Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Grandma Duggar's 'New' House


Those who have been asking for new Counting On footage will enjoy this video. As a child, Jim Bob Duggar lived in a log cabin style home with his parents and sister Deanna Duggar. Grandma Duggar recently sold the property that it sat on, so her son and grandsons moved it to their property and are fixing it up as her residence.



Photo/video courtesy TLC

102 comments:

  1. How wonderful for both her and the kids.

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    1. Cool Cabin! Mary is lovely, Congrats on having your home back! You will not be lacking any visitors with being so close to grandkids and great grandkids ;-)

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  2. You really need to get up with TLC's IT Dept. and find out why your videos from them show up as black boxes (if at all), and won't play for a lot of readers. Readers who are using PC's that don't have issues with videos anywhere else online.

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    1. If you have an ad blocker or anything like that, you will get the black boxes. Mine was doing the samething until I disabled it on this page. Now its works fine. Hope that helps.

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    2. I don't ever see to many readers all issues with the video. I think it's just yours.

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    3. It works for everyone who lives in the US, just not anywhere else (Holland here). Not sure what they can do about that.

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    4. if you're not in the US you can't see it. It happened to me at first but i downloaded an extension for chrome which makes webpages believe you're browsing from the US and i was able to watch the videos. it's called hola

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    5. It does not work for me and I live in the United States, and they could easily fix it so you can see the video even if you have an add blocker.

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    1. LOL, yes, what is he doing there? Song and dance? I can't get the video to work so all I see are two very expressive hands, maybe in mid-song? "There's noooo business like show business...."

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    2. That's funny! I didn't even think about that. All I saw was working gloves.

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  4. This is fantastic! So happy for Grandma Duggar to have her own place and one that means so much to her. I hope they will share the final result!

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  5. That's really neat!

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  6. I am glad to see all the young men helping to get the foundation ready for the house. I love that they were able to move the house and keep it in the family.

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  7. Pretty neat watching Grandma Duggar's house come together..keep the videos coming..thanks

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  8. Keep updates coming. I dont blame her for not getting rid of the house. Its beautiful. So glad she is going to be back in her own home.

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  9. Wow! That is beautiful! My mother recently moved to northern Michigan and bought a log home. That's wonderful that she can be close to the family.

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  10. It's nice for Mary Duggar, but does anyone believe that laymen can do such big general construction work themselves without being a licensed contractor? One has to ALSO be a foundation expert, plumbing, electrical, structural engineer and have the ability to "sign on the plans". It also has to pass the county inspection codes. Their 'friend' the contractor, sure, is helping them, as he's the one with the license. Don't know how children like the Duggar boys and the older ones, who are not trained, and licenses can to such work. It's not that easy. They also had to obtain permission to put another residential structure on the acreage, which could be a zoning variance by the county. What was the cost of moving that structure? It would have been cheaper to build a new small house on the property, I believe.

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    1. I've often wondered about the houses they "flip" and how many licensed contractors work on them. Around here, you would be hard-pressed to sell a house that had been fixed by someone not licensed, even if it did pass inspection. A house in my neighborhood couldn't sell & eventually the owners had to tear down a screen porch they had built themselves because it was barely legal and a sticking point in the sale. They hired a contractor to tear it down and put on a deck instead, and it sold!

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    2. They (the children) have been taught by licensed contractors since they were little. It is something the Duggars wanted to instill in their children and you see now how beneficial it is. Also who said they have not obtain permits?! Why must so many on this blog be so negative about every little thing with this wonderful family?! Also it is not about what is cheaper - it is bringing a home that has memories and love in it to the land they now own. Come on give this family a break.

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    3. You do realize that contractors oversee the building of houses but everyone who does the actual physical work is not a licensed contractor, don't you? I am sure they were trained before any work began but working on houses is nothing new for the Duggars. They worked on their own house while it was being built along with the Bates' house and the houses they buy and sell. It may or may not have been cheaper to build a new house, but a new house wouldn't have the memories that the log cabin has. It looked like it was in pretty good shape, so why not keep it?

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    4. 2:27 Bah! hum-bug!! Don't be so negative, it's not becoming.

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    5. Back when the Duggars first had their house built, the kids helped because they wanted them to learn how to do that stuff. So they do have experience and they don't need a license to learn and help out.

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    6. My thoughts exactly! Would be nice to hear from the Duggars if and how they met all the codes and building regulations.

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    7. But they did it! I, despite all these difficulties they have to work out! Isn't that wonderful!

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    8. Negative or not, readers have legitimate questions that never get answered.

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    9. Not really, they live in a rural area, there aren't as many codes to follow and they generally don't have inspections. My husband is a contractor and he see's people all the time doing their own thing out in the country. He really likes it when 2 or 3 years down the road he gets a call because it was done wrong and he gets to fix it.

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    10. Anon @ 2:27 I agree with your post.
      To be really skilled in any trade takes proper training and years of apprenticeship. Being fully qualified and licenced and being able to lend a hand and carry out instructions are two totally different things, and saying this isn't being negative, just truthfull. The expression 'jack of all trades master of none comes to mind'.

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    11. Having a brother who's a Grade A Contractor, I have to agree with the Original poster (Anonymous April 26, 2017 at 2:27 PM). I'd also add that with insurance regulations being what they are, my brother wouldn't allow multiple kids under 18 on any of his job sites, friends or not. If this is being portrayed as a "Duggar" project, it's disingenuous at best. Preparing a construction site, moving a house, preparing a foundation, setting the house, plumbing for the electrical/water and sewer is all professional work. Violating codes= big fines/loss of Contractor's license/both. If this is being sold as the Duggars did this themselves, without disclosing all that the contractor and his team/his subs did, that's just lying.

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    12. Totally agree, 12:55. Just because you have "training" doesn't make you a licensed (and insured) contractor, able to do work that meets code. For years, my husband was an electrician on a nuclear-powered sub in the Navy. He has both his Navy training and a college degree in nuclear engineering. But he won't change a light switch in our home. We use a licensed electrician for everything electrical around the house. That way, everything stays up to local codes and the contractor assumes all liability for the work, we don't.

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    13. Living in a rural area means fewer codes to follow and no inspections? Note to self: Never buy a house in a rural area...

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    14. 8:32- I live in a rural area and I can assure you there are the local/state building codes to follow, including inspections. There are also zoning laws that are enforced. Whether it's erecting an outbuilding, additional living space, or selling a land parcel- there are hoops to jump through.

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    15. It's also possible that they just don't mention all of the details. They wouldn't be able to do a project like this if all the requirements aren't met.

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  11. I know this was staged for a video but I was wondering, do the Duggars hug and kiss to greet each other? - no one approached Grandma or their aunt for a greeting. Wouldn't fly in my family!!

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    1. How do you know it was staged? xD
      I mean, if you knew that, then you should know everything else, right? What is it like living with them?

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    2. Anon @12:05 Josiah recently stated in an interview that they have to repeat scenes when filming, and like all reality shows they stage things to film. The cameras could not possibly just happen to be around at all the right times. The original poster only asked a question, it wasn't rude or offensive so why the mean spirited sarcastic reply?

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    3. Oh my gosh! By "staged," I meant that they were making a video purposefully, to show what they were doing. Grandma Mary and the aunt probably just didn't happen to show up, it was part of the plan. All I asked was if hugging and kissing between kids/parents/grandma/aunts was something they did. Both of my grandmas were very affectionate - if I didn't greet them with a BIG hug and kiss, I'd be in trouble! 😘

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    4. It is different when you live together. Since Grandma lived with them, I am sure they got used to not greeting her every time they saw her. My children always greeted my parents when we saw them, but now we all live in one house. We see each other so often that we don't greet each other every time.

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  12. Lately I've had several black boxes that do NOT play videos. Never had the problem till recently. I'd love to have this fixed so I can watch these videos again. Thx

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    1. If you have an ad blocker or anything like that, you will get the black boxes. Mine was doing the samething until I disabled it on this page. Now its works fine. Hope that helps.

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    2. It's just your computer

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    1. If you have an ad blocker or anything like that, you will get the black boxes. Mine was doing the samething until I disabled it on this page. Now its works fine. Hope that helps.

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    2. It's just you

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    3. I gave up on the videos long ago...I just figure I'll see on YouTube
      or the show sometime later....😬

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  14. Smart choice
    Closer to Homestead compound and made some money to live out her life.
    Hope repairs are a gift from JB.

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  15. I know that Michelle wasn't so conservative when she was in her teens for example. Which normally means her parents weren't as well. I'm just wondering we never hear about her parents or see them. Are they both still with us? Or do they talk as much anymore due to the difference in beliefs?

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    1. I believe her dad passed away but not completely sure. They visited them in an episode.

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    2. both have passed now i believe, father was in one or two episodes of "# and counting" before

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    3. Her father died a few years ago. There was an episode when Josie was still very young, and Michelle left her with a nurse to go to Ohio for the funeral.

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    4. Both of Michelle's parents have passed away.

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    5. We never saw Michelle's mom since she passed in 1999 I believe before the show started. Michelle's dad was on the show a few times and passed away in 2010.

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  16. I couldn't see the video but I am sure it will be beautiful when they are done.

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    1. If you have an ad blocker or anything like that, you will get the black boxes. Mine was doing the samething until I disabled it on this page. Now its works fine. Hope that helps.

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    2. Try Google Chrome. It might be just your computer.

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    3. I also recommend using Google Chrome as a browser for anyone having trouble with the videos. Many formats of pictures and videos are no longer supported by other browsers.

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    4. I couldn't see video either, it's not just your computer.
      Ads pop up on this page continuously as I view it so an ad blocker is definitely not the issue.

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    5. I don't recommend that anyone download Google Chrome just to try to watch a video. That browser is not without its own issues.

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  17. Awe, so awesome! Loved that! Thank you, you guys for providing that. When is the show coming back on - impatiently waiting:-)? I cannot wait to see the finished product of the house. I love a few HGTV shows, and I love seeing the Duggars do shows that are similar. Awesome for the whole family - having grandma so near the family and still she gets to have her own space, love it.

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    1. @Lily and Ellie any word on when the Duggars will be back on? Haven't had any new updates on Joy and Austin or anyone else.

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    2. Counting On returns on Monday, June 12 at 9 PM EST.

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  18. Couldn't get the video to work but love hearing about Grandma Duggar anyways.

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    1. If you have an ad blocker or anything like that, you will get the black boxes. Mine was doing the samething until I disabled it on this page. Now its works fine. Hope that helps.

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    2. I don't have an ad blocker - ads pop up on the page continuously as I read this blog thus, that's not the issue preventing me from seeing the video. Just a black box, video won't work at all: not had the problem before.

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  19. I don't know why everyone says the video doesn't work. It works for me. It's probably the browser people are using. I'm using Safari so I know it works. Maybe everyone should try Google Chrome or Firefox to see if the videos work with those browsers if they can't use Safari?

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    1. Grandma Duggar didn't live with them

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    2. Grandma and Grandpa Duggar lived with the family when he was sick and we the fans have not been told that Grandma didn't live there anymore.

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    3. She had moved in with Amy's mom, I thought I heard?

      Mary did have a room at the Duggar house at one time, and I thought we saw it in a picture, with the little girls playing on the floor. Maybe that was when Anna was living with them last year?

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  21. Grandma Dugger is beautiful. I've always thought so anyways

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  22. No video here either

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  23. This is so great! How wonderful for them to do this for Grandma Duggar!! I miss her so much on the show - well miss all the Duggars! The Duggars are so hard working and talented - just love them - that is why I come to their fan page. I have NO ideal why so many come here that have nothing but negative comments to leave. If they dislike this family so much then why in the world to they come to their fan page?!

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  24. This is my favorite Dugger post of all........Grandma Dugger's log house being set up on the Dugger property. What a perfect arrangement for her. This is every "grandma's" dream.

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  25. Like many people I also can't watch this video please get this fixed
    Can't wait till new episodes start

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    1. Many people? There's only a few.

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    2. Then I'm one of the few or the many, depending on how you look at it. My son is a software engineer and I know I have the latest version of everything on this computer that he maintains for me, but these videos don't load. No, I'm not "overseas." And I use Firefox (updated). All I can think of is that I'm using a pretty strong ad blocker??

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  26. I updated all of my video players and still can't play this :/ I wish TLC would also upload to youtube, I feel like most people don't have issues there.

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    1. They upload to YouTube after a few days. They keep it exclusive the first few days by putting it in whatever format this is -- makes it more difficult to embed in blogs and news sites, so the story is out on TLCs terms for a while before the blogs hit it.

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  27. I hope none of the kidults try to push her out! Jessa was hoping for a bigger house so let's home this is not it. Mary deserves to relax in her own home and do things her own way.

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    1. Huh? Such a notion. This is how rumors start.

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    2. Wouldn't all us older people love to have a family like the Duggars, they care so much for Grandma. I'm pretty sure life with the family was a blessing for Mary and no one was teling her what to do, but it is time for change and I'm pretty sure they will still be there for her. God Bless you Duggars, the world would be a better place if we had more families like you!

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    3. Why would you say something like that? That doesn't even make sense.

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    4. Why would they do that? They moved the house there specifically for her, so I am sure they won't try to push her out. Jessa has no say so over her grandmother.

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  28. Why didn't they do this for Grandma Duggar years ago? It would have been nice if they had. I'm glad they're finally doing it now.

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    1. Sounds like it was Grandma's decision to sell the land. I wonder if maybe she rented it out and that was part of her income or something like that? Then she decided to sell and the kids were like "Grandma we could move the house for you!" ;)

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  29. I wasn't able to see the video at first. Then I checked back and it works now. Thanks for fixing the video. Good job.

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  30. Hi Readers,

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  31. Does anyone else think Jim Bob was maybe a lonely kid?

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  32. Regarding the contractor issue: How do any of you think a mason learns his craft? Or a plumber? Or any tradesman? By apprenticing, which is what these Duggar kids are doing. They're supervised by a licensed contractor, and the project will be inspected by the city upon completion.

    Haven't you ever had an electrician or plumber come out to your house and bring his assistant. That's his apprentice. The contractor you hired is responsible, but the apprentice is gaining hours of work experience under his direction.

    It's strange to me that people want to criticize every little thing this family does without even taking the time to think it through. Just some advice for life in general -- don't be so quick to form an opinion just because you have certain feelings about a person or subject. Form an objective opinion based on the FACTS. It will serve you in every aspect of your life.

    And P.S. I come from a family of general contractors.

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  33. Grandma will be close enough to get back in the laundry room!!

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    1. Their last picture of the laundry room showed some big piles, so it's just in time!

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    2. Jinger left almost six months ago, so it could be a huge pile by now!! Just kidding!!

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  34. The Duggars usually give the impression that they are 'doing the work themselves' and not assisting a licensed professional. That is why they draw these types of comments. Didn't they say that 'the contractor was helping THEM?' No, they were helping the contractor.

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    1. Well, to be fair, it looks like they ARE doing the work themselves -- while aided or at least supervised by a contractor.

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  35. Since Mary DUGGAR IS A DUGGAR, it's strange to me that she would have referred to her son's house and property as being close to the DUGGARS. She is the one who made Jim Bob a Duggar in the first place.

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  36. I guess Deanna could do her own laundry.
    It is Mary Duggar who is the matriarch of this branch of the Duggar family, not Michelle. Upon Mary Duggar's passing, Deanna would be the matriarch as she will be the BLOOD FEMALE DUGGAR, senior.

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  37. Mary is the matriarch of her descendants. After her passing, Deanna would be the matriarch of her descendants (Amy on down) and Michelle would be the matriarch of her many descendants.

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  38. Some kids helping out on the 'side' and it being their own personal project does not make them apprentices. They are merely using the contractor's license to get the job done regarding permits and inspections. I'm sure some cash has changed hands between this contractor and Jim Bob for his time and expertise. No one continues to simply give away their livelihood over and over again to a family who continually seems to need 'help' and assistance in getting things done.
    It's an insult to real apprentices who train officially along side masters of the industry daily for years and years, not assist on personal project as they come up.

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    1. Real Apprentices of the world: UNITE against this affront to apprentices!!!

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