Monday, December 10, 2018

Short Days

More Fairbanks winter temperatures today. And a light dusting of snow from sometime last night. I went ahead and rode to ACRC (Alaska Coffee Roasting Company) and met a handful of people there before heading to the university to check on the status of a work order. The fusion drive in my 27" iMac died sometime during our last road trip. I use the iMac as a host to get access to network resources in Utqiaġvik. We replaced the fusion drive with an SSD. Half of the drive space but so much faster. Granted, I could just check the status of the work order on the website but I'd rather check in-person.

This was about 10:30am or about 10 minutes before sunrise. This is from the parking lot entrance to the Butrovich building where my office is still located. I still have a few more errands to run around town. Today was the first time in a couple of years that I actually used the rubber face mask and visor heat that are part of the Bombardier modular helmet. The last couple of times riding, the visor was fogging up. The face mask redirects your breath through vents on the side of the helmet to help minimize fogging. The good news is that everything is working for a change. Both heated gloves, both heated grips, heated liner, and heated visor. In the past, it seems like there was always something not working. So very toasty while riding around.

And this sunset photo was taken at 2:30pm from our back deck. Not a very long day, eh? 

4 comments:

david R said...

Short day in terms of daylight, but in a weeks+ time we begin the path to longer days again. It is a moment I look forward to.
Nice when all the systems actually work as advertised.

RichardM said...

The short daylight doesn't seem to bother me as much as it being cold all the time. But more daylight is a good trend...

I think that this is the first time in a long time when all of the heated stuff actually all worked at the same time. The gloves seem to be the most problematic followed by the right hand heated grip.

Lynne Goebeler said...

Beautiful photos, but boy, that is a short day! And we were whining this morning about the incessant cold rain here in Georgia... But I swear, the dampness makes it colder than Colorado!!

RichardM said...

The days are still getting shorter at least for the next week or so. The shortest day is something like 2 1/2 hours. I’m sure I’ll put up a post on that day. I agree about the dampness. It felt colder in VA than here.