Sunday, October 30, 2005

Daylight Wasting Time

Here we are again, that time of year where we turn the clocks back and hour allegedly "gaining" an hour so sleep in.

Bullshit.

I didn't gain anything. I got to work an extra hour this morning and won't get paid for it. So I just fucked off in the office for an hour writing this little diatribe on the company computer. It's where I usually write my rants, but since my employer not only doesn't have direct deposit he apparently doesn't trust the internet either so I write my stuff there but have to bring it home on a 3.5 disk to post. I felt since I won't be paid for the 'extra' hour we all gained I might as well do some shit for myself.

And this changing the clocks thing got me thinking. I grew up doing it and just took it for granted that that's what everybody did. Then I moved to Arizona, and lo-and-behold! They don't do it there! What a unique concept...

You just leave your clocks set at the same time all year!

I know why and how it started so I won't go into it in great detail. Apparently it was to give farmers more daylight in the summer months in temperate climates. But why now? It's not like there's too many farms around anymore. All the farms that I remember growing up (yes, there actually were farms still in Philly and Bucks County when I was a kid and I'm a city kid who actually knows that 'cow tipping' is NOT leaving a bad tip for a mean and ugly waitress) are all strip malls, tract-homes and auto dealerships.

I learned from my time in Arizona the time change just wasn't necessary or wanted. I liked it that way. So, about the only thing I miss about Arizona apart from a precocious eighteen year-old Airforce Academy freshman is the time staying the same.

So, if you want the time to stay the same you either have to move to Arizona (which I really don't recommend) Hawaii (which sounds good until you start to look at the cost of living there) or some parts of Indiana.

Let's end the madness now, ok?

Or at least pay me for the extra hour...
As a side note, I've added a music video at the very bottom of the page for your viewing and listening pleasure. I tried to insert it into the sidebar but it kept fucking up the template so the bottom was the only other place I could insert the HTML code without making a total clusterfuck out of the whole thing. I'm undecided if I'll leave it up. I might change the song weekly if I decide keep it. Let me know what you think.

Copyright 2005 Thomas J Wolfenden

6 comments:

Katie said...

Daylight Wasting Time is bullshit...Colby woke up and looked at the time and it was only 6:30am...i was pist.....

Katie said...

o and i love that song..it made my day when it played......

Cheryl said...

Indiana doesn't do it either. But they're going to start. Sorry you didn't get paid. That just sucks

Sydney said...

I dont get what you mean by having to work an extra hour. You still get off work at the same time right?

Ranger Tom said...

Katie: It is a big waste of time. And the video is just a little experiment. It's not loading half the time and the site to get the HTML codes leaves a lot to be desired. The choices are slim because half the artists I've never heard of... I guess I'm getting old!

Cheryl: I did mention Indiana but I hadn't heard that they were joining the madness... Where will it all end?

Syd: Please, oh please tell me I really don't have to explain that to you?

Bev said...

I read somewhere that DST will be extended from some time in March and end in November, but this won't take place til 2007.

But won't you get the extra pay when DST kicks in again in April?