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Copyright © 2012 Frank Hughes
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To Rick Sill, for a whack up the side of my head.
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Sunday was the hardest day, the day the dead came to visit.
For years I’d kept busy working long hours in the hot sun, usually seven days a week. As a result, the past remained the past and I had no trouble sleeping. Now, with normal working hours and weekends free, the roll call of my victims began early Saturday morning and by Sunday their cries could no longer be ignored. To deal with it, I spent Sundays working myself to exhaustion in the Chelsea Piers gym and then walking the streets of Manhattan until I was able to sleep.