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  1. JustMe

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    Ugh. It's 6:06 and there is barely a hint of pink left in the dark sky. It hate that the sun sets so early now. :(
     
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    Oh, it's black dark here at 6:14...I tutor every night- it's going to be different coming home in the dark every day!!
     
  4. monsieurteacher

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    I know... I used to work at a daycare, and the worst day of the year was the day after Daylight Savings Time in the fall... it got so dark and the kids really sensed that their parents were late picking them up... Even the babies were screaming. It was awful.
     
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    Yep, it's now 6:17 and totally dark. Most days I don't get home until this time, and it's always so depressing to feel your day is "over" by the time you pull in the drive.
     
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    I don't want to go out again once I get home in the dark!!
     
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    Darkness to me = sit down and watch TV. But I have stuff to do, so this is annoying!
     
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    The good news is that, at least for a few weeks, my 11 year old son won't be walking 3 blocks in to the bus stop alone in the dark at 7 am.
     
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    7:00 been dark for about 45 minutes.
     
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    We just switched to Daylight Savings time last night. Sunset is at 5:00. How depressing. :(
     
  11. Ima Teacher

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    It was dark by 5:45 here.

    Yuck.
     
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    Another couple of weeks and I'll be going to school in the dark in the morning and coming home in the dark. Blech!
     
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    We got a new schedule this year where we finish at 2:35. I am so excited that I'll have day light all year when I get out from school! I hate when it gets dark so early too!
     
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    Uggg I went to the store and by the time I got my groceries into the trunk it was starting to get dark. I made it home before it was really black out but I really HATE driving in the dark. I try not to run errands after sunset.
     
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    Well, I am definitly in the minority here. Maybe because I live so far south and we have NO change in the seasons(it's FINALLY in the 80's today), I actually like the change. To me the early dark means I am in for the evening. When spring rolls around, I appreciate the light again.
     
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    Tonight should be fun. Sunset at 5:05. Last parent conference ends at 5:30, at the earliest.

    55 minute bike ride home through city streets, a bike path that parallels a freeway, and some dark, rural roads.

    The funny thing is that I actually like it.
     
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    Wow, Sarge, you're braver than most!

    I think we tend to forget that right now we're on "normal time." Daylight savings time runs from March to November. So, if we hadn't put our clocks ahead, it would have been dark much earlier for a while now!

    I did enjoy being able to scrape the frost of my car windows in the light this morning, though...
     
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    5:15 pm and it's getting pretty dark already; I didn't put any lights on when I got home and I really need to get up and do that. It was nice going to work in the light, but not so nice being wide awake at 4:10am because my body thought it was time to wake up.
     
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    Sarge to you have one of those lights on the front of your bike that gets brighter as you pedal.

    Some friends had one of those..sadly in the camp ground I couldn't go too fast to make it bright...it was kinda like a dim flashlight!!! LOL!!!
     
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    Lights? You want lights?

    I've got on the front, a 6 watt and a 10 watt halogen running off of a 6 volt lead acid battery. I have two batteries for that light - a 3.5 amp that runs out in about an hour and a 10 amp beast that could probably start your '65 Volkswagen at least once. I actually never use that battery because it's so heavy.

    I also have 3w LED that I built out of a flashlight that runs off of two AA batteries. This light is very bright, but has a battery life of about 1.5 hours. It's basically a long spot light that I use for dodging potholes and broken beer bottles at 20 mph.

    On the back, I have about $100 worth of flashing and not flashing bike lights, which also run off of either rechargeable AA or AAA batteries.

    At any given time, I have batteries sitting on a charger someplace either in my house or my classroom.

    I'm planning to upgrade the halogens to 12v and having them run off of a NiMh battery instead of the lead-acid setup I have now.

    Ironically, I live in fear that I'll get a ticket because I don't have any reflectors on my spokes or pedals.
     
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    Ya, it sucks. I left work at 4:30 and the sun was already setting...didn't even need my sunglasses!!
     
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    Agreed. Dh and I don't get home until about 7:30 most evenings, and it's pitch black. We feel like we have no time together during the week. The only consolation is that we're in a place that doesn't have snow, so at least it's warm when it's dark.
     

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