Monday, November 06, 2006

time after time

I'd really like to know who in blazes invented Daylight Savings Time (DST)? Yes, I know I could look it up but that would cause me to deviate from my rant. DST just confuses the heck out of everyone & throws everything off all the while making winter more depressing.

For those of you who don't know, DST is a concept of having the clocks spring forward an hour in the spring to maximize the hours of daylight in the summer. The clocks then fall backward an hour in autumn.
DST is practiced in North America & some countries in Europe. The rationale behind this brilliant idea (insert sarcasm here) is that less electricity would be used during the summer hours & an availability of more hours of daylight at our disposal to do with as we choose.

The problem is when we have to fall backward come autumn, which technically is when we align ourselves back with the rest of the world. Not only do we now have to get used to the early darkening during the fall & winter months, it is depressing when darkness takes over earlier. See I think they should just eliminate DST altogether. Why make one go through the enjoyment of summer hours only to have it yanked away at autumn? Who in North America would care if we didnt have DST? Seriously, thanks to DST, it's dark here in Bermuda by 5:30 on a cloudy day.

The concept of summer hours in the Middle East or India didn't exist & growing up, I didn't know any better. I didn't enjoy myself more in the summer due to the extra hour of daylight but at the same time didn't get bummed out when the time zone was cruelly changed back. Why do you think so many people harbour the winter blues? I believe there's a song about it & I bet it was a cowboy living in one of those DST observing states that wrote it.

Honestly, I'd rather have an extra hour of daylight in the evening rather than in the morning. I am not a morning person. Most of you know that by now. Besides even if you naturally are a morning person, you're on your way to work anyway. Do you really have the liberty of enjoying that hour of daylight in the morning? Most of us don't even have the luxury of a window seat at work and even if we did, that would be the equivalent of stopping & smelling the roses. Yeah! Who really stops to smell the roses?

Do you see the problem? The questions that arise all because we have been made acutely aware of the shifts in time & light that DST has brought about.
Its a right pain & a huge inconvenience having to remember that the clocks need to be changed when the time arises. That meddlesome moron (apparently it was Benjamin Franklin - I knew it had to be an American), well, he should have just left it as is. None of us here would have known any better & we would have been happier!

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