Thursday, December 15, 2005

fly swatter

Working early morning hours means that sleep and alarm clocks have a very important place in my life. Years ago David Haines taught me to sleep and nap in multiples of 90 minutes. I usually get four and a half hours of sleep at night plus a three hour nap during the day. That schedule allows me to stay up to perform in a weekly improv show on Tuesdays. The rest of the week I can stay up to watch TV.

The question I get the most often is "what time does your alarm go off?" There are three answers to that question. My clock radio comes on at 3:30 a.m. It's tuned to the FM simulcast of TV channel 6. The clock radio alarm sounds at 3:59. The battery powered backup alarm goes off at 4:00. I usually stay in bed listening to "World News Now" until 4:30. Somehow my wife is able to sleep through all this.

When a new alarm clock hits the market, I'm always interested. The latest invention in wake up technology is called the Blowfly. When it's time to wake up, the alarm clock will launch a toy helicopter that flies around the room and buzzes until you catch it! That might be easy for a Quidditch seeker but can you imagine me climbing over my wife at 4:00 a.m. trying to catch the Blowfly?

I'm also a little troubled that they named the clock after an insect that feeds on corpses and was the title of a Patricia Cornwell novel.
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Blogger Frank Strovel III said...

You and I are pretty much on the same schedule. I'm up at 3:15am on weekdays and at work by 4:00am.

I'm usually home by noon, I get a couple hours in the afternoon (usually two or three) and then I'm good to go if I have work again in the evening.

After nearly thirteen years of this I'm usually up before my alarm goes off. I use my cell phone's alarm clock as a backup.


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