Adventures in Sleep Deprivation

By Dave Fox
Dayton, Ohio 

It’s 5:30 a.m. here in Dayton — home of the Wright Brothers, Erma Bombeck, and the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, where I’ve been for the last three days. I arrived Thursday evening, horribly sleep-deprived. I’m departing early this morning, horriblier sleep-depriveder.

It was a good conference this year. The fish hat lady did not attend.

It’s inevitable that when you put 300+ people together in a room, all of who consider themselves humor writers, a few weirdos are going to be in the mix.

The fish hat lady came to the last conference, back in 2006. She wore a hat that made her head look like a giant stuffed fish. At one point, she raised her hand to ask a question of Dave Barry, the keynote speaker. Dave looked at her and asked — not in a nice way, I don’t think — why she had a fish on her head. She explained to Mr. Barry that we were all at a humor writers’ conference — which was lucky for him, because he would have been ou of place at a urology convention.

Garrison Keilor was the keynote speaker this year. I think he was funny, but having gone approximately 76 hours with no sleep prior to the conference due to a book deadline, I’m not really sure.

Things were lively in the hotel bar last night, which is why I again only slept about three hours. I’m at the airport now. My flight to Chicago boards in 10 minutes. That flight is followed by a flight to San Francisco, which is followed by a flight to Hong Kong, where I am scheduled to arrive in 24 hours and 25 minutes. Somewhere along the way, I might take a nap.

Published on Sunday, April 6, 2008

One Response to “Adventures in Sleep Deprivation”

  1. nancy
    April 6, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Sweet dreams Dave.

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