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2021-2022 Monthly Shining Star Awards
November 2021
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Employee of the Month

Brandon Munoz

Brandon Munoz is our Shining Star by his Outstanding Service (he goes to infinity and beyond for our customers, and colleagues).

I'd like to recognize Brandon Munoz as a Shining Star. Brandon is the reason I decided to apply for the camp host position at Idyllwild Park. As a visitor, I first met Brandon when he checked us in at the kiosk. He was extremely friendly, helpful, and accommodating. He made us feel valued as campers and consumers of the facility. Whenever he is approached, Brandon tries to put customers first. He told us about the camp host position and made it sound great!


He had made working as a camp host a wonderful experience as well. He is kind and patient, teaching us the various details of working the kiosk and how to navigate the camp host responsibilities. Even when I ask the same questing multiple times, he takes the time to explain in a way that I can understand. He's intelligent, organized, efficient, a leader...
I really can't say enough good things about Brandon... He is such as asset to Idyllwild Park!

 

Brandon, your dedication, and outstanding service towards our RivCoParks guests and colleagues is amazing!  Thank you for your setting the example of a SHINING STAR!

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Volunteer of the Month

Dennis Rowe

Dennis Rowe is our Shining Star by his Outstanding Service (he goes to infinity and beyond), Accomplishments (he gets stuff done!), and Teamwork (He is always willing to help others and is RESPECTFUL!)

 

Oh YES!! I do know a shining star! Dennis Rowe. Camp Hosts at Hurkey. You can’t make him go home!! He’s always doing something. And whatever he does, he does well! Always cheerful and a pair to work with.

Dennis an extremely helpful soul and buckles down on his assigned projects, always willing to lend extra hand when others are busy, and always willing to teach what he knows (and learn when it’s something he's less familiar with!) 

He's building the greenhouse for the tree donation we received to upgrade from our temporary structure we put up in spring- plans for rainy days and helped research some affordable LED building light replacements when the weather didn't cooperate with him. 

Dennis is greatly appreciated for his "go-getter"-ness, he is a good team player- bringing joy and a positive attitude with him to work- and helps motivate others on the team with his consistency. 

Dennis, your hard work, willingness to lend an extra hand and motivation towards others doesn’t go unnoticed!  We appreciate your outstanding service you offer to all you are around! Thank you for SHINING!

October 2021
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Employee of the Month

Mary Ruth Johnson

Mary Ruth is our Shining Star by her Accomplishments (she gets stuff done), Connecting (she connects with people and loves to reach out), Teamwork (she respects others), Outstanding Service (she goes to infinity and beyond to help), and Networking (she loves talking with people, never hesitates to reach out to her peers and colleagues to learn new stuff and offer her help whenever needed).

Mary Ruth’s emails are so personable I feel like she is talking directly to you, and she encompasses a wealth of information. She makes everyone feel supported. She expresses sincere gratitude to volunteers. She goes above and beyond to make you feel good!

Mary Ruth's communication is warm and inviting while seeking my possibilities of becoming a volunteer. This is the reason I continued to move forward as a volunteer! I have participated with many different organizations with volunteering over the past 25 years and have never received the grateful sincere communications that Mary Ruth has shared with the appreciation of your volunteers. She is such a kind and caring person and makes a positive difference! She is also very passionate with education and sharing with others!
 

Mary Ruth is a Shining Star because she has been an amazing supervisor to me since I started volunteering.  She has been very patient and thoughtful and has guided me in the volunteer process.  I've learned quite a lot from her and feel that because of her personality I look forward to my volunteering hours.  She calls/texts to check on me when I'm not well, and I feel that that's going above and beyond.

She is completely dedicated to nature and the SRP and I can't imagine that we could get along without her.

Also, through the fire in 2018 and the Pandemic, Mary Ruth has maintained and scheduled all the volunteers to maintain a presence at all the gates on the Reserve. This has required her to quickly find a new volunteer whenever someone must cancel.  Her efforts have made it possible to be sure that the public is staying off the Reserve when we are closed and to enjoy trails when they are open.  Now that the 3rd grade students can come to the Reserve, she is also coordinating the schedule with the various school and scheduling the docents to man the nature tables and lead the students on the trail.


Mary Ruth is not only a shining star, but she is a whole star cluster.


It all works at the Reserve for the public and students because of Mary Ruth.

Mary Ruth is always welcoming to the volunteer docents; She’s very knowledgeable about the SRPER; She goes the extra mile… (last spring, in her spare time, she was outside hoeing weeds behind the visitor center!) honest!!!!  She’s a great person and employee of RivCo!!
 

Mary Ruth is always exceptionally helpful to everyone she meets and always with a smile. She is kind, generous, and efficient. She works many hours behind the scenes at the SRP, probably many of them voluntary.  She is truly a Shining Star!
 

Mary Ruth, we couldn’t agree more that you are a whole cluster of stars!  Your dedication and devotion towards RivCoParks never cease to amaze us.  You are a true example of how to continue to shine!  Thank you for your positivity and making all of us including the volunteers feel welcomed and the privilege to work with you.  We truly appreciate you!

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Volunteers of the Month

Jenny Cole (right) and Jo Daugherty (middle)

  • Jenny Cole and Jo Daugherty are our Shining Stars by their:

  •  Accomplishments (They get stuff done!)

  • Teamwork (They help others and are RESPECTFUL!)

  • Outstanding Service (They go 'to infinity and beyond' for customers - both outside and inside the organization!)

  • Networking (They talk to people. Yes, that's a good thing! They reach out to peers and colleagues to learn new stuff and help each other out.)
     

Jenny and Jo volunteer at the Nature Center every Friday for 2-3 hours and have been for nearly a year now. They clean, feed, and spoil our California Quail that are in an aviary in front of the Nature Center, it's a huge visitor draw, and I OFTEN hear visitors commenting on how happy, fat, or lucky they are to have such a nice enclosure. After they take care of our quail, they clean the birding deck, the railings, interpretive sign, and audio device (a birding deck will attract bird poop), and then they refill all but the automated feeders with seed, water, or suet. They are lovely ladies and determined birders who then bird at the INC and report their sightings on e-bird and Facebook advertising our bird life and to attract more birders/visitors to come check out this awesome aviary.  Their taking on these duties directly impacted staff letting us accomplish more with the time we would otherwise devote to those necessary tasks.  I'm very grateful for their support and friendship.

Jenny is a retired elementary school teacher from Hemet Unified School District having served her community for over 37 years! 

Jo is the retired Director of the Hemet Public Library, she later unretired to help with RivCo’s Library system in the Temecula area. 

 They’ve logged over 100 volunteer hours at the Idyllwild Nature Center this year. “If it wasn’t for Jenny and Jo offering to volunteer at the Nature Center when they did, we would have never been able to develop the birding area to the extent that we have. Birders are now a common sight at our park, and we are providing incidental visitors with a birding experience that is unique and accessible - thanks to the efforts, determination, and support of Jenny Cole and Jo Daughtery.” -Ranger Steve

 

Thank you, Jenny Cole and Jo Daugherty, for representing RivCoParks by going above and beyond for our customers!  Your dedication to attract more birders and compassion towards the aviary is much appreciated! We admire your hard work!  We appreciate you! 

September 2021
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Volunteer of the Month

Shirley Roberts

Shirley Roberts is our Shining Star by her Outstanding Service (she goes to ‘infinity and beyond’ for our staff and our customers.

Shirley Roberts has gone above and beyond showing how much she is willing to help our customers. She makes herself available to our guest after hours. She recently went above and beyond to help a guest in need in their time of trouble. This demonstrated her outstanding service by taking the appropriate steps in getting an emergency taking care of. High-Five to her!!

Thank you, Shirley, for representing RivCoParks by going above and beyond for our customers!  Your willingness to get things done emergency or non-emergency is much appreciated! We admire your dedication!  We appreciate you! 

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Employee of the Month

Juan Rojas

Juan Rojas is our Shining Star by Accomplishments (He gets stuff done!), Connecting (he connects with people), Teamwork (He helps others and is RESPECTFUL!), Stewardship (He is a good steward of the County, RivCoParks, and the world! By this we mean he helps protect resources and educate others.), and Outstanding Service (he goes to ‘infinity and beyond’ for our staff and our customers.

 

Juan continues to not just be a hard worker, but an asset to the park. Time and time again he is always willing to help wherever/whenever he is needed.  He provides support where he can and continually drives coworkers to be the best they can be.  His dedication and strive keep us all motivated out here in the desert!

 

Thank you, Juan, for representing RivCoParks by going above and beyond every day!  Your ability to get things done and assist wherever needed is much appreciated! We respect your “can do” attitude and motivating your team!  We appreciate you! 

August 2021
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Employee of the Month

David Macamay

David Macamay is our Shining Star by Accomplishments (He gets stuff done!) Teamwork (He helps others and is very RESPECTFUL!)
Innovation (Dang, he is smart! He comes up with new ideas all the time!) Networking (He enjoys talking to people. Yes, that’s a good thing! He reaches out to peers and colleagues to learn new stuff and help each other out.) Stewardship (He is a good steward of the County, RivCoParks, and the world! By this we mean he helps protect resources and educate others.)

David is super creative and always brings something visually impactful to everything he does whether it’s a design, a photo or video assignment, he has the "eye" for it all!   David also is a great team player! He helps with whatever is needed, wherever he is needed. All who know David appreciate his positive attitude and helpful ideas.

David (and Marlene) should be recognized for the work done on the Intranet update and the small videos prepared of teams within the organization.  

Intranet
David researched available host applications out there for the best deal for RivCoParks. And was able to assist Marlene when she identified the need to convert our intranet to a better host that would save the Parks District annual money.  Together they worked on the updates needed on the website.  Together they worked on the information transfer and all that was necessary to reach their deadline. 

Videos
David (and Marlene) have been tasked with providing videos of various teams throughout the RivCoParks system.  David learned very quickly all that was required for filming, becoming our local expert on video taking utilized at our virtual ribbon cutting and beyond.  Several videos have been generated within the Open Space Team to better describe what we do in a storytelling methodology.

 

The Marketing team make the District very proud of all they have accomplished and continue to do!

David is being nominated for the incredible work he has done on the annual report for the district. David pulled together all the input from all the departments into a great document that truly showcased all the incredible work the district accomplished during the pandemic in FY20/21. David fielded directives from lots of managers and did so in a professional manner while still maintaining the artistic integrity he is so skilled at delivering. The annual report was not an easy task as the district work was so different than normal in these different than normal times. But then again this is David's standard mode of operation, he manages to take what is needed and improve upon it from his graphics illustrator's perspective. He is always thorough in his work and does so with a positive "teamwork" attitude. He's an asset to the district, and he helps make us shine, therefore HE is a shining star!

Thank you, David, for representing RivCoParks by going above and beyond every day!  Your ability and dedication to get things timely is much appreciated! Your creativity and willingness to learn and meet crucial deadlines is amazing!  We appreciate you so much! 

Employee of the Month

Lisa Rolland

Lisa Rolland is our Shining Star by her Accomplishments (she gets stuff done), Connecting (she connects with people and reaches out timely), Teamwork (she is willing to help and respectful to others), and Outstanding Service (she goes to infinity and beyond to help; both outside and inside the organization),

 

Lisa goes above and beyond to track what we need and is always happy to help with anything that comes up.

 

Lisa has stepped up to assist purchasing in our absence of our buyer and has still managed to continue her fiscal responsibilities and assist her teammates.

 

Lisa is very efficient and makes sure to remind staff timely to get stuff processed quickly.  She is very informative and helpful to her colleagues as well.

 

Thank you, Lisa, for representing RivCoParks by going above and beyond without hesitation.  Your ability to step in when needed is most appreciated! Your willingness to learn and remain on task is amazing!  We appreciate you so much! 

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Volunteer of the Month

Bill Lamb

Bill Lamb is our Shining Star by Accomplishments (He gets stuff done!), Connecting (he connects with people), Teamwork (He helps others and is very RESPECTFUL!), Innovation (Dang, he is smart! He comes up with new ideas all the time!) Networking (He enjoys talking to people. And is willing to help others), Stewardship (He is a good steward of the County, RivCoParks, and the world! By this we mean he helps protect resources and educate others.), and Outstanding Service (he goes to ‘infinity and beyond’ for our staff and our customers.

Bill is President of the Gilman Ranch Hands. He goes above and beyond and exceeds everyone’s expectations. He takes on jobs and duties that nobody else can or will do, such as trailering out the stagecoach, getting in touch with the people with horses who can pull the stagecoach at our events, parades, or market nights. He contacted the City of Banning a few years ago, so that we could hold events in conjunction with each other, thereby increasing our attendance. Many of these things he did pre-covid.

His most recent accomplishment, however, was rebuilding our gold panning boxes here at the Ranch. They are an integral part of our school field trips and events, but they had fallen into such disrepair that they were no longer usable. What that entailed included tearing down the old boxes and irrigation system. Rebuilding the irrigation system, trimming the surrounding trees, transporting cinder blocks, rebar, and multiple bags of cement.  He had to dig the holes to set with cement and the cinder blocks and needed to place the boxes at the correct angle. Much of this was done in 100 plus temperatures and using his own supplies.

Bill is simply amazing, talented and is a Shining Star!!

Thank you, Bill, for representing RivCoParks by going above and beyond every day!  Your ability to get things repaired and build rapport with the City of Banning is much appreciated! We respect your creativity, talent, and hard work!  We appreciate you! 

July 2021
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Employee of the Month

Dayna Whitaker

Dayna Whitaker is our Shining Star by her Accomplishments (she gets stuff done), Connecting (she loves connecting with people), Teamwork (she is ALWAYS willing to help others), Innovation (she is so creative with new ideas), Outstanding Service (she goes to infinity and beyond to help), Networking (she enjoys talking to people and lend a helping hand and ear), and Stewardship (she strives to speaking to the guests/colleagues and providing them with resources).

 

Dayna shows up in the worst of times and puts the employees and host at ease and she handles everything in a professional manner even when the unthinkable happens.

She has even taking the time to make sure she has water and snacks for everyone.

 

In July, there was a situation that was very unnerving for all the park and Sheriff who were on the scene. She is what a leader should be. Dayna is there for her staff in all situations. She is my shining star!

 

Thank you, Dayna, for representing RivCoParks by going above and beyond without being asked.  Your compassion and respect for everyone shines through.  Your willingness to help and continued dedication towards our ENTIRE team is amazing!  We appreciate you! 

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Employee of the Month

David Ledbetter

David Ledbetter is our Shining Star by his Accomplishments (he gets stuff done!), Connecting (he connects with people and loves reaching out), Teamwork (he is willing to help and respectful to others), Innovation (he is so creative with new ideas), Outstanding Service (he goes to infinity and beyond to help), Networking (he enjoys talking to people and lend a helping hand whenever he can), and Stewardship (he enjoys speaking to the guests/colleagues and providing them with resources). 

Dave has been working for RIVCO for over 10 years and has been a valued member of the Mountain Parks team. Dave's love for the park shows when it comes to the protection of the natural resources up here. He understands how important it is to preserve the parks trees and works alongside the parks staff to be a steward to the land. 

Everyone has called out Dave's name for help for a wide variety of reasons and he is quick to come help. 

Thank you for always being there for the team Dave, even if it’s when a water line is spewing water on everyone. You are very much appreciated. 

Thank you, David, for representing RivCoParks by never hesitating to lend a helping hand no matter the circumstance.  Your love for our parks and resources is truly valued!  Your dedication and loyalty are appreciated!  We are so grateful for you!  
 

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Volunteer of the Month

Robin Borden

Robin Borden is our Shining Star by her Outstanding Service (she goes to infinity and beyond to help).

 

Robin is an outstanding volunteer; she was a camp host for Lake Cahuilla for a year before she joined the Hurkey Creek Team. It has been a great pleasure to see her join the mountain team and is often organizing BBQ for the crew. She has handled some difficult incidents and has been a great new addition to the team. She will be missed when she ends her season with us during the Winter season.

 

Thank you, Robin, for representing RivCoParks by going above and beyond, always with a smile on your face.  Your dedication to volunteer for two of our sites is very impressive and much appreciated!  We are grateful for you and your time! 

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Volunteer of the Month

Tabitha Maser

Tabitha Maser is our Shining Star by her Accomplishments (she gets stuff done!) Teamwork (she is very helpful and respectful to others), Outstanding Service (she goes to infinity and beyond to help) and Networking (she talks to people. Yes, that's a good thing! She reaches out to her peers and colleagues to learn new stuff and helps each other out.)

Tabitha Maser is a new camp host volunteer at Hurkey Creek Park. She volunteered herself to cover a shift after a last-minute call off and stepped up to the plate. She was aware the campground was sold out and that she would be dealing with difficult guests. She kept a smile and supported her team when we needed her help the most. In addition, she has proven to show outstanding customer service through difficult situations.

 

In July, there were several calls off due to outlying issues. Tabitha realized that park staff would be shorthanded through the morning shift via the parks group chat. She was scheduled for a later shift, but after realizing there would only be one person to operate the kiosk and clean restrooms, she informed crew she would come in early and ensure the booth would open on time. She did this without being asked!

 

Tabitha saw a need and once again, didn’t hesitate to step up to help provide her excellent customer service. During this time there were several issues that arose with reservations/bookings gone wrong including noise complaints.

 

Tabitha handled everything with style and grace, and she made a lot of our customers very happy based on her actions.

She handled all these numerous obstacles, while being the newest member to our team, and with only a few weeks of training behind her as a new volunteer. Tabitha was a shining star that day; as well as every other day she has worked.  She is a real pleasure to work with.

 

Thank you, Tabitha, for representing RivCoParks by going above and beyond, being quick on your feet to ensure our Hurkey Park ran efficiently all while keeping a smile on your face.  We appreciate you! 

 
2020-2021 Monthly Shining Star Awards
June 2021
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Employee of the Month

Clint Lopez

Clint Lopez is our Shining Star by Accomplishments (he gets stuff done!), Connecting (he reaches out to people and places), Teamwork (he is willing to help and is respectful), Innovation (he is constantly creating new ideas to get work done), his Outstanding Service (he will go ‘to infinity and beyond’ for customers and his co-workers), Networking (he talks to people to learn and help out) and his Stewardship (he takes pride in RivCoParks resources).

 

Clint is a true go getter and is always going above and beyond for his colleagues.  He has always been an employee that everyone can count on.  He is kind, respectful, understanding and always helpful, an all-around true team player!  He doesn't complain and is dedicated to get the job done.  He is efficient, productive and it shows in his hard work.

 

He has fixed the white wood fence on Crestmore Rd (for the 20th time or more 😊) and while doing so, he even took the time to bury a dead squirrel. The best thing is that he ASKS what he can do for you.

 

Thank you, Clint, for representing by being a true and dedicated team player. Your kindness and consideration are recognized! We truly appreciate YOU!

Thank you for all you do! 

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Employee of the Month

Loree Broderick

Loree Broderick is our Shining Star by her Accomplishments (she gets stuff done), Connecting (she has a way of connecting with people), Teamwork (she is willing to help others & lend a helping hand), Innovation (she can get creative with new ideas), Outstanding Service (she goes to infinity and beyond to help), Networking (she takes the initiative to learn new things), and Stewardship (she loves talking to the guests/colleagues and providing them with resources).

 

Loree is always ready to help. She tolerates grumpy employees and with a smile (Lol! 😊). She responds to employees ASAP and always with a wonderful, and friendly attitude. She handles a lot and will laugh alongside you. I greatly appreciate her! She is the kind of person you love hearing from because she is just a great human being.

 

Loree has a positive attitude and focuses on getting things done to help employees. She has been diligent in reminding us to nominate AWESOME EMPLOYEES and VOLUNTEERS to make sure hard work is recognized. Since

 

Loree has taken over the reminders, the number of employees and volunteers being nominated has drastically increased. So much so, that we often have more than one person (sometimes up to 5!) to recognize each month. This is just one example of how she works hard on behalf of our workforce. Her personality is that of helping and giving. She is a shining STAR!!

 

Thank you, Loree, for representing RivCoParks by continuing to help others and with a smile.  Your friendly and positive attitude is much needed during this time.  Thank you for continuing to be a shining star for the District!  We appreciate you! 

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Employee of the Month

Analica Gomez

Analicia Gomez is our Shining Star by her Accomplishments (she gets stuff done), Teamwork (she respects others), Innovation (Dang! She is so creative!), Outstanding Service (she goes above and beyond and is willing to give you a hand), and Stewardship (she is a good steward of the County, and RivCoPark resources.  She helps protect and educate others.)

 

Analicia has successfully played a very important role with the construction for the new Santa Rosa Plateau “pavilion”, which includes a new and enhanced electrical and lighting capabilities, and new basalt rock work with a seating and entry wall. 

 

Analicia took pride to also include a new cement base with new half circular steps which have been enhanced with Native American/Pechanga interpretive “tiles” featuring plants, animals, tools, and basket references that are particular to the Pechanga people and Native American presence on the Reserve.

 

She is coordinating additional repair of the dirt area in front of the pavilion and the building of new fencing to protect certain native plants in front, and west, of the pavilion area is underway and will be finished soon.  This will help to the rebuild and rehabilitation of the new pavilion area.

 

A couple of interesting statistics...from November 1, 2019, which was the launching of the Fire Fund drive…it has taken 1 year, 6 months and 9 days to complete the rebuild.  Between the Fire Fund and Beam Builder donors, vendors, and suppliers…over 250 individuals have been involved in bringing the structure back to life. 

 

Thanks to Analicia, she worked with us, at times daily, as we worked through all the machinations of the process.  We understand that the arrangement between the Foundation and Parks was a bit unusual under the circumstances.  I can speak for our entire Board of Directors, we really appreciated how our support was received…and how early on the communication with us was as if we were a “client” of County Parks. Analicia facilitated that approach and I have learned a lot from this very talented lady!

 

The story of the Reserve now has an interesting, new historical side story as a result of the Tenaja Fire. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of that history. 

 

Thank you, Analicia, for representing RivCoParks with your willingness to adapt to this new relationship with our friends/foundation, not only lending a helping hand but your ear to hear and execute their needs.  You played an integral part in getting our Santa Rosa Plateau back to a happy/pleasant place.  We couldn’t have done it without you.   We appreciate you! 

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Employee of the Month

Jennifer Diaz

Jennifer Diaz is our Shining Star by her Accomplishments (she gets stuff done), Connecting (she has a way of connecting with people), Teamwork (she is willing to help others), Innovation (she is so creative with new ideas), Outstanding Service (she goes to infinity and beyond to help), Networking (she takes the initiative to learn new things), and Stewardship (she loves talking to the guests/colleagues and providing them with resources).

 

Jennifer has been doing an awesome job handling all inquiries and bookings for weddings. She is constantly busy and providing excellent service! She is an awesome team player and gets the job done. She is a force to be reckoned with.

 

Jennifer is always going above and beyond to be helpful to staff and our customers. She is a terrific steward of our Headquarters and takes pride and makes effort to keep it looking as pristine as possible. She is always willing to stay over or come in early for events and is pleasant and kind.  She is a valuable player on our team! Couldn't do it without her and her help!

 

Thank you, Jennifer, for representing RivCoParks by going above and beyond without being asked.  You take pride in ensuring Headquarters is looking it’s best.  Your willingness to help whenever needed hasn’t gone unnoticed!  We appreciate you!