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Isaiah 41:13 "...do not be afraid. I myself will help you."

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ever have an experience that is trying enough at the time, but later you HAVE to think Jehovah (God) was watching out for you?

Last Tuesday I drove my daughters ancient (1996 I think) Sentra to work as always. I noted when I left home that I would need to stop for gas on the other end...I had just over a quarter of a tank. It is a 50 min. drive to work. This is routine.

About 10 min. from home on the highway, I began to think I was smelling gas fumes...thought it odd.
Then I looked at the gas gauge...BELOW EMPTY!!! WHAT???????? I made it over the next big hill..chugging a little...and headed for the very next exit with many prayers for safety.

Put in 20$ worth of gas...and headed out again. Was surprised that it only put the gauge back to where I started. Odd. Should have gone further than that! Gas odor still strong. I am so dumb! But I wouldn't have known what to check anyway.

I continue on the highway and make it to the gas station I had intended to go to in the first place...and am again riding below empty. I call my daughter and as I am getting out of the car, notice a puddle...look under the car and the puddle is from the Sentra...dripping. I still don't get it. I put more gas in the car...intending to drive on to her house (doubly stupid now!), but she says NO, park it and she will come get me. So I pull the car over to the grocery store parking lot next door. When she gets there, we roll up the windows (stupid!) and leave. I had been sitting with the doors open while I waited, enjoying the sunshine and breeze. As I get out of the car, I notice the carpet on the floor board is wet...GASOLINE IN the car!! We are in a hurry because she has a photoshoot in just a few minutes. We'll deal with it later.

DD calls her husband when we get home. HE asks if we left the windows open so the fumes could escape...we hadn't. We now realize how dangerous this is...car could ignite from the heat and fumes. (It is now about lunch time so car has been sitting for several hours.) I call AAA to have the car towed to mechanic. THEY won't touch it till the fire department has a look and tells them it is safe. One spark and things could ignite.

We call the fire dept nearest the grocery. THEY won't come..it is actually in next county. We hunt for the correct number and end up calling the Sheriffs Dept. to find out who to call. Call Emergency Management...get transferred several times and finally get Dispatch. Yes, they will be glad to have a look..am I with the car? No..but will be there in 15 - 20 min. Andrew decides he needs to potty...more than just pee (we are nearing the end of the potty training efforts so it is important to heed this call!).

20 min later, Andrew and I are back to the Sentra...I open the doors to both cars and let the wind blow through. Andrew climbs all over his mom's car, pushing buttons and adjusting EVERYthing. We wait and wait. Finally after an hour, I call the dispatch again, get someone else this time. He says they had been out but noone showed up so they left (thanks a lot!). They could see there had been some kind of leak but it was OK to move the car.

Now I call AAA back and arrange the tow. 20 min to an hr. They say. We walk to the grocery and get Andrew a cookie. Back to the car. Don't want to miss the tow. AAA calls TWICE ..nope, not there yet. Finally an hour and a half after I initiated the service call, the guy shows up, hooks up the car and in maybe five minutes is gone again!!! Andrew loved seeing the process but was not happy about the loud machinery of the winch.

Today (Sunday) DD and her husband ran into their mechanic at KH between mtgs) He had initially told them the car was not worth salvage..just junk it. (it has four brand new tires on it!) BUT today he told them he had discovered that there was a pencil tip size hole chewed in the gas line...THAT is what caused all this trouble... a MOUSE (or squirrel). He says that if the mouse had chewed an electric wire, too, the car would have exploded. He mentioned the fumes issue, too...it SHOULD have exploded sitting in the heat in the parking lot for several hours....with gasoline on the floorboards and no ventilation. Temps were in the mid 80s that day. Yikes! It was also a wonder I didn't get sick from all those gas fumes.

So, now the verdict is that the car is fine except for the interior and the gas line (not hard to fix that apparently). It will need the headliner removed and the carpet all pulled up...the gasoline ate all the adhesives. The seats will need replacing also (I don't know the why of that part). I don't know whether they will decide to repair it and keep it on the road or not. Guess that will be decided soon. The mechanic feels all the carpet that is gasoline soaked is too dangerous to have in his shop, so it is sitting in a pile in the field near his shop.

In the meantime, I am considering how grateful I am that of the things that COULD and even SHOULD have happened, none did. I can get in and out of this small car, but had it been an emergency, I would have had a hard time. Had the gas or fumes on the floor of the car ignited, my pants would probably have ignited, too. I doubt I could have gotten out. I should not have been able to get to the gas station once..never mind TWICE! The car didn't ignite on the road or when I restarted it at the gas station either time. What if I had been a smoker!!! (I am not!) The many "what if" scenarios are all pretty frightening.

I reflect now on all those things and give thanks to Jehovah...he truly must have been holding my right hand that day.

  
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SILLYONTHEHILLY 9/26/2012 5:14PM

    Several years ago (in my previous marriage) I was working in the kitchen and saw my young Brother-in-Law drive into our driveway...between our house and the neighbor's. He jumped out of that old car, opened the hood and started to throw snowballs at the engine as flames were coming up! Gratefully he stopped the fire with the snowballs. It turned out that the wire harness had caught fire. emoticon

Another similar incident was when my brother about age 19 was working on his 57' Chevy with a buddy, at the guys house. They also were between houses while doing this. While working on the Chevy...it caught fire and they had to call the fire department. That car was a total loss and a heartbreak for my Brother since that car was a classic and it was 1968. emoticon

I did not even know you at this time when your car had that gas leak, but; Astra I really do appreciate you and your family's survival of a potential danger. emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/26/2012 5:14:21 PM

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CLAUDEM1 9/10/2012 7:44PM

    Hi Asta,

I just read your blog, and can only imagine what could have happened. We had a fire in our car years ago. My husband and I had a cleaning business, and he had parked it to clean some offices. Suddenly he saw smoke. A wire shorted under the dash, and it ignited. The car was totaled. He wasn't in it.

Close call!

Claude emoticon

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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 7/4/2012 4:55PM

    WOW Asta!
Sure not a lot to add that would just repeat what others have said here, but, isn't Jehovah just so absolutely amazing!?! He was sure with you in your adventures on this day! :)
(and... I gotta read everyone's blogs more regularly so I can find out about these things in a more timely way! lol)

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BOOKWERME 6/16/2012 7:52AM

    Update. The repair to the car turned out to be fairly minor..just replacing a hose. However by that time they had decided to let their mechanic purchase the car. He was going to have to overhaul the interior..those gas fumes were bad and caused a lot of things like the floor mats curling up! The mechanic was going to put his son to work and then let the son drive the car. So that great little car is still going! emoticon

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MELTEAGUE 6/15/2012 9:51PM

    wow! glad you are ok!

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LOVINGMYSELF101 4/28/2012 11:41AM

    emoticonPoor Asta, sorry this happened!

I will have to check my friends blogs more often, my!

((HUGS)) -Rose

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JOYCEATH50 4/10/2012 5:27PM

    I am so glad that you ended up being safe! I was just popping in for the first time since Feb and wanted to check up on a few friends. I am very happy that nothing tragic happened to you! Love Joyce
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NCFITCHICK 3/27/2012 6:07AM

    Asta, I too had chills just thinking of what could have happened. However, I am grateful, because our loving Father, Jehovah, knew to protect you even when you didn't know you needed to protect yourself (and your darling little Andrew). So incredibly glad how things worked out for you my dear sister and that you're here to relate the experience to us!

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LOVE2WALK1 3/26/2012 5:14PM

    What an experience, and how glad I am our loving God, Jehovah, was looking out for you! emoticon

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CINA-MINI 3/26/2012 4:20PM

    Asta, I am so glad that nothing terrible happened. I know when things work out for the best, we just think, "Whew, that was close!" I am glad you know who was with you at the time. It's so great that you thought to pray for help getting to the gas station. Little did you know that Jehovah knew what you needed and provided!

So glad you are safe!!!

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BOOKWERME 3/26/2012 4:03PM

    I learned today that the mechanic purchased the car (pretty much for the price of the new tires) and will gut it, then fix it up just enough for his son to drive it. Bye, Bye Sentra.

Thanks for all the comments. Sandy, I really appreciate that scriptural thought!!!


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SANDYZEE 3/26/2012 4:00PM

    What's that scripture about God protecting the foolish ones? I have to look it up, but that's how I feel when something like that happens. I'm so glad you were safe, as we never know what can happen. Now, that scripture, I remember. LOL
(Ecclesiastes 9:11) . . .because time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all. . .

((hugs))
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CELEST 3/26/2012 10:27AM

    Absolutely shocking and amazing Asta. Thankfully you were ok. I always dread being told one of my favorite sparkers is no longer. We are very protected by Jehovah. We have so much work to still do. Glad you are fine and Andre (the little angel) is too.

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HARMONY78 3/26/2012 6:25AM

    That could have been tragic!! So glad to hear you are okay.

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GAMOMMY3 3/26/2012 12:11AM

    So glad it all worked out!!

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BOOKWERME 3/25/2012 9:47PM

    THANKS, Me, too!

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COOLCALLALILY 3/25/2012 9:47PM

    I am so glad you are okay!!!!!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/25/2012 9:46PM

    OH ASTA! Jehovah was indeed with you that day! I have cold chills all over just reading the rest of the story. I am so glad Jehovah was with you that day, as always.

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One down, one to go. RBC volunteering

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Home from the third day of the Regional Building Committee remodel project. It is the second weekend of work there, but I was not asked to be there last week. DH and I have worked three days and tonight are sure feeling it all over. It is amazing how sore you can get from walking and standing. I wish I had tracked my walking on Friday...it was much like yesterday so was probably around 11 miles. Today, finish up and clean up for this weekend with DH doing much of the escort walking this morning, I walked 7.41 miles. That is over 18 miles in two days...probably around 28 miles in all three days. MORE than a marathon! (walked of course, not run). emoticon BTW..7.41 miles is 19006 steps.

Weather has been remarkably cooperative...Many of us have sunshine faces...a few folks have gotten unfortunate sunburns. There were 234 volunteers on site today (if I remember that number exactly right..if not, it is close.) Folks have traveled from as far away as Memphis to volunteer their time and expertise (at their own expense) for this project.

It is such a wonderful experience to be part of it all...and to know there are other such projects ongoing all over the world. Celeste', I am thinking of YOU, too, as we share this experience...wish we could be working together!

We have had to be there at different times each day...and it is a 45 minute drive from home to the site. We had daylight savings Spring Forward time change last night. I startled awake at 4:06 am...and thought the alarm hadn't gone off...then couldn't remember what time I was supposed to be getting up...had to figure out which day, what time we had to be there, time we leave thus time we get up..only to realize we could sleep almost another hour...but of course, that shot of adrenaline kept me awake after that. emoticon

Well, this is volunteering at it's best. We have had a wonderful weekend. I was training to run the shuttles to off site parking and back...next week will be running it without my mentor (EEK!) along with another Sister who trained on a totally different project. This is going to be interesting! The other Sister and I have not met yet.

Wonder if I can find another pedometer (I think I have two more!) for DH to wear next week. emoticon

  
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BEEBEE1936 6/7/2012 8:34AM

    Enjoyed your blog. I remember the first KH building that I attended. It was close by and I worked with the food. But most of the time, I stood watching all the activity with tears running down my face. I was seeing what the new system would be like, it was one of the most touching things I have ever experienced. I hadn't been in the truth to long at that time. Then in 1989 we built our new hall. My husband is not a Witness but favorable and we had brothers and sisters staying with us, during the building. We live only 2 minutes from the hall, so we had friends sleeping everywhere. Loved every minute of it. Our lives are so full and like our "happy God", we to are happy.

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GAMOMMY3 3/12/2012 12:29PM

    That's great! Would love to see photos of the new Hall.

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CELEST 3/11/2012 10:55PM

    It would be fabulous if we could do a project together. Talk about adrenalin...its 5am and here I am lol. Whats more is I have Carol coming to dinner tonight. Hope I have a shot of adrenalin to keep me going later.
We will be finished our project on the 18th and I hope to have a few photos of the old and new look....new look is so fabulous, clean and smart.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/11/2012 8:26PM

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CINA-MINI 3/11/2012 8:18PM

    Great job! It is so wonderful that you are able to help out. Your willingness to work where needed is so wonderful too!

Hugs!

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NEW-ME-IN2012 3/11/2012 7:26PM

    Isn't it wonderful that we can serve Jehovah this way? It's so very encouraging to hear of different one working with the RBC! There's a niche for anyone who wants to help/ Remember what Jehovah had recorded at (Hebrews 6:10) For God is not unrighteous so as to forget YOUR work and the love YOU showed for his name, in that YOU have ministered to the holy ones and continue ministering.
Indeed, this is a fine way to minister or to serve Jehovah & our dear brothers & sisters. emoticon emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 3/11/2012 7:23PM

  WOW 28 miles in three days!?! Watch for a giftie! HUGS!!!

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Tired but Happy feet!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

This has to be quick since I have to get to bed...another very early morning and long day tomorrow. DH and I are serving in the traffic dept. at a Kingdom Hall remodel project this weekend and next. Today was day two for us...arriving at 5:30 am and leaving tonight at 7. The job involves keeping track of the shuttle drivers who bring the workers to the site from off site parking areas...and then take them back when they are done. It involves walking as escort for every vehicle that moves on the work site. Today I wore my pedometer..out of curiosity. Interested in knowing how much walking I did in that little parking lot?

I walked: 11.09 miles! 28452 steps!

Probably walked about the same yesterday...and we do it again tomorrow.

SO...want to walk for exercise? Join the Regional Building Committee and volunteer for traffic dept. if your RBC has one (not required in all states apparently).

You know what I think is really neat about this? I was ABLE to walk 11 miles today..on a parking lot with an incline..so up hill and down hill ALL day. My feet are tired...and I ache in a few other places...but I am healthy enough to be ABLE to do this. emoticon

Gotta get to bed. Spring Forward for Daylight savings means we lose an hour! It is already hard enough to get up that early, drive 45 minutes and be at the work site to work by 6:30 am. Good night everyone!!

  
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CINA-MINI 3/11/2012 1:14PM

    That is so fantastic Asta! Way to go!

I set my clocks ahead around 4 in the afternoon. That way, by the end of the day, we are already used to it.

Many hugs!

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GAMOMMY3 3/11/2012 12:44PM

    That's great! And the best part is how good it feels to serve Jehovah in this way!!

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CELEST 3/11/2012 10:21AM

    That is AMAZING Asta. I was just saying how Jehovah is giving us power to complete these tasks. Its not as if you are a marathan walker, but you did it. Sure you ache, but you did it and will repeat it day aft day if necessary.
I feel very close to you, knowing while Im working on our kh renovation, you're doing the same so many many miles apart.
Im LOVING it and bet you are too.

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COOLCALLALILY 3/11/2012 12:46AM

    Proud of you, Mom! I love you!

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STEADFASTNSEE 3/10/2012 10:29PM

  Don't forget to put this on your fitness tracker! HUGS!! (btw it would be under cross country hiking; emoticon) As to joining RBC, do you think I could do it?? I've been wondering.... HUGS

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/10/2012 10:22PM

    Awesome! Enjoy the labors results.

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High Blood Pressure? Diabetes? Beware of Chronic Kidney Disease

Saturday, February 11, 2012

From Woman's World Magazine...sorry I don't know the date of the issue or page reference.

"Most people don't realize that chronic kidney disease (CKD) is more common that diabetes! Millions of Americans are already afflicted, and at least 20 million more are at risk. Trouble is, there are very few early warning signs of CKD. "Symptoms often don't appear until the kidneys are already irreversibly damaged," says nephrologist Gary Curhan, M.D., ScD., associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. fortunately, it's easy to keep your kidneys healthy:

Eat peanuts to guard against blood sugar damage

The high blood sugar levels caused by diabetes slowly damage the blood vessels in the kidneys. But new research reveals tht eating peanuts, soybeans or legumes daily can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by 40%. tip: Already have diabetes? Your doctor can help you keep your blood sugars in check to minimize damage to your kidneys and help prevent CKD.

Have a pressure-lowering tea break

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney disease. One of the best ways to drop it fast - by as much as 65% - is to drink fragrant hibiscus tea daily, studies suggest. also helpful: "Cut back on sugar, processed foods and salt," advises nutritionist Linda McCann, R.D., director of clinical Systems and Nutrition for Satellite Healthcare, which specializes in the treatment of chronic kidney disease.

Go easy on painkillers to prevent harm

When taken as directed, occasional use of aspirin and other over-the-counter painkillers does not seem to increase the risk of kidney disease. however, taking too much, too often, may cause damage. "if your doctor prescribes a daily painkiller - for example, baby aspirin to reduce your risk of heart disease- that's one thing. But you shouldn't take any painkiller regularly without her supervision," cautions Dr. Curhan."

"How healthy are your kidneys?
Simple blood and urine tests can provide the answer. Your doctor should check you yearly during a physical, or any time you are diagnosed with other conditions, like high blood pressure or diabetes, that may contribute to kidney disease, says McCann."

article by Camille Noe Pagan

  
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DARLENE474 3/13/2012 10:27PM

    My mom has had her kidneys checked for over 30 years because she has had high blood pressure for over 35 years. The doctor told her that 20 years ago she would be on dialysis. She held it off for several years. She has now been on dialysis for 11 years. She does not have diabetes. Besides her output being less, the symptom that told her that it was going to happen within a year was that she was extremely nauseous all the time from the toxins in her body.

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CELEST 2/17/2012 10:17AM

    Excellent medical advice. Thx

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GODZDESIGN95 2/11/2012 5:33PM

    Who called my name?? I have HBP and diabetes. I try to be careful. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/11/2012 4:30PM

    emoticon Blog

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SANDYZEE 2/11/2012 3:15PM

    Very good advice. I have all three problems. I had to call the kidney test levels to my Dr 's attentionwhen I saw how low they were on my lab tests.
He didn't think it was important enough to mention my levels were way below normal because of my age. What? However he did give me a diet sheet and info on how to eat so I was able to raise my test numbers by avoiding some of the foods that are not good for impaired kidney function. Like beans, lentils and whole grains. Who knew?
LOL
Sandy in CA emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 2/11/2012 2:29PM

    Good to know!

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BOOKWERME 2/11/2012 10:06AM

    Your Dr. is probably checking every time you have a blood test, Laurie. Be wise to ask though I suppose. emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/11/2012 10:04AM

  I'm gonna have to get them checked out. Especially me being "hydrationally challenged"! lol HUGS

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Cats protect your heart

Friday, February 10, 2012

From Woman's World (sorry..don't know date of issue)

Health News!
Cats protect your heart!
Owning a kitten or cat provides enough stress relief to lower your risk of a heart attack by 30%, according to a recent 10-year study at the Univerity of Minnesota's Stroke Institute.

  
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NEW-ME-IN2012 2/14/2012 4:56PM

    My dh loves our cat Dumpster! I can tell when he's stressed as he'll sit there & just pat & rub her.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/10/2012 9:54PM

    We wish!

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SUNNYWBL 2/10/2012 5:10PM

    30% times three cats equals very low chance of heart attack! emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/10/2012 12:37PM

  I've had Ras for nearly 9 years and a couple of times he nearly GAVE me a heart attack! lol. Seriously it is true that pets in general and cats specifically are wonderful stress relievers! HUGS Laurie and Rascal emoticon emoticon

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SABLENESS 2/10/2012 11:55AM

    Love it! I knew there must be some justification in serving as house staff to three cats! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOOKWERME 2/10/2012 9:02AM

    Just googled that statement hoping to document source..found more info. Really interesting!


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CHUM48 2/10/2012 9:01AM

    I believe it!

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