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Sleepy Time Concerts

Posted at 7:36 AM on October 2, 2006 by John Zech
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Admit it...it's happened to you. You're in the concert hall after a long week, all ready to hear some great music, and you start nodding off. The more you fight the harder it gets. You paid $$$ for those tickets, and darn it, you're going to get your money's worth.

Whaddya do? Well, Robert Benchley felt the best thing to do when you're at the theater or ballet is just wear a stiff collar. That way you can sleep without your head dropping to your chest, thereby alerting your seatmates to your lack of attentiveness (and waking yourself up when your neck muscles have to catch your head on the first bounce).

And what if the person next to you starts falling asleep? One woman recounts her experience with a sleeper at Bargemusic in this morning's New York Times. Just scroll down to the middle of the Metropolitan Diary.