The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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


"If nothing else, I like resetting all the clocks."

Just the way I wanted to start my month, losing an hour of sleep AND having extra stuff to do.

Posted by: belhoste at 9:19 AM on 3 April 2006

Heh. And they said advancing technology was supposed to make things easier.

Posted by: McGehee at 11:10 AM on 3 April 2006

Second week of March? For real?

Posted by: Erica at 8:02 PM on 3 April 2006

For real. New law and all that.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:08 PM on 3 April 2006

re "i like resetting all the clocks":

it's fine if he and his ilk wants to reset their clocks - they can reset them every hour if they want - but sensible people shouldn't be burdened with this nonsensical law.

i agree with lileks on a lot of things, but he's all wrong on this one.

Posted by: hatless in hattiesburg at 8:57 PM on 3 April 2006

Living up there in the North Pole has driven him mad, that has to be the reason.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 11:24 PM on 3 April 2006

Hey! I used to live in North Pole. And most people there don't see the point of DST either.

In June, what does it really matter whether the sun sets at 10:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m.?

Posted by: McGehee at 8:20 AM on 4 April 2006