Creative Destruction

October 29, 2007

Daylight Saving Time is a Trap

Filed under: Content-lite — Brutus @ 12:41 am

I got caught this morning by Daylight Saving Time. It’s a public menace. The proper time to reset clocks is always the last weekend of October. So without checking, I shifted my clock last night and missed a 5K run I was meant to do because I arrived 15 min. into the race when I thought I was 45 min. ahead of time. I haven’t made the mistake of forgetting to reset my clocks in years.

The Wikipedia article has more information that I care to investigate. I find the whole business infuriating. The rationale behind DST is beyond me, I guess. It seems like a meaningless anachronism, like the academic year that still has space (summer vacation) for the harvest when only a tiny sliver of the population works in agriculture compared to the late 19th century when upwards of 90% did.

So I pouted all day long and am now taking it out on the blog. Grrr.

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7 Comments »

  1. i thought daylight savings time ended on november 4 this year. has something to do with when golf courses closes in the evening.

    Comment by greywhitie — October 29, 2007 @ 11:38 am | Reply

  2. correction: golf courses CLOSE in the evening.

    Comment by greywhitie — October 29, 2007 @ 11:48 am | Reply

  3. From the wiki article:

    Lobbyists for this provision included the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, the National Association of Convenience Stores, and the National Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation Fighting Blindness; lobbyists against included the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the National Parent-Teacher Association, the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium, the Edison Electric Institute, and the Air Transport Association.

    I don’t see golf anywhere.

    Comment by Off Colfax — October 30, 2007 @ 1:57 am | Reply

  4. george bush signed the legislation. george bush plays golf. see the light?

    Comment by greywhitie — October 30, 2007 @ 3:22 am | Reply

  5. Sigh.

    Are you really going to make me trot out this utter piece of garbage?

    I’m telling you now; that’s not the best example of my writing ever published.

    Comment by Off Colfax — October 31, 2007 @ 12:35 am | Reply

  6. There is a difference between observing and blaming.

    Comment by greywhitie — October 31, 2007 @ 10:20 am | Reply

  7. brutus, don’t forget to turn your clock back today. also, don’t go walking the streets today, increased pedestrian deaths today, or so they say. don’t step on broken sidewalks, bad luck. don’t look at yellow leaves in your neighborhood, they will give you nightmares. don’t drink black coffee today. will give you migranes. don’t drive on streets that start with 13, very bad luck.

    Comment by greywhitie — November 4, 2007 @ 9:14 am | Reply


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