Gratitude Sunday: Daylight Saving Time Dilemma

Gratitude * Sunday

Quote of the Week – “I don’t really care how time is reckoned, so long as there is some agreement about it, but I object to being told I am saving daylight when my reason tells me I am doing nothing of the kind. I even object to the implication that I am wasting something valuable if I stay in bed after the sun has risen. As an admirer of moonlight I resent the bossy insistence of those who want to reduce my time for enjoying it. At the back of the daylight saving scheme, I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make them healthy, wealthy, and wise in spite of themselves.” Robertson Davies, Canadian author and journalist

Sunday Haiku
Awesome wind, so loud,
so forceful, so destructive,
mellows out to breeze.

Sunday Musings
Time again for my twice yearly rant about the silliness of Daylight Saving Time. Clock games are a huge waste of time, detrimental to our health and productivity, and totally unnecessary. I’ve recently read a couple surveys that say the majority of the American population is not “bothered” by DST. Of course, surveys only record the opinions of people who bother to respond, so I usually discount their veracity. Perhaps the physical/chemical damage of years of DST has already been done and people (probably youngers who grew up knowing nothing else) don’t know how they might feel different. As many people I listen to complain about it, I’m not sure I believe the surveys. I’m not sure I can ever adjust, but then I’m old enough to know the difference.

I don’t care which one we choose, though if I had my druthers I prefer we stay on the Daylight Saving Time hours rather than Standard Time, as long as we stop the clock game. It would make me happy if we stopped the clock game either way.

Originally the excuse was farmers’s productivity, but farmers denied to be blamed even when the notion of DST was first proposed. Animals and plants don’t give a whit about the clock; they respond to the amount of light hours and the amount of dark hours. If children had year round school, DST might have a small applicable point, but most harvest takes place in the summer when children-helpers are not in school. Teens and youth helping with harvest has decreased in the last few years, as this honest labor is claimed to be exploitation, which I don’t understand at all. Nothing wrong with having young people know how farming happens whether or not they are paid minimum wage. I’m not talking about volunteerism (that’s another essay), I’m talking about farming as a basic life industry so our youth knows where their food comes from. Don’t blame DST on the farmers and the harvest. This lies entirely with legislators and legislation.

On Wednesday this week I spent time on the phone talking to my state legislators and my federal representatives. If you don’t tell them your opinions, they don’t know what our concerns are. They are good listeners. The way legislation is set up, however, simple things like stopping a clock game are slow and tedious. It shouldn’t have to be so hard.

DST waffled in the first place. Some states went for it, some didn’t. Some states flipped back and forth, having DST for a while and then not, until the federal government stepped in and made it nation-wide. Arizona and Hawai’i are the only states who don’t participate. I suspect they are the states who retain a modicum of sanity compared to those of us who have our body chemistry disrupted twice a year since the 1960s.

Florida is fed up with DST. Florida state House and state Senate voted to end DST, though I am stating this poorly as they want to stay on DST, and not go back to Standard Time. They want to stop the clock game by choosing the time frame that works best for them. The legislative process requires the bill to be signed by Florida’s governor and then it must still go through an act of Congress to end the clock game in their state. To my mind this is an enormous waste of legislative time and tax investment dollars to deal with this issue, when it could be as simple as a proclamation, and done with it. Any citizen or politician who argue for keeping DST is as wacko as the silly clock game. We certainly have more pressing issues that require the intense attention of our legislators, both state-side, and federally.

Oregon has two DST bills that have languished in the state House for several years. What’s the delay? Certainly there are more pressing concerns to deal with, but this would be an easy one to resolve if they set themselves to it with some determination to finish it up. That’s where the citizen constituency comes into play. If we don’t tell our representatives what our concerns and opinions are, how can they fully represent us? Even for introverts, people can learn how to take a few minutes out of their lives to call, mail, or e-mail our representatives and tell them. They listen.

I forgot to post my tips for an easier change to DST last week. The tips won’t do any good for anybody now, mid-day on Sunday. If we are still on DST in the fall, I’ll try to be better about posting those coping tips ahead of time. In the meantime, now it’s on us to tell our state and federal representatives what we want. I’ve learned to be comfortable calling; as a natural introvert it’s not been easy; it is truly learned behavior. I write a little script or make a couple notes about what I want to say. The interns are paid to listen and they reassure me they give a daily report to the representatives. It takes mere minutes to call. I have one federal House rep, two federal State Senators, one state House rep, and one state Senator. In less than ten minutes I can cover them all. If we all called our reps just once a week, how long might it take to put an end to DST? It’s up to us and I’m counting on us. We can do this.

Color Watch – colorful attractions in my neighborhoods this week – Tiny jewel-toned purple violets. How yellow daffodils and blue grape hyacinths complement each other. Pink blossoming cherry blooming out all over town. Love the interesting shape of these pale yellow blossoms. I think they come from bulbs but I still don’t know their names.

Current View – {These are only my opinions about movies and books, but don’t let me stop you from trying these reviewed items yourself; your opinion may differ.} Paris, Texas (1984, rated R) with Harry Dean Stanton and Dean Stockwell. This strange “love” story dragged slowly on for more than two hours. I’m think this has to be one of those “significant” movies, but I didn’t get it. Meh. * What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1994, rated PG – 13) with Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, about a young man who is responsible for his family which includes an obese mother and a developmentally challenged brother. A love story of a different kind, but I connected much more with this story. All families have their foibles, trials, and tribulations.

Currently ReadingThe Light Between Oceans (2012, fiction) by M.L. Stedman. The life of a lighthouse keeper is hard, and becomes harder when deceit takes place. No spoilers on this well-written book you need to put on your must read list. * Learning To Be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging (2003, aging and psychology) by Margaret Cruickshank. Older people suffer from a deficit of information about growing older. It’s like we are in denial that it will happen to us, so we fail to study it. What studies are out there come under the medical model; we don’t know what honest aging really is.

This week I have been grateful for:

  • An overwhelming amount of new information about the hubster’s biological family. He was an adopted baby.
  • A friend who was able to lend her ear when I needed to share some new information about my family.
  • Changes in my family. More later on that.
  • Getting a few corners cleaned so I would feel more comfortable having some company come to my home.
  • A cleaned table and fresh tablecloth upon which to serve a meal to guests.
  • My guests, who were visiting my home for the first time, who seemed to be comfortable.
  • Having the time to prepare for the guests and the meal ahead of time so I wasn’t completely exhausted when they arrived.
  • Getting to admire my sister’s house refresh: new hardwood floors, paint, and furniture. Letting go of the comparison between her magazine perfect “House Beautiful” home and my cluttered granny-style.
  • Looking through pictures of my family from my dad and his mother, putting together faces with names, and attempting to get the lineage straight.
  • Lovely old photographs.
  • The people who took and saved those lovely old photographs.
  • Novels that engage you in the story and can take you away from your immediate concerns. Especially when you are kind of overwhelmed by real life.
  • Water.

Hoping you have a lovely week.

Namaste. Peace. Blessings.

Floral ribbon border by Laurel Burch

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3 Responses to Gratitude Sunday: Daylight Saving Time Dilemma

  1. piratesorka says:

    As usual I enjoyed your thoughts, especially about the stupidity of how we mess with time of all things. Dang! But as for me….I am just in a “meh” mode. Tired, My body hurts, my leg itches and I am just…tired.. Somehow I have to find some energy because I am expected to go out with three friends of mine to celebrate a birthday of one of them. I like being social but…not right now. Meh. We are going out to dinner, Meh. I have to buy a present of sorts and a card. meeeh.. All I really want to do is curl up in a mess of cozy blankets and tell the world to leave me alone…. but I will put on a proper face, grab some sort of pressie and go out…..but I really do not want to. Meh.


    • sassy kas says:

      And then there is the Meh Dilemma. The not wanting to. The knowing that we “should”. Knowing we might enjoy the adventure but it will come with a cost. And no financial cushion. Recently watched “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld. Not a Seinfeld fan, but funny series. His theme throughout was how he didn’t want to do anything anymore. “I don’t want to”. But he has the millions in the bank so nobody holds his opinion against him or expects him to do anything other than what he wants. For poor, old, fat women who are struggling against our deteriorating health, and feeling pressured to keep working, nobody gives a rip about us but us.


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