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  1. #1
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default that's it, I give up

    Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that I
    threw it out. I have no idea what was wrong. It tasted thin, no flavor at
    all. Last night I made brownies and ended up with a batch that developed a
    paper thin floating crust on top that shattered everywhere and over-baked
    them. I made the brownies again tonight to do them right. I was very
    methodical about how I made them, I reviewed the recipe before panning them.
    I even commented to my husband how much different the batter was tonight --
    very thick -- which I attributed to some mistake that I had made last night.
    As I was cleaning the kitchen after putting the brownies into the oven, I
    found the uncracked eggs sitting on the counter. Bah!!!!! I quit!!! Let
    someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen gremlins leave on
    vacation.
    Janet



  2. #2
    Damsel in dis Dress Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up

    On Sun, 22 Mar 2009 20:19:41 -0600, "Janet Bostwick"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that I
    >threw it out. I have no idea what was wrong. It tasted thin, no flavor at
    >all. Last night I made brownies and ended up with a batch that developed a
    >paper thin floating crust on top that shattered everywhere and over-baked
    >them. I made the brownies again tonight to do them right. I was very
    >methodical about how I made them, I reviewed the recipe before panning them.
    >I even commented to my husband how much different the batter was tonight --
    >very thick -- which I attributed to some mistake that I had made last night.
    >As I was cleaning the kitchen after putting the brownies into the oven, I
    >found the uncracked eggs sitting on the counter. Bah!!!!! I quit!!! Let
    >someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen gremlins leave on
    >vacation.
    >Janet


    I feel your pain. Come on over. We can have a pajama party, talk
    about boys, and get drunk,

    Carol

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  3. #3
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up


    "Damsel in dis Dress" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Sun, 22 Mar 2009 20:19:41 -0600, "Janet Bostwick"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that I
    >>threw it out. I have no idea what was wrong. It tasted thin, no flavor
    >>at
    >>all. Last night I made brownies and ended up with a batch that developed
    >>a
    >>paper thin floating crust on top that shattered everywhere and over-baked
    >>them. I made the brownies again tonight to do them right. I was very
    >>methodical about how I made them, I reviewed the recipe before panning
    >>them.
    >>I even commented to my husband how much different the batter was
    >>tonight --
    >>very thick -- which I attributed to some mistake that I had made last
    >>night.
    >>As I was cleaning the kitchen after putting the brownies into the oven, I
    >>found the uncracked eggs sitting on the counter. Bah!!!!! I quit!!! Let
    >>someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen gremlins leave on
    >>vacation.
    >>Janet

    >
    > I feel your pain. Come on over. We can have a pajama party, talk
    > about boys, and get drunk,
    >
    > Carol
    >

    That's perfect! I haven't had a girl's night out in a long time. Thank
    you. }
    Janet



  4. #4
    Sam Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up

    On 2009-03-22 22:19:41 -0400, "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]> said:

    > Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that I
    > threw it out. I have no idea what was wrong. It tasted thin, no flavor at
    > all. Last night I made brownies and ended up with a batch that developed a
    > paper thin floating crust on top that shattered everywhere and over-baked
    > them. I made the brownies again tonight to do them right. I was very
    > methodical about how I made them, I reviewed the recipe before panning them.
    > I even commented to my husband how much different the batter was tonight --
    > very thick -- which I attributed to some mistake that I had made last night.
    > As I was cleaning the kitchen after putting the brownies into the oven, I
    > found the uncracked eggs sitting on the counter. Bah!!!!! I quit!!! Let
    > someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen gremlins leave on
    > vacation.
    > Janet


    Been there, done that.
    Come on over...bring booze.

    sam


  5. #5
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up

    In article <O-ednX[email protected]>,
    "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that I
    > threw it out. I have no idea what was wrong. It tasted thin, no flavor at
    > all. Last night I made brownies and ended up with a batch that developed a
    > paper thin floating crust on top that shattered everywhere and over-baked
    > them. I made the brownies again tonight to do them right. I was very
    > methodical about how I made them, I reviewed the recipe before panning them.
    > I even commented to my husband how much different the batter was tonight --
    > very thick -- which I attributed to some mistake that I had made last night.
    > As I was cleaning the kitchen after putting the brownies into the oven, I
    > found the uncracked eggs sitting on the counter. Bah!!!!! I quit!!! Let
    > someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen gremlins leave on
    > vacation.
    > Janet


    Sounds like you need a break. :-)

    Go out to dinner at your favorite restaurant!
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

  6. #6
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Damsel in dis Dress <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Sun, 22 Mar 2009 20:19:41 -0600, "Janet Bostwick"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that I
    > >threw it out. I have no idea what was wrong. It tasted thin, no flavor at
    > >all. Last night I made brownies and ended up with a batch that developed a
    > >paper thin floating crust on top that shattered everywhere and over-baked
    > >them. I made the brownies again tonight to do them right. I was very
    > >methodical about how I made them, I reviewed the recipe before panning them.
    > >I even commented to my husband how much different the batter was tonight --
    > >very thick -- which I attributed to some mistake that I had made last night.
    > >As I was cleaning the kitchen after putting the brownies into the oven, I
    > >found the uncracked eggs sitting on the counter. Bah!!!!! I quit!!! Let
    > >someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen gremlins leave on
    > >vacation.
    > >Janet

    >
    > I feel your pain. Come on over. We can have a pajama party, talk
    > about boys, and get drunk,
    >
    > Carol


    Ooh, can I come? :-) I'll bring a good bottle of Vodka!
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

  7. #7
    bulka Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up

    On Mar 22, 10:52 pm, Sam <s...@null.com> wrote:
    > On 2009-03-22 22:19:41 -0400, "Janet Bostwick" <nos...@nospam.net> said:
    >
    > > Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that I
    > > threw it out. I have no idea what was wrong. It tasted thin, no flavor at
    > > all. Last night I made brownies and ended up with a batch that developed a
    > > paper thin floating crust on top that shattered everywhere and over-baked
    > > them. I made the brownies again tonight to do them right. I was very
    > > methodical about how I made them, I reviewed the recipe before panning them.
    > > I even commented to my husband how much different the batter was tonight --
    > > very thick -- which I attributed to some mistake that I had made last night.
    > > As I was cleaning the kitchen after putting the brownies into the oven, I
    > > found the uncracked eggs sitting on the counter. Bah!!!!! I quit!!! Let
    > > someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen gremlins leave on
    > > vacation.
    > > Janet

    >
    > Been there, done that.
    > Come on over...bring booze.
    >
    > sam


    Yeah, sometimes it's just like that. Working from a recipie or from
    intuition and experience, most times you get it, sometimes it's
    brilliant and someimes you think "Why bother even to eat?"

    I've been sub-par myself for about a week, though the non-cooks at the
    table seem satisfied. Maybe the gremlins are in my head, not in the
    stove.

    Good luck. Get back on the horse.

    B


  8. #8
    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up

    "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]>
    news:[email protected]: in rec.food.cooking

    > Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that
    > I threw it out. I have no idea what was wrong. It tasted thin, no
    > flavor at all. Last night I made brownies and ended up with a batch
    > that developed a paper thin floating crust on top that shattered
    > everywhere and over-baked them. I made the brownies again tonight to
    > do them right. I was very methodical about how I made them, I
    > reviewed the recipe before panning them. I even commented to my
    > husband how much different the batter was tonight -- very thick --
    > which I attributed to some mistake that I had made last night. As I
    > was cleaning the kitchen after putting the brownies into the oven, I
    > found the uncracked eggs sitting on the counter. Bah!!!!! I quit!!!
    > Let someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen gremlins
    > leave on vacation.


    Gawd I know that feeling. I call it the twitchy kitchy syndrome. It's
    when noting goes right and usually I drop stuff all over the place. It
    can go on for days. I remember one night I was up late making a pumpkin
    pie cake for a pot luck at work the next day. It's easy to make and uses
    a box cake so it's no big deal, right? Uh-huh. First of all I can't bake
    worth a ****. Why I decided to make this thing is beyond me anyway. I
    got it made and threw it in the oven. About 1/2 hour later I moseyed
    into the kitchen to take a peek at it and that's when I noticed... The
    sugar all nicely measured and sitting there on the counter. It was not
    in the cake. I was really, really pissed. By now it's midnight. I
    chucked the whole thing and started over. On the second try it didn't
    look right. That's when I noticed the eggs sitting on the counter top.
    I'd forgotten the eggs. I threw batch 2 out and stopped at the bakery
    the next morning on the way to work. I took a lovely store bought spice
    cake for the pot luck.

    Michael

    --
    “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand
    your words.”
    ~Elbert Hubbard

    You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

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    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up

    "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]>
    news[email protected]: in rec.food.cooking

    >
    > "Damsel in dis Dress" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> On Sun, 22 Mar 2009 20:19:41 -0600, "Janet Bostwick"
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>>Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that
    >>>I threw it out. I have no idea what was wrong. It tasted thin, no
    >>>flavor at
    >>>all. Last night I made brownies and ended up with a batch that
    >>>developed a
    >>>paper thin floating crust on top that shattered everywhere and
    >>>over-baked them. I made the brownies again tonight to do them right.
    >>> I was very methodical about how I made them, I reviewed the recipe
    >>>before panning them.
    >>>I even commented to my husband how much different the batter was
    >>>tonight --
    >>>very thick -- which I attributed to some mistake that I had made last
    >>>night.
    >>>As I was cleaning the kitchen after putting the brownies into the
    >>>oven, I found the uncracked eggs sitting on the counter. Bah!!!!! I
    >>>quit!!! Let someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen
    >>>gremlins leave on vacation.
    >>>Janet

    >>
    >> I feel your pain. Come on over. We can have a pajama party, talk
    >> about boys, and get drunk,
    >>
    >> Carol
    >>

    > That's perfect! I haven't had a girl's night out in a long time.
    > Thank you. }
    > Janet


    Ohhh... it does sound perfect. Can I come

    Michael

    --
    “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand
    your words.”
    ~Elbert Hubbard

    You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

  10. #10
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up

    Janet Bostwick wrote:

    > Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that
    > I threw it out. I have no idea what was wrong.


    That's the worst, when you don't know what's wrong, and if
    it happens again, you (I) become skittish about making that
    again.

    > It tasted thin, no flavor at all. Last night I made brownies and ended
    >up with a batch
    > that developed a paper thin floating crust on top that shattered
    > everywhere and over-baked them. I made the brownies again tonight to
    > do them right. I was very methodical about how I made them, I
    > reviewed the recipe before panning them. I even commented to my
    > husband how much different the batter was tonight -- very thick --
    > which I attributed to some mistake that I had made last night. As I
    > was cleaning the kitchen after putting the brownies into the oven, I
    > found the uncracked eggs sitting on the counter. Bah!!!!! I quit!!!
    > Let someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen gremlins
    > leave on vacation.


    You need a break, that kind of trouble will touch everything you do
    until it passes. Stop, before you start breaking stuff or backing
    into someone in a parking lot.

    nancy

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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up

    On Mar 22, 10:19*pm, "Janet Bostwick" <nos...@nospam.net> wrote:
    > Yesterday I made beef barley soup. *It was so bad, so tasteless, that I
    > threw it out. *I have no idea what was wrong. *It tasted thin, no flavor at
    > all. *Last night I made brownies and ended up with a batch that developed a
    > paper thin floating crust on top that shattered everywhere and over-baked
    > them. *I made the brownies again tonight to do them right. *I was very
    > methodical about how I made them, I reviewed the recipe before panning them.
    > I even commented to my husband how much different the batter was tonight -- *
    > very thick -- which I attributed to some mistake that I had made last night.
    > As I was cleaning the kitchen after putting the brownies into the oven, I
    > found the uncracked eggs sitting on the counter. *Bah!!!!! *I quit!!!*Let
    > someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen gremlins leave on
    > vacation.
    > Janet

    Sorry you had a bad kitchen day. I had a food flop also. It must've
    been the moon phase. Made dough in the abm for Kaisers and prob.
    forgot to add the yeast. The dough was a big, wet glop. Made a
    second batch, cut in half this time, and was very careful - I got
    decent dough that time 'round.

    I swear if there is ANY interruption while adding ingreeds, I'm bound
    to fail. There are days I can't even count to 3 when measuring out
    the flour.

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    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up


    "Michael "Dog3"" <don'[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]>
    > news[email protected]: in rec.food.cooking
    >
    >>
    >> "Damsel in dis Dress" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> On Sun, 22 Mar 2009 20:19:41 -0600, "Janet Bostwick"
    >>> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>>Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that
    >>>>I threw it out. I have no idea what was wrong. It tasted thin, no
    >>>>flavor at
    >>>>all. Last night I made brownies and ended up with a batch that
    >>>>developed a
    >>>>paper thin floating crust on top that shattered everywhere and
    >>>>over-baked them. I made the brownies again tonight to do them right.
    >>>> I was very methodical about how I made them, I reviewed the recipe
    >>>>before panning them.
    >>>>I even commented to my husband how much different the batter was
    >>>>tonight --
    >>>>very thick -- which I attributed to some mistake that I had made last
    >>>>night.
    >>>>As I was cleaning the kitchen after putting the brownies into the
    >>>>oven, I found the uncracked eggs sitting on the counter. Bah!!!!! I
    >>>>quit!!! Let someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen
    >>>>gremlins leave on vacation.
    >>>>Janet
    >>>
    >>> I feel your pain. Come on over. We can have a pajama party, talk
    >>> about boys, and get drunk,
    >>>
    >>> Carol
    >>>

    >> That's perfect! I haven't had a girl's night out in a long time.
    >> Thank you. }
    >> Janet

    >
    > Ohhh... it does sound perfect. Can I come
    >
    > Michael
    >

    Will you pick me up on the way? I don't feel safe driving. Thanks
    Janet



  13. #13
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up


    "Sam" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:gq7111$tug$[email protected]..
    > On 2009-03-22 22:19:41 -0400, "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]> said:
    >
    >> Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that I
    >> threw it out. I have no idea what was wrong. It tasted thin, no flavor
    >> at
    >> all. Last night I made brownies and ended up with a batch that developed
    >> a
    >> paper thin floating crust on top that shattered everywhere and over-baked
    >> them. I made the brownies again tonight to do them right. I was very
    >> methodical about how I made them, I reviewed the recipe before panning
    >> them.
    >> I even commented to my husband how much different the batter was
    >> tonight --
    >> very thick -- which I attributed to some mistake that I had made last
    >> night.
    >> As I was cleaning the kitchen after putting the brownies into the oven, I
    >> found the uncracked eggs sitting on the counter. Bah!!!!! I quit!!!
    >> Let
    >> someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen gremlins leave on
    >> vacation.
    >> Janet

    >
    > Been there, done that.
    > Come on over...bring booze.
    >
    > sam
    >

    We're going to Dams house. I've got Yukon Jack -- that o.k.?
    Janet



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    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up


    "bulka" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Mar 22, 10:52 pm, Sam <s...@null.com> wrote:
    >> On 2009-03-22 22:19:41 -0400, "Janet Bostwick" <nos...@nospam.net> said:

    snip
    I quit!!! Let
    >> > someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen gremlins leave on
    >> > vacation.
    >> > Janet

    >>
    >> Been there, done that.
    >> Come on over...bring booze.
    >>
    >> sam

    >
    > Yeah, sometimes it's just like that. Working from a recipie or from
    > intuition and experience, most times you get it, sometimes it's
    > brilliant and someimes you think "Why bother even to eat?"
    >
    > I've been sub-par myself for about a week, though the non-cooks at the
    > table seem satisfied. Maybe the gremlins are in my head, not in the
    > stove.
    >
    > Good luck. Get back on the horse.
    >
    > B

    Nah, no horsie. It's time to get the reserves out of the freezer and lie
    low for a bit. Sorry the gremlins are at your house too.
    Janet



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    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up


    "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]> wrote:

    snip
    Bah!!!!! I quit!!! Let
    >> someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen gremlins leave on
    >> vacation.
    >> Janet

    >
    > Sounds like you need a break. :-)
    >
    > Go out to dinner at your favorite restaurant!
    > --
    > Peace! Om
    >

    So you think it's safe to leave the house? Why don't we all just party
    instead?
    Janet



  16. #16
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up


    "Michael "Dog3"" <don'[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]>
    > news:[email protected]: in rec.food.cooking
    >
    >> Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that
    >> I threw it out. snip

    >
    > Gawd I know that feeling. I call it the twitchy kitchy syndrome. snip


    .. That's when I noticed the eggs sitting on the counter top.
    > I'd forgotten the eggs. I threw batch 2 out and stopped at the bakery
    > the next morning on the way to work. I took a lovely store bought spice
    > cake for the pot luck.
    >
    > Michael
    >

    How is it possible to be so lame? It's like there's a connection missing in
    the brain but you think you are operating correctly. I think booze may be
    the answer for awhile.
    Janet



  17. #17
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up


    "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:q0Lxl.166153$[email protected]..
    > Janet Bostwick wrote:
    >
    >> Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that
    >> I threw it out. I have no idea what was wrong.

    >
    > That's the worst, when you don't know what's wrong, and if
    > it happens again, you (I) become skittish about making that
    > again.


    >
    > You need a break, that kind of trouble will touch everything you do
    > until it passes. Stop, before you start breaking stuff or backing
    > into someone in a parking lot.
    > nancy

    I agree, but a party with a bunch of people baby-sitting me should be o.k --
    don't you think? I won't drive, I promise.
    Janet



  18. #18
    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up


    "Janet Bostwick" wrote:
    >
    > Yesterday I made beef barley soup. It was so bad, so tasteless, that I
    > threw it out. I have no idea what was wrong. It tasted thin, no flavor
    > at all.


    Why pray tell did you throw it out... thin and tasteless coulda *easily*
    been fixed... add a couple more handfuls barley, and herbs/spices/veggies,
    and 'shooms natcherly, and even a couple beef bouillion cubes is excusable.
    If you had no more barley a handful small pasta works
    (orzo/ditali/pastina/alphabets), and if desperate, rice, even a couple diced
    spuds. I wouldn't have thrown it out... my beef barley never turns out too
    thin, too thick is usually my problem because I'm so generous, but very
    easily fixed... can't tell yoose how many times I had to transfer an overly
    generous soup to a larger pot, add more liquid, and adjust seasoning.

    No law says barley has to be cooked to death so it looks like gloppy
    porridge, I prefer to *see* the barley and to have some flavorful broth...
    herbs, spices, and veggies add lots of flavor, even added a red bell pepper
    to this one (visual is important). Started with 3 lbs of diced, seasoned,
    browned chuck, 4 onions, half bunch celery, 1 lb carrots, black pepper,
    white pepper, parsley, dillweed, marjoram, 'shrooms of course, and 2 lbs
    barley, salt to taste... no garlic with barley... I add some msg... and
    [secret ingredient] I like to add a bit of blade mace to soups:
    http://i44.tinypic.com/e123px.jpg





  19. #19
    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up

    "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]>
    news:[email protected] m: in rec.food.cooking

    >>>> I feel your pain. Come on over. We can have a pajama party, talk
    >>>> about boys, and get drunk,
    >>>>
    >>>> Carol
    >>>>
    >>> That's perfect! I haven't had a girl's night out in a long time.
    >>> Thank you. }
    >>> Janet

    >>
    >> Ohhh... it does sound perfect. Can I come
    >>
    >> Michael
    >>

    > Will you pick me up on the way? I don't feel safe driving. Thanks


    Of course I'll pick you up. We can gossip on the way

    Michael

    --
    “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand
    your words.”
    ~Elbert Hubbard

    You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

  20. #20
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: that's it, I give up

    In article <[email protected]> ,
    "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Omelet" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news[email protected]..
    > > In article <[email protected]>,
    > > "Janet Bostwick" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > snip
    > Bah!!!!! I quit!!! Let
    > >> someone else do the cooking until my personal kitchen gremlins leave on
    > >> vacation.
    > >> Janet

    > >
    > > Sounds like you need a break. :-)
    > >
    > > Go out to dinner at your favorite restaurant!
    > >

    > So you think it's safe to leave the house? Why don't we all just party
    > instead?
    > Janet


    I'm in. :-)
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

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