Just for you, my dear Northerners, I have run around the house changing the clocks, and will get up unconscionably early tomorrow. Daylight Saving Time makes little sense in our part of the world, and it seems yet more ridiculous to make the change even earlier this year.
But I do recall that it wasn't so bad to have the time change when we lived up north. So I'll put up with it for your sakes. But it does show what part of the country really runs the government, doesn't it?
Saturday, March 10, 2007 at
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Despite numerous attempts by friends and family to talk sense into me, it still boggles my mind that people actually get up an hour earlier just because the bureaucracy decrees their clocks should be set forward an hour.
I've come up with a new approach though... "I love daylight savings time so much, let's have it all year long!" (If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.)
some northerners think daylight savings is ridiculous as well. it was nice waking with the sun...now i have to wake before the sun again, and i'm not liking it. :(
I don't know about bureaucracy, but our choir director would have been a bit upset if we had shown up an hour "late" and missed the service. Maybe we should change the day we switch, so people would only miss unimportant things like work and school.
I'm with you, Liz. DST all year 'round would be worse; right now at least part of the year the man-made clock meshes reasonably well with my body clock. I don't need more light in the evening; I want it in the morning. But when we lived in Boston, having the sun set in the middle of the afternoon was a bit of a shock (winter, no DST).
Well, here comes the shocker for you all. And I was going to comment this even before I read your comments.
I have now changed my mind. If the government wants to mess with the clocks, then I want DST all the time. It's having small children that has done this to me. Babies don't look at a clock to see if they're tired.
Also, Jon has finally convinced me that if we're going to have delineated time zones, then "sun time" isn't consistent anyway.
Just pick something and stick to it. It's the switching that's the real pain for me.
So, let's stick with regular time!!! Dark at night = good; dark in the morning = bad. Hrmph.
Its all Benjamin Franklin's fault. (He slept very little - and noticed Londoners "wasting" daylight hours, so came up with the idea.)
It's amazing how much my body follows light cues, and how long it's taking me to adjust. I still find myself sleeping late -- it was nearly 7 this morning when I awoke, because even then it was still dark. And the evenings seem too short, because my "light sense" tells me it's an hour earlier than it really is, so bedtime comes unexpectedly early.
I guess it must because of being so far south (I think we are similar longitude, right?)
It is light now, in the morning and evening. I haven't really paid that much attention to the exact time, but I have noticed it being quite late, and warm, when leaving work, even when I stay really late.
Yes, we (81 23 31 W) are nearly the same longitude as you (80 00 00 W), but the latitude makes a big difference.
If it is still light when you leave then you have a different definition of very late than I do (unless it is the next morning)
Jonathan just mentioned yesterday during dinner that it must be morning (he had just woken from a nap) since it was still light out.
weather.com says sunset is at 7:48PM tonight.
I think I meant 8PM when I said "really late".
It's amazing what a difference latitude makes. In both Switzerland and France there was so much more light, both in the morning and at night. Of course, they pay for that in the winter.
I think my biggest problem with DST may be in the timing, the fact that they are pushing the envelope, as it were -- starting earlier and extending it longer. Finally (probably about the beginning of this month) we've reached the situation where I actually appreciate DST. That is, if it's not actually light when I get up, at least it's close enough that the birds are beginning to sing, and when we drive home after choir practice ends at 8 o'clock there's still some light left.