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by Michel Abood
February 19th, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Love Cheval d' Or! I felt the same way I had been hearing so much about it that I was worried that it might not live up but it did and then some. Exactly. It didn't hurt that it was a semi-official industry night (I was actually with your friend Atsushi and my friend Wendy Lyn - well, they barged i...
by Michel Abood
February 19th, 2020, 5:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Sunday I joined industry folks for a few drinks at Caves Septime (once again completely overrun with Americans but still fantastic), then headed over to Cheval D'Or for dinner. After hearing so much about it, I was eager to see what they could do. And I was not disappointed. The place was packed wit...
by Michel Abood
February 19th, 2020, 5:27 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 513
Views: 32198

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Just got back from France last night through JFK, my first international trip in several months. The GE kiosks no longer demand a passport swipe right away but rather ask you to take a picture, then the system identifies you (creepy...) and spits out a receipt. I assume if it can't recognize you it ...
by Michel Abood
February 18th, 2020, 1:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Friday I didn't just drink Champagne, but I went to Champagne, to see Champagne Fleury, which we import. On the way back I got stuck in Valentine's Day traffic and had to change my plans. I ended up meeting up with a friend from school who lives in Paris and popping into Cave Paul Bert (which was fi...
by Michel Abood
February 16th, 2020, 11:50 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 674
Views: 72467

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Tanoshi Sushi, free corkage! 1372 York Ave, New York, NY 10021 http://tanoshisushinyc.com/index.html forgot about this...have you been recently? Curious how the food is holding up... I ate there a few months ago and it was very good, still BYO friendly (brought a bottle of Champagne Fleury Fleur de...
by Michel Abood
February 13th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Thanks Nola, much appreciated. I was in deep dark Sicily yesterday so am now playing catch up.
by Michel Abood
February 13th, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Mark, haven't hit up fish Kodawari yet, I might try that for lunch before I leave.

Greg, I had heard about it but completely forgot, I really need to get there before I go. Thanks for reminding me!
by Michel Abood
February 11th, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Sunday I spent the day with our TX distributor, we took in a local wine trade show then meandered around Notre-Dame. The damage is heartbreaking, there's no roof, the windows are replaced by plastic tarps, there are wooden supports under the flying buttresses, and the damaged scaffolding is still th...
by Michel Abood
February 11th, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

It also suggests that, in addition to price increase, we consumers may be facing shortages. Already happening. Retailers are starting to have empty spots on their shelves in certain markets. We took a gamble and ordered big at the end of the year (basically I told our wineries that Christmas was po...
by Michel Abood
February 10th, 2020, 11:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

It also suggests that, in addition to price increase, we consumers may be facing shortages. Already happening. Retailers are starting to have empty spots on their shelves in certain markets. We took a gamble and ordered big at the end of the year (basically I told our wineries that Christmas was po...
by Michel Abood
February 8th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Friday night was dinner with expat friends, with a quick stop at Cave Septime to start the night right (Plageoles Blanc in the glass). Then we walked over to Jones, where the food was fantastic, service warm, and the wine list short but interesting. The Tourte d'Agneau was crazy good, and while rich...
by Michel Abood
February 6th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

I met one of my best customers at L'Avant Comptoir du Marché yesterday for lunch before he headed back to the US, which turned into a 3 hour affair, of course. I'd never been to this one, having frequented both the Avant Comptoir de la Terre and de la Mer and loving both, despite their tourist-trapp...
by Michel Abood
February 6th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

9 days and ticking until we know the next round of products on the carousel of goods. The uncertainty is like waiting for a prison sentence to be read. Who needs sleep? At least I'm in France so I'm eating/drinking my anxiety. That explains the tired look in your avatar. Ambien is a hell of a drug....
by Michel Abood
February 6th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Nola Palomar wrote:
February 6th, 2020, 3:51 am
9 days and ticking until we know the next round of products on the carousel of goods. The uncertainty is like waiting for a prison sentence to be read.
Who needs sleep? At least I'm in France so I'm eating/drinking my anxiety.
by Michel Abood
January 31st, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris



As I wrote on Instagram, this was today's motto....
by Michel Abood
January 31st, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

What a great day! Andrew and I have turned our annual trips to France into a reason to meet up for some great meals. In the past, we hit Juveniles, Paul Bert, but this year we went all out. We started at Enfants du Marché, where Chef Masa was making some delicious dishes, as usual, for a light crowd...
by Michel Abood
January 31st, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

The most interesting (and delicious) wine I tasted at Enfants du Marche last fall was Sous le Végétal Muscat Livia, a dry Chenin from Greece. I wish I could find some to buy. Sarah, I just tell them I want something fresh and not (too) oxidative that they think goes well with whatever I am ordering...
by Michel Abood
January 30th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

After three days of non-stop wine trade shows, today was a detox day. I met a friend for lunch at Kunitoraya, an always deliciously reliable udon place in the 1st, near Rue Saint Anne. Another stalwart, this has been delicious for years, and a go-to for authentic Japanese food in a lovely, warm sett...
by Michel Abood
January 26th, 2020, 1:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

First night in Paris was dinner with business associates at Bistrot Paul Bert. It was as usual packed with both locals and tourists, and firing on all cylinders. We discussed how despite being a tourist destination the food and service had remained delicious over the years, and my Gigot d'Agneau , s...
by Michel Abood
January 25th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Nice article. I think every restaurant was mentioned here first! https://www.eater.com/2020/1/22/21068125/asian-food-in-paris-restaurants-chinese-japanese-korean-cuisine Perfect timing, something to read on the plane to Paris tonight. We really enjoyed our meal at Cheval d'Or. I'll try to make it t...
by Michel Abood
January 25th, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Killing me that they gave CAM a shout-out; it’s my backup for Sunday if I don’t get the Rigamorle waiting list call. Love CAM, and the Smiths Sundays were the only time we cheated on Sunday family dinner... was just great to go somewhere that didn’t feel like Paris. I know, right? I am probably tak...
by Michel Abood
January 24th, 2020, 5:14 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Robert Dentice wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 7:35 am
Nice article. I think every restaurant was mentioned here first!

https://www.eater.com/2020/1/22/2106812 ... an-cuisine
Perfect timing, something to read on the plane to Paris tonight.
by Michel Abood
January 21st, 2020, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

to Matt Hartley, you wrote: "But the importer owes the 25% within 10 days..." Your argument is incorrect from this phrase on. The importer pays the 25% before the wine is released from customs. I know. I'm the importer. I've been writing the checks. Dan Kravitz +1. I get the invoice the moment the ...
by Michel Abood
January 20th, 2020, 10:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on many European wines; but 100% tariff called off

As someone with Champagne on the water, I am slightly relieved. This only resolved one issue (the DST), there is still risk of 100% on ALL wines from the EU, including Champagne, for the Airbus issue. So they just removed one nuke, the other one is still hanging over our heads. Fun times. We’ll be ...
by Michel Abood
January 20th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on many European wines; but 100% tariff called off

As someone with Champagne on the water, I am slightly relieved. This only resolved one issue (the DST), there is still risk of 100% on ALL wines from the EU, including Champagne, for the Airbus issue. So they just removed one nuke, the other one is still hanging over our heads.

Fun times.
by Michel Abood
January 14th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Nola Palomar wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 4:27 pm
I have not had this degree of anxiety for many months...
As I've discovered, sleep is WAY overrated... [snort.gif]
by Michel Abood
January 13th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

There's a bunch of industry folks in DC right now, pounding doors to get meetings with Congresscritters. I'm watching some live as they stream accounts of talking to folks who are supposedly listening with a sympathetic ear. But from what I've heard from our DC contacts, the trade rep Robert Lightiz...
by Michel Abood
January 6th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Love love love L'Ami Jean, looks like you guys had a great time. In all my trips, I have still not made it to Au Passage, I might fix that on my next stay.
by Michel Abood
December 24th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2363
Views: 142060

Re: New York City Restaurants

Next day , for lunch , to Chinatown . The place is called Nom Wah tea parlor. You would never go in without a recommendation , it does not look appealing , more like a hole in a wall . The place is packed , the food delicious . I ate way too much . The local NYC station here in New York talked abou...
by Michel Abood
December 19th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Talking to one retailer, who is in communication with a number of wholesalers/importers, and keeping up with things, said it's very unlikely that the 100% tariff on wine will kick in. Who knows. The uncertainty, coupled with strikes in France and holiday vacations across the Continent, make for som...
by Michel Abood
December 18th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Victor Hong wrote:
December 18th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Michel Abood wrote:
December 18th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Victor Hong wrote:
December 18th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Many ITB'ers have their life savings in their businesses, and face the material risk of having to start all over.....at not-so-young ages.
Bingo. Need another noodle-slinger? I hear I'm pretty good.
Bragging about your noodle again? [wow.gif]
My noodle brings all the boyz to the yard.
by Michel Abood
December 18th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Victor Hong wrote:
December 18th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Many ITB'ers have their life savings in their businesses, and face the material risk of having to start all over.....at not-so-young ages.
Bingo. Need another noodle-slinger? I hear I'm pretty good.
by Michel Abood
December 18th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ACTION NEEDED - 100% Tariffs
Replies: 29
Views: 2392

Re: ACTION NEEDED - 100% Tariffs

GregT wrote:
December 18th, 2019, 10:10 am
Yeah. I figured.

Back in the early 90s we wrote letters.
What is this "wrote letters" you speak about? [wow.gif]
by Michel Abood
December 18th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I find it interesting to read comments about people "riding out" a 100% tariff. I could be wrong, but if a 100% tariff goes into effect it will essentially grind to a halt the import of EU wines into the US. I would venture to guess volume would drop 90%+. For people that rely on that channel, past...
by Michel Abood
December 17th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Dan, I'm sorry you're an indirect target/casualty of this tariff and battle. The prevalent mood I am running into with importers and suppliers is a hope it passes vs. a plan for when it happens which is a bit frustrating. Pragmatically I have to plan as if it's already in and assess "do we carry vs...
by Michel Abood
December 17th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Dan, I'm sorry you're an indirect target/casualty of this tariff and battle. The prevalent mood I am running into with importers and suppliers is a hope it passes vs. a plan for when it happens which is a bit frustrating. Pragmatically I have to plan as if it's already in and assess "do we carry vs...
by Michel Abood
December 15th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I'm of the opinion that this will hardly be felt by the average consumer. While I'm not a fan of most this administration does, the issues that are triggering these tariffs are a big part of the US economy: aircraft and tech. EU has long been illiegally (according to WTO) subsidizing Airbus to the ...
by Michel Abood
December 13th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ACTION NEEDED - 100% Tariffs
Replies: 29
Views: 2392

Re: ACTION NEEDED - 100% Tariffs

Thank you all who commented, please pass the word along. This is not getting much play despite it impacting anyone who enjoys eating/drinking almost anything from Europe. The louder we get, the better the chances to have this revoked or at least cancelled.
by Michel Abood
December 13th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Victor Hong wrote:
December 13th, 2019, 1:17 pm
I am hosting a wine dinner tonight at Union Square Cafe, with 1989 and 1990 Pauillac and Pomerol wines. Their replacement costs have become daunting.
Glad to see you still go there, nice to see some things don't change. Enjoy yourselves tonight!
by Michel Abood
December 13th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

One thing that hasn't really been mentioned is that it's going to be difficult to negotiate within the WTO, the current administration is blocking new appointments there: https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2019/11/28/its-the-end-of-the-world-trade-organisation-as-we-know-it I figure the...
by Michel Abood
December 13th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73182

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Let’s change the title to 100 on ALL European wines- https://www.winespectator.com/articles/trump-administration-considers-increased-tariffs-on-all-european-wines?utm_campaign=BreakingNews121319A&utm_source=BreakingNews121319&utm_medium=email&utm_content=40a3963e710ba30a959f1361e3e000aa Not just wi...
by Michel Abood
December 13th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ACTION NEEDED - 100% Tariffs
Replies: 29
Views: 2392

Re: ACTION NEEDED - 100% Tariffs

I agree it's likely political posturing or at least trying to get leverage in negotiations, but they are playing with the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people (voters) in the US. We don't have any set date, though when I spoke with the USTR they said that historically tariffs were imposed ...
by Michel Abood
December 13th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ACTION NEEDED - 100% Tariffs
Replies: 29
Views: 2392

ACTION NEEDED - 100% Tariffs

I know there's already a post about the current round of 25% tariffs (which, as a wine importer, are so much fun to deal with - insert sarcasm), however I feel this needs to be a separate post. Not enough people seem to understand that the next round, likely at the end of January/early February, wil...
by Michel Abood
December 9th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: The New York City offline curmudgeon thread
Replies: 74
Views: 5372

Re: The New York City offline curmudgeon thread

Where have all the big New York City Offlines disappeared to, you ask? Well, let's see. Abooboo left town. Then Leo left town. I got old and I have enough wine dinners without having to figure out a way to meet all the rest of you. Mark whose last name I forget (Franks? of the Lugeresque dinners) g...
by Michel Abood
December 6th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris

Thanks for tips. Cab in and Uber out are definitely feasible. Given 6:30 arrival, you may consider going to Le Bon Marche when it opens at 10 and pick up a couple of bottles of wine, along with some Bordier demi-sel (they should have the roscoff onion release now), before lunch, especially if you’r...
by Michel Abood
November 20th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 674
Views: 72467

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Yakitori Torishin, West 53rd Street. $40/bottle. Pros: The food is excellent. Cons: Four different people repeated to us that corkage is $40/b. The first set of glasses were good, the next were not. Service is surprisingly spotty and the opposite of what I encountered in Japan, meaning that here, i...
by Michel Abood
October 20th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: where to eat in Boston and Portland, Maine?
Replies: 39
Views: 2149

Re: where to eat in Boston and Portland, Maine?

Glad to see you enjoyed your meal at Troquet and I agree with you on your assessment of Time Out. I've had two good experiences there, but agree it's very overwhelming!! Since the original thread title includes Portland, Maine, I also wanted to pop in with one more recommendation for anyone looking...
by Michel Abood
October 20th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 62
Views: 3886

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

Michel Abood and I once had a La Tâche with a pizza. Remember that, Michel? EPIC pairing. Didn't hurt that we were in the South of France. If I'm forced to go more pedestrian, Champagne, Lambrusco or Barbera are my go-to pairings with pizza. Luckily, Ops and Roberta's have plenty of choices in NYC.
by Michel Abood
October 7th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 293
Views: 19446

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

Anyone tried Sota's new spot yet? Went to Maison last night. Open only 3 weeks and excellent nonetheless. A big warehouse space with nothing on the ground floor (it begs for a wine bar) and the kitchen and restaurant seating is on the balcony level above. Kitchen counter seating, a long shared tabl...
by Michel Abood
September 29th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice read in Forbes about our very own Michel Abood and Vinotas Selections
Replies: 13
Views: 1051

Re: Nice read in Forbes about our very own Michel Abood and Vinotas Selections

Kelly Walker wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Michel,

Great to hear things have gone so well in your venture. I have fond memories of Trois Gros!
Thanks Kelly but I've never been to Trois Gros. Are you cheating on me with another Michel???? [snort.gif] [cray.gif]

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