Posted by Dianne Nicolini on March 31, 2008
So again today I filled in for “the vacationing Hoyt Smith”. (I’m looking forward to being “the vacationing Dianne Nicolini” very soon! ) Anyway, I set my alarm for 4:10am and then a second alarm for 2 minutes later. As usual when I work for Hoyt, I don’t get that deep REM sleep thing going so I’m usually awake and staring at the clock well before the alarm can go off. Along about 4:08 I turn the alarm off so I don’t wake Jim. Then I tiptoe out of the darkened room and into the bathroom next door. A good hot shower is the only thing that seems to get me more or less awake. A bowl of grape nuts and I’m out the door. It’s amazing to me to see all the folks already on the road. They can’t all be disc jockeys, can they? I look forward to seeing the smiley newspaper guy at West Oakland BART where I buy the Chron for a quarter. Almost all the riders around me are asleep. This I wouldn’t dare. I might wake up to find myself at SFO and late for work. Walking from Montgomery BART to Howard Street at 5:00 am is a mix between go-getters and sleeping homeless bodies in doorways. Thank goodness for the cheerful kids up early at our Starbucks. “Make that a Vente!” By the time, I come into the studio I’m almost human and there to greet me is one of my favorite humans, Betsy O’Connor. Couldn’t do it without Betsy leading me through the obstacle course that is the Morning Show. Much more complicated than my usual 11 to 3pm. So right now, we’re in the middle of the “Blend at 10″ and all I can think about is eating and napping. Sometimes life is so basic. Talk to you tomorrow at 11:00 and not a second earlier!