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Monday, March 20, 2006

Tomorrow is a Brand New Day

Posted by on March 20 at 5:15 AM

I look up from my book and see that dawn has arrived. It’s 5:14 am. Spring is now my favorite time of the year.

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And at about 5:45 everything in Seattle was gold colored! The skyscrapers looked like they were all made of copper. Sunshine is fantastic. More, please.

The vernal equinox and autumnal equinox are the moments of the maximum rate of change. The inflection points between the shortest and the longest days. People who are dependant on the change of seasons have marked these days far longer than the "holy days" of the Gregorian calandar.

We're supposed to get 8 inches of snow here in Indiana tomorrow. Welcome to Spring, indeed.

If it makes you feel any better, it's just going to rain here until mid july. then it will be unbearably hot for a month, and then we'll be plunged back into fallwinterspring, which is one long wet season here.

"Unbearably hot" Riiiight. You're from here aren't you? Sorry, but high 80s with low humidity for a few weeks in the summer is a picnic.

I'll never forget sitting in the Seattle airport heading back to New Jersey from a house hunting trip before I moved here. It was August 2001 and the headline of the Seattle Times (maybe the P-I, don't remember)
read something like Heatwave Tortures Seattle, Temperatures Expected to Reach High 80s. Meanwhile, I was headed for Newark where it was 105 and extremely humid.

Go live somewhere for a while that has four distinct seasons. That'll make you appreciate the pleasantly mild range of weather we have here in the northwest.

And Charles, the sunrise was particularly beautiful this morning. Thanks for mentioning it. Makes one appreciate where we live even more. It is pretty nice here.

Good point, Papson. I am from here but lived in Athens GA for two years in college. I know I know, we have it easy in the heat department.

On the other hand, we are heat-free here, so no one has air conditioning. Then, for one month only, we are plucked from 50s and tossed right into the 80s. Just when we are starting to get acclimated-- back into the 50s! Sucks.

And if you came here from Newark, the heat was the least of your problems. The pleasantly mild weather of Afghanistan would be preferable to a day in Newark.

I'm glad that you live here and you like it though. Most assholes who move here from the east coast just bitch about the fact that it's not the east coast.

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