Scrabble by candlelight. Stretching out on the grass, staring at the stars. Not doing much but sharing a beer or two with a pal.
The pleasures of an hour spent in the dark are plentiful, and the bonuses are many. Earth Hour, the annual turn-off-the-lights push that happens each spring, is asking all of us to flip the switch for just 1/24 of a day. Energy awareness and be-nice-to-the-planet-ness is at the heart of those 60 minutes.
But private citizens are not the only ones being asked to go lights-off. Several government organizations and schools are participating, as are businesses like the Hilton in Anaheim and the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Ohhh, an hour of all-over darkness on the famously haunt-y ocean liner. Pre-chills.
We went Earth Hour last year and only have one rec in advance: prepare. Do not begin looking for that Scrabble board in the pitch darkness, with only your cell lighting the way. Total darkness is total darkness. No cheating.