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Once we prime the pump with that (hiring an executive director), we're pretty optimistic,'' said Gladstone, who is in charge of creative services at DreamWorks SKG.
When this runs low, your body will use other sources, such as fat for energy, but it still needs glycogen to prime the pump.
It might be necessary to prime the pump by pouring water into the drop pipe.