Directionals Move Properties

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ctionals Move Properties

By: Tim Randle

One of the most effective and frequently overlooked methods of filling or selling a property is the use of directional arrow signs. I'm guilty of it myself, although usually I'm merely lazy instead of overlooking this great marketing technique. Being lazy usually costs me in terms of holding costs, especially if you happen to be in a buyer's market as I currently am. Even if you're in a hot market where everything is moving quickly, directionals will move your property that much quicker.

Yes, there are numerous other methods you can use such as: flyers in the neighborhood and large stores and shopping malls, ads in the large and small papers, listings on the internet, listing with a real estate agent, calling real estate agents to inform them, mailouts to apartment complexes, yard signs with flyer boxes, open houses, calling loan officers, emailing your buyer list, etc., etc. (I have one friend use advertises her properties on the cable preview channel and she says it works great. Unfortunately, that option isn't available in my area.)

Why Do Directionals Work So Well?

Directional arrow signs work well for a number of reasons. First, they are targeted to the neighborhood where the property is located so the folks who will actually see them are the buyers or tenants who are already driving the neighborhood looking for properties. The second group of people who will see the signs are the residents who already live there. Many times the nearby residents will have family or friends who want to move into the neighborhood.

Flyers delivered to the neighborhood will also accomplish the notification aspect that there's an available property, but what flyers don't do is lead the prospect or prospect's friend straight to the front door.

Why Not Just Use Typical Bandit Signs?

For those that don't know, bandit signs are the road-side signs that many people utilize to advertise their business, favorite politician, and/or properties for sale or lease. The signs come in many colors and sizes, some professionally done and some hand-written. The nickname bandit signs stems from the fact that many municipalities have sign ordinances that prohibit their use or restrict use in the public domain or right of way.

The primary weakness of typical bandit signs for marketing a property for sale or lease is that the sign provides a little information (often impossible to read while driving by) and a phone number. If I'm out looking for properties today, I don't want to leave a message or turn around to go see what the sign said. I want to drive by NOW, not tomorrow, not later today, right now.

How is a Directional Arrow Sign Different?

Who said anything about one directional sign? I'm talking an entire series of signs that leads the prospect from the main thoroughfare all the way through the neighborhood to the driveway of your property. There's no thinking, major squinting, turning around, or phone calls involved here. "Oh, honey, turn there quick." Then it's "look, there's another sign, turn there." etc., all the way to the property. Then, of course, there's more information including contact numbers available at the property.

Okay, So How Do I Implement This Technique?

Here's the way I do it and you should tweak it and improve to suit you. When a property becomes available, I study the neighborhood and determine the "best" ways to lead prospects to my property. By "best", I take into consideration ease of navigation, neighborhood amenities like parks and schools, and surrounding properties. If there's a back way into the subdivision or location, I map out both paths.

My target locations are every single corner that my prospects will need to turn in order to get to the property. If there's a really long stretch without a turn, then I might need a directional arrow in the middle of that stretch to keep them coming. My experience has been that I will have to replace signs within the neighborhood only a few times, but I have to monitor the signs on the major roads and replace them fairly frequently. However, these signs tend to stay put much longer than a traditional bandit sign.

Then I simply go door-knocking and ask people if I can place a small directional sign in their yard. I intentionally do this during the day to miss folks because I'd rather not get involved in lengthy discussions about the property and I've got many doors to get to. Once I'm sure no one's home, I leave a letter in the screen door or someplace where it will be easily seen. I drop this letter at all four houses on each corner on the route.

What Does the Letter Say?

I've found it's important to NOT come across as a real estate investor or a company. I use an informal style and simply ask for help in finding someone to buy or lease my property. Points that I include in the letter are:

  • It's just a small directional arrow sign
  • I'll put it right by the corner and not really in their yard
  • I'll make sure I don't damage any sprinkler systems
  • They get a $20 gift certificate once the process is done
  • They get to choose the store, restaurant, etc.
  • Please call me to replace the sign if it gets removed
  • The first person who calls me wins
  • This technique has never failed. Frequently, I'll have two or more people from each corner call me, but I've always had at least one person call to agree to the arrangement. Some of them have even taken serious offense to do-gooder neighbors who remove the signs as the property owner is concerned they might not get their gift certificate. I'll describe the signs in more detail below, but I started adding "Placed With Permission of Owner" on the top of the signs and this reduced my losses.

The end result of this effort is that perhaps I pay out $160 to $200 in referral fees, but I have to run my $50 to $150 worth of weekly newspaper ads many, many fewer weeks. It definitely pays off from a monetary standpoint. The other benefit is that I now have a list of folks near each property (whom I've never even met) who think I'm great. Every single person will call me back after receiving their gift to thank me and the large majority volunteer that I'm more than welcome to do this anytime I need.

What Do the Signs Look Like?

The signs I use are basically the standard bandit signs cut in half. A normal size bandit sign is 18" x 24" and I use 9" x 12" signs for my directional arrows. I have a red directional arrow that takes up about 5 inches of the sign, leaving the bottom 4 inches blank. Within the red arrow I ask the sign company to put my message which could be "Owner Finance" or "Lease Purchase" or whatever you prefer. The message is easy to read.

In the blank space I use a large marker to write the property address. It's important to leave enough blank space below the arrow to write the address in large numbers and letters. Also, as I mentioned above, I include the "owner permission" tag line on top of the arrow. I buy 36" wooden stakes from Home Depot and attach an arrow sign to each side of the stake so the information can be seen coming and going.

If you don't have a source for these signs, please contact to get some. They're inexpensive and well worth the cost.

I hope you'll add this tool to your marketing techniques and discover the same success I've had in using it. You may find that you abandon many other advertising tools you've been using in the past.


Tim Randle

(c) Copyright 2003, All Rights Reserved.

About The Author

Tim Randle is a full-time real estate investor in the Austin, Texas area. For more information, please visit his web site at


extreamfootballplayer 02.01.2011. 20:10

How do I get wireless Internet in my shed? I have a shed about 200ft from my wireless router and it cant be moved any closer. I have like a $200 router and it still doesn't reach. Is there anyway I can get Internet out there?


Admin 02.01.2011. 20:10

This is a common problem with people with a lot of property, I once had someone come three times to replace their router because of this, they were mighty pissed. If you've tried wireless n with a wireless n card in the computer and that didn't work, then maybe you could get a wireless access point as far as you can towards the shed and hope it can reach. Friend of mine actually had to run a line of ethernet cord and bury it so he could get access. On the end of it he put a router. If you really want the wireless you could look into high end antennae, but I don't have experience, it won't be something they sell at normal consumer supply stores.
If you go with the cord, find someone who would have a big spool like a local tech store and ask them about it, they could probably even fix you up with a higher powered directional antennae.

Edit: this guy has the same problem
Wish i knew more about long range antennae to help either of you out.
You're more like a business though.


Ashley Kig 26.01.2011. 07:19

1)What properties of ultrasonic waves make them useful in sonar? 2) You are using sonar to locate a school of fish. Your first set of sonar waves returns on 2.4 seconds. The second set takes 2.6 seconds. What does this tell you about the fish?

Ashley Kig

Admin 26.01.2011. 07:19

the higher the frequency of sound the more the waves tend to form a beam
and get more directional, low frequency sound is more omnidirectional.
the two readings would indicate that the fish are moving away from you
the doppler effect of the returning waves could give you the speed and
direction of the fish.


jake_howry 23.06.2008. 14:57

How fast and at what heat does glass melt? I realize that glass doesn't melt persay since melting is the transition from solid to liquid but if it were exposed to a high temperature like 4000 degrees F how long would it take?


Admin 23.06.2008. 14:57

First, glass is a true solid so it is accurate to say it melts. Second, because glass is a rigidly bonded solid, it does not flow with time as some would have you believe. Third, the temperature at which glass melts depends on composition.

To answer your question let me first quickly review the properties of glass so you'll have the right frame of reference. Glass is a non-crystalline solid, meaning it lacks a long-term, repeated atomic structure. This does not mean that it has any liquid properties. It has a room temperature viscocity on the order of 10^42 Poise, which means you'd need at least 10^12 years before any atomic rearraingment could occur.

To make glass you start with raw materials, generally in powder form, mixed together and you heat this "batch". Since the batch is a combination of multiple elements, some constituents (those with the lowest melting temperature) will melt first forming an early liquid phase, which facilitates the faster melting of the rest of the batch. If you were to try melting just SiO2 (sand) you would need about 2000C to melt but if you add some sodium, which melts at a much lower temperature you can greatly reduce the melting temperature f the combined batch, even below 1000C!

This melt is obviously now a liquid with no rigidly bonded structure, which gives the melt its fluidity (or low viscocity) since the atoms are free to move around. This disordered liquid structure is the basis for glass in that if you cool the melt fast enough you can stop the natural process where the atoms try to align in a crystaql structure. We say the thermodynamic forces of cooling overcome the kenetic forces attempting to align the atoms. So if you cool fast enough the liquid structure has no choice but to form bonds where it is. In essence, you are freezing in the liquid structure. But don't confuse this new state with a liquid, the bonds are mostly covalent (strongly directional) and very strong.

So now we have a formed glass, which we can re-melt if we like. In fact, re-melting glass is a key step in making glass since it requires less energy to melt the glass than it did to melt it's original batch. So in commercial production of glass "cullet" (already melted and formed glass) of the same composition is added to the batch to reduce the energy needed to melt the batch. This is why it's always good to recycle!

So as you might guess the melting temperature of glass depends HEAVILY on the composition of that glass, which determines the bonding, which is really the driving force to how much energy is needed to melt the glass.

Here's a brief physics lesson: to melt any solid you must supply enough energy to cause atoms to vibrate to the point where they break bonds, this means as the bond strength gets stronger, and the number of bonds increases, so too will the melt temperature increase. Thus, well-connected, strongly bonded materials (including some glasses) have high melt temperatures. That said some glasses can be made to have low-connectivity by creating what are known as non-bridging Oxygens. This reduction in connectivity results in a reduction of the melt temperature. Glass melt temperatures can range from around 450C - 2200C.

As for how fast they melt, that is also related to composition through a physical property known as thermal conduction. The more thermally conductive a material is the faster it will melt at temperatures above the melt temperature. This is based on the idea that as you supply heat energy that energy must be transferred across planes of atoms within the material. Again, it is heavily dependent on connectivity and bond strength. As bond strengths increase the thermal conductivity tends to decrease since the bonds are stiff and do not transfer energy as easily.


electramaniac 21.06.2011. 21:55

what is the difference between work and torque? Why is it that Work which is composed of two vectors and uses dot product the resultant, work, is a scalar? While torque on the other hand it is also composed of two vectors but using cross product, the resultant, that being torque, is actually a vector?
Also please expand on what dot product means generally.


Admin 21.06.2011. 21:55

Whether a quantity is considered to be a vector or a scalar is decided by purely pragmatic considerations. A good example of this is the distinction between distance or length (scalar) and displacement (vector). In some situations the direction of a distance moved or of a length is of absolutely no interest - for example when calculating the fuel consumption of a car in km/litre, or when calculating the price of a length of something sold by the metre. But in other cases the direction of a displacement is crucial, for example when calculating the courses of two ships on the sea which should either avoid collision, or meet for a rendezvous.

Work or energy is considered to be a scalar because it is a sufficiently abstract or general concept that direction does not apply to it. A very good example illustrating this is the conversion of any form of energy into heat. The thermal motion of the particles of a heated body is entirely random; no particular direction is imparted to it whatever the original form of energy. Similarly, when chemical energy is (partially) converted into mechanical energy (KE) in a gun, the direction imparted to the missile is entirely controlled by how you aim the gun, not in any way by a directional property of the chemical propellant; the gun will work equally well in any direction regardless of the nature of the propellant. You do not buy north-acting shells or southerly ones ! Another example is an electric motor powering a winch - the direction of the force exerted by the winch is not in any way controlled by a supposed particular directional property of the electrical energy used. We could go on - when you buy petrol (chemical energy) for your car it is not necessary to use a different pump according to which direction you want to travel in ! So work and energy must be scalar - essentially directionless.

Moving to the maths of dot and cross products, I would say (as an engineer rather than as a mathematician) that these are techniques which have perhaps been developed generally and abstractly in the first instance, but which can be applied to practical problems in appropriate ways according to whether a scalar or vector result is required or expected. So you must choose which to use in any given situation according to that criterion. Since torque is a directed quantity it must be treated as a vector, and the cross product is appropriate if a fully vectorial representation of the product (force*distance) is required in this context.

Perhaps a useful insight into this can be obtained by considering how moments (an example of torques) are introduced to beginners. They are usually defined as the product (force*distance perpendicular to the force) This is of course a way of evaluation a dot product (f *d*cos(a) where f is force, d is distance, and a is the angle between f and d). But the result, calculated in this way does not tell you the direction of the torque; you must establish that by some other, additional, consideration. So the dot product in itself is inadequate as a complete way of calculating a moment or torque - it gives you only the magnitude, whereas the cross product will give you the complete answer, including the direction, in one go.

There is a good, thorough discussion of the dot product here, which is much more complete than anything I could give you lol -


helix 30.03.2007. 22:20

How does music orient our imagination to associate certain shapes and geometries to them? Array


Admin 30.03.2007. 22:20

We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwelling shape us.?Winston Churchill, 1943
Observing that ordinary people can hear passive objects and sense spatial geometry requires an explanation. As a simple illustration of how we hear an object that itself does not produce any sound, consider a flat wall located at some distance. When the sound wave from a hand clap is reflected from that distant wall, we hear the reflection as a discernible echo. The distance to the wall determines the delay for the arrival of the echo, the area of the wall determines the intensity, and the material of the wall's surface determines the frequency content. These physical facts relate only indirectly to perception. Our auditory cortex converts these physical attributes into perceptual cues, which we then use to synthesize an experience of the external world. On the one hand, we can simply hear the echo as an additional sound (sonic perception) in the same way that we hear the original hand clap (sonic event). On the other hand, we can interpret the echo as a wall (passive acoustic object). The echo is the aural means by which we become aware of the wall and its properties, such as size, location, and surface materials. The wall becomes audible, or rather, the wall has an audible manifestation even though it is not itself the original source of sound energy. When our ability to decode spatial attributes is sufficiently developed using a wide range of acoustic cues, we can readily visualize objects and spatial geometry: we can "see" with our ears.
A History Of Spatial Music;
It is well known that in medieval iconography certain shapes are often associated with symbolic meaning, for example, a triangle with Trinity or an octagon, the traditional shape of a baptismal font, with eternity. Then what about the square shape, a strikingly prominent feature of the new style of notation? Is it just a practical feature of a simpler and clearer style of notation or does it possibly carry some more profound symbolic meaning obvious to medieval musicians, but not to us? In his treatise Jacques is certainly sensitive to the characteristics of various shapes. In a context not directly related to notation he claims that just as a round object is movable and unstable, a square object is stable, solid, and as if immovable.
Shape Grammars and the Generative Specification of Painting ... San Francisco: International Computer Music Association.
Geometry, music and the brain
History of Sound Healers Association
I am a bi-directional synesthete who experiences multiple forms of synesthesia. I photograph reflections on moving water and click the shutter at the moment I experience a texture or sound response. For that reason, a researcher asked for my input on his invention to convert images of one's surroundings into sound to help blind people see.
Baby Newton is an enriching new approach to learning shapes as they are found in our world through the context of toys, nature, kinetic art and beautiful geodesic forms.
Hope this helps.


ddrorangeman 19.06.2007. 18:57

How can i use a PS2 Dance Pad with Stepmania? I've tried connecting it, but for some reason, i can't hit two arrows at a time (jumps), or even keep my foot on another note (rest my right foot on the right arrow while hitting the left arrow doesn't work for me.) The pad DOES work in the program, and i've checked all the arrows and they all work. I've used the adapter for controlers, which work fine, but when i use the dance pad is screws up. Anyone give me some help?


Admin 19.06.2007. 18:57

Your PS2 to USB adapter may not support pressing two directional arrows at the same time. gives a list of adapters which work and do not work, and many of them do not work with the game because only one arrow can be pressed at once. Your adapter may be one of them.

Another possibility is that your adapter is not in "Dance Pad Mode". With Windows XP, go to Control Panel > Game Controllers. In this window, you should see your adapter. Click on it to select it, and press "Properties" below. In this window, you will see several buttons which will light up or a dot which will move when you press the buttons on your dance pad, respectively. If your adapter supports dance pads, you should see a "Mode Select" at the top of the window. One will read "Joystick Mode" and the other will read "DanceMat Mode". Select "DanceMat Mode" and do not X-out of that window. If done correctly, you should see in that window the layout of a standard dance pad, and when you press the buttons on your pad, they should become shaded. Leave it open and start Stepmania. It should now work correctly. This is what I have to do with my adapter.

If this does not work, review and look for your adapter. It will most likely have a red X by it if you cannot use it after doing what I instructed to. If it has a green checkmark or yellow question mark, try following any directions they give you.

Hope this helps you!


chrispy 11.01.2007. 19:43

What are the 3 properties of electricity and what law relates them? Array


Admin 11.01.2007. 19:43

Electricity: directional movement of electrons due to some imbalance of force.

The flow of electrons is measured in units called amperes or amps for short. An amp is the amount of electrical current that exists when a number of electrons, having one coulomb of charge, move past a given point in one second.

The force that causes the electrons to move in an electrical circuit is called the electromotive force, or EMF. Sometimes it is convenient to think of EMF as electrical pressure. In other words, it is the force that makes electrons move in a certain direction within a conductor. The unit of measure for EMF is the volt. One volt is defined as the electrostatic difference between two points when one joule of energy is used to move one coulomb of charge from one point to the other. A joule is the amount of energy that is being consumed when one watt of power works for one second. This is also known as a watt-second.

Resistance is the opposition of a body or substance to the flow of electrical current through it, resulting in a change of electrical energy into heat, light, or other forms of energy. The amount of resistance depends on the type of material.

So, the properties are (Flow), (Force), and (Opposition) ... which can also be stated as (Current), (Potential), and (Resistance), measured in Amperes, Volts, and Ohms.

The law is Ohm's Law: which states
(Volts) = (Amperes) * (Ohms)


Charles Smith 01.03.2011. 03:38

Make character look like its in the dark in photoshop? I've made a character in photoshop, how can I make it so it looks like it is in the dark with one light source coming from the right for example?

Charles Smith

Admin 01.03.2011. 03:38

You can use one of the Lighting Effects filters for that effect.

The Spotlight effect is probably what you're looking for:

1. Click on Filter>Render>Lighting Effects
2. Choose either a Style (Soft Spotlight, e.g.) or select Spotlight from the Light Type drop down.,
3. Click and drag the oval transformation over the image to move and manipulate the shape and diameter of the spotlight.
4. Adjust the lighting properties for your desired effect.

Here's Adobe link on the Lighting Effects filter - if the Spotlight is too directional for what you want, you might try the Omni light.


Mother Hubbard 24.02.2012. 02:08

Is restoring environmental health a security threat to the controlling corporations? Array

Mother Hubbard

Admin 24.02.2012. 02:08

could you mean we dethrone the king (obama) to get the boot off the throat of american industries so factories in the USA will stop closing and moving to china where there are no environmental regs?

I think tha there are some job openings in china. Since you think things are so bad here why don't you go there and help them out.

The money obama wants to distribute as charity is stolen and not his to give (read "Not Yours to Give" Dave Crockett)

I thought the state of the union speech 1-24-12 was a magic show where the King stood up and talked out of his *** for about an hour. HOORAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

But seriously, sir, I know that with you being on welfare you feel that you pay more than your fair share in taxes. after all you need something to do while you sit on your *** all day
cell phone tax
internet tax
cable tv tax
cigarette tax (we don't expect you to grow your own, waaaaaay too much work)
liquor tax (we don't expect you to brew your own drinks, waaaaaaay too much work)

check this out;

Ron Paul is for the US Constitution and against the neo-conservative / socialist movements that are more commonly referred to as Republican and Democrat parties. Modern elections are all about buying votes with money stolen from the national treasury or campaign contributions given in return for special favors. Think I'm wrong? Why don't you read the US Constitution and an essay about Col Dave Crockett, "Not Yours to Give."?

Both MSM parties (republicans and democrats) are heavily reliant on emotion. (the voters are a jury that has proven to be incapable of making logical decisions)

I look up bills on I can also see the bill sponsors and voting record of senate and congress.

At least w/ SOPA King B Hussein Obama will not need to sit and wait w/ his internet kill switch. It will be done automatically. In addition please consider this;

FEMA camps and NDAA are the real thing. (just like an Orwellian Utopia) You'll be gettin' the eff out of dodge to avoid some kind of urban uprising because of a disaster or emergency and about 30 or 40 miles out of town traffic will stop. Military stormtroopers will walk through stopped traffic and warn people to stay in their cars. When you get to the roadblock ahead you will be told to get out of your car (leave your keys and belongings in the car and DO NOT bring any weapons.) Then you will wait in a holding area for a bus and go to one of their internment facilities for in-processing. Hopefully you will not get to play any of their games (waterboarding, solitary confinement, etc) But don't worry, 6 fully staffed waterboards means you won't have a long line to wait in.

NDAA (just signed into law by Barack Hussein Obama) will be used to authorize the whole thing, Did you read the book or see the movie "1984"? That's what it is. It allows any federal agency to declare an emergency and use the military forces to impose martial law. What they are doing in the mid east (door to door searches without warrants or any due process whatsoever) is only a rehearsal of what they have in store for us here. This is an article I wrote for another section.

Do the police need a warrant to search me or my property? Under aspects of the US Constitution, all persons are protected from unwarranted searches and any other form of arbitrary harassment. Unfortunately modern courts have misinterpreted the intentions of the founding fathers who authored the US Constitution and Bill of Rights to give the police the power at their discretion to use "probable cause." Police should not be allowed to lawfully act on suspicions or whims, and any action against any person should be deemed unconstitutional. This also includes any electronic surveillance such as wiretaps, directional mics, etc. Of course under aspects of the "Patriot Act" they will claim that it is to protect us from terrorists. They also claim that states need to implement a REAL ID program so that sheeple can be digitally mapped for easy identification to once again... protect us from terrorists. Meanwhile, the southern border is wide open to basically let in whoever wants to come for whatever reason.

The fact is this; the enforcement of drug and firearm prohibition has allowed the government to turn this country into a pig powered police state and everyday it is becoming more and more like the USSR. You might like all of this "protection" but personally I prefer to protect myself. If you are the kind of person that wants to give up your liberty for security then please go somewhere else like China or N Korea.
HR 504 (died in session but it will return) HR 1540 (NDAA 2012) signed into law 12-31-2011 by King B. Hussein Obama


Gggg G 01.05.2009. 04:11

What can I do and where can I get this from? I want to record my classroom sessions, I feel that will be easy for me bcuz I get to review them ceaselessly later until I understand them fully. How can I do this?

How or where can I get those glasses w/camera in them? Can I make one? or is there something else I can do like this?
no its not, schools like MIT and Berkeley do it freely themselves, my community college doesnt.

Gggg G

Admin 01.05.2009. 04:11

Consider audio recording only instead. You'll need a very high quality camera with an optical zoom if you want to record what is on the board in enough detail to read. Also, you may find that you spend so much time fiddling with the camera that you not paying attention to the class, so it's a waste of time. Audio recording is fairly unintrusive, will allow you to concentrate on making notes of what is written on the board and the broad thrust of what is said, and won't distract you. You'll need a recorder with a good directional microphone.

In addition, try not to make using the recordings a passive experience, but instead use them actively to go back over your notes and fill in bits you missed or didn't quite follow. Being able to digest complex information is an important study skill. I have seen students attempt to memorise the material by reading or listening to it over and over again, which isn't studying it's acting. With an audio recording, you'll be able to listen to the teacher but look at your own notes at the same time, which will strengthen the learning. This is purposefull, whereas watching or listening to the same material over and over again is time consuming but not purposeful i.e. your ears are busy but your brain isn't engaged in thinking about what's being said. Purposeful study is harder work than passive study, but that's because it is work and is effective. If, after two or three sessions of listening to the same material it still doesn't make sense then there's no point listening to it again and you should go off to the library and find an alternative explanation.

You will need to ask the teacher's permission to record the class. In all cases, it's a matter of courtesy. In some countries, such as the UK and the USA, a lecture is legally classed as a performance with the same intellectual property rights issues as a theatre, concert or cinema presentation. In those circumstances, it is illegal to record the class without permission. It is unlikely, however, that anyone will be bothered about an audio recording, but it is still best to ask permission. Video recording is more tricky. For one thing, it'll make the teacher much more self-conscious, which is probably not useful. For another, video recording is going to include images of other students unless you sit right at the front - in which case you'll be constantly moving the camera - and they might well object.


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