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June 23rd, 2003

The difference between 99 and 103

I'm in the desert for a day, in 100 degree arid heat, before I go to the coast for a day, where June gloom may protect me. Yesterday someone said to me that the four degrees difference between 99 degrees and 103 degrees makes all the difference. Sometimes I wonder if I'm missing those critical four degrees, where the insight of a brow sweating away fever makes one perspire in cooling waves, both more alive and less urgent than when the heat fails to break that threshold of relief.