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- We celebrated New Years with a wonderful hot dog and sauerkraut lunch and then
enjoyed snacks later on. It was a nice quiet day. We watched the Rose Bowl
Parade on HGTV. It was the best. No commercial interruptions. It was the same
as last year and I hope that they
do it again every year. We are thankful for the blessed 2002 that God bestowed on us and we ask for His blessing for
- We had a lovely dinner and visit with Andy, Jackie, and Alex
down in Forked
- We are busy with Praise Team Practice, Trustee Meetings, and the Church Business
Meeting for the first half of the month.
- I am working on applying for my unemployment benefits from the state.
- I am still job searching, sending out resumes and talking with prospective
employers. I look forward to my next job and I will praise God from whom all
of my blessing flow.
- Karen is starting to job hunt. She has her finger in a few places. We will
have to wait and see what comes up.
- I have been to several interviews and I am asking for prayers for both Karen
and I as we seek God's Will in our new job situations.
- We had a fun Super Bowl Sunday. We enjoyed some really nice seafood cheese
dip and we made a big pot of chili which we made Chili-Cheese Dogs during the
game. The game itself was pretty interesting. We did not think that Tampa
would be able to beat the Raiders, but we really enjoyed watching the game as
the Buc's beat the Raiders. The new commercials for the game were enjoyable. A
few we laughed long at, and some just did not seem to make sense. We watched
the Saturday Night Live Half-time show. It was great! Karen and I really liked
the Lord of the Rings scene with the Super Bowl Ring and Gollum.
- We finally replaced the vacuum. The old one has been dying a slow death. The
power head keep turning itself on and off will doing the carpets. It finally
became to much of a head-ache and we picked up a Eureka upright at Sears. It
should work much better for cleaning up our humble little abode.
- We are making plans for Swatara again. It should be a wonderful time with
renewal of our minds, bodies, and spirits.
- We tried a wonderful place for Sushi. The name of the restaurant is Tokyo
Teppanyaki. It is located on Route 9 North in the Galleria Shopping Center in
Manalapan, New Jersey. Karen and I enjoyed the all-you-can-eat sushi dinner. For
the 19.95 price tag, we had an appetizer, salad bar, soup, sushi, and ice
cream desert. For dinner, you chose 5 sushi selections from the extensive list
in the menu. When you want more, you just order. You do have to pay for extra
sushi you do not eat. The food was wonderful and we had a wonderful leisurely
dinner. We will be back again when the sushi bug bites us again. There is also
Hibachi tables available. The restaurant was clean and the staff was very
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We had a wonderful time at Camp
Swatara again this year. We journeyed out on Saturday morning and stayed
through Sunday lunch. The drive out went very well. We made the trip in a
bit less than 3 hours. It was a bit foggy and misty but we ran into no
serious problems on the drive. We were able to have a nice time of Christian
Fellowship, Bible Study, and FUN!!! Click HERE
for the pictures from the weekend.
Karen started her new job in child care on Monday. Her day
went well and I praise God for his provisions. She is working part time for
now until enrollment goes up. It is a wonderful way for her to slowing get
back into work mode. I thank God everyday for giving me Karen as my friend,
wife, helpmate, and Sister in Christ.
We tried out a new dessert recipe that Karen was emailed
from the M&M Candies Web Site. It is a heart shaped brownie with
milky-way minis around the edge, then topped with a raspberry moose filling
and drizzled with Dove dark chocolate ribbons. Click HERE
for a picture of how it turned out. It was delicious and we shared with
the neighbors. We will be making some more of them for Valentine's Day.
Of course, one can not create a delicious master piece
without some trouble. My trouble was that I thought we had more milk for
making the moose. Of course we only had about a cup left. Not a problem. I
would pick some more up on my way back from dropping off Karen. Of course we
got a snow storm and work was cancelled. Thanks to Rob, though we were able
to create the master piece. Click HERE
for the pictures of the snowfall we received. I think we got on the 8 inches
side of the snow storm and Karen and I loved the extra day together.
Karen is enjoying her time with the kids at Children's World
and I am still job seeking. I am amazed at how well God has taken care of us
and I pray for His Will to be done in my job search.
Sunday February 9 was Friend's Day at Amwell. There were
lots of new people to meet as members invited their friends to come out and
worship with us. A delicious luncheon was served in the annex after the
service. My thanks go out to everyone who used the time and talents that God
gifted them with for making Friend's Day such a wonderful time.
Happy Valentine's Day to my beloved. We had a wonderful
weekend together to remember 15 Valentine's Day's together.
We renewed our wedding vows at church on Valentine's Sunday.
It was a wonderful celebration of the renewal of our commitment to one another.
Click HERE to
go to the church website and see the pictures and hear as Bob & Jean
spoke the vows that we repeated.
President's Day Blizzard.... Click HERE
for the pictures from the snow fall....
Went to the Sarts/RMS reunion dinner in Eatontown. It was
nice to see the people and to relive some of the moments of a large portion
of my career at AT&T/Lucent. I was sad to hear that there were more
layoffs in my old group. I hope that the economy picks up soon to pull the
telecommunications industry out of the slide that it is in.
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Celebrated our 15th Wedding Anniversary. Sorry Dearest wife
for not mentioning it at church.... :) We had dinner out at Tokyo
Teppanyaki. We enjoyed the sushi again.
Getting into the swing of being the house husband and taking
care of the house. Still doing the job search. I know that God has already
answered our prayers and we just have to wait for His timing. Thank you to
all who are praying for my job situation.
Had a long drag out fight to get the new Amwell site up and
working correctly. Finally got it all working again on the new server.
Looking at moving this site to the new server as well. Probably look at
doing it next month.
We went to the movies and the Pizzeria Uno's. Thank to Bob
and Margaret for the gift cards.
Thinking of heading up the Woman's Banquet at church in May.
They are looking for a head-chef. Will have to make the decision soon I
Been making Welcome signs for the front door. Been getting
the materials from Rag Shop. The signs have turned out pretty neat I think,
and they are cheaper than the ones that we saw at the store.
We had a scare with Trouble. Turns out she had a UI tract
infection. She was not happy getting the medicine that she needed. Why
couldn't someone come up with a liquid anti-biotic that is tuna flavored
instead of bubble gum...
Replaced the air filters in the cars, and the rear wiper on
Eggy. Eggy's air filter was easy to change. I finally had to go back to Pep
Boys to have the Van's filter changed. I could not figure out how to get to
it. Turns out you have to take the breather system off to get to the filter.
I will know how to do it next time....
We enjoyed a nice dinner out at Charlie Brown's Steak House.
They had sent us a nice double points coupon.
Got painting supplies to paint the trim and doors for the
bath, laundry, pantry, and bedroom. It keep me out of trouble for two days,
but I think that is turned out really nice. Would like to get new doors for
the pantry, bedroom, and closet. Maybe after I get my job.
We are figuring out what color to paint the bedroom. We
ordered new curtains, comforter, sheets for the bedroom. Now we just have to
figure out what color to match the walls. We hung the new curtains. What a
difference. The bedroom is nice and dark now.
We enjoyed a nice treat to the Old Country Buffet for the
Saturday breakfast bar. The food was nice and we enjoy it as a special time
to sit and relax while we enjoy a nice breakfast. I would recommend that for
a nice leisurely family breakfast.
We saw a couple of movies this Month. The best was "The
Core". It was well done. Kind of a "Armageddon" set under the
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Applied for a NJ State job in Trenton. They sent me a
qualification form to fill out. Please add this possible job to the prayers
for my job situation.
We enjoyed a nice dinner at Pizzeria Uno's before heading
over to church to watch the kids for the marriage encounter workshop. We
only ended up with the twins, but we had a nice time with them.
We enjoyed a early dinner at the Jackson China Buffet. It
had been a while since we had Chinese and it was nice change of pace.
We had our air ducts sucked and the dryer vent cleaned. Wow,
what a bunch of dust had built up over the years. The dryer seems to be
working better now that it can exhaust the moisture. I am looking forward to
less dust in the house since I am the one trying to keep ahead of it. The
cat was not happy with the procedure and I am sure that she was glad when
they were done with the cleaning.
I put in the new garden edging and racked out the flower
beds. Karen is looking forward to planting soon. In the meantime I bought
her 20 cut tulips for Easter. Tulips are her favorite cut flower and I was
glad to see that they were still available at Easter. The garden bed looks
nice and awaits the warm weather when we can plant it.
I cleaned out the shed and put out the lawn furniture. It is
nice to be able to sit out and enjoy the beautiful weather that God is
blessing us with. I am also looking forward to BBQ this summer on our little
grill. It worked very well up at Treasure Lake last October and I can't wait
to enjoy grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, and chicken.
I agreed to be the head-chef for the Women's banquet at
Amwell. I have worked out the menu and I have tried the vodka sauce for the
pasta. The recipe that I found is very easy and very delicious.
We laughed at the all of the ads for last minute tax
preparation. We are glad that we get our taxed completed and E-filed as soon
as possible. We get the refund in about 2 weeks and miss the rush. I would
recommend Tax-Act as this is the third year that we used it. It was quick,
easy, and reasonably priced.
We are very thankful for all the blessings that God has
given us. Thank you Lord for blessing the troops in battle and for guiding
President Bush during this time of upheaval.
We have been busy getting ready for the Amwell Women's
Banquet in May. I have been testing the recipe for the Vodka sauce
that I will be making to accompany the Chicken Parmesan.
I am still doing the job hunting. I am waiting for God's
time to place the job that He has for me.
We have picked up a new Home Borrowers client from the Ocean
County Library. It is so nice to be able to help the patrons who are house
We have planted the garden flowers. Karen did a wonderful
job while I was updating the church's website. I had to replace the edging
with interlocking PVC plates which I found at Home Depot.
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I have had a busy time doing the shopping for the Women's
Banquet. My thanks go out to my loving and helpful wife Karen who helped me
with the food preparation and to the guys who helped with the serving and
clean up. Over 60 women and about 10 helpers were served. The menu was: Appetizer
of prosciutto and provolone rolls with black olive and grape cluster; Salad
of romaine lettuce with grape tomatoes, seeded cucumbers, shredded carrots,
red onion with a Balsamic vinegar dressing; Entrée consisting of
chicken parmesan and a side of penne with pink vodka sauce; Dessert
was vanilla ice cream filled waffle bowl with a chocolate hazelnut pirouette
cookie stick and an After 8 mint. Everyone had a great time at the Banquet
and we have started to plan next year's menu. Click
here for pictures from the banquet.
Mother's Day service at Amwell was a wonderful service.
Karen and I created a slide show of pictures of mother's and their children.
Jean picked out "The Potter's Hand" as the music to accompany the
show. A lot of people told me how much they enjoyed the presentation and how
well suited it was to the music.
I finally was able to paint the bedroom. Karen and I picked
out Luminary for the walls with the trim and doors done in Glazed Pecan. The
combination looks really nice. It was a very long week to get the room
prepped for painting and to get the actual painting completed. It was worth
the effort. I finished putting everything back into place Friday afternoon
and I think that it looks pretty nice. I can't wait to get out the new
accents that we bought to enhance the room.
Karen is working away at the latest edition of the Amwell
Newsletter. I have been helping with some of the typing to free her up to
do the layout and content. I am proud of her labor of love in
producing the newsletter every other month.
We had a delicious dinner out with Bob, Margaret and
Dorothy. We went back to Rico's in Freehold for some really nice traditional
We are looking forward to Love Feast and Communion on the
18th. It is a wonderful service of remembering the Last Supper Christ shared
with the disciples.
Karen and I had a great weekend. It was capped off with the
beautiful and meaningful Love Feast and Communion service. It was a very
touching service. Karen honored my Mom by wearing Mom's pray cap for the
I added the last touches to the room. The new sheets and bed
spread and the throw rug. The room looks wonderful. Click here
for pictures of the completed room.
Karen and I are enjoying our Memorial Day Weekend together.
On Friday we have made BBQ chicken and home made macaroni salad. On Saturday
we went to the moves and saw X-Men 2. The special effects were good, but the
plot was a bit thin. We also had BBQ beef for dinner. The rain may have
dampened outdoor activities, but we are still having a great time resting
and relaxing together. We will be grilling sausage and making red potato
salad for dinner later on Sunday. In the mean time, Happy Memorial Day
Weekend to everyone. God Bless
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I have been continuing the job hunt. I want to thank
everyone for their prayers for my next job.
Karen has been enjoying her job. I praise God for putting
her in a job that she enjoys and is able to make a difference.
I am still baking treats for Karen and her co-workers on
Fridays. It is usually something chocolaty and very, very good :)
We had a wonderful time at the Tent Revival Meetings that
were held at the church during the beginning of the month. We were out in a
large tent with sawdust floors hearing the word of God preached. Each of the
speakers touched those in attendance with their words of spiritual
are available on the church's website.
We had a lovely fathers day. Church started with summer
hours so we get home an hour earlier. We had a relaxing day that ended with
Pizza Hut Pizza.
I have been delivering books to our home borrows patron. It
is a nice feeling to be able to help those who are homebound.
We went to the movies and saw The Matrix. It was not as good
as the first one and leaves things hanging until the next installment. We
also saw the Hulk. That movie was a waste of money even for the $6.00
matinee price. It was rated PG-13, but it had way to much torture of Bruce
Banner by the government bad guys. We would have walked out of it about half
way through, but we were seated in the middle of the row and would have had
to walk over people to get out. I think that it is in the top 3 worst movies
ever made. The special effects and computer generated monster were ok, but
the plot line ruined the experience for us.
We are now planning for the July 4th weekend. Making menu
choices and deciding what to do. We are mostly looking forward to a quiet
time where we can be together.
We had Dorothy over for dinner. The menu was tossed salad,
chicken with 40 cloves, rice, peas, green beans, and cheesecake pie for
dessert. The meal was delicious, but the company and conversation was the
best part of the evening.
Karen and I celebrated the end of the her full week of being
in charge of the room at Children's World by going to the movies and seeing
"Finding Nemo". It was a great movie that we enjoyed. It was such
a better movie than the Hulk was that we saw last week.
Karen is now starting work on the next installment of the
Amwell Newsletter while I update our site here. Afterwards I think we will
just relax and enjoy the day.
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The month of July has been speeding along. We had a
wonderfully quiet 4th of July. We went to the movies and saw Terminator 3.
It was a pretty good movie. Much better than the Hulk as well. It had some
interesting temporal mechanics about time travel in it. We stayed close to
home for the weekend and enjoyed some time with each other. Karen was ready
for her three day weekend.
I had to report for Grand Jury duty on the 8th. I ended up
being the last person seated for the jury. That next to the last seat had
three people in it in a quick rotation until I got called. I now get to go
to Grand Jury duty one day per week for 16 weeks. I think that it will be an
We went to the movies and saw League of Extraordinary
Gentleman. That was a great movie and we recommend it highly. It is about
the best film we have seen for a really long time. An original idea and
great photography and effects. I think it will be a definite addition to the
DVD library when it comes out. As a side note, The Hulk, was not in the theater,
and we were not surprised.
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We went to the movies and saw Tomb Raider II. It was a fun
action flick with some nice surprises.
We are looking forward to the upcoming Amwell Sunday School
Picnic at Bushkill Park and the Movie night at Amwell. It looks to be a busy
but very fun sort of day.
We had a blast at the Sunday School Picnic. Even though the
rains came down, spirits were high. Everyone had a great time. Click here
for the pictures.
As part of our busy Saturday, we also set up and showed the
movie "Road to Redemption". That was a great film with a good
message and some good laughs along the way.
I am getting a few more calls for job openings. Maybe our
prayers will be answered soon. In the mean time, we will keep praying that
The Lord's will be done in my search for a new job.
Still no job yet. Please keep me in your prayers that God
will lead me to the position that He knows is where I should be.
We joined Blockbuster and rented some movies. Bringing Down
the House was wonderful and funny. Kung Pow was horrible and I am glad that
we had a coupon for a free rental. That was the movie we went to the theater
to see, but ended up with Count of Monte Cristo instead. The Count was much
better. Glad we had that mix-up then. The third movie is Agent Cody Banks
that we will watch as a Sunday Matinee. I hope that it is a good
movie. I will let you know when we have watched it.
We watched Agent Cody Banks as our Sunday Matinee movie. It
was a really nice movie with a good plot and the best demonstration of nano-technology
out of control that has been in movies lately. We are both looking forward
to the next installment.
Quiet week so far on the job front. I thank you for the
prayers about my new job. I am learning patience while I wait for God's
I created a website for the Millstone Township Democrats (www.millstonedemocrats.org).
I think it came out pretty nice.
Karen and I are looking forward to this Labor Day weekend.
We are planning a nice quiet weekend. We will have to see if it happens.
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We saw a wonderful Christian movie at church on Saturday the
6th. It was preceded by a wonderful picnic that we shared and then when we
were returning home, we were able to stop and watch a fireworks display in
Ringoes. We stopped off for an ice cream cone at McDonalds to end our
Karen is making a wonderful chicken and dumpling stew for
supper on Sunday. It smells wonderful and tastes even better.
The month of September is flying by. I have been to an
interview with a placement firm in Parsippany for a job in Piscataway. We
will wait and see if this is the answer we have been waiting for. In the
mean time I am staying busy being a lousy house keeper. The people Karen
works with are glad that I am home because I bake and take in delicious
treats on Fridays.
Karen, Bob, Margaret, and myself had traveled down to Brick
to check out a new BBQ place, Famous
Dave's. The place was packed and the line was out the door, so we
decided to go to Dim Sum in Brick. The food was delicious, but they do not
offer the AAA discount anymore.
I helped Karen with the latest issue of the Amwell COB
Newsletter. It comes out this Sunday for October/November 2003. It is a
labor of love. Karen enjoys putting together each issue. She keeps thinking
that this issue will be smaller, but The Lord keeps smiling and makes it as
big as He wants it.
We were power washed this month. The siding is cleaner and
now I have to clean up the shed so that the patio chairs will fit without
falling on my head when I open the door. The weather is beautiful as we
start to enjoy Autumn.
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We enjoyed a short weekend in Treasure Lake this year. Karen
did not have the time yet to take more then one day off. We enjoyed
ourselves by going to the drive-in movies where we saw "Good Boy!"
and "Secondhand Lions". They were both good clean movies and we
were glad that they were playing at the Moonlite
Drive-In theatre. The fall foliage was beautiful and we enjoyed our
drive through the mountains of Pennsylvania. We were disappointed however
with the state of our time-share. It has been two years since we paid for
the refurbishment to the unit, but it still is not done and there were no
available units to switch too because of a foul-up in ordering furniture. I
wrote a letter and I await to hear back as to the answers to the maintenance
and cleanliness problems as well as the schedule for the to refurbishment.
I have started my own consulting business, Harclerode
Computer Consulting, as a way to make some money. I have been doing some
work for people, but this makes it more refined and also as a way to see if
this is what my next job will be. I am available for home or small business
for consulting work in most areas of computers. I have done website design
and maintenance. MS Access work for matching up phone numbers to voters for
the Millstone Township Democrats. I also have lots of experience in creating
MS PowerPoint Presentations for displaying via LCD Projects for large
gatherings. Check out the new business site for more information.
I ask for your continued prayers for my job search and for
Karen as she is now the lead teacher for the 24-30 month kids.
We had a very enjoyable Sunday, the 19th of October. We went
to the Alpha Charlie Brown's with Bob, Margaret, and Dorothy for lunch after
church and then for a ride around the area to some of the nice bird watching
areas. We even make it into Pennsylvania to get around a fire that had the
road blocked. We returned to church for the Love Feast Celebration. It is a
wonderful remembrance of the Lord's Last Supper and Jesus washing his disciples
We had a nice Halloween. The candy lasted for a couple
of hours. Some of the costumes were pretty scary.
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We are looking forward to having Kenton visiting us for Thanksgiving.
We have sent him his ticket and he is looking forward to coming out for a
We are currently looking for someone to rent out Florida
timeshare in January '04. We have a few nibbles but no one has paid up the
money. Luckily we have not been charged yet for the '04 maintenance fee.
We plan on having an old fashioned Thanksgiving dinner. We
are getting a free turkey from Shop Rite. Karen will be making sage sausage
and onion dressing. Homemade mashed potatoes, yams, peas and carrots, whole kernel
corn, and cranberry sauce will round out our meal. Dessert will be delicious
pies from Battleview Orchards
over on Wemrock Road in Freehold, NJ. Their pies are fresh and delicious.
On the job front, I am trying to gain more customers for my
business. I have prepared a brochure as well as postcard mailers to send to
the businesses in Jackson, Howell, and Lakewood. I also have sent out
letters to the churches in the Atlantic Northeast District of the Church of
the Brethren to see if any of them are looking to have a home created for
them on the internet. I pray each and everyday for God to guide me where I
am to go.
We saw the Looney Tunes Back In Action movie. It was quite
fun with a lot of WB cameo appearances. There are some really good movies
coming out over the Holiday season. Hopefully we will be able to see the
ones we liked.
We have had some really bad storms and also some really nice
sunny warm weather. It seems that we can not be sure if fall is turning to
winter sooner or later.
We rented 8 Crazy Nights and Legally Blonde 2 on DVD for the
weekend. It should make for a fun little movie fest.
We have all of our supplies for Thanksgiving. We are so
looking forward to seeing Kenton and having a nice visit with him. We are
also planning for the Christmas Holiday. Trying to figure out when to go
visit the folks in PA as well as Lou and the kids in MD. The only thing for
sure is that we will always remember the reason for the season!!!!
We had a wonderful visit with Kenton. Dad came out on the
Tuesday train and returned on the Saturday train. That worked out
wonderfully as we missed the mess and press of Holiday travelers. We were
sad that Karen had to work on Wednesday and Friday, but we found things to
keep us busy. We picked up the delicious pies on Wednesday and on Friday we
went to see Donna, Ken, Heidi, Art, and Heather in south jersey. With the
weather we could not get to the light show at Great Adventure on Friday
evening. Instead we stayed in and had a nice time chatting and watching TV.
Thanksgiving Eve Service was very moving and full of the people counting
their blessings. That was followed with the traditional dinner at the Golden
Gate Diner with Bob, Margaret, and Dorothy. Thanksgiving day was great.
Karen and I cooked a great meal with all of the trimmings. Before the meal
we watched the parades. After the meal we returned to the living room to
spend the afternoon watching the football games. It has been a wonderful
weekend where we spent our time counting the blessings that the Lord has
given to us.
We are now planning for Christmas Holiday. Working on our
menu and just loving the best gift that was ever given, our Lord Jesus
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We have had a wonderful December so far. I have had a few
interviews and I am awaiting the outcome of a job in Princeton. It seems
like a great opportunity with a nice small business.
We saw 'Haunted Mansion'. It was a good time matinee movie.
It was not a very deep movie but it had some great laughs.
We saw 'The Return of the King'. It was a great movie. A bit
long, but still very good installment in the series. I can't wait until they
have the extended version with all of the extra footage that was left on the
cutting room floor.
We have enjoyed the Christmas Season at Amwell. The
children's program was postponed to the 28th due to the snow storm. The
Christmas Eve Service was well attended and very emotionally fulfilling
experience. I think that Jeff did a wonderful job in setting up the service.
It was the first time Amwell has had a Christmas Eve service. It should be
an annual event now that someone is heading it up.
We are looking forward to seeing 'Bad Santa' maybe this
weekend if there is any matinee shows.
We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Year! May God bless each and everyone of you in the coming year.
We had a great time with the children's Christmas play and
are going to have a nice quiet New Year's Eve.
May God Bless everyone in 2004!!!
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December 30, 2003.
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