The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

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My Druthers




Many folks get all riled up about the switch to Daylight Savings Time and the switch back that occurred today. They get upset about it "not really saving energy" or they get upset about it "originaly being for farm hands" or they get up set that they "have too many clocks to reset". I personally like Daylight Savings Time.

If I had my druthers (which of course I do not), I would actually make it so that we reset our clocks every first day of the month so that sunset in my northern state would fall at 9:00pm. Those of you more Southern probably do not really care or notice much in terms of day length, but where I am at, for three months of the year, we get perhaps 6-7 hours of light a day.... and with the way they are positioned, it is pretty much dark when we arrive to work, and it is dark when we typically leave to go home from work.

If we were to set our clocks each month to have sunset in my region at 9:00pm, we would all be able to have some daylight. In my region it would mean that in December, it would not start to get light until around 2:00 or 2:30pm, but to me, being able to leave work in the light of day, and being able to have a few hours outside in daylight in the winter would do me a helluva lot of good. And, I think it would significantly decrease the incidnce of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

PipeTobacco

6 Comments:

Blogger amelia said...

What are 'druthers'? I have heard the expression for years and never really have found out what they are.

Sunday, 07 November, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its short for : would rather. It means "If I had my choice".

Sunday, 07 November, 2010  
Blogger zirelda said...

And I would rather we stayed on DST all year round....

Ah well.

Sunday, 07 November, 2010  
Blogger amelia said...

Thank you Anon!! I would never have guessed!!

Sunday, 07 November, 2010  
Blogger Lena said...

Interesting perspective. Light does us all good. We all need more of it!

Sunday, 07 November, 2010  
Blogger BBC said...

Oh brother, leave it up to you to make things more complicated.

Don't pay so damn much attention to clocks and just do your thing and deal with shorter hours in the winter like the rest of us have to.

There are fewer daylight hours here in the winter, got that? Go South if you want more. Go to the equator, it's about equal all the time.

I don't get SAD, grow some balls and cowboy up.

We should all change our clocks 1/2 hour and then never have to touch them again. Even farmers don't need that shit anymore with modern machinery and lights and such.

Sunday, 07 November, 2010  

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