© 2010 Steven Wong

Sleeping on the job…

Happy 2010 everyone! I’ve somehow waited 2 weeks into this new year before posting. I guess between the new year, my birthday and general laziness, the urge to post something interesting hadn’t really hit me. But you regular readers will be rewarded for your dedication… read on.

So if you’ve known me for any stretch of time, you know that I may or may not have a skill for falling asleep just about anywhere. I’m not narcoleptic, but I can succumb really easily to the urge to sleep, especially after eating and i’m warm and cozy. But my friends know that I’m capable of dozing off in the most random of places: cars, subways, trains, planes, restaurants, bars, clubs, in class, at work, watching TV, in front of the computer… zzz… even while you’re talking to me.

One of the interesting things about Beijing is that there are many apartment complexes. It’s not just one or two buildings. I’m talking about collections of up to 20 buildings that all look similar and offer similar accommodations. Usually these complexes will offer 24-hour security, which seems great at first, but once you understand the reality, it’s not so great.

You see, I’m not the only one who can fall asleep in weird places. So while the guards seem to do stuff during the day like, um… stuff, they will inevitably catch a few Z’s in the wee hours of the night. I don’t begrudge them for doing so, particularly since a friend here said they can work 12-hour shifts, but 24-hour security isn’t really secure if they’re asleep, right? I’m not sayin’… I’m just sayin’.

Ok, so for you hardcore readers (or stalkers… hello!), here’s something for you. If you’re one of the first 10 people to comment on this post, with a real email address I can reach you at, I’ll send you a postcard from Beijing! How ’bout them apples!