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You'd better just take that nap - Rob Felt

When life decides to kick you in the gee-willikers and you don't know where the heck to turn, why not just take a nap?

The past few weeks have presented me with some less-than-fantastic situations, and I've noticed that when the going gets tough, rookies get over-enthusiastic and the pros hit the showers.

Now I'm not advocating giving up on your problems, but have you considered that maybe you just can't win? Why not pick your battles more carefully? Caught between a rock and a hard place? Just sit this one out.

Take a nap instead!

Cap off a hard day of dealing with Mr. and Mrs. Know-it-All by laying down on any reasonably comfortable surface and just falling asleep. It'll make you feel better.

That reminds me of a song from my elementary school days ?

"It's all right to cry: crying gets the sad out of you. It's all right to cry: it might make you feel better."

Words of wisdom.

Some might call the nap solution apathetic, which is a malady that my generation has been labeled with since Kurt Cobain started whining about living life in a plaid shirt. He shot himself in the head with a shotgun. Oh well.

Did you see that? My reaction was apathetic! Cobain killing himself was pathetic. So there goes that label, VH1.

My co-worker Clay introduced me to the concept of a car nap, which is something that can be tagged onto a lunch break or completely substituted for eating altogether. Take a nap in your car during the day? Crazy. I had to try it.

One fine lunch break, after enjoying some poundage of cruddy fast food, I reclined the seat and let the air conditioner blow its improved nature across my closed eyes. Twenty minutes later I woke with a start. Sluggish and disoriented, I struggled to float my car back to the office.

What had gone wrong?

We rationalized that leaving the car running on a hot summer afternoon during the nap might have caused an unhealthy level of carbon monoxide to put me in a paranoid and vomitory state. Better luck next time.

In summation, sometimes you're going to lose, but don't shoot yourself in the head, take a nap instead!

Rob Felt is the photographer for the Daily Herald. He can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or via e-mail at rfelt@henryherald.com.