Friday, November 30, 2001
There Goes The Sun..
For those a little out of the loop, that subject line might not make too much sense. It's a reference to the sad passing of George Harrison. I knew he was ill and there were "widely exaggerated rumours" this past summer that he didn't have too much longer to live, but I was still shocked when I heard it on the radio this morning. For some bizarre reason I did not check the news online like I normally do while eating breakfast. I think I have The Beatles "1" album in my car, so I'm going to have to dig it out and listen while driving home today. Hm. And to think I was merrily singing along with that album last week on the way to work. Another one that won't get to see 64.
No Power Point, No Cry
My power point class was cancelled. I was the only one that signed up. Oh the vicious sadness! Not really. Mark says I may as well do a tutorial on it with our I.S. staff. I dig that a whole lot more. Now I'm scheming what I can do with these next two Saturdays. Part of me would like to stop back home next weekend to catch up with the friends I missed over Thanksgiving. Don't know if that's realistic, but I would definitely take Matt this time if he was up to it. For this weekend, I'd really like to see that exhibit in Buffalo on French Impressionism/French Music at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. There's also an authentic Irish pub on Franklin Street I'd like to go to. I have a feeling I'd be able to convince Matt to do that at least. Oh the possibilities!!
Record Snow-less Winter
I may not live in Buffalo, but I do take note of the fact that this November was the first ever in its history to not feature snow! That's pretty amazing when you consider that last year was the snowiest November on record for Buffalo. Still nary a snowflake here other than that snowfall we got in October. In fact, we had a quick, wicked storm line run through the county during the noon hour today. It was real still before it hit, but you could see the swirling clouds moving fast. Sheets of rain fell without notice and some thunder grumbled through. Very quick. I just want a white Christmas at this point. Hell be damned with the ski resorts! Oops.. I'm not supposed to say un-tourist minded stuff like that. Shame on me! *heh*
Wednesday, November 28, 2001
Rain in November
We should consider ourselves very lucky here in Chautauqua County. The whole month of November passed with pretty much nary a snowflake. Out west and up in Minnesota didn't fare as well. Of course, that depends on who you're talking to. Out in the Rockies they received some 8 feet of snow. No joke. The skiers and ski resorts were in their glory. Then, over 28 inches fell in Minnesota and parts of Michigan. One guy had to wade through waist-high snow just to get to his truck. So as I look out on green grass and falling rain, I do feel a bit thankful that things are mild here. Ask me that question again on Friday when we're supposed to have heavy rain and I might have a different response.
Power Point Class
I will be attending a power point class this Saturday for 4 hours and the next Saturday as well. Mark wants me to have a good working knowledge of it so he can use me instead of information services whenever he wants a presentation done in pps. My mom taught me some good basics for the program. In fact, she probably could teach me everything I need to know about powerpoint. I think that's pretty cool. My mom teaches other teachers in the Rochester City School district how to use power point. Only reason I'm doing it at Jamestown Community College is because I get reimbursed for it, it's a lot closer and I'll hopefully have some sort of documentation at the end of the class to prove I was there.
Tomorrow is Matt's birthday. He'll be 29 on the 29th. Drop over to his blog and email him a birthday wish *winks* Now, if we subscribed to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, we could write to this lady who publishes a column of bits and pieces of human interest. One of the things she does is publish that so-and-so will be this age on this date (6 on the 6th, 29 on the 29th etc.). My parents used to tease me that they would write her when it came time for me to turn 22 on October 22nd. Never happened. I wouldn't have been home to see it anyway (was still at Buffalo State College).
Tuesday, November 27, 2001
As it happens, Matt reads my blog. We ended up talking even more about my homesickness and whatnot. Via email as it would be, but still talking about it. It comes to this:
I miss Rochester, the places that are there, and the friends that are there. The friends won't always be there. Like me, they will pack up and leave or find other things that occupy them. Even the places I love won't always be there as the market falls and rises. I can only hope that Java's will still be around when I'm 30 *grins*
The person I love is Matt. I convinced him (I think) that I have no plans to go scurrying home. That honestly, I'd miss the people here in Chautauqua too much to leave just yet and that he's stuck with me, like it or not.
Part of what's driving the current nervousness is the uncertainty to whether Matt will have a job at the end of the year. City Council members are getting stupid with how they're planning budget cuts or tax hikes and that may result in some lay-offs. I was furious when I heard who was driving the lay-off plan last night. None other than our councilman who we tried to help to help get re-elected. He lost by his own doing and now seems willing to take others down with him through no fault of their own. Needless to say, I'm mostly angry and sad because Matt has worked so hard this past year at this job. He also worked hard this past election to get new people on council that have brains and the will to actually work with the Mayor occassionally. It could still turn out ok, but I'm not holding my breath too much.
Sometimes all of the above gets a little heady thinking about it.
I've been delivering the most recent Summit Reports around the County. It's taken me into town and village halls and libraries I've never seen. There is a mystical country out there. It's funny to realize I live in it, or very close to it at least.
One particular view that sticks in my head is the church in the village of Sinclairville. I think the style is white clapboard, but it seemed a little fancier than that.
Ok, if you have photoshop or some other photo altering program than I highly suggest you help Matt B. with a makeover of his hair and glasses. I had to laugh since I recognized most of the pictures. Good Times. Since I don't have photoshop, I'm reccommending that Matt just get a trim.. not short like the Morrissey haircut he had about two years ago, but a nice, healthy trim. Yup.
Monday, November 26, 2001
The Holiday Season
It's officially the holiday season. I would have liked to start putting up my Christmas decorations, but actually finishing un-packing the rest of our stuff will happen first (I hope!).
The visit home was nice. Most of the weekend was like hanging out with my high school. That's only because I saw a group of people I haven't had time to spend with lately. At one point, classes 1991 through 1996 (excluding 1992) were represented at the Stenzel's apartment. Funny stuff. Probably the most rabble-rousing thing I did was go see Eleven Foot Seven at Milestones. They weren't that great, but it was cool to get out. I did stop at Java's on the way over to the concert. Garret K. was there, visiting, serving coffee, etc. I still laugh when I think of how skinny he was when I trained him to be a DJ at WIRQ. He's all buff now.. although still lean.
Results of Being Home
The only problem with going home is that I miss it. Matt hates when I get home from Rochester because I'm all emotional about leaving my friends and family. We talked about that a bit on Saturday. I guess he's afraid that I'll decide I can't stand not being there and up and leave for a job there, leaving him in Jamestown. That doesn't mean I'd leave him leave him, but we probably wouldn't be able to be together for a period while he looked for a job up in Rochester as well. It's a potential conflict for us. He sees all the opportunity that could be afforded to us here in Chautauqua due to our connections, while I just want to be closer to home with the potential for bigger opportunities in a bigger market. Maybe I'm just nuts and not appreciative enough of what I have here. You could say I'm worried about what happens in 4 years when Mark's term ends. That's assuming he doesn't run for another office or get appointed to a higher position somewhere away from here. A huge downer in politics for those that want to stay in the same area, yet work for an upwardly mobile boss. I'm fairly certain that Mark will go far, or at least be given the opportunity to go other places.
New Home Update
I know this is silly, but I'm excited about getting Matt's twin bed put together. The sheets and comforter he had on there were so 80's, so I bought a new fitted sheet and top sheet and put a full-size comforter (white) on it instead. The guest bedroom looks so much better! I also put up a curtain (still need a better curtain rod to go through the cord loops on top of the curtain) to cover the window. It's amazing what a little fabric in a room will do. Fabric, who knew?!? Sorry, I have to quote Christopher Lowell sometimes. And to think I was watching him all the way back when he did Interior Motives.
Matt put together his dining room table and set up against the windows with the matching chairs. Just a little more work and things will be beautiful :-)
Wednesday, November 21, 2001
More on Kosova
I decided to do a little Internet surfing to learn more about Kosova and Gjakova yesterday. What I found was this report detailing what happened before the U.S. and other countries stepped in to try to resolve the conflict. It's not reading for those with a weak stomach. You'd think you were reading a report of something from World War II detailing German atrocities towards the Jews. But this was just a few years ago. In some ways, it makes the attacks on September 11th pale in comparison. I know that won't sit well with some people.
Matt and I talked about it during dinner last night. He said that Sam (Jamestown's mayor) was talking about how there were some turnovers in this past election and the city council was going to re-organize the first of the year. The Mayor of Gjakova said they went through something similar several years ago except they had to re-organize a city council because all the council members had been killed. All this information is still taking awhile to sink in. The crazy thing is when you look at pictures on-line of Gjakova or other cities in Kosova, you wouldn't know that bombings had caused wide destruction. The people in those communities worked very hard the past two years to re-build their homes and businesses. Currently, the government is parliamentary even though the Mayor of Gjakova would eventually like to see a democracy. It just wouldn't work right now. The other scary thing is this: if President Bush pulls U.S. Troops out of the Balkans to fight in Afghanistan, the chances that all the work done to rebuild Kosova in terms of structure of government going backwards is great. Pretty grim in fact.
Drive Out Today
The weather forecast improved for my journey home for the holidays. I'm pumped up about going back to Rochester. I'm going to miss seeing Anne and Sean Thanksgiving evening since they will be out of town, but I'm hoping to see some friends tonight. It's one of the biggest bar nights all year (unfortunately), but I'll put up with that to hang out.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, you have to go look at pictures from Matt B.'s Red Neck/White Trash Thanksgiving Party. I laughed my ass off at some of them, mostly because of what people were wearing. Ok, specifically, what Matt and Aaron S. were wearing. I wrote comments under those pictures if you can find them *grins* Oh, note: you'll have to sign up to Ofoto to look at the pictures, but it's cool and all. Especially since it's affiliated with Kodak.
Quiet Day at Work
Ok, so I'm using company time to write for my blog. I would normally feel guilty about that if it weren't for the fact that it's been so quiet this week. Yesterday we received probably about 5 phone calls. Nothing really work related either. It's days like this that I actually attempt to do the crossword in the paper.
Tuesday, November 20, 2001
Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone
I have a new favourite movie. Not that you all weren't expecting that! Matt and I went to a matinee at Tinsletown on Saturday along with a horde of other people in Erie, PA. I could have done without the mindless adverts, but at least some of the previews were ok. My eyes were glued to the trailer for The Lord of the Rings. That looks like one exciting movie! Unfortunately, I probably will be hiding behind Matt during parts of it. I'm not one for scary stuff.
Harry Potter itself was great! There were parts I was surprised were not in there (the potions part at the end), but I did like how they re-worked the scenes with Norbert the Dragon to fit the allotted movie time. My favourite part at the moment would be the Quidditch match. I've been curious to how that would play out and I really did enjoy it. Plus, the guy who plays Oliver Wood is hot. *heh* There were times I thought I was going to cry. That's only because I was so happy to finally see the movie. Then there times I cried a little because it was so sad, like the scene where Harry finds the Mirror of Erised *sighs* I think if I had seen the movie alone I would have just bawled. But good stuff all in all. Hoping to see it again if I have time.
Dinner with Officials from Gjakova, Kosova
Friday night I got to have dinner with the Mayor of Gjakova, the new Sister City of Jamestown. The city of Gjakova, not the mayor. I'll provide a quick link to Matt's blog so you can get some background. It's easier than me explaining all the details.
Dinner was a lot of fun. I didn't really know what to expect. I knew the three people that were visiting really didn't know a lot of English, but their Mayor was really patriotic. Towards the United States I mean. It was a strange feeling, knowing that the Mayor of a foreign country is probably more patriotic than most of the Americans you run into on a daily basis.
Matt and I sat at the head table with the officials and Mayor Teresi. The main dinner course was lamb. Now, I don't mind lamb when it's in stuff.. like.. um.. well, I think I had it in a gyro once. It's fine that way, but served as a piece of meat by itself isn't too exciting for me. That's ok, I ate it anyway. There was plenty of homemade wine passed around. I passed in general (see past entry on holiday trip). Both Mayors made several speeches, and then the singing began. A couple of the ladies who live in Jamestown, but still know some Albanian, started singing some traditional songs. Pretty soon, everyone who knew the songs was singing. It was like being in the middle of a National Geographic special. I almost expected to see a N.G. journalist furiously scribbling away in the corner as he/she observed the party. I mentioned to Matt that it was too bad we didn't have any songs to sing. Almost a minute later we all stood up, held hands and sang "God Bless America." What a moment!
Matt and I will probably end up going to Gjakova this spring sometime. I don't know if I'm going for sure, but I hope to. I feel it's important to understand this culture and what they all have gone through these past few years (and more).
I will be going home to Rochester again for the holiday weekend. Don't expect too much in blogging during that time, although I will be coming back to Jamestown on Saturday. I really do love this time period of Thanksgiving until New Year's day. It just seems warmer and much cheerier. All the decorations and whatnot probably help. My favourite way to kick it all off is to watch the Macy's Day Parade. I insist on seeing Santa Claus at the end, no matter what I'm up to that day (have had to work some Thanksgivings). To me that signifies the true start to the Christmas season. I must admit that I do have a lot of my gifts bought already. That's cool though. It allows me to concentrate on other stuff like getting the house together, putting up decorations, and then finally.. making fudge and peanut brittle. The latter is really my most unfavourite part of it all, but people would miss it if I didn't do it. Plus, it's an easy gift.
So if I don't write again on this before.. Have a Great Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 15, 2001
Ok.. I'm not.. I repeat not salivating over the thought that I will get to see Harry Potter and The Sorceror's Stone this weekend. I did not rush home to call the movie theatre on the sheer hope that they were releasing the movie early (only because the sign already said it was showing in theatres 1 and 6). Um... I'm losing this one. Matt and I plan to see the movie Saturday in Erie, PA at Tinsletown. The screens are big and the sound is good.. oh yeah, and the seats are good too. We're going to do some holiday shopping while we're out there too. I have to do something adult-like!
Phew! What a Week!
This is the week that won't quit. I thought life was supposed to get easy after elections. I haven't had a regular work day yet in terms of going in at 9am and then leaving at 5pm. That's ok. I'm using the comp hours I'm adding up to take off the day after Thanksgiving. At least that it is my plan *hehe* I hope it succeeds because I would love to get together with Sean and Anne. Every year since 1994 (minus last year), Sean and I have gotten together Thanksgiving evening for coffee. One of those nice traditions. My relatives think I'm nuts since we all gorge ourselves during the day.. so why the hell would you want to go out for coffee?? Well, back then.. it was a matter of just getting out of the house *winks* I also haven't seen Sean and Anne since who knows when. I think this summer when they came to visit was the last time.. or was it back in September?? Hmmm.. I honestly don't remember. That's ok.
We had the first ever Ag Summit here in Chautauqua County today. I got to go. Whoopee. There were some interesting bits, but since I'm not in agribusiness or agritourism some of it just went over my head or I was plain bored out of my skull. I spent an hour (at least) thinking about the Fall quarter of my freshman year in college. You know.. one of those if-I-knew-what-I-know-now-I-would-have-dumped-so-and-so-flat-on-his-ass kind of things. *grins* Some quick background: my boyfriend broke up with me.. because he liked my best friend.. but didn't tell me that when he dumped me flat on my ass.. my best friend did. *grins* It's really funny now to think about. They ended up dating for 4 years or so. It was cool. The funny part is that he and I were able to hang out and I didn't have the urge to tear out his eyeballs. Well.. aside from the first couple months he and my friend started dating. Can you tell I'm a forgiving soul?
Wednesday, November 14, 2001
Ten Minutes Later...
Fixed it.. had to go in.. save all my customizations in my template and then "choose a new template" which was really just choosing my old template again and plugging in the code I knew was ok. *sighs* Ah well. So much for my playing with my blog! *heh*
Ok.. I'm working on this blog.. I got rid of my "comments" and accidentally erased my date code. Bleh. Now I've spent way too much time this evening re-installing the code.. trying to figure out why the hell I have double posts and god knows what else. Any help?? *Grins*
Tuesday, November 13, 2001
BACK TO THE GRIND
I'm back at work now after a few days off. The weekend was really nice although I could have stood for a few more days off. Here's the breakdown:
Matt and I left just after 10 AM and headed out on I-86. The weather improved quite a bit as we drove East. Sunny skies is a joyous thing to see in November. We stopped in Corning to eat lunch at the Market Street Brewing Company. I had the MSBC Cream Soup. It had artichokes in it and the cream base was flavoured with lemon and rosemary. Very delicious and not overly heavy like some creamed soups can be. Matt had a hamburger of some sort *rolls eyes* I bought two gifts from The Lost Angel for my Aunts Carol and Ginny there.
When we arrived at the Seneca Lake Watch Bed & Breakfast, no one was there but a key was taped to the door. We let ourselves in and checked out the place. Very nice! It was the perfect Victorian house and just about what you dream a bed and breakfast should be. My only complaint is that I would prefer a tub in the bathroom rather than a shower stall.
After dropping off our stuff, we headed out to some of the wineries. In a quick two hours we hit Atwater, Liedenfrost, the Red Newt and Wagner. Needless to say, I was quite tipsy by the final tasting. I'm just a horrible lightweight and the fact that most places were filling the wine glass one-third of the way up didn't help! Fortunately, I was still able to enjoy our dinner at the Red Newt. I had pork medalions with cranberries, garlic smashed potatoes and a broccoli/cauliflower mix. Dessert was pumpkin mousse wrapped in a crepe with a sweet sauce on top. That was incredibly light and wonderful :-) We collapsed at the B&B after that.. watching tv and reading. That night I didn't feel all too well, but it passed.
Saturday's breakfast was warmed pears and rasberries stewed in their own juices, homemade pumpkin bread, and homemade cinnamin swirled French toast with two sausage links. I know I'm getting a little much with the food, but since I don't cook for myself too much.. I love it when other people cook for me! We decided to forego the wineries for the day and instead hit the Watkins Glen Gorge trail. I hadn't been there since 1989, but still found it utterly breath-taking. Lots of Kodak film was used up there.
Lunch was served at The StoneCat Cafe. Both Matt and I had the smoked pulled pork sandwich with dill coleslaw. Our waittress suggested a little known spot to see a nice waterfall, so we took off for there. You have to go down a winding road, almost into Seneca Lake, and then park in a gravel parking lot to the side. After you follow a trail, you end up hopping from stone to stone in this creek bed. After you turn a corner, a 20-foot waterfall comes into view. I guess when it's warmer, people climb one side of it and follow the creek to another, larger waterfall. Since it was still a bit cool out, we decided against it. Plus, we were having more fun watching this couple play fetch with their dog Sarah.
Our third waterfall for the day was the Taughannock Falls (I think that's how it's spelled). This is closer to Ithaca and these falls, while not impressive in volume, are 30 some feet taller than Niagara Falls. Well, blow me down! I've seen them before, but Matt hadn't. Still cool.
Saturday is a long day. If you can believe this, we then went to Ithaca and wandered around the Commons. Ithaca isn't one of my favourite places anymore. I decided the area had too much attitude and was not quite as open-minded as it likes to think it is. Believe me, the vibe was very judgemental. We had hot chocolate at some cafe and I decided that the only way I was going to make it to the evening was to take a nap. We returned to the b&b and did just that! Dinner was at DeClemente's in Corning. A kind of a hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant that was actually nice and cozy inside. I had an overflowing plate of rigatoni (of which another meal still sits in my refrigerator even after eating some more yesterday) and Matt had Chicken Parm. Good stuff! We walked around for a tic and then got coffee at the Soul-Full Cup. Happiness!
Breakfast was a brown sugar baked grapefruit, banana/walnut bread and a baked egg/bacon thing with salsa on top. A side of toast and 2 tomato slices accompanied this. Next came packing and checking out. We made a last winery stop at Fox Run Vineyards and actually tasted some wine (at 11am) and bought some as well. We then drove up to Waterloo and hit the Outlets. I bought a new teapot and a black woolen pea coat from London Fog. I can't explain the happiness there! I've always wanted a pea coat, but they're so expensive. The outlet price (and actually earning a living wage) helped make this purchase possible. *sighs happily*
We had coffee and danish with my parents as we talked about our trip at their/my home. Dinner was pulled pork (again) and creme brulee. My dad has a small blow torch and had fun trying to caramalize the brown sugar on top of the pudding *heh* After watching some television and talking on the phone with Matt B., we went to Cibon (new coffeehouse in Rochester on Park Ave. where Tivoli's used to be). It's a really nice place! I like it a lot more than Tivoli's and part of that is partly due to the decor. You can tell that the current owner of Java's also owns this place. They also have sit-down service. Quite a rarity in coffeehouses.. at least in Rochester. Matt thought it was a bit close (crowded feeling), but I think that's some of its charm. It was also nice to spend time with my parents.
My dad made his famous blueberry pancakes and we all lounged around that morning. Lunch was at Bill Gray's. Man.. I miss their hamburgers! Matt and I then took off. I crashed hard when we got home, but at least that helped facilitate watching the new season of Absolutely Fabulous! It doesn't seem as funny as it used to be. Maybe I just have been away from it for too long. We'll see how it goes in coming episodes.
That's about all! Super long post, but that's what I've been up to!
Thursday, November 08, 2001
Note #1: I will be out of town until Monday night. That means no new blogs unless I start foaming at the mouth due to lack of being able to check my email or my daily blogs.
Note #2: I should have plenty to say when I get back since I will be wining, dining, and hiking the weekend away around Seneca Lake and later in Rochester (time allowing).
Note #3: I have no f**kin' clue why my comments are "locked." I don't feel like investigating at the moment although I did read the BlogBack page. Anyone who wishes to assist me in this can email me about it. Ok.
Note #4: I bought Gordon Korman's Don't Care High on-line today. Most of his really good books are out of print. More on that later when I think about it.
Note #5: Anymore notes and I should have just made this a regular blog entry. To hell with that! I'm going on vacation! Woo-hoo!!
Note #6: Ok.. really done now. Have a great weekend y'all!
Wednesday, November 07, 2001
Even the unofficial votes have us winning. Thank God. By 1,700 votes. For complete election results (pre-absentee ballot count), go to Vote-Chautauqua. I know plenty of people that watched that site last night instead of freaking out with the rest of us at Headquarters as results trickled in. I'm serious about people getting freaked. There's still two legislative districts that are up in the air. It's looking good for our side though.
On a personal note, I did get a little emotional when Mark told me he had won for sure. I almost burst into tears and Mark had to give me a hug just to let me know it was cool. Goes to show just how nervous I was about stuff. The turn-out was pretty low and we have all sorts of theories about why that was. Oh well.
Friday Matt and I take off on our mini-holiday. I simply can't wait :-) 4 Days Away From Here.
Monday, November 05, 2001
EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS! VOTE IN ELECTIONS TODAY!!! (TUESDAY)
Ok, so I'm a few minutes away from Tuesday, but I had to get your attention somehow.
I don't care if it's just some "local races," everyone should get out to vote. If you don't know anything about the candidates.. ask someone.. go to the library and read some old newspapers.. go on-line if they have a website. Be observant in general!! I cannot stress how important it is for people to go out and vote. Sure, it's fun to vote for President, but when it comes down to how your life is and where you live.. it's the local elected officials that make the difference. Trust me.. I've been seeing everyday proof of that for over 2 years now.
This will be my first "political" election. The previous two years I've sat up at the radio station, waiting for results to come in. This will be the first year I'll be able to be with the candidates to celebrate or comfort them in their victories/defeats. *grins* For some it might be comforting them in their victories *laughs* Nah.. most of our candidates are really cool and I will be so excited if some of them can pull off a win tomorrow/Tuesday night.
If you don't hear from me in a day or two.. I'm either off celebrating or whatever. I'll try to blog again before heading off for the Finger Lakes.
Friday, November 02, 2001
I was looking at my new id for work and realized I look not too different from my license picture. Ok, that may sound silly, but you have to understand that my driver's license picture is the original (from when I turned 16). I'm now 25 and apparently, haven't changed all too much. I look like myself still *rolls eyes* Ok, that is silly. I was just amazed by this fact.. like I thought I had turned into some kind of different person. Is this a sign of a person who is in need of a vacation? I think so!
Speaking of vacations..
I have reservations for Matt and I at the Seneca Lake Watch Bed and Breakfast for next weekend. I'm pretty sure that's the name. At any rate, I'm looking forward to the trip. I haven't been down around the Watkins Glen area for several years. I think the last time was on Veteran's Day my senior year in college. I went with my parents and had a great time going around to their favourite wineries. Unfortunately, the trip was marred when we were rear-ended by an old fellow who fell asleep at the wheel. Only injuries were stiff backs for me and my parents. Oh, and a hurt car too. I'll have to tell you all about this year's trip when we get back.
Thursday, November 01, 2001
There was a strange ticking sound outside our house all last night. I have yet to determine what it was. It sounded like a big clock. Hopefully nothing goes kaboom! any time soon.
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