This is what sets the professionals apart from the amateurs—and it’s my favorite part! I cringe every time I see a YouTube video of someone’s car and I see clothes scattered everywhere, pee bottles left in plain sight, and last nights dinner littering the floor. Just like fully thought out layouts make you want to take a vacation in their vehicle. Here are some tips:
To initially investigate how CAR influences glucose metabolism, we monitored glucose levels in ob/ob and ob/ob, CAR−/− mice in response to an acute 1-week TC treatment. Serum glucose levels were significantly decreased in TC-treated ob/ob, but not ob/ob, CAR−/− mice (Fig. 1A). In i.p. glucose tolerance tests (GTT), TC-treated ob/ob mice displayed significantly improved glucose tolerance compared with control treated ob/ob mice, as shown by reduced blood glucose levels at each time point, and this effect was also completely absent in the double mutant ob/ob CAR−/− mice (Fig. 1B). The decreased serum glucose levels were associated with appropriately decreased serum insulin levels, indicating that CAR activation alleviates hyperinsulinemia in the ob/ob mice and improves glucose tolerance (Fig. 1C).
not the back window, i should have been more specific, in a sedan you can paint the back side windows where you can still see out the back window when you look in the rear view mirror , it would be no different than driving a full size van where it has no windows behind the drivers/passengers windows on the sides. and the full size vans do not have windows on the sides any where except for the back doors.
Thanks Bob but sleeping during the day would mean sleeping in the summer heat. As it is, I have to wait until the sun goes down before I even think about getting any shut eye. The parking up against bushes in a residential area so that I can role down some of the windows has been my best strategy so far. I highly recommend it. Just try to find some bushes in between houses so that no one thinks that you parking in front of their house!
You’ve got the right idea about food. If you have a camp stove that runs on butane canisters or liquid fuel, good. they are reasonably cheap. Peanut butter sandwiches, with additives if you haven’t any means of cooking. Jam. pickles, parsley if you like it, for iron. If you can cook, try dicing two washed potatoes, one onion, boil in salted water till soft, don’t drain the water, add milk powder and more salt to taste, eat. Practically a complete food. and surprisingly filling and yummy. Eat it out of your saucepan, and you won’t want takeaways. Potatoes will keep in a dark place. Onions will keep.
Fortunately, all these limiting factors can be controlled or even removed to a certain degree as the further exploration progress. Grada et al.35 had demonstrated that tandem CAR (TanCAR), a novel bispecific CAR can be used to enhance the specificity of CAR-T cells. In regard to the lower infiltration of CAR-T cells in solid cancers, Craddock et al.36 and Moon et al.37 had proved that the transfer ability of CAR-T cells can be enhanced by expressing functional chemokine receptors like C-C chemokine receptor type 2 (CCR2), though the direct causes of low infiltration remain unrevealed. Some investigators proposed that it is possibly because of the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) that suppresses T cells infiltration in the tumor microenvironment.38 Moreover, selecting specific T cell subsets like Central Memory T cell (TCM) for genetic modification may also enhance persistence and activity, but the clinical trials using this approach have just been started.39,40 Researchers had also demonstrated that not only combining CAR-T cells with immune checkpoint inhibitors or perhaps by additional engineering cotransfecting cytokines like IL-2 and IL-12 or silencing inhibitory molecules like factor-associated suicide (Fas) might protect the T cell from the inhibitory tumor microenvironment, but the vascular normalizing doses of antiangiogenic intervention can meliorate the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment and thus enhance the effect of immunotherapy.41–45 Except for these limiting factors, the expensive costs of production, the increased potency of second- and third-generation CARs, coupled with the lack of truly tumor-specific antigenic targets, has also increased the risks of severe toxicities.46 Therefore, what is more challenging for CAR-T to treat liver cancers is about its clinical safety and products commercialization.
I spend a lot of time in one of the few parks going for walks and just being lazy, I go to the library a lot and use my own laptop with the free wifi to get on the internet to do things the govt. building would frown on like coming and posting here and other web sites, reading news, playing games ets.. I do make it a point to turn in 3-4 job applications a week sometimes more and am on call at 5 temp agencies which I keep in contact with. I also read a lot which kills lots of time.
Today Henderson makes about $37,000 a year as an executive assistant to a bar owner and lives in the Bristol Hotel, a mixed-use apartment building in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Her studio, which she shares with her small dog Olive, is 175 square feet – the equivalent of about four king-size beds. The walls are covered in framed artwork that Henderson collected from thrift shops and friends. An apartment-sized fridge and a fold-out couch are her largest possessions.
Korda works as a freelancer on a myriad of projects, including work for Green Guru Gear, a company that makes eco-adventure gear from upcycled materials. He says the $1,500 vehicle paid for itself within the first year, and he's saved between 12 and $24,000 since moving into his vehicle, and almost completely paid off his school loans while doing it.
Still, the movement to live smaller may not be as extensive as social media makes it seem, some housing analysts say. Zoning regulations – especially in dense urban areas – often restrict the number and size of buildable units, slowing growth among micro-apartments and tiny homes. Constructing or living in a tiny home or micro-unit can still pose a legal risk in some cities.
This next stage was tremendously difficult. I was taking a ton of medication, going for frequent blood tests and still feeling extremely lethargic, sleeping most of my days away. The side effects of some the meds were terrible. I seemed to struggle with either sleepless nights or vivid nightmares. I also felt the need to eat anything and everything day or night (I even stopped wearing my retainer to bed because I was scared I was going to eat it in my sleep!).
If you are in a situation where you have some warning that your financial situation is going to lead to you having to live in a car, or that your house is no longer going to be your home, then plan ahead. If you are struggling to make loan repayments despite a reasonable income and talking to the bank has failed, then perhaps it is better spending those last repayments on buying a van instead of paying off a hopeless loan? Even if you are laid off, is there anything you can sell that will get you enough money to buy a van or camper? If you are in a rocky relationship and about to face a divorce, can you buy a campervan / RV before it all goes sour?
I hate to say this and I do love cats but you really need to find them a home even though you won’t have a home yourself. My cat went to my sisters house and I simply visited her and paid for all the food and litter and vet visits but unless you own a motor home of reasonable size its just not a good idea to have a pet. Especially 2 cats. Its going to be hard enough taking care of yourself on the road. My sister offered me a room for $500 a month but I prefer to live free(away from all her kids) I do love them all but they would eventually drive me nuts. I wouldn’t want to live there for free even. =^_^= Cats are creatures of the night. They require a litter box if they are locked inside and I really don’t think anyone wants to sleep next to 2 cats stinking up your car/truck while you sleep.
When you park, think about which direction the sun is coming from. In summer, you may want to seek out a shaded spot to help keep cool. In winter, you might want to seek a sunny spot, and face the car into the sun to allow as much heat in through the windscreen. Generally though, you should face the car so that you can drive forward out of the place you are parked in. In an emergency, you don't want to have to back up to leave. Some people say it is best to leave the keys in the ignition while others say it is best not to. Me, I have found I have felt safer with the keys in my pocket, or close to the ignition where people can not see it. When I slept away from towns I did not always block out the windows, so the keys would be out of the ignition. When I sleep with privacy curtains I leave the keys in the ignition.
That’s some interesting stuff. I live in Florida and worked out of my car for up to 13 hours a day. Gets really hot in the car and running my car for all that time just to stay cool would be a lot of wear on my car. In your case, when it gets cold, how about running a hot hair dryer down your coat to warm up? I have a plug in socket that works fine for running fans. They are very simple to find and easily plug into your cigarette lighter.
Ive been living in my VW jetta for about 10 months now. I took out the front seat and half of the back seat to build a bed platform with the storage underneath and even have a slide out kitchen in the lid half of my trunk space. I absolutely love it. I’ve been to 8 different states, climbed countless mountains and really been able to live comfortably and in a very sustainable manner. I also have no plans on upgrading because I thoroughly enjoy getting 32mpg.
What an awesome blog. I am so glad that I came across it. I have been living in a friends apartment garage for free. But now her son and his girlfriend want to move up there so now I need to leave. I went through a bad custody battle and lost to an abusive ex. It is all about who has the most money. And it wasn’t me. So now I am in debt with to attorney fees (2 attorneys), and medical expenses. Even if you have insurance you have to sell your lung to pay for things. So now I have been trying to decide what do I do now. So I decided to live in my car. Right now I am packing. I am excited about the experience. I got a gym membership so I can shower, and I found a Loves truck stop where hopefully I can get a goods night rest. I dont have a PO Box yet because there is a waiting list. I didn’t realize there was such a high demand for PO boxes. I am trying to find a 24 hour storage close to my work so it won’t be out of the way when I need to go there. Same thing with my PO box. I live in Texas and I don’t have any family. Plus I was in foster care growing up. The closest thing I have to family is my co-workers. They are amazing! But I don’t want anybody to know.
The next best choice is to check into an affordable caravan park one or two days a week. These usually range from about $18-$26 a night in Australia, possible more in the USA. You will have a spot to park your car, you can do laundry (usually an extra fee), fill up on water, have a shower and even pitch a tent if you have one. They usually have powered sites, so you can recharge your electrical devices or run a fan or heater.[8]

I always ask people, “May I sit in the parking lot after hours and use the internet?” But the wealth complain and there it goes, and they give some evil reason like someone abused it, and the workers and managers lie all around saying they never gave me permission and so on. All kinds of lies to protect themselves and blame the innocent and needy.The well to do hate seeing poor people get what they preceieve is a free things, what they perceive is like free drugs and free sex. some kind of thrill, the poor destroying their wealthy land of rape and honey.
The easiest way to increase your storage space is by adding a roof rack to your rig. We’ve been using Yakima’s recently updated StreamLine System. We love it for its compatibility (the company custom-designed brackets for almost every vehicle dating back 35 years), easy installation (adding the Base Rack System to the naked roof of my 1995 Pathfinder took less than two hours and was doable solo), and for the wide array of carry and cargo accessories—Yakima offers multiple solutions to haul everything from a kayak, canoe, or SUP to skis and boards to every type of bicycle imaginable.
when you get into solar power set-up, I used a shumacker 200/400 watt power pack with a 2.5watt solar panel, it was rather solid, in that alone just make sure what ever you are charging is turned off while charging, as for the solar panel, smallest you need would be 8-10 watts, last but not least look into whats called a smart charger, the company I went with is ctek. little more cost but you can charge main battery as well the external battery the same time.
Actually I am from Washington, DC and relocated to Los Angeles last February. Washington DC is a little bit tough to sleep in your car, however, a spot where you may be safe is in South West near the waterfront. There is a street called Delaware Ave which would probably be your best bet. It intersects M St. SW, but got on the South side. However, make sure your car is fully registered because DC tickets very hard.
I can’t wait to get my license, so I can live out of my car. Living out of a car seems so awesome and stress free. I live in a house now and can’t stand it. I’ve lived in many houses with different family members. I just cannot not seem to get along with any of them. Maybe its me, or maybe their all just crazy and irrational. You can’t put a price on freedom. LIving out of your car is absolute freedom. No one telling you what to do. No one to fight with. No mortgage, or bills. Nothing to tie you down. It’s a perfect idea for a financial conscious introverted individual who is opposed by commitments and likes to travel. I spend all my time at the gym and at starbucks, I might as well live out of my car. I wouldn’t be doing anything different except sleeping in a peaceful place under an oak tree. It’s paradise, I can’t wait!

Many resorts, National Parks & Forests, State and County parks, hire folks to do general work. Some offer free camping or even dormitory style housing. Some resorts give free meals. There are many places to legally camp for free. The options are out there, even in the year 2008. You don’t have to stay put. Travel with the weather you like. Travel for months, stop for a month and work to save up more money to get out and travel again. Become a garbage picker or flea market hag. No one is forcing you to continue to live this debt ridden lifestyle. You are free!!! Life has no instruction booklet. You don’t need a house to put all that stuff in. You don’t need a fancy car to make you look happy. You don’t need a college degree to feel accomplished. Live life through experiences! Meet your fellow Americans. See the world around you. It (or you) may not be here tomorrow. Simplicity!
The police officer will most likely ask you what you are doing there, and Odom advises to explain that you drove a long way that day and you wanted to rest so that you don't get in an accident. The officer may tell you to move on because it's illegal to sleep there, or if you're lucky, he might "hint" that he won't be returning to the area that night, in which case you can go back to sleep. 
Previous studies have shown beneficial effects of PB on insulin sensitivity in both mouse models (8) and human T2D patients (8, 9), but the basis for these antidiabetic effects has been unclear. We used two complementary approaches to critically test the hypothesis that CAR mediates these effects. The first is the pharmacologic substitution of TC, a much more specific mouse CAR agonist that does not activate AMP kinase, for PB. The second is the genetic introduction of the CAR−/− allele into the ob/ob mouse model of obesity and T2D. TC induces antidiabetic effects very similar to those described for PB in the ob/ob model, and those effects are lost in the ob/ob, CAR−/− double mutants, definitively establishing CAR as the mediator of such antidiabetic effects. While this manuscript was in review, similar antidiabetic effects of TC were reported (24). TC treatment decreased body weight in those studies, possibly due to toxic effects that do not occur in our mice. This decreased body weight could amplify the antidiabetic effect, but is clearly not essential for the TC activity that we observed or the previous results with PB, which also did not decrease body weight (8).
when you get into solar power set-up, I used a shumacker 200/400 watt power pack with a 2.5watt solar panel, it was rather solid, in that alone just make sure what ever you are charging is turned off while charging, as for the solar panel, smallest you need would be 8-10 watts, last but not least look into whats called a smart charger, the company I went with is ctek. little more cost but you can charge main battery as well the external battery the same time.
I am a woman and was just laid off. I have a brand new SUV and a crummy studio apartment. The car payment wins out and I am getting rid of the rent so I will live in my car till I can save up enough money to feel comfortable. I have a dog so it will be a bit more difficult. I live in the north east so I will go to Texas in the winter where I used to live and the northeast in the spring and summer.

Stay positive. Keep reminding yourself that the situation is only temporary. Spend each day hitting the pavement and looking for jobs. Use the local library and bookstore not only to search for jobs, but also to become more knowledgeable in ways that will help you get through this and find a job. Search the Internet for free community voicemail services, and/or get a prepaid cell phone so employers can call you. To build your funds, consider food stamps, food banks and soup kitchens. Most importantly, talk to people like social workers and religious organization workers who will sympathize and understand, and try to help.


I experimented with this two years ago, sleeping in my car for 4 months. Then I moved to a different city for a new job and rented a room in someone’s house for cheap for a year. Then I returned to sleeping in my car for another 4 months. I could have done it longer, but I live in Texas and it is unbearably hot. (In the summer, it is still 92 degrees at 10pm. I wasn’t able to sleep.) I am now renting a room in a friend’s house. It’s $200 more a month than the last place I rented, which was a tough decision to make. I really enjoyed being able to make large payments on my school loans and start to knock them out, and now I am back to minimum payments.

Church parking lots. Not good on Sundays, but most week nights you will have no problems. Most churches around here only open on Sundays, so you generally will not be noticed on week nights. I don't know about other towns or countries. Generally though I expect that if you are noticed, that you could explain your situation and ask if it is okay to park in their car park. If worse comes to worse they will say no, but they might also give you some assistance.

The problem with busy areas are the noise problems and people who might see you and hastle you. For instance, someone once called the cops on me for no other reason than I was loitering in my car. Maybe they thought I was a stalker. Also, now that the weather is getting warmer i have to put at least one of my windows down. My strategy is to park up against some bushes or a wall so that no one can see that I have a window down. In order to do this i usually have to find secluded locations.
Okay so I decided to take the lease, keep my car and retire. The darn car costs me and average of 10K to keep and maintain. That includes car insurance, and upkeep and gas since I am a road hog. But to my dismay, my car was totaled recently and I did not purchase gap insurance. Folks ask me why not get the insurance and in this case eventhought the Insurance company paid off all but $2000, the gap insurance would have cost me an addtional $100 a month totaling me to date approximately $4000. Do you get my drift. Anyway, now I am at the threshold of deciding again, so what I will do is forget all about car notes, be carless, stay in my apartment. and bank what I was spending on the car. What will I do about wanting to life the life on the road. I guess, I will have to live with my memories and lean and advise others that it can be stressful and you must stay active while road hogging. Get out an exercise and eat only healthy foods, no matter how hungry you get….do not eat fast foods unless it is salads fruits etc. other stuff wears out your kidneys and damages your liver. Not that I have any of thise ailiments, my body is worn out from living that life of not being so-called stable. Even though I could save the money on rent, utilites, what will I do with it but save and spend on gas etc. Naw, I am giving it up…I am giving up cars, boats, RV’s and all that good life. I will opt to rent a vehicle while maintaining insurance on my car to cover me no matter what I drive. Oh and another problem I ran into while living in my car was not having a verifiable address and I was not about to include family nor friends who ask too many darn questions and pray over me like I was crayz..lol..I enjoyed it…I was able to see sunrises and sunsets and see storms forms and rock in my car as the winds rose to the highest of heights…I lost my fear of thunder and love listening to the rain pound on my rooftop(something that you dont’ hear when you are sheltered) plus I hear birds sing and saw big azz rats roam around th Macdonald’s parking lot in the night hours. It was an amazing experience and I loved it, But I am hanging it up…I am going to write this experience out and share with the world…HAVE NO FEAR!!!!!!!!!!! ~Gwen~

Why is it the aunt & uncle’s responsibility to fund their nephew’s lifestyle? If he had been truly doing his best to get his financial life in order, then I would say yes, they could help him out. It sounds like he wasn’t making wise financial choices at that point in time. And he was costing them money that they could be getting by renting the room to a non-family member. I don’t feel like they did anything wrong.


This is fkn kool folks. Well, after getting kicked out by the angry live in girlfriend..yeah i slept in a car freezin cold..for like 16 days yup just to keep my sanity..I was able to keep my job by this..it pays good but dang it seems that cost of living is higher..the trunk is not a good place to sleep..had too bad neighboorhood one night….Definitely it helps by saving money…alot.but use it to progress unless u want to chill in a car for longer time…o yeah shower and yup keep a caterer handy…..ja ja…better yet JYm…well…good hearing ur stories…keep on van camping folks…lessons learned is wisdom earned..peace

The next best choice is to check into an affordable caravan park one or two days a week. These usually range from about $18-$26 a night in Australia, possible more in the USA. You will have a spot to park your car, you can do laundry (usually an extra fee), fill up on water, have a shower and even pitch a tent if you have one. They usually have powered sites, so you can recharge your electrical devices or run a fan or heater.[8]
It is always surprising how many places still don’t have cell service. The last thing you want is to rely entirely on electronics for your directions. You may find yourself in a spot where you don’t have service, or your batteries may die. Having paper maps will not only give you a more reliable and dependable source of direction, but they are also much more fun to use. There is something about a paper map that screams adventure.
I wish Livinginmyhonda the best in getting through this challenge and making it all work for the better. I have to admire his/her courage and determination in taking this step to achieve financial balance again. It’s tough for so many people these days, and when someone is going through major financial struggles, often none of the options are without risk and stress. There’s been a whole range of views expressed here and I can see everyone’s points.
I feel more motivated to get things done. I wake up in the morning and make some coffee on the hood of my car. I feel ready to start my day and get out into the world. I found that when I used to have an apartment, it would often take me hours to feel motivated to leave and seize the day. It’s much easier to make things happen when I’m already sitting in the driver’s seat (literally and metaphorically).

Shawna Nelson gives a tour of the back of her Ford Explorer, decked out like a bedroom, on July 20 at a lot in Woodland Park in Seattle. Ms. Nelson, an office manager at a land-use company in nearby Mill Creek, Wash., has been living in her truck for about a year. "Would I rather spend $1,200 on an apartment that I'm probably not going to be at very much, or would I rather spend $1,200 a month on traveling?" she says of her lifestyle choice. "And I was like, 'Well that's an easy decision for me.'"

Overwhelmed by the multiple tests and rapidly declining health, my local hospital organized a quick transfer to SickKids. My family and I were very relieved. My mother insisted on bunking with me in my room every night, and my dad and sister stayed with me until every evening. My parents were incredibly worried and I felt like everything was out of control; it was a very scary time for us all!
LIMH, I don’t know what kind of area you live in so this might not be suitable – but my other half and I have been doing a bit of camping lately over the warmer months and had been looking into pop-up campers. They come in a range of sizes and used ones can be pretty inexpensive (sometimes under $1000 for a serviceable one that has a stove, fridge, and can even have a toilet, and I’ve seen many for under $500 that are older, perhaps not suitable for towing around long distance, but which would probably be fine to live in). I was just thinking that perhaps you might be able to find someone who has room in their back yard or even alongside their house where they could let you park one, for a small fee?
Living in a car is legal if it’s parked in your driveway or if the owner of the private property where you have parked your vehicle has given you permission to do so. But a private lot owner, such as the owner of a grocery store or shopping mall, can have the person arrested for trespassing if they spend too much time off of the road and in the lot.
Cars are not insulated to make a comfortable human habitat when the engine is not running. When it is hot outside even in the shade, your car is an oven. When the temperature drops it is still freezing inside. It is more expensive than you think: you can not attempt to live in an undependable car unless you are a mechanic. So that means a car with a note.
I put a 800 watt inverter under the front hood for electrical devices. Ran electric cord from inverter under hood to surge protector in car, has 8 outlets. for all kinds of things. use special heat reflecting tape to cover inverter – tape that sells at Auto Zone for $20, meant to cover things near engine, like wires, so they do not get hot. or the 800 watt inverter will turn off when it overheats, as safety. then you can cook in a little electric rice cooker anything, while driving.
Evaluate your food options. Peanut butter, tuna and crackers are great staples. Have a box for food so it does not get smashed. Gallons of water are a necessity for a lot of things. The amount of food you can keep at any one time will be limited by the lack of refrigeration. Fast food is expensive when you're living off it. With old fashioned (large flake) rolled oats, powdered milk, bottled water, plastic cups, and chocolate protein powder, you can ensure that you always have a nutritious snack to fall back on.[12]

Tires are the only part of your car that touches the road. And they’re especially important when logging tons of miles, particularly when those miles are on dirt or gravel roads or in extreme weather. Tires that come stock on most vehicles are usually garbage and underperform in virtually all road conditions. Instead of refitting the stock rubber when it wears out, upgrade to something more suited for the road less traveled. Upgrades are often cheaper than the tires your van came with.
I would like to let you know how apartment owners are ripping off renters. I have always paid my rent, and that was it, unless I paid for electricity, heat and gas. Two years ago, my rental agency decided we have to pay for the water based on the # of residents in the apartment. This month I was told I have to pay garbage removal fee. I am on a fixed income, as everyone is today. I was told to add the extra charges to my rent payment, yet an out of state company bills me for water. I have been a condo owner and a home owner, but apartment rental works best for me. If they keep going up and adding more fees, then I will be living in my paid for van, and cleaning up at a health club. It seems no one cares about the real American people.
About security, I once received an email several times which advises to keep your key fob on your nightstand so that you can press the panic button in case of burglary. I’m under the impression that this isn’t exactly standard equipment on a van but, even aftermarket, especially with remote starting capability seems like an even better idea than using it from your bed in a prison cell …. I mean house! /humor
I do own a van, and it seems all I do is pay rent etc. I know I should not complain, but I almost feel like putting my “stuff” in a storage locker, getting me a gym membership and bank the money, that I am spending for the very high rent! I do work, so if I did it for a year, I could pay cash for a small house. It would mean living very frugal, but I can do it. Hang in there, and thanks for letting me vent. I am debt-free, because I listen to http://www.daveramsey.com. I just want to save some of this rip off high rent. Perhaps I can care for an elderly person for free rent, when I am home. I can purchase my own food.
I have been sleeping in my car since 2010 and always have cats with me. In addition I rescue cats and dogs and foster cats, and also spay/neuter feral cats. It certainly can be done if you are able bodied. If you can barely care for yourself I would not add pets to that. But that is not the issue, first of all, get your cat used to being an indoor/outdoor cat. that is go in and out of the house (if you do NOT live on a busy street.) Then have the cat go into the vehicle instead of the house – when it wants an indoor setting of peace, quiet, safety, food. Make sure you put a litter box on the floor. Then travel a bit in the vehicle with your cat there. Don’t let him or her out. Just drive around and then sit at a park for several hours studying or something. Do that several times.
Exploring the molecular basis for decreased SREBP-1c expression, we found that CAR induces the phase II enzyme SULT2B1b, which sulfates and inactivates oxysterol agonists for LXR, a well known activator of SREBP-1c expression. The suppressive effect of CAR activation on lipogenic gene expression is substantially impaired in SULT2B1b knockout mice. Thus, it is likely that this indirect pathway of LXR ligand inactivation contributes significantly to the decreased SREBP-1c expression, and that there are additional mechanisms, including the previously described induction of INSIG-1 as primary CAR target (17).
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