Saturday, March 12, 2011

Vote for FAIR DST!

Why must we change the clocks forward only to then change them and back?
Haven't we moved far enough ahead in the scheme of things to the point where we don't have to fool ourselves into thinking it's 9am when it's really only 8?
Are we really that dumb?
If you like daylight savings time then why not leave it on all year long?
What is it called in the Winter, Nighttime Savings Time, Daylight Losing Time?
And aside from the obvious pain in the ass of having to change all the various clocks of our lives why must we lose the hour during one of our two days off?

Most of us (myself finally included after a 2½ year hiatus) work five days a week.  But we only have a two-day weekend!!
So why not 'spring ahead' on a Monday at 4pm? Everyone hates Mondays anyway so make them shorter. It's a win-win!
Naturally we would have to keep the 'fall Back' portion of the absurd chronological ballet on a Saturday to at least hold on to the perceived gain.
Of course we could do the hour jiggle on a Friday afternoon at 4pm and hasten our leap into an early weekend as well!  I am down with either of those two ideas but don't touch my Saturdays!  Weekends are sacred, dude!
Someone told me that we are only loaning out the hour in spring and we get it back in the fall.  Fine, then if it's a loan I want interest!  I want an hour and a half in fall!
Daylight Saving Time was originally put in place to conserve electricity. The theory was that a longer daytime would mean less need to have your lights on in the home thereby holding down energy consumption.
Unfortunately studies show that while the lights were on for less time the overall energy usage actually increased. We had to turn up the heat earlier in the morning during the cold times and run our air conditioning longer in the height of Summer.
But then again the lords of our economy, the power brokers and especially the Arabs who were lucky enough to settle on ground filled with black gold love the fact that we waste more energy.
And studies have shown that there is a significant rise in the number of heart attacks on the Monday after the dumb 'spring ahead' nonsense!  It seems that the loss of sleep combined with the stress of having to get back to work an hour earlier than your body expects, and make more money for your CEO (face it, you don't get more, do you?) tends to take its toll.
Well I guess that means it does help the health care industry so...
DST was also supposed to help the farmers get their work done while it was light out.

REALLY?
Well in all fairness to the 17 individual farmers left in America CHANGE YOUR ALARM CLOCKS AND LEAVE THE REST OF US THE HELL ALONE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!
Let Elsie sleep a few minutes longer and we'll all benefit!
Sorry to rant about this but I didn't get enough sleep last night.  Damned alarm clock.



AND THE TOTALLY UNOFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE POLL:
46% FAVOR CHANGING THE "SPRING AHEAD" PORTION OF DST TO FRIDAYS @ 4PM!
23% SAY LEAVE DST ON FROM NOW ON - DON'T EVER FALL BACK AGAIN.
AND
30% SAY WE SHOULD JUST DUMP THE THING ALTOGETHER!  (I ASSUME THE DUMP THE THING PEOPLE WANT TO DO THAT AFTER "FALL BACK" IN NOVEMBER.)
NOBODY, 0% OPTED FOR MONDAYS OR CONTINUING THE PROGRAM AS IS!!!

2 comments:

Barry said...

Daylight Saving Time was originally put in place to conserve electricity.
Actually, Benjamin Franklin, a notorious cheapskate who first advocated DST as a way to save candles. Barry Levitt

Anonymous said...

We've come a long way baby, uh make that Barry, haven't we?
Perhaps we should tell our leaders in DC to go fly a kite!?!