Despite my best efforts, it has happened again. I speak of course, of Daylight Savings Time dagnabbit! I voted no. In fact, I voted a really LOUD no. And yet once again, it is upon us. I object. I object vociferously!
The TV, the computers and our cell phones all adjust to the new time perfectly fine. However, I do not. A lot of people do not. Nor does the clock on the stove, the microwave and the bedside clock do not. Those must be changed by hand. And as you can see, there was some operator error involved in that.
I woke this morning to see the sun in it's usual just peeping around corners position. That is how the inside of the house looks nearly every day when I wake up. So I was in no rush. I yawned and stretched and relaxed a moment, assuming that I had plenty of time to get the day underway. Tim however, got up and into the shower and zoomzoomed as if he were late. What the actual heck? So I got up to start his coffee (coz I'm a nice person sometimes) said something like, 'What's the rush' or something terribly clever like that. Only to find out that it was an hour later than I thought it was. Dang!
All day long now I will feel as if I am running behind myself.
It's sneaky, that's what it is. The morning felt like every other morning. The sun was in it's exact same spot as it is every day when I wake up..all on my own...no alarm clock necessary (most of the time) but somehow, some way, an entire hour of my life has been stolen from me! Gasp! Thief! Robbers! Who do you call for that kind of villiany? I'm pretty sure that 911 is not prepared for this. The police have no recovery team for stolen time. Pinktertons? Magnum P.I.? Ghost Busters? Maybe I would have better luck calling one of them.
Well that's what it feels like to me anyway. As if sixty minutes of my life were taken from me without my permission. And in fact completely against my stated wishes! Grump Grump Grump. I believe it was two years ago, but perhaps it was even three, the state of Florida decided that it didn't want to participate in this foolishness every year anymore. And they told the Federal Government so. That is a necessary step. For some reason, the federal government has to give states the permission to opt out. And they have not done so yet.
It's been kind of a long wait but I naturally assume that have been far too busy with other things to deal with our petty problems. Instead they've been doing other things like passing the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act and the National Flood Insurance Extension Act, both of which I know are very important. Fair Treatment and Flood Insurance. I'm on board with both of those things. But it seems to me that this particular issue wouldn't take a lot of time or debate to pass. Not really. What are they going to say, 'Hey, it looks like Florida doesn't want to participate in Daylight Savings anymore. What do you guys think?" "Sounds like a smart idea to me. Pass!" I cannot imagine any convincing arguments against it. It's not as if we were the first state to make this request. A precedent has already been set.
But alas, the issue apparently isn't urgent enough to be under discussion for the past two (or is it three?) years. They are much too busy with the Reauthorizing Security for Supreme Court Justices Act of 2019 and the Vera C. Rubin Observatory Designation Act both of which, I'm certain, are of great value. And I say that with no sarcasm whatsoever.
I'm just wondering how many more years we have to literally Turn Back Time and spend a week or so walking around in a blur trying to adapt to an artificially created clock only to, six months from now, do the same thing in reverse.
Come on guys, squeeze this issue into your schedules. I'm pretty sure it won't take up much of your time to address it. Maybe if they had that extra hour that was lost over the weekend, they could have dealt with it then? I'm not getting any younger here. Every hour is precious.
I figure the government owes me 66 hours. One taken from every year of my life. Wow! That's a lot of hours. . I want them back.
Hope you are adapting better than I clearly am.
Happy Daylight Savings to ya!
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