This is a handsome, light little piece, Alan... but I'm still mystified by the polite applause in the distance. Who is applauding your dozing off? I must be missing something significant.
Just a note: I stumbled in a couple of places where the simple definite article might well be inserted, as its absence seemed a bit distracting and unnatural. God forbid that you'd ever be unnatural!!
deLighting in the prospect of a restart of our interchanges, Daniel