I was up until about 2:30AM this morning, trying to get some stuff done for work so I could sleep in until 11:00AM and go to the office at noon. This plan went well, until about 9:00AM.
For some reason or another, the city decided to send out a large, articulated payloader with forks instead of a bucket, to push back the <a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_barrier">k-rails at the end of 18th street. There are 5 or 6 of these rails, and they happen to be right outside my bedroom window.
Now, this wouldn't be such a bad thing, because I do live in a bit of a loud neighborhood - what with the Arni's distribution center and the freight rail - but this had an incredibly irritating twist to it: The payloader's back-up siren sounded just like an alarm clock, and it would sound for 3 "beeps" about every 2 minutes.
Why can I never get more than 8 hours of sleep, even when I try?!