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A HUGE Milestone ----- 9 Years On ActiveRain

So, the majority of ActiveRain members claim that they are ‘just’ blogging for business;  although for me, it goes much further, much deeper than that.  In fact, the majority of us started out blogging, commenting and eventually, doing Active Rain Meet Ups and Gatherings. These ‘getting to know each other’ events are called ‘connecting’.

Randy ProtheroIn March of 2007 I joined ActiveRain (Randy Prothero invited me!) and took a baby step forward in writing my first post ever. That post was in fact, the epitome of the start and then the depth of how an ActiveRain Blogger blooms.  The larger reality is that that first post opened up more than just the idea of ‘blogging for business’ and writing about real estate.

Back when I started, there were about 19 or 20k members, so we ‘connected’ quickly. (Can you imagine what started as so small a real estate platform that went forward to having thousands upon thousands of  members???) The ActiveRain staff welcomed all posts from Group themed blogs to real estate agents, loan officers, stagers, home inspectors and well, you name it and the real estate industry has it.  The ActiveRain staff was and still is a HANDS ON Real Estate Industry Platform.

REAL estate in HawaiiYou see, REAL estate is ALL AROUND US. I write about real estate, the market, advertising and everything real estate related.  I also write about our Hawaiian Islands history, the island sites, the businesses and everything around my neighborhood.  That is the REALITY of REAL estate. When driving around to show properties to buyers and they ask me what is a HEIAU, or what great Italian Restaurant in Mililani would I suggest; or even the best Acupuncturist/ Massage Therapist ever is? 

YES, we HAVE to know what is going on around in our neighborhoods in order to be the best Real Estate Local Specialist ever!  To this day, I still get calls from posts I wrote back in 2007 and the first Newspaper story that became a repeat client 3x over !

BOB ERINI could never have progressed in the world of real estate blogging without ActiveRain and the help of the staff members and even the ‘founding fathers’ Jonathan Washburn and Matt Heaton who got involved with our members!  I've met many members face to face when they came to Oahu to visit...too many to mention here but I've written about mostly every meeting.

I mostly give LOTS of credit to my mentor, Bob Stewart, for my blogging success. He ALWAYS called me back and there was never a stupid question in his eyes. He didn’t (and still doesn’t) judge people and instead, gives full attention and a listening ear to any member who needs his help. He then gives suggestions on how to approach the situation and solve the problem. If anyone can give a helping hand, it’s ….Bob Stewart.  Without a hands on approach in helping members understand the world of real estate blogging, there would be no continuance of the ActiveRain as I know it. THANKS BOB!!  (And...thanks Erin. With you by his side he's where he is today.... a happy guy!  Well, you know what I mean!.....And Baby Chase will be here SOON!)

This time around we give thanks to Ben Kinney for stepping up and getting ActiveRain back to ACTIVERAIN. I will try and blog more and get back into being a productive member of this community

ActiveRain will always be….the PEOPLE BEHIND THE WORDS.


Happy Birthday to me

Happy Birthday to me

Happy Birthday WooHoo Sally

Happy 9th Birthday to me.




P.S. The last week of February 2016, Bob Stewart, his wife Erin, my husband Gary and I…FINALLY got to meet. Erin had a work trip scheduled in Honolulu and of course they both scheduled a meet up for dinner. Both Gary and I were flattered that they invited us to dinner…..and  that I finally met Bob and his wonderful, beautiful wife Erin.  Here’s the post Bob wrote about “our story” and “Gramma Sally in Hawaii”:

ActiveRain Is About Relationships Where Geography Is NO Barrier




Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Comment balloon 75 commentsCeleste "SALLY" Cheeseman • March 20 2016 04:19PM


Sally I miss the early days, and most of those members are no longer active.  Those are good memories and you are among them.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

Thanks George. I'm not writing as often as I would like!  I miss the early days too George. The closeness due to not as many members?  I think by Trulia, Zillow and all that jazz we lost a lot of interest. I have writer's block and it took a week to write this post!  hugs!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 2 years ago

Sally. What a beautiful post. I remember 2007 of ActiveRain as well. It was the one thing that pushed me into exploring how the Internet could affect my real estate business.

Thank you for including me in this post! Happy ActiveRain Birthday to you :). I am excited for the community and the platform over the next 7 years.

Posted by Ben Kinney (Owner of ActiveRain Inc.) over 2 years ago

Happy Birthday to you, Sally! 

    It must have been exciting in the early days of ActiveRain.  What great photos.

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Thanks Ben!  You flew with the internet and look where you are today!  Those of us that 'started' with ActiveRain and still come back here to blog are happy you came along. It brought back Bob and it 'feels' like ActiveRain. 

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 2 years ago

Fred...back then it was like we all knew each other ....because it was smaller. We all still keep in contact via Facebook too.....I'm excited ....and hoping many come back. 

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 2 years ago

Happy Birthday Sally on 9 years with ActiveRain and congratulations! I remember those days and while I took a hiatus, you have always been one of my favorites to read. Keep 'em coming! 

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (Palm Properties) over 2 years ago

You have been blogging for as long as I can remember and I have enjoyed all the topics from the tropics! Well done Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 2 years ago

Sally, the most fun thing I've done since joining ActiveRain was taking a hop from Maui to Honolulu to see you and Randy!  That was about the most fun part of that whole trip!  And nine years from now you'll write your OMG!  It's Been 18 Years post!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Congratulations upon your 9th birthday of being an Active Rainer.  It is good for a newbie like me to see that you are still committed to the community.

Posted by Diana L Faulkner, Alamo Heights Homes for Sale - Concierge Service (Romanoff Realty) over 2 years ago

9 years on AR is awesome...you are an AR institution.  Time has just flown.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 2 years ago

That's super and I thought 4 years was a long time.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) over 2 years ago

Congrats and happy birthday.  Wow to 9 years.  you have been such a strong contributor here and a ray of sunshine.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) over 2 years ago

Congratulations! That's super cool to be featured in a news article from 2007 -- those were some crazy home buying days for sure. I know when I joined sometime in 2008, you were a regular feature on ActiveRain. You definitely have the gift for blogging. Happy 9th AR Birthday, Sally! 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 2 years ago

Good for you Sally this is something to really be proud of.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 2 years ago

You definitely have blogging in your blood.  Active Rain has grown so much from when we started.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 2 years ago

Wow you had more than a year and half head start on me.  And there weren't that many more people here when I got here and I loved that we could see who was on line.  That was so cool

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 2 years ago

Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman - wow! 9 years at ActiveRain. You are very few of the members who is still dedicated to AR!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 2 years ago

Another Feature by ActiveRain because someone reached a milestone.....you guys rock!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 2 years ago

Congratulations on the nine years, but more importantly on the friendships and relationships you've made! 

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 2 years ago

Thanks Ben!!!

we give thanks to Ben Kinney for stepping up and getting ActiveRain back to ACTIVERAIN. I will try and blog more and get back into being a productive member of this community

ActiveRain will always be….the PEOPLE BEHIND THE WORDS.

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) over 2 years ago

Congratulations!  I'm sure it has been a very fruitful nine years on Active Rain.  I am encouraged by your success.  


Posted by Mark Piscitelli & Theresa Ziebro (Remax Trinity) over 2 years ago

"Back when I started, there were about 19 or 20k members, so we ‘connected’ quickly. (Can you imagine what started as so small a real estate platform that went forward to having thousands upon thousands of  members???)"  I think the number was around 6,000 when we joined in October 2006.  Congratulations on your AR Anniversary Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman - and - Re-Blog!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 2 years ago

Wow...time sure does fly by quickly!  I can't remember when I first started but you were one of the folks I connected with early on and followed.  Congrats on the anniversary!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 2 years ago

There is a good spirit behind this posting...thank you for sharing

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 2 years ago

Congratulations on your well deserved success and Happy Birthday to you...and many, many more birthdays to come. 

Posted by Teri Pacitto, Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty (Compass) over 2 years ago

Hi Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman .      Congratulations !!!   9 years, that is awesome     Just imagining all the people here at AR that you've been blogging with and getting to know for 9 years, you must really feel like they are part of your family.  Thank you for sharing your good news and I look forward to reading more of your blogs.  I hope you have a great week

Posted by KRISTIE DESAUTELS, Caron's Gateway Real Estate (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) over 2 years ago

C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S Sally for your most amazing milestone! Here's to many, many more years!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) over 2 years ago

Sally, Congratulations to you on this great milestone! ActiveRain is definitely a lot more than a blogging platform, no other place like it. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 2 years ago

Sally, happy anniversary, and it has been quite the journey.   You have lots of stories, and so right, we are thankful not to have Zillow as the owner, thanks for Ben & Bob!    Bob is a joy, he does listen, and never judges.  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 2 years ago

Sept 2006 for me...and yes I too have a depth of gratitude for the minds behind the scenes making AR better and better. The vision was a passion and to watch it flourish has been fun ! 

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) over 2 years ago

C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S !   Happy 9th - You bring sunshine to your blog ! 

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) over 2 years ago

Congratulations on so much time invested Sally. You are a huge contributor here. Always being so positive!!

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 2 years ago

Nine years -- amazing how time flies by. I always look forward to your posts, Sally.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) over 2 years ago

Sally, congratulations on your anniversary. I too joined Active Rain that year and I remember your posts very well and always enjoyed them. My best wishes for continued business success and a happy life.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 2 years ago

Hi Sally. I thought you were once "related" to Bob through marriage. Was I wrong? But in any event it was nice that you finally met him.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Sally- congratulations to you... not just for the years but for making the most out of what ActiveRain has to offer.  The essence of ActiveRain has been returning since Ben Kinney and Bob Stewart returned.  I have no idea how many members there were when I joined in 2008 but I can remember watching the numbers grow and grow!!!!!  Always glad to see a post from you. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 2 years ago

Thank you all for the kind comments. For those I've been blogging with for 9 years....I promise I'll try and get in the groove to blog more!

For those I've not met or known for a few years. I promise to be a better role model and as an Ambassador I am here for you when you need a helping hand!....I've not ever been known to write small posts...and not too long that it turns into a book.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 2 years ago

Sally congratulations! Wow 9 years goes by so fast doesn't it!!  You've summed up the power and heart of the ActiveRain Community extremely well! We are so fortunate that Ben has the community in his hands and we can move forward together.  Happy Anniversary!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 2 years ago

Sally - that is quite a milestone, congratulations! Sounds like you had a good journey. We read all about G-ma Sally! Enjoy your beautiful paradise! Can't wait to go back to HI.

Posted by Olga Simoncelli, CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management (Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Aloha!  You're a very nice lady and I remember you offering to contact my son, Carlson, when he was at work for a temp gig in Oahu.  That didn't pan out, but you were kind to reach out to him.  I'll never forget that Sally.  You have a kind heart!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 2 years ago

Wow that's impressive.  Tough to believe I've only been really active on the site for less than 3 years myself - 9 is an awesome accomplishment and shows a ton of dedication - well done!

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 2 years ago

I saw your name everyday when I first started. Leads me to believe something should be done for the upcoming 10th AR anniversary.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 2 years ago

Wow! Good for you. I think I've been on here since 2007.

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) over 2 years ago

Hi Sally

What a wonderful read this was. Hard to believe it's been that long. I have cetainly loved getting to know you better all these years, with the greatest pleasure being able to meet you in person back in 2008 (I think it was) in Honolulu. And of course we can't forget all the PAWS contests!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 2 years ago

Congratulations on 9 years in the rain! You must be soggy by now...

Posted by Jerry Lucas, Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training (ABC Legal Docs LLC) over 2 years ago


Congratulations on year nine year blogging on Activerain.  The time goes by very quickly.  Contiued success in your real estate career.  

Posted by Dinah Stallworth-Lewis, NATCHITOCHES, LA HOMES FOR SALE (Priority Real Estate LLC - 800.978.4847) over 2 years ago

Beautiful way to share your 9 year AR birthday. You have shared so much with so many. Thanks for being such an important member!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

Sally, a great story and congratulations on your 9 years on AR and your big milestone.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) over 2 years ago

Count me as one of your biggest fans Sally!! Hard to believe it's been over 9 years since AR launched. So glad we finally got to meet. Let's agree to not wait another 9 years!

Happy (belated) Annoversary!

Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain (ActiveRain) over 2 years ago

Sally ... Congratulations to you on this Active Rain member milestone and that you have some strong followers. 

Posted by Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney (HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty) over 2 years ago

Wow that is fantastic! Yes, relationships are key! Oh, and lucky YOU to live on Oahu! We just spent 10 days there a few weeks ago, wow. I love Hawaii ! #keepblogginggirl!

Posted by BethAnn Long, Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate (RE/MAX Inland Empire) over 2 years ago

To all of you...thank you for the support.

Bob...well, I am one of your biggest fans too!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 2 years ago

Wow Sally, congratulations on 9 years! From a beginners perspective it seems like a goal very far away but you have obviously found great satisfaction and meaning in the rain!

Posted by Craig Cooper, Creating-Preserving-Growing Wealth in Real Estate (Chase International Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Wow-BIG CONGRATS!  Iwasn't even in the RE business back then and applaud you and asset to AR.  May you continue as a role model for so many of us who are just beginning our journey!

Posted by BARB KELLEY, The 'Golden' Experience Team! (NextHome Realty Center) over 2 years ago

Congratulations Sally!!!!  The fact that Active Rain is still around and thriving is a testament to the quality of its members.   I feel that you are one of the "core members" that helped make the community such a special place.  


Pretty cool that you were able to finally meet Bob in person.  


I look forward to the next 9 years of your motivational, educational blog posts.  

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 2 years ago

Rain is an international phenomena....and congratulaltions on your tenure and success from one Sally to another .

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 2 years ago

Congrats on the anniversary. I am curious if "connnecting" still happens. I will keep an eye out and if not I might have to get something going in my neck of the woods.

Posted by Kevin Morris, Real Estate agent serving danville and surrounding (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodrick Realty) over 2 years ago

Congrats on your 9 years.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 2 years ago

Congratulations Sally! 

Posted by Paula McDaniel, Voted Best of the Best Chattanooga Realtor 9 Years (The Paula McDaniel Group with Real Estate Partners Chattanooga LLC) over 2 years ago

Great story.  I too would not be in Real Estate if not for AR.  Thanks for the post.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Congratulations Rainmaker! Great post - and all the best in 2016 - aloha!

Posted by Mark Lomas, Excellent Service, Superior Results (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) over 2 years ago

Congratulations for sticking with it. I started back in 2006. I have fallen off for a while but I need to jump back into "the rain". 

Posted by Tina Maraj, #1 Selling Agent in Fullerton 2016 714-403-7901 (RE/MAX North Orange County) over 2 years ago

Wow!! Happy 9th Birthday!! So now that you hit such a milestone what would you tell us newbies that you wish you knew and did differently

Posted by Michelle Grunberg, When Honesty, Integrity and Loyalty Matters! (eXp Realty) over 2 years ago

Sally, That's a lot of years in the Rain!  While we technically were around close to the beginning, it's in name only as we weren't around to get to know Jon & Matt and so much of the lore that comes with the origin of this community.  We're glad it's still going strong after all this time with people like you to tie the beginning to the present. 

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 2 years ago

Good for you Sally!
Cheers from Atlantic Canada,

(first AR post January 2007)

Posted by Larry Estabrooks, 100% representation means NEVER DUAL AGENCY ! (Independent Real Estate Agent) over 2 years ago

Congratulations Sally! 

Posted by Josilina Bello (United States) over 2 years ago

thank you for sharing your lovely story Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman (Sally).... I enjoyed every word of it and congratulations on your 9th year....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 2 years ago

Barbara....'things' prevented me from doing as much blogging as I'd have liked the past couple years...the good part is reading the wonderful ones you push out!  You're like a blogging machine!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 2 years ago

Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman thanks for sharing your story. So cool to read about the early days and how good the Rain was to you, especially 's influence and mentoring. This is a great community after all and part of my daily routine. I'm heading into my 8th year this August. Congratulations!!!

Posted by Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722) over 2 years ago

Congratulations Sally!  You're a great example of what Active Rain and the blogging community can be.  You've touched so many in personal ways.  Thanks for the videos and kind thoughts.  May you be continually refreshed and renewed always.

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Aloha aku ia oukou no ka mea, kaʻana like ko oukou moʻolelo.

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) over 2 years ago

Inspirational. Good for you Sally!

Posted by Margaret Kapranos, San Francisco Bay Area REALTOR. 415-608-5070 (Century 21 Real Estate Alliance) over 2 years ago

COngratulations Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, that is quite a milestone that you have accomplished!

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) over 2 years ago

Happy Birthday and Congrats on your milestone!

Posted by Jim West, Our Passion Is Helping 1st Time Home Sellers (Keller Williams Capital Partners) over 2 years ago

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