Midwestern Wanderlog

2016-02-13 – A study in irony

_MG_6225According to Vocabulary.com, the meaning of “irony” is:

  1. An incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs,
  2. witty language used to convey insults or scorn

and goes on to say that it should be reserved for occasions where there’s a “gap between reality and expectations, especially when such a gap is created for dramatic or humorous effect.”

Sunrise Stats!
First light: 6:45 AM
Sunrise: 7:15 AM
Daylight: 11 hrs, 21 min

In the Greek, the root word eiron meant someone who hides their real intentions, a dissembler.  And that’s kind of what’s meant when we use the word irony to convey the opposite of what we mean, like saying “Well, this is going to be fun,” when we’re staring at a mound of paperwork that’s been building up for months and we’d really just like it to file itself instead of having to touch it.

This whole sunrise project is a study in irony… because I just looooove getting up early every morning and standing out in the cold.

_MG_6227Yeah, not really.  Don’t like the cold, don’t like being up early, and here I’ve made a commitment to do exactly that every single morning from now until the end of the year.

It’s bitter cold again today.  The thing is, savage below-zero chill usually goes with clear skies… and clear skies can mean especially vivid sunrises.

And the truly interesting thing is, as difficult as getting up in the morning can be when a person’s logy and went to bed late the night before, now that the habit has been built, there’d be something major missing from my morning if I didn’t make it up to the eastern overlook for sunrise!

Ironic, huh?

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2 thoughts on “2016-02-13 – A study in irony

  1. Leanne Overlander

    I love your post about irony. I know how hard it is for you to get up early since you are a night owl by nature. As with the sunrises, the clearest night skies are also on the coldest nights. Natures little sense of humor I guess.

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