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QOTD – August 23 – What Keeps You Awake?

Odds are I’m still awake when you are reading this post. Realistically, in still making the drive back to Portland from San Francisco. Unfortunately, the drive is happening minus all of my clothing – save for what I’m wearing – and a busted out back window (check the tour diary later today).

This is a 10 hour drive, which means more 12 with breaks for the evening crap, a food stop, and the changing of driving shifts. Russ is taking the first three hours, and I’ll take the next, and so on and so forth. The issue I’m having is that I’m not a good nighttime driver. In fact, those who know me know that I have a tendency to fall asleep quickly at night while in a car – I learned this early enough that I simply don’t do overnight drives. I don’t have a choice tonight. I’m feeling pretty good, but it’s only 9pm, and I’m not behind the wheel. I’ll get a couple hours of sleep in a few minutes, which will be great for me, as I don’t need much shut eye.

I’m not sure what’s going to keep me awake for my shift though. Music will be good. The road is dark, so that doesn’t help. It’s too late to call most people. I can’t stare at Facebook. Russ will probably go to sleep, which is good since he has the last shift.

What works for you? What keeps you awake?

You can assume that I made it home, and that I’m going to sleep comfortably for a few hours at my house. That being said, I posted this last night, so get worried if you don’t read a tour diary post from me in a few hours. I’m sure I’ll be fine. I’m probably snoring right now.

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

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