Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What's the Deal with Daylight Savings Time?

Sometimes I feel such a strong kinship with Jerry Seinfeld that it frightens me.  As a 25 year old ostensibly socially functioning girl, I probably shouldn't relate to his peculiarities as strongly as I do.

Now typically I would try to hide these similarities and pretend I'm not really socially awkward and don't go as far out of my way as humanly possible to avoid hugging people "hello" and "goodbye", but this one I really don't get.

What's the deal with Daylight Savings Time?

Why do we do it?  Why should I be happy about now waking up a full hour earlier, in the dark?  How does this benefit me in any way?  Why do the powers that be assume I would prefer getting out of bed in the dark, getting dressed in the dark, driving to work in the dark over it being dark around the time I normally go to bed (8:00 PM for those of you wondering)?  It makes no sense to me.  

Time is confusing enough as it is.  I've long been a proponent of the gradient time zone system, where as you go progressively west the time changes by minutes to reflect the difference, as opposed to it being one time in one town and then a whole hour later the next town over.  These hour changes don't make sense.  Couldn't Daylight Savings Time be a month long process where we change 2 minutes every day to give us some time to get accustomed to this?  My boss showed up at 9:00 on Monday totally oblivious to the fact that he was late - for people who don't pay attention to things, this is all really a hassle.  Even better, I left 15 minutes early and he thought I was leaving at 3:45 and didn't even ask why or say anything.  Guess he thinks highly of my work ethic, huh.

I think we should put a stop to the madness.  Stop changing the damn time, give me back my hour of sleep, and let me please drive to work when it's light out in the morning - people being annoying and shining their brights at you while they tailgate the shit out of you because you're leaving a car length between you and the person in front of you is really a lot harder on just-woken-up eyes than anything else.

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