July 5, 2017 – Happy July 5th and Celebration of New Officers

James Smith – President
Daena Lee – VP Education
Debra Kohn Lee – VP Membership
Gabriela Noriega – VP Public Relations
Maria – Secretary
Adelina Yim – Treasurer
Pam Roth – Sergeant at Arms
Katie Stula – Immediate Past President

Christopher Haig was the toastmaster of the day. Kelu Zhang offered her inspiration from her memory when she was in Mililani club. Once any club member finishes CC or other manual, other members would build a human bridge which he/she would go through. At the end of the “bridge”, the club President would give him/her a pineapple to celebrate the accomplishment. Pam Roth offered an amazing joke about marriage relationship and what a couple did to count for the arguments they had in their 60 years of marriage.

William Sink was the only speaker for the meeting since the second half of the meeting is Club Officers transition and celebration. He spoke on CC Manual Speech No. 2 “Organize Your Speech”. His title is “The Top Five”. He delivered a well-organized speech with a clear structure. Hesummarized the contributions and impacts made by the top five presidents of the United States. He started with John Kennedy, the 35th U.S. President from 1961 to 1963. Kennedy asked the citizens what you can do for your country. Next Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President from 1901 to 1909. He was a war hero. Abraham Lincoln is the top 3 on William’s list. He is the 16th President from 1861 to 1865. Lincoln believed that everyone was created equal and there should be no slavery in the world. George Washington, first president of United States from 1789 to 1797 is the next. Top one is Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. He directed the United States government during most of the Great Depression and World War II. William finished his speech by stating two common elements among these top five presidents: 1) they all believe in supreme 2) they are all liberal.

Katie Stula served as today’s Table Topic Master. The question was “What was your most memorable July 4th.” She had three people without rolls offer extemporaneous speeches.
District 49 director, Rose Kirkland, visited the club today and congratulated the new club officers. She explained the Challenge Corner and Bingo Card, which is comprised of four challenges: Super 7 Officers Trained, Moments of Truth, Smedley Award and Bingo card. Details please see http://district49.org/challenge-corner-and-bingo-card/.

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June 21, 2017 – Creativity

James S. opened the meeting today and turned it over to Richard S. who was our toastmaster of the day.  Rich had set a theme of creativity. Richard adroitly filled the missing roles with member volunteers and our meeting was set for success. He encouraged all to re-engage with creativity and get involved with artistic or inventive activities like finger painting. Rebecca W. offered an inspiration for members to approach life fearlessly and be open to the “Unknown” opportunities that occurs in our lives. James D. our Jokemaster delivered a dramatic Joke that was definitely creative. John O. told us that the most creative phase of our life is when we were children. He observes that his children are so creative and fearless with trying new things. John O. was our Grammarian and set the word of the day as “Adroit” which is an adjective that means clever and skillful.

Our first speaker was Jeff D. who is on his 9th speech from the CC Manual Persuade with Power. Jeff began his speech with a story about an elderly couple who experienced a home invasion and was killed by a robber. He showed how two very different worlds exist in life. One world is normal and safe without violence. This world is responsible, predictable  and logical. The second world is Chaotic with Drug Addiction and violence. The second world is where people blame others for their hardships. The second world has frequent interactions with Law Enforcement. Jeff cited facts of Home invasion and other terrible statistics. He suggested that members consider to minimize their risk of violent crimes by investing in home security systems, having a “Big Dog”, and having a plan for survival. He persuaded members to be vigilant and had a very somber speech that put everyone in a serious mood.

James S. filled in for Kelu Z. and gave an impromptu speech on one of America’s Biggest Problem. He had formulated his opinionated speech about the penny as a useless coin. James stated that it was a waste to pay two cents for manufacturing a coin that has a value of 1 cent. It is a waste of money. He recommended that members round the prices of things to avoid excess change and deal in more practical dollars and quarters. He wanted to have everyone understand that Abraham Lincoln is honored on the coin and also has other money that his image appears on. The tradition of honoring the past president will not be decreased by eliminating the penny. Wen H. in evaluating James’s speech suggested that James could expand his speech to reflect on current trends in China and Asia where cash is being eliminated in favor of mobile phone technology. He said homeless on the street in China have a scan of a bar code so people can donate money to them that they carry around to not have the excuse of not having any cash.

Maria S. had created a list of incomplete phrases on creativity that she had those without a role speak extemporaneously for table topics. James announced that next week we just have one speaker scheduled and so there is an opportunity to infill and challenge yourself to progress on your educational goals. It was a very good meeting and we all look forward to next week’s meeting that concludes the terms of our current DBA TM officers. many thanks to the DBA Officers who have done an excellent job this past year! We have a terrific club that continues to impress visitors. It has also been my honor to serve as the club secretary and Maria S. will be taking over the blog and secretary role starting in July.  Aloha!


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June 14, 2017 – Mistakes

Bart H. the Toastmaster of the Day set a meeting theme around “Mistakes”. Wen H. inspired everyone with a quote,” If you are looking for a friend, be one”. Grammarian Daena L. gave us the word of the day,” Precipitous” defined as hasty or rapid. Harvey R. shared a joke about a son who cannot seem to find a girlfriend his mom liked. His best friend told him to find a girl just like his mom. One day his best friend asked him how he was doing and he said he was successful he found a girl just like his mom. so his friend was overjoyed and asked him when he was going to get married. The son said unfortunately she is too much like his mom; now his dad can’t stand her.

Our first speaker was William S. who brought his family to the meeting to support him  on his speech titled” Puritan Economics”. William has a strong voice and stated that we need to return to Puritan Values. “He who does not work, will not eat.” William outlined a persuasive speech stimulate economic growth through having the homeless work and earn a living wage.  This will be combined with tax plan to make the rich pay more to develop economic stimulus to reduce our national debt. In this way we would not leave the 20.4 Billion Dollar debt to our children.

The second speaker was James S. who was doing his Adv. Manual Entertaining speaker speech No. 4, A Dramatic Talk. It was a speech that was centered around the date June 14 in Jame’s Life. He said he was in Shenzhen, China when he received a startling phone call from his brother about his mom passing away. So James flew home to Hawaii and met his brother at home. He turned the TV on in the Kitchen and it was turned on to a Christian Television Channel which proved to James that his Mom was human.  Prior Jame’s opinion was that she was in denial of religion and did not fear death. She was feeling her mortality and wanting to seek salvation when she died in the kitchen.

Our meeting was expanded with a creative round of table topics from Hieu PS who had prepared written mistake challenges printed on strips of folded paper for our members to pick from and speak extemporaneously. It was a precipitous round of table topics with participation from William’s sons. We all enjoyed the expert advice from our General Evaluator Rich S. as our meeting ended on time and everyone looking forward to another great meeting next week.


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May 31,2017 – Summer Reading!

John H. was our toastmaster of the day and set a theme titled:”Summer Reading! Your Favorite, Most Influential , Memorable Books”. John started by telling everyone about how he is considered a book nerd.  William gave a short speech by Winston Churchill for his inspiration.  The speech consisted of 3 words,”Don’t Give Up!” Brian T. our joke master told us a joke about a an 80-year-old man, his 18-year-old pregnant wife, a bear, and an umbrella. Brian likes self-improvement books by Larry Winget, one in particular “They Call It Work for a Reason.” Harvey R. provided the work of the day , “Ubiquitous” which is an adjective defined as “existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent”.

Our first speech was CC # 3 Get To The Point, Titled”Why Jazz Sounds Different”.by Bart H. Bart H. is a professional Trumpet Player and an Attorney. Bart explained his passion for Jazz Music. Bart stated that there are 3 distinctive characteristics of Jazz music. 1) It changes Keys and plays in different keys is an acquired taste in that kind of music. 2) Improvisation as Jazz music musicians improvise the music melody. 3) sticks to the theme melody and follows rules like not to overshadow the soloist musician.

Bhawna M. was our second speaker who delivered her CC#2 Organize Your Speech, Titled,”Treadmill”. She began her speech by asking everyone whether we want more things in our life? She commented that life can be described as a “Hedonic Treadmill”. Where people get on a treadmill to keep wanting more and more things. The develops into needing more and more things to be happy. Bhawna asked everyone to be happy with what you already have and step off the treadmill. Being thankful and feeling lucky for what you have is the way to seek true happiness that is not based on material things.

Some Recommended Books by members today are: The Sun Also Rises, Tao Te Ching, What Color is Your Parachute?, A Confederacy of Dunces, Endurance, Into Africa, A Voyage for Madmen, The Fountainhead, Black Stallion Series, Stop Whining and get a Life, Curious George, Little Prince, Pride and Prejudice, The Holy Bible, The Scent of Green Papaya, I-Robot, The Alchemist, How to Win Friends and Influence People, The Princess Diaries, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Atlas Shrugged, Grit and The Giving Tree.

Katie S. announced our new roster of DBA Club Officer nominees and introduced them to the club. We look forward to the new leadership and direction the new officers will bring to the DBA TM club. We all left the meeting with a smile as we ended on time and had practically everyone speak during the table topics session. We also was introduced to Mrs. Holman who explained that she teaches Kindergarten and really enjoyed our meeting. See you all next week!


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May 17, 2017 – Your Own Garden

As John H and I left the meeting room at the conclusion of our meeting we were both amazed at the passionate response on gardening from our various members in attendance. Hieu PS was our toastmaster of the day  and set a theme “Your Own Garden”. She said she takes 15 minutes each day to maintain her herb garden that she uses to grow medicinal herbs and herbs for seasoning foods she cooks. While she does not claim to have a “Green Thumb” she brought a table full of herbs for members to try. Wendie M. our landscape architect shared her passion for words and gave us the word of the day “Vacuous” which is defined as 1) inane lacking ideas or intelligence or 2) Idle lacking action , concentration or serious thought. James D. our timer shared a story about how his teacher in High School was making them grow turnips and how they used the hoe as a golf club. Wen H. our jokemaster told a joke about keeping a speech to 10 minute limits but with two extra 10 minute options at no charge for total 30 minute speech.

Willie S. gave us his Ice Breaker Speech. He stood and  announced that he is a trial Lawyer that stands up for the underdog. Willie told us his story that he is  71 years old , with 9 siblings, and a Master’s Degree in History. He is an Army veteran that smokes cigars with Notre Dame football games on TV. Willie admitted that he has not learned how to speak without notes and has difficulty memorizing speeches. As a trial lawyer he focuses on labor law employment work and wrongful terminations.

Our second speaker Pam R. stood with confidence and delivered her CC Manual #5 speech on Your Body Speaks with speech titled” First Impressions”. Pam’s speech was delivered without notes and she told us about Bill Acheson seminar she went to that examines how professionals deal with each other and the impact that understanding non-verbal communication can have to enhance their effectiveness. Pam went around the room and used different handshakes to demonstrate what characteristics can be read from the way people shake hands. She talked about eye contact  and how too much staring can “be creepy”. Pam recommended that people do not talk too much and be good listeners . She ended her speech sharing two books on body language she is reading. “Louder than Words” and “Blink.”

Bart H. was our table topics master and recalled a memory of throwing a strawberry at his sister. He still remembers that vivid image today and wonders if his sister remembers that. It was not a vacuous meeting as it was filled with herbs and gardening advice about automatic timers on irrigation systems. lease some to our next meeting to enjoy another enjoyable meeting filled with learning about speaking with a fun approach.


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April 26, 2017 – Success, What is it? What does it take?

Katie S. our president opened the meeting and introduced Christine M. who was our toastmaster of the day. Christine created a theme around success. Christine explained that success is not how nice a car your happen to drive. Brian T. offered the inspiration quote by Ellen DeGeneres, Tulane University 2009 “As you grow, you’ll realize the definition of success changes. For many of you today, success is being able to hold down 20 shots of tequila. For me, the most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and not to give into peer pressure to try to be something that you are not, to live your life as an honest and compassionate person, to contribute in some way. So to conclude, my conclusion, follow your passion, stay true to yourself. Never follow anyone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and see a path and by all means you should follow that. “

Harvey R. our grammarian gave us the word of the day: Impetus which is defined as Driving force, stimulating factor that encourages an action. Other members commented on success, Success is being Happy by Bart H. Our Joke-master Daena L. gave a wonderful animated  joke about a chicken in the library borrowing books. She was very animated in front of the podium, crouched, clucked and flapped her wings. You missed a great joke if you were not here; that ended in an image of a frog by the pond croaking.

Our first speaker was Audrey J. who delivered her ice-breaker speech CC#1 titled “Taking it up a Notch.” Audrey told everyone she is from the Big Island and shared her knowledge of Micro-Pidgin English. Audrey has a masters degree in economics and has a very polished ice-breaker without notes with pauses with good delivery confidence which impressed the evaluators. She is an experienced “Cat Herder” as she explained that she caught 32 cats in her mother’s backyard to spay the cats and return them to her mom’s care. She loves to solve problems and enjoys working with others to empower them with solutions to “take it up another notch”.

Our guest speaker was Jeff Gere, instructor from the UH in Storytelling. He spoke about a captivating story of the Hawaiian Goddess Pele and had everyone’s attention. He was an expert storyteller that told us a story with vocal variety , gestures, and painted a colorful story of a flowing volcano and a father’s tale of visiting Pele. He got up and humorously unscrewed the red light from the timer and everyone was actually hoping he would continue his stories.

John H. conducted the table topics and spoke of Values being in two types: 1) Eulogy Virtues and 2) Resume Virtues. He encouraged all to be using resume virtues. William S. told us that they way to leave Las Vegas with a $100,000 is to arrive in Los Vegas with $200,000. Christine concluded the meeting asking all to reconsider the Life-Balance theme from last week as a strong part of being successful. Katie reminded us of the donations needed for the upcoming silent auction basket that is due by next week. John H. conducted a storytelling session of three events in his life immediately following our normal meeting. It was a treat as John’s storytelling skills are superb. His stories had Bulls in Spain, Spooky Ghost at a beach,  and Gorillas in the Mist. Wow. See you all next week


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April 19, 2017 – Work-Life Balance

John O. called the meeting to order and invited our Toastmaster of the Day Katie S. to begin her theme of “Work-Life Balance” Katie explained that she selects her theme based on a topic she wants to learn more about. She commented on how modern life is filled with activities that extends work beyond a normal work day. If work is too consuming it can displace happiness. Katie explained that her pursuit of perfectionism was a major cause of working late and getting our of balance as she urged everyone to let go of perfectionism. Deborah K.L. was our joke master and it was her Birthday. Katie S. baked and brought a tray of butter mochi to celebrate her B-Day.  Debbie told a story of being a parent 24-7 and working a normal job  leaves very little time for yourself to relax. Leslie K. our grammarian gave us the word of the day “Sangfroid“. It’s a noun and defined as coolness of mind, calmness, composure. eg. “They committed the robbery with complete sangfroid. ”

John H. announced that next week he has a special storytelling event that  our DBA TM club can attend that immediately follows our normal weekly meeting. John has invited his professor Jeff Gere to the event which will judge John’s storytelling ability. We have seen how delightfully skilled  John is;  as he has been one of our best animated speakers in our club. If you have an additional 30 minutes to spend with us next week it promises to be a fun afternoon.

Our first speaker is Daena L. who delivered her CC #9 speech Persuade with Power, titled” Two-Track Mind” she stepped forward in front of the podium to begin her excellent speech. The two-track mind had to do with the two tracks Toastmaster offers. Leadership track and Speech Improvement Track. Members sometimes  do not take advantage of the fact that 19 of the 21 requirements for the competent leader achievement can be completed just by having your meeting roles recorded with an evaluation. She urged everyone to bring their leadership manual to meetings when they have a role to record that leadership achievements while they achieve their toastmaster speaking goals. She quoted, Ralph Smedley who noted that leaders have the capacity to think ahead and take action.

Wen H. is continuing to prepare for his speech contest on May 6th. and delivered his speech titled “Rush to Judgement, Fall off a Cliff!” Wen began his speech dressed in a suit and tie and looked very prepared for his upcoming contest. The subject of his speech was his awakening of how being judgmental can be to your disadvantage. He explained how Toastmasters had helped him understand that evaluation process teaches us all to be positive and not judgmental. Wen had invited six guests to help him prepare by providing a critique of his speech. It was very insightful to hear their comments and to see how Wen has improved his speech in a week since the last DBA TM  meeting. It was a very sangfroid meeting and we hope to see you all next week.



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April 12, 2017 – Living Without Regrets

James D. was our toastmaster of the day and set a theme of living without regrets. Brian T. Presented an inspirational poem. “Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don’t. And believe that everything happens for a reason…. if you get a chance -take it; if it changes your life – let it. Nobody said that it would be easy… They just promised it would be worth it.

Katie S. told us a joke about why you do not tell an Easter egg a joke? Because it will crack-up. Ha ha. Maria S. set the word of the day “Ebullient” , which means being happy.

Our first speaker is Kylie O. Spoke her Project No.3 – Get to the Point, Titled “Distress for Success.” Kylie explained how distress is related to living without regrets. “Cortisol” fight or flight chemical is produced from stress. Stress affects your body and in some situations helps you to to do extraordinary things. However, too much stress is bad for you. There are many health problems related to prolonged chronic stress. Heart disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease are examples of results from too much stress.  Procrastination is a negative flight response. A specific exercise is a technique to reduce stress is to count to 5 -inhale, count to 5 hold your breath, count to 7 exhale. If you do this 3 times, it will help de-stress your mood.

The second speaker was Wen H. who shared with us his recent TM speech contest entry. Wen started his speech explaining how he disliked people who speak with an accent. How Wen has tried very hard to work on his English skills. He then explained how he did not want to associate with people with accents. But he realized through his toastmaster training that he should break free of his preconceptions. His symbolic breakthrough was to conquer running the Honolulu Marathon. We showed us his finisher medal and Race T-shirt and said we should all break free from others criticism and live a life without regrets.

Table topics had topics related to the theme of no regrets. Willie D. Stated that society asks us to focus on ourselves and Willie suggested that we should look to do something for somebody else. That we should be yourself. Bhavana told us to just have fun in life and have an ebullient time. Stan told us 50 years old should have the zero in the number 50 as optional. Be young at heart. Chris stated we should not be a critical parent and become a positive parent to live without regrets.

Leslie concluded as General Evaluator told us to never make your career your life. She stated how the theme of our meeting was wonderful because it was easy for members to comment on. James D. Ended the meeting with a handout that had three main ideas: 1) Get Clear on What You Want, 2) Enjoy the Journey, and 3) Failure is an Option(And it’s necessary) a necessary part of the process called life. See you all next week!

Brian T.


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April 5, 2017 – Name and Identification

James S. was our toastmaster of the day and set a theme of Name and Identification as our meeting started on time with Christine M. as our Presiding Officer. James told us of a story about he losing his passport while traveling  and how he had to call his brother to recuse him in his private plane.  Gabriella N. our inspiration master told us a inspirational fable about tiny frogs climbing a tower. A group of tiny frogs challenged to climb a very tall tower and the surrounding crowd yelled to discourage the tiny frogs  from trying to climb such a tall tower and continued to yell at the frogs until most of them fell away or gave up. Only one frog succeeded to reach the top despite the crowds discouragement. The reason was he was deaf. the morale of the story was to be determined and not listen to others trying to discourage you to reach your goal. Bhawana M. told us a joke as joke master about the fruit she was carrying. She said her friend told her what to do if your boyfriend is mistreating you. He said, you need to let your”Man_Go”! as she held up her fruit to the club smiling.

Our first speaker was Bart H. and he gave a CC speech no. 1, Icebreaker about himself and launched into how people could remember him. Bart Simpson, Bart the F–T, and Bart the attorney. Bart negotiates business deals as a business attorney and enjoys the sometimes complicated closings for real estate transactions.

The second speaker was Pam R. who delivered her CC speech No. 4, How to Say it, titled “Toast Mates”. Pam is a devoted toastmaster and while on vacation in Brisbane she made a point to visit the Brisbane Toastmaster Club Meeting. She shared the agenda from the club and showed us how different the club operates. The location of the meeting is in a Hotel in the South Park District of Brisbane, Australia. The meeting started at 12:15 PM and was roughly an hour long. The meeting starts with Special Activity Table Topics  where almost each member has a chance to speak 20 seconds about a topic or pro/con about he topic. Another big difference was to test the members on the facts mentioned in the prepared speeches to determine if they were listening after the speeches. The evaluations are non-verbal and not shared, notes in manual on evaluations are returned to the speaker during the course of the meeting. They also conduct a 5 minute break to to mingle with other toastmasters to network about who they are and get to know any guests. The Brisbane concludes their meeting with the general evaluator and presidents report highlighting the achievements of members.

Harvey R. had a theme oriented table topics and Daena L. gave a memorable story about her pet,” Hammy the 3 legged Hamster”. Brian told everyone about his choice to be part of the duo “Pinky and the Brain” . This was because the popular misspelling of his name was to with the a with the i in Brian. We had four guests in the meeting and we hope to see them again as we all had fun. See you all next week.



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March 22, 2017 – Develop an Attitude of Gratitude, Who do you want to thank?

Brian T. was the Toastmaster of the Day and set an educational theme of Gratitude. It was based on a quote from Brian Tracy. It was destiny as Brian Tracy and I have the same initials, however, Brian Tracy is a much more famous and successful author and leader CEO of 3 successful corporations.

Brian Tracy (born 5 January 1944) and is ten years older than me. He is a Canadian-born American motivational public speaker and self-development author.[3][4][5] He is the author of over 70 books that have been translated into dozens of languages. His quote follows:

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” — Brian Tracy

An attitude of gratitude causes you to be more sensitive and aware of people around you. The more gratitude you have, the more gratitude you express, the better and more positive your personality is, the higher your self-esteem becomes, the more popular and liked you are by all the people around you.

Our Grammarian Adelina Y. gave us the word of the day  “Brouhaha” which is a noun: 1. Excited public interest, discussion or the like as the clamor of attending some sensational event; hullabaloo. 2. An episode involving excitement, confusion, turmoil, etc. especially a broil over a minor or ridiculous cause. Rebecca W., Joke Master gave a memorable animated Brouhaha joke about being ready to speak as she rolled on the floor, scaled walls and jumped on desks.

We had two icebreaker speeches from new members that was a nice introduction to them. The first speaker was Bhawna Mundotia gave her CC#1 Speech titled” Life is Wonderful” She explained how she was named by her parents. She also explained that English is not her first language and that she joined DBA Toastmasters to really improve her speaking skills. She was a confident speaker and walked in front of the podium to deliver her speech. She also reminded our Timer to do his job as her speech reached the qualifying time limit. She used humor with sincerity to deliver a great icebreaker.

Our second speaker was Gabriela Noreiga who gave her CC#1 speech titled”6,449 Miles Away from Home.” She was a poised and likewise confident speaker who spoke not like a beginner and requested a 50/50 positive and improvement comments. She told us a story of how she grew up in a small town in Peru and travelled to Lima to visit the city. She continued to tell her story about how she grew-up , got married, moved to the US East Coast and eventually ended up in Hawaii.

Christopher H. was our table topics master and continued the theme of gratitude and gave opportunities for our guest to speak extemporaneously. Kylie O. gave us a thumbs up for an enjoyable and educational meeting. Brian T. took the opportunity to explain more in depth the agenda organization and the roles for our meeting as some of the guests were establishing a new club for Chinese Speakers (ESL) who wanted to use toastmasters as a tool to learn how to speak English better. We had a good blended attendance of the new members, guests and full DBA members. Remember to pay your club dues and see you all at the next meeting when Rebecca W. will be the toastmaster of the Day.

Brian T.

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