Some of you have heard this rant before, if not from me, then from someone else. Therefore, you are excused from today's blogpost. Anyone still hanging around, please bear with me. It is nearly upon us again people. Next weekend Daylight Savings will again be inflicted upon us.
Yes, I know, There was a time when it was a good thing. Giving farmers that extra hour of light for harvest made sense. But that was back when we were very much an agrarian society. Not so much now. And even if we were, tractors now come with lights! I know. I've seen them.
Even the name of this event irritates me. Daylight Savings. Sounds like a bank. It sounds to me as though I could take that extra hour and tuck it away somewhere safe and another time, when I need an extra 15 minutes I could go to my local branch of Daylight Savings and withdraw 15 minutes.
Pets are particularly confused by this foolishness. Animals don't read clocks. They operate on "tummy time". At what used to be 5:00, they come and look at you expectantly. "Hey," they say, "what's up? It's time to eat. Where's my food?" You try to explain Daylight Savings to them and they laugh. "Great joke, human. Now where's my food? It's time to eat". "No" you tell them patiently, "Not for an hour" "What the hell?" your pet says, "My tummy says it's dinner time and I have never known my tummy to be wrong before. Food now!". It's hard.
It's not as if actual time has changed anyway. Our planet did not alter it's revolution. Daylight savings only changes our definition of it, our perception of how we are affected by it. And frankly I'm over it. Yes on one end of it, we feel as if we get one extra hour of shut-eye. Who couldn't use that? But the pay back is the other end where we get one hour less. Now I'm feeling like your pet. "What the hell? My body is telling is it's not time to get up yet. I've never known my body to be wrong about that before. Now turn off the alarm and go back to sleep!"
I know it's just an hour. But that one hour, those 60 minutes, 3600 seconds are precious and I resent some faceless, nameless entity playing fast and loose with my time.
There are some brave states who have opted out. Hurrah! Good for them! What are the rest of us waiting for???
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.