We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I love it when Paul waxes eschatological--it brings to mind R.E.M.'s It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).
As for the text Paul is using a simile in the comparison of a thief and the stealth of the Lord's return. In other words he's not being literal in his comparison. I infer that he is not stating that believers are diurnal, but rather they are illuminated spiritually by the truth, which brings me to my point: When Paul speaks of being sober I feel safe in the assumption that this is a metaphor for a state of blissful ignorance--where people are intoxicated with a false sense of security by the "peace and security" they enjoy. Paul is not talking about literal inebriation.
So my brothers and sisters, you're still in the clear to celebrate the goodness of the Lord with a righteous buzz. Now we can proudly stand up and declare: It's the end of the world as we know it. And I feel fine!