Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A Good Night's Rest

By Pauly
Atlantic City, NJ

For dinner last night, Friedman and I headed to Noodles of the World. The waiter gave him a weird look when Friedman asked for "General Tso's with the sauce on the side."

Then I threw the waiter a curve ball and asked for an order of General Tso's... "with the sauce on the chicken."

I also crushed a chicken satay appetizer. My first meal during a long assignment is always a fun one. By Day 10, I get so sick of the food that I'd rather starve myself.

I thought that I was going to play poker on Tuesday night. I skipped the option of playing downstairs in the Borgata's poker room. Instead, I hung out in my room and watched Star Wars and played online poker. I turned a small profit and wrote for a bit before I decided that it was time to crash.

I sleep well at the Borgata. So much so that I had been awaiting this assignment because I knew that my body would finally be able to catch up on some of the sleep I lost over the last decade due to chronic insomnia.

I popped a Xanax before I crashed just to make sure I stayed asleep. I also set my alarm and got a wake-up call just in case I passed out too hard.

Although it took me longer than I wanted to fall asleep, I finally passed out at 2:30am. I woke up once in the middle of the night, but quickly fell back asleep. Normally, once I'm up... I'm up for good. Not last night. I slept hard.

The alarm woke me up. I slept for 6.5 hours which is double what I usually get on an average night.

I was sort of groggy when I woke up, and it took me a while to sort of shake off the haze. I experienced a sleep hangover. I got too much sleep.

I was almost late for work. Since I got a slow start, I tried to get breakfast a little later than I originally planned. The buffet had a long line along with a sandwich shop I had scouted out for a bacon egg and cheese. I ended up eating at the Borgata's version of their diner. There was a wait to get in but since I was solo, they seated me at the counter. The food came out quick. It was nothing special... bacon, eggs, and hasbrowns. It almost felt as though they scooped it out of the massive industrial buffet bins and served it to me from that.

I woofed the food down and rushed up to the media desk. I was on time. Just made it. I have a pass for the employees cafeteria which I might utilize over the weekends since the Borgata gets super crowded a the weekend breakfast rush will be insane. Ah, one of the drawbacks to working inside a casino... you have to deal with the ebbs and flows of weekend gamblers.

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