Spoiler Warning for an episode of the old Dick Van Dyke Show! (Yes, for a comedy from the early Sixties. Of course, I only saw the episode once, decades ago, so could have some of the details wrong.)
Dick has to work late at the office for a holiday special. He hears a strange noise. Oodellieoop! He realizes it's coming from outside the skyscraper. He looks out the window and sees a flying saucer go by!
The next day no-one at the office believes him.
That night the same thing happens. This time he sees the flying saucer go in a window of the building. He locates the office, and finds two guys in lab coats working on a radio-controlled toy flying saucer intended for a special holiday display at one of the big stores. They are a bit upset at being found out, but once Dick agrees to keep it secret they are actually glad to have someone to show off to. They even let him fly it around their lab. One says, enthustiastically "Push that button!"
The saucer proudly proclaims "Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry oodellieoop!"
There's still a few bugs. :-)
I got almost eleven hours of sleep last night and feel vastly better this morning. I don't know whether there was something else involved (sometimes my first - and maybe only - symptom of a low-grade bug is a physical irritability which makes sleeping difficult) or I simply felt bad due to lack of sleep. I do know that the body goes through a process during proper sleep which aids immune system function.
Got to bed late last night. Then was kept up by strange noises from the house downhill from me, which is within spitting distance of my bedroom windows. Then I woke about an hour before I normally rise, due to a full bladder!
I went to the john, fed the cats and opened the cat door, then went back to bed. Tossed and turned for a while, dozed for a bit... then I heard what sounded like a cat fight not far from my windows. I looked outside from several vantage points, in the basement under my bedroom, even put my slippers on and went out back. Nothing. Shrugged, went back inside and back to bed.
I was just starting to get comfortable again when the workers arrived to put a new roof on the duplex uphill from me. (I can understand wanting to get a jump on the heat of the day, but this is
Having a sketchy breakfast of granola bar and large mug of strong coffee. Right now don't feel competent to operate heavy machinery, so no driving until and unless I can get some (about two hours of) sleep.
I am more and more thinking of skipping MarCon. Partly due to health, partly due to still not knowing what the repairs on my main computer will cost. (Typing this on my MacBook.) I'm also keeping an eye on the weather, though right now the forecast is fair for Friday and Sunday. Argh. I missed the past two years and this year they're at a new hotel and convention center. I just don't know if I'm ready for a four hour drive each way by myself. Will decide later today.