Well, Planet Earth is about to finish another trip around the sun. At least, that’s what we say, although it’s a whole lot more complicated than that, as this paper from NASA details. We say that a year is 365 days, and every four years we add an extra day to make up for the fact that the actual trip around the sun take 365 days and 6 hours, except that, since that’s an overestimate (it’s really 365 days, 5 hours and some-odd minutes), whenever the year is evenly divisible by 100, we don’t add a leap day unless the year is evenly divisible by 400.
(I don’t generally sleep through the night, and I’ll wake up at roughly 4 AM and might be awake for an hour or more, and this is the kind of thing I think about to try and get back to sleep. Sometimes it actually works.)
We are now in the midst of Mary’s and my favorite week of the year, the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s too late to start and finish something for the the old year (2019) and to start something for next year (2020). TV turns its focus from Christmas and toward what happened in the preceding 12 months and what will happen in the next 12. At least, that’s what I remember, because these days we sit around watching old reruns of The Andy Griffith Show and Hogan’s Heroes in the evenings. Normally, we turn off the sound between those two shows, because between them are old episodes of Gomer Pyle, USMC and Green Acres and we don’t like those two. Interesting that all of those are shows are ones that were unceremoniously cancelled by CBS in 1971 when that network decided they were no longer relevant, because Norman Lear said so.
If I don’t see you before then, Happy New Year!
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