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Brides Revisited: Jessica & Cherry

Canadian couple Jessica and Cherry are A Bicycle Built for Two regulars—you may remember their engagement photos from back in 2013 and their gorgeous 2014 Vancouver wedding. So, you can imagine our excitement when they got in touch with us with an exciting update! Here’s Cherry:

In 2015, Jessica and I have decided to start a family. We conceived our son Cassius via IUI (Intra-Uterine Insemination). Our son was born in June 2016. He brings so much joy in our lives. We love him so much.

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us over the course of these last few years, Jessica & Cherry! We couldn’t be more excited for you and your beautiful family.

Photos courtesy of Kyla Dawn and others.

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Brides Revisited is a series in which we check back in with the couples who’ve appeared on our site in the past. If you and your one true person are interested in being featured, we’d love to hear from you—whether you call yourselves brides, brooms, spouses, or something else entirely!

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Date: 06/27/2016Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Bride & Broom Revisited: Deborah & Melissa

If you’re a long-time visitor to the site, you’ll probably remember Deborah and Melissa’s wedding, which featured a kilt, a Wiccan handfasting, and lots of amazing Tarot-themed details. Just last week, the couple celebrated their third wedding anniversary, and Deborah wrote to us with an update!

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Give us a life update! Have there been any major milestones since we heard from you last? (New houses, new babies, new brownie recipes to share…)

Our lives have changed so much for the better, it’s amazing. My son moved into his own place. I’d been chafing in my dull suburb for a long time, but I sure didn’t want to buy a new home for the three of us. After he moved, I left the door open for him for a year, and then started fixing up the house to put on the market. We found the perfect place, a dream apartment in the “Historic Downtown” neighborhood of Jersey City! (You’ve actually featured an engagement shoot in my neighborhood.) So, we went from a suburban townhouse near a mall and not much else, where we were usually the only same-sex couple within sight for weeks at a time, to a trendy, diverse urban neighborhood, and we couldn’t be happier.

We also sold both the old cars and got a brand new Subaru (oh, the cliché!)—only one car needed in the city. We honeymooned in St. Croix, and visited Brazil a year later. The following year we were too busy moving to travel, so now we’re figuring out what our next trip will be.

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What is your favorite thing about being married?

I love both the emotional and practical things about sharing my life. Finances are so much easier, after fifteen years as a single mother! I love making decorating decisions (and then implementing them) together. I love a sounding board. I love snuggles. I love someone to pick up the slack in the house. All of the things that mean “partnership.”

What do you fight about?

Our communication styles are really different. Sometimes we fight about whether or not we’re having a fight, or why we’re having a fight, which is just about as insane as it sounds. I’m a talk-everything-out type, she’s a silently-think-it-over type. When we do it my way, she feels emotionally flooded, and when we do it her way, I feel bottled up and frustrated. We’re still finding a path through that.

What advice would you give to people who have just gotten married?

I don’t think I’ve ever heard better advice than Dan Savage’s “price of admission.”

What do you like best about your spouse?

She’s smarter than me. She’s so smart. I love bragging that I am married to a history professor, I think that is so cool. She has a long list of amazing qualities, but that’s my number one.

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Describe a typical day in 5 words or less.

Work Work Eat TV Work

What is one thing you and your partner do to relax?

We love going to the movies, or curling up with Netflix at home.

What is the best wedding gift you received?

Cards Against Humanity with three expansion packs!

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What moment from your wedding still stands out the most in your mind?

So many! Melissa pretending to steal the wedding cake, our first dance to “This Must Be the Place,” my first dance with my son to “Ca Plane Por Moi”, my son diving across the room and catching the bouquet, Melissa singing to me (we had karaoke), watching the Perseid meteor shower as the reception wound down.

If you had to compare your marriage to a food or animal, what would you choose and why?

We’re like a housecat—a little overfed, a little lazy, but content and really, really cute.

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Brides Revisited is a series in which we check back in with the couples who’ve appeared on our site in the past. If you and your one true person are interested in being featured, we’d love to hear from you—whether you call yourselves brides, brooms, spouses, or something else entirely!

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Brides Revisited: Leah & Lisa

We’re thrilled to celebrate another anniversary with one of A Bicycle Built For Two‘s lovely couples! Leah and Lisa have graced our blog with their beautiful presence twice before—their engagement was featured in 2011 and their wedding was featured in 2012. Now, after four years, we’re excited to welcome them back!

Happy anniversary, Leah and Lisa, and thank you for sharing your story with us!

Give us a life update! Have there been any major milestones since we heard from you last? 

The last time we were in touch was our wedding in 2012!  We still follow the blog, of course.  Our wedding in 2012 was awesome but our marriage still wasn’t recognized in California.  When it became legal the following year, we quickly planned our intimate legal ceremony.  Our wedding was on 6/8/2012 and our legal ceremony was on 8/6/2013.  We had a beautiful, simple ceremony at the Disneyland Resort Esplanade!  It’s that area between Disneyland and California Adventure.  We have great photos from that day and it was really freaking awesome.  We also began focusing more on our health.  We’ve lost weight, began running, and have even completed some 5k runs!  We have goals to run 10ks and even half marathons!  While Lisa is currently researching universities for her Master’s degree in disability policy and ADA law, Leah is currently working on her second Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Our oldest daughter, who was 17 at the time of our wedding, is almost 21.  She moved out on her own 2½ years ago and is currently studying culinary arts.  Our youngest daughter, who was almost 10 at that time, is now 13.  She is active in drama and theater and will be attending a performing arts high school next year.

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What is your favorite thing about being married?

Putting down one thing is hard!  So we have a few. One favorite thing about being legally married is that we have the same rights as everyone else.  There is no longer that fear that if something was to happen, we’d be separated or left out.  Our marriage, and our friendship, just gets stronger every year.  We still learn new things about each other and we laugh together every day.

What do you fight about?

Oddly, we really don’t fight.  We do have discussions though!  We’ve worked hard to get to a point in our relationship where we can come to each other openly without judgment or fear.  It’s not always easy and sometimes, those discussions last a while.  But we both want the same thing in the end – resolution and a better understanding of the other’s perspective.  So, what do we discuss? We tend to discuss things like how to deal with our kids.  That’s mostly it.

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What advice would you give to people who have just gotten married?

Listen to each other; truly listen without thinking of the response, just listen.  And trust each other – know that the vows you took mean something to both of you and work towards the value behind them.

What do you like best about your wife?

Leah: What I like best about my wife is how incredibly smart she is and her determination.  I also love her appreciation of music.

Lisa: What I like best about my wife is her big, open heart. And I absolutely love when she laughs.

Describe a typical day in 5 words or less.

We are always going.

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What is one thing you and your partner do to relax?

We put our phones away and just be with each other.  We’ll sit on the couch with a fire going and a glass of wine or coffee and talk about anything and everything.  Another thing we do is get outside and spend some time with nature.

What is the best wedding gift you received?

We had set up a honeymoon fund for our guests to give us gifts.  In a sense, they gave us our honeymoon and that was wonderful. We got to spend a week up in Northern California, in Carmel, and it was lovely!

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What moment from your wedding still stands out most in your mind?

We had made ribbon wands with bells for everyone.  As our celebrant was announcing that we were married, we turned to look back at our guests. At that moment, everyone had stood up and was waving those wands; it was a sea of colors and with the bells’ soft ring, it still brings tears.  It was incredible to have all of that love surround us.

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If you had to compare your marriage to a food, what would you choose and why?

A sushi boat!  It’s strong, colorful, healthy, and damn delicious!

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Brides Revisited is a series in which we check back in with the couples who’ve appeared on our site in the past. If you and your one true person are interested in being featured, we’d love to hear from you—whether you call yourselves brides, brooms, spouses, or something else entirely!

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Brides Revisited: The Annas

There are so many wonderful things about running this blog, but one of the absolute best is when we can help one of you surprise a wife or partner on a special occasion. Anna & Anna’s wedding was five years ago today, and we are thrilled to celebrate them with this sweet post from one Anna to another. Read on to see what they’ve been up to in the last few years—and happy ANNA-versery to one of our favorite same-named couples!

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Give us a life update! Have there been any major milestones since we heard from you last? 

Anna (“the short one in the dress”): Absolutely! In December 2012 I finished my master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction/design (HCI/d) from Indiana University in Bloomington. Shortly after, I got a job as a UX Designer in Indianapolis, and we’ve been living there ever since.

2014 was a big year for us. I started at job at Salesforce (which turned out to be one of the companies that was instrumental in striking down discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation in Indiana). In May 2014, on our 3-year wedding anniversary, we went to San Diego (where Anna V grew up) and got legally married. Unfortunately, at the time, when we returned to Indiana our marriage wasn’t recognized by the state, but luckily we didn’t have to wait too terribly long for nationwide marriage equality to happen!

In December 2014, we bought a house in Indianapolis. We just happened to find a house on a small street with at least 3 other gay couples on it. Furthermore, there is another same-named lesbian couple 2 houses down from us. What are the odds?

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What is your favorite thing about being married?

Is it okay for my answer to be “enjoying the same legal rights and protections that straight couples have enjoyed for years”? If so, that’s totally my answer.

[Editors’ note: OF COURSE it is okay!]

What do you fight about?

As silly as this sounds, one of the only things we’ve fought about is how little we fight. Anna V used to get a little worried that we never fought about anything. I remember one day we almost got into a full-out fight about not fighting. But over the years I think we’ve come to realize that our lack of fighting is a testament to how well our personalities fit together. We are similar in a lot of ways, but in the areas that we’re different, we are complementary.

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What do you like best about your wife?

Everything!

Okay, I guess I will try to be more specific. She is one of the smartest people I know, a top-notch problem solver, and also someone who I’m infinitely grateful to have in my life when I’m at my lowest low or my highest high.

Oh, and the songs that we make up on the spot for our various dogs and cats are just incredible. Not sure why we don’t have a record deal yet.

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Describe a typical day in 5 words (or slightly more!)

Cats. Dogs. Pretty Little Liars. Beyoncé. (Beyoncé transcends word limits.)

What is one thing you and your partner do to relax?

Watch Beyoncé videos or ride bikes (while pretending to be in a Beyoncé video).

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What is the best wedding gift you received?

The best gift from our wedding was being able to have a giant celebration with so many important people in our lives. You don’t really think about it before the wedding, but it’s incredible to be in 1 physical space with 150 people who have known you, loved you, and supported you throughout various stages of your life. I’m forever grateful to my parents for making such a huge celebration possible. 

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What moment from your wedding still stands out most in your mind?

There are actually 2 moments that stand out most to me. First, Anna V’s vows were incredible. I’ve never heard such beautifully written, sincere, thoughtful vows. (She likes to make fun of me because I was the only person at the wedding who didn’t cry when she read her vows, but I cried when Jim and Pam got married on The Office. Oops. For the record, I did cry when we got legally married in San Diego, so I guess I made up for it.)

The second stand-out moment was my dad’s toast. Given that we were having a wedding in a state that didn’t allow us to legally marry, my dad’s words of love and support meant the world to us. Here’s a quote from his toast that basically made everybody in the room totally lose it:

I’m not gonna stand up here and try to tell you that when my daughter was a little girl I thought “I hope someday she’s gonna grow up and marry a nice girl.” What I did hope for was that my daughter would grow up, and meet and marry her best friend, her soulmate, someone as a couple they could go through life, enjoying all of life’s joys.

And I got exactly what my father hoped I would. Life is just better with my lady by my side.

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Brides Revisited is a series in which we check back in with the couples who’ve appeared on our site in the past. If you and your one true person are interested in being featured, we’d love to hear from you—whether you call yourselves brides, brooms, spouses, or something else entirely!

 

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Brides Revisited: Katherine & Andrea

Back in 2012, Massachusetts couple Katherine and Andrea shared their “engagement” photos—from a lovely shoot that actually took place two and a half years after their wedding. Since then, they’ve started a catering company, among “many other changes.” Katherine wrote to give us a full update.

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Give us a life update! Have there been any major milestones since we heard from you last?

We have been married for 6 years—7 in July—which is just crazy. Where did the time go? We lost our dog Lulu, who was in our pictures a few years ago and got a new puppy, Daisy, another chocolate lab. We have opened our own business, Pangea Cuisines, a personal chef and catering company, and we launched a food truck, The Continental Drift, this fall! Now, we’re talking about expanding the family.

What is your favorite thing about being married?

We were always committed to each other, but there is something special about being officially married. I love knowing that Andrea will always be there.

What do you fight about?

Oh, the usual—it’s minus 5 out, who’s going to walk the dog?

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What advice would you give to people who have just gotten married?

Always take at least 5 minutes a day to check in with each other, see how the day was, what’s going on, and get on the same page. Say “I love you” every day. Even on the days when you don’t necessarily “like” your wife, you still love her. Appreciate the little things—they really are the best.

What do you like best about your wife?

Andrea loves me and supports me in ways I never thought possible. I got my dream opportunity to be on the medical staff for the US Women’s Rugby team and, with our growing business, I hesitated to go. She didn’t hesitate. She said, “you’re going.” We support each other in all of our pursuits and dreams.

Describe a typical day in (approximately) 5 words or less.

Busy, Work, Small Spaces, Love, Puppy!

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What is one thing you and your partner do to relax?

We take hikes with our dog, watch a movies—Andrea loves going to the movies, so we try to do that every once in a while, or we try a new adventure together. Our next one to try is rock climbing.

What is the best wedding gift you received?

There were two—the first, an intangible: my grandfather is my hero, but his health has been slowly failing. He was supposed to have a surgery the Thursday before and not make it to our wedding. But instead, Thursday morning he canceled it so he could be there for us. He wanted to make sure we knew how much he wanted to be there and supported us. When he showed up I was floored and speechless.

The second was the cake—the catering business my wife was a chef for at the time decided they were going to pay for our cake, and they went big—half chocolate, half carrot—each of our favorites. It was incredible!

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If you had to compare your marriage to a food or animal, what would you choose and why?

Food, of course, cause that’s our livelihood now—probably our wedding cake. It was beautiful and delicious. Half of it was chocolate, and half of it was carrot. We are very different people and yet somehow it just works.

Brides Revisited is a new series in which we check back in with the couples who’ve appeared on our site in the past. If you and your one true person are interested in being featured, we’d love to hear from you—whether you call yourselves brides, brooms, spouses, or something else entirely!

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Brides Revisited : Anlin & Denise

Since their wedding just over three years ago, South African couple Anlin and Denise have been busy enjoying life with their kids—including a new baby girl!—and each other. Flash back to their proposal and lovely outdoor wedding, then read on to find out what else they’ve been up to!

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Give us a life update! Have there been any major milestones since we heard from you last? (New houses, new babies, new brownie recipes to share…)

We got married on 16 February 2013, and in June that year moved to a bigger home, it took us a while to settle in, but it soon was home to us! In 2014 we decided to grow our family, as Denise has always wanted a child, and we thought the time was right. We saw the fertility specialist in August, and in September, Denise had 2 AIs. In mid-September, we received the news that she was pregnant! We were ecstatic!!!

Our daughter, Riëtte was born on May 15th, 2015, making us mommies of 3: 18-year-old Celine, 9-year-old-Lana, and little Riëtte! We spent most of 2015 just being in our little “baby bubble.” As for the brownie recipe, I found the most amazing pre-mix! 😉

Today, just a few weeks after our third wedding anniversary, I am still as in love with Denise as I was right in the beginning. Seeing her or thinking about her gives me butterflies in my tummy, and I cannot wait to get home in the evening after work to spend time with her and our family!

What is your favorite thing about being married?

Anlin: I love waking up with Denise in the mornings, and knowing that, God willing, we will go to sleep together again in the evening. I married my best friend—cliché, I know, but it truly is so! We share everything, and we have no secrets from each other, except maybe a surprise gift!

Denise: Sharing every moment of my life with the person I love and cherish with my whole heart and soul.

What do you fight about?

Anlin: We don’t fight. We have minor disagreements about things, which mostly are out of our control.

Denise: Anlin’s ex-husband, mostly. Other than that not really about anything— we really do compliment each other’s personalities.

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What advice would you give to people who have just gotten married?

Denise: Communicate about anything and everything. Doing so ensures that you’re both on the same page, always. Keep your partner’s love tank full, i.e. lots of kisses and hugs, whispering sweet nothings in her ear, and so on…

What do you like best about your wife?

Anlin: Denise is the perfect partner. She truly cares for me and my needs, and she is an amazing mother, even to my daughters from a previous marriage.

Denise: Her smile, the way she always makes me feel loved, and her divine mac and cheese!

Describe a typical day in 5 words (or slightly more!)

Anlin: Coffee/tea in bed, work, spending time with baby, relaxing together.

Denise: Rush to school, rush to work, rush to school, rush home, glass of wine.

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What is one thing you and your partner do to relax?

Denise: We loved going to the movies, but since the arrival of our little one, Riette, this has been few and far between. Now sneaking away for a cup of coffee is big for us!

What is the best wedding gift you received?

Anlin: For both of us, it must be our matching Caran D’Ache pens from Switzerland from dear friends. Whenever I write something with it, it reminds me of our beautiful and very special day!

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What moment from your wedding still stands out the most in your mind?

Anlin: I must be honest, the whole day was special; however if I have to highlight one, it must be when our master of ceremonies read out a letter Denise wrote me. It had me in tears!

Denise: Our opening of the dance floor. We practised for weeks prior to our wedding to get the “swing” steps right!

If you had to compare your marriage to a food or animal, what would you choose and why?

Anlin: A lioness. We both provide and care ferociously for our family. We are caring, playful and loving.

Denise: A chocolate—always sweet, from beginning to end.

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Brides Revisited is a new series in which we check back in with the couples who’ve appeared on our site in the past. If you and your one true person are interested in being featured, we’d love to hear from you—whether you call yourselves brides, brooms, spouses, or something else entirely!

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Bride & Broom Revisited: L & Kristin

L & Kristin got married exactly one year ago, on Valentine’s Day 2015, when their family and friends came together for an intimate ceremony in their home. L was one of A Bicycle Built for Two‘s first self-identified brooms– and you can read more about her and Kristin’s proposal and wedding in our archives.

Since their wedding last February, this couple has stayed busy working, studying, and enjoying some delicious-sounding pizza. Happy Anniversary to L & Kristin– and Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

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First, give us a quick update!

Kristin and I are in an unusual situation due to the fact that we got married last February 14th and last August, I moved to Toledo, Ohio to start graduate school in Organ Transplant Science.   My program is only for a year, so we decided that she would stay in North Carolina and I would find temporary housing and study here.  So, we are in a long-distance marriage, which has really kept us on our toes!  Going home for breaks feels like dating again, but we miss each other terribly.  Thank goodness for social media, Skype and unlimited minutes!  In July, I will graduate and move back to NC where I will start working again.  We may stay in NC, we may go to another state. The future and possibilities are wide open but I’ve found the love of my life to walk this path with me.

What is your favorite thing about being married?

For the both of us, it’s the amazing security we feel in knowing that we are taken care of with all legal resources, as well as an emotionally and spiritually stronger connection.  We were both involved with two peaceful demonstrations in our city where we would go to the register of deeds to ask for a marriage license only to be denied.  These two experiences really hit home for us, and it was so difficult to walk out of there without a license.  It brought us closer and more determined to focus on the day when marriage would be legal.  The third time was a charm in January of last year.  It felt completely NORMAL and amazing!!!

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What do you like best about your wife?

Kristin:  That we always communicate and talk things out, which is especially important in a long-distance marriage.  Every phone call is a connection and we try to make it as special as we can.  L has a way of making me feel supported and special even across the miles.
L:  I love the way she supports my studies and is my biggest cheerleader.  I love the way she loves me. She sends me care packages and is an integral part of giving me feedback on papers and projects for school.  We are definitely in this together!

What is the best wedding gift you received?

We planned our wedding in two weeks with a limited budget.  We wanted to get married before L went off to school and we wanted it to be in our home with our closest family and friends.  The best gift was everyone coming together on such short notice to give us the best night of our lives.  All of the touches were lovingly prepared.  Our sister in law created our dinner table centerpiece and place settings with such skill and devotion it blew us away!!!

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What moment from your wedding still stands out the most in your mind?

Kristin:  The positive, pure love radiating off of L when I saw her standing there waiting for me.
L:  When she walked in the room, I was speechless and immediately started crying.  She looked breathtaking!!!

If you had to compare your marriage to a food, which would you choose and why?

We would choose this gourmet pizza one of our best friends, Ben, makes: it has a thick but soft crust which represents our foundation and our flexibility to change and willingness to support one another’s dreams.  The toppings represent how our marriage looks:  peppers to keep it spicy, cheese to hold us together, oil to help us communicate and all sorts of other ingredients to help keep life interesting!  There really is never a dull moment with us!

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Brides Revisited is a new series in which we check back in with the couples who’ve appeared on our site in the past. If you and your one true person are interested in being featured, we’d love to hear from you—whether you call yourselves brides, brooms, spouses, or something else entirely!
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