Friday Fives – time of day

1. Do you wear a wristwatch?

often, but not always.  When I do, it’s mostly for presentation… since my cell phone is my watch

2. Do you keep a physical paper calendar or planner

yes, but I need to get away from it… because I don’t carry it with me.  The only thing I always always have is my cell phone, so I need to get more digital.  Basically, I use my Outlook calendar on my cell phone for reminders, which is nice.

3. What is your favorite time of day?

9 pm.  Right now, basically. It is when i a most awake, alert, happy, and can actually relax.  Every other minute of the day I am doing… or supposed to be doing… something.  Between 8 pm and 10 pm is my downtime.

4. What is your least favorite time of the day?

morning.  Allow me to quote Herman Hesse.  He nails it in this passage from Steppenwolfe.  Hesse is the bomb, find a book of his and read it.  In fact, read them all.  Actually, Magister Ludi seemed to drag and go nowhere… so skip that one.  Start with Siddartha, the story of the Buddha.

The morning was a wretched time of day for him. He feared it and it never brought him any good. On no morning of his life had he ever been in good spirits nor done any good before midday, nor ever had a happy idea, nor devised any pleasure for himself or others. By degrees during the afternoon he warmed and became alive, and only towards evening, on his good days, was he productive, active and, sometimes, aglow with joy. With this was bound up his need for loneliness and independence.

That is poetry, and defines me to a t.  That is why I love Hesse… he understands me better than I do myself

5. Bing, the alarm goes off. What is the first thing you do?

snooze button.  I build in a good hour early just so I can hit snooze as long as possible.   I know, I know… you are going to say something assholy and obvious like “why don’t you just set it for when you need to be up and actually enjoy that full hour of sleep instead of being awaken every 9 minutes?”.  Well, that is a valid question.  At 40 years old, though, I know what I am doing.  I know my strengths and weaknesses.  The thing that sadly took me about 39 years to figure out… go to bed earlier.  It’s just that simple.  Of course, being wired very much as a night person, I am often not tired at ten pm.  So, I take natural supplements.  Then, we watch tv in bed and that helps decommission my brain.  Ideally, am sound asleep by 11 pm.


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