Day by Day



04 April 2006

And the rate of return on Daylight Savings time is…

This is not my best work, but this is something that I do feel strongly about! It is only a few days since "the event" and I still feel out of sorts.

Let's be blunt, I hate daylight savings time. The archaic moving of the clocks forward only serves to mess with my circadian rhythm and allow me to stumble over things on the way to my car. It’s time to end this ridiculous process. I would be willing to wager that we have more lost productivity during these two periods of time change in the year than any possible benefit from moving our clocks.

There are several strong reasons to do away with daylight savings time. Not the least of which is that no one wants it . Actually, it really doesn’t matter whether we keep DST or ST, as long as we set one or the other!

Time zones throughout the world are divided roughly along lines of longitude. In the military we use alphanumeric suffixes to denote the local time zone, all based upon GMT / UTC or Zulu time. On a side note, I always liked the phrase “Zulu time”, it sounded like a shout just before some raucous, bacchanalian party.

Groggily chugging away here in Romeo time, or is it Quebec ?

6 comments:

Scootmaroo said...

I rather like DST. It lets me know that summer will soon be here, and my GOD MAN! Think of the havoc it would cause at RENN FEST REHEARSALS. We need all the light we can get. On the plus side, torches earlier in the year....I think you are just being cranky until your coffee kicks in. Besides, don't you stumble to your car on a normal day?

Citizen Deux said...

Hey! I can put this drink down anytime it's empty...

I would be fine if we just left the time alone! Leave it on DST, for cryin' out loud.

Ah well, I was desperate for content...

Major John said...

Sierra Time, right?

"Zulu time" yelled at a rugby party might be an indication that someone who has scored a try for the first time may be racing by, naked, soon enough.

Citizen Deux said...

I won't say that I've been there, but I did have the dubious honor of escorting a British sailor back to Bahrain from the NAG after he was released from restriction for drunkenly, mooning base security in Manama.

Frank in South Florida said...

You understand that DST is strongly supported in the US by any industry selling stuff people use "After work". That means grill companies, patio furniture companies, golf courses, golf club makers, racetracks, etc. The impact of the extra hour "after work" is worth tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to these companies and to the GNP. It is that simple. The rub will come when the folks in the Western part of each time zone send their kids to bus stops in the very dark morning in October.

Citizen Deux said...

I can live with any time, it's the change that drives me bonkers. Pick one and stick with it!

I don't think the GNP impact will be significant...