Victoria in Florida is still chosing the themes for the month of June and this week it is simply 5 o’clock. I had been thinking of showing a photo here of what we will be up to at 5 o’clock today, which is the most important party event of the year for Swedes – Midsummer’s eve. Maybe it would have been a picture of people jumping around pretending to be frogs (a traditional dance and song about the little frogs) or throwing logs of wood around (it is a game called Kubb). However, it might be a little over-ambitious, and not very social to be blogging in the middle of the party, so I chose to prepare this post earlier in the week…
Five o’clock – I did a google search and it turns out that there is a Five o’clock club – which is some kind of networking group, it is also used to describe beard growth visible late in the day on a man whose face was clean-shaven in the morning (a five o’clock shadow).
In Swedish the search for “Klockan fem” gave me “Mord klockan fem” – a murder mystery by Agatha Christie, which I have actually read! In English the title is Hickory dickory dock – from the nursery rhyme with the same name, which I learnt when we lived in England and I always liked it;
Hickory dickory dock,
the mouse ran up the clock
the clock struck one,
the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock
In the Swedish translation the clock strucks five (Klockan slog fem, musen sprang hem) so we are back to today’s theme!!
My computer still has the European (CET*) time, which is very practical when I am communicating with family and friends. Because time telling becomes so much more important when you live in a different time zone than family and friends – it is necessary to keep track of the time difference so that you don’t call people in the middle of the night… and people always ask me what time we have here in Puerto Rico when I talk to them. It is easy, we are in the same time zone as New York, i.e -6 hours! However, during the European winter time, it is only -5 hours as Puerto Rico doesn’t have daylight saving.
Five o’clock in Europe is only 11 o’clock here in Puerto Rico!
Oh, and one last thought on time keeping – why can’t all countries adhere to the 24 hour-clock (see photo of my computer above)?? It would be so much easier! Especially for people, like me who can never remember which is pm and which is am… It annoys me that it is impossible to re-programme our digital clocks here in Puerto Rico (micro-wave, oven, alarm clock) to show for example 17.00 instead of 5.00.
Have a great weekend, I am at the moment enjoying Midsummer’s Eve in the new summerhouse, together with my family and best friends. Hopefully I will be able to log in soon to tell you all about it! In the meanwhile, my foreign readers can read about Midsummer’s eve celebrations in my post from last year.
The non-organic may pole from Midsummer’s Eve in Brussels in 2006. I have been told that the pole will be recycled this year, this time outdoors! O will be very proud, as it was his idea and creation! (read more about how he made it in the linked post above).
*) CET = Central European Time