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Sunday Night Update

Sunday, November 07, 2010

The buffet was gross. The food wasnt good, they hardly had anything (the good buffet had lines out the door so we went to the other one in town), the servers were crummy (they bring you your drinks) so I was pretty safe! I had a plan to have a big plate of fruit before I ate anything else. It was all canned and frozen and soggy. I didnt eat any. So (sorry Team Maia), I did not kill myself with food today!

We went to do some shopping but Frank started feeling sick so we came home and watched Nascar and Football... Hey, wait a minute! Is that a scam????

Kady started her liquid diet after that. She is a champ. She really is.
A bunch of my family is going to the surgery tomorrow. Nobody is worried but there are like 10 of us...lol. Glad nobody is worried! lol. We appreciate the support and I know that there will be about 100 sparkies and other friends with us in spirit so we are in good hands.

I will write tomorrow and let you know how easy it was and how great everything turned out and how much better she is going to be. Cause MAMA says so!!

Love you guys!

  
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NEENSTER1 11/10/2010 5:50PM

    Thank God for bad buffets. emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 11/8/2010 12:10PM

    Prayers for Kady! At least the buffet wasn't tempting!

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DAISY443 11/8/2010 10:18AM

    And Mama knows best! Hugs and prayers going your way!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 11/8/2010 9:54AM

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/8/2010 8:58AM

    Sending positive thoughts to you and your family for Kady's surgery today. I hope everything goes perfectly!

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CLEVAGAL 11/8/2010 4:20AM

    i MISSED you on fb chat today, damn it, I wanted to wish you luck with your girl going in for the surgery. Kady, Im sure will be fine. Miss you, and I need to tell you what happened on the weekend! I hope to see you on FB tomorrow or the next day....love you


Cleva

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GRACEISENUF 11/7/2010 10:21PM

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MACILINN 11/7/2010 9:15PM

    Nothing like a bad buffet to keep us in line! woohoo! Tomm will be better! ~Maci~

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MAIA2011 11/7/2010 7:50PM

    I'm relieved you didn't blow it on the buffet. Nobody needs bad food. I'm sorry it wasn't better for your Kady, though.

Take care!

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Smaller size, side bet, breakfast and prayers. Yep, covered it.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Today, I am wearing the size 20 jeans I bought. I started in a 26! I also have officially lost 55 pounds as of this morning. I am not putting it in my tracker till tomorrow AM cause that is my weigh in for the Lose 11 by 1/1/11 team.

I also have Friday weigh-in's for a little side wager with Maia. Who ever loses the most weight by December 8th gets treated to lunch.
We have never met in "real life" so I am looking forward to it. I figure no matter what, we both win. She only lives about an hour and a half away and we both came from the same hometown so it will be fun to meet face to face.

Tomorrow we are taking the girls (and the boys that come with the girls) to breakfast. It will be Kady's last meal for a few days cause then she has to start doing the prep for her surgery Monday which is all liquid diet.

So we ask her where she wants to go and she tells us the BUFFET. (OH man, this cant be good!). I have a plan to keep myself under control which is to start with a big plate of fruit first and stay away from desert section.

Anyway, thank you all for the prayers for her (and the rest of us). It has kept me sane and I sincerley do have peace about it. I will let you all know how it went Monday when we get back from hospital. I am sure it will be good news. How can it not be. Right?

Enjoy your families, friends, Pets and weekends.

  
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GLOWORM1963 11/9/2010 8:36AM

    I am so proud of you, I have lost 30 and looking forward to hit that 55 lb mark too!!!

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GRACEISENUF 11/7/2010 10:23PM

    Size 20..woo hoo! Know I will be praying for Kady, you and your entire family.

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/7/2010 2:37PM

    Heck yeah. Size 20! I love it.

Look at you go! Go rock star.

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CELLISTA1 11/7/2010 12:00PM

    You may not be a surgeon but your love and support and your wonderful humor will be essential to Kady's success and recovery. No offense to non-moms, but moms really know what you are going through. It doesn't matter if the kid is three or twenty-three, right? You have a lot of friends here waiting to here what happens, so let us know, okay?

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BADASSBLONDIE 11/7/2010 10:10AM

    I'm sure things will go smoothly on Monday. You and Kady in my thoughts.

Congrats on the lower size! w00t!




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NEDERLUNG 11/7/2010 9:46AM

    How fun to have a little competition just to meet a fellow sparker. I'm sure Kady's surgery will be fine and you've got a plan to handle the buffet, focus on the conversation (not the food) and you'll do fine. Woohoo on the new pant size - time to go through the closet and see what other new old clothes you can wear...


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DAISY443 11/7/2010 2:45AM

    Enjoy the buffet, moderation will get you through! Prayers for Kady! Hugs!

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MAIA2011 11/6/2010 11:30PM

    Here's hoping you lose all control at the buffet!

TeamMaia

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JRZG8R 11/6/2010 11:22PM

    I hope Kady's surgery goes well and I hope you dodge the buffet. You have really been kicking butt.

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BIGMAMAT 11/6/2010 10:50PM

    I think it is great that you two get to meet! And 55 pounds!
woohoo! goodness jan, you are kickin butt girl! I'll be praying for your beautiful daughter. Hugs. Tricia emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/6/2010 9:48PM

    I am so jealous you and Maia get to have lunch :(. I am so far away from 2 of my bestest sp friends. Kady is going to get great news. I am positive. Hugs

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Thought for the day....

Friday, November 05, 2010

Heard a song on my IPOD today by No Doubt. I havent heard it in a long, long time. Here are the lyrics or google the song. Thought for the day: PERSEVERE. KEEP GOING. IT IS WORTH IT.

"The Climb"

Step by step
I've come closer to reaching the top
Every step must be placed so that I don't fall off
Looking down to see about how much higher I am
Another cool wind comes through and brushes my skin
The harder I push the tension does grow
I gather my thoughts the further and further I go
With some luck I just might keep on climbing
So better to climb than to face a fall
So high the climb
Can't turn back now
Must keep on climbing up to the clouds
So high the climb Can't turn back now
Must keep on climbing up to the clouds

Pulling myself up by a rope
I better my view
The only thing in sight is what I must do
As I turned I could see myself falling
Which in return save me strength for the climb

So high the climb
Can't turn back now
Must keep on climbing up to the clouds
So high the climb
Can't turn back now
Must keep on climbing up to the clouds

Although many failed I must now prevail with no question
Have no time to stop
Onward to the top of the mountain
And I can't turn back now
Its so very high but I can't turn back now
If I keep it up, I'm gonna make it

I'm so very close can't you see
So high the climb
Can't turn back now
Must keep on climbing up to the clouds
So high the climb
Can't turn back now
Must keep on climbing up to the clouds
I'm getting closer

  
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/5/2010 8:18PM

    how appropriate! thanks!

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KAMAPERRY 11/5/2010 6:10PM

    Awesome lyrics! emoticon

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TANJERM 11/5/2010 5:09PM

    Never really paid attention to the words, thanks for writing them out.

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BECOMINGJAMI 11/5/2010 4:44PM

    I remember this song! I actually found my "Tragic Kingdom" album the other day. Some of the sca-rock fusion is pretty darn fun. But I remember liking the theme of perserverance in this song, and I'm glad you put it up. You're right. No matter what's going on, this is still worth it.

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MAIA2011 11/5/2010 4:44PM

    You can do it! I love the power of music to inspire us. When I was learning to rollerskate I kept singing a modified version of the Journey song with the words keep on going you'll make it there.

(I was highly strung with terrible taste in music. Nothing's changed.)

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GRACEISENUF 11/5/2010 4:41PM

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Pictures of my parents

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Based on yesterdays blog, here is a picture of my mom and dad.


And this is my family, early 1970's. Chris, Becky, Me, Mom and Dad. I was about 13 here. (and I used to think I was fat. OMG!

  
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CALLIKIA 11/5/2010 11:01AM

    Awww! I love old family pictures! And I love the 70s feather hair, too! ;)

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NEDERLUNG 11/5/2010 9:17AM

    These two blogs made me go look at my family photos - and I'm in agreement with the "and I thought I was fat", I look so skinny! I don't remember that, all I remember was feeling fat too.

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BTINTERNET 11/4/2010 11:05PM

    Thanks for the pictures!!

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TYEASLEY 11/4/2010 9:00PM

    emoticon photos!!

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BIGMAMAT 11/4/2010 7:08PM

    Awww. Thanks for sharing Jan. Looks like they really loved each other! I agree , you were a total cutie growing up! emoticon

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JENPOSS 11/4/2010 5:45PM

    Lovely, lovely family!

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JO2TOM 11/4/2010 3:49PM

    Thanks again. Wonderful to see your family.

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KAMAPERRY 11/4/2010 2:58PM

    Awesome pictures. What a beautiful family...

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ROBINSNEWNEST 11/4/2010 12:34PM

    So glad you shared your photos, Jan. Looks like a german shepherd with your Dad?

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MNGIRLIE 11/4/2010 11:43AM

    What fun photos. Thanks so much for sharing them with us! I loved your blog from yesterday.

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GRACEISENUF 11/4/2010 11:17AM

    Great family pics and memories for you....You were a beautiful young lady and still are.
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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/4/2010 10:39AM

    Lovely pics. What a nice way to remember them.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/4/2010 10:18AM

    Great photos!

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DAISY443 11/4/2010 10:18AM

    Wonderful pic, wonderful memories! Hugs!

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MAIA2011 11/4/2010 10:16AM

    There's a family of total babes. You are just shining in this picture. What a cutie pie!

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Old guys and hearing aids.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Today I went to CVS(Aka Longs. Its a pharmacy, Cleva! LOL).. Is it around the corner from my house and I am probably there every day for one thing or another. A quick food item or cat food, cleaners whatever. Anyway, I went in, got my few things and was in line behind an eldery gentleman. Probably well into his 80's with his cane and he is asking the clerk for hearing aid batteries.

The young man turns away, pointing in the direction of the hearing aids. What he didnt realize is, as soon as he turned away, that old guy could not hear him. So, and I give him credit for this, He tells the old guy he will take him over there and tells me he will be right back to which I said "take your time". Now there are a few people in line behind me, the clerk comes back and starts ringing me up before I could tell him to take care of the old guy who is now about 3 deep in line. I pay for my stuff and the old guy leans over and asks the Clerk if there are any other hearing aid batteries. Clerk: No thats all we have.

I am in that store every day. I know exactly where the batteries are by the pharmacy. I notice them because my mom was deaf.
So I get the old guys attention and I say:The Batteries are right down that aisle. By the pharmacy" and I pointed him in the right direction.

He wandered off a few aisle from where I pointed, the clerk kept helping other people and I realized that I could not let him go looking around by himself. So I parked my cart, went after the guy, got his attention, took him over to the batteries then helped him select the right ones. He thanked me, still kinda of confused and I walked him back to the line and left the store.

I wanted to cry. My parents both died before they got to his age. 16 years ago my mom died. She was only 68 and was very spunky, way too young to be gone. 4 years ago, I lost my dad. He was 82, still walked and went to the gym every day and never met a woman he didnt think was beautiful in one way or another. He was starting to show his age tho and would get rattled sometimes.

I would like to think, had they lived longer, someone would have helped them in the store. It is funny how things trigger such emotions in us isnt it? I know every one of you would have helped that old guy today, it was nothing special, but in a way, it made me feel closer to my parents and made me miss them. Alot.

  
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PAPAMIKIE 11/7/2010 3:20PM

    Random acts of kindness cost almost nothing, they pay hugh dividends here now, and I suspect, some where off in the future when we least expect it.

But, maybe that's just me.

Popie

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SARAWALKS 11/7/2010 3:16PM

    emoticon for helping him and emoticon for sharing the story with us. Noticing people and what's going with them could make such a difference in everybody's lives. emoticon blog that I think should be one of the BEST of the week...

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NEDERLUNG 11/5/2010 9:11AM

    LOVE your random act of kindness - hopefully when you and I reach that age, some nice person will help us!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 11/4/2010 9:37PM

    I want to thank you for helping the man find what he needed. Today it seems that no one has respect for their elders any more. My parents passed away two years ago, I hope that when they needed help someone was there to help.

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JO2TOM 11/4/2010 3:47PM

    Thank you. I am so impressed, and I loved that you shared your story. I hope always that I will find someone like you to help me when I am older. I really miss my dad, who died of parkinsons disease 5 years ago. My mother is going to be 90, and really gets around. She doesn't wear her hearing aids most of the time, since she lives alone, but when she does it really makes a difference. Anyway, the story reminded me of how fortunate I am to still have my mother around to talk with (I call her every day), and how much I will miss her when she is gone. I think she will probably live to be 100.

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BJW-FARMGIRL 11/4/2010 2:57PM

    Hurray for you! Now, I know that's not why you wrote the blog, but I had to say it anyway. Too many stores do not take the time to train their people in the ways of good customer service. So sorry you did not get to enjoy the company of your parents a bit longer. My husband takes care of his Grandmother's affairs-she's 95, and my sisters and I help our mom with her mother- Grandma is 90. Young 'uns don't realize that the mature folks don't hear well, can get confused, and just need a bit more attention than others they deal with at their jobs. Given the proper assistance, they can be the customers who make your day!

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KAMAPERRY 11/4/2010 2:52PM

    God bless you. This got me as my parents were in their 80's and passed away 2 years ago. emoticon

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REBECCAMA 11/4/2010 2:37PM

  I love this post. I can see it has touched many people's hearts already. You absolutely did the right thing of course. I would have done the same thing and I know my husband would too. I know many Sparkers would have done so too. :-)

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CELLISTA1 11/4/2010 12:42PM

    You gave this man a gift: of time, of patience, of empathy. Thank-you for reminding us what's important.

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ROBINSNEWNEST 11/4/2010 12:32PM

    This is who you are. You pay attention. You spring to action. You help. You care.

I love you, Jan!

Robin



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GRACEISENUF 11/4/2010 11:15AM

    Reading this blog was a great way to start my day. I don't want to take my parents for granted, that's for sure. Mom is 79 and Dad is 81. My Dad can't hear very well but he jokes it allows him to "tune out" Mom at times, lol! They have been married 60 years this December. He is soon going to get cholear implants...I think that's how you spell it. He tried hearing aids and said they have too much background noise ( and believe me he bought a REALLY good pair). The implants are apparently amazing in allowing people the chance to hear without aids. At first I didn't think he should have the surgery (didn't tell him that, but hey it's his life and his ears).

Thanks for sharing this story and may you be blessed ten fold for taking the time to reach out to someone in need. What a blessing you must have been to your parents and how proud they must be of you.
(((hugs)))

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DENI_ZEN 11/4/2010 10:23AM

    Just happened to see this wonderful blog entry in passing, but you've got a big and beautiful, loving heart! We need more DWARFWOMEN...and MEN! People like you make this world a much better place.

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MAIA2011 11/4/2010 10:21AM

    I'm sorry you lost your parents before they reached this age but it is beautiful and graceful the way you honor their memory. You are just lovely inside and out.

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COSMOS 11/4/2010 9:32AM

  Thank you. My dad is 88 and getting around is becoming harder for him. He also has hearing aides, lol. I live 75 miles away and I'm not there every day. I'd like to think someone like you would lend a helping hand should he be confused in a store.

Thank you again.

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DAISY443 11/4/2010 5:09AM

    My dad is 94 and,even with hearing aids, is deaf as a post! I get so annoyed in restaurants and so on when he has to ask several times for information and they continue to reply in a soft voice. Not their fault, but, if you speak slowly and clearly, he can understand. He's not stupid, just deaf! Thanks for sharing your story! So, in my Dad's name, I thank you for taking your time to help the gentleman. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLEVAGAL 11/4/2010 3:02AM

    Sigh....my parents are getting to that age. My father who has Aspergers has begun the onset of Alzheimer's, he gets escorted out of buildings for being inappropriate. I hope that people have compassion for my father like you showed today Jan. I find when Im at work and I take services users out that people have one of two responses to vulnerable people....
1. they ignore them
2. engage and help them


Cleva xxx

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BAYBELIEVER 11/3/2010 11:44PM

    Isn't that what life should be all about? We are all in this together, not just weight loss, but life! We are all doing our best to live our lives and we rely on the help of others sometimes. How wonderful of you to help someone out! And I know what you mean about what triggers our sense of loss. I listened to Neil Diamond's "America" this weekend (it is on my walking music) and started bawling. The only reason I could think of is that my mom and I went to that concert years ago. She died almost 18 years ago, but I still feel her loss terribly at times.

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BIGMAMAT 11/3/2010 11:05PM

    That's why I love you Jan! You have a heart of Gold! Hugs. Tricia

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LUVDOGZ 11/3/2010 9:42PM

    Good for you! We all should make sure to help others out, in any way we can. I am sure you made your parents smile at what an awesome daughter they raised!

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HEALTHIERTINA 11/3/2010 8:47PM

  You are such a wonderful woman. Your parents would be so proud. emoticon emoticon

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JENPOSS 11/3/2010 8:34PM

    Beautiful blog.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/3/2010 8:18PM

    Jan, it's people like you who make the world a beautiful place. So many people would have just walked out and not thought anything of it. You're a good person, and I'm sorry you had to go through the pain of losing your parents.


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BRIAEL 11/3/2010 7:37PM

    I hear you. Someone wise once told me that we never get over losing the people we love, we simply learn to live without them in our lives. :)

A stranger is someone's parent, child, relation, neighbour or friend. We're never alone unless we choose to be, so I'm glad you helped that old gent out today. A small kindness in a fast world where people and their needs are so often overlooked. :)

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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/3/2010 7:16PM

    As I am in the process of losing my grandmother its moments like you had today that get me everytime. I am glad there are people like you out there that care about people. Hugs. I am sorry you miss your parents. Its a hard loss to go through. Hugs.

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