Five-Hundred Word Challenge 646: Only Waiting

And so the day drags on like the knuckles against the ground, but instead of scraping the skin away and causing more harm than good on a physical level, this is just a drag that seems to stretch out for far longer than anticipated. The moment becomes all too real and you’re very much alive and living in it. Still, it can only drag on for so long, regardless of how long it might seem like it will drag for. An eternity is a really long time, but this is no eternity. It just might feel as such; at least, for a little while anyway. Eventually time might start losing all meaning as you sit there and stare off into the void of numbers and words that mean less and less the more you look at them.

Once they did have meaning, but they eventually unfurled and revealed themselves as being devoid of such things. Utterly meaningless and utterly absurd.

All there is left to do is stare and wait and hope, but of course hoping isn’t getting much done so instead the day drags on and you’re left there sitting and waiting to get out of it all so that you can get back to doing the things you need to do and get back to enjoying your day and taking it easy, but there is no easy to take as there is too much happening at all times. Or is there?

There is always a lot so you pull things out of what is floating around you and you work on those, but those are happening now and you’re still required to keep your attention firmly on what is in front of you as even though working on stuff helps, it doesn’t make the time go by any faster and that’s what you’d rather have happen. You want to be productive as it keeps your mind healthy and operational, but instead you’d much rather just stare off into space as that seems like something more productive. It feels as though it’s a more conducive use of your time. Perhaps it’s been a little too long spent dragging the knuckles and not enouh time trying to figure things out that would help get through the tedium of trying to get to the end of something that stretches far beyond that which you’ve experienced in the past. One of those days as they say.

Maybe it really isn’t one of those days. Maybe it’s just one of those things instead. Sometimes you have to live an eternity to appreciate the time you have, but this is of course an impractical use of anyone’s time. At least, that is what you tell yourself. Still, you can’t get away from it for some reason. You’re not drawn into what it is that you’re doing. Images are all indistinct after a while and they too lose their meaning. You just want to get to the end of the day, but there’s only waiting.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 05:52:04

On lunch break so I decided to write.

Another fiction based on reality.

Kind of okay.

Written at home.

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Envy: The Fallen Crimson Review

Once more a review that took far, far too long to complete.

What I originally had was mostly complete. I ended up rewriting most of it, though not intentionally. It was a stressful process, though considering most of the review was rewritten, most of what was originally going to be edited and put up probably wasn’t worth sharing.

The review’s length was greater than I thought it would be. It’s a bit more in-depth than what I usually do, but perhaps not as articulate, which might explain the length.

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There’s little time wasted with “Statement of Freedom”. Befitting of its name, the song sounds very much like a statement. It’s big and crunchy, and holds an emotional climax that fits quite nicely. The song is quite sudden and immediate; it’s the sound of Envy being a leaner and more aggressive band.

The sense of immediacy comes through quite a lot of The Fallen Crimson. Envy still explore and the songs remain dynamic, but they’re more direct and urgent rather than indirect and gradual. It sounds as though Envy were looking to capture a sense of the moment, or maybe they were looking to lean more on the hardcore than the post; perhaps it was both, or neither.

“Swaying Leaves and Scattering Breath” follows “Statement of Freedom” with a greater interplay from both feel and dynamics. There’s a bit more quiet and sense of melancholy, but overall the song feels quite festive and lively. It’s a song not willing to linger; Each section is just long enough to let the feelings permeate before moving onto the next.

At this point it’s two songs in and whilst it feels slightly different, it also feels very much like Envy. “A Faint New World” still feels like Envy, but sounds much more like a progression in sound than the prior songs. It starts off kind of soft, letting a sense of unease build. The spoken vocals give way to screams, the instruments get louder and more rhythmic, and something sounding like a voice slightly elongates notes as it follows behind the band. Eventually the gears switch to something sounding a little faster and tense which begets one of Envy’s most jagged, stabbing and intense bits of music they’ve recorded. the brief passage makes a large impact before the song switches back to something more familiar as it moves toward its close.

“Rhythm” sees Tetsuya Fukugawa taking a vocal sideline for someone else. It’s a thicker vocal that enhances the song’s prettiness. The vocals seem to follow the instrumentation in that they slowly build from something sounding tender and fragile into something overtly dramatic and grandiose. It’s an emotive performance from Envy, but it’s a song that’s a little too by-the-numbers. The band play it well but its a song that most other bands of their ilk could’ve done.

“HIKARI” is one the more beautiful songs Envy have recorded. It does the quiet, tender thing before switching to being loud, though it remains tender throughout. The song’s performed with a kind of heaving, pulling playing that enhances the melody and emotional feel by quite a lot more than describing it suggests.

Tetsuya Fukugawa speaks his words in a way that feels as though he’s trying to get something important across without much time to do so. His spoken tone shifts until it’s no longer enough, so he switches to his scream; It’s almost as though he has no choice. Everyone else keeps on building on the song’s mass, leading to an almost-overwhelming sense of catharsis.

As far as The Fallen Crimson‘s performance aspect goes… well, it’s a real treat as Envy play with much passion. The guitars alternate between the gentle and raging with ease whilst the bass keeps them well-anchored. Unsurprisingly Tetsuya Fukugawa’s spoken and screamed vocals are as strong as ever. There is some brief singing that works for when it appears, but otherwise he sticks to his usual style.

Often the percussion is great. It has a feeling of bigness, and sounds tight and energetic, but there are times when Hiroki Watanabe overplays, such as on “Eternal Memories and Reincarnation”. The song has this gliding quality to it, but for some reason the percussion is really rigid and adding a bit too much. Even when it slows down and allows a bit more space, it still remains rigid. Everything else about the song is fine. It has a melancholic and pensive feel, but the percussion doesn’t let that come through as well as it should.

On the following “Fingerprint Mark” which seems kind of reflective of “Eternal Memories and Reincarnation” Hiroki cuts loose, but so does everyone. It’s a blistering slice of hardcore that demands everyone goes all in. However, Hiroki manages to overplay on this one too. It’s not as much of an issue here, but in the song’s quieter section he’s taking from it by doing far more than necessary. It creates clutter on an otherwise great song. There are other places, but it’s on these two songs where the overplaying is most noticeable.

The two songs from 2018’s Alnair in August – “Dawn and Gaze” and “Marginalized Thread” – really belong to this album. “Marginalized Thread” is a sleek, energetic work that moves quickly whilst still carrying a sense of journeying; “Dawn and Gaze” tugs a little at the heartstrings whilst carrying a sense of comfort and triumph. The songs sound little brighter than when they originally came out, but they fit right in. Not having them here would’ve been a loss to the album.

The final two tracks – “Memories and the Limit” and “A Step in the Morning Glow” round out The Fallen Crimson nicely. “Memories and the Limit” sounds celebratory in places, though it’s also rather bittersweet. There’s joy, there’s sadness but it leans more toward the joy.

“A Step in the Morning Glow” is a slow, massive and weighty closer with a strong sense of drive and purpose. The song sounds both climactic and definitive the whole way through, even when it lets up to let in some breathing space. It’s a great song to close on as it sounds quite conclusive to the listening experience.

Envy have the luxury of staying power. I think part of that they always sound like they’re giving it it their all, whether it be live or on record. They clearly work hard on their music and it pays off. I also think that their staying power is due to their ability to create emotive content that sounds genuine; something The Fallen Crimson shows with ease. They’re also a band often at their best when they’re wandering; something The Fallen Crimson also shows, but on a narrower path than usual.

Some of Envy’s finest work thus far is on The Fallen Crimson. It’s an urgent, expressive and touching record. At times Envy play things a little too safe and there some slight issues, but overall the album delivers, and then some.

The Fallen Crimson is available here.

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Tamaki Kunishi

Of MONO.

I’m not sure why I didn’t share an image of Tamaki Kunishi, though it may have to do with how I feel about the images I took of her.

I didn’t take as many of her as I thought I did which is a shame as she is a great artist when it comes to both musical and performative aspects.

This is one of the better ones, though I don’t think the picking hand turned out too well. I probably should’ve increased the shutter speed, but overall I think the photo turned out nicely.

There’s a sense of motion and passion, as well as a sense of Tamaki being in the moment, I think.

I hope you enjoy.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 645: Invitation of the Night

So it was there, the darkness, that was ushered in by the invitation of the night and so all that could be done is stop and stare into it to see if any shapes would find themselves interested in formation so as to make the idea of navigating out away from a city all the more easier, but of course the aid of a torch was still required. Unfortunately the torch was out and so the moon had to suffice, but in this particular area the moon was covered by clouds and the trees were thick. There was the sense of a road underneath and the faint idea or suggestion of shapes and objects, but a lot of the moving forward had to be done by feel and feel was not very friendly at this juncture in time. There was too much space ahead and of course this meant a lot of trying not to stumble.

The sound of nothingness was only held back by the sound of organisms making their way around the landscape that they knew all too well, for they were intimately familiar with the idea of needing to hunt their prey in the dark hours; as such, they had adapted to be as efficient as they possibly could; the person fumbling through the darkness had not.

And so they kept on moving through it, staring in and hoping nothing would stare back. They slowly, yet surely made their way along the path, hoping for the moon to be revealed and some of the canopy to part and hoped that the darkness would find itself dissipating, if even only for a short period of time. Such a happening would restore confidence and instill a sense of direction and determination. Not being able to see anything other than the barest of shape was discomforting. It took away too much for them to feel safe and comfortable. This was just moving and hoping for the best.

But of course they had to keep on going. Sitting still in the dark could only lead to more issue. There was no point in doing so as shelter was nearby; that much they knew. They just didn’t know how nearby it was and they didn’t know if they would easily stay on the path or unintentionally stray and go off elsewhere without realising.

But of course they came to a clearing which gave a bit of a better idea, and in that moment the clouds seemed to part and give the person what they wanted. They were able to see much better, though it still remained dark. They were able to work out where they were and how much farther they had to go. Truly this was a joyous occasion, though restraint remained necessary.

Though once enough seconds had passed, their joy left them for other places, for they were soon confronted with something from the veil of darkness staring at them. A few seconds later and it was something readily felt.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 07:27:40

This was a bit of a struggle which I think shows.

Being written within a time limit probably has a lot to do with it, but it might also have to do with not doing enough fiction as of late.

I’m happy with the imagery. Not sure where the ending came from, but sometimes that’s just what comes.

Written at home.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 644: Writing About Writing Once More

It’s been a long day of nothing and there still are things that I need to do, so we’ll see how that goes.

Of course, there always is things that I need to do. It’s just a matter of getting them done, I guess.

I sit here, I type away and yet the words have no meaning or context, but that’s the way it can always be so long as I make sure to make sure that my sentences have no intention or sense behind them. Maybe I should try that some time and see what happens.

Well, I have done that before, but of course that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t do it again. It is a form of writing and perhaps it is one that I need to explore more, or something.

Maybe it will mean nothing, but then again maybe it will mean something. Maybe it will mean that I need to get back to writing fiction more often as writing about life, whilst highly exciting, doesn’t always cut it and even though my ability to write fiction is not the best, it is something that I thoroughly enjoy. I want to see what else I can come up with and see what results, but the need to write is always there, even when I don’t feel like writing or feel the need to writing. It just takes a rest some of the time; not all of the time.

I really should have started writing earlier in the day, however. Starting this late certainly isn’t the worst thing in the world and I certainly have had a pretty relaxed day for the most part, but I have been wanting to write for most of the day and I just haven’t and that’s never a good thing as it means I’ve been lazy when I’ve had no need or reason to do so.

I was going to write about my successful obtaining of toilet paper this morning, but instead I did not as there are better things to write about and I don’t want to go diving into that stuff as it’s a slippery slope I’d rather avoid. There are other things I’d rather write about from an ill-informed standpoint. Writing about the obtaining of toilet paper is something that can be done by people far better equipped to do so than I.

Now, where was I?

I think I was writing about  writing once more. Of course it is a subject of which I am quite fond of, but that is neither here nor there. Probably the best thing to do when it comes to writing about writing is to write about writing and get it out of the way so that you can move onto other things; at least, in my case that may be the case. I’m not really sure, now that I think about it. Perhaps there are other things that I should worry about write now.

Perhaps I should worry about finishing reviews.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 04:55:35

I don’t think I would’ve shared this if I hadn’t managed to write it as fast as I did.

It’s okay and a lot of it makes sense, but its kind of bland. Maybe. I don’t know.

Written at home.

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A Conversation with Frank Bello of Anthrax

In early 2016 I conducted my first interview for Cool Try.

It was with Frank Bello of Anthrax some time around the release of their 2016 album, For all Kings. The interview ended up going up on the site roughly a month after it was conducted, I think.

Considering that the interview is no longer up anywhere I’m sharing it here.

At the time I was trying to capture a conversation. Still am, but I’m pretty sure I’ve improved on doing so when I did this interview.

This was originally just called “Interview with Frank Bello” (I think) but I’ve changed the title to be more in line with interview titling on Culture Eater as well as better reflect what I was trying to do.

There were some edits made (mostly spacing), but otherwise everything from “On the 11th of February…” onward is as it was.

Words in bold are mine.

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On the 11th of February I was able to interview Frank Bello of Anthrax.
They were on tour and also a few weeks away from the release of For All Kings, their latest album.

Unfortunately parts of the interview had to be written from memory, so unfortunately not all of this is as accurate as it should have been.

Frank: Hello?

Hello, is that Frank?

Frank: Hi, who is this?

Frank, this is __ from Cool Try. How are you going?

Frank: Pretty good, what’s up?

Not much, not much. Just trying to enjoy the summer heat.

Frank: We’re in New Mexico in the moment and it’s pretty hot. We’d come from up north and it was much colder.

I imagine it gets hotter in New Mexico than Australia though.

Frank: Right now there’s a storm up north, so being here is nice.

I can only imagine, because if all you’re getting is bad weather, when you finally see sun it doesn’t matter how hot or cold it is; you feel so much more refreshed and energised.

Alrighty… well, let me start by asking… So you guys have a new album coming out on February 26th. Worldwide?

Frank: Yeah. It’s like letting your kids go into the world, you know? (laughs)
It’s great, because we spent so much time working on the record, so having a release date is incredible.

Well, it’s been roughly five years since Worship Music came out, which isn’t the same kind of time difference between that and We’ve Come for you all, which was eight or nine years, but even so, it’s a fair bit of time to nurture something.

Frank: With Worship Music – I say this humbly and thankfully – we did so many shows – well over 300 shows – for that record and we didn’t expect to do that many shows, to tell you the truth.

The good thing about the whole scenario is that the record has taken off so well with people that they’ve allowed us to do this.

To be really honest, it’s been a great run. We’ve worked very hard and I want to keep believing – that’s the way I grew up man – you work really hard; good things will happen.
This is a blue collar group and as honest as I can be with you dude – I think this is a hard working band. There’s a fire in the belly and we want to achieve our goals and we have a lot of goals we want to get to and I can see it by the way we’re touring.

The shows are killing live and there’s great reviews we’re tracking with the new record.
I don’t know if you have the record yet but the reviews have been nothing but 9/10, 10/10 – They’ve been the highest of highs. The reviews are going great.

I can’t wait to get it out to people – the fan-base – and let them hear it and it’s just a really great time.

Excellent. I do have the record to review but I haven’t touched it yet. I thought I’d try and get the interview out of the way first as I want a bit of perspective –

Frank: I can hear a dog.

Pardon?

Frank: I can hear a dog there.

I don’t have a dog.

Frank: I sweat to God, I thought I could hear a dog. I haven’t been home in a while and it sounded like mine.
It really sounded like you had a dog there barking right next to you (laughs).
That’s awesome.

Well, yeah, I decided that whilst you’re on tour I’ll find where you live and take your dog. Why not?

Frank: My dog! (laughs)
I miss my dog; that’s why I speak.
I haven’t been home in a month, so I miss and my dog.
I’ll see him soon, so it’s all good.
My son, my dog, my family, all good.

Ah, fair enough.
Tell me, did the writing for For All Kings change, was anything done differently or did you just get straight into it?
What was different and what was the same for this record?

Frank: To tell you the truth, on the road it’s hard to write with us, so what we did was Charlie, Scott and I, we’d get together once a month whilst off tour for a few days and we’d meet up with our producer and we’d come out with with some great skeleton ideas of songs, you know? Then we’d just keep feeding it and keeping it grow and nurture the songs really.

We did that for a bunch of sessions and then we had a good group of songs that we thought would work and we felt comfortable with. There is a point where you know you have the album, I guess by doing it for so long.

This time we know when we had the right album.
It took some living with and there was a lot of taking out and putting stuff in and the great thing is we had no rush so we could live with the songs… I think you have to be a fan to live this stuff.

You need that fire in your belly.
When you know that song is right, you know it’s ready to go then you go into the studio.

Did you mostly record it live or was it done bit by bit?
How was it mostly recorded?

Frank: We do drums first and then we’ll do bass or rhythm guitar – Scott or myself will go next – we switch on and off with that.
At this point it’s very much a live feeling.

Scott and I jam with Charlie to get his drum tracks done so it’s the three of us jamming in the studio. Then Scott will do his rhythm tracks or I’ll do my bass tracks; whatever we feel is best for the song at the time.

It’s a really good and easy process because it’s never complicated and we feel very at home in the studio.

So what you’re saying is you change it up based on what you think will work best for the song.

Frank: Yeah.
At the end of the day, it’s all about the song.
That’s the basis of everything. That’s what you’ll live on live.

This band has never been known to rush anything or put out shit or stuff that we knew wasn’t ready. That doesn’t make sense. We definitely take our time in making sure it’s the right album and I think we’ve done that with For All Kings.

You did say you took your time with it, which is a good thing as it allows you to sit more with the songs and be more clear with where you do and don’t want to go.

I read somewhere that there were a few troubles with the drumming; with a repetitive drumming injury. Did that come into play?

Frank: Charlie has this thing called Carpal Tunnel. It’s a deadening of the nerves in your hand. In his right hand specifically. He had to have surgery for it. Thankfully he’s better now, but occasionally he’ll just flare up so we’d periodically go through a bunch of songs and not push it.

It’s nothing that’s going to hamper the group, so when Charlie can’t do the road and is taking a break with his hand, we have another drummer called Jon Dette who is our friend who will come out and does some shows with us. We have a really nice thing that goes on to make it easy for everybody.

He [Charlie] was in pain but he had the surgery and he’s getting better, so that’s cool.

That’s good.
All you can do is hope for the best.
The fact that he was able to push through it as much as he could and actually get the album done is kind of an example of the triumph of the will.

Frank: Right now he’s on tour with us, so we’ll keep doing our thing, you know?

Fair enough.

So, you’re on tour at the moment and you’re probably going to have a brief break before you continue on. Obviously the album’s gonna drop and you”ll be in tour mode for that.
Is there anything you guys do to cope with the pressures of touring?

Frank: We’ve been doing this for seven years, just touring in general.
There’s nothing to combat that. It is what it is.
This is the life we’ve chosen.

I love nothing nothing more than getting on stage and playing a show.
I’ve always wanted a machine that can get me home after the show.

If you have 23, 23 1/2 that are kind of, you know, a bit of a pain, and you want to be home with the family also, it would be great if you could go and play the show and then just zap back. It doesn’t exist yet, but I’m waiting for it.

Well, one day.

With that kind of perspective it’s going to be a lot easier to cope with because you’re aware that you’re not going to be able to do everything that you want, but what with you guys being a bit older and doing it for so long surely you’d be afforded at least some time off to explore around a bit more rather than being continuously rushed around.

I’d love to say that, but it’s so much harder now because record sales just don’t exist any more. It is what it is. People are illegally downloading records so you have to stay on the road. That is how you get your music heard, but that’s also how you make a living.

It used to be a lot different, but unfortunately it is the way it is now; that’s the music business, so you stay on the road and you play to as many people as you can.

Well, with that, maybe it gives not only an excuse, but a reason to perform a lot harder and make sure that you can always put on the best live performance that you can, night in, night out, even with or without difficulties.

Frank: Anthrax has always been – and I’m proud to say that – [a band where] nobody has ever phoned it in, to coin a phrase. We leave everything on stage.
As we do with our records, we leave it all out there, and I’m very proud of that.

I can’t phone it in man. I have to give it all, cause I know how lucky I am to make a living being a musician, so I think it’s my job to leave it all out there.

It’s understandable and it’s a very admirable belief and trait to have, to be honest, as every now-and-then you will see a band who might phone it in; they could have whatever reason they’re doing it for, bit they don’t address the audience about it. They’ll just let it happen and move on.

You guys seem like the kind of guys that, if you were to, for whatever reason, put on a bad performance, you’d at least acknowledge it to the crowd and apologise for it and still do your best regardless.

Frank: I think that there is no such thing as a bad performance if you give everything.
If you have technical difficulties, that’s nobodies fault, right?

Yeah.

Frank: If you’re leaving it all on the stage and you do everything you can in your fibres and give everything you have, I think that is a great performance. That’s all you can do in life.

It doesn’t have to just be in performing music. It can be your job. Just leave it all out there and then you’ve tried your best and you can be proud of it.

I have to do that. I have to leave it all out there to say I tried my best. That’s all I can do.

Well, I’m going to attempt to throw a quick curve-ball at you because why not?
Tell me, are you a fan of swing music at all?

Frank: Swing?

Yeah, swing. Or any other similar style of music.

Frank: Sure.
You wouldn’t believe the music I’m into.
I love music.
I love any kind of music people are putting out from their soul.
I really means a lot to me cause you’re a sponge.
You can take anything in.

I’m an old movie buff.
I love old films and I love the swing time, I love all of that stuff.
I love the big band era.

It comes in cycles and people try to bring it back once in a while and I always enjoy that.

So to answer your question, definitely.
It’s a whole lost art that I hope people revisit.

Fair enough. Well, that was going to lead to my second, hopefully curve-ball question.

With music being cycling in nature, it will come back in some way, whether it be major or minor, but do you think that, say, things like swing and cool jazz could ever come back and make a significant impact on main music or it’ll just be on the wayside?

Frank: Well, first off, I hope it does, of course and the older I get the more I see life has cycles to it. How things come about in a different way, you know what I mean?
It’s a taste of, say, like a soup. A “taste” of swing, but it’ll be in a different format.
Somebody will do it their own way, but it will still be a tribute to that.

There’s so much great stuff out there from the past that I love to revisit. I do.
I find myself going back and listening to a lot of music.
I love the old films so much and the music that was around in those days.

It’s a passion of mine.
I like listening cause I think music is a great… it’s a great pulse of what’s going on at that time. Just like music now; it’s a great pulse of what’s going on right now.

Unfortunately the interview cut at this point.
However, I had no remaining questions.
It was a pleasure to be able to speak to Frank Bello.
For All Kings is out now.

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Sunset Shots

Right now I’m wondering if there’s anything special about a sunset shot. It’s something that has a lot of coverage at this point.

It probably depends. Getting a shot that stands out likely takes a lot more work which I think is a good thing as it’s more of a challenge, unless of course you happen to be in the right place and the right time with little, if any planning or effort, which is also a good thing.

That said, the result of capturing the sunset often remains pleasant to view as it can often result in a range of reactions. They can be pleasing, overwhelming, powerful… etc. etc. They can be a combination of things.

Here are two shots of the sunset that I took roughly two weeks ago.

There’s not anything special about these and I do think the transmission tower and power lines are problematic, though maybe that means they say something more than “I am part of the image”, but overall I do find the images pleasing.

This is my submission into the ninety-first Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

The theme for this one is “Simplicity“.

Whilst the mechanisms behind what is displayed are somewhat-complex (depending on how deep into them you want to get), the scenes are simple enough.

The challenge is hosted by four people and cycles weekly:

Week 1 – Patti

Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya

Week 3 – Amy

Week 4 – Tina

This one is hosted by Patti. The next is guest-hosted by John Steiner of Journeys with Johnbo. Then it’ll be Leya.

I recommend giving the challenges a go and seeing how you interpret each theme. I also recommend checking out what other people are doing to meet the challenges.

I hope you enjoy.

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