… What if I don’t Wanna?
By Jeff Salter
Let me begin by stating – if you don’t already know this about me – that I’m naturally suspicious about people messing with my TIME. The entire fraud of Daylight Savings Time is simply a plot to keep me off balance for several weeks twice a year.
There are other things about TIME which bother me, for example: why does the new day begin at one second after midnight? It seems easy enough to make the new day start at 6 a.m. (or 8:30 when I get up these days).
So, you can see that I REALLY don’t like people messing with my TIME.
A lot of things about Leap-Year-Day bother me.
* Its name. Why couldn’t it be Bump Year? Or … Quadra-just Day? Maybe … Extra Hours Day? Or … to properly explain how and why we even have it: “Stupid Mistake in the Olden Calendar’s Day”.
* Its schedule. Who on earth decided to add it to FEBRUARY? That’s during the school term! As a kid, I always believed – if we were entitled to an extra day at all – it should logically be during the summer! Yeah … add it to June — June has room for another day.
* Its frequency. Yeah, that’s what I said. If it’s such a big deal to ‘catch-up’ to the earth’s rotation, why not make a six-hour adjustment each year? If you tacked it to Dec. 31st, the New Year’s parties could last longer. OR … add a half-hour to the first Saturday of each month.
* Its significance. In the universe, distance is supposedly measured in light-years — how far light travels in one year. Hmm. If you’re doing a lot of inter-planetary travel, wouldn’t this mess up your itinerary? Seems like you might miss the earth entirely if every four of those years has an extra day. An alien in a ‘hotrod’ spaceship might end up on Venus or Mars instead!
While we’re on this general topic: the months are already all screwed up. If they’re based on the lunar cycles, I don’t see the pattern. If they’re based on Zodiac signs, why do all the SIGNS begin and end during two different months? If I had my way, for example, December would be called Sagitare … and would be from Nov. 23 to Dec. 22. [Of course, all the other ones would have to slide down as well. Oh, and I’d replace the once called ‘Cancer’.]
For any of you who would like the REAL 411 about Leap-Day-Year, read this article:
* What did you do with your ‘extra’ day yesterday?
* Is it a PLUS or a MINUS to have – every four years – an ‘extra’ day at the end of February …?