Thursday, December 30, 2010

To Diet Pill or Not To Diet Pill

For years, women especially have been looking for a quick fix to lose weight. It doesn't help that pharmaceutical companies blow up the airwaves on television hawking their wares, promising super-fast weight loss. "Lose 10 pounds in ten days!" They promise so much but most people are on to their scams. Most of us know that there is no magic pill, no dieting panacea that will help us shed pounds without strict diet and exercise. Still, millions of people each year buy into the drug companies' false hope, praying that this time the pills/shakes/bars will really work.

What most people don't know is that there are often very harmful side effects to weight loss drugs.

First of all, these "supplements" are usually unregulated and largely untested. They are marketed as herbal supplements because the Food and Drug Administration does not verify the ingredients of these "miracle" pills. There could be anything in those pills.

Secondly, some of the herbal products can have interactions with prescription drugs.

These drugs usually contain some type of caffeine-like substance that raises blood pressure and heart rate. Unfortunately, a lot of people who take these drugs are already suffering from blood pressure problems, and the pills exacerbate the situation. This can cause severe blood pressure highs which can lead to stroke or heart attack, organ failure and even death.

And, as gross as it sounds, a lot of people use laxatives to lose weight, reasoning that the pills eliminate waste sooner and therefore less digestion and caloric intake is possible. In reality, most of the weight loss is water, not consumed food and you still retain almost all of the calories you've consumed. Long term laxative abuse can lead to organ damage, dehydration and death.

So, what do we do? A lot of us will fall for the next great celebrity hawked diet pill. It may or may not cause us severe problems.

What we need to be doing is seeing nutritionists and our medical doctors to undertake lifestyle changes instead of jumping on the next trend.

Remember folks, while curvy is beautiful, it isn't always healthy.

2012, Really?

Do the Mayans have it right? Is the world going to end on December 21, 2012? Do we really care?

I've had the great pleasure of talking to quite a few people on this topic and the general consensus is no, we don't really care. Well, at least I don't care.

Folks, the Mayans had a calendar. It dealt with astrological events and, well, dates. But the calendar's time telling stops abruptly on 12.21.12. This has recently thrown some people into a tailspin. Apparently the end of the world is going to be worse than the predictions for Y2K. We won't need to stock up on duct tape (another of Dubya's shining moments) or canned goods and we won't be eating our household pets for protein. This is supposed to be the real, end-of-the-world deal.

Unfortunately the Mayan 2012 sentiment also pops up in other civilizations, so now the end of the world is a big conspiracy theory. Joy. Why are we just hearing about this now and not ten years ago. Oh. That was Y2K's territory, never mind. Do we get only one extinction level event per decade?

Know what I think? I think that 2012 is the boogey man. Those who know me also know that I don't put much stock in religion. Although the Mayans were a race of people and not just a religion, most of the other 2012 ideas are rooted in religion. So, therefore,they have no credence. They're just stories meant to keep people in line, especially bad little kids.

But I'm game. I'd stock up on Twinkies and beer. Not going to eat Rover, though, not even with barbecue sauce.

Some people are, however, genuinely scared. Those that care, I mean. They think the world really will end in 2012. I have to wonder if, the closer we get to d-day, are there going to be even more people in the streets with their heads covered in tinfoil screeching about the end being nigh? (Remind me to buy stock in Reynold's Wrap.)

I have questions, though:
  • Is the world going to end on 12.21.12 00:01 Eastern or Pacific or are they going to air Maury first so I can find out if I'm the baby daddy (shut up, this is important stuff)?
  • Are the aliens coming for us, and will crop circles become more and more widely reported? Related: Will sales of Reese's Pieces escalate?
  • Will my Twinkies withstand whatever it is that's going to kill us?
  • It's the Smoke Monster from Lost, isn't it?
  • Are these snow storms, mudslides and fucked up weather patterns a precursor to 2012 or are they just El Nino? Or are they just really screwy weather patterns?
  • Are hospitals going to be giving special awards to babies born at 12:21 on 12.21.12 like they do New Year's babies? If so, does only military time count?
  • Was Nostradamus Mayan?
See, I'm not trying to trivialize people's panic (actually yes, yes I am), I just can't see how the world could possibly end in less than two years. (I did like the movie 2012, though.) Well, it could end if North Korea or Iran blows us out of our shoes. (That was worded wrong, I know it.)

I say forgeddiboudit. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Where We Shop

It used to be hard to find plus sized clothing that fit well and looked stylish, but these days retailers seem to be paying attention to customer's demands. Designers such as Liz Claiborne and Ralph Lauren are making plus-sized clothing for us curvy girls. (YAY!)

We here at SIZED UP have stumbled upon a plethora of plus-sized clothing retailers online and have decided to give you a rundown of the good, the bad and the ugly, not in any particular order.
  1. Hips and Curves offers plus and extended plus sized lingerie, sexy costumes and fetish wear. What we do like: It's nice to find little hot pink ruffled boy shorts in our size. We REALLY like that their models are curvy women. What we don't like: Their extended sizes do not venture into 30/32W territory and some items can be a little pricey.
  2. OneStopPlus is the holy grail of fat (yeah, we said it) wear. The two big companies for plus-sized clothing were always the Lane Bryant catalog (not to be confused with the Lane Bryant stores) and Roaman's. This site combines the two heavyweights (heh) with a few other notable labels such as Avenue and Jessica London. What we do like: This website has nearly everything a plus-sized diva could want or need. They offer a broad spectrum of affordable styles and sizes (including super-sized- 6x and up) in casual, career wear and intimates. They also always have specials such as free shipping and deep discounts for their return customers. And, let's not forget the wide-width shoes! What we don't like: Their clearance items go super fast, and some of the more popular sizes (which usually equals the more hard to find sizes) sell out quickly on non-clearance items.
  3. Ulla Popkin carries in-house label clothing. What we do like: Ulla Popkin's clothes are, in a word, delicious. Their clothes are comfortable and the sizes run up to 6X (38W). What we don't like: Again, we have to use the word pricey. Also, some of their designs seem to lean towards the cheesy instead of the stylish.
  4. Avenue has a good online presence as part of OneStopPlus, but we've included them here because they deserve their own mention. What we do like: Style, style, style... Avenue has it. Add in good value pricing and their Avenue Soft brand carries some of the most comfortable clothing we've ever worn. What we don't like: Their "special sizes" section runs only up to size 32 and consists of mostly jeans and pants.
  5. Sealed with a Kiss Designs is relatively new and offering very stylish clothing. What we do like: This site has some really cute clothes and some of their designs run up to size 6X (34/36). What we don't like: Again, price. Not much else, though,. These girls have it going on.
  6. Fashion  Bug's plus sized online store offers a wide selection of cute and stylish clothing. What we do like: Like we said, cute and stylish. Also, their prices are good. We've ordered from them quite a few times. What we don't like: No extended sizes and they are often out of stock on a lot of items.
As always, we are here to serve you. If you have a link to an online store you would like to share, don't hesitate to leave a comment and we'll review the shop and add it to the list!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

How To Survive A Blizzard Volume One

I feel for the folks on the east coast. As I sit here on the front porch in west Texas, no shoes, no coat, smoking a cigarette and writing a blog, most of the east coast is covered in snow. Not that I don't remember any of that... I did live in Pennsylvania for ten years. There was a huge snowstorm when I lived there and I remember being stuck at my friend Tina's house in Steelton, PA for about a week (not that it was a bad thing).

There are a few things that concern me when a big snowstorm is coming.

First of all, why do so many people buy bread and milk before the storm? What are you going to do with bread and milk? The power goes out and your milk goes bad, you're sitting there eating bread sandwiches.

My shopping list? Just the essentials:

  1. Beer. Always a fun beverage and, if the power goes out, you can stick your beer in the snow to keep it cold.
  2. Pizza. Ah, DiGiorno. Make mine pepperoni, please. I know, I know... I made a remark about the power going out. Here's the catch... Cook all of your pizzas BEFORE the power goes out. Cold pizza and beer go together real well. 
  3. Little Debbie's Swiss Cake Rolls. Except that, if they're in my house, they won't make it till the snow starts.
  4. Doritos. There is no hunger pang that Doritos won't cure.
And, while you're at it, stop at the ATM and get some spare cash. $20-$50 depending on the size of your sidewalk, driveway and car. Why, you ask? After a storm, there are always roving fellows looking for spare cash and they'll gladly shovel your driveway for some of that cash you remembered to get before the storm. Save your back, use your cash.

Me? I'm going to try and winter somewhere warm.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tainted Love... uh, I mean eggs

It used to be that our food was safe. Now there's a recall of 228 million eggs because of salmonella. It makes you wonder exactly what's going on that makes our food so unsafe. Wasn't it spinach one year and tomatoes from ChiChi's another year? Is the Fuck You Faerie flitting around pointing her magic wand at things people like to eat?

In other news, we had a really big storm here yesterday. It blew down a tree limb and blew away part of a fence that the roomies had corralled their horse in. So, naturally, the horse took off. It could have been much worse... they found him a block down where he'd stopped to munch on some nice, new grass. My roomie even sent in pictures of the damage to a local tv station and they put them on the air.

There is a car lot in town that also sells those little utility sheds that you often see in people's back yards. Some of them blew away... there were pics of that on tv, too.

Not much else is going on here, just making jewelry and getting through one day at a time. The roomies go back to work in a week or so and I will miss them.

Maybe I'll go jump in the pool.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday, Monday

Even though I'm not working, Monday has sucked big time for me today. I'm trying to get myself together to start a new job and it just seems as if there's kink after kink after kink on the way there. This time it's an auto insurance issue, and I don't quite know how to solve it.

I am, however, totally addicted to True Blood, an HBO show about a bunch of vampires, shape shifters, Maynids, werewolves and a couple of telepaths. Though I've read most of the books that the tv show is based around (the Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris), the show has diverged from her original story lines in not too bad of a way. Might I say that I am crushing hard on Alexander Skarsgård, who plays Eric Northman on the show. Whoo. I tell ya. He is so hot he makes me want to slap HIS grandma. I've watched every episode of the show and am angry that I have to wait from week to week for more.

In the odd news today: a case of Karma biting someone in the ass.

Val Kilmer wants to open a Bed & Breakfast in his Northern New Mexico home, but his neighbors said "Oh Hell No."

Apparently, Mr. Kilmer made some not-very-nice remarks about 80% of the people in his home county being drunks and opining that he understands Vietnam better than its veterans, because most of them were "borderline criminal or poor … wretched kids" who landed in the military because they "got beat up by their dads" or "couldn't finagle a scholarship." [This is a quote from the article.]


They will let him get his Bed & Breakfast... if he apologizes. If I were them, I don't know if I would be that forgiving.

Of course, 80% of my home county are drunks, crack heads, prescription pill junkies or just downright mean. I don't profess to know anything about the Vietnam War, however, since it was over by the time I was three. Good thing I'm not attempting to open up a Bed & Breakfast, because this county never forgives anything. Do something bad when you're fifteen and you'll still be hearing about it when you're ninety.

In even weirder news, a German guy attacked a group of Hell's Angels (yes, the motorcycle club) by throwing a puppy at them. The first thing I wondered was wtf? The second was if the puppy was ok. My third thought was "wonder if it was a German Shepherd." My last thought, of course, was lmfao.

One more for the road?

I can do it!

The Pakistani Assistant Attorney General wants the head of FaceBook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, on a silver platter for a "Draw Muhammad" contest run on the site in May. Here we go again, Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

My picture of Mohammad?

Not to be confused with Buddy Christ:

Have a great day, y'all.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Oh Lohan!

In today's strange and amusing news, Lindsay Lohan's mother, Dina, decided to call the cops because Carvel Ice Cream denied her a free birthday cake. Apparently, the rich and famous get a "black" card from Carvel entitling them to free ice cream for seventy-five years. LiLo's mom, however, isn't one of those people.

I'm guessing the card is to bring celebrities into their stores, because Carvel refused Dina Lohan's free ice cream request based on the fact that Lindsay didn't accompany her to the store. And, apparently, LiLo's friends have family have been burning up the card, making management pretty pissed.

The best thing about the article? This quote from Dina Lohan: "It just shows how we [Lohans] get treated so much worse than regular people."

My reaction? HOLY SHIT, BATMAN! These people deserve free ice cream? I understand it's for promotional purposes to get more people into the store, but why do people who have tons of money get these kinds of perks? And then they complain when they're denied? I don't even want to get started on what makes Dina Lohan think she's any different from regular people. Maybe because her daughter is a fire crotch?

Lindsay Lohan isn't even a real celebrity anymore. She made a few movies and then got even more famous for her no-panties crotch shots and DUIs than anything else.

Is this the type of person Carvel wants promoting their ice cream??

In other other news, I wrote a check today to a local store. It wasn't my checkbook. Of course I had permission to write the check, but the lady behind the counter only asked me to write two phone numbers (I could have made them up) and my driver's license number (I could have faked it) on the check. She didn't even ask to see my driver's license! I could have been anybody! I have often wondered why there are so many check forgery crimes in this area, and now I know. I guess I'm just used to living in the city (or at least a much larger town) where they practically want your ID for everything.

Also, if you haven't tried Mrs. Freshley's cream filled honey buns with chocolate frosting, well, you should.

Corn Cake

This is something I serve with tacos, quesedillas or any other Mexican dinner. It's sweet and the texture is like a mix between corn bread and corn pudding.

2 cups self rising cornmeal
1 can (10 oz) cream style corn
2 eggs well beaten
1/2 cup crisco oil
2 tsp sugar
1 cup milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix together corn meal, eggs, milk, sugar, cream style corn and oil
  3. Pour mixture into greased metal baking pan
  4. Cook at 350 until top is golden brown, about 25-35 minutes

The Cheesiest Mac and Cheese Ever

This recipe started out as a basic mac and cheese dish, but evolved with other people's suggestions and ideas. This is the formula that I like the best.

1 lb elbow macaroni
4 2-cup bags of cheese (I use 2 sharp, 2 mild, 2 cheddar jack, 2 easy melt)
1/2 pint sour cream
1 cup heavy cream
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Boil macaroni in 1/2 tbsp salt till al dente, do NOT put oil in the cooking water, do not over cook, drain. Rinse thoroughly with cold water to stop the cooking process then transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add cheese, eggs, sour cream, salt and pepper and mix well
  4. Put mixture in large, greased casserole dish, level out mixture till it's even
  5. Slowly pour heavy cream over the top, evenly. It will soak into the macaroni
  6. Sprinkle panko breadcrumbs evenly over the top
  7. Cook, uncovered for about 30-40 minutes or until cheese is melted and topis golden brown

Friday, June 18, 2010

Salmon Cakes

You have to be very careful about removing the bones, the spine and ribs are edible, but I, personally, think they're crunchy and nasty.


1 (14.75 ounce) can salmon, drained, bones,skin and fat removed
1 slice bread, shredded
1 small onion, grated
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup vegetable oil for frying

Mix together salmon, bread, onion, all-purpose flour, egg, salt and pepper. Shape into six patties.
In a large skillet heat oil over high heat. Cook the patties until browned on both sides, about 8 minutes. Drain briefly on paper towels before serving.

Cause I'm A Soul Man

"it's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses."

I love writing about something I love, and today I'm on a mission from God.

The Vatican, for the thirtieth anniversary of the film The Blues Brothers, has decided to claim the movie as a Catholic work. I find this freaking hilarious.

The Vatican must be on a roll towards making themselves cooler (something I also noted with this year's CMT Music Awards - they had a drunken Kid Rock having a party back stage). They must be trying to connect with a broader audience, since all the kiddie molestations by their priests are driving folks away in droves. The article talks about the morality behind the Brothers' "mission from God" to get their band back together and pay off the back taxes at the orphanage.

Somewhere along the line, references to sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll must have gotten lost upon the people who made this decision. Not to mention the biggest car chase in movie history.

I think the Catholic Church just wants to claim something cool. Not sure how I like that.

In other news, I started another new blog to host the recipes I've collected over the years. You can find Price Family Recipes here.

In other, other news I've accepted a new job. Go me!

And that's all the news that's fit to blog.

Stuffed Mushrooms with Ham

1 pound large mushrooms
4 tablespoons butter plus a little for greasing baking dish
4 green onions, with much of the green, trimmed
1/2 cup finely minced ham
1 small clove garlic, finely minced
2 cups coarsely chopped baby spinach
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 to 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese

1. Wash and trim the end of stems from mushrooms. Pop remaining stem out. Chop stems and set aside.

2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter; brush over mushrooms.

3. Spray a shallow baking dish (about 8-inch square, or one which will fit mushrooms in one layer) with butter-flavored spray or grease with butter.

4. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet. Chop green onions; combine with reserved chopped mushroom stems, ham and garlic. Add to skillet along with the spinach; sauté until tender.

5. Add bread crumbs, salt, and pepper to vegetable mixture; stir well.

6. Fill each mushroom cap with a little of the stuffing, mounding up. Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and mushroom caps are tender.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Chicken Alfredo Pizza

Makes 2 pizzas

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 lb shredded mozzarella cheese
1 small green pepper, diced
1 package thawed frozen broccoli
2 refrigerated pizza crusts (you can use pre-cooked crusts, like Boboli brand)
1 jar alfredo sauce (I usually buy Bertolli brand)
non-stick cooking spray
1 tbsp butter
garlic powder
onion powder

  1. Preheat oven to temperature listed on pizza dough package
  2. Spray frying pan and heat to medium-high
  3. Add chicken and dust with spices
  4. Cook until done (about four minutes on each side, unless the breasts are monster sized. Just make sure juices run clear.)
  5. Remove chicken from frying pan and add butter.
  6. Add mushrooms and sauté until they've just wilted.
  7. Remove mushrooms and sauté broccoli for about three minutes,stirring frequently
  8. Once chicken has rested, slice thinly
  9. Roll out pizza dough onto pizza pan or cookie sheet
  10. Pour half the jar of alfredo sauce onto pizza dough, spread to edges.
  11. top with chicken, mushrooms, peppers and broccoli then cheese
  12. Cook for the time required on the pizza dough package or until cheese is bubbly and slightly browned
  13. Repeat for second pizza

Fried Chicken Livers

This is something my mom always did well, but I learned my own recipe as I got older. Chicken livers are not for everybody, but those who  like them will love this recipe. This recipe will feed 3-4 people. Unless one of them is me. ;)

Note; Drying the livers before cooking is VERY important. If they have too much liquid in them, they will spit and pop. They WILL burn you if you do not dry them well.

1 pound chicken livers
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk (regular milk will do)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp ground sage
Cooking oil (shortening is best, but a lot of people prefer vegetable oil, which is fine)

  1. Heat 1 1/2 inches of cooking oil in frying pan on medium high
  2. Place livers in colander, rinse under cold water until water runs clear. Pat each liver dry with a paper towel, squeezing slightly
  3. Mix dry ingredients in a shallow bowl. 
  4. Mix eggs and milk in a separate bowl. Scramble well.
  5. Test oil with water droplets. When they sizzle in the pan immediately after dropping in, oil is ready
  6. Coat each liver liberally with flour mixture, shake off excess flour.
  7. Dip each coated liver in egg mixture until coated, then coat again with flour, shaking off excess
  8. Drop livers in hot oil, 6 to 8 at a time.Do not crowd pan.
  9. When down side is crispy, turn with tongs or a spatula
  10. Cook until bottom side is dark and crispy then flip one more time until both sides are dark and crispy. I cook mine about eight minutes total. Half-raw livers cannot be eaten. Make sure there is no blood rising to the top of your livers in the pan before taking them out.
  11. Enjoy!
I like to have livers with mashed potatoes and gravy or fried potatoes. I also dip my livers in ketchup, but I've been told I'm a communist for doing so. 


I know I'm fat, but my three-hundred and forty-seven pounds (yeah, I can admit it) doesn't compare with the ladies at SuperSizedBombshells. I found the site from a Yahoo news story about Donna Simpson, who is going for the Guinness Book record for the world's heaviest woman. She's already over 600 pounds.

I find this as well as a trend to beautify extremely heavy women to be alarming. While I agree that everyone needs help with their self image, it's disturbing to me that some women out there are exploiting themselves just because of their weight. While some heavy women are very attractive, fat itself isn't pretty, people.

My fat isn't pretty. Because of my weight, I have very bad asthma (also from smoking,I might add, I'm a double dipshit), weak and painful joints, high blood pressure, borderline diabetes and a whole slew of physiological problems that come from the insecurities I have with being fat. Not to mention the three miscarriages I've had that could possibly be attributed to my weight. Live with that, will ya?

Glorifying fat is a mistake. I also have problems with men who only date very heavy women. What's the motivation? Every man who I've ever met that said he only wanted to date fat chicks was looking for a woman with insecurities so he could make her submissive to his every need. (Note: I am not talking about men who fall in love with heavy women, those guys are most likely seeing the woman on the inside and loving the whole package. Hurrah for them and the lucky women they're with for not falling prey to social stereotypes!)

To make a long post even longer, I guess what I'm trying to say is love a fat chick for who she is, not because you want to see her in videos online eating Twinkees and waddling to her car. And I seriously hope that Ms. Simpson comes to her senses before she kills herself in the process of acquiring that world's record.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hump Day

For those of you totally addicted to FaceBook, you'd probably like FailBook. It shows the sad and sometimes hilarious side of human stupidity straight from the pages of FaceBook.

I started the "big cleanup" today. We're (or rather I am) going to be getting rid of everything that we don't need or use. It's a tall order, but I want this place in top shape by the end of the summer. I do most of the work late at night when it's cooler since only one room of our house has an air conditioner. We're putting one upstairs in the bedroom, but J hurt his knee and probably shouldn't do any lifting right now.

In the funnies today, an animal waste worker found $58 in cash in some dog dirt. This is wrong on just so many levels. The first level being that the company's name is DoodyCalls. Secondly, how rich and lazy do you need to be to hire someone to come and clean your dog's crap? And who would leave that much cash (I'm poor) laying around for a dog to eat? Also, can this crap cleaner come to my house? The pen needs to be raked again. Urghh.

And, from the Buffalo News comes the story of two Canadian dudes found drunk and coverd in mud in the woods. They had apparently gotten trashed at a church carnival (St John de La Salle? Town or a church?) and decided to Woodstock it. I didn't think Canadian guys had it in them, Americans are supposed to be the crazies.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


I obviously need a computer that's not hooked up to the internet. FarmVille, FrontierVille, and Face Book are taking up all of my time. And I have a lot of time.

In other news, I found an article today about Bam Margera getting attacked by a 59 year-old woman. Funny stuff. After all of his Jackass stunts, he got it for real from an old lady. In the article, she called him a racist, and there's no mention of what actually started the kerfuffle. Knowing Bam from following his shows, he probably whipped out his birdie and the old lady got offended. (Side note: if you've seen the end of the movie Jackass, then you know that she had a LOT to be offended about!)

Also in the news, Touchdown Jesus got struck by lightning and burned to the ground. Apparently, Jesus is made from Styrofoam. Therefore, he must not be eco-friendly. The Christian god hath smote his only son twice now! The article itself isn't very interesting, but the comments are hilarious! There are apparently several camps regarding what actually happened to the melted messiah. Those who think the bonfire was a sign from God that the end is coming, those who think that Hay-Seuss was burned up because "thou shalt make no idol and worship it" or something like it, and the people who think that Zeus is pissed at Jesus. I think there were also a few comments there from people who think the Democrats are responsible. I seriously don't think the Al Gore types are about going around burning up Styrofoam. They certainly wouldn't want all those polystyrene fumes in the air.
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