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My dash has made me so happy tonight after my shitty day so I figured before I go to bed and crash I’ll finish up the countdown thingy.

There’s less than 24 hours left with equals one day (or slightly less (i’ve lost track of time ha)  and so here’s the 1. 

One amazing..

emotional…

fee-inducing..

hug to end all hugs…with a dash of..

overflowing tears of a joy 

and a nuzzle for good measure..

following by some sweet touching and the sappiest look of total adoration ever..

Close up please…

If that’s not a’ stupidly in love’ then I don’t know what is. Always numero uno on my list unless there there is something comes along to top it. I mean that whole thing was just pure perfection and I have talked ad nauseum about it from every angle it seems but it all comes down to this. These tow dorks love eachother and Daryl was so over the moon about it that that he lost pretty much all composure and just tackle hugged her (it still amuses me to think of how Norman actually did knock Mel down on multiple takes, where are the outtakes for that I dmand them dammit)  and proceeded to blubber and cry on her shoulder in the most adorable way possible. 

That happened just about a year ago my friends.. and every time I see it on tv or see a gif set of it, it still has the power to put a big grin on my face. Cause moments like that, are what I do this for. They make the aggravation worth for me. 

So with this mind my lovelies I must crash in bed now.. I will see you all on the other side :)

we made it…we survived another hiatus…its almost here :)

(disclaimer: lovely gifs are not mine, credit to the makers thank you  :))

This badass motherfuck’s name is Titus Cornelius, but if you were living in New Jersey in the late 1770s you’d know him as Colonel Tye. If you’re looking for a Revolutionary War-era Django, he’s your man.

Titus was born a slave sometime in 1753. His owner was one John Corles, a Quaker who owned three slaves and lived in  Monmouth County, New Jersey. Unlike most Quakers, Corles didn’t educate his slaves and refused to free them at the age of 21. He was fond of using the whip.

On November 8th 1775 the enterprising young Titus escaped his cruel master and fled towards New York. Corles issued a bounty of three pounds for his capture, describing Titus as “not very black, about six feet high.” Events, however, had gotten ahead of the vengeful Corles. The day before Titus’s escape Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia, had issued a proclamation stating that any slaves and indentured servants who fled masters supporting the budding American Revolution and joined the British would be granted their freedom. 

Titus did exactly that. He enlisted in Dunmore’s black “Ethiopian Regiment” and first saw battle in 1778 at Monmouth Courthouse. There he immediately distinguished himself with the capture of a Patriot captain. By this point he was calling himself “Tye.”

Tye was clearly an enterprising and active soldier. The British recognized this and gave him leave to assemble an informal band of Loyalists to strike at Patriots throughout New Jersey. Although blacks were not given officer’s commissions in the British Army, Tye was soon universally known as “Colonel Tye." 

Throughout the summer if 1779 Tye and his mixed force of black and white Loyalist guerrillas launched a ferocious campaign against the rebels of New Jersey. They burned and looted homes, captured supplies which they sent back to the British, destroyed weapons, and seized or executed well-known Patriots. Most notably, they freed black slaves across the region, an act that infuriated the Patriots. His largest and most successful raid was against the Patriots in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. 

That winter Tye and his men, now known as the "Black Brigade” were attached to one of the most successful Loyalist outfits, the Queen’s Rangers, led by Major John Graves Simcoe. Alongside the Rangers and Tarleton’s newly formed British Legion they spent the winter of ‘79-80 raiding rebel lines and defending the British stronghold of New York. 

In June 1780 Colonel Tye was still leading his guerrillas. They captured and executed Patriot Joseph Murray, who was well known for murdering Loyalists in the Monmouth area. Next they attached the Patriot militia forces of Barnes Smock, capturing a number of his men and destroying his artillery. Finally, in September 1780 they attacked the home of Patriot captain Joshua Huddy. Huddy and his servant girl resisted Tye’s attacks for two hours before surrendering. However, one of Huddy’s musket balls struck Tye in the wrist. Gangrene soon set in, and Tye died. Huddy initially escaped, but was recaptured and hung by Loyalists in 1782.

Tye played a vital role in helping the British withstand the winter siege of New York in 1779. Even more importantly, he acts as a rare figurehead representative of the tens of thousands of black slaves who fled their masters and joined the British during the American Revolution. Had he fought for the other side his actions would surely be celebrate to this day. Unfortunately, history has largely forgotten the actions of Tye and the Black Brigade.