July 20th, 2003



Has this ever occured to you? Thinking too much about sleeping?

Consider: you are willingly allowing control and consciousness to leave your body...or perhaps not willingly. After all, it WILL happen, regardless, so that's not exactly a willing situation. And this isn't some 'astral projection' or 'out-of-body experience', because you have no control and no memory of it.

On the one hand, you are tired and pass out. We've all had that time where you were reading or something, and so tired you were nodding off, only to snap your head back up at the 'last second'. But was it immediate? Did you lose 5 seconds or 5 minutes? And you were concentrating on something, weren't you, but you passed out anyway. And now you spend time trying to wake back up, knowing that it will happen again...it's like something is trying to knock you out and you are resisting.

On the other end of the spectrum, you go to bed, because it's that time, and maybe you know you have to get up early, and so you get comfy, turn off the lights, and lay there...staring at the ceiling. You're wired, not tired. You KNOW you need to sleep, but you can't, and you're loathe to get up and do something, because you know you'll either pass out doing it, or get into it and stay up until who-knows-when, and then you're screwed for tomorrow. So you lay there, waiting for sleep to hit you.

Now, to me, THAT is scary...because you don't feel tired, and yet, at some point, you will pass out. At least when you're nodding off, you feel tired, so you kinda expect things. But when you lay there, sleep sneaks up on you...one minute, you're still wide-awake, your mind running with whatever thoughts it's fixated on, quite aware of your surroundings, the next minute your alarm is going off, or the sun is up, or something that tells you that several hours have passed, at some point. Something has stolen several hours from your life, without you even noticing that it was coming.

You have to admit, it's a little disturbing. Yes, sleep is necessary; yes, it's a fact of life; no, I'm not afraid to go to sleep or anything like that. Just a slightly odd view on one of those things we ALL share. This all occured to me as I lay in bed last night, and I considered typing it up then, but I knew I had to get up early this morning.

Keep this in mind as you go to bed tonight, waiting for and dreading Monday morning.
The Mask (Laughing)

Starbuck's Mini-Rant

I'm doing this the easy way...I've bitched about Starbuck's before, and I've gone on about the stupid things they do, but one of the most annoying is their sizes. Small/Medium/Large? Oh no, not hip enough, they have Tall/Grande/Venti. Fuck 'em, I still order by a nice, normal, standard, easily-understood set of terms...I don't care what they call 'em.

Needless to say, with my feelings on this, today's Doonesbury made me laugh. A lot.
The Mask (Laughing)


A team of archaeologists was excavating in Israel when they came upon a cave. Written across the wall of the cave were the following symbols, in this order of appearance: A woman, a donkey, a shovel, a fish, and a Star of David. It was considered a unique find and the writings were said to be at least three thousand years old. The piece of stone was removed, brought to the museum, and archaeologists from around the world came to study the ancient symbols.

They held a huge meeting, after months of conferences, to discuss the meaning of the markings.

The President of the society pointed at the first drawing and said: "This looks like a woman. We can judge that this race was family oriented and held women in high esteem. You can also tell they were intelligent, as the next symbol resembles a donkey, so, they were smart enough to have animals help them till the soil. The next drawing looks like a shovel of some sort, which means they even had tools to help them. Even further proof of their high intelligence is the fish which means that if a famine had hit the earth, whereby the food didn’t grow, they would take to the sea for food. The last symbol appears to be the Star of David which means they were evidently Hebrews.”

The audience applauded enthusiastically.

A little old man stood up in the back of the room and said, "Idiots! Hebrew is read from right to left. It says: Holy Mackerel, Dig The Ass On That Woman!"
The Mask (Laughing)

Yay For Goofy Spam!

Got this spam today, in a Yahoo Group that I'm a member of...man, they are just a riot sometimes, aren't they (spam mailings, not Yahoo Groups):
I got a new condo that has 2 bedrooms one for sex and the other for sleeping...I cant believe all the sex toys I was able to find. You should have seen my new neighbors' reaction when they opened the "fun" bedroom door. There are a few photos of my room and me of course.

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Burn The World

Ouch, Once Again

So, after helping out Di's dad with the firewood a couple weeks back (and the ensuing back pain), what do I spend today doing? Helping rebuild a tile patio.

Hi, my name is Frank, and I'm the hurtin' kind.
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