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It could be worse — we could live in Iceland

Here comes winter again.  And with it, the end of Daylight Saving Time.  And also the shorter days, getting shorter and shorter until we reach the solstice in December.  Around that time, we only have 8 or 9 hours of daylight per day, as opposed to about 15 hours in June.  (Hey, that adds up to 24!  How about that!)

But let’s look at Iceland.  That’s about as way up north as the habitable world gets.  If you look at a globe, that’s the part just sort of pivoting around when you turn it.  So in the winter when they’re tilted away from the sun, they barely get any.  And when they’re tilted toward the sun, they can barely escape it!

During the winter, Iceland gets as little as 4 hours of daylight per day.  And they make up for it in the summer, getting as much as 19 or 20 daylight hours every day.  I guess the people who live there are used to it, but how weird would that be!

For most people, the winter would be the worst, but to tell the truth, summer would drive me nuts.  Trying to hit the sack while it’s still totally daytime would be strange.  Although we could probably ask morning DJ’s like Scott and Danielle about that.  They have to get in by at least 4:00 to get ready to give you all that quality entertainment!  So that probably means often getting to sleep while it’s still light in the summer.  Except that in Iceland, it would be light again when they get up!

I’ve thought about all the different places to live.  Iceland is out.  Buffalo is out.  I don’t want to live in a place that’s mentioned on the national news every winter!  California is out.  I’d rather not have to worry about the whole neighborhood starting on fire or sliding off the edge of the continent.  In the Carolinas, you might get blown away by a hurricane at any moment, and Florida has the alligators.  I’ve decided that right here in the midwest is the place to be.

Don’t forget to change those clocks!

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