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Venice Beach Busker

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Venice Beach Busker
Venice Beach Busker
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Rhonda Burger
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    Super comp on this Dale. Wow, he is strong. Rhonda


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3/22/2009 12:09:27 AM

 
Jeetendera Kalia
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X E lent frame,timing & DOF good job! Dale:):):)


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3/22/2009 3:50:50 AM

 
Vicki Snow
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oh to be young again......i really like the bg....you can almost hear them chanting....the shadows are awesome


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3/22/2009 7:13:01 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Rhonda. And congratulations on the win for "Heiliger Sand" A beautifully crafted shot. Loved it.


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3/22/2009 9:26:11 AM

 
Kathleen Nealon
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Dale,

I love your new self portrait. That must have taken a lot of practice to get the timing right between remote shutter release and the hand stand. No wonder your arms are so developed. LOL

Kathe


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3/22/2009 9:28:16 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Jeetendera. I enjoyed your gallery. Especially the fine portraits.


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3/22/2009 9:30:23 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Vicki, couldn't agree more about the "oh to be young again" statement. Oh, well, at least I'm still young at heart.

Thanks for the nice comment. I've been cruising your gallery and was especially drawn to the untitled shot of the dragonfly. Lovely image.


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3/22/2009 9:37:23 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Kathe for being the only one to realize the truth.


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3/22/2009 9:54:52 AM

 
Esther R. Tinz
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Dale this shot needs flipped vertically.... Just kidding. You captured a 'second' in time. Well done


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3/22/2009 12:31:09 PM

 
Christie R. Bielss
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Wow Dale - looks like you've got some pretty good moves! Now I know what the tripod is for!!!


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3/22/2009 1:47:48 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Ester and Christie, thanks for the kudos. I'm still laughing from your funny critiques. :-)


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3/22/2009 7:20:18 PM

 
Jeanine M. Bailey
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Awesome Dale!!! :)


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3/22/2009 7:22:48 PM

 
Debbra L. Bailey
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Awesome shot Dale! I love the guy in the background to the left cheering him on!


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3/22/2009 7:54:53 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks Jeannine.

Debbra the guy in the background is part of the group of buskers that were performing acrobatic moves that day. I have some other shots of him as well.


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3/22/2009 11:01:05 PM

 
Robert K. Bemus
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Great action and comp, Dale!!


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3/22/2009 11:12:21 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Robert. I should have realized that "Illusion of Speed" was from the same talent that took "Duck Dive" Didn't recognize the name when I commented on it.


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3/22/2009 11:35:39 PM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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Nice shot Dale...you guys have quite the characters out west..


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3/23/2009 6:03:31 AM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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Really cool capture Dale! Love the background...really makes the shot with that guy and the camera, and especially that guy to the left and his expression....fantastic! I think you made a wise choice setting the straightness with that tree instead of that street light...sometimes that is a difficult dicission, but going with something closest to the center of the shot is the way to go! :~) That being said I must say that the foreground shoe having a blur on the sole seems odd because it doesn't look like a motion blur, but rather a gaussian blur from editing!


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3/23/2009 9:41:04 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks Tony. You're right, we sure do and you can find most of them at Venice Beach all summer.

Aimee, you sharp eyed vixen you. You always keep me on the straight and narrow and catch me when I get lazy. Yep, it's a Gaussian blur all right. Shame on me for letting that get by me.
Don't let up Aimee, I love the challenge of trying to get it just right.


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3/23/2009 9:48:56 AM

 
Penny l. Haviland
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Great capture on this colorful and active street scene! Love your gallery! ;p


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3/23/2009 9:57:45 AM

 
Jodi M. Walsh
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very cool shot and I won't be letting Sadie see this (don't want to get her any more ideas for acrobatics) :-)


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3/23/2009 11:20:04 AM

 
Joan E. Hoffman
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Really fun and interesting capture Dale! Love it!!


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3/23/2009 12:03:42 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Penny, thank you so much. And thank you for introducing me to your gallery. I had such a good time. Let you some notes.


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3/23/2009 7:53:28 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Jodi and Joan.

Jodi, I have another shot of this fellow that takes even more strength to pull off. What the heck! I'll post it for you.


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3/23/2009 7:55:34 PM

 
Jodi M. Walsh
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hey- no encouraging my little daredevil ;-)

these are amazing captures Dale. very cool and very California :-)


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3/23/2009 8:06:37 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Very nice action shots, Dale. I wouldn't even dream to advise you to straighten him up a bit; He's defying gravity and you were right there to freeze him in action. Great job and I SO agree with Jodi - very cool and very California!


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3/23/2009 8:22:21 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Jodi and Debbie, thanks. Only on Venice Beach!! Need to go back there soon as it's a photogs paradise.


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3/23/2009 10:59:47 PM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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Hey Dale... I like the second one better!...i'm not sure why, he just seems more dynamic, and his body position seems better compostionally...i KNOW you checked this but the image does feel to me like it is slanting from left down to right slightly..could be the slant of the pole or height of the people in the crowd..but either way I like this one better. :-)


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3/24/2009 6:08:26 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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You're quite right on the slant Tony. I used the tree as the vertical reference because it was the most predominant but in actuality I should have either cloned out the pole or leveled the shot and cloned out the tree (or both)

You can verify the pole should have been the correct refereence by comparing the tiny bit of sidewalk showing just to the right of his arm band.

By the way I think it's very funny and fitting that I'm getting dinged for not being "on the level" since I've been harping about it so long. LOL. It's a gas but proves that everyone now is aware and that is very cool.


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3/24/2009 9:40:30 AM

 
Ellen H. Robertson
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Very cool subject. Great shot. How do they do that. I have a hard time just keeping my feet going in the direction I am going.


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3/26/2009 2:14:10 PM

 
Angela C. French
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Wow! Hard to catch good shots of street preformers!


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3/26/2009 6:38:17 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks. Not sure of their methods, Ellen. I haven't been able to do it for years now, and don't remember if I did it with two hands or just one. Darn senior moments! LOL :-)


Thank you Angela. Must admit I caught these shots because I was too lazy to stand and got down on the sidewalk to rest. :o)


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3/27/2009 8:43:54 AM

 
Christie R. Bielss
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See, sometimes age has its advantages - like getting the AARP hotel discount, or discounts at the movie theatre! :)


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3/27/2009 10:17:55 AM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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I hope you didn't have to press your "I've fallen and I get up" button Dale :-p


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3/27/2009 6:31:02 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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ROTF Tony! That is tooooo funny! Made my day.


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3/28/2009 9:59:35 AM

 
M.Christine Duncan
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Congrats Dale on this fine finalist!!! Super shot!


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4/22/2009 1:06:14 PM

 
Kathleen Nealon
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Great Job. Congrats on the Finalist.


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4/22/2009 1:12:04 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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CONGRATULATIONS on this amazing finalist, Dale!!! Been to Venice Beach!!!


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4/22/2009 1:17:16 PM

 
Esther R. Tinz
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Congratulations Dale!!!!!!


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4/22/2009 1:43:38 PM

 
Christie R. Bielss
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Congratulations Dale!


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4/22/2009 2:15:43 PM

 
Joan E. Hoffman
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Knew we would see this one again Dale! Congrats and hopefully I will be congratulating you again in a couple of days!


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4/22/2009 3:27:53 PM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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Congrats buddy...awesome shot and treatment..


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4/22/2009 3:47:36 PM

 
Debbra L. Bailey
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Yeah! Congratulations Dale!


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4/22/2009 5:17:27 PM

 
A P
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those guys in Venice are really talented aren't they? Awesome capture and congratz on your wonderful Finalist Dale


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4/22/2009 5:17:45 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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Congrats on your finalist DALE! :~)


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4/22/2009 6:39:19 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks to everyone for the congratulations. I need to get out more. I didn't know I'd rec'd it and was wondering why I had so many emails today. I've overwhelmed.


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4/22/2009 10:37:06 PM

 
Sherry McClead
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Congratulations Dale... awesome image!

Sherrybear


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4/23/2009 6:00:39 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Great shot, Dale. Congratulations!


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4/23/2009 8:43:24 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Sherry and Mitch, thanks so much.


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4/23/2009 9:09:57 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Fantastic, Dale! Big congratulations!


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4/23/2009 10:02:05 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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so nice to hear from you Colleen. Thank you.


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4/23/2009 2:46:59 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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And now, congratulations on your WIN, Dale! So glad to see it! :D


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4/27/2009 4:47:16 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on your wonderful winner!!


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4/27/2009 4:50:40 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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Whoohooo and it's a winner! :~) Congrats DALE!


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4/27/2009 5:20:44 PM

 
Esther R. Tinz
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Yippy Skippy - Congratulations


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4/27/2009 5:26:51 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks so much Coleen, Leslie, Aimee, and Esther. This came as a real surprise because I thought the contest was over. But I'll take it any day!!!!
HooRah!


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4/27/2009 8:05:19 PM

 
A P
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Picture perfect Dale CONGRATULATIONS on your win!! Right out of my own backyard. LOLOL


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4/27/2009 8:05:54 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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thanks Ann. Next time you and your hubby go to Venice beach let me know and Betty and I will take you to lunch.


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4/27/2009 11:30:34 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Big congratulations on a great win, Dale!!


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4/27/2009 11:49:42 PM

 
Kathleen Nealon
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Congrats Dale! That's two months in a row, isn't it.


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4/28/2009 5:04:39 AM

 
Sherry McClead
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Congrats on the gold Dale. WTG!!

Sherrybear


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4/28/2009 6:08:22 AM

 
Christie R. Bielss
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Big congrats on your win Dale!!


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4/28/2009 6:35:27 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!


 "Purple Crystal Trophy"

A Special Trophy for

"August Winners"


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4/28/2009 7:37:03 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Evy, Kathe, Sherry, Christie, and Elida, thank you for the wonderful response. So nice to hear from you.


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4/28/2009 8:14:27 AM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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Congrats Dale!!!


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4/28/2009 9:10:30 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!


 "Purple Crystal Trophy"

A Special Trophy for

"MARCH Winners"


Sorry!!!


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4/28/2009 9:23:11 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Awesome Dale, congratulations on your win!


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4/29/2009 2:53:36 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks so much Donna. How did I miss your "Photo of the Day" with the Panda?
Congratulations to you also.


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4/29/2009 3:55:04 PM

 
Robert K. Bemus
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Congratulations on your win, Dale-- WTG!!!


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4/29/2009 11:42:44 PM

 
Linda Blair
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Congratulations on your win!!!!!!


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4/30/2009 5:35:47 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Robert and Linda. Much appreciated.


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4/30/2009 10:00:54 AM

 
Christine Czernin
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Big congratulations on this fabulous win, Dale.
I just came back from a trip and have a lot to catch up it seems.


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5/10/2009 11:31:25 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Christine. Where did you go? Looking forward to seeing shots from your trip. Please let me know when you post them.


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5/10/2009 7:39:20 PM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Dale on your Win!!!


Dominick


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5/20/2009 2:23:38 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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thanks a bunch Dominick.


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5/20/2009 8:28:21 AM

 
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