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Happy Birthday, Laura Ballard!
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Happy Birthday, Laura Ballard!
Happy Birthday, Laura Ballard!
Taken full sun, hand held, zoom, auto settings, manual focus.
Lots done in PSCS - can't even remember what!

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Judy S. Fung
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    Wonderful capture and effects, Marsha!! Happy Birthday, Laura!!

6/29/2005 2:46:55 AM

 
Donald K. Cherry
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Terrific image and effects, Marsha!! HBD Laura!!

6/29/2005 2:50:47 AM

 
Roxanne M. Bubar
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Fantastic image and effects. Happy Birthday Laura. I hope you have a great one.

6/29/2005 2:55:11 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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LOVE the effects you added to this jewel! WOW!!!

6/29/2005 3:05:09 AM

 
Mata Patan
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Happy Birthday LAURA!!!! Have a great day!!!!
Nice dedication MArsha!! Very nice shot!

6/29/2005 3:21:19 AM

 
Tammy Scott
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Great image and nice dedication to Laura, Marsha!

Happy Birthday, Laura!

6/29/2005 3:29:13 AM

 
Jordi Delgado

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Whatever it was you did, you did perfect!!!

Fantastic shot and work, Marsha!!

:-))

6/29/2005 3:34:21 AM

 
Paul Michko
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Beautiful image, Marsha. HBD Laura.

6/29/2005 3:41:18 AM

 
Cindy Paquette
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Oh, oh, ohhhhhhhhhhh WOW...I LOVE how the dragonfly looks in this image Marsha...love the textured background..boyo...this is just beautiful! Bravo!

6/29/2005 3:56:27 AM

 
Jessica L. Richard
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very beautiful, great ps work!

6/29/2005 4:09:20 AM

 
Karen E. Michaels
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Fabulous Marsha, Love the composition and what you did with it. Way Cool. Peace, karen

6/29/2005 4:19:08 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Beautiful shot!! Happy BD, Laura!

6/29/2005 4:20:00 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Fantastic image, Marsha!! Love it!! Happy Birthday, Laura!!

6/29/2005 4:28:20 AM

 
Cathy Gregor
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Wonderful capture and effects, Marsha!

HBD, Laura!

6/29/2005 5:00:19 AM

 
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Nice shot and work!!! Happy Birthday Laura!

6/29/2005 5:01:12 AM

 
Bill Houghton
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This is absolutely beautiful. You did a super job.

6/29/2005 5:09:47 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Just Beautiful!!!Love the color!

6/29/2005 5:52:21 AM

 
Deb Holmes
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Wonderful Marsha, I love the effects, very well presented!

6/29/2005 6:09:31 AM

 
Carla Metzler
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Wonderful capture and effects, Marsha! Happy Birthday, Laura!

6/29/2005 6:15:57 AM

 
Kelly Abernathy
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Wonderful capture! Happy Birthday Laura! -K

6/29/2005 6:26:35 AM

 
Roger Bernabo
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Beautiful macro and HB Laura!

6/29/2005 6:30:21 AM

 
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Great capture!!!
Happy Birthday Laura!!

6/29/2005 7:04:21 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!
You are so incredibly sweet and thoughtful! love this image!

6/29/2005 7:10:04 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Great shot!!!!! I love the clarity on this Marsha.. And your effects... WOW!! Happy Birthday to you Laura!!

6/29/2005 7:14:32 AM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Beautiful and love the green background...Happy Birthday, Laura!! :)

6/29/2005 7:19:33 AM

 
S  J
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Excellent capture, neat effects and presentation, Marsha!! Happy Birthday, Laura!!

6/29/2005 7:25:51 AM

 
Vicki Hunt
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My first thought is of an oriental painting! this is very beautiful. I love what you have done!

6/29/2005 8:36:39 AM

 
cj patterson
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terrific image...wow!! and happy bday to laura!

6/29/2005 8:37:30 AM

 
Lori Carlson
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Wonderful Marsha! Love what you did with it, whatever that may be...ha! :0) Great image!
Happy Birthday Laura!! :0)

6/29/2005 10:12:19 AM

 
Cathy Stancil
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Beautifully done Marsha !

6/29/2005 11:19:35 AM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thanks so much everyone. I am reading some books on PSCS and trying out all kinds of new things - so when something doesn't work I backup and go another direction. I need to keep some kind of log I guess, but that is why I have no idea exactly what I did.
Vicki - interesting that you say that about the oriental painting. I didn't do it on purpose, but this reminds me of the scenes you used to see on the bamboo calendars that were oriental.

6/29/2005 12:01:10 PM

 
Goshka G.
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This is sooo lovely, Marsha!!

6/29/2005 12:47:56 PM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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My first thought was an oriental painting too. This is really lovely, Marsha! And, nice dedication to Laura. HB, again, Laura!

6/29/2005 2:01:49 PM

 
William C. Raco
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Excellent photo, Marsha!
Love the effects and vertical composition
Happy Birthday, Laura!!

bill

6/29/2005 2:10:37 PM

 
Bobbie Davis
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Love the effects Marsha! Great capture!

6/29/2005 2:31:40 PM

 
Jill Flynn
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I like the long vertical orientation. This image has a watercolor feel to it Marsha. Looks nice. Again, great PS work! And Happy Birthday Laura!

6/29/2005 2:36:59 PM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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Marsha, I started keeping a journal by my computer. when I find I'm getting really carried away with photoshop (I'm learning it, too) I totally forget what I did, so, I jot down notes. Nothing elaborate .. just some notes!

6/29/2005 3:38:36 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thanks loads - Terry, Goshka, Bill, Bobbie and Jill. And thanks Laura for the ideas. I would love to start doing that!

6/29/2005 3:56:13 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Beautiful Marsha!!

6/29/2005 4:52:53 PM

 
Noel Baebler
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Way to work that dragonfly, Marsha!

6/29/2005 5:03:00 PM

 
Terry  R. Hatfield
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Beautiful Dragonfly Image With Excellent Colors Marsha!!

6/29/2005 5:07:54 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thanks Claudia, Noel and Terry - you guys are so great!

6/29/2005 6:22:36 PM

 
Patty Razonable

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Beautiful image and the effects is outstanding!! Very well done, Marsha!!

6/29/2005 7:15:13 PM

 
Jennifer Rennison

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OH, Wow, Marsha!! Love this, beautiful colors and effects, wonderful work!!

6/29/2005 7:15:33 PM

 
Casey A. Hanson
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Awesome effects Marsha! Very cool! Happy B-day Laura! I hope you had a great day :0)

6/29/2005 7:54:25 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thank you so much Patty, Jennifer and Casey. I appreciate your input very much!

6/29/2005 8:50:00 PM

 
Carol Brill
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Love the sketchy strokes in this image, Marsha, it looks like it was painted with a haiku brush! Exceptionally well executed and presented!!

6/29/2005 9:04:02 PM

 
Gordon B. Keyes
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This is so well done, Marsha!!! I, too, thought of an oriental painting when I saw it.
Gordon

6/30/2005 4:03:50 AM

 
Kathryn Love
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fantastic Marsha!!!
HP Laura!

6/30/2005 4:06:59 AM

 
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Very lovely treatment, Marsha!! And the vertical format was an excellent choice!

6/30/2005 4:35:18 AM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thanks Carol, Gordon, Kathryn and Dolores - You guys are always so appreciated.

6/30/2005 5:40:11 AM

 
Cathy Barrows
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i need the birthday list if you have it

this is fab...love how the wings go away except the tips

6/30/2005 7:56:00 AM

 
Laurence Saliba
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Beautiful dedication Marsha!!! Happy Birthday Laura!!!

6/30/2005 11:00:54 AM

 
Jonna Bergström

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Wonderful image with great effects and colours! Love it!

6/30/2005 2:03:57 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thanks so much Cathy, Laurence, Jonna!
Cathy - send me an email address and I will send what I have to you.

6/30/2005 2:17:14 PM

 
Laura E. OConnor
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STUNNING IMAGE!!!

I'd LOVE a copy of the list, too!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LAURA!!!

6/30/2005 2:31:58 PM

 
DiAnna F. Paulk
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Wow, this is great, Marsha!!

What's the birthday list?

6/30/2005 5:54:53 PM

 
Jane Summa
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Awesome color BG, Marsha!! love the texture, too! Fantastic work on this..lots of detail and style!

I missed Laura's b-day.... :-(
Happy B-Lated Birthday Laura!

6/30/2005 8:10:58 PM

 
Julianne K. First
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Very cool, love the effects! Good job

6/30/2005 8:12:31 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thanks, Laura, DiAnna, Jane and Julianne.
DiAnna - I will email you the list also!

6/30/2005 10:01:08 PM

 
Steve Mescha
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Really lovely, Marsha :-)

7/2/2005 5:21:25 PM

 
Connie J. Bagot
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I love the graceful, almost Oriental, feel to this one. Lovely work Marsha.

7/2/2005 8:47:31 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thank you so much, Steve and Connie. I visited your gallery Connie and it is amazing. Beautiful and creative things.

7/2/2005 9:44:15 PM

 
Kathleen K. Parker
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GORGEOUS, Marsha! I hav e been out of town and am behind ...picked this one of yours for starters. you know this would make a lovely fabric...FOR ME!
:-)
Love it love it love it...
kk

7/3/2005 9:29:11 AM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thanks so much, KK - If you can figure out how to turn it into fabric you can have it! ;D

7/3/2005 12:10:22 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Marsha!

7/22/2005 7:43:35 PM

 
Cathy Barrows
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Congrats on your finalist...excellent

7/22/2005 8:07:43 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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I have never seen such a beautiful piece of art like this before Marsha!
A very, very well deserved finalist, I can't imagine you not placing with this work!

7/22/2005 8:49:50 PM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Beautiful...awesome work!! Congrats!!

7/22/2005 9:07:16 PM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Big congratulations, MARSHA!! Good luck in the next round!

7/22/2005 9:16:13 PM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Congrats, Marsha!

7/22/2005 9:17:35 PM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
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Congrats Marsha!! I just love that green!! It is very beautiful!!

7/22/2005 9:46:28 PM

 
Kate Jackson
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Many congratulations Marsha on this very oriental looking finalist!

7/23/2005 1:19:27 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your win Marsha. Good luck in the next round.

7/23/2005 4:41:48 AM

 
Noel Baebler
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Huzzah, Marsha!

7/23/2005 6:47:21 AM

 
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Marsha

Congratulations on your finalist.

Best of luck in the following round.

Kerby

7/23/2005 7:30:04 AM

 
Donald K. Cherry
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Congrats on this very unique finalist, Marsha!

7/23/2005 9:14:57 AM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thank you so much to each and everyone of you. Your support and comments is what keeps me trying new stuff!

7/23/2005 9:17:18 AM

 
Donna J. Taff
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Congrats on you finalist wins, Marsha!!!

7/23/2005 9:38:56 AM

 
Lori Carlson
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Congrats Marsha~I still think this is so cool!! :0) And the celebration of Laura lives on!! :0)

7/23/2005 10:37:13 AM

 
Serena Pierce

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Very cool! Congratulations!!

7/23/2005 11:34:15 AM

 
Marie Fields
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Terrific image, Marsha! Congratulations!!!

7/23/2005 11:40:41 AM

 
Ermanno Radice
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, good luck for the next round, Marsha!

7/23/2005 12:17:16 PM

 
Deb Holmes
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Congrats to you, Marsha, on this great finalist! Way to go!

7/23/2005 12:27:56 PM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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you know how much I love this one!
congratulations!

7/23/2005 1:27:57 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thank you all so much! Laura - this is the birthday that wouldn't go away!

7/23/2005 1:41:21 PM

 
Jill Flynn
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Congratulations on this terrific finalist Marsha!

7/23/2005 1:46:59 PM

 
Mata Patan
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Laura brought you luck!!!
Congratulations!

7/23/2005 3:15:01 PM

 
Tammy Scott
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Congratulations, Marsha!

7/23/2005 4:55:50 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thank you so much, Jill, Mata and Tammy!

7/23/2005 5:32:49 PM

 
Gen Nagase
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Congratulations once again, Marsha!!!

7/23/2005 9:09:31 PM

 
Jonna Bergström

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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist, Marsha!

7/24/2005 3:24:49 AM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thanks a bunch, Nobi and Jonna!

7/24/2005 5:15:53 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Marsha!!! Best of luck to you!!

7/24/2005 8:50:10 AM

 
S  J
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Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist, Marsha!!

7/24/2005 9:36:15 AM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Kara and SJ - thank you both soooo much!

7/24/2005 10:58:11 AM

 
Laurence Saliba
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Congratulations, Marsha!!

7/24/2005 1:43:00 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thanks so much, Laurence!

7/24/2005 2:13:29 PM

 
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Congratulations on this wonserful finalist Marsha!!!

7/24/2005 3:35:14 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thanks so much, Adilson!

7/24/2005 4:22:07 PM

 
Kathleen K. Parker
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Congratulations, Marsha!! :-)
kk

7/24/2005 6:57:27 PM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Marsha!! I really like this colour!

7/25/2005 8:08:34 AM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thanks Wendy and kk. I appreciate you guys a bunch.

7/25/2005 1:02:36 PM

 
RC  Fritz
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Nice vertical composition, nice colors and very creative, Marsha. Congrats!!

6/8/2006 6:57:46 PM

 
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