3 April 2006
Disturbing of Slumber Time
Generally I yield to Lileks, since (1) he can outwrite me with one hand tied behind his back and a Child whispering in his ear and (2) he has a week's seniority over me in this wacky Inter-Nettery stuff.
But after having to drive to work in pitch darkness again, I cannot let this go by without complaint:
There are those who do not like Daylight Savings Time it's false time, a patent lie; why not say the sun sets at midnight? You can believe these things if you like, but do not bring them up in my presence. By my lights, setting the clocks back is the unnatural part. As a night owl, I treasure the longer evenings, and few things put a lilt in this grey hard lump of anthracite I call a heart than stepping outside at eight and seeing the world has not been cast back in the black pit. I love Daylight Savings Time. For that matter I'm used to its conclusion; it's actually become part of the rhythm of the year for me. When the clocks go back the day seems to contract; when they leap ahead in a single bound, as though they’ve been straining at the leash the day expands and exhales. It's a wonderful thing. People who oppose it are ugly and stupid and un-American and wrong and evil and anti-life.
"Expands and exhales." As Bart Simpson might have said, "I didn't think it was physically possible, but this both sucks and blows."
I realize Daylight Savings Time is an artificial construct. (Like the 60-minute hour, for example.) And I ... don't ... care. If nothing else, I like resetting all the clocks. The average American has more clocks than a 15th century Pope could dream of owning. And next year it starts the second week of March! Suicides in the Northern tier states will drop, I tell you.
If it's that wonderful, why don't we have it all year?
Oh, yeah: sunrise in January at a quarter to nine.
My VCR, at least, has automatic adjustment for DST: instead of blinking 12:00 constantly, it now blinks 1:00 constantly. Maybe I should get a TiVo.
Addendum: Lynn likes DST.Posted at 7:24 AM to Dyssynergy