Sleep Deprivation

A senator, not one of ours and for our purposes will remain nameless, exited the Senate chamber late Saturday night to take some kind of break. Outside in the lobby, however, were (Go figure.) lobbyists, lots of them, working late into the session, the weekend and the night. A senator going outside would surely be approached. The senator said that wasn’t something worth dealing with. It was late, late for the Senate. People (present company included) were tired.

For the Senate working past 10 p.m. is kind of unusual. The folks in the House are used to it, but the Senate is more stately, refined, and strict about where a reporter can hang out to watch stuff, but that’s a different subject. (Someday there’s going to be photocopied pictures of my face posted in capitol places I’m not supposed to be, because I seem to find a lot of them.)

So the senator opted for an elevator that could deliver a person elsewhere without fending off legislative suitors.

The elevator doors for the senator opened. Still, the senator remained. The doors stayed open, according to normal elevator door-waiting standards. Figuring no one was boarding, the elevator decided to close and bid adieu. I made the “bidding adieu” part up. Only as the doors were almost shut did the senator realize that the ride had arrived. The senator was successful in convincing the doors to open again, thanks in some part to a security guard less sleep-deprived.

If that senator had been relying on my help that elevator would have been long gone.

3 thoughts on “Sleep Deprivation

  1. I wonder how many bills get passed or discarded for reasons other than the bill’s merit?

    Sleep deprivation blocks reasoning…”

    .”According to a 2000 study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers in Australia and New Zealand reported that sleep deprivation can have some of the same hazardous effects as being drunk.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_deprivation

    Thanks for pointing out the apparent reason so many idiot bills get passed… sleep deprivation.
    Sharon O’Hara

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