Just Say No to Daylight Saving Time

From now until the fall, I will be an hour late until the fall because of daylight saving time.


Hello, police, I want to report something missing...I had an hour taken away from my life while I was sleeping and I'm not happy about it."

I'm not a huge friend of daylight saving time.

In fact, I hate it.

I know it was started to help farmers with their crops. I lover farmers, grew up on a farm and still consider myself a farm boy at heart.

When this whole idea of taking an hour out of my life started,, tractors didn't have lights on them and there were a whole lot more farmers in the country.

Now, it's just an excuse to mess with me and my precious time.

And I'm pretty ticked off about it.

Instead of talking about foreign policy or the economy, the presidential candidates ought be getting down to the real important issue facing the country...who stole the hour we lost and how do we stop this outdated madness?

Even more I went to bed last night, I knew I was going to wake up all messed up today...well more so than usual.

I'm a creature of habit. I get up at 6:30 a.m., every day, no matter when I went to bed, but today, it was 7:30 a.m.

That's an hour after I've had my first feeding of the day.

Besides, my life is an endless battle with technology, and messing around with my time doesn't help it. My car clock is always behind or ahead an hour. That means in the fall, I'm always an hour early for appointments, which isn't necessarily, a bad thing. I'm known as "Early Mike."

As of today, though, I'm back to being "Late Mike," the guy who everyone is mad at for being late all the time.

Frankly, I've given up trying to set the timer on anything besides the clock. My answering machine always records an hour early or an hour late. Calls at noon are really 1 p.m.

That's not a huge deal in my world.

But what is important is how much this losing an hour messes with my brain, as I never get totally used to it.

It's like the old joke by deadpan comedian Steven Wright, a Burlington native.

"My parents came from Europe and they never got used to the time change."

Mr. and Mrs. Wright, like a former president said, "I feel your pain."

Now if we can only get the gentlemen running for the White House to make this a focus of the campaign.

"Give me my hour back."

It's not like "Give me liberty or give me death," but it will do for now.

After all, what do you expect from a guy who just lost an hour off of his life while he was sleeping?"

deb of see-attleboro March 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Hey Johnny, Why not just ask for a raise? Or maybe move to Arizona? Warmer climate, lower gas tax...
Johnny March 13, 2012 at 02:00 PM
First of all Deb, I got a raise and a bonus this year, but only to be sucked up by higher oil prices and inflation. Second, why move to Arizona when I like it here and LOVE LOVE LOVE DST? Your statement doesn't make sense for me, but mine to you about Arizona makes perfect sense.
Johnny March 13, 2012 at 02:03 PM
PS...do your research next time before posting. Gas in Arizona is currently at $3.83/ gallon. Mass: $3.67.
John Gilbert March 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Mar, I know what you mean about this being a sign of spring. However, even though it seems like DST is responsible for days getting longer, it is really just an illusion. Spring happens every year, even in places that don't observe DST. I would be on board for the GMT-4 idea if it meant no DST.
John Gilbert March 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM
First off, I don't think this article was seriously suggesting that our country's leaders focus on abolishing DST instead of focusing on more important issues. The article is only half-serious (as intended). I don't think the government has (or should have) any control over the unemployment rate. I do agree that inflation is a huge problem that they can do something about. That is probably the main reason why everything (not just oil/gas) has gone way up in price over the past decade or so. Our money is meaningless with nothing backing it -- it is only worth what people think it is worth. Other than inflation, prices are dictated by supply and demand. This is a capitalist economy. Companies will sell their products and services for the highest prices customers will pay. When people are unwilling to pay high prices, then those prices will come down. The trouble we see is when government subsidies and tax breaks undermine the capitalist model. Let's not even get into bailouts. Capitalism does not work without risk of failure. Lastly.. When you and everyone else in America gets a raise this year, where does that extra money come from? (Let's be honest here... most raises seem to be given for tenure, not performance.) It gets passed on to the consumer. It is a vicious cycle. So salaries are increased, prices are increased, and nobody feels richer. But this has little to do with DST.


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