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My New Bike Goes to Town

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It is a simply gorgeous day today!



Out in farm country, you can see the crisp blue sky and the beautiful white clouds over sparkling fields of corn. For a pleasant change, the temperature is down and the humidity has dropped to an enjoyable level - a perfect day for a bike ride.

I folded up my Barcelona, popped her into my trunk, and headed to town to meet my friend, Susan, for a trail ride. Susan and I ordered our bikes together and have been looking forward to outings on our bikes.

We took at trail ride along the bike path first, then rode back to town.


(Susan with her new Barcelona - she got the cream colored one.)

We stopped first for Iced coffee.





Our bikes looked so cute together! People went by smiling as they passed me taking photos of our bikes the way people take photos of their kids.



I got a decaf iced latte - I think I already had enough caffeine; I blabbed the whole bike trip. Susan got her favorite iced mocha. We enjoyed our coffee outside; today is far too nice to spend any unnecessary time inside.

After our luxurious drinks, Susan had to go back home, but I took a detour to the groceries store for blueberries, grapes, and bananas then meandered through town making a little travelogue of my new bike's first sojourn out into town.









Friends and strangers along the way had to stop and check her out. My bike did very well; it just glides along the road and bike trails, the basket is just the right size for carrying my camera, cell phone, and some groceries, and the whole rig fits nicely into my trunk. The one issue it has is that the bottom folding joint is stiff. Susan's swings freely, so this is a quirk with my bike. I have sent an email to Avery at Citizen Bike to see what I need to do to free it up. I expect it just needs to be lubricated, but I want to be sure, and also to use whatever lubricant they suggest at Citizen.

Fun!









  
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JUST_TRI_IT 7/1/2010 4:36PM

    No idea exactly where you live, but what a charming place it seems to be! These are the kind of outings that just make life perfect.

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AQUAJANE 7/1/2010 2:10PM

    Wow, what fun! emoticon

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LIVESTRONG2010 7/1/2010 9:53AM

    What a great town you live in. Looks like a great place to enjoy a ride. Thanks for the great blog.
Pedal Safe
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QUIBBLINGELM 7/1/2010 8:25AM

    Loved your blog! Sounds like the perfect day. It's been cooler here as well, but bit more humid. We haven't tried a ride into town in a while, but did a whole coffee shop tour a month ago. I must look up these new bikes, they look super cool! Thanks for sharing your day with us. Loved all the photos. emoticon

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KR2165 7/1/2010 1:41AM

    really great looking bikes! Glad y'all had fun :-)

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MARY1313 7/1/2010 1:19AM

    Those bikes are GREAT!!!! that's so good that you guys are doing this together. I'm glad you like it Chris!!!

Mary

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KRITTERKEEPERS 7/1/2010 12:46AM

    Great bike! Looks like you had fun!

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MCGS62 6/30/2010 10:13PM

    cool bike!!
I like it!!
did you name it yet!!
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comfortable seat too!!

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WATERMELLEN 6/30/2010 8:27PM

    They are as cute as a pair of kittens!!

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LAGREBE 6/30/2010 2:42PM

    Great day! Gorgeous weather! And of course cute bikes! Life is great!

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KJE_3001 6/30/2010 2:13PM

    What a great outing! Looks like it was a beautiful day.

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LMB-ESQ 6/30/2010 1:55PM

    This looks like so much fun! I wish I had the time. Oh well, I'll have to enjoy the summer vicariously through you.

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MAWRTIAN 6/30/2010 1:08PM

    Looks like heaven!! emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 6/30/2010 12:55PM

    I am especially happy my friend, Susan, is getting fit. She had double knee replacement surgery last spring and it is great to see her able to be active again!

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SUNNY332 6/30/2010 12:39PM

    I am with IUHRYTR

emoticon = Happiness = fun = fitness Resulting in Goal....

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OLDERDANDRT 6/30/2010 11:51AM

    OhBoy!! Sounds like the new bike is a hit!!! She sure got to enjoy a lot of sights on her maiden voyage! Beautiful photography as usual, my dear!
Hugs,
Jayne

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IUHRYTR 6/30/2010 11:45AM

    emoticon = happiness! emoticon -- Lou

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It's Here! Installment 2

Monday, June 28, 2010

My new Barcelona bike came with minimal directions and some tools. After a lot of unwrapping, and puzzling over the directions, I just started one step at a time. Put in the handle bars, lock the folding mechanism in place, unfold and lock in pedals, unfold the frame and figure out the locking mechanism, then put on and adjust the seat post.

I was very pleased that I was able to figure it out without any help. It does appear that folding it up, and then setting it up again will be simple now that it is all assembled.




This was a fun shot to take... I set the camera up on the back of the Honda, hit the timer button, ran to my bike, jumped on, and hoped I wouldn't ride right out of the picture.
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Don't worry, I have a real helmet to wear out on the road and trails.

Now she needs a name - a Spanish one since she is a Barcelona. My top contenders so far are:

Frida (for my one of my favorite artists)

Serena (serene)

Esme (emerald)

Suggestions anyone?


  
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MARYMAC45 7/1/2010 4:58PM

    Chris, it is a beautiful bike. Any you put it together w/o help, that is awesome. No name offered, you have plenty to choose from. Good luck on your rides!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/30/2010 4:46AM

    Juana
as in you Juana ride today? emoticon

Seriously that's a cool bike. Reminds me of the one in Wizard of Oz, not that you remind me of a witch! I think it's the wicker basket.
How much does it weigh?

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~MISS_TEA~ 6/29/2010 10:22PM

    Love it and you look so happy~my vote is for Frida. . .I love her and I think it suits you well. . .something artsy!

but I also like the suggestion of Mariposa. . .I like the thought of continued transformation!

just my 2cents :)

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OLDERDANDRT 6/29/2010 7:30PM

    Congrats on getting your bike!! And putting it together yourself!! Love the pics. As for a name, I like Esme and Serena.
HUgs,
Jayne

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LMB-ESQ 6/29/2010 6:56PM

    I used to work with a girl named Esma. Nice girl. I think she was Italian though, not Spanish. Love the pic... perfect timing! You're gonna have a great time!

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VALERIEMAHA 6/29/2010 10:58AM

    I won't confuse you with yet another name idea...there are already so many great ones, including yours. Gotta' say though, that I like KJE-3001's logic and names.

SUCH A BEAUTIFUL BIKE...and what a GREAT PHOTO of the two of you en tu nueva bici.

Lotsa' love on this challenging day. May grace and beauty seep in all around you and Mike, immersing you,
Maha

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STARLASUE 6/29/2010 8:50AM

    Rosita!

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/29/2010 2:40AM

    Ranita... Little Froggie.. she looks ike a great green color... and she is so HOPpenin'

Bici ... just a nice short way used in Venezuela for bicicleta... Voy con mi bici.. Out on my bike


SOOOOOO cool!

D

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PINETREEGIRL 6/29/2010 1:17AM

    oops...double posted!
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PINETREEGIRL 6/29/2010 1:17AM

    Ah....no name suggestions, but she is LOVELY!

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LADYNETTIE 6/29/2010 1:14AM

    What a beautiful bicycle!! Make sure you buy a good lock for it. In my area, beautiful bikes get stolen. Enjoy the ride!!
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MTNCLIMBER88 6/28/2010 10:48PM

    I like Esme. Short and sweet :) What a beautiful bike. You'll have lots of fun with her!

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CLEVAGAL 6/28/2010 10:42PM

    Why not give it a male name....step out of the square....it doesnt have to be a SHE. How about Jose Carlos?

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BECKA525 6/28/2010 10:09PM

    Cute bike! Didn't really know what it was in the first installment. Good thing there was a second. Have Fun!! emoticon

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SUNNY332 6/28/2010 9:49PM

    Esperanza (means Hope).

Sunny

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KJE_3001 6/28/2010 9:34PM

    What a cute bike! I need to buy a bike for myself, and that just might be a good one for me...

Barcelona is my favorite city in the world. My suggestion is that it should be a Catalan name. I once worked with a woman from Barcelona with the name Laia. Such a beautiful name! You could also name it Montserrat which is both a place near Barcelona and a common Catalan girl's name.

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ROOBYBEGONIA 6/28/2010 9:21PM

    Isabella! She sent an intrepid explorer off! :)

Love you!

I met my new guitar instructor today and bought my beginning book. Still don't have my guitar yet - lolz! Everything in due time.

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MEOWMAMA3 6/28/2010 9:16PM

    Mercedes, Mariposa, Magdalena, Rosa...off the top of my little head...
You look adorable! Have fun!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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It's Here! Installment 1

Monday, June 28, 2010

It arrived this morning; now I need to assemble. emoticon












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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/30/2010 4:43AM

    OH MY!

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MEOWMAMA3 6/28/2010 9:16PM

    Where's your magic wand???? emoticon

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SUNNY332 6/28/2010 8:17PM

    Looks like fun...

Enjoy. I too love the basket.

Sunny

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MARY1313 6/28/2010 8:05PM

    Oh that is going to be the funnest thing for your summer!!!! I love that basket!!!

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MCGS62 6/28/2010 7:50PM

    OMG!
What is it?
Is it a unicycle?
Is it a bicycle with a basket?
I hope it has directions !!
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MARYMAC45 6/28/2010 7:14PM

    It looks great. Now to put it all together. Good luck!

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A Little Food Blog

Saturday, June 26, 2010



Breakfast this morning was yogurt with fresh blueberries, one of my favorites. No need for a recipe here, just the two ingredients.

Then off to the farmers' market to find some goodies for this week.



There was an Indian gentleman there selling an assortment of delicious food. I bought some saag paneer. If you have never had it before, it is a spicy, creamy spinach with homemade cheese in it; one of my favorite Indian dishes. To go with the saag paneer I bought some garlic naan, an Indian flat bread. I enjoyed my lunch out on the patio with Stella.






My afternoon snack was dates and almonds with a lemon La Croix.



Remember those beets from my video blog? They were calling my name at the farmers' market. I decided they would be perfect for a beet/ goat cheese salad. Here's the recipe:

Boil the beets until they are soft but not mushy. Run cold water over them to cool them off, then peel and cube.

Bottom layer of the salad: romaine lettuce (of course you could use spinach or another green), then add the cooled, cubed beets, sliced baby cucumbers, and goat cheese.

Make a dressing of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a touch of salt and drizzle it over the salad. Voila!

Along with the beet salad, I served zucchinis with Vidalia onions:

Coarsely chop the Vidalias and lightly saute them in olive oil. Next add the sliced zucchinis and saute for a few more minutes. Grind fresh peppercorns over them for seasoning. Next squeeze 1/3 lemon over them, cover and turn off heat so they steam for a minute. Cook only long enough to heat them through so they are still firm and crisp.

The side of bread is a fresh baked bialy I bought from the bread lady. She had quite a delicious looking assortment. It was hard to choose, but I chose the onion filled bialys because I rarely find them in Ohio and they taste like home to me.

Eat well, love well, live well.

  
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OLDERDANDRT 6/27/2010 3:24PM

    Yum! Looks delish!!! I think, though, my fav. pic this time is Stella on the patio!!! It looks so nice and inviting and she seems to be sitting there saying," Come on up and sit a spell"!! That would be lovely.

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Jayne

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MAWRTIAN 6/27/2010 2:25PM

    Gorgeous! Careful with the Indian food though, it is often loaded with 'Ghee'- clarified butter, that just makes EVERYTHING more delicious!



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SATYAGRAHA 6/27/2010 11:24AM

    Mmmm....everything looks so delicious! I better be careful or I'll start nomming my computer screen. emoticon

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KRITTERKEEPERS 6/27/2010 11:18AM

    All your food photos are very enticing. What a lovely assortment of good foods.
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GRACEC29 6/27/2010 10:41AM

    Your blogs inspire me! You inspire me!! emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/27/2010 9:26AM

    You have made me hungry!.
I live in an area where there are Indaian, Ethiopian, Asian food markets and restaurants. WHat choices! I learn to cook so many healthy and tasy dishes.

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MEOWMAMA3 6/27/2010 9:11AM

    You have inspired me to try beets this summer. Haven't had any since I was a kid and whatever my stepmother did to them I didn't like. I have called the Indian spinach dish "green goo" since trying at an Indian buffet years ago...delish! Your lunch sounds and looks yummy! Ah, bialys.....Where is home? Don't tell me you're originally from New York....I'm from Freeport, Long Island, maternal grandparents from Brooklyn, many moons ago.

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/27/2010 9:04AM

    Such a treat to see how others enjoy life! Beet salad is one of my all-time favorites. LOL.. my all-time favorite list is rather long!



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SUNNY332 6/27/2010 7:31AM

    Eat well....of course. Looks terrific.

Hugs, Sunny

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MCGS62 6/26/2010 11:24PM

    Oh well, I'm off to the farmers market tomorrow. So much for the mortgage! emoticon


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MYOWNHERO 6/26/2010 10:18PM

    Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm

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MONTANA_ED 6/26/2010 9:45PM

    Wow - your farmers market is a lot different than whats here in Montana! LOL It's always great to get fresh produce though. I love it!

Onwards...

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VALERIEMAHA 6/26/2010 9:21PM

    A woman after my own heart -- definitely my kinda' vittles!!!

Thanks for the wonderful feast-for-the-eyes!
xox
Maha

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STLRZGRRL 6/26/2010 9:05PM

    Dee-LISH-uss AND Bee-YOO-tiful!

The other food group is def. the Bee-YOO-tiful group!!

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WATERMELLEN 6/26/2010 8:38PM

    What a healthy day! and delicious too. (Which is important: virtuous eating's not sustainable if it doesn't taste good!!

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SEXYSIZE_12 6/26/2010 8:37PM

    I love the farmers marker, great blog and healthy food. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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0309COOKIE 6/26/2010 8:02PM

    While I don't always comment on each blog, I always enjoy them. You are one of my favorite bloggers. I always look forward to your blogs. In this one I even got my Stella fix, lol.

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JAZZMINE 6/26/2010 7:28PM

    Nice photos!

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MARY1313 6/26/2010 7:27PM

    Yum! And I didn't know that you could get vidalias in Ohio! My favs!

Mary

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 6/26/2010 6:37PM

    OK, i want all of your food. I love dates and I love indian food. Good taste!

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A Visit to the Farmers' Market on a Lovely June Day

Saturday, June 26, 2010


It was the perfect day to shop and socialize at the farmers market. I had fun making this little movie when I got home.

Unfortunately, by the time the movie gets compressed for the web, the images are all blurry. Does anyone have an answer to that?


Music Credit: Leo Kottke, Mona Ray

Leo's music goes on longer than the movie, so turn it off at the end. emoticon

  
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MEOWMAMA3 6/27/2010 9:07AM

    Lovely! Did you ride your foldup bike?

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/27/2010 9:02AM

    I loved this! The music is fantastic and the scenes of dogs, people, foods... ah! Just the way to spend a weekend.

Have you listened to John Clarke? All guitar as well... Leo is new for me. I shall go hunt some of his music down today!

D

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LADYNETTIE 6/27/2010 2:24AM

    I went to my farmer's market today too! I just love buying fresh local produce and plants! I got some herb starts and some home-made soap.

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RAVIN382838 6/26/2010 9:30PM

  What a nice farmer's market. Much larger than ours. Enjoyed the show.

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VALERIEMAHA 6/26/2010 9:16PM

    Wunerful, Wunerful, WUNERFUL, Chris! And Leo Keottke is phenomenal!!!

Blessed be!
xox
Maha

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SUNNY332 6/26/2010 5:19PM

    I certainly enjoyed it. Our Farmer's market was good today too - got some fresh tomatoes so I am a happy camper.

I use One True Media and just post the link.

Sunny



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OLDERDANDRT 6/26/2010 5:04PM

    This is soooo good and soooo sweet!!!! It was really fun looking at your trip at the farmer's market and pretend I was there with you! I fear I wouldn't have seen the great produce and flowers, though b/c I'd have been too busy meeting and playing with all the pups you encountered along the way!! Cuties, all!!
As far as I can tell, you did a great job with all this!!
Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
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MARY1313 6/26/2010 4:47PM

    Oh this was lovely! I love farmer's markets! I especially loved the little girls and their gabfest with the pups! thanks for sharing your day with me!

Mary

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PUDLECRAZY 6/26/2010 4:35PM

    LOL, Diana! I only wish I could ever play that well. I did go to a Leo Kottke concert, though, and it was great.

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 6/26/2010 4:17PM

    That was so fun and I love the music,I thought it was you playing,then I noticed the credits. emoticonfor this virtual trip to the farmers market,I had a lovely time.The images aren't to bad as far as the being blurry. We use paint.net for our photos and they might have something for doing video sound. Have a lovely June weekend! Hugs,Diana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/26/2010 3:15PM

    Good job by all. Looks like a fun day. -- Lou

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