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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Welcome Abe to the family! This is Abe watching me work at the desktop. I picked him up yesterday and this soon to be 3 year old Weimaraner went from farm dog (and prior stud is my guess) to beach dog! He got to drive in my little pickup for a couple hours until we got to the ferry. Ever try to drive with a 80 pound dog in the front seat with you? I couldn't see out of my rear view or right mirror unless he was laying down - which was about 5 minutes out of every 45 minutes. I hadn't planned on taking the ferry home (since I 'can' drive around) but I couldn't get into the lane we needed to get off the exit - so ferry it was! Abe decided that mom's driving and traffic was a bit much and by the time we hit the ferry terminal and saw the sign that notified us that we had a 2 hour wait (hello holiday weekend!), he decided to get sick a little. Heck I wasn't far behind but I didn't panic. We managed somehow to get on the next ferry versus having to sit in the sun for an hour. Abe had his first ferry trip - he got to walk the upper decks in the sun with all the other visitors and dogs and show off. When we hit the other side of the water, he got to hit my local pet store and pick out toys and food (because clearly he has a food allergy and mom doesn't do cheap food).

We arrived home and Abe got introduced to my cat (ya know, the cat who grew up with pitbulls). I am pretty sure she cackled and muttered fresh meat under her breath. They spent the afternoon getting to know each other, ie the cat taunted the dog whom would bark from the other end of the deck and then come scurrying to hide behind my legs. Oh yeah it is game on according to the cat tomorrow.

Abe also got introduced to the beach which ironically went hand in hand with my introduction to the local beach. I haven't been able to walk down there (or any length of distance) so this was a new adventure to me. We walked the neighborhood and admired all the cool gardens. I clearly need to travel with garden clippers...HA!

Abe has met two of our neighbors so far, including the guy who was afraid of the pitbulls. We won't be having problems with this dog clearly which is nice. We still have to bring the pits over to meet him and the neighbor dogs. I bought a super soaker squirt gun because this chica is NOT going to get her hand in another fight.

So be warned, I shall be gushing about the "grey ghost" dog here - he is very cool and he is attached to me. This means of course I have to walk him on a regular basis - hello mileage! emoticon

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UP4MORE 6/2/2008 9:24AM

    Oh how wonderful!! I am so happy for you and for Abe!!

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MARYKELLEY2 5/26/2008 9:41PM

  Dear kierae thank you for adding me to your frien list,I really need friends which has been a hugh step for me to srep up and admit,I am tired of suffering and being the butt of jokes.I have suffered my whole life and I am ready to do something about it ,but I know now I cant do it alone so I can tell you how grateful that I AM THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO BE A PART OF MY RECOVERY. I look foward to a long friendship wrth you.I read your blog and I am so encourged and I hope I can follow your lead thank you again mary

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MSEMBERSTORM 5/26/2008 8:09PM

    He is absolutely beautiful! I am so happy for you.

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HUGS2015 5/26/2008 4:28PM

    I am so glad for you Kierae. Abe is good looking and he looks like a dandy dog. You will bond quickly and kitty will learn to put up with him too. Hugs to you and Abe. Deanie

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KYLIEMC8 5/26/2008 3:01PM

    Oh I love that breed of dog! I'm sure he'll be a grand edition to your family!

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ALIFIT 5/26/2008 2:31PM

    Welcome Abe!

-Spartacus (and Ali) =)

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BINEMELLES 5/26/2008 12:38PM

    hey, WELCOME ABE! i love weimaraners, they have magical fur, velvet of absolutely indescribabe color. awesome eyes, too. have fun getting to know each other!

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SAYRAH-M 5/26/2008 2:13AM

    ABE is beautiful!!! I am glad you have a good new loyal child!!

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QUILTEDCAT52 5/25/2008 11:44PM

    So happy for you and Abe! Guess it took all that waiting to hear from the landlady for things to line up so you and Abe would both be in the right place and time to get each other. Best of luck to both of you, sounds like a perfect match!


PS: He is beautiful! Love the color of his fur.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 5/25/2008 10:23PM

    You sound so happy--like a new momma--congrats!

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CARPEOMNIA 5/25/2008 9:32PM

    Congratulations on the new family member.

Ya know your cat will win...right?! They always do...sly little devils...

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ME4EVER 5/25/2008 9:05PM

    What a cutie! And wiemeraners are GREAT dogs! Congrats on the new member of the family! emoticon

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    I just knew, somehowm, that Abe and you were meant to be. Don't forget to post your walks on the Get Out! Team. Which reminds me... my rain-soaked doggies would probably enjoy a walk, too.


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STARTSPARKING 5/25/2008 8:38PM

    Abe is so cute! Congratulations on the new member of your family!

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JAXMOMMY 5/25/2008 8:05PM

    Congrats on the new addition and welcome Abe! Sounds like a perfect dog to me! My mutt is afraid of most things and very friendly! He's a sweeti! He is a mutt born of mutts, but he seeemsseems to have some pit full in him based on his chest shapteand all. Congrats again! I dont' know how my Jack would do at the beach since he is not fond of water or our pool! I've been wanting to take him to laugh as he barks and cowers from the waves! Sweet Things, I just love 'em!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 5/25/2008 7:53PM

    Abe is adorable! I'm so glad you were able to finally get a dog! And Weimaraners are such a nice breed. Yes, you will definitely get some exercise with him.

I can't wait to hear some Abe stories! He's perfect, and I'm so happy for you! emoticon

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

HA - so I wrote out my post, only to have it poof in error. Let the frustration begin!

It has been a frustrating week. I got permission to get a dog. I found a dog we liked at the rescue, only to have the landlady be a freak and tell the rescue no. My husband has been calling her daily to find out what her issue is and she has not returned any calls. Meanwhile the dog did get adopted this weekend which was no surprise to us. He is ready to tell the landlady that we will be moving since he is tired of dealing with her neurotic ways. The thought of moving makes me shudder. I like the idea of downsizing rent but downsizing in size is a scary thought. We both have extensive hobbies with space needed for those. So scaling down will be an interesting challenge. I honestly didn't want to be using this tax money for moving but it is feeling like it will happen.

Mother's Day - it just sucked. I knew it was going to be a challenge for my daughter but I honestly was hoping she wouldn't resort to old behaviors. No such luck! She apologized for ruining the day but quite honestly I have hit the wall with it. I am tired of dealing with the same issues that we were dealing with when she was younger. Next year I am leaving town - not doing this bit again!

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GNATTERS 5/22/2008 2:43PM

    I’ve been off line for a while and just dropped by and read your most recent blog.

Sorry Mother’s Day was such a wash out. Something one of my best friends once said helped me when I was struggling with my eldest daughter, she reckons that children are challenging and confrontational only when they feel safe to behave in that way, i.e. only a good parent creates an environment that enables a child to feel safe enough to behave ‘horribly’. A bad parent creates too much fear.

It’s a concept that works for me! When ever my kids are giving me grief now I just smile and say, ‘you’re only saying that cos I’m a good Mum’. Gets them every time.

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MSEMBERSTORM 5/21/2008 2:17PM

    Oh hugs! I hope it gets better!

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LUVCOWS 5/16/2008 4:10PM

    Sorry to hear you had such a bad week. I hope it gets better. Moving may be the best option in the long run, I know the horrors of moving, especially when ya got alot of stuff! But it sounds like you are at too much of the mercy of your wacko landlady. Hang in there.

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PRETTYNINK23 5/14/2008 8:38PM

    sorry about yoru horrible day, let me tell u as for as the land lady is concerned, downsizing would suck alot, BUT your mentality, your happiness is way more important and u may find that even though u hate the smaller place u love having a landlord thats not nosey, picky and difficult and u can turn things around just with that sense of relief. :)

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UP4MORE 5/14/2008 4:04PM

    Kierae- I am so sorry you did not get the pup you wanted - damn landlady - perhaps the time was just wrong and there is another lil fur baby just waiting for you and the time to be right. Trust me when I say, I know how your heart aches for a furbaby and i wish you all the success to that end.

As for Mothers day - I have found that it is easier for me to treat it as another day than to expect to celebrate it - I have two teenage sons, both who I know adore me, but both who are teens - my oldest spent the day with his girlfriend and my youngest and I got some time in, but mainly it was my day to be and feel apprecaited by my husband. That made it all OK.

I love your writing - keep posting and i will come!


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SAYRAH-M 5/14/2008 10:34AM

    I hate when posts disappear and getting the same momentum to retype isn't always there.
I have this fantasy that in the next life people's faces will reflect their souls so we will know who to avoid. And justice will prevail in all of life, so therefore Good Moms will get good mother's days and sucky landladies will go broke. All dogs and babies will be loved and taken care of and Spark friends will all be thin and healthy!!
WOO HOO, too much caffeine for me. LOL

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COSMIC_ENERGY 5/13/2008 11:13PM

    Kierae--First of all damn! I hate when a nice long vent disappears and I don't feel like recreating the whole senario! The landlady may need have a sit down with you guys about the fact that you feel the need to move if there is not a resolution in the "dog" situation and then do it if having a dog superceds staying in that house. (It would for me) But gawd I hate moving!

Sorry to hear Mother's Day was not a happy one. I had some frustration wth mine--but all in all I'd made up my mind to enjoy the day regardless of events. I know my kids love me and I love them--a card, gift or visit on that day within prescribed times didn't matter.
Hope things perk up for you. You deserve it.

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W8WATCHER4LIFE 5/13/2008 7:36PM

  Blessings... hoping things look up for you soon.

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DIET_FRIEND 5/13/2008 3:30PM

    You might consider checking out the flylady. It sounds like you have quite a lot of stuff. Stuff can be a detriment to happiness. Hope next mother's day is better.

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KYLIEMC8 5/13/2008 2:35PM

    Sorry your mothers day sucked..mine did too! Oh well, live and learn and leave town! Moving..well thats another story! I hope you get all situated..maybe something is happening in her life and thats why she's not calling you?? Lets hope thats the case. emoticon Kylie emoticon

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BINEMELLES 5/13/2008 12:42PM

    i can understand your shuddering about moving - the bf and i each moved out of about 12.000 sq. ft. places into an apartment of about the same size for the two of us, that is living AND studio space bc we work at home. so i guess that would mean each of us would have had to give or throw away half of his possessions. well, we didn't nearly ... our place is really packed.
downsizing sounds great when you think about the rent, but you have to make sure no one is getting cut off his possibilities of retreat or creative freedom. after one year i'm still struggling to make space for the stuff i want to do.
sorry, that didn't sound very encouraging, did it? but i still think it is possible. an interesting challenge indeed! i just hope you are better at planning, sorting out and compromising than we are!

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SEEKER3423 5/13/2008 12:27PM

    Seems like you have had a week that is one for the books! Have a blessed day!

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ME4EVER 5/13/2008 11:50AM

    Well, I understand about the moving! We too are moving by the middle of July to a bigger (yay!) apartment with less rent and pet friendly so we can get a pet or two! BUT I hate emoticonmoving.

I am sorry about the daughter situation. I pray it gets better.

Okay...those things are over...take a deep breath and begin again! hugs,

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Shades of Purple..and green!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

After spending three hours working on my garden today since it actually was wonderful weather (ie not raining, snowing, sleeting), I had to take off my splint and change wrapping and wash up. Dirt and bandages don't mix but it felt so good working with all my plants again. This folks is my lovely hand. Now take note - only the bone going to my pinky is broke. Supposedly. The best I can figure is the lovely wrap has pressed the hell out of all the blood and pushed it up into my fingers. That's my story and I am sticking to it. Can't wait to see the new x-rays on Thursday.

Speaking of stories..hehe. My landlady is showing up tomorrow morning around 9 (knowing her, 8:30). She is going to do her walk thru she insisted on doing before giving me an answer on if I can get another dog, what the conditions are, etc. I shall not be telling her my hand is broken from a dog fight! I fell - yeah that's it! My guess is she will ask for a deposit (which is fine) particularly since we get to inform her that her lawnmower died. I just hope she doesn't insist on any other stupid criteria, like us having to put in a fence (hello - its her place not ours!).

Wish me luck - I want a darn dog and am tired of "window shopping". I need a walking partner!

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UP4MORE 5/14/2008 4:05PM

    creative title! How is the hand now?

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MSEMBERSTORM 5/13/2008 11:04PM

    Hope your land lady lets you have a pup. That would be awesome! Hope the hand heals. Hugs!

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ME4EVER 5/10/2008 10:10PM

    I totally understand about wanting a pet. We had to adopt out our cat when we had to move to a pet restricted apartment. Our lease is up the middle of July, and as much as I hate it, we are moving to a pet friendly complex.
Terasee, me4ever

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JAZZYJB 5/5/2008 10:49AM

    ouch! It looks painful, I hope it heals soon!! Good luck on your walk thru, I am keeping my fingers crossed so you can get your pooch. Keep us posted

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SAYRAH-M 5/5/2008 8:34AM

    I am wishing luck sending energy and PRAYING all. Dogs are necessary companions.
OMG that hand looks so hurt!!! Does it need aloe?

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STACEY96DAVIS 5/5/2008 8:34AM

GoOD LUCK WITH THE DOG !! IWOULD LOVE TO GIVE YOU MINE IF MY KIDS AND HUSBAND WERN"T ATTACHED TO HIM. I AM SO NOT AN ANIMAL PERSON. I don't mind others animals,i just don't want any.So good luck with Hand and Dog.

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KYLIEMC8 5/5/2008 8:09AM

    I agree, the pinky looks pretty good to me too! Hope all goes well with your landlord..mine has told me that she will trim a bush for 1 1/2 years now! And she won't even provide a lawn mower! Yikes! Feel better my friend! Kylie emoticon

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JOYCEANN1955 5/5/2008 7:22AM

    Your hand looks some worse than my ankle did and I thought it looked BAD! I hope you heal as quickly as I did and good luck on the walking partner!

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BINEMELLES 5/5/2008 4:30AM

    hmmmm ... i think the pinky is the only one that actually looks good?
love your tattoo. and wishing you luck for the walkthrough, hope your landlady finally shows up this time!
and thanks for adding me as a friend. i have no idea why i hadn't added you before!

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CARPEOMNIA 5/5/2008 12:11AM

    I am looking forward to adopting a pet vicariously though YOU.

Comment edited on: 5/5/2008 12:10:09 AM

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CARPEOMNIA 5/5/2008 12:11AM

    You always were a colorful person!
Good luck with the walk through...let us know how that goes.

...really too bad about that fall you took!

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QUILTEDCAT52 5/4/2008 10:54PM

    Pretty colorful there! Wow! It looks like your index and middle fingers were the ones damaged not your pinky. It is strange where gravity will take the blood. Looks painful. Hope the x-ray shows it's healing nicely.

Today has been a glorious one here too. We were able to open up the house and air it out. Beautiful! It gave me hope that we will have a spring after all!

Take care of yourself! I'll be praying that your landlady say's okay for your dog. If not, the MMM squad may have to visit her in her dreams....

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Crazy lady part 2

Friday, April 25, 2008

I am still in limbo on the dog front thanks to my landlady being well, a pain. Meanwhile meet Chuck! Who is currently pondering just how he is going to get up to those bird feeders. Never to worry though since The Mafioso crew, aka the bluejays has tossed out most of the bird seed down on the deck and in my planters. Yup I still need a dog!

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MISSYAMAX 5/7/2008 9:27PM

    Don't fear Chucky, he looks like a fabulous squirrel-o. I have a male and a female squirrel that run along my fence and drive my indoor cats nuts. Haven't named them yet tho... I should get on that.

Anyway, don't fear rabies, per eMedTV: "squirrels have not been known to cause rabies in humans in the U.S. Squirrels, like most other small rodents, rarely get rabies."

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MSEMBERSTORM 4/26/2008 9:53PM

    I love squirrels! They are so cool to watch. But if I had to live without my dogs I don't think I could do it. Good luck with the landlady.

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KIERAE 4/25/2008 9:39PM

    The landlady would blow a gasket. I can't even babysit a dog for a girlfriend right now just because I am in this limbo. Pretty ridiculous considering I had 2 dogs for 2 1/2 years here eh.

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    What would happen if you volunteered to be a temporary foster home to a rescued dog?

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KIERAE 4/25/2008 7:05PM

    OMG you called Chuck a rat!! He and I had a long conversation about boundaries and staying out of my container plants. The deal is I would keep him and his buddies in corn cobs and they would leave my bulbs alone. We shall see....

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SAYRAH-M 4/25/2008 6:48PM

    squirrels are cute but are rats with tails and have rabies. Feed and run!

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SHORTY_G 4/25/2008 6:33PM

    ahhahaa lol. you most definitely need a dog :) Hope you get one soon!

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FOREVERGREENE 4/25/2008 4:44PM

    Yup, I agree, Chuck needs a dog! LOL

You do too!

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Good Calories, Bad Calories

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I just finished reading Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. This is by no means an "easy read" nor an easy argument. Taubes reviews the scientific literature relating to diet, obesity and chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. He tells us why the recent focus on low-fat, high carbohydrate diets is not based on credible scientific evidence. The argument has been that high fat diets cause heart disease. Taubes argues that consuming sugar and refined carbohydrates causes the body to produce excessive insulin which causes fat retention. This hormonal alteration leads to the major "diseases of civilization" that plague us: obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease.

I find it absolutely fascinating that Taubes not only undermines a lot of the basic nutritional wisdom we all grew up with, but he also details the historical evolution of scientific thought about nutrition in a way that's made me question my faith in the scientific establishment as well as the FDA, AHA and any other governmental agency. It was clearly eye opening to see how corporations/big businesses shaped (and fueled research) a lot of the popular notions of what is a healthy diet and the nutritional standards that came about over the last 100 years because of it.

Highly recommend reading this if you don't mind reading research (it is a dense read).


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SAYRAH-M 4/22/2008 7:52PM

    Oh please educate me. I don't have time to read it right now and don't know If I would understand it either. What do they say about meat. I seem to have an insuling crash if I eat alot of meat and carbs, like a cheeseburger with buns.

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    Good review, Kierae. Thanks. Yes, I have no doubt that agribusiness has more influence over the dietary recommendations we receive than true science. Here in North America we are told to eat lots of grain, meat and sugar. Why? BECAUSE WE PRODUCE IT. I wonder what the government diet recommendations are in Japan? How about China? Besides toxic melamine as a protein "supplement", that is.

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PHILLIPJREESE 4/22/2008 9:39AM

    Wow! Sounds like the All the President's Men of the weight-loss community!

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SEEKER3423 4/22/2008 8:41AM

    I wrote it down and am planning on stopping by Book a Million later this week. Thanks for the info! You hit me right in the heart I love books!

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HUGS2015 4/22/2008 1:24AM

    Will check the library-- (so many non-fiction books, so little time) emoticon
Hubby has type II diabetes so this book sounds like news that I can use.
Thanks for sharing.---Deanie =o)

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MSEMBERSTORM 4/22/2008 12:46AM

    Cool! Thanks for the info!

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