At which time of day are people most likely to be awake for both the a.m. and p.m. version?
Mean: 8.54 Median: 10 Std. Dev 3.25
Well, when I was much younger, I would've picked "7" or "8" as the answer to that question. Not only did I have a bedtime, but I was quite the early riser.
I used to spend alternate weekends at my dad's house. And, after a late night the night before of trying to stay up in bed and watch alllllll the way to the end of the 7:30 pm Flyers game, I'd generally wake up in the morning at about 7. No one else would be awake for another 2 hours, least of all my uber-cool step-brother, the older one, who was a teenager already. After what must've been several incidents, I was told that I was absolutely not to wake anyone before 9.
So I'd have plenty of time to go downstairs, make myself breakfast, and then either wander around aimlessly or play with the cats and a length of string. I can't imagine that they all always slept through 2 little feet and 8 or 12 little paws scampering in circles around the downstairs, but it was a matter of picking one's battles, and I bet they'd rather try to get another hour of shuteye than yell at me for being a kid with energy. But I did get pretty good at doing even that quietly, and of course I was as silent as could be when doing anything else. It's a useful skill. I have the patience necessary to close a bathroom door without the doorknob clicking at all. I learn where squeaky steps are. I walk deliberately so as to avoid disturbing anything that might be unexpectedly in my way.
And it's a skill that's come in handy, but at the other end of the clock. This house I'm in is small and open, and when my mom's here, she has to go to sleep early enough to wake up for the long commute in the morning. So I'm still the one moving around quietly, but now it's because it's after midnight and most employed people are already asleep. The bathroom on my floor is broken and I have to use hers, so as I tiptoe past my mom's bed, I'm reminded of those absurdly early mornings many years ago.
And yeah, I miss the cats.