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Today we are thankful for…

This week, Team CEA took time to remember what we are thankful for! Have a wonderful, happy, and safe Thanksgiving!

Kristy –This year, and every year, I am thankful for my family, my health and the love, loyalty and support of an amazing man.

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John -I am thankful for the brand new White Tiger bow I’ll be getting for Christmas. Beautiful, exquisite, and accurate, a true masterfully crafted item that will assuredly grant me hours upon hours of fun and much needed de-stressing.


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Natasha -I am very thankful for my Baba who I affectionately refer to as Babche or phonetically (bOb-ch-uh) (Macedonian for grandma). She flew down from Toronto to visit me. We spent 2 weeks together staying up late, giving pedicures, drinking sleepy time tea, shopping for each other and laughing together. I love her!

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Brittany – I am thankful for my family, friends and (of course) FOOTBALL!!

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Jennifer -Trying to fit all the things I am grateful for into a few short sentences is overwhelming. I have been blessed beyond what I could have ever imagined. I’m grateful for my health, my family, loyal friends, a safe place to live, my work, a good boss and helpful colleagues and I’m thankful every day that I live in the United States of America. This country is the only place in the world capable of fostering the many opportunities I have been blessed to take advantage of at this point in my life. Also, let’s not forget many in our armed forces won’t be at home with their families today, but instead overseas protecting our freedoms so we can eat our meals in peace surrounded by the people we love. I am thankful today and every day for many blessings. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!!

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Kim – I am thankful for my supportive family, great friends, and to be marrying my wonderful fiancé next year!

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Kelly - I am thankful for my family and wonderful employees!

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Erika -I’m thankful that I get to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my family in Savannah.

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Diana -I’m thankful that I got to see Interpol, my favorite band, in concert for the second time.

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Eric -Couldn’t be more thankful for my wonderful family: Evan (left), Carter, and my wife Natasha.

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Dave - I am thankful that Brittany called 911 when I had my heart attack.

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3 Comic Books You Need to Get Excited About

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While I may be engrossed in the world of social media during the day, before and after work I eat, sleep and breathe comics. In my (not so) humble opinion, DC comics suck and I “fangirl” over everything Marvel. Even if you’re not a comic fan, you’ll still be able to appreciate the stories and characters found in these pages.

Without further ado and in no particular order, I present to you the top three comics events you should be looking forward to:

1.  X-Men ’92This is what happens when 90’s kids start to break into the comics industry. Following in the footsteps of Batman ’66 and Wonder Woman ’77, the TV universe of the beloved X-men: The Animated Series will be coming to a comic stand near you. Are they making the cartoon an official alternate universe? Or is this a tie in to the new Secret Wars arc for 2015? You know what? Who cares. The most important reason you need to get excited is that 90’s Rogue is back and ready to kick everyone’s butt!

2. Inhumans: Attilan RisingAttilan just can’t seem to stay in one place. Most recently, the city of the Inhumans has ended up in the Hudson River. Jump on the Inhumans bandwagon while you can still claim to be a hipster before the movie comes out. I don’t even care about the shameless self-publicizing way that Marvel is stuffing the Inhumans into every book possible.  I love them and will happily empty my wallet into the nearest cash register. Even though the title hearkens back to previous events (like Atlantis Rising), I can forgive them and I can’t wait for Medusa to show off with her lovely locks. And by “show off” I mean destroy everyone who stands in her way. You go girl.

 3. The Infinity Gauntlet (not to be confused with The Infinity Gauntlet…) – Look! It’s a whole family of Nova! There’s even a cute little baby one! I never (ever, ever) forgave Marvel for killing Richard Rider, so good thing they recently brought him back during Original Sin (be still my beating heart)! It was a long 6 years though. I’m curious to explore the lives of this family of Nova members and see their new adventures.

Marvel is still the “House of Ideas.” Revamping a story for a new generation doesn’t mean there is a lack of creativity. It just means that we get to share the stories with more people. One naturally leads to the other. Eventually they’ll get to the good stuff, and we have to be there to share those stories together.

Want actual advice on the comics you should be reading instead of crazy social media ramblings? Tweet @Cea_Marketing #KimboSlice

 

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Getting to Know our New Interactive Account Manager Erika

As an icebreaker this week, we played “2 Truths and a Lie” with our new Interactive Account Manager, Erika. Here’s what we learned is true – and not so true – about her.

Can you guess which one is false? (She had us fooled!)

1. I’ve driven my PT Cruiser (now 10 years old) across the country 4 times.

2. I used to be a high school history and language arts teacher.

3. In the past 3 years, I’ve been in 3 cycling accidents: I broke my right arm, then I got hit by a parked car, and then I broke my left arm.

Here’s the whole story from Erika…

1. Yes, I’ve driven coast to coast 4 times in my PT Cruiser (I affectionately call him ‘Bruiser the Cruiser’). It takes about 36 hours to get from one side of the country to the other, so I’ve stayed on couches and in hotels; traveled with my dog, friends or family, but never alone. I love exploring and finding little hidden gems. My favorite: the life-sized recreation of Bedrock City (the Flintstones town) on the south side of the Grand Canyon.

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2. I WAS a history and English teacher, but I taught middle school, not high school. It was a great experience and I’m glad I had the opportunity to make an impact for a few short years. The skills it takes to make a classroom work and juggle all of the responsibilities of a teacher translate very well into marketing. It trained me to wear many hats and to think on my feet!

3. Just call me Grace! During a typical day, I will run into desks, doorframes, table legs, and anything else that jumps out in front of me. Unfortunately, my lack of coordination continues into my extracurricular activities – namely, cycling. Three of my accidents were more notable than the others. I’ve broken both arms (on 2 separate occasions, almost exactly one year apart), which left me with a metal plate and 9 screws in one wrist. On another really unfortunate evening, I was riding by bike in downtown St. Pete, when a guy in a huge truck opened his door right into the bike lane – and directly in my path. I hit the door straight on and was a thrown out into the street. Thankfully, I wear a helmet whenever I bike anywhere – even if it’s just a few blocks. It may look dorky, but it’s saved my noggin more than a few times!

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Erika is an enthusiastic addition to our team and is ready to get your digital marketing strategy rolling! Give us a call to discuss how CEA Marketing can help you devise a digital marketing campaign that works!

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Welcome to Endless Lunch

My name is John and though my official title may be ‘coder’ around the office, I am unofficially considered “Florida’s Foodie”. Today we shall be reviewing 5 of my favorite lunch spots in and around Clearwater, FL; and specifically the local eateries that stand out above the rest. My palette is fairly robust and includes a variety of unique dishes, however today we shall be focusing on Greek, Mexican, Thai & Japanese joints. Let’s break the trend of the top 5 countdown and start with hotspot #1! #1 – Saki – Endless Sushi & Hibachi Eatery Untitled Saki’s is located right off Gulf to Bay & US19 in Clearwater FL. I truly cannot compliment this place, the staff, and the food enough. Fresh, healthy and clean eating coupled with BIG taste and artful presentation. The wait staff is always friendly and the atmosphere is welcoming, with plenty of space between your table and your neighbors. saki2 There is always a pleasing low drone of conversation going on in the background. In my experience, it has never gotten too loud or dulled off into complete silence. For you gentleman reading this, add this to your list of date spots! The Maki rolls, Endless Lunches, and Endless Dinners are simply to die for. Endless Lunch begins at 11am and ends at 3pm, when Endless Dinner begins. All you can eat Sushi & Sashimi coupled with a fantastic atmosphere, low prices, fancy utensils & tables and amazing taste is exactly why this tops the chart at #1. Textures for every palette can be found here and even my friends (who have sampled just about every Sushi Spot in the Tampa Bay area) swear by their Sushi.  I plan on eating here after work with my friends to enjoy some of Clearwater’s finest Maki Rolls and endless Hibachi. #2 – Los Amigos Taqueria Y Tienda amigos1 Go here for authentic Mexican dishes as well as real Mexican Tacos. The likes of which many American’s have never had the opportunity to experience. Located in Largo, FL, just south of Clearwater, Los Amigos is one of those special hole in the wall type of restaurants that you find yourself lucky to have come across. I have never experienced real Mexican cuisine as I have here. Truly satisfying and delicious meals are to be had. Just be sure you took a little Spanish in College, or bring your smart phone (to help translate) and you’ll be good to go. Sometimes you may luck out and get coupled with an English speaking waitress, yet even with the language barrier in place, the staff have always been very friendly, welcoming. I’ve even ordered my lunch through a creative use of charades and laughter. I recommend their Steak Taco’s, though I sincerely believe one cannot go wrong with anything on their menu. #3 – Thai Basil Largo basil Of all the Thai joints I have tried, Thai Basil has won my vote for the best Thai food. With a liberal use of coconut milk, spicy sauces, and (you guessed it) basil leaves; Thai Basil has some of the most satisfying and creamy dishes I’ve ever had. There certainly has been no competition that I’m aware of for their Tom Kha Kai (a delicious classic Thai soup with chicken, mushrooms, green onions and herbs), nor their variety of curry options. Be it Red, Yellow, Green (mmmm), Massaman or Panang curry, Thai Basil will deliver any entrée in one of four levels of spiciness according to your preference, mild, medium, hot, or Thai Hot (only for the bold of heart, and stomach of steel). #4 – Sushi Spot Noodle World sspot  A one stop spot for any of your Maki, Thai, or Noodle needs, Sushi Spot Noodle World located on the corner of East Bay Drive & Belcher Road in Largo, FL. A coworker of mine swears by their ‘Sexy Man Roll’, so much so that I decided to give their ‘Sexy Woman Roll’ a shot and on my word was it delicious. Sushi Spot has some very unique combinations of Fishes, toppings and sauces that make for a flavorful combination of fresh and delicious sushi. In addition, they also serve Thai cuisine and a variety of noodle dishes. Their Thai Tea is also some of the best I’ve come across south of the Howard Franklin. #5 – Sofia’s Greek Grill sof The reviews speak for themselves, Sofia’s Greek Grill is the most welcoming and friendly atmosphere I’ve ever had at a restaurant, period. A Greek mom & pop joint, Sofia’s Gyros, Cheesesteaks, heck, even their salads are superb and let’s not get me started on the desserts. If you have a craving for Greek food and something sweet, stop by and pick up one of their fabulous pitas and Baklava for dessert. Opa! Looking for any other recommendation from websites to food spots? Tweet @ceamarketing #FoodieJohn!

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A Floridians Guide To Fall

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While most people prepare for Fall by gearing up their wardrobe, experiencing the drop of temperatures and watching the gorgeous colors paint their trees – we in Florida have to pretend and make the best of it!

Below are 5 Ways to Enjoy Fall As A Floridian:

1. Enjoy the low 80 degree weather by decorating a pumpkin outside – no one wanted that mess indoors anyways.

2. Dim the lights and turn on a Halloween movie. Check out some of #TeamCEA’s favorites:

    • Hocus Pocus
    • Witches of Eastwick
    • Halloween
    • Friday the 13th
    • Halloweentown

3. Eat your weight in holiday recipes

    • Account Manager Kristy loves to drink apple cider while eating anything and everything pumpkin.
    • Social Media Account Manager Natasha loves her mothers heavenly apple pie that we just can’t wait to try! Move over Martha Stewart, we have a new baking queen in town.
    • From the typical Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte to pumpkin bread and caramel apples there is something to help everyone feel like it’s fall, even on the inside!

4. Start a tradition

5. Enjoy the weather

    • Football: Need I say more? From peewee to college and NFL there is something to cheer about this season!
    • Fall Fashion: This is the perfect time to show off your #OOTD by pairing your garnet earrings with your brown boots to match your leopard scarf! Let’s not forget the infamous Uggs boots!

LIKE us on Facebook and SHARE your traditions, #OOTD, recipes, movies and more with us! Happy fall from your favorite Floridian Marketing Agency, CEA Marketing Group.

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It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…

CEA blog Are you ready for happy hour? Clearly, Team CEA is. We dreamed about drinks all morning, and figured out what kind we all are. You’re going to treat us to a drink after work tonight, right?

Kelly: A Captain and Coke, hold the Coke. With a strong bite, but smooth flavor, you won’t remember why the next day…but you’ll be glad you did.

Jennifer: A Long Island Iced tea. Easy to drink, a little sweet, but will knock you on your butt if you aren’t careful.

Eric: A Mojito; a relaxed laid back drink that’s a little tart but with a hint of mint to brighten your day.

Brittany: Moonshine. A lot of power in a small package. Be careful, this one bites. (Use wisely.)

Natasha: Sangria. Mixes well with others, especially pairs with fruits (face it, you have to be one to work in marketing). Add a dash of cinnamon and watch it come to life.

John: B B-52, a hint of sweet but somewhat smooth, and enough go-go juice to keep the crowd smiling. Shoot and repeat.

Kristy: Sweet Tea. Its country heart makes it perfect for a refreshing break from the stronger drinks of choice.

Diana: Shiraz, one that is slightly reserved, but is bold in style and flavor. Beware, when left open too long, it can expose a dark side.

Kim: A Shirley Temple. It’s sweet, enjoyable and has fun while the alcoholics party.

Leave a comment and tell us what kind of drink you are!

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5 Things I Took Away From Brazil

I recently took a maiden voyage to my boyfriends homeland: Brazil. Such rotten luck that in order to visit his family we need to go to Rio de Janerio, right?

What a trip it was! I had so much fun and I HIGHLY suggest international travel to everyone. Talk about an eye opening experience.

Here were 5 things I was reminded of while I was there.

1. Appreciate the ‘little things”

As soon as we landed, we drove two hours outside of Rio to the breathtaking beach town of Buzios. While driving, we passed the “favelas” the Brazilian term for “slums.”  If you look closely, you will see huge blue tubs on the rooftops.  “What is that “ you might ask, just as I did. That is how people living in those homes collect water for bathing, drinking and cooking. I caught myself giving thanks for all the things I take for granted living in the U.S. many times throughout the trip.

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2. Happiness is a Choice.

When you wake up, you choose to be in a good mood or a bad one.  When something happens to you, you determine how to react. Do you let it ruin your entire day or brush it off with a shrug? So many people in Brazil have nothing and yet you find them smiling, light-heartedly laughing and giving thanks to “Deus (God).”  Be happy with what you have and stop focusing on the things you don’t. Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 10.21.14 AM

3. Nutrition is My Friend…except in Brazil

I am admittedly a health nut. I research ingredients in foods, avoid processed foods and stick to a pretty clean diet. Then I went to Brazil and wanted to eat like a local.  Pao de queijo (cheese bread), brigadeiros (chocolate balls of deliciousness), caipirinhas (traditional Brazilian drink) and so much more…as in SOOOO much more. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun while it lasted but I have never been so happy to come home and chow down on fruits, veggies and lean meats.  My body and energy levels were much happier too.

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4. Beauty is Every Where

When I was little, if I said something mean about someone, my mom used to make me say 3 nice things about them. Why? Because she wanted me to “grow up to realize that there is beauty and goodness in life and in people.”  As always, my mom was right. Sometimes we have to look harder than others, but beauty is out there just waiting for you to open your eyes and see it. Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 10.23.15 AM

5.  I have it pretty d@mn good

Sure Brazil didn’t win the World cup (still bitter), but I left Brazil feeling like a winner. I have a job that pays the bills, a roof over my head, running water, an amazing family and a gorgeous Brazilian who makes me feel like a queen.Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 10.23.51 AM

See you soon, Rio. Until then, thanks for the memories and simple reminders.

-Written by Kristy Roeser

What are you grateful for? Visit our Pinterest Page and check out the 30 Days of Gratitude Board to see some of the things #TeamCEA is thankful for!

 

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3 Ways Our Company Culture Celebrates Friendship Week Everyday!

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CEA Marketing Group is made up of 11 employees from all different ages and demographics. Each one of us brings something unique to the table that helps us form a company culture unlike any other. If you follow us on Twitter or Instagram, you can have a ‘sneak-peek’ and behind the scenes look of what our office culture is like with your own eyes! We are proud to say that #TeamCEA isn’t just coworkers, but a loyal group of friends.

In honor of National Friendship Week, it is only appropriate to let you guys in on some of the ways we here at CEA, celebrate each other and our friendships.

1. Time To Celebrate- Monthly Celebrations

  • Need an excuse to pop champagne? How about surviving a client slammed week? A birthday, anniversary or employee of the month? Heck, why not pop the bubbly and celebrate each other and our work everyday! No excuse is too small to pay tribute to one of our own.

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2. Office Space

  • Walls are a barrier to success, so we don’t have any! From brainstorming social media strategies to a “7 minute stretch” in the middle of the work day or debating where to order lunch from (and let’s be honest here, cheat our diets from), this is where it all happens!

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3. Random Acts of Kindness- aka: “Stress Relieving Presents”

  • There’s no question about it, work does get stressful. But when you have a team who understands your workload and leaves goodie bags or in some cases, Chinese boxes filled with candy and fortune cookies on your desk, your day shines a little brighter. That’s what it’s really all about!

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Every day we strive to bring our team closer, not only to boost productivity, but to make us happy!

Want to join our fun loving team? We are currently hiring a #SocialMedia rockstar and accepting applications for a web programmer with front and back-end design experience. Send your resume to: jennifer.m@ceaproduction.com.

Outshine the rest and join a team filled with the best!

 

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Continuing Education: A Necessity NOT a luxury.

Does one’s formal education end when one walks out of the classroom? The correct answer is of course not!

No matter the profession, in today’s specialization driven world, keeping up with current trends, techniques and technologies is an absolute requirement to stay ahead of the curve, no exceptions.

 

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How does one go about improving themselves, their skills and their marketability once they’ve escaped the formal education system? Well, jump right back in! Pursue a higher degree or specialization by attending grad school or a technical school for an immediately marketable skill-set. Consider shooting for your Bachelors or Masters degree. If you happen to be a programmer like myself, keeping immersed and current within the ever-evolving software world is vital to my success.

 

1.) The lowdown on Formal Education

 

Strengths:

  • Structured and paced time blocks devoted to your field of study.
  • Supportive community consisting of mentors/professors and classmates.

 

Weaknesses:

  • Lags behind in certain fields
  • Can be costly

 

Personally, I’ve completed my walk through the halls and fires of my B.S. Computer Science degree. Who knows, perhaps a Master’s lies within my future.

 

2.) Community driven education

 

Strengths:

  • More time efficient
  • Learning through community resources can be less intimidating
  • Less Costly

 

Weaknesses:

  • Less structured
  • More dependent on self-motivation and commitment

 

Just this past weekend, my coworker & I attended a local community event, the Front End Design Conference & Workshop in Downtown St. Petersburg, FL. The wonderful speakers, organizers and attendees at #frontendconf were an invaluable resource for the latest and greatest trends and techniques in modern web design.

 

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In many classrooms, the curriculums are often pre-set in advance and most, if not all, of your fellow students are new to the subject material.

In this low cost informal workshop however, I found that both the speakers and attendees were capable of answering questions relating to the latest and greatest techniques of my field!

One speaker giving a presentation on SMACSS (Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS) had to update her slides the very morning of her presentation as a new update to SMACSS had just been released by its developer the evening prior!

Having the knowledge base of the community readily available to you and answers to questions on the brand new Ruby on Rails library update released just days prior is near indescribable.

Sharing is one of the greatest ways to learn! Learn from others and one day give back by sharing what you’ve learned.

 

3.) Commitment, Commitment, Commitment

 

Of course, regardless of the path you choose to improve your own skills and toolset, you must commit! Those who don’t keep up with latest trends are often the ones who struggle to stay employed.

 

Always set aside a block of time each month to maintaining and improving your toolbox.

Keeping technical & business skills current and relevant is a necessity for employers. It’s oftentimes easy for companies to give the go-ahead on training when business is booming and profits are high. It is often a much tougher call when trying to squeeze every dollar out of the bottom line. In today’s ever changing world however, ongoing training isn’t a luxury, but a necessity.

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5 HOT SUMMER READS

Summer is the perfect season for grabbing the sunscreen, going to the beach and diving into a good read. Some of our staff here at CEA jumped on sharing some of their favorite books with you!

Happy Reading!

 

For the “Non-reader” aka Kari: The Body Book by Cameron Diaz

Diet books are all the rage but how about a book that doesn’t give you a plan for the week, but a plan for life. The Body Book written by celebrity golden girl, Cameron Diaz, is a perfect mix of nutrition education and humor.

 

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Natasha- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

“If you’re looking for a beach read and a page turner you’ve hit the jackpot with Outlander” says Natasha. This story wraps in time travel, passion, desire and irresistible love between Claire Randall, a former combat Nurse and “Jamie” a studly Scottish warrior…nuff said

 

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Kristy- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

A healing and thrilling journey of a woman who loses everything. Making an impulsive but soul searching decision, she takes her pain and transform it into strength with each step of her thousand mile trek across the Pacific Trail.

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Jennifer- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

“A mystery of suspense and crazy,” says Jennifer. “This must read will keep you on the edge of your seat!”

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Brittany – The Help by Kathryn Stockett

“You is Kind. You is Smart. You is Important.”
A heartwarming tale linking history, humor and the tale of the heart into a timeless read.

 

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