April 19th, 2004


"Close your big bloodshot eyes..."

The store is doing inventory. Because of my schedule with the racing season going on (journalism job keeps me home writing on Saturday morning and afternoon), I had a counter's schedule keeping me there 'til 3 a.m. But I also do reconciliation, which starts at 7 a.m. So I was able to go home, get 1 hour of sleep and go back (considering about an hour commute each way, an hour to sleep and an hour to get ready). After a day's reconciliation, I got home in time to watch the coverage of the weekend's World Rally Championship round, then went to bed -- and immediately asleep -- at about 8 p.m. It's now 1 p.m. and I've just gotten out of bed.

Problem is that I had volunteered to work the second day of reconciliation. I set my alarm clock for 5 a.m. (nine hours after going to bed) but obviously I woke up, turned it off, and went back to sleep. I was awake again earlier than now but without having eaten in 30 hours and with me keeping the room extra warm to make sure I slept well, I just couldn't get fully awake. So, it's 17 hours in bed. Not quite my record of 16 hours uninterrupted sleep, but still something of a triumph.