When it came to the time change, the
whining was a little more pronounced this year.
There are always people who declare the
springtime change as "stupid and unnecessary" (they say the same
thing about the one in November), but it was much more vocal this
I consider myself a creature of
routine, most of us are, but the perceived interruption of a normal
schedule by arbitrarily moving the clock ahead one hour really seems
to cheese some people off. I can tell how cheesed off they are by the
way they wave their arms and nearly spit when discussing the stupid
The main complaint seems to be losing
that hour of sleep, even though the change is made at 2 a.m. on a
Sunday morning. Most of can sleep a little longer on Sunday mornings,
making up that hour. It'd be harder to make up for that hour if the
time was changed on, say, Wednesday at 2 a.m.
It's now reached the point where we
have the "fast time" for 8 months and the slow, or regular, time
for only four months. I'm a fan of the fast time as I like it when
we hit June and July and it's daylight until 9:30 p.m.
Having said that, I do think making the
change in early March is a little much. This is a recent trend as
until a few years ago the spring change didn't happen until the
first Sunday in April. But in an attempt to save energy (you don't
have your lights on as much when it's daylight forever), the spring
ahead event was moved to the second Sunday in March.
Because, as we all know, it's light
bulbs that run your energy bill sky high. It's certainly not trying
to keep a house warm on a March day when it's daylight until 8 p.m. and
the high temperature was 37.
Someone asked me the other day why, if
we use the fast time for 75 percent of the year, why don't we just
use it all the time? I'm sure somebody much smarter than me could
give a technical answer, but truthfully in December and January,
you'd reach a point where it wouldn't be daylight until 9 a.m. or
And if you think people suffer from the
winter blues now, try not giving them any daylight until 9 a.m.
Time, of course, is a human concept
based on the rotation of the Earth. We have hours and it takes 24 of
them for the planet to make a complete circle. It then takes 365 of
those rotations for the planet to completely circle the sun.
Sometimes we tip toward the sun and it's warm, other times we tip
away and it's cold.
But what if you were born, raised and
lived your life on a spaceship? Would you have any concept of time at
all? Would you know when to start school? Would you be able to make
fun of old people? How would you know when you were mature enough to
get a place of your own?
Time is what we make it when it comes
to numbers. The time change is fine with me (if you don't like it,
leave your clocks where they are and just show up early for
everything), but I'm also in favor of a law stating your birthday
only comes every two years. That way I'd be getting ready to only
turn 23 and I'm sure I'd feel much, much better.
Either way, the time change has come
and gone, we've been plunged back into dark mornings, but we
already have daylight until 8 on a clear day, so I guess it's a
fair trade off. Anyway, the daylight mornings will come back around
pretty quickly as we're dipping toward the sun at a rapid pace.
And the wife's birthday is Sunday (today? when are you reading this?) and going by my new birthday
schedule she'll hit the big 21. She was recently told she looked
great for 21, so I figure she can count that as a great gift seeing
I'll probably forget as I'm much older than her at the ripe old
age of 23.
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