The Scar (Part 2)

Daylight is getting to be a bit of problem now, or getting enough of it is anyway. The weather in these islands may have been historically mild for October and for the first few hours of November but right now I’d trade half a dozen celsius degrees for an hour of the day back. After a few days in a windowless room this week, at which arrival and departure happened in more or less darkness, I was reduced to writing ‘HELP ME!’ using letters prized off a laptop keyboard in a rescue-seeking bid of desperation. I regret it now of course, as computers with two ‘e’s are not easy to replace. Saturday mornings now see me staggering blinking into the sunlight like a trembling alcoholic stumbling into an off licence on the cue of the assistant unlocking the door and flipping the dangling ‘closed’ sign to ‘open’, well, err, apparently that’s what they do, I hear. Weeknight bike rides are articially lit affairs now, just me and a japanese LED stuck together in a hostile world like Lee Marvin and Toshirô Mifune in that John Boorman movie, trying to come to terms with what happened to those tortuously recent evenings that lasted almost until morning, trying not to look behind to the blackness just left behind so weekends now are ridden grinning like the just released institutionalised idiot that I am. Judging by the number of bikes out this morning however I think I may not be the only one…



    • northernbike

      I think humans need to see the sky, the day grow light and dark so being cut off from it it buggers our circadian rhythms, especially for those who find the dark months a bit of a struggle already

    • northernbike

      hi lily, amen to all of those three things and thanks for dropping by. I don’t think a lot of building designers have much thought that people will occupy a building, they are just an afterthought to squeeze into the space left after the main function of the place is accommodated

  1. ColoradoClark

    I, too, am enamored with the sun. I enjoy the winters here in Colorado, but struggle through the darkness (quite literally, during my cycling commute) from November through February. It does keep me looking forward to the winter solstice: a little less than 7 short weeks to that turning point, although the coldest weather will still be in front of us, at least here in the western US.

    Cheers – and keep the prose and pictures coming!

    • northernbike

      Hi Clark, thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. It’s the same here – we don’t tend to get much snow until the new year, sometimes quite late; February or March. I imagine the Colorado winter is a fiercer affair than on this gulf-stream blessed island, but beautiful too.

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