Monday, March 05, 2007

Time keeps on slipping, slipping

You may or may not know that the US Congress has passed a law changing Daylight Savings Time, giving us an extra month of DST this year. Update your computers, people. It starts on the 11th.

I don't really care how time is reckoned so long as there is some agreement about it, but I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that 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, The diary of Samuel Marchbanks, Clarke, Irwin (1947), XIX, Sunday
Give me back my moonlight!

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

I *love* daylight saving time. I love getting off of work and having hours of daylight to do more stuff - fun stuff, not work stuff.

When we switch back to "regular" time, it just seems like a downer. All that darkness. And I'm a night owl. Hmmm...