Sleep is a precious commodity, one that for many people is hard to come by.
Millions of Americans take sleeping pills and other drugs on a nightly basis in a hope of getting their rest. Many spend thousands on doctor visits and other therapies. And there are few things more certain to get you on someone's bad side than when you disturb their dreams with an early phone call or knock on the door.
That's why I'm so upset and mystified at the behavior of a group of people who, on each of the last two Saturdays, have driven through my neighborhood between 6:30 and 7 a.m. all honking their horns furiously, with no regard to the fact that the vast majority of their fellow Napervillians were trying to get some rest.
And this isn't a group of teenagers out acting like idiots; that would be frustrating, but at least I could chalk it up to stupid kids who don't know any better. No, I have been informed this is a local swim team heading to a competition. So this group of parents and their kids apparently decided that since they are up early no one else deserves to sleep either.
What's sad about this is under other circumstances, the success of the swim team would be something for the neighborhood to rally around and all be happy about. But because they have been so obnoxious, this is one resident at least who hopes they finish dead last in every contest as long as they keep up this horn-blowing routine.
How can so many adults be so ignorant about what they are doing? I'm sure someone came up with this brilliant idea as a way to pump up the kids and the residents, and that would be fine if they were heading out in the afternoon. But they're not doing it in the afternoon; they're doing it in the early morning.
Many people like myself work second shift, and for me, 6:30 a.m. is literally the middle of the night. I'm guessing if I came through honking at 11 p.m. on my way home from work, I wouldn't make too many friends and would probably get the cops called on me.
This is just the latest example of the self-centered nature of much of our society. We have abortion protesters camped out at major intersections with no warning to the community, exposing little children to grotesque images of aborted fetuses and alienating people who would otherwise support them with their confrontational tactics.
When I go to the post office, there's always the person who has 73 packages, or the one who gets up to the clerk with their box still unsealed and unaddressed. At the grocery store, there's the person with 25 items going in the 10 or fewer lane. Recently there was a 20-something man standing on the sidewalk beneath my bedroom window carrying on a shouted conversation at 2:30 a.m. with another resident a few buildings down, totally oblivious to the situation.
What type of behavior do you see in your life that demonstrates a blatant disregard for others? Is it the neighbor who has to mow his lawn at 7:30 every Saturday morning, or the person who makes you miss the stoplight by sitting there for 10 seconds after it turns green?