Who knows what battles we’ll have today?
Her: He looks good.
Me: He does. Goodbye Sal. Say hello to Dino.
Spent Thursday getting to the wake and then went the next day to the funeral. All funerals are the same in the sadness but unique in the details.
And that’s all I’ll say on the subject.
On a different point entirely, had a sleepless stretch from Thursday through last night.
Interestingly, the face of the world changed with a sleepless night. Not my sleepless night, the night of a man named Darius.
Almost exactly 2,344 years ago, at the Battle of Gaugamela – which is an amazing story for a million reasons – Alexander the Great went to sleep the night before the battle and Darius of the Persian Empire did not.
Moreover, Alexander told his men to get some sleep while Darius told his men to stay awake in case of a nighttime raid.
After that single battle was over, Alexander took over Babylon and gained half of the Persian Empire. Darius escaped with his life only to be murdered and betrayed by his men soon afterward. That lack of sleep the night before cost Darius and his men everything.
I think of that story from time-to-time when I’m up at night. Last night, slept for just under seven hours – the most in a week – so I feel a good deal better but still, not quite myself.
Coincidentally, my sister just wrote me to ask if she could crash at my apartment for a few hours because of her insomnia.
I’d like us all to get some rest.
Because who knows if we have to go to battle today?
Wife: (laughing) I can tell when you haven’t had sleep.
Her: You start talking funny. (imitates my voice)
Me: I’m always worried I start sounding crazy. (sighing) I need to get some sleep.
Location: in front of a lotta coffee
Music: Sometimes it feels just like I’m falling in the ocean
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