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If we were having coffee: Time travel edition

At the NASA Wallops Visitors Center.
At the NASA Wallops Visitors Center.

Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein’s general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out.

~ Stephen Hawking

Rivers of cloud bands surrounding Jupiter. (From an exhibit/film at the NASA Wallops Visitor Center.)
Rivers of cloud bands surrounding Jupiter. (From an exhibit/film at the NASA Wallops Visitor Center.)

In Einstein’s equation, time is a river.  It speeds up, meanders, and slows down.  The new wrinkle is that it can have whirlpools and fork into two rivers.  So, if the river of time can be bent into a pretzel, create whirlpools and fork into two rivers, then time travel cannot be ruled out.

~ Michio Kaku

Admiring the greens and grays and browns of winter on Assateague Island.
Admiring the greens and grays and browns of winter on Assateague Island.

If we were having coffee, I would be delighted to welcome you back to the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  Big hugs if you’re amenable to hugs.  Come on in!  Let’s go out to the kitchen and see what there is to drink and eat.  I’m sure there is coffee, both caf and de-caf, as well as an abundance of teas from green to black to herbal.  My favorite herbal this week is a lemon-ginger tea.  Sometimes when I’m drawn to a particular tea to the point where it’s almost all I want to drink, I figure there must be something in it my body needs.  Other times, it’s just the taste.  In this case, it might be both.  It’s the time of year when the body wants to cleanse itself of winter.  Lemon and ginger are both good for that.

While admiring the greens and grays and browns of winter, I heard a horse whinny, looking to the right, and saw two horses strolling through the grasses.
While admiring the greens and grays and browns of winter, I heard a horse whinny.  When I looked to the right, I saw two wild horses strolling through the grasses.

We have snacks as well.  M baked some walnut-date bread-like things that probably have a name but I can’t remember it.  They have just the right amount of sweetness without going overboard, and they are delicious with tea or coffee.  We also have the usual hummus, pita bread, and veggies, if you’d prefer something savory.  If we rummage around in the fridge, I’m sure we can also find a variety of cheeses.  I’m going to give up dairy for a while soon so if you’d like to help me get rid of the cheese by eating some of it, I’d be most appreciative.  It’s not a special diet or anything like that.  I like cheese.  A lot.  And have been overindulging in it lately.  It’s time for cheese and I to take a little vacation from each other.

They never cease to amaze me with their beauty and grace.
They never cease to amaze me with their beauty and grace.

How are you?  What have you been up to lately?  Have you had an interesting week or has it been pretty much the same as it ever was?  Have you gone on any good walks or hikes?  Traveled anywhere?  Treated yourself to something special this week?  Read any good books or watched any good films?

Heading towards the beach.
Heading towards the beach.

If we were having coffee, tea, water, or some other beverage, I would tell you that, once again, I have nothing new to report on the book or movie front.  I’ve been spending a lot of time drawing, walking, sorting through photos from the past month, and generally trying to get caught up here at home after visits from friends and trips of my own.  I am slowly making my way through The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.  Given that it’s not a particularly long book and that the story is compelling, I should have finished by now and might have if I hadn’t been spending my evenings just vegging out.  The story is, I think, your basic hero’s journey.  Without giving anything away (since this much can be found on the book jacket and although it is a work of fiction, there is some historical truth to the story), the main character, Hugh Glass, is brutally mauled by a mama grizzly bear who sees him as a threat to her cubs.  His injuries are so grievous and the time period (1823-24) and circumstances are such that he should die and he is, in fact, abandoned and left to do just that.  Glass’s journey begins as he comes back from the brink of death.  Where it will lead is still up in the air for me, but I can tell you that his journey is fueled by revenge which, as many have found, can be a very powerful force.

The vocal one.
The vocal one.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I got a new phone last week before we took off for our weekend trip.  I have finally given up my mildly intelligent phone and acquired a smartphone.  I would have held out longer, but my mildly intelligent phone was having issues with some of its buttons, and the monthly usage cost reached a point where it is cheaper now for me to have a smartphone and a new monthly plan.  It’s not a top-of-the-line phone (it was on sale for $79), but it is enough.  I was astounded at the cost of some of the phones I looked at.  Good grief.  I can’t imagine paying $400 or more for a phone.  I’d be afraid of losing or damaging it.

The follower.
The follower.

In an interesting twist, I read an article (in the local paper, maybe?  I’m not sure) about how folks are growing weary of being tied to their smartphones and are now dumbing down by buying phones that allow for nothing more than talk and text (which is pretty much all I could do with my mildly intelligent phone since the screen was too small for anything else).  Seems more like a smartening up move to me.  Having had a smartphone for only a week, I can better appreciate why people are always glancing down at them.  The phone is in almost perpetual motion, picking up all the social media sites as well as email and whatever else you want at your beck and call.  I suppose it’s more accurate to say that we are at the beck and call of the phone, if we allow it.  I’m looking for ways to disconnect my phone from all that.  It’s better if I approach Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on my terms and when I feel I have the time for such things.

Perfectly posed.
Perfectly posed.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week’s photos are from mid-February when we went to Assateague and Chincoteague with our friend who was visiting.  Hence, the time travel reference since we are going back to the recent past.  I still haven’t sorted through all of the photos from that adventure.  Frankly my dears, I’ve been taking far too many photographs of late, and it might be time to put the camera down for a while.  At least until I get caught up.  There are always exceptions, of course, such as yesterday’s snow.  I didn’t want to miss out on that.

Through the marsh grasses.
Through the marsh grasses.

If we were having coffee, tea, or something else to drink, I would tell you that there is a side to photography that might be seen as a dark side, if you are prone to splitting things up into good and bad.  It can become a kind of compulsion, the desire to record everything.  In my experience, there are times when the camera helps to pull me into a moment, but more often than not, it takes me out of the actual engagement with the present.  Instead of sitting with the beautiful bluebird who is perched on the fence outside of the window and admiring his gorgeous colors, I find myself wanting to rush off and grab the camera to capture this moment that I will have missed by not being here with it.  Like the little bluebird, the moment flies away before I return.

In the thicket.
In the thicket.

If we were having coffee or tea or some other beverage, it would probably be time to turn the conversation over to you.  I’ve rambled enough for now.  If you wore or brought some boots or wellies, maybe we could go for a walk in a little while.  It’s sunny and although not overly warm, it’s not terribly cold either.  It’s in the 40’s.  The snow cover might make it feel a bit cooler.  They are saying we might get more snow tonight and tomorrow, but I think it will be rain.  It will be warming up nicely this week, too.  Into the 70’s.

Behind the myrtles.
Behind the myrtles.

Thank you for stopping by and joining me for another coffee chat.  I always enjoy your company.  If you’d like to hang around for sunset, we can go out to the dock.  It’s expected to get cloudy so we might not see much.  Sunset is scheduled for 6:00 PM.  Let’s go early so we don’t miss any of the show.

A glimpse.
A glimpse.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

See ya!
See ya!

This post is in response to Part Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare.  Thank you to Diana for hosting it.  Put the kettle on, start the coffee maker, open a bottle of wine, or whatever your preference is, and join us.  I’d love to hear all about what you were up to this week.

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

41 thoughts on “If we were having coffee: Time travel edition

  1. It is very interesting what you wrote about the desire to record the world in photographs, versus just being in the moment. I think it is a very common struggle in our ultra techie world these days. I also love the term “mildly intelligent phone!” I have one of those myself, and from now on, that is how I’m describing it! I hope you don’t mind my stealing it!😉
    (PS…your photos are beautiful. Such amazing creatures.)

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  2. Beautiful photos. I’m a camera junkie but I don’t know that it so much stops me from living in the present. I think that I am more observant because of my love of photographs. I see things that others don’t because I look for subjects. Sometimes the camera allows me to get a closer view of an animal that would otherwise have run away allowing me to see detail later that is spectacularly beautiful. You can probably tell I’m not about to join you in putting my camera down. I’ll join you putting the cheese away but that is easy for me as I don’t crave cheese. I believe time travel is what we all do everyday as we remember the past to create the future as we relate our memoir in the present. You can turn all the notifications off on the phone in settings. The feature I like best on my smartphone is the kindle app. It means that I have a book with me at all times in a size that is manageable. Never am I left waiting, bored and getting angrier by the minute as I can lose myself in what every book is on the phone, a page turner. Enjoyed my peppermint tea. Have a good week.

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    1. Thank you, Irene, especially for your thoughts on photography and being in the moment. I have had similar thoughts about it helping me to be more observant (it does), and with my poor eyesight the camera allows me to see things I’d never see otherwise. But I do find that I miss moments, too. The most spectacular example was at a rocket launch in 2014. I was snapping away with the camera as the rocket blasted off and didn’t realize until my husband threw me to the ground that the rocket had exploded. I was zoomed in and missing the bigger picture, literally. Thankfully there was no debris (just an incredible shock wave that probably would have thrown me to the ground if my husband hadn’t). I missed part of that experience by being wrapped up in photographing it. Since that time, I take breaks from the camera now and then in order experience more and record less.

      I like your take on time travel. 🙂

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      1. That must have been spectacular and thank heavens for your husband. My take though, you were just photographing the wrong area. LOL Seriously though, I agree it is good to take a break from everything you do otherwise it takes over and you stop living. 🙂

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  3. Beautiful pony shots! I know what you mean about taking pictures. Sometimes it brings me into the moment more fully, and sometimes it takes me out. Your bluebird is a perfect example. Being with someone, like a bluebird is more important than documenting it. Being behind the camera can take away from the personal/spiritual interaction.
    Thanks for the coffee, Robin.
    Mary

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    1. You’re welcome, Mary, and thank you. 🙂 I agree about how the camera can do both. I have to admit that I am glad I didn’t miss my moment with the bluebird by running for the camera. He is such a beautiful bird with his bright blue and red feathers.

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  4. I’m with you on the phone thing. I was gifted an extremely clever phone at Christmas time and the jolly thing wants to take over my life. I am glad to have options to do certain things when I wish to and am away from my computer, but it does have the bad habit of downloading stuff and using up all the memory on sneaky little apps and updates that I do not want or require…. Did you see the movie ‘Her’ [or was it ‘She’?] Joachim Phoenix any way. I sometimes think we are on track for that. I’m glad to hear some are choosing to unplug.

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    1. lol, Pauline! You put it so well (about the phone wanting to take over). Until I figure out how to turn things off, I just leave mine where I won’t hear it. The only reason I have a cell phone is for travel or when I’m out on my hikes alone. We don’t get good cell coverage out here so it’s not good for talking, but I can send a text message for help if needed.

      I have not seen “Her.” You are the second or third person to mention the movie to me. I went to add it to my Netflix queue and found it was already there so I’ve bumped it up.

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  5. Your photos are lovely (again 🙂 ) – they convey such peace. You and I are of the same mind when it comes to the camera. I have been leaving it behind A LOT lately (unless there is something really compelling I want to record). I’ve just been going with the flow of how I feel. I guess I’ve been needing to simply appreciate being outside, observing, walking. Since I often walk with the dog and hubby, it is a different game when the camera comes along. I’m sure when I’m feeling it, I’ll pick it up again. It can be meditative in its own way. I prefer to wander on my own if I take it, as I’m otherwise always conscious that someone is waiting for me.
    Going to watch ‘Amadeus’ tonight. Haven’t seen it since it came out, so I’ll see it with new eyes perhaps. I know I love the soundtrack! Mozart is probably my most favorite composer – did you know his music follows the math of sacred geometry? No wonder the brain loves it. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 I think Assateague Island is a very peaceful place during the winter months (although some might think the wind and waves and whinnying noisy). I find there is a meditative quality to photography, too, and most enjoy that aspect of it when I’m out and about by myself. I feel the same way as you do when I’m with someone else. I don’t like to keep my husband or others waiting, and no matter how many times I tell people “keep going, I’ll catch up,” they usually slow down or wait, and I end up feeling like I’m dragging us all behind. Which, now that I think of it, is silly because we’re usually not in hurry.

      I might have to watch “Amadeus” again. I didn’t know that about his music. Fascinating. 🙂

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      1. Mozart was a true genius (he may have been on the autism spectrum). I enjoyed watching it again (I couldn’t believe it was released in 1984 – WHAT?) The Salieri character really helped add drama to the story. It was 3 hours long, but didn’t drag at all. 🙂

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  6. Appreciate both the coffee and the (virtual) chat. 🙂 I love your reference to “…mildly intelligent phone.” There are times when I sense I am ‘be-ing’ in another dimension or realm. And there are beautiful horses (and people) there too. Thanks for prompting thought, Robin.

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  7. Your pony photos are so solid. I feel as though I could touch them. As for the cheese, it’s time of year: cheese, cream, you name it. You just need it right now. yeah, you can’t do it all year, though, unfortunately….

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    1. Unfortunately, Lisa, you’re right. I do love a good cheese, though, so I won’t be giving it up for good. I just need to take a break from all the dairy that mysteriously appears in my winter diet. 😀

      Thank you. It has taken me a while to learn how to photograph the ponies. It’s good to know I’m getting better at it.

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    1. That is pretty much what my cell phone is for, Betty. The coverage out here in the Middle of Nowhere is terrible so it’s not much use for actual phone calls, but texts go out and come in just fine. It also picks up wi-fi, something I have to watch to make sure it isn’t using too much of our monthly internet allotment (we have satellite, the only thing available out here).

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  8. That lemon and ginger tea sounds delicious and beneficial. I’ll have to find some or make some. I think I still have a bit of ginger.

    Smart phones make such a difference. I think the best way is to decide when and how you will use it and not let it decide. I does help to keep connected but sometimes that “connection” does take us away from the here and now, much like a camera keeps you away from that here and now.

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    1. Making it with fresh lemon and ginger is the best, Corina. 🙂

      My smartphone is mostly for emergencies and for when we travel. I’ve been playing with Instagram (as you might have noticed on FB) to learn how to use it, but I’ll settle down soon. There are folks on Instagram who don’t use FB and I’ve been looking forward to keeping up with them that way. Other than that, I really don’t plan to use it for much else.

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  9. I have the same problem with photography. I want to capture it all. I’m trying to make myself enjoy moments instead of preserving them digitally. It’s not easy. I notice not that I’m not working I already have way too many photos of Katie and the yard! 🙂

    Love the horses. They seem like a horse version of the velveteen rabbit, with coats so lush. Thanks for sharing them with us, as well as the tea and goodies.

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    1. You’re welcome, Dawn, and thank you for coming over to chat. I had to laugh about you having too many photos of Katie because I have done the same thing with my cats (who are not princesses — they’re divas — and not nearly as pretty as Katie). Sometimes they’re doing such silly things that it’s hard to resist.

      The horses have such lovely coats this time of year. Lush is the perfect word for it. 🙂

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  10. I think I will share today. I haven’t been feeling nor being, that I am aware of, creative–of late. I was rear-ended a month ago which aggravated my normal neurological and neck issues. I did finally put in a claim, and I am now visiting here and there and having mri and… and …

    I did not feel so much about these thing until I took the steps to do them. I am finding me hyperfocused on resentment, pain or lack of pain. Which then makes me angry (rolls eyes at self). I did just order from vitacost, which includes some tea.

    I am looking forward to getting back to the tree place with warm weather. My view of it is stuck in the if only and the worry i will not be able to do it for…this reason or that reason AGAIN. I think I will go back and read your bog posts. The union I seek and feel that I lack, expresses thru there and perhaps I can manage a ‘walk’ in my head and rework my limits on being in union. Hey, I guess I am working on creating by doing this! I like adding ginger lemon cardamom to my black tea with cinnamon, oh yes i put in peppercorns too!

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      1. Thank you for the link to the Yo-Yo Ma interview. I listened for a few moments. I’ll go back when my bytes reset (in 5 days). I’m on borrowed time with the internet right now. Not really borrowed. I had to purchase an extra byte. Satellite internet is frustrating that way.

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    1. Oooh! Your tea sounds delicious, Elisa. Similar to chai tea, I think, with the peppercorns. I’m so sorry to hear about the accident and the pain. I was in a similar (hyperfocused) place when I started my first blog at WordPress (Bountiful Healing). It can be a vicious cycle, the resentment and anger and all that back and forth. I hope the weather warms up soon, and that you will be able to spend plenty of time in your tree place. I know how special it is to you.

      Gentle hugs to you if you are accepting of hugs.

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  11. I used to be a bit camera-obsessed, but after my camera broke I started to realize how much time I’d spent tethered to it. Funny enough, though, it became just as easy to whip out my camera-phone and take photos on that. Luckily those aren’t as good, or I might still be over-documenting things. lol

    I’d like to get a new camera for the sake of doing things on the blog and recording moments, but I think maybe I’d take far fewer photos with the new one.

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    1. I’ve been wondering if that will happen with my camera phone, Diana. I’m just starting to use it and since I always have it with me when I go on my walks, it’s likely something will come along that will cause me to start using it. You’re right about the pics not being as good so I imagine that I’ll end up like you and not over do it. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. 🙂

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  12. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that lemon and ginger tea is one of the varieties that is always in my cupboard, along with Earl Grey double Bergamot, Chamomile, and peppermint. I also have Chai Latte in K-cups, along with coffees, plain and flavored. I agree with Irene about the camera and being in the moment – having the photos brings back those moments, sometimes when they are most needed. I have been taking few photos lately, mainly because this time of the year there is not much change in my world. I am getting into full planting mode here – way too early this year. But dreams are necessary. I loved the ponies, your thoughts, and the company.

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    1. Sounds like you have a great tea collection, Carol. Any one of those would suit me just fine. 🙂 It’s interesting that you mention how the photos bring back memories. There was a short piece on CBS Sunday Morning today about how we are digitally collecting memories and in doing so, we lose the memories (and the stories) in our heads. Or at least don’t remember things as well. The woman who did the piece didn’t mention why (or if she did, I somehow missed it), but I wonder if that is related to not truly experiencing the moment while we document it. In any case, I won’t be giving up the camera for good. Just taking a break now and then.

      And yes, dreams are very much necessary.

      Thank you. 🙂

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  13. Robin, great post and awesome photos as usual. I agree with you on not not getting a super smart phone and I’m one of those folks who switches all the bells and whistles off and quite often that also includes the power.
    I often end up as the official photographer at events and so that gives me the chance to really get up close and seize the moment. This has been great at the kids school because there are a lot of restrictions on parents photographing other people’s kids. I had none of that.
    I observe things better through my lens but there’s also the whole experience and if you’re a photographer who zooms in a lot, you’re missing most of the picture.
    I also find that even when I’m at an event taking photos as a volunteer that I’m still in work mode and not necessarily enjoying it and catching up with people. Got the get the shot!!
    My kids changed schools this year and I’ve lost my photography privileges. It’s a huge shift but I’m not connected to the new schools in the same way and I guess I just see it as the end of an era change.
    I thought you might be interested in this story about a close shave by Australian photographer Ken Duncan: I was on safari in Zimbabwe at a magical spot called Mana Pools. This huge bull elephant walked right past our camp and down to the river, then swam out to the grassy islands in the middle of the mighty Zambesi. Our guide thought this might be a good opportunity for me to get close with my very wide angle camera, so we paddled out into the river and slowly moved closer to the big bull. We kept a watchful eye for crocodiles and hippos, which are plentiful in this area. In the distance, you can actually see hippopotamus on the river bank. This elephant was only about 30 feet from us but my camera makes him appear further away. You will notice his left ear is slightly blurred – that’s because it was twitching. Just as I took this shot, the elephant picked up our scent and began to charge. Fortunately for my racing heart, he stopped after only a few paces. He is an awesome sight – a great elephant in the mighty Zambesi River.http://kenduncan.com/gallery/overseas/the-power-of-one-africa-zwx092-detail
    Anyway, thanks for coffee and hope you have a great week!
    xx Rowena

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  14. I seem to have been busy clearing and cleaning the house all week, it’s nice to just sit and chat for a while. Ginger and lemon sounds good, but I do have rather a sweet tooth so I’ll take mine with a spoonful of sugar if that’s ok please.
    We had photos taken for the estate agents to sell our house (we’re almost at the point in this puzzle we call life to put it on the market). It was strange trying to look at my own house and ask myself why would I buy it.
    Hubby laughed at the little things which I said mattered… I seem to have a permanent low key runny nose, so I keep a box of nice soft tissues handy – the ones with the moisture balm in them- I hid them incase the buyers thought the house would make them sneeze. We keep any bulk purchases of kitchen towel, teabags etc on top of one of the cupboards, they had to be hidden incase they thought there wasn’t enough cupboard space. Just little things, but things I might subconsciously pick up on if I was buying my house. Things which will also make me smile if I spot them when we get as far as buying a new one.
    I know I’m probably quite mad but I think I’m actually enjoying all of this selling and buying house business, when we bought this, our first, house, it was so stressful, but because we’ve waited and planned this move for so long we’re in a much stronger position this time and I’m having fun.
    I’ve got my wellies, but my coat isn’t very thick so if you don’t mind lending me an extra scarf please, I’ll join you for a little stroll in the snow before I leave. 😊

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