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Tossing, Turning and Film-Noir

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

sickScottI’ve spent the last ten days sick.

I started coming down with symptoms a week ago Friday. Through the weekend I tried to relax. I didn’t want my cold to get traction and set-in deeply. So I took extra care of myself.
– I intentionally rested.
– I relaxed
– I sucked on zinc lozenges
– I drank green tea
– I took extra Vitamin C
– I cut back on eating junk
– I eliminated dairy from my diet
(I’ve heard dairy might increase mucus production, and well, I had enough…)

What I didn’t do was sleep.

Throughout the days I was tired and sick, but functional.
At night, after 10:00pm I coughed and coughed.
Not much helped.

I tried to sleep in our bed, but each night after several cough-filled minutes I moved back onto the couch.

Amy, my wife slept, and I coughed, and tossed, and turned, and napped until the coughs woke me up again.

There on the couch I didn’t sleep more than 11-12 hours total between Friday morning and Wednesday night. I just couldn’t sleep. As best I could, I rested.


When I was in college I was introduced to the film genre, “Film-Noir.”

What is Noir?

According to, Film Noir was coined by French film critics in the 1940’s who noticed the trend of how ‘dark’, downbeat and black the looks and themes were of many American crime and detective films released in France following World War 2.

Noir explains the is the “vivid co-mingling of lost innocence, doomed romanticism, hard-edged cynicism, desperate desire, and shadowy sexuality unleashed in those immediate post-war years proved hugely influential, both among industry peers in the original era, and to future generations of storytellers, both literary and cinematic.”

According to the late Roger Ebert, film noir is the “most American film genre, because no society could have created a world so filled with doom, fate, fear and betrayal, unless it were essentially naive and optimistic.”

So while I laid on the couch, in the dark, filled with self-pity I renewed my affection for classic noir films. I watched The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, D.O.A. and Double Indemnity (all available on Netflix).

I looked for comfortable foods and films while I was sick.

What comforts you while you’re sick?


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