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Old 12-09-2009, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Roooolll another one......just like the other one......
Roll ?

Did you roll your car?

What are you rolling?
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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'darkness' is what I do not understand.

I went into the city today to run an errand and I get hit by the storm, made it home fine, and went out to plow our driveway. But could not find my sunglasses. I have not wore them since last winter.

I find that the only time I wear sunglasses in when I am outside during the winter.

Where are you going that it is so dark so much?
I thnk Fortunata is referring to Seasonal Depression caused by the much shorter northern winter days. Perhaps s/he leaves for work before it really gets light and doesn't get out of work until after sunset this time of year. Not everyone works where they can even see out a window these days!

Personally, I find it a relaxing change from the early sunrises and late sunsets of summer.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I thnk Fortunata is referring to Seasonal Depression caused by the much shorter northern winter days. Perhaps s/he leaves for work before it really gets light and doesn't get out of work until after sunset this time of year. Not everyone works where they can even see out a window these days!

Personally, I find it a relaxing change from the early sunrises and late sunsets of summer.
Okay.

Right now my house is lit-up fairly bright as it is so bright outside.

Even without a clear sky [it is snowing] the ground has a blanket of snow and reflects white light.

So to me it is 'bright'. Perhaps my perception of this brightness, having been a career submariner is different from other folk's perception of it.

Yes, as you say the days are shorter. Anyone stuck indoors away from windows would not see this.

Commuting to work in the dark, and again going home in the dark, can be depressing. However such is not limited to Maine. The days are growing shorter everywhere on the Northern hemisphere. It is not a Maine-only thing.

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Old 12-10-2009, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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True, it is not a Maine-only thing, but it seems more pronounced here than in any of the other very north latitude places I have lived... which were at or above this latitude (one being 3 or so degrees north of where I now live.)

I don't think the problem is how bright the daylight is but more likely subjective perceptions... Many folks seem to find even bright overcast days -- snow or not -- "gloomy" and I know that I do not respond to interior lights -- regardless of the heat temperature of the light -- the same way I do to sunlight.

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Okay.

Right now my house is lit-up fairly bright as it is so bright outside.

Even without a clear sky [it is snowing] the ground has a blanket of snow and reflects white light.

So to me it is 'bright'. Perhaps my perception of this brightness, having been a career submariner is different from other folk's perception of it.

Yes, as you say the days are shorter. Anyone stuck indoors away from windows would not see this.

Commuting to work in the dark, and again going home in the dark, can be depressing. However such is not limited to Maine. The days are growing shorter everywhere on the Northern hemisphere. It is not a Maine-only thing.

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Old 12-11-2009, 09:49 AM
 
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dramamama and I are counting the minutes until we make our escape to Eastport.

The area we are in now here in Ohio was OK at one time but now is a hell hole of cornfields morphing into subdivisions, strip malls, traffic jams, noise, garbage and crime.

Eastport is not that much different from the place I remember as a kid, there is no way I could not go back.
Lots of towns in Maine lack zoning or even a comprehensive plan, so in fleeing cornfields succumbing to development you may find blueberry fields or roadside woods going the same way.
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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3/4 of Mount Desert Island is national park. There is a limit to how much land they CAN USE FOR DEVELOPMENT. Unfortunately because the land is limited on-island, the cost for land is outrageous compared to other places. Of course land on the island of Manhattan is just a bit more.

And the land on Hilton Head Island or Hawaii isn't that cheap either.

And at least in MDI, baby-boomers really haven't discovered it yet....... The high roller baby boomers have a few more years before they move.

Zarathu
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Old 12-11-2009, 03:02 PM
 
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It's dark when I get up. It's barely light when my son leaves for school. I have lots of trees that block out the early morning light. It's bright enough during the day, but by 3:30 it's getting gloomy. That's not enough light, too much dark, depressing. The shadows are so long, all day long.
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Old 12-11-2009, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Lots of towns in Maine lack zoning or even a comprehensive plan, so in fleeing cornfields succumbing to development you may find blueberry fields or roadside woods going the same way.
Yeah that is pretty cool
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Old 12-11-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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It's dark when I get up. It's barely light when my son leaves for school. I have lots of trees that block out the early morning light. It's bright enough during the day, but by 3:30 it's getting gloomy. That's not enough light, too much dark, depressing. The shadows are so long, all day long.
I think lack of daylight can and does affect mood - thus contributing to the misery of "cabin fever" in February (although I think it's a little better then because the days have become longer).

Chin up, January's coming and the days will start stretching out oh-so-slowly but surely.
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:51 PM
 
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I think lack of daylight can and does affect mood - thus contributing to the misery of "cabin fever" in February (although I think it's a little better then because the days have become longer).
I think it will be worse when all incandescent bulbs are replaced with flourescent bulbs, which are even less like daylight than the incandescent ones.
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