Monday, March 12, 2012

SpeakUp: Getting The Daylights Knocked Out Of You

I have yet to meet anyone who thinks it is a good idea. No one. Really. So then I ask, why? Why do we continue, year after year, to subject ourselves to this torture?

The dreadful and abundantly appendaged, yet somehow lovable, Count Rugen laid it out for us, "As you know, the concept of the suction pump is centuries old. Really that's all this is except that instead of sucking water, I'm sucking life. I've just sucked one year of your life away. I might one day go as high as five, but I really don't know what that would do to you. So, let's just start with what we have. What did this do to you? Tell me. And remember, this is for posterity so be honest."

Ok, as usual, perhaps I am riding the threshold of hyperbole, but Daylight Savings does suck an entire HOUR of our lives away, although it sometimes feels like a year! And I know that I have discussed ok, fine, ranted about this before, but until something is done about it kids, I will continue. I think if we can just ban together and let our voices be heard, we can overcome this semi-anual scourging of all that is good and decent in the world. We shall overcome! 

Seriously, I woke up Saturday to a room filled with glorious sunshine and NatureGirl rose happy and carefree. Today? Dark. Black. It fouls me up. Messes bad with my clearly delicate circadian rhythm. (circadian rhythm is a roughly 24-hour cycle in the biochemical, physiological, or behavioural processes of living entities on Earth, including plantsanimalsfungi and cyanobacteria. I have no idea what cyanobacteria are and I do not think I am a fungus, so it must be my natural animal instincts kicking in.)

I think I was supposed to be born before the advent of electric light (either that or my wolf parents gave me up to be raised by humans).  Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the convenience, but I have found that I seem to operate better when my routine and schedule are dictated by natural forces rather than artificial. My mother used to tell me that I was a kid who hated schedules, but I think I just prefer the forces of nature over the forces of you know...moms and teachers and bosses. I like to rise with the sun and set with the sun.  I admit that poses a challenge here in South East Idaho when, during the winter, the sun sets at 4:30 in the afternoon and we do not see it again until 8 the next morning.  But I am willing to sleep for 15 hours if that's what it takes!  

It just seems like we as humans often try to control nature instead of allowing our lives to ebb and flow naturally around nature.  We ship food thousands of miles so we can eat it out of season.  We change the clock twice a year so that the hours of Sunlight better fit into our schedules.  We keep electric lights on well into what should be sleeping hours so that we can be "more productive" only to find that we are stressed out, worn out and out of balance. I say enough is enough! Stop the madness! Who's with me? And Who's Daylights are we trying to save anyway!? Thanks for listening.

Quote of the Day: "I rant, therefore I am."-- Dennis Miller


  1. Yes! You're right. I hate DST silliness, too. So we need to meet the mad people who insist that it continue and set them straight. And the fact that you quote Count Rugen just tells me again that we're cross-border kindred spirits...

    1. I Knew we were kindred sisters all along!

  2. Okay, we are in sync today on two fronts. I was going to post a poll on facebook to see if I could find a single person who actually likes Daylight Savings, but I didn't get around to it. And then I came down on the other side of the fruits-in-season thing on my blog. Great minds! (think alike, yet sometimes differ)

    So who likes Daylight Savings? Apparently the government does, since they even extended it a few years back, making our lives just that much more miserable. UGH. It's enough to make me move to Arizona, except for, oh yeah, it's Arizona, home of scorpions and tarantulas and fiery, fiery heat. Humbug.

  3. We often do this...have you noticed! Of course it was your FB post that inspired this rant in the first place!!

  4. I love this and wholeheartedly agree.