The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 August 2003

Is that daylight saved?

Speaking of Indiana, it presents some unusual problems for travelers on a schedule: of the state's 92 counties, only fifteen observe Daylight Saving Time, and some of them are in the Central time zone. (Most of Indiana is on Eastern Standard Time year-round.) A business/labor/trade alliance which spent a year and a half trying to persuade the state government to switch to DST has finally thrown in the towel; the General Assembly won't budge.

Not being keen on DST myself — you can't cut off one end of a rope and tie it to the other and expect it to be any longer when you're through — I doff my hat to those stubborn Hoosiers.

(Via Fark)

Posted at 11:41 AM to Dyssynergy

Sorry, but the rope analogy is just silly. DST does give us an extra hour of daylight in the evening and that's what it's all about. Most people don't care if they have to get up and go to work in the dark but it's nice to have some extra daylight later in the day.

Posted by: Lynn S at 12:09 PM on 20 August 2003

Listening to the radio last weekend I heard the best reasoning against DST so far from an Indiana farmer. He said his animals just don't understand it.

Posted by: Mike at 1:27 PM on 20 August 2003

I resent like hell having to go to work in the dark, and I don't like having sunset at a quarter to nine.

Posted by: CGHill at 1:59 PM on 20 August 2003

DST encompasses a six-month time period from April to October. Sunrise at its earliest in Oklahoma is 6:00 a.m. in June. Even at the end of September sunrise is around 7:15 a.m. Unless youre a graveyard shifter, nobody goes to work in the dark during DST, and if you do, its for all of a month during a morning rainstorm. We go to work in the dark during non-DST.

Enjoy the few extra hours of light at night. It's not like it pisses you off the whole year. Then it'll be time to complain about how cold and miserable the other six months are.

Posted by: Vickie at 7:36 PM on 20 August 2003

Where I live, the earliest possible sunrise is 6:15. This morning it was 6:53.

Until the World Tour, I was generally in the habit of getting to work at 6:40; lately I've been sleeping an extra twenty minutes or so, buying myself some meager bits of morning sun in the process.

And yes, it is true, if everything in the world was going my way at seven in the morning, surely something would have cheesed me off by noon.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:57 PM on 20 August 2003