Monday, March 10, 2008

I don't get Daylight Saving Time

Seriously. First of all we aren't "saving" daylight. That's not really possible. If we want less daylight hour in the beginning of the day and more at the end of the day, then why don't we just adjust our work schedules?

One of the biggest reasons for DST is that we will supposedly save electricity.

Huh? We do this during the summer when we already have more daylight hours. And that would only be true for lights, right? I mean are we really going to give up our favorite television shows just because the shows come on when it's still daylight? Besides doesn't everyone use TiVO or their cable or satellite provider's DVR?

We certainly don't save electricity in office buildings because they turn the lights on at a certain time and off at another certain time. Because most modern office buildings are huge and unless you're an Executive Vice President, you probably don't have an office with a window.

I'm sure most Moms have had the experience I've had during late June and early July. Trying to convince your child that it really IS bedtime although the sun is still up. A lot of Moms work outside the home which means the little ones go to daycare which means they have to get up early. So, Mom doesn't have the option of letting the kids stay up until it's dark, then letting them sleep in. Frankly, if I'd been a stay at home Mom, my daughter would probably have had an even earlier bedtime -- say around the cocktail hour, which would also have come earlier.

And now it's coming earlier each year and ending later. Pretty soon, it will ALL be DST.

Even if it saves energy, can't we come up with something else? Say, maybe a different energy source that doesn't depend on how many dinosaurs died?

OK. Rant over. I'm a little cranky cause The Husband chose to share a really nasty head cold with me. I should have stayed in Arizona a little longer and let him get over it. Besides, Arizona doesn't have DST.


spyscribbler said...

I HATE Daylight Savings Time. I can't even tell you. It's ridiculous. It doesn't save anything. It's the stupidest idea they ever came up with.

And no one can convince me differently.

Edittorrent said...

I'm with you. Hate DST, hate changing my clocks. I lived in Indiana for many years, which until last year was the other non-DST state. Now Arizona is the only smart state left. I think if more people tried living on stable clocks for a few years, they'd see why changing the time makes so little practical sense.

ranting right along with you

Liz Wolfe said...

YES! I knew others felt the same way. We should start a movement. Wait. Maybe one is already started. There's gotta be a petition about this somewhere that we can sign.

Erica Orloff said...

UGH! Given how this UTTERLY SCREWS UP my Demon Baby's already-pathetic so-called schedule, I PROMISE you I hate it more than you do. LOL!

Liz Wolfe said...

Erica, I remember how it messed with my daughter's schedule and she couldn't hold a candle to Demon Baby...LOL. Hopefully he'll adjust quickly.

Sara Hantz said...

I HATE DST too. When the kids were small I would make them get up an hour earlier or go to bed an hour later, or whatever to try not mess with their routine!!