Saturday, November 03, 2007

Suspicions Confirmed

I'm not a fan of Daylight Saving Time. I've never really understood the reason for it because I've never seen any convincing statistics that prove the time change really saves energy. And now it appears that the reason I've never seen any is simple: there aren't any. Yet we go on switching our clocks and screwing up our sleep cycles twice a year. I'm beginning to think my grandmother had it right when she refused to change her clocks. And keep off my damn lawn.

13 comments:

Todd Mason said...

Hawaii and Arizona never have succumbed (though perhaps in the '40s they observed "War Time" as in Hawaiian War Time and Mountain War Time). For decades, the Indiana counties around Chicago, on the cusp of Eastern and Central times, also refused, but Imperial Indianapolis has now held sway over the whole state.

Certainly makes my paying gig a bit more difficult than it needs to be, twice a year.

Bill Crider said...

Hawaii and Arizona have the right idea.

Benjie said...

As a minister, I think that changing the clocks with total disregard to church attendance shows that our country's going down the tubes. Granted, people who forget this weekend will be way early for church, but in the spring--"Church, what's that? Get those clocks changed!"

Bill Crider said...

About 20 years ago, a minister here in Alvin tried an experiment he called "Same Time Sunday." He urged everyone not to change the clocks in the spring and to show up for church at the usual time. Total disaster. Needless to say, he never repeated the experiment.

JDuke said...

Get rid of Daylight Saving Time? Before long, Bill, you’ll be criticizing the electoral college.

Bill Crider said...

Hey, I'm no commie!

gomer said...

bureaucrats are convinced that since non bureaucrats are convinced that bureaucrats have superpowers, as in "When are they going to do something about...? ( fill in) " that maybe they actually DO have superpowers, what better way to find out than to edict the time of day, much as, say, a Mayan would edict the arrival of summer by cutting the guts out of living 11 year old girls after raping them first and lettiing their blood run down the long altar steps. Our bureaucrats just haven't gotten to the Bringing In Summer stage yet. They will.

Brent McKee said...

In Saskatchewan we don't change times - we stay on Central Standard Time all year long, much to the consternation of people in the eastern part of the province. See, the "official" time zone line, as laid out by Sir Sanford Fleming (a Great Canadian) goes right down the middle of the province so that if you were to drive from Saskatoon to Regina you'd change time zones about half way. That would complicate things like making appointments in one city, so the province eventually decided to stay on one time zone, Central Standard. But because going to Central Daylight Time would mean people in the western part of the province going to bed while it was still light out, they also decided not to go to Daylight Savings Time. And every election you get politicians who say that when they get into power they'll hold a referendum to change everything.

Bill Crider said...

Don't vote for those guys.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

"Uh-uh, fellas--I'm not going after that ball...it landed in Old Man Crider's yard. Let's just buy a new one..."

Bill Crider said...

A wise decision. . . .

pattinase (abbott) said...

It worries me that more and more things change themselves. Now that's Big Brother. How do they know I have a computer if they're not watching?

Bill Crider said...

That's just it: They are watching.