Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 07:22 (UTC+0530)

Today begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, where adherents are not to eat from sunrise to sunset.  In this tropical country daylight is, as always, about twelve hours long.  Fasting for twelve hours shouldn't be a terrible burden.  But how about in your country?  Daylight in Seattle, for example, is currently almost fifteen hours long (according to the very useful website  And in Fairbanks, Alaska, it's getting close to eighteen hours now!  Of course, at the North Pole you can't fast for Ramadan at all unless you can hibernate for six months.

I'm doing my own beer fast for Ramadan (actually I started at the New Moon two days ago) since I've been getting bigger around the middle.  (A pint of lickerous beer is 200 calories, the same as a cup and a half of globulous fat.)  I'm also starting a new exercise regimen, first thing in the morning, when the air is still cool.

When I jog up and down our steep hill the friendly neighborhood dogs come scampering, excited and playful.  Somehow the sight of a human running (which you never see around here) gets them fired up.  One friendly dog (benempt "Oreo") even got scared of me and barked and wouldn't approach close for a pat on the head as he usually does.