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The Greatest Day of the Year

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:06 am

It’s the greatest day of the year: the first day of work when I’ll come home during Daylight Savings Time. Plenty of time to go for a bike ride or a trip down to the beach, with daylight to spare.

33 Responses to “The Greatest Day of the Year”

  1. I miss California. Berkeley uber alles!

    The Liberal Avenger (b8c7e2)

  2. Surely living in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts would be adequate compensation for you.

    Dana (3e4784)

  3. The computers knew that DST had been moved up, but the clocks didn’t know, and I had to reset them. Then, since the clocks do know that DST is supposed to begin three weeks from now, they’ll reset themselves then — and I’ll have to fix ’em again!

    Dana (3e4784)

  4. I want to find the people responsible for DST and beat them with a sack of oranges…

    I loath this day like I loath no other… It’s worse than election time and the bile politicians spew forth from both sides…

    Scott Jacobs (90eabe)

  5. Daylight savings time is an abomination of the natural order. Lyndon Johnson should have been impeached over this alone.

    Dwilkers (4f4ebf)

  6. OT-

    Hmm Patterico. You aren’t banned in China. Just One Minute is though.

    /wonders about Patterico

    Dwilkers (4f4ebf)

  7. Actually, the greatest day of the year is Thursday: wall-to-wall NCAA action!

    SaveFarris (61e82d)

  8. I always look forward to the first day of the year that I have to wear sunglasses driving home after work. Driving home in the dark just feels like the whole day is gone.

    Stephen Macklin (fc20a6)

  9. Dwilkers #5,

    LBJ? I always thought it was Benjamin Franklin.

    nk (48b04e)

  10. I loath this day like I loath no other… It’s worse than election time and the bile politicians spew forth from both sides…

    You object to more daylight? You either have young children who don’t want to go to bed because “it’s still light outside” or you are a vampire.

    I, of course, have young children AND am a vampire.

    Jinnmabe (cc24db)

  11. Hoorah!

    Well, I work at home. But still…. I remember being happy to not drive home in the dark anymore.

    David N. Scott (71e316)

  12. The worst part of being retired is keep my days straight – it is Saturday or Monday? I keep getting mixed up!!!

    Clark Baker (337440)

  13. #10

    No, I just hate getting up an hour earlier… I will be like this for about a week until I adjust and get to bed earlier. As it is, my body still thinks it’s an hour earlier…

    Scott Jacobs (90eabe)

  14. I’ve proposed to my co-workers that the humane way to go to daylight savings time and back would be as follows:

    Spring forward by 25 hours, from Thursday at 4:00 pm to Friday at 5:00 pm.

    Fall back by 25 hours, from Monday at 8:00 am to Sunday, 7:00 am.

    Who’s with me?

    thirteen28 (5ad670)

  15. #14

    Your ideas interest me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter…

    Scott Jacobs (90eabe)

  16. 15: Thanks – I’ll let you know as soon as I start one 😉

    thirteen28 (5ad670)

  17. It’s nice having the sun set so late; it means my after-work walks aren’t in the dark and cold.

    But … getting up for work on the first Monday after the change is painful.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  18. I make it a point to wish people “Happy Daylight Savings Time!”

    The “spring forward” is one of my favorite days of the year.

    I’m despondent for about a month – at least – when we “fall back”. The only good thing about “Daylight Shortening Time” is that if you happen find yourself at an early happy hour for some reason, you don’t feel as guilty when you look out the window of the bar because it sure LOOKS like it’s late enough to start drinking.

    Tracy (3d9798)

  19. i never bother setting my clocks back in the fall, so i don’t have to set them forward in the spring. it’s easier just to subtract an hour from the time for five months: setting the standard in laziness.

    assistant devil's advocate (3b7c22)

  20. I don’t like DST either. The sun being out past 8PM is just plain wrong.

    My guess is that a secret golfing cabal pushed this new time change on the country; more time on the links for them…

    Naman (9ee087)

  21. I thought climate change caused the sun to stay up longer.

    JammieWearingFool (51dff2)

  22. And then there’s those of us who live in a sane state, like Hawaii, who just scratch our heads and laugh at the fools changing their clocks. [Arizona doesn’t really count unless you live in the interior of the state. Anyone near the borders has to deal with the time change in their neighboring state(s)] Here in Hawaii, we don’t have any neighbors.

    ManWell (d93de2)

  23. I hate the stupid “daylight saving time.” I think that’s one of the key reasons so many people move to Arizona.
    Yeah, it was really fun this morning seeing the little kiddies waiting in the dark for the school bus. And just think, come summer it will still be hot and sticky at 10 pm! Oh, joy.

    Bill Schumm (33ab73)

  24. The greatest day of the year is when you leave hell-a and move to sand dog. Ocean Beach uber alles.

    TCO (9c1776)

  25. Naman: but it’s fantastic when you’re in Oslo and the sun goes down at 1 AM … 🙂

    aphrael (9e8ccd)

  26. Did they have to switch to daylight savings time on the space station?

    Dana (3e4784)

  27. Ocean Beach uber alles.


    I cut my bohemian teeth at 41st and Noriega. Long Live N Judah!

    The Liberal Avenger (b8c7e2)

  28. Patterico = Prof. Pangloss

    Pigilito (909d99)

  29. You know, if you simply went to work an hour earlier, year round, you’d have the same amount of daylight in the summer AND winter. Of course from the first day of autumn to the first day of spring (more or less) there is more darkness than light in a day so it’s still dark (or almost so) in the winter — even if you did go to work an hour earlier. It also will be dark when you go to work.

    Tell me again, how much daylight are you saving by getting up an hour earlier?

    [An hour. My schedule necessarily follows the court schedule. — P]

    George (af5c11)

  30. George writes:

    You know, if you simply went to work an hour earlier, year round, you’d have the same amount of daylight in the summer AND winter.

    No, it just means that the contractors want to pour concrete longer during the day. 🙁

    Dana (3e4784)

  31. The whole going for a walk after work and having daylight is great for office jockeys. Those of us who have to work for a living and are on our feet/moving heavy stuff all day are usually too tired for such trivial activities, no matter when we go in and come back out. All daylight savings time means to us is we lose an hour of sleep when it first hits, we have to adjust our biological clock sleep schedules, and we have to listen to the neighbor’s kids throwing baseballs at our cars and windows while we’re trying to go to sleep while its still light out so we can be rested to go through all of it again.

    Ranba Ral (03c244)

  32. Randa, that bit about the kids is why God allowed man to create paintball guns…

    “If your kid throws that ball at my siding again while I try and sleep, I’m calling the cops for harrassment, or I’m sending paintballs towards him. Decide now which you prefer, so I know which nightstand to reach for…”

    Scott Jacobs (90eabe)

  33. n.k:

    Benjamin Franklin proposed it, more or less, but only as Satire — biting sarcasm against people too lazy to get up earlier on their own. “Set the time ahead, THEN they’ll get up!”

    That Daylight Saving Time was actually adopted, has got to stand as one of the all-time classic proofs that mankind, and politicians in general, are complete barn-spanking idiots.

    d.k.Allen (95b436)

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