I know Iím always up and running at 11:00 pm, every night of the year, no matter what else is happening. Thatís just a fact of my life, and I could probably say the same thing about midnight and 1:00 am, except that the later I go with this reality, the less people think of my character. I can understand that, because I have relatives who live in farming country. Life begins a little before dawn and ends a little before dusk, and 11:00 pm is a foreign concept.
But just because Iím up at 11:00 pm doesnít mean I expect anyone else to be up at that hour. So I was surprised when Tammy called and asked me if I wanted to come over and watch the Survivor finale with them. I even reminded her that it wouldnít end until 11:00 pm. They have babies in that house and donít often voluntarily stay up late. They take their sleep whenever they can get it.
One of the reasons tonight was convenient for them to stay up was that Kylie had been awake most of the day and was in the middle of a long nap. So she was going to wake up some time during Survivor anyway, and theyíd have to deal with that. And then there was the fact that this was the finale, the end of an entertaining season, and there would be little chance of maintaining the suspense long enough for them to watch a tape of the show.
After all, this show is our national communal campfire. Itís the only entertainment show I watch at the time itís on, commercials and all. Everything else (other than live sporting events) I TiVo. So if weíre all going to be up, and everybodyís going to be talking about it tomorrow, why not watch it together? It hadnít been a great day for me so far, so I gladly agreed to watch with them.