Things that keep me awake at night

I have been swamped for the last few days, and that is a good sign. We are developing new consulting clients and I am finding new outlets for my latest line of custom wood products. I am also trying to make sense out of our 2003 business expenses.

So, at the end of a busy day, I try to unwind by browsing through some of the blogs I haven’t visited in a while. This too often leads me from one blog to another until I find myself bleary-eyed looking at a quote like the following:

I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming in terror like his passengers.

—Sverre Slotte

I spend the next hour looking for background material on Sverre Slotte and can find nothing to explain what his grandfather had been doing.

I finally tear myself away from the computer, slog off to bed, and lie there running various scenarious through my mind until unconsciousness claims me.

Does anyone have a clue what this his quote is about?

Let me know. Then we can take up the interesting history of, “Maybe the horse will sing.” which has been attributed to Herodotus.

That wonderful tale of unflappable optimism gained new life during an encounter between Microsoft TV guys and the Liberate folks who were attending the iTV Conference in Amsterdam.

Someday, I’ll have to stop myself from collecting internet flotsam.
But not just yet…

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0 Responses to Things that keep me awake at night

  1. Denny says:

    A thought that kept you up at night, but what did it do for your dreams?

  2. David says:

    Sverre Slotte’s quote was a conundrum that my mind refused to let go of until I devised a way to pass it on to others. 🙂

    My dreams are no longer troubled by images of disaster.
    That was addressed a long time ago. The ancient
    memories that surface at night now provide mostly
    adventure, or subjects for reflection.

    As you can guess from my writing, I sleep easy.
    That comes either from a good conscience or a bad memory.
    You are free to decide which.

  3. Svere’s quote is simply a joke about elderly drivers. I first ran across the joke perhaps 10 years ago, and it probably goes back farther. It almost certainly did not originate with him, and I think it should probably be attributed to the ubiquitous Anon.

  4. David says:

    Thanks Dave,

    I can see now that I Googled on the wrong phrase before.

    Googling for “peacefully in my sleep” just now, I came up with 4180 sites.

    It’s been around for awhile.

  5. Ironbear says:

    *grin* His grandfather fell asleep behind the wheel while driving. His passengers were still awake…

    Briefly. ;]

  6. Not another rendition of my favourite phrase!
    By the way, I’ve knocked up a potted history of it over here: http://www.horrible.demon.co.uk/die_peacefully_in_my_sleep.htm
    which you may (or may not) be interested in…

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