This is absolutely not my favorite time of year. I don’t like short days. Well, let me take that back – I don’t like it dark in the morning. I can live with it being dark in the evening but I need light in the morning.
Being on the cruise ship was fine. We had to do time zone adjustments as we traveled. Sensible people ran the ship which means that the clocks were pushed back at 2 am. Since I am not up that late it simply meant that it was increasingly unlikely that anyone was going to challenge me for the use of the treadmill at 0600 in the morning.
Flying back on the 16th of last month wasn’t even that bad since one always gets whacked out by traveling east. What I had forgotten was that I was also traveling north. Germany – from the perspective of someone who lives in Oslo (for example where they are down to just under six hours of daylight) is not all that far north. But coming from Panama – let me just tell you that the change in hours of daylight was significant. Going off daylight savings time didn’t help a bit. It was dark in the morning.
For the last month I have been fighting it – the creeping feeling that no one in their right mind has any business out and about when it is dark out there. No one who is up to any good. No one who is not crazy. It even leaves me feeling mildly sympathetic toward offspring who don’t want to be up before noon. Not completely, mind you. They have studies to complete, cleaning to do, dogs to walk. But a mild bit of sympathy might just stir as long as no one pushes it.
Did I mention that it is also dark in the evening?
15 Dec 2011 08:14 16:26 8h 11m 59s − 42s 12:20 17.4° 147.241
are the numbers provided by Time and Date.Com
Do you see that?!? Only eight hours and almost 12 minutes where there is daylight. That is, where it would be daylight if it wasn’t overcast with rain……