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...in Those Cotton Fields Back Home

Once upon a time...we took a back road to go birding in a small community here in the area along the coast, I had to make a 'u' turn and go back and photograph this house that once was perhaps close to elegant in its heyday. "This ol' house is gettin' feeble, this ol' house is gettin' old!" Yet, when I see one like this, deteriorating, of course living in a larger city, I can't help but think there may be vagrant inhabitants behind the clapboard exterior. Either of the human kind or perhaps wild ones like racoons or rats.
Linking to: Rubbish Tuesday...





...along the road behind this home, there is an outcropping, a motte, of trees. Perched on a branch were three Inca doves. I'm thinking the parents and probably a juvenile...

linking to: Wild Bird Wednesday

 


1. What would you say is the key to success? Accomplishing what you strive for in life. Aiming and reaching your goal. And that is NOT being given something 'cause of family ties...work for it!!

2. Have you ever been to the Florida Keys? Any desire to visit that part of the US of A? I'm glad I wasn't there this past weekend....with Bertha out there in the Atlantic.

3. When and where did you last see a real live donkey? Monkey? Turkey? Wild Turkeys and donkeys are all around this area if you travel away from the city, turkeys more so than donkeys....as for monkey, a zoo. In Brownsville, TX.

4. An old Portuguese proverb says, 'Beware of the door with too many keys.' What do you think this means? Share an example of how this has proven true or false in your own life.   I presume it means to be an individual. To do your own thing instead of being one of the flock by following others who go through the same door. Beware...the path is well traveled. But when it comes to key quotations my favorite is this: "Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks."

5. Besides your home, vehicle, and special jewelry, what is something you keep under lock and key? My chastity belt? [just kidding] --- that's difficult to answer. I guess it'd be legal documents.

6. When did you last get keyed up about something? At my age, I try to step back, count to 10, and relax 'cause the situation would be made worse if I get keyed up. Just like Scarlet says in GWTW --"After all, tomorrow is another day".

7. Who thinks we need an easy one right about now?  Key lime pie...yes please or no thank you? It's okay, but nothing exciting. If I didn't have a slice for the rest of my days I wouldn't feel cheated.

8. Insert your own random thought here.  On the way home from this birding roundabout mentioned above, I pulled off the highway along the back country and got out to take some photos of the cotton fields. Which always makes me think of the Boll Weevil song lyrics. The lyrics could also be a good fitting to my rubbish 'home' this week and maybe the immigrants from nearby Old Mexico?  I know that is a bit far fetched but these days with the illegal immigrants in the news all the time, I can't help but think---
Oh, the boll weevil is a little black bug
Come from Mexico they say
Well he come all the way to Texas
Just a-lookin for a place to stay
He was lookin' for a home,
Just lookin' for a home.

The chorus, which featured different variations of the "just looking for a home" line, spoke to anyone with a sense of cultural displacement, suggesting a spiritual search and a chance for a brighter future down the road. The song's subtle humor also gave the weevil a kind of trickster's mentality, as he outwits the farmer every time....



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  1. Cotton fields. Damn, they are a sight!!! Don't get them in this country at all.

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    1. ...a sight....I don't know if you know about cotton...but it's sticky and has some nasty thorns...it's a tough plant, and hard to pick. Thank goodness for modern machinery these days.

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  2. What wonderful shots. Love that old barn.

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  3. I love the cute shots of the Inca Doves huddles together.. Have a happy day, Anni!

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    1. ...happy day to you too dear Eileen!!

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  4. Inca doves... gorgeous! Cotton doesn't grow in Indiana, dagnabbit.

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    1. ....y'all have the 'refined' cotton on the racks tho!! ;-)

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  5. I must say I found your pics of the cotton quite fascinating. It's the first time I've seen it. Love them.

    Diana

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    1. ...thanks Diana. Nice to meet you.

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  6. I love that Portuguese proverb! Very thought-provoking. And those Inca Doves are beautiful :)

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    1. ...thank you!! Glad you enjoyed the doves.

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  7. Lovely post. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  8. Hi Anni! That old house has character! I can see screen door on the front that goes slam when you let it go just like a good screen door should. I think you might be right about the inhabitants though! Lovely doves, I have never seen doves like that. Cotton fields are beautiful.. when we lived at Ft. Rucker, Alabama we visited the boll weevil monument in Enterprise, Alabama! That was ages ago!

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    1. ....oh, but fond memories, I'm sure. Thanks for visiting.

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  9. I'm not going to read your Hodgepodge until tomorrow after I answer the questions. I don't want to be influenced. :) I love the old house and it's made even better by the stormy sky. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. It it were me, no matter what day of the week, if I read your answers, I'd forget 'em by the time I filled out my own hodgepodge. lol....

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  10. I love photographing old houses when I am on a country photo-opp cruise. I always hope they had lots of love and warmth in them. Wonderful.
    Happy August!
    xo Catherine

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    1. ....Catherine!!! It's been a long time....missing your posts!!

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  11. I THINK THE DOVES OF GOSSIPING!!
    THEM COTTON BALL PHOTOS ARE BEAUTIFUL...
    MADI SAYS SHE SEES A MONKEY WHEN SHE LOOKS IN THE MIRROR
    HUGS C

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    1. LOL...oh Madi, you ARE a card. Funny.

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  12. the cotton fields are neat to see. love the incas! see them only rarely here. great old falling-down home!

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    1. ....near collapse probably.

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  13. those doves are beautiful. I have not seen this type before. i do love the sound they make.. I visit donkeys on a blog daily and last saw one 2 years ago in real life. that old house was a nice one many moons ago.

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    1. ....you too see monkeys? Hmmmm. Someone else mentioned that.

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  14. We don't see cotton fields here. I love your pictures! Your comment on the keys to the city and politicians is the best. :)

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  15. Nice pictures of both the doves and the cotton. I don't think I've ever seen a cotton ball on the vine before! :-)

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    1. ....now you have...well, at least in photo. lol

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  16. The Inca Doves appear to be a close-knit family. :) I haven't seen cotton fields in ages and ages!

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    1. I do know that when I see 'em around here, there are always TWO, never one alone...so guess they are very close knit.

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  17. That poor house! And yet the grass is mowed!!! I don't think we have any Inca doves, but we have lots of the mourning. What cute pictures! You can spot a bird no matter how hidden! You have bird radar! I LOVE the cotton fields! Though we live in the south, I have never seen anything like this! Awesome post today.

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    1. ...bird radar?!! Cute. I like that reference. Glad to know you enjoyed the cotton fields Ginny.

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  18. Isn't it funny I was just thinking the same thing about a good number of old places, now all abandoned on our recent weekend outing. One second I think gee whiz it would be so cool, and then I think about the little rodents and other wild creatures that have made tunnels for easy access! Yikes!

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    1. yep, yep....critters of bad rep most likely. Be they two legged or four.

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  19. Hello Anni!:)
    Have never heard of the old Portugues proverb, but you are probably right about it's meaning. I don't think I have ever had the herd instint, ...often leads to trouble!The Politicion quote made me smile:)

    Years ago, hubby and I had a holiday on the Ivory coast, and we saw many cotton fields there, a beautiful sight.

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    1. ...so very often leads to trouble, indeed!

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  20. Ah, those cotton fields! And I love the old house. Did you see they moved one of those huge historical homes in Refugio? Quite the sight from the pictures I saw.

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    1. No, I didn't hear about this house moving. I bet it was something to see.

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  21. cotton always looks like magic in the field. as if there's a stem-plant for cameras too.

    neat quiz. might try it sometime.
    Pearl, Humanyms

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    1. ...thanks for visiting Pearl.

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  22. Lovely shots of the doves and the cotton fields. The old house looks pretty sad.

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  23. It's been a long time since I saw a Monkey, probably at the San Antonio Zoo. We see Wild Turkeys at the ranch often and pass places where Donkeys call home often.

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    1. ...it's been ages since we've been to San Antonio Zoo....must go there when it cools down a bit. Ya, the donkeys are usually on ranches around here....very few tho.

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  24. I don't think I have ever seen cotton up close... LOL on the chastity belt... Thank you for linking in Anni.... Michelle

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    1. ...thanks Michelle! For visiting, and for hosting.

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    1. ...thanks Tanya....Hey? Your blogger profile no longer exists? Anyway, this morning I can't get in.

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  26. I have never seen cotton fields before (we don't have them here). Thanks for the images.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. ...glad I could show it off for you then, Mersad

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  27. the cotton bolls are so pretty. That looks like a sad house. Wonder who lived there and if laughter rang through the rooms at one time.

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    1. ...now that you mention it....laughter ringing through the drywall makes it seem more 'alive' now. At least at one time.

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  28. Is there bad weather in Florida right now? I hope it goes away before September!!! We're going to Pensacola for my birthday and it's the heart of hurricane season. :-(

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    1. Oh ya, September usually IS a busy month for the Gulf and hurricanes. I don't think Florida is bad now tho, it was Bertha last week. Never made it to the coast tho.

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  29. We live in Fort Bend County and there are many fields of cotton here. What always comes to my mind in seeing them is how horrible it must have been to have to pick all that cotton by hand in the 95 degree heat and humidity. And getting the cotton out of the sharp hulls by hand. Thank goodness for mechanization!!

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    1. ...the heat/humidity...and having to bend your back all day long....

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  30. Great photos and a funny house, these old houses are home for a lot of small wild animals.

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    1. ...exactly what I think too...lots of wild varmints. Thanks Christian.

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  31. I'm going to try one more time to leave a comment here.
    That house had to have been magnificent in it's day. It's always a shame to see them run down like that. I've always thought it would be fun (so long as money wasn't an object) to buy a house like that and restore it

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    1. ....for me, it'd be an old warehouse with an open floor plan.

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  32. The doves are beautiful. I love the cotton balls. I've only seen cotton plants in the Botanic Garden.

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  33. Never seen a cotton field. The housing market is done 30% here but the homes are in pretty good shape.
    Coffee is on

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  34. Up here we have to get our cotton balls in the drugstore ... down there you can just pick'em :) I have never seen an Inca Dove ... they are very pretty and your old home looks like something you would see in a movie. There was a TV series recently "The True Dectective" that showed old homes like that ... they have a lot of character on the outside and, as you suggested, probably characters on the inside. Your answers are always clever ... I enjoy reading your insights.

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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    1. ...thanks Andrea.
      I enjoyed your baby chickadees in your WBW post...jealous I am.

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  35. Oh my! Those pictures of the fields of cotton took me back to 1971 when I had the chance to see some of them in person.That's a long time ago.Yikes!

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  36. Love that old house! And the Inca Doves were a treat too. Oh! and cotton! What a treat. Hope you're having a great day.

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    1. ...thanks Gail. Hope you're having a great day too.

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  37. I spent many hours in a cotton filed when younger, Also, there were a lot of homes lost and looked like this.

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  38. Now that old house is perfect for Rubbish Tues.

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  39. Your pictures are marvelous. I really love the doves.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed this post Mildred

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  40. The cotton field shots are amazing. I love the old house, and you are absolutely right that it once was a showplace! The birds are a great capture! I love how you get out and about and discover such treasures to share! Thanks!!

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    1. ...I'm happy when I'm outdoors, exploring. Thanks Terri.

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  41. As usual ... love your great pictures. That cotton looks so clean and pure and love the old abandoned house. Would love to explore it. Thanks for your interesting articles.
    Audrey Z.

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  42. Awesome doves! We used to have them here in Tucson in the thousands....until the Cooper's Hawk took over and now they are rare. BUT thankfully Phoenix and surrounding areas still have plenty of them......still.....I'd love to see one at my feeder. Fantastic pics!

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    1. I did not know that little bit on the Cooper's Hawk and the Inca Doves. But Tucson is still a terrific area for desert birds....do they still have an abundance of Gamble's Quails?

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  43. I grew up on a cotton farm about 40 miles north of Dallas. Your photos brought back so many memories, even the house. Love the Incas.

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    1. ...good memories, I hope. Thanks Janice

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  44. I haven't seen a cotton field in ages!

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    1. ...cool...glad you got a chance to see one again here. ;-)

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  45. I haven't thought of Key Lime Pie in so long much less have a piece this summer. First thing on my list when I get back to Texas after Fuzzy's Tacos! Good questions. Don't have time to answer now. xo Jenny

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    1. Hope your return to Texas will be a happy time in your life Jenny.

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  46. Never seen a cotton field.Interesting post.

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    1. ...glad to read you found it of interest today Margaret.

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  47. Love seeing pictures of cotton fields! I can't imagine having to pick all that by hand like they used to in the olden days!

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    1. I know....back breaking, hard, hard work!

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  48. My mom used to pick cotton with her family when she was a young girl. She used to tell me stories about how her fingertips would bleed. There are lots of cotton fields in Arkansas. Great photos!

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    1. I can imagine...they're sticky, and thorny!!

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  49. #5 gave me a laugh. #10 love those cotton fields. I have seen them along the highways and byways, but have never actually been close to cotton until last year when we went to The Hermitage in Tennessee. It smelled awesome. Do the fields actually smell that good?

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    1. I really can't say anything about the fragrance. To be honest, I've never paid attention. Now I will tho.

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  50. certainly you couldn't let a photo of the humble house go by. Loved the little birds and the cotton images too. Carole, at snaphappyonline.blogspot.com

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  51. I've seen many cotton fields as we travel from PA to SC but have never touched one of the white puffs. (boll) Another thing to add to my bucket list.

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    1. ...they can be sticky...gummy, if aphids are around.

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  52. Beautiful cotton, and beautiful Inca doves! The old house is a sad tale. It makes you wonder about it's happier days.

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    1. ...there used to be quite a bit of cotton fields around Casa Grande...have you been through that area?

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  53. Love old houses like that...I dream of what they once were....kinda' like old people....and I love the cotton shot....made me sing, "when them cotton balls get rotten, you can't pick very much cotton in them old cotton fields back home...." Who sang that, anyway? I'll have to go Google that! Nice post, as always...and love the dove family....aren't bird families the sweetest? Oh, last night...on my way home....on my block....there was a hawk in the middle of the street with a baby grackle in it's talons. Sad for the grackle.....good for the hawk.

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    1. ...but there are tons of grackles!! A hawk's gotta eat.

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  54. I didn't Google it....asked Hubby....Creedence Clearwater Revival sang it. He's got an iron clad brain.

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    1. ...I think just about everyone has recorded this song at one time or another...I remember Johnny Cash tho.

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  55. Annie, I've never heard of a "motte" of trees - had to look it up in the dictionary. You could buy that house and restore it to its former glory. (Just a little cash and elbow grease, Annie!) I liked seeing the cotton fields.

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    1. No thanks....I'm not into grease. lol

      Remember, you heard the word 'motte' from good ol' Anni!!

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  56. I didn't even know about Bertha, I never watch the news. So that is a definite no on the key lime pie....LOL! I love the cotton fields. I've never seen any in person.

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    1. Nope...really don't care for the pie.

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  57. Lovely responces. I so do those u-turns!

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  58. Your photos are excellent. Thanks so much for sharing.

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