i feel so uninformed.

by Janetha on July 27, 2009

in meals

holler.  anyone have a case of the mondays?  i did earlier today.  the case was so big that i couldn’t take it in my carry-on luggage.. i had to check it.  lucky for me the work day is over and i can happily forget about the drama of the office—at least until tomorrow :)

i don’t have much to report which is pretty rare for me, i lead an exciting life, i know.  jokes.  yesterday was pretty uneventful, i guess i was worn out from the first part of the weekend!

SUNDAY!

i woke up around 10:30 feeling like i was thrown out of a building and landed on my back.  every muscle in my back is sore from wakeboarding, i forgot how many muscles you use!  i tried to have penelope give me a massage but then quickly remembered she has no thumbs and instead enjoyed some coffee with a side of google reader.. this occupied me until about 1 PM when marshall finally decided to come home from kung fu~rare that he has it on a sunday but he did and it made for a very hungry morning because i was waiting for him to go eat with me!

there are not many all-day breakfast spots up in his neck of the woods, unfortunately.  there are a plethora of locations in the SLC but he lives about 35 miles north of me and there are slim pickings if you want brunch on a sunday.  i turned to my friend the internet and found a spot to dine at~karen’s cafe which is located in ogden.

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cute little spot, looked promising. once in the door it took quite awhile to get menus.

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we finally got some menus and ordered some coffee then took a look at the selection.  the prices were super reasonable..

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the coffee took a long, long time to come out and the waitress never did bring us the cream marshall had asked for.  he ended up getting up and grabbing some from another table.  whatevs.

i went with the denver omelette (mushrooms, ham, cheddar, onion, green bell pepper & fresh tomato) with a hearty helping of grease o’brian potatoes on the side IMG_2214

wow. i mean i know i never should expect anything great from a diner in ogden but i honestly thought i would be safe going with an omelette.. but the whole plate was so incredibly greasy.. kind of a downer.  i also ordered some dry wheat toast that came out as untoasted buttered bread… another downer.

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ick. the omelette tasted pretty good, the one part i did like was the abundance of fresh veggies inside~that was a plus.  but the grease factor and the lack of getting my food as i had ordered it was two strikes.  the extremely horrible service we received was strike 3 meaning we will not be going back.

at least the coffee was good… and there were cowboys on the booth seats.

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sorry karen, we were not sold on your cafe.  we still left a 25% tip though, you gotta.

well this won’t come as a surprise but i wasn’t hungry the rest of the day.  when i eat grease-laden meals i just get this real gross full feeling and try to chug water the rest of the day.  which is what i did.  while watching season 2 of weeds.. i have a lot of catching up to do. good show though!

then we went and saw food, inc last night.

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so i am a little late in seeing this but it is because i live in utah and it took forever to come here.  now that i have seen it i want to go back and read all the fabulous reviews many of you have written about the documentary.  i am not going to write a review on this.  while i did walk away with some really strong feelings, i don’t feel like i am educated enough to write a review on such a heavy topic.  i do want to voice my thoughts, however, just not in any type of review structure.

  • after seeing food, inc i felt extremely uneducated about where my food is coming from.  i love cooking, eating, talking about food, going to new restaurants, trying new cuisines.. but i feel like a fool.  there are things the documentary talked about that i knew existed but i had no idea how extreme everything was until i saw this.
  • i felt betrayed.  maybe you guys had this feeling when watching?  i felt like i was betrayed~i don’t know who or what to point the blame at or why i had this feeling, but i honestly had some scandalous taste of betrayal in my mouth as i left.
  • i felt discouraged.  while i do want to do everything i can to avoid supporting such horrible things documented in the film, i feel very discouraged about knowing that i will be supporting these assholes in one way or another and it genuinely sucks.
  • i was motivated.  while the feeling of discouragement lingered, i also felt a sense of empowerment to start doing what i can to change my habits.  support the right things and try to avoid the wrong things.  while i may not know much, i know i can learn..and i can become a better consumer.

my head is full of all sorts of thoughts that were never there prior to last night.  where have i been?  am i really that ignorant of a person?  i feel a little guilty for not knowing about all of this.  bottom line, everyone should go see this documentary..you owe it to yourself.

that is all i am going to say about that, but i would really, really love to hear what YOU thought about the flick.  maybe your thoughts can help me learn more.

i also felt retarded for eating all that movie popcorn during the previews.

moving on!

before bed i had a little hunger pang and had a little serving of some leftover couscous chickpea salad from the other night’s BBQ and also a slice of bread with some tillamook cheddar melted on it.. and then i vowed to hop back on the body for life eating style bandwagon because my eats were way, way, waaaay too crappy the past 3 days.

when i mess up with my eating i try not to let it get to me.  granted, the nasty food hangover makes it hard to forget about how bad i screwed myself over eating-wise.. but i don’t like to get down on myself.  it is not worth it, i am too happy of a person to get discouraged with myself because i ate a meal that had more grease than elvis presley’s hair.

when i have a bad day of eating.. or in this case a bad THREE days.. i just reassess my goals, write them down (which i think is important), make a plan and tell myself that i will stick to it no matter what.  and then i can forget about the garbage weekend and go about my happy life and hope for a better day tomorrow.  that is all i CAN do.  the food has been eaten, there is no sense in dwelling on it because this will just piss me off more and make me grumpy and no fun to be around.  i refuse to let something as trivial as lunch control my mood for the week.

end of shpill. thanks for reading.

MONDAY!

the usual sales meeting breakfast.  i went with something new though! veggie scramble: egg beaters, fresh tomatoes, broccoli, onion and mushrooms~unphotographed avocadoIMG_2221

i also had some dry wheat toast & coffee.. this was a perfectly balanced body for life style meal.. protein? check! carb? check! healthy fat? check! veggies? check! good job janetha b.

lunch was a little tricky as i am just finishing up my fridge clearing mission at work.  i finally used the last of my food in the work fridge! well, aside from some baba ganoush and some tribe hummus that hurts my geographic tongue (unfortunately)..

so this randomness was 1 1 slice of ham, cheddar, cottage cheese + ranch seasoning & 2 mini whole wheat pitas

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it was random but it did the trick :)

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i have also had 3 liters of water today and so i have one more to go to hit my gallon-a-day goal.  easy peasy.  i have some serious working out to do today since i missed both my uppr body workout and a session of HIIT over the weekend.. but i kind of think wakeboarding should count for upper body, dont you? ;)

okay, i have some questions and one of them is mandatory!

here’s the deal: my friend is going up the canyon for a team strengthening thang with her work.. (she manages a store in the mall) and wants me to give her ideas for food. so far i am thinking to do fruit kebabs and white chocolate mini cheesecakes. i need a main dish and a side dish. i want to do a pasta salad and put it in individual cups and maybe some sort of phenomenal sandwich or wrap…

1. what main/side dish recipes do you think would be fabulous for the occasion? they have to be easily portable..picnic-style type recipes. let’s hear it!

2. have you seen food, inc?  walking away from it did you feel discouraged? empowered? something else?

3.  how do you tip when you have ultra crappy service?

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Annabel @ www.FeedMeImCranky.com July 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm

1. Hey Janetha! I *love* pasta salads at picnics! I have a recipe (here: http://www.feedmeimcranky.com/?p=1412) for one that is healthy and delicious. You can just bring the salad dressing on the side and each person can use as he/she pleases. It would work well as a side dish! I’m not sure about a main dish (esp. as I’m a vegetarian and eat beans and tofu as my main meals..all the time…hehe). Maybe a healthy version of chicken and apple salad? and you could bring a variety of different loaves of bread or something?
2. Yes, saw Food Inc. It was disheartening but also empowering. I think that movie helped solidify my decision to be a vegetarian.
3. :/ Being that I am a poor college student…I tend not to be overly generous with my tips unless the service was outstanding :(

The Fit Collegiate July 27, 2009 at 5:50 pm

1) Oh man, that’s a toughie…pasta salad is always a good idea, but you could always do like a black bean, corn, tomato, avocado salad, kinda like this: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Black-Bean-And-Corn-Salad-II/Detail.aspx.

2) I haven’t seen the film yet but am definitely intrigued by it.

3) As a waitress myself, I tend to commiserate with the person serving me. If she/he’s a little off, I remember that they’re human. Who knows? Maybe something really bad just happened in their life. Unless the server is a complete asshole to me, I generally tip 18-19%.

peanutbutterandjenny July 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm

1.) i am def. not whizz in the kitchen girl so i don’t think you want any tips from me!

2) haven’t seen the movie but have heard lots of good and bad things — i’m interested!

3.) the only time i really skimp on the tip is if the server is a real d-bag.. if the food isn’t up to par or my order takes a long time to come up then i still tip the waiter/waitress well because of course it’s not their fault.. just a pain :)

enjoy your night, Janetha!

carolinebee July 27, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Don’t stress too much about the weekend- it sounds like you have a good attitude about it :D And remember…you couldn’t taste up until a few days ago, so this all doesn’t count right!?

Danielle C. July 27, 2009 at 6:48 pm

For crappy service I usually still give 15%, unless it was just beyond crappy. As a rule I generally give around 18-20% unless the service was just amazing (or it’s a favorite bartender).

Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 27, 2009 at 6:59 pm

i tip 15% always, but then i bitch about it online….

ksgoodeats July 27, 2009 at 7:18 pm

I’d be all over your randy Monday lunch – it looks delicious! Sorry about the greasy diner meal! That’s never fun :(

Wake boarding is MOST DEFINITELY an upper body workout! That takes some serious muscle!!

Bad service usually earns the lowest tip possible. Pasta salads are perfect for that kind of occasion. One of the best ones I had (when I still ate meat) was: pasta + cesar dressing + chicken + parmesan. It was just a cesar salad with pasta instead of greens and it was delish!

Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) July 27, 2009 at 7:19 pm

yay for seeing food inc. – i felt a lot of the ways you did. i saw it awhile ago, and am still working on putting together a post on it, haha. what can i say? i’m a busy gal.

i hate uber-greasy food! no good. but the rest of your eats look fab, and love that snack plate!

happy better tuesday to ya!

buffmuffy July 27, 2009 at 7:36 pm

i haven’t seen food inc, but it is coming to omaha on the 31st so im hoping i can drag the bf down to see it!
as far as meals go, I would do a fancy salad of some sort with some deviled eggs, or like you said a wrap and a pasta salad- that would be a great idea! good luck!
when i have crappy service, i only leave what is deserved. sometimes it is zero, but that is rare. sometimes it is a couple dollars (meals here aren’t too expensive so that isn’t really as bad as it sounds lol)
-muffy

Michelle July 27, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Mmm pasta salad sounds divine! :) Maybe a mediterranean wrap of sorts?

I haven’t seen Food, Inc. yet but really really want to. Sadly, there aren’t any theaters playing it near me. I may have to go for a drive!

When I have crappy restaurant service, I usually leave an average size tip. With good service, I leave more…I think waiters/waitresses deserve it! :)

Erin July 27, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Boo on krapass service. Veggie filled omelettes are fabulous though. And sometimes a little grease is good….like for a hangover. ;)

You know my stance of food and Ethical Eating. I was overwhelmed in the beginning too, but it’s all about being informed and taking small steps to make powerful change. I can help you. I’ll be posting ethical eating updates each week. :)

Rose July 27, 2009 at 8:09 pm

I definitely walked away from Food, Inc. feeling empowered that I could do better with my eating. Yes – it’s hard with what surrounds us. But just knowing makes all of the difference.

I usually don’t want to tip well when I get bad service. But I was a waitress, and so I have a soft spot :)

april July 27, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Sometimes the randomest meals are the best I must say!

Angharad July 27, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Hmmm lots to mull over here lady!

First, super greasy eats suck don’t they? I hate that feeling – you wanted to treat yourself to brekkie out and eat something delicious and instead you come away feeling a bit dirty inside. Poo.

I am exactly the same after a weekend of not so good eats. It will get me down momentarily,s since I’m a human being, but then I shake it off and just get back on the wagon. Do whatcha gotta do eh?

I haven’t seen Food, Inc but I’m having very similar reactions reading Food Matters by Mark Bittman – lots of food industry stuff in there that I just DIDN’T know about! How did I not know?! Am I retarded? I need to see the docu – you need to read the book (it’s super short)

I don’t know what to tell ya about the tipping…I’m from England. I was brought up to tip only for outstanding service so it was a big learning curve for me moving here and making myself tip for whatever. Really bad service = bad tip, but they have to be rude not sketchy to attain that title.

Happy Monday lovely!

Lara July 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Sarah and I soo want to see this movie! We tried to convince the boys to go with us last weekend to no avail. She had me watch Earthling on you tube last week and I am definitely more diligent… so hard to believe that something soooo bad can be such a staple. Hmph.

broccolihut July 27, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Bummer about the diner–I hate it when you don’t get what you ask for:(
Way to stay positive about your eating! A couple off days shouldn’t automatically mean that the whole week is a goner!
1. I like to make pasta salads with pesto as the dressing. Add some artichoke hearts, fresh veggies, and maybe a few chickpeas, and you’ve got a tasty dish! For a wrap, I would suggest steering clear of hummus or other moist ingredients–they’ll inevitably end up soggy!
2. I haven’t seen Food, Inc. Apparently Alabama is not cool enough for it.
3. I usually tip about 20% if I get crappy service, less if it’s offensively bad.

peanutbutterprerogative July 27, 2009 at 9:30 pm

i am rarely satisfied with diner food! it sucks when you envision something entirely different than what they bring you! i always get really wet omelettes at diners too…ick. you can’t tell the butter and cheese from the egg! and i want to see food, inc. but it isn’t in memphis! boooooo. guess i’ll have to wait for video!

burpexcuzme July 27, 2009 at 11:32 pm

A 25% tip? wow, you are generous! If I have bad service I would just tip about 10%. If I am PISSED off, I’ll tip a penny just to piss the server off, but I haven’t had to do that yet xp.

As for the dishes, what about mini sliders? Turkey and cheese roll-ups? A fruity and nutty salad? A grain salad?

snackface July 27, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Sistah, I am with you on the greasy food thing. The funk doesn’t go away fo evah, and then I am reminded why I don’t eat that crap in the first place.

OK- entree…I’m awful at this. I like a light salad of corn, avocado, marinated cucumber slices with cilantro and lime. But that’s so a side dish!

Food Inc…OK, I don’t like to do this, but I have to say it…They failed to use the “v” word once, that is vegan or vegetarian. That is the one thing we could all do to stop factory farming and help the environment, and we (we’ve talked about this at work) can’t figure out why they wouldn’t even mention vegetarianism, yet only allude to it. Blows my mind. However, I thought it was a well-made, eye-opening film that appealed to the masses, which is very necessary. It freaked my shit out, too.

Anyway, I hope you have a lovely Tuesday!

insideiamdancing July 27, 2009 at 11:48 pm

diners can always be so hit and miss… i think a lot don’t listen to orders at all. I would have snt the toast back!

1. what main/side dish recipes do you think would be fabulous for the occasion? they have to be easily portable..picnic-style type recipes. let’s hear it! hmmm….muffins (savoury ones like sundried tomato + cheddar, feta + spinach), pasta salad, mini roll-ups, smores ingredients, pasta salad, mini subs, cold felafel/hummus/pitta strips/tabhouil platter…

2. have you seen food, inc? walking away from it did you feel discouraged? empowered? something else? not yet, but will do as soon as I get the chance!

3. how do you tip when you have ultra crappy service? I don’t. Honestly, I have no problem leaving without tipping if it’s terrible. if it’s NOT the waiters fault, I’ll tip them, but if they are rude/incompetant, I won’t. Much to my friend embaressment.

Lara (Thinspired) July 28, 2009 at 5:27 am

I am dying to see Food Inc but it doesn’t come out in the UK for a while, as far as I can tell. From what I hear everyone saying it is life-changing!

Susan July 28, 2009 at 5:59 am

I can’t get into all the Food Inc-type movies and books. They’re all US-centric and the deal is totally different here in Canada. Especially in Atlantic Canada, where I know all the farms where my meat is coming from. Out West it’s a little more “corporate,” but we’re still pretty “small-town” here in the East. I actually know the guy who supplies the eggs to all the grocery stores in the maritimes. His farm is 20 minutes from here and he’s very nice to his chickens :)

I’m the exact same way when I have a few days of bad eating. I feel super gross, but you can’t reverse the clock. If anything it’s more motivating to get back on the wagon :) Grease fills me up too! Mostly because it gives me awful tummy pains and keeps me from wanting to eat ever again…

I always tip too. You never know the circumstances behind crappy service. For all we know, the kitchen staff could be the jerks, and the server couldn’t do anything about it. Most servers have to share their tips with the other staff, so if you’re gypping them, you’re gypping everyone else. I usually just round up from tax, which is 13% here…so usually around 20% tip.

And to finish this long comment… I like the idea of wraps. I’m thinking a turkey and hummus combo, then a veggie and pesto (or pesto mayo) combo?

Taylor July 28, 2009 at 6:11 am

Hey Janetha! I love your cute blog! I just started my own one. I havn’t seen Food, Inc yet! Guess I’m out of the loop. For your friend’s picnic theme, you could do a chicken salad with a strawberry almond poppyseed salad and strawberry lime cupcakes.

lookingforserenity July 28, 2009 at 7:02 am

Okay, I have a great idea for a sandwich! :) Depending on how many people are going, she an buy a couple loaves of ciabatta bread, cut it in half (like a hamburger bun) and add whatever toppings she wants- (cheese veggies, meat etc.) Bake it open faced in the oven, and just reheat it when she gets to the retreat! My mom does that every time family visits! haha

anyways, when I first became a vegetarian I used thedailyplate, to make sure i was getting enough protein & Stuff, but I want to know what i need to maintain, every calculator I have tried is anything from 1600-1950 calories, aah! haha, well thanks for being a loyal commenter :) i’ll take a picture of my dogg soon :)

mayapamela July 28, 2009 at 7:20 am

Man I still have to see Food Inc. I guess I can feel pretty good about my food choices in regards to the meat industry and everything as a vegetarian. My mom makes pretty decent food buying choices, but I can’t wait until I live on my own and can make all the decisions, I just hope I can afford them!

Therese July 28, 2009 at 8:29 am

Zero tip? Dang girl some of your readers have clearly never worked in a restaurant. I’m with you…it is 20+% regardless of service. I believe in Kharma.

I am on a “clean out my fridge” kick as well. Seems to be working for you!

paige July 28, 2009 at 8:30 am

So, I know that you’re trying to tone down the Jamba Juice intake, but I thought of you when I saw this coupon. Looks like a good one to share with a friend!
http://www.summerblissisback.com/eb7/sbbg7.html

mom July 28, 2009 at 8:56 am

Holy cow do you know how to pack the fun and sun into a 3 day week end! The fruit pizza looks great! I had an grease laden (how do you spell omelette?) at a rockin’ JB’s in Rexburg, wow my gut gave me grief too! I love to read your blog, you make me smile and you make me proud, love you to the moon xoxox!!!

Katharina July 28, 2009 at 9:14 am

Food with a lot of extra grease doesn’t sit well with me. It gives me reaaaaally bad indigestion :

1. OH MY GOSH! I’ve got just the thing for you! http://eatingconsciously.blogspot.com/2009/02/avocado-mac-and-cheese.html

Actually maybe not that.. because it doesn’t look that yumm but it’s sooooooooooo good! I made it a couple times and this is how it turned out:
http://ohonemorething.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/dinner-is-served/

2. I haven’t seen it but it sounds very thought provoking. I feel like I might come out feeling a little scared lol.

3. I don’t tip generously lol

http://www.ohonemorething.wordpress.com

Katharina July 28, 2009 at 9:18 am

I found another recipe that’s really nice to look at and I really loved it when I made it (and I’m not a big fan of capers):

http://lucullian.blogspot.com/2008/08/pasta-salad-with-vegetables-avocado-and.html

Kailey July 28, 2009 at 11:34 am

I am so jealous that you got to see Food Inc. I think most people have felt a little betrayed after viewing that film.

foodnfit July 28, 2009 at 11:49 am

I haven’t seen it yet but I’m very interested–I’ve heard so many things!

coco July 28, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Ideas for food: hummus with veggies/mini sandwiches/tortillas

I haven’t seen Food Inc. yet, but I’ll definitely watch it soon.

I think it depends on the service, if the service is good, even the food is crappy I’ll tip.

I like your way to deal with crappy food hangover, so positive! :)

Jessica (jesslikesithot) July 28, 2009 at 12:44 pm

UNtoasted and buttered?!! That’s just wrong. Diner toast is supposed to be TOASTED! ha ha…. i usually don’t care for the butter since I love throwing salsa and part of the omelet on my toast anywayzzzz! Just let me do my own thing, ya know?! ;)

and to answer q #3….i always try to give a decent tip, but if the service is horrible they aren’t getting much!

Anna July 28, 2009 at 1:10 pm

I have got to see that movie. I didn’t know it was already out — is that totally wack?!
That diner has serious probs. Don’t go back, there are so many great diners out there, who needs that one?
-Anna
http://www.lovejoyhealth.wordpress.com

Sarah July 28, 2009 at 1:37 pm

1. DIY sandwiches are pretty easy–like a selection of breads, deli meats, cheeses, and PBJ. It’s super easy and everyone should be able to come up with something they’ll like. Will they have a grill or fire? Mini grilled pizzas (on pita) would be fantastic and fun.

2. I really want to see Food, Inc. but haven’t seen it around :( I think it will distress me madcore.

3. I used to leave tips based on service, but since becoming a waitress, I’ve learned that sometimes you have a bad/off day, and sometimes there are things going on you can’t really control. I try to be a pretty nice tipper.

Meredith July 28, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Great review of Food, Inc! I haven’t seen it yet since it turns out it would be an almost 100 mile roundtrip drive to the closest theater showing it, but I’m looking forward to it coming out on dvd :)

lookingforserenity July 28, 2009 at 5:46 pm

posted a pic of my dog for you, :)

runningyogini July 28, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I love the pasta salad idea or a lentil and/or bulgur wheat salad. Lentils are good room temp.

Sarah W. July 28, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Did the movie possibly swing you in the direction of flexitarian?! Its amazing all the misinformation that we are fed from the government, and specific food industries. I was hoping to drag hubby to it but he keeps protesting – I’m confident that if he saw the movie, I’d find him not wanting to buy some meaty/dairy items as often……he is compassionate – I know he is. I know you are too! You do afterall, own 5 dogs?! lol thats alotta pups!

elise July 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm

i love that the breks you made yourself on monday was basically the successful execution of what you wanted on sunday…poor form cowboy seat diner. way to still leave a good tip. good karma. check!

i need to see food inc. like yesterday.

Kristie July 28, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Ugggh I hate how at some places it’s pretty near IMPOSSIBLE to get something half decently healthy, no matter how hard you try. And what is UP with restaurant toast always coming out as soggy butter blob? Naaaasty.

I definitely didn’t voice my thoughts on Food Inc because I don’t feel educated enough on the matter either. Most especially with the super detailed and lengthy reviews that are already floating around. I definitely did NOT realize how little I knew about my food either though. It’s kind of terrifying. I definitely felt the discouraged feeling as well. It’s like, well what CAN you eat? It made me feel a little guilty about pretty much every food sitting in my house at this current moment. It’s almost frustrating. But seriously, a film that EVERYONE should watch.

I don’t know about recipes but I think the pasta salad idea sounds pretty darn fab.
As for tips, I usually just stick to my standard even with crappy service but I might round down a bit if I’m highly unimpressed haha.

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