Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Sir, Don't mind me..."

I always knew the day would come...

Yesterday, I fell asleep on somebody...
On my commute home.

I was tired. I couldn't help it!

I'm not going to lie...I fall asleep on my way home from work almost every day. In fact, I look forward to my little "nap" session on the CTA. (Chicago Transit Authority, for those of you who aren't in the know...)

And you, Judgy McJudgerton...Don't act like you've never fallen asleep on mass transit before! (or...at least WANTED to!)

If i try to read a book on my way home, I am conked out within a couple of page turns.
So, that definitely won't help.

Look...My sleep pattern has been awful lately. I try to get a decent amount of sleep, but for some reason I have been waking up multiple times throughout the night. Maybe it's stress...who knows...

Therefore, I NEED this refresher on my commute home. A good 15-20 minute cat nap is just what I need to get me through the rest of the evening!

And just like our bodies seem to have an automatic internal alarm clock that will wake us up at our normal time, even on our days off...I feel like I have my own CTA alarm clock that wakes me up within a couple of stops from where I need to get off.

Only ONCE did i miss my stop.

A couple of years ago, I was riding the Purple Line train, planning to get off at my stop. I snoozed through it, and ended up WAY far north, due to the train going Express! That sucked hard...

But that was a while ago, and it hasn't happened again since.

So, I sleep in peace...

And...I don't try to hide it either. I sit there in full "shut-eye" glory! Yes, I'm the guy whose head may bob up and down. Sometimes, i may lean towards my seat mate, but I've never actually fallen on them.

Until now.

Yesterday, on my way home, I woke up suddenly with a cushion underneath my head...which startled me for a second. That cushion was the shoulder of the guy next to me.

"Oh, I'm so sorry!"

The guy looked bigger than me, so i sized him up for a quick second. If he was really mad at me, and tried to start a fight, could I take him? I was preparing myself...

And then he chuckled lightly, "Don't worry about it."

Phew! I Lucked out! I dozed off on a nice person...

Hopefully, i wasn't sleeping on him for a long time. I hope it was an 'oops...my head bobbed and hit your shoulder, but then i lifted it right away' moment.

I imagine it would be way more awkward if I was actually resting my head on him for a while...
Although, if I did he seemed to be ok with it. Weird.

SO, I got lucky this time, but I can imagine what it would've been like if I fell asleep on someone different! I mean...what if it was some bitchy Lincoln Park trixie? That would've been the WORST!

What if the tables were reversed? I've never actually had someone fall asleep onto me before. I wonder how I would react...

I guess I would let them...especially if they were really cute. :)
And as long as they don't drool...


  1. Please you would not be ok with someone falling asleep on you!! =0)I would be boncing my shoulder so there head bounced and they woke up!

  2. I'm the same as you Paul I take the Purple Line express south so I have a good 15-20 min nap. I either take a seat where no one is sitting next to me or if it is crowded I try to sit in the single seats (located near the emergency doors) so at least this way I don't have to worry about falling asleep on anyone.

    Just be careful you don't get flashed in these seats. I've had a few guys "expose" themselves to me from these seats since no one can really see us.

  3. Wow, all this excitement. It's so boring on the train for me! :)

  4. I usually read while on the train. But somedays, keeping my eyelids open are too much. I'm always afraid of falling asleep and snoring. And, I don't like when I fall asleep and my head snaps. I always laugh when I see that happen to people on the train. So I'm sure people are laughing at me!

    You can use my shoulder anytime you like!

  5. Anna...you know I'm nicer than that! haha...

  6. Bi guy...I have a similar experience to that! Maybe I will have to blog about that one as well... :)

    Michael, I hope I sit next to you on the way home, then. I prefer a shoulder to lay on. :)

  7. this is the most flirtatious comments section ever

  8. I'm totally with you Paul. Riding the Purple Line Express, I have 15 minutes between Howard and Belmont -- its perfect nap time!