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Candidate Journals

King Tiger Tae Kwon Do Black Belt candidates blog daily about their journey: their thoughts and feelings, their struggles and successes; their pain and their encouragement. Follow along on their journey; words of encouragement are always welcome!

Thank You

Well, this is my final journal. Wow, we have come so far from the beginning. I wanted to take this journal to thank everyone, for all your help to getting where I am today. I would not be able to do it without you. There are a few people in specific that I want to thank that have helped me throughout all 2 of the cycles I have been through. 1. My Grandfather: My grandpa has helped me so much from driving me to ALL of my cycles to encouraging me when I felt nervous. 2. My Mom: My mom has made sure I was on track with all my requirements and made sure I got everything done. 3. Eric and Tyler: These are 2 of my best friends who have encouraged me through all of the cycles and I would not be able to do this without them. Again thank...
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Worst Timing...

Of course, this could have happened any other week but instead, it happens this week. Of course, the week of testing is the week I hurt my ankle. Now it is not so bad anymore because I iced it but I really hope it is better by testing or I will be in some serious trouble. I am also VERY nervous. The last thing I want is to fail the test.
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Close

We are so close to being done yet so far. I might finish requirements tomorrow but I don't know. Good luck everyone.
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My Nights

So after school my day usually goes something like this: 1. Cross country practice. 2. Go home. 3. Do homework. 4. Do Taekwondo stuff. 5. Go to bed. As you can see I have no free time so I am excited to be free when the cycle ends!
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Stress

I am SO stressed out right now. To want something so much and know you may not get it even after putting so much work into it. It is a hard feeling. I had regular school today and I got to see all my friends! So that was probably the highlight of my day.
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Regular School!

Tomorrow I go back to regular school. I am excited to see a lot of my friends that I have not seen in a long time. Also I have done a lot of requirements today so that is cool.
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Black Belt Classes

Today and yesterday I had a LOT of classes. I have finished all my black belt classes which is cool and I played dungeons and dragons with my friends today.
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Progress!

So I have been working on my requirements lately and I am getting close to finishing. Today in cross country practice we did relays and I had a black belt class weekday.
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The Final Sit-Up

So I finished all my sit-ups yesterday! I wish I could say I documented it or something cool like that but that's not what happened. I was just looking through the website hen I realized I had only 81 sit-ups left. I had not put the ones I had just finished in yet so with those it would bring me over 10,000. Nice!
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The Mud...

So today was a very muddy day because of the rain yesterday. Oh and also we had a cross country meet today and the course was like a mini pond filled with mud. So that was not fun. But even with all of this against me I still managed to tie my best time!
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Raining

Today I was out on a run I cross country practice when it started to drizzle. I did not think much of it at the time but a few seconds later it turned into a downpour. I was running through the mud and rain with raindrops pelting my face. I was about 0.2 miles away from the indoor shelter so I sprinted through the rain. By the time I got inside, I was soaking wet.
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Family

Hi everyone. Today I had my grandparents from Puerto Rico come to visit! I am excited to see them even though we have to social distance! I am going to try out my Spanish on them to see how well I know the language!
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Work

I have been keeping up with my requirements finely but I am behind in a few things. This will require work to catch up on and I hope to get to finishing them soon.
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Finishing Up

I am getting closer to finishing up some of my requirements. I am ready for testing and I hope I do well. I had black belt class at LKN King Tiger today. That is really all that has happened today.
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Long Weekend

So this weekend we have a long weekend at school that lasts until next Tuesday. I am excited to be able to hang out at home and get some requirements done.
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Run...

My heart is beating. My legs are moving. I am running. So today I ran in my first cross country competion and I did very well. I was running at a pace of about an 8 minute mile the entire time so that is good.
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One More...

Thursday... Thursday is my last required leadership credit 1. It feels nice to be almost done with them. I am closing in on the finish with some other requirements and I am excited to start finishing things up.
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The End Is In Sight

Finally, we are approaching the end of the cycle, and my next stage of black belt with it. I am excited but I have been really busy and I don't get much free time anymore. Also, I am excited because our school is going back to full in person in 2 weeks. I wonder what I got on the written test.
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Testing

It is over. The stress for the physical and written tests are now over. I feel I did well and I already did my community service essay. This is the final push to the end. We got this!
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Finally

Finally, the written and physical tests are over... I think I did very well and I am ready to continue practicing for testing. Community service was interesting, and I am ready to go write an essay on that.
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Studying

I have been studying for one Spanish test for the last hour! I have had so many school test this week I have not even started studying for the test on Saturday. I am getting very nervous.
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Work

I have been working hard today. I have a lot of homework left and a good amount of the cycle left for today. I am nervous for the upcoming tests in school and at Taekwondo.
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Hard Work

Today was a good day. I think I have done the most requirements in one day this cycle so far. Also in cross country practice, I ran the full course today in practice with a time of 18:02 for the 2 miles. This is because our course is VERY hilly and all of the people who have done cross country before said it is the hardest course out of them all.
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Testing...

Physical testing is coming up along with written testing and I am VERY nervous. I have been working hard to keep up with my work, and this adds even more work to the table. I should be fine though.
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Testing

I can't believe our first part of testing is only 8 days away! I am nervous but I know I am ready to crush the test hopefully. I am working on keeping up with requirements right now so ya.
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Requirements

To be honest I did not manage my time wisely during the Summer. I could have finished all my requirements before school but I procrastinated and now I am behind in self-defences and jump rope. I know I will be able to push through and finish the cycle strong though! 30 more days!
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Tuesday

H everyone. Today was a regular day mostly. I did hill workouts for cross country practice, and I have a good amount of homework. Still working in requirements for the cycle so I am going to go continue that now.
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Monday

Hi everyone. Today I woke up and then remembered that this is the last day my family from Puerto Rico will be here. They left at 12:00 and then I had lunch and went to the pool. After that, I relaxed and then we are where I am now. Today I am taking off on requirements so I am going to go chill for the rest of the day!
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Sunday

Today I woke up to my alarm telling me to do my run. So I did that and then my family and I went out and played mini-golf! Then we came back and went to the pool. I am now typing this :D
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Saturday

Hi, everyone. Today has been a good day so far. I woke up to my family from Puerto Rico and had breakfast. Then I did a mentor session and now I am home. I am about to go to play mini-golf with my family!
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FAMILY!

So today my family cane from Peurto Rico to visit for a few days. So ya. If you end up wondering why I am doing less of my cycle it is because I am spending more time with them :)
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I Can't Move My Legs

I Everyone. I am SOOOOO sore from yesterday's workouts at school and home. Also to add to that yesterday I did hill workouts in Cross country and today I ran 2.5 miles in the scorching heat. Hopefully, tomorrow won't be as hot... 
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Sept. 1st

Hi everyone! The start of the day for me was normal so let's skip to after school. After School, I had cross country practice. Today we did strength and conditioning and hill workouts. Then I went home did homework and had a few Taekwondo classes. See you next time!
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Monday

Hi everyone! Today started with me getting ready for and then going, to school. Cross country practice was canceled so I had time to do my cycle. I am going to go work on more requirements now.
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8-30-2020 Journal

Hi everyone! Today I woke up and my dad made me eggs and toast for breakfast. Then I went on a run. After this, I did some of the other requirements for the cycle. I am excited to see my friend later today!
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8-29-2020

Hi everyone! Today I woke up at 9:30 and then had breakfast. After that I got ready for the day and had Black Belt class. Then I had lunch and now I am typing this. Happy Birthday Master Hartle!
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August 28th

Hi everyone! Today was another day of school. After school, I did my cycle and now I am about to FaceTime with my friend. I am excited about the Black Belt class tonight!
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August 27th

Hi everyone. Today I just had another mentee session! I also got to do an experiment in school about dropping an egg so that was fun. I am excited for Friday (tomorrow)!
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8-26-2020

Hello everyone. Today I had a regular day with school, homework, requirements, etc. I am going now to finish my homework. I was having some trouble with google docs but my mom saved me from that. Hope to journal again soon!!!!
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Another Journal

Hi everyone. Today I had another day of school! I just helped out with a class and I am about to take another. I have been very busy recently because I also have cross country. I hope to journal again soon!
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Pre Test

Hi everyone. I am journaling today to tell you about me pre test. overall I am happy with my scores and I am ready to start improving them! Talk to you all later.
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Wednesday

Hi guys! It has been a while since I journaled because I have had family in town. I also have had a lot of cross country practices! I hope to start working more on my requirements soon!
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Monday

Hi everyone. Today is another Monday! I am excited to get my credits done this afternoon! I have been working on my essays and I am excited to go continue to work on that right after this!
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Aug 8th

Hello everyone! I have not journaled in a while so I I doing one right now. I am going to start doing them more now. I am working on a woodworking project and i hope to have it done soon! Hope to see you all at black belt class today!!! 
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July 24th

Hello everyone! This past week I have been working hard to get a lot of my requirements done. I also got my first essay done! I have been working a lot on my pull-ups and hopefully I will be able to do 1 soon!
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July 20th

I have made a lot of progress recently. I have done a lot of my poomsaes but I need to focus on pull ups and jump ropes. I started my history of the kwons essay and I am going to go work on that now!
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Cycle update

I am keeping up with all my cycle requirements curently! I am going to start one of my essays soon! Today I am taking a break from my runnin and I am starting my jump rope sesions!
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July 12th

Another day of the cycle. I have been keeping up with my requirements because I do them all in the morning hours. I had Black Belt class yesterday and I am looking foward to do some more classes tomorrow!
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July 10th

The cycle has been going for a few days already. I have been doing my requirements everyday and have been keeping on track with my stuff. I do all my requirement in the morning so ya. Classes resume soon so I can start working on those requirements! Everyone have a good day! :D
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A New Cycle

It is time for the fall cycle 2020!!!!!!!! I am so excited to start working on my stuff and I can't wait until we can have classes in the dojo again. See you all soon!
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Final Journal

This will be my final journal because I have testing tomorrow. I am very nervous but I know I'm ready. Thank you all for being on the cycle with me. Good luck to everybody! See you tomorrow!
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September 27 Journal

This may be my last journal. It is my last required but I may still keep you up to date. Less then 1,000 push and sit ups and 8.% miles left to run! Only 2 more weeks till testing. Tomorrow I will be going to the stick and staff seminar. See you all soon!
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September 24 Journal

Today was a regular day at school. When I got home I did my cycle and went to sparring class. I am getting close to done with my requirements and I only have one more sparring class. I can't believe only 18 days until testing! 
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September 22 Journal

Today was a great day. I woke up and did my cycle and then played with my friend later in the day. We went in my pool and then played at some of my neighbor's house. Can't believe the weekend is already over. I've had colds for the weekend but am starting to feel a lot better. Only 13 more miles to run left.
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September 21 Journal

I just got back from my Saturday black belt class. I did a lot of my requirements this morning and I am getting close to being done with my push-ups and sit-ups. I am thinking about signing up for the Sticks seminar. My cold is feeling better today! Hope to type again soon.
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September 20 Journal

Today I had 3 tests in school. I had a black belt class this afternoon and I just finished watching the finale of one of my favorite shows. I am excited for the weekend and hopefully will end up going to the Stick seminar soon. I had a cold today but I still got my requirements done and finished all my pull-ups. Hope to type again soon.
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September 19 Journal

Today was a very busy day for Taekwondo. I got a lot of stuff done and I only have 15.5 miles left to run. I will have had 6 tests at school this week once we get to tomorrow.
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September 18 Journal

Hello everyone. I had a very regular day today. I got my requirements done and I am hoping to get my physical requirements done soon and the end of the cycle is getting closer by the day.
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September 17 Journal

Hello again. I had sparring class today and I am very tired. A lot of tests this and last week in school but I am getting them done. I just finished the white belt challenge today. Testing is getting closer by the day....
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September 16 Journal

A regular day at school and white belt challenge at Taekwondo. I am nervous for all my classes tomorrow but I am excited because the end of the cycle is in reach. So close and yet so far. Journal again soon.
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Very Sore

Yesterday I had the physical and written test. Very proud of myself for all the work I put into it. Today I am very sore and I am going to take a low day on the requirements. Hope to see you all Monday.
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September 13 Journal

Today I finally finished my essays and got my letters of recommendations done. I have the written and physical test tomorrow. I am nervous but I know I am ready. Wish me luck.
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September 12 Journal

Very busy today. It is almost nine and I am not done. I have to fill in all the answers to written test study guide. Better get to work.
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September 11 Journal

Hello everyone! Today I didn't have classes so I did a lot of homework and wrote an essay. I have been worried for the physical and written test. I have a question for anyone reading this. Do the living hero essays for the Bocho Dans need to be on famous people? Thanks!
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There's a first for everything

Today I was a white belt for all 3 of my classes. It was an interesting experience because I was being taught stuff that I already know. I finished my 5th essay today. Only 4 more left!
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Hard Work

Hello everyone again! I have been busy lately and will be for the next week. I just figured out the physical and written test are on Saturday and the essays are due the same day! I did two essays today and I am done with four of them now. A hard week in front of me...
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September 8 Journal

Life is going good. I played with my friend today in my pool and I have finished my burpees for the cycle! I relaxed a lot today and hope to write again soon.
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Great Experience

Today was an amazing day for me! In the morning I did my cycle and then went to black belt class. In black belt class I had one of the best experiences in my whole life! I got to train with Taekwondo olympians!!! It was an amazing thing to get to train with such masters at Taekwondo and they pushed me my limits in class. See you all next week!
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Start of weekend Journal

I have bean through 4 weeks of school now about. Like always I have to balence Taekwondo and school. I am getting better at managing my time and I am looking forward to seeing you all at black belt class today. Have a good rest of your weekend.
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Labor Day weekend journal

For the weekend my family from California came! I didn't get all my requirements in but I still got some of them. I am excited for the end of the cycle and hope to write again soon!
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August 29 Journal

Hello everybody. We have currently gotten into the full swing of school and I've made lots of new friends. Taekwondo is challenging but fun as always. Hope you all have a great week.
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August 27 Check In

Hi everyone. I have had a more calm week this past week. I have worked hard on my cycle and have found free time after homework sometimes. I am not looking forward to all the homework I have to come this up coming year but I am looking forward to all my adventures to come.
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August 20-22 Journal

It's been hard lately. Trying to balance all my stuff with Taekwondo is difficult. I also figured out I was not doing enough for the cycle so now I have to do extra. But that part is my fault. I got a lot of work to do so I better get going.
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August 19 Journal

I just went back to school on the 15th. Life is hard trying to balance school, homework, Taekwondo, and the cycle. I am running behind on some of my stuff for the cycle. it's going to start getting a lot harder when I start getting loads of homework. I am having my first test in school on Friday and my favorite teacher is my advance math teacher. Have a good week everyone!
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August 12 Journal

Today I did The cycle in the morning and then me and my sister hung out in then basement. After that I went to my friends house well my sister went school shopping. After that I went to my friends house, had tae kwon do, and had dinner. Now I am at home typing this.
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Beginning of August Journal

For the last few days I have not done a journal entry. This is because I have had family in town. during the week I have gone to Carowinds, The White Water Center, an escape room, and on a hike. I got a lot of my miles in for the cycle and hope to start blogging more often.
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Daily Journal July 25

Today I woke up and went for a run. Then I went with my grandpa to read meters (ANW Training) for irrigation, go to the visitor center, have lunch and see my great grandmother. Then I got home and did things for the cycle before hanging out in my basement. Finally I had dinner and went to three tae kwon do classes in a row!
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July 23 Daily Journal

Today I spent my usual morning running and doing things for my cycle. I was very busy today doing stuff for tae kwon do that nothing else really happened. In tae kwon do I had three classes in A Row Today!!! And people are still working on the leak in our basement. I hope I can go down there soon.
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July 20 Daily Journal

Today I went to the gym with my dad and while he trained I did some of my stuff for my cycle. Then I went with  my dad to run some errands and went to my first weekend black belt class. After that I had lunch and did the rest of the stuff for my cycle. Then I chilled in the basement before going in my pool and having dinner. I am excited for my day being mute tomorrow for my empathy training for the cycle. 
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July 19 Daily Journal

Today was A very simple day. I went for a run with my dad and then had breakfast. After that I did some stuff for my cycle and then went to my friends' house at 11:00 AM and went to my first black belt class at 5:30-6:15. Then I went back to my friends house and stay there till around 10:00!!! now I am home very tiredly writing this daily journal.
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July 18 Daily Journal

Today I woke up around 9:00 AM and went on my 1.5 mile cycle run. TODAY MY SISTER CAME WITH ME!!! After that I did the rest of the stuff for my cycle and had lunch. I went to my friend's house and was picked up by my grandparents to have a VERY early dinner with them. After that I had my first sparring class (harder than I thought) and now am home writing this Daily Journal.
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July 17 Journal Entry

Today I woke up at about 8:00 AM and went for a 1.5 mile run. When I got back I took a shower and had breakfast. After that I worked on stuff for the cycle and started my role model essay. Then I had lunch and went to my friends house. I got back and went to Tae Kwon Do to help out with the class from 3:45-4:00 and took class from 4:15-5:00. I am looking forward to my first black belt class on Friday and my First Sparring class tomorrow.
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