Sunday, July 26, 2009

Favorite sleep deprivation memories

This isn't the first time in my life that I've pulled an all-nighter. Most just end with me being cranky and crashing. Others are more memorable. Once I had pulled an all-nighter for our Science Olympiad State competition (as did most of the team). On the bus ride home most of us went completely insane - not only were we exhausted, but we had basically eaten nothing but candy bars. Eventually everyone fell asleep on the bus, but after a little while I woke up screaming that my legs were on fire! ...because I had fallen asleep right next to the heater. It was hot, but probably not hot enough to flail my legs over my poor friend's head.

I also saw Team America World Police in theaters after pulling an all-nighter. At the time, it was the funniest thing in the world. I was constantly in tears laughing, and my friends were more amused with my insanity than the movie itself. Let's just say I didn't find it quite as funny the second time around.

Oh, and there was that one time where I made a bazillion blog posts in 24 hours. Yeah, that was cool.

Any good stories?

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33 comments:

  1. My favourite memory has something to do with writing a paper for 18th C. Lit until 7:30 in the morning, high on medication, passing it in, and getting an A+. Aside from that it just ends up with me playing video games.

    Like Barkley: Shut Up And Jam Part 1: Gaiden.

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  2. Has to have been the 10th Grade English Final where I had to read Crime and Punishment and do a synopsis for every single chapter and it was due the following day. On top of that, I had a Family Reunion to go to that day...

    That was fun

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  3. When you say "read" do you mean "read" or "skim the sparknotes" ?

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  4. Crime and Punishment in 10th Grade? Your teacher hated you.

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  5. Huh? I had Crime and Punishment in 11th grade. But I have a habit of staying up all night to read books or to write papers. When I've been up all night with friends, the antics are generally too absurd to even relate.

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  6. I sometimes just stay up late to read. That's one of the other things I did tonight, finish my book.

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  7. Haha. You actually played that. Oh wow.

    One that I can recall well is when my current roommate showed up at midnight and said he needed help with a project; he'd procrastinated himself into a last-minute thing.

    He had to write songs for a fake teaching-CD thing, or something, and give it a jewel case and all sorts of mess like that. So in the six hours we had, there was some middle-school level copy-paste-staple in there. He wrote some of the most terrifying song lyrics ever about teaching.

    Other than that... there's the time another roommate went crazy on drugs and kept me up until 4:00 telling me about his cosmology, before going bonkers and taking it to the streets. When I finally got calm enough and reassured that he wouldn't bust in and kill me while I was sleeping, around 7:30 or so, he kicked in the door yelling about how he needed cigarettes and a swipe card to survive. I did not go to class that day.

    And one time, when I was younger, I somehow stayed up for at least two days straight, and slept a whole day after that. I don't remember much other than some pretty bizarre hallucinations. I don't know what was going on there..

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  8. OK, after the next post, I need breakfast.

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  9. I have a disturbing tendency to "wake up" when morning rolls around. Irritates the hell out of people. Of course, I generally crash and burn a few hours later, but it's still fun. My favourite all nighter was the time I kept up with three people on amphetamines by drinking a large glass of vanilla coke. They couldn't believe that I hadn't had any drugs.

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  10. Breakfast sounds good. Don't want to wake up the others, though; they might be hungry.

    I guess I'll just have to go with cheap stuff.

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  11. The sex scene in Team America was hilarious. The rest of it ... well, I saw what they were doing, but -- and That's My Bush suffered from the same problem -- they parodied their target so well that it was almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Except for the puppets, and that's only good for the first ten minutes or so.

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  12. If I wake my roommate up by cooking bacon, he will just love the fact that he is getting bacon.

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  13. Exactly. But there are only three slices of bacon left for some bizarre reason. So I'm just not going to chance it.

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  14. Damn, man. There's at least 2 pounds of bacon in our fridge at any time.

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  15. Only two hours to go! Hang in there!

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  16. OK, that too :-D I had forgotten. Also, the musical number "AIDS AIDS AIDS AIDS AIDS!"

    I think I'll have to watch it again to find out what specifically irritated me.

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  17. Haha, that's funny, I'm probably going to have to go to bed before you finish. It's sunday night, and I have to work tomorrow!

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  18. You know, I wasn't even hungry, and then you two go and start talking about bacon. Fucking hell...

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  19. It's Sunday morning, I gotta be at work in 1 hr 45 mins.

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  20. Yup! Four more posts! You can make it!

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  21. And eggs. And toast.

    Screw it. It's eatin time.

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  22. Just don't look into the sun. It can be dangerous.

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  23. I just had lamb shanks. Delicious.

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  24. Over here, it's already Sunday afternoon, which is of course what explains this glass of Sauvignon Blanc in front of me. Enjoy the toast though.

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  25. Fraser, if I didn't have to work, I'd have an Irish breakfast.

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  26. I hate you all for talking about food, now I had to get something to eat

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  27. Well, post a blog entry about it!

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  28. Guinness style, or Jonathan Swift style?

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  29. Guinness, likely. That's what my current supply would allow.

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  30. Seems to be breakfast time for you guys. I would gladly join in the Guinness after dinner.

    Favorite sleep-deprived memory: I woke up at 5 am after a full weekend of drinking (had about 3 hours of sleep). I was taking the morning ferry down to Oita to visit my bestest friend, and got the times mixed up so I was at the ferry port an hour and 30 minutes early. Had some coffee to keep me conscious enough to get on the boat, then continued with another 3 or 4 cans on the ferry. Arrived, had 2 more cans because by that time it was just fun. I had a laughing fit so bad in the grocery store that I had to step outside and compose myself, shocking many, many old Japanese people on the way.

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  31. Oh my goodness... I think I did all-nighters for Science Olympiad at least three times between middle and high school. I was on our "Mission Possible" team (Rube Goldberg project for those unfamiliar with the competition) and we were always working, tweaking, or (at least twice) scrapping and restarting from scratch up until the moment of the turn-in. Several years there were odd attachments on the device that served no purpose but had been added for the amusement of our sleep-addled brains.

    My favorite sleep-dep memory would probably be senior year in college where I went with the Society of Physics Students to go see Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy... we went in bathrobes and afterwards a bunch of us went to someone's apartment and introduced the uninitiated to Firefly with a night-long marathon. The craziness of our group just escalated as the night continued. The next day was a movie party for the scifi club and I was so out of it... I think we were MSTing Evil Dead 2 and the Clone Wars cartoon shorts while playing Munchkin... and then I suddenly needed emergency dentistry. Yeah, so it didn't end well, but it was a lot of fun up until that point.

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