Nice to hear from you, Dinesh!
Today started the Kaamos
back where I'm from, in Lapland. Word Kaamos comes from Sami
language, spoken by Sami people in arctic regions of Scandinavia. It means a polar night; after sun was set yesterday, it's not rising until end of January. It's a two month long night, opposite to our two months long midnight sun period in the summer when sun is almost two months visible and we have daylight 24/7.
A dear friend sent an email today, sent at 1:30 PM. It was -31°C (-24°F), snow depth 30+ centimeters (12 inches) and pitch dark, he wrote, telling also about the traditional party yesterday. Friends gathered together to say Good Bye to Sun (normally we Lapps need no excuse to party, but this one is good).
It's two times a year I miss home especially much, after 25+ years living abroad. The last day to see the Sun, end of November, when we used to sit outside with friends, drinking Glögg
and watching sunrise and sunset within 40 minutes, preparing for the long Polar Night. And the same party in end of January, first appearance of the Sun.
A Lappish joke:
A suspect is questioned by police. Suspect's alibi is not clear, so the questioning police officer asks:
-"Where did you spend the night between November 29th and January 23rd?"
Life is Good! Mac OSX sux!
P.S. Thanks to all your dear fellow geeks for the supporting comments regarding my recovery.