Saturday, October 28, 2006

Spring Forward, Fall Back

This is an official announcement to all you folk out there who are about to set your clocks back an hour tonight in the semi-annual ritual known as "Daylight Saving Time."

This year, I am not going to participate. I will not be setting my clocks back. Not now. Not at 2:00 a.m. Not tomorrow morning. My clocks are staying right at the time they're on, right now. And you can't convince me that DST saves energy. And we're no longer an agrarian society, so we don't need that supposed "extra" hour of daylight. And even though we're at war, we don't need it for the war effort either.

So, I'm not complying. Just wanted to warn you. When you call me and say, "Let's get together for lunch; meet me at noon," I'll be there, but it will be 1:00 my time.

I'm joining Hawaii, Arizona, and Indiana this year in officially renouncing DST.

There. Now that that's done, I'm going go change the batteries in all my smoke detectors. (I may be eccentric, but I'm not stupid.)


Sister Mary Lisa said...

Rebel. It does rather suck when daylight savings time rolls around. I imagine it's a nightmare for airlines and such.

janeannechovy said...

Um, technically if you want to boycott Daylight Savings Time, you'll have to change your clocks back now, then *not* change them ahead in the spring. In the fall we switch back to standard time, away from DST.

Not to rain on your parade or anything. ;)

Janet M. Kincaid said...

I know! But so far, it's working at. Right now, according to my clock, it's 4:20 p.m. ET. The sun is low in the sky and feels quite appropriate for 4:20. If I was on the time it's "supposed to be", it's be 3:20 right now and I'd be depressed because that would mean, in another hour, it'll practically be dark.

I know it's all a mind game, but it's my mind game and I like it for the time being. So there! ;-)

(Now the challenge is to not be early/late picking up my grad school academic advisor in a couple of weeks when he's in town.)

Janet M. Kincaid said...


You're totally right! I thought of that only after I posted my Declaration of Rebellion. I remember thinking, "Wait. Aren't we on 'standard' time now and 'saving' time in the spring?" Which then led me to think, "Even having to ask myself makes the whole standard/saving thing stupid and proves my self-imposed point."

(Humor me, darling. I have so little to humor me right now. I'll take stupid shit like this just to break up my days of tedium and discouragement.)