Okay, I’ve pretty much finished the proposal, and while I could spend the rest of the night on FastLane, I’m going to wrap up and go to sleep. Though having stayed up this late, I’ll probably have trouble going to sleep.
I am glad I have the kind of job where I can do this here at home, within earshot of my kids, rather than at the office.
A word of advice to graduate students who have trouble staying up really late: mix your caffeine sources. I find that alternating cups of coffee and cans of Diet Coke works wonders. You end up imbibing less caffeine, but still manage to stay alert.
Hunter S. Thompson, in his deeply strange book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, argues that there’s a deep significance to the fact that the drug world shifted from uppers to downers when Nixon took office. I wonder what deep meaning attraches to the popularity of caffeine….