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Sunday Morning Calls

March 6th, 2005

What is this with people calling on Sunday morning?

I’m a late-night person. By myself, I have some trouble getting to sleep before 3 am. That would, by the way, put me in trouble in mid-summer, if I stayed up past 4 am, because the sun would rise (no DST here, and we’re on the east side of a time zone).

What my night-owl habits mean, however, is that I don’t get as much sleep as I’d like on the weekdays, when I have to get up to go to work (regardless of the fact that my “early” waking hour is downright “sleeping in” for most people).

So I use the weekend to catch up. Or I try to. Many times I’ll have something I have to do early enough on Saturday, like yesterday when I had a morning class to make up for a missed session earlier in the semester. But, I tell myself, Sunday is the day. I’ll sleep in real late then.

Of course, that’s when the morning phone calls come. Sometimes they’re from work. Sometimes from friends (who then get the when-to-call lecture). Many come from solicitors. But most come from wrong numbers. Maybe people shouldn’t try to dial numbers when groggy on a Sunday morning, I don’t know. Today’s was at 9 am, a woman who called, and at least had the decency to get out “sorry!” in English before ending the call. (most wrong-number callers just hang up right away) But by this time it’s too late, there’s no going back to sleep.

I gotta learn how to shut the phone off at night.

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