MAN SEES SUNRISE
FOR THE FIRST TIME
"Oh my God!"
Matthew Sprinker, a
24-year-old San Diego native, was
obviously overwhelmed when he stepped
outside his front door for the first time
last Tuesday. The first time ever, that
is, before 9:00 in the morning. He
staggered slightly as he grabbed the
doorframe, said a passerby who was
walking her dog in front of his house at
about 6:24 that morning, and he reached
blindly toward the rising sun.
me," Mrs. Anna Wisler said later.
"I thought he was having a heart
attack or something. I had no idea he
was, like, seeing the sun rise for the
first time." Mrs. Wisler said she
hurried on past Sprinkers house at
that point because she did not have a
cell phone with her and she did not want
to see a dead man so early in the
even had my coffee yet," she
elaborated. "I wasnt about to
expose myself to a tragedy so early in
surprisingly, says he himself has not
drunk coffee since that morning. Instead,
he says, he has spent most of his time
dealing with this newly discovered
"I just never
thought of getting up earlier," he
explains, when questioned about his
continuing amazement. "I cant
believe nobody told me about this."
He gestures toward the
sun rising over the distant mountains,
only the sixth time in his life now that
he has seen this sight.
anybody make me get up
before?" he wonders aloud as he
continues to stare into the
ever-brightening light. "Why the
heck have I been trapped under my covers
all these years when this was
going on every day?"
When reminded that his
life in general hasnt been worth
getting out of bed for, Sprinker quiets
"Oh yeah," he
circumstances warrant, through her
Turquoise Pen column NoŽl R. King,
Reston, Virginia, reports on strange and
wonderful things, including the shock of
first seeing the sun rise.