The sun just a bit below the horizon, already a number of stars out, Lady Aurora wavering her veils before the stars glistening through it, and optionally a moon in the sky, that's the happiest constellation.
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I live way, way up in an extremely remote part of Northern British Columbia, Canada, and Aurora Borealis is a somewhat common experience, and because there is NO artificial lights whatsoever, it is very visible. I'm blessed to be able to sit by lake or simply look out a window whenever I desire and observe it when it occurs.
To boot, my wife is a sky expert, so she researches every day, and can pretty well predict with great accuracy when they will occur.
When I'm in my backyard on my patio I used to love being able to sky watch and see the stars, but then the damn city people put streetlights along my highway after more houses were built around me, and now the additional light pretty much drowns out the sky even on a clear night. #LightPolutionSucks
I can relate to that. To me, what's most galling about the street and highway lights is that the people who choose what lights to install still continue to choose ones that let light out the sides. I know it's because those types are less expensive, so have a lower up front cost, but they also require more electrical power, so cost more to operate. The lamps that direct the light in a downward cone provide the same ground level illumination with lower power consumption. The operating cost savings cover the difference within few years. After that, it's net spending savings.
Currently it is dark outside most of the time. It is dark when I commute to work, and dark when I drive back home.
So I'm very happy about electricity - and that there is artificial light when there is no sun.
You live in extreme north, even further north than me then, yes? Close to or within the Arctic Circle?
In that case, I'll waive the artificial light restriction... while you drive to get home only though.
Where I live, I experience frequent power (I refer to it as "hydro", due to my Ontario, Canada beginnings) outages. We can heat ourselves, cook and heat water with our wood-burning equipment, and light is provided by lighting anything on fire that burns. (The wife gets upset when I try to light our eight year old white rabbit, Ganldolf, on fire for light though, but my justification is that if you have food that can run around, it cooks quicker due to the aerodynamics of airflow making the flame burn quicker).
In all seriousness, I know all about alternate energy, and very short days. I'd love to hear more.
How do you manage where you are? I've thought solar, but that's not feasible with little sun. I knew that shortly after I moved out where I am, but my literal Raspberry Pi + let's just say several small panels and batteries proved it. I've staged up diesel powered generator that runs core items, but would like to become more eco-friendly. Tips?
Update: Or, did I misunderstand, taking a sarcastic comment literally, and you're just saying you work far too long hours every day and need to make a life adjustment? Where I be, what you said can be taken either way easily :)
I live pretty near the Canadian border, and even I have his first problem for a portion of the year. In fact, since I start work fairly early, this is the first week I've actually seen first light for just a minute or two as I walk in to work from my car... it's glorious for me because I miss the sun so much. It doesn't last a terribly long time, but there is about a month in the dead of winter where there is no sun when I come in to work and it has already gone down by the time I leave... I don't know how people live further North, where I am now is depressing enough to me as it is, I like the sun a little too much and I swear never seeing it (save for if I go out for lunch) really messes with my sleep cycles.
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Don't look at me like that. I have nothing particularly against the outdoors. I just... don't feel the need to visit it on a regular basis. It's not like the outdoor environment is going to whither away in loneliness if I don't go out often enough. It'll be fine.