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Another notch on the outing belt for you Jeff.  Well done!

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3 hours ago, jeremy1986 said:

Nicely done, @JeffB, even if in flats ;-) 

Thanks. As I’ve said, it isn’t about just the shoes for me, hasn’t been for years now, rather the entire outfit. That’s what matters most.

2 hours ago, Mr. X said:

Another notch on the outing belt for you Jeff.  Well done!

I appreciate that greatly.

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6 hours ago, JeffB said:

Thanks. As I’ve said, it isn’t about just the shoes for me, hasn’t been for years now, rather the entire outfit. That’s what matters most.

I know - was just teasing ;-) 

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Jaunt #519, 9/28/2019: As everyone here knows, I’m crazy about numbers, to me, it’s part of what makes this thread so much fun for me. So, what number am I blabbing about this time? Well, this outing marks the 100th time I’ve worn sandals. I consider that important since several years ago, you couldn’t get me to wear such shoes which I had little liking for as they just didn’t appeal to me, not in the slightest, but today, I just LOVE sandals, especially flats which I wore today, they’re just so comfortable and easy to wear on long outings, during spring and summer, there were no other shoes I enjoyed wearing. Another example of how I came to appreciate something I originally didn’t. Anyhoo, I paired the Payless “Noble” flat sandals in black with a black print jersey dress from H & M and a black handbag.

Anyhoo, this was strictly a South Jersey outing as I motored over the bridge with my first stop being Cherry Hill Mall, once there, I went into JCPenney where I paid my bill, then went upstairs to the women’s department and saw a couple of pieces of boxed jewelry, on sale for $11 bucks each that caught my eye, so I bought them, then I went into the food court where I once again resisted the devilish allure of pizza and had a salad with a bottle of water instead. After lunch, I casually strolled through the mall, filled with shoppers and stopped at the Apple Store to take a look at the new iPhone 11 with a 6.1 inch screen and it’s larger sibling, the iPhone 11 Pro with a 6.5 inch screen, I have to say I was pretty impressed with the new phone, but I’m not ready to upgrade, at least not yet. Leaving Cherry Hill, I drove to Moorestown Mall where I went to Sears and the optometry department to have the frames of the new glasses I bought adjusted as they were a tad snug, then I went to my favorite multiplex to watch Rambo: Last Blood which I thought was awesome. After the movie, I walked to HomeSense, a store that’s all about stuff for the kitchen, bathroom, dining room and living room, a pretty cool place to shop and I bought half a dozen dish towels (yes, I wash my dishes) which I needed for my kitchen.

My last stop of the day was to Best Buy, they also had the new iPhone on sale, the temptto go ahead and buy one was strong, but I resisted the siren song, settling instead for the Blu-Ray version of X-Men: Dark Phoenix. All told, I spent some six hours on the road and had a good time, perhaps I might have time for one more outing in sandals before the cooler weather arrives. More to come....

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Jaunt #520, 10/5/2019: It’s absolutely amazing the difference a week can make. Last Saturday, I was parading around South Jersey in a sleeveless dress and sandals while temps were in the upper 80’s, heck, four days later, we saw a ridiculous, summer like high of 95, in fact, it was so hot, I had to use my air conditioner....on the 2nd of October. But, by the time Saturday rolled around, temps had fallen through the floor, when I left on my jaunt, temps were only in the upper 50’s, yeah, talk about extremes. So, I had to dress accordingly for the conditions in a black faux leather from JCPenney over a gray turtleneck sweater dress from H&M, black tights, the Payless “Terri” black ankle boots and a black satchel bag. I bought the dress some three weeks ago as stores started breaking out their fall and winter clothes, since the dress was nice and short, I wasted no time buying it because I knew it would look sharp on me, and it did, by the by, this was the first time I wore hosiery since March or so, but it both made my legs look great and kept them warm while it sure felt good to wear proper heels again (even if just three inchers) after a summer spent in flat sandals.

My destination for the day was the King of Prussia Mall, a place I never visit unless I’m garbed in skirts or dresses, I’ve done so many jaunts there, I just feels wrong to wear men’s clothing there. With cooler weather in place, there were lots of girls and women sporting legwear like I had while more than a few few sported Ugg boots, something that’s never been my cup of tea, speaking of which, an Ugg store had just opened at the mall, and, as I walked past, it was full of shoppers. After an uneventful lunch with an uneventful salad and an uneventful bottle of water, I did some strolling through the mall, the chilly temps acted as a reminder to stock up on long johns at Modell’s Sporting Goods for the winter months to come, at Macy’s, they were having a jewelry sale with discounts up to as much as 60 percent, I saw a pretty silver pendant that caught my eye, it was priced at $35 bucks, but I paid only $15 after taxes, not bad. Jewelry is as important to my overall appearance as a fashion freestyler as the clothes and shoes, and I particularly enjoy wearing necklaces and pendants, so any chance I had to add to that pile, I was going to take advantage of the opportunity. As for buying clothes, I didn’t see anything in the stores I usually haunt (H&M, Old Navy, Primark) that interested me, but, the fall season is young, plenty of time for stuff to come in that I would like and, in turn, purchase.

My average time spent at KOP was around four hours, and this outing was no different, I even killed time in the Microsoft Store watching a dozen gamers playing Fortnite, and, I have to say, it was plenty darn interesting, even for someone like myself who isn’t into videogames like I was in my misspent youth. Of course, no one paid my attire so much as an idle glance. With cool weather having asserted itself (I guess), it’ll soon be time to break out the fall and winter clothes, and see what I’ll keep and what I’ll donate to Goodwill. More to come....

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Rocking that wintery outfit @JeffB Especially the cute Booties

 

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Jaunt #521, 10/6/2019: I know I’ve said this numerous times in the past in this thread, but I see every outing I take as an experiment, especially when it comes to the outfits I wear. It’s no big deal for me to spend hours matching skirts, tops, dresses, shoes, handbags and jewelry until I assemble an outfit I like. Also, when I come up with a particular combination, I’ll Google it to see if women wear it out in the real world, then I know I can pull it off, or, at the very least, try to pull it off. Today was such an example as I paired an Old Navy mid-length camidress with the Bellini “Sable” ankle boots, a combination I’ve never worn before, adding a dark denim jacket since temps were only ten or so degrees warmer than yesterday. The beauty of women’s clothing is the near infinite variety which enables me to put together all sorts of outfits, keeping things endlessly fresh when it comes to fashion freestyling.

With a couple of hours to kill before the Eagles square off against the New York Jets, I went west of not Springfield to take care of a couple of errands. While the skies were cloudy, it was comfortable enough for the jacket I wore over the dress, the first stop was at Acme to pick up some non-perishable items which took a wee bit of time to find because I don’t visit that store very often, the aisles were fairly crowded, no doubt from shoppers stocking up on stuff before the game, but I went ignored, as is often the case. After Acme, I headed further west to Bed Bath & Beyond, on a previous outing there, I bought a Brita water pitcher which I’m using to replace those heavy cases of bottled water I used to buy, and it works like a charm, but, since I drink a goodly amount of water since I began my weight loss regimen over two years ago, I figured that one pitcher might not be enough, so I went back for a second. At thirty bucks a pop, I figure they’ll pay for themselves after a couple of months, give or take, so it’s a worthwhile purchase. On my way to the cash register, the inevitable finally happened....I ran into someone I knew, a coworker from the office.

After eleven years of public outings, it stood to reason it was only a matter of time before that happened, despite living in such a large metropolis as the Philadelphia region where the chances of such an encounter were slim, still, I never gave that any thought. That said, I was momentarily startled, the coworker's face was impassive, called me by name in greeting, I nodded and returned his greeting before he went his way and I checked out. Now, the coworker and I are in different departments in different areas of the building and I don’t see him all too much during the course of the day, oh, by the by, he’s about to retire. Will he say anything to me Monday morning? Will he blab to others? I do count him as a friendly acquaintance, so perhaps he’ll keep what he saw to himself, I mean, we all have our secrets. I guess I’ll find out, one way or another. In any event, this won’t spook me or keep me from going out and about, I’ve too much invested time, money and resources as a freestyler to let this unnerve me. More to come....

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Posted (edited)

In today's era of workplace rights in the US, I would assume you'll be "A okay".  Still curious to hear a follow up though.

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4 hours ago, kneehighs said:

In today's era of workplace rights in the US, I would assume you'll be "A okay".  Still curious to hear a follow up though.

Well, you’ll be happy to hear nothing happened. I ran into that coworker this morning and nothing was mentioned. If anything, he was eager to talk about yesterday’s Eagles win over the New York Jets, which I was happy to do.

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8 hours ago, JeffB said:

Well, you’ll be happy to hear nothing happened. I ran into that coworker this morning and nothing was mentioned. If anything, he was eager to talk about yesterday’s Eagles win over the New York Jets, which I was happy to do.

That's great to hear!  

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Ran into someone I knew for the 1st time as well this past weekend. My financial adviser. I was getting an order to go at my local wild wings joint when he came out of the restrooms. Walked right up to me while I was wearing my ladies jeans & 4" patent pumps, shook my hand & asked why I didn't return his call from last month. As soon as I mentioned I had some money to bring him his eyes were fixed on mine. Heh, I don't think he even bothered to look down past my wallet at that point! Like most of you guys I am past the point of caring if anyone see's me wearing heels, but I still had that fleeting moment of "Oh No, someone I know!"

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1 hour ago, chesterx said:

Ran into someone I knew for the 1st time as well this past weekend. My financial adviser. I was getting an order to go at my local wild wings joint when he came out of the restrooms. Walked right up to me while I was wearing my ladies jeans & 4" patent pumps, shook my hand & asked why I didn't return his call from last month. As soon as I mentioned I had some money to bring him his eyes were fixed on mine. Heh, I don't think he even bothered to look down past my wallet at that point! Like most of you guys I am past the point of caring if anyone see's me wearing heels, but I still had that fleeting moment of "Oh No, someone I know!"

I think it's only natural to think that way when such an encounter happens, and yes, that very thought flashed through my mind too. But, I kept my cool, didn't panic and went about my business. That's the only way to go.

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well done @JeffB - was a kind of a relief to read that even an experience freestyler like yourself was concerned about the talk at the office. 

On 10/8/2019 at 10:03 AM, chesterx said:

Ran into someone I knew for the 1st time as well this past weekend. My financial adviser. I was getting an order to go at my local wild wings joint when he came out of the restrooms. Walked right up to me while I was wearing my ladies jeans & 4" patent pumps, shook my hand & asked why I didn't return his call from last month. As soon as I mentioned I had some money to bring him his eyes were fixed on mine. Heh, I don't think he even bothered to look down past my wallet at that point! Like most of you guys I am past the point of caring if anyone see's me wearing heels, but I still had that fleeting moment of "Oh No, someone I know!"

Weird he didn't notice that you were 4" taller...?? 

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14 hours ago, jeremy1986 said:

well done @JeffB - was a kind of a relief to read that even an experience freestyler like yourself was concerned about the talk at the office. 

Weird he didn't notice that you were 4" taller...?? 

Well, I'm sure he noticed, but he does work for me so he isn't going to antagonize me. I coulda been wearing an ostrich costume & he would not have cared as long as I keep bringing him money...

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5 hours ago, chesterx said:

Well, I'm sure he noticed, but he does work for me so he isn't going to antagonize me. I coulda been wearing an ostrich costume & he would not have cared as long as I keep bringing him money...

I think he would like it more if you were wearing a goose outfit - with the promise of laying a golden egg!

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On 10/10/2019 at 8:39 AM, jeremy1986 said:

well done @JeffB - was a kind of a relief to read that even an experience freestyler like yourself was concerned about the talk at the office.

Since an encounter with a coworker while on a jaunt never happened before this past Sunday, I had no idea what to expect, so the worst case scenario was a first thought. Fortunately, that never came to pass, for which I'm grateful.

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Since I live in a small town, of course I run into people I know all the time, but sometimes it can be kind of awkward running into people from work, which mainly takes place in the nearby capital city. It does happen occasionally, and I've never had any bad experiences, but it still crosses one's mind when it's happening. I still don't wear heels when I have to go to the union hall.

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Jaunt #522, 10/12/2019: On Wednesday, I came into a financial windfall, winning fifty bucks in an instant lottery scratch off game, WHOO-HOO! So, I decided to spend that money foolishly at Park Casino on Saturday, with temps fairly cool, I went with a denim jacket over a navy crewneck knit dress (both from Old Navy), black tights, the Payless "Ripley" gray short slouch boots and a black handbag. The day before, I finally (though kinda reluctantly) swapped out my spring/summer garb for my fall/winter attire as it appears fall looks to have fully established itself, so, no more short sleeves, camisoles or spaghetti strap dresses. Bummer. However, I'm excited for the season that's now in place since I can now show off my long sleeved dresses, tights and boots, and I look forward to adding to my fall wardrobe.

After driving into the northeast and to the casino, the lot was pretty full as people do enjoy going there on weekends. The inside of the place was packed, especially the slot machine areas, of course, no one paid me a second's worth of attention as they were busy waging war with those one armed bandits. As is my custom (of sorts), I had a light lunch before I went to play as I never gamble on an empty stomach, I then settled down to have fun with one cent machines using that cash I won, it took awhile, but after fiddling around on two or three machines, I got lucky and hit for $105 bucks. WHOO-HOO! I know it's no fortune, but hey, it's more money than I came in the place with, so that was plenty darn exciting of I do say so myself. I cashed out, tried another machine and, after some twenty minutes, won another thirty bucks. Not bad, not bad at all. It was at that point I decided not to push my luck and called it a day. With my wallet a wee bit thicker than it was when I went in Parx, I headed back down the road to Philadelphia Mills (formerly known as Franklin Mills), a large outlet mall when, on an impulse, I decided to take in a movie at the multiplex, my choice was Joker which was pretty decent, but not as great as reviewers called it. A shade over two hours later, I wandered through the mall looking to spend that cash I won at Parx, I did drew more than a few looks and stares here and there, nothing noteworthy however, and I paid the faint attention no mind. Sadly, despite having wandered into a few stores, I didn't find anything I liked, so I took my winnings home.

While I can't remember the last time I visited a casino (because I only do that trip a scant few times a year), I do fondly recall the fun I have there like I had on this outing because I won a little cash, and that's always a good time. Perhaps I'll return there in December, of course, I'll wear a frock there, that's just how I roll. Heh! More to come....

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Great story Jeff!  The new winnings would've made a great opportunity to try Parc Cafe in Rittenhouse Square.   Great venue for heeling too, imho.

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Way to go jeff!  Sounds like you had fun.  And the small winfall never hurts.

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On 10/13/2019 at 1:15 PM, kneehighs said:

Great story Jeff!  The new winnings would've made a great opportunity to try Parc Cafe in Rittenhouse Square.   Great venue for heeling too, imho.

Darn it! I keep meaning to dine there! But now, I'd have to eat indoors as it's gotten nippy here.

18 hours ago, Mr. X said:

Way to go jeff!  Sounds like you had fun.  And the small winfall never hurts.

Indeed! I'll see about spending it on womenswear this coming weekend.

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Well done @JeffB. I really like your boots and outfit in general.  That kind of classic looking comfy wintery outfit.  

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Hi Jeff

I'm very happy to see that you're back to heels that are a little higher, maybe you was in summer mood when sandals and flats are sensible choice.

But I'm more to the real heels side and boot lover, I have to say that your two later outfits are just awesome.

Keep smiling my friend

Flavio

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On 10/15/2019 at 11:28 AM, jeremy1986 said:

Well done @JeffB. I really like your boots and outfit in general.  That kind of classic looking comfy wintery outfit.  

Well, with fall weather in residence, I'll be sporting more outfits like what I sported last weekend. I'm eager to experiment and see what I can create for outings.

3 hours ago, flavio said:

Hi Jeff

I'm very happy to see that you're back to heels that are a little higher, maybe you was in summer mood when sandals and flats are sensible choice.

But I'm more to the real heels side and boot lover, I have to say that your two later outfits are just awesome.

Keep smiling my friend

Flavio

Yes, I do indeed enjoy wearing flat sandals in spring and summer as I find them to be fun shoes. However, I'm ready to return to heeled boots for fall and winter.

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10 hours ago, JeffB said:

, I'm ready to return to heeled boots for fall and winter.

Now you're talking!!

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Jaunt #523, 10/19/2019: I know I've said this more times than I can count in this thread, but I enjoy experimenting when it comes to fashion freestyling, trying out new and different things and seeing how it all comes to outfits I assemble and wear in public. Today was another experiment as with plenty of sunshine, but temps barely cracking 60, I gave a vest a try for the first time, namely a black puffer vest from Old Navy which I paired with a red turtleneck, a 15 inch denim miniskirt with a studded hem, black tights, Payless "Riot" combat boots and a black satchel bag. Over the years, I've seen girls and women sporting vests around October and November when it's too chilly for shirt sleeves or just sweaters, but not cold enough for jackets or coats, looking at that, I said to myself: "Why not? I think I can make a vest work". In fact, I bought two vests at Old Navy, the puffer version I wore on this outing and a lighter, quilted number, both for just forty bucks. Not bad. Meanwhile, the studded miniskirt has become a favorite, and I've come to enjoy the combat boots with their two inch heels.

Going to the King of Prussia Mall to show off my new outfit, the crowds were small when I arrived shortly after eleven a.m., as usual, no one paid me any attention as I wandered through the mall. My first stop was to Modell's Sporting Goods where I bought two sets of thermal underwear for the upcoming winter along with a pair of sweatpants to wear while working out at the gym, then it was off to the food court for lunch where I treated myself to a slice of chicken bacon ranch pizza (it's crazy good, you gotta try it!) along with a bottle of water. After lunch, I resumed my wandering and passed by a couple of twentysomething women, one of whom grinned and said to me, "Cool skirt!", I grinned back and thanked her. Another treat was at Lolli & Pops, a candy emporium I regularly visit for mini gummi bears which I enjoy, at the register, I was waited on by a portly, bearded gentleman who always calls me "Miss", even though I'm clearly a guy, but I don't mind being referred to by the opposite gender, in fact, I find that kinda neat. My wanderings continued on to Old Navy, but, I didn't find anything I liked in terms of winter attire, but, I did snatch up a sleeveless, fitted plaid dress for just eighteen bucks that I found to have been very cute, something to wear come spring and summer. At Primark, I found a pretty camel colored sweater dress for just fourteen bucks, and I stocked up on black tights, buying six pairs for the winter season. The store was plenty crowded with shoppers, and I waited in line to check out for little over ten minutes, but, no one noticed, or cared about how I was dressed.

Wearing the vest was fun as I found it to have paired well with my outfit, resulting in an overall casual yet stylish ensemble. I'll definitely want to wear the vest again, and soon before it becomes too cold and I have to fall back on the jackets. More to come....

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Good look Jeff.

Camel is the new IN color this fall and animal prints are a rage in both men's and women's fashion.  I commonly wear vest in the fall  through spring.  I looking forward to wearing my leopard print sherpa pullover with my puffy vest.

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Dude, I have a skirt just like that! Still working up the nerve...maybe this spring...

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On 10/20/2019 at 11:38 AM, Cali said:

Good look Jeff.

Camel is the new IN color this fall and animal prints are a rage in both men's and women's fashion.  I commonly wear vest in the fall  through spring.  I looking forward to wearing my leopard print sherpa pullover with my puffy vest.

Sounds like that could make for an interesting outfit.

2 hours ago, chesterx said:

Dude, I have a skirt just like that! Still working up the nerve...maybe this spring...

Why wait for spring? Properly accessorized, denim can be worn year round.

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Jaunt #524, 10/26/2019: As cooler weather settles in after some fits and starts earlier this month, a particular trend I’ve seen with girls and women is to wear leggings, and if women sport them, then so can I which I’ve done numerous times over the past year or more. And thus, it’s what I wore today, pairing them with a quilted black vest from Old Navy, a mustard yellow sweater tunic, the Payless “Ula” ankle boots and a black handbag. Since I’ve gone exclusively with skirts and dresses on my outings, leggings represent the closest thing I’ve come to wearing jeans since late April 2013, and while I was leery about them originally, I’ve come to like them as they show off my long legs, and they’re fun to wear, ditto for the “Ula” boots with the loud, sharp sound the three plus inch block heels make. Lastly, the vest made for a perfect medium for a day when it’s too cool for long sleeves alone but not cold enough for a jacket, and I like how it looks on me.

My first stop of the day was to a branch of my bank in the University City area to draw some cash, then down the road to center city as I swung by the Post Office to buy a money order which I filled out then dropped off. From there, I visited my friendly neighborhood comic book shop where I chatted with the staff about the sorry state of the Eagles, the new manager hire by the Phillies and the season opener for the Sixers. Ahh, sports! So much fun to yap about. Strolling to Rittenhouse Square Park, the place was more packed than usual, mostly with young kids as there was a Halloween themed event with face painting, balloon animals, kids in costumes and lots of candy being given out, it certainly was festive. While on my way to One Liberty Place for lunch, at a corner, a twentysomething woman in workout togs and jogging in place looked my way, then grinned and said, “Nice ass!” before jogging off. Now that’s a cool compliment as that made my decision to wear leggings all the better. At OLP, I once again went with a salad with a bottle of water from Saladworks, gotta maintain that healthy eating regimen, on my way out, a twentysomething man who walked past smiled and said, “Sweet heels, man!”, I grinned back and thanked him. It’s not often I get compliments from guys, so that was good.

Back in the car, I drove over the Ben Franklin Bridge and into South Jersey where I stopped at JCPenney to pay my bill, then bought a cute Liz Claiborne moto jacket that was discounted from almost seventy bucks down to just under $38. Catching a sale is always enjoyable, I recommend that highly to everyone. Then, it was off to Moorestown Mall and my favorite multiplex (the seats are so comfy, and they recline too) where I watched the remake of Gemini Man starring Will Smith which was an okay action flick. I've certainly seen better. My last stop of the day was to Sears where I found a sweet black faux leather moto jacket on sale at $34.99, down from nearly fifty bucks, again, discounts are fun! What was also fun was wearing leggings, especially when I get compliments on my rear end, so that’ll be something I’ll do more in the months to come. More to come....

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