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The Trickle - early morning edition

May 20, 2010 - Brian Ferry


It's 2:22 p.m. That's not a bad time to my way of thinking. 7:15 a.m. is a time that is only not bad when: it's when someone is getting up for or on the way to a volleyball tournament; one is still sleeping; or it's Christmas morning.

I know, 7:15 isn't so bad compared to other times. Until you get back to about 3:30, I think roughly the same thing about all of those times. At 3:30, you get into the realm of very late, rather than disgustingly early.

Some people wake up at 5 a.m. Some people work 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. That's fine. It's not for me. I'd rather not have to use my brain before 10 a.m. There are good reasons for this. My brain doesn't work all that well before 10 a.m., depending, of course, on how much sleep I get.

This morning, after the 7:15 meeting I covered, one of those on the board, who is familiar with the newspaper industry, cheerfully reminded me that I would be done working by 3:15.

I found it nearly impossible to take any consolation out of that thought.

"You may have gotten up a couple hours earlier than normal, but in a mere 7 hours, during which time you'll probably be irritable and in a fog, you'll be done with work for the day."

I've pondered, but my feeblemindedness hasn't allowed me to discover a good answer, the significance of working a late shift (4 p.m. to midnight) tomorrow. Will that allow me to catch up on some sleep (the baby may have something to say about that) or will it simply confuse my already aggravated internal clock?

From past experience, I'm pretty sure I don't care. Leave me alone. I'm in a fog.


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