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Re: Jersey City to JFK and LGA
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EWR is easy peasy with Uber, JFK and LGA arent!

Posted on: 1/25 0:27
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Re: Jersey City to JFK and LGA
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Thanks for the replies. Yes, I am traveling with an infant and luggage so train (which I personally like) is not an option. I was just wondering between the price options of taking Uber, hailing a cab, any shuttle that goes from here to JFK vs. pre-booked taxi service.

It seems Id just go with Uber/Lyft and hope that the surge pricing doesnt kill me. Other options too add to ~$120 or so.

Posted on: 1/24 11:21
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Re: Pediatricians
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Tribeca @ Hamilton Park

Posted on: 1/21 21:03
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Re: Jersey City to JFK and LGA
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bumping the thread..

Anyone has experience going to JFK from DT JC. Train (which I usually free) is not an option because we are family of three including an infant (and luggage) so would love to know what have worked out the best for you, and the $$ - Uber all the way, some shuttle that goes from DTJC(?), pre booked taxi, cab, etc?

We are planning to fly on Sunday evening and not really for reaching the fastest so anyway we can save $ would work. I heard from a friend that his Uber to DTJC from JFK was around $150 the last time he took it (including tolls)!

Posted on: 1/21 20:49
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Re: Any recommendations for reupholstering of sofa cushions?
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Thanks a ton!

Posted on: 1/21 20:32
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Re: St Peter's Prep Condos
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Quote:

JCGuys wrote:
[quote]
K-Lo2 wrote:
And now OLC....

https://jerseydigs.com/silverman-field ... rin-development-proposal/


Quote:
Some members present at the meeting expressed concerns about the “walling off” of Paulus Hook, arguing that the building was too tall and dense for the neighborhood.


sounds valid concern...

Posted on: 1/21 0:21
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Re: What legally constitutes a bedroom?
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brewster wrote:
Tictaktoe: While that is code for new construction, older nonconforming buildings are grandfathered in. For example few older buildings have 36" wide windows for fire escapes as the code requires, but they're not in violation.


Yes, grandfathered ones seems to be ok and the critical year is 1951. Wondering if Modera Lofts can still list those rooms as 2 BRs..

Posted on: 1/21 0:14
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Re: What legally constitutes a bedroom?
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jc_dweller wrote:
The window requirement is fire code. There are no ways to "get around" that requirement, as far as I know. As it relates to walking through one room to get to another, I do not believe there is a prohibition against that, but marketing would make it more or less un-viable in this day and age.


(1) There is ... The rooms should open to passage way or a living area NOT inside another Bedroom (See Means of Egress - D &E towards the end)


(2) Regarding the fire code, a lot of condos with central A/C heater have these gas heater closets that opens up right from the bedroom, and they are legal. I know that Windsor at Liberty Rentals have gas heater closets inside Bedroom and they are legal (have had inspection done by the inspectors) so just having a gas heater closet next to den or bedroom should not be a problem (though there seems to be one specific for the basement - read below).


This is from Jersey City, NJ Code of Ordinance, Chapter 254 Article 7

ARTICLE VII - Minimum Space, Use and Egress Requirements

B.Required space in sleeping rooms. Except as required under Subsection C, each room utilized for sleeping purposes shall have a minimum dimension of seven (7) feet and a minimum net floor area of seventy (70) square feet for the initial occupant, fifty (50) square feet for each additional occupant, except that children under one (1) year of age shall not be counted as occupants for the purpose of this section. In existing structures built prior to 1951, if any dwelling has no room at least ten (10) feet by twelve (12) feet in size, two (2) persons will be allowed to sleep in the largest room therein so long as it is nine (9) feet in size at least.

§ 254-33. - Ceiling height requirements.
A.Habitable rooms. At least sixty (60) square feet of floor area of every habitable room shall have a ceiling height of at least seven and one-half (7 ½) feet and the floor area of that part of any room where the ceiling height is less than five (5) feet shall not be considered as part of the floor area in computing the total floor area of the room for the purpose of determining the maximum permissible occupancy thereof. Habitable rooms in dwellings legally erected or converted prior to 1951 shall have a ceiling height of at least six and one-half (6 ½) feet.

B.No basement space shall be used as a habitable room or dwelling unit unless:
(1)The floor and walls are impervious to leakage of underground and surface runoff water and are insulated against dampness.
(2)The total of openable window area in each room is equal at least to the minimum as required by§ 254-24A(1)(a) and (b) and is located entirely above the grade of the ground adjoining such window area.
(3)The total of openable window area in each room is equal at least to the minimum as required by § 254-24A(1)(c) of Article V of this chapter.
(4)There are no ducts, pipes or other obstructions less than six (6) feet six (6) inches above floor level.
(5)All furnace or other heating facilities are so located, insulated and separated from living areas by fireproof partitions or walls necessary pursuant to regulations of the Fire Chief to prevent the same from constituting an undue hazard to the safety and health of the occupants.
(6)There is a second means of egress conforming to § 254-38C of this Article.

§ 254-35. - Use of sleeping rooms as passageways.

Except in buildings legally erected for or converted to residential use prior to 1951, no dwelling or dwelling unit containing two (2) or more sleeping rooms shall have such rooms so located that access to a bathroom or water closet compartment intended for use by occupants of more than one (1) sleeping room can be had only by going through another sleeping room; nor shall room arrangements be such that access to a sleeping room can be had only by going through another sleeping room or a bathroom or water closet compartment.

§ 254-38. - Means of egress.

A.Primary. Every dwelling unit shall have safe and unobstructed means of egress from every floor at ground level and above leading to safe and open space at ground level and accessible to a street.

B.Secondary. In addition, there shall be a suitable and separate secondary exit from each dwelling unit by means of a doorway, stairway, protected passageway or openable window.

C.Secondary from basement. The second means of egress from any basement dwelling unit may be by a second door located independently from the first means of egress and leading directly to the outside of the premises, or, in the alternative, by an openable window located no more than three (3) feet above floor level.

D.From building three (3) or more stories above grade. In buildings three (3) or more stories above grade that are used as boardinghouses or lodging houses, or contain three (3) or more dwelling units or contain one (1) or more nonresidential uses and two (2) dwelling units, the secondary exit from the third story and from every additional story, if any, shall be by a metal fire escape or an enclosed stairway.

E.From rooming units. Except in single-family dwellings, rooming units shall have a door opening directly into a common hallway or areaway. Any rooming unit located in the basement or at ground level shall be provided with a second means of egress that meets the same requirements as provided in Subsection C of this section. Where there is a rooming unit located above the first story, the common hallways or areaway into which it opens shall have two (2) means of egress remote from each other and one (1) of these shall open to a street of fireproof passage leading to a street and one (1) shall open to a yard or other safe space of sufficient area to accommodate all persons in the building.

F.Access to exit. Access to any exit required by Subsections A through D of this section shall not necessitate passage through any other dwelling unit or part thereof nor shall any exit be subject to locking by any device which impedes or prevents ready egress.

G.Door in path of egress. Any door in the path of egress shall be at least thirty (30) inches in width with a minimum height of six (6) feet six (6) inches, shall be free from obstruction and accessible from common hallways or areaways and shall open in the direction of travel if it leads to a fire escape or if it is located in a tenement house erected after 1904 or in any building erected as, or converted into, a dwelling after 1951.

H.Openable window in path of egress. Where a window forms a part of egress from a dwelling unit or rooming unit or from a common areaway or hallway to a fire escape, the window opening shall be at least thirty-six (36) inches in width and thirty-four (34) inches in height, whether the window is double hung or single hung. The bottom of the opening or the sill height shall not be more than three (3) feet six (6) inches above the floor. Said window shall be easy to open and shall lead directly to the fire escape or to the immediately adjacent outside ground area with maximum drop of three (3) feet six (6) inches thereto. Screens, storm windows and other barriers to the outside shall be readily opened or removed so as not to form any obstruction to occupants seeking egress in cases of emergency.

I.Location and number of exits. Where two (2) or more exits are required, each exit shall be as remote as practicable from the other exit or exits. All the exits shall be of such number and so located that the distance of travel from the door of each rooming unit or dwelling unit on each floor shall not exceed fifty (50) feet except in buildings of fireproof construction or in buildings equipped with automatic sprinkler systems throughout where the maximum distance of travel from the door of any unit to the nearest exit shall not exceed one hundred (100) feet, provided that two (2) of the exits shall be at least fifty (50) feet apart.

Posted on: 1/20 1:56
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Re: Any recommendations for reupholstering of sofa cushions?
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Thanks for the recommendation iGreg. Have you used them in the past for any work?

Posted on: 1/13 22:52
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Any recommendations for reupholstering of sofa cushions?
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The sofa is working great but the seating cushions have sagged a lot. I am just thinking of replacing the cushion foam with some new high density foams.

Anyone has done something similar and have recommendations? Also, any idea about the price point? We have a L shape sofa.

Posted on: 1/13 21:17
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Re: Legal Definition of a Bedroom
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brewster wrote:
I think the non-negotiables here are min sq ft and a window. No window is what creates most of these "offices" or "dens". One of my bedrooms in my own home is 6' wide and 14 long, I doubt it would be a sale problem as it has a window and 2 closets


not sure if it fits the definition of a bedroom as any side should be at least 7 feet or more for it to be a habitable room (even if it has >70 sq ft area and has windows and multiple closets).

Posted on: 1/13 0:25
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Re: Legal Definition of a Bedroom
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Quote:

bill wrote:
Even though it is not required, I think most people if they see a house described as having a bedroom will assume a closet, door and window.

I always hear it is better to over deliver than under deliver when it comes to real estate.


Not disputing that, however, wanted to see if it legally fits the definition of a BR when listing on MLS. Its better to be the one of the lower priced one when someone is searching for a 3BR than being on the highest when someone is looking for a 2 BR (and you have a den to go with, which becomes "nice to have").

Installing a closet and door arent that expensive if it comes to that.

Posted on: 1/12 15:27
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Re: Legal Definition of a Bedroom
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Thanks. I seem to have missed that from 2013. It seems that there were still disputes around the definition of a bedroom from that post in lack of specific sources.

Having said that, it does seem that the definition is pretty much what I outlined below (obviously I didnt go in detail around the window size, etc). The source I have is HERE and HERE

So, there is no requirement for a bedroom to have an installed door (if there is an entry) or a closet as long as it meets the other criteria listed below and the post outlined above. Interesting!

Posted on: 1/12 15:12
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Legal Definition of a Bedroom
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I have a den that has windows (no doors so far) and I have been thinking of converting it into a proper bedroom so that it can be used when guests come (and also helps appreciate the property price) as it can be marketed as 3 BR instead of 2 BR and a Den. Currently it has a water heater closet as well.

I heard from a realtor that for a Den to be called a Bedroom legally, it needs to have a window, door and a closet. I also learned that a lot of people have heard from someone else, realtor etc when in fact even realtor, friend themselves have heard from someone else about what constitutes a bedroom without able to ground it in facts. Sort of he said - she said without 100% accuracy. So I looked around NJ Admin Code and couldnt find anything to do with door and closet requirements.

In the admin code 254 , there is no such thing as a bedroom but what they called "Habitable Room" and the requirements are as follows:

- Minimum area = 70 sq feet
- Not less than 7 feet in any horizontal dimension (sorry, you CAN NOT have a 4' X 20' hallway as a room!)
- At least 60 sq feet should have a min ceiling height of 7.5 feet (6.5 feet for those before 1951)
- Every sleeping room shall have at least one operable emergency escape and rescue opening, opening directly into a public street, public alley, yard or court.
- smoke alarm in each sleeping room
- above grade level so basement is a basement

It doesnt say anything about a bedroom having an installed closet or even a installed physical doors (as long as there is an entry way from living room {not a bedroom within a bedroom}and an egress, which would be a window).

Thoughts? Have you experienced anything different when thinking about converting a den with windows into a bedroom, and then listing as such? Tax considerations aside.


Posted on: 1/12 12:35
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Any good Indie mechanic for Landrovers?
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Looking for a reliable and qualified mechanic who knows Rovers really well.. Fed up of going to stealership

Posted on: 1/7 23:33
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Would the reval also make those high rollers in buildings that have Tax abatements left (say Trump Tower, Crystal Point in Waterfront DTJC?) They have been paying a lot less comparatively, arent they?



Posted on: 12/1 12:17
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Math or Science Tutor available
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Hi,

A friend of mine is taking a break in his career. If you are looking for a private tutor for your kid in the subjects of Math or Science, please PM me. Hoboken/Jersey City area.

- Undergrad in Engineering
- Ivy League MBA w/ distinction
- 99 percentile GMAT
- American Mensa Society member'08

Thanks

Posted on: 2016/11/10 23:32
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Re: Parents, legally being made accountable for their kids
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no wonder you dont see many kids playing out with others in 'murica!

Few months back, I read an article about what was the most significant experience parents from USA observed when they moved to one of the Scandinavian countries. It was something on the lines that kids play, fight, get hurt but then they go back home, get a bandage and come back to the playground the next day. Its not about their parents suing the hell out of every neighbor, county or state, and keeping them in a "safe sanctuary" where they have no idea how to stand up to bullies and look after themselves on their own.

And then we complain our kids dont go out!

Posted on: 2016/9/14 13:07
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Re: Home/Apartment Inspector Recommendation
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Found them on Yelp with great reviews, and they were worth those. Took 2 - 2.5 hrs for a 2 BR inspection in JC and the report was as comprehensive as it could get, loaded with proof - the pictures.

FRANK LIN HOME INSPECTIONS
(973) 910-1019 | INFO@FRANKLININSPECTION.COM

Posted on: 2016/9/13 14:25
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Re: Buyers Agent or not
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jdm2008 wrote:
I"ve seen discussion about this indirectly, but I wanted to start a thread about it. In JC do you have your own buyers agent or did you submit through the listing agent?
What about for homepath properties? I've called a homepath property before and the listing agent could not be gotton a hold of.
Some have said you get your offers favored if you go through the listing agent and I'm not opposed but I'm looking for the most effective way.


A firm no in using the same agent. By law, and unless your broker is morally ok compromising, he represents the seller's interest first and cannot give any undue advantage to you by you using the same broker.

My decision chart is something like this :

DO I KNOW THIS CITY PRETTY WELL INCLUDING ITS REAL ESTATE MARKET (JC or Anythign else) - YES OR NO


(A) YES

In this case, an agent is JUST filing papers and not providing any information. Moreover you dont need any information because you already know it inside out. Its funny when you go to an open house and the brokers themselves dont know the details about the building that you already know because of your research, which by the way no broker can do as well as you (try asking, when was this building built and how many owners it had, when was the last time assessment happened, how many units in the building, tax abatement, typical utility bills, are the furnishing standard or were there any renovation and try to get ABSOLUTE CONFIDENT answers not here and there)

(a) Preference is to go alone using a fsbo. This "buyer doesnt pay the broker, but the seller does" is absolute BS because the seller is going to take the call on his/her offers based on net proceeds to him/her, i.e. selling price - total brokerage. By avoiding your broker, your offer with the same price is around 3% higher to competitive offers that are coming through a broker. Knowing this, you can adjust your offer price as well.

(b) If you can't go solo on fsbo, try Redfin that give you at least some money for the closing cost + offers you an agent who can help with papers,etc (or you can negotiate with your own RE broker to get such rebate). Again you can do the papers yourselves, its pretty straightforward if you are good with documentation and have the right motivation, but if you cant go without an agent, try redfin.



(B) NO

(a) If you have time to know and research the area and its RE, do so and try to do FSBO or Redfin,

(b) If you can't, find a good reputed agent (independent of who is on the seller side) who knows the area well and has a good performance backing him/herself. See if you can negotiate some sort of rebate.

Posted on: 2016/9/12 17:33
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Re: Rental Prices out of control - DTJC
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geniusofthecrowd wrote:
Brooklyn is comparable to DTJC until you factor in NYC tax.


..and if you have a car, GAME OVER for Brooklyn. Surprising how few here actually consider the significance of keeping car parking cost effective when thinking around rents. It was the driving factor for us in NYC vs. JC consideration.

Posted on: 2016/9/12 16:56
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Re: Jersey City Realtor
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second that.. try fsbo.. intelligent buyers wouldnt mind that route, and you save your brokerage..

Posted on: 2016/8/25 1:44
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Re: Auto Repair Shop
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Any indie mechanic recommendation for Landrovers/Rangerovers? The dealer at Manhattan aint that good and the one good is too far away for some simple jobs..

Posted on: 2016/8/25 1:43
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Re: Jersey City Realtor
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given the low supply, high demand you can always try FSBO

Posted on: 2016/8/12 17:20
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Re: Advice for good building close to Path?
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looking for quite place in DT JC ==> paulus hook.

Posted on: 2016/8/12 14:33
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Re: Harborside Development Receives $33 Million Tax Credit
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Is this the proposed 'pile of books' tower?

Posted on: 2013/10/27 12:35
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Re: Flooding on Washington St - Advice needed
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It did not flood but then sandy was downgraded to cat 1. That apt is 1 Br w/ basement that the owner is listing as 2br. If a room has no windows and no doors, it's not a bedroom. The apt looks nice though esp the outdoor area.

Posted on: 2013/9/30 22:08
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Can one claim damage from building insurance if doesnt have renters insurance?
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I rented out an apt in a building that recently got damaged because of water pipe burst. It happened because of no fault of the unit owner and building contractor are working to repair the common area.

Our apt, along with many many others, also got damaged. While the owners have insurance, we did not take renter's insurance thinking that owners insurance would be enough. It seems it doesn't. If I had known this, I would have taken a separate renter's question just like everytime before.

My question is that can I claim damages to my furniture and personal items from building's insurance? What is the best way around it? When I called them they said since you don't have renters insurance you can't.

Would appreciate some advice.

Posted on: 2013/9/28 21:46
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Re: A-Condos Jersey City
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Don't know about the sinking issue but A condo seems to have compromised on the quality of material used during constructions.

Recently, it had a pipe burst on 24th floor and 3 lines of floors, right from 24th to 7th floor (bellow 7th its all parking) have been damaged. Even now if you walk into A condos floor, you will see open walls, switches, connections, etc.

Heard that this is the third time the building got damaged because of the water problem. And it was constructed when? Around 2007?

Also, remember during Sandy, A condos was the last building in the area to get electricity. It is built on a different grid.

Saying it all from personal experience. Lived there for last two years, was about to buy and then decided against it.

Posted on: 2013/9/28 21:40
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Re: Projects around A condos
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Thanks for your reply.

I had the opportunity to attend the session orgnanized by A Condos where someone from Jersey City Development and Weichart Reality came to speak. Few take outs -

1. While earlier there was a plan to shift some of Avalon Cove buildings (south side) towards the tennis court, and build a tower building, these plans are shelved for now. However, that doesnt mean that there will not be anything that may come up in future.

2. The proposed office building in the marina (south of Newport) may be 10 floors tall.

3. The power house equipment will get shifted in the triangular patch between Green and Washington. The plan is to put it under the ground, however, he believes that may be some part will stay above as well. For now, there is no plan to build any building, but it is open in future and something might come up.

4 MacKali's "Piles of Books" building should be up in the next two years and the construction should start by the end of this year.

5. From the responses and reactions, I gathered that the condo value should go down when all these constructions start coming up.

Posted on: 2012/6/23 20:32
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