Friday, July 13, 2007
The Big Sleep
I read a story in the Tribune this week about a chap who was issued a $300 ticket for sleeping on a CTA train after a hard day's work. He was summoned to appear in the City Hall Court but, given the heavy presence of the press, the creepy prosecutors dropped the case out of embarrassment. Ironic, is it not, that it is apparently illegal to sleep on a train, while the entire administration of Chicago can spend its collective career in torpid, corruption. But, I was given to thinking about the possible benefits of outlawing sleeping in class. Applying fines of $300 to students for sleeping transgressions would quickly reverse recent financial over-runs on building projects. To be fair, I can quite understand why people can nod off in lectures as I listen to the droning emanating from classrooms as I proceed through the IC. However, I do rather take exception to those who slump very obviously on the desk from the very beginning and remain thus for the entire class.