Well, I’m sure all of my
loyal peeps casual readers have been wondering how Barkley and I have been doing with Chelle and Brendan out in North Carolina since Tuesday. Thank you so much for your kind concern. You know? I thought it would be soooo tough. But we’ve actually been having a great time together. I mean, we’ve been eating right, getting plenty of sleep and exercise and just all around enjoying life! Isn’t that right Barkley?
Okay, so maybe things aren’t quite as great as I just made it sound. I may have exaggerated just a bit. Honestly, I don’t know what the problem is. When they’re home I actually do take care of most of the meals. But we’re simply beat.
I think part of the problem is that I’m definitely a morning person and Chelle’s a night person. So, I always seem to wake by around 5am. It really doesn’t matter if I’m in another time zone or not. I just wake up like that without an alarm clock. No lie!
But at night, she likes to watch all that Tivo’d stuff like Oprah, View, Regis and Kelly and everything else I can be tortured with while laying in bed. Why couldn’t she get into a good action flick now and then?
Anyway, I have had this really bad habit since I was a kid. I cannot stand silence… up to a point. For example, how did I memorize all those Shakespeare plays in high school? Easy! I did it while listening to Rush. That’s really not a joke folks. So, don’t laugh.
This same technique sort of applies to sleeping too. For years I have counted on Chelle to watch the world’s most boring shows just as I jump into bed. Needless to say, I get a little drowsy. Soon I’m out like a light. But then Chelle will watch her programming and eventually turn things off. So, I fall asleep from the background noise. And I stay asleep during the quiet.
But with them gone, I don’t have this benefit. Nope. I get to finally watch what I like. And so I do, because I hate silence. So it’ll easily get to be 12am or 1am before I start to get really sleepy and I’ll doze off. But then around 2am or so the programming will change and I’ll be quickly awakened by gone fire or heads blowing up– you never really know. Remember when TV remotes had that sleep timer? Yeah! Whatever happened to it. I end up buying one of these high-end big screens for the bedroom and it doesn’t have it, but my son’s 19″ does.
I don’t want to bore you, but it’s been rough. I would really like to know, during our remaining time on our own, if there’s anyone out there willing to simply call us up and tell us really boring stories till I fall asleep? Is that possible? Anyone out there like that?
Man! If any of you change your mind, please let me know. I’m not sure how much more of this Barkley can take. Do it for me! Do it for Barkley!
BTW, I did manage to actually get away for while today. My dad and I decided to hop on our motorcycles and head from Morgan Hill to Half Moon Bay for a bit of lunch. He sort of gave me that funky look, which he hasn’t done in a few years. Basically, it was the one I got a lot growing up. Anyway, I can remember him telling me last night about how cold it was there the weekend before and how I would definitely need a jacket.
Guess what I did? Yep! No jacket. It was sooooooo…
…incredibly awesome! I bet you thought I was gonna say cold, huh? Nope. It was a perfect day. Even as we rode along the coast a bit, watching the surf break, it simply felt perfect with nothing more than a short sleeved shirt. (Uh, did have other clothes too– just emphasizing the no jacket thing). The only uncomfortable spot was when we hit this one section of open highway and I got blown pretty hard. I had to keep looking down to make sure my buttons hadn’t been ripped off and my shirt was completely flying open. I actually can’t tell sometimes when I ride. I tend to ride without any form of windshield.
Anyway, it was a glorious day! Probably the best riding day I’ve ever had. The sun was so warm, but never scorching. And it was a perfect reminder of why I live where I do. I just love the fact that within a few minutes I can be in the mountains or on the beach. And there are no thunderstorms where we live (uh, that’s for some of you out there that thought otherwise 😉 ). It’s probably the most perfect climate on earth. Now, don’t you wish you were here?