The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 March 2005

I guess I just wasn't made for this time

"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."

Or so I said, way back when, to a scattering of jeers and catcalls. Apparently some people actually like Daylight Savings Time.

Well, not me. And not Steve, either:

[T]his annual ritual is totalitarianism at its most intrusive, and yet so well disguised that we all go along with it with hardly a complaint. I can remember wondering as a boy how we all managed to miss an hour in one part of the year and gain an hour in another part of the year — where did they store that missing hour for six months? I soon realised that all that was happening was the equivalent of rotating the dial of the clock backwards or forwards underneath the hands. I now see that something of terrible significance is happening: the Government is decreeing that for the next six months we must all go to bed an hour earlier, get up an hour earlier, start work an hour earlier, eat our meals an hour earlier, walk the dog an hour earlier, in fact do everything an hour earlier than we would otherwise have done it. If the Government had dared to frame its decree in such literal terms, it would have been rightly ignored or at most sniggered at in much the same way as was the Emperor Claudius when, concerned that his subjects might be harming themselves by stifling farts, he decreed that henceforth farting was to be acceptable in polite company.

Link added by me. I will not yield on this matter.

(Via Phil Welch.)

Posted at 6:26 AM to Dyssynergy


... and then when Emperor Constantine reversed the decree ... the term "uptight" was born :)

AND I'm with you charles ... gimme back my hour.

Posted by: Ron at 7:35 AM on 30 March 2005

I now see that something of terrible significance is happening: the Government is decreeing that for the next six months we must all go to bed an hour earlier, get up an hour earlier, start work an hour earlier, eat our meals an hour earlier, walk the dog an hour earlier, in fact do everything an hour earlier than we would otherwise have done it.

All this happens only to those who have already made themselves slaves of the clock in the first place, of course...   ;-)

However, I certainly do agree that there are places in this world where DST is practiced for no discernible reason. I mean, in Fairbanks, Alaska!? The time zone covering Fairbanks is already an hour advanced from that city's local "sun time." And in the summer months there isn't any real darkness unless it gets cloudy! Imagine the folly of DST north of the Arctic Circle, which Fairbanks isn't, quite.

I dunno. If we're going to complain about DST, we really need to complain about time zones in general anyway, and that goes back once again to this business of being slaves to the clock.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:14 AM on 30 March 2005

Complaining about DST beats two men moaning and whining about whatever has happened to baseball.

Posted by: buddy hackett at 12:13 PM on 30 March 2005

Baseball!? Don't even get me started!

Posted by: McGehee at 12:47 PM on 30 March 2005

Now, of all the things to get one's panties in a totalitarian twist over...

They don't do DST in Mexico--the government said is was bad for the health of the citizenry.

Posted by: aldahlia at 2:54 PM on 30 March 2005

Are we in charge of Mexico now too?

Posted by: buddy hackett at 6:30 PM on 30 March 2005

We don't have to be. Eventually, Mexico will be here.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:18 PM on 30 March 2005

Why don't we, er, compromise? Move the clock ahead a half-hour and then never change it again. DST is just one of those customs we seem to be stuck with. My guess is it'll disappear when we least expect it to.

Posted by: Michael A. Clem at 10:59 AM on 4 April 2005

I'd endure even the full hour if it stayed put all year.

Posted by: CGHill at 12:20 PM on 4 April 2005