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July 11th 2010    Tim Candler

    Ancestors probably did not spend their Sundays, and most likely Mondays,  replacing electric hot water heaters.   Lucky bastards did not have to fret with bathing as we do here and now.  Body oils, natural odors, general grime from dirt and accumulated skin flakes combined to create a fierce barrier to ticks, mosquito and botfly.

   These days of course we go outside come back bitten and stung, shivering from things that crawl, convinced something has climbed into the ear or is laying its egg in the hair.  And we do this because these days cleanliness requires hot water.

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