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Who Do You Talk To At 6:00 AM?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I have been an early riser since I was a child. My mom says it’s because I was born at seven in the morning. My brother could sleep until midafternoon. I usually get up with the sun or shortly before hand. Because I am moderately obsessive/compulsive by nature I function best when I adhere to a routine. It can be very daunting when you have this amazingly creative mind that wants to bust free of all restraints that has to live in the same body with an emotional need for well-defined order. (And people wonder why I talk to myself….)

But I digress

Most mornings I am in the car, dutifully waiting in line at McDonalds to purchase a large, unsweet iced tea. (Cost $1.06) You’d be surprised the people in line purchasing breakfast at that hour. This morning I counted ten cars ahead of me, so I sorta slouched down in my seat and stared off into space. I have come to cherish my quiet time, any time I can be alone and reflective. Despite my need for order I can bend enough to realize I can’t always make the world stop so I can take time to reflect.


I am staring off into space and a lady in the car in front of me catches my eye. She is having a rather animated conversation with someone on her cell phone. I wonder who you talk to at six am. It’s not a judgment just a curiosity on my behalf. As I’m pondering this eternal mystery I realize that of the ten people or so ahead of me in line six of them are on the phone. Now the people pleaser within me, the man who must be loved at all costs starts to get insecure!!! Everyone is on the phone at six am but me.

When I arrived home Joan was awake and making her coffee. (She gets up when she is no longer tired. Sometimes it drives me nuts!!!) I tell her about the people on the phone and wonder why no one calls me. She looks over her cup of coffee thoughtfully and says “Most likely because you don’t turn your phone on until eight.”

I thought for a few moments and smiled…………… Crisis averted

Have a good Thursday

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SILLYHP1953 12/19/2011 11:04AM

    Thank God nobody calls me at 6 a.m. I enjoy my morning quiet time, too.

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MKPRINCESS007 11/12/2011 9:42AM

    I can't think of a soul I want to talk to at 6am either. Or for the times that I have been out with my DH for a long overdue night out, and people are on the phone at midnight or 1am. What the heck??????????

I personally HATE the phone. I love email because that is my preferred mode of communication. I like to be able to reply to someone when it works for me. Otherwise, it is pretty certain that I am going to get 6 calls at once! Ever have that happen, like one person calls and then it seems like everyone tries to call you then too? Odd, no?

Anyway, be glad you don't have anyone to talk to at 6am. You like your quiet time in the am!

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SKINNYMINIME22 11/11/2011 8:38PM

    Hi, John. I stumbled across your blog and had to comment since I seem to be the odd one out. I work from 7-5 (or 6 or 7) every day then, like everyone else, balance exercise/dinner and then everything else that needs to be completed after work. It's incredibly difficult for me to find the time to connect with my friends in the evenings and at night given everyone's own personal hectic schedules. And sometimes (ok, maybe a few times a week!) the best and most convenient time for me to chat with 2 of my closest friends is between 6-7 a.m. (hands-free, of course) while we're both making the morning trek into work. Maintaining those friendships is important to me, so I make time for it when I can. Just like exercise ;)

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FLGIRL1234 11/11/2011 2:13PM

    I'm with you. I don't think I'd have anyone to call at 6 am. My friends and family would ethier be A. Whats the matter? Are you ok???? OR B. What is wrong with you, its 6 am. lol

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GIRANIMAL 11/11/2011 1:07PM

    I love Joan.


So funny how ingrained our concepts of time and our innate fears are! Who you can possibly talk to on the phone at 6 a.m. seems like a totally valid curiosity to me. But like your insecurity about no one calling you that early, it occurred to me that whenever my phone rings or I get a text before, oh, say 8 or 9 a.m., my heart rate quickens and I immediately panic for just a moment, just as I would respond to a middle-of-the-night phone call. Obviously something must be terribly wrong!

And then, of course, it rarely is. Once it was my baby cousin sending me a random "hello" text before school. How terrible! LOL emoticon

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MIZZSB 11/11/2011 7:46AM

    hihihi John..

well 6 am is freaking early!!!
When it drives you nuts that Joans sleeps when she is no longer tired.. it drives me nuts that i can be awake before my daughter wakes up in the morning between 06.30-07.00 AM. While my boyfriend can sleep in till 11 am without a problem.. Some people need more sleep ;)

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NASFKAB 11/11/2011 2:40AM


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KENDRACARROLL 11/11/2011 1:12AM

    Wow! I think I forgot to turn on my phone today altogether. I'm always glad when nobody calls me :)

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GEEMAWEST 11/10/2011 10:37PM

    OMG! That's too funny!

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AIRPEACH 11/10/2011 7:44PM

My answer would be this: The cats. Or maybe I just think they talk to me. :D

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/10/2011 5:03PM

    Leave the phone off, John. There are already enough phone whores in the world already. emoticon

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LORI-K 11/10/2011 3:38PM

    Funny story!
I'm a morning person too, and can't think of a soul I can talk to at 6am! Who are these people talking to??

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HKARLSSON 11/10/2011 3:22PM

    emoticon Oh, that's funny! I can't stand talking to anybody before 10am. Oddly enough, I was born at 9:30am. Guess I need that half an hour to collect myself? Have a great afternoon and rest of the day, both you and your lady wife!

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CARTOONB 11/10/2011 1:57PM

    Your wife is a wise woman.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 11/10/2011 1:02PM

    Classic Joan!!
Crisis averted, indeed.
Enjoy your Thursday John and each day there after.

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WORKINGSTIFF 11/10/2011 12:12PM

    I was born in the early morning too and have spent a lifetime trying to avoid the a.m.!

I can't stand talking to anybody that early in the morning-only my dog. No noise, no TV, no conversation, nada....leave me be!

Your wife is obviously very astute...and probably quite droll too I bet you guys are great together!


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GETFIT2LIVE 11/10/2011 11:39AM

    That put a smile on my face this morning, John--leave it to your wife to put things into the right perspective. She is a very wise woman, I hope I get a chance to meet you both in person some day!


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GAL7288 11/10/2011 11:28AM

    lol that was funny! Makes me think i don't get many calls either, huh. I often joke that i can go without a phone for weekd with no missed or received calls.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 11/10/2011 10:56AM

    Funny. Sometimes I look around to see who is on their cell phones when I am waiting different places. I was shopping the other day and this woman and young girl (I would say maybe 9-10) were in the store. The girl was on the phone the whole time! Start them young.
The problem I have is that a good friend of mine drives truck and he gets done around midnight...sometimes we talk while he is driving, but I don't like distracting him so I have left a standing order that he can call me and wake me up to talk. He has a problem with this sometimes because he doesn't want to disturb my sleep, but I tried to explain to him that my best sleep time (do not disturb time!) is between 3-5 am. It is nice to get a "good morning" call sometimes!

So glad that your wife could put it all in perspective for you, though. You would have fretted all day otherwise! LOL.

Have a great day, John.

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PGNBRI 11/10/2011 10:54AM

    Ha Ha!! Hope you have a great day John!!

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LUVMYK9S 11/10/2011 10:01AM

    Thanks for the smile this morning! I wonder myself why so many people have to be connected all of the time. I suppose I am just old fashioned, I have a cell phone, but only use it rarely, whereas I see many people that can't go 5 minutes without chatting/texting on their cell phones! I guess I just don't feel the need ... especially at 6:00AM!

Good blog!

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WALKAWAY 11/10/2011 9:55AM

    LOL, that would be called the do not disturb function.

Have a wonderful day John! emoticon

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LISA01605 11/10/2011 9:43AM

    I get up at 4:30 every day (week days) but if anyone called me before 8 AM (week day) or 10 AM (weekend) they better have an emergency or I will likely tear their head off. I've learned to be an early riser and I am really productive in the morning but I am not ready for people that early in the day.

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ZMILENA 11/10/2011 9:17AM

    I liked your blog.
A word of advise.
Go to your local herbal store and buy herbs for tea.
It takes only 5 minutes to make it, a lot less than your line at McDonalds.
Real herbs are very good for your health in every aspect, and making your own tea is the only way to know it has no sugar added.
Try natural herbal tea with honey.
You`ll be surprised by how different it is from all the powder things they sell in McDonalds.
PS: Don`t turn on your phone at 6am. Treasure the time you can give only to your self.

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HAPPY-DESTINY 11/10/2011 9:16AM

    I know to whom they are NOT talking to at 6AM...You and Me! emoticon

Nice blog...Have a 'Happy' Day!

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HDHAWK 11/10/2011 9:07AM

    I'm an early riser too and the last thing I want to do is be on my phone at 6 a.m. That's about the only quiet time I get all day!

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CINNAMONCAT9 11/10/2011 9:03AM

    Ha ha! To be honest, I have a great deal of admiration for people who know how to be alone gracefully. Your writing is beautiful too; good thinkers make good writers.

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BEATLETOT 11/10/2011 8:51AM

    Very well-written and thought-provoking! Thanks for posting!!! =)

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/10/2011 8:51AM

    Lol. It does make it hard for people to call you if your phone isn't turned on at 6. Now I work on the theory that anyone calling me before oh say 7:30 has bad news. Never mind I'm up at 5:30 getting people off to school and work so I could talk but nobody I know is social at that time of the morning.

Have a great day!

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