Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Daylight Savings Time II

     I noticed the other day, Company, that something was amiss in the Worldwide Headquarters.  We had just turned the furnace back on after a period of unseasonably warm weather and I noticed that something was just not right.  See, we have one of those fancy pants programmable thermostats, and the place seemed to be colder at some times of day than it used to be, and hotter at others.  I couldn't quite figure out what was going on until I looked at said fancy pants programmable thermostat and realized that the clock was off an hour.  I realized that I had forgotten to adjust the time when Daylight Savings Time began in mid-March, so I flipped open the fancy pants lid on the fancy pants thermostat and pushed the "Daylight Savings Time" button that was conveniently provided.  Now everything is back on schedule.
       That got me thinking about Daylight Savings Time.  I know that we have talked about this before, Company, but I just don't care.  I want to talk about it some more.  First of all, I am confused as to why we are "saving" daylight in the summertime.  See, where I come from - ensconsed deep in the middle of the Northern Hemisphere - summer is the time when we have the most daylight.  It will be light out enough to read an old fashioned book (none of that Kindle Fire bullshit for me) outside or maybe near a large window from about 6 AM until sometimes as late as 10 PM.  For those of you who are good at math or even just counting, you will note that means we get like 16 hour of usable daylight each day, give or take.  So why are we needing to save that.  Shouldn't we be trying to save up all the daylight we can in the winter when lots of people I know both go to work AND come home in the dark?  It seems to me that would make much more sense.  I don't want to have to be saving in the summer when there is light to go around.  It is not like I can put it in a jar and use it in the wintertime.
     And people hate Daylight Savings Time (or DST as I want to call it).  They don't use it in a bunch of places because it just doesn't make sense.  Hawai'i doesn't use it because the length of their days don't fluctuate all that much, so it just doesn't make sense.  Arizona doesn't use it because it would cause them to have to run their air conditioners an extra hour of the day and it would actually cost them extra energy and money.  Apparently they never reasoned that the 112° summer temperatures was God's way of telling them that they shouldn't live there.  So instead they just don't do DST, which I am sure is fine with the people up in the mountains who aren't really affected by it but are happy about not having to change the clocks.
      That is the other thing.  Lots of people are pissed off about having to change their clocks twice a year, which I just don't understand.  I mean, sure sometimes it can mess with a person, like it did with me and my fancy pants thermostat.  But I seem to remember a couple of weeks ago that changing all the clocks in the Worldwide Headquarters - including the two in my car (why the hell are there two clocks in my car? what's with that?) - took me a whole ten minutes or so.  Big freaking deal.  Now when I worked at a hotel and the time shift came and the place was mostly empty and I had to go around and change three clocks in every room for the whole hotel, yeah, I was a little annoyed, but at least I was getting paid to do it.
     Still, it is apparently the biggest hassle in the history of ever to some people.  A columnist in Colorado Springs was so agitated by this simple event that he wrote a bunch of columns that convinced a Colorado state Senator to introduce a bill to exempt the state from DST.  It failed in committee, as it should have.  The same thing is occurring Florida, where DST is less useful because it is so far south and they figure - Why bother?  ENTIRE STATES ARE TRYING TO CHANGE THEIR LAWS BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO BE BOTHERED WITH CHANGING THEIR CLOCKS!  That is just ridiculous.
     I think that the wort thing about DST is that it is just confusing.  Different locales do or don't observe it, and just when everyone seemed to get used to it they went and changed the dates when it is effective.  I don't dig that part.  Otherwise, it is really not so bad once you get used to it.  All you have to do is turn the clocks, and hope that you aren't late for work in the spring.  Or fall.  I can never remember which one makes you late for work...

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