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Old 04-19-2005, 08:40 AM   #201
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man, that was 10 years ago? damn time flies.
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Old 04-19-2005, 02:18 PM   #202
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Well, it's another incredibly beautiful, clear day in a perfect spring season here in Pleasant Valley Sunday. Welcome to my Saturday. Sorry folks, but being primarily a night worker and now back working on weekends, I remain Yours Truly, . . .

Perenially Mixed Up a/k/a The Great Dumboni.

The temperature here in the new "it" place to be in New York State, the Beacon to Poughkeepsie strip, and let's hope it doesn't really become a strip, if'n ya knows whut Ah means, skied to an unofficial high of 80 degrees today. It is holding nicely at 79 with a gentle breeze. The sky is clear, the birds are all around, and I saw a group of kids walking two dogs in front of my house a little while ago. Well, actually one of them was a horse. I've never seen a Great Dane THAT color before.

Due to another bone chilling, very refreshingly cold winter, the basement floor and so the den is still nice and cool. This gave way to the last shot-plus of my new No. 8 bourbon, The Classic Cask 18 year old and a Hemingway Classic, which I just took the last puff of. The windows are open, the house is airing out, and I'm able to breathe much easier now. The empty bottle is up on the shelf with my Top Ten bourbons, kicking a couple over and one out.

The Hemingway Classic, after several months in Desk Top II, my second best humidor for maintaining proper levels, still had a bold taste and much of the kick they had fresh about six months ago. I did not use "booster jars" of water in my humidors this winter, because of a little study I was doing. Therefore, the level in this desk top did get down into the low 50's at times and stayed in the mid 50's for much of the time. This would have put a little more than six months of age on them, in very technical and nitpicking terms.

I was quite pleased with this cigar, as after that kind of sitting I thought more of the flavor and all of the kick would have been gone. That great sale that Phatash ran six months ago paid off. They were giving great prices on ten packs, and although it was a stretch to my budget, it paid off.

I noted a very complex, bold flavor profile, with coffee, cocoa, anise, brown sugar, lavender powder, creme brulee and spice throughout the entire cigar, although it did mellow a bit during the second half.

Spring is here, the Hemingways are a great cigar again and it's great to be in a climate where the four seasons are still in play.
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Old 04-22-2005, 10:29 AM   #203
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Glad you found the Sunday morning thread, thought you might have forgotten all about it ! hahaha, well the spring is in the air, we had a wonderful week, but this weekend we are getting snow shower in the forcast , I all ready have tan lines on my legs & now am back in long pants & long sleves , might even break out the jacket this weekend, Burrrr the furnace just kicked on !
The hemmingway classic you wrote about got my tasye buds all fired up, didnt have a classic in the humi, had to settle for a signature, hahahaha ! dammm I should have had a masterpeace , them I have but no classic's , I wonder how that happened, do you think some one might have been smoking all my cigars ???? hahaha, maybe I am sleep smoking or maybe my wife has developed a taste for cigars ?
Well the time of the season in this race arround the sun we have each year is going just fine in my book, , I have cut the grass one time so far & am not looking Fwd. to the next cutting , it is the Major trouble with summer, I cant wait till my grandson is old enough to come out & cut my grass for me, , Maybe next summer . I know what you mean about the 4 seasons, , road repair season, after road repair season, winter , snow & ice & pot hole season, , hey thats 5 , hummmm got to lose one of them , , the one that isnt even in the line up, nice road season,m but then here in western Pa, we never have that season ! , well its time to head out to the local tavern & pick up the fish sandwiches for supper tonight , & maybe a cold beer when I wait for them to cook , ahhh yes beer, I havent had a full glass of beer in over a year, hummmm maybe today is the day ! who knows till I get there ! Enjoy, Vince
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Old 04-24-2005, 07:17 AM   #204
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Sunday Morning 10:45 am , 24 April 2005.
Burrr it is Cold out side the mercury dipped to below freezing last night & I woke up to about an inch of snow this morning, Dammmm we are paying for the 80 F we had 2 weeks ago , I wanted to be sitting on the back deck with a mug of kona enjoying a Don Carlos but I was in the Qtr.Deck with the heat on & a mug Of Kona , I went out to get the paper & turned on the heat at 7:30 am , by 9 I was ready to go back out & get started on my morning cigar , the temp was up to 72 in the Qtr.Deck by then, & I thought I was done with the heating of the Qtr.Deck this season, oh well it never pays to mess with Mother nature , I guess I have been releasing to much methane & messing up the green house gasses in the atmosphere , note to self, cut back on the baked beans .
So here we are back on Sunday morning & all is well in the cigar smokers world as far as I can tell, we had a good week at B&B cigar shop, & I had a great week smoking some fine sticks , drinking some fine Irish whisky as well as scotch this week, Friday was an Irish day , Old Bushmills to start the afternoon & Jameson to finish the day , Redbreast on Saturday , I was going to make it an all Irish weekend but I dont have any more Irish whisky Dammm , I better stock up on the nessessitys of life, back to the single malt scotch today , Macallen cask strength today should help keep me warm , I have a pot of killer beans African assisin ready to fire up & an Ashton Prime Minister from 1999 ( last one in the box ) all ready to go, as soon as I get the slab of beef in the oven (at noon )I will be heading back out to the Qtr.Deck to stay out of the line of fire from the wife, she will be reading the Sunday Paper & that is an all day job !! so I will be out of harms way to make sure I can answer the phone & make sure no one disturbs her till it is time to eat, about 4 or 5 depending on when she is ready, you know you cant rush when your reading the Sunday paper ! So I will be staying out of her way & enjoying a fine cigar , a pot of coffee & a snifter of SMS ! it is a Tuff life but since some one has to do it , well it might as well be me !
I got the Rugrats last evening my wife & mother in law went to the Jaycees Jr. Miss Competition & my daughter & her husband went to the Elks awards dinner , my son in law was named the Elk of the Year , so he was very happy, my wife was happy to get out with her mother & I was happy to spend a long evening with the grandsons , ( they are 7 & 9 ) we went out to eat at a sit down place, no fast food (Thank God) then to the local coffee shop for a capachino & we played dominoes & listened to the band, , I took them home about 9 & by the time they had showered & brushed there teeth , it was time for them to go to bed, , so it is 10:30 Pm , I am sitting on the couch at my daughters & cant find the remote for the TV , but I did get the CD player to come on so I listened to some Mozart & Vivaldi & by the time my wife got there to pick me up I had Peter , Paul & Mary on & was playing air tamborine to the song when she came in, the daughter & son in law didnt get home till almost 1 am by then I was snoozing on the couch , they just tossed an blanket over me & left me fend for my self well I woke up at 2:30 am , had to drain the bladder, & told the old lady, hey lets go home & make wild passionate love, , she said lets just go home & go to bed , TO SLEEP, well I didnt argue I was tired anyhow hahahahaha !Lets face it after 35 years been there done that a few time s hahahaha , not that there is anything wrong with doing that , but at my age , some times a good nights sleep is better than being awake all night , what we did all night in the past takes me all night to do now !!
I have onions to peal , carrots to chop & beef to brown in that 100 year ols cast iron dutch oven & if I dont get started soon I will hear it from the wife, if she is ready to eat & its not ready, so I better get on the stick & get to making noise in the kitchen ! Enjoy, Vince
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Old 04-24-2005, 09:45 AM   #205
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I love it.

Are we glad that Vince has decided to reprise his radio show in internet chat room format for us, or what? I need to go check the humidors' humidity levels. I went to a wedding yesterday, one of my sister's best friends, woke up at 0550 hours, left the house at 0720 hours. So there I am sitting in the married couple's house last night around 2100-2130, and I whip it out (my cell phone). I'm in the middle of a rockin', rollin', rip-roaring post-reception party, and I'm hearing my supervisor tell me she'd LIKE to have me come in to the firm, BUT . . .

well, it seems after cutting us long term temps' hours to the bone and taking away my weeknight bookings recently, they may no longer need me or any other temps on weekends at all, in other words, SAYONARA, JACKSON, but keep calling just in case. So, the party went on for a while, then it was time to go, and I got a ride all the way home. In the interim I had called another agency I used to work for steadily and told them I'd be available for graveyard shift starting this Monday night and every night except Fridays until I land something steady on two, or preferably three nights a week.

So, life's a huge uncertainty again financially, after getting back on track for the umpteenth time a few months ago, and I'll be putting in as many hours at my sister's law practice as I can until I can get hooked up with a new long term gig. I'll still work for my sister after that, and she'll be my main income for now. But one thing I have over Vince is no rugrats and wife.

Well, his rugrats and wife are a joy and a blessing, but I'm glad I haven't been blessed like that. I've got a hippo cat, a Burmese python, a house under perennial renovation, and no regular job again. I'll take it.

Time to check those humidors and think about a meal and a cigar. We've got a sunny hurricane outside. Good thing I did that four and a half hour yard work and prep session the other day. If there's any leaves blowing on to your lawn, good neighbors of the USA, it ain't mine anymore.
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Old 04-25-2005, 08:49 AM   #206
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I enjoy spending time with the rug rats, they are 7 & 9 now, seams just like yesterday we were bringing there mother home from the hospital for the first time, now she has 2 of her own, dammmmm time flys when your having fun, the older one plays piano & the younger one takes after his mother & is a dancer but even to the untrained eye he will need a lot of work to be half the dancer his mother was , he likes it & thats all that matters, he is the only boy in his class at dance school & he likes being the center of attention , he will be a lady killer when he gets older, most boys thing girls are "Icky" at that age, well he likes them! geee I wonder where that came from ! hahahaha , he is also a cigar smoker, well not so much a smoker but he likes the aroma of them, the older one will put up with it but never asked for me to blow smoke at him like his little brother will do, he likes to see the smoke rings go through each other , hey anything I can do to entertain them I am all for it, they dont like to hang out at the cigar shop, to stinky ! hahahaha
Sorry to hear about the employment problem, that sucks big time , hard to keep filling the humi & fridge when the cash is tight , what a choice to make, food or cigars , hummmmm , good cigars & cheap food , or cheep cigars & great food, , , , , ,. , I think I would go with the great smokes & live on bread & water ! hahahaha, as long as I had coffee & whisky to match with the cigars !
I filled the humis with water yesterday, , one was down to 55% , wow I am glad there were just a few sticks in that box , less than a dozen, & how that happened I will never know, I am always looking for more storage space & how I let on desktop get that low , well I must have been very busy or some one helped them selves to my stash of Licenceanado seconds , unless I smoked them all Hummmmm I woinder ..........
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Old 05-01-2005, 01:05 PM   #207
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Sunday Afternoon, 4:30 PM, May First , 2005. seams like I slept in a bit today , didnt get out of bed till after 3 ! I have been a bit under the weather the last few days , a bad case of Montezumas revenge !, I have been through a bottle of Pepto Bismal & a few tablets of imodium , No cigar or coffee yesterday, but I am sipping a cup of coffee right now but I didnt get my morning Don Carlos #3 , & that is 2 days in a row, !!! I sure hope I dont mess up the production line by jamming up the flow , hahahaha, I will get back on the line hopefully Monday morning !
well lets get back to the cigars, I did have a wonderfull Camacho corona last Wed. full flavor & a great dark ash, had it had a triple cap it could have passed as a Cuban , rich & full of flavor ,I wish I could get more that would have had the age on it like this one had, but I should just get a box of them & put them away for some long term aging.
as far as food this past week I havent been cooking all that much, just havent felt like doing much, here it is Sunday & I am not cooking anything at all, Breakfast ( well a late lunch at
3:30 pm) was a slice of toast , dry , & a slice of swiss cheese, thats it, yesterday all I ate was Cream of wheat , now how much more bland can you get ?? , this is living H3LL for a gourmet, my taste buds need to be stimulated !! maybe a little tabasco in my cream of wheat today ! hahaha , I wonder if I would be able to keep it down ! , well it is 5 Pm & I havent thought what to make the wife to eat , she is feeling fine & wants to know if she should go out& get some thing for her self or if I will do my Magic in the kitchen, , I used to do my magic in the bedroom but that was 30 years a go hahahaha !
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Old 05-02-2005, 01:49 PM   #208
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Vince,

I poured myself a cup of Peets Blend 101; burning a Partigas Lusitanias double corona (7 5/8 x 49) and looked at the Sunday morning post. This is such a rich tasting cigar it almost makes my hair stand straight up.

Iím glad to hear you are feeling better! It stopped raining early Saturday morning; steady sunshine and 80% ever since. June is the beginning of hurricane season in the Caribbean so the weather begins to get soggier.

Today is the last day of Carnivale, which is celebrated throughout the Caribbean and generally lasts the better part of a week. Around this time, the local customs house gets a little sloppy and you can actually find a fair number of Cuban sticks on the local cigar market. Since almost everyone I know goes to the British Virgin Islands (31 nautical miles from here) for Cubans, the market is pretty limited to off-islanders.

Thousands of tourists are in town right now, and I can see 3 large cruise ships docked at Havensight. I am sure we will have a flood of people for a last night of celebration with Calypso, Reggae and steel drum sounds, and lots of folks (quite a few women) smoking sticks from petit coronas all the way to gigantes.

Iíll be headed down toward the harbor myself with wife and kids in tow. Iím carrying the following smokes to get me through the party:

Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte
Vegas Robaina Don Alejandro; and
Romeo Y Julieta Exhibition No. 4

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Old 05-02-2005, 07:45 PM   #209
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Cian, did you smoke the Don Carlos #3 yet???
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:48 AM   #210
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Vince,

I did smoke the DC#3. Nice smoke. It burned well from beginning to end and had a nice flavor to it. Methinks that Bloofington exaggerated (just a teeny bit ) on the potentcy of that stick.

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Old 05-03-2005, 10:51 AM   #211
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Well, I know for a fact that Bloof likes strong whiskey, strong beer, extra hot food, but when it comes to cigars he's a complete wuss. He likes those Girly Man Specials. So, it's no wonder that a Don Carlos would blow him away. Hey, this guy's been known to get kicked in the head by a Playboy Churchill. Ever smoke one of those? Get back to us and let us know if it has a kick. Bloof thinks so.
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:14 AM   #212
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It is a Great Morning smoke, I dont think I would want anything stronger that that early in the morning, by the time evening rolls in, I do want some thing with a little more kick, Bloofy smokes the Girly man cigars like Macanudos hahahahaha ! Enjoy, Vince
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:33 AM   #213
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Girly Man Cigars Yes, Macanudos NO!!!

Unless it's the Macanudo Vintage 1984 or 1988.
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I thought all Macs were girly man smokes hahahahah ! Enjoy, Vince
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They are, but at least the ones I mentioned actually have flavor. The other Macs don't.
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are you still @93?? , I have something to send to you . Enjoy, Vince
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Old 05-04-2005, 01:32 PM   #217
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Once again it sounds like the cigar shack is going strong. Although itís not Sunday (I noticed Bloofington has switched around work hours) reading the posts here and drinking coffee have become habitual for me. Today itís Ethiopian Fancy by Peets. It is a medium bodied coffee that is considered sub-African with a tangy and pungent floral aroma. They grind it fresh before shipping. This batch was roasted 9 days ago.

When B&V start talking cigars, I always get a craving. It is early evening here, and Iím burning an el Rey Del Mundo Grande de Espana Ė a light to medium Cuban that goes very well with spicy coffee.

82% here today; slight breeze off the water. There is a yacht race in progress from Nassau to Puerto Rico and back; (they pass through the harbor, here) alot of these old sailing ships are worth taking a look at, IMO.

Bloofington Ė I donít know how close you are to West Point or the surrounding area, but I did some training in that part of upstate NY, as a young man in the military. Absolutely beautiful area. Unfortunately, I was unable to stay for a long period; Uncle Sugar Bear decided I should go to Ft. Bragg, NC and from there to Harvey Point. Those are beautiful areas too, but I think where you are is probably one of the most scenic, especially along the Hudson River.
Vince Ė I love your meat sandwich (sans bread). Your grand kids sound a lot like my kids.

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Old 05-05-2005, 06:27 AM   #218
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cian, have your coffee merchant ship you the whole bean, grind it right before you brew it, a grinder is very inexpencive, you can get a cheep one for about 10/12 bucks, a better one , ( a Burr grinder VS a "wherrly bird" for 25/35 bucks or a hand crank one from 10 bucks to 150 bucks, just depends on how fancy you want to get ! I love my old wooden hand cranked one, I grind just before I brew it. I am sipping a cup of Columbian right now, made it on the strong side, 3 full heaping scoops in the Freedom Press pot, 20 ounces of water@195F , 4.5 minuts before I pressed, gives me shivers it is so good, , ! The don Carlos is long gone & I am looking for a Camacho SLR to finish out the morning , But I just might fire up an Old Fashion Rothchild , yea that the one !!
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Vince,

Thanks. Iíll check out the Burr Grinder.

I usually order about 10 pounds at a time (various African coffees, blends and of course Columbian and Arabian Mocha Sanani). Peets uses beans grown at high altitudes and roast (a very dark roast) locally, in Berkely California. Needless to say, the coffee is strong. My wife, being European, loves strong coffee, so I get Viennese blend for her (combines a blend of twenty-five percent French Roast and seventy-five percent regular roast coffees) and the others for me; although she consumes whatever she wants, whenever she wants (as do most women, in my experience). Iím with you, when you say thereís nothing like a good cup of coffee and a fine cigar.

The sun is shining bright this morning (we had an overnight squall with wind) and the clouds are gone, it should be clear and hot all day. Iím drinking more of the Ethiopian Fancy this morning, and Iím about to light a Montecristo Especial No. 2. I like to start the day with a smoother middle of the road stick, with good smoke, that doesnít make my eyes pop right open (I can imagine Bloofington doing this with one of his stronger smokes).

Like you, I enjoy smoking different cigars. Iím fortunate to have access to a large variety of very fine cigars, so I usually have something that suits the mood. Now, I just have to get FuManChu (my golden retriever) out of the way so I can get to my cigar cutter on the desk (heís plopped across my feet). Fu has adopted the open area under my cigar cabinet as his. Since he is always ready for an adventure, he nags me about going out for walks regularly, despite the fact that we have a large backyard and he can run around to his heartís content.

However, it is a great day for a stroll, so I think Fu and I will take a walk into town and stop by the harbor, so he can bark at seagulls and pelicans and I can see what the local cigar shop has.

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Well, here I am, and when the heck is Sunday morning anyway?

Is it alright witchooguyz if I just show up and post? I don't really have a schedule anymore because I don't really have a job anymore. Well, I do but I don't.

Okay, okay, I won't get started, because you all realize by now that I'm really 17. I'm basically like Ashton Kutcher's "Michael Kelso" character in "That 70's Show," except I can kick the crap out of Hyde. He wouldn't push me around the way he does Kelso. I am as stupid, clueless, humorously idiotic and all that other stuff though, so I won't get started.

I decided to treat myself tonight and reached into Desk Top III (like Air Force I) and grab the very large Perdomo Reserve X that's been in there for a while, at least half a year. If it hadn't been there at least half a year, I wouldn't have the courage. And if I wasn't half in the bag from bourbon and unmentionables, I wouldn't have the courage to smoke a Perdomo Reserve X either. I fell in love with the "A" size many years ago, but every other size seems to kick my ass.

Where was I going with this post anyway? Oh right, I'm smoking a Perdomo Reserve X on a Friday Knight in Pleasant Valley Sunday and I've had a tasting of two of my favorite bourbons in the past few hours. Oh yeah, I walked up the hill with 50 pounds of groceries hanging from my arms in 14 1/2 minutes, beating last week's record by half a minute. Nice workout. I think 50 pounds is close to, if not the most amount of groceries I've come up the hill with since I've been living here.

Hey, an old man's gotta do something for exercise, y'know?

Passover was recently. There aren't many of my half people (Jooz) in Fishkill. I observe my Passover (as taught by the late Herbert W. Armstrong) one day earlier than traditional Jews do. Armstrong was the late Pastor General of the now very exploded Worldwide Church of God. After his death, the members and officials factionalized into many groups and individuals throughout the World. The "Church's" official position now is that Armstrong was full of crap, his teachings have been pushed aside, and it's "everybody into the pool," meaning do everything and observe everything Armstrong said not to. His teachings are now referred to as "Armstrongism."

In nearly 27 readings of the entire Bible, four different English language translations, I really find little, if any fault with his teachings. What-the-heck-ever. I'm a hermit, I stay home and mind my business. Just don't come on my property.

Anyway, when it was time for me to observe the Judeo-Christian "Armstrongian" Passover I DIDN'T FIND ANY MATZOH DOWN AT THE A&P ON ROUTE 52.

:fineprint: :cop:

So, I'm checking out this afternoon, shortly after 1600 hours, and the cashier asks me if I WANT A FREE BOX OF MATZOH!!!

I looked at her as if she had seven heads, observed that she was kind of hot for 16 or whatever she was , busted out laughing and asked her if she was serious about a free box of matzoh and yes, I'd take one.

So she yells over to another girl "free box of matzoh" and the other girl brings over a CASE of matzoh.

Hey, wait a second, oh never mind.

Well, that's how I was able to break my record and earn this fhine, fhine, ptttttttttttttemium cigahhhhhh. It turned out to be several boxes of my favorite matzoh, weighing five pounds net, or about five and a half or six pounds in consideration of boxes and plastic wrap.

Hey, Shakespeare on acid couldn't make this stuff up. There's plenty of my other half people up here (Puerto Ricans), but no Jews.

WHERE'D THEY GET THE MATZOH after PASSOVER.
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