I tweaked a comic cover and made this poster last year at work to remind everyone to turn their clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time. The only reason I got away with posting it was that my former boss wasn’t there that day. The woman had NO sense of humor. I thought this was one of the best posters I ever made.
I know I didn’t take this picture, but this was too good not to share. There are several reasons I believe Daylight Savings needs to stop.
1. The stupid sun won’t go down until later anyway.
The whole idea of Daylight Savings Time is to move an hour into the evening, so you can do more. Back in Ben Franklin’s time when this ridiculousness was conceived, when the sun went to bed, so did you. Now that the clock is an hour ahead we still have to get up in the dark. Unless I lived on a farm, why would I need to change my clocks for extra evening light when the days are already longer anyway? Manipulating my clock doesn’t have any effect on the sun.
2. How much energy does it save, really?
Daylight Savings means energy savings, because you don’t have to use as much electricity at night. Bull pucky. According to this National Geographic article, people are using MORE electricity, not less. It’s dark in the morning now. When they come home in the evening, they’ll run everything anyway because no one goes outside anymore even if it’s light. They’re too busy playing video games and watching Netflix and Internet porn.
3. Dealing with people in other time zones becomes funky.
Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands do not partake of Daylight Savings. Since business is global now, or at least nationwide, now you have to remember who does and doesn’t put the clock ahead and won’t answer the phone when you call, because they’re not up yet or they already went home.
It also messes you up if you’re dating someone who lives in a place that doesn’t participate. Now you’re two hours ahead of or behind your honey, instead of one. Too bad if he/she wants to chat and you’re already falling asleep in your cocoa.
4. It messes with your sleep.
Lose an hour, gain an hour. Which is worse? Doesn’t seem to matter. Many people are draggy after they change the clocks. More light later in the evening makes it harder to go to bed. Then it’s more difficult to get up. And how many of you have forgotten to reset the clock altogether and were late to work? Oh come on, you’ve done it. This is why I make the posters.
5. It’s a pain in the ass.
Counting my watch and both my phone handsets, I have eight clocks in my house that need to be reset. Thank God my computers and my cell phone do themselves.
Okay, I’m done whining now. Do you like Daylight Savings Time? Has it helped or hindered you? Sound off in the comments if you like. I promise I won’t hate you if you love it.