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Urban Steps

I love nature and I love cities. Vibrancy and solitude within steps of each other. In some cities you might find this in a walled villa, or maybe a hidden garden in a hotel, or an expanse of a lush park when you didn’t expect one. A stone path leading to stone steps helps one deliberately and subliminally make the transition from purpose to something even more important. *Urban Steps
#StoneSteps #StonePath #Nature #DallasNeighborhood #Solitude #Garden #SwissAvenue #MungerPlace #City #Neighborhood #Dallas #Design #LandscapeDesign #Architecture

Hurricane Harvey Prompts Preservation

The Texas Legislature assembled over $9 million to preserve, restore, and study damaged buildings and sites as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The Texas Legislature authorized the Texas Historical Commission, Texas Preservation Trust Fund to award this money to the most worthwhile preservation projects. I was elected by the Commission to serve on the professional advisory board which reviewed the 50 projects applying for the grants and the staff evaluations and background on each project that were candidates to receive these resources. This board included a place for two architects, two archeologists, two preservationists, two non-profit organization preservationists, one lawyer, and a real estate broker, which is the place I filled. The Texas Preservation Trust Fund staff is dedicated and knowledgeable. They provided fabulous information on each site that ranged from monumental county courthouses, to one-room frame schoolhouses, to private residences, to abandoned cemeteries. The conversations, thoughts and discussion of the board were vigorous, interesting, and collegial. I was pleased to be able to second a motion that directed a majority of the funds and make a motion that also passed prioritizing the distribution of the funds for the incredible worthwhile projects that did not score as high. It is always disappointing to see historic and architectural buildings and sites compromised but it is encouraging to see how much money is being discharged to put these buildings and sites back in good or better order. *Hurricane Harvey Prompts Preservation
#TexasPreservationTrustFund #HurricaneHarvey #Texas #TexasPreservation #HistoricBuildings #HistoricSites #SiteSurveys #Architecture #Architects #Archeologists

Porch by Park

There are many enticing environments and views. One of my favorites is looking into the tops of trees. I am not fond of heights, so the idea of climbing a sequoia 500 feet to explore a whole different ecosystem is something beyond my physical and mental capability. However, the sense of living within the architecture of trees is romantically primordial. Fluttering leaves, swaying branches, large and small birds swooping in and out, and wildlife cavorting brings a special appreciation of life. Of course, as sailors know, the higher up the sail, the stronger the wind. On a still day, balconies still enjoy cooling breezes and especially when they are filtered by a surrounding forest. *Porch by Park
#Balcony #Park #Arbor #Breeze #Forest #WhiteRockLake #ArboretumPoint #Nature #Dallas #DallasNeighborhood #Architecture #porch #Architecture

Summer Joyspotting

A car rapidly slows down and quickly pulls over as two women spot a cherry-painted wall. Of course, what would any joyspotting woman, dressed in a two-piece cherry print ensemble do—handstands in front of the matching wall! Ingrid Fetell Lee reminds us, summer also includes the joy of seeing others joyspotting. *Summer Joyspotting
#Joyspotting @AestheticsOfJoy @LindsayAttaway #Notation #Yoga #GraffitiJoy #Dallas #DallasNeighborhood #VickeryPlace #Urban #CityLife #Art #Design #CherryEnsemble #City

Penguin Repair Tool

Artist David McManaway and my father, the recipient of this art piece, shared a July 12 birthday. The Penguin Repair Tool was first exhibited at DW Gallery. At the opening I told David I would like to buy this piece if he would consider including an instruction manual. He agreed. (slide through to see the image of the instructions on how to use a Penguin Repair Tool. It is pure David McManaway and has the tone of notes, missives, and letters his friends received for years). D magazine later that month did a long feature on David McManaway including a photograph of the Penguin Repair Tool. SMU also borrowed the Penguin Repair Tool for the David McManaway Twenty Year Retrospective that it mounted two years later. Besides loving this piece, I thought it would be an appropriate birthday present for my father who was taking a two-month sabbatical from work as his health recovered. He was a naturally muscular man with a barrel chest, narrow hips, strong legs, long torso, which in a white shirt and blue jacket, if his children positioned his feet just so, could take on the look of a penguin. He disagreed but was a good sport. My father was also very adept at mechanical reasoning and appreciated the instructions that I would immediately toss aside with the Christmas paper, he would then retrieve the instructions and assemble the toy for which they accompanied. Thus, the instruction manual became an important part of this piece. Executed on foldover glossy manual and appropriately signed, only a faded photocopy now remains but the sentiment and directions are clear. The Penguin Repair Tool went on permanent display in the living room except when it was on loan for an art exhibition. It, of course, helped repair my father’s health, who lived a vibrant life for another 15 years. It is also a wonderful remembrance of my father’s generous spirit and that of David McManaway. *Penguin Repair Tool
#DavidMcManaway #TremontArtists #WilliamHNewby #Art #Artist #DMagazine @DMagazine #Dallas #DWGallery #Penguin #PenguinRepairTool #RepairTool #MedicalDevice #DavidMcManawayTwentyYearRetrospective #Instructions #InstructionManual #Assemblage #Birthday #July12 #Hinsdale #Chicago #Jomo

Mount Hood as a Cloud

An early departure from Oregon reminded me of my 8:00 a.m. science requirement class, Climatology, first semester at SMU. I lifted the airplane window shade to see if we had left the runway after a short nap. Seeing clouds, I realized we were in the air and I thought, “I took Climatology, I should know what type of clouds these are.” However, the early hour of an 8 o’clock class, sitting in the back row needing glasses that I still didn’t have, made seeing projected cloud images on the screen a bit blurry, as was my state of consciousness. This resulted in my only collegiate D, but it put me in a great position for Most Improved GPA when I graduated on the High Dean’s List. Looking out the window, not surprisingly, no Climatology knowledge kicked in. Fortunately, I took another course to satisfy my other science requirement—Geology. As you can see when you slide to the second image, at the same visual elevation as the clouds in the foreground, is what looks at a glance to be a cloud in the background. I wasn’t fooled! My keen university study of geology allowed me to successfully identify that this was not a cloud formation but a rock formation—Mount Hood. Thank you, SMU! *Mount Hood as a Cloud
#Climatology #Geology #CloudFormation #RockFormation #MountHood #MountainViews #CloudViews #Mountains #Clouds #WindowViews #Photograph #Design #Oregon

Ross Perot

Almost the whole world knows Ross Perot. Those in Dallas know him a little better, even those like me that have just had peripheral interactions with him or have been the beneficiary of his many generosities. For years before I met him the first time in front of the Hall of State where he was being honored, I read and heard much about him. I subsequently read Ken Follett’s book On Wings of Eagles about Ross Perot’s extraordinary civilian rescue mission of two employees (whom I later met) from a Middle-Eastern jail. I became good friends with early Ross Perot hires, have had top executives of his as real estate clients, met his family, been a guest at Ross Perot’s Strait Lane home, applauded his many civic and philanthropic contributions. While there are thousands upon thousands who have had a close and important relationship with Ross Perot, I knew him just from fleeting exchanges. Still were many things about Ross Perot that were immediately apparent. Ross Perot was intense, competitive, and aware. Almost as quickly one could sense his love of family, friends, and country. But what I will always remember most about Ross Perot is his politeness, sense of humor, and tender friendship with Margaret McDermott. For years he would always stop by on weekends to see Margaret McDermott at her country home on his way back from his lake house. He might chat with her when she was in the water swimming with guests, or sit down at a table where lunch had been served, or just pop his head in the door and say hello. Their friendship is well documented, but it was fun for me to see these two people with an international influence and who had so profoundly shaped Dallas have such a relaxed way with each other in a simple environment. This image is on a screen porch of a small country house architect Scott Lyons designed for Margaret and Eugene McDermott. Thank you, Ross Perot. My prayers go to your family and friends. *Ross Perot
#RossPerot #MargaretMcDermott #ScottLyons #ScreenPorch #MargaretMcDermottAndRossPerot #CountryHome #Architect #Architecture #TexasModern #Dallas #Contributor #Legend #AllenTexas @PerotMuseum

Colors of Portland

Green, gray and brown are the prevailing colors of Portland. One sees them in the natural landscape, the palette of many paintings donated to the Portland Art Museum, and at the Portland Golf Club. Here, the Chair of the Portland Golf Club Archive Committee drives by in a 35-year-old brown vintage Jaguar against the backdrop of this beautiful Orgeon golf course. Just the idea of a gorgeous golf course and a voted club membership invokes a vintage feel of exclusivity and environmental privilege. On the other hand, it is a shared privilege of using the land versus that of the Hollywood elite and business tycoons that buy thousands of acres in the Pacific Northwest and mountain states and promptly post “no trespassing” signs on land that has been accessed communally for years. I love the soft rains of Portland in which the many layered leaves of towering trees keep one dry, the endless green and muted earthtone palette, and while not a car person or golfer, the elegance of a vintage Jaguar and old school golf course. By the way, the last time I was really sunburned was ten years ago playing golf on this course. When the sun shines in Portland, it really shines. *Colors of Portland
#Portland #PortlandGolfClub #Jaguar #VintageJaguar #ColorsOfPortland #Design #Habitat #Oregon #Summer

Take off the sunglasses

The photographer at the African Film Festival told me, “You are not the director, producer, actor, you are a guest, take off the sunglasses.” I was clearly channeling producer/director Rob Allyn, because after all I was the guest of Sandra Washburn, the Executive Director and Producer of Pathbreakers, the award winner of the Best Short Documentary. Pathbreakers is a documentary about Oysters & Pearls, an organization working with sighted and nonsighted students in Uganda in a STEM-oriented program emphasizing robotics and video game design. As you can see sliding through the images, in response to the photographer, I tried putting the sunglasses on top of my head, but the photographer dismissively said, “Off with the shades.” The result is the third image, the portrait of a chastened me standing stoically on the red carpet. Congratulations to Sandra Washburn, Debi Lang, Director, @JacobSOdur, Tim Werner, Colorist, and many others that contributed to this important documentary. Wardrobe by: glasses—Barton Perreira; doublebreasted jacket—John Coggins, Savile Row; pocket square—Etro; trousers—Incotex; banana motif shoes—Stubbs and Wootton. *Take off the sunglasses
#AfricanFilmFestival #Pathbreakers #Oysters&Pearls #Dallas #DallasArtsDistrict #Documentary #ShortDocumentary #FilmAwards #Film #SandraWashburn #Uganda #AfricanFilm #Art #RedCarpet #Fashion #Costume #Joyspotting #downtowndallas #dallasneighborhoods

PoetsBench

When one discovers a carved stone bench set amidst lush foliage at the end of a stone path, one wonders what is the intention of this well placed destination. Maybe a retreat for quiet meditation? Maybe a place to hear the sounds of nature? Maybe a spot to be visually immersed in shades of green? Maybe a hidden site for reflection? Maybe a thinking man’s bench for contemplation? I tend to think of this as a place for creation—a poet’s bench—for the spoken word, the unspoken word, the written word, the unapologetic sacred word. *PoetsBench
#StoneBench #Bench #PoetsBench #Garden #Contemplation #Reflection #Sacred #Word #Poet #UnspokenWord #SpokenWord #Creation #Meditation #Green #Immersed #Discover #StonePath #Design #LandscapeDesign #Architecture #Site #Dallas #UrbanNeighborhood #DallasNeighborhood #JoySpotting

Exploring Dallas

During the summer it is fun to see the holiday posts of friends’ favorite places that they return to each year and exotic places people explore for the first time. This landscape reminds me of the rich history and texture found in the urban neighborhoods of Dallas where the architecture is classic, the trees are mature, and there is an unselfconscious sense of engagement. I love homes that have a bit of a holiday vibe to them. *Exploring Dallas
#Dallas #Summer #Trellis #Arbor #Vine #Landscape #Garden #dallasneighborhoods #landscapearchitecture

Arboretum Point Terrace to Winfrey Point

Arboretum Point descends towards the water of White Rock Lake. The home on Arboretum Point, land once owned by the Dallas Arboretum, is terraced towards the lake and also towards the meadows of Winfrey Point. The advantage of a home placed on a point is that you are not looking at other homes but looking into trees and a vast amount of park that follows the undulating shoreline of the lake. Rather than traffic, the air is filled with the sounds of songbirds ready to be counted by the Audubon Society. *Arboretum Point Terrace to Winfrey Point
#ArboretumPoint #WinfreyPoint #AudubonSociety #Birds #Terrace #LandscapeDesign #PathToSMU #PathToTrinityGroves #EmeraldIsle #WhiteRockLake #Dallas #DallasNeighborhood #Tree #Balcony #Park #Lawn

Poodle Power

Many think of poodles as prissy, dyed, fluffy cut, small, precious dogs presented almost as decoration. These three proud poodles seem more like French military or highly ranked French police on high alert escorting this larger dog who seems to totally defer and rely on their keen intelligence, strength, and athleticism to navigate the streets of New York. *Poodle Power
#Poodle #Dog #NewYork #Neighborhood #Manhattan #Style #Intelligence #HighAlert

Annie Leibovitz →Hermes

My last post puts NYC back on my mind, and how life in New York evolves, celebrities change, neighborhoods are reinvented or transformed, but history keeps colliding with the past. Photographer Annie Leibovitz is a legend and a talent. Here is her early studio in the meatpacking district where, among others, she photographed, entertained, and humored Mick Jagger and turned out iconic photographs. Now Hermes has taken the space. More than any other fashion or luxury company, Hermes seems the most suitable and natural in a former Annie Leibovitz studio. It fascinates me how Hermes, a family-owned business, can create and maintain not just the quality but the history and aesthetic of their offerings. While the brand itself has huge mass appeal, the artisanship, colors, design, and architecture of their work is truly admired as art. Artist Sheila Hicks talks about how materials feel in the hand. Annie Leibovitz talks about capturing the essence of person or time. Hermes captures a distinct feel, an emotion, and an aesthetic that goes beyond commercial intoxication and creates something almost aesthetically primordial. *Annie Leibovitz →Hermes
@Hermes @New_York_Hermes #Hermes #Annie Leibovitz #NewYork #Photographer #Studio #MeatpackingDistrict #Store #Retail #HermesStore #NewYorkShop #AdaptedUse #Loft #WarehouseConversion #Architecture #Design #RetailSign #Preservation #Neighborhood #NeighborhoodShop

CarlyleDeparture

This is the last day at the Carlyle for the much-loved bellman, Alfredo Tavarez. Most would agree the magic of the Carlyle is more than a beautiful historic building, splendid tradition, and the perfect location on the Upper East Side. The magic of the Carlyle Hotel in New York is the staff that has been at the hotel for decades. Here one finds staff that is professional, engaging, serious, and joyful. From the doorman’s first greeting to the bellman saying hello and helping you with your luggage, to Mabrouk, the Mayor of the Gallery, one feels like they have come home even if one is an infrequent guest. On my last trip to New York, I was told the bellman Alfredo Tavarez was retiring after 21 years. Discovering he was departing, I asked him if I could have a picture taken with him that I could post on his last day at the Carlyle. I wanted to pay a personal tribute to this quiet man with a sweet engaging smile who for 21 years was always making people happy and bringing joy to their lives. I would like to join so many others with a heartfelt thank you to Alfredo Tavarez and wish him much happiness in the future. *CarlyleDeparture
#AlfredoTavarez #Bellman #CarlyleBellman #CarlyleHotel @TheCarlyleHotel #TheCarlyle #UpperEastSide #HotelLobby #NewYork #Manhattan #HotelStaff #MagicOfCarlyle #Flowers #HistoricHotel #Design #Retirement

Cool Stone – Summer Breeze

Maybe it is the moss that begins to grow on garden stones or traces of water that collects on the uneven surfaces of stone that projects a cool journey through a garden. Dappled light and layers of plant life and trees indicate there are not any large structures close by to block the breeze or collect heat on rooftops or concrete driveways. A hot summer day almost feels refreshing in a garden along a cool stone path. *Cool Stone – Summer Breeze
#StonePath #Stone #LandscapeArchitecture #LandscapeDesign #SwissAvenueHome #Dallas #Neighborhood #UrbanNeighborhood #Plants #Garden #Breeze #Summer #dallasneighborhoods

Sky + Trees = Pool

Aqua is the aquatic color of the sea, or the color reflected in the pool of the famous clear blue Dallas skies and lush green trees of the city. There is something very elegant when a lawn comes up to the side of a pool and the canopy of trees is pushed to the perimeter. This creates the perfect effect of sun and shade. If one is not at the sea during the summer, why not an older neighborhood in Dallas. Here is an example of the good life. *Sky + Trees = Pool
#FavoriteSwissAvenueHome #Landscape #LandscapeDesign #Pool #SunAndShade #DowntownNeighborhood #DallasNeighborhood #Dallas #SwissAvenue #MungerPlace #Lawn #Garden #Aqua #BlueSky #UrbanNeighborhood

SMU Heroes Honor Ben

SMU has been the launching pad for many in Dallas including these SMU heroes who gathered to honor Ben Malcolmson at an impressive well attended book signing of his dynamic, thrilling book Walk On, with a foreward by Coach Pete Carroll. Chuck Hixson was an SMU quarterback that put SMU on the map for many potential SMU students across the country. His passing records stood for almost 50 years. He continues to contribute to Dallas in a monumental way as a principal of Westdale Management that is transforming Deep Ellum. Chuck Dannis also played football at SMU and is synonymous with real estate appraisals. He just received the lifetime achievement award from the Commercial Association of Real Estate Professionals. Ken Malcolmson, a business leader, has chaired, participated, or has been president of the most important Dallas civic organization, and is past president of the SMU Alumni Association. He is also the father of Ben Malcolmson. It is fun to see a group I have admired since I was at school now convene to honor a young man I have also very much admired for many years. *SMU Heroes Honor Ben
#SMU #BookSigning #WalkOn #Hero #SMUHeroes #Dallas #Book #SummerReading #Triumph @BenMalcolmson #BenMalcolmson #ChuckHixsonSMU @ChuckDannis #ChuckDannis #KenMalcolmson @StaceyMalcolmson #HighlandPark #Hinsdale

Declining Debutante

A debutante never ages—well maybe a little—but always with grace, authority, and elegance. Virtually every shiny, new, aspirational apartment eventually suffers a rough decline. Even fashionable apartments meet their demise. The Debutante Apartments at one time were probably as stylish and glamorous as those on Gaston Avenue geared towards stewardesses, models, and young professionals, but in less than 15 years became weekly rentals and flophouses. New Urbanists,’ planners,’ and city officials’ love affair with density, apartment zoning and the short-term glamor of new apartments should always remember the Debutante. *Declining Debutante
#Debutantes #Apartment #Apartments #Density #Urbanist #NewUrbanist #ApartmentZoning #SingleFamilyZoning #Dallas #AffordableHousing #UrbanLiving #Dallas #Neighborhood #DallasNeighborhoods #DelayedGentrification #Architecture #Architect #oldeastdallas

Diverse Housing → Apartments

Dallas housing officials, urbanists, and politicians have a love affair with apartments and increased density. Their talking point is that more apartments provide more affordable housing. “More density” has become the avant-garde mantra of the housing and planning cartel. In fact, zoning that is higher than the existing housing stock already built eliminates affordable housing in the area. Overzoning in a neighborhood also eliminates diversity of housing. When the 100 block of Old East Dallas was first being considered to be rezoned from multifamily zoning to single-family zoning, the opposition did not come from the developer mayor, or even apartment owners. The opposition to single-family rezoning came from well-intentioned people including those in the Park Cities and North Dallas concerned about gentrification. Single-family zoning was also opposed by the nationally renowned Dallas city planners and liberal neighborhood advocates, saying multifamily zoning was critical for the success of mass transportation and affordable housing. This single-family rezoning was enacted and there is still a diversity of housing in place from small one-story bungalows to historic duplexes, quadplexes, and 1960s two-story garden style apartments. Just a block over from the historic districts in the single-family zoned area are new massive three- and four-story apartment complexes being built. Each new large apartment complex eliminates another modest structure that a lower-income homebuyer might purchase or even rent. They need to remember new apartments are always expensive. They always have been and always will be. *Diverse Housing → Apartments
#Gentrification #Density #DensityDestroysNeighborhoods #DensityDestroysDiverseHousing #OldEastDallas #HistoricDistrict #SingleFamilyZoning #OverZoning #Dallas #DiverseHousing #Apartments #Bungalows #OlderApartments #OlderHomes #InexpensiveHousing

East Lawther Home

Many are familiar with the several-acre estate lots on West Lawther. How many are aware of the home along East Lawther and Arboretum Point? On my thousands of bike rides around White Rock Lake, I noticed the land, the lake, the trees, the meadow, the hill, but never really noticed the home on Arboretum Point that overlooks all of this. This shot from the backyard of the Arboretum Point home is tucked back into nature. It is a home that can enjoy nature and the broad views of White Rock Lake from its gardens, porches, and interior spaces. *East Lawther Home
#EastLawther #WhiteRockLakeHome #WhiteRockLake #ArboretumPoint #Landscape #Architect #Architecture #Dallas #Neighborhood #DallasNeighborhood #EmeraldIsleDallas #WhiteRockLakePark #WinfreyPoint #UrbanLake #UrbanNature #UrbanNeighborhood #Backyard #PathToSMU #PathToTrinityGroves

Screen Porch

Summer is here! What better place to spend it in Dallas than on a screen porch enjoying the cool breezes that are further filtered by the meadows and trees that surround the lake. On a hot summer day in the city it is easy to forget you can find a wonderful cool green oasis in Dallas. The very savvy and fortunate homebuyers found a site in Dallas where they can still enjoy the city when they are not traveling in the summer. A screen porch is almost summer magic. *Screen Porch
#ScreenPorch #ScreenedPorch #WhiteRockLake #Summer #Dallas #Neighborhood #DallasNeighborhood #ArboretumPoint #EastLawther #Nature #SummerBreezes #WhiteRockLakePark #WinfreyPoint #Architect #Architecture #Design #UrbanNature #Staycation #PathToSMU #PathToTrinityGroves #DowntownNeighborhood #UrbanNeighborhood #BikePath #UrbanLake #EmeraldIsleDallas

Rolling Land to Lake

As seen from this porch, here is my favorite stretch of White Rock Lake to ride my bike. Wind is at my back, there is a slight slope in my favor, the lake is on one side and the meadow, park, and Arboretum is on the other side of the bike trail. One does not even notice this single home on Arboretum Point with balconies and porches overlooking Winfrey Point, the Park, and White Rock Lake. This White Rock Lake home is such a good example of how it is not important how much land your home is on, but what it is next to or across from. Here, the home is on a half acre but it looks across 1,000 acres of lake and park. *Rolling Land to Lake
#ArboretumPoint #WhiteRockLake #WhiteRockLakeHome #WhiteRockHome #EmeraldIsleDallas #Park #Landscape #Architecture #Design #Porch #Balcony #PathToTrinityGroves #PathToSMU #Backyard #UrbanNature #Dallas #Neighborhood #DallasNeighborhood #EastLawther

Period Photograph Before Its Time

This casual photograph taken in the early spring of 2019 is current, but the photograph already feels dated.This is not a picture taken in Cuba with its arrested political and physical development and is not a small town in the Midwest where current civilization and trends have not yet landed. This is New York. This is Manhattan. This is where North American trends originate. But still I look at the photograph and already feel 50 years in the past because we are so close to having such a different urban future. Will we have Yellow Cabs in the next few years? I don’t think so. Will there be intervals of empty streets in the late afternoon in the middle of the largest city in the country? I don’t think so. It is not the historic buildings that make this photograph look like a period image before its time. Classical architecture is a wonderful backdrop for any technology that is emerging. Archaic predetermined streetlight timers are not going to regulate the flow of air taxis, drones, mini-vehicles, autonomous transportation devices, and shared lanes of pedestrians and myriad forms of movement. Uber is planning on relocating a major part of their corporation to Dallas, also chosen as a demonstration area for their air taxis and other forms of advanced transportation. Are younger cities like Dallas more open to technology or less resistant to change than New York? Will New York regulation, unions, and urban tradition keep Yellow Cabs as the look of the future? I still don’t think so. I suggest anyone living or visiting New York enhale the street scenes of Manhattan that will seem as quaint as pictures of horses and buggies on New York streets a hundred years ago. *Period Photograph Before Its Time
#YellowCab #PeriodPhotograph #PeriodPhotographBeforeItsTime #AirTaxi #NewYork #NewYork2019 #Manhattan #CityNostalgia #Nostalgia #Dallas #Uber #PrimitiveTransportation #PrimitiveStreetTraffic #Primitive #Yesterday #FleetingLook #Urban #Urbanism #City #Streetscape #Historic #Architecture #Architect #NewYorkArchitecture #NewYorkStreet #airtaxi @uber

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