LA PETITE ZINE ISSUE #15, GIRLFRIEND
is what you do when you're getting a head cold (not when you're getting
a chest cold, or a cruise ship virus, or a phantom limb, or if you're
profusely bleeding from a head wound, or if you cannot remember who
the president is, or anything other than a head cold): Soak a pair
of cotton socks in a bowl of ice water. At the same time, soak your
feet in a basin of hot water (not scalding, but hot as you can take
if you want to intensify the process, take a hot bath). Once your
entire body heats up (a little bit of sweat on your upper lip may
act as your timer), remove your feet from the basin (or your body
from the bath, in which case, towel off immediately and get into your
pajamas). Do the following in quick succession: remove the cotton
socks from the ice water and put them on your feet; put on a dry pair
of wool socks over the wet cotton socks; get immediately into bed,
under sufficient covers, and stay there for 8 hours. Ideally, you
should complete this process at night, and go directly to sleep. You
will wake completely cured. At very least, you will wake with a clearer
head. It works. Okay. So. Ice socks for a head cold, and La Petite
Zine for everything else. We've got a cure for what ails you.
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Thanks to all our contributers for making this issue one of the best
cures to the current state of the written world.