the swift kick

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Eight days ’til China: Sleep Deprivation 2, Electric Boogaloo

So, I’ve had this ridiculous cold that’s come and gone for something like six weeks. It manifests itself with a tickling, persistent cough that wakes me up in the middle of the night. I fumble for the medicine cabinet, grab the Chloraseptic and start spraying frantically, so’s I don’t wake Steve. That happened last night, at 3 a.m. Then, at 5:50, I heard a nearby smoke alarm chirping. You know, […]

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My tiny little pill

It is January 23 in the Pacific Northwest. And I am happy. Traditionally, these two things did not go hand-in-hand for me. Seattle is, from November to April, quite chilly, damp and gray. It took a couple of winters to figure out that my February blues could be attributed to the lousy weather. I thought I was way too tough for Seasonal Affective Disorder. I was wrong. I bought a […]

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Halloween is hell

I love Halloween. LOVE IT. In the Bay Area town where I grew up, the weather was always mild so kids roamed the streets for hours, collecting candy and scaring each other. And I liked being scared. Still do. I used to stay up way past my bedtime watching “The Twilight Zone.” I watched “The Shining” over and over. I’m sure I inherited my love of horror from my dad, […]

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I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little peace of mind

“You know I can’t sleep, I can’t stop my brain You know it’s three weeks, I’m going insane You know I’d give you everything I’ve got For a little peace of mind” From The Beatles, “I’m So Tired.” The songwriting credit says Lennon/McCartney, but you know it was mostly John.┬áJohn was a man who knew a little something about insomnia. Though his was probably due to heroin withdrawals. My insomnia, […]

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