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WELCOME, PREPPIES AND NON-PREPPIES ALIKE.   Let me introduce myself. My friends call me Bumby. 

Bumby I would like to begin this edition of The Preppy Chronicles, by sharing with you my hopes and dreams and thoughts about the overall intent of this blog

My concept for this blog is that it will be a CELEBRATION of living life as a Preppy-WASP Male in a society that is ever increasingly blurring the lines…

It’s about who we are as a society and as a tribe. Why we do the things that we do. And how we view and respond to everyday events, as well as what effect these events have on us. What our role is and how we shape the world around us. And to this end, I will ask you to join with me and CELEBRATE.

What this blog is not about: It is not about how to teach you to dress in the WASP, Preppy Trad. or Ivy-league styles. A plethora of those types of sites to choose from. Ivy-Style is one such site.

Let me say from the outset, that many are the ones that misunderstand us. We are often portrayed in the media as very humourless, well-dressed, well-behaved, statuesque parodies. BumbyScott I am here to say we are not without our humour.

How many WASPs does it take to change a light bulb?  NINE.  

One to change it, seven to sit around and reminisce about how good of a bulb it had been,

and two to check and see if it came over on the Mayflower, so that proper notification of all clubs and organizations  of its demise can be made, after a suitable period of mourning.

It has been said, by someone, somewhere, some place in time: That we tend to wear only the clothes that we wear because we have always worn them. We tend to summer in the same places year after year, generation after generation. We know the same people that we have always known. And our breeding habits could give rednecks a respectable run for their money. And yes indeed while these statements about us are true. It is also true that we are a tribe that rarely moves from our comfort zones, and when we do, we tend to move in packs or herds or gaggle… Feel free to use whichever term you think most appropriate. It is, as much our clothing as anything else that allows us to spot and identify a fellow tribesman.

Please indulge me for a moment as I describe to you, my dear reader, what I believe are some basic truths about us. There are some things that are just hereditary to the WASP…Effortlessness, Narcissism and a true sense of Entitlement. Certain things can only be taught, learned, and culled from your parents, family and the tribe. A couple of the prominent ones are… Ennui and Gracefulness…. As we view it, being and expressing our preppy-ness, is a natural extension of, or if you will the sole prerogative of being a WASP. It is a lifestyle not merely a clothing style as some would have you believe. Not that, they are in the wrong, but being a Preppy is sooo… much more. The Preppy, Ivy-league, WASP, and Traditional styles of clothing are once again becoming ever so popular with the masses. So, we in the tribe must identify ourselves one to another in different ways. As our identifiers, become embraced by the masses we tend to revert to the older forms. An example, Lacoste, as more and more non-preppies wear this brand we revert to monogrammed polo shirts in place of the gator. However, there is one sure-fire identifier, our attitudes, habits and shared core values these can only be achieved by one method, and that method is Breeding.

The most difficult aspect for non-preppies to understand is our sense of entitlement. They tend in a general way, to misconstrue it as mere snobbery, when, in fact, there is a solid foundation for it [ just ask us] Yes, it does hearken back to the Mayflower, and the founding fathers and mothers and yes even to their (our) families. According to my observations, and it seems that history in both written, as well as, oral forms, backs me up on this. That as much as we Americans, would like to believe differently, these extraordinary men and women” The Great Houses of America” were not the “Father knows Best” crowd, but a convoluted mixture of the Bundy, Simpson and Stepford crowd. These incredibly gifted people were some of the most dysfunctional and narcissistic people of their time, but we claim them as our own. They gave you,  me and the rest of the world, the foundation and institutions..that is… “ The United States of America. ”… Suffice to say, they created a system of government and a society that is by its exact nature and design dysfunctional and narcissistic. So, for better or worse, you have us to thank for all this. Inasmuch, as we created and continue to create these institutions, we also shoulder the responsibility for them. We have held and continue to hold, for over 200 years now, the foundational underpinnings of power in this country and no matter how far to the right or left that society swings at any given time in our history, we hold that foundation, we are its anchor and its bedrock. That is our lot in life.

So, when you meet one of us on this happy road of destiny,  Please give us a break. We are doing the best that we can.


May I introduce you to one of our most beloved and sweetest WASPs

nation_carry1 I do Love My Lilly Pulitzer SO!


As this blog is about Celebrating life as a Male Preppy and a WASP… and All things that relate to us. [MPW]

I promise you…my Dear Reader, that I will always try to give you my best work and if it’s not I will tell you so. I will give you my thoughts and recommendations on… Books, Music and any other items of interest. It is my hope and my desire that you will take part and E-Mail your thoughts and ideas on books, music and items that are of interest to you and of course any ideas on future posts that you would like me to write about. You will always be able to find these on the Sweet Vibrations page and on my sister site, “ The Preppy Chronicles II. ” 

My first two book recommendations:

George Being George…wonderfully edited by Nelson W. Aldrich. Which is an oral biography of George Plimpton, as told by his friends, George was and remains a truly consummate Preppy.

The Big House: A century in the life of an American summer-house. Written by George Howe Colt. This is a book that takes us back to our roots and our memories. I am overcome with an intensely real sense of well-being and the knowledge that all is well in my little corner of  WASPdom.

 My first recommendation of music.  “ Songbird ” by Eva Cassidy.

It is time to wrap up this edition and put it to bed. I will leave you with a small quote from a book called ” A Separate Peace”  by John Knowles.

” Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to him. It is the moment when his emotions achieve their most powerful sway over him, and afterward when you say to this person “The world today” or Reality” he will assume that you mean this moment, even if it is fifty years past. The world, through his unleashed emotions, imprinted itself upon him, and he carries the stamp of that passing moment forever.”

So, bye for now.

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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in All that's Preppy/WASP


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The Preppy and Technology.


That Which Is Fundamental is by its very definition, all that we hold true is it not ?

Our ability to generate the force of change, comes with it the responsibility of being the change that we seek. Change will always chose its own path; Therefore, one is wise to remember that he is not in control of the end result.

This fundamental truth is the sum of  my Princeton University education. I truly wish that I had understood it then . Two decades later it would begin to not only make sense, but become the over-riding force in my life and those around me.

As a WASP, I am responsible to try to guide change, Not by being the change but by being the stabilizing force. That is what being a WASP  is about for me and my family. Now you might ask, Bumby, What does this have to do with your last post? There is no doubt in anyones mind that the world is in the process of change, very rapid change.

In my last post, I refered to the evil that was Wang, all joking aside, the changes that started with the Wang have taken on a life of their own. It took me several years to ” Jump ” into the computer age and then only with caution. I wanted to see as best I could what direction that change was moving. I am fully convinced that this direction is best embodied by what is the Mac.

Why… just in the last month; that I have had my eMac, my life has been greatly effected by the change. This is the first post that I have not pre-written. This is straight from the heart no middle man. To aid in this process, I downloaded the sounds of a typewriter, every time I strike a key it sounds as if I am typing on a “ROYAL “,  just like the one featured in a  past post.

The Preppy in me yearns to explore all  the prospects of this new technology.  The WASP  is just horrified. I am  admittedly  conflicted and yes somewhat embarrassed by the amount of time that I am spending on “Sofia”. I have named my computer ” Sofia” and have started talking  in the third person about myself. When she announces the time on the half, I find myself answering back… “Thank you Sofia”

I am finding this behavior  somewhat unnerving and at the same time very comforting on some level. This Preppy/WASP is beginning to warm up to the idea that to survive in this new world I must accept some technology . Who am I kidding, I feel like I am in the Five&Dime with five dollars burning a hole in my britches.

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Posted by on October 4, 2010 in All that's Preppy/WASP


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Time For A New Standard

A new Standard.

Hello Bumby here, This is a Transitional post. I first wish to apologize for the bumpiness of my last post. I needed to make a shift on to a new track, looking back on it, it seems a bit like a scene from the movie Vacation. It’s night, the Griswolds are driving to the motel, everyone is asleep including ‘Sparky’, ( Chevy Chase ). The car swerves from one side of the road to the other never connecting with anything, then jumps the side and off the road and lands in the motel parking lot just in time for Sparky to wake up and declare with confidence …“ We’re Here.”

Well, Were Here! In that post I gave you all a Red bouncing ball to follow, looking where I will be going in the future it might come in handy. I for one have tied a rope around my waist and anchored it to my first post ‘Preppy To The Bone” so that I will not lose my way. My task is not an easy one, to deconstruct what makes me who I am and share with you what I find, then put it all back together again. I will be at times pulling from all of my older posts and groundwork, interweaving the new and old. I will pull from any source material I wish… from the Bible to Little-Bo-Peep, if it will describe or accomplish what I set out to express. Somethings that I will talk about will be Cold, Harsh, Calculated…others will be soft warm and fuzzy and not in the least bit logical. This is part of the human condition, as well as part of being a WASP and Preppy.

In the past few days I have been attacked by someone who has tried to gain their 15 min of fame on my dime. I let this persons comments stand for a few days; because I do believe in the freedom of speech. I have deleted these comments, for the sake of space . I will be moderating my comment section for a while. Sorry for any inconvenience that this might cause.

I have also been asked to provide a glossary  for terms that I use all the time.

Personal Responsibility: Taking ownership of your life, your thoughts, actions, words…by knowing what you believe or if you will …What you stand for.

Message vs Medium: When you act on your thoughts, by the use of your words, photos, art, written page, radio, TV, blogs, comments your clothes….How do you craft your message in each medium… What is more important  The message or the medium, are they of equal value or one more important.

SMWWASP… Southern Male Wealthy White Anglo-Saxon Protestant

WWASP…Wealthy White Anglo-Saxon Protestant

WASP…White Anglo Saxon Protestant

Preppy or Preppie…A person that dresses and displays colors like the Peacock spreading his plume with its vibrant exciting colors to tantalize the eyes and senses.  A lovely creature to be sure. But do remember that as with all creatures, It eats, sleeps, poops, pees, and breeds. (Oh, My!!)

I will leave you with a quote from Lee Iacocca’s Book  ‘ Where have all the leaders gone? ‘

“ What we can’t prevent we must embrace.”

Always, Bumby



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Posted by on March 22, 2010 in All that's Preppy/WASP


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November 19, 1863 Lest we forget

Lest We Forget.   The year 1776 and lest we forget the year of 1865.

Two of the most important years in the life of this country.  As we look at Personal Responsibility, we must ask our selves, Where do we as a nation go from here in the coming years?

Please join with me and read one of the most important speeches ever given.

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to this proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. we are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here; but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain;  that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln.

Always Bumby


Posted by on February 24, 2010 in All that's Preppy/WASP


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The Duel

Hello and Welcome, Bumby here.

In this edition of The Preppy Chronicles I will explore a bit about Beliefs and Perceptions, namely my own.

Young Lady Of Niger….By Oliver Wendell Holmes

There was a young lady of Niger

who smiled as she rode a Tiger;

They came back from the ride

with the lady inside

and the smile on the face of the Tiger.

If you recall a few posts back, I raised the notion of… Is it the message or the medium. I concluded that for me it was both.

We live in an era of Human existence with technologies that have never existed in any other age, yet we still deal with age-old issues.

Salvation or Damnation, Morality or Immorality, Doing what is right in the sight of God or living our lives anyway in which we chose, living only to please ourselves.

In days of old, when a man came face to face with these issues, he could stand in the town square and declare his beliefs and his own perceptions, in this aspect he was just like the young lady of Niger. However, if not careful, he could suffer the same fate as our young lady.

The truth be told,  no one particularly cared about him or his beliefs and rarely were any moved to action. The reason is simple, he could make his heart-felt declarations in one town, and then  move to another and make a whole different set of heart-felt declarations. What mattered then and what matters now is: Does he live by what he says?

With  the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, and phones with cameras, when a man or woman makes a stand and states that they, believe in something, it is literally transmitted around the globe in seconds, for all to read, listen to and to see. There is no shrinking back.. no shying away from… therefore, the risk is much greater.  So, when I stand up and say I believe… I had better know who I believe in, and what I believe.

I stated in my very first post…Preppy To The Bone. This Blog is  a celebration of living life as a Southern Male Preppy-WASP, in a society that is ever increasingly blurring the lines.

What Lines? For me the first line is a spiritual one.

Ultimately, What I truly believe about God and my relationship with Him, about my purpose or the reason for my very existence, is the cornerstone of how I view the world and my place in it. It establishes what is right and what is wrong, what is moral and what is immoral, how I live my life. THESE ARE UNCHANGING AND UNFORGIVING TRUTHS. Thus, starts the journey of Personal Responsibility; for in the end, what I believe is going to show itself in my everyday thoughts, words and actions, my life choices, and in my lifestyle.

In the next few moments you will decide for yourself …Am I  a troglodyte living in ignorance or might I actually be on to something?

I Believe that the Bible is the infallible word of God. I believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God, born of a virgin. I believe that I am a spiritual being on a human journey, that Jesus came to earth to die on a cross and shed His  blood as a sacrifice  to redeem me and set me free from the bondage of sin, and restore the lines of communication and right relationship with my creator. I Believe that Jesus is the only way… the gateway for me to enter into a restored relationship with God. I do believe that there is a literal Heaven and a literal Hell. I do believe that there is a fallen angel, we call Satan, and HE IS NOT GOD OR.. A god. That he is not all-knowing , all-seeing and everywhere at once, and that God will deal with him and his followers at a later time, he is not my concern, but Gods.

Wow, I do have to tell you that before I wrote that down, I was I bit nervous, but now that it is out there for all the world to read I feel empowered and at peace.

I hope now, that you can clearly see that  my view is very narrow and is by design Elitist and intolerant. That the notion that we can live our lives anyway that we want as long as you are a good person, the notion that everything will turnout OK in the end, and that all religions basically believe in the same things, all the different paths lead into one….These Notions Are Wrong.

Once that I have accepted the fact, that Jesus is the only pathway to me having a restored relationship with God, then a new era in my life begins…one of Personal Responsibility. To live as God says to live. A life of Love and Holiness . I know that the word and concept of Holiness is old-fashioned. To do what is right and pleasing in the sight of God. To take a stand for what is right and reject what is wrong, not to sit on the fence but to be clearly on one side or the other.

( For me its progress not perfection )

Once I had accepted this, I can more clearly and assuredly move forward to answer the questions… Why was I born into my particular family, and tribe? What is my place in this world and what are my responsibilities?

The way in which I view my life processes are these:  I believe that every human has a Divine spark, this light shines on two constantly  rotating;  if you will, spheres…one .. LOVE and the other Fear. which means I can be experiencing  one or the other or both at any given time. This light is then filtered by my relationship with God (my religious views) then reflected on  to the human side, the side that you see … a Southern Male Preppy WASP and all that goes with that.

Thank you for allowing me to share with you something that is very private. I hope, that as we get to know one another better; that me sharing this with you,will give you a better understanding of me.

I will leave you today with a poem by Eugene Field called.. The Duel

The gingham dog and the calico cat

Side by side on the table sat;

‘Twas half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)

Nor one nor t’ other had slept a wink!

The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate

Appeared to know as sure as fate

There was going to be a terrible spat.

( I wasn’t there; I simply state

What was told to me by the Chinese plate! )

The gingham dog went ‘ bow-wow-wow!’

And the calico cat replied ‘ mee-ow!’

The air was littered, an hour or so,

With bits of gingham and calico,

While the old Dutch clock in the chimney-place

Up with its hands before its face,

For it always dreaded a family row!

( Never mind: I’m only telling you

What the old Dutch clock declares is true! )

The Chinese plate looked very blue,

And wailed “Oh, dear! what shall we do!”

But the gingham dog and the calico cat

Wallowed this way and tumbled that,

Employing every tooth and claw

In the awfullest way you ever saw

And, oh! how the gingham and calico flew!

(Don’t fancy I exaggerate

I got my news from the Chinese plate!)

Next morning where the two had sat

They found no trace of dog or cat;

And some folks think unto this day

That burglars stole that pair away!

But the truth about the cat and pup

Is this: they ate each other up

Now what do you really think of that!

(The old Dutch clock it told me so,

And that is how I came to know.)

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Posted by on February 20, 2010 in All that's Preppy/WASP


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It’s a Matter of Conscience and Honesty

Hello Bumby Here.What do I believe ?

A Troglodyte… Yes, I said a Troglodyte. That was the name given to me the other day after I answered a question, and the person asking, did not like the answer given. I try to be as honest as I can and speak from my heart. I will tell you from the outset, I will be spreading my thoughts out over a few different posts. The reason is simple, I want you to think.

I have wrestled with writing this series of posts,  because I know that I will offend some people and become a Troglodyte in their eyes, while others  will sing my praise.

What do you believe? Not what are you expected to believe and think but truly what …Do you believe and think about Personal Responsibility ?

I thought I knew the answer, but after deconstructing my thoughts and belief system, I came away from the experience very surprised, some beliefs held up some did not.

This is not a post that I want you to walk away from and forget. I want it to follow you, until you take a serious look at yourself. My reasons are simple. We are entering a time in this country that we must be crystal clear as WASPs, Preppies, as Americans… What do I believe?

I grew up in a time and place,  a family and a tribe, that stressed the notion of Personal Responsibility. Now I said stressed, I did not say practiced. For me the practice came in my thirties, it came silently and quickly… Well, that’s a lie, looking back it was as thunderous as a steam locomotive traveling down a  downtown street at 3 am.

In eight short years after receiving the first installment of my trust, I had partied it away. I would go on to lose all the houses, cars, boats, ponies, friends and lovers that I had.

Two years later my Dad would die, leaving me the responsibility of the family, but with no money.

The family trust is so structured that every other generation receives. I now have a limited say in how the trust makes and spends its money, but at this time I do not receive. I have shared this because when I speak of Personal Responsibility, it is from this place of humility that I share.

For me, Personal Responsibility is a moral… a core belief system issue, which then extends into an act of moral conscience. Early in my childhood, I was taught that as a wealthy man there was a code that you live by. This code can be found in the book of Proverbs chapters 22 and 23

What I have learned in the past 16 years is this… You and only you are responsible for your life choices.

The good ones and the bad ones. When those choices turn out for the good you rejoice, but do not boast, and when your choices  turn out to be  crap you don’t complain, you learn from them and pick up a shovel and go about the task of cleaning up the mess you have made.

You might ask …OK, where are you going  with this train of thought ? Glad you asked, because it is at this time that I am going to ask you to begin that task of thinking…  About the choices that you have made in your life. What do you really think about Personal Responsibility?  We will cover many areas in the next few posts. This blog is about Celebrating live as a Preppy, WASP Male in a society that is ever  increasingly blurring  the lines . I will not allow this blog to become a place of hate or malicious speech But I will say that if the shoe fits wear it.

And we will pick this up in my next post and you will at that time learn why someone called me a Troglodyte and if I deserve that name.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it, The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear…… Nelson Mandela

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Posted by on February 11, 2010 in All that's Preppy/WASP


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Let me begin by expressing a very heartfelt Happy New Years.

Now shall we jump right in?

Did I chose this blog or did it chose me?

That’s the age-old question now isn’t?

Books have been written and university courses have been given on this very subject all in the attempt to answer this .. Is it the message or the medium?

What draws us the most. Why could I have not chosen to write about Preppy and WASP Clothing, Politics, Religion, Stuff that we collect? Anything but our Thoughts, Ideas, Feelings, Emotions, Reactions and Relationships that we all have as humans, but because of being a High WASP and our inbreed aversion to telling ourselves, let alone the entire world how we think, feel, emote.. how we as WASPS and Preppies relate to the world and each other .

So my friends beware, you are going to get some real random thoughts as I explore some of these. Here is one..

Why does a silver spoon taste and ultimately feel better in my mouth than a plastic one?.. or.. What causes me to choose a  J. Press shirt over a  J. C. Penney one?

Is it just mere personal taste, is it breeding, or does this speak more about my core belief system. In this ever-changing world why do I insist upon clinging to my WASP and Preppy Past? Why do I have a feeling of pride about some of the most horrid parts of my families past. The overwhelming question that I have at this moment is: Why do I feel so good about myself, my life and who I am and this wonderful tribe of WASPs and Preppies that I have been born into?

Now, I know that some of you are thinking;  WOW this guy is sure full of himself. OK  maybe I am… but you can’t honestly tell me that you have never asked yourself these same questions .

Most of us think it but rarely does any one say it out loud. I am shocked that I am saying such things. No truly I am.

I do believe that we all must on some level, reconcile the past, our present and our future.  Why do I pull so much from my past to secure my future? Why is it important?

Looking at us (WASPs & Preppies) as a whole, we have done a very good job of alienating the rest of the population. It is one thing to tend the anchor, and quite another to keep the blinders on. There is an old saying :


We have marginalized ourselves so much, that we have allowed the middle class to take over in many areas such as Wall Street, and in doing so have put in charge men and women who have no experience with extreme wealth, they lack basic character. The current state of the American economy rests squarely on our shoulders . We WASPs and Preppies  have fallen asleep at the wheel… Wow that stings, it stings to read it, it stings to write it, and it stings most of all because it is the truth. So I resolve, that this year, I for one will awaken and start to regain my rightful position and find my voice as a WASP and a Preppy. I would call you to do the same.

Now, what does this have to do with the questions I posed at the beginning?  I do believe that for me, it is both the message and the medium. As far as I know, I was not consulted about what family or tribe that I was to be born into, so by accident of birth or an act of God I was born into my family and this tribe of WASPs and Preppys. The silver spoon tells me that I have certain responsibilities, to my family and to the tribe and ultimately to this wonderful nation that I live in. The silver spoon tells me of the privileges and rights that I as a member enjoy… if I act responsibly. I am only a steward.  And truth be told, I also just like how the spoon looks next to my Cobalt Blue china.

In my travels around the globe, I have graciously been afforded the kindness, the generosity and the open arms of friends and strangers alike, and for this I am grateful. I have had the pleasure of eating and sleeping in some

My First ..And It's from Princeton

of the most exquisite places on earth and I have also eaten and slept in some of the most harshest places on earth. So in the overall balance of things; if a silver spoon or a plastic one or none at all it is of no great consequence.  I must defer to Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson …


The Importance of Friends:

It makes no difference in looking back five years, how you have dieted or dressed; whether you have been lodged in the first floor or the attic; whether you have had gardens and baths, good cattle and horses, have been carried in a neat equipage, or in a ridiculous truck! These things are forgotten so quickly, and leave no effect. But it counts much whether we have good companions in that time.

Bye for now, My new companions on this journey

Always yours Bumby Scott.

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Posted by on January 1, 2010 in All that's Preppy/WASP


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