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Old 05-24-2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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Party of Me! Solo trip report with pictures!

I got back last night, but I really didn't want to come home at all, I had such a great time.


First up, the who, what, why, when, where:

Who: Me! All by my lonesome. I'm 37, mom to a pair of daughters (16 and 15), divorced, member of the CA Army National Guard, returned from Afghanistan in December. I'm currently unemployed, but should be starting my active Guard job soon, if my CO gets off his butt and gets my orders cut.


This is from our WDW trip in Feb, I didn't take any pictures of myself this trip, it was all about Disney.

What: My very first solo trip to Disneyland.

Why: Why not? I bought a Premium AP in March as I had planned several trips to DL this year, one with my parents in June/July, one with each of my kids on their own, and maybe a few more sprinkled in when I have the chance. I actually had planned to attend the Veteran's Job Expo for Disney/Pixar/ESPN, but then I got the job offer from my unit, so there is no need to find a job elsewhere and move, since I already had the room reservations I figured I should just enjoy what I had already planned, then I added a day on at the beginning.

Where: Motel 6 maingate. This was not planned as a pleasure trip, so I found the least expensive accommodations possible, and honestly the room was great, much better than I expected.

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Old 05-24-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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The road trip

I had planned to leave here Sunday morning at 4am in order to get to Disney around noon/1pm timeframe. But that didn't happen. I live a couple of miles from the fairgrounds here in Shasta County, and they had an event that lasted ALL NIGHT. It would have been fine, honestly the music wasn't annoying, but there was one guy who screamed WOOHOO! at the top of his lungs with the PA turned all the way to 11 every half hour or so that woke me up, over two miles away with windows closed and headphones in my ears. So I didn't get a lot of sleep, it was still going on when I left home at 6:30 in the morning.

My bags were already in the car except for the one with my hair dryer and stuff in it, which I finished packing right before I left. My youngest daughter who lives with me had had a friend spend the night Saturday and they were passed out on the sectional when I left. The friend's mom came by and picked them up later in the day to spend the rest of the time I was gone at her house. I gave them hugs and practically bolted to the car.

The drive was beautiful. It was in the 80s for most of the day and just lovely. I wish I had an extra hand so I could have taken some pictures on the way, but I wanted to make sure I made it to the Toy Story parking lot in one piece. I made one stop for gas, and that was it. I had snacks and drinks, and somehow my bladder was in agreement with me that we wanted to get there as soon as possible, so no rest stops aside from the gas station either. Yay!

I pulled up in the Toy Story lot at 2:30 on the dot, exactly 8 hours from the moment I turned the key in the ignition. That's great time for a 560 mile drive. When I got there I showed the gate guy my Premium AP voucher and got into the lot with free parking. Yay! I was told that I might have to get a refund after activating my pass, but I tried it anyway on the advice of another DISer, and that was awesome. I parked, called my mom to let her know I arrived safe, texted my daughter and my friend whom I had planned to meet upon arrival as she was there for Bats Day, then hopped onto the shuttle to the park. It was still too early to check into my room and they were expecting me to be a late arrival anyway, so straight into the fray!
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:03 PM   #3
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Sunday in the park

I had arrived! Yay! I stopped by the ticket booth to activate my AP, then headed into Disneyland proper. I was just about to put y pass away when I noticed that the expiration date was March 2013 and not May 2013. When I had reviewed the info at the ticket booth I could swear that the 3 had been a 5, but then I had just stepped into the shade from the very bright sun, s I could have been mistaken. I went back out to Guest Services and waited in line for about 15 minutes, the lovely CM there made the correction in about 30 seconds and I was back on my way. I had texted my friend and met her and her fiance there at GS. Their costumes were awesome, very Steampunk, but for some reason I didn't take a picture of them. But I did get some of other attendees. While we were in the plaza area a couple approached who were also dressed amazingly (although way too hot for the day) and agreed to let me take their picture.


The parasol is what I loved the most.

By this time I was starving as I had skipped both breakfast and lunch. Beef jerky is awesome for a snack, but it doesn't fill me up. So we headed in and went directly to the Troubadour Tavern for a baked potato.


So yummy! Bacon is quite possibly my favorite food ever.

We wandered around for a bit, then enjoyed part of the Soundsational parade, very cute. Goofy is my favorite character ever, so:



Then there was a marching band from a random high school. We decided to stick around and have a listen, and were very impressed with their rendition of Bad Romance.



There was another awesome Steampunk group who agreed to let me snap a photo, they were all very nice folks and I really enjoyed the costumes and the chat with all of the Bats Day participants.



We did some more wandering and did lots of catching up, then headed over to DCA for a glass of wine at Napa Rose. It was a lovely day, but I was a bit tired by that point and kind of wanted a shower. My friends were planning to do WoC, but I wanted to see Fantasmic as I've never seen it before, so we split up at that point. I picked up my car and went to check into my room and they went on to dinner. I showered up, changed and decided to walk back to the parks. The Motel 6 is so close there's really no point in parking and taking the shuttle, it would take much more time.

The walk was beautiful. Just what I needed to pick me up, and on the way I had a great view of the ToT.




This is my favorite spot in any Disney property. It's the place where I stop being an adult and become an excited 12 year old again.

I had planned to make the Storybook Land Canal Boats my first ride, as it's my favorite, but the line was ridiculously long and I knew that I wouldn't make it to either showing of Fantasmic if I waited in a 45 minute long line. So I headed to Big Thunder Mountain instead, as I've always wanted to ride it in the dark. It was lovely.


Not one of my best pictures, but the line was moving quickly and I was trying to take some snaps on he fly.

After BTMRR I was feeling peckish again, what with the walk to the room and all, and by now it was after 9:30. I have always passed up Columbia Harbor House as I thought they just had fish and chips and clam chowder and I am not a fan of any type of seafood. But as I was walking by I noticed that they had broccoli and cheese soup in a breadbowl. My favorite! So I sat down and had a very late dinner.


Delicious!

As I was sitting right in front of PoTC and saw that there was no line at all, I decided to jump on. This is where I had the only not great experience of the trip, and it wasn't all that bad. A mother was in line ahead of me with 3 boys. The CM put them in a queue for the next boat, and the little one began screaming at the top of his lungs and crying. This wen on for a couple of minutes. There was another single rider in the queue for another seat on the same boat, he stepped back and quietly asked the CM if he could wait for the next one as the mother seemed dead set on riding Pirates and was doing nothing to quiet her child. The CM agreed and the guy stepped back a bit. The boat arrived and the kid freaked out and ran toward back toward the entrance, mom followed. We all shrugged, figuring she would take him back to their room to get some sleep, it was nearly 10pm, after all. So the single rider guy went ahead and got on that boat and it went away. I was now at the front of the ride queue, so the CM put me in the line that the mother and boys had been in and we waited for the next boat. All of a sudden she returned with the kid still screaming and pushed her way in front of me, back where they had been. The CM looked at me, I told him it was okay, I'll wait for the next boat, she got on with her kids and the boat whisked them away. I popped into the next one, in the front seat and had an awesome PoTC experience, love it!

After Pirates it was nearly 10, and the next showing of Fantasmic was at 10:15. Of course it was a crowded day, so all of the good viewing areas were taken. I considered sitting in front of Harbor House as it seemed to have a decent view and there were no people, the CMs there agreed that it was a decent place to watch. But I'm a smoker, so I decided to sit down on the smoking area for a few minutes. When I got there I realized that that was probably the best spot to watch the show, and it was. I chatted with some more Bats Day folks, and sat with a young couple dressed all in black, it was her birthday and she had also never seen Fantasmic. It was awesome!



By the time Fantasmic was over it was pretty late and I had been up since 5am and hadn't had a great night's sleep before that. So I bade the goths adieu and headed for the train station to take me on a trip around the Magic Kingdom and back to Main Street Station.



And so ends the first day of my solo trip.

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Old 05-24-2012, 09:21 PM   #4
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Day the second!

I had planned to get up early on Monday and arrive at the park well before rope drop. Yeah, that didn't happen. By the time I got back from the park Sunday it was midnight and I was exhausted from the drive and the half day of park touring, then it took me a while to get to sleep as usual. I turned off my alarm and ended up sleeping until just before 9am. I actually left for the park just before 10. I didn't think it would be a big deal because it shouldn't have been busy on a random Monday in May, right? I took time to smell the flowers along the way, it really is a nice walk.



It was busier Monday than it had been Sunday, which was a surprise to everyone. I spoke to some locals who were shocked at the crowds, stating that they'd never seen it so busy on that day. One woman who had been there exactly a year before said that on that day the park was practically empty. Oh well, I was on my own, so no worries.

By the time I arrived at the park I was hungry. I'm not usually a breakfast eater, but with so much walking I decided to stop at the Jolly Holiday Bakery and pick up a butter croissant and a milk. Yum.



I headed back toward Fantasyland, because I really wanted to ride the Storybook Land Canal Boats, it is truly my favorite ride. But I was in no hurry, and had fun taking pictures along the way.




And again, the line was just ridiculous. Since there's no shade in that queue, I again wasn't feeling up to a 45 minute wait. But I was already in Fantasyland, so I decided to stroll over to Toon Town for Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin. It's the only ride I enjoy in Toon Town, so I figured I'd ride it and have the Toons covered.



I took a short break, then wandered into Tomorrowland. On the way there I saw a poor little duckling all by himself, there was no mama duck in sight. But he seemed happy anyway.



I took some more time to smell the flowers here.





The line for Star Tours said 55 minutes, and it was very long, all the way outside and into another room, then outside again. But I figured it's my vacation, if I want to spend an hour in line for one of my favorite rides, I'm the only one who can complain, right? It actually wasn't as long as the sign claimed, more like 35 minutes. And once you're inside the main queue it's quite fun just to be in line. There was totally a sandstorm on Mos Espa that day. When I got to the front of the line the kid asked me how many in my party, I grinned and said "Just one", he broke into a huge smile and replied "That is sweeeeet" I nodded and headed into my line.



After Star Tours I was all about Space Mountain. But again, long line and I was starting to get hungry. I knew that Bill Hill and the Hillbillies would be at the Golden Horseshoe at 1:30, so I grabbed a fastpass for SM and headed to Frontierland. I got there just at 1, and was glad that I did, the line was out the door. Lunch wasn't fancy, but it was pretty good.



And of course, I was really there for the entertainment.



After lunch I went back to Tomorrowland to use my fp, and then on to Adventureland from there.



I had an awesome time on Indiana Jones. I got a single rider ticket and headed to the exit to enter (I kind of missed the queue, but there's still neat stuff from the back way). There was a pair of ladies with me, one in a wheelchair. We chatted and they asked how the ride was, they were concerned that it would be too wild. I told them what it was like, and we chatted some more, they were really fun ladies.





From Indy it was on to the Jungle Cruise.



Then the Tiki Room for my favorite part of any Disney trip, a Dole Whip!





On the way to Splash Mountain I encountered a band of pirates!





Splash Mountain was awesome, I sat in the back of the boat with a group of tweens who were hilarious. I got slightly damp, but not drenched, and I decided that this was the perfect time to go back to my room and change for the evening. It got cool at night, so while I wore capris and t-shirts during the day I changed into jeans in the evening and grabbed a sweater. I had a dinner reservation at the Blue Bayou at 7:10, and I made it there about 5 minutes before my time. I asked for a water view, and by the time I was seated it was about 7:25, not too bad. I ordered filet mignon and gumbo, which was delicious. I decided to try the crab cake that came with the filet, even though I detest most seafood. I figured maybe I just haven't had it prepared well and I can just try it. Yeah... still don't like crab cake.


I should not have eaten so much bread.


I also should not have eaten the whole cup of gumbo.


Oh but that filet was delicious.

When I was called for my table the girl said party of two, I corrected her and said "Nope, party of me!". She stared at me in awe for a moment and asked if I was touring the park alone, I told her that I was and she said "I've always wanted to do that, how is it?" I assured her that it was amazing, and headed in to my table. I sat right at the edge and had a nice view of the passing boats. Some kids called out "Marco" and someone in the restaurant responded with "Polo", which cracked me up. Then a group floated by in a boat and sang happy birthday to a guy who was having dinner in the restaurant, I thought that was sweet. When I made the reservation the Disney dining person asked me if I was celebrating anything and I told her that yeah, it's kind of my birthday. So after dinner the waiter brought out a small chocolate mousse with whipped cream and a candle and told me happy birthday. It was very nice, and I failed to take a picture until I had scarfed nearly the whole thing!



After dinner I did some more wandering but decided to pack it in early as I was pretty tired. I rode the train around to the front again and walked back to my room around 9ish. What a lovely day.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:10 AM   #5
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Thanks for posting your Trip Report - I'm going for the first time next week and your report was fun to read with nice pictures (and food porn)! My pre-trip plan is looking more solid now!

Sounds like you had a great solo trip!
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I have one more day to add, will probably do so later this afternoon when I have time.
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Last park day!

Okay, I've returned to finish up.

Tuesday dawned and I was refreshed. I headed over to Disneyland at around 8ish so I could make rope drop, forgetting that it was a magic morning so there would be no fun at the entrance, sad. But we went in at about 8:30 and I sat on the bench in the hub closest to Main Street. I was the first person there, then was joined by a couple with their twin sons who appeared to be between 2 and 3 and a lady who goes to DLR every morning of the year for her daily walk. What a great way to start your day, huh?



The twins were adorable, one was dressed in a Pooh costume and the other Tigger, and although it was obvious they couldn't read, they were both intently studying park maps. After a few minutes of chatting a group of high school seniors approached us. I assumed they were on an organized senior ditch day, they were all wearing matching t-shirts and it was not a grad night. There were about a half dozen of them and they were incredibly polite. They explained to the parents of the twin boys that they were on a scavenger hunt, and one of the items they had to get was a picture with characters. They thought that it would be so much more awesome to have a picture with the twins dressed as character and would the parents mind? They didn't mind at all and a lovely photo was taken both for the seniors and one for the parents. Those kids had better have won that scavenger hunt, just for the "Aaaaaw" factor of that picture. I would have taken one as well, but they weren't my kids, so it might have been a bit creepy.

When the CM dropped the rope we all strolled into the park and I got sidelined by a duck and her ducklings. This may have been the mama duck to the stray I had seen the day before. In fact, this might have been him, it seems he was always getting left behind.



He managed to make it to join his family after a few confused moments though.



So FINALLY I made it to the Storybook Land Canal Boats. It's my favorite ride! I stood in line with Princess Jessica, who was visiting from Canada with her parents to celebrate her birthday. She was darling and her parents were lovely, we chatted in line and then shared a boat. I could post dozens of pictures from that ride, but I'll spare you.



I took a short break near the Matterhorn gain. I just love looking at it now. I think it looks so much prettier now that they've scraped away all of the layers of excess paint. It looks like the real Matterhorn during the spring thaw now.



Then I headed to the monorail. I LOVE the new monorails! Not only do they have a new Cars overlay, they have new voices! Manny, Mona and Mandy. I think I rode in Mona, but I can't recall. Maybe someone else knows which is which?



I bopped around DTD for a bit and bought a bigger bag because I had lots to carry now that I had picked up presents for those I left at home. That was fun, but now it was after 10 and I didn't want to miss out on California Adventure, so I made a beeline for the entrance. Don't ask me why I didn't take a picture of it, I have no idea.



The last time I visited the Little Mermaid ride was under construction, so that's the first place I went. It was so cute!



Ursula is one of my favorite villains. She's on some of my checks, even.



Then I headed for the boardwalks and the Silly Symphony Swings.





I'd never visited A Bug's Land before either, last time I had my teen daughters with me and they were not interested. So I checked it out. I rode Heimlich's Chew Chew Train, but nothing else. I did stop and smell the flowers here, though.







I did some more walking, which really was the best part of this trip. I really enjoyed just wandering around with no set destination. It was so liberating! I walked past the Carthay Circle Theater where a CM was painting the facade, he caught me taking pictures, so I yelled "Smile!" and he became one of a very few on purpose human subjects for the trip.



I went to the Animation Studios and visited the zoetrope, which is one of my favorite exhibits. I skipped the drawing class and Turtle Talk, though, I just wasn't feeling it.



But then it was time for Aladdin! Oh yeah!



I was sad that they no longer fly the carpet around the theater. I spoke to a CM after and he said that he knows it's not going to happen but he catches himself looking up anyway. It's been down since September when one of the support lines snapped, but he said they're working on a safe fix and hopefully it will be back. It makes for a slightly odd middle of the show.


But Genie was awesome, and made up for it.

By the end of the show it was time for lunch for sure. I headed back to the boardwalk area, but couldn't find anything that sounded good. Until I walked past the Pacific Wharf Cafe. They had broccoli soup in a sourdough bowl! I know, I had it Sunday night at Columbia Harbor House. But that wasn't sourdough! This one included cauliflower and carrots and onions... it just looked amazing. So even though it was a super warm day, I had the broccoli and cheese soup. I was not disappointed, it was delicious. And the bread was fabulous.



I sat at the only table left that had any shade, I almost felt bad because it was a long table that could seat 6 or more. But I figured why should I sit in the sun and be uncomfortable just because I'm alone? And a few minutes later a man and a couple of kids walked up looking for a place to sit while mom went to get lunch. Dad suggested they sit "here", and the kids were all freaked out, "but Dad, there's a lady sitting there!" He told them that maybe they could ask me nicely if they could join me, which they did, and of course I agreed. They were lovely lunch companions, when the mom showed up with food we chatted about her kids and mine and how I was enjoying the solo trip, she was jealous. Then I bade them all farewell to brave the Toy Story Midway Mania line.


It was long.


I loved this scene at the end, which they don't have at the one in WDW.

I visited the exploration trail after getting myself a soda and a cotton candy, which was lovely, but I'm not so fond of those bouncy bridges. I wandered while I snacked, and realized that I could have seen just about everything there by travelling an hour north or south from my home, I live between Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen.





I walked over by the theater again and got to check out the Mad T Party setup in progress, it looks pretty neat.



And then my camera battery died. I rode Screamin' a couple of times, had a couple of breaks, did some more wandering, played some midway games and all around enjoyed myself. Then I realized that I had pretty much seen all that I cared to see at DCA. So I went back to the Magic Kingdom. I love it there.

I hopped on Alice in Wonderland, watched the Soundsational parade from the Teacups, and then I did it. It's a Small World had no line. So I walked on. I sat in a row all to myself, right in front of Stacey and her parents. Oh. My. She was cute. And so excited! She was around 2ish, and jumped up every time she saw a character she recognized. After a bit I joined in with her and pointed out Mushu and Lilo and Stitch. We had a lovely time, her parents were very nice, but the wonder in her eyes was the most fun thing in the world to watch. I wished I still had batteries in the darned camera. Before I go again I need to buy a backup, charging overnight just didn't cut it this time.

So I was pretty much done by this point. It was nearly dark and starting to cool off. I wandered back to New Orleans Square, considered getting in line for Pirates, but ultimately decided that I was really just tired. I headed back to the train and got on for my last trip around the park. The train was at capacity. I have never seen it that full in my life, there was literally no room at all. At Toon Town a few people got off, but not many. I was at the end of a row, but there was no one to my left when they said that it was full again after just handful of the very long line had boarded. The next group in the queue was just a dad and his small son, I told the CM that there was room for one and scooted over, Dad gratefully boarded with the boy in his lap. He told me that the train is his son's absolute favorite ride, because of the dinosaurs. So when that scene came up we oohed and aahed over them all. Again, the wonder in that little boy's eyes made my night. It was really special.

I slowly walked out of the park and back to my room. It was really an amazing trip and I loved every moment of it. If anyone is on the fence about touring alone, I have to encourage it. It was awesome.

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Thanks for the TR! Touring alone sounds like fun! I am glad the CM at the Toy Story lot let you in with the voucher.

I enjoyed your pictures of the flowers and ducks. I have a tendency to charge through the parks with a focus on rides. I am only recently learning the joys of taking things at a slower pace at DL. It seems like you already know all about it!
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Thanks so much for that tip! If you hadn't mentioned it I may not have even tried.
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Hey CamoMama,

I loved the TR! Glad to hear that you are getting into an AGR spot, Im a USAR guy and understand the frustration of waiting for orders! Thanks again for the TR,

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Yup, it's frustrating. It's not quite AGR, but close, ADOS. The guy that was in the slot was supposed to be out by the 15th, but he's apparently still clearing. I talked to my training NCO this morning, he's gonna get an answer for me ASAP.
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so cliche to say but I will anyways... Hurry up and wait! Hope your NCO speeds things up for you a bit

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Yup, it's frustrating. It's not quite AGR, but close, ADOS. The guy that was in the slot was supposed to be out by the 15th, but he's apparently still clearing. I talked to my training NCO this morning, he's gonna get an answer for me ASAP.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:56 AM   #13
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I enjoyed reading your report. Loved how you found joy in watching the little ones light up. I always do too! Smelling the flowers and watching the ducklings are all part of the disney experience for me too. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:18 PM   #14
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Cottonwood girl here.....

I just read your report (thanx to a link from the Motel 6 discussion.) I loved your report and way loved all the pictures. I just recently discovered that art of stopping to smell the roses in DL. The group always has a mentality of doing everything - and apparently seeing little. (ok, I am probably the group leader in that.)

I took a trip by myself back in January and I can not wait to do it again. I was slightly insecure about it before I left home, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I took my time when I wanted to, I rushed when I wanted to, didn't have to wait for any one. I even rode IASW two times back to back. (I can't even imagine the uproar if I suggested that to my troops)

PS...It is so strange to me when I read about my home town on the DIS board. (the Shasta County fairgrounds is where my husband and I got together 29 years ago) Loved that part, and was mentally trying to remember what may have been going on there in May.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:25 AM   #15
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I just came here to read your trip report since you mentioned it on the walking distance hotels thread. I enjoyed reading about your solo touring. I've done a solo WDW trip before, but haven't spent much time alone in DLR. I am taking a mother/daughter trip in the spring, but she is leaving about 24 hours before me, so I'll have a solo day at the end of the trip. It was nice to read about how much fun you had solo. I'm REALLY looking forward to my trip even more now!

I see your location is Bothell, WA. My mom's side of the family lives near there, all in the suburbs on the north end of Lake Washington. My dad's parents used to live in Old Station, right by Mt. Lassen. I rarely hear about Mt. Shasta or Mt. Lassen, so reading about Mt. Lassen in your TR surprised me!
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