A room with a view

November 11th, 2008

So this is the view from one of my bedroom windows:



















Ordinarily this doesn’t bother me a-tall – except for one time last week when I’d been listening to a creepy story and then I took a nap in the afternoon. I woke up disoriented in the weird afternoon not-quite-twilight*, caught a glimpse out my window, and immediately remembered why I don’t listen to or watch creepy stories at any time of the day or night.** I also wondered, again, why some people say they enjoy being scared – how, exactly, is being freaked out fun?

*The sun sets before 4:30 PM now so it’s completely black by 5:00 – and we still have 5 weeks before the shortest day of the year.

**Just seeing previews for scary movies gives me nightmares.

4 Responses to “A room with a view”

  1. Anna on November 11, 2008 1:32 pm

    If it makes you feel any better, the day of the earliest sunrise in Boston is about two weeks before the shortest day of the year. You can look up a table of sunrise/sunset times for the year here, and if you’re really curious about why this happens, you can learn all about it (including nifty graphs and mathematical equations!) here.

  2. fishiefishies on November 11, 2008 2:57 pm

    Thanks, Anna! Though I generally don’t actually *see* sunrises – especially the earliest sunrise of the year – I look forward to reading about it and enjoying all those graphical and mathematical niftinesses that you describe. 🙂

  3. Anna on November 11, 2008 6:33 pm

    Aaargh, I meant earliest sunset, not earliest sunrise! The earliest sunset is about two weeks before the shortest day of the year, and the latest sunrise is about two weeks after the shortest day of the year.

  4. Joanne on November 12, 2008 2:26 pm

    Yea, you gotta watch out for those dead people. With that sunken grave just over the other side of our fence it wouldn’t surprise me if they were escaping at night. 🙂 In all reality though: I think it’s quite a pretty view!

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