When I woke up this morning, it had been roughly 60 hrs since last caffeine intake. Saturday afternoon, I finished off the Code Red, and nothing since then. The first two mornings, I felt like I had been beat with a stick. This morning, I just felt like it was kick in the stomach. About noon, I broke down and had half a cup of coffee. Less for the drowsiness than for a certain biological process. It worked, and now I have working neurotransmitters again.

Gate, your note about your job gives me an excuse to put up something that been on the scratchpad for awhile. This wasn't the first job that came around, but the second. Students, think very carefully before you accept that offer. This is your life, after all.

a paper folding
a keyboard tapped
a hard drive seeking
a tv show recapped

the computer fan whir
"right away, sir"

a yawn passed down
     the hall, grows in power
all sigh as one
     waiting for the hour