I hate daylight savings time, hate it with the gleaming power of a thousand suns. Each year when daylight savings begins, it’s like being thrust into a universe of darkness. Why? Because in Seattle, the shortest day of the year contains only 8 hours of “daylight,” while our longest day is bright for a whopping 16 hours.
So- day length changes drastically over the course of the year. If you add a shift for daylight savings? It makes winter days SHORT. Plus, since our shortest daylight months are also overcast, I’ve noticed the sky getting noticeably darker at 2:30 pm.
Not good! Here’s a good representation of what it looks like here in winter:
But, ah…the return to standard time! All of a sudden, we get our early evenings back! I cannot stress enough how fantastic this makes everyone feel. It’s like living in a whole different city- a city where the sun shines, and you don’t want to put on pajamas at four thirty. It’s a city where I can consider leaving the house as late as eight pm.
It’s the city I love.
Here’s a depiction of how we feel in the summer around here. (The dancing is in no way a hyperbole. People actually break into song and dance randomly on the streets. Oh, and music plays in the background.)
I must go now and run a marathon…or learn an instrument…or disco in the streets. I’m that excited about the return to standard time!