It seems strange that I had more to write about when spending more time at home in Hooterville than I do now I’m out in the world five or six days a week. It’s probably because I’m spending that time immured in work in my office, and who wants to read about that? Work has severely decreased my reading time as well, and I am at an all-time low for books read this year. Even someone as math-challenged as I am can figure out that + work = – fun.

It was a preview of coming attractions this morning. I left early to fit in some grocery shopping before work, and it was both dark and foggy, rendering high beams useless. The fog throws the light back at the car instead of lighting the dark road, so you have to drive along in an anemic puddle of light, hoping that a deer doesn’t suddenly loom up in the road. When it comes to hitting deer (and falling in the water when he, Megan, and Rob lived on boats at Pier 39 in San Francisco), my brother says there’s only two kinds of people: them that has, and them that will. I’m hoping to stay in the latter category as long as possible.

The familiar Ridge, which I have driven so many times, becomes a scary and unknown place in the dark, a likely setting for a horror novel, and speeds which seem moderate or even slow in daylight hours seem extremely speedy when deprived of daylight. There are no streetlights at all on the Ridge or on storied Highway One, so it’s like driving blind. Indeed, I am often blinded by traffic heading the other way. I squint more when driving in the dark than I ever do in the bright California sun, blasted by the headlights of oncoming traffic. The anemic puddle of light is pretty much my only option, since most traffic is heading south in the morning (also mysterious, since they are heading away from the Big Town, where the jobs are), and I’d just be turning the high beams on and off every five seconds.

Pretty soon, I will be driving in the dark both ways, especially after the twice-yearly madness of the time change. It has taken me a while to realize that the entire purpose of the time change is to make sure that you have to get up in the dark for 9 or 10 months of the year. As soon as there is a glimmer of hope in the pre-dawn hours, it is cruelly snatched away by the Powers That Be. I find it mysterious that we have not risen up and rebelled, especially since most of us have to rise when it’s still dark out, which just adds insult to injury. It’s still going to get dark sooner than most people would prefer, but that’s the time when you curl up with your cats and a book or a hockey game, maybe a glass of wine, and enjoy the comforts of home. It’s cozy. And it’s Nature! Deal with it!


A YEAR AGO: My bathroom remodel is almost finished. Brought to me by Rob, using all found and reclaimed materials.

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5 thoughts on “Darkness

  1. We are very close to the Equinox, which is 12 hours of light and twelve hours of darkness. Always a difficult time when someone like you and others are working, going and coming in the darkness. Not much we can do about it unfortunately but if I can mention that Mother Nature needs that time to regenerate, what I mean by that is that during this time of the year, vegetation, trees etc need to sleep, lose their leaves and get strength from the earth so that come Spring, the beauty of it all can return.

  2. There’s a Native American legend that tells of an Indian on being told about daylight savings time said, “Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanked, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.”

  3. Love the other two comments…..both so true…
    We, too, feel that after living for over 20 years in the county we have been very lucky not to have had a deer leap out in front of our car. I really dread that this will happen one day. We do have deer whistles on the front of the car …below near the lights…. and whether they alert the deer we have no way of telling, but they are very popular with the locals around here. Can you get these in Hooverville Suzy?

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