Filling in for Jim Free's Free Zone in the Morning Show on 99.1 The Whale has been an adventure both on the air and off.

It's been quite a while since I've filled in on the Whale morning show, probably last time was a few years ago, so it took some getting my bearings straight. Especially since I'm not exactly a morning person.

If you are like me, you like to stay up late. Okay, late for me is 11 pm. Not like my younger days when I could hang in there well past midnight. I need my sleep. Seven or eight hours will do it, or I'm just a cranky you know what the next morning.

Anyway, outside of the being on the morning show, I've mad some other interesting observations. Well, interesting to me. My ride into this week has shown me a different world than the one I travel in the daylight.

Most times, I travel to work through the main streets of our villages and city. First of all, since I'm on the road in the 4 a.m. hour, you would think the lights at intersections would be in my favor. Nah. Almost all turn red by the time I get to them. No other vehicles are in site. Well, except for that one vehicle right behind me. Following me all the way, almost up my tailpipe. Dude, back off!

A couple of times, I almost hit people on my way to work. It's dark at 4 a.m., and I almost hit someone skateboarding in the middle of the road. Not smart. And then just a few blocks away, a person dressed in dark clothing was standing with his bicycle straddling the two lanes. Just standing there, almost as if wanting a vehicle to hit him. I didn't see hit until I was a few feet away and had to swerve to avoid a collision. Do our roadways double as sidewalks on the overnight hours?

Another interesting thing of note, when I'm stuck at all those red lights, I have had the opportunity to look at the businesses around the intersection with all their lights on inside. So that's what the interior of that store looks like that I pass by everyday heading to work. I should stop in sometime...yes, when they are open.

As interesting as it can be being awake in the very early hours of the morning hours, I think I prefer being more of a daytime person. Props to Jim Free for living the life of an early bird. I will continue the life of a night owl. That is if you consider a night owl throwing in the towel before 11 p.m. every evening.

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