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Morning person Tue, Mar 21, 2006
I'm surprised I never wrote about this before:  I'm absolutely, unbelievably, indisputably not a morning person.  It takes me about 4 hours to fully wake up.  Yeah sure I can run, read, drive, and work, but I still don't feel awake until about 10am.  It doesn't matter if I get 15 hours of sleep or 5.  It doesn't matter if I drink 7 espressos or nothing at all.  It doesn't matter if I start my day with exercise or inactivity.  It's always the same.  And people know this.  They've told me.  "Good God, you look horrible.  Did you get any sleep at all?"  Yeah, I got like 10 hours of sleep and I got up over 5 hours ago.  But thanks for pointing that out. 

I usually try not to do much at work before 9 or 10 if I can help it.  It's my time to eat my breakfast, drink my coffee/tea, and wake up a little.  I used to work on a project with people that started at like 8am.  And they didn't start off slow; they started at a sprint.  The loud walker would come to my office and tell me all the things she wanted me to do that day.  I would sit there and try to pretend to be fully functioning.  Then about 2 or 3 hours later, I would go to her office and try to figure out what she asked me to do, without actually coming out and asking her. 

If you're around me in the morning, the best thing you can do is keep quiet.  I'm not a big talker, and my listening abilities aren't exactly at peak functionality in the morning.  Your best bet is to write it all down and send it to me in an email at around 10am.  That's about when I'll be able to respond.  Or if you can cure my inability to wake up, that would be good too. #health

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