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I miss my late-night friends

Posted by Joe Allen-Black  November 22, 2011 09:19 AM

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I went to bed the other day at about 10:30 p.m. I say "about" because it was somewhere around halfway through a mindless reality television show, so I'm not exactly sure when I dosed.

It's sad, really. Not just because lately I've been DVRing Saturday Night Live and watching the next day, but because the insane lack of sunlight has left me drained.

These days -- as the sun goes down before I leave work -- all I want to do is go home, put on flannel pajamas, and curl up on couch until I pass out at some time that would make an 8-year-old scoff at me.

I might as well be my dad's age.

I'm not sure when this became a problem for me. Maybe around Halloween or maybe that first freak snowstorm we had? Whatever the timeframe, it's something that I can't get used to. I'm just floored by how early the sun goes down and how much darkness late fall and winter have around here this time of year. More than that, I'm amazed by how much that affects me.

The snow and slippery ice had their annoyances last winter. I fell more times than I care to admit, and my back still hurts from the time I had to dig my car out at the foot of my driveway. Yet these memories don't made me sad or seem draining. Those are just those things you deal with in the North. This lack of sunlight is different -- it's just a blah feeling.

I've heard from other people who have similar experiences and heard about gadgets that are meant to give you more light in your day. I think there were Northern Exposure episodes about this, so I know this isn't a problem unique to me.

How do you deal with the lack of daylight? Any suggestions -- outside of booking a trip to visit Mickey Mouse -- on ways to overcome the lack of energy in the winter? I need something to help me stay awake long enough to watch which Top Chef cheftestant gets the boot.

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Joe Allen-Black left the flat landscape and temperate climes of Florida, where he was a reporter and web producer, for the peaks, valleys, and mercurial weather of New England. Joe, More »

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