Monday, March 10, 2008

Pick a Time. Then Stick With It.

I hate the switch to and from Daylight Savings Time. I don't care which time you want to live in. Just pick one and stick with it. Right now it is 9:44 a.m. and I am ready for lunch. I know it is only 8:44, but I feel like I've been up for days.

Crab was kidding me yesterday about sleeping so late. I hadn't switched any of the clocks. He wouldn't have thought anything of the changing time himself but he looked at his cell phone. Cell phones do not lie and follow government mandates explicitly.

We listened to NPR until mid afternoon while we adjusted ourselves. Sunday Weekend Edition had a story about the time change that had me wanting to reach through theradio and strangle Liane Hansen.

Wanting to strangle Liane is common on Sunday mornings. I hate her cackling laugh. I despise the way she butts in on contestants playing the puzzle and then is so patronizing afterwards. But this Sunday she had an interview with a California dairy farmer:

Daylight saving time took effect Sunday morning. While many people complain about losing an hour of sleep, humans aren't the only ones affected by the time change. According to organic milk farmer Doug Beretta of Santa Rosa California, cows also have a problem adjusting to the new schedule, too.

Excuse me, make that an organic milk farmer.

During the interview Liane asked the farmer about the cows stress and confusion at being milked an hour earlier. She never once asked what I thought was the most obvious question: Why milk them earlier at all? Why disrupt the schedule of these poor creatures that you have trained to perform as machines? Why, why, why?

I told Crab the story of my brothers who were milking (6 a.m. and 6 p.m.) for my neighbor while he was gone. The first Sunday morning after the time change, the neighbor's wife called at 6 a.m. DST wondering where the boys were. She claimed the cows were anxious.

Then Crab related the story of an old-timer from this neighborhood who never changed his clocks to DST. "My cows ain't on daylight savings time and neither am I."


Hannita said...

Read? Heard? something about how DST was supposed to a money saving thing but that it actually cost people money. Perfect, not only is is screwing up my sleeping but it's costing me my hard-earned salary. Eesh.

Idea #527 said...

You will be happy to know--Gramps doesn't always change his clocks. He says in about 6 months they will change back anyway. Usually I think it's the people who visit him that become annoyed and change them for him.

That could really be his master plan all along. . .

goblinbox said...

DST's effectiveness is, I am convinced, a fucking sham. I hate it. Gah.

Idea #527 said...

Oh. . . I meant to also tell you this yesterday. . . up until like 3years ago half of the state of Indiana would switch for DST and half wouldn't. So depending on the time of year, Indianapolis would either be in the Central or Eastern time zone. It was really annoying! Now, the whole state is on Eastern time.