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by Lex S
June 26th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Ruddy's 1930's General Store Museum - Desert Views Road Trip Part 4
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Views: 170

Ruddy's 1930's General Store Museum - Desert Views Road Trip Part 4

One of the most unique attractions in Palm Springs is about the closest thing to stepping into a time machine that we have ever experienced. Located on Palm Canyon Drive in the heart of Palm Springs is Ruddy's 1930s General Store Museum . Just to step in through the front door is to immediately step...
by Lex S
June 22nd, 2018, 10:27 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: We got our 'I Survived Nevada Highway 50' Certificates!
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Views: 226

We got our 'I Survived Nevada Highway 50' Certificates!

I've posted before in this forum about our road trip through Highway 50 and all the places we had to get our passport stamped to prove we survived "The Loneliest Road in America." Well, we mailed it in and a couple months later, we got our certificates in the mail!

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by Lex S
June 19th, 2018, 12:26 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Romance and Sex Life of the Date? – Desert Views Road Trip Part 3
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Views: 288

Romance and Sex Life of the Date? – Desert Views Road Trip Part 3

Our next stop on our little desert road trip took us to Indio. One place that Neek, Sar and I were really curious to visit was Shields Date Garden . I had never been to this place before even though I love dates; as a child my parents took me to another place that sells dates in Cabazon, Hadley Frui...
by Lex S
June 13th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Salvation Mountain – Desert Views Road Trip Part 2
Replies: 1
Views: 180

Salvation Mountain – Desert Views Road Trip Part 2

The next stop on our journey through the desert was Salvation Mountain located near the remote town of Niland, California. I'm not a huge fan of religious art, but as far as folk art goes, this was pretty impressive, and I appreciate that the primary focus seemed to be "God is Love" rather than fire...
by Lex S
June 13th, 2018, 1:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The Palm Springs Visitor’s Center – Desert Road Trip Part 1
Replies: 3
Views: 292

The Palm Springs Visitor’s Center – Desert Road Trip Part 1

mattcitrang wrote:Interesting, thanks for posting.
Nice change from the usual postings here.
Thanks! I appreciate that.
by Lex S
June 4th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The Palm Springs Visitor’s Center – Desert Road Trip Part 1
Replies: 3
Views: 292

The Palm Springs Visitor’s Center – Desert Road Trip Part 1

It seems like we just can’t stay away from the road! Neek, Sar and I once again piled into the car and took off. Once again, one of my sisters (the youngest) was getting married and we were invited. But it wasn’t in Oregon; this was a destination wedding in Palm Springs, California . We decided to m...
by Lex S
May 10th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: LAST STOP ON OUR ROAD TRIP! Ghirardelli Chocolate & Ice Cream Store Day 12 Vlog 31
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Views: 165

LAST STOP ON OUR ROAD TRIP! Ghirardelli Chocolate & Ice Cream Store Day 12 Vlog 31

It seemed fitting to finish up our road trip by visiting the Ghirardelli Chocolate Outlet store in Lathrop, California and having a decadent sundae. They are the masters in making the most incredible ice cream delights!

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by Lex S
April 10th, 2018, 11:28 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Revisit the 1840s at Sutter's Fort in Sacramento, CA!
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Views: 176

Revisit the 1840s at Sutter's Fort in Sacramento, CA!

Thinking back on my elementary school days, some of my favorite moments, outside of lunch and recess, were the times we went on field trips. Sure, a lot of the joy I received at the time was escaping the tediousness of the classroom, but there was also the excitement of discovering new things and go...
by Lex S
March 28th, 2018, 11:26 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Historic Old Sacramento – Road Trip Vlog 29
Replies: 0
Views: 154

Historic Old Sacramento – Road Trip Vlog 29

Old Sacramento is located within the Old Sacramento Historic District which is a U.S. National Historic Landmark District. It's really amazing to explore the historic buildings and underground tunnels there!

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by Lex S
March 13th, 2018, 11:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Giant Cement Statues from Weird California - Road Trip Vlog 28
Replies: 0
Views: 182

Giant Cement Statues from Weird California - Road Trip Vlog 28

My sister-in-law gave my wife a book years ago called “Weird California”. I thought it was a great title for a book considering how often California marches to the beat of its own drum. Anyway, it’s also inspired me to go out and find some of the strange, unique, creative and “weird” stuff that I ha...
by Lex S
March 13th, 2018, 11:35 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: We Saw the Longest Covered Bridge in the World! - Road Trip Vlog 27
Replies: 3
Views: 313

We Saw the Longest Covered Bridge in the World! - Road Trip Vlog 27

Thanks, Lex. I had never heard of the bridge, and it looks like very pretty country up there. Maybe next time you can include some instructions for George on how to skip ahead in a video. It sounded like he had a lot of trouble with that... Thanks Daniel, glad you enjoyed watching it. What could I ...
by Lex S
February 27th, 2018, 1:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: We Saw the Longest Covered Bridge in the World! - Road Trip Vlog 27
Replies: 3
Views: 313

We Saw the Longest Covered Bridge in the World! - Road Trip Vlog 27

This 19th century bridge attracted our curiosity because it is reported to be the longest single span wooden covered bridge in the world! The Bridgeport Covered Bridge was built near French Corral, California in 1862 by David John Wood and was a vital link to the silver mines in Nevada at the time, ...
by Lex S
February 14th, 2018, 10:24 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Downieville, CA on Hwy 49 – A Most Unusual Historic Landmark!
Replies: 1
Views: 192

Downieville, CA on Hwy 49 – A Most Unusual Historic Landmark!

From the brochures outside the closed visitor center, we found out information on Downieville that was fascinating. Back in the 1850s, it missed becoming the state capital by one vote! We also found out that the infamous Gallows of Downieville are located adjacent to the Sierra County Courthouse. Th...
by Lex S
February 1st, 2018, 11:47 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The Mother Lode Highway in CA - Hwy 49 - is a beautiful road trip!
Replies: 0
Views: 213

The Mother Lode Highway in CA - Hwy 49 - is a beautiful road trip!

California Highway 49 is named after the 49ers who came to this state in their search for gold in 1849. Driving past the little towns along the highway in Sierra County was a pretty amazing experience! [youtube]r5b7CoX7F4c[/youtube] There are a number of wineries around Nevada City and Grass Valley ...
by Lex S
January 25th, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Burning Man Art Park in Reno, NV - Road Trip Vlog 24
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Burning Man Art Park in Reno, NV - Road Trip Vlog 24

Thanks for sharing that Lex. I've never been but my son went several times a bunch of years ago ... and was involved with the TX Burn community and their Flipside gathering. He's less interested these days - I think the influx of tech execs and such has muted some of the wonder ... and the lack of ...
by Lex S
January 23rd, 2018, 2:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Burning Man Art Park in Reno, NV - Road Trip Vlog 24
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Burning Man Art Park in Reno, NV - Road Trip Vlog 24

Burning Man is a seven-day event in the Black Rock desert 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Reno, Nevada. Aside from the wild night festivities and highly creative interactive artwork, Burning Man is a world renown Art event culminating in the burning a giant effigy on the last evening. I have nev...
by Lex S
January 12th, 2018, 10:25 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Travel back in time to the Old West in Virginia City, Nevada!
Replies: 5
Views: 345

Travel back in time to the Old West in Virginia City, Nevada!

Walking up C Street in Virginia City, Neek, Sar and I decided to explore one last saloon in town. Like the other saloons, this place has a history going back to the 19th century. It also, like some other saloons, has reports of paranormal activity. But there’s something about the Washoe Club that de...
by Lex S
January 5th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Travel back in time to the Old West in Virginia City, Nevada!
Replies: 5
Views: 345

Travel back in time to the Old West in Virginia City, Nevada!

The main drag in Virginia City, Nevada (known as C Street) normally evokes the feeling of an Old West town. The street is filled with old saloons , many of them dating back to the 19th century when the town was in the throes of a silver rush from the discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859. But on th...
by Lex S
December 18th, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Travel back in time to the Old West in Virginia City, Nevada!
Replies: 5
Views: 345

Travel back in time to the Old West in Virginia City, Nevada!

You're welcome, Drew!

Sounds like a great book. I'll have to check that out when I get the chance.
by Lex S
December 15th, 2017, 10:25 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Travel back in time to the Old West in Virginia City, Nevada!
Replies: 5
Views: 345

Travel back in time to the Old West in Virginia City, Nevada!

This is the first of three videos of our exploration of historic Virginia City in Nevada! In this episode, we visit Piper's Opera House . We had no idea how many famous people had visited Virginia City and how many had performed at the Opera House. Lilli Langtry, Al Jolson, John Phillip Sousa, Maude...
by Lex S
December 8th, 2017, 11:04 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The Loneliest Road in America!
Replies: 13
Views: 1070

The Loneliest Road in America!

Lex, regarding wine, there is no choice. ITs a set menu, communal table ... salad, meats, veg, sides, cheese, water, and chilled red basque wine they make themselves, which is quite tasty ... Thanks for letting me know that, Karl. Sounds like a meal to look forward to! Here is our most recent vlog ...
by Lex S
December 2nd, 2017, 10:10 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: St. Augustine's: We were told it was abandoned. Not quite!
Replies: 0
Views: 263

St. Augustine's: We were told it was abandoned. Not quite!

In our recent travel to Austin, Nevada, we were told by the shopkeeper at the Trading Post that St. Augustine Catholic Church , which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was abandoned for now and that we should go take a look. But when we walked up the hill to explore it, we were in for ...
by Lex S
November 10th, 2017, 10:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Austin, Nevada: A Living Ghost Town with an Abandoned Castle
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Views: 200

Austin, Nevada: A Living Ghost Town with an Abandoned Castle

Our first stop in Austin, Nevada was in front of the Lander County Courthouse built in 1869. This is one of 11 sites in Austin on the National Register of Historic Places and during the 1800s was used to hang convicted men from the second story balcony! We were anticipating a somewhat less dramatic ...
by Lex S
November 8th, 2017, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?
Replies: 19
Views: 769

Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?

How about the great wines at the MN State Fair. Every year our local goofy wine writers rave about the crap we produce. I actually had a decant MN wine at a wine shop tasting but then looked closer at the bottle and the grapes were all from California. That is too much! A bunch of my co-workers are...
by Lex S
November 7th, 2017, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?
Replies: 19
Views: 769

Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?

I used to love going to the Orange County Fair, purchase a wine glass for $5 and taste through all the medal winners. Find a bartender you like, tip him big up front - and you can taste 20-30 wines in an hour or so - the key is finding a good "volunteer" to help you find all the wines - Hey Thomas,...
by Lex S
November 6th, 2017, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?
Replies: 19
Views: 769

Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?

I used to love going to the Orange County Fair, purchase a wine glass for $5 and taste through all the medal winners. Find a bartender you like, tip him big up front - and you can taste 20-30 wines in an hour or so - the key is finding a good "volunteer" to help you find all the wines - Hey Thomas,...
by Lex S
November 4th, 2017, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?
Replies: 19
Views: 769

Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?

Last time I tried, we stood there 10 minutes while the only couple ahead of us carried on an inane conversation with the server, who ignored us, and we gave up and left. Other times I’ve tried, it was frankly ... let’s just say it’s not designed for folks like us here. Just not really a fit. That's...
by Lex S
November 3rd, 2017, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?
Replies: 19
Views: 769

Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?

Peter Simpson wrote:Lex, at least you got to taste a 100 point deep fried snickers bar !!
Oh, that deserved Triple Gold! Best Snickers Ever!!! One TN on that: don't let it age!
by Lex S
November 3rd, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Historic 1881 Opera House in Eureka, Nevada
Replies: 0
Views: 178

Historic 1881 Opera House in Eureka, Nevada

The Eureka Opera House is a fully operational cultural arts center and is used for meetings, theatrical and musical performances. At the time of our visit, The Nevada State Old-Time Fiddler’s Contest was in progress. [youtube]efsEyyTQulg[/youtube] It was also where we got the 3rd stamp in our Hwy 50...
by Lex S
November 3rd, 2017, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?
Replies: 19
Views: 769

Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?

Bdklein wrote:Fried wine on a stick??
[rofl.gif] I wouldn't be surprised if someone actually tried to make that!

Here's the closest thing I found on google images: wine-fried brie on a stick!

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by Lex S
November 2nd, 2017, 4:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Japanese Whiskey
Replies: 54
Views: 4320

Re: Japanese Whiskey

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:Haven't had that Suntory, Ed ---- sorry.

As to the original OP from a couple years ago: the Nikka range is quite excellent, and is worth seeking-out.
I second that. Drank Nikka whiskey for the first time 12 years ago visiting my wife's relatives in Wakayama, Japan. Real smooth-sipping treat!
by Lex S
November 2nd, 2017, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?
Replies: 19
Views: 769

Has anyone else tried wine tasting at a county fair?

Every year when my wife and I attend the Los Angeles County Fair, we see that they are offering wine tastings for gold medal recipients of the Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Last year, we decided to try a tasting of five of them. I've synched the video to start with our tasting. In retr...
by Lex S
October 31st, 2017, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Crowd Pleaser Red & White
Replies: 40
Views: 1611

Thanksgiving Crowd Pleaser Red & White

Beaujolais is one of my "go to" Thanksgiving wines, esp. if I'm with a mixed crowd where lots of folks aren't wine geeks. The NV Champagne is also a good suggestion, as most people like Champagne. Bruce Beaujolais has been a pretty consistent Thanksgiving wine for our family for about the last 10 y...
by Lex S
October 29th, 2017, 10:44 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Does anyone else like traveling to and exploring abandoned places?
Replies: 16
Views: 480

Does anyone else like traveling to and exploring abandoned places?

Add to the list old cemeteries. Sounds kind of weird and probably not the best ice breaker at a party. But it started many years ago on a trip to Vermont when the warden and I pulled over on a country road to take a picture of the fall leaves changing. Hidden in the overgrowth was a very tiny old c...
by Lex S
October 27th, 2017, 11:14 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Does anyone else like traveling to and exploring abandoned places?
Replies: 16
Views: 480

Does anyone else like traveling to and exploring abandoned places?

If anyone ever goes to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, I can certainly recommend the Valley of the Mills walk. IIRC it starts in Pontone (buses can drop you relatively near), heads off onto a quiet / deserted woodland path, before crossing the trickle of a river and heading past the remants of the histo...
by Lex S
October 26th, 2017, 3:58 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Does anyone else like traveling to and exploring abandoned places?
Replies: 16
Views: 480

Does anyone else like traveling to and exploring abandoned places?

Lots of cool stuff to explore here. Wow! Those are fantastic photographs, Michael! That first picture is just amazing to see that old wood against the brilliant autumn colors. The second, I just love the faded red in both the wood and the bricks. But that third photo really bowled me over. Is that ...
by Lex S
October 26th, 2017, 3:45 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Does anyone else like traveling to and exploring abandoned places?
Replies: 16
Views: 480

Does anyone else like traveling to and exploring abandoned places?

YES!!! What a treat to discover this thread! Alas, I haven't explored abandoned places in many years, but all my drives across country (Wisconsin to California and back) I made it a point to pull over every single time I saw an abandoned farmhouse or the like. I love taking a look and trying to fig...
by Lex S
October 26th, 2017, 3:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Does anyone else like traveling to and exploring abandoned places?
Replies: 16
Views: 480

Does anyone else like traveling to and exploring abandoned places?

We do and there are lots of places to discover in Colorado. Most usually require a little bit of work to get to. There are pages on Facebook dedicated to each state. We participate on Abandoned Places Colorado. That's a great idea, Michael! I'll be sure to tell find the Facebook page for Abandoned ...
by Lex S
October 26th, 2017, 10:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada
Replies: 13
Views: 606

The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada

Lex - Great Basin is the best kept secret in the NPs. For some it may be a bit rustic but the hiking, fishing, and caving it has to offer is pretty spectacular. Very nice video Lex. Thanks Gary, glad you enjoyed watching it! "Best kept secret" is the exact words my wife used to describe it. We real...
by Lex S
October 26th, 2017, 10:28 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Does anyone else like traveling to and exploring abandoned places?
Replies: 16
Views: 480

Does anyone else like traveling to and exploring abandoned places?

This is an activity my wife and I have always enjoyed doing. Whether it's something local or something we see on a road trip, we love the adventure of exploring an abandoned place. We particularly are fascinated with discovering the history of these places, whether it's from information provided at ...
by Lex S
October 25th, 2017, 2:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada
Replies: 13
Views: 606

The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada

Have not dined there but stayed a couple of nights in Ely during a cross country trip taking the old US highways. The loneliest highway, US 50, passes through there. Picked up some mountain mahogany in Ely for meat smoking which forms a nice smoking charcoal. Not far from the Big Basin NP which tur...
by Lex S
October 24th, 2017, 2:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada
Replies: 13
Views: 606

The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada

T. Melloni wrote:Ely, Nevada.
Reminds me of the David Dondero song: Layin' Low in Ely Nevada.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2uXy7KPE1o
Great song! I've never heard that artist before, so I checked out some of his other songs on youtube. Pretty good!
by Lex S
October 24th, 2017, 2:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada
Replies: 13
Views: 606

The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada

M Hudson wrote:I have been through there many times and even stayed a night or two going back and forth to Utah. I never heard of this place. I will have to find it next time I am over there.
When you do, I hope to read your review of it here!
by Lex S
October 20th, 2017, 4:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada
Replies: 13
Views: 606

The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada

What did the wine list look like? My recollection is that they had a pretty substantial list of California and Oregon labels. I can't recall if there were many international wines. All three of us were pretty beat, so we ordered caffeinated beverages for a boost. Hopefully there will be a next time...
by Lex S
October 20th, 2017, 4:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada
Replies: 13
Views: 606

The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada

Jay Miller wrote:Reading the title I assumed it was a restaurant that blocked cell phones and I was all in favor. Now I'm less certain :)
[snort.gif] I'd be in favor of that too! It really was a wonderful environment; not sure if no cell phones is policy but I certainly didn't see anyone yakking away there.
by Lex S
October 20th, 2017, 1:32 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The Loneliest Road in America!
Replies: 13
Views: 1070

The Loneliest Road in America!

Most of the stretch between Austin and Middlegate Station is "new" Highway 50. A couple of miles west of Austin, if you turn south, you'll be on old Hwy 50 for 50+ miles. After topping Railroad Summit, you'll see a ten mile long dry lake bed. It's fun to drive on. The access road is at about the ha...
by Lex S
October 20th, 2017, 1:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada
Replies: 13
Views: 606

The Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely, Nevada

The Cellblock Steakhouse is a themed restaurant where you sit in your very own jail cell and chow down on one of the best steaks we've ever tasted! Has anyone else ever dined at a place like this? This certainly was one of the most fun stops on our recent road trip.

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by Lex S
October 12th, 2017, 3:46 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The Loneliest Road in America!
Replies: 13
Views: 1070

The Loneliest Road in America!

In 2008, we drove from Sea Ranch CA to NY, via highway 50 in an old '73 911 targa, and stopped in Ely overnight, staying at a B&B which was a former brothel. Called the B&B to confirm we were on our way that morning and they asked if we would arrive before or after 8pm, as they would be in bed afte...
by Lex S
October 12th, 2017, 3:25 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The Loneliest Road in America!
Replies: 13
Views: 1070

The Loneliest Road in America!

Terry H a r r i s wrote:<----- loves lonely roads, of course. Thanks, Lex! [cheers.gif]
You're welcome, Terry. Love your profile pic! Looks like a great place to chill out.
by Lex S
October 11th, 2017, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting in Willamette: Elk Cove, Brooks & Evening Land
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Wine Tasting in Willamette: Elk Cove, Brooks & Evening Land

MelissaJoo wrote:Wonderful video. I would love to have this wine country on my list.
Glad you enjoyed the video, Melissa! Yes, this is definitely a 'must visit' for wine country in the USA.

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