13 March 2007

Time change trauma

Can someone please explain to me why we go through this ritual of moving clocks forwards and backwards every year?

Better yet, could someone please explain why we had to do this "Spring Forward" nonsense earlier than before? I know certain national leaders who come from provinces or states that earn a good deal of income from...say...oil...are pitching this as an energy-saving initiative. But how can this save energy when all we're doing is shifting our usage from one part of the day to another? Then again, I suppose having all this extra sunshine will encourage people to get out and enjoy the sunshine and weather more...and possibly take extra, or longer, day trips which in turn may increase our ...ummm...gas consumption.


Don't mind me...I, like many of my friends and colleagues, am just really tired and not adjusting to losing an hour of sleep very well. I've never seen such a large group of people so tired and grumpy. We are all pointing towards the time change.

One of the radio stations I listen to actually suggested people take a nap when they get home from work...yeah...probably a recommendation made by a guy who has no responsibilities and probably no life. I know when I get home from work I have a number of things to do and napping will just make me stay up later to finish what needs to be done.

It almost makes me want to move to Saskatchewan.


So, here we are, day three of the new chronometric regime and I'm too tired to forage for myself. McDonald's to the rescue...until it catches up with me.



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MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Mother always said:
Honesty is the best policy
is it the best diet!
Love you!!!

Meeta K. Wolff said...

Jasmine, I know what you mean. Before I moved to Europe I lived in the Middle East and this was not a done thing there. We had a fixed time all throughout the year. Here too saving daylight is written big. Something I read from back in the 50's and 60's! What bugs me though is that since then there have been case studies that this is a load of nonsense and still government bodies refuse to consider this.

I agree with you too. Where is the energy saving when the usage is simply shifted to another part of the day. In actual fact there is energy loosing going on ... in us as humans due to lack of sleep.

Sara said...

While losing the hour sucks, I do love that it's lighter out a bit later. That means soon (hopefully) no more snow, no more jackets, only sandals and time in the backyard!!!

Elizabeth said...

We don't have to go as far as Saskatchewan. We can move to Pickle Lake where they are smart enough to refuse to go onto DST.

rrrr... I really shouldn't be allowed to get started on this again...

The only thing that cheered me up (sort of) was when I was reading History and Info - Daylight Saving Time .


P.S. Heh. I simply REFUSE to change my watch. I get a perverse sense of pleasure at the looks of horror on people's faces when they look at my wrist watch to find out if it's time to go home from work....
P.P.S. I can't wait to hear how much energy has been saved (cough) by springing forward even earlier than usual. I'm going to go have a big bowl of Spanish rice to comfort myself as I wish that they would just pick a time, any time and stick with it year round.

Peabody said...

Yes, it is taking me a little time to get used to it. I lived in AZ for many years where they do not do day light savings...so I am adjusting to having to do it again.

Anonymous said...

Sing it, sister! I want that hour that I lost back. I want it back now!!!

Anonymous said...

My personal take on the subject is that DST should be the de-facto time for the whole shebang. Let's just stick with sunlight as late into the day as possible and get rid of the myth that "Springing forward" and "Falling back" are doing anyone any good

jasmine said...

Hello all

Tanna - A little McD is good for you, if only to let you know what not to eat!

Meeta, Elizabeth, Ivonne, Peabody and Jerry: I think the next time they want to take away our sleep, we should simply refuse.

Sara -- Winter officially ends on Wednesday...we'll see if it actually does go away or if it sticks around...