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September 7th, 2005
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ConClave, and sleeping at cons in general
I would like to go to ConClave in a month, but lacking an income, I'm not able to go on my usual terms.  If I remember their volunteer policy aright, I'm quite willing to work the hours required to get my membership fee reimbursed, and I'm willing to eat (most of) my meals out of a cooler and the consuite, but the big expense of a con is the hotel room.  I can't justify the expense of a room to myself.  This means that I'm testing the waters to see if there's someone out there who is willing to be accomodating for an involuntarily difficult roommate.

The problem is that I have, and always have had as far back as I can remember, extreme difficulty falling asleep.  A good night is one where I only spend an hour tossing and turning, and unfamiliar non-white noises in the room, such as another person breathing, can keep me sleepless essentially the whole night.  Something like 15 years ago, I realized that I had enough money I could just afford my own room at cons, and since that realization I just stopped worrying about it, but I need a cheaper solution now, or I'll have to cut way back on cons.  For the foreseeable future, I'll be relying on earplugs, some kind of white noise generator if my roommate(s) will permit it, and possibly over-the-counter sleep medication.

If you're going to ConClave, a reasonably quiet sleeper yourself, and willing to put up with a roommate who isn't, let me know.  Alternatively, I'm interested in any suggestions on how I can sonically isolate myself without disturbing other people trying to sleep nearby, keeping in mind that any solution has to be robust enough that it can handle the punishment of quite a lot of shifting position (I don't think any normal personal listening device would last until morning).

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From:tigertoy
Date:September 7th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
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"With friends like these..."
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From:tigertoy
Date:September 8th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
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9 months now, and no real crisis for several months yet. It's the long term future that's the problem. I need to write about it; it might be therapeutic.
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From:singlemaltsilk
Date:September 8th, 2005 02:12 am (UTC)
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I use the squishy foam earplugs, and generally bring along extra ones for my roomies. Put them in right, and all you hear is your own breathing.
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From:tigertoy
Date:September 8th, 2005 07:10 am (UTC)
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I have the squishy foam earplugs, but I haven't tried sleeping with them yet.
They were a joy at Irishfest a couple of weeks ago. I was standing right in front of the friggin' speakers snapping pictures of Leahy and not feeling any pain at all. Without the protection I would have been hurting even in the back where our group was sitting. Hearos rock.
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From:mplsfish
Date:September 15th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Have you ever tried subliminal messages? My roomate in High school talked me into it and I was out in a jiff. I was worried that any noise or music would keep me up. No problems.
I don't have any advice on where to get them though.
Mind if I friend you?
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From:tigertoy
Date:September 16th, 2005 02:17 am (UTC)
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I've never tried it and never heard of a product that worked that way.

You're welcome to friend me, as long as you understand that I won't friend you back until I feel like I know you pretty well (which usually means in real life and not just on LJ). If I know who you are but am just not connecting your LJ identify with real life, you can email me (tigertoy at livejournal dot com should work) if you don't want to say in public.
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