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Gumdrop Girl
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Here we go again, I'm starting a new thread. The other one was getting to long and difficult to read. But if you feel the urge to read my life story up to theat point, please do.

In case you haven't been following the never-ending saga, here's some things you should know about me:

I'm a 21-year-old student who is in her senior year of university, this is my last semester. I attend the illustrious University of California, Berkeley. I live in a crap-hole, overpriced apartment in downtown Berkeley, just one block shy of the ghetto. I'm jaded, sarcastic, and have a serious disdain for stupid people. At the moment, I am feeling hopeless and insecure as it is my fault that I have put my entire future in a tail-spin (you only wish I was kidding). I study molecular biology and Southeast Asian literature. my life is a Miramax film waiting to happen. I've been dating the same guy for the past two years. We have a goldfish together.

Yeah, that's about right. Nothing particularly remarkable today. went to class. talked to my professor. learned about protein orientation and exportation in and to the plasma membrane. i'm tired and i'm gonna play the Sims. Tonight, i'm going out to eat, then see a movie. My life is so exciting.

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*sigh* Leave it to Gummy to have not one, but TWO threads dedicated to herself!

Just kidding, my dear friend...I'm just ribbin' ya in preparation for the big Cal-UCLA game tomorrow (which I am working, thanks to some last-minute shenanigans that my boss pulled to switch my schedule around). Are you gonna watch? I'd say the odds are pretty even, with the terrific recent run you guys have had, and the terrible slide we've been on. Maybe we should lay some small sums of money down on this one...or at least a sixer of Harper's?

Take care, and let me know what your weekend schedule looks like for Feb-March!

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it's a monday afternoon. i've had a long day at school, did chores around mi apartment, and i put in a short shift at the hospital. so now it's time to unwind. i'm listening to some 80s tunes on my Winamp.

some songs never get old. i suppse some of the appeal of 80s music is that it's so out of date it's kitch. not with these songs. they're distinctive of their time period, but they're quality songs. here's what's in my ears at the moment:

"West End Girls" Pet Shop Boys
"Human" Human League
"Don't Dream It's Over" Crowded House
"Something about You" Level 42

there's some fluff in the playlist, but those are the highlights. np: "The Promise" When in Rome.

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Gummy, you're back with the boy? When did that happen? You didn't write about it! LOL, I'm losing track of your life now!

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quote:
Originally posted by PoetgirlNY:
Gummy, you're back with the boy? When did that happen? You didn't write about it!

Hmm....I think she did. Extensively, in fact.

And Gummy, when is your Spring Break? I think I get a few days off during our break, even if it isn't a full week like it used to be when I was a student.

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Ahh yes. the boy. I did write extensively about him and all the drama surrounding the events in question. I left it all in my previous VP thread because I cared not beleaguer more public ears with my sagas -- they were there foranyone who cared to make the effort to read it's a lurid tale of betrayal, foolishness and forgiveness.

I hate homework. I'm so burned out on school. i got a strange and wonderful email from a man who graduated from my high school and university a few years before I was born. Apparently he's now a big mucky-muck at Bio-Rad, a biotech company that designs and manufactures laboratory equipment. He wrote to say hello and possibly offer me a job (as he noticed that i will be graduating shortly with a degree in biology). The idea appeals to me. a real job. a salary. research work. My mother disapproves. she wants me off to graduate school pronto. She says my father is ailing (he is and it's really sad and scary for me to deal with) and I need to finish school soon so that I may take over the family business. Who the hell needs this sort of pressure???

i am icarus. i fly high, but when my wings melt, i'll perish in the ocean below.

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Dork Alert! Today I was in physiology discussion and I spilled my soda. All over my lap. And onto my chair. it looked like i peed my pants. how embarrassing. and it didn't dry very quickly, so I had to go around with damp pants for the rest of the day. I tied my sweater around my waist so no one would think i wet myself. I am a klutz. At least I didn't screw up my electrophoresis gel in lab today. Actually, it turned out really nicely.

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Heehee...don't worry [snicker] Gummy, we've all [giggle] done something like that at some [stifled laughter] point in our lives.

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yesterday, i was giving my boyfriend some tennis lessons. now you'd figure with a healthy, physically fit guy like him, this would be relatively easy, right? umm ... not quite. he's something of a klutz. pathetically unathletic, you might say. so i got my work cut out for me. he's getting better, but it's still a little frustrating since i spend most of my time chasing the ball.

today, we went on a couples hike with his roommate and his girlfriend (a girl who shares my last name, oddly enough). my butt *hurts* i may be a dang good tennis player, but i'm still pretty out of shape. this hike worked me. but we made it to the top of some hills overlooking the Bay. great view. we had a picnic at the top. then we went back 'cause my boy had ot go to work. oi, my butt hurts.

scandal aler! when i went back to his apartment to retrieve my stuff (he had to go straight to work, otherwise he would have been late, so he lent me his keys), i scrounged around his desk for a scrap of paper to leave him a li'l love note. i picked up the blue memo book where he keeps phone numbers to tear out a page from the back. turns out, i picked up his journal instead, and when i opened it, my eyes zeroed right in on what my Valentine's Day gift would be! oh no!!! i threw down the book before I could read anymore. But now i've gone and ruined my surprise he's getting me something nice. not romantic, but nice. and i couldn't help but over what it was. but now i feel like a total heel for knowing (i didn't mean to, I really didn't).

should I tell him I know? or just be happy to get it? i mean, it's not like i sought out his journal or anything! i wasn't even curious about what i'd be getting, just what the plans for the evening will be (which i still do not know, okay!).

uggh, i am so tired. he and his roommate want to catch the midnight movie, and i bought us all tickets ('cause I'm a sweetheart like that). but i'm probably just oging to sleep through it. The feature this week is 'PeeWee's Big Adventure' so I won't be missing too much. the midnight movie is just a Saturday night ritual for us.

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i received an interesting telephone call yesterday. it was my ex-boyfriend, informing me that he was in town for the weekend, and he wanted to see me before he left.

he came over to visit this morning. the military has done some heinous things to his hair. oi. but other than that, he was exactly as i remembered him. i haven't seen him in two years. we sat on the couch and just spent hours talking. he's still soft spoken, sensitive, with a dash of dry humor.

but, as cliche as it sounds, it really wasn't the same. while we still have a great deal of affection for each other, i'm no longer attracted to him. this is good. after we spoke on the phone last night, i had been worried that if i saw him again, i might find myself still attracted to him after all this time, with the added risk of doing something stupid.

but nothing of sort happened. we talked like old friends. he kept telling me how much he missed me, and how good i looked. i think he's still trying to make up for being such a lousy boyfriend to me. i do miss his company. after all, we knew each other's thoughts pretty intimately and always knew what the other was thinking, more or less -- i miss being that mentally connected to another person.

but what came of all of this was that there really is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that i'm in love with the one i'm with now. after my exboyfriend dropped me off (i asked for a ride to school), all i wanted was to find my boy and kiss him. unfortunately, he has a lot of homework tonight, so i won't see him till tomorrow.

but when i do

and then i'll tell him what happened. i wasn't going to, since it's not his business who i talk to and when. but right now, my conscience is getting the better of me.

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i'm having the sort of week where it seems i haven't totally managed to f*** up my future. not long ago, i was pretty despondent about messing up my chances of getting into graduate school.

but several days ago, i got an email from a guy at a biotech company who went to my high school and university and was intersted in offering me a job. that got me pretty stoked 'cause it said to me there might be a future after all.

today, i received an email from my mycology professor from a guy at SF State U looking for potential masters degree students who want to study fungi (esp genus Mycena) in Southeast Asia. Can we say *perfect*? A great combination for a gal who's about to graduate with a degree in molecular bio and southeast asian studies! so I'm corresponding with him, and he wants me to have a chat with him at his lab. whoo!

in other news, tomorrow's valentine's day. my boyfriend told me not to see him today because he has "top, top secret" (it's a joke between him, me and fran healy) stuff he has to do. today, i bought him a box of chocolates. the line in the candy shop was out the door. on my way home, a basketball rolled out into the stree and i picked it up. a little street punk told me to kick it 'cause i don't think he like the jocks who owned the ball. i gave back the ball like any good girl should. and the punk asked fo my phone number. i told him i was way too old and that i had a boyfriend already. but i gotta hand it to this enterprising lad for trying. besides, he was cute. if i was still 16, i would've been down with it. anyway, i wish that kid luck in finding himself a valentine.

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so, i went to SFSU to talk to that professor about the mastes fellowship. question is, do i want to become a professional mushroom taxonomist? how do i say "no thanks" diplomatically?

i cleaned my bathroom today. i took my shower apart and cleaned all the bits and pieces. i reek of chemicals. and the bits and pieces were really quite grimy. bleah!

got a trim. it doesn't look great, but it's not heinous. i don't worry much 'cause hair grows back. but it sure doesn't look as good as when it first got cut. hmm.

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i just got a call from a colleague of mine at school. our office got robbed. thing is, i'm part of, and pretty active in, the politically conservative organization on campus. we are not well-liked to say the least. and this time, somebody went way too far. we put out a magazine with articles and whatnot. the lastest issue was to be put out today. but last night, someone who apparently doesn't know the meaning of free speech and the right to one's own political opinion broke into our office and stole our entire stock of publication. that's $1600 worth of magazines.

color me pissed-off!

in a town where dissent is the rule and radicalism is normal, they're operating by silencing anybody who could possibly have the balls to oppose them. yeah, i know we're not welcome here, but without us, what good is political debate?

silence us, you misguided people, and we're only going to come back louder and more in-your-face than last time.

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That's pretty hardcore Gumdrop Girl. Best of luck getting that magazine stuff sorted out, some people are way too narrow minded!
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oh, let me add to that!

someone who got his hands on the publication and read it (funny how that could have happened since it hadn't been distributed yet!) criticized an article written about MEChA, a Chicano organization on campus. Yeah, he didn't agree with it, but he had the nerve to assume that the author was using a Latino pseudonym. That's a crass asusmption because the article was written by a Latina. God, i hate how they assume we're all white men, and I hate it even more that they make it a crime to be a white male.

argh.

moreover, someone put up fake flyers with our org's name on them saying we love Enron. What a load of bull****!!!

i am one very pissed-off Gumdrop Girl.

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yesterday, i was in a heated political debate about the drug war and gun control (don't pick a fight with me on the latter issue, you will only be headed for the top of my s*it list). this guy comes up to my political group's table and starts going off about how we're a bunch of socialists (he was an anarcho-capitalist libertarian; don't call me a socialist, either 'cause that will definitely earn you my wrath). the other gals refused to talk to his because he was being such a self-righteous arse about the matter. but i'm always up for a debate (even though i'm terrible at arguing -- conflict is not in my nature). anyway, this guy and i are in a heated argument for about 20 minutes. then in the middle, just as i was about to go off, uh oh, who should visit but Aunt Flow. Of all the damn inconvenient times!!! At this time, if i left the argument, he'd assume i was chickening out. but if I were to stay, i'd be horribly uncomfortable to say the least. I tried to excuse myself by saying, "hey, I need to leave." but the guy was egging me on till I finally blurted, "look, i really have to leave, and you don't want to know the real reason." to which he made the mistake of saying, "oh yeah? i'd like to hear it."

i replied, "'cause my period just kicked in and i really have to go to the bathroom!" at which point i left.
today was only a minor improvement. i had a midterm. i think i did mediocrely (sp?). it was all endoplasmic reticulum translocation of membrane proteins. that sucks because i had spent my time studying cholesterol regulation and nuclear protein trafficking. gahh.

i am tired. but i am planning my spring break and a ski trip for next weekend. that'll be swell

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who wants to watch me ski?

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i am defrosting my fridge. lousy piece of ghetto junk fridge. the freezer was so caked in ice it wouldn't close. we tried everything. my boyfriend even took a blowtorch to it, which worked till the blowtorch gave out my parents visited today. they helped me tackle the thing, though my dad gave me a long lecture about why you aren't supposed to stab at the ice with a knife (as i had been stabbing at the ice with a knife, contrary to the warning label on the fridge door). apparently, my mom stabbed at the frost once, too, and managed to puncture the Freon tubing and ruined the fridge. oi. now all my food is out on the counter, and i am afraid it will spoil. if it does, that sucsk 'cause that means i'll have to go to the dang store again. argh.

stupid worthless piece of crap fridge.

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Hey, I downloaded the vid. Gotta boot to Windows to watch it, though. Can't wait. ;]

We usually just wait all year till summer to defrost the stupid freezer. Then it's so damn hot it all melts off pretty quick.


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Hey Gummy...apparently the Washington Times has picked up on your tale of conservative woe. I read it this morning, and it has been getting press out here in the Bruin as well. The MEChA people are getting pretty defensive on our campus...this looks like another one of those issues that people will be protesting on for quite a while.

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One of the advantages of living in the Great White North™ is we get to defrost our freezers in winter. We just put the food outside (in closed containers) and turn off the freezer power.

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i voted in today's primary election. the way California primary elections go, you vote according to your party, meaning you only vote for your party's candidates. This means all the voting booths are segregated by party, and lo and behold, in the bastion of liberalism, there was one lone booth for me in the corner. and sure enough it was occupied when i showed up (funny there was no one in lin when i arrived at the polls. so i had to wait a good 10 minutes to vote.

but i voted. got the sticker to prove it. now i'm gonna be glued to the news to see if my candidate won the party nomination for governor. it's a tough call who it'll be: Bill Simon or Dick Riordan. got my fingers cross, and if he doesn't win, i'm gonna be bitter till the election. argh!

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ok, i'm bitter (see last post)

and i'm having a really tough time rounding up friends to go skiing with me this weekend. i'd go alone, but i need a driver. yeah, i openly expolit my friends for their cars. i need a friend with a ski rack...

saw Phantom Planet today. they were awesome as always (seen them ... 4 times now?). in a startling move, they covered Radiohead's "Paranoid android." I tought it was sacrilege, but they pulled it off okay. they didn't butcher it, which is good - i would've been forced ot hate them on the spot. But it did come off as a novelty sort of thing, which i suppose it was anyway.

Gorillaz tomorrow. With Dan the Automator! wooHOO!

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i didn't go skiing this weekend. i was pretty pissed off about it. the people i asked to go with me all went. one said he didn't have enough money to go. it pissed me off that he didn't want to go with me when i could have gotten him two free lift tix and a hotel room for the price of what he paid for his one lift ticket. i got completely screwed over.

we went to the asian supermarket today. i bought more tofu than i know what to do with. daikon radish soup for dinner my boy's roommie's girlfriend (who interestingly has the same last name as me) asked me what my plans are for next year. i hate the question 'cause i don't know what the plan is. she said i should stay up here. but i said it's be dumb of me to stay here because my boyfriend ishere. she said he should move to wherever i'm going, but i said that was stupid, too 'cause he shouldn't have to follow me around. so she asked how things were gona work between me and him next year. i said it probably wouldn't, then added i don't like to talk about it.

i don't like to talk about it (so why am i gonna talk about it now? 'cause most of you are total strangers). but i'm totally preoccupied with it. i hate not knowing what the deal is. and the prospect (inevitability?) of us having to split is upsetting. right now, i'm justifying it in my head. like: i didn't love him that much, or he did some awful things to me, or that's life and i can't stop such things.

whatever happens will be.

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quote:
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whatever happens will be.

Toad always gets it right...

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my boy's roommie's girlfriend (who interestingly has the same last name as me)...

And I've gotta ask....are all 41 letters the same?

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well, my boyfriend and i are celebrating our 2nd anniversary tonight. we've had out share of ups and downs with some things being downright abymal, but overall, we're getting along fine. it's been something of a two-day celebration. tonight he's taking me out to dinner. then we're meeting up with his roommie at the Irish pub for some pints of guinness to celebrate st. patrick's day , followed by our ritual Saturday night movie. It's Ghostbusters tonight, so I bet it'll be a real hoot.

Last night was the fake prom Well, it was the ASUC Ball (ASUC=Associated Students of the Uni of California). earlier in the day, i smacked my eyebrow into the headborad of my boyfried's bed, and got a giant purple welt on my eye. didn't need to cover it 'cause it looked like i was wearing purple eyeshadow. got al dressed up and wnt to the ball. We did partake of some swing dance lessons. We're terrible ;p ubt we had fun. The regular dance floor was awful. I don't hate hip hop, but at a formal gala, it'd be nice to have some slow songs. We people watched and ate cake mostly. and we soialized with friends. Some of my friends who didn't go were teasing me for going to an event that is clearly targeted at froshies who can't let go of high school. But others were actually there -- though I'd bet the lion's share of folks in attendance were lower classmen.

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hey danny, nahh, she's got the real chinese name thing going on, so she's got the abbr. version. her first name, however eerie, was also one considered for me.

oh, and glenn phillips is playing in SB over spring break, i hope to assemble the crew (and you!) and go for a few days.

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neurotic is being preoccupied with the idea that your partner isn't going to give you a committment that you know full well you're not ready to accept.

the voices in my head said to me today, "he's not going to commit after graduation! two years and no committment!" to which the reply was, 'i'm 21, i can't handle committment! gahh! i don't want a commitment!" to which the rpely was, "it's the thought that counts, wait for him to commit, then freak out on him completely and tell him you can't handle a committment at this juncture."

woody allen, you ain't got nuthin' on me.

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quote:
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oh, and glenn phillips is playing in SB over spring break, i hope to assemble the crew (and you!) and go for a few days.


Works for me. We're being slammed at work at the moment, since our basketball team has managed to sneak its way into the Sweet Sixteen. Go figure...end out the season at the bottom of the PAC-10, and begin the tournament by squeaking by top-seeded teams. I love this place.

So my free time will be wholly dependent on how far we go in the tourny, I guess. My hiking buddy and I were going to try and go hiking up in SB sometimes within the next few weeks as well (since we got back a few weeks ago, I've been dying to get back up there), so keep me informed.

And don't worry about the neuroses. We've all got 'em. Some after two years, some after four, some after relationships have ended and morphed into something different!

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yes, i do love my studies. lookie! http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~suztang/latrunculin.jpg
that's a fine example of immunofluorescence microscopy. what you're seeing are two green monkey epithelial cells stained with different fluorophore dyes attached to antibodies. the lbue thing is the nucleus, and the orange stuff is the actin in the cell. it's all smeared and scattered because the cell was treated with a drug called latrunculin B, which causes actin to fall apart. very cool!

it's spring break now. i am happy. i spent my day buying train tickets to whisk me away to the beach town of santa barbara where i'll get some much-needed R&R and see Glenn of Toad the Wet Sprocket. Then it's off to Tahoe/Reno for skiing and gambling.

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gahh, if i don't kvetch to someone soon, my head is going to explode!

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i think what we remember about people gets perverted over time till it's nothing like the reality of who that person was.

when did my exboyfriend become such a womanizer??? was he like this when we were dating??? i mean, i remember being so infatuated with him years ago. it was to the point where it was painful. but i spent some time with him this week, and by the time he dropped me off, i really couldn't stand him. i felt like grabbing him by the shoulders and saying two things: "what the hell happened to you???" and "jackie doesn't want to talk to you! take a hint!"

well, it's not like i didn't enjoy his company. we had a good and *platonic* time. but while i thought he was outwardly handsome (exes don't turn ugly overnight -- even if you want them to), his behavior (and taste in music -- i mean, Save Ferris? gimme a break!) was less than appealing. it made me wonder what the hell i ever saw in him.

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quote:
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i think what we remember about people gets perverted over time till it's nothing like the reality of who that person was.

Amen to that...time is a fractured lens sometimes, to the point where one day we look back on things and see our past as some sort of fun-house-mirror image of what it really was. Go figure.

And yes, by the way, I'm horribly jealous that you got to see Uncle Glen while I was sittin' here with some disgusting bronchial nastiness going on. I'm still hacking and coughing like some sort of freak show, it is highly unattractive. The good news is that I think it is on the wane. The bad news is that I've blown the past two weekends trying to get better. Just rotten.

Maybe I'll feel better towards the end of the month. You gonna be down south around ohhhh...say the 29th or so?

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i am seriously going to cry. this is the most upset i've been over something petty in a really long time, but really, i'm gonna cry.

i wasso stoked to go to tonight's BUSH concert at the Warfield. Like totally stoked. Like bouncing off the walls stoked. I was ready going to get home, drop my stuff off and then go to the venue to stalk Gavin Rossdale.

I get my tickets out of thei envelope and look to find the show was LAST NIGHT! I missed the show!!! i've ben waiting so long to see them again, and i've missed it. I'm going to cry. I'm going to cry

i feel awful. not only did i miss one of my favorite bands EVER, but i lost $70 'cause i had two tix, both worth about $35. I am upset beyond belief!!! waaaaaaahhh!!!

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well, i'm feeling a little less upset. but i know what would fix me right up. if my boyfriend came over with tix to take us to see Incubus. that'll fix everything.

lately, there's been a song that been speaking so strongly to me.

"Enola" by Manic Street Preachers.


I walk on the grass/ and i feel some peace at last/ i walk on the beach/ and for one i feel some ease./ i take a picture of you/ to remember how good you looked

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