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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Daylight

Over here on our side of the pond, we get an average of 12 daylight hours all year round. The sun always comes out at about 7:00 AM and it gets dark only after 7:00 PM. I have lived with this comforting certainty all my life and can't imagine otherwise.

I am thinking of a very silly incident that happened when I was in Los Angeles umpteenth years ago.

It was winter and my first time away in a foreign country. I was travelling with a group of Malaysians and Singaporeans on a conducted tour. The group comprised mostly honeymoon couples and a mother and daughter pair. I was solo.

After a sleepless 18 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, I just had to crash into bed as soon as we arrived in LA and checked into a hotel. Earlier, we had been briefed by the tour leader to assemble at the hotel lobby at 6:00 PM with our luggage as we were leaving for San Diego. It was about noon when I hopped into bed.

I woke up to find the room in total darkness. In my mind, it meant only one thing-
Darkness = after 7:00 PM! 
It also meant that I had overslept and the group had left without me! I panicked big time. In those days, there were no cellphones or internet. In blind panic, I made a collect call to my parents in Malaysia. Looking back, that was a really stupid thing to do. My poor parents! They were worried sick! Long story short, Dad contacted the tour agency in Malaysia and they managed to contact our tour leader.

There was a knock on my door. Guess who? It was the tour leader who happened to be sleeping in the room next to mine. He didn't look amused having been just woken up from his slumber. Glancing at his watch, he said sarcastically, "It's only 5:00 PM and the coach isn't arriving until 6:30 PM. What is the problem?" "But it's already dark outside! I thought it was way past 7:00", I replied sheepishly. He glared at me like I was the stupidest person on the planet. "It's winter. It gets dark after 5:00 and now if you don't mind, I have to catch up with whatever sleep I had missed. I will be up all night to make bookings for accomodation and restaurants for the rest of our tour. Good Day!"

Dang! Why didn't anyone tell me it gets dark early in the winter?

And yes, I did scare the daylights out of my parents. My dad stayed up all night to say the 9 hourly St Jude's Prayer when he got that desperate call from me. St. Jude is the helper and keeper of the hopeless.


Happy Spring, pallies!

11 comments:

alissa apel said...

That is one thing I hate about the US - it gets dark early in the fall and winter. Oh my taking photos those two seasons is a pain. I can't take dinner shots, and since I work 8-5 it's hard to take photos of products I'm reviewing.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh dear!! It's funny now, for you I'm sure, when you look back on it. But it wasn't for anyone at the time!!

Love the sweet cookies.

betty said...

Such cute spring/Easter cookies!! What a cute story to read about now, but not when it was happening! I think I would like where you live with knowing for sure you have those 12 hours of sunlight and then darkness. Makes it easier for planning year round things :)

betty

Jas said...

Funny story now, but I can imagine your anguish! Those little things nobody tells you when you travel. I hate winters here. Not only is it cold and snowy, but daylight is cut down to about 7-8 hours. I’m so glad you linked your story with us at Thursday Favorite Things!

Rosemary Nickerson said...

the long dark days of winter are contrasted with the long, sunny evenings of summer, when it doesn't get dark until almost 10 pm. Veronica, I'd love it if you did a video of you making your incredible cookies. How is it even possible to make such perfect and beautiful edible creations??????

Mieke Beelen said...

I hate it when it gets darker at night
x
Mieke
New post: http://nancy-mulhouse.blogspot.be/2015/03/hello-sunshine.html

Sandra K. Stein said...

Funny story--but only in retrospect. I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time.

Marina said...

Hahahah, in my part of the world it also gets dark earlier in the winter. :)

Hena Tayeb said...

haha.. yup. it gets dark really early here in the winter.. not fun.

Kimberly Lewis said...

This looks so incredible! Loving it! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7. Lou Lou Girls

Jessica Groesbeck said...

You're so lucky to have that much sunlight year round! I take a supplement during the winter months here to help me with Seasonal Affective Disorder, which comes when it gets dark really early here.

I want to gobble up your cookies!!!

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