Not quite horrible weather in California… we can got outside and a few folks at work are still wearing shorts as some type of strange “We will not admit defeat to Winter” protest.
What I miss from warmer days is this: I get up ass early and drive over the hill for a couple hours of waves. Once that’s done, I drive back over the hill toss the surf gear out of the car and toss the hockey gear in. Truck up to the old Netscape campus and play two more hours of pick-up hockey.
By 3pm, I’m exhausted. I walk in the front door and begin to fortify the house because I need to protect something. Turn off the phone, mute the Mac, lock the door, and close the blinds. I’m safe, but I’m not accessorize. A quick shower, a glass of water next to the couch, and something mind numbingly dull on the TV… golf works… football, too.
I am now prepared to cash in my Sleep Token.
The Sleep Token is some bizarre physiological doo-dad which assures that I am only going to get ONE SHOT at taking a nap in the middle of the day. I can be falling-over-tired, but I can only truly fall asleep once when it’s not night time. Any interruption of the falling asleep process and I’m fully screwed.
No, it doesn’t matter if I’ve only been asleep two seconds or two minutes. If I’m interrupted, the Token is gone. I’ve laid on the couch for hours after a three second nap interrupted by the Dad calling to ask about the surf and nothing… my body is done. The Token has left the building.
The family is well aware of my Sleep Token issues. During the holidays, I go out my way to tell everyone that “Ok, I’m going to cash in a Sleep Token downstairs in front of the tube. Let’s KEEP IT DOWN, shall we?”
Clearly, we all have Sleep Tokens. Hell, the country of Spain has a nationally sanctioned Sleep Token redemption program — they call it, “the siesta”. It’s two hours in the middle of the work day when everyone heads home for a nap. Fuck yeah.
My only question is this, “What evolutionary advantage do I get by only have a single Sleep Token?” What up Mother Nature?