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Official Free Republic Network "Freeps Ahoy" Cruise After Action Report (WHOTCSOTC)
NA ^ | June 8, 2003 | Seeking the Truth

Posted on 06/07/2003 12:58:54 PM PDT by Seeking the truth

The FRN "Freeps Ahoy" Cruise aboard the Carnival Cruise Triumph arrived back in Miami this morning.

No SARS, No Norwalk, No Terrorism - just a hell of a lot of fun, food and sun!

As the first cruiser back at his computer, I have the honor of starting this thread and posting the above pic, which was taken at the foot of the staircase descending into the "London Room", which was the dining room each evening for our Freeper Contingent.

Front Row (left to right): Judy (Qwert's wife), Jean (friend of Bush_Democrat), Eileen (BobFromNJ's wife), MinuteGal, Bahbah, Hoosiermama

Second Row: Lisa, Utah Girl, Bush_Democrat, Apple Pan Dowdy, Bizzy Bugz

Third Row: Verily, The Shrew, FRBI (STT's wife), diotima, Strela

Fourth Row: Edomaden, Dennis (friend of Bush_Democrat), Colonel Jim, Seeking the Truth, BobJ, Sheryl (Dale Reed's wife), Sarah (Interesting Times' wife)

Top Row: Mike (Bush_Democrat's husband), BobFromNJ, Dale Reed, Interesting Times

Missing From Photo: Qwert, Sharktrager, Mycroft Holmes & spouse Marisa, Principle Over Politics & spouse Judy and lurkers Elaine & Cindy, Sharktrager's brother John & Win.

I've gone over the name tag list and the notes of this group photo. I hope I didn't leave anyone out.


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KEYWORDS: carnivalcruise; cruise; freepsahoy; frn; frnetwork; triumph
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As other "Freeps Ahoy" Cruisers return home, they will be adding to this thread. Pictures? There are thousands of them!

Wait to you see your fellow Freepers frolicking with the Sting Rays! the Mayan ruins, Duns River Falls ... etc.

1 posted on 06/07/2003 12:58:54 PM PDT by Seeking the truth
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To: Seeking the truth
Cool stuff.

Wish I could afford to go on one of these things.

Who came up with the BOS (Big Ol' Sign)?
2 posted on 06/07/2003 1:02:11 PM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: Utah Girl; MinuteGal; dalereed; Bahbah; Apple Pan Dowdy; Bizzy Bugz; strela; The Shrew; ...
Ping......
3 posted on 06/07/2003 1:02:36 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I'm going on the FRN Cruise - How about you? - Details at www.Freerepublic.net)
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To: martin_fierro
Start saving now! Man, did we eat good!

The sign is BobJ's I believe. We did this during Thursday nights dinner, so a bunch of other folks in the dining room got to see us real up close & personal.

The more Freepers the better!
4 posted on 06/07/2003 1:05:13 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I'm going on the FRN Cruise - How about you? - Details at www.Freerepublic.net)
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To: Seeking the truth
How'd you get all those good looking women to hold the sign?
5 posted on 06/07/2003 1:08:06 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Seeking the truth
Y'all left without me!!!

Sorry I couldn't join ya this time around.
6 posted on 06/07/2003 1:14:05 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: Drango
We plied them with rum for a whole week. Then, we sicced "The Shrew" on them - or maybe, it was Stela. I can't remember.
7 posted on 06/07/2003 1:15:26 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I'm going on the FRN Cruise - How about you? - Details at www.Freerepublic.net)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
We missed you too! The good thing is that there will be a next time!
8 posted on 06/07/2003 1:16:54 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I'm going on the FRN Cruise - How about you? - Details at www.Freerepublic.net)
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To: Seeking the truth
WHOTCSOTC = ???
9 posted on 06/07/2003 1:17:03 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: CounterCounterCulture; Seeking the truth; dittomom; Guenevere
Sorry I couldn't join ya this time around.

Me, too!

10 posted on 06/07/2003 1:18:19 PM PDT by Molly Pitcher (Is Reality Optional?)
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To: Seeking the truth

WHOTCSOTC

11 posted on 06/07/2003 1:20:04 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I went on the FRN Cruise for the 2nd time! Y'all don't miss the 3rd, ya hear?)
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To: Seeking the truth
They were in good shape before you guys went there! Now you've ruined them. Can't take you anywhere (sheesh) ;-)
12 posted on 06/07/2003 1:20:22 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: Seeking the truth; strela; Interesting Times
I am sitting in the Red Carpet Club at Dulles International Airport and will be unable to defend myself for several hours and wanted to pre-emptively strike this thread!

The cruise was simply a blast! I didn't get email, phone messages, late night frantic customer calls, or read the news for an entire week! It was great.

I did run (On an elliptical trainer!) about 40 miles this week - which hopefuly will counterbalance some excellent food - and managed to thoroughly enjoy myself. Best tan I've had in 30 years!

I must say that the Freeper ladies are indeed stunning, intelligent and charming. I intend to use that photo to refute future efforts to characterize Freepers as angry white men!

It was a pleasure to dine with you and your lovely wife!

Regards,

TS

13 posted on 06/07/2003 1:24:03 PM PDT by The Shrew (Radio Free Republic = The New NPR!)
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To: Seeking the truth; Jim Robinson
Great cruise thread title! WHOTCSOTC!

You just remember that when you want to start posting with that huge Irish grin of yours items about your fellow conservatives!

Jim, I would petition the chairman to add the above acronym to the official Freeper Lexicon! Your troops represented you well and many new freepers from various walks of life were brought into the fold this week! Someone might consider posting a welcome newcomer thread at some point this weekend. The above photo was taken in front of about 600 people! They were all buzzing about the well dressed people who talked politics and seemed to be having a blast! Not an angry liberal in the bunch!

Regards,

TS

14 posted on 06/07/2003 1:30:25 PM PDT by The Shrew (Radio Free Republic = The New NPR!)
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To: The Shrew
Wow! Then you missed our takeover of both Canada and France. They were glorious victories! (kidding)
15 posted on 06/07/2003 1:31:23 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: The Shrew
Dittos, Shrew.

The missus is already sound asleep. Nothing like a week long Freeper cruise for rest & relaxation! HAR!
16 posted on 06/07/2003 1:35:01 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I went on the FRN Cruise for the 2nd time! Y'all don't miss the 3rd, ya hear?)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
We actually cruised with a member of the Canadian Air Force as well as a number of US Armed Forces Service men/women on leave. They were impressed by the Freepers and we had a great time!

Regards,

TS

17 posted on 06/07/2003 1:36:10 PM PDT by The Shrew (Radio Free Republic = The New NPR!)
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To: The Shrew
It's so true that we all did a great job of "Recruiting" during the cruise; especially, as we seemed to close down the Piano Bar every night!
18 posted on 06/07/2003 1:39:39 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I went on the FRN Cruise for the 2nd time! Y'all don't miss the 3rd, ya hear?)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
I didn't get email, phone messages, late night frantic customer calls, or read the news for an entire week!

Wow! Then you missed......

No, I missed so much that my Email - usually only has email in it for a week! So, when I just opened it up to last 7 days! It was empty! Scared me good!

Lots to catch up on!

Regards,

TS

19 posted on 06/07/2003 1:40:25 PM PDT by The Shrew (Radio Free Republic = The New NPR!)
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To: Molly Pitcher
Start planning for FRN Cruise #3!
20 posted on 06/07/2003 1:41:27 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I went on the FRN Cruise for the 2nd time! Y'all don't miss the 3rd, ya hear?)
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To: Seeking the truth
Well, off to the connecting flight! Don't be telling any stories about me! I have a radio show to retaliate with y'know!

;-)

TS

21 posted on 06/07/2003 1:42:21 PM PDT by The Shrew (Radio Free Republic = The New NPR!)
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To: The Shrew
Congratulations and welcome home! Sounds like y'all had a great cruise.
22 posted on 06/07/2003 1:43:21 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (FReepers are the GReatest!!)
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To: The Shrew
(and the rest of us are green with envy).
23 posted on 06/07/2003 1:43:48 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (FReepers are the GReatest!!)
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To: Jim Robinson
It's good to be back in the good ole USA!

We did good. No one ended up in the hoosegow or the brig!

24 posted on 06/07/2003 1:48:23 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I went on the FRN Cruise for the 2nd time! Y'all don't miss the 3rd, ya hear?)
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To: The Shrew
Mum's the word.

Do you think your workout buddy, Alphonse, the fire dancer, will be checking into FR to see what it is?
25 posted on 06/07/2003 1:50:58 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I went on the FRN Cruise for the 2nd time! Y'all don't miss the 3rd, ya hear?)
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To: Seeking the truth; The Shrew
How cool! Glad you had a great time...maybe we can join you next year...looking forward to more reports!
26 posted on 06/07/2003 1:51:43 PM PDT by dutchess (God bless our FR friends...)
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To: Seeking the truth; The Shrew
I must add...what a fine looking group you are! Makes me proud!
27 posted on 06/07/2003 1:53:34 PM PDT by dutchess (God bless our FR friends...)
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To: Seeking the truth

28 posted on 06/07/2003 1:57:05 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rob: I have a five letter word: F-R-E-E-P. Freep. Jerry: Freep? What's that? -Dick Van Dyke Show)
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To: dutchess
Hope you can make it next time!

Here's a photo report from the "Feed the Sting Ray Excursion"

I took this as our boat was reaching the "feeding area"

It was a bit disconcerting to see some 80 (60 female/the big ones & 20 males/smaller but happy) swarm to where the humans will be gathering.

The guides told us to shuffle our feet so that we don't step on them. That's when they sting you. Otherwise, just hold the squid in your hand with thumb inside your fist and let the sting ray "suck" it out of your hand....right!


29 posted on 06/07/2003 2:13:54 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I went on the FRN Cruise for the 2nd time! Y'all don't miss the 3rd, ya hear?)
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To: lowbridge
Good one, LB
30 posted on 06/07/2003 2:16:13 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I went on the FRN Cruise for the 2nd time! Y'all don't miss the 3rd, ya hear?)
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To: Seeking the truth
The guides told us to shuffle our feet so that we don't step on them. That's when they sting you. Otherwise, just hold the squid in your hand with thumb inside your fist and let the sting ray "suck" it out of your hand....right!

I think I'll pass on that one LOL!
31 posted on 06/07/2003 2:26:58 PM PDT by dutchess (God bless our FR friends...)
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To: Seeking the truth
We have done this on a previous cruise. It's a great experience. Do you remember which company ran the stingray boat? Was it Don Foster's Dive Shop?
32 posted on 06/07/2003 2:28:41 PM PDT by Trust but Verify
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To: dutchess
No, you'd love it. You cannot imagine how warm and clear the water is. And the rays are beautiful. Nothing to fear.
33 posted on 06/07/2003 2:29:32 PM PDT by Trust but Verify
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To: Trust but Verify
Kirk Sea Tours

stingpix@candw.ky

FYI - Carnival charges $40, Kirk will charge someone direct only $ 20
34 posted on 06/07/2003 2:32:29 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I went on the FRN Cruise for the 2nd time! Y'all don't miss the 3rd, ya hear?)
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To: diotima

35 posted on 06/07/2003 2:36:57 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Seeking the truth
Thanks. Fun, wasn't it? I'll really have to look into the next FReeper cruise. My problem is, when I get it in my head to go on one, I want to go NOW!!! The last one we went on we booked less than 2 weeks ahead of time.
36 posted on 06/07/2003 2:37:23 PM PDT by Trust but Verify
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To: dutchess
Here's an up close & personal photo. My wife, "FRBI", and I are petting this stingray. The tour folks say they have been doing this for over 20 years now and the rays are very used to humans.


37 posted on 06/07/2003 2:41:03 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I went on the FRN Cruise for the 2nd time! Y'all don't miss the 3rd, ya hear?)
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To: Trust but Verify
I'll really have to look into the next FReeper cruise

That's music to our ears! This is our second and we'll be there for the next one too.

38 posted on 06/07/2003 2:43:34 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I went on the FRN Cruise for the 2nd time! Y'all don't miss the 3rd, ya hear?)
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To: Seeking the truth; diotima; Bob J; All
Ahoy and welcome home FRNners!
You look great!

39 posted on 06/07/2003 2:44:30 PM PDT by Libertina (How will the RATS overcome the "flightsuit" advantage ? LOL)
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To: Seeking the truth
Oh how neat...and what a beautiful couple you make! I bet you all are going through a little "FR cruise" withdrawal...(I certainly felt it after the MarchforJustice and a few other freeps. Looking forward to more pictures, reports etc.!
40 posted on 06/07/2003 2:48:31 PM PDT by dutchess (God bless our FR friends...)
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To: Seeking the truth
What a great picture! I'm green with envy.

Here's an idea for the theme of the next FReeper cruise:

Spend Your Tax Cut Cruise!

We can invite VP Cheney, who cast the winning vote for us!!!

41 posted on 06/07/2003 2:50:50 PM PDT by Trust but Verify
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To: Seeking the truth
well, one of these days I guess...(sigh)...
42 posted on 06/07/2003 2:52:25 PM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: Seeking the truth
Damn I am soooooooooo sleepy.
43 posted on 06/07/2003 3:12:12 PM PDT by sharktrager (There are 2 kids of people in this world: people with loaded guns and people who dig.)
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To: Seeking the truth
...but i am finally sober.
44 posted on 06/07/2003 3:16:03 PM PDT by sharktrager (There are 2 kids of people in this world: people with loaded guns and people who dig.)
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To: Seeking the truth
...and, as far as I know, I have no outstanding foreign warrants
45 posted on 06/07/2003 3:17:29 PM PDT by sharktrager (There are 2 kids of people in this world: people with loaded guns and people who dig.)
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To: sharktrager
BTW, some talent scout was asking about your Enemem performance!
46 posted on 06/07/2003 3:21:22 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (I went on the FRN Cruise for the 2nd time! Y'all don't miss the 3rd, ya hear?)
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To: Seeking the truth
suuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeee
47 posted on 06/07/2003 3:38:00 PM PDT by sharktrager (There are 2 kids of people in this world: people with loaded guns and people who dig.)
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To: Seeking the truth
Have you ever been hated, or discriminated against? I have.
I've been protested and demonstrated against.
Picket signs for my wicked rhymes, look at the times,
Sick is the mind, of the mother xxxxxx' kid thats behind.
All this commotion, emotions, run deep as oceans explodin',
Tempers flarin' from parents, just blow him off and keep goin'.
Not takin nothin' from noone give 'em hell as long as I'm breathin'.
Keep kicking ass in the mornin' and taking names in the evenin'.
Leave 'em with the taste of sourest vinegar in their mouth.
See they can trigger me, but they'll never figure me out.
Look at me now, I'll bet your probably sick of me now.
Aint you mama? I'ma make you look so ridiculous now.

I'm sorry Mama.
I never meant to hurt you.
I never meant to make you cry,
But tonight, I'm cleaning out my closet.

One more time.

I said I'm sorry Mama.
I never meant to hurt you.
I never meant to make you cry,
But tonight, I'm cleaning out my closet.

I got some skeletons in my closet, and I don't know if noone knows it.
So before they throw me inside my coffin and close it, I'ma expose it.
I'll take you back to '73, before I ever had a multi-platinum selling CD.
I was a baby, maybe I was just a couple a months.
My xxxxxx father must had his panties up in a bunch,
'Cause he split. I wonder if he even kissed me good-bye.
No I don't, on second thought I just xxxxxx wished he would die.
I look at Hayley, and I couldn't picture leavin' her side.
Even if I hated Kim,
I'd grit my teeth and I'd try to make it work with her,
at least for Hailie's sake.
I maybe made some mistakes, but I'm only human,
But I'm man enough to face 'em today.
What I did was stupid, no doubt it was dumb,
But the smartest xxxx I did was take the bullets out of that gun,
'Cause I'da killed em, xxxx I would'a' shot kim and 'im both.
Its my life.
I'd like to welcome y'all to the Eminem Show.


I'm sorry Mama.
I never meant to hurt you.
I never meant to make you cry,
But tonight, I'm cleaning out my closet.

One more time.

I said I'm sorry Mama.
I never meant to hurt you.
I never meant to make you cry,
But tonight, I'm cleaning out my closet.


Now I would never diss my own mama just to get recognition.
Take a second to listen 'fore you think this record is dissin'.
But put yourself in my position, just try to invision.
Witnessing your mama poppin' prescription pills in the kitchen,
Bitchin, that someone's always goin' through her purse and xxxxx missin'.
Going through public housing systems, victim of Munchaussen Syndrome.
My whole life I was made to believe I was sick when I wasn't,
Till I grew up, now I blew up,
it makes you sick to your stomach, doesn't it?
Wasn't it the reason you made that cd for me Ma?
So you could try to justify the way you treated me Ma?
But guess what you gettin' older now when it's cold and your lonely.
And Nathan's growing up so quick, he's gonna know that your phony.
And Hailie's getting so big now, you should see her, she's beautiful.
But you'll never see her, she won't even be at your funeral.
See what hurts me the most is you wont admit you was wrong.
xxxxx, do your song, keep tellin' yourself that you was a mom!
But how dare you try to take what you didn't help me to get?
You selfish xxxxx, I hope you xxxxxx' burn in hell for this xxxx!
Remember when Rodney died, and you said you wished it was me?
Well guess what, I am dead, dead to you as can be!


I'm sorry Mama.
I never meant to hurt you.
I never meant to make you cry,
But tonight, I'm cleaning out my closet.

One more time.

I said I'm sorry Mama.
I never meant to hurt you.
I never meant to make you cry,
But tonight, I'm cleaning out my closet.
48 posted on 06/07/2003 4:00:22 PM PDT by sharktrager (There are 2 kids of people in this world: people with loaded guns and people who dig.)
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To: Seeking the truth; MinuteGal; dalereed; Bahbah; Apple Pan Dowdy; Bizzy Bugz; strela; The Shrew; ...
Utah Girl checking in here. The Haitian taxi driver I got at the pier drove me around Coral Gables for 20 minutes or so trying to find the hotel. Coral Gables is a lovely place, but the Haitian guy prevaricated when he said he knew where my hotel was. I had a great time, and I'm ready to go again.

My favorite memories are Interesting Times in the piano bar (he has a wonderful voice), the waiters singing "Happy Birthday" each night to some lucky guest at dinner; meeting many wonderful FReepers and their families; being waited on hand and foot; and the beach party in the Grand Caymans. I can't wait to go on the next FR cruise.

I also want to thank Leni (Bahama Mama) for all the work she put into setting this cruise up. It wouldn't have been such an outstanding success without her. Thanks Bahama Mama!!!

49 posted on 06/07/2003 4:53:40 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: CounterCounterCulture
WHOTCSOTC = ???

"What happens on the cruise stays on the cruise."

50 posted on 06/07/2003 5:19:35 PM PDT by Teacher317
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