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Can of Chardonnay, Los Angeles Filming and Writing

 Darlene brought a cold back to the commune. I'll probably get sick because I hung out with Sue. She wore a mask, but I have a feeling that just being in her car ... well, yeah.  I found this can (like a soda can) of chardonnay. I've seen wine in a can before, but this is the first time I've actually bought it. I thought it would be funny to put a bow on and give to Darlene. She's so fancy that she'll probably laugh and put it on a shelf and not touch it. I'm thinking I'll dare her to drink it and if she needs someone to try it with, I guess I'll be a test subject too. 💘 We went walking twice this weekend, per my physical therapist's recommendation. They were filming up where we walk, so I was nervous to walk in that direction, but Emory held my hand and we did it. We laughed because Emory said we might see someone famous. There were guys walking around with security right beside them, but I didn't recognize anyone. He said he didn't either.
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