The Carrikers - 2018

January 31st - Another new year... Another new look...

Well here we are again. A brand new year. Of course, it is entirely arbitrary to consider January the beginning of a new year. The Earth just goes around the Sun in a constant cycle and we could pick any point along the way to be the "beginning". Now this year January 3rd at 5:35am UTC was when the Earth was closest to the Sun, so maybe January is a good month, but really the whole midnight on December 31st is the beginning of a new year thing is still wrong...

Of course, that also means that the Earth is closest to the Sun when it is coldest in the Northern Hemisphere. You know what that means... It is hot as heck in the Southern Hemisphere because they get to be close to Sun and tilted towards it at the same time! Hooray for the Southern Hemisphere! It also means that we just got to have a super blue blood moon! Aren't those noble or socially prominent natural satellites just fabulous?

What else? Well lots of us are born in January and that means...

We are either Capricorns or Aquariuses (Aquarii? Aquarians? Aquariums?) and we share the lucky numbers 4 and 22...

Our birth flowers are either carnations or snowdrops but we all share the garnet as a birthstone...

We're creative problem solvers and we tended to be the most mature and athletic people in our classes... hmm...

We tend to be doctors or accountants... hmm... that doesn't seem to have happened...

But whatever else it might mean, at least we don't call it "Wulfmonath" as the Anglo-Saxons called it... because it was the month hungry wolves came scavenging at people's doors... What would you call it because it was the month self-aggrandizing orangutans brag to civil servants...?

Welcome to 2018.

 

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