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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

One thing about my peculiar sleeping pattern is that usually, once I fall asleep, I stay asleep through the night. As bad as the insomnia can get, it isnít the kind where you wake up every hour (or every half hour, or every ten minutes). Except last night.

I hadnít been asleep long (although I didnít look at the clock, so I canít be sure) when I woke up the first time, but this was different. I woke up shivering. My teeth were chattering. And it wasnít that cold, so I had to wonder if something was wrong. Either Iíd left a window open or Iíd contracted malaria. Both scenarios were unlikely.

Tempted as I was, I didnít get up to see if the front door was swinging open. I stayed in bed and really, really tried to get back to sleep. But I was awake more than I was asleep for the rest of the night, and squirmy and uncomfortable, and by the time I rolled out of bed this morning my back was aching.

Well, you can just about imagine how miserable I was all day, and how miserable I made everyone who came into contact with me. It was one of those days when the phone tied me up all morning, but on about the fifth or sixth call, I let the Boss know how frustrated I was. I didnít come out and say it, but he could tell. Something about the way I growled the name of the company when I answered the phone, then moaned when I heard his voice. That got the message across.

13 June 2005

Written in the clouds.

Believe it or not, it got better later in the day. Only a little better, but still. Better, in the sense that I could get some work done, and my back stopped aching, and I got my joie de vivre back. Well, not that last part, but the rest of it, yes.

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Earlier this month, J.T. Snow was told heíd lost the Giantsí regular first base job to rookie star Lance Niekro. Then last night, Niekro fouled a ball off his foot in batting practice and was pulled from the game. Tonight in the first inning, Snow was hit in the knee with a pitch and was pulled from the game. The star-crossíd Giants needed a break. Well, no, what they needed was a pile of runs, and they finally got them. A four-run first inning gave confidence to their starting pitcher, and a three-run ninth helped guarantee that the bullpen couldnít blow what became an 8-4 victory over the Twins.

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