22 June 2011

One Solstice Night, Pt 2

Last year on the night of the summer solstice, the shortest night of the year, I decided to stay up till dawn, blogging about my thoughts and doings. No reason to not do it all over again, then. I've got some booze again (the leftovers of a bottle of 'Salmari', a drink about as Finnish as they come, and I have no idea how much is actually left in the bottle, might be just a couple shots, or I might be getting legless, we'll just have to see), and some Pringles for snacking...

22:51 - The sun should have just set according to Wolfram|Alpha. And I still have no clue as to how I'm going to be spending the night. The actual astronomical moment of the solstice has already been, at around 20:22 local time. About five hours to go till sunrise. It's a bit on the cloudy side, so the night isn't likely to be as light as it could at best.

23:06 - 'Once you pop, you can't stop...' And I've got way too much of these. There should be a law against special offers on snack foods...

23:26 - Took a moment to 'like' John Kovalic on Facebook. He used to have a regular profile and accepted everyone as friends, but now he's changed it into one of those 'likeable' celebrity pages. Which I think is for the best, since I for one don't fancy 'friending' people I don't actually know. I still have no plans for the rest of the night. Current plan seems to be: get rid of the booze, then worry about the rest of the night.

23:55 - So, the booze in the end made for about five shots, although I think this glass is a little smaller than the standard 4cl. Enough for some slight tipsiness, but no serious drunkenness. And I'm only an hour into the night, so I'll have to think of other ways to entertain myself now.

0:05 - A word of two about alcohol in order? I might sound a little cavalier about my attitudes towards it, but I really don't drink very often, nor very large quantities at a time. However, I won't deny that I enjoy the occasional stiff drink, or even the sensation of getting a little tipsy. Heck, it's been a part of human culture pretty much since there was human culture. Even animals are known to get high on fermented fruit. Everyone has their vices. Thus far this vice, for me, has been well under control. But obviously it is not for everyone, and I have nothing but respect for those who choose not to drink (and sadness for those who can't control it). I'm sure they have vices of their own, though. Life would be pretty boring without them...

0:46 - For entertainment, I decided to go with Nightwish's End of an Era DVD. I've probably seen this concert film more often than any other (even counting such masterpieces as Tom Waits's Big Time), but I don't seem to get tired of it. Once again some angry feedback for the DVD's producers, though. 4:3 letterbox format? WTF? What is this, the 90's?! (Strangely enough, I recently dreamt I met Emppu on a bus...)

1:14 - Brief break to brew some tea. Starting with the booze may not have been the best of ideas, I think it's making me feel drowsier than I would otherwise be. Also, a whole tube of Pringles has already vanished. I rather hope I'll have the willpower not to pop another one tonight...

1:30 - Forgot about the tea... Well, should be well brewed by now. Oh, and BTW, \m/!

2:30 - DVD finished. Still well over an hour to go... Must admit I'm feeling a tad tired (and I'm pretty sure it's no longer just the booze affecting me). But I'm not about to give up after coming this far. It's not like staying up this late is even particularly rare for me.

2:45 - Just devoured a nectarine, probably my last snack for the night, while trying to think of something intriguing enough to keep me awake for the last hour. And even though it's still pretty gloomy outside, it is noticeably lighter already than an hour or two ago.

3:35 - Didn't come up with anything worthwhile to do, in the end. Just idle thoughts and web browsing. Except there appears to be sporadic problems with Internet connections. The universe just doesn't seem to be on my side this solstice night...

3:55 - Dawn! And about bloody time, too. It never ceases to amaze, though, just how fast the light grows before dawn this time of year. But now I'm really off to bed.

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