Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Early Bird Gets No Sleep

Although I'm not in any way complaining about work (cf. Dooce), it seems a tad overzealous to schedule 7:00AM business meetings. Especially when the meeting place is 45 minutes away. I understand wanting an early start, but what a meeting like this means on a practical level is forcible extraction from bed at 5:00AM to be sure appropriate grooming and adequate caffeine uptake can occur. This, in turn, means a night of restless anticipation and intermittent sleep for fear of missing the 5:00AM alarm. So instead of a bright-eyed bushy-tailed 7:00AM start on the day, what we have is an exhausted, bug-eyed, caffeine-crazed lawyer staggering around in high heels, pearls, and a black pantsuit in the brutal morning light.

It's not a pretty picture.

When I become Queen of the World, authoritarian civilizing measures will include a rule that business meetings may not commence before 8:00AM and will end promptly on the earliest of the following: (a) five continuous seconds of silence; (b) when anyone gets surly (no matter how little sleep she or he may have had); or (c) when at least one meeting attendee is actually asleep.

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