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A Little Friday Evening Funny for Fellow Atlanta Commuters

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Fellow Atlanta commuters, sometimes enough is enough and we need to blow off a little steam and release continuous hearty chuckles that can be heard from across the street because … Atlanta! Here, at the Law Office of Neil Flit, we get a little overwhelmed with heavy case loads and feeling slightly preachy when we continuously enogucarge Atlanta drivers to be safe drivers every chance we get on this blog and just before the day came to a close, an email thread with a story linked to the Facebook page called “Georgia on My Mind” began to float around the office. The title of the story is called “How to Drive in Atlanta” and truer words have never been spoken! For example – “Road construction is permanent and continuous. Detour barrels are moved around for your entertainment pleasure …” We all got a kick out of it and figured we’d share the laugh! Just little Friday evening funny for our fellow Atlanta commuters! Check it out! We dare you not to laugh your way into the weekend!

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HOW TO DRIVE IN ATLANTA:

1. You must first learn to pronounce the city name, Atlana. Old-timers are still allowed to call it Alana.

2. The morning rush hour is from 5:00 am to noon. The evening rush hour is from noon to 7:00 pm. Friday’s rush hour starts on Thursday morning.

3. The minimum acceptable speed on I-285 is 80 mph. On I-75 and I-85, your speed is expected to at least match the highway number. Anything less is considered ‘Wussy’.

4. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Atlanta has its own version of traffic rules. For example, Ferraris and Lamborghinis owned by sports stars go first at a four-way stop. Cars/trucks with the loudest muffler go second. The trucks with the biggest tires go third. The HOV lanes are really designed just for the slow Floridians passing through who are used to hogging the left lane everywhere.

5. If you actually stop at a yellow light or stop sign, you will be rear ended, cussed out, and possibly shot. Unless there is a police car nearby.

6. Never honk at anyone. Ever. Seriously. It’s another offense that can get you shot.

7. Road construction is permanent and continuous. Detour barrels are moved around for your entertainment pleasure during the middle of the night to make the next day’s driving a bit more exciting. Generally, city roads other than the main streets have more potholes and bumps (usually speed bumps) than most dirt roads in the countryside.

8. Watch carefully for road hazards such as drunks, possums, skunks, dogs, barrels, cones, furniture, cats, mattresses, shredded tires, squirrels, rabbits, and crows.

9. Be aware that spelling of street names may change from block to block, e.g., Clairmont, Claremont, Clairmonte.

10. If someone actually has their turn signal on, wave them to the shoulder immediately to let them know it has been “accidentally activated”.

11. If you are in the left lane and only driving 75 in a 55-65 mph zone, k, e.g., you are considered a road hazard and will be “flipped off” accordingly. If you return the flip, you’ll be shot.

12. For summer driving, it is advisable to wear potholders on your hands

Have You Suffered Airbag Injuries? Have Your Physician Check the Following

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Living in one of the most heavily commuted cities, odds are you’ve seen nasty accidents traveling the highways and major streets. While everyone is relieved that no one was badly injured and all that was damaged was a few cars, at the end of it, we can thank the stars it wasn’t worse. The thing is, however, when you’re blood is rushing and adrenal interference masks internal injuries they may not be noticeable for days – especially when the air bag  deploys. As if canvas balloons propelling from the steering wheel and side panels isn’t scary enough, the internal injury they can potentially cause is just as frightening. If you’ve suffered airbag injuries, have your doctor check for the following: 2004-nissan-titan-crew-cab-airbag-deployment-photo-66335-s-1280x782

The most significant deployment error is a malfunction of the crash sensor. There are a number of things that could go wrong with the crash sensor. It might malfunction and deploy the airbag at the wrong time, such as when you’re driving down the highway. Or, the crash sensor might not deploy the airbag at all when it was supposed to deploy — or it might deploy one airbag, but not the other. Similarly, it might deploy the airbag, but a microsecond too late. Because the timing of the deployment is so critical, deployment of the airbag even a fraction of a second too late could cause serious injury because now the driver or passenger’s head is too close to the airbag.

What are Common Airbag-Related Injuries?

A malfunctioning crash sensor can cause very serious injuries or death. But any deployment of an airbag can cause injury.

  • The speed at which the airbag deploys can cause abrasions or burns.
  • The chemicals released upon deployment can irritate or even cause an asthma attack.
  • Airbags can cause a severe eye injury if the airbag hits someone in the eye.

Even a proper airbag deployment can cause serious or fatal injuries if the front seat occupant is very close to the airbag when it deploys.

For example, if someone is, for whatever reason, leaning very close to or against the steering wheel or dashboard at the exact moment that the airbag deploys, the force of the deployment could cause serious injuries or death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recommended that drivers sit at least ten inches away from the steering wheel.

If you’ve been hit, call The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve!

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Atlanta Drivers, Fix That Road Rage

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

If you’re driving through these Atlanta streets on a daily basis and don’t find yourself cursing a fellow commuter and the air they breathe at least once or twice a day, you’re nothing short of a saint! But here’s the deal, engaging in a fit of rage and anger on the road is not only dangerous but it can completely destroy the mood and tone of your day! There’s a way to curb this behavior and, surely, some of us can stand to find a way to eliminate those potty mouth moments in front of the kids and also have better days! Atlanta drivers, let’s fix that road rage together! road-rage

Don’t personalize other people’s bad driving Often when other people drive badly, it’s not our fault. They might be stressed, angry, distressed, upset… before they got in their car to drive. To feel calmer after we experience their poor driving, we can take-on the attitude of “Their bad driving is their problem, not mine. I didn’t cause it. I’m not going to heighten the problem by feeling road rage. I choose my emotions and I choose to remain calm.”

Be a compassionate and empathetic driver Ask ourselves why the driver is distracted, not concentrating, or driving erratically. Are they going to a funeral? Leaving the hospital after a loved one has died? Perhaps attending to an emergency? There are countless reasons why people might be driving badly. If we shift our viewpoint from: “They are driving badly because they are idiots, and idiots make me angry!” to “I don’t know why they are driving badly. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and stay calm because I don’t know what situation they are in. They might not be idiots – they might be distressed, devastated, grieving…I might also drive like them if I was in their shoes.” By changing our negative viewpoint to one of compassion and empathy we can lesser feelings of anger, so calm a potentially hostile situation.

Visualize feeling at peace while driving, and say positive affirmations Imagine (visualize) feeling at peace and staying calm while we’re driving. Say positive affirmations to help us stay calm while we drive. Do these throughout the day both while we are driving and not driving. Affirmations can include:

  • I am getting calmer while driving.
  • I can stay peaceful when I encounter bad drivers.
  • I can choose my emotions and I choose to feel calm when I am around bad drivers.

Don’t expect other drivers to always be courteous If we drive with the expectation that other drivers always have to let us us into their lane when we want to change lanes, always need to drive carefully and so on, we are likely to be let down when they don’t meet our expectations. Not having our expectations met can lead to road rage. Accept that there will be some drivers who are rude, pushy, distracted and so on. We are more likely to be calmer while driving if we have realistic beliefs about how other people drive.

Think of the consequences of road rage Road rage can feel good for a while as we vent our frustration, but the benefits can be vastly outweighed by the possible consequences, such as:

  • feeling tense, stressed and angry
  • an increase in heart rate
  • a rise in blood pressure
  • having an argument or fight
  • having an accident, and injuring or killing ourselves and others
  • damaging or destroying our car and others’ cars or property
  • getting a criminal record
  • going to jail
  • all the paperwork that comes with having an accident
  • an increase in car insurance costs

When we start to feel road rage coming on, remember the possible consequences, take some deep breaths, and make a conscious effort to stay in control.

Remember the benefits of keeping calm while driving There are many benefits of staying calm while driving. A few of these are that:

  • we feel happier, less stressed, more peaceful…so have a more pleasant drive
  • the people in the car with us feel happier…
  • we lessen our risk of having a car accident, so injuring or killing ourselves and others, destroying our car or other people’s property…
  • we avoid a criminal record and going to jail
  • we avoid all the possible spin-offs from one or more of the above, for example extra tension in our relationships

Be a safe and courteous driver How we drive affects how other drivers’ react. Drive safely and there’s less chance of getting into a fight or argument with another driver. Let people into our lane if they need to change into it – don’t speed-up and not let them in. Use our indicators when we change lanes, and change lanes smoothly, not erratically. Don’t tailgate. Stick to the speed limit.

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Be Prepared: What You Need in Your Car for Your Fall Break Travels

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Being that the school year starts hellishly early in Metro Atlanta, we have adopted what is called a balanced schedule – meaning we get a week off of school in the middle of each semester. Now that it’s fall break in many counties across the city, several of us are going to hit the road and hang ten on the nearest beach one last time before the weather turns cold. While we don’t plan for emergencies, we can certainly be prepared for one should we find ourselves in a bind. So, in order to do that, we’ve compiled a list of what you need in your car for your fall break travels. Take a look!   DSC_0777-001-1024x685

Blankets Even if the weather is nice, you could wind up having to spend several night-time hours in your car. A blanket makes it possible for you to curl up, keep warm, and sleep.

Battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) If weather conditions are atrocious, a battery-powered radio (or, even better, a crank-powered one) can provide you with basic information about what to do.

Bottled water This is necessary for sustenance if you get stuck somewhere and have to wait for a while.

High energy snacks and/or MREs Similar logic to the water; high-energy foods are essential. I usually keep some nuts and some jerky. I know of at least one person who would not go on any trip without a couple MRE (meals ready to eat) in the car – you just pour some water in the pouch and they self-warm and are ready to eat.

Maps Keep a detailed map of the state you’re in in your car at all times – or even a current atlas if you have room. Don’t completely rely on a GPS navigation system.

Booster (jumper) cables These can enable you to get your car started with a dead battery (if a good Samaritan comes along) and also enables you to help someone out in a fix.

First aid kit (and manual) This can be vital if you’re in an accident and someone has injuries. Slowing down bleeding quickly can mean the difference between walking something off and going into shock.

Fix-a-flat If your tire has a pretty rapid leak, Fix-a-flat can often provide just enough to get you to a repair station. I recommend at least two cans.

Tire repair kit If the tire has deflated rapidly, a tire repair kit makes it possible for you to patch up the tire well enough for a short period.

Tire air gauge This one isn’t so vital for emergencies, but is absolutely essential for preventive maintenance – keeping your tires fully inflated not only improves gas mileage, but reduces the risk of tire explosions.

Road flares These are invaluable at night so that others can see you if you need to change a tire or such things.

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What You Need To Know About Truck Accidents in Atlanta

Monday, October 5th, 2015

If you’re new to Atlanta or even a native, there is a great chance you’ve learned very quickly how curvy and twisty-turny the roads can be specifically the highway connectors. For even the most experienced drivers, those bends with the right weather conditions can cause the worst accidents, especially 18-wheeler trucks. WSB reports Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale says, “there are some certain areas that even we at the department have identified as hot spots.” Four of the top five in Georgia are in metro Atlanta. Topping the list is the I-285/I-75 interchange south of the city. Number two is I-285/I-20 on the east side followed by I-285/I-85 south and Spaghetti Junction. The top hot spots in the Atlanta area all involve exit ramps that require a rapid reduction in speed.” Spink_40 While rollovers do not occur as frequently in other cities, Atlanta’s hot spots account for a large percentage of injures resulting from collisions and, in worse cases, fatalities. According to Bloomberg.com, America’s most deadly hot spot for trucks is on an off ramp on I-75 in Atlanta. A veteran truck driver by the name of Walter Price attempted to exit I-75 in South Atlanta and a story that is all too familiar took place when a car darted in front of Price’s truck.

“The car’s driver slammed on the brakes to negotiate the exit’s sharp curve. Price had to veer left and hit his brakes to avoid a collision. But the curve was too sharp and Price’s 36-ton rig carrying car parts began to roll. ‘Once you hear the freight break loose and start sliding, there’s absolutely nothing you can do,” Price recalled. ‘You can kiss your ass goodbye.’”

While the road belongs to everyone, drivers must remain aware of commercial trucks on the highway. Due to the size of these vehicles, a truck driver’s blind spot is much larger than that of a passenger vehicle – this is the cause of several collisions involving trucks. Truckers rely only on their side mirrors to maneuver through lanes, so if you are driving in their blind spot, they cannot see your car or your turn signals and chances are they cannot hear you should you honk your horn to alert them. 628x-1 It’s important that you stay a safe distance from trucks on the highways – given the speed at which such a heavy vehicle travels, it’s almost impossible for them to make sudden stops effectively. Another factor to consider is traveling trucks during inclement weather, as they tend to give off a spray from their tires that can cause blindness of the road ahead. The safest solution is to stay a reasonable distance from trucks plus a little extra especially when weather conditions aren’t the greatest. If you are hit or injured by a truck, it is important to know that truck cases are largely different and you would need a specialized attorney to manage the legal proceedings to follow. Here at The Law Office of Neil Flit, we have a legal team that is well versed in handling truck accidents in Atlanta.

Watch Your Back: Maintain the Benefits of Your Treatments

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

If you’ve ever been in an accident and had to undergo chiropractic treatments to realign your neck, back and hips, then you’re fully aware of how uncomfortable it is to be in pain for an extended period of time. But most importantly the end result is what we’re after and it should be one of relief and a renewed sense of restoration and wellness. After completing your treatments as advised by your chiropractor and medical professionals, it’s a must that you maintain your adjustments and therapeutic treatments as time goes on.

According to The Specific Chiropractic Center, here are a few tips to help you maintain the benefits of your treatments.

Take some time to let your body “settle” into the new adjustment. Do not undertake any strenuous activity in the hours immediately following your appointment. In general, avoid putting unnecessary strain on your spine. Don’t bend at the waist to lift objects; instead, keep your spine straight, bend at the knees and use your leg muscles to hoist heavy objects.

Support your newly straightened spine by engaging in an exercise routine that encourages strengthening the core and back muscles. Yoga and pilates are both good options. If you lift weights, avoid leaning forward at the neck. Do sit-ups on an exercise ball instead of on the floor. If you’re doing lower back exercises, don’t extend the spine beyond 180 degrees. Avoid any stretches that force the body into unnatural positions.

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As we go about our days, we participate in a number of activities that may cause spinal havoc. Using computers and driving both force our shoulders and arms forward, thus causing the neck and spine to curve. Take time away from these positions every 20 to 30 minutes to stretch. If you sit at a desk all day, make it ergonomically friendly in order to properly care for your spine and all other effected extremities. Sitting is very hard on the lower back so if it’s possible, sit on an exercise ball or choose a chair that encourages core strength to hold your spine straight.

Make good decisions about the shoes you choose. Regardless of their purpose, the shoes you wear should be well balanced, flexible and comfortable. At night, sleep on a firm mattress, and choose a pillow that supports the head so that the neck vertebrae are level with the rest of your spine. Avoid sleeping on your stomach.

If you’ve been hit, call The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve!

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Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Well Atlanta, it looks like we’re actually going to enjoy a fall season this year and with that means cooler weather that’s going to continue to plummet! Not to mention our mostly unpredictable winter weather that’s clearly on the way with these bizarre temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately. So, here’s the deal, you don’t want to get caught in winter weather without preparing your car for it! Yep, folks! It’s that time to get your car ready for winter and here’s how you do it according to TODAY! battery Get the right kind of oil change. Are you approaching the time for a 30,000-mile full service for your vehicle? If so, don’t procrastinate! Among other things, the service should include an oil change, and the oil used should have the right viscosity, or thickness, for your vehicle at this time of year. Oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, and if it’s too thick it won’t do the best job of keeping your engine lubricated. Make sure you can see. When’s the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? They usually work effectively for about one year, so be sure to invest in some new ones if you’re due. Here’s another important step to take before you find yourself struggling to see in a blinding storm: Fill up your windshield washer reservoir with windshield washer fluid. Examine your belts and hoses. When you have that full service done on your vehicle, make sure the belts and hoses get checked for wear and tear — even if you’re driving a modern car. Cold weather can do a number on belts and hoses, so they deserve attention. Check your tire pressure. Your tires must be properly inflated to ensure you’ll have the best possible traction as you drive along — and traction is often severely jeopardized in wet, snowy or icy conditions. The air pressure in your tires has likely dropped as the weather has gotten colder, so it’s important to see where things stand now. Get the antifreeze mixture just right. Aim for having a 50-50 mix of antifreeze (coolant) and water inside your radiator. This will prevent the mixture from freezing even at ridiculously cold temperatures. It’s easy to check the status of the mixture with an inexpensive antifreeze tester, which you can pick up at any auto parts store. Prepare an emergency kit. Store this stuff in your trunk during the winter months, especially if a road trip is in your future:

  • a blanket
  • an extra set of warm clothes
  • extra water and food, including hard candies
  • a flashlight
  • flares
  • jumper cables
  • tire chains
  • a tire gauge
  • a spare tire with air in it
  • tire-changing equipment
  • a first-aid kit

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Think You Have a Slipped Disk? Here’s What it Feels Like

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

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If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident, you know how unpleasant the experience is. Nobody leaves their home in the morning expected to have a collision and when it’s all said and done, walking away from it unharmed is far more valuable than a car that can be replaced. Immediately after an accident, the body is pumping with adrenaline to a point where you feel perfectly fine physically for a few days and one morning you wake up in pain. This happens quite often and the injuries that cannot be seen are often the most painful! From whiplash to herniated or “slipped” disks and pinched nerves, these are symptoms that need to be evaluated by a medical practitioner. “Slipped” or herniated disks are a common repercussion of the sudden jerking around of the head, neck and body when car wrecks occur and according to Healthline, here’s what it feels like:

You can have a slipped disk in any part of your spine, from your neck to your lower back. The lower back is the most common area for slipped disks, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Your spinal column is an intricate network of nerves and blood vessels. A slipped disk can place extra pressure on the nerves and muscles around it.

Symptoms of a slipped disk include:

  • pain and numbness, most commonly on one side of the body
  • pain that extends to your arms and/or legs
  • pain that worsens at night
  • pain that worsens after standing or sitting
  • pain when walking short distances
  • unexplained muscle weakness
  • tingling, aching, or burning sensations in the affected area

The types of pain can vary from person to person. See your physician if your pain results in numbness or tingling that affects your ability to control your muscles.

If you’ve recently been involved in an accident and think you may be suffering from a herniated disk, call The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve!

 

 

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Slow Turnover? Might Be Time for a Tuneup

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Cars – they are an absolute necessity for all Atlanta motorists and the fact of the matter is, you probably do so much driving from one end of town to another on such a regular basis, you might not even realize the toll all your commuting takes on your car. If you have a not-so-new car with a good amount of miles on it, your car might be due for a tuneup.

According to WiseGeek, a tune up generally includes replacement of several parts on your car. These parts may seem superficial, but failing to replace them regularly can cause decreased performance in your car, and may even lead to other problems. For example, an air filter should be replaced at least once a year; failing to replace it when it’s dirty will cause your engine to get less and less of the air it needs to run properly. If the problem is left unattended, the air-fuel mixture will continue to run richer and richer —- meaning that there will be too much fuel and not enough air in the mixture —- and eventually cause other parts to fail.

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While there are no telltale signs your car is in desperate need of a tuneup, there are a few things to listen and look for, like slow turnover, for example, is an indicator that it might be time for a tuneup.  We’ve compiled a list for your review below, take a look:

 

Warning Lights – those little indicators on your dashboard that light up when starting the car and that sometimes stay illuminated are there for a reason – to indicate a problem or potential problem with a vehicle system or component.
Stalling – if your vehicle suddenly begins stalling at intersections, when you try to accelerate, or at other times, not only is this a warning sign of trouble lurking but it also can put you in a dangerous situation. Engines are designed to deliver reliable performance, particularly when you need it most, such as merging onto a highway.
Hard Starts – you’re allowed to be a little sluggish first thing in the morning. Your vehicle isn’t. If it won’t start when you need it to, if it takes several turns of the key before it does start, or if it starts but won’t stay running, you’ve got a problem.

Road Trip Safety Tips for Your Labor Day Travels

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Ah, finally! The long weekend we’ve all been waiting for since the untimely back-to-school grind has arrived – thank you, Labor Day! What to do, right? Well, you, along with so many other Atlanta residents are on their way to the lake or the beach to close out the summer. So you pack up the family car and head South! More often that not, two things can be expected – unpredictable traffic and reckless drivers, so what’s the best course of action here? Be prepared for anything! Here’s a quick list to reference to make sure all your ducks are in a row:

  • Before you hit the road, it’s important to double check with your insurance agency and make sure you have medical payment and uninsured motorist coverage so that in the event you are hit by someone with no insurance, you will be covered.
  • Make sure your car’s tires are aligned and the engine maintenance is up to date and has been inspected.
  • Keep your roadside assistance contact handy

The weather, unfortunately, can be just as unpredictable as the traffic and one thing drivers must remain aware of is the commercial trucks you share the roads and highways with. Due to the size of these vehicles, a truck driver’s blind spot is much larger than that of a passenger vehicle – this is the cause of several collisions involving trucks. Truckers rely only on their side mirrors to maneuver through lanes, so if you are driving in their blind spot, they cannot see your car or your turn signals and chances are they cannot hear you should you honk your horn to alert them. It’s important that you stay a safe distance from trucks on the highways – given the speed at which such a heavy vehicle travels, it’s almost impossible for them to make sudden stops effectively.

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Remember to try and plan to do the most of your traveling during daylight hours. While the traffic may be a little more congested, drivers are moving at slower speeds and the chances of potentially fatal accidents are slightly decreased. Driving during the day will also lower the risk of of a collision with a drunk driver. In the event you should find yourself stranded after an accident on the highway please make note of the traveler’s checklist below:

  • ID of all drivers and proof of insurance
  • a shared plan with all travelers in the automobile in case of emergency
  • emergency contact list
  • list of all passengers medical conditions and allergies
  • heavy blankets
  • first aid kit
  • flashlight

 

 

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Do be mindful of the fact that you will be sharing the roads with a number of drivers, including college students. While it should be unlikely, the fact remains a number of college kids take the Labor Day weekend party on the road with them and make the unsound decision to drink and drive. Attorney Flit explains the consequences of this choice in the video below.

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