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    4:00 A.M.
    I've never liked either of the 4:00s, really, (which is why I named the central villain in the Adam Jaguar series The Fours).   
    4:00 P.M. is when I'm generally done with my planned activities for the day, but dinner isn't for another hour. It's the time of the day when I'm most likely to be depressed.
    And as far as that other 4:oo is concerned:    
    My breathtakingly good friend Sue once told me that 4:00 A.M. is when the cosmic membrane that separates our world from the spirit world is at its thinnest, (or at least that's what I think she said. That's what I heard, anyway). In Lee Child's Killing Floor, Jack Reacher talks about 4:00 A.M. being the best time to attack an enemy. Gene Wolfe once replied to a query about The Writing Life by describing how the shadows in his hallway wall undulated at 4:00 A.M.. I'm a lifelong insomniac, I never know what time of day or night I'll be awake, but I've also always been a working stiff all my life. That meant that, at a certain time, five days a week, I had to get ready and go to work. For decades, 4:00 A.M., to me, was that time of night/morning when I knew I just plain wasn't going to get any real sleep that night. I hated 4:00 A.M. with a passion. It reached the point where, after a certain time of night, I wouldn't even look at my clock. I didn't even want to know whether it was 4:00 A.M. or not.