December 20, 2012

Goodbye, Cruel World: December 21, 2012




This is it. The end. Kapootsville. TGIF will be DEW—Day of the End of the World.

What have you done to prepare yourself?

Today, December 20, 2012, all day, the sky sobs, its teardrops drumming on my rooftop and soaking the earth in my neck of the woods, Southwestern Pennsylvania. As we traveled this evening between Slippery Rock and Laurel Mountain Borough late this afternoon the tears splattered our windshield, created a mirror out of the black roads, and in general made driving difficult at the time of day when people were traveling home from work or to shopping. With darkness descending this day before the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year) our drive, if anything, was gloomy.

Winter solstice.

I thought about my friend, Hung Pheng in Singapore. Tomorrow, December 21st, he will experience sunrise at 7:01 am and sunset at 7:04 p. m. That’s a lot better than the home of my paternal grandmother, Ida Victoria Berg, who came to the United States from a town near Stockholm, Sweden. For my relatives there sunrise will occur at 8:44 a. m. and sunset at 2:48 p. m. That’s only six hours of daylight, a slight improvement on Reykajavik, Iceland, where sunrise is 11:23 a. m. and sunset is 3:30 p. m., giving Icelanders almost (more…)

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