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英语美文:夏日记忆

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 he air was dry, tasted like a burnt 1)tortilla. The sun blazed white across a 2)bleached out sky. There would be no relief from the heat, not for weeks to come.
  It was summer. In Phoenix, summer meant average temperatures of 110 degrees, with no rain. The
  population went into 3)hibernation, hiding from the intense heat inside air-conditioned concrete caves.
  I was no different, 4)scuttling to my car armed with oven mitts and bottled water.
  The oven mitts would keep my hands safe from the hot steering wheel until the air conditioning cooled the interior of my car. The water bottle ensured 5)hydration. Everyone carried a water bottle. It is the first line of defense against heat exhaustion, heat stroke, 6)dehydration.
  In the summer, water is our god, 7)Freon our 8)lord and master.
  Driving along Thunderbird Road, I gazed at the urban scenery. The sidewalks were empty, and the glare from their concrete surfaces made my eyes 9)sting. I stopped for a red light. There was an empty lot on the corner, fenced in by chain link. A sign was attached, directing interested buyers to contact a local 10)realtor. I wondered what sort of business would 11)sprout up on this 12)weedy, rocky lot, nearly 13)barren except for a sad 14)ironwood tree, its branches 15)scraggly and weakened from the lack of rain.
  It offered little shade to the old man curled up beneath it.
  A car horn pierced the air, and I realized the light had changed. I made my way along the 16)asphalt 17)strip until I reached my destination.
  The doctor’s office was cool, the lights in the waiting room 18)dim. The walls were painted a reassuring green, pale and comforting. The chairs were padded with sandy colored fabric, coordinating well with the earth-toned carpet. The waiting room was an oasis from the harsh summer light outside.
  “You’re doing very well,” the doctor said, her Indian accent barely 19)discernable. “Remember, you are very 20)susceptible now to 21)bronchitis. Just because it is summer does not mean you can’t get sick. I see you have your water bottle with you. Good.” She smiled. “Don’t leave home without it! See you in two months.”

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