11/18/2006

Depressing!

The sun went down before 5 p.m. tonight, and by 5:30 it was pitch dark. Ugh!!!

Go here to chart your way out of despair. The sunset will be back at 6:00 p.m. in San Francisco on Feburary 28, 2007.

I'm marking it down on the calendar.

I get full sunlight back in my yard at the beginning of April. Which makes March my hardest month. So close, yet so far. At least March is still super-rainy most months. It only rains in April on bad years.

(No need to rub it in if you live in Hawai'i where the daylight hours don't change that much.)

8 comments:

Christopher C. in Hawaii said...

Well if it makes you feel better the sun sets here now at 5:45pm and it is dark by 6:15pm. It is still a month away to December 21st, the solstice. The days will get even shorter.

I hate to think what it would be like if you didn't do Day Light Savings Time.

Our day length shortens by about 4 hours in the winter.

chuck b. said...

It's going to suck for a couple months when the darkness settles in. I won't even be able to garden in the morning before going to work like I am right now. Hopefully, it will be raining so I won't want to garen in the morning. I'm all about the winter rain.

Yeah, we went to Hawaii around Christmas once year thinking it wouldn't be dark early there, but it was. Oh well. It wasn't the only reason we went to Hawaii. I like it better in the summer. Apparently, we're going twice in '07, once to Kauai and once to Oahu. Yippee!

christin m p in massachusetts said...

Too much sun depresses me. I LOVE all the darkness of winter, but I HATE the cold. It's supposed to get down to around 30 degrees here tonight -- I've just gotta move South...

chuck b. said...

You love the darkness of winter..? Are you a goth?

:)

nina said...

Okay, so maybe you should not visit England in late fall/early winter.I wont tell you about sunrises and sunsets there. (hint: sunrise after breakfast and sunset before tea-time)

christin m p in massachusetts said...

I'm thinking you must mean the Goth subculture. Well, no. Although, I am quite pale and I do happen to like that genre of music and their sense of style...

I'm part of a minority that is finally starting to be validated -- there's a book called "Birds of a Different Feather" that shows proof that a lot of us were born this way. You see, I have this circadian rhythm disorder called delayed sleep phase syndrome. I'm an extreme natural night owl. My circadian rhythm seems to be stuck at around 6 hours later than the general population. If I try for too many months to adjust to a "normal" schedule -- all those hours of daylight physically drain me so much that I become depressed. Then when I return to working an afternoon/evening or night schedule, I immediately feel well again.

I do love how the sun looks, and I love the feeling of warmth it radiates. That's why I don't understand how it drains me so much. I've come up with all kinds of theories -- like, maybe because I'm so pale, too much sun gives me Vitamin D poisoning... Or maybe it drains Vitamin A through my eyes...

I love to watch the sunset, but like a vampire I start to feel very weak just before dawn, so I cringe at the thought of seeing the sunrise. I think the legendary vampires were just ordinary people who had this same sleep disorder.

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lisa said...

So Chuck...ever think about getting one of those indoor lights that are supposed to relieve "seasonal affective disorder"? (Bad moods brought on by less light.) People say that tanning beds help also, but not so good for the skin. I'm a night owl similar to christin, but not quite as extreme. I like to put up with day shifts though, because I drag thru work but get my energy boost for ME time!

chuck b. said...

I'm not so depressed by the darkness that I need to take special measures. I just feel much happier when it's light out past eight. My spirit feels lighter in the summertime. (I'm not the sort of person who says things like that a lot, but it's the truth.) I'm a California boy.