Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Rave: This weather! And it’s almost Friday!
    Question for the PoPulace: Starting a low FODMOP meal plan this weekend to see if it helps my IBS after realizing that almost everything I eat (especially fruit) is on the High FODMOP side. Does anyone have a place they get Low FODMOP recipes from, or have any suggestions? Otherwise I’ll just be eating a lot of poultry and veggies and rice, which is fine.

    • My RD friend (Danielle Capalino) just wrote an excellent book on low FODMOP diets called “Healthy Gut, Flat Stomach,” which has a whole chapter of recipes. It’s available on Amazon, if you’re interested

    • I did FODMAP for about 3 months. Unfortunately I don’t think it helped too much for me but I found a lot of Thai/ Sushi restaurants good for FODMAP diet. I found it hardest to avoid onions/garlic. For fast food, Jimmy John’s sandwich lettuce wrap was a good option. Starbucks and Peet’s coffee now have some gluten free/FODMAP friendly breakfast options too. Bean less chili and tacos (corn tortillas) without garlic/onion were a great options for easy meals.

      Here is one website: http://www.ibs-health.com/

      • Thank you! Yeah, I’m not sure how much it will help but I figure it’s worth a shot since it’s relatively easy for me to eliminate my biggest culprits (apple, mango, asparagus, cauliflower, chickpeas). And if it’s not this that’ll be good to know too.

        • I think its well worth a try! I think my worst symptoms were caused by running (isn’t exercise supposed to be healthy?!) but definitely felt less bloated when avoiding the FODMAP foods.

    • Wow – no idea what any of all those letters mean – but I think Pollan’s advice is the best. Eat food (real food) not too much, mostly plants. Diets that propose to target something or other have been around for a hundred years (or more!)

      • victoria, the low FODMOP is less of a diet (I’m not in it for weight loss) and more of a list of foods that may lead to less bloating/digestive issues. For example, fermented foods and certain veggies like cauliflower and beans can be really bloat-inducing, so under the low FODMOP diet those are avoided. I’m still planning to eat lots of whole foods, just more strategic ones!

  • Jason Chaffetz is the devil. He legitimately hates DC and wants to ruin it. We need to find a way to get this guy out of office before he destroys our city. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/drain-the-swamp-no-lets-just-move-it-rep-chaffetz-suggests/2017/03/08/384938ba-0426-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?utm_term=.b1fefb7c9b01

  • Rant: It’s going to get cold again.
    Rave: It’s warm today.
    Question: will my daffodils that have sprouted, but haven’t bloomed yet, die in this frost?

    • Daffodils are surprisingly resilient. I think they may be ok.

      • With the daffodils of mine that had already bloomed when the temperature went below freezing last weekend (or whenever it was), I was surprised — I thought the flowers were going to die straightaway, but other than the flowers not lasting as long as (IIRC) they usually do, they seemed to fare OK..

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Left my phone at home.
    Rant: Allergies
    Rant: Cold weather this weekend, and I have outdoor plans.

  • skj84

    Rant: Didn’t do my best in weight class today. I haven’t really worked out in a week, and I got there late. I felt like I could’ve performed better. And now my legs super weak.
    Rant: I hate the outfit I wore to work today. Its superficial, but I feel too casual. I’m usually on the dressier side, I don’t know why I chose this outfit.
    Rave: The LaColombe by my office is open. I grabbed a black and tan cold brew which really hit the spot.

  • Rave: Had a Come To Jesus talk with my OA and one of my partners about my work situation. While I didn’t get everything I wanted, they realize that they need to make some changes and get some assistance for me with Toxic Boss, and those plans are currently in the works. We’ll see how it goes, but I feel a lot better after talking to them about it.

    Rave: I went grocery shopping last night and now have a lot of fresh delicious food in the house. I can’t wait to have a weekend of cooking!

    Wine & Bitch Wednesday, March 22nd?

    • skj84

      tentative yes on Wine& Bitch.

    • Oh right and

      Rant: There was a gigantic rat at the restaurant I had lunch at yesterday. Just casually strolled out of the kitchen into the dining area before it disappeared from my view. A woman at the table next to me thought it was a dog at first (seriously, gigantic rat). It was one of my go-to places for lunch, but I had to file a report with the DOH because that is not a thing I need to see while eating lunch.

    • Tentative as well. I haven’t been, but I think I need this in my life!

    • What’s an OA? Office admin?

  • Rave: Sibling love. Mtpbaby has hugged his big sister several times when she was descending into meltdown territory in the last 24 hours–and managed to head them off each time. It’s amazing. And so super sweet.
    Rave: It was light enough late enough that we could make a quick trip to the playground before going home last night.
    Rave: Two nights in a row of mtpkiddo not getting up at night. She’s not going to sleep until 10, but at least she’s sleeping though. And this morning, I didn’t even have to wake her up!

  • Rant: Had a salivary stone. Never even heard of those things until I found out I had one.
    Rant: I have never felt pain like when the ENT suddenly started aggressively prodding the swelling.
    Rant: More TMI stuff I’ll spare RRR.
    Rave: No more stone!

  • Rant: the friend I’m going on vacation with tomorrow is not in a great place mentally, which I completely understand and am supportive of, but she said that she’s not excited about the vacation at all. She’s complaining about the weather and yes, some of it will not be great, but we will get to go to the beach and when it’s raining we’ll go shopping, watch basketball, and/or visit some breweries. I know we’ll have fun, but it’s stressing me out that she’s not happy already.
    Rave: I’m going to the beach tomorrow.
    Rave: I blew off a Blue Apron meal last night because I worked late and had a massive headache. I picked up Chinese food instead and ate it with a cocktail while watching the Daily Show. Got in bed at 10 and regret nothing.
    Rave: crop tops work as camisoles when all your skirts are high waisted

    • Love this post – especially bed at 10 regret nothing and crop tops (I didn’t know they still existed!) For vacation with grumpy friend, just do what you like, invite her to join and gracefully accept/deflect/ignore if she doesn’t.

    • Cut friend and yourself some slack and wait until vacation begins. Sometimes it’s hard to get into vacation mode until you’re actually there (especially when you’ve got s*** going on), and you stressing about it beforehand is only going to make you not happy as well.

    • Your last two raves are the best. Fiance is out of town tonight and I’m plotting a similar evening. Yes to crop tops and high-waisted skirts. I’m so glad mid/high rise skirts and jeans are so easy to find these days.

      • I was so sick of the line across my butt, under my skirt from the hem of the camisole that measures needed to be taken.

  • Rant: Called DCRA on my apartment building. Somehow I doubt they got the permit they needed to close the only ADA-accessible entrance to the 100 unit building.
    Rave: Fun few days ahead, including time with a toddler whose version of Hide and Seek includes making you hide with him in small places. He’s very amused by his own cleverness.

    • Lol, my tiny toddler tries to play peek-a-boo by covering his ears, and has recently absolutely DELIGHTED in trying to feed us, especially when we’re feeding him breakfast on the bus. These little people are hilarious.

    • Did you actually ask your building management about this? Did you ask if they got a permit before calling DCRA? “Somehow I doubt they got the permit. . . ” Of course we all want ADA accessibility – but also understand the DCRA is a pretty dysfunctional agency that loves easy cases and can screw people up for a long time and lots of money.

      • You can’t shut down ADA access to a 100 unit building without an emergency or backup plan. ADA access for someone’s home isn’t an optional accessory

  • RANT: Every single person I encountered on my way home last night was a selfish jerk. One guy cut me off, almost hitting my car (which came to a forced stop because I have collision avoidance, thanks Subaru) and then gave ME the finger. Sometimes I just want people in this town to get their heads out of their asses and realize we all have places to go.
    RAVE: Tomorrow is friday

    • There must be something in the air. Last night, I watched a lady nearly hit my far as she attempted (poorly) to park. Her passenger then had the gall to ask me if I had enough room as he struggled to get out of his side of the car because of said shitty parking job. I laughed at him since I was unable to say what I really wanted to say in front of my children, but my laughing really pissed him off, so I’ll take it.

  • Rant: Administrative issues at work have really put a damper on morale. I am so ready for the weekend.
    Rave: That picture of a chicken. I don’ tknow why it makes me so happy.
    Rant: Chaffetz. I detest that man so very much. Keep your nose out of DC business, and do your job.
    Rave: No plans this weekend. I am looking puttering around the kitchen and hopefully spending some time with my partner. We have been ships passing in the night lately.

    • Are you referring to the suggestion that federal agencies be located elsewhere? To me, that is quintessential federal government business, not DC business. It’s misguided, and would be catastrophic for the region, but this isn’t “DC business,” and it IS his job.

      • And I’d like to think it’ll go nowhere. This is the party of fiscal responsibility, right?? Oh. Right.

      • No, that suggestion annoys me, and I do think it is misguided. But my rant is more general: his attempts to meddle with D.C. laws (like the assisted suicide bill) but declining to investigate the administration’s lapses in ethics.

  • Rave: The long-abandoned house two doors down from me is under contract.

    Rant: The house next door to me was recently abandoned (maybe it’s contagious). Hopefully the owner will be inspired by my rave to put their house on the market as well.

  • Rave- I found a bunch of my jewelry I thought I’d lost.

    Rant – My rings are all too small. Anyone have recs for getting rings resized?

    • There’s a great jewelry store in falls church city on the corner of broad street and route 7. I can’t remember the name, but they are family owned and I’ve had great customer service there. I bet they would resize rings.

      • Dominion Jewelers! They’re great.

      • Thanks – I think Broad street is Rt 7 in Falls Chruch. Are you talking about Dominion?

        • Yea, sorry it’s called Dominion. It’s on route 7 and that road that turns into Lee Highway. I haven’t been over there in awhile, so I couldn’t recall the street names.

    • Charles Schwartz & Son. They resized my husband’s wedding ring and did a great job. We went to Mazza Gallerie, but I think they have another one in the Willard.

  • Rant: I was going to play hooky today since I have been feeling really stressed out with some personal life stuff and I just wanted an R&R day to stay home and do nothing. I started with a good run, and then I ran into a coworker on her way into the office. She is the type of person who would have said she saw me if I called off today. No hooky day for me. 🙁

    • That One Guy

      The take way is you shouldn’t start doing fun activities until others are knee deep at work. :p

  • Rave: I was able to see the Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn yesterday and loved it!
    Rant: Interviewing. This rant could drag on forever so I’ll leave it at that.
    Rant: Can’t it be 60 degrees on weekend and 30 degrees on weekdays?!
    Rave: Looking forward to Southern Soul Assembly at Howard Theatre this weekend. I sure love Marc Broussard and this show might be just what my soul needs.

    • Did you get your Kusama tickets by going online on a Monday at/near noon, or by doing the day-of walkup thing?

      • Neither, there was a reception for corporate sponsors and nobody else from my office jumped on it so I did 🙂

      • I got tickets online Monday at noon for next Thursday. I don’t know if I just got lucky or if it was because I was in Colorado at the time so was using a non-DC IP address, but I got right through. Many friends who got online at noon here in DC did not get any.

  • Andie302

    Rave: I seem to have some decent momentum on the exercise front. I even managed to get up and run on the treadmill this morning since I have a commitment after work.
    Rant: That does not mean I wanted to get out of bed this morning – at all
    Rave: Even if the weather is crappy this weekend, we get more light during the evening with daylight savings and I have made it through most of winter without hurting anyone! WOOHOO

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: Mrs.IDGI Sr’s evil daughter Maleficent sent a letter to the estate attorney asking that IDGI Sr be removed as Personal Representative since he is 86 and senile so
    Rave: IDGI Sr told the attorney she was only half right since he is 87.
    Rant: She’s also upset that after 6 months, IDGI Sr finally donated her mother’s clothing to their church rummage sale. She’s decided that she wanted to make a teddy bear from the clothing for her son. Her adult son. Her adult son the “recovering” heroin addict who when he was staying with them while Mrs. IDGI was dying in the hospital stole $300 cash and a $10K necklace.
    Rant: She’s also contesting the fact that IDGI Sr is billing the estate for 50% of his out-of-pocket funeral costs. Maleficent didn’t want her mother buried in Florida so she doesn’t think any portion of her inheritance should pay for the funeral. Mrs. IDGI Sr wanted to be buried in FL since that is where her husband, sister, brother, one daughter and several grandchildren live versus cold, cold CT where Maleficent and her cold heart lives.

    • Boo on Maleficent! And her adult son too.

      • I Dont Get It

        This is not the daughter whose utilities he was still paying through January. And the son is the “good” one even though he’s only reimbursed IDGI for one mortgage payment that IDGI Sr is still paying on the house the son lives in.

    • Oh, wow. She sounds like a piece of work. I’m sorry IDG, I really hope your dad is handling all this crap as well as he can.

    • This is all just so awful. I’m so sorry you and your dad are having to go through this.

    • Blithe

      Oh Jeez! I’m sorry that you’re having to deal with this! Maleficent sounds, erm, “interesting”, bless her heart! Not to add fuel, but couldn’t the estate have been billed for 100% of the funeral costs? I think the estate can also be billed reasonable amounts for the executor’s time. I’m having wicked thoughts re: sending her an annotated list of all the things that executors can charge for. Not sure if that would rev her up or calm her down, but it could be informative.
      As to the last bit — maybe send her the picture of PoP’s baby daughter and Dingo — guaranteed to thaw the coldest of cold, cold hearts! 🙂

      • “Not to add fuel, but couldn’t the estate have been billed for 100% of the funeral costs?” I was wondering the same thing! Maybe IDGI is too Midwestern Nice for that.

        • Er, IDGI Sr. Although IDGI seems to be pretty Midwestern Nice too. 😉

          • Blithe

            I’m not up on Midwestern Nice. Southern “Nice” would also politely point out that the estate attorney bills at $X00.00 an hour in 10 minute increments. And that, of course, the cost of SLOWLY reading Maleficant’s letter, pondering the ramifications of said letter, and arranging for the interviews and assessments to be Absolutely Sure that IDGI, Sr. is competent to be the personal representative ran to XX hours and $XX,000 dollars, and will, of course, be billed as an expense to the estate. I’d thank her for raising the issue. And describe the lengthy expensive dinners at awesome restaurants and golf course trips so that IDGI, Sr.s memory, judgement, reasoning skills, and social skills could be adequately assessed in a variety of familiar and less familiar settings. I’m sure that IDGI and IDGI, Sr. are both too nice to actually DO this — but I think that Maleficant needs to know how good she’s got it now.

          • Blithe — See:
            I first heard of the concept (?) as “Minnesota Nice”… maybe in the New York Times or somewhere.
            “Minnesota nice is the stereotypical behavior of people from Minnesota to be courteous, reserved, and mild-mannered. The cultural characteristics of Minnesota nice include a polite friendliness, an aversion to confrontation, a tendency toward understatement, a disinclination to make a fuss or stand out, emotional restraint, and self-deprecation.”

          • Blithe

            Thanks textdoc! It was very nice of you to search for and post all of these links! 🙂 I love that there’s actually a Wikipedia entry! The last one with the “No worries…..I know people.” happy ending was heartwarming! I am so going to add this to my “stuff I need to know MUCH more about” list!

        • I Dont Get It

          Yes he is being nice to offer to pay half of it. Initially I agreed with him but after everyone has been so horrible I wish he send the entire bill to the Estate.

          • I Dont Get It

            I like how you think, Blithe. Both sisters have lawyered up so there will be very little left after legal expenses.

            Thanks for those links, Textdoc. I’d forgotten about some of that!

  • Rant: Reached a lil plateau with my weightloss. I’m going to power through it.
    Rave: Amazing run last night. Love this weather.
    Rant.: This weather is going away
    Rant: Daylight Savings is THIS WEEKEND? My internal clock will not be happy.
    Mega Rant: Men who think I am their secretary. Member of a coalition I work with asked me to find him information that a)he can google and b) is not my effing job! I forwarded it to my boss. I know I look young but I have been working in their field for almost 11 years. I am not your intern! Get a secretary.

    At least tomorrow is Friday.

    • My coworker just reminded me about daylight savings. I am not ready to adjust. I warned the team I will be CRANKY next week after getting up at 4am instead of my normal 5am and to lower their expectations for the next week or so. Lol.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Damn. I thought daylight savings already happened and that’s why I was so tired this week. I am screwed.

  • Rant: Had an almost-accident yesterday on Viers Mill Rd. A cute little Prius apparently wanted a closer view of my car via my trunk, but made a very narrow exit to the next lane and missed me. SCARY.
    Rave: No accident to deal with.
    Rant: An interior designer I’ve been working with hasn’t been meeting deadlines… I’m getting a little frustrated. I want these room layout/furniture recommendations so I can get moving on my home nesting project.
    Rant: Work is a tad bit stressful with two major events to plan in April. So. Much. To. Do.
    Rant: My neighbor started dating a girl who has a small dog with major separation anxiety. She keeps the dog at his apartment and it yaps constantly. They find the dog’s yapping amusing–the rest of us do not.
    Rave: It was light outside when I left work yesterday. Looking forward to brighter days!

  • Rant: The damn germs are back. This time, strep is having a great bacterial party in the throats of my sons. I hesitate to admit that my throat is also very sore. I do not have time for this!
    Rant: The oldest had a particularly rough day yesterday. He wasn’t feeling well and two of his ‘friends’ thought it would be funny to make his life hell (screaming in his ear, one even hit him). Cue discussion on what a friend is and nasty, angry email to the teacher.
    Rave: I did not participate in yesterday’s strike. While I support those who feel it is necessary, it wasn’t for me. Yesterday ended up being quite the shit-show, but at the end of the night, Littlest Anonachild came down to my room very excitedly to ask me if it I knew it was International Women’s Day. He then told me thank you, and told me I am the best mommy ever. Not only did this confirm that I made the right choice for me yesterday, but that I’m raising these kids right.

    • Love your story at the end. Not sure if the women’s strike was supposed to include work at home, but there’s no way that would have flown at our house since the only male in the house is 16 months old. Ugh on your kid’s friends. I hope the teaching part of it makes an impact.

      • I hear ya! I have to say though, I’m in a pretty equal partnership. My partner took my son (not his) to the doctor so I could continue working yesterday, and then cam home today so that I could head into the office. We split the sick kid care 50/50 just as we do most things. Perhaps in a less equal partnership, I would have felt the need to make a personal point, but not this time.

    • So sorry for your child’s nasty friends. I’ve been reading “Tale for the time Being” – a novel. Japan exceeds in unbelievably horrible and entrenched school bullying, but it is hard to understand why anyone would go to all the effort to make another person’s life so bad. (OK, except for Republicans with healthcare.)

      • He was bullied once before by a child who had significant personal issues going on in his life, so I almost got it then and he certainly did (they ended up friends). With the kids yesterday, honestly, it sounds like they are just assholes. Apparently one of them also told everyone my daughter has herpes as a way to make fun of her skin condition. Apparently the kid is just a dick. He’s an affluent white kid in an affluent suburb and basically needs his ass handed to him. However, as a parent, my job is to make sure that the kids don’t listen to him, and learn to stand up in appropriate-for-school ways. Sometimes it’s very hard walking the line as a parent, teaching what you know should be taught instead of what you think should be taught.

        • Boo on the kid being obnoxious. He may still have a shitty home life in terms of personal connections/support–though that certainly doesn’t excuse anything. On the plus side, learning to deal with that sort of behavior in a way that is as constructive as possible should help them out in the long run. No fun in the process, though.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: Dull elbow pain, like someone hit my funny bone with a hammer, has interferes with sleep the past couple of days. I wake up with aches in shoulders and neck from tossing and turning too much.
    Rave: Reading Murakami is always fun.

  • Rave: Finally got around to creating an instagram page for photos of my dog. Hoping this will motivate me to get out and take more photos.
    Rant: Not sleeping well because doggie dog is a bed hog and snores loudly.
    Rave: The weather.

  • What type of permits do we need to pour and set a patio? I can see that you don’t need permits for replacing parts of one, but seem to have missed the part where it describes what you have to do for a new one.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I once tried to figure this out and I gave up. I basically concluded that if the DC bureaucracy made this information so difficult for a citizen to find, they must not care. (I am not the type to skimp on permits ordinarily – I’ve gotten lots of permits for work I’ve done that I was able to determine did in fact require specific permits.)

    • houseintherear

      If you’re increasing the size, you might want to check in with DCWater about a possible impermeable surface charge. They use some sort of percentage but I can’t remember it.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Good point. In practice I doubt it will make any difference in practice though. It is calculated based on the actual number of square feet of impermeable surface on a property (not a percentage), and you are billed based on the category that you fall into. The lowest category is so small that simply having a normal-sized rowhouse with a roof will already bump you out of the first category into the second, and the second category is so large that you’ll probably be in that category with or without the patio, unless your have a large McMansion with its own parking lot (it’s called the “Stormwater fee” if you want to look up details).

  • Oh, and a much needed rave—we just passed the last DCRA inspection for our (gut job) house! I love our contractors and am so happy with how it came out.

  • houseintherear

    Hey ya’ll. I want to add faux ceiling beams in my living room/kitchen… anyone know someone who specializes in such a thing? Google isn’t working for me like it usually does.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Learned, in my anxiety dream of not being able to control the car, that the car was self driving, so I didn’t die.
    Rant: Now to figure out how to not be moving to FL in my anxiety dreams.
    Rave: I love this picture more than words can say.

    • That is a great resolution for an anxiety dream!

    • Blithe

      Re: Your Rant: Have you tried visualizing alternatives /positive resolutions to your dreams as you drift off to sleep? Could be interesting to try for a few nights. Imagine yourself saying or writing something like: “My plans have changed! I’m not going to Florida after all. I got a fellowship to study consumer behavior in Sweden! Imagine that! I’ll be getting paid to shop — and write about it!” 🙂
      – I read a book in college called “Creative Dreaming” by Patricia Garfield. I only vaguely remember it, but I think consciously changing the resolution of our dreams was one of the techniques from that book.

  • Rant: I have a whirl wind of a work trip next week that has me flying out west on sunday and being gone for the whole week
    Rant: REALLY unmotivated at work
    Rant: Have had interviews and haven’t heard anything back.

  • Rant: Really feeling depressed and blah this week. All I want to do when I get home is lay on the couch and watch TV till bedtime.
    Rave: Went to the gym last night for the first time since February 2nd! That felt really good.
    Rant: Me and food. The more I eat, the more I get depressed about gaining weight. The more weight I gain, the more I eat in response. It’s a horrible, vicious cycle.
    Rave: Just learned about Community Forklift! “A nonprofit reuse center for home improvement supplies”…can’t WAIT to go this weekend!

  • Rave: Finished our guest list and sent save the dates with minimal drama. There was a debate with my mom over the definition of “no kids” but I think that is settled.
    Rave: Tiny Dog loves puzzle toys. His latest is a banana stuffed with little squeaky monkeys. It is so fun to watch him work to get them out and how excited he is when he succeeds.
    Rant: Need to start studying for exams at some point.

    • Additional rave: feeling really strong and great about my weight lifting. I squeeze in interval training on the treadmill before I lift, which I hate, but has had a huge impact on my fitness.

  • Any metro accessible gyn recs? Carefirst insurance

  • Belated rave #1: Was watering my outdoor plants yesterday and noticed four or five flower buds forming among my irises! This was a particularly pleasant surprise because last year, all of those spots were just foliage and never produced any flowers.
    Belated rave #2: Got a lot of stuff done yesterday:
    1) Reorganized a closet so that a) I can fit both parts of my Christmas tree in it and not have to go through the hassle of putting it in the attic (accessible via a hatch in said closet; no pull-down stairs) and b) I can easily access the luggage items I most frequently need.
    2) Potted a bunch of plants.
    3) Reorganized my outdoor storage containers to get all of the potting soil and heavy stuff (pebbles/stones) in one container and all of the empty pots, saucers, etc. in another container.
    Rant: Didn’t get the dishes washed.

  • Rant: Got the promotion I didn’t want, not the one I advocated for; likely will leave me stuck in this spot for too long. I’ll likely have to leave my firm. Damn.

    Rave: Hard, angry workout about to commence.

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