Output Excerpt Manually
There is always
the_excerpt(), but that does some pretty specific stuff (e.g. adding paragraph tags, adding [...], not respect the more comment, use the saved excerpt...). Advanced Excerpt is pretty good at customizing that.
If you want to get real simple though:
$content = get_the_content();
echo substr(strip_tags($content), 0, 130) . '...';
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