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Hermione @ ron and harry after one night time wandering: I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed - or worse, expelled.

Hermione: *proceeds to break every school rule there has ever been and several wizarding laws, including setting a teacher on fire, dragon smuggling and forming illegal army, literally fulfilling the ministry’s worst fear*

Rape Culture in OUAT, or why you can’t pick and choose what is and isn’t sexual assault

The argument about rape culture in OUAT often comes down to “Who’s the worst villain?” which is troubling when it is a very real and prevalent aspect of the show. And when people start arguing that well, this villain does this and that one did that, it diminishes the fact that OUAT continues to perpetuate lack of consent as normal and acceptable.

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Channel Zero's Tooth Child was originally conceptualized in the Hannibal writers room as a vision of Hannibal's cannibalized sister Mischa.

anonymous asked:

Were will and hannibal's wounds fatal? Have you seen metas about their injuries yet? I would love to read them! :)

bodymore-murderland and I were having a lively discussion about this just last night, actually! 

She reckons the bullet-wound was just a graze (meaning Hannibal could, theoretically, be the one to pull Will out of the water). Whereas I thought the bullet went right through him, because 1) that is Dolarhyde’s M.O. 2) that wine-bottle was in front of him, not at the side, and 3) Hannibal wouldn’t collapse clutching his gut for just a graze.

If I’m right, it would have to be Will who saves Hannibal from the ocean, which is… just… frankly astonishing, to think about. 

I feel like their chances of joint-survival are much better if it’s Hannibal who saves Will, because of Hugh Dancy’s interview saying that, if Hannibal lives, then he’s obviously going to save Will. (I find it highly suspicious that Hugh has now referred to a beach-holiday scenario on more than one occasion.)

Also, there is Janice Poon’s blog entry for the finale in which there is mention of one of them being in a wheelchair (meaning that The Table could actually be set for four! )

I’m pretty sure Will is alive. As a matter of fact, I think he’s in the kitchen helping Hannibal drain the vegetables. And why? Hasn’t Hannibal always cooked alone? Well he can’t if he’s in a wheelchair! Which still fits with the number of dining room chairs. Will is cooking under Hannibal’s instruction and any minute now, they will emerge. Will pushing Hannibal’s wheelchair and Hannibal cradling the vegetable platter in his lap. Which still leaves a chair for David Bowie or … Jody Foster!

But she did then go on to call that ‘silly’ and ‘wild speculation.’

But apparently the original script called for Hannibal to slice the leg, so we know his arms at least are okay!

And I realise I haven’t actually answered your question, so:

No, their wounds were not fatal. 

anonymous asked:

Do you think Will is, as Bedelia said "not a killer; capable of righteous violence because (he) is compassionate" normally and that Hannibal's influence just brought something out in him that he never would have found otherwise? Or do you think it would have come out anyway? Do you think Will's a killer at heart?


The mistake I see people make, again and again, when it comes to defining Will, is this: 

You can’t define Will. 

I know, I know!

It’s annoying, that you can’t get a solid yes or no or a straight answer about him, but that’s the very essence of a character who (in the words of Hugh himself) never knows he who is.

Morally speaking, he’s not black or white. He’s not even grey. He’s the full gamut of colours.

It’s funny, but no one seems to have this trouble with Hannibal. 

Perhaps because we’ve always seen him as Other from the very beginning, this strange creature who has his own specific nature which he has to follow. 

We accept that the reason for his actions is: because he’s Hannibal. 

But because Will was framed as the normal, everyman, when he does something that Hannibal would do, suddenly it has to be agonised over and picked apart. 


The reason he does things is: because he’s Will. 

Like Hannibal, he is a creature with a specific nature that he has to follow. 

In the beginning of this episode (which, to be fair, I think most of us were too busy reeling from the Will/Bedelia conversation to notice) Hannibal summed it up beautifully when he said: 

Will’s thoughts are no more bound by fear or kindness than Milton’s were by physics. He’s both free and damned to imagine anything.

His thoughts can go anywhere, and because they can, they do. It’s not a matter of choice, or morality. That’s simply what his Nature is.

It’s like when someone says: Don’t think about elephants.

What do you do? 

You think about elephants!

Now imagine that your imagination is so powerful that it can make the walls of reality melt away 

So that when someone says Don’t think about elephants 

you blink, and there’s an actual fucking elephant looming over you

you can look in its small wise old eyes, count its eyelashes, see the tiny dragonscale paper creases in all the folds of its hide, smell the straw, hear the crunch of its feet, the deep rumble of its breath, feel the cold of the massive shadow it casts over you, the gust of hot animal air as its waving trunk sways past your face, feel the earth-shuddering reverberation of its footfalls in your leg-bones, see the white hard outline of light that edges its ears when it flaps them, like clouds obscuring the sun, feel your knees going weak with that quaking little-child-gazing-up-a-rollercoaster vertigo of the enormity of the thing towering over you. 

The second someone says don’t think about elephants, 

there are actual real elephants.


Are you imagining that?

Now replace elephants with murder.

That’s Will Graham’s brain.

There is a darkness - a violence - in Will, yes; because there is an everything in Will. 

Before he knew Hannibal, he was conflicted about this fact of his nature. He wanted there only to be the good things in him. He couldn’t accept that there would always, always, be all of the things.

But accepting all the things - the bad, violent, as well as the good, kind - gives him equilibrium at last. He is, like Hannibal, finally calm. 

This is why murder-husband!Will seems smoother and more elegant than nervy, highly-strung ‘trying to be a normal person’ Will. That man is nervy because deep down he knows he is walking a tightrope over the Abyss. Murder-husband!Will is calm because he knows he is perfectly balanced. He’s not afraid of falling. He could walk the tightrope with his eyes closed.

Righteousness and compassion are the connective tissues which allow Will to reconcile these two extremes in himself, morally speaking. And Will does have his own personal morality. He is a kind man. His instinct is to help the wounded bird, not to crush it. But he could do either of those things, or nothing; he holds all possibilities.

Righteous violence, compassionate cruelty; because they combine disparate (you could say opposite?) elements, he can indulge in them without becoming unbalanced. They balance each other out inside him. A tightrope walker can’t be carrying weight all on one side - it has to be equally spread.

So the murders he would prefer to commit would be righteous or compassionately motivated – Bedelia was bang on the money in that sense. 

This week he put someone in harm’s way merely because – by chance – his wandering, all-embracing/nothing-rejecting Thoughts whispered to him aren’t you curious…? 

To recoil from that thought and say ‘no! I’m not!’ That would be stacking all his weight on one side. He can’t do that, he’s a balancing act. His thoughts can and do go everywhere, down paths dark and light, good and bad, kind and cruel, safe and dangerous. 

Once that thought occurs, he has no choice in the matter. To be at peace with himself - to be true to himself, to follow his own nature - he has to go wherever his thoughts lead. 

He has to imagine elephants. 

anonymous asked:

What's your headcanon on-the-run name for Will, if you don't mind saying?

(X) *preens* Don’t mind at all, Nonny.

I headcanon that Hannibal would arrange for Will the alias Thomas Cavall (but Will would go by ’Tom’ for short.) 

After Tommaso dei Cavalieri, to whom Michelangelo addressed 30 of his 300 poems, as well as gifting him a series of his drawings featuring muscly men out of Greek myth being beset by eagles. (Remind you of anyone?)

Also, on top of being similar to the real surname Cavill, it’s a pun on the unrelated English word meaning “to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily.” Which suits grumpy super-high-maintenance-bitch!Will down to the ground. ^_^

teethsoup  asked:

wait wait wait now you disagree with your own theory??? Now what do you think?

Also from Anon:

So, can I ask, what IS your current theory about what happened in the finale (i.e. was Will trying to kill himself and Hannibal? Was it all a plot hatched between them? etc etc), and then between the fall and Bedelia’s dinner table? Or if you’ve already answered this elsewhere, a link would be awesome!

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As much as I’m partial to a spot of allegory (and this is one of those rare shows in which that kind of reading is entirely possible, even likely), since reading post-finale interviews of Hugh and Bryan, I now toe the company line that it was Will’s Design to kill the Dragon, and then kill Hannibal and himself.

One big reason behind this feeling, for me, is the rule of narrative causality:

The Plan Must Go Wrong.

If either Will or Hannibal lived, which they clearly did (because Bedelia didn’t amputate and serve her own leg in a style that only Hannibal could replicate, since he was the only one present for Gideon’s de-legging), then Will’s plan didn’t work.

And recovering from a fuck-up is a much more interesting place to start, writing-wise, for a season 4.

Plus, it instantly provides conflict: if Will is with Hannibal, contrary to his own wishes, how does he feel about it? Will he stay with him or attempt to re-establish contact with his old life? Does he still have suicidal urges? How does Hannibal feel about all this?

Murder husbands meticulously planning and then executing this batshit-insanely risky plan to run off together and then it… just… works perfectly?? and they’re off on honeymoon together??

I guess that just feels a bit too easy!

But what I do like is:

Will had a gun on him, and a knife, right?

He could’ve shot Hannibal, or stabbed him, or both, and/or pushed him over the edge of the cliff on his own, and then killed himself.

Instead he chose to admit his true feelings (in other words: to make Hannibal happy). Then he chose to embrace him, hold him, give him a moment to breathe, and then he took them both over the edge of the cliff.

He chose to kill him in a way that clearly signalled to Hannibal ‘we’re in this together.’

And I’ve got to wonder…

We’d just been introduced to the idea of Will making choices without being consciously aware of them. Afterwards, he has to wonder, but deep down he knows that he was making a certain decision, to eg. shove Chilton under the bus.

So what does that say about his choice of suicide method?

A fall? An eroded bluff, with no sharp instantly-lethal rocks to hit?

Compared to a gun or a knife, it has a strong element of chance in it.

I know the real reason is ‘because the writers needed it to be uncertain’ but, as far as Will is concerned: subconsciously, was the reason he chose the cliff because, deep down, he wanted to leave the door to death open? Just a little bit?

I wonder…

As for what happened between the fall (which I still find infuriatingly inconvenient, btw - ugh, what a fucking pain in the arse that is to navigate!) and Bedelia’s dinner table…

Well, honestly, I’m stumped- *whups, phrasing! sorry Bedelia* -as to how they could have survived that unless there was a boat nearby. 

(Will’s boat cannot have been nearby because he didn’t know about the existence of the murderhoneymoon retreat until he was already there, plus isn’t the Nola still moored in Europe somewhere?)

I have visions of them surviving because they clip the vertical face of the cliff as they fall, so it’s more like falling out of a tree and hitting branches on the way down; the eventual distance they drop to the sea is actually shorter. I’m picturing a broken limb for at least one of them.

And then Will doing a total 180 and helping them both swim or climb to safety once he realises that they haven’t been killed on impact, and has no desire to die by freezing, drowning, or being battered to death by waves. I mean, sheesh, can you imagine how much that salt water must sting on an open stab wound and/or bullet wound? Yikes!

My idea is that Dolarhyde dumped the cop-car he stole (which would seem sensible) in favour of another vehicle, and the murder husbands could get back up-top and use that vehicle to escape before Jack et al. arrive at the murderhoneymoonretreat crime-scene.

We know from his attack on Will that Dolarhyde uses chloroform, so I’d expect there to be some in his current ride.

Cue Will driving them to Bedelia’s place, and getting Hannibal to ring the doorbell while he sneaks in the back way and chloroforms her from behind when she answers the door.

While she’s outcold, they shower, change, and patch each other up. (Chemistry up the wazoo.)

Then commences the Delimbination.

And then good old Uncle Bowie and/or Lady Murasaki rocks up, having heard of the tragic demise of their favourite nephew. Possibly they share the kalua-roast shank. Awkward ‘meet the in-laws’ moment for Will, who (by now) has allowed Hannibal to talk him into running away with him, and the in-laws help murder husbands smuggle themselves out of the country for that beach holiday they so richly deserve.

(Oh! And at some point somebody gets stabbed with Bedelia’s oyster fork.)

That’s all I got.

adumbhumanlikeme  asked:

Chiyo's 'means of influence other than violence' still haunts me in my dream. So when i read about that interview 'inverse of their relationship' my first thought is the reverse of their dynamic, meaning this time Will is the one holding power of influence over Hannibal, gradually coaxing what is in there all along. In the last 2 eps Will is flexing his fingers, discovering just how much power he holds over Hannibal. Being a Will stan, I'd love to see how he exploit that power in S4. Thoughts?

I was just thinking that the more dangerous Hannibal makes Will, the more danger he himself is in. I mean, even when they’re reconciled at the end of the finale, when Will is sharing in his joy, he’s still trying to kill him. 

What terrifies me is: if you say that prospective-season-4 is a reversal of season 1, then it would logically have to end with Will betraying Hannibal and putting him behind bars (again) while somehow getting off scot-free himself. Ouch. I know Hannibal is devoted and all but could his love survive that? 

And if season 1 was Hannibal slowly trying to get Will on his side, would that mean that season 4 would be Will doing the opposite: trying to make Hannibal hate him?

Ohhhh, that would be delicious. 

And it would offer a nice ‘zero-sum: everyone loses’ ending for season 4, if Will betrays Hannibal, gets him caught again, walks away (legally) unscathed and yet Hannibal still loves him. 

madethiscozofhannibal  asked:

I'm curious what are your thoughts on Season 4 ending with Hannibal and Will both in jail. Everyone wins and everyone loses. It might get repetitive if Will ends up betraying Hannibal (again) and Hannibal gets behind bars. (btw love your blog and how you write)

I can definitely see that as a possibility. 

I think TPTB may have learned by now that having Will locked down is a sure-fire way to keep Hannibal nearby. Plus, their jailer (whom I assume would be Chilton *wince*) would have an enormous amount of power over both of them. 

They could make them each others’ whipping boys - Hannibal, if you don’t behave yourself we’ll punish Will.

They could randomly punish one of them and tell them it’s happening because the other one did something bad, even though they knew it would result in this. They could tell one of them that the other one has been given the death-penalty. Or they could allow them an agonising glimpse of each other while they’re being moved around the building. Or they could move one of them to another facility entirely without telling the other one. Or- shit, what if they gave Will some kind of deal and released him and didn’t tell Hannibal? If he was allowed no contact with the outside world, they could string him along for ages!

There is so much potential for conflict there, it would be a juicy prospect for any writer, a hard one to pass up. Hannibal and Will would be totally over a barrel. 

Unless Jack came by with a new case, of course…

Another thing about Molly: 

Lots of people talking about her talking Will into going, and the whole ‘I’ll be different when I get back’ thing, and Jack’s manipulativeness. 

But I’m not seeing anyone talking about how Will is responsible. 

I mean, instead of taking her response at face value, he could’ve stopped and explained to her, like, ‘no, you don’t understand, I mean really different…’ He could have made some effort to impress upon her just how damaging and dangerous it is for him to do this work. 

The fact that she apparently doesn’t know means he hasn’t already made that effort in the however many years/months they’ve been together. He’s kept that a secret, or maybe been in denial about it, not wanting it to - as she said - sour his new relationship. 

And now he’s like a former-alcoholic accepting an invite to a bar because someone who doesn’t know he had a drinking problem told him it’s okay. He knows she’s not in possession of all the facts, facts that would probably radically alter her opinion if she were privy to them, but he’s deliberately keeping her in the dark. 

He knows where (and to whom) it’s all going to lead, and he goes anyway… 

next week, on Almost Human...
  • John: damnit man
  • John: here we are
  • John: both of us with these magnificent penises
  • [Dorian: speak for yourself]
  • John: and NO ONE TO USE THEM ON.
  • Dorian: ikr it's tragic man
  • John: because we're both so damned HETEROSEXUAL damnit
  • Dorian: totes
  • John: such a CRYING shame
  • Dorian: ¬_¬
  • John: o_o
  • Dorian: ¬_¬
  • John: O_O
  • Dorian: john
  • Dorian: I'm actually uzipping rn john
  • Dorian: and that's not actually the gearshift you're using there
  • John: SoOoO HETEROSEXUAL!1!!

anonymous asked:

Here's what I don't understand tho - in the interim of time when they thought the Dragon had killed himself, Will seemed all ready to go back to his life with Molly. Do you think that was a sham? Did he somehow know he was still alive? How would he have gotten Hannibal out if there had been no reason to stage a breakout?

I don’t think Will was surprised to find that the Dragon was still alive, but I think if he had outright disbelieved he was dead, he would have taken more steps to protect himself than he did. 

The crucial thing about the Dragon being alive (and contacting him) is that Will could suddenly see a way for him to get Hannibal out. 

When he thought the Dragon was dead, he had to convince Hannibal to get himself out. 

And how to do that? 

There are two ways. 

1) threaten to go back to his life with Molly. 

This first one doesn’t work. Hannibal is fine with staying where he is, so long as Will promises “think about me… think about me, Will… don’t worry about me.” He’s so patient and true that he’s willing to wait even longer if necessary. Ugh. This man!

But Will doesn’t want that, so he goes for way #2:

2) imply that the reason for Hannibal putting himself in prison was a lie.

Hannibal’s self-imposed incarceration was only attractive to him because it was a genuine romantic gesture; when Will implies that he only rejected Hannibal to trick him into handing himself in, that suddenly cheapens his sacrifice, it makes prison an undesirable option. 

And it’s a lie, of course! At the time Will absolutely believed it of himself, when he rejected Hannibal; it wasn’t a trick. It was genuine. But Will, cruelly, makes Hannibal believe otherwise. He makes sure he doesn’t want to be in there any more, knowing he can rely on Hannibal to break himself out, if he really wants to.

And then, once it turns out the Dragon is alive, and Hannibal finds out Will is plotting to use him as bait?? 

Suddenly he understands what his Cunning Boy was trying to do… 

aluavera  asked:

What do you think will killing molly in his dream meant?

I think it meant that Hannibal’s jealous efforts to begin alienating Will from his family worked. 

When he asked ‘how did you choose yours?’ he likened Will’s relationship with his new family to Dolarhyde’s relationship with the families he murders, that of a dark parasite attaching itself to a place it hungers after but doesn’t belong. 

When Molly said he had a ‘criminal mind’ a yawning chasm opened up between them, compounding that feeling of being the outsider, and then Will’s sleeping brain mixed the two images together and came up with Molly as the woman in red! :-S 

Explains why Will scrambled to switch the light on when he woke up – having just empathy-teleported himself back to the cabin in the phonecall, he must’ve felt he had to switch the light on just to make sure he wasn’t actually there, that Molly wasn’t actually dead! 

openheart-wickedmind  asked:

Will's timeline (that they've shown so far) just doesn't ring true to me. 3 years just seems like such a short time for someone to get over such an emotionally damaging situation enough to let someone into your life. I haven't read the books so they may explain this in a way that makes sense. My friend took 2 years just to get the courage to even think about dating after she left her physically and emotionally abusive husband.

I think part of that speedy shift must be Will’s real burning desire to prove Hannibal wrong. 

It didn’t just happen organically, in a time that was natural and healthy for him. 

“Moving on isn’t just a distraction it’s a rebuke,” remember? 

(Which suggests that on some level Will knew Hannibal was right and he’s constructing this great new life just so that he’s got something to show for all his hard work when he is eventually pulled back into Hannibal’s orbit. Deep down, it’s about saving face.)

I think Will must’ve really thrown himself into this quest to make a new life for himself, in the same way that Hannibal threw himself into the hunt for a new identity, and then his work at the Palazzo Capponi. And Hannibal didn’t just slink off to a retiring life in S. America, he ran off to Paris, on a first-class flight, with his stunning psychiatrist. Will’s equivalent of a log cabin with even more dogs. 

Both of them were in denial about the amount of pain they were suffering, both forcing a change before it was strictly advisable or necessary, wanting to seem more okay than they actually were. Like they were totally over it. 

It’s possible Will has now known Molly equally as long as he’s known Hannibal, when you think about it. Three years. 

He must’ve hit the new ground running.

gay-nihilism  asked:

You said that from the beginning violence has given Will his deepest sense of clarity and calm, but then why has imagining crimes made him shake physically from fear/alarm/anxiety/what be it? And also, didn't all the violence he was witnessing and imagining and such contribute to pushing him towards the edge (encephalitis and blackouts)? I mean that kinda clashes with the whole clarity and calm thing for me. What's your opinion?

Well, no, his job didn’t give him encephalitis, that’s impossible, but it is absolutely violence that gives him the most calm. 

From the very beginning, every time Will is agitated, upset or annoyed, if someone else starts talking about violence, grilling him on a certain murderer, he becomes calm and focused. 

That applies no matter who’s doing the asking: be it Jack, Alana, Team Sassy Science, whoever. Hannibal recognises this about him more than the others though; you can see him resorting to this ‘take-a-sidestep-into-mental-chess’ technique again and again, whenever he wants to calm Will down. He understands Will the best so the questions he asks are more stimulating, he is the only one capable of taking the conversation further, so - almost by default - he becomes the deepest source of clarity and calm, for Will.

It’s never more apparent than in 3x11 where Will is livid about Dolarhyde’s attempt on his family’s life but all Hannibal has to do is pose him a couple of probing, well-chosen questions and Will is soothed. 

anonymous asked:

So I was watching Hannibal with my boyfriend (he loved it btw and wants a season four, like all of us) but he asked me a question I had no idea how to answer to : What does the stag represent ? At first I thought it was Garret Jacob Hobbs but he didn't even meet him when he started to see it in his dreams so... Do you have any idea ? I would be glad to know more about it !

The Ravenstag represents Will’s connection to Hannibal, and it acts almost like an omen or spirit guide in Will’s dreams, when something in his subconscious is nagging away at him, leading him towards some dark truth (which is usually about Hannibal in some way, or is only visible to him because of the darkness which Hannibal brings out in him). It’s like the Patronus of their relationship. 

anonymous asked:

And! I haven't had time to watch a lot lately, but now I have quite a lot of free time and I was just wondering if you wouldn't mind giving me a run-down of Almost Human, like you did with Hannibal when I asked? If you don't want to, that's fine, I'm just wondering if it's something you would recommend :)

gawd Anon where do I even start w/ this show okay let’s break it down


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guys can we talk about the fact that until John woke him up Dorian didn’t think he was ever going to be cop again, but then a cop woke him up and not only were they his new partner but their record was ‘exceptional’ - he’s not just getting any old partner, he’s getting the crème-de-la-crème of partners! 

It’s like someone saying: NO YOU CAN NEVER DRIVE AGAIN-oh wait actually here have the keys to this Jag.

Is at any wonder Dorian looked at him like he was a god? ^_^

charles-xaviers  asked:

Hi yes hello i would like to say that i resonate strongly with your thoughts on erik and charles and also your comment on the mcfassy interview gifset really hit the mark (and gave me an abundance of mcfassy feels late at night)

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awww shucks man I don’t why but hearing this make me so happy! ^_^

When you think about it, Charles and Erik are actually quite similar, because Erik’s got this core of broiling emotion buried deep whereas Charles has a core of steel, and most people can’t see past the superficial ‘oh there’s that [scary, Teutonic/cuddly, British] guy.’ 

(This is the sort of thing I tell myself to explain how they end up together, when they are — on the face of it at least — so diametrically opposed. How do you explain why they feel so strongly connected and perfect for each other? Once you get past the physical side of attraction, I mean… there has to be some deeper affinity… as of spirit, y’know?)


And also… sorry to take this to a dark dark place here, but… I’ve read time and time again in the memoirs of Holocaust survivors how, during times of peace/post-war, they’ll say to themselves, ‘yeah, that person seems pretty decent NOW, but what would they be like in Auschwitz??’

(Not in the sense of ‘would they survive it’ but ‘would they acquit themselves well, would they betray people, would they give up,’ etc.)

And I always wonder if Erik would look at Charles and ask himself the same question?

Most people, I think, would take one look at Charles and write him off, ‘wouldn’t last five minutes, he’d be either a useless coward, colluding with the enemy, or dead.’ 

Whereas Erik…

I think he might see just enough of the strength in Charles to realise that he’d be the one who’s still helping people, even when he’s on the brink of death himself and ought to be looking out for number one. 

And I don’t say this flippantly! 

I honestly believe Charles would kill himself, saving other people … although I guess the point is moot, since a telepath of his calibre would’ve been able to bust out of any camp without breaking a sweat. o_O 



ps. on a lighter note: that fassy post is rapidly becoming one of my faves now because it’s just like look at these eejits… look at them being eejits together… they’re such a bunch of eejits... I can see myself coming back to look at it again whenever I feel like having a good grin. >;-D)