November 6th, 2007.

Daylight robbery.

I don't like daylight savings time. Last week we lost an hour of daylight in the evening and it’s dark before 6 o’clock which leads me to ask the question: Why is this called daylight saving time? From where I am it seems like all that happened was we lost an hour of daylight that was diminishing quickly enough all by itself thank you very much.

Okay, I know that people who get up early in the morning will now have a little more light, but come on, how come the early birds get this treatment? What makes them so special?

I don’t get it; we’ve added an hour of daylight to the morning rush hour, but it’s not like that hasn’t been countered by the fact we’ve lost an hour of daylight in the evening rush hour. I just don’t see where the saving was. Who benefitted from this? It should be called daylight robbery if you ask me.

What was wrong with 6 o’clock when it was 5 o’clock, or was that the other way around? I’m so confused! Why do we do this, this is cruel and unusual punishment. My cell phone asked me if I wanted to accept the daylight saving time change, but really, what choice did I have! No Mr. Cell Phone, I don’t want to, so what are you going to do about then, huh?

I realize that the actual term ‘Daylight Saving Time’ is an American one that refers to change that is done earlier in the year, but such is the way that Americanisms have bled into global electronically communicated use, the term is now used across the English speaking world. My Mac, my cell phone, my TiVo, my web server, they all refer to Daylight Saving Time at both ends of the year.

I just don’t understand why we have to have to change the time in the first place. Someone told me it had something to do with farmers. Farmers! What the heck? What do farmers do in the morning that is so important that they couldn’t just adjust their day slightly? How many farmers are there compared to people who have to deal with a commute to some office or store somewhere anyway!?

Arizona doesn’t observe Daylight Saving Time, apart from the Arizona Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona, which for some reason does. Indiana sits in two of the United States nine time zones and, until last year, had a patchwork or counties that did and didn’t observe daylight saving time in their respective time zone.

I can only imagine how confusing that must have been for people who left the comfort of their homes. But I suppose it wouldn’t be as confusing as the time difference between us and Ethiopia. I have no idea if that country observes daylight saving time, but they’ve only recently celebrated the millennium. It’s currently the year 2000 in Ethiopia, so an hour here or there is insignificant when you’re having to change your calendar by seven years!

Back here though, daylight saving time is inherently unfair, so here’s my proposal. We agree to alternate the direction of the one hour change every year so morning people and evening people are both represented once every two years.

It’ll work like this; one year the early rises get their extra hour of daylight, then the next year people who prefer the light evenings get the hour added to their favorite time of the day. That way everybody is treated fairly, right?

Come on, this could work! We’ll call it daylight fairness time, reflecting the fact that sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose.