Friday, March 12, 2010

Ode to Daylight Savings Time


Can it be true? Daylight savings time starts this weekend?

I really HATE the "spring forward" portion of DST, where you lose an hour in the middle of the night. I feel like I have jet-lag, but I haven't been anywhere. Talk about unfair, and yes, it makes me even more cranky than usual.

Back in the days when Aunty still slaved away at her Dreaded Day Job, one of my co-workers (who quickly became a good friend thanks to his skewed sense of humor) used to send us poems he'd written for 'special' occasions. These could be anything from obtaining a car from the State Garage (sometimes an ordeal unto itself), the end of the current Legislative session (and the rush of bills requiring analysis) or actual "holidays" like Ground Hog Day or St. Patrick's Day.

One of my favorites was his poem about Daylight Savings Time. It is too good not to share, so with grateful thanks to my friend James Q. here it is:

Ode to Daylight Savings Time

by James Q.

Spring forward, fall back,

They robbed me of an hour in the sack.

Spring forward, fall behind,

I guess they thought I wouldn't mind.

Fall backward, spring ahead.

But I'd rather still be sleeping in my bed.

Care to share you thoughts about Daylight Savings Time?


Jane said...

I actually like DST. I don't like the first couple of days because it takes a while to get accustomed to the time change, but I like when there's more light in the evening.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

You're right, Jane,
Having it stay lighter later is nice, but I really hate those few days of transition! :-P My internal clock needs a few days to adjust.


Lexi said...

I like it too because it reminds me the school year is almost over and I'll be free from lesson plans, back-talking children and some insanity. (I can never get away from all insanity since I am a writer.)

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

LOL Lexi, on insanity and writers!

But that's a topic for a post on another day. ;-)

I can not express my gratitude enough times to ALL teachers! How you do what you do, day after day, amazes me. Plus one of my CPs is a retired English teacher, and another is currently an elementary PE teacher. Gotta LOVE teachers!


Helen said...

Love that poem and yes I am the same when we change over to DLS here in Oz we start DLS in October and finish in April and yes I do not like missing out on an hours sleep it usually takes me about a week to get used to it and then a week to get used to normal time LOL. This year we change back on the Easter weekend and boy is that a long day.

Have Fun

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

I'm with you, Helen.

Takes me about a week to get my internal 'clock' tuned to the time changes. There's just something "not natural" about it! :-P But I can see the logic, along with having different 'time zones' in countries as large as ours. I recently learned that China has NO time zones! How confusing that must be!