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Goodbye Siestas?

A friend told me that the tradition of “siestas” in Europe may be waning, and I checked online, and sure enough that appears to be the case, at least in Spain. According to a BBC news article:

But the country’s corporate culture now spurns the idea of daytime dozing as being unproductive, and the siesta is fast becoming an endangered institution.

I have a siesta of sorts. Every day, during my lunch break, I close the door to my office, eat my peanut butter and jelly sandwich, read for 20 minutes, and the spend the rest of my lunch hour, napping. I’ve been doing it for a while now, and it is amazingly refreshing. I usually fall into a deep sleep within a few minutes and wake up 29 minutes later. It’s great. I can see how the folks in Spain would be upset about losing their siestas. I’d hate to lose mine.

Good news/bad news

I woke up around 1 AM and got up to get a drink of water. I wandered into the office and checked the latest headlines, and was happy to see that 12 of the 13 miners trapped by a mine explosion in West Virgina were found alive. Good news!

I went back to bed.

When I got up for work 5 hours later, I checked the headlines again, as I always do, while brushing my teeth, and found out that there was some miscommunication. 12 of the 13 miners were found dead. Bad news. Awful, actually, since the families were told only hours before that the miners had been found alive.