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« Topic Start: November 21, 2008, 04:53:39 pm »

Last year, a gaggle of us who pass the longest night of the year by staying awake from dusk till dawn kept in touch via the Cauldron, posting our experiences, thoughts, etc., and generally helping to keep each other awake! (And even folks who didn't do the all-nighter popped in from time to time).

With the winter solstice only a month away (for those of us in the N hemisphere), it's time to ask: Who's up for it this year? (Count me in)

And does anybody have any thoughts on any new twists?
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« Reply #1: November 21, 2008, 05:42:18 pm »

Last year, a gaggle of us who pass the longest night of the year by staying awake from dusk till dawn kept in touch via the Cauldron, posting our experiences, thoughts, etc., and generally helping to keep each other awake! (And even folks who didn't do the all-nighter popped in from time to time).

I think this is a great idea. If y'all get this organized by Dec 10th or so, I can plug it in the December newsletter as well as on the main web site.

I'll be honest, I don't remember last year's at all, but I was so wrapped up in Lyric's tongue surgery then that I don't remember much of the last two weeks of December 2007. :/
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« Reply #2: November 21, 2008, 07:35:42 pm »

I think this is a great idea. If y'all get this organized by Dec 10th or so, I can plug it in the December newsletter as well as on the main web site.

Excellent!

The first decision we have to make is which night to do this. This year the solstice occurs on Sunday, December 21, at 12:04 PM Universal (Greenwich Mean) Time, which puts it at 7:04 AM Eastern Time--just before Sunday sunrise here in NYC. That works for many of us North American east coasters, but it may be a bit astronomically inconvenient for those further south and/or west if we do this overnight Saturday/Sunday, since it may put the actual moment of solstice after Sunday morning's sunrise.

Nonetheless, I lean towards overnight Sat/Sun, since it will give us all Sunday to sleep it off, without impinging on Monday for those who have to work.

What do the rest of you think? (That's assuming there's more of us than just me interested in this; if so, chime in)
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« Reply #3: November 21, 2008, 08:25:30 pm »

Excellent!
The first decision we have to make is which night to do this. This year the solstice occurs on Sunday, December 21, at 12:04 PM Universal (Greenwich Mean) Time, which puts it at 7:04 AM Eastern Time--just before Sunday sunrise here in NYC. That works for many of us North American east coasters, but it may be a bit astronomically inconvenient for those further south and/or west if we do this overnight Saturday/Sunday, since it may put the actual moment of solstice after Sunday morning's sunrise.
Nonetheless, I lean towards overnight Sat/Sun, since it will give us all Sunday to sleep it off, without impinging on Monday for those who have to work.
What do the rest of you think? (That's assuming there's more of us than just me interested in this; if so, chime in)

I think I remember last years, I don't know that I participate much though. I'm in Eastern time too so Sat. -Sun. is fine by me.  Winter Solstice is a big family deal with me, we tend a fire in the fireplace all night. I can pop in from time to time depending on my fire tending duties.
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« Reply #4: November 21, 2008, 10:58:49 pm »


I'm up for it. I'll be out of school by then so I won't have to worry about getting up.
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« Reply #5: November 22, 2008, 01:10:05 am »

Excellent!

The first decision we have to make is which night to do this. This year the solstice occurs on Sunday, December 21, at 12:04 PM Universal (Greenwich Mean) Time, which puts it at 7:04 AM Eastern Time--just before Sunday sunrise here in NYC. That works for many of us North American east coasters, but it may be a bit astronomically inconvenient for those further south and/or west if we do this overnight Saturday/Sunday, since it may put the actual moment of solstice after Sunday morning's sunrise.

Nonetheless, I lean towards overnight Sat/Sun, since it will give us all Sunday to sleep it off, without impinging on Monday for those who have to work.

What do the rest of you think? (That's assuming there's more of us than just me interested in this; if so, chime in)
I'm in the Mountain zone, so, yeah, moment-of-solstice will be after sunrise for me, but that doesn't bother me any.  I'm used to planning things for overall convenience, with astronomical precision being a relatively low priority.  Overnight Sat/Sun is perfect for me, since my current schedule habits include all-night phone convos with JFP on weekend nights, and I often stay up on Sundays until early evening to do a schedule turnaround (all the more important in the winter months, when a strictly "vampire schedule" may not give me enough sunlight time).  Depending how JFP feels about it, I might be a "twofer" this year Cheesy.

I think getting it set up and planned this much ahead of time is a great idea.

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« Reply #6: November 22, 2008, 10:58:06 am »

I'm in the Mountain zone, so, yeah, moment-of-solstice will be after sunrise for me, but that doesn't bother me any.  I'm used to planning things for overall convenience, with astronomical precision being a relatively low priority.  Overnight Sat/Sun is perfect for me, since my current schedule habits include all-night phone convos with JFP on weekend nights, and I often stay up on Sundays until early evening to do a schedule turnaround (all the more important in the winter months, when a strictly "vampire schedule" may not give me enough sunlight time).  Depending how JFP feels about it, I might be a "twofer" this year Cheesy.
I think getting it set up and planned this much ahead of time is a great idea.
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« Reply #7: November 22, 2008, 11:14:44 am »

The first decision we have to make is which night to do this.

I'm less concerned with whether the solstice falls before or after sunrise as I am with celebrating on the actual longest night.  Making it through the longest night of the year is what I like to celebrate.   Smiley  But I think your Sat/Sun idea is best, for work purposes and celebration purposes.  There's more stuff going on on a Saturday night to occupy my time vs. a Sunday night.  And I'm more likely to get people to join me on a Saturday.

That said, I don't know whether I'll be able to stay up the whole night, but I'll participate as much as I can.
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« Reply #8: November 22, 2008, 11:30:56 am »

I'm less concerned with whether the solstice falls before or after sunrise as I am with celebrating on the actual longest night. 

I'm with you on that (though obviously the two concepts are connected). I'm pretty sure that Sat/Sun night will be fractionally longer than Sun/Mon night, since Sat/Sun night is closer to the solstice, the actual moment when the length of days bottoms out.
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« Reply #9: November 22, 2008, 03:24:14 pm »

Last year, a gaggle of us who pass the longest night of the year by staying awake from dusk till dawn kept in touch via the Cauldron, posting our experiences, thoughts, etc., and generally helping to keep each other awake! (And even folks who didn't do the all-nighter popped in from time to time).

With the winter solstice only a month away (for those of us in the N hemisphere), it's time to ask: Who's up for it this year? (Count me in)

And does anybody have any thoughts on any new twists?

I really like this idea - but due to the time zone-stuff I couldn't really stay awake the night with you guys, because well, it wouldn't be night here  Grin

But still a lovely idea.  Smiley
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« Reply #10: November 22, 2008, 10:20:24 pm »

(And even folks who didn't do the all-nighter popped in from time to time).

That will likely be as much as I can muster.  I might just go to bed early and get up to watch the sun rise on Sunday.  Oh, and peek in here to search for survivors.  Wink

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« Reply #11: November 22, 2008, 10:22:50 pm »

Nonetheless, I lean towards overnight Sat/Sun, since it will give us all Sunday to sleep it off, without impinging on Monday for those who have to work.

What do the rest of you think?

I'm in.  I can do whichever schedule everyone else likes best. 
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« Reply #12: November 23, 2008, 12:00:13 am »

I really like this idea - but due to the time zone-stuff I couldn't really stay awake the night with you guys

Not so, Tana! Part of the fun is watching the march of darkness across the Northern Hemisphere; so you would be our vanguard, kicking things off earlier than the rest and giving us a taste of what's in store. So please do consider joining in.


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« Reply #13: November 23, 2008, 05:19:58 am »

Not so, Tana! Part of the fun is watching the march of darkness across the Northern Hemisphere; so you would be our vanguard, kicking things off earlier than the rest and giving us a taste of what's in store. So please do consider joining in.

So in that case, and we're talking about Sat.-Sun. Night, right?
I'm in!  Cheesy
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« Reply #14: November 23, 2008, 10:43:35 am »

Pardon my ignorance but what is JFP?
My LD sweetie (as per these threads).

He's quite looking forward to participating in this, and he and I both hope it'll provide the impetus for him to stop just lurking/procrastinating and join TC - if he succeeds in attaining full membership by Solstice, he'll do his own posting to the thread; if not, I'll be passing along his thoughts on the experience in my own posts (unless people object to an "outside" participant - I'm not expecting that, since this isn't an area that only full members can read, but it's politer to ask than to assume).

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