Monday, August 6, 2007

Discrimination against sleepy people

All my life, I have endured the persecution.

I have been jabbed with pencils, smacked with newspapers, pelted with erasers, and written up in my permanent record.

All because I get sleepy when people are boring.

Memo to dull people: The fault is yours, not mine.

I get a decent amount of sleep at night and I don't party till the wee hours. If you put a shovel or a hammer in my hand, I can work till the sweat runs in rivers from my skin. If I have a project to do in my office, I can work on it from dawn until long past dark -- and you will never, ever catch me sleeping in my office.

But if you force me to listen to you and you are boring, I will go to sleep. And I'm tired of being treated like a slacker because of your failure to learn basic speaking skills or how to get your message across in a reasonable amount of time.

Would you jab me if I was a Catholic? Throw erasers at me if I were mentally-challenged? Write me up for being Muslim?

It is absolutely agony to try to force myself to stay awake when my brain is not being stimulated. I went through college chewing lemon slices in order to cope.

And I am tired of it. Literally.


Lyn said...

HA, HA, HA!!! ME, TOO... I am serious, and, I am so real that I cannot feign interest... Love it... glad that there are others besides me...

chipazoid said...


eastcoastdweller said...

We are mad as hell and we aren't gonna take it anymore!

...Kat said...

I get sleepy after breakfast!

Open Grove Claudia said...

I'm a little jealous since sleep is as illusive as Isis for me. I tend to wander off in my mind. It's just as rude, just not as noticeable.

Rebecca said...

Wow. I don't think I have ever done that. But, that said, for me, sleep requires a few things: dark, quiet and horizontal.

When a speaker has lost my interest, I let my mind wander or doodle.

eastcoastdweller said...

Kat: Welcome to my blog. I think that You are the first person to drop in here without my having visited Your blog first.

Obviously, You're not too sleepy to take some beautiful pictures -- folks, you have to check out Her blog, amazing captures of the natural world.

Claudia: Welcome as well. Don't be jealous -- it's miserable. Sometimes I jam myself so hard into Stay Awake for the Meeting mode that I can't get to sleep once I get home afterwards.

Rebecca: I still go to sleep even if I am doodling or daydreaming, as long as Mr. Yakity Yak is still singing his podium lullaby.

...Kat said...

Thanks ever so much!

(and I am into Horus myself)

...Kat said...

certainly, please do! .... link away :-)

Dawn said...

I'm so with you on that one!

If I need to attend a class or lecture for a day, I usually bring my crochet needle and some yarn with me! For some reason, keeping my hands busy helps me to pay attention - and not fall asleep. :)

eastcoastdweller said...

Kat: Horus, eh? Clever repartee, methinks. And with happy heart I shall link You.

Dawn: Perhaps I should learn to crochet, too.