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Finally, there is something to be happy about Wisconsinites.

The government recently announced that the State of Wisconsin was named number one on Drug Take Back Day. That’s right; all the other states are jealous because no other population gave back as many prescription pills as we did.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice collected 89,982 pounds of unwanted medication on Oct. 24 thanks to over 200 law enforcement agencies and almost 500 permanent drug disposal boxes across our great state.

California and Texas used to be on top. They need to step aside kindly, there’s a new king in town and we are never giving up the title.

I don’t know a lot about drugs, but 90,000 pounds or 45 tons is about the same weight as a bulldozer, car crusher, and firetruck combined or the weight of about ten monster trucks.

That is a lot of drugs; I mean medication – the politically correct term for all the snowflakes.

A single OxyContin pill weighs 269mg, so we gave back billions of pills. And every unused pill is helpful to society. No thanks to Big Pharma.

On Wisconsin!

Tossin’ and turnin’

A few years ago I realized I’ve got insomnia. It’s great. I get ready for bed, and then I just lay there until my body decides it is ready for rest. Then I wake up two hours later and then lay there for a few more hours.

Have you ever been physically in bed for 10 hours and only get like three and a half hours of sleep?

My doctor said I could try medication and because I’m an American, I accepted the pills. They are great if you want to be groggy for the first five hours of the day.

Sarcasm aside, I’ve decided to no longer lay in bed for four hours before having my morning coffee. Now, I’m getting up and at it as early as possible.

So, I’m up around 4 a.m. every day for the last two months; it is part of many changes I’ve made recently; cut my portion size at meals in half and drinking about a gallon of water a day.

Waking up that early is my way of saying, “nice try” to my body and mind. Nice try, but I’m just going to be awake now. I might crash and pass out before dinner, but I’ll deal with that at a later date, just passing the buck down the line.

Over the last two months, I have been sleeping the whole night except when I wake up from the most monotonous dreams.

In one of those dreams, I opened the fridge in the morning to learn I did not have milk. In another, I went out to the dumpster and saw it was empty. In both instances, my dreams turned out to be false – I had plenty of milk, and the dumpster was still full.

What am I getting at? Good question, I’m not sure.

Did I mention I haven’t been getting much sleep?