Saturday, September 25, 2004

Quote for 9/25/04

"... "Relativity", applies only to physics, not ethics."
Albert Einstein

I just had to get one more quote out for you Faith...
Later!

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Fare thee well

I've finally had it! I'm going back to DSL. I'm going to go home (shortly) and cancel my crappy dial-up service, demand a refund, and find some new DSL provider. I'm hoping that there's somebody cheaper than Verizon that I can hook-up with, but if not, at least I already have their equipment.
So... I won't be on-line (again) for a little while. But if you're waiting to hear something from me, I'm going to try to get all of my other stuff taken care of here at the library before I leave.
God bless you all... until later.

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A post-humous birthday wish

Today would have been my dad's 72nd birthday. We all miss him very much, and I think that I'll go visit with mom for a little while today to make sure that she's O.K..
I feel like I should write more, but I just don't have it in me at the moment.

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Answers

As promised, here are the answers to the questions I offered in my last post...

Of all the superheroes ever created, which one do you wish was real? Why? Superman, because of all the superheroes he seems most likely to be able to be just about anywhere that he would be needed

Of all the superheroes ever created, which ONE ability, or power, from any ONE of them would you like to have? What would you do with it? So far, the consensus of all those I've asked, flight seems to be the favorite. Although I did have one young lady say that she would like x-ray vision... no reason was given.

What cartoon character would you most likely identify yourself with? For me it's either Homer Simpson or Fred Flintstone. Not just because I'm FAT, and certainly not because I'm stupid, but because of their abilities to consume mass quantities of food... which probably explains why I'm fat.

In the original movie "The Time Machine"; at the end of the movie, the main character takes three books with him into the future, but we're never told which ones. Which three books would you take? Again, there's a consensus on this one. The Bible seems to be everyones first pick, after that we all agree that some sort of text book on science or engineering because they would be necessary for building and inventing. The last book could be something on agriculture.

If you could go back in time to change ONE event from your life would you? (why/why not) What would it be? I wouldn't change a thing. I've said it before and I will say it again; I believe that everything happens for a reason and that all of the events of my life brought me to be the man that I am today. And I kinda like myself.

If you could go back in time to witness ONE historical event, what would it be? Why? Creation! After that everything else sorta falls into place, depending on what it is that you believe, of course.

If you could prove ONE miracle from the Bible which one would it be? Why? The resurrection! This is the pivitol moment of all human history. If it occurred, then Christianity MUST be the only valid religion in the world. If it did not happen, then Jesus Christ was a liar, and possibly a madman, and there would no longer be a reason to believe in Him or anything that He taught.

What is the first thing you would buy if you were to hit the lottery for $1 million? $10 million? $100 million? Another consensus answer. A house is the first thing any of us would buy. It's only the size and price that would change.

At the end of the movie "Fast Times at Ridgemont High", we are told that Spiccolli (Sean Penn) saves Brooke Shields' life and "blows reward money hiring Van Halen to play at his birthday party.". What kind of frivolous "thing" would you waste a substantial reward on? A Harley! I'll probably never own one without having a substantial sum of "extra" cash to just play with.

If you could get paid to do something that you enjoy, what would it be? Just what I'm doing right now. Sitting in front of a computer, surfing the web, checking my e-mails, managing my blog, etc...

If you could have any song as your very own theme song what would it be? It's a toss-up for me between The Messenjah - POD, or Burn - Splintered

If you could crossbreed any two animals, which two would they be? Dog and a Dolphin, just because there both such great, and intelligent animals

Name the one food item that you could live without? Onions! I just plain hate onions! Except on a fajita, or as Onion Rings

If colors had flavors which ones would be sweet, and which ones would be sour? I don't really have answers to this one because it was more of an experiment on perception. I have yet to find anyone who is willing to attribute a flavor to a color that has not already been established by some type of candy. This leads me to wonder why nobody ever associates the colors green, yellow or red with the flavor of peppers? Why nobody ever considers that the deep "blue" sea might taste like salt water? Or perhaps brown doesn't taste like chocolate, but like tree bark? Just something to ponder over.

BONUS: If colors had SOUNDS what would they be? (this one oughta give ya a headache)...

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Monday, September 20, 2004

A brand new game!

Well... it was another typical day at work and as conversation beagn to fade, J2D recommended that we make some kind of "Topic Chart" (I had originally posed the idea of a dart board, but we both agreed that it wouldn't go over so well with our supervisors) so that we could just sorta close our eyes and point and that would be the next topic. Instead we ended up just asking odd questions of each other. Thus has been invented our new workplace game "Q & A"...
Here's a sampling of some of the questions that were asked. Most of them have the standard follow-up question of why or for what reason. Feel free to play along at home, and post your replies.

Of all the superheroes ever created, which one do you wish was real? Why?

Of all the superheroes ever created, which ONE ability, or power, from any ONE of them would you like to have? What would you do with it?

What cartoon character would you most likely identify yourself with?

In the original movie "The Time Machine"; at the end of the movie, the main character takes three books with him into the future, but we're never told which ones. Which three books would you take? (this was J2D question)

If you could go back in time to change ONE event from your life would you? (why/why not) What would it be?

If you could go back in time to witness ONE historical event, what would it be? Why?

If you could prove ONE miracle from the Bible which one would it be? Why?

What is the first thing you would buy if you were to hit the lottery for $1 million? $10 million? $100 million?

At the end of the movie "Fast Times at Ridgemont High", we are told that Spiccolli (Sean Penn) saves Brooke Shields' life and "blows reward money hiring Van Halen to play at his birthday party.". What kind of frivolous "thing" would you waste a substantial reward on?

If you could get paid to do something that you enjoy, what would it be? (we both agreed that this particular question could run into the gutter very quickly... so keep it clean! or send remarks to me in an e-mail heheh.)

If you could have any song as your very own theme song what would it be?

If you could crossbreed any two animals, which two would they be?

Name the one food item that you could live without?

If colors had flavors which ones would be sweet, and which ones would be sour? (that was given the "best of the day" award. Yea! Me!)

J2D has asked that I allow her responses to remain unpublished. Find mine here

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Sunday, September 19, 2004

Quote for 9/19/04

"Ravens suck! You can take the team out of Cleveland, but you can't take the 'suck' out of the team."
T-shirt that is fairly popular here in the 'burgh

Sorry, Faith. That's just the way it is around here.

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Friday, September 17, 2004

Quote for 9/17/04

"In youth we learn, in old age we understand."
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Have a very happy birthday Faith. May God bless you with many more!
M+

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Stuff-n-Junk #2

I'm back online! But it's dial-up, so it's not as fast as what I'm used to. Yet, it is still faster than what I've had to deal with at my mothers. But I'm also experiencing some weird problems too. Hopefully they will be corrected soon enough.

Family, Friends, etc…
M+: had a Dr. appointment yesterday to find out what the hell is going on with my sinuses/allergies. I’m being treated for a mild infection. Dr. Laura (yes, that’s her real name) told me that my “…blood pressure is good today.”. I informed her that I’ve never been told that it was otherwise. We then returned to my allergies, and why I think they’ve been so bad lately. Damned “Cat”! I told her that “Cat” started out as an outdoor cat, then moved into the garage, then got hit by a car and became an indoor cat.
“So, the cat won?” she more or less commented.
“Only until I die again.” I replied.
Ran into a friend that I hadn’t seen in two years. It was great catching up with him. Now that we know where each other lives we’ll be able to keep in touch.
I had brought home my dads practice amp the other day, and played my bass for the first time since the fire. It felt good just to play again. It felt even better that I remembered so many of the songs that I used to know. A list of my favorite bass-lines is also being posted.
Jo: doing well at drawing blood, but she needs to remember to remove the tourniquet before she removes the vial or else everything will get very bloody. She colored her hair auburn for her birthday. WOOHOO! I get to do a redhead now! And finally, she got a notice for jury duty! (HA-HA!)
Bobby: has to read The Two Towers before Oct. 12th to qualify for a trip to watch it at the IMAX.
Aliesha: used part of her first paycheck to get “Cat” fixed.
“Cat”: looked hilarious staggering around the house after the surgery. Poor guy.
Sheba: may be having another bout with an ear infection. Poor girl

Work
Played a new word-game at work today. More of a play-on-words game.
During a heated conversation I mentioned that a certain someone could
“… bite my hairy naked ass!”. Phyllis, who couldn’t quite hear me said “Harry who?”
Later, came a brief mention of sexual harassment, to which J2D asked
“… “Her ass meant” what?”
We have way too much fun at work.
Fred: brought in a movie memorabilia catalogue of some sort. Imagine my surprise and joy at finding toy replicas of the “Cow Catapult” and the “Trojan Rabbit” from Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Also among the featured treasures that were available… the lamp from A Christmas Story. I couldn’t help but think, “Fra-jee-lay, must be Italian!”

Music
What have I been listening to lately?
Russ Taff: has got to be one of the most awesome vocalists in the world.
Fuel: is one seriously under-rated band.
Staind: these guys really need to find a happy place.
Undercover: second half of Branded makes Staind sound like a happy fizzy party.
I’ve often heard it said that heavy metal is best when played loud… Classical even more so. Having heard Mozarts Requiem on Smallville the other night really had me in the mood to listen to it this morning. The came a little Beethoven… Moonlight Sonata is the most incredible song EVER composed. Followed this up with Grieg… In the Hall of the Mountain King just has a great feel to it.

Politics
So when does CBS change their name to DNCBS or maybe just plain BS. Forged documents, experts that warned against using them, a blatant disregard for facts, and Dan Rathers hard-on to damage President Bush, could lead to a legitimate libel suit against everyone involved in the production and broadcast of the story. If you still believe that CBS is an objective source of news programming, I’ll give you the bullet and you can put it into your own brain, because you’re obviously not using it anymore. And people wonder why I’m such a fan of FOX News.

Religion
The above issue of biased reporting really burns me anymore. I consider this to be just another symptom of our declining sense of morality. People who are supposed to be giving us simple facts and untainted information have allowed their personal ideologies and private agendas to shape their presentation of those facts. Can you say “Thou shalt not bear false witness.”. I can’t say that I’m surprised at this, just annoyed that it has become so prevalent. At least ABC had the nuts to throw out a flag after the bloggers latched onto the forged papers. But then again, competition for the time share may have had something to do with it as well.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Quote for 9/15/04

"There's only so much you can take in life before you finally have to say; That's it! I've had enough! I've gotta go empty my pockets now."
M+

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Just visiting

Oh, how I hate not having my internet! It wouldn't be so bad except that I had to come here to the library to get anything done with my e-mails, and to make this post. It would seem that my mom's computer is such a dinosaur that it took me almost two hours just to make two very quick posts on Sunday. I will never subject myself to that again.
But, since I'm here and I have a little time to work with here are some of the things that I've had on my mind lately...

Faith had a great post a few days back about commercials she likes. Here are some of mine.
The Roaming Gnome for Travelocity; "Don't forget your hat". Am I mistaken in thinking that the most recent one of these has our intrepid little traveller spying in on his companions as they enjoy a sexual romp in their hotel room? I only saw it once and I couldn't hear the sound. Please advise.
In addition to the "Who da Chefs?"/"Not goin' anywhere?" commercial for Snickers, They had the "Great googly moogly" man spraying a hockey rink, only to pause to stare at a billboard of a pretty girl. Of course, I'm sure you know what happened to his feet, and what he said about it.
And now, come the "It must be football season" ads from Southwest airlines. These are just plain awesome, and there are so many different ones out. God bless the genius who came up with this campaign!

Have another trip to Ft. Recovery coming up next month... a 50th wedding anniversary. Talk about a milestone. Hopefully, I'll have a real camera to take with me this time.

There's other stuff, but I think I'll wait.
Enjoy life while I'm gone, and I hope to get back here soon.

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Sunday, September 12, 2004

Quote for 9/12/04

"Football is Life!"
More people than I could ever name!

Steelers Season Opener today! WOOHOO!!!

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I've been busy

For those of you who’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting much lately…

Time has been a very rare and valuable commodity for me over the last week or so. With Jo, cutting back on her hours at work, and her and the kids going back to school, and Aliesha needing rides to and from work, I’ve been a bit more focused on other, more pressing, matters. While I admit that it’s nice having Jo around more in the evenings, it’s keeping me from spending any time on my other endeavors. The most obvious one being my blog. Likewise I haven’t been as faithful to check my e-mails, so, if you’ve been waiting for a reply to something; I apologize. I will be making some attempts very soon to remedy these situations. But I have been doing O.K. with reading and commenting on the posts of the people I visit regularly.
To complicate matters, the anticipated loss of ISP has finally happened and I’m using my mothers computer to make this post. It’s old, and it’s slow, and it needs some serious clean-up from all of the garbage programs that my nieces downloaded onto it before my brother got his system. So, if I’m lucky, I’ll be able to correct some of the problems that the infernal contraption is having. Also, until my new ISP takes over, I’ll be stopping in to visit with mom from time to time and do my posting from here. Trust me they will be brief, and possibly lacking real substance. But, I’m hoping that it will only be a short term problem.
In the meantime… allow me to cover some of the things that I should’ve been posting about:

Kids went back to school and are doing well. Which is only reasonable considering that you have to be a total screw up to mess up your first week back. Sheba and “Cat” are a bit out of sorts with the lack of attention from their absence. Jo also went back to school one day a week and one day of labs. Phlebotomy! She’s been “promising” to practice on us here at home. We’re all wearing long sleeves to bed now. And, finally, Friday was Jo’s 39th birthday. She is now officially older than me… for another month and 16 days, anyway. Work has been good. I’m fortunate enough to be useful in several different areas, so, I always have plenty of work to do… including overtime! And with Jo working less, we desperately need the overtime.

I guess that covers everything that I needed to say, but certainly not everything I wanted to say. So, until next time… God bless.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

The other side of forgiveness

I must say, justterry makes a few excellent points in his blurb on forgiveness, and, as usual, I'm about to take a look at this topic from the other side of the same coin.
First, I will reiterate on some of what he covers. Yes, it is easy for any one of us to call ourselves "good" when we have people around us that serve as a bad example. Even more so, when we look back through human history and discover so many shining examples of "bad" people. Individuals like Ivan the Terrible, Jack the Ripper, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Charles Manson or Jeffrey Dahmer make it simple to say "I'm a good person.". But can we find the same confidence when we look at the life of someone like Mother Theresa? Or should I go one better and remind everyone that our only true measure of "good" is Jesus Christ?
This of course leads to the next point. By comparison, we are all "damaged goods" (to borrow the phrase from JT), or as I often put it, Broken. We are all in need of repair. We are all in need of forgivness.
Now, for my own questions and observations. Just what do we do with the forgivness that God offers, and what is it all about?
Too often, people act as if the forgivness that is provided for us is an automatic thing. Jesus died to forgive us, but we still have to acknowledge our own sin first. What good is forgivness if you don't think, believe, or even care, that you need it. Until we face our own sinfulness, forgivness is pointless. We can never appreciate what Christ accomplished by dying such a brutal death for us, until we face that aspect of ourselves that is less than "good".
Likewise, we often forget that our forgivness is not just about us. God has a stake in this, too. He didn't have to provide the grace that heals our souls. He didn't have to make a provision for fallen humanity to be restored. He was not compelled by anything in any one of us to come here and allow us to execute Him. Yet, He did. Have you ever wondered why? Have you ever wondered what God gets out of such a lopsided deal? God forgives, we accept and then... what?
If it stopped with us being forgiven, then God is probably the most pathetic and needy being in the universe. "Oh! Please! let me forgive you. I won't ask anything else of you."... Yeah! Right! But it doesn't stop there. God restores our relationship to Him. The relationship that has been destroyed by our sin.
God wants us to get to know Him, that's why He offers us His grace. And not just to get to know Him, but to become intimately acquainted with Him. To learn what it is that He has in mind for each of us, to learn our purpose in His plan. And to start living like He matters to us. Because these are the things that will make us more like Him, the things that will help to turn us into people who want to spend eternity with God. And to turn us into people who God wants to spend eternity with. After all, It is His house, and He has to spend forever with us, too.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Quote for 9/7/04

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
George Washington

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Sunday, September 05, 2004

About the pics

I finally got things set-up to post photos to my blog... WOOHOO!!
These are some of the better shots. I think they're a fairly good representation of how I've always seen this little town.
Enjoy.

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Main Street

the main street through Fort Recovery Posted by Hello

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The Fort

Replica of the fort. Posted by Hello

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The Water Tower

The water tower... I have always associated this sight with Fort Recovery. Posted by Hello

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Porch

the water tower from my Aunt Kathleen's front porch. Posted by Hello

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Monument

The Monument in the center of town Posted by Hello

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The Alley

What they call an "alley" in these parts. Posted by Hello

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In the off-season

I couldn't resist posting this shot. Posted by Hello

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Quote for 9/5/04

"There is nothing more terrifying than ignorance in action."
Goethe

This quote dedicated to all the people who will be voting in November who... "... don't know much about politics... "... May God help us all.

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Saturday, September 04, 2004

Something else

I was going to make a post regarding the political discussion that took place at the Terrace last night, but I've changed my mind. I just don't have it in me right now. Instead, I'll just explain what it is about the whole event that has me so despondent.
It was all about "ME". Not me, but "ME", as in... "What is the government doing for "ME"?". Of the opinions put forth, there was nothing of any substance to anything that anyone had to offer. Even more frightening was that none of the people who spoke could explain why they thought that it was the governments job to do anything for them.
It is not the duty of our government to do anything for you except to protect your right to legally pursue your happiness. So, why is it that so many people are convinced that it is the governments job to coddle them, and care for them, and to provide all the things that they can't get for themselves?
When I mentioned the concept of 'sacrifice', you would've thought I was speaking a different language. They had no idea of what it means to be willing to do without something in the short term, in order to have a greater gain in the long run. Where are people learning these attitudes? Why is the notion of 'doing without', so repugnant to people today? Do any of these professing democrats remember the words of John F. Kennedy... "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."?
When I vote this year I will be voting on several issues, and "ME" will not be one of them. Yes, I have preferences when it comes to those issues, but those preferences are based upon what I believe to be the best options for our country, not just for my own self interest. I don't need a government to provide for me, I need a government that stays out of my way as I attempt to provide for my family by my own efforts. Why is that such a difficult concept for so many to understand?

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Friday, September 03, 2004

4-day weekend well under way

What an incredible day! Not only was today the beginning of a 4-day weekend, but it came with a BONUS! And a substantial bonus at that.
Took the kids "Back-To-School-Shopping" today. It's always great to get Jo and the kids together for a day of spending ridiculous amounts of cash on clothes, etc... Did lunch at Ruby Tuesday, had a little bit of everything. And even got a few things for myself. Jo also picked up a few nice items.
Got home and took a little nap, which is always a good thing for me... I've determined that I would function much better if I could simply take a 2-3 hour nap every 5-6 hours, rather than trying to live 16 hours a day on 8 (which, of course, is never really a full 8). But, I see the futility in trying to convince the rest of the world to operate around my system.
When I awoke, I decided to go visit my favorite fry cook in the world (NO! I do not mean Spongebob Squarepants!). It's justterry. Had a rum-n-coke, then switched to just Pepsi to wash down a dozen hot wings and fries.
A political discussion began with a few people across the bar from me and I just couldn't resist getting into it. I'll spare you all of the details here, but I'll be posting some observations later.
Came home feeling good, and Jo was also feeling pretty fiesty... spending large sums of money must be like an aphrodisiac for her (or is that a general trait within most women?).
She is now sleeping peacefully, I've still got about an hour or two before my nap wears off, so here I am clicking away at my blog. I guess I'll end this post now so I can start on my observations. Have a good one people.

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Thursday, September 02, 2004

Quotes from 8/2004

I'm feeling much better now.

You'll have to excuse my earlier posts from today, I was a bit upset. But I'm feeling much better now.
The Boy and I got out for a little while and I managed to calm down. I still sharpened the ba'tlheth, but only because I needed to give it a little scrubbing as well. Steel wool, and a little oil afterwards to keep it from pitting... rust is so unsightly on such a magnificent weapon.
Got things some-what straightened out with Jo before she left for the Jimmy Buffet concert. I hope she has fun tonight. Carrie invited her in a last-minute sorta way... called on Monday to ask her if she wanted to go. Jo almost said no, but I reminded her that I get my year-end profit-sharing bonus tomorrow (WOOHOO!).
Guess that's all for now.

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I have a batlh'eth, and I know how to use it!

Had an "arguement" (for lack of a better word) with Jo last night, and I'm not at all "happy" (also, for lack of a better word) with the way it has been resolved. End of that conversation!
I'm hoping to get out with Bobby for awhile tonight. Maybe that will help to brighten me up.
I think I'll take some time to go ahead and sharpen said ba'tlheth tonight... or not.

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Quote for 9/2/04

"bortaS bIr jablu'DI'reH QaQqu' nay'"
Klingon proverb

It's been a BAD day!
e-mail requests for a translation.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Thanks for playing

For those of you who took the time to play our little "Word Association" game at home... Thank you. And now for our responses.

GM
car
sport
SUV
highway
chocolate
waffle
waffles
waffles
french toast - J2D & Phyllis, pancakes - M+
syrup
bagels
milkshake
Blizzard
Wendy's
wings
tenders
BBQ - J2D & Phyllis, HOT! - M+
surf
steak
lobster tail (less work)
prime rib
thick crust
pepperoni
meat
Pepsi
can - J2D & Phyllis, bottle - M+
Sierra Mist
Bugs
Daffy
Friday night (more time to recover)
secondary colors
Christmas
Memorial Day (start of Summer instead of the end)
Thanksgiving
ham - J2D & Phyllis, turkey - M+
baked
baked - Phyllis, fries - J2D & M+
potato salad - J2D & Phyllis, cole slaw - M+
scrambled
bacon
orange juice
oranges
Marvel
Spider-Man
Spider-Man
Superman

Hope you had fun. We'll play again at a later date.

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