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Late Night Phone Call

posted at 12:29 am
on Mar. 23, 2005

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Earlier tonight, a friend called me up though it was quite late—it was about 12:20 a.m., in fact.

I’d emailed him early in the day to ask him a favor, and he returned the call saying, “I figured wouldn’t be waking you.” He was absolutely correct. It’s been a long time since a friend called me so late, and I have to say—I really enjoyed it.

It reminded me of high school when staying up late was actually more common among my friends than it seems to be now.  (Not that you’re all fuddy duddies, but, well, you might be.)  Late night phone conversations feel entirely different than early evening ones.  The things that are said, the way people speak, the unlikeliness of interruption, all make late-night conversations so much more interesting and rewarding, I find.

Normally, only two people call me after 10 p.m.: my mom and my sister.  Both of them know we well enough to realize the chances that I’m asleep before midnight are about 1%.  They also have the same Smith gene that keeps them up all night.

I’m a later owl than they are, though.  I tend to go to bed between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., and get up between 10 a.m. and noon.  I’ve tried changing the schedule, but all that can do it is the promise of a breakfast meeting.

So if you’re up late, reading this, give me a call.  I promise to be up, alert, and full of interesting things to say.  And do me a favor: in the comment section, let me know what time is the latest I can call you.



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