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12 Apr 09

sleep is optional

i’m starting to feel as though i’m the subject of my own micro-version of the truman show. specifically: i suspect that everyone in my apartment complex are conspiring to conduct a psychological sleep deprivation experiment with me as the subject. it’s not exactly news that i’ve had sporadic issues with noise in my building since i moved in two years ago, but it’s the sheer variety of ways in which i’ve been kept awake/woken up that’s changed. for example:

  • an omnipresent and as yet unidentifiable pulsing hum audible from my bedroom, suggesting that perhaps my building runs on an alternative power source from the future
  • various parties in my courtyard, ranging from douchebag frat boys playing foosball and drinking games to skatekids practising their rail slides
  • a live jazz/big band-era band playing in my courtyard on a thursday night
  • my old upstairs neighbours who dragged furniture every night at midnight for some reason
  • my new neighbours who enjoy listening to dance music, preferably between the hours of 11 and 2 on a weeknight
  • another neighbour’s dog (named gucci) who barked last night from 10:30 until 1:30
  • miscellaneous people outside my door at all hours who forget that people actually live behind the doors they are talking loudly in front of. that’s what i get for living near the elevator.

and that’s of course leaving out the random shootings that happened last year.

in summary, i’ve learned a lot about how poorly i adapt to not sleeping enough over the last few months.

Pronunciation: 'ch&mp
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Date: 1883

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