Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Daylight Savings Time Is Stoopid

I'm from Indiana, which is one of two or three states (I think Arizona and Hawaii are the others) that don't observe Daylight Savings Time. We never have to change the clocks in Indiana. While everyone else is falling back or springing forward, Indiana doesn't have to do shit. I never appreciated this when I lived in Indiana. I always thought, as many others seem to, that it was another symptom of our great state being out of touch with the rest of the country.

Now that I live in Minnesota, however, I'm finding that I couldn't have been more wrong about the whole Daylight Savings thing. It's a big pile of horseshit, and it really sucks this time of year when we have to lose an hour and get up earlier and everything is fucked (I'm not a morning person, obviously) and half the clocks at work have the new "correct" time and the other clocks in the building never get reset, which somhow seems to make my workday even longer. And I don't understand the people that are in support of Daylight Savings, who say "but you get a whole extra hour of daylight in the evenings!" which is dumb too, because by the summer time the days are longer anyway, so who gives a crap? See? Stoopid.

And also--contrary to popular belief about Daylight Savings Time benefitting the farmers or the field workers or the cows (or whatever crap people have been fed over the years)--the "real" reason Daylight Savings Time is observed is because of golfers. At least, that's what Anna says, and she read this in the Wall Street Journal, which she swears by. I do have some doubts about this theory, but I kind of want the golfing thing to be true because it would support my new stance on Daylight Savings Time, which is that it's a great big load of horseshit. And if golfing--a bullshit sport if there ever was one (except for mini golf. Mini golf rules!)--is behind this whole worthless time change thing than I propose that every non-golfer in every state (Indiana, Arizona and Hawaii notwithstanding) make up our own damn rules and set the clocks for whatever time we damn well feel like.

That would mean I wouldn't be at work til around 11 every morning, which would be awesome.

1 comment:

Marcus said...

Um...we're more than likely switching to Daylight Savings Time here in Indiana. The House approved it last week, paving the way for us to "spring forward" in June. (Because they don't want to wait a year for it to take effect.) I think it's bullshit myself - a non-issue that takes the spotlight away from other more-important yet harder-to-fix problems like poverty and education.

We're hearing a lot of the same arguments over here, like "We need another hour at the end of the day." Fuck that, man. I don't care how nice it is, I don't want it to be sunny at 10:00 p.m. That's not right. What pisses me off is that those making this argument will be inside at that hour, either sleeping or watching Law and Order on TNT.

The other argument making the rounds is "It would be good for business." How, exactly, would changing the time be good for business? Are there really companies out there that refuse to do business with us because we stay on the same time all year long? If that is the case, then we shouldn't do business with them. Companies in New York work with businesses in L.A. every day and they're at least four hours apart. And if some corporate lackey can't figure out that every six months he needs to ask his Indiana counterpart what time it is, then he's the dumbass, not us.

Unfortunately, I'm in the definite minority. Everyone is looking forward to the sun setting at midnight and the massive influx of business that will come by moving our clocks twice a year.

And don't even get me started on the new stadium they want to build downtown...