By Jeff Salter
It’s a toss-up this week, whether to talk about daylight saving time, which started Sunday the 10th, or to discuss St. Patrick’s Day, which is Sunday the 17th .
Last year at this time, I presented one of my favorite movies which also happens to be set in – and mostly filmed in – Ireland: The Quiet Man … with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. You can see that column, including a short video clip, by clicking this link:
Also in that column is a link to my St. Patrick’s Day column of 2011, which features a poem I wrote about an Irish lass.
You Can’t Save Daylight
But this year, I’m compelled to yak about this abomination called Daylight Saving Time. Some of the Foxes have already mentioned it and if you’ve read my brief comments in their spaces this week, you already know that I HATE D-S-T.
First of all — you can’t save daylight … no matter what the Government says. Spring officially begins on Mar. 20th this year whether or not your weather is any nicer. From that point forward, the earth’s axis tilts a bit more each day and we get a few more minutes of daylight than we did the previous day. We get more daylight because of all that geo-polar earth rotation science-class-that-I-slept-thru falderal.
But we get whatever sunlight we get each day … no matter what our clocks say. And no government dictum can convince me that it’s REALLY 9 p.m. when I can still see the sun shining on that meadow to our west.
Each year when we go through this nonsense, it takes several weeks for my body’s system – which DOES realize it’s all a sham – to make the adjustment to these new clock representations of our time.
When I was employed full-time and rose at 5:25 am. each day to get to work, all this clock manipulation had two distinct effects on me:
1. for several months of the year, I left the house in the dark to drive to work.
Then when they dumped that hour back on us,
2. I’d leave my workplace in the dark to drive home.
I hated both adjusted periods.
I’m sick of government and especially politics — but if they’d make a new party called the “Leave Our Daylight Alone” Party, I’d join and vote for whichever candidate they could produce.
What about you? Do you:
A. hate the government messing with your clocks?
B. love them messing with your time? or …
C. don’t give a hoot either way?