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January 20, 2006

I can see clearly now the Sunbox is here

I just acquired a small Sunbox, or "Happy Light" today from a friend. As you can see in the pic it is rather strong. I still have to use it as directed, as in bask in it for 20-40 minutes a day. I'll try it from home this weekend before bringing it into work where I'll need it more there. On the weekends or days off I usually get outside for a long walk or bike ride, which usually does the trick. DC winters are wet-cold and grey-skyed a lot, and have seasonally gotten me down worse every year. When I lived in Portland, Oregon I was working two jobs. After my day shift at Kinko's I would rush to my short-term night job at an athetic club where I would nap for 10 minutes in a low-level tanning booth, which did the trick to keep my spirits up in the Pacific Northwest gloom. I beleive because of it I was the most tan gay boy in the city at that time. I know regular cardio and better sleep patterns help, but it's often a challenge to get on the treadmill from the weight floor in the winter, and I'll admit City of Heroes keeps me up way later than I should be. But I'm workin' on trying to keep away the temporary blues, crankiness, hermit cloistering and sadness spells that hit me this time of year. Nothing I can do about the suspected genetic Scandinavian predisposition to depression in my family, but I hope my Happy Light helps a bit.

This week I heard a house finch and a song sparrow singing their spring songs. I think it's a bit premature, but it's a promising sign of spring.

I went and saw 'The Squid and the Whale' last night, and it was OK. Again, I don't think I'm a huge fan of real-life, smarty-pants non-fiction type movies. I just leave the theatre shrugging my shoulders. I'm more of a sci-fi/action movie fan.

Riding on the bus with Corky. I like his recent entry about the PDX public transport system, cookie dough, and gender nonspecific male behavior.

Posted by jimbo at January 20, 2006 3:27 AM


two shirtless Jimbo pictures in one week? I am swooning!

Posted by: windreader at January 20, 2006 12:32 PM

Sorry to hear about your winter blues Jimbo. Sounds like you do the right thing though to ward it off. Hang in there, your worth it.

Posted by: Mike at January 20, 2006 2:12 PM

Regarding the sunbox/Happy light. make sure your eyes get some light as well. In order for it to properly work, your retinas must get stimulated as well as your skin. (not to much cause we dont want you to go blind)

Me on th eother hand, I am part of th epopulation that thrives in the dark and cold. Its the summers that get me grumpy and depressed.

Posted by: Dax at January 20, 2006 7:26 PM

Sorry to say but you seem cranky winter, spring, summer and fall. I am pretty prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD - yuck, can the person who came up with that acronym) myself, but I don't think it's the same as equal-opp misanthropy.

Posted by: Chris at January 20, 2006 9:31 PM

I bet I can make you happy this winer, Jimbo.

Posted by: Ruphus at January 23, 2006 2:05 PM

WINTER. god i am so stupid.

Posted by: ruphus at January 23, 2006 9:06 PM