I got plenty of sleep today, but I will promise you that no man makes it through the midnight-4am time slot without feeling a mild bit exhausted. Even though I would define myself as rested, I sit with a giant cup of coffee, hoping it will give me what I need to make it until 9am.
That's the target. 9am is sleep time. The best time of the day, hands down. Sleep is my favorite thing, and regardless of what you might say, it's your favorite thing too. If you disagree, I want you to think of something you love. Can you go without it for three days? Chances are you can, and you would be just fine. Go without sleep for three days, and I promise you will change your mind.
When you hear me say that I'm tired on the radio, or I got too little sleep today, believe me. I have way too much going on in my life. As hard as it may seem, working at the station every night for 9 hours is the only part of my day, aside from sleeping, that I get to relax. If I'm not here, I'm hanging out with my Grandfather, who lost his wife, my Grandmother this past summer. I need to spend as much time as I can with him, I know he gets awful lonely. My brother and his wife are expecting their first child, which will make me a super awesome uncle, so I enjoy grabbing a bite to eat with them whenever possible, or catch up with my Mom when she makes it to town.. I also try to have a social life, and I mix in a lot of video gaming; it helps when you carry a weird schedule like I do. Gaming keeps you entertained when the rest of the world is sleeping.
I also lift weights. A lot of weights. I do yoga to keep old injuries in the past where they belong, and that's becoming more and more a focus of my fitness. I love riding bikes, and in fact, I worked in a bike shop here in town for 3 years. I mountain bike, road bike, ride recreational trails in town, and commute to work by bicycle more often than not.
You might wonder, "What does Cornbread do to pass the time in studio?" Well, I spend a tremendous amount of time on Reddit, and it might sound obvious, but I listen to music. A LOT of music. I pick and play our music on the radio, sure, but I also listen to other stuff while I'm here too. My tastes in music vary quite a bit. Anyone who has listened to my show for more than a week must be aware that Tool is and will always be my favorite band, but if you went through my Nexus 7 you would find Silversun Pickups, Meshuggah, Beck, Everclear, Soil, Mushroomhead, Pink Floyd's Echoes in it's entirety, a few selections form Lou Reed, Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age's most recent album, Blackmill, FC Kahuna and even some Sarah Blasko.
Music is an escape of sorts. I listen to the music that matches my emotions. You might think that listening to happy songs when sad would help you, but I'm not one of those people. If life is particularly rough, I like to delve into some pretty grainy depressive tunes like 'Gas Panic' by Oasis or the staple of my generation 'Fake Plastic Trees' by Radiohead. I feel the introspective tunes get me on the path towards understanding what's really important. With my head screwed on straight, it doesn't all seem so bad anymore.
Catch me on a particularly happy day, and I'm likely to be listening to 'Love Letters' by the Dirty Heads or Alien Ant Farm's 'Movies.'
I guess I'm hoping to shed some light on what I do with my day. It seems like I'm always burning the candle at both ends and seeing no progress. Thankfully I have music to keep me going.