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Saturday nights work for me as well.    10pm Atlantic mind you, so if I might start snoring:rolleyes:

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I would be interested in watching at least, even though I'm still  in the hypothetical phase (and the basement and garage are still way too cold to try my luck when I do get everything purchased)..

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