If we were having coffee today I would no doubt be complaining about Daylight Savings Time. Yes, I hate it. I mostly hate it for a week or so when the clocks go forward. After that things sort of settle out. My feelings, though, go more toward why is it even necessary?
I don’t buy most of the arguments. I frankly don’t see where it saves energy in this day and age. What it mostly does, is give people more play time in the evening. And since there is still the same amount of daylight no matter how you slice it, gradually increasing until the Summer Solstice, then decreasing until the Winter Solstice, all in all, I guess it doesn’t much matter.
I still have three favorite observations about DST. One, the popular slogan is invalid. Spring Forward and Fall Back sounds fine enough, but it has always seemed to me to be backward — it doesn’t make practical sense. If I fall, I almost invariably fall forward, or at least to the side. Ah, but if something startles me, I’m entirely likely to spring back. You see?
The other two observation have to do with the intent and the implications. I understand the concept of “who needs sunlight at 5AM?”. Sadly, we can’t change the way days progress. What DST switches show us is the true arbitrary nature of time. It’s arbitrary! Admit it. For all our dependence on it, we are dependent on something totally arbitrary. So, to my way of thinking, when it was arbitrarily set up originally, it was made just a bit askew. More on this after I make the second observation.
In the US, “STANDARD TIME” is now barely over four months of the year. MOST of the year is that special designation of Daylight Savings Time. What the heck? How is that “Standard?” And people wonder why the aliens are so hesitant to make contact with us.
So my arbitrary solution is this: Let’s just choose to buck up and change to a new standard time in the fall … Fall Back (ugh) not an hour, but a half-hour. And then just leave it there. We’ll sort of have the best of both worlds. It is probably how it should have been set up in the first place. It’s not as crazy as you might think … there are half hour time zones in some areas and the world goes on.
In more important matters, we’re likely to have another cup while I mention the cookbook I told you about a few weeks back. I have a pretty good version of it available NOW, free for the asking.
Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what version you need, mobi (for Kindle), epub (for Nook, Kobo, or iBooks), or pdf (for everything, really, including downloading it and reading it at work). It’s really a load of fun, a companion book to my two novels, full of Tex-Mex and Southwestern dishes and some just down home good comfort food too. Like I said, it’s FREE! “Smidgeon Toll” is a character in both books and by character, I mean she IS a character. You’ll like her.
Thomas Fenske is a writer living in NC. Find out more: http://www.thefensk.com