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Nightlife:

Nightlife with Four Different Themed Bars: Clifton’s Republic-DTLA

Eat While Watching a Magic Show at this Speakeasy: Black Rabbit Rose-Hollywood

Celebrate Halloween Year-Round: Beetle House LA-Hollywood

Travel Back in Time to the 1970’s: Good Times at Davey Wayne’s-Hollywood

Drink at the Tallest Open-Air Bar in the USA: Spire 73-DTLA

Play Old Arcade Games and Test Your Pinball Skills: EightyTwo-DTLA

Authentic Spanish Flamenco Show with Three Course Meal and Night Club: Sevilla-Long Beach

Watch the Sunset with Ocean Views: Abigaile and Alta House-South Bay

Sip Cocktails at a Rooftop Restaurant and Bar: The Penthouse-Santa Monica

Walk Through a Bank Vault to a Hidden Dive Bar: Crane’s Downtown Bar-DTLA

Travel Back in Time to a 1920’s Themed Speakeasy: The Edison-DTLA

Salsa Dance All Night: Mayan-DTLA

Watch World Famous DJs: Exchange LA-DTLA

Get Your Groove On in an Upscale Venue: Boulevard3-Hollywood

Eat and Drink by the Ocean in Manhattan Beach: The Strand House/Strand Bar-Manhattan Beach

Laugh the Night Away: The Comedy & Magic Club-South Bay

Drink Cocktails with Live Music on the Roof: Skyloft-Laguna Beach

Listen to Live Music where La La Land was Filmed: The Lighthouse Cafe-Hermosa Beach

Walk Through a Closet to this Hidden Speakeasy: La Descarga-Los Angeles

Hotels:

Rooftop Club with Modern Restaurants: The Standard-DTLA

Revolving Lounge with Lobby Night Club: The Westin Bonaventure-DTLA

Rooftop Pool Party in the Day and Night Club at Night: Shade Hotel-Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach

Historic Hotel in the Heart of Los Angeles: Millennium Biltmore-DTLA

Golf, Enjoy the Spa and Stay at a Hotel on a Penninsula: Terranea-South Bay

Restaurants:

Eats for the Family with Separate Kid Play Room: The Great Room Cafe-Redondo Beach

Thai Food with Mermaid Smoothies: Triple-T Restaurant-Gardena

Fancy Desserts with Beautiful Presentations: Bottega Louie-DTLA

Transport to the Islands with this Themed Eatery: Kings Hawaiian Restaurant & Bakery-Torrance

Try the Best Soft Serve You’ve Ever Had: Honeymee-Multiple Locations

Eat Amazing Desserts at a Great Price: Porto’s Bakery-Multiple Locations

Watch a Flamenco Show while Eating Spanish Tapas: Tapas-Mission Viejo

Try Doughnuts and Fried Chicken: Astros-DTLA

Eat Brunch with Disney Characters: Goofy’s Kitchen-Anaheim

Fine Dining at a Two-Michelin Starred Restaurant: Melisse-Santa Monica

Family-Style Asian Fusion with a Michelin Star: Din Tai Fung-Multiple Locations

Consume Authentic Cajun Food for a Great Price: Little Jewel of New Orleans-DTLA

Grab Sushi Off a Conveyor Belt in this Fully Automated Restaurant: Kura Revolving Sushi Bar-Multiple Locations

Pick from Over-the-Top Desserts: Sloan’s Ice Cream-Multiple Locations

Consume the Most Elaborate Cappuccino You’ve Ever Laid Eyes On: The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker-West Hollywood/USC

Seafood Overlooking the Ocean: Tony’s on the Pier-Redondo Beach

All You Can Eat on a Huge Grill: Fire + Ice-Anaheim

Asian Fusion Food in a Modern Atmosphere: Little Sister-DTLA/Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach

Visit an Iconic Hollywood Landmark where American Graffiti was Filmed: Mel’s Drive-In-Various Locations

Things To Do:

Take the Family to a Real Pirate Ship: Pirate’s Dinner Adventure-Buena Park

Turn Your Kids into Actual Mermaids: Once Upon An Island-Newport Beach

Watch a Show at the Most Exclusive Magic Club in the World: Magic Castle-Hollywood

Test Your Skills with Different Themed Escape Rooms: Escape Hotel-Hollywood

Round up the Family for a Day of Fun: Mulligan Family Fun Center-Torrance

Spend a Day at a Secluded Beach with Restaurants on the Sand: The Beachcomber Cafe/Crystal Cove-Newport Coast

Visit the Animals: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens-Los Angeles

Ride Roller Coasters and Play Carnival Games: Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park-Santa Monica

Take the Family for a Day of Black-Lit Fun: Glow Zone-Multiple Locations

Eat All the Ice Cream Your Heart Desires: Museum of Ice Cream-DTLA

Enjoy Artwork with a Grand LA View: The Getty Center-Los Angeles

Run Around in Black-Light with the Family: Glow Zone-Huntington Beach

Spend a Day Immersed in Ice Cream: The Museum of Ice Cream-DTLA

Enjoy Art from the Past and Present: The Getty-Los Angeles

Take the Kids to a Mini-City: Pretend City-Irvine

Pet Animals and Pick Up Guinea Pigs: Zoomars-San Juan Capistrano

Take Pictures with ‘Celebrities’: Madame Tussauds-Hollywood

Spend the Day Outside with the Entire Family: Irvine Park Railroad-Orange

All the Candy You Can Imagine: Candytopia-Santa Monica

Find the Perfect Coffee Table Book: Book Soup-West Hollywood

Cheer for Your Knight in Shining Armor: Medieval Times-Buena Park

Shop and Eat at this Celebrity Hot Spot: The Grove/The Original Farmer’s Market-Los Angeles

Take the Kids to the Science Center: Discovery Cube OC/Discovery Cube LA-Santa Ana & Los Angeles

Shop First Edition and Autographed Books: Mystery Pier Books-West Hollywood

Explore the Iconic Hand and Footprints: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre/TCL Chinese Theatre-Hollywood

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Welcome to LA Staycation!  Use the Interactive Map below to read about hidden gems in Los Angeles!

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Nightlife:

Nightlife with Four Different Themed Bars: Clifton’s Republic-DTLA

Eat While Watching a Magic Show at this Speakeasy: Black Rabbit Rose-Hollywood

Celebrate Halloween Year-Round: Beetle House LA-Hollywood

Travel Back in Time to the 1970’s: Good Times at Davey Wayne’s-Hollywood

Drink at the Tallest Open-Air Bar in the USA: Spire 73-DTLA

Play Old Arcade Games and Test Your Pinball Skills: EightyTwo-DTLA

Authentic Spanish Flamenco Show with Three Course Meal and Night Club: Sevilla-Long Beach

Watch the Sunset with Ocean Views: Abigaile and Alta House-South Bay

Sip Cocktails at a Rooftop Restaurant and Bar: The Penthouse-Santa Monica

Walk Through a Bank Vault to a Hidden Dive Bar: Crane’s Downtown Bar-DTLA

Travel Back in Time to a 1920’s Themed Speakeasy: The Edison-DTLA

Salsa Dance All Night: Mayan-DTLA

Watch World Famous DJs: Exchange LA-DTLA

Get Your Groove On in an Upscale Venue: Boulevard3-Hollywood

Eat and Drink by the Ocean in Manhattan Beach: The Strand House/Strand Bar-Manhattan Beach

Laugh the Night Away: The Comedy & Magic Club-South Bay

Drink Cocktails with Live Music on the Roof: Skyloft-Laguna Beach

Listen to Live Music where La La Land was Filmed: The Lighthouse Cafe-Hermosa Beach

Walk Through a Closet to this Hidden Speakeasy: La Descarga-Los Angeles

Hotels:

Rooftop Club with Modern Restaurants: The Standard-DTLA

Revolving Lounge with Lobby Night Club: The Westin Bonaventure-DTLA

Rooftop Pool Party in the Day and Night Club at Night: Shade Hotel-Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach

Historic Hotel in the Heart of Los Angeles: Millennium Biltmore-DTLA

Golf, Enjoy the Spa and Stay at a Hotel on a Penninsula: Terranea-South Bay

Restaurants:

Eats for the Family with Separate Kid Play Room: The Great Room Cafe-Redondo Beach

Thai Food with Mermaid Smoothies: Triple-T Restaurant-Gardena

Fancy Desserts with Beautiful Presentations: Bottega Louie-DTLA

Transport to the Islands with this Themed Eatery: Kings Hawaiian Restaurant & Bakery-Torrance

Try the Best Soft Serve You’ve Ever Had: Honeymee-Multiple Locations

Eat Amazing Desserts at a Great Price: Porto’s Bakery-Multiple Locations

Watch a Flamenco Show while Eating Spanish Tapas: Tapas-Mission Viejo

Try Doughnuts and Fried Chicken: Astros-DTLA

Eat Brunch with Disney Characters: Goofy’s Kitchen-Anaheim

Fine Dining at a Two-Michelin Starred Restaurant: Melisse-Santa Monica

Family-Style Asian Fusion with a Michelin Star: Din Tai Fung-Multiple Locations

Consume Authentic Cajun Food for a Great Price: Little Jewel of New Orleans-DTLA

Grab Sushi Off a Conveyor Belt in this Fully Automated Restaurant: Kura Revolving Sushi Bar-Multiple Locations

Pick from Over-the-Top Desserts: Sloan’s Ice Cream-Multiple Locations

Consume the Most Elaborate Cappuccino You’ve Ever Laid Eyes On: The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker-West Hollywood/USC

Seafood Overlooking the Ocean: Tony’s on the Pier-Redondo Beach

All You Can Eat on a Huge Grill: Fire + Ice-Anaheim

Asian Fusion Food in a Modern Atmosphere: Little Sister-DTLA/Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach

Visit an Iconic Hollywood Landmark where American Graffiti was Filmed: Mel’s Drive-In-Various Locations

Things To Do:

Take the Family to a Real Pirate Ship: Pirate’s Dinner Adventure-Buena Park

Turn Your Kids into Actual Mermaids: Once Upon An Island-Newport Beach

Watch a Show at the Most Exclusive Magic Club in the World: Magic Castle-Hollywood

Test Your Skills with Different Themed Escape Rooms: Escape Hotel-Hollywood

Round up the Family for a Day of Fun: Mulligan Family Fun Center-Torrance

Spend a Day at a Secluded Beach with Restaurants on the Sand: The Beachcomber Cafe/Crystal Cove-Newport Coast

Visit the Animals: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens-Los Angeles

Ride Roller Coasters and Play Carnival Games: Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park-Santa Monica

Take the Family for a Day of Black-Lit Fun: Glow Zone-Multiple Locations

Eat All the Ice Cream Your Heart Desires: Museum of Ice Cream-DTLA

Enjoy Artwork with a Grand LA View: The Getty Center-Los Angeles

Run Around in Black-Light with the Family: Glow Zone-Huntington Beach

Spend a Day Immersed in Ice Cream: The Museum of Ice Cream-DTLA

Enjoy Art from the Past and Present: The Getty-Los Angeles

Take the Kids to a Mini-City: Pretend City-Irvine

Pet Animals and Pick Up Guinea Pigs: Zoomars-San Juan Capistrano

Take Pictures with ‘Celebrities’: Madame Tussauds-Hollywood

Spend the Day Outside with the Entire Family: Irvine Park Railroad-Orange

All the Candy You Can Imagine: Candytopia-Santa Monica

Find the Perfect Coffee Table Book: Book Soup-West Hollywood

Cheer for Your Knight in Shining Armor: Medieval Times-Buena Park

Shop and Eat at this Celebrity Hot Spot: The Grove/The Original Farmer’s Market-Los Angeles

Take the Kids to the Science Center: Discovery Cube OC/Discovery Cube LA-Santa Ana & Los Angeles

Shop First Edition and Autographed Books: Mystery Pier Books-West Hollywood

Explore the Iconic Hand and Footprints: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre/TCL Chinese Theatre-Hollywood

Welcome to LA Staycation!  Use the Interactive Map below to read about hidden gems in Los Angeles!

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Nightlife:

Nightlife with Four Different Themed Bars: Clifton’s Republic-DTLA

Eat While Watching a Magic Show at this Speakeasy: Black Rabbit Rose-Hollywood

Celebrate Halloween Year-Round: Beetle House LA-Hollywood

Travel Back in Time to the 1970’s: Good Times at Davey Wayne’s-Hollywood

Drink at the Tallest Open-Air Bar in the USA: Spire 73-DTLA

Play Old Arcade Games and Test Your Pinball Skills: EightyTwo-DTLA

Authentic Spanish Flamenco Show with Three Course Meal and Night Club: Sevilla-Long Beach

Watch the Sunset with Ocean Views: Abigaile and Alta House-South Bay

Sip Cocktails at a Rooftop Restaurant and Bar: The Penthouse-Santa Monica

Walk Through a Bank Vault to a Hidden Dive Bar: Crane’s Downtown Bar-DTLA

Travel Back in Time to a 1920’s Themed Speakeasy: The Edison-DTLA

Salsa Dance All Night: Mayan-DTLA

Watch World Famous DJs: Exchange LA-DTLA

Get Your Groove On in an Upscale Venue: Boulevard3-Hollywood

Eat and Drink by the Ocean in Manhattan Beach: The Strand House/Strand Bar-Manhattan Beach

Laugh the Night Away: The Comedy & Magic Club-South Bay

Drink Cocktails with Live Music on the Roof: Skyloft-Laguna Beach

Listen to Live Music where La La Land was Filmed: The Lighthouse Cafe-Hermosa Beach

Walk Through a Closet to this Hidden Speakeasy: La Descarga-Los Angeles

Hotels:

Rooftop Club with Modern Restaurants: The Standard-DTLA

Revolving Lounge with Lobby Night Club: The Westin Bonaventure-DTLA

Rooftop Pool Party in the Day and Night Club at Night: Shade Hotel-Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach

Historic Hotel in the Heart of Los Angeles: Millennium Biltmore-DTLA

Golf, Enjoy the Spa and Stay at a Hotel on a Penninsula: Terranea-South Bay

Restaurants:

Eats for the Family with Separate Kid Play Room: The Great Room Cafe-Redondo Beach

Thai Food with Mermaid Smoothies: Triple-T Restaurant-Gardena

Fancy Desserts with Beautiful Presentations: Bottega Louie-DTLA

Transport to the Islands with this Themed Eatery: Kings Hawaiian Restaurant & Bakery-Torrance

Try the Best Soft Serve You’ve Ever Had: Honeymee-Multiple Locations

Eat Amazing Desserts at a Great Price: Porto’s Bakery-Multiple Locations

Watch a Flamenco Show while Eating Spanish Tapas: Tapas-Mission Viejo

Try Doughnuts and Fried Chicken: Astros-DTLA

Eat Brunch with Disney Characters: Goofy’s Kitchen-Anaheim

Fine Dining at a Two-Michelin Starred Restaurant: Melisse-Santa Monica

Family-Style Asian Fusion with a Michelin Star: Din Tai Fung-Multiple Locations

Consume Authentic Cajun Food for a Great Price: Little Jewel of New Orleans-DTLA

Grab Sushi Off a Conveyor Belt in this Fully Automated Restaurant: Kura Revolving Sushi Bar-Multiple Locations

Pick from Over-the-Top Desserts: Sloan’s Ice Cream-Multiple Locations

Consume the Most Elaborate Cappuccino You’ve Ever Laid Eyes On: The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker-West Hollywood/USC

Seafood Overlooking the Ocean: Tony’s on the Pier-Redondo Beach

All You Can Eat on a Huge Grill: Fire + Ice-Anaheim

Asian Fusion Food in a Modern Atmosphere: Little Sister-DTLA/Manhattan Beach/Redondo Beach

Visit an Iconic Hollywood Landmark where American Graffiti was Filmed: Mel’s Drive-In-Various Locations

Things To Do:

Take the Family to a Real Pirate Ship: Pirate’s Dinner Adventure-Buena Park

Turn Your Kids into Actual Mermaids: Once Upon An Island-Newport Beach

Watch a Show at the Most Exclusive Magic Club in the World: Magic Castle-Hollywood

Test Your Skills with Different Themed Escape Rooms: Escape Hotel-Hollywood

Round up the Family for a Day of Fun: Mulligan Family Fun Center-Torrance

Spend a Day at a Secluded Beach with Restaurants on the Sand: The Beachcomber Cafe/Crystal Cove-Newport Coast

Visit the Animals: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens-Los Angeles

Ride Roller Coasters and Play Carnival Games: Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park-Santa Monica

Take the Family for a Day of Black-Lit Fun: Glow Zone-Multiple Locations

Eat All the Ice Cream Your Heart Desires: Museum of Ice Cream-DTLA

Enjoy Artwork with a Grand LA View: The Getty Center-Los Angeles

Run Around in Black-Light with the Family: Glow Zone-Huntington Beach

Spend a Day Immersed in Ice Cream: The Museum of Ice Cream-DTLA

Enjoy Art from the Past and Present: The Getty-Los Angeles

Take the Kids to a Mini-City: Pretend City-Irvine

Pet Animals and Pick Up Guinea Pigs: Zoomars-San Juan Capistrano

Take Pictures with ‘Celebrities’: Madame Tussauds-Hollywood

Spend the Day Outside with the Entire Family: Irvine Park Railroad-Orange

All the Candy You Can Imagine: Candytopia-Santa Monica

Find the Perfect Coffee Table Book: Book Soup-West Hollywood

Cheer for Your Knight in Shining Armor: Medieval Times-Buena Park

Shop and Eat at this Celebrity Hot Spot: The Grove/The Original Farmer’s Market-Los Angeles

Take the Kids to the Science Center: Discovery Cube OC/Discovery Cube LA-Santa Ana & Los Angeles

Shop First Edition and Autographed Books: Mystery Pier Books-West Hollywood

Explore the Iconic Hand and Footprints: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre/TCL Chinese Theatre-Hollywood

About

Hi there!  I’m Chrissy, and I’m thrilled that you came to check out my blog.  I started LA Staycation in May 2018 for both locals and tourists.  I wanted to include a list of popular places and hidden treasures in the Greater Los Angeles area.

About Chrissy: 10 Things About Me

1. I used to be a single mom-I was married when I was 23 years old and divorced with an 18-month-old (Skylar) by the time I was 25. Although it was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through, it made me a stronger person.  Skylar’s father is still very much involved in her life.  (If any of you, dear readers, need support or motivation about being a single parent or going through a divorce, feel free to reach out to me.)

2. I am a black belt in kempo karate-In high school, I took so many classes that it didn’t allow me to participate in any school sports or physical education. My mom wanted me to be well-rounded, so she told me that I needed to pick a sport outside of school and stick with it.  I picked kempo, and I stopped once I achieved my first-degree black belt.

3. I played first chair viola in a symphony orchestra at Carnegie Hall-I have always loved music. I started playing violin when I was 8 years old and switched to viola (a big violin with lower string sound) in 7th  I eventually became the President of my high school orchestra and I was able to travel to Carnegie Hall to play.  It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  I have just recently started to play again.

4. I started modeling at age 18-I was approached in a mall to join a modeling competition (did I mention that I’m 5’10”!) and ended up participating and getting a modeling contract. I have been with various agencies and have been modeling on/off for 10 years.  I am currently signed with BRAND Models and Talent out of Santa Ana, CA.

5. I lost 27 lbs at the gym-When I was pregnant with Skylar, I gained 50 lbs. When I was divorced, I yo-yo’d in weight before joining a gym for the first time in my life.  I go to Orangetheory Fitness 3-4 times per week and it helped me lose weight and gain muscle.

6. I wanted to be a criminal defense attorney-I’ve always had a love for law. When I was in high school and college I participated in Model United Nations and Mock Trial.  However, after working my way through college at a court reporting firm where attorneys would constantly be present, I decided that I didn’t want to pursue a law degree.

7. I love cookie dough ice cream-If I’m not careful, I can eat an entire pint in one sitting. There’s something about putting chunks of cookie dough into the cold ice cream that makes me SO happy.  (My favorite brand is Ben & Jerrys, but if you have any suggestions for other brands, I’m open to try anything.)

8. I’m obsessed with anything scary-But when I’m scared, I plug my ears so I can’t hear the sound effects. I feel like it makes it less-scary.  Someday I want to write a horror novel.  Stephen King and Michael Crichton are my favorite authors. I love watching scary movies or walking through haunted houses.

9. But I’m TERRIFIED of clowns-I think this fear stemmed from this recurring dream that I had when I was younger that I was trapped in the closet while clowns were trying to find me. I remember only seeing their big red shoes before finally waking up.  It’s not only scary clown’s I’m afraid of, it’s even the happy ones that twist balloons or show up at kids’ birthday parties.  I found out that this fear is called Coulrophobia.

10. My mom is my inspiration-My mom was diagnosed with Stage III Breast Cancer three years ago. She is currently in remission, and she is the strongest fighter that I know.  (If anyone is going through or has someone going through a cancer diagnosis and wants support or motivating words, please contact me.)

About Ethan

I met Ethan in September 2015 after matching with him on Match.com (it works, people!).  Our daughters are the same age (almost exactly one year apart), and we lived only 2 miles away from each other.  Since we were both coming from broken marriages, it took us a while to navigate how to balance our lives with our kids’ lives and our ex-spouses’ lives.  Now, we’re a tight-knit family.

Ethan is the best man I have ever met.  He’s incredibly smart, handsome, funny, and caring.  I truly feel that he is my soulmate.  He got me interested in playing darts (we hope to join a dart league someday) and some PS4 co-op games (if anyone has suggestions on fun co-op games, let me know).  He also recognizes every movie and TV show reference I make…I told you he’s my soulmate!  He is my life partner who helps me to find and explore all the fun places highlighted on my blog.

(If anyone needs advice on how to navigate the ins and outs of a blended family, feel free to reach out.)

The Kids

Skylar (4)

Skylar is the light of my life.  She loves music and dancing, and we sing at the top of our lungs in the car every day.  She’s obsessed with anything Disney and has played soccer since she was 2.

Emma (5)

Emma is one of the most well-behaved kids you will ever meet.  She is kind and patient and extremely smart.  She recently finished her first season of T-Ball and can swim across an entire Olympic-sized pool unassisted.

The Dog

Walter White was named after Bryan Cranston’s character in Breaking Bad.  I rescued him in 2012 from a client.  At my first sales job out of college, I went to a client for a meeting who happened to be next to a fire station.  The fire alarm started blaring during our meeting, and one of the firefighters ran over to my client and gave her a box of puppies that someone abandoned.  Walter was the runt of the litter, and I took him that day to the vet’s for his shots before bringing him home.  That was the start of forever with my first ‘baby’.

About LA Staycation

If you read enough of my posts, you’ll soon realize that I LOVE taking advantage of any free time that my family and I have.  I started this blog as a hobby, as I work full-time as a Business Development Manager.

With Ethan and my work schedules, the kids school schedules, and extracurriculars to fill up most of our time, sometimes it’s difficult to get out of the house for new experiences and adventures.  After spending hours navigating different websites for places to go and things to do, I came up with the idea of LA Staycation.

So, if you ever have a free day or night without the kiddos (I’ve even included some posts about places you can take the kids with you) and you’re in the endless loop of the “what do you want to do?” “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” question circle, then look no further.  LA Staycation can help you find what you’re looking for…and it’s in your own backyard!

Please enjoy the blog and feel free to comment if you have been to any of the places that I write about.  Also, if you have a suggestion please send us an e-mail or write it in the comment…we are always looking for new places to go!

Love Always,

Chrissy

xxoo

Contact

Questions, Comments or Suggestions?  I’d love to hear from you!  You can reach me at:

admin@la-staycation.com

(I read every e-mail I receive, but due to large volumes of e-mail, time constraints sometimes don’t allow me to answer in a timely manner.  Please know that your thoughts are greatly appreciated and I will get back to you.)

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