Archive for April 14th, 2016

Mall Scrabble: The prologue

April 14, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
April 14, 2016

A helpful thing to do the night before you have a day-long event, especially one that begins in the morning, is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, fall asleep in short order and sleep soundly until it’s time to awaken. I don’t remember what time I first attempted to go to sleep on the evening of Friday, April 1, but otherwise, I can tell you that the helpful thing to do was the exact opposite of what happened.

Whenever it was that I first tried to go to sleep, I failed. That also happened the next time I attempted to get some shuteye. And the time after that. And the time after that…

On Saturday, April 2, I was set to play in a Scrabble tournament that began at 10 a.m. I had been looking forward to this for a while, but thanks to my inability to fall asleep, I worried that I would be in no condition to perform.

Eventually, I fell asleep sometime between 6:15 and 6:30 in the morning. I slept soundly for about 90 minutes before awakening to go to the bathroom shortly after 8 a.m. I fell asleep again for another 20 minutes or so before my preset clock-radio alarms began rousing my reluctant self.

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