Thursday, April 06, 2006

More Nome

It's odd to me. Well, different anyway. Here is is April 6th and it is -10 degrees outside. Snow still on the ground.

The odd thing is that even with daylight saving time, the sunrise is still at 8:00 am with plenty of visible dawn beforehand and, get this, the sun doesn't set tonight until 10:10 pm. There will be visible twilight until at least 11:00. Putting the kids to bed is difficult when it is that light out. Even putting myself to bed is difficult. Every night, it goes against every instinct to go to bed before dark. It almost feels like you are going to lay down for a nap with all that light. Different mindset.

Growing up in Chicago, the lightest twilight possible was, what, 9:30 pm? Max? Seattle saw a few days go toward 10:00 pm.

I'm sitting down to a movie at 10:00 at night and have to put the shades down!

It feels so much different than what I've been used to for over 30 years.

At the summer solstice, they have a festival here in Nome called their celebration of the Midnight Sun. They have games and events. It will be well past midnight and you can still read a book with no light bulb.

Different worldview. Different perspective.

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