July 22nd, 2002


the moon in the west

I have grown unaccustomed to seeing the full moon in the west.

Sure, I don't stay up as late now as I did in college, or even when I was living at the Ranch. I no longer rush to bed when the first birds start to chirp, to avoid the seratonin reaction to the dawn. But a waxing gibbous moon like tonight's sets well before sunup, and I live nearly 4 degrees east of my nominal time zone longitude, which makes moonset another 15 minutes earlier than that. It's not even two here, and still the moon hovers over the western horizon, a stranger I have not seen in these parts for years. Have I been unlucky? Do I not get out, go out, am I not outside often enough to see? What else am I missing?