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August 23, 2007
Clinging and damp, the heat was oppressive. The sun beat relentlessly through the haze. The family was uncomfortable; the guys wearing dark jeans and button-down denim or t-shirts smoothed their long hair self-consciously. The women were wearing their “good” dresses (the ones that see church for weddings, funerals, and maybe Easter) which were too long and synthetic for the weather. An older couple stood apart from the rest – he in a suit, she comfortable in a business dress and pantyhose. They were always on the edges, watching closely, though it wasn’t clear if they were sitting in judgment or not.