March 29, 2010
I used to set my bedside clock three minutes ahead. I set its alarm for five minutes before the time I wanted to wake up and 20 before I actually had to get out of bed. The snooze only afforded four extra minutes. Somewhere in there was a math word problem dying to be composed by a man with chalk-dust hand-prints on his frayed chinos, to be grudgingly solved by a "volunteer" plucked from among his students. The only thing I asked myself, though, as I lay snug, was, "Why do I have to get out of bed at all?"