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8 July 2009 / April

The thing about waking up at 3 AM


The thing about waking up at 3 AM is that your day suddenly becomes exceedingly long, at least if you have any intention of staying awake until a respectable hour.  Even if you don’t actually get out of bed until 5 AM.

Also, you’re used to getting up so early only in order to go on a trip or, more often, to finish homework you hadn’t gotten around to doing the previous day.  So you feel a compelling, unshakable urge to be productive.  Except it’s summer.  There is nothing to produce.

You open up your laptop and check your email, but it feels all wrong.  You didn’t get up at 5 to check your email!  You could’ve just done that last night.  Except, oh wait, yesterday you were drowsy and despite waking up at noon, drinking coffee, creating and consuming muffins (joy!), you couldn’t keep your eyes open past 8 PM.

Which is why you now know that it starts getting light outside, and the birds start singing, at about 4 AM these days.  Useful information, that is.  Maybe you’ll blog about it later.

As you read through your email, you are additionally irked to learn that it was very recently 04:05:06 on 07/08/09, and you were (miracle of miracles) awake at that time, yet too sadly unenlightened to grasp the significance and celebrate appropriately.

You get the newspaper and take a moment to stand in the middle of the road in your pajamas and pretend you’re the only person on Earth.

When you go to the kitchen to boil water for tea, you observe the stack of dirty dishes in the sink and decide you’d rather not cook today.  Besides, the stove is broken.



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  1. unspoken / Jul 8 2009 8:58 pm

    I thought that I was the only person who stands in the middle of the street at odd hours when I cannot sleep, and “pretend” I was the soul survivor of some human extinction. Enlightening to know that I’m not the only one with such an imagination. The silence is humbling.

  2. William / Jul 8 2009 9:05 pm

    The good news is that you had another chance at the second 12:34:56 even if you missed the first one!

  3. April / Jul 8 2009 9:49 pm

    unspoken: I guess it’s the kind of fantasy that appeals to the insomniac mind… It makes you wonder about the Earth sans humanity.

    William: But that one’s less cool because it gets interrupted by a 0– unless you write the date 7/8/9. (Which is to say: dammit, missed that one too.)

  4. Rafael Lizarralde / Jul 8 2009 10:34 pm

    Actually, the character in The Mysterious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime does a similar thing. He also has a dream about being the last person on earth (he is autistic and hates dealing with people).

    • April / Jul 9 2009 1:50 pm

      Hey, I don’t hate dealing with people. Only sometimes.

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