This morning I identify as someone who really hates daylight savings time.

And that probably puts me in synch with everybody else in the country.

Except I live in a wonderful magical place where I don’t normally have to deal with it. The only confusing bits, normally, are relearning when my favorite radio shows start while I’m in the Jeep.

Except this morning DST reached alllll the way down to the Secret Lair. I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to get vertical. Torso Boy agreed that an immediate visit to water a tree would be a fine thing. I looked at the (electrical, non-connected) clock on the wall, and it told me the time was 4:30 am. Not too obscenely early, so off we go.

Then, approximately half an hour later, I happened to look at my weather panel…


Uh? That’s not … I hope that’s not right. Because if I got conned into rising and brewing coffee at three thirty in the blessed am, I’m gonna be pissed.

Turns out that no, the dumb clocks were right and the smart clock is stupid. I just had it set to a time zone that used to agree what time it is and now suddenly it doesn’t. Re-setting it only took a minute, and that’s as badly as DST interfered with my life or is likely to. But I do remember hating it for decades – especially since it used to take all the sunlight out of my post-workday life for the whole winter.

Really don’t know how you guys put up with it.

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9 Responses to This morning I identify as someone who really hates daylight savings time.

  1. Mark Matis says:

    I hate to break this to you, but it wasn’t DST that took all the sunlight out of your post-workday life for the whole winter. It was instead STANDARD time. DST gave you more post-workday sunlight during the summer.

  2. Joel says:

    Oh, whichever. Being pedantic is my job.

  3. Kentucky says:

    Don’t feel bad about that. Essentially every “news” feed I’ve noted over the last couple of days has announced the arrival of DST, with a gazillion comments pointing out that apparently “journalists” have only a vague idea of the concept. Bloggers get a little more cushion in the matter, particularly those in the boonies.

  4. Judy says:

    One of the reasons I moved to AZ. I despise daylight savings time. Figure out what time you want the clock to read then LEAVE IT ALONE.

  5. terrapod says:

    Dear Joel, we put up with this silly theoretical 8 hours of daylight (not that we see it cause clouds) because we don’t want to move south west yet 😉

    As to DST, I am in total agreement with killing it dead, it is not needed and was a scam to begin with being more government intrusion from the social engineering cabal that does not seem to want to ride off into the sunset.

    But thanks for giving us a list of possible empty space on your shelves, will be working on that a bit..

  6. Anonymous says:

    While you’re adding stuff to that wish list, you might consider adding a Bekley water filter with a couple of years worth of filters. You just never know… Truckin’ it back and forth to town for filtered water is fine when it works out, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a Bekley ?

  7. Zelda says:

    Anonymous and others – anyone out there own and operate a Big Berkey? I’ve been looking at buying one for several years because my water is about as bad as Joels and I also depend on bought water for drinking and cooking. The Berkey and the filters are very specialized and expensive. But I don’t like to have to depend on fetching bought water, especially in winter, for all the reasons you all have brought up.

  8. Joel says:

    Berkey filters went through a relatively brief period of popularity here. They work, sort of, but are expensive and clog quickly.

  9. Robert says:

    And Congress moved when the time transition occurs, so lotsa clocks automagically change time at the wrong time. Dear Congress: leave. time. alone. dammit.

    Show of hands: who wants the US of A to align with a bunch of the rest of the world and adopt a 24-hour system that doesn’t friggin’ change? Call it GMT or Zulu time or UTC depending on your age/veteran status.

    I’m going back to bed. Wake me when it’s April.

To the stake with the heretic!