As the Pizza Cooks – Episode 5

It’s a not so exciting week here.  A little rain, a bit of snow that didn’t stick, a trip to the grocery store – you know all the exciting stuff of life.  Today is a little special because sun set was at 4:59 pm.

Tomorrow it will be exactly at 5:00 pm.  Okay, maybe most of you don’t follow the exact time of sunset, but it’s something I keep track of.  Mostly this is because I don’t like the short days of winter and I want to have longer days.

It also reminds me of Taps – you know, the bugle call we play at military burials.  Now before it started to be used at burials it was actually played by the US Army as the “lights out” call at forts, camps or wherever the troops happened to be.  In the morning you’d get woken up to the bugle playing reveille.  If that didn’t get you out of bed, rest assured that a sergeant’s boot would be the next thing waking you up.

Armies throughout history have had many different ways to communicate with their soldiers and sometime in the last thousand years or so, trumpets and bugle calls became the way to do that.  Which naturally leads me to remember the Tattoo. Not the kind on your skin, but a trump call that was used in Europe for troops garrisoned in a town.  In those days, most of the soldiers after their daily duty was done, would wander to have a beer.

The word Tattoo derived from a Dutch phrase basically meaning, “Turn off the taps” which ordered inn keepers to close up and send the soldiers to their beds.

In modern times a Military Tattoo is a musical performance.  These are done by Military music groups and are often formal or part of a ritual of some kind.  Every nation has a different tradition here, but these still happen.

What does this all have to do with sunset? Not much, but the timer just went off so it’s pizza time – I’ll have to explain more later.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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31 Responses to As the Pizza Cooks – Episode 5

  1. I’m smiling. This was delightful, AR. 🙂

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  2. Debra says:

    Thank you for the derivation of the word “Tattoo,” which I’ve never heard before. I did actually wonder!

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  3. Thanks for these facts, Andrew. I hope the pizza was good!

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  4. In Halifax Nova Scotia (Canada) they have a Royal N.S. International Tattoo. It’s a fantastic event and includes the navy’s ‘running of the guns.’

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  5. An impressive segue from pizza to sunset to Taps! I keep an eye on the “official” sunrise and sunset times, too; for the same reason. Every extra minute of daylight seems like a triumph at this time of year. 🙂

    Enjoy your pizza!

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  6. You know, I think your mind works like mine. One thought leads to another and takes me down a rabbit trail elsewhere. 😉

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  7. I never know what knowledge I will acquire when I visit here. 😉 This post was full of things I didn’t know. I hope your pizza was awesome. 🙂


  8. Hi Andrew, I didn’t know some of this so I found it most interesting.

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  9. SusanR says:

    I, too, keep a close eye on sunset times. Can’t stand early darkness.

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  10. You need to add a line about what kind of pizza you’re having. Pineapple? Anchovies? Hmm…

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  11. David Foyle says:

    Love your posts!

    I too track the sunrise/sunset times. Being 700 miles north (not quite the Arctic Circle, ha!), we get sunset today at 4:50pm – I can’t wait for the longer days when the sun stays up until 5pm — lucky you! 😀

    So much better than mid-December when the sun was setting at its earliest if 4:22!

    The thing that surprises me, and others, is that the Winter Solstice, being the shortest day of the year is NOT the day with the earliest sunset. The earliest sunset is about a week before. (Sunrises keep getting progressively later, making the daylight shorter .)

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  12. Ray V. says:

    Andrew’s View of The Week”… because it’s good to learn stuff 👍

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  13. I was amazed to learn that drummers were also part of a unit, with different signals. I’m supposedly able to apply for the DAR because of a young ancestor being a drummer during the Revolutionary War. But one of Grandma Leora’s brothers was assigned to a drum during WWI! He reported that he didn’t even use it when they got overseas.

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  14. Dave says:

    Flashback to Boy Scout summer camp! I’d forgotten about Reveille and Taps but they were broadcast throughout the facility to start and end our days.

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  15. jfwknifton says:

    In the UK, the “Edinburgh Tattoo” is the most famous one, and a major occasion in the Scottish year.

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