View Full Version : whats on your night table?

05-31-2007, 04:18
so, days stress is behind, and you want to relax a bit before meet with sandman. what you usually pic up from your night table?

reason for my curiosity is that I feel a bit guilty I usually find myself in bed with my notebook (no jokes please!).. not with good book like before when Internet was not so common and computers not so mobile.

05-31-2007, 04:35
I have several of the things listed above so its kind of hard choosing just one..
ok. thats why bolded 'usually' but I gues I should have done the poll differently :bang:

edit: well, gues we have to live with it as it is. my first poll here in RFF so thanks for you patience.

05-31-2007, 04:59
A large mountain of books (some read, and others to be read), alarm clock, and cat brush.
Oh, and so not to upset the kitties, the sex toys are kept inside the night table.

05-31-2007, 05:01
I picked "favorite book" even though "current book" is the better answer for me. Big glass of water, my eyeglasses and watch, reading lamp.

05-31-2007, 05:52
There are two glasses.

One has water in it if I'd feel thirsty at night. The other one is empty, in case I don't.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

05-31-2007, 06:02
An alarm clock, a reading lamp, and a first edition of an old book by Theodore Roosevelt. The book looks good as a display piece on the nightstand that I built

05-31-2007, 06:07
I have mostly the weekly magazine (New Yorker) but certainly more than one weeks worth, more like twenty weeks worth, mixed in with a monthly magazine or two (Art on Paper & Art News), and here too several months worth. When the pile falls over I start fresh.

As well, many (really lots) of the subscription cards from said magazines, my ipod & headphones, a bunch of pens & pencils, and the darn alarm clock.

Oh, and dust. Plenty of dust.

Tom Harrell
05-31-2007, 06:16
An alarm clock and lamps! Hey, I'm retired! Why do I have an alarm clock?


05-31-2007, 06:16
A Bose WaveRadio. Serves as an alarm clock, and let's us fall asleep to some good classical music.
I do read before falling asleep sometimes, but nothing special.
Glasses? Sometimes I'll have one of those too, usuelly filled with a good adult beverage (like a good Irish or Scotch whisky). :cool:

05-31-2007, 06:17
Cell phone (we have no land line)
Whatever my wife handed me late at night when she realized that her night table was already full of crap and she had no place to put it.

05-31-2007, 06:36
Add a box of tissues when the pollen count runs high.

I'm retired! Why do I have an alarm clock?

Me too, I think mine still works, I'll have to try it.

06-08-2007, 02:28
I have kids, I sleep instantly

So funny, they are fun as can be, but so draining.

06-08-2007, 09:14
Sorry for the delay, I had to go up stairs and get them...
Bicycling Magizine Jan/Feb 2006
Runner's World (not mine) July 2007
American Photo Jan/Feb 2006
B&W Magazine June 2007

06-08-2007, 09:15
I have lamp, an alarm clock, and two books. Usually it's "the very hungry catepillar" and "bear snores on"

06-08-2007, 09:37
A Spanish translation of "The Budda of Suburbia" by Hanif Kureishi, a draft of a paper I have to submit soon, four watches, a short novel of Julio Cortázar, and a couple of contact prints I always forget to put where they should be. But I have no table they are all on the floor around the bed...


06-08-2007, 09:41
I have mostly the weekly magazine (New Yorker) but certainly more than one weeks worth, more like twenty weeks worth,

Same here, it's hands down my favorite magazine and the only one I dedicate any resonable amount of time to, but they come so frequent it's hard to keep up!

John Robertson
06-27-2007, 16:11
Glass of water and teeth!!:p

07-03-2007, 08:07
HF radio and ATU with random wire
Two alarms
The radio is an AR7030+ pulls in Aus or Ja internationals broadcasters.


07-03-2007, 09:15
Alarm clock.

07-11-2007, 10:49
Clock, tissues, heat-pad controller, and a Fuji GA645 set to get a good shot of any intruder that might appear... :)

bob cole
07-11-2007, 12:54
a phone, a lamp and a Sony ICF 2010 short-wave radio

07-11-2007, 13:12
Clock, tissues, heat-pad controller, and a Fuji GA645 set to get a good shot of any intruder that might appear... :)

The M17 S&W is under the pillow?


07-19-2007, 14:17
Clock, lamp and book. Very classic :).

07-19-2007, 17:10
Here in Warrensburg: Flonase, cortisone cream, clock radio, emory boards,car keys, and some loose change. In NYC my desk is to the left of my bed (lying down) and there is: telephone, flonase, cortisone cream, a cintar lens for magnifying prints, cellphone charger and cellphone if its being charged, other allergy medications for use as needed. I think thats about it.
Kurt M.

07-28-2007, 06:52
I sleep on a futon so no night table. Under my pillow is an old Pocket PC which acts as an alarm clock. Next to my pillow is a Zaurus w/WiFi card. I read the news and check tomorrows weather before going to bed.

08-01-2007, 11:21
Camera, clock, laptop, lamp, book, magazine.

08-01-2007, 11:36
Actually my desk is next to my bed, so I've got 2 bookcases worth of books there, mostly WW2-related, a color laser printer, a scanner, a computer, a subwoofer, a flatscreen monitor, keyboard, mouse, webcame, Speed Graphic, Kodak No.2 Box Brownie, Canon Ixus V2, Kiev2a, currently also my wallet, watch, house keys, car keys, TL-122-B anglehead flashlight, 2 bookcases worth of CDs and DVDs, 5 years worth of White Dwarf Magazine, a WW1 US Army Mess tin, Some spare Jeep Parts, a regular cornucopiea of model aircraft bits, paint, brushes, glue, a few WW2 helmets, and a stuffed Unix Penguin called Tux....

A regular hoard you might call it...except that there's no gold.

08-01-2007, 12:02
"None of the above". On mine, I have a Palm Lifedrive loaded with Goon Show recordings and a glass of water (great for recovering from a night on the guinness).

No renditions of "He's fallen in the water" please. :)

08-01-2007, 14:39
Currently the only thing I have next to my bed (don't have a night table, so it just lays on the floor...) is the book The Sirens of Baghdad by Yasmina Khadra

08-01-2007, 14:46
How many of the people on here will know what " he's fallen into the water" is or where it comes from!!

08-01-2007, 15:23
How many of the people on here will know what " he's fallen into the water" is or where it comes from!!Well I, for one, got the reference.

On my "night table" (which isn't, really, but a chest of drawers suffices) is a lamp, a pile of books I'm in the process of reading (I pick up whichever one suits the mood) and the contents of my pockets from the night before. The alarm clock sits further away, so I have to get up to hit it. I refuse to do the notebook (in my case a tablet PC) and wireless internet thing. While I might be tempted to read internet forums or whatever, what would really happen is that I'd get e-mail then start working. No thanks. All computers stay resolutely away from that part of the house.

Oh, and right now there's a Kiev IIa sitting there 'cause I was looking at it last night, trying to spot an obvious reason why the RF is so thoroughly out of alignment (a recently received eBay acquisition). Since I know nothing of Contax, Kiev or even Nikon RFs, I remain as clueless as I was before looking.


08-01-2007, 15:26
Let's see... lamp, Oregon Scientific atomic clock projection thinggy, Per-Olov Enquist's "Captain Nemo's Library" (in Swedish), and a roll of XP2 (unexposed).

Ken Ford
08-01-2007, 19:52
Lamp, Treo, current book, clock, HK.

08-01-2007, 20:14
My Jetson's-style rocket ship lamp, the best alarm clock I have ever used, and a copy of Eduardo Galeno's "Soccer in Sun and Shadow."

08-09-2007, 19:33
Well, since I've left the cocoon of bachelorhood for about the last two years (cohabitation, actually...in my childhood it would simply be called Living in Sin), I've had to clean up my bedside act a bit. No, not what you think – just a tidiness issue, although I'd largely gotten it together before really getting together with galfriend.

On my side of the bed resides a cheap-but-cheerful iPod clock radio. The thing is, I'm actually into old-school alarm clocks...the kind you wind up, and have gorgeous luminous hands and indices. For a lot of people, even a soft ticking can drive them up the wall; not me...it actually has something of a lulling effect upon me (perhaps being horologically inclined has something to do with it, but I'm not speculating on that for now). For the moment, however, it's all-digital with my choice of music, complete with remote control, which ican be addictive. I just wish the display had a better dimmer control...galfriend still considers the "dimmest" level way-the-bleep too bright, so I have to throw something over the thing.

What else? A book or two, maybe an article from a website that I printed out, or my notebook and (fountain) pen, in case I have some weird or revelatory dream where the details have to be written down immediately upon awakening. This does happen, but not with terrible frequency.

But, all communications devices are banished from the bedside. No phones, cellular or landline, are allowed, nor is the laptop (my idea, reinforced by GF). In the 21st century, you have to draw a line somewhere. :)

- Barrett

08-09-2007, 20:35
Lamp, phone, watch, change tray, wallet, Moleskine, pen, glass of water, latest copy of collective agreement, Newton 2100 Messagepad, two batteries for a Mac Portable, and some dust.

08-14-2007, 07:27
Book I am currently reading, (The Accidental by Ali Smith) Lamp, photos of my kids, my notebook and pencil - I tend to get inspiration in the middle of the night.

Beside my night table is a pile of books, waiting to be read, I tend to get given books at Xmas and birthdays, so have a stockpile, then re stock every couple of months. ( I read one to two books a week) I also have a "I am Not This Body" by Barbara Ess to look at. There is also a small bottle of mineral water.....

Pretty much the same as everyone else......yawn

Gabriel M.A.
08-15-2007, 09:15
I vote for "stuff". Lots of it.

10-27-2007, 17:01
Right now its a bunch of my prized "toys" as a matter of fact. An Asahi Pentax S-1 with an 85mm f 1.8 preset lens, a Leica 111a and Summaron 35 with a Canon 35mm finder, an M3 with a bayonet mount Summaron and Leica finder multi-finder and an M4-P with a 90mm Tele-elmarit. All lined up nicely like good little children, so I can kiss them good night.

10-27-2007, 17:37
.45 Automatic

10-27-2007, 17:39
M6+35 Biogon
Wild Turkey 101

10-27-2007, 17:57
Analog alarm clock, made in China. No 45ACP any more, as my wife says it makes her nervous due to my active sleep... :(

10-27-2007, 19:45
HD Radio/Alarm Clock
Giant stack of magazines
No room for lamp, so I can't read the magazines. :bang:

10-27-2007, 19:56
A Walther PPK... Once I discovered fine engineering, the S&W and ACP just didn't cut it. Of course, I don't have the knockdown power, but the action is so much smoother. I may move it under the pillow and park my Kiev (Kneb) there instead. Right beside my Zenobia R rangefinder folder 120.

10-27-2007, 20:48
Nice reading lamp made from a converted Aladin oil lamp, Blow gun with darts from Madagaskar (I think), $1.75 for coffee tomorrow, A magazine article about Halloween my Wife wants me to read, A notebook, "The Black and White Handbook" by Roger Hicks and Frances Schultz (very good!) , "The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Green (good too!) a partially finished glass of cheap red wine and an antique clock with electronic innards.

Oddly, no guns and no cameras.

10-27-2007, 23:01
cordless drill, tape measure, box of tissues, three remotes, one sock and a notepad and biro in case i think of something i need to do tomorrow.

10-27-2007, 23:55
This is not actually a set up (well apart from clearing some crud away.) My wife is away so what do you take to bed when your wife is away? Your cameras of course. (Sad but true.)

10-28-2007, 00:15
a nice digital radio in walnut surround, loads of back issues of LFI, and my current book(s) (I am going through an antartica phase at the moment - Scott, Amundsen, Shackleton, etc)

10-28-2007, 01:35
night table?..i sleep on the floor. next to me is my walking stick. becomes crowded
when my wife joins me!! the walking stick comes in real handy then!!

10-28-2007, 02:27
Oh, and right now there's a Kiev IIa sitting there 'cause I was looking at it last night, trying to spot an obvious reason why the RF is so thoroughly out of alignment (a recently received eBay acquisition). Since I know nothing of Contax, Kiev or even Nikon RFs, I remain as clueless as I was before looking.


Mike, there might be an easy fix for that.
Release a bit the two screws under/on the front rf window. Do not tkae them out, just release. Then you will be able to mve the little lens until the alignment is better, and re-tighten the screws.
Something like this (writing from looong time ago memories).
The Kiev survival site has a good description about this trick, i think.

10-28-2007, 06:32
I suppose it's not uncommon in the U.S. to have guns next to one's bed but it is a little shocking, at least to me, seeing people write about it in a forum like this. I wonder if anyone NOT in the U.S. has a gun next to their bed.

10-28-2007, 13:01
I too have a gun next to my bed, otherwise can't keep the girls off my bed.

10-28-2007, 13:57
Yeah, but what's all that riff raff in front of the Pentax. They just block a good view of a truly fine camera.

Sitemistic you are right about those early Pentaxes. Great cameras and great lenses. The only complaint I ever read about Pentax M42 lenses is that they were not quite as sharp in the corners as Leicas. Not sure about this but I do know they are lovely to use and give uncompromising results. I recall buying some old camera magazines from the 1970s second hand in a junk store. I mainly bought them for lens articles and tests. In one, the MTF curves for the 200mm f4 SMC Takumar was the best I have ever seen apart from some of Leicas top glass and that was for Leica lenses that were not developed in the 1970s yet.

10-28-2007, 14:57
A translation of "Have Mercy On Us All" by French novelist Fred Vargas. She (it's a pseudonym) writes mysteries centered on an atypical Paris police detective named Adamsberg. This one has to do with a someone faking the return of the Black Plague. Or, maybe not, I haven't finished it. Good stuff; not easy to find in the States.

10-28-2007, 16:41
I used to belong to a gun club in Australia and especially enjoyed using muzzleloaders. So there was a time when I could have claimed to have had a firearm in my nightstand. (Hmm- from muzzle loaderss to old cameras, I think I see a pattern here!) But our club also shot combat and practical pistol so to scratch that particular itch I bought a mint condition Webley in .38 Colt calibre. You can also see a pattern here - much prefer an old classic to a modern weapon. Wow was that thing accurate - piddly cartridge though. Lot of fun though. Eventually after a major massacre by a nut case, the Gov tightened up gun laws enough to make me decide to get out of the sport. I had been involved in gunsports since I was a kid growing up in the country, shooting rabbits and sparrows, so I think I had about outgrown it anyway.

So I sold my guns and bought cameras. This hobby is lots more socially acceptable, even though I got a lot of my kicks in my backyard shed, actually building / stocking guns rather than shooting them.

I really do not mind the tough new rules, as with all due respect to our American friends, I did not want Australia to go down that path and sooner we have tough gun laws in Australia rather than have every man and his wife "packing a piece" (Do not get upset, I make no comment about U.S. gun policy, that's one for you folk to grapple with! Just glad the problem is not mine.)

10-28-2007, 18:45
Am I the only honest one here?


10-28-2007, 19:10
Yeah, my wife wouldn't be so keen with it anyways. My mainstays on the night table are a few Onion Volumes. Some good articles in there: The Onion (http://www.theonion.com/content/node/33930)

01-11-2008, 03:16
A 5x7 inch enlarger :D

02-17-2008, 16:45
The Man Who Shot Garbo, the Hollywood photographs of Clarence Sinclair Bull. Contains and explains the wonderful 8x10 work of one of MGM's master still photographers during the Hollywood studio's heyday. The book looks nice under the reading lamp, and the stuff within, the subject lighting, truly magnificent!

02-17-2008, 16:49
"Marilyn" by Norman Mailer. I went to an estate sale in Beverly Hills a few weeks ago. They advertised camera equipment. They had removed the gear so I had to look since I was there. Great pics in that book. Mailer is quite an impressive writer as well.

05-02-2008, 14:30
A lamp, a glass of water, an alarm clock, small change and the odd guitar pick. All the books go on the floor until my wife says she can't make the bed and am I am forced to return them to my attic/darkroom. Then one by one I bring them back and the cycle goes on .....:D

Paul Fierberg
05-03-2008, 16:08
A great book full of color plates of World War I aircraft hard to believe people had the nerve to fly in some of them... a bottle of water and the latest copy of the National Review....The allergy meds in a drawer with a starter pistol that shoots blanks.

05-03-2008, 16:32
spoken like an unmarried man........

Am I the only honest one here?