November 29, 2018
Sure Is Dark Out There – WST
If you are in Barrow Alaska you won’t see the sun again until January 22nd. That’ll be after 82 consecutive days of not seeing the sun. For the rest of us, it’s hard to imagine that much darkness. It only feels that dark for many of us now that daylight saving time is over, and we find ourselves leaving work around dark each day.
As you’ve left your office in the dark, have you ever turned and looked back into the building to see what is visible from outside? A brightly lit office area can be remarkably visible to persons outside (even through sheer curtains). You might try taking a walk around the exterior of your building after dark and looking in the windows to see what has been left out on desks, credenzas, printers, etc. and can be seen from outside. When it is dark out and the interior lights are on, you may be surprised at what is visible. New account forms, loan applications, credit reports, Christmas shopping lists, tax documents, or other sensitive documents may be in view. It’s a good reminder to have and adhere to a Clean Desk Policy.
You’re probably still feeling sad about the good people in Barrow who won’t see the sun again for over a month. Remember, in summer they will get almost 82 consecutive days without a single sunset, so they have that going for them. Which is nice.