Longest and Shortest Years

Okay, please exclude February 29th from existence for this reading and any further conversation on the topic. Β Kay, thanks. Β πŸ˜‰

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Thus ends the longest year of my life. Β It began in Tokyo, Japan and ended in Houston, Texas, thereby making it 13 hours longer than any regular year in my life. Β Last year, 2016, was the shortest year of my life by 13 hours, because it was reversed: It began in Houston, Texas and ended in Tokyo, Japan.

Before this year, my shortest year had been 2012, beginning in Houston and ending in Vienna, Austria, making it 7 hours shorter than usual, and making 2013, which ended in Houston, 7 hours longer than usual. Β Those years are now in second place for the shortest and longest years of my life.

Fun, huh? Β πŸ˜›

When I was little, I made several lists of things I wanted to do in my life. Β I remember writing into one at some point that I wanted to live the longest and shortest year possible one day. Β That means spending one December 31-January 1 in the first time zone, the following in the last time zone, and then the third in the first time zone again. Β I now actually have friends in both locations, so it is totally possible. Β Let’s see if I can pull it off, shall we?

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Just to drive me nuts, these had to clash with leap years, instead of working with them. Β I’ll get there some day, I imagine. Β I’ve gotten so close without even putting forth a conscious effort already. Β I can only imagine what I’ll pull off in the future. Β And I know it will begin with the January first of a leap year, whenever it happens. Β πŸ™‚

Post-a-day 2017