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Staff Rage at 1.25 AM

Tom Winnifrith
Tuesday 24 June 2014

I have a routine when I go up to London. Stay up until late. Go to bed. Set the alarm for 3.46 AM and that gives me 40 minutes to shower, shave, dress, pack and download from the web all that I need to write offline on the 4.47 AM from Bristol Temple Meads to Paddington.  With a bit of luck I will have four or five articles to load when I reach Real Man at 6.45 AM.

But at 1,25 AM last night a waitress at RMPC texted me. I always leave my phone on the other side of the rom so apologising to the Mrs (snoring happily) I texted back some non-committal reply to her breaking news that she was starting at 4 in the afternoon. Back to bed.  She texted back with more piffle. Having by this time woken the Mrs I sent a sharp text “It is 1.30 and I am asleep!” but fearing she would rely again I left my phone by the bed…

Two hours later I guess the alarm went off and I must have in a dreamy fashion pushed a button to switch it off. That, you see, is why I leave the phone on the other side of the room, to force me to get up.

And so at 4.15 the Mrs shook me. For some reason she was awake. I suspect it was her snoring that prompted that. A blind panic followed, No shower No shave. A quick pack (must have forgotten something) and no time to download materials to allow me to write. Sitting bored on a train at 6 AM I wonder what would be the appropriate time to ruin the sleeping patterns of someone who starts work at 4 PM?

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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