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I didn't sleep well all night.
Our alarm clock broke a few weeks ago and we haven't gotten around to
replacing it. "No big deal," I told Susan, "I'll just set the television
to come on at 6:30 and it will wake us up." She agreed, and I congratulated
myself on saving $5.99 for a new clock. The only problem with this system
is we don't have a clock in the room now to see what time it is and the
TV doesn't always wake us up when it first comes on.
Last Sunday night, I had to reset the TV to wake me up at 6:00 because
I had to be at Fenton's house by 6:45 to ride together to San Jose to a
conference. (Yes, I can get ready and drive 15 miles across town in 45
minutes when I have to.) I reset the TV and asked Stephen to wake me up
in case the TV didn't . . .
It was one of those "one eye open" nights. To make it worse, I kept
dreaming that I slept in and didn't show up at Fenton's house on time.
In each of the times I dreamed the dream, Fenton was gracious, and didn't
get mad at me, but I kept re-dreaming the dream just to make sure he wasn't
At the end of the dream, I would awake right to the edge of alertness
to see if the TV was on, signaling that it was time to get up. I couldn't
hear anything, but I didn't trust my hearing so I made myself open an eye
to look at the TV to see if it was on or not. It wasn't. But then I started
wondering if I was just dreaming that I opened my eye or did I really do
Fighting the urge to get up, I'd go back to sleep and dream about being
late at Fenton's house again. Finally, I couldn't take it any more. I got
up to see what time it was. The clock on my palm pilot said 6:58. I couldn't
believe it-I'd overslept. Now I'd find out for real if Fenton was mad or
Just before I picked up the phone to apologize, I remembered I didn't
set the clock on the palm pilot back last week, or did I simply dream that
I didn't. I couldn't remember, so I walked into the boys room to look at
their clock, sure enough it was just 5:58. I was worrying about nothing-everything
Except that I'd be tired all day because I worried all night.
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