Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 Good or Bad ?

Say what you want about 2017, but boring it was not! America was great just a year ago and the entire world knows that Donald the Trump has been running it into the ground. We will get rid of those lying republican crooks in congress and make America great again. The social dancers on Oahu have taken everything that 2017 threw at them and made the best of it — most of the time. That's why we're eager to receive feedback to share your pearls of wisdom with our readers. Every day we get more readers. Let us know what are the best (or worst) moments we face as social dancers and what you think we've learned (or haven't) from this year.

"Social dancers love the way the right dance music can move them into a trance."


To start the Happy New year right we have news from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. Ballroom Dance Classes on Mondays start January 8th. Samba and Rumba, Instructors: Felipe Repollo and Carmen Mendoza. Line Dance Classes on Wednesdays, start January 10th. Instructor: Carol Kohagura. Icing on the cake is the Social on Friday, January 12th. Theme: Rock Around The Clock. 50s Era. Potluck which usually turns up terrific grindz. And we need a Guest Blogger from this club to contribute a few choice words for the club and dancing in general.


The biggest blight for Oahu is the Rail Disaster. It was declared obsolete by the experts a year ago but there is so much money to be made, "the Trump Way." No one mentions "Rapid Transit" anymore because they all know that is will take at least a half hour longer to get from Makaha to Honolulu Hale. The "Easy Money" is easier now that they are going to make the neighbors island pay big bucks too, The total cost estimate went from 5 billion to 7, to 9, and now going for 15 billion dollars. Will it go higher? You'd better believe it. The Present Rail Party does not refer to it as the "Gravy Train" for nothing. $$$$$

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”


Monday, December 25, 2017

Mele Kalikimaka

The Christmas season has been good to the Platinum Horseshoe and Town Dancer blogs. They are leading the way in blogging on this Island of Oahu. Not many know that comments in the blogs and information contributors willing to share information with their fellow dancers is what will do it. This is Social Media and very few know what that means. It has never been done before. A dance blog may be a personal diary, a daily pulpit or a collaborative space.

"Social dancers don't let the past steal their present. This is the message of Christmas:
We have friends, we are never alone,"


It may be a political soapbox, a breaking-news outlet. A collection of links, your own private thoughts, memos to the world. We can all take pictures but not everyone can capture the beauty that's usually hidden in plain view. We can all open our mouths to sing but not everyone can melodically touch your soul. We can all pick up a pen to write but not everyone can write words in such a way that they leap off of the page for everyone.

"Joy to the World"


We can all part our lips to speak but not everyone can speak life into you. We can all move our bodies to a beat but not everyone can become one with music, stir emotions and shift energy with dance. The point is, we can all do something but know your gifts, cultivate them and always be yourself. Then working together becomes effortless. Copies aren't accepted everywhere. Originals are eventually required! But we will be social dancers.

"Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return,
but because of who you are."

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Everyone Happy?

The best source of information on dancing in these islands is still not our local blogs. Town Dancer and Platinum Horseshoe are something special and they are leading the way. I may say green on Monday and green on Wednesday and green on Friday, that is SOS. If anyone in either blog comes out on the next Monday with "Blue," - Ray call Mary, Doris calls John, and it goes around. "Not the Same Old Shit, this is different."

"Ballet dancers are always dancing round on their toes.
Why don’t they just get taller dancers?"


On any one of our blogs, you can see the "Good Links" in a side bar either to the left or right. Just click the name of the blog that you wish to see and it will appear, like magic, right before your eyes. If you want to access it again later and easily, just add it to your favorites. The diversity of opinion is what makes a blog. My writing, is to try making contact with the dancers, but it is not enough to keep a blog going up in hits faster. The results will be much better when we get more good Information and photo contributors or better yet a Guest Blogger.

"Oh Little Town of Bethlehem"

We are having a tough time getting anyone interested with information to contribute, but then not many really understand or know about blogging. The legit hits are staying solid and even going up very slowly. This communication has usually been done, as a one way communication namely advertising. Newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Even Newsletters, Web sites and some blog sites have never required feedback. But twenty years ago, they introduced the Guest Blogger and many have done very well.

"I wish you a Merry Christmas"
by Jose Feliciano

Some of our information contributors are beginning to realize that the announcements of coming functions are fine, But what happened at the party, photos and write ups, opinions is what is really interesting to the readers. The hits in WBDC went up with their Christmas party and sent this blog up into First Place. As we grow, all the dancers are going to get a better idea of our rapidly changing dance world. Sometimes we even have news of Neighbor Island dancing. They will eventually join sharing dance information with the rest of the dancers' groups on these islands. The holidays are at hand and we are starting the partying, which is what dancers like to do. Perhaps someone on the neighbor islands can get ideas and share a few of their highlights, past, present or in the future for all our fellow dancers on these islands.

"One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning." 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The North Shore.

With the Rail Disaster screwing up on the South Shore. the North Shore is perking up. They need more housing there but even more important they need Business Parks. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." But the Present Rail Party is against all that nonsense. Politics, Money. Profits. But for us, if the perfect wave exists, you’ll find it on Oahu’s North Shore. The towering, glassy winter waves of this legendary surf mecca draw the best surfers in the world, while smaller and gentler summer waves are better for beginners.

“Social dancers dance through life, living their bliss, steeped in joy.”


Stretching for more than 7 miles, the beaches of the North Shore host the world’s premier surfing competitions during the peak winter months, including the biggest of them all, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (November - December). But we can just leave surfing the huge waves to the pros because they can be very dangerous for inexperienced surfers.The months between November and February are the best times to see big wave surfing. We come to the realization that there is more to Oahu than Honolulu.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


From May to September, the waves subside, creating a more tranquil atmosphere for surfing and swimming. And how about dancing? the North Shore is also home to a variety of accommodation options including the exclusive beachside Turtle Bay Resort. And Son Caribe is making inroads to bachata-salsa music and dance in the North Shore. Take a little road trip to the charming surf town of Haleiwa Town, where you can shop, eat like a local and cool off with rainbow-flavored shave ice. Continue your drive to Laie to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center and the old plantation town of Kahuku.

“Dream of the impossible: dream of surpassing yourself, dream of the kingdom
of God. Only then will you start working and moving towards it, and only
then with that dream you will make your feet go into a dance."



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Party Part 2

For sure we all had a wonderful time. The entire party was very nice, everyone had a good time dancing and socializing. And the beautiful music all around us made for a very pleasant atmosphere and everyone seemed to realize it. At 9:30 I began to be aware that the Handi Van might show up but nothing. Went in and out of the dance several times until almost ten.


Most people can notice that this club has some of the best Rumba dancers on this island. This captivating favorite of Latin American Dancers throughout the world is characterized by the leg and hip action which adds to the suave styling of the sensual Rumba patterns. To excel in the Rumba a dancer should develop a sense of musical interpretation and physical control and these people got it.

"Deck the Halls"


"Merry Christmas to all, Our WBDC always has good parties and a gathering
of good people, dancers or not. Hope to see them all in 2018." ~ Carol M.

Then they began to close up the place and everyone pitch in. And then Rod offered to take me home. Wow, what a break. They help in closing up and I got packed in his vehicle by 10:15. We were on our way, then Carol stopped us and said my Handi Van was there. It was a cab and he just said he was late. Got transferred over to the cab


The ride home was not bad and I got home by eleven. First chance I got was to eat some of the goodies that Maile prepared for me. Ultra delicious. Then got on the computer before my memory gave out and got most this down. I was able to make part one because Rod took some good photos with my camera. Had to wait to for Maile or anyone else would send me for this blog.

"December 9th. What a memorable night as WBDC rekindled the roaring 20's for their Christmas Dance. The women were just dressed lavishly to bring back that 1920's
feeling. Likewise, most of the men were dressed in black with suspenders as a
tribute to their great ancestors from the 1920's. ~ Rodney and Carol

"Good King Wenceslas" 

Pubs Note: we have been so fortunate to get many photos from Maile. I have enough to put some in the Blogging Hawaii blog and give those readers a break. And we can surely thank her for getting all these photos for the benefit of the readers, the photees and of course Wahaiwa Ballroom Dance Club.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Party

I prepared the day carefully for it was important to me. I called the Handi Van the day before and they agreed to pick me at 5pm at home and take me to Halemano Plantation. They also agreed to pick me up at 9:30pm at the Party and bring me back home. I prepared a half dozen USB drives for door prizes or whatever. The Handi Van picked me up at 5 and I got to Halemano Plantation before six.


"Happy Holidays. What happened to Santa Claus? Great time and Happyness to all"
~ Sherwood Kaopua

Plenty people already there and the food tables were being set up. General Dancing to that terrific music by DJ Leland. Christmas music and carols intermixed with the regulars, There is no substitute for Luis Miguel singing "El Reloj." All the nice people were there and we were all sorry the President couldn't make it. Finally sat near my good friends Rod and Roselie, Art and Lisa Apilado. The food line began early and I went over and said hello to Leland and Maile.


"Happy Holidays everyone for Wahiawa Ballroom. We always have a blast
and hope to continue in 2018" ~ Dieter and Gloria Pfister

General Dancing and everyone enjoying themselves, saying hello and Merry Christmas to all their good friends. The music as per usual was terrific and everyone knew it. Maile darting here and there helping out wherever. I began to get some opinions from some of the attendees. Very gracious to help make this into real Social Media. Sometime before eight, they had the first door prizes and boy, they were all goodies. They had several time outs for door prizes during the evening and they sure gave some additional happiness to most people for the night.


"Merry Christmas from our roaring 20's Christmas Dance. It was a blast!!"
~ Abing and Dorado's

The energy in the crowd was reflecting on me and I finally got the courage to ask Carol for a Rumba. And she knows I have to be in "careful mode." I did not do anything fancy and she followed me perfectly and it felt like a triumph. Later with the crowd energy and everyone dancing to their pleasure a Merengue came on. Those are pretty firm step movements and I had to get up and move it. Soon Maile joined me and then two other ladies came to help this old man enjoy the sunrise. Terrific Merengue, thanks Leland.

"Jingle Bells"

So how was your evening? For me it was the biggest and best thing in West Oahu. You got anything better? You are entitled to it. This is all the photos I got, taken by Rod with my camera. Good Job, Rod. I will make the continuation in a couple of days when I get more photos. Mahalo.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Helemano Plantation

From their website: Helemano Plantation, a place "where aloha begins" - A unique community of people caring for people. A place where you truly take a piece of Aloha with you. Once a dream, Helemano Plantation also founded by Mrs. Susanna F. Cheung, provides a "real world" work environment for the developmentally disabled. Helemano Plantation offers training and employment opportunities in its work centers. You will also be able to visit the Country Inn Restaurant, Gateway to Asia, Gift Shop, Bake Shop, Farm, and Garden.


This may be of interest to those not lucky enough to be attending the Dance Social on Saturday, December 9th, by Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. I happen to be one of the lucky ones invited. I will be fortunate enough to be able to get enough information to make a nice blog. We got people from Kapolei, Makaha and Turtle Bay very interested. The Central Valley is becoming well known on Oahu.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


I will have to take the Handi Van and they are very nice people. Last time Rod gifted me with a little wine and with all the good spirits of the dancers around me, I felt like swinging from the chandeliers.

"Social dancers know that it is with your feet that you move -
but it is with your heart that you dance."

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Season

Now is the time to live out your passion - Transform the moment into an Event -
Get really into Dancing for fun - Explore what is known only to a Lucky Few.

Share the body movement with your Partner to music - and be Passionate about it -
Exercise your body - Dance a fast Salsa like there is no tomorrow.

Build something of real value for your Entire Life - and increase your own Energy -
Then pause to enjoy the flavors, the colors - and the textures of the Social
Dance Scene. -- And be nice to the world around you.

 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing


Cayetano's FAST (Flexible Affordable, Smart Transportation) seems to have been the best plan ever devised on the island of Oahu. Took into consideration "comfortable," other plans have many other criteria (like big profits.) "Comfortable" is not a known factor by Honolulu transportation experts. Getting the people off of their cars and onto public transportation should be the primary motivating factor throughout the world. We got too many cars. In Honolulu, the Fat Cats say, "It's the money, Sonny.

"The First Noel"
 

The different dance clubs on Oahu seem to be set with less competitive spirit of the old and a more cooperative method of dealing with each other - Nice. Is there going to be another dance club on Oahu? You'd better believe it. There will be one in Kapolei, Waianae or the North Shore,

"Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything
is softer and more beautiful." ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, November 27, 2017

West Oahu

West Oahu is really coming into its own. The North Shore is looking good and the Waianae Coast is trying. I have undeleted the Ritmo Mestizo blog for blogging reasons and they are not doing too bad for just being revived. It seems like there are more fans of Latin music and dance in West Oahu. It may take a couple months for it to get out of the single digit average per day hits. That is my plan and if it cannot do that, it will be deleted. Most Dance Web sites on Oahu have had single digit average per day hits, so most counters have been eliminated from dance Web sites.

“Social dancers think that the reason they dance is that there are things
that the heart thinks of that only the body understands.”


Ritmo Mestizo will include the increasing interest in Latin music and dance. There is much American and European styles in the music now, "you can dance rumba to it." It is not the same as "You gotta dance Rumba to it!" This may center itself in Waianae, who knows? They seem to have the best Rumba dancers in the Pacific. But what do I know.? Time will tell. The territory is becoming more evident to all our readers and it is definitely a work in process.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

And in town, Divino Ritmo Dance


Kapolei had been chosen as Second City some time ago, but the Present Rail Party has had other plans. Business Parks are out because thousands could work in Kapolie and "I coulda been home in 20 minutes. They have a good harbor and an airport. But Honolulu Fat Cats are going to slow that down, they know that the Rail is obsolete. And they are making millions and millions of dollars every day. It's da money, Sonny and that is the way the mop plops. We can only go by our wants and needs and we don't have to support anyone

“All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books,
all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have
arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.” ~ Molière

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

The season is just getting started and I am meeting so many nice people in a good mood. Everyone seems to have good wishes for everyone. For me it started at the Wahiawa Recreation Center with the Social of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, so many nice people. Then the news I have been receiving of parties to come and posting in my blogs. Uplifting for the entire dance community on Oahu.

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will
never do any harm to the world.”  ― Voltaire


I just received a gift card from Catholic Charities for Thanksgiving. They give one to every one in this housing complex. Got a helmet from the VA in case I fall down again. I am keeping away from the office downstairs and my depression all around seems to be clearing up. My health is more or less under control. Add to all this and the music and dance is developing too.

"This Is My Song" by Petula Clark


Social dance on Oahu is da kine dance that has social function and context. Social dances are generally intended for participation rather than performance and can be led and followed with relative ease using very basic moves to enjoy the music. They are often danced merely to socialize and for entertainment. And they certainly can be a lot of fun even in a big ballroom.

“How inappropriate! Who’d ever dream of showing up at a dance with a walker?
What does he think he’s going to do all night?”

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Wild, Wild West in Wahiawa

I had a nice day doing my work and planning for the evening trip to Wahiawa, Now, that I got my helmet, I decided to take the bus. The Handi Van people are very nice, but better if I bother them less. It is almost a mile to the bus stop from my home but the walk felt nice. I spend too much time on the computer. The bus was late but I had time to get off at Foodland in Wahiawa and bought a chocolate cake.


I got to the Hale Hookipa Room and plenty people already there preparing all the goodies to eat and the seating, the music. Looked like a good crowd was forming up. Hello to my friends and I found my usual spot to place my walker. I was also fortunate to sit next to Pauline Kim, who is a good dancer and one of the many good people of WBDC. Of course, Leland and Maile were there doing their thing for the good of all the dancers. My good friends, Rod and Rosalie were close by too. Most people are in nice friendly groups and that doesn't hurt the festivities at all.

Maile came through like a champ again with the photos, Mahalo


"What A Wonderful World" by Satcho Armstrong

"Yeeha! It's always a dancing joy to be at the Wahiawa Dance Social! The
theme this Friday, "Wild Wild West" The Hawaiian cowboys and gals
were swirling their skirts and kicking up their boots to great music,
food and fun. I love their passion for fun." ~ Pauline Kim


The music and the spirit of all these nice people completely separate me from my depression. It propelled me to a dance with Pauline but I got dizzy in less than a minute and I had to stop. Later Leland laid down a Merengue that had the beat and the kind of movement that let me feel steady. Soon Maile joined and almost like partner dancing - I felt sturdy to the end. I did not try another, I did not want to push my luck.

"Yeeha, !! What a night for WBDC. Enjoyed dancing Western dances as
well as Ballroom. More power to Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.
Aloha" ~ Rod and Rosalie

Had enough photos for another blog. I think I will follow it up in the Blogging Hawaii blog of tomorrow. Mahalo.

"Social dancers realize that dancing is inherently social, where steps replace words and beats ironed out pauses and we can understand each other very well."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

West Oahu Weekend

Da weekend looking good and this blog is plodding along and looking for more socials to visit and blog, sharing all this beautiful dance information with our fellow dancers. Unfortunately I must refrain from interfering with what has already been prepared without my being there. All understandable of course. So what we need is feedback from our fellow dancers to share information and perhaps a few photos for our friends and neighbors. And of course an invitation is a command.

"Why is it that everybody always wants to see justice done, to somebody else."

 
I like to make posters just for fun.

At the moment we are getting the best kokua from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and they know this blog is here to help, not hinder. Fortunately, together we are getting the point across and the chosen center in the Central Valley remains just about where it has always been in Wahiawa. Dot's in Wahiawa has their own Web site and can see no need of anything from our blog. Hopefully they may at some time understand the we are an "addition to" and not an "instead of."


Some people are very delicate and we must respect if they wish to do their own thing. Most Web Sites are copyrighted and when I find it, I delete immediately if not sooner. BUT - at least ten million out there that are no trouble and I thank each and every one of them.

"Social dancers are pleased that there is much satisfaction in dancing.
There is a queer divine satisfaction, a blessed rest that keeps us
dancing and makes us more alive than the others” 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

WBDC Shindig

Terrific news for reader/dancers on Oahu. Received from Maile.

Hi Joe,
I wonder if you could send this in your blog? I’m in the mainland and not able to send my
usual email blast because I cannot retrieve the email addresses. I made this poster from
my iPhone using pic collage ap. Not the best but I guess it will have to do for now.
Hope to see you at the dance!
Take care, ~ Maile 

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


There are all kinds of reasons to blog: To share your thoughts and opinions with anyone who might be interested, to get feedback on those ideas, to influence people, to cultivate a community, to start interesting conversations, to practice writing and to teach, learn and grow.

"Social dancers believe that there are times in a dance night that awaken your life
- for a few hours and make it seem like something is happening.”

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Rolling

Work hard and you will prosper, the premise of the American Dream, that has nurtured our nation and changed the world for several centuries. But the American Dream has seen better days. The widening gap between rich and poor suggests the Dream is becoming more elusive for more people than at any other time in our history.

 "I believe"   ...   Frankie Laine


The conservative rich, who are accustomed to buying whatever they want, have been willing to spend millions to make billions by raiding the US Treasury. They have been able to buy an awful lot of people even if they were not members of "the party of the rich. The deficit is projected to go into the Trillions. Not only your children, but also your grandchildren will be paying for this theft.

Pages, Mini Web sites: At the top of this page, just below the header are names. Just click anyone and the mini web site will appear like magic on your screen.

“Social dancers may believe that life is a dance between what
keeps us going and what is holding us back”

Friday, November 3, 2017

Latino

It is well documented that Jazz did not come to the Americas with the African slaves. It was developed by third to fifth generation newly freed slaves in the US, in the latter part of the 1800s. From the beginning they had little time for music and dance of their own and their music developed from admiration of the Indian music and the marches of the day, the Parades. Very well documented.

"Social dancers think that music and dance simply stirs our curious consciousness and sparks a fire that illuminates who we have always wanted to be.”  


The basic movements of Caribbean dance and music come from the Indian Civilizations in Mexico. Where did you think the natives of the Caribbean come from? From the American Continent around them. This began some time during the Olmec Civilizations about 1000 BC. So that by the time the first illegal aliens arrived from Europe in 1492, 2500 years later, they were fairly well established in the Caribbean. They danced to their own music and they danced and they danced.

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

They had their dances down pretty pat with little influence from the illegals, The slaves from Africa arrived a century later but had no common culture. They were from West Africa, South Africa, North Africa, East Africa and Central Africa. Many could not even speak to each other and of course that was encouraged by the slave owners. They were not exposed to high society dancing but they found it easy to accept the Indian drumming, in some cases familiar. The dancing was out of their world.

"Y Volvere" by Viki Carr

You can see them dancing in the present day on videos. Just dancing up and down the way they have been doing for centuries. The rock step and the chasse were developed even before the Mayans by the Olmecs. The histories are there for anyone to read. But to tell someone that the Caribbean dancing came from Africa is quite in error. However, we can certainly say that the Negroes learned the Indian music and dance very well indeed.

"Social dancers know that no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween In Wahiawa

Not a bad day and when I awoke this morning, my depression was not as bad as it usually is. Still a little shaky and light headed, I must be careful. And I proceeded to plan the day. The Handi Van would pick me up at five pm. and then bring me home from Wahiawa at nine pm. Worked on my medications and my exercises. Did as little as possible on the computer.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde



The Handi Van was a little late but still got me there by 5:45. I had to kill some time so I took a leisurely walk to Foodland and got a Chocolate Cake. Took my time and got back as Leland was just arriving at about six. Set up and many came in before seven. The music as per usual was beautiful and the decorations for Halloween looked very nice. There was a colorful outlook throughout the ballroom. A big Mahalo to Maile. I complained about not getting enough photos and she came through like a champ. I got enough to make another blog tomorrow. Mahalo to everyone else too.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The Waianae Ballroom Dance Club was "Spooktacular" !!!
Always Enjoy It. From Mel and Charlene
Fabulous dance music with a dance board to help identify the dance. Sure helps us novice dancers. Everybody at the club is so friendly and welcoming. We really enjoy dancing at their socials. Everyone all dressed up in costumes, can't recognize some dancers. Fun! And a nice big dance floor.


Margaret Okimoto and Felipe Repollo, DJ Leland, Madeline Rosa, Charlene and Art,
Dancers, Joan and Margaret, The Green Lady of Wahiawa and Raggedy Ann,
Cynthia, She faked her pregnancy, Helen and Hubby.

There were quite few line dances and these people in Wahiawa do very well. The line dance instructor Carol  Kohagura was in most of them. She teaches line dancing on Wednesday evenings, Her and husband Rodney have been members of WBDC more than most dancers. Felipe Repollo and Carmen Mendoza teach American Style Ballroom on Monday evenings.


Leland and Maile, Cici, Tici, Bula, and Carol, Randy and Rumiko, Lisa and Art Apilado, James, Rodney, and Felipe, Estela Dela Cruz, Misssing name. Charlene and Mel.

"Some Enchanted Evening" by Perry Como

"Spooky Night with fantastic people, a wonderful way to spend a scary evening. RIP."
by Petecula (Peter Sye)



Maile: The last selfie pick after the dance was over. What a blast!

A little trouble getting home. The Handi Van was not too late but parked out of the way and the driver said there was something wrong with the Van and he had called and they were sending another one over. I got home by 10:30. Ate the terrific food Maile gave me, I partitioned half into a container and put it the  frig. The rest became a Mix Mash, and let me tell you it was one of the most delicious Mix Mash ever in my life.

"Take more chances, dance more dances."

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