@ben_westhoff

  • @ben_westhoff
    30 March, 2015

    RT @brendohare: It is easy to give Mt. Rushmore crap for not being a natural rock formation, but you cannot deny how much publicity it has …

  • @ben_westhoff
    30 March, 2015

    That song "Free as a Bird" is downright Beatlesque.

  • @ben_westhoff
    29 March, 2015

    RT @1followernodad: Top Movies Your Boyfriend Wants to Watch: -An Idiot Saves the President -Rich Boy Hero 4 -Silent Hero Journey Boy -Figh…

  • @ben_westhoff
    28 March, 2015

    Pisses me off when celebrities don't open my Snapchats.

  • @ben_westhoff
    28 March, 2015

    RT @arzE: some people's haters is an inside job

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  • 29 days ago | Goodbye

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