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AE 354 – Interview with Mariana:
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By pete — 1 year ago
Learn Australian English in this expression episode of The Aussie English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression NOT WORTH A ZACK.
AE 370 – Expression: Not Worth A Zack
Man. Let’s just get this started. How is it going, guys? I… I have just got home and I have had way too much coffee, but I thought you know what it is time to do this week’s podcast episode. So, I just got on Facebook Live. I put up all the podcast… freaking hell! I’ve been saying podcasts instead of postcards for the last hour.
So, anyway. Ok. This is what this is an episode that’s going to be full of bloopers. I have that feeling already. I have that feeling already. So, I got back, my parents just dropped me off. My folks dropped me off. (I) spent the weekend down at their place… the weekend, I guess, the week*. It’s only Saturday now. But, I have just gotten back to Melbourne. So, I’m back in my house.
I got five postcards from you amazing listeners. So, thank you so much to all of you guys. I did a Facebook Live lesson and I put them on the wall. So, they are now up behind me. Next time on live videos hopefully you can spot the postcards that you sent me. Thank you so much guys.
Send your postcards to: PO Box 597 Ocean Grove, 3226, Victoria, Australia
I have a few more announcements for you guys. I have a few more announcements.
First and foremost, I’m an uncle. I am an uncle. So, I became an uncle on Wednesday. My sister has had a beautiful baby girl. The baby was in breech. So, that means that it wasn’t sitting the right way around with its head facing down inside of my sister’s stomach to be born properly by a natural birth. So, instead of a natural birth my sister had to have a Caesarean, what we call a C-section, Cesarean section, where she was opened up, I guess, booked in, cut open, and they pull the baby out, and they sew back up, and she doesn’t have to go through labour.
Anyway, everything went amazingly well, and I am now the proud uncle of a beautiful baby girl named Isabel Anne Smissen. So, welcome to the world Isabel, and congratulations to my sister Annika and her partner Rory, as well as my parents. They are incredibly stoked. They are grandparents for the first time. They couldn’t stop looking at this beautiful little baby. And it kind of blew my mind quite a bit. So, it‘s ruffled my feathers a little bit, and made me a little envious and looking forward to the day in the near or far future when I have children as well. But it‘s a long road I’m sure before that happens for me, but we’ll see. We’ll see. I can imagine it can be life-changing. So, that’s the first announcement. I’m an uncle.
The second one is that I handed in, I submitted, my PhD for the final frickin’ time, guys, for the final time. Hopefully, my supervisors and the chair of my doctorate committee, the person in charge of organising my supervisors, gives me the thumbs up, gives me the green light, gives me the go ahead, on uploading the PhD to the university’s library and being done, being finished, for it to be kaput, all over, done and dusted, and I can just move on to bigger and better things. Just focus on the podcast and serve you guys as best I can at Aussie English, because this has become my passion. Despite having spent probably the last 11 or 12 years at university, yeah, 12 years at university. After all of that, it‘s led me down this road to here, to doing what I am currently doing, with Aussie English and this’s… to be honest this is where I see my future.
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Aside from that, the website has been redesigned. It’s still going through a few little changes. I‘m still tinkering away with the website. I’m trying to make it look a bit nicer. But the basic format has now changed. I’m sure a lot of you have noticed. If you haven’t noticed go over to TheAussieEnglishPodcast.com, the website, or just search Aussie English, it’ll come up in google, and get on there and have a tinker, have a little look. Let me know what you think. Have you found any bugs, any problems with it? Just give me some feedback. Do you like it? What could I improve? Because at the end of the day, ultimately, it’s there to serve you guys. It’s there to be as useful as possible for you guys learning English. So, yeah give me some feedback.
Let’s get into it though, guys. Today’s expression is “not worth as zack”, for something to “not be worth as zack”. Ok?
So, before we get into that one though, as usual, I’ve got a joke for you guys. I’ve got a joke. It’s a little bit crass, but it’s not too bad. It’s not too bad. And it’s a good joke, I think, because it kind of illustrates Australian humour. It’ll give you a sense of how we often take the mickey out of ourselves. And to take the mickey out of something or someone is to poke fun at someone or something, to make fun of. So, to make light of something, to joke about something. So, I like taking the mickey, like Mickey Mouse, mickey, I like taking the mickey out of myself, and Australians love taking the mickey out of themselves.
Ok, so the joke. Why wasn’t Jesus born in Australia? Why wasn’t Jesus born in Australia? Because nobody could find three wise men or a virgin. Do you get it, guys? No one could find three wise men or a virgin. So, it’s making fun of Australians saying that none of us are smart and that none of us are virgins. OK? So, that’s today’s joke. Why wasn’t Jesus born in Australia? Because no one could find three wise men or a virgin.
So, today’s expression, guys, is not worth as zack, for something to not be worth a zack. This one was suggested by Karina. So, good job Karina. She suggested this in The Aussie English Virtual Classroom, guys. It’s the Facebook group that you can come in and interact with everyone. There’s daily videos that people upload to practice their English. And on Mondays, I get you guys to suggest expressions and then vote on these expressions for me to do the weekend’s podcast on. So, Karina, good job, mate. To not be worth zack, not worth zack.
So, as usual, let’s go through the words in this expression.
“Not“. I’m sure all of you guys are going to know the word “not”, n-o-t. This is a particle that negates an auxiliary verb. Ok? So, a helping verb. I am not going there. I am not going there. I would not go there. I wouldn’t go there. So, it negates it. I am going. I’m not going. I would go. I wouldn’t go. So, that’s “not”.
“Worth“. for something to be worth something worth. Means the equivalent in value to the sum or item specified. Ok? So, that’s a complicated way of saying, the value of something. Ok? So, my computer is worth seven dollars. My word is worth… it’s invaluable. It’s worth a lot. Ok? So, my car’s worth ten thousand dollars. It’s the value of something.
“A zack“, “a zack”. So, this was an interesting one. I had to look this up, because, to be honest, I have never used this expression. I’ve heard it, but I’ve never used it. So, “a zack”, it turns out, is slang for a sixpence or what was called a six penny. So, this is back when we use the imperial system for money in Australia. So, some of you might know, some of you may not know, our money originally came from Britain. So, Australia’s a Britain colony. We were colonised by the British back in 1770, I believe, by Captain Cook. And as a result, the money and the measurements that were used in Australia were the imperial system. Ok? So, anyway, we had pounds, we had shillings, and we had pennies, and a sixpence, which was about five cents, was nicknamed “a zack”. I don’t know why, but it was nicknamed “a zack”. So, if something wasn’t worth a zack, it wasn’t worth very much. It wasn’t worth five cents. It wasn’t worth sixpence. It wasn’t worth a six penny in the imperial monetary system.
So, let’s define the expression, guys. So, if something isn’t worth a zack, it’s not worth zack, it’s worthless, it’s not worth any, or we could say, it’s worth bugger all. So, that’s an Australian expression, to be worth bugger all. And that just means it’s not worth anything, it’s worthless.
So, we’ve sort of gone over the origin of the expression “a zack”. It’s from the 1700s. And when I looked this up, the usage of the term “zack” for a slang term for a sixpence actually dropped off in the 1800s, guys. So, this is a really old slang term, but obviously it’s been maintained in the expression “to not be worth a zack”. And so, it’s funny how the meaning of “zack” has kind of disappeared and people have forgotten it, despite continuing to potentially use the expression “not be worth a zack“. So, yeah, not worth a zack.
Let’s go through some examples as usual, guys, of how to use the expression “to not be worth a zack”.
So, imagine you’ve got a mate who makes a promise. He gives you his word that he’s going to do something. I promise I’ll do this. I give you my word I’ll do it. But then he breaks his promise or he goes back on his word. So, you could say his word isn’t worth a zack. His promises aren’t worth a zack. They’re worthless. They’re worth bugger all.
Example number two. So, you want to buy a house, and you go somewhere and they say… you know, you go to an auction, and the auction gets up to a really ridiculous price, and the house is a real run down old house that’s not worth much at all. It looks atrocious. It looks awful. But they want a million dollars for this house. You could say, yeah, we want it, but to be honest, it‘s not worth it a zack. It‘s not worth a zack. This house is so run down and old it‘s not worth it a zack, let alone worth the million dollars that you would like for this house. It‘s not worth a zack.
The third example is, imagine you want to get some wine. Ok? I’m a fan of red wine, maybe like white wine, but you go to a bottle-o ago by some booze, to get some grog, so some alcoholic drinks, some alcoholic beverages. You want to get some wine. So, you go there and you say, I‘m after some Australian wine. I want some Penfolds. Penfolds is an amazing Australian brand of red wine. I think it tends to be just red wine, and it’s from the 1840s. They were established in the 1840s. So, the company’s something like 170 years old. But these guys are from the Barossa Valley in South Australia, and they would be Australia’s most famous brand of red wine. But say you’re after some Penfolds, and the place doesn’t have any or the vintages of Penfolds that it has, and “vintage” as in the year that that bottle of wine or that wine was bottled, say they’ve got the wrong one or they don’t have Penfolds at all, you could say, well, I don’t want any other wine but Penfolds from the Barossa Valley. Anything else isn’t worth a zack. Or maybe it’s the vintages that they have, and they’re atrocious, awful, cheap vintages that you hate. You could say, these ones aren’t worth zack. They’re not worth five cents. They’re worthless. They’re worth bugger all.
Alright, guys. Hopefully, you understand the expression “to not be worth a zack“. And I definitely challenge you guys to go out there and use this expression with some Australians, and see if they know it. You might find some Aussies who know this expression and who probably love hearing you say it, you know? It‘ll put a smile on their face. It’ll make them grin.
So, as usual guys, let’s go through a listen and repeat exercise where you guys get to practice your pronunciation. Try and say things exactly as I say them to work on your Australian pronunciation to get that Aussie accent happening. Let’s do it, guys. So, listen and repeat after me.
Listen & Repeat:
Not worth a zack.
Not worth a zack.
Not worth a zack.
Not worth a zack.
Not worth a zack.
I’m not worth a zack.
She’s not worth a zack.
He’s not worth a zack.
You’re not worth a zack.
We’re not worth a zack.
They’re not worth a zack.
It’s not worth a zack.
That’s it guys. Good job. And remember to sign up to The Aussie English Classroom if you want more in-depth exercises like this to practice your Aussie pronunciation and learn to speak Australian English just like me.
So, let’s go through an Australian fact, guys, and this ties in with “a zack”, so a sixpence or a six penny from the 1700s and 1800s. So, the Aussie fact for today is that Australia’s British colony obviously used the imperial system. So, we used pounds, shillings, and pence for our money. We used feet and inches and miles for measuring length or distances. And we used things like ounces for measuring the weight of something. Ok? So, this was like Americans use today, at least, in terms of feet, inches, miles, and ounces. They use dollars for their money, obviously. But yeah, we use this, and we used it up until the 14th of February 1966. So, my parents lived through a time where there were pounds, shillings, pence, feet, inches, miles, and ounces used as a measurement system in Australia. And in the 1960s, they switched the currency and these measurements from the imperial system to the metric system, so a decimal system, where the measurements are all relative to the number 10.
And so, the interesting thing here is that when they wanted to convert these they had to do a massive ad campaign, a massive ad campaign on TV, on the radio, to inform everyone that on the 14th of February 1966 the money was going to change over, that everything was going to change over. And so, for a period of time, and I was talking to my mum about this earlier this week, you could pay for things with pounds, shillings, and pence as well as dollars and cents. So, both currencies were being used at the same time in Australia for a period whilst this conversion was taking place. Anyway, there’s a really interesting jingle. So, the song from the ad, “a jingle” we call it. That catchy tune that are quite often really short, you know, 30 seconds. It’s used in this ad. I’m going to play it after this so that you can have a quick listen to the start of this jingle, and I‘ll also link the ad so that you can go and check it out. Anyway, that’s today’s fact. The currency changed over on the 14th of February 1966 from pounds, shillings, and pence to dollars and cents.
In come the dollars, in come the cents, to replace the pounds and the shillings and the pence. Be prepared folks when the coins begin to mix on the 14th of Feburary 1966.
Who are you?
I’m Dollar Bill, and I’ve come to tell everyone that decimal currency will be here from the 14th of February 1966.
What is decimal currency?
Decimal currency is simply a money system worked out in multiples of 10. The base unit is a dollar made up of 100 cents.
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By pete — 2 years ago
In this episode of Ask Pete Anything I answer Ali’s questions, “How do I make more Aussie friends?”.
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Ask Pete Anything: How Do I Make More Aussie Friends?
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Ask Pete Anything.
Today I’m going to be answering a question from a listener Ali, and thank you so much Ali for your question. He wants to know how to get in touch with and become friends with other Australians. And so, obviously, you guys whether or not you’re in Australia you can apply this if you’re in America, in Canada, in English, in any country that speaks English [or any country really]. So, I guess I’ve got a few pieces of advice.
The first would be when first coming to the country try and avoid becoming close friends with other people who speak your native language. That’s not to say don’t become friends with other people who speak your native language because often if you meet them it’s kind of inevitable. You’re going to obviously have a lot in common. You’re going to want to speak your native language, and you’re going to want to hang out and feel like you’re at home. But, try to avoid falling into the trap of only surrounding yourself with people who speak your native language, and people who are from your own country, because I feel like a lot of the people who do this in Melbourne end up in that trap of only spending time with other people from their home country and only speaking their native language. And so, you miss out on being able to practice English, on being about to become fluent and reach a high level in English, and on meeting a lot of Australians let alone all the other people who speak English that live in Melbourne or in Australia or any other country that is an English speaking country. So, that’s piece of advice number one: try not to surround yourself with other people from your home country or who speak your language.
I guess too I might add that a good example of this is that there are a lot of Indonesians, a lot of Chinese people, Korean and Japanese people, um… and a lot of Spanish people as well, Colombians, Spaniards, a lot of people who come over here to Australia and then I get to meet them and learn a bit about them and then I see that they only have friends outside of work or outside of whatever it is that I know them from that are from their home country. And an example of this could be all the Thai people that I work with only hang out with other Thai people outside of work, and even in work we have probably four Thai people at work, they all speak Thai to one another at work. They do speak a bit of English but I would imagine that the only time they speak English is when they’re at work. And so, I don’t feel like they’re improving their English like they could be if they avoided always spending time with other Thai people. And, it… it’s a hard thing to do because it is very easy to obviously meet other people from your home country and become friends with them, but you kind of have to force yourself not to do that if your goal is to get a very high level of English and to meet other English speaking people and become friends with them and set up a life here in Australia, or wherever else it is. So that was advice… piece of advice number one.
Number two. I would say be active. So, if you’ve just come to Australia and you are staying in a hostel obviously you’re going to meet one, a lot of other people who are also staying in a… in that hostel and are traveling in Australia. So, it’s a good thing to get together and get out, and just do social things. Go to cafés, go to restaurants, go to pubs, go to clubs, go sightseeing, and just meet other people. Chat to other people you see at the sights, you know, just be friendly, be open. If you both are looking at or seeing the same thing there’s always something that you can chat about obviously, you know, even if it’s a complete stranger you can say “Hey, how’re you going? What do you think of this?” whatever it is that you’re looking at or seeing at a certain sight. Or maybe even a restaurant you’ve just gone to, you know. If you’re leaving the restaurant and you bump into someone as you leave, you see them and you’re like “Oh what did you guys think of this place?”. So, I think that is one of those things. Go out, be active, go to places where there are a lot of people and just… just be chatting, you know, talk a lot. And eventually you’re going to meet a lot of people, and even if you don’t become good friends with these people you get to practice your English. So, that’s my second piece of advice. Just go out, be active and surround yourself with other people who are speaking English.
A third piece of advice would be: try and sign up for some kind of class or some kind of activity, a recreational activity, a hobby, you know, it could be going to the gym, it could be doing yoga, it could be doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, you could go to a painting class, you might even go rock-climbing. Any of these kinds of things where there are going to be a lot of other people around interested in the same thing that you’re doing who have the same hobby, the same interest. You’re going to certainly have a lot in common if it’s something that you like and it’s something that you do on a regular basis. So, you do it quite often and you’re seeing those people all the time. It’s going to be almost unavoidable that you’re going to become friends with those people. And this is what happened with me and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. So, when I started jiu-jitsu here in Melbourne I met so many new people because every jiu-jitsu class had like 30 or 40 people in the class, and you would get to talk to them all during the class, you’d roll with them, which is what we say when we fight with them, and yeah you would see them, you know, every second day, every third day, you’d see them every week. So, I really really think that finding a class or some kind of activity or hobby that you like doing, that you can go and do on a regular basis is a… a really really good way to meet like-minded people who enjoy the same things as you. So, that’s piece of advice number three. Sign up to something like a yoga class, the gym, any sort of activity you’re interested in.
The fourth one that I would suggest, which is a really really good way of meeting Australians who also might be learning your language is go to some of these language learning events that are on especially in Melbourne. Any of the big cities around Australia are going to have a lot of language learning events, and the good thing about these is that they’re on a regular basis. So, every week, for example. They might even be on two times a week. So, the one in Melbourne that I’ve been to is Mundo Lingo, and this is on every single week, and there tends to be 300, 400 people who show up. And so, it’s a really good way of meeting one, a lot of foreigners who are also learning English, and two, a lot of Australians who have an interest in learning other languages one of which might be your language that you can speak. And so this is also good because it’s easy to strike up a friendship with the people you meet in these places because you have a shared interest in languages, and you may also be able to teach them your language while they teach you their language. So, yeah, it’s a very very good way of meeting not just Australians but foreigners who are learning your language, who are speaking English and learning English, and who obviously have a lot in common with you.
So, that’s probably it. Those four pieces of advice. I guess trying to recap on them would be:
- Try and avoid just becoming friends with and surround yourself with people from your home country.
- Try and go out more often. So go to cafés, pubs, and just be around other people who want to also learn English. So, surround yourself with people who share the same goals as you with learning English, whatever it is, if you want to improve.
- Ah, piece of advice number 3 is try and sign up to something like a class that you have as an interest whether it’s going to the gym or doing yoga, jiu-jitsu, painting, whatever kind of interest you have, try and find a way that you’re going to mix with a lot of people every week, and see those same people, and it’ll almost be inevitable that you will become friends at least one or two of these people.
- And then the last one is try and go to language meet-ups, at least at first. You’re going to one, have a chance to speak your own language with other native speakers as well as people who are from the country you’re in, assuming that’s Australia in this case, and they’re going to have a shared interest with you with wanting to learn languages. And so, it’s going to be easy to talk to people there.
So, that’s really it. I hope it helps mate. I hope that you apply some of these things and you can meet some Australians and make some lifelong friendships with them. So, and to everyone else listening if you guys have some questions that you want me to answer, maybe about me, it could be about English, it could be about Australia, anything you like, feel free to just send me a message or a comment on Facebook or on the website and I’ll try and do an episode as soon as I can. So, ‘til next time guys. All the best!
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By Admin — 8 months ago
AE 447: 7 Reasons to Study English in Australia
G’day, guys. Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.
Today, I am chatting to my friend Lorena from Go Study Australia about why Australia is such a good destination for studying.
Whether it’s English, at university, some kind of course, Australia is a great destination to come.
Let’s have a look.
So if we just imagine me now being someone who’s living in Spain, Italy, France, or South America and I’m really really keen to learn English abroad, Why would you suggest Australia?
so Australia has a lot of good things compared to other English speaking countries. One of the best things is the work opportunities. Other English speaking countries don’t have as many opportunities in terms of jobs.
So for example student visas for U.S. don’t come with working rights . So that’s where you go, you study but you can’t work.
Canada has… I’m not really sure but there’s a limit, so there’s… I think up to the first six months you can’t work and Australia is one of the only countries that lets students actually be able to work part time while they’re doing their studies.
Another great thing about Australia obviously is that because it’s so far away from everything else there’s not a lot of people from your own nationality…
For now, for now right?
And that’s good because when you’re looking for a school or a place to learn English you don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you’re surrounded by your own nationality and your own language.
That’s the only way that you can really make forward with language.
Alright, guys. Well I hope enjoyed that little interview with Lorena from Go Study Australia if you are thinking about studying English in Australia or if you are already here doing it.
Those guys are a free service and they will help you with things like finding a job, finding an English school, finding somewhere to live, all of that sort of stuff.
So, check out Go Study Australia.
Before we finish up though, I want to go through several other reasons why Australia is such a bad arse country when it comes to studying as an overseas student.
So, check this out.
We have a strong economy in Australia. Some of you may know this as it is relatively expensive to live here, but the living is pretty good.
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And a strong economy means that there’re lots of jobs and that you’re going to get paid relatively well.
One little anecdote. When I was just a mere waiter whilst studying at university, I was a waiter and I was paid $25 Australian dollars an hour.
So, I think anywhere between $19 and $20 something, $24, $25 dollars an hour is going to be pretty good and you’re likely to find that kind of job if you do a bit of hunting.
Number two. Australia is politically stable.
So, what does this mean? It means that there aren’t going to be a lot of massive changes when it comes to being a foreign citizen and opportunities in Australia.
Australia’s government puts a lot of emphasis on educating foreign students.
This is a massive, massive, massive source of income for the Australian economy.
So, it is unlikely that many things are going to change overnight if you want to study in Australia.
Number three. We have an incredibly high level of education here.
The standards for education are really high. Whether it’s for schools, whether it’s for the teachers, and as well, for the students. You guys are going to get held to a high standard.
So, you can be sure that if you get a degree in Australia, if you finish a language course in Australia, it is going to be top notch.
Number four, and I read this online. I don’t know if it’s 100% true, but Australia has, apparently, an incredibly good telecommunication’s network and system.
So, you’re going to be able to use your phone, you’re going to be able to call overseas.
The prices aren’t too expensive. They’re not too crazy. And obviously, you’re going to get internet pretty much everywhere.
Though caveat, the internet speed somewhat sucks. Just be aware of that ok, guys?
There are also a wide range of courses available whether you’re studying IELTS, or IELTS exam preparation, whether you’re studying for the Cambridge exams and the different ones there, or if you’re wanting to do PTE, you can do all of those courses here at Australian English schools.
Another point worth mentioning here, guys, is that the Australian Government published a study, a little while back, but it’s still relevant, called Studying in Australia, which discussed the views of students, agents, and parents from at least 6 different countries regarding studying in Australia.
In comparison to other popular destinations for international students, quote, Australia’s student visa costs, tuition costs, living expenses and demonstrated minimal funds required to apply for a visa were lower or equal to all other destinations.
Australia also has a wealth of opportunities and experiences. So, if you’re interested in travel, if you’re interested in sight seeing, in art galleries, in culture, in food, all of these things will be at your finger tips when you come and study in Australia.
So, we have a wide range of climates and habitats. Everything from the hot, dry desert to the warm, humid forests of northern Queensland.
We have the Great Barrier Reef if you like tropical destinations at the beach.
We also have amazing picturesque beaches all along the coast of Australia.
You can go surfing, you can go bushwalking, you can hit the forest, the mountains, you can go snowboarding, skiing.
There is a lot when it comes to travel in Australia.
The last thing that I wanted to mention was the fact that Australians are a little bit sport crazy.
So, if you’re into your sports, whether you like playing sports, being a member of a club, training, or you just want to go to a match or a game on the weekends and check it out as a spectator, Australia is going to be the location for you guys to check out.
So, anyway guys, that is it. Those are all of the reasons I think, and I think many others would agree, Australia is one bad arse destination if you would like to study English or if you want to study at university, something that isn’t English, as well.
So, I hope you agree, guys, but I want to handball this back to you guys.
What do you think? Is Australia a really good destination for studying English? And have I forgotten any tips, any pros, any awesome aspects of studying Down Under?
Let me know in a comment below, guys.
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Anyway, guys, I wish you a ripper of a day and I’ll chat to you soon. Catch ya!
Alright, guys, I think it’s time to go out and see how this camera goes.
Let’s see if we can get a nice time-lapse and finish this video off. See you in a sec.
Alright, let’s do this, guys. Target acquired.
Alright, I’m done. I’m freezing my butt off. It’s cold out here. Time to head home, get some food.
I’ll see you in the next one. Catch ya, guys!
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