Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My Thoughts on Daylight Saving Time

Day-light Saving Time changed early this morning, so we we’re supposed to “spring forward” an hour. This may seem simple enough, but it messes with my internal clock and I’m not happy!
I was just getting settled from when we “fell back” an hour the first day of November. What I’d like — REALLY like — to do is “spring forward,” wrap my hands around somebody’s neck and wring it.
I know I get on a tear about this twice a year, but when those guys in Washington fool with my clock, it chaps my rear end.
Seem like Congress would be better off trying to create jobs for all the people out of work instead of making those who have jobs, late.
I think Alabama should do like Arizona and “Just Say No” to Daylight Saving Time. “Sorry, we’re not playing. Us retired folk don’t get enough fiber in our diets due to the heat here in Arizona, so we’re cranky enough without you fooling with our sleep.  So keep your stinkin’ hands off our clock, if you please!”
I’ve been dog cussing Richard Nixon for the DST fiasco for years, but when I did a little research, I learned that the idea has been around forever.
In fact, I read where the idea of rising early at certain times of the year to make better use of daylight was discussed by Ben Franklin. That surprised me because Ben has always been one of my favorite forefathers, but this little tidbit brought him down a notch or two.
There’s been a lot of studies on the impact of DST. The idea is to make better use of the available daylight. Nixon implemented it here in the ’70s to help conserve energy.
There is some research that shows it helps in that regard, but I think the real proponents of DST are golfers. They want more daylight after work to play a few more rounds of golf.
Farmers and drive inn theater owners are on my side of the argument along with most of the school kids on the planet who have to get up an hour early to get to school on time.
I’ll be out of a job in a few days and I’ll need something productive to do, so I think I’m going to start my own grass roots organization similar to the Tea Party movement.
My initiative will be the “Give Me Back My Clock” movement. I know the name is not a snappy one, but I can promise you there are almost as many aggravated at the government for fooling with our clocks as there are for them fooling with our pocketbooks.
I’ve rewritten an old Bob Dylan song that could be used for a theme song:
“Come senators, congressmen,
Please heed the call
Don’t  fool with the clock
That hangs on my wall, 
Do something productive
Or we’ll replace you this fall
There’s a battle outside, and it’s ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the time don’t need to be a-changin’
Thank you, I’m off my soapbox now. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to spring forward.

1 comment:

  1. Wouldn't it be much easier if people just changed their working hours by one hour, starting at 7 a.m. instead of 8 a.m.? Sign me up for your new political action party.


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