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when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: April 25, 2006 10:33PM
By 8:30pm I've usually just had it. All I can do is sit back in my easy chair and watch Stargate SG-1. So I'm wondering, how long does your steam hold out?

Dave
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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: clay
Date: April 25, 2006 10:41PM
I usually have a lag somewhere between 2-4pm. Then I'm usually good until midnight. Of course, I don't have to be up before 8am any morning, and not at work until 10, so I can afford to take my time getting awake in the morning and starting my day.
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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: pRON aHOLIC
Date: April 25, 2006 10:54PM
2 a.m.



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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: Stephanie
Date: April 25, 2006 11:03PM
about 5:30 (when I walk through the front door after work). Unfortunately for me, I get a second wind around 10:30 - right when I'm trying to go to bed!
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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: chas_m
Date: April 25, 2006 11:05PM
I wonder if any of the people who use the expression "lose steam" have any idea where that phrase comes from or how old it is.

Anyway, these days my day starts at 8am (work starts at 9) and goes till between 6 and 9pm depending. After dinner and a tiny amount of TV watching, I hit the computer (hello!) for a few hours and usually knock off around 3am. So the answer to the question is "2-3am."

And I make up for that sleep deficit on the weekends. I also notice a lag right around 3pm, but I've always put that down to ingrained tea-time response. As I get older I realise it's the other way round: tea-time was invented to address the (natural) lag.

When I was freelance, I used to work between noon and 4am, then go to bed from roughly 4am to noon. In many ways, that works better for me -- maybe I'll get such a job again some day.



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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: April 25, 2006 11:08PM
When I look at her and she gives me that smile that says....
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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: April 25, 2006 11:10PM
chas_m Wrote:
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> I wonder if any of the people who use the
> expression "lose steam" have any idea where that
> phrase comes from or how old it is.
> chas_m

Steam Locomotives.
No one under 50 uses the expression, unless they grew up around their grandparents.

BGnR
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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: davester
Date: April 25, 2006 11:33PM
I've been talking about this concept with my wife lately. My most productive work occurs when I stay late at work after everybody goes home. Around 6 pm, the office gets very quiet, the creative juices start flowing and I generate a lot of valuable information, analysis and writing between 6 pm and 2 am. Unfortunately, I work in a consulting business that pays by the hour...a ridiculous situation given that my morning hours produce little of use and my evening hours produce mass quantities of valuable stuff.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 25, 2006 11:34PM
Stephanie Wrote:
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> about 5:30 (when I walk through the front door
> after work). Unfortunately for me, I get a second
> wind around 10:30 - right when I'm trying to go to
> bed!
>
> ....
> Please don't tell me to Google; I already have. If
> I were happy with the results, I wouldn't be
> asking a question HERE.

sounds like the ideal girlfriend winking smiley



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/26/2006 07:33PM by Racer X.
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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 25, 2006 11:36PM
davester Wrote:
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> I've been talking about this concept with my wife
> lately. My most productive work occurs when I
> stay late at work after everybody goes home.
> Around 6 pm, the office gets very quiet, the
> creative juices start flowing and I generate a lot
> of valuable information, analysis and writing
> between 6 pm and 2 am. Unfortunately, I work in a
> consulting business that pays by the hour...a
> ridiculous situation given that my morning hours
> produce little of use and my evening hours produce
> mass quantities of valuable stuff.
>
> -----------------------------------------
> "It is all too easy to derive endless strings of
> interesting-looking but untrue or irrelevant
> formulae instead of checking the validity of the
> initial premises" John Ziman (Reliable Knowledge)

My photo instructor started his work day at 4am. he worked from 4am to 8am with absolutely no interruptions and got more done than most people who put in an 8 hour day.

I started my lab work at school at 7am when the doors were opened. Class started at 9am. In those 2 hours, I could get more darkroom work done than most everyone else could during the whole afternoon. I was usually sharing the whole place with 3 or 4 others before class.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/25/2006 11:44PM by Racer X.
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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: April 26, 2006 12:01AM
I get my best work done between 17:00 and 20:00, then my wife calls and asks when I'll be home. I'm expected to be at work at 8:00, but I can't get any work done until 17:00 because my phone rings off of the hook all day..."Fix this database...write this Crystal Report...What is Active-X and why doesn't it work in Firefox?...What's my email password...My computer was running REALLY slow, so I turned off the AntiVirus software, that's OK right?...I deleted the documents and settings folder and now I can't find anything...What do you mean you can't figure out how to configure 2 nested VPN connections through 4 firewalls using 2 different protocols?" and on and on.



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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: April 26, 2006 06:08AM
I'm not sure time of day matters. But 4:42 pm. That is roughly about twelve (12) hours since waking, including near 10 hours of work.

Then, I push through till 11 pm or Midnight (media noche?).





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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: April 26, 2006 06:57AM
It depends on what I'm doing and what needs to be done. On any given day I can go for about 24 hours, but that usually isn't a good idea if I want to get to work the next day. 30 hours tends to be my limit in terms of being able to act normal, but I'd better be moving around or I'll fall asleep. Driving is not a good idea.

Also, my 'normal' sleep schedule is shifted about 12 hours- get up a 7pm, work from 12a-9a, then go to bed around 11a. On Friday I usually just stay up all day and go to bed late, then my weekend is just like normal, get up a 7a and so on.
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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: trisho.
Date: April 26, 2006 07:08AM
BigGuynRusty Wrote:
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> chas_m Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I wonder if any of the people who use the
> > expression "lose steam" have any idea where
> that
> > phrase comes from or how old it is.
> > chas_m
>
> Steam Locomotives.
> No one under 50 uses the expression, unless they
> grew up around their grandparents.
>
> BGnR


Are you kidding?! I use that term all the time. But then again, my mom is probably older than a lot of you. Don't underestimate younger people though.

And when I lose steam differs every two weeks. The past few weeks it's been 10pm or so. Before that it was 2:30am. I'll be back on the 2am cycle pretty soon hopefully because I have a ton of freelance work coming up. But I am an early riser especially in summer. I've been waking up around 6:30am or so...



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Trains
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: April 26, 2006 07:11AM
Locomotive? No one under the age of 50 uses that term!
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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: sscutchen
Date: April 26, 2006 07:58AM
My body clock seems to be based on a 26 hr day. Left to my own schedule, I'll stay up later and get up later every day.

The result is that I stay up late(12:00 to 1:00a), but then HAVE to get up early (5:45a). After about 3 days of this, I crash about 10:30p.

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On losing steam...
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My grandfather was a coal chute supervisor on the Atlanta and St. Andrews Bay Railway between Dothan, Alabama and Panama City, Florida. He and his crew would reload the coal and water car in Compass Lake, Florida; about the mid point. My Dad was born in Compas Lake in 1928, in a 3 room house with a dirt floor, no water, no electricity.

When the railroad shifted to oil in the mid 1930s (still steam, though), my grandfather's job went away. This is during the Depression... not a good thing. But he was a good worker, and was moved to a new job in Dothan; night shift tender. His job was to tend all of the locomotives in the Dothan yard at night keeping their boilers hot so that they would have steam quickly in the morning... in other words, to make sure they didn't lose their steam





Don't ask who the bell's for, dude. It's you.
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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: $tevie
Date: April 26, 2006 11:22AM
Stephanie Wrote:
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> about 5:30 (when I walk through the front door
> after work). Unfortunately for me, I get a second
> wind around 10:30 - right when I'm trying to go to
> bed!

I have fought that second wind problem all my life. Regardless of how tired I am, I will bounce back at about ten/eleven PM -- and if I allow myself, I can easily stay up until 1 or 2 in the morning (even later when I was younger). I have to force myself to go to bed at a decent hour almost every night.



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Re: when do you lose your steam?
Posted by: GeneL
Date: April 26, 2006 12:55PM
$tevie Wrote:
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> Stephanie Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > about 5:30 (when I walk through the front
> door
> > after work). Unfortunately for me, I get a
> second
> > wind around 10:30 - right when I'm trying to
> go to
> > bed!
>
> I have fought that second wind problem all my
> life. Regardless of how tired I am, I will bounce
> back at about ten/eleven PM -- and if I allow
> myself, I can easily stay up until 1 or 2 in the
> morning (even later when I was younger). I have to
> force myself to go to bed at a decent hour almost
> every night.
>

Same problem for me only it's midnight to one o'clock when I get my second wind, in which case I don't get to sleep until 2 to 4 AM :^ (


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Re: Trains
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 26, 2006 07:34PM
Lux Interior Wrote:
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> Locomotive? No one under the age of 50 uses that
> term!

those who were raised in a perambulator do.
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