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eddie
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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Austin, TX
Date: Aug 14, 2007
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

I didn't get to know Eddie that well. I only met him briefy this one day when I took his picture. Although he was nice to me it was clear he wasn't having the best day. Unfortunately, this would be the first and last time I would see Eddie as he passed away about 6 months later.

Two reasons why I entered it. One because it's an image I remember above most and two I hadn't posted it to DPC before.

Statistics
Place: 30 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.7709
Avg (commenters): 8.1250
Avg (participants): 6.8325
Avg (non-participants): 6.4359
Views since voting: 2073
Views during voting: 793
Votes: 502
Comments: 117
Favorites: 10 (view)


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11/23/2009 09:57:48 PM
Absolutely breathtaking and brilliant. You are a master.
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04/28/2009 04:07:11 PM
Amazing processing and subject. Brilliant in every way!
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03/18/2009 05:42:51 PM
great treatment as always.
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03/18/2009 01:07:41 PM
Wow...this is a strong photo from both subject and photographer!

P.S. you only got a 7 from me...I saw a spec of pixel fungus somewhere in there..haha!

Message edited by author 2009-03-18 13:09:37.
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03/18/2009 01:04:08 PM
good shot but I really disliked the framing. the huge black stripes on the side push your subject into a tiny spot in the center of the picture.
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03/18/2009 10:59:23 AM
Wow what a beautiful and emotional photograph you got here. Another one of my faves of the challenge, and of course I expected this to be you. Awesome job. Favoriting another one of your shots. Yet again :)
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03/18/2009 08:51:36 AM
what a compelling photo. it looks almost like a finely detailed sketch of the scene. his use of the chair, and what appears to be missing legs as well (?) lead to so many questions about the subject. This is the kind of photo that makes you want to know more. Excellent presentation.
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03/18/2009 05:42:46 AM
KNew it was one of yours - your style is incredibly distinctive. I was one of your two 1 scores.. The other 1 score was posted from my other account.

:)

seriously though, amazing work mate.
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03/18/2009 04:35:44 AM
WOW, WOW, WOW...this has such amazing tones...fantastic work Richard.
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03/18/2009 04:17:31 AM
Super shot Robert, This is just brilliant.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:35:51 PM
I like the "high contrast" pp here and also the DoF
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03/17/2009 10:55:06 PM
I know some think that photos like this are taking advantage of people who are less fortunate than us, but I think you achieved the opposite. This brings me into his world instead of just pretending like they don't exist, which is way too easy to do. This is one time where I like the big black border.
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03/17/2009 09:08:08 PM
Compelling story.
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03/17/2009 06:02:04 PM
good hdr work, he looks like a statue. excellent subject isolation
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03/17/2009 05:47:40 PM
Strong image. Well defined focus. A bit too processed for me. 8.
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03/17/2009 05:41:41 PM
Very moving shot.... the angle and the processing really captures the gravity of his situation.... u get a 9
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03/17/2009 05:38:23 PM
I love the subject and I love the processing.
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03/17/2009 05:35:06 PM
heavy - but good
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03/17/2009 02:46:06 PM
Wildly over the top processing, but of course I'm OK with that if it's done to good effect, which it pretty much is here. At least on the figure/chair. I think the BG is a bit of a problem... Strong image, 8 from me for sheer power.
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03/17/2009 02:44:32 PM
Fabulous shot in every way. 10
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03/17/2009 07:14:20 AM
Has a yanko feel to it. Funky border and all - (Take that as a compliment - unless it is yankos - then get a new style!) ;)
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03/17/2009 02:48:58 AM
emotive urban candid
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03/17/2009 01:31:07 AM
Very emotive piece. Nice editing.
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03/16/2009 11:04:25 PM
This is very emotive. I hope you can use this for some cause.
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03/16/2009 10:26:06 PM
One cannot control the circumstances of one's life. But one can control their response to them. This could easily made one bitter and angry. But it does not have to. Very nice shot, with very nice editing.
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03/16/2009 10:17:23 PM
One day I want to be able to make this powerful pictures...
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03/16/2009 06:20:58 PM
this is of course a wonderful study, a shot worth more than a glance, but one which asks the viewer to think...
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03/16/2009 02:58:04 PM
Wow!... what a shot! It really tells a story
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03/16/2009 10:58:59 AM
The processing here adds so much to the already present emotion of the shot. This is simply outstanding. WOW isn't the right word, but I can't think of another to express the literally breathtaking quality of this image.
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03/16/2009 10:45:33 AM
definitely a "true grit" image. Really brings a sense of mood to it.
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03/16/2009 07:31:33 AM
You made a masterpiece from a scene usually people avoid looking (for fear, shame or other reasons.
It's impressive, even sublime.
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03/16/2009 05:43:27 AM
Nice image but honestly looks too much processing & composition can be even better.
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03/16/2009 05:30:54 AM
Fantastic work here. 10
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03/16/2009 04:08:00 AM
neat processing
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03/15/2009 10:55:46 PM
Sad and powerful.
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03/15/2009 10:42:59 PM
Great work here ... very Joey L like ...Love the edit
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03/15/2009 08:48:53 PM
Wonderfully moving. The processing is perfect.
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03/15/2009 08:41:26 PM
powerful image - great exposure
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03/15/2009 08:04:50 PM
The low key treatment is unusual and communicates on an emotional level. Your treatment of the subject with fine focus and definition is superb. Clearly among the best in class.
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03/15/2009 06:39:14 PM
Over edited for my taste :(
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03/15/2009 06:29:13 PM
As deep and thought provocative as this photo is I do not its is your best work (that you haven't used in a challenge already). The editing is exceptional as is most/all of your photos Richard. But just personal opinion another photo in your portfolio might have been a better choice.
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03/15/2009 06:25:02 PM
I can't wait to read the story for this one. 10 from me.
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03/15/2009 05:37:07 PM
Very nicely done. I really like the processing and the darkness highlighting him.

Not voting yet.
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03/15/2009 05:23:20 PM
intresting and sad all at the same time.
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03/15/2009 03:50:37 PM
Super image, great PP
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03/15/2009 02:08:27 PM
The post processing works here, good portrait.
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03/15/2009 10:51:43 AM
this tells a story....of sadness for me.... makes me wonder if he may be a vet that we failed to care for. 9
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03/15/2009 10:26:54 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
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03/15/2009 09:17:45 AM
This is a really great shot.
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03/15/2009 08:02:02 AM
One of only three photos I gave a 10. Great subject, detail, emotion and texture.
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03/15/2009 05:04:49 AM
extreme post processing but I cant give less than 9 ;)

thx brano
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03/15/2009 04:20:51 AM
Wonderful portrait. Looks like a statue with this processing.
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03/15/2009 04:20:00 AM
I like the processing you did with the image it helps tell the story
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03/15/2009 01:45:55 AM
this is fantastic, incredible post processing, the mood details captured is just top notch , 9
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03/15/2009 12:55:25 AM
Wow!!! love the PP here! Great Capture! 10
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03/15/2009 12:10:46 AM
very nice processing,confronting but a great image all-round
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03/14/2009 10:24:32 PM
Extremely powerful image, low on words, high in score..
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03/14/2009 08:36:56 PM
Visually profound= 10
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03/14/2009 08:03:27 PM
powerful!
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03/14/2009 07:54:55 PM
Great PP job - love the tone - keep up the good work - top score from me
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03/14/2009 07:15:08 PM
that's what I call a profile!
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03/14/2009 06:49:06 PM
Yanko? Be surprised if it isnt.. DNMC. 1

;)
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03/14/2009 05:29:24 PM
This is sad to see, I hope he's getting care somewhere.
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03/14/2009 05:20:49 PM
Looks like a charcoal drawing
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03/14/2009 05:15:02 PM
Coming back to comment...

So very sad! Well taken and edited! 9
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03/14/2009 04:46:40 PM
great post processing
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03/14/2009 04:09:24 PM
Really emotive capture. Great DOF and the textures are just great.
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03/14/2009 01:33:04 PM
Extraordinary picture, amazing post processing.
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03/14/2009 12:03:03 PM
Outstanding tones and lighting.
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03/14/2009 10:47:08 AM
Good capture of a moment in time.
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03/14/2009 09:51:07 AM
Cool shot, although I think I'd like it better if he was looking at you and it was clear you had made a personal connection with him. This angle gives a sense of gawking or staring
. I love the dramatic post processing. 8
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03/14/2009 09:35:27 AM
Fantastic expresion of feeling in this shot
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03/14/2009 08:05:06 AM
Wow. nice shot. Nice processing and just plain wow.

I like the back of the convertible Lexus showin' up in the background there, but still discernible. Couldn't possibly find anything wrong with this. It's like it's already cast in bronze.

I 10ve it!
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03/14/2009 07:46:43 AM
Don't usually go for B & W but this is a very evocative image.
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03/14/2009 07:00:15 AM
I like the post processing technique you have used. I hope you posted it. I look forward to reading about how you created this image. Very good.
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03/14/2009 06:54:52 AM
powerful photo - You must have been very pleased with this. great work.
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03/14/2009 04:21:06 AM
fantastic shot, love the toning you've added to this. The only thing holding me back from loving this is the tone mapping feel to it. It's got such nice clarity and depth though, bumping you to a 9
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03/14/2009 03:16:20 AM
Beautyful picture
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03/13/2009 09:09:34 PM
Very dark capture here. Almost an outlook on his life. Excellent capture of a raw emotion here. Congrats.
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03/13/2009 06:53:22 PM
Powerful image. I like the gritty processing. 8
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03/13/2009 04:34:08 PM
really like your tones in the B&W...nice and rich
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03/13/2009 03:58:55 PM
great choice going with sepia, i love the processing...
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03/13/2009 03:10:34 PM
Great image. It took me a while to come up with something more than that because I simply could not take my eyes off it. There is so much human life and tragedy here. I find it stunning and captivating. 10.
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03/13/2009 08:27:14 AM
fabulous job with the processing here ...
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03/13/2009 08:03:21 AM
Gret editing work. I love the tones. The story is great to. 8
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03/13/2009 01:49:46 AM
so far this is the only picture I can't vote for
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03/13/2009 12:34:42 AM
The dark hues and effective processing make this a wonderful capture.
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03/13/2009 12:04:19 AM
Great processing, it fits the feel of the photo.
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03/12/2009 11:38:07 PM
a bit overprocesses but such a moment
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03/12/2009 11:37:35 PM
Too much HDR for my tastes
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03/12/2009 08:59:39 PM
Wonderful shot, beautifully processed!
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03/12/2009 06:36:02 PM
Joey, are you back for this one? Totally awesome 10
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03/12/2009 03:23:39 PM
Good shot. Curious as to the post processing.
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03/12/2009 01:33:05 PM
The processing on him is pretty good. Usually I like darker edges to bring the focus onto the subject, but in this case it might be a little too dark for me.
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03/12/2009 12:15:45 PM
I think this image should take the blue ribbon. My favorite in the entire challenge. 10.
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03/12/2009 11:54:37 AM
This a real though provoking shot. I can't help wonder what this guy is thinking. Great processing.
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03/12/2009 04:29:29 AM
interesting pp almost drawing like
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03/12/2009 01:09:27 AM
oh these guys used to break my heart when I lived in NYC...your pp fits very well
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03/11/2009 11:01:56 PM
Very powerful.
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03/11/2009 10:59:36 PM
Powerful image
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03/11/2009 10:20:59 PM
powerful image. Great processing - LOVE the border. There is a certain mystery to his character.
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03/11/2009 08:23:58 PM
meaningful thought-provoking image. WOW
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03/11/2009 08:20:23 PM
Likes: Composition, Processing, Lighting
Dislikes: Sad aspect of life
Score: 8
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03/11/2009 06:41:35 PM
This photo has a great emotive aspect to it. Your post processing is excellent as well.
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03/11/2009 05:14:00 PM
I love this PP technique and it suits this image perfectly. A very strong emotive image extremely well executed. 10
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03/11/2009 05:13:58 PM
Very gritty, perfect colors and work for subject. Well done.
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03/11/2009 02:54:56 PM
so many emotions when i look at this..a fantastic picture.
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03/11/2009 02:04:04 PM
Interesting pp work to isolate him
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03/11/2009 01:20:55 PM
wow g'd one buddy
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03/11/2009 01:07:35 PM
Nice candid shot. Can feel the despair.
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03/11/2009 12:43:38 PM
I hope you gave eddie a smile! nice processing.
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03/11/2009 10:53:24 AM
a little overprocessed, and the crop is too tight in my opinion,
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03/11/2009 09:35:57 AM
The tonal range of the light and shadow in this photo is stunningly dynamic! Love how you composed the shot to be a vertical 'widescreen cinema' look for it makes me feel like I have opened a door and walked in to see Eddie and his world. The pose of his body, the donation cup and the wheelchair he is confined to makes me feel the bleak and stark reality he faces day to day with his life on the street. Eddie bears the monotony of sitting there waiting and just waiting for the kindness of a stranger to either drop in some money, a smile or just some interesting conversation with another human being. This is a very poignant and thought provoking piece - thank you for sharing this gem that has a human interest story to be told.
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03/11/2009 08:53:53 AM
Wow! 9
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03/11/2009 05:58:02 AM
Its good to get a name.
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03/11/2009 12:12:40 AM
I love the intensity in the subject matter. Your editing suits it perfectly.
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03/11/2009 12:04:53 AM
Love it!! 10
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