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I wake up at 6:45 a.m. and by the time the coffee is ready, your article is in my inbox for reading. That’s the enjoyable thing I do in order to get up before the crack of dawn: read Understandably. :)
Company’s customers are no longer you and I; they are, in fact, their shareholders and Wall Street. Prices are set based as high as the consumer will bear.
The only way newspapers didn’t sell their souls (when we had real newspapers - and after the Hearst days) was to keep the editorial and business sides separate. The editor had autonomy over the editorial department and the publisher could only manage their expenses, while having autonomy over the. Shines side.
The artist story is fascinating. I would never have seen this had it not been for Understandably!
Good morning Bill. As an outdoor recreationalist, I've always enjoyed seeing the sun come up. Some years ago I got into the habit of working out early before work. Now I don't even need to set an alarm and I'm up and going before 5 a.m. unless I stay up late the night before. Gone are the late nights and the shenanigans of my earlier years. Now, back to my coffee.
I typically wake about 3 AM. As I have mentioned several times here, I also have cats. Cats are nocturnal. 3 AM is the approximate time that the cats demonstrate anxiety relating to the visibility of the bottom of the Food Dish. At that point the Closest One begins to PURRRRR. Exuberantly.
My waking (using no alarms, etc.) leads to (1) give the kitties individual treats, (2) start the coffee, (3) dish up the measured cat food, (4) walk a mile while drinking the coffee.
For years this has been a stable routine in which the cats do not get fat and the Apple Watch is satisfied with my activity. And it gives me a quiet time to reflect and scheme.
I am confused about airlines charging people to have seats next to their minor children. If you make a reservation early enough you can get seats together and even the cattle car carriers ( Southwest, etc.) allow pre boarding for passengers with minor children.
I traveled on business for four decades and often was asked and agreed to change seats so that a parent could sit with a child.
The artist was way cooler than I expected.
I loved the article! Thank you for the artist story! Keep them coming!
I saw this the day after discovering sand artist Andrew Clemens (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Clemens). You’ve got to admire someone who develops a whole new way of doing art.
I would like to say I have converted from night owl to morning person but unfortunately I’m kind of both. I get a solid 6 hours sleep, sometimes 7, and my 10:30 bedtime/11:00 asleep time is certainly earlier than a legitimate night owl. However, my husband goes to bed at 8:30 so I get the title by comparison. As you said Bill, it’s really dictated by being a parent. My son is now a teenager but not old enough to drive so I have some late pick ups and generally it’s hard to go to sleep much before he does. I also find that getting up early (5:30) is the only way I get some quiet alone time. Because I am in the west I get to start my day with your newsletter and a cup of coffee. Perfect!
More sunlight art, different artist.
Heliography. That is really amazing! Thanks for sharing.
I used to be able to wake up early by 6 am without a struggle but now it is hard. My routine previously consisted of 16 miles of cycling for about an hour before work. I am working on getting back to that. Thanks for reminding me that it is very worth it.
I have cat AND dog alarms that go off faithfully at 5:00 a.m. My husband wakes up at 4:30. It took 10 years for all of them to realize I will rain fire on those awakening the kraken (me) before 5:00 a.m. And don't ask me to like you before 5:30 or coffee. Unless we're going fishing. I'm available at all hours for fishing!
I am a retired nurse. I worked either 11p-7a or 7p-7a for 40 years. Changing my sleep pattern has been a struggle since retiring. I still want to stay up late but my alarm goes off at 7a every day. Some days I need a nap
Parents should be required to sit next to minor children on planes. And they should be paid to do it. So there.
I was once stuck on a plane sitting on the tarmac with a two-year-old that didn't take off for hours. We all had to sit there, strapped in. He did okay for the first 45 minutes and then he started to lose it. I had exhausted my supply of snacks and games and diversions. That's what happens when you are two and you are strapped in a seat and you're not allowed to move. The flight attendant told me that if I couldn't control my child, I would have to leave the plane. I told her that the airline was practicing child abuse and she backed off. Fortunately, a nice man sitting behind us came over and started to distract my son. It worked, barely, until the plane took off.
I'm the last one to bed at night and the first one up in the morning (like most moms). I get 5 1/2 - 6 hours of sleep every night. I am a morning person but I don't like talking to people the minute my eyes open and I prefer no TV for as long as possible. Let me start my day alone and get into my routine before everyone else in the house rises and I'm a pleasant person. The coffee is on auto, the dogs are on a schedule and the morning is mine alone. Win-win for everyone.
Also, that artist is amazing.
5AM everyday. Creates space to write.