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beachbumbq
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May 14, 2007 1:11 am  

Has anyone had a tough time adjusting to 6/7pm sunsets in the summer after a whole life of 9pm sunsets?


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May 14, 2007 1:54 am  

Funny you should say that. My hubby went down in February and each night we talk after we have eaten. My hubby always asks if the sun is still up. He keeps saying that is one thing he is having a hard time with.

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May 14, 2007 2:49 am  

In over two decades here I still find adjusting to annual LOCAL sunset time changes a chore and we're only talking here a difference of maybe an hour and a half all told. Going to England to visit family (when I was able to do so) I'd be starving at 5PM and they didn't eat until 9-10PM. Leave us not even talk about Alaska!

Your body clock will adjust in due course.


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May 14, 2007 6:34 am  

We havn't moved there yet, but I know I will miss the long, lazy days of summer.

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Trade
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May 14, 2007 8:28 am  

That's one thing that has never bothered me at all.


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Linda J
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May 14, 2007 9:00 am  

We seem to follow the sun more closely here than we did in the states, up with the sun and to bed likewise. The compensation for the shorter summer days are the longer winter days.


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May 14, 2007 2:22 pm  

What do people do after sunset? How do you spend your time.


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May 14, 2007 9:14 pm  

VI gets 12 hours of daylight per day, on average, same as everywhere else on the planet. I like that it varies so little in the VI. I like waking up at dawn and going for a walk, and I don't have to adjust my schedule too much from summer to winter.


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May 14, 2007 9:22 pm  

Looks like I'm going to have to start getting up before 10 am, huh?
Really starting to question this whole thing 😉


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May 14, 2007 9:53 pm  

Oh, I wish I could sleep late like I used to. I don't even need an alarm clock any more. Lucky you, Neil!


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May 14, 2007 11:17 pm  

STXBob: I hate to disagree with you, but I believe the closer to the equator, the more equal the days/nights. People in the big northern latitudes (50, 60 etc) have much shorter than 12 hour days in the winter. 🙂

I am with Trade. It has never bothered me. But I also don't miss the changing seasons that some people seem to miss.


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May 15, 2007 4:28 am  

"But I also don't miss the changing seasons that some people seem to miss."

People use the changing seasons and color of the leaf's changing to justify an existence of living in cold weather. Storm windows, snow tires & gas in the furnace is not good for the average human being. I like you enjoy our one season in Los Angeles. If I want winter I'll drive a couple of hours to the mountains. But I don't.


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May 15, 2007 12:28 pm  

I agree...giving up a few hours of sunlight in the summer months to gain beautiful days all year long is what most are looking for...forget the days when you get off work at 5 and it's already dark!!!!!
Kim


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May 15, 2007 2:27 pm  

isn't this more of the fact that the USVI doesn't change with daylight savings? Here in AZ we don't either, and I like the fact that I know there is always a 3 hour time diofference. Also I've always been puzzled as to why only 3 hour time difference. It seems that the USVI should be at least a hour ahead of the east coast, and during daylight savings time 2 hours.


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May 15, 2007 2:48 pm  

terry - read East Ender's post again which explains all relative to our geographical location close to the equator.

I noted in an earlier post that I still have a problem getting used to the minimal difference here between day and night hours but that's because I have an evening business establishment and, as the equinoxes gradually change I have to get used to either turning on the outside lights an hour earlier or leaving them off until an hour or so later. No biggie, it was just a personal observation.

I used to know why "daylight savings time" was instituted on the US mainland in particular and in different "zones" but obviously that information has long been relegated to the back burner of my turgid old brain and isn't of any significance where my life right now in the VI is concerned. But I really don't think I would be able to adapt now to anything akin to the extreme of basically six months dark and six months light (with of course graduating variations) as encountered in the far Northern hemisphere.


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May 15, 2007 4:09 pm  

East Ender: When I said "VI gets 12 hours of daylight per day, on average, same as everywhere else on the planet," I meant on average throughout the year. VI gets 13 hours of daylight in summer, 11 hours in winter. Toronto gets 15 hours in summer and 9 hours in winter. The average is always 12 hours.


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May 16, 2007 1:30 am  

To me, it isn't the timing of the "sunset" but the quality of the sunsets, and the ability to enjoy them over an ocean vista.

I'm not looking for extra daylight hours, but the quality of the daylight. Ohio is grey for too many months.

I'm also looking forward to seeing stars in the evening sky. The ambient light of suburbia is ridiculous.


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East Ender
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May 16, 2007 1:42 am  

Okay, the old "average day." Now I see! 😉

Speaking of atmospheric phenomenon, what is with all this HAZE?


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May 16, 2007 8:15 am  

Yeah, it seems early for it to be this hazy. The volcano in Montserrat isn't acting up again, is it?


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East Ender
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May 16, 2007 11:33 pm  

Trade: The paper says it is Sahara dust. I don't think I remember seeing it this thick, this early.


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May 17, 2007 12:29 am  

Yeah, I heard it on the radio this AM. It was really bad today. As I recall, the dust helps to prevent hurricanes or lessen their intensity or something but I dislike all this grey. And my car is gritty.


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Jim Dandy
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May 17, 2007 12:39 am  

Where do you think all the sand on the beaches comes from? It is from the Sahara desert.

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Neil
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May 17, 2007 12:56 am  

:S


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East Ender
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May 17, 2007 1:24 am  

I thought the sand was from parrotfish poop!
🙂 🙂


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May 17, 2007 1:32 am  

EE LOL!

Neil,

Here is an article from the Daily News regarding Saharan Dust:

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article_home?id=17609099

🙂


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