Occasionally I experience insomnia in the wee small hours. Typically I will awaken in the 2:30-3 a.m. time frame, my mind churning away on some work-related issue. Usually I know immediately whether a return to sleep is likely. In those instances, after tossing and turning for a while and assuring myself that I will not, in fact, sink once more into peaceful slumber, I will throw in the towel and come downstairs to start the day. Today was one of those days.
In these dark, quiet hours the internet is a godsend. My brain is not yet quite ready for the continued attention and reflective attitude needed to really read a book, and the rich sampling options offered by the internet are perfectly suited to the mood. Scrutinize some news websites to see whether anything significant has happened overnight, read a political column, check sports scores, get an Ohio State football recruiting update, flip to a blog or two, and before you know it the time has come for the morning walk.