It’s the time of the season

Yes, it’s time for another DST rant: not mine, though. From AmbivaBlog:

I just saw on CNN’s crawl that there are fewer heart attacks the Monday morning after time “falls back” at the end of daylight saving. There’s also a slight increase in heart attacks the Monday morning after we “spring forward.” In Sweden, anyway. The effect is small but statistically significant.

That’s pathetic. We’re all so rushed and stressed (even in Sweden) that our hearts slurp up that one extra hour of sleep like desert plants in a rare rain. It always does feel like a disproportionately great luxury, doesn’t it? Balm for that feeling that there are never enough hours in the day. And some consolation for the winter dark’s sudden pounce. The two things together are like a hibernation starter kit.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the sudden pounce of the winter dark: this time of year, the westward portion of my drive home five days a week puts the sun right in my face, and worse, right in the face of the frightened shlub in front of me who promptly slams on his brakes.

And as always, I resent screwing around with the clock for some nebulous public good; it’s yet another manifestation of “the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism,” in response to which I offer a (non-blue) finger of my own.


  1. fillyjonk »

    1 November 2008 · 9:44 am

    An extra hour of sleep is nice, what’s even nicer is being able to drive to work in the light without dodging the guys in old grey pickups who either DON’T have working headlights, or who surmise that driving with headlights off is a way to save a few pennies’ worth of gas.

    I don’t mind driving home in the dark nearly as much as I mind driving to work in the dark. And I say that as a morning person whose typical wake-time is between 4:30 and 5 am. It’s nice to be able to see the sun rise before I’m actually at my desk.

  2. CGHill »

    1 November 2008 · 9:54 am

    I am normally at my desk between 6:30 and 6:50 am, which means I’m driving to work in the dark at least nine months out of the year. (Sunrise, with DST applied, is never earlier than 6:14 here in the Big Breezy; this morning it was 7:52.)

  3. fillyjonk »

    1 November 2008 · 11:01 am

    Yeah, but: tomorrow that will be 6:52 am.

    I take what joys I can from this existence. And not feeling like I’m risking my neck on my porch steps in the dark (or risking getting caught by a homeward-bound skunk as I walk out to my garage) is one of them.

    I’m technically at my desk at 7:30 (or at least that’s what my office hours say) but I’m often there 45 minutes earlier than that.

  4. McGehee »

    1 November 2008 · 11:13 am

    Pushing the end of DST into November ranks right up there with New Coke and the hyperFlash™y website redesign.

    The persistence of two of those Monumentally Stupid Ideas® makes me wonder why Coke, of all the ├╝berbureaucracies of all the world, was the one to right its wrong more or less promptly.

  5. CGHill »

    1 November 2008 · 11:45 am

    …tomorrow that will be 6:52 am.

    And it will just keep getting later through November and most of December.

  6. Jeffro »

    1 November 2008 · 8:38 pm

    And as always, I resent screwing around with the clock for some nebulous public good


  7. Mark Alger »

    2 November 2008 · 8:44 am

    On a slight tangent, I read your post and thought to check my computer’s clock — which had obligingly adjusted itself in the night.

    And I realized that most of the clocks in the house are either similarly arranged or are connected to a network (cable boxes, cell phones, etc), and that I have to actually go looking for a clock that needs to be adjusted.

    Since I don’t have to interact with anyone today — not at a set time, anyway — I haven’t paid the time much attention. But here I am, having NOT set my clocks back for the Time Change, (and therefore not — you know — OWNING the time), not really knowing what time it is. (Cue the bouncy trumpet intro…)


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