Quinte, On. real estate agent: What's a Year?

What's a Year?

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It is new year's eve today. Tomorrow will bring about a whole new year for us to blunder through.

We use the Gregorian calender to keep track of time.  The Gregorian calender is a far better alternative to the ones that we previously used.  England (and all her colonies - including America at the time) switched over from the Julian calender to the Gregorian calender in 1752. To make this switch, the world lost 11 days. The good citizens went to bed on the evening of September 3rd and woke up the next morning on September 13th (except for those who were in the taverns -  they had an 11 days and nights of carousing). Some of the more simple minded folks rioted in the street believing that the government had chopped 11 days off of their natural lives.

The Gegorian calender divides our time into 12 months which comprise a year. Since the world revolves around the sun at a rate of once every 365.242374 days, our years are 365 days long, except every fourth year, which is 366 days long UNLESS it's a year that is divisible by 100, in which case, the fourth year will only have 365 days UNLESS that year is divisible by 400, in which case the fourth year WILL have 366 days UNTIL the year 4000, which will only have 365 days. Pretty simple.

This all sounds very orderly, and it's designed to keep our equinoxes occuring at the same time very year. There is however a slight problem with the Gregorian calender though because as precise as it may seem, by the year 10,000 we will have gained a full day and our calenders will be one day behind.

This, however, will not be my problem.

Happy New Year everybody, best wishes for 2011 (which will have 365 calender days).


Comment balloon 11 commentsMalcolm Johnston • December 31 2010 02:24PM


> except for those who were in the taverns -  they had an 11 days and nights of carousing

My Irish relatives would have loved that... too bad they were born a couple of centuries late!  :-)

Posted by Robert T. Boyer, San Diego Real Estate & Mortgage Loans, Ph.D. | VA Home Loan (FHA Loan, VA Loan, Jumbo Loan,FHA Loans,VA Loans,Jumbo Loans) over 8 years ago


A year is 525,600 minutes.  We use both the Gregorian and the Julian calendar, especially, when it come to celebrating Christmas and Easter...A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 8 years ago

We are all so orderly in our tracking of time, aren't we? We even base our successes, goals and achievements by the calendar - give ourselves a fresh start every year to make the next year the best one it can be.

To me, one day flows into the next, and each day should be better than the last.

So, I wish you a great day tomorrow, Malcolm and an even better one after that ;)

Posted by Not In Real Estate Any Longer over 8 years ago

This is so interesting Malcolm.   Talk about losing time.  This could cause  a serious case of "jet lag"!  Is it any wonder I have my off days?   My Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather Sabastian probably passed that lag down to me.  I wonder if he was even aware of the calendar change.   In those days there wasn't much in the way of radio of course, or even newspapers, if one could read at all. Records were hardly  kept and the ones that were, were often written by semi-literates. They didn't have much in the way of creature comforts back then.

Posted by Mike Leibel, Associate Broker - REALTOR® (CIR Realty - Condo Specialist) over 8 years ago

Nothing like a good lesson in history to start off the New Year! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2011!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago


Happy New Year.

I have enjoyed your posts and your comments in 2010. So, keep up the good work and all the best for 2011.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Happy New Year Malcolm! All New Years really means is that we all have to remember to write 2011 on our cheques now LOL.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 8 years ago

That's terrific Malcolm!  And those Romans, just sticking their noses into our business all over the place!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, interesting and good insight into what is a year. For some it drags on and on and for others, it's not long enough.


Posted by Ty Lacroix (Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, a belated happy new year to you.  Thanks for the history and science lessons =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Almost 2013 now.   I had to come back a few posts to wish you well and hope you will be back soon.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 6 years ago