the chapter on fungus. Beside me sits Caroline, who has come to spend
the afternoon with me at work. Caroline finds it too warm, I'm
comfortable. She's discovered the 1.5-litre bottles of water we have up
here. I just reached over and held her hands in mine. Debbie's working
in her office space in front of me. Cheryl's at the office too, I don't
know if anyone else is. IT's very quiet here at work today, nobody in
their right mind shows up for work on December 31, when December 31 is a
Monday, but here I am, and here is Caroline to share it with me. Ahead
of me is half a Coke. To the right of the book I'm proofreading is a
movie on DVD that just arrived today, a Dr. Kildare movie.
And so that's the picture as it now stands.