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01/02/13 - NNHS Newsletter - June in January

“What a lovely thing a rose is!... Our highest assurance of Providence seems to me to rest
in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food are all really necessary
for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and color are
an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras,
and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.”

- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Adventure of the Naval Treaty”, 1893
(22 May 1859 – 07 July 1930)

Saturday, January 23, 2010
Park City, UT
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Park City, UT

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme is a natural, doncha think?   I was unable to find a midi file for it (though I'm not convinced one does not exist), so just enjoy the old movie clip. There's even a fun surprise near the end!

BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Rdc8Dz6I0 - June in January - Bing Crosby, 1934


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_in_January:  

"June in January" is a popular song with music by Ralph Rainger and lyrics by Leo Robin, published in 1934.

The song was introduced in the movie Here Is My Heart. It was first recorded by Bing Crosby in 1934, but since has become a popular standard, recorded by many artists. Crosby's voice, singing the song offscreen, was featured in the film The Joker Is Wild (1957), starring Frank Sinatra.


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

       Happy Birthday tomorrow to Carl Rossman of PA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

04 - Norma Howell Morgan ('57) AND    Bill Bost ('61) of NC AND           My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of MA;

05 -   Carolyn McCormick Holmes ('57) AND  Cammie Dick Gibson ('57) AND the late     Doc Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) of VA (d. 24 Apr 2010);

06 -       Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA AND    Steve Veazey ('60) of VA AND Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD;

07 -     Jimmy Shires ('57) of VA AND Brucey Smith Slama ('57) AND Paige Smith Morahan ('57);

08 -    Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson (Warwick HS - '51) of VA AND Dreamadon Dillon Skidmore ('57) AND Sonja Settles Allen ('57) AND    Pat Branch Coltrane ('57);

09 - Joan Burcher Green ('57) AND    Joe Dickson ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 


THIS DAY IN WWII:

January 02, 1941 - German bombing severely damaged the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales

January 02, 1942 - The Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces.

January 02, 1942 - The Navy Airship Patrol Group 1 and Air Ship Squadron 12 were established in Lakehurst, NJ.

January 02, 1942 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) convicted 33 members of a German spy ring headed by Fritz Joubert Duquesne in the largest espionage case in United States history -- the Duquesne Spy Ring.

January 02, 1945 - Nuremberg (in German, Nürnberg) was severely bombed by Allied forces.


THIS DAY IN 1963:

Wednesday, January 02, 1963 - Vietnam War: The Viet Cong won its first major victory in the Battle of Ap Bac.

Wednesday, January 02, 1963 - Baseball player David Cone was born in Kansas City, Missouri.

Wednesday, January 02, 1963 - Baseball player Edgar Martínez was born in New York, New York.

Wednesday, January 02, 1963 - Actor Jack Carson (b. 27 Oct 1910 in Carman, Manitoba, Canada) died in Encino, California of stomach cancer at the age of 52.

Wednesday, January 02, 1963 - Actor Dick Powell (b. 14 Nov 1904 in Mountain View, Arkansas) died in West Los Angeles, California of lymphoma at the age of 58.


  From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 01/01/13 - "Happy New Year":

The following was sent to me by a dear friend; hope you enjoy it as I have, and may you have a Happy New Year!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhiF-PD4E_c

   WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Wayne - Happy New Year to you, too!


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 01/01/13 - "Middle East Memorial Wall":

Hi Everyone,

After checking this out to find out if it is a real memorial or not, I was surprised to find that it was. I was also pleased to know that the private sector actually took an active role in building and maintaining this memorial, and even more pleased to learn that it is located in Illinois - Illinois, the state that has suffered through one political scandal after another, including prominent politicians that have risen to national prominence only to fall short of their potential. Illinois has finally been the center of something good for a change, and it involves a monument created by a local company, and the people of Illinois for those who have died in the Middle East Conflicts. Good job Illinois!
 
Excellent video on the Middle East Memorial Wall

I did not know about this "Wall" - I am putting it on my bucket list.

What an unselfish, patriotic, extremely caring thing for a company to do and is continuing to do - really amazing thing here. Every once in a while, something moving comes along to give me some hope our country isn't dead yet and at least some people care about more than themselves.

This is one of those times.

Watch this without a tear? I don't think so......this is why we do what we do!

I had never heard of this before. . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEPBQGu74oo&feature=youtu.be - IV Cellular presents "Freedom Isn't Free" - In the rural Illinois town of Marseilles, home to Illinois Valley Cellular, there is a memorial to those who have sacrificed all for freedom.


       Thanks so much, Haul Party! Even after living nearly 20 years in Illinois, I still had to look up Marseilles to find out where it was, as I had never heard of it - "prolly" because it's up in the northern part of the state, where we never spent much time.


     From Me ('65) of NC - 01/01/13:

   
 
 


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 01/01/13 - "Happy New Year!"

The New Year's Eve party had turned into a marathon with numerous guests coming and going. At one point, a man knocked on the door, was greeted heartily though no one knew who he was, and was led to the bar in the basement. He sat there happily for about an hour before a strange light dawned on his face.

"You know," he confided to his host, "I wasn't even invited to this party. I just came over to tell you that some of your guests' cars are blocking my driveway. My wife's been sitting out in the car waiting for me to get them moved."

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*-- Q and A Quickies --*

Q: What does a pessimistic Rooster say?

A: Cock-a-doodle-don't.


Q: What do get when you cross a rabbit with a spider?

A: A hare net.


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Quotes

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
- Oprah Winfrey

Another Sunrise, Another New Beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

At the end of a matter ask, "What will I learn from this to make me better?"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.
- T. S. Eliot


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Tomorrow

Tomorrow begins a new year. It's really just another day. Nothing changes really. Most will continue on the path that they are on. Many will make New Year's resolutions and the vast majority of them will be broken by Valentine's Day.

Today is my birthday. It's a special day but it's really just another day. I will continue on the path that I've been on for years. I'm trying to improve, which is the path that I've been on. That's the path that I shall continue to be on.

If you are not where you think you should be, I would not suggest that you try to change things tomorrow. Why...because that is what most other people will do and they do it simply because it's supposedly a special day. Your change of path will only come when either you make up your mind that you are going on a new path because you are determined to change OR the pain becomes unbearable on the current path. The problem with the latter is that once the pain eases you often return to the old path.

The true BIRTHday is the day that you move from one path to another one (a better one) and stay on it.

When that day comes mark it down on your calendar, for that day is really the special one.

~A MountainWings Original~

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You Make A Difference

A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors in high school by telling them the difference they each made.

She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time.

First she told each of them how they had made a difference to her and the class. Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters, which read,

"Who I Am Makes a Difference."

Afterwards the teacher decided to do a class project to see what kind of impact recognition would have on a community. She gave each of the students three more ribbons and instructed them to go out and spread this acknowledgment ceremony.

Then they were to follow up on the results, see who honored whom and report back to the class in about a week.

One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a nearby company and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He gave him a blue ribbon and put it on his shirt.

Then he gave him two extra ribbons and said, "We're doing a class project on recognition, and we'd like you to go out, find somebody to honor, give them a blue ribbon, then give them the extra blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person to keep this acknowledgment ceremony going. Then please report back to me and tell me what happened."

Later that day the junior executive went in to see his boss who had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow.

He sat his boss down, and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius. The boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive asked him if he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon and would he give him permission to put it on him. His surprised boss said, "Well, sure."

The junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss's jacket above his heart. As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said, "Would you do me a favor? Would you take this extra ribbon and pass it on by honoring somebody else. The young boy who first gave me the ribbons is doing a project in school, and we want to keep this recognition ceremony going and find out how it affects people."

That night the boss came home to his 14-year-old son and sat him down. He said, "The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office and one of the junior executives came in and told me he admired me and gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius.

Imagine. He thinks I'm a creative genius.

Then he put this blue ribbon that says "Who I Am Makes a Difference" on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honor. As I was driving home tonight, I started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon and I thought about you.

I want to honor you. My days are really hectic, and when I come home I don't pay a lot of attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you for not getting good enough grades in school and for your bedroom being a mess, but somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and well, just let you know that you do make a difference to me.

Besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life. You're a great kid and I love you!"

The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he couldn't stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears, "Dad, earlier tonight I sat in my room and wrote a letter to you and Mom explaining why I had killed myself and asking you to forgive me. I was going to commit suicide tonight after you were asleep. I just didn't think that you cared at all. The letter is upstairs. I don't think I need it after all."

His father walked upstairs and found a heartfelt letter full of anguish and pain. The envelope was addressed, "Mom and Dad."

The boss went back to work a changed man.

He was no longer a grouch but made sure to let all his employees know that they made a difference.

The junior executive helped several other young people with career planning and never forgot to let them know that they made a difference in his life... one being the boss's son.

And the young boy and his classmates learned a valuable lesson.

Who you are DOES make a difference!


~Author Unknown~

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Sleep, Sleep, Silence's child,
Sweet father of soft rest,
Prince whose approach peace to all mortals brings
Indifferent host to shepherds and kings,
Sole comforter to minds with grief opprest.

by William Drummond

Get some sleep my children. How often all of us need to be told that.

   Thank you so much, Shari! I had read the "You Make a Difference" story before (you probably sent it to me then, too!), and knew exactly how it was going to end, but that still wasn't sufficient to keep me from breaking down in tears. The other night we watched "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) again for the umpteenth time; the lesson is the same. We all need to remain aware of how we impact the lives of others around us, and strive to make certain it is for good, rather than evil. Thanks for the reminder - Happy New Year!


From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 01/01/13:

         Thanks, Tina!

   And speaking of resolutions.....

 
 


From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 12/31/12 - "Why Resolutions Fail":

Expert Q&A: Why New Year's Resolutions Fail and How You Can Beat the Odds

By Dr. LeslieBeth Wish
 

Q: Every year I drop my New Year's resolutions by February. What can I do to keep them?

A:
Unfortunately, for many of us, by Valentine's Day your New Year's resolutions feel long forgotten. Let's face it-it's too hard to keep them.

Yet, successful resolution-makers often unknowingly take steps that, collectively, restructure the brain's wiring for pleasure and therefore success.
Let's first explore why resolutions are so hard to keep.

1. We like pleasure and mastery.
Our brains are wired for survival. As a result, we tend to like sweet foods and foods that smell good because, in part, our ancestors learned that bitter and foul-smelling foods are toxic. Some anthropologists think that these smart and lucky survivors experienced brain wiring that favored the safer choices. No wonder cake tastes better than celery.

We also survived because, by necessity, we had to master tasks such as killing animals, planting crops, cooking food and tending to injuries. We learned by trial and error, but we triumphed because we had to come up with solutions.

But, even though mastery is part of survival, if something is too difficult, we often don't try or we give up too soon.

2. We like even more pleasure.
We don't like depriving ourselves of pleasures such as eating good food, drinking fine wines or shopping for fun things. When we participate in pleasing activities, we feel good, satisfied, excited and good about ourselves. Biologically-driven activities such as eating or having sex are especially hard to resist.

Once your behaviors activate your brain hormones of pleasure such as oxytocin, vasopressin and endorphins, you obviously want to continue what you're doing. It's easy to see that the more you deprive yourself and the more difficult the task the more likely you are to give up and abandon your resolve.

3. Your pleasures become habits.
Your brain makes neural connections with past and present experiences that gave you good feelings. If eating a bag of chocolates or betting on the ponies makes you feel happy, sated and powerful, then you are likely to select these activities whenever you are not so happy. Your genetics, personality, family adaptive styles and your life experiences all conspire to keep you doing what you often shouldn't be doing-or at least not doing so much.

4. Self-examination is too scary and unpleasant.
We are afraid to face ourselves and admit that we need help in an area. Facing your shortcomings is not pleasant, so naturally, your inclination is to avoid it.

5. We have trouble going without too many pleasurable things at once.
We try to do too many things at once. Willpower fades when we take on too much because we don't like going too long without something that feels good.

6. We allow ourselves to be driven by shame and social pressures in selecting our resolutions.
We humans are meaning-makers. If something is not important to you, then you tend not to do it. So why vow to lose weight or stop drinking if right now these issues are not the ones that bother you the most?

7. We have hidden motives not to change.
Since pleasurable activities are, well, pleasurable, you might begin to wonder why you can't go very long without them. Why, you secretly think, can't I feel good without eating two boxes of donuts? Often, habitual or compulsive behaviors are masking deeper issues.

For example, my client "Wendy" was a nurse. She knew the importance of keeping her weight down, but still she was very overweight. She realized, after much soul-searching, that she feared that if she were thin that men would be attracted to her. Ever since her swim coach sexually abused her repeatedly, she vowed never to be attractive to men.

Wow-no wonder it's easy to break resolutions. But don't give up. Here are some tips to increase your chance that you can make them--and keep them.

8 Tips for Sustaining New Year's Resolutions

1. Focus.
Write down issues that bother you. The most common topics are taking charge of finances, weight gain, drinking too much and procrastinating.

2. Select.
Choose the issues that are important to you. If you aren't sure, ask yourself: "Which ones endanger my health? Which ones make me feel very ashamed or insecure?" Another big mistake is to set too many goals at once. You set yourself up for failure if you try to do a complete overhaul of yourself.

3. Or, select one that you have tried before.
Usually, resolutions are not plucked from the sky. Instead, they are often issues that you have already tried to work on but failed in your attempts. Now is the time to review what went wrong.

4. Identify your triggers.
Often, there is something that sparks your unwanted behavior. For example, people who are trying to quit smoking are often told to give up spicy foods which can stimulate the desire to smoke. Think about your unwanted behavior and ask yourself: What prompted me to eat that half a cake or smoke another pack of cigarettes?

5. But don't eliminate the pleasurable activities.
We don't like depriving ourselves of pleasures such as eating good food, drinking fine wines or shopping for fun things. The more you deprive yourself and the more difficult the task the more likely you are to give up. Your sense of giving up too much and for too long will make you indulge big time!

6. Instead, build in rewards of your favorite things so that your brain can make a connection between discipline, deprivation and pleasure and inner peace.
Weight Watchers and most of the prepared meals of diet plans know about the need for building in pleasure and rewards. They address the issue by allowing you to eat a brownie or some carbohydrates. The secret is portion control and frequency.

Some people need to reward themselves daily while others can delay their rewards. One of the couples I helped put a dollar in their travel jar every time they avoided smoking. Eventually, the pleasure of the reward was more important than the pleasure of the unwanted behavior.

7. Break up the large goal into small steps and doses so that you don't take on too much or increase your anxiety.
Alcoholics Anonymous recommends "taking one day at a time." You might even have to take it one hour at a time. Eventually, you will be able to check your progress daily and then weekly. And don't get down on yourself if you experience a setback. Remind yourself that progress is often in fits and starts. Forgive yourself and get back on track right away.

8. Get a buddy or a whole roomful of them.
Weight Watchers and alcoholic support groups succeed because they don't allow you to take such big steps alone. Others who are going through similar problems can provide tips and emotional support.

If your partner or other family member does not want to make changes with you, joining a support group is even more important. By taking the initiative--and sticking with it--you increase your chance that your significant will change.

Don't give up. Tell yourself that you deserve to be happy, healthy and in charge of your life.

Happy New Year!


About the Author:

Dr. LeslieBeth Wish, ED.D., MSS is the SelfGrowth.com Official Guide to Family, a noted psychologist and licensed clinical social worker, specializing in relationships. For her book about women and love, she welcomes women to take her 17-20 minute online research survey at http://www.selfgrowth.com/solos/lbwish.html. Also on her website, if you donate $5 to Habitat for Humanity-Sarasota, Florida, you can receive a download of her relationship advice cartoon book for women, "The Love Adventures of Almost Smart Cookie." Follow Dr. Wish on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


BONUS ROSE CROCHET PATTERNS:

http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-flower-pattern-rose/ - Rachel Choi's Rose - "This is an intermediate crochet pattern that you will adore making. The curled up rose is just beautiful. It adds elegance to any project."

http://priscillascrochet.net/free%20patterns/Pillowghans/Irish%20Rose%20Pillow-ghan%20Square.pdf - Priscilla Hewitt's Irish Rose Pillow-ghan Square - "This square is made of four individual squares that are crocheted together to make the 12” square. You will need to make four of the 12” squares to form the pillow top. The other squares for the pillow-ghan will be all color C in a simpler pattern."

http://www.craftelf.com/crochet-pattern-rose-granny-square-afghan.html - Craft Elf's Rose Granny Square Afghan - "Our beautiful rose granny square afghan is made up of 42 individual squares, each with a rose in the center of it. Here we used a traditional country rose color but you could make your roses any color."


BONUS SOUP RECIPES:

http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2010/10/ham-and-potato-soup.html - Christy's 5 Star Creamy Ham & Potato Soup - "Loaded with delicious ingredients like diced potatoes, celery, carrots, onion and ham, this is one hearty and satisfying dish. Perfect to enjoy when the weather gets cooler, this 5 Star Creamy Ham & Potato Soup will fill you up and make your taste buds as happy as can be. If all potato soup recipes were as easy to make as this one, we'd be in soup heaven!"

http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2011/11/broccoli-cheese-soup.html - Christy's Cheesiest Broccoli Cheese Soup - "Broccoli cheese soup is one of those comforting dishes that always seem to make the day a little brighter and better. That's why this recipe for The Cheesiest Broccoli Cheese Soup is one of our favorite easy soup recipes of all time. Made with cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, butter and chicken broth, this soup is ultra thick and creamy, not to mention cheesy! You won't be able to resist getting a second helping of this awesome broccoli cheese soup."

http://www.recipelion.com/Crock-Pot-Recipes/Simply-Slow-Cooked-Chicken-Soup/ml/1 - Simply Slow Cooked Chicken Soup - "Slow cooker soup recipes are fantastic during the cold winter months, especially chicken soup recipes. This recipe for Simply Slow Cooked Chicken Soup has all the basics that make chicken soup so comforting."


FINALLY:

From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 01/01/12:
 
Bob: "So, you say that you won the conversation with your wife yesterday."

Joe: "Yes, she came crawling on her hands and knees."

Bob: "Really? What did she say?"

Joe: "Come out from under the bed, you coward!"


DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, January 3, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations. 


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/17/12

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



  
Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol

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Thank you so much!



Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
915-780-3048
 


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June in January

Music by Ralph Rainger (07 Oct 1901 – 23 Oct 1942)

Lyrics by Leo Robin (06 Apr 1900 – 29 Dec 1984)

Recorded by Bing Crosby (03 May 1903 – 14 Oct 1977), 1934


A clouded moon creeps across the clouded sky
Winds of January sigh and moan
And yet it's June.
I can see a sky of blue
Dear the miracle is due to you.
Just you.
It's June in January
Because I'm in love
It always is spring in my heart
with you in my arms.

The snow is just white blossoms
that fall from above.
And here is the reason, my dear,
Your magical charms.
The night is cold
The trees are bare
But I can feel the scent of roses in the air.
It's June in January
Because I'm in love.
But only because I'm in love with you.

Oh the night is cold!
Won't it be to bear?
But I can feel the scent of roses in the air.
It's June in January
Because I'm in love
But only because I'm in love with you.


"June in January" lyrics courtesy of http://www.elyrics.net/read/b/bing-crosby-lyrics/june-in-january-lyrics.html - 01/01/13

Snowy 01/23/10 Images of Park City, UT courtesy of Phil Hammond ('64) of UT (now of FL) - 01/26/10
Thanks again, Phil!

Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://emelinda.tripod.com/index-12.html - 04/05/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06

Animated USMC Flags clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

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