DST: Here We Go Again

As I fire up my computer to begin this column, it’s 6:30 on Monday morning and still pitch black dark outside my window.  Exactly twelve hours ago, when I was sitting in the yard reading the paper while George grilled some first-of-the-season hamburgers, Daylight Saving Time seemed like a really good idea.

Now, not so much.  Too confused and fuzzy-headed to write, I decide to surf the Internet to see if I can find some chatter about “springing forward.”  Yep.  Quite a bit. Some of it amusing, some thought-provoking, and some super-stupid.

I herewith share some of the comments I unearthed about Daylight Saving Time.  I leave it to you to decide which of those categories each falls into:

  • I hate DST because it takes me half an hour to figure out how to change the clock in my car.
  • DST is not about saving time.  It’s about having more daylight hours.
  • I don’t understand why the scientists made us do this.
  • If you don’t like DST, move to Arizona or Hawaii.
  • Let’s have a new holiday—Spring Forward Monday.
  • DST makes it impossible to get my kids to bed at a reasonable hour.
  • The only people who like DST are golfers.
  • Let’s fall back 30 minutes on November 4 and then never change again.
  • Most people feel much better now due to there being more daylight hours.
  • Get rid of DST.  The extra hour of daylight fades my drapes.
  • Any politician running on a platform of “leave the clocks alone” would be a shoo-in.
  • I hate having to argue with my dog when I make him wait an extra hour for his supper.
  • DST was designed to give the bankers more time to fleece us.
  • Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it on the bottom, and have a longer blanket.
  • The extra hour of daylight plays the dickens with my tomato plants.
  • Feeling sleep-deprived has nothing to do with DST.
    It’s because people need to replace their mattresses and pillows.
  • Don’t argue about DST.  It’s an act of God.
  • When global warming gets worse, it will be DST all year.
  • My only clock is my cell phone so I don’t really have to do anything.
  • Not turning on a light bulb for one hour saves less than a penny.  Why do we go to all this trouble for that?
  • DST is just the nanny state trying to control our lives.  There was no DST when the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.
  • I love to sit on the patio having drinks on a sunny evening.
  • The sun will come up when it’s supposed to and go down when it’s supposed to.  The hour assigned to it is man-made.
  • DST is opposed by farmers whose cows do not like it.
    Farmers should not have clocks in their barns.
  • Finally, the clocks I didn’t reset last fall will be right again.

After reading all those comments (and hundreds more), I feel more confused and fuzzy-headed than ever.  But I have to admit that this column pretty much wrote itself.

(March 18, 2012)





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