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I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.
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#137- Rain/Cry + Rain/Smile

I have a bad day story and a good day story. Which story you want to hear it first?

If you feel like to skip the bad day story “Cry with the Rain”, read only the good day story “smile in the rain”.

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Cry with the Rain:

I have tweeted about the rain 6 times since Dec 14th.

1) Cloudy morning in Los Angeles. It’s good for my mood in writing :) Have a wonderful day to you :)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 7:57 AM

2) No blue sky in Los Angeles again. Light rain makes perfect mood in work/ writing :) Have a beautiful day to you :)
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 9:58:35 AM

3) How are you? Rain Rain and Rain in Los Angeles. Have a wonderful weekend to you!
Saturday, December 18, 2010 9:33:25 PM

4) Rain in Los Angeles. Staying at home with rain sounds, it’s so nice!
Sunday, December 19, 2010 12:44:41 PM

5) Still rain in Los Angeles. Have a nice day to you!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 9:14:31 AM

6) Rain is nice,but some rains are not nice. Leaking wall in my bed room is not n…

#136- No more paper cards = smart :)

This morning:

Suzie: I am baking more than 200 of biscotti right now.

Me: Wow!!! Sounds so goooooood!

Suzie: These are Christmas gifts for my kids’ school teachers and friends. I have many people to thanks for this year.

Me: Oh…Nice!!!

Suzie: I am baking and putting chocolate with love. Each one, I am thinking of people who I give these biscottis.

Me: That’s so sweet!!! Oh…so I will let you go(we were on the phone.)

Suzie: Oh…no problem. I can talk to you right now and at the same time I am doing it (working on biscotti). I am going to give these to you this Saturday when we see each other.

Me: So…I will let you go.

Suzie: It’s all right. I can talk.

Me: No…I meant, you shouldn’t talk over the biscotti. I don’t want you to put your spit in biscotti…

Suzie: OMG…you are so OCD, but good kind of OCD. ha ha ha! Don’t worry, I am not talking over the biscotti right now.

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This afternoon(11:30am-6:00pm):

I wrote 285 emails to friends as my holiday greeting cards.

Recently, I stop wri…

#135- About my perfect dentist

******** Around 3:00pm today

"Suzie! I finally got new teeth! Oh…I am so happy!!!" "Congratulations! I am so happy for you!!! Did you call your mom?" "Not yet. Right now, I am on the freeway on my way home, so when I get home, I will call her. Oh, Suzie, you don’t know how much I am happy with my new teeth! I was waiting for this moment for such a long time!"

This is our (Me and Suzie) telephone conversation in this afternoon.


******** In my mind

I don’t know how many times I smile in the mirror in my car and in my home… :) I am still doing it right now (I have a mirror next to my laptop computer right now. ha ha ha!)

YES, FINALLY, I got perfect front teeth back!!! (It’s a long story…Newport Beach dentist did terrible job on my front teeth four years ago. But, my family and friends didn’t think, my front teeth are bad. They think, “Yoko is such a perfectionist!”)

******** Around 4:00pm today

When I came home from my dentist, I went to pick up my mails at …

#134- Rumi Neely is in JELLY, Japanese fashion magazine

Today, I got a nice email from the chief editor, Mr.Hirotada Kase of JELLY, Japanese fashion magazine (popular for young Japanese girls, this magazine has 300,000 circulation in Japan. if you want, you can take a look at http://www.bunkasha.co.jp/magazine/g2036.html).

Mr.Hirotada Kase said in his email, “The fashion bloggers in the world feature story was the best 5 popular story by readers’ survey. Thank you for your work.” Oh…this kind of message makes me very happy as a writer.

In the middle of October(two months ago), I interviewed Ms.Rumi Neely (as you know, she is a popular fashion blogger in the world) and did fashion shoot (she showed us wonderful four looks). Her L.A. apartment is near by me, so it was so easy to get there and fun to work with her. Now I know why she is really popular for many people. She is very original. I think “original” is the key word for every thing.

I also made contact with other fashion bloggers (Ms.Gala Gonzalez, Ms.Ricarda Schernus, Ms. Louise Ebel…

#133- Sick and the Home

Feel winter air…its December. It’s the most wonderful time of the Year! I want to say Yay!…but…I got sick on last Friday…I have been sick for five days…after three days of sore throat, I got sneeze, sneeze, sneeze and running nose…yes, I got a cold.

Today, I called Mama (my mom) in Tokyo, Japan and said “Happy Birthday Mama!” then, she was worry about my cold. She told me on the phone, “Have some miso soup and tea with umeboshi (literally “dried ume” are pickled ume fruits common in Japan. Ume/Prunus mume is a species of fruit-bearing tree in the genus Prunus, which is often called a plum but is actually more closely related to the apricot).”

Ok…I have two of umeboshi (Mama sent them to me long time ago from Japan, I have never purchased them by myself. I don’t eat them much) but, I don’t have miso in my home(I am Japanese, but I don’t care about miso soup)…so my tonight’s dinner was, pork spareribs, bread, corn cream soup(this soup is my favorite from Mama’s recipe), hot milk with a…

#132- Friends, Food, Fun

On Thanksgiving Eve: With Vegetable & Swedish dips, Red Wine and Sweets, I had a nice evening at Marie’s home. It was a farewell party for Lauren (Marie’s friend).

Lauren speaks Japanese and she wanted to meet me before she leaves Los Angeles with her husband, so I got invited to a get together with them. She is so smart and fun. I am so glad that I met her before she is going away…I told her that we can write emails to each other in Japanese.

Marie has nice friends. Her other great Swedish friend, Liz is also smart and fun.

It was nice evening with talk + drink until mid night. Marie’s husband is so sweet, he took some pictures of us.

At the end, I asked Marie, “Where are you guys(she and her husband) going for Thanksgiving tomorrow?” She said, “We are going to have a Thanksgiving dinner at Quincy Jones’s house”. I was surprised and said, “What??? Are you guys still keeping in touch with him?” I was surprised that Marie’s husband’s sister is ex wife of Quincy Jones, but they ar…

#131- White and Red

Many people (including me) who lost loved ones believe that we can meet our loved ones in the heaven or loved ones are watching us to protect us.

October 25th, when I was watching KTLA Morning News (at 9:00am), I cried with a great story/interview and a comment of an anchor/reporter, Ms. Wendy Burch. The story was about the book, “Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die” by David Kessler.

(This KTLA TV interview, you can see at
http://www.ktla.com/videobeta/04ff917c-b21e-4d71-83b5-a4d0e97dbebf/News/KTLA-Watercooler-Buzz-with-David-KesslerNews/KTLA:-Watercooler-Buzz-with-David-Kessler)

As you see, Wendy lost her father when she was 17 years old and at the time she felt peace about her father. It was so nice to hear her story.

Since, I met Wendy in March, 2009 at the fashion show (designer Ms.Galina Sobolev of SINGLE had a private preview fall 2009), I have sent some emails to Wendy and she always emailed me back with nice messages. Since Wendy was on abc…

#130- Perfect Monday

Yesterday, between my breakfast (Scrambled eggs with vegetable, Chocolate cream bread / from Japanese store, Coffee with hazelnut cream + three spoons of sugar) and lunch (Takoyaki / literally fried or grilled octopus, is a popular Japanese dumpling made of whole baby octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion, topped with okonomiyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise), I did meditate (like the book, EAT, PRAY, LOVE) and surfing the net.

At 1:00pm, I went to see my best friend from Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, Marie at the Joan’s on 3rd in West Hollywood. We had a chat with latte and apricot bar at table outside. Since Marie was in Sweden for her summer vacation, this was the first tea time for us. It was nice to catch up with her and I felt that we are so lucky to have fun time like the book, EAT, PRAY, LOVE. (which means, we don’t need to work, just have fun.)

At Marie’s home, she showed me some new stuff at her home. New bathroom (like a fancy hotel bathroo…

#129- Before Thanksgiving

Today, I have received a sweet email from Keasha who is my best friend from Entrepreneur Magazine(Keasha and I used to work at the Entrepreneur Media Inc.).

Here is her email: Hi Yoko, I have to tell you this story. This morning, Johnathan said, "I want Yoko to come over to my house." And he didn't know you were coming for Thanksgiving yet. So then I told him, "Guess what? Auntie Yoko is coming to have Thanksgiving dinner with us this year!" He is very excited about seeing you! You have made quite an impression. He knows you are a person with good energy. See you soon, Keasha

Johnathan is Keasha’s son. He is soooooooo cute! Johnathan and Keasha made my day.

Keasha’s mom invited me to have a Thanksgiving dinner at her house with Keasha’s family + Keasha's mom’s family and friends. I can’t wait to see them and enjoy a day on Thanksgiving day with them!

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I am so lucky to have such nice + lovely friends. Each year, I have nice time on Thanksgiving with…

#128- Time

Last night, during the phone conversation with my best friend, Suzie, I told her that everything is timing.

Time is very important for us, but sometimes I love doing nothing (I don’t feel “waste of my time” for doing nothing).

If I don’t feel like writing (I mean, my work as a writer. Even though, I love writing, sometimes I don’t feel like writing), I don’t write/work. I just do what I want, I might watch TV, eat, reading, listen to music, see movies, get together with my friends or doing nothing.

Most of the time, I don’t do “I have to do it” things and I just do “I want to do it” things. Life is very short…since my father passed away, I really think that…so I am enjoying with my happy things (“want to do it” things).

Standard time begins tomorrow, so I just ate dinner at 5:30pm to prepare for tomorrow/one hour difference from today. Because I usually eat dinner before 7:00pm for my diet strategy (my weight is 97lbs now, but I am still too far from my original weight at 86 lbs…). /…

#127- POWERHOUSE = ME :)

During this L.A. Fashion Market Week, I had fun, as always.

*POWERHOUSE*

On the 15th at the fashion show at California Market Center (CMC), I had a chance to chat with my friends (Kimberly and Erika). Most of my work time, I am always alone, so it was fun for an hour with my friends.

Kimberly and Erika’s client exhibited at the Focus show at CMC. I can’t write details about it in this blog, because my article is not on the paper (Senken-newspaper) yet, but I can say, they (http://www.pureconsultinginfo.com/index.php) always have wonderful clients.

By the way, when Barbara (who is a co-owner of D&A show at New Mart) introduced me to her clients at D&A, she said to them, “Yoko is a POWERHOUSE!”. ha ha ha…! Thanks to Barbara!

A couple of years ago, Barbara invited me to D&A Tokyo show and we flew to Tokyo, Japan from Los Angeles together and she saw my power in Japan (differences between quiet & humble Japanese women and me)…since then, she thinks, I am a powerhouse (and …

#126- Write with love

Recently I have been writing a novel and avoiding socialize (sorry, my friends!), so I have been spending time with myself a lot.

But, the other day, I had a lovely lunch with a Japanese married couple (the husband is a former TV Asahi chief of Los Angeles bureau / I used to work for him as a journalist) from Japan.

I usually have meals with them while they are here on their vacation in Los Angeles since they left Los Angeles 10 years ago.

When I see them and have conversation, I always feel beautiful love between husband and wife from them and feel happy.

They told me that they don’t fight each other. I can see why…because they respect each other and enjoy each other’s difference. What a nice couple. I am very happy to see and feel this beautiful love.

There are also a lot of love, love, and love in my novel. I can’t wait to open my book to people and give my love to readers.

Have a wonderful everyday to you all!
Love,
Yoko

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
October 9, 2010

Copyright © 201…

#125- What would you do?

A couple of days ago, I saw the ad during surfing the net.

The title of this ad was, “Japanese ******** or pro at finding rare antiques needed ASAP! (*** L.A.)”

Here is the ad:

“Here’s the deal. I just broke my boyfriend's dead grandmother's ********. It's a ********, with gold filigree. The ******** color is light ******** on a white background.... I need someone to find it ASAP.......I will pay you a finder's fee to do research to find this ******** anywhere in L.A. or on the Web.......please do not email me with company names of where I MIGHT find it.....I need it replaced NOW, or a specific link to the ******** to buy it........a used ******** is fine in good condition with no visible cracks, as I am replacing something very old and treasured.....so it can't look brand spanking new anyway.....used, but in good condition..........I am not having luck finding it on the Web, nor do I have time to find it........... Use eBay, or whatever resources at your disposal …

#124- Talk on the phone with my mom

When my father passed away in 1994, I made my decision that I call my mom in Tokyo, Japan twice a week (or once a week at least) to say hi to make sure she is ok (I know she is ok, because my younger brother is taking care of mom well).

Last night, my mom and I had a great conversation for two hours on the phone.

She always gives me a lot of love and sweet words.

Last night, I told her that “I really appreciate that you taught me creativeness and kindness very well since I was so small. I remember your drawing of a Christmas Tree on the wall and your kind words at anytime.”

I remember when I was five on the Christmas day, we didn’t have a Christmas tree at home (we just moved to a new house and our house was not complete ready to live that day), but my mom drew a big Christmas tree on the large white paper on the wall and bought us a large Christmas cake (Japanese cake shops sell special Christmas decoration cake for Christmas day).

My mom was a kindergarten teacher before I was born…

#123- Lovely day at the Class Trade Show

MORNING:

At 6:00am this morning, I meditated and woke up with happy feeling.

With Enigma CD (The Screen Behind the Mirror), I had two slices of toast with butter and coffee with milk & sugar (a lot of sugar!). I always take half an hour for breakfast to get a great energy, especially for my work day.

In my car, with LADY GAGA CD (The Fame Monster), I got more energy for my day. Thanks to LADY GAGA!

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At 9:40am, I attended the Class Trade Show for Senken-newspaper (major Japanese fashion trade newspaper, similar to WWD and California Apparel News). I interviewed a lot of people who exhibited at this show.

I always have great interview with Jason (who is a CEO of this show) and Karen (who is Jason’s girl friend, a consultant of this show and a vice president at Fred Segal/Ron Robinson). They are the great fashion business people in town.

Today, I was impressed by the gift for everyone at the entrance! I usually get a press pass / name tag or wrist band at the entrance, but I …

#122- Perfect or Imperfect?

I am a perfectionist and a clean princess (I don’t want to use negative word, “a clean freak”).

The other day, after I saw the movie “EAT PRAY LOVE” (movie was ok…I just enjoyed “EAT” part and Julia Roberts’s smile), I wanted to read the book “EAT PRAY LOVE”(I guess, the book is better than movie), so I went to the next door, BARNES & NOBLE (at the Americana at Brand).

I asked the guy who works there, “Where is the EAT PRAY LOVE”?

The guy at the BARNES & NOBLE: Follow me…here you go! (He picked the book for me. Thank you, but no thank you…)

Oh…no…the “EAT PRAY LOVE” books are on the top of the shelves…I need to pick “perfect one” by myself… (I prefer the product which nobody touch or try)

Me: Ahn…excuse me…I know sounds crazy (I don’t think so…but I was polite!)…I always pick clean book by myself…I mean I would like to pick the book by myself, you know what I mean. I want to have a book which nobody read or touch…But…I can’t reach the top of this shelf…do you have a chair for…

#121- EAT. WALK. WRITE.

EAT.

With Keasha at my home on last Friday.

Keasha visited me at my home and I cooked lunch and dinner for her.

For lunch: Caesar Salad, Japanese Shrimp Curry Rice, Lemonade, Chocolate Gelato with Peanut Chocolates, Café au lait and English Tea. For dinner: Corn Cream Soup, Avocado & Goat Cheese Salad (with Walnut Oil & Vinegar dressing), Toasted bread with butter, Lemonade and Milk Tea. (P.S. My new diet strategy is dinner = breakfast / if I eat too much during the day or I want to lose one more pound for one night.)

Keasha and I talked about Keasha’s job, my job, Keasha’s family, my family & my friends, Atomic bombs (Two atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 65 years ago, on August 6th and 9th, 1945 by U.S.A.), Japanese pension scams(one story: Tokyo's 'oldest man' had been dead for 30 years and police are now investigating his family on possible fraud charges), our weight, English and Spanish language(how to learn and s…

#120- At the GELSON’S

Me: I want to tell you that rainier cherries were soooooooo sweet last week!!!

Woman who works at the GELSON’S in Silver Lake: I know. I am glad that you liked them!

Me: Oh…I loved them! I had dinner with my friends at my home two days in a roll. My friends loved the cherries too! Could you tell me where these cherries are coming from? From California?

Woman: I don’t know…the man over there is the manager, so he can tell you about it. Do you want me to call him?

Me: Oh, it’s all right. I will walk to him. Thank you.

(I walked to the produce manager.)

Me: Hi! Can I speak to you now?

Otto (the produce manager at the GELSON’S in Silver Lake): Sure!

Me: Oh…last week I got the rainier cherries from here and they were so sweet!!! I had two times dinner at my home with friends and I served cherries after each dinner for my friends and my friends were so surprised how sweet cherries!!!

Otto: I know, the cherries have 23% sugar. Regular cherries have 16% sugar, so the cherries are the sweetest…

#119- Enjoy with friends

“hahah love the tweet! and love you....you look sooooo beautiful...and i am very proud of you and your strong mind to do your novel and all the work you do....you are an inspiration !!!!!” by Neely.

“awwww Yoko you're the sweet one!!!! i'm sooo happy to have YOU IN MY LIFE AGAIN!!!! ive really missed your personality and creativeness and everything else that i love about you! i remember i always used to feel so good after seeing you and i still do :) love you” by Marie.

“I had an enrichment time with you, I enjoyed and learned from your valuable business advice, Feng-Shui advice etc. During our conversation, reminded me that we are better to live with honesty and being real & live hard as a human without some techniques(she said to me in Japanese, so I translated her Japanese into English).” by Emi-san.

Fabulous week with Neely, Marie and Emi-san.

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On Wednesday, the 27th with Neely.

We got together at THE COFFEE TABLE in Silver Lake. This place is my favorite place…

#118- RON ROBINSON+MONDRIAN HOTEL= Stylish life

Finally I am able to write about RON ROBINSON (at Fred Segal)’s pop-up shop at the MONDRIAN HOTEL !

Last month, Ron (president of RON ROBINSON & APOTHIA) and Karen (vice president of RON ROBINSON & APOTHIA) invited me to the opening party for this shop at the MONDRIAN HOTEL.

And Ron and Karen gave me wonderful gift bag at the party. There were many beautiful stuff in the gift bag and the Apothia Hand & Body Wash – Plush was the best!

Since the party, I have been using this Apothia Hand & Body Wash – Plush (French milled soap, pettigrain with bright citrus notes of mandarin and lime / $28 at the APOTHIA at Fred Segal Melrose). I feel more beautiful!!! Smell so nice and my skin feels so soft as well (see more detail at http://www.ronrobinson.com/APOTHIA-Los-Angeles-Hand-AND-Body-Wash-p/26.htm).

Last month, I wrote an article about this shop lunch story + a scoop (Ron made a great contract with the MONDRIAN HOTEL group!) for Senken-newspaper (major Japanese fashion trade…

#117- My day in Los Feliz + Franklin Village

In Los Feliz

at 6:30am:

Clean and changed the water for my flower vases (vases are on the sink in my bath room, toilet counter, side table in my bed room, coffee table in my living room, dining table and kitchen counter) and watched Japanese TV news.

My flowers of this week are red and white gladiolus. Every room has a beautiful power!

at 8:00am:

Made French style rice ball (I made big one!) and café au lait for breakfast and ate it with happy mood!

at 8:40am:

Worked on a translation project. Translated two emails (Japanese to English & English to Japanese) less than 10 minutes and I made “one week worth of grocery”! (quick money! lucky me!)

And watched CNN news and internet surfing at the same time.

at 9:00am:

Shower and make-up.

at 10:00am:

Cooked two French style rice balls (for Erika who is vegetarian. I put a lot of American cheese inside of rice balls) and five regular French style rice balls (three for Kimberly and me for lunch and two for my dinner).

Oh…these rice balls a…

#116- Marie Marie Marie!

It was lovely lunch with my special friend, Marie at our place / le Clafoutis at Sunset Plaza today.

Marie and I used to have brunch at le Clafoutis at Sunset Plaza every weekend when she was a single and we used to act & play during our time at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles.

Since I got a job at the Entrepreneur Media Inc. and moved to Newport Beach for a while, we lost contact each other…then, last year Marie made a contact me through facebook and we are in touch again! Thanks to a technology world!

Oh…Marie…she has not changed at all! She is so beautiful inside and out. She has such a nice taste for everything! Her fashion & home and everything!

It was so fabulous to see her new decollation at her home (she showed me some photos on her phone).

And yes, she is still sweet! She said to me, “Yoko, you have not changed at all (since 10 years ago). Oh…your car looks like you bought yesterday (I bought my car 10 years ago)!” So sweet!

It was such a…

#115- Harry Potter weekend

Since Thursday until tonight, I spent 23 hours and a half on my couch to watch “Harry Potter weekend” on TV.

I saw movies of “Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone”,“Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets”,“Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban”(Twice!), “Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire”(Twice!) and “Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix” on abc family.

Thanks to the abc family to entertain us with this “Harry Potter weekend”!

In 1997, I couldn’t finish to read a book of “Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone” when Maria (who was the managing editor at the Entrepreneur Media Inc. I was working as a staff writer for Entrepreneur Japan edition at the Entrepreneur Media Inc. for 6 years and a half) lend me this book. I couldn’t follow many characters names in this book, so I couldn’t follow the story…It was funny that I could translate the feature stories in the Entrepreneur magazine to Japanese and I could interview entrepreneurs in English and could write articles …

#114- At my best friend’s home

I love U.S.A.!!! I really appreciate that U.S.A. accepted my stay in U.S.A. for forever. Thank you for the U.S.A. Green Card (for a permanent resident). Thank you U.S.A.!

It was soooooooo much fun yesterday on the 4th of July!

My best friend, Suzie invited me to join her family day at her home yesterday and we had a great time like last year. Unfortunately, her husband (my old friend / I was the matchmaker for them) had to work, but we (Suzie has beautiful two daughters) had wonderful “ Girls Day & Night on the 4th of July ”.

From the noon until late night, I had a perfect day with them!!!

Suzie said, “As I was tucking the girls in to sleep ... they said ‘ Mommy ... thank you so much for the BEST NIGHT EVER... Yoko is so much FUN!!!!!!’ ”

Oh…what a nice day!

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At my home:

In the morning at my home, I cooked “French style” Onigiri (Japanese rice balls). I made “Japanese rice balls meet French toast” rice balls (I put smoked chicken sausages with cheese inside the rice balls…

#113- Dinner at my home

I love to cook, I mean…I am not a fancy cook, but I love entertain myself and friends/family.

Tonight, I cooked for my new friend, Emi-san who is an owner of Kudo Cosmetics (http://www.kudocosmetics.com/kudo_cosmetics/Home.html) and a celebrity-manicurist.

During the day, she worked for someone (celebrity) in my area.

She emailed me last night to inform that she could see me today, so, I told her that “Why don't you come to my place? I cook dinner!” and I gave her some choices /menu for tonight.

1: Filet mignon, Glazed carrots, Garlic rice and Salad. This menu is my “five star dinner at home”! I have this dinner menu once a week! My favorite!!! The meat from the GELSON’S (the best!)

2: Shrimp tomato sauce spaghetti and Salad

3: Spaghetti Napolitan (Japanese English / one of the typical Japanese “Italian” spaghetti) and salad

4: Shrimp tomato risotto and salad

Emi-san chose #4 and I cooked Shrimp tomato risotto and salad. I also made some sweet lemonade from fresh lemons & mapl…