was a tragic figure in the race and didn't make it through even one. She was pretty upset about it, saying as she was crying, "I just wanted it to finish ONE race at least!"
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