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Ship & Shore

MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE NORFOLK YACHT AND COUNTRY CLUB

DECEMBER 2012

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Sunday, December 9th

Deck the Piers

Sunday, December 9th

Winter Fishing Tournament

Sunday, December 9th

Celebrate the Season with the Doorway Singers

Sunday Brunch on December 16th and 23rd

Holiday Catering Pick Up By 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve

New Year’s Eve Family Buffet

Monday, December 31st 7001 HAMPTON BLVD., NORFOLK, VA 23505

757-423-4500

FAX: 757-423-6764

WWW.NORFOLKYACHT.COM


From the President The Christmas holidays are fast approaching and the Club is ready. The House Committee, Jim and the staff are busy transforming the Club into our own wonderland. December will be a busy month and there are many events scheduled to bring us all good cheer. The grounds around the Club will transform into the holiday spirit soon after Thanksgiving is over. The boat lighting will brighten up the water front and provide the perfect holiday picture as you cross the Hampton Blvd Bridge. Santa is due to arrive on December 9th and he will be ready to listen to all of the children’s wish list. We are not sure how he is going to arrive. He seems to surprise us each year.

brunch service. The Doorway Singers will be preforming on December 16th and the 23rd. The Catering Department is standing by to assist any holiday cooking needs. Let the Club take some of the worry out of the holiday season and allow all of us to enjoy more time with family and friends. The 2012 Club year will wind up with the New Year’s Eve Family Buffet. The Main Clubhouse will close January 1st and reopen January 8th. We will be completing some maintenance and repairs on the main clubhouse facility. I would like to wish all a safe and happy holiday season. Respectfully Submitted, Billy Dashiell

The fishing tournament is also on December 9th, so hopefully there will be a lot of fresh catch on the docks by the end of the day.

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William E. Dashiell Charles S. Nusbaum Armistead Dudley David E. Moore James Forrester John L. Deal

Governors

Patrick Baker Robert Blackman Chip Finch Katherine B. Finney Richard Keatley Cecilia Priest Stanfield

Committee Chairs Entertainment Finance Pool, Health and Fitness House Junior Sailing Membership Tennis Yachting

Main Club: Main Club Fax: Tennis: Fitness:

From the Manager

Holiday catering pick ups will be available until 2:00 on Monday, December 24th. Please place your orders in a timely manner. The Deck and Dining Room will open on Monday, December 31st for our Annual New Year’s Eve family buffet. The regular menu will not be offered.

President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Commodore Past President

Chip Finch David E. Moore Brent Johnson Elise Pitts John Vellines Jr. Patrick Baker Gatewood Dashiell James Forrester

Phone Numbers:

The two Sundays before Christmas, caroling will be heard throughout the Deck at each

No sooner has the staff covered the pools for the season and we find ourselves preparing for the holidays. Santa will make his annual visit to the Club on Sunday, December 9th for the Children’s Christmas Party. Please bring an unwrapped gift for donation for admittance to the event. The Doorway Singers will also entertain us again at brunch on Sunday, December 16th and 23rd. Reservations are suggested.

Officers & Committee Chairs

All Club restaurants will be closed January 1st through 7th for annual maintenance and vacation. We hope to do some needed repairs in the kitchen and install some energy efficient glass on the second floor. “Slapwater” has been booked for the Annual Meeting and Membership Party on January 19th. As we complete another successful year at the Club, we thank all the members for making it possible. Your Board of Governors and staff join me in wishing all members and their families a safe and joyful holiday season! Jim Grady, CCM General Manager

423-4500 423-6764 423-6737 489-5385

Santa-rific Party

Santa is on his way south and will arrive at the Club Sunday, Dec. 9 to host our annual Children’s Christmas Party.

The Big Guy in the Red Suit (We heard Mrs. Claus had to let it out a tad this year) is hoping for a large turnout of youngsters to climb on his lap and let him know what’s on their list. As always Santa’s mode of arrival is top secret. Could be by air, land or sea. So, keep an eye out. Games and treats will be plentiful. Moms, Dads and grandparents can help themselves to light hors d’oeuvres. Adult beverages will also be available. Please bring an unwrapped toy or a $10 donation as admission. The Deck will open at 5 p.m. for those who wish to stay for dinner.


Around the Club When Tara Ramsey Wright, husband Archie and their three children joined the club two years ago, it was inevitable that most of the Ramsey clan was sure to follow.

All in the Family

The Ramseys arrived several months ago. That’s patriarch Jerry (aka “Grand Dude”), wife Sherry (“Chookie”), and daughters, Lara Matela, Lucy Vinson and her husband Scott, and six more grand kids. The Ramseys don’t just “club” together. They travel in a pack. Except for son James and his family in Maryland, they all live in Larchmont within blocks of each other, have dinner together several times a week at the Ramsey’s huge dining room table, vacation together and all worked in the family businesses. No wonder the Ramseys’ home is known as “Do Drop Inn.” Lara was the driving force in making joining the club a family affair. “All our children’s friends seemed to be members and there are so many activities and opportunities for kids to learn here,” said Lara. “It’s good for kids to belong to something.” And as Grand Dude said, “If the grand kids are there, I’m there. So here we are.” All 16 of them. While the kids have gotten into sailing, tennis and swimming, Jerry and others work out at the Fitness Center and the family often stays for dinner. “It’s been great for all of us,” said Sherry. “We love it here.” Jerry and Sherry, native Virginians, married 42 years ago. When Tara and Jim were about 10, they approached their folks, announcing “We need more kids around here.” Hello, Lara and Lucy. When Tara flew the nest and went off to college, she returned to Old Dominion because she missed her younger sisters too much.

Sherry and the kids have all worked in the family businesses. When the children were little, they stuffed envelopes for the eight psychology offices Jerry owned and later for Instant Technologies, another family biz. These days, Jerry is CEO of Instant Systems, another company in the medical field, which he runs with Tara’s help. Son Jim operates Fiddlefly, another family business. “I’m pretty much retired,” said Jerry, 62. “I let the kids do most of the work.” “Dad’s the big hammer when we need it,” said Tara. “Working with your family is the best,” said Jerry. “Hey, who better to trust? We always have each others’ back.” Asked what’s been the glue that has held such a remarkable family so close, Tara said, laughing, “The wine. We don’t want to be too far away from Dude’s wine collection.” Jerry, who his wife joked “got into wine shortly after he turned 21,” has a 600-bottle collection.

“When people ask what do I do with my collection, I say ‘destroy it,” Jerry said. “That’s the best part.” And the best part of life, said Grand Dude, is having your family around you. Say hello to our new members. They shouldn’t be too hard to spot.

The Event of the Year 2013 Annual Meeting

It doesn’t get any bigger – or better – than the Annual Meeting and Membership Party. Everyone who is anyone will be in attendance. It’s all happening Saturday, January 19. The partying starts after a 6:30 p.m. membership meeting presided over by Club President Billy Dashiell. The band “Slapwater” will be performing in the ballroom late into the evening. Look for more details around the Club or in the January Newsletter. Reservations can be made at the Main Club or online at www.norfolkyacht.com. 3


NYCC News

Long Gone is Long Gone Long Gone, with Chuck and Stuart Taylor aboard, is off again, bound for the Bahamas. The Taylors departed October 20 on their fifth trip south. Since departing slip C34, Long Gone has made stops in North Carolina at Coinjock, the Alligator River, Oriental, where it weathered Hurricane Sandy, Swansboro and Wrightsville.

Bridge Night If you’ve always wanted to learn to play bridge, join our Bridge Group, which meets the first and third Wednesday nights of the month during the spring and fall. Next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 5th It started a number of years ago when bridge players Tom Enright and John Kuehl got the idea to help teach the game and “grow” some players.

In South Carolina, the Taylors have stopped at Southport, Charleston and Beaufort, where they were at press time. “The trip so far has been fantastic,” Stuart emailed. “A bit chilly some nights, a bit windy others, but altogether fine.” The Long Gone should arrive in Miami by Christmas and then depart for the Bahamas shortly after New Year’s. You can follow the Long Gone and its crew on the Taylors’ blog at www.svlongone.com.

New Year’s Eve Family Buffet Crab Bisque Black Eye Pea Soup Assorted Salads Chilled Poached Seafood Display Oysters & Clams on the Half Shell Chilled Steamed Crab Claws Asparagus Vinaigrette Mozzarella & Tomatoes Assorted Cheese Display Tuna Carpaccio Specialty Items Carved Roast Tenderloin of Beef with Dijon Cabernet Mushroom Sauce and Scampi Station Breast of Chicken with Smithfield ham and havarti cheese sundried tomato sauce , Herbed Wild Rice Filet of Grouper with Shrimp Butter Sauce, And Grilled Asparagus

Wish we were on board. Under Enright and Kuehl’s patient instruction, the group has expanded to some 36 players, about 80 percent which are regulars. “This is not meant to be very serious bridge,” said Tom. “Players are allowed to refer to their “crib sheets” during play and novices are allowed to “talk across the board” for some needed advice. “We want everyone to continue to improve and learn more through experience and

discussion,” said Tom. “The by-product is fun and fellowship. The Club does a great job of setting things up and making the program work.” Anyone interested in attending or seeking more information can contact Enright at tom.enright@proforma.com. You just might have a grand slam of an evening.

Roast leg of lamb with Green Peppercorn Sauce, Garlic Roasted Baby Potatoes Medallions of Veal Cacciatore with Parmesan Basil Pasta Fried Seafood Combo with Stir-fry Vegetable Medley Dessert Station Pies, Cakes, Tortes and Tarts $27.50++ Adults Junior Buffet Chicken Noodle Soup Fresh Fruit and Steamed Vegetables Tossed Salad with Ranch Dressing Golden Chicken Tenders Slider station Various Pizzas $12.50++ Children *No a la carte service available*

Everyone enjoyed the Fall Golf Outing to Swell’s Point. Above: a photo of the group at the reception at NYCC. 4


Yachting

Boaters, Let There Be Light

The marina will come aglow Sunday, Dec. 9 with the annual Boat Lighting.

Participants and those who come out to see the lights can come aglow at the post-lighting party in the Dock House where there will be plenty of food and libations. The elves (judges) will begin reviewing the entries shortly after 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in 4 categories. As in previous years, the Club will waive electricity charges for the month for those participating.

Brrr...Go Fish

Neither cold nor night can stay these fishermen from casting their lines into the Lafayette. The Manly-Man (women are welcome to compete, too) Fishing Tournament takes place from 8 p.m. Dec. 8 to 3:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. Weigh-In is at 4 p.m. sharp. Fish must be caught on a hook and line. Participants can “catch” the action from a boat, kayak or from the dock. If you bring your fish back, the club will prepare it for you or as an appetizer for the boat lighting celebration.

Come out and join the fun. Break out your woollies and flashlights and come on out.

Many members enjoyed an evening out at the Club on Thursday, November 8th for the Annual Fall Yachting Dinner. They had about 55 in attendance and the Yachting Committee awarded Ron Primm the A. Randolph Garnett award. See picture above.

We’re Pumped About Our New System We now have a new state-of-the-art pump-out system. It’s located at the end of A-pier. Thanks to research by Bob Hume and Steen Baerentz of the Yachting Committee, we were able to qualify as a part of a state program promoting “clean marinas.” The state grant pays 75 percent of the cost of the new system. It replaces our aging and failing pump with an easier and more efficient system, allowing boaters to dispose of their “cargo” in a safer and more sanitary manner. To get checked out on the new pump-out, please see Dino or Brandon for instruction.

Ripley Rules the River Congratulations to Bill Ripley and Obsession who won the Summer Keel Boat Series. Tom Lira was second and Harry Tenney piloted Margarita to third place. The three were presented their trophies at the Fall Yachting Dinner.

We had a great turnout for Men’s Night in the Grill on Nov. 15th! Thanks to all who came out to support it.

A Special Holiday Brunch

The Doorway Singers will be at Brunch on Sunday, December 16th and December 23rd singing classic carols for your enjoyment. from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call the Front Desk at 423-4500 to make your reservations early! 5


Tennis Juniors Are Big “Shotz” Again

Holiday Catering Menu Roast Tom Turkey (22-24 pound) with Dressing, Gravy and Cranberry Sauce $98++ Roast Tenderloin of Beef (6-7lbs) with Horseradish Sauce $110++ Boneless Cooked Country Ham Sliced to Order $12++/lb

Our 18-and-under Junior Tennis Team, the Yacht Shotz, won the league championship after racing through their division with a perfect 5-0 regular-season record. It was the second straight year the team won the division.

The team was made up of Nick Baker, Frank Batten, Thomas Boswick, David Cockerill, John Crumpler, Colleen Doyle, Bobby Lambert, Rae Land, Grace Lyon, Emily Martin, Chris McElroy, Nick Ossi and Evelien Steendam.

The Yacht Shotz defeated Tidewater Center Patriots, 40 to 14 games, to claim the championship. The victory qualifies the team for the state district tournament in the summer of 2013.

“Thanks for a great and fun season,” said Coach Jason Mueller.

Simpson and Shumadine NYCC Singles Champs

Squash is in Season

Jim’s dad, Conrad, tried to make it a father-son sweep, but lost in the finals to Tony Irwin in the Men’s B Flight. Congrats to all players who made this year’s tournament a success. 6

Smoked Atlantic Salmon with Dill Sauce, Capers and Assorted Garniture $100++ Side Dishes to Complement Dinner: Candied Yams Mashed Potatoes Green Beans Fried Apples Collard Greens Dressing Rice Pilaf Succotash Gravy $9++/qt Delectable Desserts: Apple Pie Pumpkin Pie Pecan Pie Sweet Potato Pie Orchard Fruit Pie $13++ each

Carina Simpson was simply super and Jim Shumadine was simply not to be denied. Carina won all three of her matches without dropping a set to win the women’s club singles crown. Jim fought through the Open draw to claim the men’s title, defeating Chris Smythe in the final.

Chilled Steamed Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce on a Bed of Lettuce $19++/lb

The Squash Kickoff event is set for Dec. 8 with an exhibition match, clinic and Q&A session. This is a great opportunity for players to pick up some pointers and strategy from our guest pro. Contact Tennis Director John Kreis to register for the event (no charge) or to claim a spot in one of the clinics that follow ($23 per person for 1-hour with a group of up to 4).

Orders must be placed by December 20th and can be picked up no later than 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve. To Order: Call John Fowler at 423-4500 ext 135.


Fitness

Holiday Hours

Staying Fit Over the Holidays

The Fitness Center has a few personal training holiday packages to help you finish 2012 strong and keep you motivated and moving in the right direction for 2013.

Monday, December 24 Fitness Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Group exercise classes will be offered in the morning only. Check the schedule. Tuesday, December 25 Fitness Center will be closed Christmas Day. Monday, December 31 The Fitness Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Group exercise classes will be offered in the morning only. Check the schedule. Tuesday, January 1 The Fitness Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. No group exercise classes will be offered on this day. Kids off from school during the holidays? Please check the facility Youth/Family hours before stopping in. The Fitness Center has youth hours for ages 12-15 every day from 12-5 p.m. and again Mon-Thurs 7-8:30 p.m. for young members who want to work out. For all those swimmers, Family Swim in the indoor pool is also available everyday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m..

A Final Calorie Burn With fitness as our witness, we’ll be offering a series of classes Dec. 29 as an end of year workout special to help you burn off those last calories that have stayed with you through 2012. The line up will be 8 a.m. Body Carving, 9 a.m. Spin or Aqua-Fit and wrap it up with a 10 a.m. Pilates. All classes are JUST $5. Check the fitness bulletin board for the full line-up.

For new clients this is the package for you: your first meeting with a trainer is a FREE 30-minute consultation. Then buy a package of 4 personal training sessions and receive a 5th session FREE. For returning clients, buy a package of 16 PT sessions and get a 60 minute session for free or even better buy a package of 24 PT sessions and get 90 minutes free!

It’s A Wrap

Massage therapist Marie Owens will be offering a Green Tea Detox to help wrap up your 2012 year. Green tea is a powerful herb that removes toxins from the body and helps tone the skin. The 45-60-minute body wrap costs $90. Bring a robe and shower shoes and relax with your favorite book, magazine or music. Couple this body wrap with a one-hour massage and you’ll be ready for the holidays for sure!

This holiday sale is good Dec. 1st through Jan. 31st only, one holiday gift per person.

Appointments are necessary. Book your appointment for a Sunday and receive a FREE 10-minute reflexology session as a holiday gift.

An “Extra Helping” of Exercise

Stroke Clinic

Bored with your work out? Don’t skip the extra helpings this holiday season! We have a little something extra for each day of the month in December! Take a peek at our Interactive Exercise Calendar on the bulletin board and enhance your routine a little each time you are here with the help of your NYCC Fitness Staff suggestions. What a great way to stay on track over the holidays! Enjoy!

Calling All NYCC Mermaids 1…2…3…all together now. We will be offering a FREE synchronized swimming lesson on Dec. 30 at noon, open to all youngsters 9-11. If we get a good turnout of mermaids (and mer-men, too), we’ll schedule a class for January. This is an ideal class for youngsters who take gymnastics and like to swim. Swimmers must be comfortable both at the deep end of the pool and being under water. Bring a swim cap. Nose clips are optional!

Sea Dragons and all would-be Sea Dragons (ages 7-10) can improve their technique at a demo-stroke clinic on Dec. 30. Cost is just $5 for this demo-class. Swimmers must be comfortable with freestyle and backstroke. We will focus on the breast and butterfly strokes, but swimmers can work on any stroke that needs tuning up. Classes are 45 minutes. Session I begins at 2 p.m. and Session II at 3 p.m. Sign ups are required as space is limited. Regular clinics will begin in January. Watch for more info to follow.

The Store with More The Retail Shop is the perfect place to do some quick and easy shopping. We have holiday fleece jackets & ear warmers, stainless steel water bottles and even gift certificates for those hard to shop for friends. Check out our limited edition Norfolk Yacht Sweatshirts! It’s a new custom design with a fresh look. These sweatshirts are priced to sell and are limited in quantity! Get the color and size you want before they are gone! 7


Norfolk Yacht & Country Club 7001 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23505

PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID NORFOLK, VA PERMIT 2063

December 2012 Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Restaurant Hours (Closed Monday):

Fitness Center Hours:

Main Dining Lunch: Tues-Sun 12-2:30 p.m. Room Dinner: Sun-Thu 6-9 p.m., Fri/Sat 6-9:30 p.m.

Mon.-Thurs. 5 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday 5 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.

The Deck

Breakfast/Brunch: Sun 9-2:30 p.m. Lunch: Tues-Sat 12-2:30 p.m. Dinner: Sun-Thur 5:30-9 p.m., Fri/Sat 5:30-9:30 p.m.

The Grill

Lunch: Tues-Sat 12-2:30 p.m., Sun 12-9 p.m. Dinner: Tues-Sat 6-9 p.m.

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Breakfast Buffet & Brunch Buffet

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Main Club Closed

Prime Rib Dinner Special

Main Dining Room and Lafayette Room Closed PM

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Breakfast Buffet & Brunch Buffet

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Main Club Closed

Prime Rib Dinner Special

Youth Hours Mon.-Thurs. 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. & 7- 8:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.

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Shrimp Night: Steamed or Fried Jumbo Shrimp with Choice of Two Sides

Wednesday

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Friday

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HOLIDAY HOURS MAIN CLUB Christmas Eve: Open Only for Catering To-Go Pick-Ups until 2 p.m. Christmas Day: Closed New Year’s Eve: Open for Family New Year’s Eve Buffet 6-9 p.m. January 1-7th: Closed for Seasonal Maintenance and Cleaning FITNESS CENTER Christmas Eve: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Christmas Day: Closed New Year’s Eve: 7 a.m.- 4 p.m New Year’s Day: 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.

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Beginner’s Bridge Night

TENNIS SHOP Christmas Eve: 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Christmas Day: Closed New Year’s Eve: 7:30 a.m. -1 p.m. New Year’s Day: Closed

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A la Carte Blue Plate Special $15++

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Main Dining Room and Lafayette Room Closed PM

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Squash KickOff Event

Check the Weekly Email for the Special

Happy Hanukkah

Lafayette Room Closed PM

Main Dining Room Closed PM

Main Dining Room and Lafayette Room Closed PM

Main Dining Room and Lafayette Room Closed PM

Main Dining Room and Lafayette Room Closed PM

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Main Dining Room and Lafayette Room Closed PM

Main Dining Room and Lafayette Room Closed PM

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Shrimp Night: Steamed or Fried Jumbo Shrimp with Choice of Two Sides

A la Carte Blue Plate Special $15++

Check the Weekly Email for the Special

Children’s Holiday Party

Fishing Tournament and Boat Lighting

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Breakfast Buffet & Brunch Buffet with the Doorway Singers

Main Dining Room and Lafayette Room Closed PM

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Main Club Closed

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Shrimp Night: Steamed or Fried Jumbo Shrimp with Choice of Two Sides

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Beginner’s Bridge Night

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Breakfast Buffet & Brunch Buffet with the Doorway Singers

Main Club Closed

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Prime Rib Dinner Special

Check the Weekly Email for the Special

Board of Governors Meeting

Prime Rib Dinner Special

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A la Carte Blue Plate Special $15++

Open for Catering Pick-Up until 2 p.m.

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Main Club Closed Merry Christmas

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A la Carte Blue Plate Special $15++ Check the Weekly Email for the Special

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Seafood Buffet $27.95++

New Year’s Eve Family Buffet 6-9 p.m.

For story ideas or photo submissions contact: Fred Kirsch: kirsch.fred@gmail.com or Betsy Glover: bglover@norfolkyacht.com

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