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Friday the thirteenth… times two.

I wonder how often February 1 falls on a Monday Sunday in non-leap year?  I ask this because on February’s that meet these conditions, there are always two consecutive Friday the Thirteenths (February 13 and March 13 are both Fridays).

Fall back

For the first time in a long, long time, I did not turn the clocks back before going to bed.  That’s not to say I didn’t know that daylight savings ended today.  I just forgot to turn the clocks back.  I was pleased, therefore, when I woke up around 6 AM, to turn the clock back an hour.  I even managed to sleep in a little bit this morning.

Today was generally a lazy day.  We sat around, watched TV, played Wii.  I went grocery shopping.  Early in the afternoon I worked on thank you notes, getting through about 20 of them.

It was much cooler today than yesterday, but it was still pretty nice out.  I sat out on the porch for a while, reading, and left the screen door open so that the cats could come out onto the porch as well.  They seemed to enjoy it.  It was Zeke’s first experience willingly going outdoors on his own and his was curious, but also, understandably nervous.  Late in the afternoon, we watched Jerry Maguire.  Kelly was off to bed early and I stayed up, playing one more round of Tiger Woods and then reading more of NEW SCIENTIST.

Daylight saving time

I found out today that because of a bill Congress passed in 2005, beginning this year, Daylight Saving time will be extended by about a month. Instead of the first Sunday in April, Daylight Saving time begin on March 11 and ends on November 4.

I wouldn’t have known about this if I hadn’t received email from a software vendor letting me know I needed to patch their software because of changes to Daylight Saving time in the U.S. and Canada.

Getting lighter later just got started sooner and lasts longer.

Writing “two thousand seven”

Until this post, four days into the new year, I have not had to write 2007 yet. This is an interesting phenomenon to me because ten years ago, I would have been paying the rent on January 1, 1997, and it would have been the first time I had to write 2007 on a check. But I don’t write checks anymore; my bill pay service handles it for me. I have not had to sign and date anything yet this year either. It used to be that for the first few weeks of the year, whenever I had to write the date, I would always write down the previous year, or as we say in the programming world: year–. But with so much more of what we do happening in the electronic world, I find myself having to write the date less and less. It certainly limits the opportunity for mistakes, but on the other hand, because I don’t write the year as much, I tend to forget what year I am in when I do have to write the year. (Remember back in school when just about every we were writing the date in the upper-right corner of our notes. You never forgot what year you were in back then!)

Even though I see the year on calendars, and on the date stamps on these blog entries, it doesn’t feel like 2007 until I start writing it. I guess I have some catching up to do: 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007…