I'd just like to have a wee bitch about the seemingly prevailing opinion that not being an early riser is somehow less morally virtuous than those who enjoy waking at sparrow's fart. It really
irks me. It annoys me that the construction across the road starts at 7am... and finishes some time around 3 or 4pm. It annoys me that the courier company sends their drivers out on the road by 8am, but I don't get the stupid card that tells me how to redirect the parcel delivery until after I get home from work... after 6pm (and of course I can't leave a message with the company until that 8am start time - making coherent conversation before I've had my breakfast isn't really the best thing).
So, I am normally awake around 15 or 16 of the 24 hours. I don't have afternoon naps, unless I'm extremely debilitated (ie. I'm sick or jetlagged). I work 40 hours a week, and often a bit more than that. I just really fail to see why the fact I'd rather start work some time around 10am and let my day go forward on that basis is somehow less "good" than being the 8am starter.
Ironically, nearly all of my partners have been early risers (not even "average" risers - early
). I've only had one actually come the sanctimonious attitude at me personally. This was fine, because she was perfect in nearly every other way, and sorting out the fact there wasn't one "baddie" in that particular relationship was a nice balancing experience for both of us. What I'm objecting to more is the prevailing societal attitude that "early is better".
I'm trying to think what the basis of it might be. Monks get up at disgusting hours to do Matins - maybe that's where early = good came from? But where did they get the idea? It's not an at-one-with-nature thing, either. While the sun rises earlier in summertime, it also goes down later. So too with the sun rising late in winter - I don't see any particular advantages in getting up early (ie. in the dark) at any time of the year.
Anyways, that's enough of that rant. Just one of those things that bugs me every time I come across it, such as when trying to intersect with couriers, and sleep through construction noise. What was particularly galling about the courier is that he phoned me at work when he was looking for my home address - he was at the wrong end of the street. I asked him to divert to my workplace instead, rather than leaving the stupid little card - no, apparently driving less than 5 minutes from my home to my workplace would have fucked up his schedule more than eventually finding where I actually lived and scribbling his stupid card. I assume he'll be doing the same run again when I actually manage to get it redirected, since my work is less than a kilometre from where I live. I fail to see how this arrangement actually saved him any time.
On a non-rant front, he is delivering the new water filter I ordered. I pretty much drink only sparkling water, since I don't much like the taste of normal water. I was annoying myself at how many plastic bottles I was going through (the 1.5 litre ones, but still). I bought a SodaStream
(once they finally
got back into the shops after Xmas), so I can sparkle as much water as I like, and reuse the same bottles. However, even carbonated, Canberra's tap water tastes vile
, so I hope the nice filter
will improve it! (Athough while I'm on the grumpy rant thing, it annoys me that the filter site makes the stupid assertion about us needing to drink 6 or 8 or however many gallons of water a day it is to "stay healthy" - complete bollocks