Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Can We Stop This Insanity?

I'm going on record to say I hate the time changes. They mess with me big time. (pun fully intended.)

Sunday morning I tried to wake up at my usual time, except it wasn't my usual time. The clock said 6:30, but it was really 5:30, and who wanted to be up at that ungodly hour? The animals, who are on a pretty good routine and want to eat at 7 weren't even stirring. So I stayed in bed a little longer, which meant the whole normal schedule was blown to hell.

Monday morning wasn't any better. In fact, I daresay it was worse. I normally get all the chores done between 7 and 8, then have breakfast and start work in my office close to nine. But I couldn't wake up when the clock said 6:30. Just couldn't. So I slept until the clock said 7:30, which threw that whole day out of whack.

I've heard differing reasons as to why we have the time changes. One was so farmers could have an extra hour of daylight in the summer to work. Excuse me. Farmers work from sunup to sundown no matter what time a clock says. There are no extra hours of daylight.

Another reason I've heard is the time change came into effect so people would have more daylight hours in which to shop. That was supposed to help retailers. Some of the store owners I've talked to over the years said that didn't help sales for them. People were out enjoying the daylight in outside activities, and would probably be more apt to shop when it was dark and they couldn't spend time in a park or swimming pool.

So, why don't we abolish the time changes entirely?


Matt said...

Seconded - just stop the changes - noon is noon in your timezone.

Maryann Miller said...

Can we start a grass-roots effort to get this changed?

arlee bird said...

I am so with you on this one. My body clock is so out of whack now. And when I thought maybe I could make progress in my readjustment, yesterday morning at 4 AM we were rudely jolted out of bed by an earthquake--we were right in the epicenter as well. Come on-- I need my sleep! Perhaps we can't control the earthquakes, but certainly we have a sayso about the time change.

Carol Kilgore said...

I don't mind the changes, but I'm all for not having them if we can stay on daylight time. Don't think that would happen.

Helen Ginger said...

I'm all for not having to change the clocks, both the ones that keep time and our body clocks. I usually get used to it within a couple of days, but I'd rather not have to.

Straight From Hel

Maryann Miller said...

Helen, in years past I seemed to be able to adjust more quickly, but this older body is not liking the time change at all. LOL

jrlindermuth said...

The change always messes me up for weeks. I'll vote for the petition to halt the practice.

Patricia Stoltey said...

My internal clock is still out of whack. It's bad enough that I suffer jet lag when I travel, why do I have to suffer time lag twice a year for no reason? I'm with you.