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FReeper Gathering in San Antonio
Self | June 29, 2003 | Gracey

Posted on 06/29/2003 10:23:14 PM PDT by Gracey

Howdy Texas Freepers. I can't find where anyone posted a thread about our luncheon today in San Antoniom so thought I would in case any of you wished to post pictures. For those that didn't make it, we had a great turnout. Those in attendance were Jim Robinson, Mrs., and Chris, plus Jim's brother, Ms. AntiFeminazi, Slyfox,SWake,PetroniDE, RikaStrom, Guido, Hocndoc & Mr. Hocndoc,TXBubba, Blastus and their two children, Tall Texan, IVote2 & Mr. IVote2, Mil-Vet & Mrs. Mil-Vet, RimTop 56, Sockmonkey, TxGrandMom, Ravingnutter, BenR2,TheSarce and Gracey.

Now that's pretty good for an afternoon turnout in Texas, considering people came from Houston, Dallas/Ft Worth, Austin, Canyon Lake, Kerrville, New Braunfels and many locals from San Antonio area.

The food was wonderful, the company was magnificent and it was just plain GREAT spending time with our favorite freeper Jim Robinson.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: freepmeet; luncheon; texasfreepers
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1 posted on 06/29/2003 10:23:14 PM PDT by Gracey
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To: Jim Robinson; Ms. AntiFeminazi; Slyfox; SWake; PetroniDE; RikaStrom; GUIDO; hocndoc; TXBubba; ...
Thoughts and pictures anyone?
2 posted on 06/29/2003 10:26:48 PM PDT by Gracey
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To: Humidston; basil; DrewsDad
A few MIA's. We missed you.
3 posted on 06/29/2003 10:29:23 PM PDT by Gracey
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To: Gracey
We had the same idea at the same time. I'll repost my thread here.

It's been a very long day, so I'm going to make this short and sweet to give the freepers who attended lunch today a place to post.

My day started out at 5 a.m. when I headed down the North Dallas Tollway to meet Slyfox and SWake at the Galleria. When I arrived late, (my bad) Slyfox and SWake were waiting with Slyfox's husband. They quickly hopped in the car and we headed straight south - for San Antonio!

We stopped briefly in Waco at an IHOP next to Baylor campus and ate before making the rest of the long journey. It's been 20+ years since I was there and that place still makes me queasy. (Baylor, not the IHOP!)

We made great time and arrived almost an hour early at Mamacitas, a very fine Mexican food restaurant! Shortly after we arrived, Gracey arrived and started getting things moving. After some disappointing discussion with the manager who denied the possibility that we had previously reserved a private room, we were finally seated at the VIP table with a few side tables if we needed them. As it turns out, we needed them and then some!

I had a wonderful time. It was such a pleasant day sharing stories and good Mexican food with great freeper friends. What else would someone want to be doing on a Sunday afternoon in Texas?

The freepers in attendance from Houston, San Antonio, Kerrville, Austin, Dallas, and New Braunfels were:

BenR2
blastus
TXBubba (+2 beautiful children)
TallTexan
IVote2 and Mr. IVote2
sockmonkey
GUIDO
Jim Robinson, Sheila and Chris
Orville
MIL-VET and Mrs. MIL-VET
The Sarce
rikastrom
Petroni-DE
SWake
Gracey
Slyfox
MAF

I hope I got everyone. My brain is tired right now. lol.

I love the Texas freepers and it was so great to meet some of you for the first time and to see the rest of you again.

Texas freepers are the best.

To all freepers...If you've never been to a freepmeet, just do it. Meeting online friends in person is such a great experience.

4 posted on 06/29/2003 10:37:54 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi (three rights make a LEFT)
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To: Ms. AntiFeminazi
Would you believe I posted this a couple minutes before you. Just saw that nothing was posted and so I do.

Maybe we can delete mine.

We did have a GREAT Time.
5 posted on 06/29/2003 10:39:20 PM PDT by Gracey
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To: Ms. AntiFeminazi
Rimtop56
Ravingnutter
hocndoc and Mr. hocndoc

I knew I didn't have everyone. Thanks Gracey.

6 posted on 06/29/2003 10:40:00 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi (three rights make a LEFT)
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To: Ms. AntiFeminazi
We keep tripping over each other. Glad to see you all made it home OK. Enjoyed the afternoon immensely.

7 posted on 06/29/2003 10:40:27 PM PDT by Gracey
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To: 07055; a history buff; Aguilar Tony; antivenom; basil; B-Chan; Ben Chad; B.O. Plenty; bowieknife; ..
After-action report - Texas Freepers Enjoy Lunch with Jim Robinson - San Antonio today.
8 posted on 06/29/2003 10:42:15 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi (three rights make a LEFT)
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To: Gracey
My thread is "stuck". It will be pulled as soon as possible. Stick with this one. :)
9 posted on 06/29/2003 10:43:08 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi (three rights make a LEFT)
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To: beaversmom; TXBubba
Moved to previously posted thread:

To: Ms. AntiFeminazi

Hey I recognize one of those names plus her two very beautiful children. Will write to you soon TXbubba--love from Colorado.

3 posted on 06/29/2003 10:32 PM PDT by beaversmom
(Celebrating May 5th and all days with an American Flag)

10 posted on 06/29/2003 10:46:12 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi (three rights make a LEFT)
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To: Syncro; CounterCounterCulture
You two should never be left alone together! LOL Hiya CCC!

Sink, everyone wanted to know where you were today. They all think you're a TX freeper! LOL :) (I told them you are, sorta)

11 posted on 06/29/2003 10:49:42 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi (three rights make a LEFT)
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To: Gracey
TXGrandmom

(I think that's everyone now)

12 posted on 06/29/2003 10:51:15 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi (three rights make a LEFT)
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To: Ms. AntiFeminazi; All
Wow!! Would you believe there were 26 of us plus two children, and the majority were not local to San Antonio. Pretty good turnout for a Sunday afternoon.

It surely was GREAT meeting those of you we hadn't met before. Enjoyed talking to you Slyfox and Mrs. Mil-vet. And Sockmonkey, please call me when you get to Austin for Farmer's Market days.

13 posted on 06/29/2003 10:58:12 PM PDT by Gracey
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To: Gracey
FINALLY I get to make a freeper event, and what a great one to have as my inaugural opportunity! Got to meet Jim Rob and so many fun folks!

Of course, seeing TXBubba's beautiful little ones reminded me that Mrs mil-vet and I are STILL going through "beautiful granddaughter withdrawal"; our third son-in-law returned from his lonely year overseas (in April) and reclaimed his family - they're now at Ft Lewis, WA, so far away - sigh! Hocndoc used her most professional bedside manner and made us feel all better, though - *SMILE*!

Of course the brilliant reparte (I TOLD y'all I couldn't spell! Think phonetically - all soft vowels - with the accent on the last "te" which sounds like "tay") added immeasurably to the experience! Can't wait to see how the pictures turned out.....then again, maybe I shouldn't be so enthusiastic about the ones I might be in.....don't want to scare all the women and children - GRIN

14 posted on 06/30/2003 12:28:23 AM PDT by mil-vet
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To: Gracey; Ms. AntiFeminazi; Jim Robinson; RikaStrom; PetroniDE
Sounds like it was an absolutely great time and I wish I could have made the trip.

As Ms.AntiFeminazi says "If you've never been to a freepmeet, just do it. Meeting online friends in person is such a great experience." - So true!

15 posted on 06/30/2003 1:39:21 AM PDT by Flyer (Ask me about my Golden Retriever!)
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To: Ms. AntiFeminazi; Gracey; Flyer; Jim Robinson; mtngrl@vrwc; Mama_Bear; jkphoto; chadsworth; ...
Sounds like everyone had a wonderful time.

Jim ...... We missed you Friday. Hope you invited all the Texas FReepers to our annual picnic in September.

FReepers are the Greatest!
16 posted on 06/30/2003 3:31:57 AM PDT by JustAmy (God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America!)
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To: Gracey
Oh gads, I keep telling my husband we need to move to San Antonio. Yet another reason to move there. What a fantastic city, and when we visited, I met the nicest people in the whole world. I actually pouted at the airport when we had to leave. Not pretty, I can tell you. Glad you all had fun, and maybe someday we'll be lucky enough to go back to your wonderful state.
17 posted on 06/30/2003 3:35:18 AM PDT by Cate
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To: Gracey; Jim Robinson
I know I missed the chance of a lifetime, but I was at my nephew's ninth birthday party in Austin.

A little birdie told me that Jim may return in 2004 though. Hope to make it then.

:-)

SD
18 posted on 06/30/2003 5:19:48 AM PDT by SerpentDove (Each post focus-group tested for maximum wallop.)
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To: Gracey
It was great to get together with my fellow freepers yesterday at Mamacita's. It was such an honor to eat lunch with our Father in Freepdom, Jim Robinson, and his family.
It was also wonderful to put a face to some names I see on different postings, and to catch up on the news of freepers I know but haven't seen in awhile.
19 posted on 06/30/2003 6:51:19 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: Ms. AntiFeminazi; Jim Robinson
Excellent !! Wish I could have been there.


20 posted on 06/30/2003 7:00:32 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: Gracey
We had a great time in Texas! Good to see y'all again and to meet more of the Texas FReepers. Texas FReepers are GReat!!
Thank you all very much!
21 posted on 06/30/2003 7:43:34 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Conservative by nature... Republican by spirit... Patriot by heart... AND... ANTI-Liberal by GOD!)
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To: SerpentDove
Sorry you weren't able to make it, maybe next time. I was able to work it in between visits with my 2 grandkids, who fortunately live in that area. I had such a wonderful time that I called my son-in-law and told him I would be late getting to his house. The food was great and it was so nice to finally meet everyone, especially Jim Robinson. Can't wait until the pictures get posted! A big thanks to Gracey and Guido for setting this up!
22 posted on 06/30/2003 7:53:30 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Ms. AntiFeminazi
It's great that North Texas was well-represented.
Sorry I couldn't make it.
23 posted on 06/30/2003 7:59:24 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: mil-vet
reparte?

Isn't that when you party all over again?
<grin>

24 posted on 06/30/2003 8:01:14 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: Redbob
We missed you! You were missed in late May for our other even too. It's good to hear from you.
25 posted on 06/30/2003 8:37:57 AM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi (three rights make a LEFT)
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To: Gracey
Freedom Bump!
26 posted on 06/30/2003 8:58:26 AM PDT by Joy Angela (Freep Hillary at a Book Signing Now!)
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To: Gracey
Sorry I couldn't make it. I was recovering from my retirement party (Saturday and into the night) most of the day.
27 posted on 06/30/2003 9:07:00 AM PDT by ChuckHam
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To: Redbob
LOL! Well, come to think of it, it WAS a party, so reliving it here in (misspelled?) words MIGHT be construed to be partying all over again - BIGGER grin!
28 posted on 06/30/2003 9:16:02 AM PDT by mil-vet
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To: Gracey
Would have loved to have been there Gracey but just too much going on here right now. I was with you in spirit for sure.
29 posted on 06/30/2003 9:32:59 AM PDT by Texas Mom
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To: Ms. AntiFeminazi
I sure hated to miss this---tried every way I could think of to sneak off for it. However, I had houseguests coming and going, and I just couldn't get away. It was the 4 hrs on the road that killed the deal for me. Add a couple of hours for the fun and festivities in the restaurant, and I think my family would have noticed that I was MIA--LOL!

Mr. JimRob, I sure hated to miss seeing you this go around--I do hope you will be back next year.

30 posted on 06/30/2003 9:48:13 AM PDT by basil
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To: basil; Gracey; Ms. AntiFeminazi; Jim Robinson
Basil, I honestly asked about you yesterday at the FREEP MEET. You were truly missed.

Thanks Gracey and MAF for putting this together and getting the word out. It is an obvious fact that when you 2 speak EVERYONE listens. Great turnout for JIM and his WIFE.

When Jim and his family arrived the 20 plus of us all stood up and clapped and cheered loudly. The other customers must have been wondering who this person was getting all the attention. Little did they know how much Jim you have come to mean to all of us. Didn't get to talk to you much at all but it was ok, it felt great being a part of this event and sharing you with us all. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do for this COUNTRY.

It was great meeting you BenR2, sockmonkey, ravingnutter, rimtop56, TxBubba and I must tell you all that Ivote2 is a darling lady.

patti guido

31 posted on 06/30/2003 10:51:38 AM PDT by GUIDO
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To: GUIDO; Gracey; beaversmom
I'm so glad we were able to drive down and see everyone. And thank you all so much for the compliments on the kids! The oldest truly enjoyed the tortilla maker and told me how to do it all the way home. LOL!

It was great to meet even more of you in person and to meet some of you again! We thought it was funny that most of our table turned out to be from our home town of Austin. Had to drive to San Antonio to meet more Austin freepers! Would have loved to have spent more time at the round table but with little kids I just couldn't get over there. Maybe next time.

Thanks for spending your afternoon with us Jim and family!

32 posted on 06/30/2003 11:34:15 AM PDT by TXBubba (Someday I'll change my name to TXBubbette)
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To: Gracey
Well, I started uploading a few of the pictures I took yesterday and ran into a snag. As it is, y'all aren't missing much. The camera didn't work too well. Anyhow, three pictures made the trip into the netherworld, and here they are:

Slyfox

Ms. Anti-Feminazi

hocndoc & husband

33 posted on 06/30/2003 11:34:50 AM PDT by SWake ("Make it a cheeseburger" Lyle Lovett)
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To: mil-vet
I enjoyed listening to your stories more than just about anything I have heard at any FReep and/or meet I've been to thus far. I would be interested in a "history from my viewpoint" posting about your experiences, especially the time you spent in Iran.

Great meeting you!
34 posted on 06/30/2003 11:38:17 AM PDT by SWake ("Make it a cheeseburger" Lyle Lovett)
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To: SWake
Well...we'll just have to do it again then : ) TheSarce took pictures as well, hopefully they will come out ok. If nothing else, we all came away from this with really great memories and alot of new friends!
35 posted on 06/30/2003 12:47:33 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: ravingnutter
I really wanted to go. Just couldn't make it.
36 posted on 06/30/2003 12:50:41 PM PDT by My back yard
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To: basil
We missed you too basil. It was short notice. I still haven't figured out if this group is more responsive to months in advance planning or last-minute notices. lol.

You and I will keep on trying to get it together. I hope you enjoyed your visit with your family.

37 posted on 06/30/2003 1:26:52 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi (three rights make a LEFT)
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To: GUIDO; Jim Robinson
LOL! The manager came up to me and grabbed my arm and whispered, "Who is that man?" I tried to explain to him why Jim is such a celebrity to us and he said, "Wow. It's great to have him here!" lol.

Too bad he wasn't a little easier to deal with in the beginning.

38 posted on 06/30/2003 1:29:43 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi (three rights make a LEFT)
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To: Gracey
Sorry we didn't make it. Sounds like a great turnout!
39 posted on 06/30/2003 2:17:14 PM PDT by msdrby (I do believe the cheese slid off his cracker! - The Green Mile)
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To: SWake
Personal experiences are the nectar of any roundtable (no pun intended, since we WERE at a large, round table) discussion, and I love hearing "war stories" as much or more than I love telling 'em!

I liked hearing Hocndoc's optimism, Rikastrom's anecdotes, Petroni-DE's stories, etc., etc., and I'm a tad frustrated that my rotten hearing kept me from picking up much from folks any farther away (Gracey, slyfox and MS antifeminazi almost had to shout for me to hear them from across the big round table - LOL!).

What I really liked was the chance to get the context of what was being said - via e-mail or posting, one has not the chance to ask for clarification or peripheral data. It was simply outstanding! Coulda handled another several hours if time had permitted all around!

Roger "great meeting" EVERYONE, and hope to be able to sit down with you sometime in the not-to-distant future, SWake, to kick around specific "warstories" of choice - SMILE!

The old saying "...and a great time was had by all!" comes to mind!!

40 posted on 06/30/2003 3:21:06 PM PDT by mil-vet
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To: TheRightGuy
See, TRG Texas is out doing us! We need a BBQ at your house, I will bring left over beer and wine!
41 posted on 06/30/2003 3:37:57 PM PDT by chicagolady
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To: Gracey; Ms. AntiFeminazi; Slyfox; mil-vet; SWake; Jim Robinson; All
I enjoyed the company, the food (too much), and finally meeting you all.
It was a special privilege to get to thank Mr. Robinson for saving us all from having no outlet for our frustrations and ambitions the last 6 years or so. No one else could have given us the organization and focus (we know because others have tried!).

(Thank you Gracey, MAF, and Guido. And welcome to the Texans from all over. Y'all come back!)
42 posted on 06/30/2003 4:15:51 PM PDT by hocndoc (Choice is the # 1 killer in the US)
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To: potlatch
Ping
43 posted on 06/30/2003 4:50:26 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: ChuckHam
LOL. Wait until you retire hey? Just read your home page. Well, we're waiting for your outing. I like what you say. Thanks for serving our country and...

Best regards in your new life. It will be different. Where do you live or where will you reside? Texas I hope.
44 posted on 06/30/2003 4:56:53 PM PDT by Gracey
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To: SerpentDove
A little birdie told me that Jim may return in 2004 though. Hope to make it then.

The birdie was a parrot named...? LOL We missed you too. OK. I'll keep this in my memory bank and hold you to it.... LOL.

45 posted on 06/30/2003 4:59:05 PM PDT by Gracey
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To: Redbob
reparte? Isn't that when you party all over again?

Hey, let's do it. Now who's game to have a repeat performance? Would love to have a FReeper get together for ALL Texans. Perhaps we can meet in a central location at some type function? How about the Bush Presidential Library for a FReeper day?

46 posted on 06/30/2003 5:04:41 PM PDT by Gracey
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To: Texas Mom
Would have loved to have been there...

We miss seeing you too. How are those fine sons of yours?

47 posted on 06/30/2003 5:06:26 PM PDT by Gracey
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To: IVote2; GUIDO; mil-vet
IVote2, check out post #31. And while you're at it read the whole thread...lol. Yes, it was so nice to finally meet you IVote2. However, I regret that we didn't get the chance to chat with you and your hubby. Thanks for coming and hope we have a "reparte" so we can get to chat some more. Hope you can come to one of our Austin HOT freeper events.

And thanks Guido, for recommending this beautiful new restaurant. The food was certainly the best and so was the atmosphere. The circular table worked out nicely... just that we didn't expect so many people. I still can't believe that we had a turnout of 28 + 2.

Thanks again, Guido Hugs
48 posted on 06/30/2003 5:14:57 PM PDT by Gracey
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To: SWake; mil-vet
I enjoyed listening to your stories more than just about anything I have heard at any FReep and/or meet...

Ditto those comments. Yes, we MUST have a "reparte" with you and your wife present. I found you both to be very fine, interesting FReepers. And... Thanks for serving our country. :-)

49 posted on 06/30/2003 5:22:15 PM PDT by Gracey
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To: SWake; GUIDO
Thanks for the Pics. Three's better than none and they show a bit of that beautiful new restaurant. It's probably the GRANDEST restaurant I've been in, sans Las Vegas.
50 posted on 06/30/2003 5:24:37 PM PDT by Gracey
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