I almost forgot that today is a very important holiday, until Lake Chicago Shores reminded me. In Greensboro, today marks the end of "Darkness Creep," that winter phenomenon in which it gets darker earlier and earlier every day. Yesterday's sunset occurred at 5:05; today's at 5:06.
It's a small difference, and you wouldn't notice it, but I like to know things like this.
I remember when I lived in Edenton, about 200 miles east of here, I noticed that it seemed to get dark really early that December. At first I thought it was my imagination until I checked an almanac and saw that, indeed, the earliest sunset there is at 4:52 pm. Now that's just wrong.
On the flip side, when I was in college, I worked at Camp Celo, in the NC mountains, where in late June, it didn't get completely dark until after 10 pm.
Time zones are cool. Just for fun, I looked up the sunset times for West Quoddy Head in Maine, and it looks like the earliest one there is at 3:47 pm. If you took an afternoon nap and woke up at 4:30, how would you know if it was morning or night?