kind of ill-defined fatigue goes unchallenged. It is obvious exhaustion that's
unforgivable. With 600 meters remaining in the Olympic 2,000-meter women's
eights rowing final in Athens, Australia's Sally Robbins slumped in her seat
and let her oar drag in the water. "Fatigue set in, and I just couldn't
move," she said. Still, her teammates threatened to throw her
When you nod off
on the job, it isn't broadcast to the world. But then mere weariness won't get
you out of work either. Fatigue might excuse you from the John Deere Classic.
It won't excuse you from John Deere.
At his Baseball
Hall of Fame induction last summer, Bruce Sutter thanked his late father,
Howard. "He would come home from work, and I'd always be waiting there with
a glove and a ball," Sutter said of his childhood in Mount Joy, Pa. "He
was never too tired to go outside and play catch. After a few throws he would
always take out his handkerchief and put it in his glove for padding. To this
day I think he did it to build up a young man's ego."
weren't really tireless. They just didn't complain. Me, I frequently moan about
fatigue, as if I were an athlete. I take comfort in the words of Willy Loman's
wife, who said in Death of a Salesman, "A small man can be just as
exhausted as a great man."
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