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.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Where did that month go?

I got back to the lovely Pacific Northwest on Saturday. Time flew by while I was in Tucson. I got the final edits on IF IT'S NOT ONE THING, IT'S A MURDER while I was there. They were pretty easy. My editor didn't find any gaping plot holes or loose threads, and she had a lot of really good points to make.
I tried to do some copywriting while I was there, but it was just too difficult so most of that waited until I got back. I finished that project and I'm almost finished with another copywriting project. Then I can write for fun again.
And hopefully blog more often.