Men at Work
Due to powerful wind in Frankfurt, all flights were delayed. A lot. Some people had been waiting in lines for 5 hours to rebook a cancelled flight. When the sunset was just a few minutes away, we found a window in a hallway between terminals where we could look outside. Several men were seated in front of the window, and there were 2 men asleep nearby. The departure board conveniently displayed the time so when there were 5 minutes to go, I approached the men seated by the windows. I asked if they spoke English and when they said they did, I explained that the sun was going down in a few minutes and that I was ringing bells everyday at sunrise and sunset. They asked me to repeat what I had said and then asked why. I explained that I had made a vow to do this all year and that I believed that it was a good thing to do. I said I liked that it was a fact that the sun rose and set and that because of that it was something we all had in common.
So they said OK they would ring with Norman and I. I said I would start the movie by focusing on the time on the board down the hall and then wheel my cart back toward them. It was so wonderful to hear those tiny little bells and I realized as I got closer to the men that while I was down looking at the clock, the sleeping men had woken up and they were also standing there ringing. It was pretty wonderful.
The guys were from Manilla and were returning from working on ships. They had been in Texas before crossing the Panama Canal and stopping in the Bay Area. They were glad to be going home.
Links of Interest
- Equinox vs Equilux- ever wonder?
- Brenda's website
- Sunrise Sunset Calendar
- Solstice audio recordings from around the world
- FAQ's about the Earth's Rotation
- Ask an Astrophysicist
- Huna Wisdom
- environmental awareness ringing endorsement
- December Sun Watchers AUDIO ARCHIVE
- Daily Radio - December Sun Watching Schedule
- Baylink Bus Schedules
- Golden Gate Ferry Schedules
- Hiroshima Peace Bridge
- Total Solar Eclipse in China- 8/1/08
- Equinox Information
- Map of California Fires June 2008
- Manhattan Stonehenge 5/28/08 PM
- Summer Solstice Information
- Meridian Interns' Videos
- NY Times article - No Quasimodo... 2/8/08
- More Equinox Info
- Adria recommends this book about El Camino Bells
- Adria's link to info about El Camino Bells
- Anti-Salvation Army?
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Men at Work
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 8:05 PM
Cowlick and Antenna
Everyone was sound asleep this morning when it was time to ring. So I crept upstairs to the roof and found the sun. Today is our last day in Barcelona and the first day of visible sun in the morning. It was so nice to see the color.
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 12:03 PM
Friday, February 29, 2008
3rd leap year in the leap century
We rang once and rang again. (I forgot to turn on the camera the first time).
This is the 3rd leap year of this leap century. This is how we make up for the limitations of our calendar. Leap centuries occur every 400 years. We are so lucky.
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 9:28 PM
We thought we were finished with our quiet leap year morning bell ringing when we heard a sudden burst of percussion coming from the house. Nil had just finished taking a shower when he heard us playing downstairs. Afraid that he would miss out, he hopped out of the shower, grabbed some bells and started playing. Thank you again, Nil for a wonderful leap year surprise.
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 6:26 PM
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The Sagrada Familia looked so eerie in the fog. So we focused the camera on it and then five of us walked around Barbara’s apartment with the loudest bells we could find. Her son, Nil is studying percussion and he had a really nice cowbell. I got so excited running around with the bells that I didn’t think until after we were finished that it might have been nice to see everybody playing their bells. Next time...
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 8:22 PM
We have been staying all week with my friend Barbara. She is originally from Minnesota and she went to a powwow in Leech, MN about 4 years ago. Most of the people participating in the dances had these little bells attached to their clothes. They are made from rolled up snuff box tops. They are very lightweight and make the most delicate sound so far for the morning ringing.
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 1:21 PM
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Norman Under Fire
That’s Norman sitting in the memorial plaza outside of the Santa Maria del Mar. The plaza, called Fossar de les Moreres, is built over a cemetery and the flame at the top of the long steel arch is an eternal flame commemorating the Catalonians who were killed in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714. The poem written on the wall is by Frederic Soler and is called “El Fossar de les Moreres”.
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 9:21 PM
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Barcelona from a Balcony
We arrived in Barcelona this evening. It's warmer here and there are bells in the air. Las Hermanitas de los Pobres (http://www.camineo.info/news/142/ARTICLE/2914/2007-05-16.html) is the name of the convent across the street, and they toll bells every half hour. On the hour, they ring the number of hours for the time. On the half hour there is just one little dong.It's a wonderful way to keep track of the time.
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 8:08 PM
I couldn't believe it when I was scanning the landscape from the hotel window this morning. First there was the moon, hiding in the trees. Then a glow on the ground that when I zoomed in to see what it was- it was the "Auf Wiedersehen" sign. Goodbye to me, too.
Posted by Brenda Hutchinson at 4:03 PM