Now, first off, I’d like to state that I stand foresquare for everything Ben Franklin ever said, thought about or suggested, including the things that I don’t know about, which are most of ’em. And that includes Daylight Savings Time.
But I can’t help but think that we orta get some daylight to SAVE first.
Starting DST on March 10th just doesn’t seem to make sense to me, since the idea is that we’re going to be moving the clock back to make better use of the extra daylight that we get as a result of the lengthening days.
But the days don’t even get back to AVERAGE until the Vernal Equinox. So just what daylight are we saving? Sound like we might be going into debt.
I know a lot of people don’t like DST – but, again, Poor Richard is the guy who suggested it, and were I to disagree with Benjamin Franklin, I’d have to have a darn good reason why.
But I actually have no problem with it – like it just fine. I’m sober enough to remember to set my clocks back; I wake up early enough that, even were I to forget, I’d be able to recover from the error.
I don’t mind waking up before dawn this Sunday morning because I wake up before dawn EVERY morning.
I listen with amused contempt to all of the rage and hand-wringing over DST, whether it’s starting or stopping; the ones I find the most amusing are the ones who want it to be Daylight Savings Time all year round, which is basically a way of saying “I want to lie all the time, and pretend that I’m actually 1/24 of the Earth’s circumference west of where I really am.”
(I also think it’s mildly humorous that a lot of folks complain about DST, but I never hear anyone complain about time zones, which are actually just another restructuring of the relationship between the clock, and the passage of the Sun across the sky, intended to standardize activities. Ya gotta wonder 🙂
But starting Daylight Saving Time when we’re still two weeks short of catching up to the daylight’s shortfall from the winter – that one makes me say “huh?”
So – huh?