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This was the consistency and certitude that was promised along with the legal union: the comfort of the slouch, the awkward pose, the old bathing suits suitable only for private or deserted beaches and the ability to get up and go without a second thought about who would be accompanying you. The beginning and the end of each day spent together, creating a routine that drowned out personal habits as they had existed before. Joined showers taken in the interest of time rather than for the thrill of the experience. Summers at the beach minus children and pets, with no end in sight.

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Taken on July 6, 2006