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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 8:12 PM

Wow!  

My neighbor just Tripped Me Out a few minutes ago.

I was out on my stoop having a beer and he strolled up to chat.  I'm scheduled to do a plumbing job at his place on the second floor.  His name is John too. 

He is older than me, 75.  The nicest guy you would ever want to meet.  While we're out there chitt-chatting, John whips a glass contraption out of his pocket and does a oney. 

Freaked me out!  I don't know why.  To each thier own poison but I never Imagined the two years I've known him.  God forbid, could be cancer or glaucoma I guess.

I had my share of pot in high school and all it did was make me paranoid.  I wish it did work for me as it shirley would be cheaper than beer.

Things that make you go Hmmm!

 

 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:30 PM

Interesting story Ed.  I was channel surfing and caught a bit of the Reno Air Races, which happened 2 weeks ago.  They had AT-6's in a race.  They were painted like race cars, one having a big Honda logo on the underside.
Looked dangerous to me, but no one crashed.  I would have like to see better closeups of the planes.  The next heat was some sort of jet at 275 mph.

Heavy rain rolled in today.  Good for my new sod, but depressing.

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:05 PM

York1

My wife and I used to love cruises.  However, the past years she has not wanted to go again.   I don't know how cruise companies will fare in the years ahead after this virus.

My kids love the Disney cruises with the grandchildren.

 

The GF and I love cruises.  It's the long plane flights we don't like.  We love the food and no, we don't go on cruises with elevator decks larger than my children's ages.  Smaller ships are far more comfortable and the food is better.

We love Windstar cruises.  Great food, great destinations.  We"ve been on three so far.  We are looking at an Alaska cruise when this settles down.

No, Windstar doesn't sail to the Durango and Silverton.  Bucket list.

It takes an iron man to play with a toy iron horse. 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:46 PM

Evening

The tile job looks fantastic Brent!  I especially liked the splash of pizzazz you did with the mosaics, ...Nice!!!  And thanks for the info on the Lions Gate BridgeYes  High tide sure is interestingStick out tongue

Thanks for the bridge video John.  I enjoyed the straight and narrow viewing the rideYes  I always love a good Bridge.  I only did a cruise once in my lifetime and had a ball.  I would like to do the Alaskan Cruise some time as I heard it is spectacular.

 

Day two.  Me and the removable foam mountain.  I got my inspiration for this project from Selkirk Studio, Rick Reimer (Carving foam rocks 1&2). 

Man that guy is talented,  Can he carve some rocks or what?  I must have watched the video 10 times but he has his mind and control of his hands and fingers.  We are all different and I cannot duplicate what he does.  My rocks will turn out the way my mind tells my fingers to work.  I sure hope I get better at what I'm doing because six pieces of foam took me 6 hours.

The last thing I wanted was the entrance to my tunnel to look boxy like the portal. 

 

It's coming along guys.  I haven't carved anything but the rocks on the left side of the portal and will wait until I'm done to carve it all.

I was thinking it looks like something from Doctor SeussLaugh  So it must be turning out OK I guess.  

It was a beautiful day out today but the nice thing is I have my sliding screen door right by where I'm working on my layoutWink 

 

I can enjoy the Fall right inside the screen door working on the layout waiting for and welcoming Winter to set in.

 

 

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Posted by CNCharlie on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:02 PM

Good Afternoon,

A little while ago Bear mentioned that small restauants aren't called diners in NZ and come to think of it, they weren't here either. All 3 in the little town where I went to high school were called cafes. 

Kevin, I sure remember the Sunshine Skyway especially going over it after that ship hit it and one side collapsed. My parents had a place in St. Petes for quite a few years and I would go there at Christmas and for a short holiday in Feb. 

Too nice today to stay in and do train stuff but I think tomorrow might be a good day to run the train waiting to leave the station. It is an express reefer train pulled by the light mountain. On another thread people are saying how the latest mikados aren't well detailed. The light mountain has seperate lines for a lot of the piping so it seems detail wise, BMan isn't what it used to be. The BLI Mike and Pacific are a little skimpy on that too. That is one reason why I went with brass. Sure can complain about the piping detail. I think I'll sell the Mike too if the brass engine goes around all the curves ok. I'm hopeful as the CN Hudson with 80" drivers is just fine on 22" radius. 

Think I'll stay away from tellie tonight. 

CN Charlie

 

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:35 PM

My wife and I used to love cruises.  However, the past years she has not wanted to go again.   I don't know how cruise companies will fare in the years ahead after this virus.

My kids love the Disney cruises with the grandchildren.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:23 PM

Currently, EVERY cruise ship under construction (except fo coarse for Viking and other small-ship cruise lines) will not fit under the Sunshine Skyway bridge in Tampa Bay.

That means the Tampa cruise terminal will soon be obsolete.

The Sunshine Skyway is a huge/high bridge. It is amazing they just keep building these ships bigger and bigger.

-Kevin

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 3:31 PM

BATMAN

 

John, what was the name of the cruise ship you were on? Some can only depart at low tide.

Norwegian Bliss under the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver - YouTube

 

 

We were on the Sky Princess, which was not a real large cruise ship -- I think it's been scrapped since then.

We took it from Vancouver to Seward, Alaska, where we got on the White Pass and Yukon train.  From where we got off the train, we traveled to Dawson City, which was our favorite of the entire trip.  We spent several days there.   Then on to Anatuvik Pass north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska.

It was a nice trip, and my daughters really enjoyed it.

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Posted by BATMAN on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2:45 PM

Good afternoon from pefectville where it is warm and sunny.

TF here is a pic of the other wall I did Saturday, threw in a little mosiac to spice things up a bit. Still need to grout and caulk and then do the molding/trim, install the toilet and sinks when the counter arrives.

TF That is the Lions Gate Bridge that goes from Vancouver to what we call the North Shore. They did a horror movie on it and had it fall down, however they had it all back together in time for the rush hour traffic that afternoon. It is fun to see what they can do but BEWARE! It is a little gory in parts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1nJH1ZcNYs 

The deadpool prisoner transport crossing the bridge.

BRIDGES IN MOVIES & TV — Deadpool 2 (David Leitch, 2018) Lions Gate Bridge ...

John, what was the name of the cruise ship you were on? Some can only depart at low tide.

Norwegian Bliss under the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver - YouTubeBear, loved the Anson story. We use to call doing touch and goes "hit and runs".Laugh 

My neighbour flew A340s for Air Canada and would tell me about his training sessions. They would cut the engines on short final on him as part of it. He would come home and tell me that he put some serious pot holes in the runway last night.Laugh

I only buy stainless coffee pots now as the glass ones were never with me for long.Laugh I made many a pot of coffee holding the filter over a pot and pouring hot water through it with the kettle.

Well, time to go hop on the Deere for the front and poke around a bit in the garden. It is 22c right now, Perfect.

That guy is sure brave walking along there, it is 325' straight down.

Image may contain: bridge, sky, outdoor and waterAll the best to all.

 

 

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Posted by CNCharlie on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:20 PM

Good Afternoon,

Another nice fall day here but supposed to turn colder tomorrow. 

Ed, that is an amazing story about the Ansons. My Dad trained on Ansons. According to his flight log he flew 41 hours in them mostly at bases here in Manitoba. After Ansons he 'moved up' to training in Wellingtons. I have the pilots manual for a Wellington, marked 'Top Secret'.  

Thanks everyone for the well wishes about Robbie. Brent, I am aware of bloat. Although small dogs don't often get it we had one that did after the vet pumped his stomach full of gas during a teeth cleaning procedure. We had to rush the dog back to the vet and they rushed him in. They pushed a needle into his stomach. It sounded like the air going out of a football. No charge for that cleaning job. 

Well I think we are heading out to a park shortly to enjoy the weather.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:18 AM

York1
Of course, for me, everyday is coffee day.

I broke my coffee pot on Sunday, so yesterday I had no coffee. It was awful.

Amazon delivered my new coffee pot yesterday, and today it is all back to normal. Just in time for National Coffee Day apparently.

Coffee

-Kevin

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:16 AM

SeeYou190
I smell the coffee, Chloe, Please bring me a cup.

 

It's National Coffee Day in the U.S.

Of course, for me, everyday is coffee day.  I'll start on my third very large cup in a little while.

Ken, don't worry too much about your credit score.  You're doing the best thing by getting your debt paid off.  The credit score will follow along.  Congratulations on how far you've come.  It'll be a great feeling to get a credit card bill that says "$0.00" owed.

TF, there is a real neat bridge I've been to near Valentine, NE.  It's on the old Chicago and Northwestern Railroad line, which is now the Cowboy Trail.  Nice view from the middle, 148 feet above the Niobrara River.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 9:04 AM

Good morning, and Happy Tuesday.

I smell the coffee, Chloe, Please bring me a cup.

That is a fascinating flight story Ed. It is amazing what can be done if you keep a cool head and just deal with the situation.

-Kevin

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:18 AM

Frank has posted on this thread yesterday, my time.

I noticed that, too, Bear Big Smile Glad to see he is among us YesYesYesYes

 

Hey! They didn't teach us this at flight school!

 WhenAnsonLandsOnAnson1940 by Edmund, on Flickr

 

Eighty years ago today, over Brocklesby, New South Wales, these two RAAF Anson aircraft collided mid-air and jammed together. The pilot continued flying and sought a safe landing field and brought the two aircraft safely to earth! The collision stopped the engines of the upper Anson, but those of the machine underneath continued to run, allowing the aircraft to keep flying. Both navigators and the pilot of the lower Anson bailed out. The pilot of the upper Anson found that he was able to control the interlocked aircraft with his ailerons and flaps, and made an emergency landing in a nearby paddock. All four crewmen survived the incident, and the upper Anson was repaired and returned to flight service.

 

The locked aircraft slid 180 metres (200 yd) across the grass before coming to rest. As far as pilot Fuller was concerned, the touchdown was better than any he had made when practising circuits and bumps at Forest Hill airfield the previous day. His acting commanding officer, Squadron Leader Cooper, declared the choice of improvised runway "perfect", and the landing itself as a "wonderful effort".

 That is some cool and collected flying! You can read more about it HERE.

I hope everyone else is doing fine as well.

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by "JaBear" on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 3:08 AM

gmpullman
I was just looking at some of my semi-trucks and that made me think of Frank, Zstripe, He hasn't posted since the middle of August. Hope he's OK

Frank has posted on this thread yesterday, my time.

http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/88/t/284420.aspx

Coincidence or Not!!!!!AlienAlien

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:01 AM

Good evening .

TF .... Yes, blueberries are the best. .... That is quite a brdge you posted. 

Ken ... Glad your finances are improving. Also, you have not said much lately about not smoking, but that is a great accomplishment. 

Everybody .... Have a nice evening. 

GARRY

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Posted by cudaken on Monday, September 28, 2020 11:02 PM

 Eveing Diners!

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer please and Dirk and Robbie a dog treat.

 Charlie I am glad Robbie is in no pain and feeling good like a dog should. Hope is bomb is a dud!

 Frosted Mug of Beer boy that takes me back to my youth. I bet the last frosted mug of beer I had was 30 years ago! Did taste great.

 Work Front Had a pretty good day with $2770.00 is sales and I eeked out a extra $40.00. Better than nothing that is for darn sure.

 Credit Socre sure is hard to understand. My current Credit Karma score is 750. I have now paid off another $408.00 from my balances when it was 750. With the lower balances my score drops to 746? ConfusedConfusedWhistling I have used 20.38% of my credit line, I have to get down too 17.56% of credit line used too get back to 750? Whistling Oh well either way it a sold good score.

 In the last 8 months I have lower my CC debit by $3427.00. Not bad working part time!

 Later, Ken and Dirk says Woof, Woof Robbie!

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, September 28, 2020 10:30 PM

Heartland Division CB&Q

Good morning .... 

Coffee and a bowl of Total with blueberries on it, please. 

TF ..... I like Total . Dinner ...... and blueberries.

 

You got that straight Garry.

I love blueberries and when Judy makes pancakes and there isn't any blueberries, I tell her to forget itLaugh

We have a seasonal Farmers Market over by Flying Cloud Airport.  It's about a 20-minute Drive and not so overwhelming when we take the Mustang over there.

There's a lot of good stuff including the homemade beef sticks from their cattle. At 7 Bucks a pop for 5 I gobble them up like there's no tomorrow and it's getting to be a spendee thing but it's so worth it.

Thier blueberries were so good but they don't have them anymore and I was really bummed out.

 

Now I want blueberries on my rice Chex tomorrow and I don't have anyCrying

What are you going to do thoughLaugh

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, September 28, 2020 10:18 PM

Track fiddler
Hopefully he's okay and will chime in soon.

He was here a couple of weeks ago.

He only posted once in all of August, so he seems to be infrequent now.

-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, September 28, 2020 10:04 PM

PH

I must say I'm worried about Mike from Northern Wisconsin.

He was on my campfire wishlist when I was in Wisconsin and I haven't heard hide nor hair from him for quite a long time.

He cooks meat on his Weber using wood when he's out of Kingsford and had a 16×24 shed to build up at his cabin last time I heard from him here.

I've always really liked our friend Mike and miss him here.  I hope he's okay but haven't heard from him for quite a while.

Hopefully he's okay and will chime in soon.

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, September 28, 2020 9:45 PM

The endzones yes KevinLaugh

Apparently the Vikings visit those for a while during the beginning of the game but fail to visit them in the end.

But Kirk Cousins is definitely worth 80 million dollars a yearLaugh  I wish I could make money like that not quite finishing my jobIndifferent

I was so touched Bud Grant of the Minnesota Vikings was highlighted on the news media channel this morning.  He is 93 years old this year and he looks great for that age.  I only wish he was about 20 years younger and could be coaching us up here.

20 years ago my friend was doing landscaping for him and knocked a wood duck house off the tree and asked me to rebuild it for his customer.

I said no, I do not have time for such a small job until I found out it was Bud Grant's wood duck house and I went over there and fixed it for him and got to meet him personally.

I liked Bud.  He's down to earth people and a really easy going guyYes

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, September 28, 2020 9:29 PM

Track fiddler
Yes, the length of 26 football fields and 150 foot high

26 football fields would be 7,800 feet if you do not count the end zones.

Whistling

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, September 28, 2020 9:25 PM

CNCharlie
 

Glad to see T.F. made it back safely from the wilds up north. That would be south of me, but it's all relative. 

CN Charlie

LaughLaughLaugh

I could have and should have went a bit further up north ehYes

Even the band Rush said "Take off to the Great White North Take off it's the beauty way to go"

I should have listened and learned in my younger years Charlie.  One of these years I'm going to take off ehYesLaughWink

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Monday, September 28, 2020 8:10 PM

BATMAN
This is Vancouver's Stanley Park, donated to the city by Lord Stanley, the same guy that donated the Stanley Cup to the hockey world. The Park is 132 years old today. A seawall goes around the entire perimeter and it is one of the nicest 7 mile walks you will find in a city.

 

That is a great park!  It was on a tour of the city we took about 20 years ago, right before we left the city on a cruise.  My daughters loved the totem poles.

I believe our ship went under that bridge.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, September 28, 2020 8:06 PM

Post Hog!!!

Here's a picture of half a bridge.  The whole thing could not be fit into one picture unless anyone knows a guy with a higher helicopterLaugh

As a connoisseur of bridges this one has got me very fascinated and mesmerised lately!

Yes, the length of 26 football fields and 150 foot high!  Isn't she something? Indifferent  Perfectly straight but she fans out in the center of the structure so she doesn't tip over in high windsYes

 

Beautiful!   I couldn't have built that one better myselfLaugh

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, September 28, 2020 7:56 PM

You do sound like quite the Sportster Brent.  I do like my sports too and don't quite know how to think about the cardboard people in the audience and the fake cheers but I'll go with that for now.

I always loved cutting the grass.  The neighbors thought I was crazy because I had a riding lawn mower and I could only go about 10 ft Max in my backyard because of all the elaborate Landscaping,  how I remember it and miss it now just like my screen porch and my garage.

Please show the finished picture of your hard efforts of the tile project.  I remember you said you made your wife in charge of the groutingWhistlingLaughYes

As well I'm already looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  And I did appreciate that picture from Stanley of the bridge in the picture you posted and would like to see the other half of the bridge as wellHuh?Smile

 

 

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Posted by BATMAN on Monday, September 28, 2020 6:48 PM

Good afternoon from the Pacific Rim where it was a spectacular warm sunny day. The weather guessers say it will be sunny until further notice.

I cut the back grass and waiting for the kids to get through their online lectures to tackle the front. We probably have just over an acre in actual grass. I like cutting the grass a lot as it is my me time where I drift back to places like Tahiti and the beautiful inhabitants it has.

John, nice to hear of your budding football stars, it will give you something to look forward to. I loved playing football. Being skinny and fast I was wide receiver most of the time. Played baseball in my youth and as an adult played in a very competitive fastpitch softball league. I enjoyed basketball and of course hockey.

I coached kids baseball, teen girls softball and of course hockey and cherished every moment with those kids.

Plummeting down Whistler Mountain on skis as fast as I could possibly go was a big past time as well, along with mountain biking and golf. I can't do any of that anymore with my Arthritis but I do stay in top condition. 

Charlie, Robbie may fool you and be around for longer than you might expect. He could go instantly if the lump ruptures. Just feel him to make sure he doesn't bloat as that can be a painful end. If he can't keep his food down and his abdomen is hard I would get him to the vet pretty quick. 

Beer mugs in the freezer? Always.Beer 

We are starting to think about Christmas dinner as we usually have over 20 people. We are thinking we are going to bag it this year just to be safe. We have done Christmas dinner every year since we got married so it will be quite the change to have a quiet night. We will see what kind of shape the country is when the time comes.

Got the tile finished in the shower, just need to grout and that will be closer to finishing the worlds longest bathroom reno. 

Well, the kid asked if I wanted a Rum and Pepsi and the Stanley Cup is on, so I'll cut the front tomorrow. 

This is Vancouver's Stanley Park, donated to the city by Lord Stanley, the same guy that donated the Stanley Cup to the hockey world. The Park is 132 years old today. A seawall goes around the entire perimeter and it is one of the nicest 7 mile walks you will find in a city.

Time to warm up the tube and get my Rum.

All the best to all.

Brent

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, September 28, 2020 6:47 PM

Evening railroad fans

Good to hear from you all again.

Just trying to adjust to being back home after a wild week with my brother-in-law.  I always reserve two days off when I get back from vacation because vacation is a little harder on you than just the normal day to day life at home.

I slept in and graduated to the couch until about 11:30 today.  A little rest was good but I wasn't going to waste the other half of my day.

I decided since I need a mountain in both back corners of my layout I might as well start the one on the left I expand 2 1/2" out which was considerable and is working out well.

Boxy but good does not apply to a layout but I needed the start of the framework for a removable Mountain so I am always able to clean the track easily.  I have some ideas for rounding it out adding lots more foam and getting the Steep rock formations carved and building onto the top.

I would like to thank Overmod for that great Johnny Cash song on the other thread that I thoroughly enjoyed.  Nothing better than a good Johnny song and I never heard that one before.

After all, Johnny is The Railroad Man Of Music and always will be.  You don't have to listen too carefully to hear a simple beat sounding like a train in every one of his songs.

 

Peace and be safe guysSmile, Wink & GrinYes

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Monday, September 28, 2020 4:32 PM

Good afternoon, everyone.  It's nearly 5:00 p.m. Central, so I'll have an ice cold beer in the diner.

We just got home from time with family.

The highlight?  On Saturday, all three grandsons played in football games.  In the first game, one grandson played against the other grandson's team.  Then the youngest played the last game.

I can count on some NFL money when I am in the nursing home -- all three grandsons each scored a touchdown.

We returned home to very cool weather.  The good is that the high today is 63°.  The bad is that the wind is really kicking up all the pollen.

Have a good evening, everyone.

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Posted by CNCharlie on Monday, September 28, 2020 3:50 PM

Good Afternoon,

A cool day here, only 55F with a cool North wind. About normal for this time of year.

Ken, Robbie is feeling fine but the lump on his liver could be a bit of a time bomb. I am really afraid we won't have him for a long time. 

I bought an Athearn Heavyweight observation car in CP maroon on the 'bay'.  It was supposedly NIB and it must be over 20 years old as it was a U.S. produced model. I have replaced the trucks as they had metal and plastic wheels. I think I'll order one of the interiors some fellow is making on a 3D printer. It is something for the CP Hudson to drag around. 

Glad to see T.F. made it back safely from the wilds up north. That would be south of me, but it's all relative. 

CN Charlie

 

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