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A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs & replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

B) Tag 8 people to do this quiz & those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by & cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by. Continue this game by sending it to other people.

01. What's the last TV show you saw?
Um... Grey's Anatomy, sadly... it's such a terrible show because everyone sleeps with everyone, and it's so irritating.

02. What are you wearing at the moment?
A blue plaid thing..

03. Have you lost any friends recently? Why?
Not recently...

04. What is your favorite scent?
Pumpkin spice or apples and cinnamon.

05. What is your favorite drink?
Juice... I love juice.

06. What do you drink the most?
hmm... I try to drink water the most

07. What is your favorite restaurant?
I love the Olive Garden.

08. What will you be doing after finishing this?
Waiting for Jason to come home.

09. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A doctor

10. Your favorite romantic movie?
I hate romantic movies... but if i had to choose, I like "You've Got Mail"

11. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
I love Lindy! She's so nice, and she's so helpful in answering whatever questions I have about pregnancy :)

12. What are you afraid of?
Spiders... i hate them. I scream and run away.

13. What's your favorite item of clothing?
Hmm... do sandals count? I love sandals and I hate shoes, though i have to wear them like 6 months out of the year in Michigan.

14. What time do you usually go to bed?
Whenever... I don't usually sleep well.

15. What's the meaning behind your LJ username/name/nicknames you go by?
It's my last name with my first initial.

I don't think anyone else will do this, so yeah... have fun if you want!
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Ok, I just have to say this only because it's funny. Nothing against Joe Biden or whatever, but this is just funny. Watch this video clip, it's very short. Take note of what he is saying on how a president demonstrates that he knows what he's talking about. And perhaps you don't remember history that well, but I sat there after this comment and was extremely confused because in my history book, FDR was not the president during the stock market crash (1929), and he did not get on TV because TVs, though they were invented, were not broadcasting until the late 1930s. Just wondering if Biden Tivoed FDRs address that night... lol. It's an honest mistake, I know. It's just funny. We all say things like this, so I'm not saying he is dumb or anything, it's just humorous that he is trying to make a point about how a leader demonstrates that he knows what he's talking about when two seconds later he uses an example that flops. Again, this is nothing against him personally, it's just humorous...
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1. Bold the shows you've watched every episode of
2. Italic the shows you've seen at least one episode of
3. Post your answers

50. Quantum Leap 
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City

45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers

40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python's Flying Circus
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek NG
36. Father Ted

35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI: Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood

30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf

25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office
22. The Shield
21. Angel

20. Blackadder
19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development
17. South Park
16. Doctor Who (new version)

15. Heroes
14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica (new version)
12. Family Guy
11. Seinfeld

10. Spaced
09. The X-Files
08. The Wire
07. Friends
06. House (haha, I added this one in)

05. Lost
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons
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American Revolutionary War (1775-1783): 25,000
Quasi-War (1798-1800): 20
Barbary Wars (1801-1815): 35
Northwest Indian War (1785-1795): 1,221
War of 1812 (1812-1815): 20,000
First Seminole War (1817-1818): 30
Black Hawk War (1832): 60
Second Seminole War (1835-1842): 1,500
Mexican-American War (1846-1848): 13,283
Third Seminole War (1855-1858): 26
Civil War (1861-1865): 625,000
Indian Wars (1865-1898): 919
Korean Expedition (1871): 3
Spanish-American War (1898): 2,446
Phillipine War (1898-1902): 4,196
Boxer Rebellion (1900-1901): 37
Mexican Revolution (1914-1919): 35
Occupation of Haiti (1915-1934): 146
World War I (1917-1918): 116,516
Northern Russia Expedition (1918-1920): 424
US Occupation of Nicaragua (1927-1933): 48
World War II (1941-1945): 405,399
Cold War (1950-1955): 32
Bay of Pigs Invasion (1961): 4
Vietnam War (1957-1973): 58,209
Invasion of Dominican Republic (1965-1966): 13
El Salvador Civil War (1980-1992): 20
Beiruit Deployment (1982-1984): 6
Persian Gulf Escorts (1987-1988): 39
Invasion of Grenada (1983): 19
Invasion of Panama (1989): 40
Gulf War (1990-1991): 299
Somalia (1992-1993): 43
Haiti (1994-1995): 4
Bosnian War (c 1995): 12
Kosovo (1999): 2
Afghanistan (2001-present): 521 (may not reflect current totals)
Iraq War (2003-present): 4,414 (as of 06/16/08)
TOTAL CASUALTIES:1,280,021 (since 1775)

Pearl Harbor Death Toll: 2,348
September 11 Death Toll: 2,752
(Totals to 5100-4414 for Iraq War = 686 more people killed on American Soil (from Pearl Harbor and 9/11) than in the Iraq War)

I find it interesting that everyone is so gung ho about getting our troops home to be safe. I feel horrible for the families that have lost loved ones, honestly I do. However, here is another interesting fact:

From 2003-2008 (since the start of the Iraq War, that's only FIVE YEARS), 6.5 MILLION CHILDREN have been MURDERED from ABORTION.

Totals of all the wars of the country (and I'm sure there are more that wasn't listed in the chart, it would only increase by a thousand or so at most) is about 1.3 MILLION in 233 years. A difference of
5.2 MILLION in only 5 years.

Those same people who want our troops home will support, fund, and have abortions without thinking anything of it. Those same people who support, fund, and have abortions will wave signs outside a court room against the death penalty for murderers, rapists, etc. 

In 2003 ALONE there was 1.25 million abortions... and 1.3 million deaths in war since 1775. That is INCREDIBLY REDICULOUS.

Since Roe vs. Wade (1973), there have been 48.5 million abortions... and these figures are only REPORTED abortions. 

STOP THE WAR????????????
STOP ABORTION!

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You know how sometimes people on your friend's list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when are they working THERE? Since when are they dating HIM/HER? since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you *should* already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.
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Please copy mine below, erase my answers putting yours in their place then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration! One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out :)

1. First Name: Jessie

2. Age: 23

3. Location: Midland, Michigan

4. Occupation: Working for Hollywood Entertainment

5. Partner?: Jason. We've been married for one year (well, we will be on Monday). I love him so much!

6. Kids: None yet. Perhaps next year or the following year.

7. Brothers/Sisters: I have one sister, Bobbi. She's 35. She's been married for quite a few years to her husband Matt. She has two children, Matt (10) and Mackenzi (6). I also have one brother, Chad. He's 33 and has been married to Kristy for... almost 9 years I believe. They have two children Kaylie (8) and Corbin (7). Jason has like 2 brothers and two sisters, so I have quite a few in-laws as well.

8. Pets: 2 cats. We have two cats, Hugh and Laurie who are a little over 1 year old. We took their mom in before she got pregnant for them. We kept a boy and a girl. We also have a bunny, Jake. He's a cute bunny. All of our pets are black and white.

9. List the 3-5 biggest things going on in your life:
1.) I'm switching jobs, but will still work for the same company.
2.) I'm going back to school in September.
3.) I'm taking a course for medical transcription.
4.) Our first year anniversary is coming up.
5.) Jason totaled his car a few weeks ago, so we're getting a different one.

10) Where and for what did you go to school for?:
I go to school at Saginaw Valley State University for their pre-med program. Then I'll transfer to some med school somewhere eventually.

11) Parents?
Floyd and Carla. They've been married for 32 years. My dad will be turning the big 6-0 this year, and my mom is going to be 52 (yes, they are 8 years apart). I have amazing parents, though.

12) Who are some of your closest friends?:
Jason is my best friend, honestly. We're so busy most of the time we can't do a lot of stuff with other couples, so we keep each other company. When we actually have time, we hang out with Betsy and Kenny (who are getting married next month), my friend Kadie, and my friend Meghann.
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So... my cat Chunkers has this really REALLY weird obsession with the refrigerator. We have never fed him food straight from the fridge, but he just will come running and stick his whole body into the fridge so I can't shut the door. It doesn't matter where he is, whether he is eating his cat food or a treat or anything else. It's just weird. Then when I close the door, he gets all sad and just stares at it. I'm sure he sees us getting food from the fridge, but we don't just feed him from it. When I open the door, I can guarantee I hear a little bell coming toward me. It's funny but strange.

He sticks his whole body in (he doesn't stand in there, he just stands on the floor and sticks his face in) and just sits there. Sometime he will sniff, but most of the time he just stands there. We have it pretty cool in our apartment, so it's not like he's too warm. He's just strange.

Anyway, thought I would say that.
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So, we're once again in trouble with Jason's family. See... apparently my sister-in-law sent an e-mail telling all the dates for April/May. We received NOTHING, and I get my email sent to my phone every day. So does Jason. Well, now we're in trouble because last weekend there was a birthday party that no one told us about. We went, but were late. His other sister acted like I was a horrible person for not checking the email that I was supposed to get. NOTHING. Now, today we find out there is a graduation party for his brother Jon. We weren't told last week... we weren't emailed about it. But supposedly we WERE. When people tell me things, I put them right into my calendar on my phone so I know the dates and times. NOTHING IN MY PHONE WHATSOEVER. We were just at Jason's parents' house Thursday, too, and nothing was told to us. I even mentioned that I had Saturday and Sunday off to relax and they said nothing. Now, we have plans for tonight, and they are angry and his mom keeps hanging up on us because we knew NOTHING ABOUT IT and we're tired of canceling plans all the time because his family doesn't want to inform us of anything. Ever. I cannot count on my hands the number of times we've had to cancel plans because of a last minute family event they never told us about.

It's incredibly hard to be patient sometimes.
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So, I feel kind of bad for something, but then again, I don't. A guy has been coming into my work for the past few months, and he was kind of annoying, but I was as nice as possible to him. Apparently too nice. He started coming in ALL the time, talking to me, trying to convert me to Catholicism. Then it just got weird. He started commenting on how "beautiful" my eyes were and stuff. Like... every single time he saw me. He would say that I was his "favorite." That "there's just something about you, and I don't know what it is." Then it got really weird. He came in last night, and since he notices EVERYTHING about me, I told him that I was surprised that he didn't notice my freckles on my face from tanning (I was being sarcastic when I said it). He said that I didn't need to worry about that because "you're a very well-figured woman, and when men come in, they don't notice your face, they notice something else." WEIRD. CREEPY. "So your freckles are the least of your worries. i'm Catholic so I can't dwell on that stuff, but I'm not dead, I notice."

This guy is like... 53 and creepy. So, I don't like being at work at night because he ALWAYS comes in. And he doesn't leave for a like an hour.
Then before he said that about me, he walked in and said, "Now I know what kind of car you drive so I know when you're working..." Weird.

Anyway, I told my manager what he said, and he said that he was a creepy old man who preys on younger, vulnerable women. He even mentioned a couple weeks ago (before I said anything to anyone) that (since he saw his receipt) I could just call the cops if I want him to leave. I didn't because I felt bad. My manager said that I needed to tell him to leave because it was sexual harrassment, and that I need to tell him that he isn't allowed to come back. I didn't want to because he could decide to go REALLY creepy and try to get back at me.

So, Jason came and sat with me all night tonight at work so he wouldn't come in and freak me out. And Ryan next door was there, too, so I knew I would be fine. Well, he came in. Anna was outside washing down the windows (it was so beautiful outside!!!). Anyway, Jason went next door (you can walk from my store into the next store without going outside) and told Ryan (Ryan or Anna was going to tell him that he wasn't not allowed to shop at GC anymore), then Ryan walked outside and told Anna. After he (creepy guy) walked out, Anna walked by the door and confirmed that it was the right guy, then ran after him and said he wasn't allowed to come to GC anymore. He, of course, asked why, and Anna just told him that there were some inappropriate comments made and that was all he needed to know. Then Jason stayed until work was over and came home with me. He didn't like the fact that this guy was saying that kind of stuff to me, either. And he's even talked with the guy, so it's not like he didn't know him or anything.

I feel bad that we asked him no to come back to the store, but I am relieved a bit. I tried hiding in the back when he came in because I felt incredibly uncomfortable with him. The only problem was that I close most nights by myself, so yeah... a little hard to ignore the other customers.

Anyway, what are your thoughts on that. Did I just overreact? Was what he was saying inappropriate? He would NEVER say stuff when other customers were there, he would just wait until they left. I am just afraid he is going to call or come back in or something... no idea. He just gives me the creeps. Now the guys next door are going to watch me at night to make sure I get to my car alright and stuff...

Anyway, so that was my night... lol...
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The Early Spring 50 Degrees in Southern States:

It's a cold front passing through. Windows are closed up. Long sleeves, possibly sweatshirts are worn with long pants. Car windows are rolled up. Children go outside with jackets and jeans to play, or don't go outside to play at all. People eat inside and make soup/chili and tend to stay outside for very short periods of time. People wonder when the warm weather will come back.

50 Degrees in Michigan:

A heat wave! All windows in the house are open. People wear shorts/t-shirts. They grill steak and hamburgers outside. Car windows are down and sunroofs are open. Children are allowed to go outside and play because "we're not sure how long this weather will last". People want to leave work early to enjoy "the beautiful day" outside. People wonder how long the warm weather will last.

Haha, when you have 6 long months of freezing cold weather, anything above 40 feels warm! On the flip side, when you hardly ever get weather below 60, it's freezing when it's 50. I just find it funny.

Anyway, it's supposed to be in the 50s for the next 10 days!!!!! Woohoo! In fact, on Sunday, it's supposed to be 60 degrees. It will be the warmest day we have had since October. (Weird Indian Summer, we call it up here, when the fall is anywhere above 70 degrees.)

Today is supposed to be a high of 54, tomorrow 52, Saturday 59, Sunday 60, Monday and Tuesday 54, Wednesday 50, Thursday 58, Friday 56, Saturday 53.

Those numbers never looked better :) Haha, and my southern friends probably think I'm crazy!
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fractured or broke my wrist today. not fun hurts like heck. of course its my right hand so i cant write or put my hair up or do much...

anyway... no one comments much anymore.
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Please watch this video. Even if you ARE saved. I know it's a bit lengthy, but if you think you are saved because you "said a prayer" once, but live a worldly lifestyle, please listen to this. It's 58 minutes, yes, but what if these 58 minutes cause you to REALLY examine yourself and you realize that you were a false Christian... one who professes that Jesus is Lord, but lives like the rest of the world.

This gentleman's name is Paul Washer. This is a powerful message he gave to 5,000 youth members at a conference.

You can hate me for posting this all you want, but please know that I love each and everyone who reads this, even if I do not know you personally, and I only ask that you have a humble heart and put aside your church "traditions" and listen to the Word of God.

EXAMINE YOURSELF! Don't think you're a Christian because you act like the "Christian" in the pew next to you. Don't think you're a Christian because you said a prayer. Don't think you're a Christian because your pastor says you're a Christian. Don't think you're a Christian because you wear Jesus t-shirts.

EXAMINE YOURSELF WITH THE WORD OF GOD. Not with your church doctrine or your church traditions. And not by your pastor or your youth group... what if they're not saved?

The Bible says REPEATEDLY that not everyone who claims Jesus is Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven... no good tree will produce bad fruit and no bad tree will produce good fruit... narrow is the way and narrow is the gate...

STOP BLASPHEMING MY FATHER IN HEAVEN BY MAKING FALSE DOCTRINES BE THE CENTER OF CHRISTIANITY! The Christianity of today (in the "happy" churches especially) is NOT the Christianity of the Bible. Christianity of today says that if you say a prayer, you're saved. Or if your pastor says you're saved, you're saved. NO WHERE IN THE BIBLE DOES IT SAY THAT YOU SAY A PRAYER TO BE SAVED. How often did Jesus walk up to people and say, "Just receive me into your heart and you'll go to heaven." NONE.

But he did say this. REPENT and BELIEVE IN ME. REPENT. REPENT. REPENT. That is what the Christianity of the Bible teaches.

Without REPENTANCE there is NO SALVATION. Want to call me a heretic for saying that??? Go ahead. You just called the Jesus you worship a heretic because those words were from HIS mouth (Luke 13:3,5).

STOP LIVING LIKE THE WORLD. STOP MAKING GAY MARRIAGE OK. STOP MAKING ABORTION OK. STOP MAKING PREMARITAL SEX OK. STOP MAKING LYING OK. STOP MAKING STEALING OK. STOP MAKING THE EVIL OF THE WORLD OK!!! STOP COMPROMISING THE WORD OF GOD TO MAKE IT SUIT YOUR PLEASURES! STOP IT ALL... AND READ THE BIBLE!!!!

Mr. Paul Washer...

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So, does anyone out there keep a budget?

I'm really anal when it comes to setting up budget spreadsheets. We use the OS Linux (we strongly dislike Windows). So, through their FREE software OpenOffice (which is also available one Windows... it's like Microsoft Office except it's free and better). In OpenOffice they have this system called Calc. It's the free version of Microsoft Excel. I have made myself spreadsheets with crazy mathematical formulas... :)

Do you know anyone who would like to have free budgeting tools? I have a series of spreadsheets they can use that I will send free with all of the calculations set and everything. The only thing they would have to do literally is put in numbers. The numbers that they put in would automatically be calculated in other areas of the sheets.

For example, I have a weekly expenditure sheet and a monthly expenditure sheet. The monthly expenditure sheet shows a monthly total while the weekly one shows the weekly total. When you enter a value in the weekly sheet, it will automatically bring up the monthly total in that category (Utilities - Electric, for example).

It's kind of confusing to explain. Budgeting is not just for poor people who live paycheck to paycheck! And I think a lot of people think that.

Do you know where your money goes each month? Even small expenses can get you (like laundry detergent, bottle of pop, snacks, etc.).

I'm offering this out of the goodness of my heart as we are called to be good stewards of our money. These charts will help you keep track of EVERYTHING! And once I figure out how to use their pie charts, I will include those, too.

So, if you would better like to organize your funds or maybe just keep yourself to a budget (with a little bit of flexibility), please contact me via email at jessica.roberson@gmail.com.

I had these sheets all finished on my other OS, but when we installed Linux, I forgot to save them, so I'm in the process of starting over again, so I should have them by tomorrow night. I will also include a user's manual so you can better understand the way the charts work.

Just contact me!
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I am not perfect, and there are many things the Lord is working with me on, so please do not take this post as me saying I do everything right. I do not. I fall short consistently. I get frustrated daily because I struggle to do what is right in God's sight, but no matter how hard I try, I consistently fail.

I'm a little frustrated because I am consistently seeing a lot of "Christians" (more talking about people I see and hear face to face, but I guess it would work either way) and the sense of foul language that I hear coming from them. So, here's a test for you, if you are a Christian, to maybe take for yourself (you don't need to post a comment or anything, but just answer to yourself) about cursing. The Bible speaks against this kind of stuff. Do you do it often?

How often do you say, "G-d!" or "Oh my G-d" or any other phrase using the Lord's name to express disgust? That is called blasphemy, and it's against the 4th Commandment.

Do you use words regularly that are worldly words that express disgust, maybe toward a person or yourself? Do you say them only when you're angry? We are called to be different from the world.

Do you refer to people as horrible words? No matter what a person has done, this shouldn't be happening. Even though Christ Himself was being beaten and bruised for our iniquities, He still said, "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do." Have you been beaten? Have you been abused? Have you been wronged? Has someone taken something of yours? Lead by Christ's example and forgive them, as He forgave those who beat him to the point of being unrecognizable. Do not curse them or want bad things to happen to them.

It doesn't matter how often you say them at all, as a Christian, we shouldn't. This is all worldly stuff that I would normally overlook because that is how people act when they ARE NOT SAVED. Of course I am concerned about them! However, didn't we all act that way before we were saved? If I hear an unsaved person utter my Father's name in vain, I get offended, yes, but I do not freak out on them because THEY ARE NOT SAVED AND THAT IS HOW THE WORLD ACTS. Forgive them, share the gospel with them, then move on.

However as a Christian, we need to discern between professing Christians and Christians. Jesus said that a "good tree does not produce bad fruit." What kind of fruit are you producing? Are you producing godly fruit? Fruit that is patient, kind, biblical, honest, etc., or are you a professing Christian who curses God or His creation and agrees with/or partakes in worldly issues (abortion, gay marriage, anti-war, anti-troops, pre-marital sex, etc). Jesus said that those producing BAD FRUIT will be cut down and thrown into the lake of fire.

What kind of tree (Christian) are you?

We all stumble, of course. But sinning and getting frustrated because of it and making a commitment to not do that again and just sinning and REFUSING to repent are two COMPLETELY different things. When you do the latter, you're just happy living in your sins and don't care at all. Your attitude may be, "Oh, I'm forgiven. I know I am." Don't be too sure of yourself.

As Christians, when we sin, we get completely frustrated with ourselves. As a "professing Christian" (I was one for 6 years) we sin and don't really care about it because "Oh, I'll go to heaven because Christ died on a cross." Yes, He did, but we must REPENT. The words straight from Christ's mouth were repent or perish (Luke 13:3,5). One or the other.

Christianity is not an al'e carte (sorry, I don't know how to spell that) religion. You CANNOT choose to agree with one thing and not agree with the other. You cannot agree with premarital sex and abortion, but disagree with homosexuality and bestiality. (By the way, thoughts of sexual relations with anyone other than your SPOUSE, premarital sex, marital unfaithfulness, bestiality, homosexuality, etc., are all against the seventh commandment... marriage is defined as one man (husband) and one woman (wife)... anything else outside of THAT (marital union) are wrong). So, if you are having any kind of sexual relation that is not with your spouse, remember, it is adultery.

Christianity means that you agree with EVERYTHING in the Bible, and get your TRUTH from there. And then you FOLLOW what it says. I'm tired of the professing Christians who think that it's okay for people to live together before marriage, have sex before marriage, have abortions, be homosexuals, etc. It is NOT. Time changes, but the BIBLE AND GOD DO NOT! My husband actually listened to a radio show where a "pastor" called in and said that we should be accepting toward abortion and gay marriage because the times are changing and we need to accept everyone. WHAT?! His source of truth is from the world?

REPENT OR PERISH. Which do you prefer?
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Warning: Please DO NOT read if you are pro-choice... it might offend you Collapse )

Oh, and Jason needs to ask me a question... lol, please remind me. I'm watching something on TV and I want to listen to it, I told him I'd write it down... lol
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