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What do you think draws people to Geocaching? Looking at different profiles I have seen cachers from old to young and everything in between.

 

I would say that I have always been a bit of a geek. I have been into computers since I 14 (1993) and have always loved the outdoors. It seems that those two factors would be the commonality...

 

But, I know that some people who are getting into this were completely tech illiterate before they started.

 

hmmm....

 

Me:

 

24

male

married

3 cats

played D&D as a teen

slight computer geek

slightly above average intelligence

former boy scout

love being outdoors

ummm... moonlit walks on the beach - <_< - oh wait. nevermind

 

edit: "What is our common bond?" Not "Why".... oops. showing my intelligence there.

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As a kid, I used to hide glass jars in the earth with a letter, and some artifacts. It was my time capsule. They are probably still there, at my home where I grew up. When I heard of this sport, it tickled the inner child. Find a hidden treasure in the woods? Why not. It's been a great adventure so far! We're 39, 35, 7 11/12, & 4,for ages.

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When I was a kid (late '60s), Dad and I would routinely take a walk through the neighborhood in the evenings after he got home from work. Apparently, I had a bad habit of looking down. One day, we were taking our evening stroll, when this conversation took place:

 

"Rick", Dad said, "Why are you always looking at the ground?. Look up!! Take in your surroundings . . . look at the sky, the clouds, the trees . . . . " I answered, "Yeah Dad, looks good from here" (I was 9 years old, or so).

 

About five minutes later, I found a $5 dollar bill on the ground, and proudly held it up for Dad to see. "See!!! This is why I always look at the ground!".

 

Anyway, I've always been a 'searcher', and that is the appeal for me in GeoCaching.

 

Rick

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What do you think draws people to Geocaching? Looking at different profiles I have seen cachers from old to young and everything in between.

 

I would say that I have always been a bit of a geek. I have been into computers since I 14 (1993) and have always loved the outdoors. It seems that those two factors would be the commonality...

 

But, I know that some people who are getting into this were completely tech illiterate before they started.

 

hmmm....

 

Me:

 

24

male

married

3 cats

played D&D as a teen

slight computer geek

slightly above average intelligence

former boy scout

love being outdoors

ummm... moonlit walks on the beach - <_< - oh wait. nevermind

Me:

 

13

male

1 cat

Have a computer business

slightly above average intelligence

active boy scout

love being outdoors

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What do you think draws people to Geocaching? Looking at different profiles I have seen cachers from old to young and everything in between.

 

I would say that I have always been a bit of a geek. I have been into computers since I 14 (1993) and have always loved the outdoors. It seems that those two factors would be the commonality...

 

But, I know that some people who are getting into this were completely tech illiterate before they started.

 

hmmm....

 

Me:

 

24

male

married

3 cats

played D&D as a teen

slight computer geek

slightly above average intelligence

former boy scout

love being outdoors

ummm... moonlit walks on the beach - <_< - oh wait. nevermind

I was going to reply but I falied the roll of my 8-sided and 20-sided dice with a +4 adjustment.

 

Ed

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Ii was going to quote pieces of replies, but as I read them I figured I didn't need to bother.

 

I too hid jars in my back yard and drew treasure maps so I could find them later. Unfortunately my paces got bigger as I grew older and I was unable to find most of them.

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark is an awesome movie! Indian Jones used to be my hero. I don't think I would have survived the opening of the ark though... I would have had to have looked. Curiousity killed the cacher.

 

Why so few women? None have replied to this post...

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Me:

 

45

male

married

2 cats

IQ tests say I'm highly intelligent, but my teenage stepdaughter thinks I'm an idiot.

 

I'm not really a geek. Was more of a "stoner-jock" in HS (back when you could be both). Was a pretty good baseball and soccer player and a horrible basketball player. I wouldn't go out of my way to watch Star Trek. I've never played Dungeons and Dragons and the last time I played a video game it was probably Space Invaders. Though my first PC was a 286, it came from work and I used it to dial in from home (which is when I discovered the Internet). Heck, I won't even clip my cell phone or pager to my belt. Despite my lack of geek credentials, I've worked in IT for 25 years and have done it all. Data entry, operator, programming, systems analysis, systems admin, etc...

 

I think Raiders of the Lost Ark was an OK movie (the archaeologist in me finds parts a bit annoying). Uplifting, sentimental pap like "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "Its a Wonderful Life", or odd, haunting movies like "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and "The Seventh Seal" are more my speed.

 

But I love the outdoors; fishing, skiing, hiking and backpacking and I really enjoy history and finding historic places and ruins. Geocaching is a natural extension of these interests.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark is an awesome movie!

 

Why so few women? None have replied to this post...

All right, I guess that I will bite.

I am a female cacher.

Early 30s.

Live in Texas.

Three awesome dogs (all adopted through various agencies).

Love the outdoors.

I have way too much energy, and geocaching is a way to expend it.

Definitely love the Indiana Jones movies (I even have the pinball machine).

Couldn't fix a computer if my life depended on it.

I played in the creek as a kid.

I rode mountain bikes and rock climbed in college.

Now, I do easy sports like running, hiking, whiffle ball, etc.

I have no great intelligence that would help me become a President or the finder for a cure for cancer, but I can talk politics, science, sports, etc. (came in handy when I used to be a bartender).

Now I geocache. I love the hunt.

Tstar

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I'm 14, and I'm a bit brighter than most. I've always really enjoyed the outdoors, and the computer... So it's a natural thing for me.

 

But at a recent cache event I attended and through careful examination, I determined a small pattern. A lot of geocachers tend to be either engineers, technicians, in IT, or something along those lines.

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I too was going to copy some quotes to add. However, it's almost time for school!A woman already replied in this forum, me. Ferries Beulers Day Off is one of my favorites. I'm a substitute teacher for now, until I finish my re-certification requirements. I never made treasure maps for my buried glass jars. I think I was believing that I would leave a piece of my past behind, or something. Now I just scrapbook. Our family loves geocaching. It has brought us to some new trails that we never knew about. It provides extra excercise. We've already met some great people.

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I'm 40 (almost 41), married with 2 kids, and a geek that likes gadgets.

 

I like a lot of sports, though I really like individual sports, where it's my ability that gets challenged and not a team - golfing, skiing, fishing, etc. Though I almost always do those activities with others, I kind of put geocaching in that same category. Sure, we can do it as a team, but it's the individual satisfaction I get from the experience that I enjoy most.

 

I was never really a hiker before geocaching so I don't think it's the hiking aspect of it that attracted me, though I can now say that I really do like hiking. In fact, I've played less golf this year so far then I normally would have because of geocaching.

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I'm female

36

2 cats

highly intelligent, if you believe the online IQ tests - but mostly I feel average

degree in biomedical engineering

live in New Hampshire - grew up in Indiana, college in Boston, left my old life in Maryland in 2002

as a kid, I was an orchestra geek

definitely NOT athletic, ever.

 

My engineering degree instilled a problem-solving mentality, and that morphed into quality assurance as a profession. I love looking at a selection of facts and deducing trends and solutions. (Getting to tell people they're doing it wrong is just a bonus :) )

 

Now I get to work at the premeire engineering Geekdom of product development in the country, if not the world, watching over regulatory compliance and looking for ways to improve processes. I thought I was smart til I got here... then I found out how many different ways people can be smart. Surprisingly, while many of my coworkers have heard of caching, no one else does it regularly.

 

While on a short hike with my parents in Sedona in February, I was thinking it would be cool to have a GPS so we could find our way back down to the trail we started on, and then it clicked that about a year ago a former coworker had told me about geocaching. As soon as I got home I went out and bought a GPS and signed up here.

 

Geocaching has given me the opportunity to incorporate some of my favorite things (the company of my sweetie, gadgets, puzzles and the 'AHAH' moment) with stuff I've always thought I should enjoy but hated doing (hiking, long scenic car trips, being outdoorsy). I love caching!

 

<_<

 

Nancy

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hi,

  • male
  • 35
  • married
  • 21 month old son
  • 2 dogs, 4 cats (I'm a sucker for animal shelters)
  • jeep driver
  • special education teacher
  • lives on 28 acres of woods in Northern New York
  • loves canoeing, kayaking, xc-skiing, snowshoeing, reading, cooking, hiking
  • drinks Black Bush and bourbon & coke (also Pina Coladas when in hot vacation zones)
  • tech-weenie & computer geek
  • takes pleasure in living in what is often reported as the the coldest spot in the lower 48 (we make cnn and the weather channel 10-15 times each winter)

nfa

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Jun 7 2004, 08:36 PM 

 

Geocacher

 

Posts: 1,119

Joined: 15-April 03

 

 

I got tired of losing track of the bodies. Getting a GPS let me mark the ones I wished to re-visit. The rest is just a bonus.

We never cared where the bodies were, since we never buried them with any jewelry. Then one day we mistakenly dug one up while digging a hole for a fresh one. So now we mark them with the GPSr... <_<

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* age 40

* male

* 1 cat, 1 dog

* techie from way back (bought 1st computer in 1980)

* love computers (have 5) and gadgets (I now have 3 GPSr's)

* love the outdoors (hunting, camping, etc.)

* use to have many motorsport hobbies but since becoming legally blind I cannot partake in those. Had to find something else and this fell into my lap

* perfect activity for the wife and I to enjoy together

* perfect activity to get out and get some exercise

* I like the Indiana Jones movies, too

* sorry -- never buried jars in the yard. But I did have a map of all the little dumps up north where you could find all the old beer cans. (used to collect beer cans when that was big back in the 70's)

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26 & 30, of both genders. Familiar with all the tech jargon but not serious gear heads. We got into caching after moving into a new area--it helped us discover lots of new places about our new hometown. We're still into it because we love getting outdoors and and seeing new and unusual things.

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Female

35

De Facto

1 cat, 2 dogs

3 year old DD and 5 week old DS [is he the youngest geocacher?]

non-sporty teen - but involved in the other clubs

Intelligent with a tendency to research everything

Medico

Bit of a loner but can socialise with the best of them

Love the outdoors once I'm out there but I need a reason to get out there

 

The other half?

Male

31

Also pretty smart

Loves to get outside

Keen walker

Bean counter with an engineering brain

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° 45

° Male

° Former Scout, Order of the Arrow

° 1 cat

° Techie, of course...

° Private pilot license

° Found out about geocaching through ham radio, hence, my call-sign name.

° First computers: Commodore 64, then an XT in the 70's remember those?

° Girlfriend and I LOVE geocaching. We look forward to every week-end to explore new places and caches.

° Talk about a hobby that brings all together! My 77 year old father has cached with us, my 12 year old daughter loves it, my twin boys at 21 have come with us and brought their friends, GF's kids at 18 male and 16 female come with us sometimes too!... Whew!

° Never into D&D, but have drawn in to video games at times.

° I like ticks, rattlesnakes, Mcbroken toys and golf balls. <_<

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I see two distinct groups of geocachers:

 

-mountain climbers and other extreme outdoor atheletes who are looking for something new to spice up their adventures

 

-tech-geeks (like me) who now have an excuse to go out in the woods <_<

I fit into both categories - extreme outdoor sports (would claim to be an extreme athelete) and techno geek/nerd*

 

*Note the difference between and geek and a nerd.

Geek = someone whose life is dominated by technology

Nerd = someone whose life is dominated by technology and is proud of it.

 

31

male

Eagle Scout

1 dog

techno geek (closet nerd)

played a little D&D

Mother says I'm intelligent

love gadgets

love outdoors

love cycling

 

For me the best thing about geocaching is that it is a sport you easily take with you anywhere you travel. Not a lot of equipment to haul around. Always places to cahce regardless of where you are. Many other hobbies/sports are not so versatile. (that bike doesn't fit so well in the suitcase)

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*37

 

*Girl

 

*One ferret, two rats.

 

*Over-educated, easily-bored, and utterly disinterested in cubicle work.

 

*Can't live without my Jeep, my souped-up wireless laptop, my Leatherman tool, GPSr, and thorough knowledge of medicine and first-aid.

 

*Like jungles. Spelunking. Wading through rivers up to my neck. Repairing stuff.

 

*When I was a kid, I used to make treasure maps and burn the edges, so they'd look more pirate-like <_< Favorite book when I was 10: "My Side of the Mountain," about a boy who runs away from home and lives in the woods, off the land.

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I'm a 27 year old married female with two small children who LOVE geocaching. No pets. Above average intelligence. [hey you guys said it first]

 

Techie... I wouldn't admit to being a geek... but one of my favorite online stores is ThinkGeek.com. Before having children I was a Web editor. I recently stayed up till 5 in the morning taking apart and putting back together my digital camera. I remember using my dad's Adam computer when I was 7...

 

As a child I lived in Colorado for 4 years and loved camping and hiking. I hid shoe boxes and made maps with burnt edges. I also enjoyed riding a dirt bike.

 

Yes I liked Indiana Jones... and Star Trek.

 

Over the last 10 years I've spent very little time outdoors. My husband was never really interested in going hiking or camping with me. We went on two short hikes in the last 9 years.

 

I've had my GPSr for two months. We've been caching, and hiking often. It gives my husband a reason to go with me. Perhaps he needed a goal or a mission. Or maybe he's just trying to make sure he gets his money's worth out of my birthday present.

 

Sounds silly, but because of Geocaching, I finally get to be who I really am.... if that makes sense. I always knew I was an outdoors person, I wanted to describe myself as such... but I hadn't actually been 'outside' for so many years.

 

Edit: P.S. I LOVED My Side of the Mountain... I cried at the end.

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When I was a kid, I used to make treasure maps and burn the edges, so they'd look more pirate-like

 

Hey, I did the same thing. Would make a map using a a fountain pen and hold it over the toaster to turn it brittle and yellow. Then I would fool my friends into thinkng there was a treasure buried in the park...well OK, it only worked once, because they were on to me after that.

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When I was younger (I'm now 60), I spent all my summers and all the other seasons finding those spots on the may you couldn't drive to, and lost myself there. Later I had to work to support wife/family, and put wanderlust on the shelf for a few years. Now I have a reason to go back to those places, because a lot of them have caches in them! Kids are married and gone--wife likes it as much as I do--grandkids always want to go with us. Life is better with caching!

 

Now if I could just get paid to do it . . . . . . <_<:)

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Might as well play:

 

28

female

married

2 cats

played D&D

computer geek

intelligent

former girl scout (asked to leave after that fire incident at camp...)

I too love Raiders of the lost ark and My side of the Mountain.

and I've lost track of more stuff in the woods than most folks I know.

Oh, yeah, and descendant of a long line of mappers/geographers/explorers.

I like the walks in the woods aspect of the game. The hubby wouldn't hike until we started geocaching.

-Jennifer

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Favorite book when I was 10: "My Side of the Mountain," about a boy who runs away from home and lives in the woods, off the land.

Heh, just bought that and read it to my kids (also, at the same time grabbed another of my childhood favorites: "Five Boys In A Cave")

 

Anyway...

 

41

Married

Love the Indiana Jones Movies!

Jeeper (at heart, sold my CJ! But looking to win a new one! <_< )

Never played D&D

Geek, and also work in IT

I was a Boy Scout, and learned to love the outdoors because of it!

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You may be on to somehting there Rich, my cats are always caching stuff around the house. Under the beds, in shoes, buried in their boxes, behind the couch. And one of our cats wanders off with money if given the chance. Several dollars so far have been "borrowed" only to be found hidden deep in shoes or in her hidey corners. So maybe it is the cats making us cache.

<_<

-Jennifer

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Me:

 

24

male

married

3 cats

played D&D as a teen

slight computer geek

slightly above average intelligence

former boy scout

love being outdoors

ummm... moonlit walks on the beach -  - oh wait. nevermind

 

edit: "What is our common bond?" Not "Why".... oops. showing my intelligence there

 

Ok I'll play too:

Me:

44

male

married

4 cats (One more and Shadowgal gets labeled 'crazy cat lady' :) and I move out <_< )

I too was a stoner-jock :D : soccer through HS and Lacrosse into college and two years after. Ultimate frisbee replaced soccer as the fall activity in college.

No role playiing games, but did a bit of youth group and HS drama

Lo-tech no geek/nerd factor; earn my living with fire and sharp knives :D

Too smart for my own good-bit of a smart a** too (but it helps fit in around here)

former cub scout

like outdoors action i.e. skiing and WW rafting but NO camping-I want a warm bed and shower after those activites

got engaged on a moonlit walk on the beach

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I've been reading this thread, and history. Since every remaining original culture represented in todays world obliterated the ones who's path they crossed it's only the families of the strong or smart that survived to this day. So that's what we are. The living pinnacle of human evolution. Alas I haven't yet figured out how so many morons survived all the bloodshed. They must of been hiding in caves when the winning armies swept through and obliterated the losing side. If our forbearers were better finders of things hidden we would probably have less cache maggots today.

 

The other common thread is that we like finding hidden stuff.

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Another female here!

 

Early 30's

4 year old daughter who now LOVES to "treasure hunt"

1 Dog, 1 Husband

Computer Programmer...Umm, at least that's what my title says! My boss actually says I talk too much so he uses that to his advantage thus I am really a System Analyst.

Have always loved the outdoors (former girlscout that actually DID get to camp :) ) but seemed to get 'stuck' inside more and more as I got older. Non-geocaching Hubby (although he HAS accompanied me a time or two) doesn't mind the outdoors but seems to only go out on Hunting or Fishing trips with the 'guys'.

Found caching from the wheresgeorge.com site. Had GPS within a week (thank goodness it was close to Mother's Day!). Still don't get out as often as I would like but since the little girl has taken an interest hope to get out more!

I actually did play D&D for a while and loved video games. (still do to some extant but would rather be outside on a nice day)

I think the sense of adventure, mystery, intrigue, problem solving, nature, physical exertion, and accomplishment are what attracts me most to Geocaching.

Not to mention the moldy McToys! <_<

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I love becoming a statistic.

 

29.89315068493150684931506849315068 yrs.

Divorced

Male

No Kids

No Current Pets

IT Director

Musician (unprofessionally)

Hated the Outdoors until I was 19.

IQ: 165-168 with severe learning disabilities, no kidding

Religion & Philosophy & ACH Specialist

 

Loved: The Matrix, True Lies, Hudson Hawk, Illuminatus Trilogy

 

The attraction: Being part of an underground, all encompassing subculture with no evil agenda. And the Community stuff.

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About five minutes later, I found a $5 dollar bill on the ground, and proudly held it up for Dad to see. "See!!! This is why I always look at the ground!".

I think that five-spot was mine. I remember losing one when I was a kid in the 60's. Did it have a picture of Abe Lincoln on it?

 

I've been looking for it ever since. Thought a new GPS would help me find it, but so far all I've found are the ammo boxes and tupperware containers that other folks have been nice enough to hide for me.

 

As for why I hunt for caches, I have always enjoyed the outdoors, and hiking in the woods is good exercise. I have seen more beautiful places very close to my home that I never knew existed before. It makes me appreciate nature more.

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I'll Jump In.

 

55 yrs old

Newbie

Married

2 yr old twins - one each

Physician's Assistant

Some Geek/Some Athletic

Used to show & Race Sleddogs but that got too expensive & frustrating.

My boss got me hooked

Raiders was ok

Love outdoors, so far love the challenge

Never buried mason jars

<_<

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34 female

 

used to play AD&D (ok, old pink-box d&D too)

 

got introduced to computers when the timex computer was the coolest gadget (it could play Life and had 4k of memory)

 

married (would've just lived in sin for another 14 years, but taxes are sooo much better married, and it was a fun adventure)

 

read science fiction a lot

 

like finding things.

 

like the outdoors

 

lots of pets (see my bio)

 

hmmmmmmm

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When I was a teenager, the most fun my friends and I had was discovering old, spooky places. Abandoned houses, old cemeteries where gangsters were supposedly buried, and just weird stuff like a dead tree that someone nailed sheets of cut tin to so that it looked like a man wearing a mask were always great finds. We’d often go out seeking the urban legend spots, too, such as the village of midgets (er… little people), a witch’s house, haunted houses, etc. It is certainly this adventurous/explorative character in me that is the reason I geocache.

 

Matt

 

By the way, when polled, nearly everyone thinks of himself or herself as having above average intelligence. I have no doubt, of course, that geocachers really are above average; I just think it’s interesting…

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When I was a teenager, the most fun my friends and I had was discovering old, spooky places. Abandoned houses, old cemeteries where gangsters were supposedly buried, and just weird stuff like a dead tree that someone nailed sheets of cut tin to so that it looked like a man wearing a mask were always great finds. We’d often go out seeking the urban legend spots, too, such as the village of midgets (er… little people), a witch’s house, haunted houses, etc. It is certainly this adventurous/explorative character in me that is the reason I geocache.

 

That's interesting. In NJ, we have a magazine devoted to places like this called Weird NJ. They have a website and have recently started another one devoted to the USA called Weird US.

 

Anyway, it turns out that a lot of local geocachers are fans of Weird NJ magazine and quite a few caches here are devoted to sites mentioned in the magazine, which is why I even bring this up.

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Let's see:

 

Male

43

Married

3 cats

Web Geek - been geeking on computers since the Zenith 100 days in the Air Force

Made it as far as Weblo in boy scouts

Master Mason

Don't have any idea about IQ. I'm smart enough to get my work done so that's good enough :back:

Will finish MS in Management Information Systems in September

Favorite Movie: Office Space and Continential Divide

2 GPSr so far

 

Zack

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