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5 Reasons to Wear Kilts at Christmas

Tis the season! I love the holidays especially Christmas. It is a magical time, with all the lights, great music, plus time with loved ones. As a kilt wearer this is a great time, and I will tell you why. Here are the 5 reasons to wear kilts to all your Christmas parties and celebrations:100_3323

  1. They are festive. So many tartans already have red or green in them, add in a nice shirt, tie, and jacket — and you have the making of a fun and festive outfit. I have even worn some of my Utilikilts with a red tux shirt and it looked cool too.
  1. They are a conversation starter. At this time of year, you usually go to a few parties, whether work, church, neighbors, friends or family. You will be meeting new people for sure. Kilts are a great conversation starter. I have had more people comment on my kilt than I ever did wearing a suit. And people usually approach me first… which is nice. Believe it or not, I am a bit of an introvert.
  2. You will look sharp. No doubt about it, you will probably be one of the best dressed people at the party. Kilt wearers are known for bringing out the big guns at the holidays… their nicest kilts, shirts, sporrans, kilt pins, jackets etc.
  3. You made yourself memorable. More and more strangers at parties want to take pictures with me because they love the kilt. And if they don’t remember my name the next time they see me, they sure remember the kilt — even if I am not wearing one the next time I see them.
  1. You expressed yourself. Who says real men don’t wear kilts? I say they do. I always felt that I wanted to fit in as I was growing up. Now I know that I was born to stand out! I get to express my personality and individuality through my wardrobe — more so than by wearing Dockers and a bad Christmas sweater would.

So kilt up this holiday season! You are sure to be a hit at all your holiday functions. Thanks to all my readers — may you have a blessed holiday season. And I look forward to new blog topics in the New Year.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Why Kilts Are for Me

For the past 10 years or so, I have been wearing a kilt almost daily. It has been one of the best times of my life honestly. I like being me, being Dan. And for a long time, I didn’t like me. Can I attribute that all to the fact that I like wearing kilts? I don’t think so. But one thing is for sure, I am not about to stop wearing them!DSCF1772

For me, it all started when I saw Utilikilts at the gay pride festival. I thought they looked cool, and started to look into getting one. I finally ordered one online, and haven’t looked back.

During those early kilt days, I wasn’t wearing it too much, just sometimes on the weekend or around the house. It took some getting used to honestly. But then I realized I could wear it so many different ways — dressed up for events, dressed down for hiking. So I started to wear it more and more.

I felt sexy and interesting. Someone I would want to talk to at a party. Yes, there were people staring, but more often than not people said I looked good, and wanted to know where I got it at. I know I started to feel better about myself.

I got another Utilikilt, and 2 more too. It was fun putting my outfits together, and having some fun with fashion. Something that I longed for, since I consider myself a creative person. It was refreshing that I was thinking outside the box of what a guy should dress like.

Also during the last 10 years, my relationship with my partner has deepened and my self-esteem and self-acceptance have increased. I love my life, and am happy I was able to survive those turbulent teen years. I am now a guy who is comfortable in his own skin.

So yeah, I get that I may get some stares with what I choose to wear. At this point in my life, I don’t give a fuck (excuse my language). This is me. It makes me happy and I know that I rock it.

I have gotten one nice dress kilt now, that I hope to get married in this year. Plus a leather one and another tartan sport kilt too. I know I will be getting more kilts in the future. So if you see a fun, life-loving guy out on the hiking trails, or at a concert in a kilt — be assured he is enjoying his life and living for himself.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Being Me

My lover has said to me — being with me is like always being on parade. He’s entitled to his opinion! I get what he said, but you know what — who doesn’t love a parade! Why not celebrate your life — and be the funky, crazy, unique person you were born to be. I can push the limits for sure. But at the end of the day, it is Dan being Dan. And why should I have to live by what someone else thinks of me? I know my life is better, when I just let myself be. God made me perfect as I am.DSCF1652

One of my personal heroes is Madonna. Here is a strong powerful individual who is not afraid to march to the beat of her own drum. I relate to her! I always felt like an outcast when I was growing up. I was never macho enough, good looking enough, not into sports, a bit of a nerd, and good at school. Plus I was shy too, which made it hard for me to make many friends.

Now here I am approaching 50, and comfortable in my own skin. So yeah, I like to rock a kilt, shave my head or have a mohawk. Plus I love female singers, boy bands, Speedos, and being with my lover intimately. God doesn’t make mistakes. He made me perfect as I am.

So yeah, I gave the neighbors and some strangers a show recently. I wore my black kilt, with purple knee socks and a purple shirt. And we got into a friend’s car that was blasting some old-school Madonna. So, yes, my lover may have been gay by association at that moment. But hey, I know I rocked the look, and thinking about it now makes me feel good and brings a smile to my face. It is good to be me.

I am glad I lived through those darker days, and now I can enjoy being me.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and  Rock the Kilt lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Guys I Want to See in a Kilt

Men just look good in kilts. It takes a strong, confident man to pull one off. Here’s my list of hot guys who would look great in tartan kilts as well as more casual ones like Utilikilts.

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Daniel Craig
The current James Bond could follow past Bonds Sean Connery and George Lazenby and done a kilt for some red carpet event, if not on screen in character.

Brad Pitt
OK, I am not counting his leather kilt from Troy, I still think Brad could pull off a kilt. Imagine both him and Angelina showing some leg on the red carpet. It would be very hot.

Channing Tatum
Mr. Magic Mike is one tasty piece of all-American beef. How awesome would it be if we had some pics of him going to the market in a kilt?

Taylor Lautner
I personally hated all the Twilight movies, but he was definitely some eye candy in those movies. He could definitely rock a modern kilt.

Chris Hemsworth
He plays a god in the movies (Thor, The Avengers), why not play up his strong, masculine, sexy energy and don a kilt, at least for some charity event or something.

Justin Timberlake
Trend setter Justin would definitely bring the sexy to a kilt. Maybe in a skit for Saturday Night Live, or better yet doing a hike in LA’s Runyon Canyon.

Stephen Amell
TV’s Arrow has a raw animal magnetism to him. And we know he loves to be shirtless a lot too. Imagine him playing in some sort of celebrity Scottish Games in a kilt, that would be awesome.

Keith Urban
Country hunk and current American Idol judge would be another great kilt candidate. He would look awesome escorting Nicole Kidman on the red carpet.

Jesse Williams
The biracial stud heating up “Grey’s Anatomy” definitely has a hot body. How about showing some leg and wearing a kilt?

Matthew Fox
Another ruggedly handsome man that would give people pause by dressing in a kilt.

Eric Dane
They didn’t call him “McSteamy” for nothing. He is a real man who is a devoted husband and father. He looks like he would be great in a Scottish war film leading the charge in full battle kilt.

And finally, the poll results… Daniel Craig got the most votes, followed by Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth, Stephen Amell and Justin Timberlake. Thanks to all that voted.

So that’s the list. Did I leave anyone out? I would love to know your thoughts.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and  Rock the Kilt lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Kilt Q&A

As the owner of this blog, I thought I would answer some commonly asked questions that I often hear about kilts and kilt owners:KiltManinSoCal

When did you first start wearing kilts?
I bought my first Utilikilt about 12 years ago. I had seen them online and at various festivals too. I got up the courage to finally buy one and I have never gone back. From there I bought, another and then another. Now I have 4 Utilikilts and 1 Scottish kilt.

Do you have to be Scottish to wear one?
No. What first appealed to me, was that it was different and that it looked cool. It was stylish and had a bit of a rock & roll edge to it. I have Scottish ancestry on my mother’s side, but have only seen 1 photo of any family members in a kilt. I have since learned what clan the family was from (Gordon) and finally have a Scottish kilt in my family tartan (plaid) after wearing only Utilikilts for years.

What do you wear under your kilt?
Most times I go commando (regimental). But when I am going to be getting up and down a lot (like when I go to the Concerts in the Park, and often just sit on a blanket), or going to a more formal event, I will wear underwear.

What kilts do you recommend?
I done some investigating with kilts, since I am into them. Some of the companies I recommend are: Sport Kilt, Amerikilt, Utilikilts — my personal fav, Heritage of Scotland, Atlanta Kilts, UT Kilts, Bilt Kilt and Stumptown Kilts. I only have personal experience with Utilikilts and Atlanta Kilts, but the others defintitely have some nice products. Prices and styles vary.

Have you ever had sex in your kilt?
Yes, and it only happened once. It was when my partner and I went on a hike. We found a secluded spot, and it was nice to have the easy access. All I had to do was lift up the kilt… and the rest is in your imagination.

What do you do when someone calls it a skirt?
I will usually correct them depending on who is doing it and what the context is. Some people are not sure it is a kilt, if I am wearing a utility-type one. I have heard kids call it a skirt a few times as in “Daddy, why is that guy wearing a skirt?” But then, the parent will usually correct them and tell them it is kilt.

Any embarrassing situations happen while wearing it?
Not really. The closest I can think of is one time when I went to a Madonna concert. When I came out, it was raining, so I decided to run to the car. I definitely felt the kilt flip up as I was running. And no, there was no one else around. I was commando that night — which is best for all the dancing I did at the show.

Do you play (or where are) the bagpipes?
I have been asked this more times than I can count! No, I don’t play the bagpipes and have no interest in learning them. People don’t get that I like to wear kilts on a casual basis. There doesn’t have to be a special event or a Scottish festival for me to wear one.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and  Rock the Kilt lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Can’t Be Naked? Kilt It

As much as I love being naked, there are times you have to wear some clothes. Wearing a kilt is about as close to being naked as you can get. My love affair with kilts began over 10 years ago. I had seen kilts at various street fairs and gay pride festivals, and thought they looked cool. I finally got the nerve to order one over the net, and I haven’t looked back. Now a day doesn’t go by where I don’t wear a kilt. It fits me, I love how it feels and looks, and I know that I rock it too.Dan w/ Kilt Commando

Kilts are not for the faint-hearted. You have to have some balls so to speak to wear one. You definitely will be attracting attention to yourself — but so what? Why be normal? What fun is there in that! They are great conversation starters, and can be dressed up or dressed down to fit just about any situation. I have worn mine to weddings, parties, hiking, shopping, concerts and much more.

So where can I buy a kilt you ask? Here’s my list of the top kilt makers on the market — both utility kilts and traditional ones too.

Sport Kilt
Are you the sporty type? Then these kilts may be for you. They are the preferred kilts of athletes in the Highland Games. They are light-weight and comfortable, with a velcro closure and a touch of elastic in the waistband. Prices range from $59.50 to $89.50 for the original model. Available in traditional Scottish tartans (plaid) as well as some camo models too.

Amerikilt
Another good American kilt manufacturer is Amerikilt — The American Kilt. Great casual kilts, these kilts are typical utility-type kilts with a detachable sporran (pouch) made from the same cotton fabric. Solid colors are standard, but they do offer a tye-die version too. Prices range from $109 to $179 for their kilts.

Utilikilts
The most famous and one of the most stylish of the utility kilts are made in Seattle, WA. Their tagline is “We Sell Freedom.” These are the kilts that have been featured on “Survivor” and “True Blood.” They come in solid colors, as well as some nice camo versions also. The original comes with 2 large cargo pockets, and features a snap front. Prices range from $150 for the new standard, to $220 for the original version. Tux and leather versions are also available at much higher prices.

Heritage of Scotland
For traditionalists, this is the way to go. Actually made in the United Kingdom, they offer a wide range of Scottish kilts as well as all the accessories to go with it: shoes, sporran, jacket, shirt, socks, etc. So if you are planning on getting gay married, this may be the way to go. Packages range from $163 to $1000+ for deluxe outfits.

Atlanta Kilts
Not ready to commit to buying one? Well, how about renting one. This firm offers specials for full kilt outfit rentals, great for the entire wedding party.  Rentals start at just $45, and go up to $179 for the full outfit. They also sell the individual items too.

Other US-based kilt companies include: UT Kilts, Bilt Kilt and Stumptown Kilts.

One word of caution when ordering online: Please be sure to follow the specific instructions provided by the manufacturer. Your pant size does not necessarily coincide with sizing for kilts. I wouldn’t want you to order the wrong size now.

So when you have to throw on some clothes next time you leave the house, consider wearing a kilt. You won’t regret it, in fact, you may find the experience addictive. As for the age-old question, what do your wear under your kilt? Commando is the way to go — feels great, and don’t forget the easy access too. And like any good nudist, I am not afraid to show people either when they ask. Real men do wear kilts, and they look good doing it.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and  Rock the Kilt lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Top 5 Reasons My Kilt Rocks

Recently there was a blog post blasting Utilikilts by someone calling themselves Geekenstein. This is my answer back to what he posted. This guy definitely has too much time on his hands. It has always been my philosophy that I don’t judge another person’s happiness. Different people like different things, plain and simple. It doesn’t make them evil or stupid — it’s just them expressing themselves. And I don’t have to get it. As long as they are happy, then I am all for self expression.

5. You Are Now “That Weird Guy”
I take that as a compliment quite frankly. I wear my Utilikilt everywhere: the grocery store, the movies, church, parties, the mall, amusement parks, hiking, nights on the town, house parties, concerts, and nightclubs. It does not make me “socially ackward.” In fact, it is such that it is a great conversation starter. I have had more conversations and compliments from strangers than I can keep track of.

You say you get the idea of not wearing pants. Have you ever tried a kilt? Utilikilts are comfortable as hell. I like my naked time at home too, but I can’t be naked in public. But I can wear a kilt in public.

4. First Impressions Really Are Everything
I agree with a lot of what is said here. As much as I love my kilts, I would never wear one to an interview. I would have to know for certaint that the person I was meeting with would be wearing one too (like if I met Marc Andrews of Disney-Pixar on Kilted Fridays). That is the only way I could ever see wearing one to an interview. They are for me on MY time.

Kilts can fit many occasions — you can dress them up, you can dress them down. Put on a dress shirt and tie, and you are ready for a dressy night on the town. Put on a T-shirt and some hiking boots and you are ready to hit the trails. Who says we should all dress a certain way? Who are you to question what fits me and makes me feel good? And if they call me the “kilt guy” — I would be perfectly fine with that.

I have pictures of myself in my kilt at work, and have worn it on casual day a few times too. So I am slowly educating and enlightening my coworkers to them.

3. So Is Networking, the World Runs on Who You Know
Your argument is so stupid here. I agree that who you know is just as important as what you know. Why would a friend even mention “He does like to wear a kilt, though”? This is NOT even relevant to the job! And if a person did this with the intention of having you eliminated from consideration, then he was never a friend to begin with.

I wear a kilt because it fits me. I look good in one, and I feel comfortable in one. Plus I rock it too. It takes a real man to wear one. One who is secure in his manhood, and not afraid to march to the beat of his own drum. I don’t wear a kilt because I like my balls to dangle. Now you are fetishizing it. I wear it for the reasons I mentioned. I know enough of when and where to wear something under the kilt.

As much as I wear kilts, I don’t have a network of kilt lovers in my social circle. And I have never felt that I am an ostracized minority for wearing one. My social circles are made up of fantastic, fun, loving people who like me for me, not cause I wear a kilt, but because I am a good person and I am fun to be around.

2. What Do You Want to Do With Your Life?
I want to live my live to the fullest, and explore my creativity in as many areas as I can. I want to give back to the community and be a positive role model. Where I work now, does not have anything against wearing kilts in their employee handbook. I asked Human Resources, and I was given a thumbs up for casual days.

I would really be limiting myself if I chose jobs by whether I could wear a kilt all the time or not. That has never been part of my thought process when I am considering different job offers. I always try to keep my skillset as big as possible, not because I like kilts, but because that is the nature of working today. Employees are being asked to take on more and more responsibilities and to keep up with the latest changes in technology and processes.

1. Seriously, my Utilikilt Rocks! (And F*** Yourself)
Wearing a kilt is not a fashion faux pas in my book. It says to the world, hey, I don’t give a f*** what other people think, I choose to be ME. I choose to question society, question the norm. I know for me, when I embraced it, that is when things got better in my life. I dress for me, not the masses.

I don’t agree with the statement “Utilikilts took a traditional garb and perverted it.” Perverted it how? To me, they took something old, and made it more modern and functional for today’s world. They took something that was associated with Scottish culture, and made it more universal. I bet there are a lot of people who wear Utilikilts, who don’t have any Scottish ancestry at all. They just like the comfort, styling, look and feel of wearing them. Again, the writer emphasizes the balls dangling thing. I think he has an obsession with this.

What I have found, is that wearing a Utilikilt has gotten me more into my Scottish heritage. I have 4 Utilikilts, but only recently did I buy a Scottish kilt. It looks cool, and I hope to wear it to some formal/dressy events. I find a Utilikilt fits more my everyday lifestyle. It is very comfortable, and light-weight. And I know that I rock it!

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and  Rock the Kilt lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Top Ten Places to Wear a Kilt

As long time readers of this blog, you should know that one of my favorite items of clothing is my kilt. I am often seen around town wearing it. Yes, it took some getting used to… but now I barely give it a second thought when I put it on. So hear are the Top Ten places to wear a kilt:

Tartan kilt

  1. Concerts: You can be as dressy or playful with it as you want. I have worn it to fancy Christmas concerts (with sweater, shirt and tie), and to big arena rock shows like Lady GaGa too (with my mesh shirt). Great for dancing, and shows that you like to have a bit of a edge too.
  2. Nightclub: Did I mention it is confortable? And again shows off a man’s legs nicely and gets people guessing about what you are or are not wearing under it. I have heard of plenty of women buying drinks for guys in kilts. (Somebody’s got to be into that… now if it was cute guys… now that’s another story)
  3. Dinner Party: Dressier than jeans, but not as dressy as slacks, with a nice shirt and tie, you will be good to go. A great conversation starter, people take notice and love to ask what it’s all about. Hey, it’s comfortable, I’m artsy… I’m Scottish, etc.
  4. Wedding: Only did this once, and it was a gay wedding too. But it was a nice warm day, and I made sure that I coordinated the outfit with my partners. If they ever bring back gay marriage in California, I want to be married in one.
  5. The Mall: This I do on the regular…. Window shopping, going out to the movies/dinner, maybe even doing some real shopping too. I look good, and know that I make it work.
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Random Thoughts on Summer

Here we are a several weeks into Summer 2012, and I have a few things to discuss:

I saw a couple of straight guys (I think they were Middle Eastern) out by the pool sunbathing. One of the guys had his long board shorts pulled all the way up so he could get a tan. If he was wearing Speedos, he wouldn’t have to do something so ridiculous. But because of social pressure, and fear of being seen as gay or different, he decided to do what he did.

I was at a gay event the other day at Dockweiler Beach in Los Angeles. This was the annual “At the Beach” Black Gay Pride event. It was a decent event, not as crowded as past years. One of the things I found interesting was people having layers of clothing. One beautiful black man that had 3 layers on: walking shorts, square-cut swimsuit and then a skimpier suit underneath (which he didn’t even walk around in). He wore the square cut for most the day, but pulled on the board shorts to go to the bathroom. Almost the same thing for a cute white boy. Board shorts with Speedos on underneath which he wore only on his towel. When he went to walk around, he pulled the board shorts back on. C’mon guys! If you got it, show it. After the kilt came off, I had on Speedos till I left — I walked around the beach in them, to the bathroom, and the car even. This is what a real man would do. He is not afraid to show some skin and be seen as sexy.Dan Green-Black TYR Suit

I go to the gym on a regular. LA Fitness, which used to be Bally’s Total Fitness. Twice now I have been asked in the jacuzzi by a rather large gentlemen if I was married, or had a girlfriend. Each time I have replied that I was single. I am not closeted in the least, but at the time, I felt it was not the time or place to get into it with the guy. Here I am a fit, 40ish white boy with a nipple ring and a Mohawk… I don’t know what he is trying to get at. After he asked me last time, I was getting ready to get out of the jacuzzi, when a straight couple sat down. The woman said “I bet you get a lot of girls with that haircut.” I laughed and said “Not really.” I have thought about it some, and if I am asked again I will tell the truth. There were 6-10 people around at both times, so if it happens I will be coming out to a group. I am a proud gay man, and sometimes people need to be reminded that we exist, and that you can’t just assume that everyone is heterosexual.

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Scottish Festival Long Beach 2012

I attended my first Scottish Festival this past weekend in Long Beach, CA at the Queen Mary. I have long been a big supporter of kilts (Real Men Do Wear Kilts), so why not explore my culture with a few friends in tow? I am actually Scottish on my mother’s side. The family name is Moir, which is part of the Gordon clan.

The festival had booths selling Scottish/Celtic items everything from kilts to shortbread cookies to teddy bears and jewelry. They also had booths for the different clans of Scotland as well as other upcoming Scottish Festivals in the Southern California area. Plus Scottish meat pies, haggis, ales and whiskey too.

Throughout the day, there were athletics going on, as well as highland dancing, pipe (bag pipes) and drum demonstrations, and even a dart competition. The athletics competition consisted of the following:

  • Caber toss: This is the big event, it looks like they are trying to toss a telephone pole. There was a memorable scene with this in the movie “Made of Honor.” A long pole or log is stood upright and hoisted by the competitor who balances it vertically. Then the competitor runs forward attempting to toss it in such a way that it turns end over end with the upper end striking the ground first. Competitors are judged on how closely their throws approximate the ideal 12 o’clock toss on an imaginary clock.
  • Stone put: This event is similar to the modern-day shot put as seen in the Olympic Games. Instead of a steel shot, a large stone of variable weight is often used. The stone is put with one hand with the stone resting cradled in the neck until the moment of release.
  • Scottish hammer throw: This event is similar to the hammer throw as seen in modern-day track and field competitions, though with some differences. In the Scottish event, a round metal ball is attached to a wire and handle. With the feet in a fixed position, the hammer is whirled about one’s head and thrown for distance over the shoulder. (We actually didn’t see this, as it was held elsewhere in the venue).
  • Weight throw, also known as the weight for distance event. The weights are made of metal and have a handle attached either directly or by means of a chain. The implement is thrown using one hand only, but otherwise using any technique. Usually a spinning technique is employed. The longest throw wins.
  • Weight over the bar, also known as weight for height. The athletes attempt to toss a weight with an attached handle over a horizontal bar using only one hand. Each athlete is allowed three attempts at each height. Successful clearance of the height allows the athlete to advance into the next round at a greater height.
  • Sheaf toss: A bundle of straw (the sheaf) and wrapped in a burlap bag is tossed vertically with a pitchfork over a raised bar much like that used in pole vaulting. The progression and scoring of this event is similar to the Weight Over The Bar.

We also watched some of the drum major competition. They had to walk across an area, doing their best march along with twirling their batons and striking certain poses. My lover called the whole process “doing the pimp walk”  — cause you had to have a certain swag, attitude and posture as you did the routine.

Overall, we had a good time, saw some cute guys in kilts and enjoyed some Scottish culture. I would definitely recommend this event to other people. The Queen Mary was also available for people to tour as part of their Scottish Festival admission. We spent some time touring the engine room as well as the upper deck.

Spice69man is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including the Real Men Wear Kilts line. They make great gifts for Easter and birthdays.

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