Hello Darkness My Old Friend

The winter sun is lazy in Fairbanks. Today it won’t rise until 10:51 a.m. and will go back to bed at 2:40 p.m. When it is up this time of year, it barely makes it’s presence known. The sky is shrouded in a cool light; shadows are long, but usually friendly.

Hello friend.

There is a peculiar romance that Fairbanksans have with Sun. We are heavily affected by both it’s absence and presence. In summer, we are frenetic and impatient and full-of-so-much-life. It’s breathless, like new love. We do things like forget to sleep, forget to shower, forget to eat. We are bathed in a constant stream of attention and frankly, it’s exhausting.

In winter, we move slow, drink bloody Mary’s at the Oasis, and go to great lengths to spend time with Sun. We even buy fake Suns (HappyLight), which is maybe kindof like a vibrator for daylight. But it’s G-rated enough that many people at my office have them at work. And dog-friendly!

Sadie and the Happy Light.

When Sun returns in spring, we rejoice by finding all the time in the world to go frolic in the snow before Sun can warm up enough to melt it all. As for me, I’m a Big Fan of Sun so this winter, I plan to chase it south. I head to Colorado and Nebraska tomorrow morning to do some basking… and spend a little time with this guy.

2 thoughts on “Hello Darkness My Old Friend

  1. You had me with the Sounds of Silence reference in your title, but like you I have flown the coop so to speak and am still waiting for the sun and warmth down here in Texas, before heading back to the 50 below darkness..enjoy your trip.


    1. It took me a little while to figure out that the best way to cope with the darkness and cold is to “fly the coop.” Sounds like we are on the same page. Happy travels!


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