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The Big Aha!!!!

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Sadly Mary is struggling with health issues. To see the latest about her situation, click here
To view past blogs, scroll to the bottom of this page and use the menu.
I’m currently in my 24th year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click here

The Big Aha!!!!…

 

 

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 56.9 miles from Palm Desert, California to my mysterious destination… an oasis in the desert,  that I’ve hinted about in recent postings. For a short time longer, I’m going to remain unrevealing as to exactly where the motorhome is parked.

 

I’m doing so because I’ve had a lot of fun giving the mysterious location clues and I want to continue having more fun for a little while longer. Actually I have a couple of followers who are going slightly crazy themselves, being unable to identify the location from the provided clues. So more clues will follow until I either run out of clues or they figure out the location. 🙂

 

 

So far, the clues have revealed these facts about this mysterious destination…

  • 1) It gets really hot here in the summertime.
  • 2) It’s in California
  • 3) It’s a place of beautiful sunrises and sunsets
  • 4) It’s an oasis… an island in the desert…
  • 5) It’s in Riverside County
  • 6) the elevation is 722 feet according to Google earth
  • 7) the population was 204 in 2010 according to Wikipedia
  • 8) It’s 62.9 miles to the nearest Costco

 

 

 

And here’s another clue #9… It’s 52.3 miles to the nearest Walmart.

 

 

And here’s a bonus clue #10… Remember I’m an Ex-Engineer, which means read the clues carefully!  🙂

 

 

 

Now, all that remains to be disclosed is the mysterious destination location and the WHY I came here.

 

I’m wondering if any of you have figured out that the WHY, is a WOMAN!

 

So, that is the BIG AHA!

 

It’s truly hard even for me to believe, that for the first time in 36 years, I’m going to be living full-time with a WOMAN!

 

The other really big news is because I’m starting a new life with this woman, that after 3,713 postings in 3,686 days, this will be the LAST BLOG using the otrwjam wordpress address.

 

That means as of tomorrow morning if you desire to continue following our new life adventures, you will need to go to your URL address box after 7 AM (PDT) and enter the new blog site address of… or come back and click this link…

http://osclb.wordpress.com

 

 

By going to that address, the first blog will explain all! I hope you will be joining us as she is a most unique gal and there will be LOTS of adventures and laughter!

 

In the meantime, here’s my usual parking location photos, which also provide clue #11… there is a lake here. The lake has also been visible in several of the photos shown so far.

 

 

 

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view…

 

 

 

 

Entering the oasis…

 

 

 

My parking spot through the front windshield…

 

 

 

 

the usual dinette window photo…

 

 

 

 

And a side shot from from the patio…

 

 

 

 

Also here’s a Google earth image showing my location. The motorhome location is shown as a yellow marker…

 

 

 

 

 

The first breakfast… all Keto… yummy…

 

 

 

 

The first supper… smothered pork chops…all Keto… yummy…

 

 

 

Here’s another big clue of what awaits you…

In the new blog site my new lady and I will use the pseudonyms of…

Brucie Bulldog and Rosie Eliza Looney! Let the fun begin!!!!

 

See you there or be square! 🙂

PS: don’t forget the new address you must enter in your URL address box after 7 AM is… or come back and click this link…

http://osclb.wordpress.com

 

 

See you tomorrow on the new site! Oh what to heck… here’s another clue…

osclb are the initials of our new blog site…

Our Slightly Crazy Looney Bin!

 

 

PPS: For those who wish to continue following Mary, my former travel companion, you may do so by going to her personal blog site at… https://marysramblins.blogspot.com/

(You will note her last post is dated March 24, 2018. In my recent visit to her home she indicated to me that she hopes to resume publishing in the near future.)

 

I hope you enjoyed the photo.

Forecast for today is sunny and 84 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

 

united-states-mappalm-desert

 

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

2

My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

DSC040481b

On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2019

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Bakersfield To Acton, California

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Sadly Mary is struggling with health issues. To see the latest about her situation, click here
To view past blogs, scroll to the bottom of this page and use the menu.
I’m currently in my 24th year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click here

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 106 miles from Bakersfield to Acton, California. I’m scheduled to depart here October 13th.

 

 

 

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

 

 

 

I arrived safely at Thousand Trails Soledad Canyon RV Resort…

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My parking spot…

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And the usual dinette window photo…

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I am a mere 196 miles from my mysterious destination location which I’m scheduled to arrive October 14th.  🙂

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Forecast for today is sunny and 65 degrees with high wind warnings… 30 to 40 sustained with gusts to 75 until 3 PM Friday!

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

united-states-map-actom

 

 

 

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

2

My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

DSC040481b

On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2019

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5 Days From Today…

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Sadly Mary is struggling with health issues. To see the latest about her situation, click here
To view past blogs, scroll to the bottom of this page and use the menu.
I’m currently in my 24th year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click here

The motorhome is parked at Moose Club #2178 in Bakersfield, California. I’ll depart here later this morning.

 

 

 

In the past few months I’ve indicated my 50+ year RVing life is changing. In my humble opinion, just like the world and the United States in general, not for the good.

 

 

 

5 days ago, I published my last blog posting on this topic. In case you missed it, here’s the link…

 

 

I’ve also indicated that on October 14th, I’m scheduled to arrive at a mystery location. A place my motorhome has never been to before. In addition, many other surprising changes await me there!

 

I’ve been having some fun offering clues about my mystery destination. My location here in Bakersfield, California has me a mere 293 miles distant, waiting out hopefully lower temperatures.  🙂

 

 

So far the clues have revealed about this mysterious destination…

  • It gets really hot there in the summertime.
  • It’s in California
  • It’s a place of beautiful sunrises
  • It’s an oasis… an island in the desert…
  • It’s in Riverside County

 

Here’s today’s really big clue… The elevation is 722 feet according to Google earth.

 

 

 

I’ve shown several beautiful sunrises as seen in photos provided by a friend. They also have some beautiful sunsets like the one seen in this photo provided by the same friend…

 

 

 

 

 

 

More clues and other changes coming soon!  🙂

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photo.

Forecast for today is sunny and 74 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

united-states-mapBakersfield

 

 

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

2

My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

DSC040481b

On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2019

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Manteca To Bakersfield, California

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Sadly Mary is struggling with health issues. To see the latest about her situation, click here
To view past blogs, scroll to the bottom of this page and use the menu.
I’m currently in my 24th year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click here

Yesterday, I drove the 232 miles from Manteca to Bakersfield, California with no problems. Lots of traffic, 18-wheelers and idiotic drivers! That plus the numerous rough and beat-up patches of roadway made for a tiring and tense drive.

 

Arriving in Bakersfield I parked at Moose Club #2178. I have parked here on my way south for a number of years. A nice 30 amp electric hookup here allows me to have an extra enjoyable stay.

 

Normally I only stay one night, but since I have the time and temperatures are a little on the warm side, this time I’ll stay for two nights and rest after the tiring drive.

 

It’s a very active and friendly club and I always enjoy a great Taco Tuesday. Large and tasty taco salad for only $3. I’ll enjoy the salad and some nice conversation this afternoon like I always do here.

 

 

 

 

 

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

 

 

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As usual, the view from the dinette window…

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I’ll depart here tomorrow morning.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Forecast for today is sunny and 87 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

united-states-mapBakersfield

 

 

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

2

My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

DSC040481b

On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2019

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Central America Trip #91

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Sadly Mary is struggling with health issues. To see the latest about her situation, click here
To view past blogs, scroll to the bottom of this page and use the menu.
I’m currently in my 24th year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click here

The motorhome is parked at Thousand trails turtle Beach RV Resort in Manteca, California. I’m scheduled to depart here later this morning.

 

 

 

 

 

Today… A trip down memory lane!

 

 

 

2004 Central America trip…

This trip ended up being 343 days and 16,000+ miles through the back-country of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 11 rigs started the trip, within a week we broke into three smaller groups for ease of traveling. Only myself and one other rig went the full, pre-planned route. All the others dropped out for various reasons. All returned safely to the United States. I’m planning to show these photos, more or less, 10 a day, whenever I’m not doing something else deserving a blog entry. FINALLY, it must be remembered these photos are prior to my switching to digital in 2006. The films were developed during our trip and the lack of quality control sometimes is plainly evident.

 

Today…Mexico (north-bound) 16…

 

 

 

 

The motorhome is in Oaxaca, awaiting a new engine. I had no idea that it would take two months. In the meantime we explore Oaxaca, one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. In our two months there…we got to know it well…

 

 

Another day trip in the Bronco, this time to the village of San Antonio Arrazola where alejibras (mythical animals) are made from copal wood…

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A small church in one of the prettiest and cleanest villages of the trip…

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Rather plain in comparison to others we’ve seen…

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Music is everywhere in Mexico…

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This 12 piece band played traditional Banda music…

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Here’s my trip website link…http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 

Forecast for today is sunny and 88 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

 

 

 

 

united-states-mapmanteca

 

 

 

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

2

My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

DSC040481b

On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2019

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Central America Trip #90

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Sadly Mary is struggling with health issues. To see the latest about her situation, click here
To view past blogs, scroll to the bottom of this page and use the menu.
I’m currently in my 24th year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click here

The motorhome is parked at Thousand trails turtle Beach RV Resort in Manteca, California. I’m scheduled to depart here tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

Today… A trip down memory lane!

 

 

 

2004 Central America trip…

This trip ended up being 343 days and 16,000+ miles through the back-country of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 11 rigs started the trip, within a week we broke into three smaller groups for ease of traveling. Only myself and one other rig went the full, pre-planned route. All the others dropped out for various reasons. All returned safely to the United States. I’m planning to show these photos, more or less, 10 a day, whenever I’m not doing something else deserving a blog entry. FINALLY, it must be remembered these photos are prior to my switching to digital in 2006. The films were developed during our trip and the lack of quality control sometimes is plainly evident.

 

Today…Mexico (north-bound) 15…

 

 

 

 

The motorhome is in Oaxaca, awaiting a new engine. I had no idea that it would take two months. In the meantime we explore Oaxaca, one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. In our two months there…we got to know it well…

 

Another day trip in the Bronco, this time to the village of El Tule…

 

 

 

 

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

 

 

Where we saw another church…

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And also, reputedly the world’s largest tree estimated at 2,000 years old. It’s about 189 feet around at the base and weighs an estimated 550 tons. It’s so big I had to attach two side-by-side photos to show it all at one time…

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A different view of the tree…

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Back in Oaxaca, this pretty little Mexican girl is already working at her mother’s eatery…

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Another helper…

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Another church…

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These gals are practicing their dance for tonight’s fiesta…

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Another curio shop…

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There are no billboards in Mexico. Most signs are painted on walls…

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Here’s my trip website link…http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 

Forecast for today is sunny and 85 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

 

 

 

 

united-states-mapmanteca

 

 

 

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

2

My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

DSC040481b

On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2019

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