One of my constant pet peeves about Colby is that the month and a half prior and the three months post winter solstice are the days and weeks leading up to and following, well, the winter solstice. For those not in the know, or the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs on December 21/22 and is the shortest day of the year. However, because Colby is so far up in the north hemisphere, you can walk out of class on any given day between November and April and wonder just how short the shortest day of the year could possibly be when the sun is already setting at 3 o’clock.
Unfortunately, most of New England also happens to be pretty far up in the northern hemisphere, and having grown up in Connecticut, my life has pretty much been severely limited to the northern hemisphere. So I guess one of my pet peeves with life as I know it is the following ratio: the amount of sunlight I need to maintain a happy existence/the amount of sunlight I receive, both through life and at Colby.
At Colby, this ratio leans towards a consistently minimal amount of sunlight received. Now, I’ve yet to make it through calculus, but rather then delving into the equation, I can infer that I better be taking my Vitamin D IU 1,000-10,000 capsules a couple times a week or tough times await. C’est la vie, or so they say. Although I do have to wonder if that utterance came from the French Rivieria where the Vitamin D levels flow like the wine that flows like water.
But I digress, I speak of winter solstice because this one of the year 2014 is special. I will be in Florida on the shortest day of the year and it will be 80 degrees, not Kelvin, but Farenheit! Wahoo! Getting out of the Colby bubble sure can be relieving. Now I know things just got a little choppy, but I’m just practicing for the waves I’ll be able to swim in. And hopefully I’ll be absorbing enough rays to carry me through to May so I can valiantly save the day, fight the break of dusk, come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone (from Colby, for a few weeks).