Thanks for clearing all that up! I thought it was when you and the wife plan "the special night" and she ends up falling asleep, so you left there "dead sticking".
On a serious note I find dead sticking to be very effective. I couldn't have said it better then Slayerfish. If it aint mov'in it's dead sticking. It's helpfull when you have one rod jigging and the other dead sticking. Play around with different parts of the water column and I'm sure you'll be most successful.