I pulled an all nighter at work, but around 2am I decided to catch a few hours of sleep in the break room. I lay down on the couch and tune into the news and shortly I was in deep slumber.
I awoke at 5a to find an older gent dressed in a poorly tailored black polo shirt and khakis. A bad comb over and little regard for appropriate footwear this mid 40s man was standing there looking at me. I looked back at him while he took the remote from the stool and changed the channel from MSNBC to Nickelodeon. He goes to the refrigerator with the remote in hand and pulls a popsicle out of the freezer. He sits on the other couch and starts to watch Nickelodeon cartoons.
I was waiting for Chris Hansen to pop out or nowhere and ask him to have a seat over there. Maybe it's the lack of sleep or the fact I watch too many movies, but a guy dressed like that eating frozen treats in the early morning while watching children's programming just sent red flags at full mast. I got up and gave him a look, but he wouldn't make eye contact with me. It's just as well.
Now I do like cartoons. You'll catch me watching Looney Tunes on occasion and yes I enjoy a lot of classic Disney animation as well as their new Pixar movies, but this incident really bothered me for reasons I can't explain.
I rarely see the guy, but I know now to avoid him at all costs.
Maybe I should stop posting with such little sleep.
“The challenge for us is also to make it journalistically solid.” - Chris Hansen