Sunday, November 9, 2008

14 - Neglecting the world around you because you're asleep

I do this every Saturday and Sunday morning. My family are the usual victims. They'll call me to see if I can make lunch in the weekends, but I'm seriously never going to answer their calls because I'm sleeping in after a long week of school. It's funny to me, but I'm pretty sure they don't think so.

You see, every night, when it's time for me to sleep, I'll lock my door. This is to prevent anyone from entering and disturbing my very important sleep, but, of course, people can still knock on my door, call the phone in my room or call my mobile phone. I also have my laptop beside me as I sleep for convenience's sake, so people can also find me online.

Oh, but the thing is. When I'm asleep, I really do not hear the knocking on the door, or the phone in my room ringing. And you will never vibrate me to consciousness if you call my mobile phone. My laptop is muted, and shut anyway. So there is no possible way to reach me immediately because I'll ignore it.

I have a friend. He tells me that he falls asleep in his chair in front of his computer all the time. He also can't hear the alarm when it rings in the morning. And um... He falls asleep on his sofa too. It's funnyish, but only ish because it is quite annoying to have him appearing online when he's actually in dreamland.

Similar situations I can recall are the times where I've been to parties and accompanied a few people home and such after some drinking. In the morning, when everybody is asleep and too hungover to get up, I, being observant and all, found that being asleep is really such a powerful state to be in.
When people are in the land of nod, you just cannot get to them. They swat your hand away when you tap them on the shoulder. They mumble and moan the words, "shut up" and "go away" when you try to talk to them. They put their pillow over the head, they conceal their whole body under a blanket. They do everything possible to prolong their sleep and maintain that euphoric feeling of well... not feeling anything at all.


And that ends the week of dissing myself!Now, I can finally get back to dissing others. :D


Douglas said...

Do you ever suffer from insomnia? When I was in my mid-teens, I would spend the summers up very late at night and sleeping in during he day. after a short period of time, I would be sleeping until 4 PM, getting up, showering, and heading out of the house by 5PM then returning at 4 to 6 in the AM. This would go on for a week or two and then I would not be able to sleep during the day and end up awake for anywhere from 36 to 48 hours. Then the cycle would start all over.

Anonymous said...

I suffer from a caffeine induced insomnia. I am in the habit of drinking coffee before bed, and it's not lame nescafe instant. This is the full unabridged Brazilian version. I drink so much coffee that one of my students was once prompted to ask if I peed black? Really!

So waking at some ungodly hour of the morning is nothing unusual, and I find it stimulates the imagination something chronic, I can produce some of my best writings under those conditions.


J.J. in L.A. said...

I'm weird in that I wake up if I hear someone tip-toeing through the kitchen (on the other side of my door) but I've slept through a 6.6 magnitude earthquake.

Zoe said...

I have slept through fire trucks on my block and paint-chipping Mexican guys under my window chipping paint and shouting at each other.

Douglas said...

Argentum, I envy you your coffee. The US version is nothing since I tasted Cuban coffee back in 1964.
But now I have that old song (as sung by the Andrews Sisters) running through my brain.