Night of the grizzly

23 Mar


I am a world-class sleeper.

Once, I slumbered right through an overnight five-alarm fire that occurred at a house just 75 feet from my bed. This was in the middle of summer and with all three bedroom windows wide open and looking straight out onto the blaze. The firefighters, police officers, emergency personnel, all of my neighbors, and even my wife were outside on the street and making a hell of a racket—for hours.

I was only informed of this after waking the next morning, while silently glancing out the window and wondering what on earth looked so very different on our narrow Jersey City street.

“You’re impossible,” my wife Joan huffed, hurling a bed pillow at the back of my head as hard as she could manage in her weakened, sleepless state. “What is wrong with you? Do you have any idea what went on around here last night?”

Lately, though, I have not been sleeping quite so soundly. And when sleep does come it is neither restful nor regenerative. I suspect this is a condition that many of us share at the moment.

For me the witching hour is right around 3 a.m. It’s the time when I must decide whether to stay in bed and hope that sleep returns or give up trying and start yet another worrisome day.

This morning was a no brainer. When a giant grizzly bear that’s been chasing you all around New Jersey is about to close in and make a meal of you, well, it is time to get the hell out of bed while the getting is still good.

To safer, happier days.

For us all.

4 Responses to “Night of the grizzly”

  1. Joanne Gray March 23, 2020 at 12:27 pm #

    Hang on, Mister Meatball!

  2. Kathy Watson March 23, 2020 at 4:45 pm #

    Good one! 😂😂😂!! The other night I was being arrested for shooting someone! Being taken to jail! Can’t say it’s not exciting!😂

  3. Denise Givens March 23, 2020 at 4:56 pm #

    I know that feeling all too well – also around 3AM. Hoping everyone stays healthy and we can get through this together.

  4. John Gardner March 24, 2020 at 2:14 pm #

    Glad to hear cyou’re OK – Keep it up!

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