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Hughlysses
Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 02:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

-Was Crusty successful at the Registry on Wednesday?
-Did Crusty hit the road as planned this morning?
-Will the new Sporty engine work flawlessly, or grenade on a deserted dark road hundreds of miles from civilization?

These and more questions will hopefully be answered in Crusty's next post- stay tuned!

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Crusty
Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 04:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Q&A Time


-Was Crusty successful at the Registry on Wednesday?
-Did Crusty hit the road as planned this Morning?
-Will the new Sportster engine work flawlessly, or grenade on a deserted dark road hundreds of miles from civilization?



Hughlysses asked these questions on BadWeB, so I feel I should answer them.

- Yes; the Roadster is now wearing my Handicap plate. The same plate sheís been wearing since I first got it. All it took was money, patience, a couple of phone calls to Liberty Mutual along with an RMV-3 form e-mailed to me and a couple of hours of my time. I sure am glad they streamlined the processes at the RMV. Iíd probably still be there today, otherwise. Or somethiní. Dealing with the Registry is always a PITA.

- No. Iím hitting the road early tomorrow morning. Google says it should take 10 hours and 26 minutes travel time from my driveway to Harrisville, WV. If Iím on the road before 6:00 AM, I should be there long before sunset.

- Iím hoping it will work flawlessly. If it takes a dump out in the middle of nowhere, Iíll take that as a sign that I shouldnít tour on a rubber mount Sportster.

Right now, Iíve got the bike half packed. My clothes, tools and a few other items are in the bags. In a little while, Iíll bring the tent, sleeping bag and pad out and put them on. My laptop and toilet kit will go out in the morning and will be the last items packed. I really should get a pair of 30 Liter bags for short trips like this. The bike would look better, and everything would pack better, as well. As soon as I get ahead financially, I think Iíll buy a pair. Ö If I ever get ahead financiallyÖ Well; I might win the Lottery; ya never know.

Iíve got the route planned out; itís pretty simple I290 to 90 to 84 to 81 to 70 to 68 to 79 to US 50 to Rt. 16. Piece of cake.

To be completely honest, I am a bit apprehensive. Iím listening for any unusual sounds coming from the engine, or any unusual behavior, in general. I believe that the engine will be fine, but I havenít gotten over being stranded in the middle of Illinois. Hopefully, this trip will allay those worries.

Now, on with the positive. I donít have a cheap suit to wear for the wedding, but itís not mandatory, so Iím not going to worry about it. Iím really looking forward to seeing everybody - Mark, Frank, Jim, Matthew, Joe and all the rest. Iím really sorry that Glitch, Ishai and Vern and Brad wonít be there, but I understand; I damn near didnít go, either. And I donít know if the bike will make it or not. By tomorrow night, that question will be answered.

It will be nice to see Jack and Judy Gainer (Markís dad and step mom) and Iím really looking forward to the BBQ. Iím also looking forward to sitting around the campfire and stacking firewood up to skyscraper proportions and breakfast in the little restaurant in Cairo(?) where there was only one cook and one waitress last year, and we poured coffee for ourselves because the two ladies were slammed trying to take care of all of us.

This should be a Great Time. Iíll probably be too excited to sleep much tonight. Maybe Iíll do like Froggy and head out earlier than planned.

Weíll see.
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Ishai
Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 08:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

So sorry I will miss this shindig and all you fine folks.. Crusty- good luck with your travels, I' positive everything is going to be fine.
At my Theater in DC (the Warner Theater) we are making it tomorrow into a movie house so Saturday we will be having the Star Wars Trilogy, so not all is bad..
And to quote somebody famous,for you crusty- May the Force be With You...
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Ourdee
Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 08:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

, but I havenít gotten over being stranded in the middle of Illinois.

I hear you brother. I've been stuck here for 10 years.
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Griffmeister
Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 10:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Happy trails Crusty, you're a braver man than me. The next few days are supposed to be high 90's with equally high humidity. I can't even look at the bike when it's like this. Might be better off getting an early start and use that extra space to pack water. Have a good time and keep us posted.
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Etennuly
Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 10:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Go Crusty!

I was really hoping you would get to make this trip! Glad to see it.

Work here sucks. I am fenced in presently.
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86129squids
Posted on Friday, August 12, 2016 - 02:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

"To be completely honest, I am a bit apprehensive. Iím listening for any unusual sounds coming from the engine, or any unusual behavior, in general. I believe that the engine will be fine, but I havenít gotten over being stranded in the middle of Illinois. Hopefully, this trip will allay those worries."

Grokkin' it John. But remember, you had the ability, chance, and grace to rebuild the RoadCrusted Sporty yourself, so you shouldn't worry too much.

We have faith in you. Rock and Roll on!
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86129squids
Posted on Friday, August 12, 2016 - 02:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hey! Just Google "goodwill", "habitat re-store", thrift stores on the way, there should be lots... you gotta be dressed to the Nines!

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Crusty
Posted on Friday, August 12, 2016 - 09:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Short and Sweet

Iím in a Maccaís in Middletown, New York having my usual Sausage McMuffin & Senior Coffee. The WiFi still sucks, but Iím enjoying the breakfast. The roadster is running well, so far. I couldnít believe how good the bike felt as I started out on this ride.

I hope I have the stamina to make it to the Rally before sundown. I used to do 1200 mile rides straight through, back in the Ď70s. I think a 700 mile ride in a day is not an unreasonable goal.

Well, itís time to get back out there.
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Reepicheep
Posted on Friday, August 12, 2016 - 10:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Take your time and be safe. 700 is doable, but it's hard, so pace yourself, and stop if you need too.
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Greg_e
Posted on Friday, August 12, 2016 - 12:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

It's also hot and muggy 'round here, not much fun working outside this week.
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86129squids
Posted on Friday, August 12, 2016 - 12:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

+1000, Greg. HAD to mow the grass here in Mur-vil TN yesterday, it was MISERABLE in this heat! Gonna try to weedeat/blow today, can't wait for autumn to arrive.

Go John GO!!!! Just remember, Mark's BBQ awaits you!!!
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Froggy
Posted on Friday, August 12, 2016 - 01:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

If John makes it he wins an award for being the only person to ride to WV Trailer Rally
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Prior
Posted on Friday, August 12, 2016 - 03:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

WV Trailer Rally- great name!

I did meet up with Ferris, CarLost, Kristi and Jim (on a KTM Adventure) this morning for breakfast in Fancy Gap, VA. W*rk had other plans for me late today, but did get a few miles in the wind before I headed back to the plant. CarLost is staying local to this area on his M2, Jim is headed to WV on this Adventure.

I participated- kinda...
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Crusty
Posted on Friday, August 12, 2016 - 06:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'm in a Blubber King in Fairmont, WV.

I should be at the rally in an hour or so.

It's been an Interesting ride, today.

The Roadster seems to be doing OK.
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Natexlh1000
Posted on Friday, August 12, 2016 - 11:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Awesome!
I love to hear success.
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Crusty
Posted on Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 08:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hot And Humid


Itís hot and humid here. The humidity has to be close to 99% since thereís fog all around me and I donít think the temperature fell much below 80ļ F during the night. My T shirt, which got soaked in the rain yesterday, didnít dry out during the night. I feel like I should be growing gills to breathe. Everybody else is asleep. I donít know how late they stayed up, I was in my tent at 10:00 and out cold. Yesterdayís ride exhausted me.

The ride down was eventful. It took quite a bit longer to get here than I expected.Traffic was held up by three major accidents along the way. The first was the ugliest. It was a Semi that hit the median guardrail, then flipped on its side. It had also caught fire. All that was left of the tractor was a radiator, engine and frame. the trailer had also burned. I donít know what the load was originally, but by the time I got there, it was just a pile of blackened rubble. That was on the Mass Pike on the eastbound side. Traffic was crawling on my (westbound) side, but traffic was backed up for something like 30 miles the other way. I was well into Connecticut on I-84 before the backup eased. I hope the driver got out, but, from the looks of the scene, thatís doubtful.

The other two accidents were mostly cleared up before I got to the scene, but there were still 1/2 hour stretches when I sat with my engine off and steamed in the sun like a hot dog in a convenience store. Then there was the rain. It would pour like hell for five minutes, then five miles down the road, everything was bone dry. I got soaked by the first cloudburst before I got my rain gear on. Then, the rain gear kept all the moisture inside, so I didnít dry out. After riding for an hour, the heat and lack of ventilationís getting to me. I was zoning out pretty badly, so I stopped in a truck stop, took off the gear and I bought a can of Red Bull to revitalize me. I donít usually drink energy drinks, so when I do, they work pretty well for me. The Red Bull did the trick, and I was awake and alert while I sat still on I-68 waiting for the police to clear the accident site and feeling like a very alert Frankfurter.

Eventually, I made it to the Cokely Campground Overflow Area and rolled into the rally. The Roadster performed flawlessly all day. About three hours into the ride, I was hit with the realization that at this time in my life, itís the perfect bike for me. It feels right. Itís not perfect (the suspension could use a lot of improvement), but the bike just works for me.

Well, people are getting up; I think weíre going to the Log Cabin Restaurant for breakfast, so Iíd better finish this up and get ready.

Froggy says he can get me internet here. If so, this will be posted sooner than later.

(Message edited by Crusty on August 13, 2016)
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Pwnzor
Posted on Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 10:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Awesome update! Keep them coming, and have a great time, I know you will.

I sure do wish I could be there.
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Griffmeister
Posted on Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 11:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

If anyone could get you internet it would be Froggy. Have a great day and try to stay out of that sun or you'll have to change your user name to "Hot Dog".
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86129squids
Posted on Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 01:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Vern had mentioned how HAWTTT it could get out there at the campground... DO REMEMBER that there's a really nice swimming pool AND lake close by! I got to hit the pool for a while one day, and it was awesome!

PICTURES OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN!!!

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Cyclonedon
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016 - 12:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I really like the HD Roadster. I almost bought one in 2005 but the dealer didn't want to give anything for my M2 Cyclone. The motorcycle is clean look with a comfortable riding position and it would be so much easier to do maintenance work on. They don't seem to have all the electrical problems that Buells seem to be known for either. They also hold their resale value really good! I saw a 2005 Roadster for sale at a dealer in Racine that was 5 years old at that time and their asking price was what I could have bought it for new in 2005!
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Crusty
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016 - 07:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Iíve Gotten Soft


I had a rough ride home from the rally. I didnít get enough sleep on Saturday night (Sunday morning, actually). It was 1:15 when I finally hit the sleeping bag, and I was awake at 6:00 AM. So I had to fight to keep from nodding most of the way home. This meant that I stopped a lot more often than I usually would. I drank a can of Red Bull around 10:00 AM, and it helped for an hour or so, but then it was back to dragging ass. I drank lots of Gatorade, because I tend to get drowsy when Iím not hydrated enough. Finally, about 30 miles east of Scranton, I bought a little bottle of 5 Hour Energy. Iíve never tried it before, but I know someone who really likes it. It was cheaper than a 12 oz. can of Red Bull (by all of .19 cents), so I chose a bottle of Pomegranate flavor, and drank it. It didnít taste anything like pomegranate; it tasted like dung sweetened with saccharine. However, it worked. I was awake and reasonably alert for the last 250 miles, and I rolled into the garage a little after 10:00 PM.

I didnít bother to unpack the bike. I just took the bags off and brought them into the apartment. Right now, Iím doing a load of laundry. Once thatís done, Iíll go out to the bike and bring in the tent and sleeping bag and mesh jacket. Then, Iíll start on the day. I need to go over to the Quarter Car Wash. The rain I hit on Friday and yesterday did nothing for the beauty of the Roadster. She really needs some love, A thorough cleaning and a good bit of time with Armor All, Chrome Cleaner and Wax is in order. The bike performed flawlessly. I still havenít gotten over the engine dying in Illinois, however. Last night, one of the lifters was sounding a little louder than it has been, and I immediately jumped into Paranoid mode. I donít know if Iíll ever quite have the trust in the motor that I had. Selling the bike is not the solution, as Iíd be just as edgy with any Sportster. Hopefully, time will heal that wound.

I also need to go over to the Powder coater and pick up the piece to mount the highway pegs. The paint had flaked off, so I bead blasted it and brought it over to be coated. The e owner did it for no charge. He told me that it wouldnít be fair to charge me the $100.00 minimum, so he just did it for free. So, I guess I should at least name them. Itís Central Mass Powder Coating in Clinton, MA. They did the brackets I made up when I put the hard bags on Terriís Ss, and they did a good job. If you need to get something powder coated, and youíre in the area, I give then a strong recommendation.

Last night, I told myself that I was just going to kick back and do nothing today. But this morning, I want to get a lot done. I can barely walk. My bad ankle is throbbing like all hell, and the toe I hurt in Canada is hurting. Both feet are not working like they should, and walking around the apartment is painful. I hope that itís just a reaction from the weekend, and theyíll soon be back to normal. Otherwise, it will be a laid back day from necessity. I think the toe will get better pretty quickly, but the way the ankle feels, I might want to carry the cane with me today.

Well, thatís enough for now. I could go on a rant about Elephant Racers, Truckers who think everyone should form a single lane two miles before the merge point, morons who travel 5 MPH below the Speed Limit in the passing lane, and wonít move over and, of course, the ubiquitous cell phone users who float all over their lane at varying speeds, but you all know that tune.

(Message edited by Crusty on August 15, 2016)
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Pwnzor
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016 - 07:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Glad you made it home safely... I know something you can do that won't hurt your toe...

POST SOME PICTURES.

The new-to-you motor working out perfectly is exactly what I've been praying for. I can't wait to see where it will take you next.
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Crusty
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016 - 08:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I didn't take many pictures, and the ones I did take were all centered around the wedding and the really dignified suits everyone was sporting.

Here are a few examples:





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Crusty
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016 - 08:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

More:



And then, there was Froggy



But the best suit was Jim's (Damnut)



What West Virginia wedding would be complete without a shotgun? (It's real) Also note the Darth Vader flower girl:



The Wedding



The Cake

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Court
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016 - 09:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

>>>The new-to-you motor working out perfectly is exactly what I've been praying for. I can't wait to see where it will take you next.

Mark never misses . . . Man oh man . . what an event!

Congratulations to the newly wed couple also . . . been a long time since I've seen a shotgun at a wedding and it warms my heart.

Fashion statements . . .each and every one of youse!
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Two_seasons
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016 - 09:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

This has got to be one of the best meet ups in the USA. Great looking bunch and the wedding looks perfect.

Carry on my Buelling friends.
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Wolfridgerider
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016 - 10:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

This has got to be one of the best meet ups in the USA. Great looking bunch and the wedding looks perfect.

It was a good time but the weather put a small turd in the punch bowl
It rained like crazy Friday morning.
Then the HEAT never let up. Its hard to put a smile on your face when a short walk has you looking like you ran a marathon.
(and for me, being 50 lbs over weight doesn't help)
It was so hot my S3 went into skip spark mode and ran like crap.
I still had a good time and ate WAY to much!

Glad you made it Crusty. You have put many smiles on Judy's face and I can't thank you enough.
Hope to see you again next year.
It will be back to its normal 3rd weekend of August. (17th-20th)
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Crusty
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 07:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Gratitude


Iíve been thinking about how lucky Iíve been. It started when I bought a Lottery ticket that didnít even have one number that matched the winning draw, and I started grousing to myself about how crappy my luck is. Then I realized that while I donít have the luck to win Lotteries, Iíve had some incredibly good luck in quite a few other areas of my life.

Last year, I rode all over the western and midwestern States. When I came back to Massachusetts at the end of July, my belt snapped. When it snapped, I was right across the street from my Tax Accountantís office, so I pushed the bike into his parking lot and thatís where I changed the belt. It didnít snap while I was 50 miles from the nearest town in Montana, it waited until I was back in familiar territory with friends around me.

When the engine on the Roadster let go in the middle of Illinois, I was fortunate enough that I had Towing as part of my Insurance coverage. The credit line on my credit card was increased in April, so I had enough room on the card to rent a U-Haul truck and get the bike to Cincinnati and my brother Davidís house. Then, my luck really took off. While I was planning how I was going to get the bike back to Massachusetts, the members of BadWeb worked out a relay that got me home and even got me one hell of a damned good meal along the way. My brother David couldnít get over the fact that a bunch of guys on a motorcycle forum would organize a relay to help me get home. He was amazed, to say the least.

Then, when the damage to the Roadsterís engine proved to be catastrophic, I found an engine nearby for almost $1,000.00 less that it would have cost from Pinwall Cycle, and the guys at the shop let me use their lift and tools to make the engine swap.

If I look back over my life, I can see a lot of occasions where Iíve been remarkably lucky in all sorts of ways. I just need to stop and look with the right attitude.

I really am a Lucky Guy.
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Alfau
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 07:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EI7p2p1QJI
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