Tuesday, March 10, 2009

just say no to daylight savings


I honor Benjamin Franklin as a wise moderate and founding father of our country. But I curse him every spring. Daylight savings really messes me up. It never fails to provoke a terrible insomnia bout lasting at least a week, usually more.

If it does help us to conserve energy than I suppose that is a good thing, right? Yeah, okay. But that doesn't mean I have to like it.

16 comments:

Mama Ava said...

Insomnia for a week? You are sensitive!

Yeah, sensitive...as in artistic and intuitive and insightful and wise. That's it!

On the other hand Ben also gave us bifocals, something that I'm now appreciating in my middle age.

Oh, and he invented electricity, as my students are so fond of telling me. I have to remind that that was God's job.

I hate it in the fall, but I love the spring--it's like magic when you come out of work and it's still light.

China doesn't have daylight savings time. Or time zones. Imagine that. At least officially. I'm sure they fudge around with it so it's not midnight in the middle of the day somehow.

Gabriela said...

I hate "springing forward" too. It's like I lose an hour every day for a week.

We just got to fall back. Unfortunately, we didn't even realize it-so we showed up at church an hour early. I never thought I'd be that family. :) But, just like springing forward, the effects last for about a week for me, so I got to enjoy falling back all week.

Loved your post yesterday-I don't have any answers but sure would have to say I learn history a lot better through historical fiction than a history book. Names and dates without a story are a surefire way for me to be daydreaming. I wonder if it's a male/female thing-Guapo loves history book history. ?

yesweareonmars said...

Ben Franklin moderate??? He was super radical.

We don't change our clocks ahead for a few weeks yet. I never understood that anyway. There is still 24 hours in a day no matter where you live.

Not all his ideas were good after all, what do you expect from someone who walked around naked.

Calandria said...

Yes, Mama Ava, that's right. I am an arTISTE. (Yay! Now I'll be able to get away with all kinds of strange/morally reprehensible behavior! :-))

Gabriela, that is so funny. When I read "we showed up at church an hour early," I thought to myself, "Oh no! They are one of THOSE families." hee hee. I know our time will come.

Does walking around naked make one more susceptible to bad ideas? Sheesh, I'll have to go put some clothes on then...

yesweareonmars said...

Nikkid in that minnisota weather? You surah ah a Mainah.

Ave said...

Last week I was waking up at 4 am every day, and now I am waking up at 3 am every day. What is it with women in our family and insomnia. It really bites.
Thinking about Benjamin Franklin naked gives me the creeps. Ewwwwww.

Maine Mom said...

We are suffering a bit here, too.

Meg said...

I just said to my daughter, "This blasted day-light savings...I keep feeling like I've lost an hour somewhere between noon and four."

Then a half hour later I realized I was reading the car clock that I hadn't set forward yet!!

I was missing 2 hours! I hate it.

Mallory said...

Yeah, ya know, I never understood why daylight savings messed people up so badly. You just adjust the time you go to bed, and BADAH-BING-BADAH-BOOM! You're done! I've never slept in past anything (unintentionally) and I've never had a harder time falling asleep at night.

celtishbee said...

Lucky you, Mal!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I'm in Indiana. We just started this weird practice a year or so ago, after years of debating between government and farmers, etc. No one that I know really likes it, but what can you do. Indiana fought it, but Daylight Savings won.

Calandria said...

2nd cup of coffee, I remember hearing about that on NPR. My condolences!

ProMom said...

I'm with you Calandria. Let's just stop this whole daylight saving nonsense. I don't think it saves any energy. Well, I hear Old Ben Franklin loved us women. So maybe that's a point in his favor. (But maybe not!)

Vanessa Rogers said...

I am living in South Korea at the moment but I am from Texas. Korea does not have day light savings, so I am interested to see if it makes much of a difference.

Mama Ava said...

HOw do you do this? A seemingly simple few lines on Daylight Savings Time and look at the response!

Calandria said...

Mama Ava, didn't you know that Daylight Savings Time is a hotly debated issue?! ;-)