23 June 2015

One Solstice Night, Pt 6

It has been my tradition for several years to stay up till dawn on the night of the summer solstice—the shortest night of the year—while having a few drinks and blogging my activities. Well, as it happens, the solstice was actually yesterday, but I had a much too tiring weekend to stay up last night. So I figure a day here or there won't make much difference... (There's no real practical difference in the length of the night yet, anyway.)

Last year at this time I was watching Mario Marathon 7. Alas, there is no Mario Marathon this summer, mostly due to (I assume) the crew being too busy with their personal lives. I hope we haven't seen the last of them, but for now, I'll have to make do with other entertainment...

For company I have some sweets, a Pringles tube, and a chilled bottle of Minttu, a peppermint flavoured drink described on the label as 'the legendary mint shot from the Finnish Himalayas'... (I haven't had this stuff in a long while, I'm rather looking forward to it.)

22:51 - Sunset!

23:00 - Each Monday around this time I usually watch LoadingReadyRun's CheckPoint Plus stream on Twitch. This stream normally consists of a humorous news show about video game news (which is also recorded and posted on YouTube), followed by a more freeform discussion about video game news. The show wraps up with LRR's Kathleen DeVere welcoming some of the channel's new subscribers with bits of zany improv based on their usernames—all in all a fun, relaxed way to end my Monday.

23:05 - The show's running a little late, as is usual, so I'll take this opportunity to have my first drink of the nigh. Aaaah, that hits the spot. The trouble with a bottle that's spent several hours in the freezer, though, is that it's a) cold to handle, and b) after a while wet with condensation...

23:20 - As they say on the show, the week after E3, kind of a slow news day... Not much there of personal relevance. But the LRR crew is still always fun to watch.

00:30 - Show's over, now I have to think of something else to do... There's a few clouds around, so the night's actually fairly dark right now. If it was clear, the sky would probably be a pale blue, fading into orange near the horizon...

1:10 (Really? What happened to the last half hour?) - I finally decided to watch Return of the Jedi! Whee! I recently re-watched the first two movies, and I've been meaning to get around to this, might as well do it now.

2:30 - Already so much lighter outside! But boy do my eyes feel heavy, I hope I can survive till dawn... Movie's great, snacks are great, drink is great, but I guess I'm just not used to staying up quite so late, lately...

3:30 - Movie's over, still one of the greatest classics of all time (even if I was almost nodding off for a fair amount of it). It is almost full daylight outside already. Birds are singing, fairly loud.

3:40 - OMFG, there's a spider crawling on my shot glass. Like, wtf? Where the hell did it come from? Was it attracted maybe by the sweetness of the drink, or the alcohol? Sorry, buddy, but you're going outside...

3:53 - Teeth brushed, all ready for bed, just waiting for...

3:56 - Sunrise! See you again next year, maybe...

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