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Jul 31, 2002 00:03 # 4474

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Insomnia

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Here is a little story I fixed up. It summarizes a couple points being discussed in the threads right now including what is sane and what is insane. You could take the story a couple of ways. I'll let you come up with your own opinion.

May 19th, 2000
Graduation! Finally high school is over. I can finally look towards college. All those babes.. Yes, my friend. It will be the time of my life.

Sam, I, and some others were catching a flick after graduation that day celebrating. What better way to celebrate graduation than a trip to the movies? J My mom says I should be studying for college. Can you believe it!? Who would be studying so soon for college? Iíve got a whole summer ahead of me! Write you later.

Jay

May 30th, 2000
Sam did the funniest/stupidest thing today! Well earlier, Sam was having a major sugar tooth. We stopped by the newsstand to grab a Milkyway. Well Sam was broke as always, and he turned to me for money. Of course, I didnít have any, and so he said ďLet me check this pocket over hereĒ while reaching towards his pocket. Well, to my surprise he BOLTS with the candy bar in his pocket. I found myself trying to catch up, as the sound of an angry newsstand clerk grew fainter. Iíve never known Sam to do that, but I guess it makes sense. It would explain why he wears those new Levis even though heís broke most of the time.

I think Iím going to watch Star Wars Episode I with him tomorrow. I hear thatís a good movie.

Jay

June 24th, 2000
Sam and I were talking about world records, and he brought up the world record for a guy to go without sleep. I told him it wouldnít be so hard, and he called me a liar. So, I put my money where my mouth was like any dignified individual would do. I figured Iíd try to do it, since you know, not like I have anything better to do, right?
Wish me luck. Tonight is day 1 without sleep.

Jay

June 25th, 2000
No problem. This will be a cinch. I just have to keep on those mountain dews and caffeine pills, and Iím golden. Itís not even affecting me! Sam doesnít believe that it isnít affecting me, but I will have the last laugh in the end, wonít I? Hah!

Btw, I finally got my driverís license. Not like I didnít already know how to drive. I can drive with or without a license. Just now, my parents wontí get so mad at me next time they catch me driving. They donít know about my little wager with Sam. Theyíd probably get mad at me for that too. My parents donít know anything.

Jay

June 27th, 2000
I think this non-sleeping thing is really starting to take its toll on me. Itís so haarrrrrrdddddddd to concentrate! I canít even concentrate on the television anymore. My eyes keep falling. I wonít give up though. I told Sam I wouldnít. He thinks I canít do it, so I will do it. Thatís all there is to it. I was tempted to sleep at night, but Sam calls at night to make sure Iím still up. Sometimes he sleeps over, so I canít sleep while he can see me sleep.

No. I can do this. This will be a piece of cake. Heíll see. I donít need to compromise myself for sleep. Sam can watch over me as much as he wants. Iíll never give in.

Jay

June 29th, 2000
Now I know things are getting tuff (or however you spell it). It has been 5 days since I last slept. I saw something wierd today. I was walking past some trees, and the shadows seemd to jump past me. I know that sounds strange, but it is true! When I passed, the shadows seemed to stretch and turn dark. My eyes are playing tricks on me. Now I know things are serius. I found myself driving off the side of the road for a few seconds the other day. That was scarey, but I got control. Maybe I should stop driving huh?

Jay

July 2nd, 2000
I havenít seen sam around latly. I wonder what happened to him. Ohhh wait, now I remember. Sam got arrested. Poor sam. He was caut (how do you spell that?) shop lifting from a store. I still donít want to go to sleep tho. I am feeling beter. I am not tired as much as I used to be. Plus, these mind games are wierd. If I staire at the shadows long enuf, they grow. They go away when I turn away, but it looks wierd.

My parents are asking me what is rong with me latly, and I tell them my job is very tiring, and they tell me to rest. But we both no I canít do that. I only have 5 mur days to go without sleep I tthink. I forget how many days I have done so far. I think it is sevn.

Okay, diarie. Bye bye

Jay

July 4th 2000
My mom and dad are mad. I ran into a tree wile driving. They say that I am gronded. I canít evn see the lite of day. I can still see the shadows of the trees. They look mad. Are you mad at me, shadow? The shadows look dark. I canít see the grond where the shadows are anymur. I am kinda glad I am gronded. Those shadows look scarey. My parents want me to see a phykologist. I donít know why they donít onderstand that the shadows are alife. They wonít lissen.

July 2000
THE SHADOWS ARE MONSTERS!!!! One of the monsters brok my windo wile I was wathing the shadows. I hav cuts on my face now. My parents donít beleaf me. I kep tring to tel them the shadows are alife! I canít go to slep now. I hav to wath and mak sur the shadows donít git me.

Jay

July 9 20000
The doctors said I cud keep my diarie. I donít lik it in this place. They keep me in a wird rum with pading on the wals and ceeling. Isnít that funy? Whi wud they use pading on the ceelings? At lest ther arnít shadows any wear. I only have 5 mur days to go withut sleep. Just 5 mur ddays.

Jay

"If I die of a heart attack eating bacon, I'll be a happy man." -My father

This post was edited by Hawkeye on Jul 31, 2002.

Jul 31, 2002 15:18 # 4487

Hawkeye *** replies...

Re: Insomnia

I add that this is just a rough draft. Your commentary and constructive criticism are appreciated.

"If I die of a heart attack eating bacon, I'll be a happy man." -My father

Jul 31, 2002 17:27 # 4489

Jaz *** replies...

Re: Insomnia

Sorry I didn't follow the debate about (in)sanity a lot, but your short story was scary. You should do the spelling right for the last days, too, I think, even though it conveys the loss of concentration and such it would be even more scary without the "typos".

'Yeah, That's what Jesus would do. Jesus would bomb Afghanistan. Yeah.' - snowlion

Jul 31, 2002 18:11 # 4494

Hawkeye *** replies...

Re: Insomnia

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Maybe you're right, but I think that is accurate. Someone that has been absent from sleep for that long wouldn't be able to think clearly to the point where doing simple things like typing or writing would get cumbersome. They aren't typos so much as the guy can't think well enough to know how to spell anything. After 9 days, you'd spell about that badly if you didn't feel like looking it up.

They say that you drop IQ points for every hour of sleep deprived out of 8 hours each day. Without rest at all, that's 8 IQ points per day.

"If I die of a heart attack eating bacon, I'll be a happy man." -My father

Jul 31, 2002 21:50 # 4498

ReallyCoolDude *** wants to know...

Re: Insomnia

They say that you drop IQ points for every hour of sleep deprived out of 8 hours each day.

Very interesting point indeed! And, even more scary!

So, does everyone die (or goes to a permanent sleep) to regain the IQ points they have lost in their lifetime? :D

Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye opener.


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