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Early to Rise

Posted by Thomas Ault on March 2, 2017 at 3:30 PM
Remember that old adage, "Early to Bed, Early to Rise? Well, I have come to the conclusion that whoever wrote that was probably from firm farm stock and did not live in the same block that I do now, or did way back when either.. I talked to my Doctor the other day and he asked, "Are you getting eight hours a night." I looked at him and asked, "Eight hours of what?" He looked at me like I had just evaded the most important question of my life, and he had no idea why, I thought I asked a simple question about his question. He then said, "Eight hours of sleep, what did you think I was talking about?" Well, I figured that was about enough questioning for one day, so I just put my jacket back on and turned to leave. He stopped me and suggested that maybe, at my age, I needed some kind of mental help. I returned his gaze, and instead of answering the last of his invasive questions, suggested that he must have been reading a chart that belongs to someone else because I work 8 hours, play for another couple of hours, write my books for fours, talk to my wife ( or listen, depending on the day) for another three hours, talk on the phone or handle email, facebook, tweeter/twitter for another three hours, and then there is the time spent eating (which is another two hours for three meals), and one hour for snacks and a before bed cocktail. That only leaves me about an hour of actual sleep time; of course that does not include dozing time when I am too bored to do anything else. Now he could not understand that, but then again he isn't as old as I am. That dozing time could be quite lengthy at times. For instance, the other day when I was working at the computer something crazy happened with the time. I started at two in the afternoon, and the next time I looked at the time on the monitor it was five thirty. I don't understand where the time went since I only had typed one page of my book, but I figured that I spent three and one half hours on the computer, even if I could not account for it...or maybe the computer time was wrong? At any rate, I have decided that at my age I have to know more than that doctor that continuously takes my money and leaves me nothing to show for it except advise. I kind of wish that I had had a job like that early on because I have always been good at giving advise, even when not asked for, and I could have laid aside a sizable amount of cash had I charged for it like he does. Well, I guess I have talked too much already, so let me just say that you should spend more time doing intelligent things, like reading my books and not my tirades written in this blog. Love you guys (and gals) Tom

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