Happy Spring Equinox 2020.
[It is also called the Vernal Equinox
— that being the Latin for ‘Spring’.]
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I also share with you “Spring“.
Sunrise/Sunset for New Hampshire as of the
2020 Spring Equinox.
Notice that it is NOT EXACTLY 12 hours of sunlight on the Equinox.
That is mainly because we are so good at measuring time.
It has to do with the so called precession of the Earth’s axis.
Our rotation WOBBLES like a spinning top.
From, of course (where else), ‘timeanddate.com‘.
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Yes, we are USED to the Spring Equinox being on March 20 (or 21).
This is the earliest it has been in the US in 124 years.
The key here, however, is ‘US’. It is still March 20 in Greenwich — and to us astronomers that is good enough.
Rather convoluted explanation as to why it is this early. If you really want to know, here is a link.
But note, it will again be March 19 — in the US — in 4-years. Yes, that it is also a LEAP YEAR does have a bearing.
As is my custom let me also please share some
catching ‘Allegories of Spring’.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2020.
This was from exactly a week ago.
Yes, a double rainbow — but we are not strangers to double, or even quadruple rainbows. Rainbows follow us around. SMILE.
The Last Time ‘Leap Day’, i.e., February 29, Fell On A Saturday Was 1992; Last ‘Leap Day’ Was In 2016.
How exciting. Another ‘Leap Day‘. At best, if we are lucky, we get them every 4-years. But, as you can see above, they will not get a ‘Leap Day‘ in 2100. Some of YOU might be around for that. Not that far ahead.
Last ‘Leap Day’, obviously, was 4-years ago, to the DAY, in 2016.
Lunar (Chinese) New Year 2020, Boston Chinatown — February 2 (Defying Coronavirus): In 36-Pictures & Few Words.
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Attribution WILL be enforced.
Yes, of course, we were concerned about exposure to the Coronavirus. We had already been to a Chinese New Year event, on Tuesday, at UNH. So, this would be our second flirtation with exposure. We thought about it long & hard. It was not something I was going to be cavalier about — especially with my 13-year old daughter. The day before the first case in Massachusetts was reported. Tufts Medical Center, the designated treatment hospital for the virus, is in Chinatown!
But, we live by the belief that life must go on and that you can’t live in a bubble and that you can’t let everything that is happening constrict your life. So we went.
It was noticeably more subdued compared to prior years and we have been going, yearly, for two decades. Definitely not as crowded. In a way that was nice.
I was surprised by the lack of masks. Very few and NONE among the staff at China Pearl. I was happy about that! I had not looked forward to being served by ladies wearing masks.
All in all, it was GOOD. Glad we went THOUGH I will be honest. I will be marking off the next two weeks!
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Nothing surprising here. This was to be expected and I am, in reality, amazed that more celebrations have not been cancelled. Boston is a case in point. It is still a go and we have been talking about it multiple times today. Do we go or do we give it a miss. Wife, who invariably is the one more cautious, says she has no problem going. So, it is my call.
We went to an event yesterday. But, that was rather contained in terms of the number of Chinese there — though I appreciate that you only need one carrier.
I will also confess that I do not want to eat Dim Sum, at our China Pearl, if all the staff are wearing face masks. That will just be to off putting. Yes, we have been there when one or two have worn masks because they had a ‘cold’. But, being served my masked servers will seem odd. Strange.
We still have time. We can wait till the last minute.
As I said yesterday, the timing of this 2020 coronavirus outbreak could NOT have been any WORSE!
I will keep you posted.
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The timing of this 2020 coronavirus outbreak could NOT have been any WORSE!
That is why I, an avowed cynic, was getting convinced today that I was smelling a rat when it came to the timing of this virus outbreak. It could not have been any worse in terms of impacting and crippling the 2020 Chinese New Year — the Year of the Rat.
Plans for New Year celebrations have been devastated. For one a lot of people in China are being precluded from traveling. Others, wisely, are avoiding going out and mingling with others.
I ran into that problem this morning. Should we go to the ‘Confucius Institute’ event at UNH today. Yes, we knew there would be a fair number of Chinese — some who probably visited China in the last few weeks. Furthermore there were two suspected cases of the virus in New Hampshire — albeit neither in Durham. I pondered, long & hard. I knew my friends at the Institute would be doing everything they could do minimize the risk. [I was right. They had cut back on personnel to a minimum. It was low-key and unstated but I noticed and appreciated.] I wanted to go to show my solidarity and support. In the end we went.
Going to Boston Chinatown, on a Sunday, is a different matter. A whole load more of people — many who might have visited China in the recent past. Not good. Not good for Chinatown. Not good for us. I like going to Chinatown for Chinese New Year.
I smell a rat. Yes, others have put forward conspiracy theories. I do subscribe to one of this.
This virus has done much, much, much more damage to the Chinese economy, prestige and standing than any tariffs. It will put a huge dent in their GDP for at least a year. Not good.
I smell a rat!