Happy One More Lap Around the Sun Day!

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If you’re feeling dizzy, I don’t blame you. I feel dizzy too. We just finished another lap around the sun, moving 108,000 kilometers an hour. It doesn’t sound quite so fast in miles – just a little over 67,000 miles per hour. (When it comes to numbers, it doesn’t matter that the distances are equivalent, the bigger number makes me feel that we are going faster in kilometers than in miles; in the same way that 100 pennies looks like more money than 4 quarters to small children and people like me.)

 

Add in the fact that the earth is also rotating at up to 1000 miles per hour each day,and I start to feel a tiny bit panicky. Too much thinking about it makes me want to stay inside lest I accidentally get spun off the earth before my time. Yes, it’s a far-flung idea, but just because it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean it won’t.

 

The last million or so kilometers of the 940 million kilometer course (or 584 million miles plus a few yards) I traveled this year were exhausting. I’ve been doing these laps for decades, so you think I would be used to it. All the scientific types assure me that this year’s turn was no faster than any other year, but I think it was.

 

However, reaching the finish line on December 31 and pushing through the midnight tape stretched between the two years is always cause for celebration. So, I want to wish you a Happy New Year! May the next 940 million kilometers be good ones for you and yours!

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27 thoughts on “Happy One More Lap Around the Sun Day!

  1. Okay, now MY head is spinning … better wear Velcro shoes next time I step outside, just to be safe. Happiest of New Years to you, too! May you keep spinning, one revolution at a time. :-)

  2. this might be a double post, but I keep trying to comment, and I see nothing posted, so here goes (again). Feel free to hit the delete button, as often as possible, until I disappear.

    Wow, now MY head is spinning, too. Better wear Velcro shoes next time I step outside, just to be safe. Happiest of New Years to you, too. May you keep on spinning, one revolution at a time! :-)

    • I have had trouble with posting comments, too, but unlike you I am prohibited from posting at all. You, on the other hand, are loved by WordPress and are allowed to post twice.

      Looking forward to spinning tales with you this coming year.

  3. Ah – all that spinning explains why I slipped over on some standing water on New Year’s Day and twisted my ankle :-)

    I’d only had tea and coffee – honest!

    Happy New Year to you!

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