Monday, April 30, 2007
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With all the uproar about removing the ten commandments, etc... This is worth a moment or two of your time. I was not aware of this historical information. On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, are displayed two words: Laus Deo. No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably couldn't care less.
Once you know Laus Deo's history, you will want to share this with everyone you know. But these words have been there for many years; they are 555feet, 5.125 inches high, perched on top of the monument, facing >skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America.
Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, un-noticed words. Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world.
So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they say "Praise be to God!"
Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, Laus Deo .......Praise be to God!"
From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major segments. From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant ..a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north. The Jefferson Memorial is to the south , the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west. A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the Constitution. So, read on. How interesting and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who bother to notice. Praise be to God!
Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings. As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the memorial stones share a message. On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore; on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians; on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6.Praise be to God! When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society. Praise be to God!
Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy ."One Nation, Under God." I am awed by Washington's prayer for America. Have you never read it? Well, now is your unique opportunity, so read on! "Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation's capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look. You may forget the width and height of "Laus Deo", its location, or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget its meaning, or these words: "Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain." (Psalm 127: 1)
Our MC kids have a paintball family day coming up soon! I think that I am going to try and see if I can go with them! I have never been paintballing before can you believe it? I know tons of people who have gone and had a blast. Most of those that go on a regular basis are those junkies who own their own stuff! So I thought I'd check out an online paintball store and see what kind of equipment was needed for paintballing and what the prices were.
This online store sells everything paintball!! You won't believe all the great stuff you can get here (all right, I'm sure you can believe it!). They sell awesome paintball gear and paintball supplies like gun sets that make me feel like I'm in the army; paintball gun cases, barrels (things that go on your gun), vests, masks, gloves...you want it, they probably have it! Everything to get you hooked up out on the paintball field. So I'm not very knowledgable on paintball manufacturers but they sell names like: Tippmann, Spyder, Smart Parts, Dye, Draxxus plus many more brands which you can find on the website.
Now that I know there is tons of paintball supplies and gear to keep me safe, I just might go out and do a little paintballing. Now who do I want to take out the most?.........
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Saturday, April 28, 2007
There are tons of places to go for e-learning, but one great online spot is Capella University. From this great place of learning, Sara Orem (a faculty member of Capella University) has co-authored a great book titled, 'Appreciative Coaching: A Positive Process for Change’. This is a great book to read and learn from. In addition to reading this book, Capella University is a great place to get an education. They are a fully credited online university offering graduate studies in many fields, undergraduate studies and certification programs. Check them out if you are interested in furthering your education.
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Friday, April 27, 2007
Seriously, Barb and Charlie just left for the weekend and I am home alone until Monday night! Hmmm, what should I do this weekend? I already have a glass of wine sitting here while I type...
....I am going to a birthday party tomorrow night, which means I can sleep in late tomorrow morning! Then I am going to a Scrapbook "Bingo" on Sunday after church. What is Scrapbook Bingo you ask? Well, I am heading to Scrapbooks, Etc (the store I scrap at next to Longston Theatre on Meridian in Puyallup) and while we scrapbook we are going to play Bingo for prizes. Marcie, I'm feeling lucky so I think I have a good chance of winning something!
As for wild parties...I never had any when I was a teenager, so I don't think I'll start now!
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My job today was a breeze...I had first period plan, 2nd period study hall with 3 paras, 3rd period plan, and 4th period with 2 paras helping. Today was a great day, sometimes I wish more days were like today!
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The tickets were actually supposed to be for tonight, so I was kind of panicking trying to figure out who I could get to come with me last minute notice! However, the station's promo people called me and I was given the option to have tickets sent to me on another night. Don't know which night, but I get to go a Mariner's game (picture me doing a a happy dance right now!!).
It pays to call into radio contests friends...I was caller #4, caller #15, and then I couldn't get through at all because I was in no reception zone, and then lots of busy signals, and then!!! A voice on the line talking to me! You know once the person answering phones actually starts talking to you that you won!!! Yeah, for me!!!
I'll let you know when I go! And hopefully I'll be able to take a few pictures to put up!
Thursday, April 26, 2007
But wait....hold the presses...there is a new site out there that lets you bid on items. However, this site has a bit of a twist to it! I think this may be my new favorite place to go online!! It is called bid4prizes and the goal is to actually bid the LOWEST price for the prize. If your bid is lowest you win! OMG, how easy is that? So, for example if there is a $200 Ipod up for bid and you bid the lowest, and most unique bid then you when it. You could walk away with that $200 Ipod for a PENNY! If there are multiple bids on the same amount...say there were two or more bids on everything from a penny to a dollar, but 56 cents only had one bid then the person who bid 56 cents would win the prize! Doesn't this sound like fun? It sounds addicting to me! Please tell me if you play and especially if you win....I am going to try today!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
So after thinking about it all day, and talking it over with a few people, I decided to not take it. I have been very busy this year with my other district, Sumner, and I feel that after this week's WASL testing is done that I will be busy for the rest of the year. There were a few other factors that played a part in my decision as well...one being that Sumner pays more per day and isn't as far to drive. And I am so close to accruing the needed days this year for a bonus...one that will come in handy when I move in a few months.
There are so many hard decisions in life, but I feel confident that this was a right decision. And I'm not comprimising any of my educator core values (and personal Christian core values) by teaching somewhere full time that doesn't hold to what I believe.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
....There ARE country music stations in the San Diego area. He called and left me a voicemail to let me know that I would be ok to move to San Diego. He wanted to make sure that I was covered in the music arena. What a great pastor looking out for his leadership!!!
Last year, the last country station pulled out of LA, and when I was visiting my sister at Christmas there were NO country stations on the radio dial. So I just assumed that there were none in Southern LA. I happened to tell this to Shannon, because I was kind of bummed....so he was just calling me to give me reassurance.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Ok, so I've been suckered into watching ABC's "The Bachelor". For those of you who don't watch and have no idea what this show is about (although that would be pretty hard), there is one guy amongst a bevy of women who are all striving to receive a rose every week. If you are one of the lucky ones receiving a rose then you come back the following week, if no rose....you're on a plane home.
This season's bachelor is Andy....an Officer and a Gentleman! He is a doctor in the military, and obviously single...a great catch; however, having to find your "true love" on a reality TV show is a bit much for me.
It is amusing to watch, although lots of the show is so fake. At this stage in the game....there is only six girls remaining...the women are all catty and vicious. They are spreading lies about one another and striving for one on one time with Andy. And Andy? Oh, he is making out with almost all of them. I admit it makes for some fun TV watching, but I can't imagine that anyone hooking up on this show will last forever....but you never know!
I think the top three are going to be Bevin, Tessa and Tina!
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On Saturday, Governor Christine Gregoire signed a domestic partnership bill into law. What does this mean? It means that those who are same sex couples, and elderly couples have the same legal rights as married hetro-sexual couples in our state. They basically said it was ok for gay and lesbians to co-habitate and receive the same benefits as married men and women. I have nothing wrong with gay and lesbians.....God has said to LOVE the sinner and HATE the sin. Do I think they are wrong? Yes, but that is for another day.
I believe that this new law simply throws WA State into arenas that we didn't want to go before this, and that traditional wedding vows are getting a low blow.
This quote from a recent news article sums it up best:
"I think it's an unfortunate step backward, not knowing where it will lead us culturally," said Joseph Fuiten, a Bothell pastor who is the leader of Positive Christian Agenda, a state group of Christian organizations opposed to gay marriage. "Giving 'marriage-lite' benefits without the benefit of marriage strikes me as not a good idea."
When this movie first came out I was only 12 years old, and of course my parents wouldn't let me watch it! I wonder why? Yet, over the years, this became one of my all time favorite movies. Yep, I am totally one of those people that knows every line and every song.
"No body puts Baby in a corner!" That is probably the most famous line in the movie!
I believe that I read somewhere that the new movie edition is also going to include a special tribute to Jerry Orbach, the actor who played Baby's Father, and who died a few years ago!
I don't know about you, but I plan on watching this movie next week! Fun, Fun, Fun!!!
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Sunday, April 22, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
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Yesterday at the Puyallup Spring Fair KMPS showcased Jason Michael Carroll in concert. His current single is a song called, "Alyssa Lies." It is a great song, although it is powerfully sad in that it talks about child abuse.
He took the time to come over and talk with Tony Thomas on air and sign a few autographs before the concert. You can't see in this picture but I was standing right next to him! Oh well!
This is a picture of him during the concert! I didn't actually get to go and watch as I was manning our booth, but I could hear him a bit and he sounded great! More amazing
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Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
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I am working for KMPS at the Spring Fair in Puyallup starting tomorrow if any of you would like to stop by our booth and say "HI!". I'll be all by my lonesome tomorrow night, so I'll really need someone to come and talk to me (just please don't be like the KMPS stalkers out there! :0 ).
You would think though with me being home that I would have gotten lots done this week? Yep, nope!!! I've done a bit of scrapbooking...have a bit of organizing of ribbon to do right now so I better get to it!
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
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Marc has a brand new CD out called, "Better Part of Me and You". It is an awesome song. He also has a new website that is fantastic: Marcwymore.com. You can hear his music on his site or on Marc's Myspace Page. Or you can come join us for a weekend service at Puyallup Foursquare Church on Saturdays at 6pm or Sundays at 9am and 11am.
I think, no, I know that you will enjoy listening to Marc! You can even buy one of his new CD's. Nope, I wasn't asked to do this little promo, I just like encouraging people in ministry and Marc is a great guy who loves the Lord with all his heart and is following the passions that God gave him. Way to go Marc!
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Monday, April 16, 2007
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Students bitterly complained that there were no public-address announcements on campus after the first burst of gunfire. Many said the first word they received from the university was an e-mail more than two hours into the rampage - around the time the gunman struck again.
Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said authorities believed that the shooting at the dorm was a domestic dispute and mistakenly thought the gunman had fled the campus.
"We had no reason to suspect any other incident was going to occur," he said.
He defended the university's handling of the tragedy, saying: "We can only make decisions based on the information you had on the time. You don't have hours to reflect on it."
Investigators offered no motive for the attack. The gunman's name was not immediately released, and it was not known if he was a student.The shootings spread panic and confusion on campus. Witnesses reporting students jumping out the windows of a classroom building to escape the gunfire. SWAT team members with helmets, flak jackets and assault rifles swarmed over the campus. Students and faculty members carried out some of the wounded themselves, without waiting for ambulances to arrive. A student used his cell-phone camera to record the sound of shots echoing through the stone classroom building.
The massacre took place at opposite sides of the 2,600-acre campus, beginning at about 7:15 a.m. at West Ambler Johnston, a coed dormitory that houses 895 people, and continuing at least two hours later at Norris Hall, an engineering building about a half-mile away, authorities said.Two people were killed in a dormitory room, and 31 others were killed in the classroom building, including the gunman, police said.
"Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions," Steger said. "The university is shocked and indeed horrified."
Steger emphasized that the university closed off the dorm after the first attack and decided to rely on e-mail and other electronic means to notify members of the university, but with 11,000 people driving onto campus first thing in the morning, it was difficult to get the word out. He said that before the e-mail went out, the university began telephoning resident advisers in the dorms to notify them and sent people to knock on doors to spread the word.
Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum would not say how many weapons the gunman carried. But a law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was incomplete, said that the gunman had two pistols and multiple clips of ammunition.
Flinchum said that some doors in the classroom building had been chained shut from the inside.Police said they were still investigating the shooting at the dorm when they got word of gunfire at the classroom building.Some students bitterly questioned why the gunman was able to strike a second time.
"What happened today, this was ridiculous," student Jason Piatt told CNN. "While they send out that e-mail, 20 more people got killed."
Students and Laura Wedin, a student programs manager at Virginia Tech, said the first notification they got of the shootings came in an e-mail at 9:26 a.m., more than two hours after the first shooting.
The e-mail had few details. It read: "A shooting incident occurred at West Amber Johnston earlier this morning. Police are on the scene and are investigating."
The message warned students to be cautious and contact police about anything suspicious.Student Maurice Hiller said he went to a 9 a.m. class two buildings away from the engineering building, and no warnings were coming over the outdoor public address system on campus at the time.
Everett Good, junior, said of the lack of warning: "I'm trying to figure that out. Someone's head is definitely going to roll over that."
"We were kept in the dark a lot about exactly what was going on," said Andrew Capers Thompson, a 22-year-old graduate student from Walhalla, S.C.
At least 26 people were being treated at three area hospitals for gunshot wounds and other injuries, authorities said. Their exact conditions were not disclosed, but at least one was sent to a trauma center and six were in surgery, authorities said.
Up until Monday, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was in Killeen, Texas, in 1991, when George Hennard plowed his pickup truck into a Luby's Cafeteria and shot 23 people to death, then himself.The massacre Monday took place almost eight years to the day after the Columbine High bloodbath near Littleton, Colo. On April 20, 1999, two teenagers killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives.
Previously, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history was a rampage that took place in 1966 at the University of Texas at Austin, where Charles Whitman climbed the clock tower and opened fire with a rifle from the 28th-floor observation deck. He killed 16 people before he was shot to death by police.
Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia, about 160 miles west of Richmond. With more than 25,000 full-time students, it has the state's largest full-time student population. The school is best known for its engineering school and its powerhouse Hokies football team.The rampage took place on a brisk spring day, with snow flurries swirling around the campus. The campus is centered around the Drill Field, a grassy field where military cadets - who now represent a fraction of the student body - practice. The dorm and the classroom building are on opposites sides of the Drill Field.
A gasp could be heard at a campus news conference early in the day when the police chief announced that at least 20 people had been killed. Previously, only one person was thought to have been killed.
A White House spokesman said President Bush was horrified by the rampage and offered his prayers to the victims and the people of Virginia. "The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed," spokeswoman Dana Perino said after the shootings, all entrances to the campus were closed, and classes were canceled through Tuesday. The university set up a meeting place for families to reunite with their children. It also made counselors available and planned an assembly for Tuesday at the basketball arena.After the shooting began, students were told to stay inside away from the windows.Aimee Kanode, a freshman from Martinsville, said the shooting happened on the fourth floor of West Ambler Johnston dormitory, one floor above her room. Kanode's resident assistant knocked on her door about 8 a.m. to notify students to stay put.Police said there had been bomb threats on campus over the past two weeks by authorities but said they have not determined a link to the shootings.
It was second time in less than a year that the campus was closed because of a shooting.Last August, the opening day of classes was canceled and the campus closed when an escaped jail inmate allegedly killed a hospital guard off campus and fled to the Tech area. A sheriff's deputy involved in the manhunt was killed on a trail just off campus. The accused gunman, William Morva, faces capital murder charges.
One of the hottest deals that they have right now is the Blackberry Pearl...which seems to be way in right now with everyone who is anyone! I think that I need to be a someone! Not only can you get this ultra-cool Blackberry Pearl phone free you can also get $50 cash back! Cash back people...they are paying you to buy a phone and talk to all your friends. Yes, you do have to activate a new account, but how many of us switch cell phone companies quite frequently? This phone is off the hook awesome. The Blackberry Pearl has all the standards: texting, camera, digital voice, etc., etc., but did you know you can open Microsoft Word with it! OMG....how fantastic is that! Who needs a computer when you got the newest cell phone technology? The Blackberry Pearl isn't the only great hot deal on Wirefly though....they have deals from all the cell phone companies like Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Cingular, Nextel, Sprint, and for those of you who have kiddos...Disney! You can look for great deals by cell phone carrier, cell phone brands, and pre-paid cell phone companies. There are so many great free phones on this site that you are going to be having a heck of a hard time deciding what you. As for me? I think I will stick with the same cell phone company, and simply look for a new phone. I will definitely be looking a the Razr or some other type phone when I do decide to buy a new one.
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Ok, so I am a little jealous as my friends Rodney and Holly are heading to LV the first week of May. They are going down on one of those free trips through one of those companies that want you to buy condos or such. But hey, it's a free trip. And do you know that those places don't cater to single people...only married people? Ok, I digress!
Now, Las Vegas is more than just lights and glamour, it is actually quite a nice place to live (not everything revolves around the strip). Las Vegas real estate is quite a booming business down there....and they have absolutely gorgeous homes. If you are interested in looking at homes in Las Vegas or just taking a peek at what the homes are like down there, there is this great site of MLS Listings in Las Vegas....MLS means multiple listing services....more houses from more realtors to look at! Maybe I'll tell Rodney and Holly to check a few houses out while they are down there!
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Friday, April 13, 2007
But do you find yourself at a loss for words? Do you not know how to put things into writing? Well, there is this great site...and even for me who doesn't have someone (YET) to send love notes to it is an awesome site. They have romantic notes, I miss you notes, I love you notes, I adore you notes and much, much more!!! They even have stories.
And this dream story is how I want my relationship with my husband to be....God created me in my mother's womb for one special guy...we just haven't hooked up yet!!! So check this great site out to get a few new ideas, or enhance the ideas you already have for romance!!!
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I pray blessings and many divine opportunities for them today!
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So anyway, I woke up about 20 minutes ago, thinking, "Bummer, no work." Then I turned over in bed to grab my phone and see what time it is, and lo and behold I have missed calls and a text.
MISSED CALLS????? FROM WHO??????
So I look through my call history....school called twice this morning in the 6 o'clock hour. So why didn't I hear them? Oh crap, I had my phone on vibrate last night because we went to a movie and I forgot to turn the vibrate off and the volume up before going to bed.
Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!!!!!!
So needless to say, I have today off. It's not terrible (although payday will be a bit tight), but accumulating actual days of work is crucial at this point as we get bonuses this year for amount of days worked! I'm shooting for the $500 bonus, which means I have to work most of the rest of the year!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
So what do I have to look forward to?
1. More school loans (like I didn't have enough all ready!)
2. Actual studying that needs to be done
3. Reviewing history lessons (social science is mostly history)
4. Taking a CA State History course and an Introduction to Micros/Macros at a local community college in CA
5. No sleep!!!
6. Student Teaching
7. Papers to write
8. A THESIS to write (that surely is scary)
9. Taking the CSET exams once finishing school (these are the CA state exams for those who want to be history teachers)
10. Did I mention NO SLEEP (and probably NO MONEY)!
Doesn't this just make you want to run out and become a college student again?!!?
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Monday, April 09, 2007
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I flew over on Monday and my Aunt Colleen picked me up from the airport. I had a nice visit with her, and my cousin Kendra and her two kids (Kennedy and Dawson) came over for a visit. I hadn't seen them since last year....it was good to see them again.
The rest of the week was spent eating good Grandma cooking and just hanging out around the house. I did cut the grass one day, and helped them lift a few things that were too heavy for them. I also experienced my Grandpa's dialysis treatments...he has been pretty sick the last few years. He has dialysis every other night. It isn't too hard for him, but it is fairly hard for my Grandma...she starts getting everything ready about 7pm, and he doesn't usually get hooked up until 10pm...so it is about 3 hours of preparation.
We went into town one day for doctor's visit, so I was able to visit some more family...my Auntie Helen, cousins Davey and Melanie (brother and sister) and their various children.
All in all, it was a good Spring Break. How was yours?
Sunday, April 08, 2007
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Sunday, April 01, 2007
That's right, I will be gone all week (and this time with no public library handy). I am flying to Spokane tomorrow morning to visit my Grandparents. They will pick me up in Spokane and then we will head back to their house in LaCrosse, which is about 70 miles away. I love my grandparents, and I am so grateful to be able to spend the week with them. My grandfather has been fairly ill the last few years, and his health isn't the best right now. So, I decided to spend my Spring Break visiting them! Plus, I just love spending time with them....eating Grandma's cooking, listening to stories from my Grandpa and just hanging out.
So until next weekend, have a fantastic week!
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