44 thoughts on “March 12, 2017

  1. What am I missing here….? Why would DST be a “holiday” for a retail worker? She still has to be there the same # of hours.

    • If she only worked daytime, then DST would give her more daylight after work. That’s about all I can think of.

      • Probably more time spent sleeping in the dark and then if she has a day shift, she’ll actually get to see the sun as she is walking out the door to head home.

        • The joke is that DST doesn’t involve retail. There’s no sales or merchandise to go through. For Marla, it’s a tiny break from Christmas, New Years, Valentines, St. Patrick’s Day, and the big push for Easter.

    • I am confused also. To most people, all the existence of DST does is disrupt sleep rhythms and schedules, offering no benefits whatsoever. I am all for ceasing it by falling back and just having it be lighter longer all year.

      Benjamin Franklin came up with the idea for an agrarian society so farmers would get all-day light during their peak months while kids would be able to walk to school in winter without it being dark. He had no idea what electricity was capable of, as he had only just discovered it, or that it would date his idea of DST in 200 years (alongside motorized transportation).

      • Most farmers are up before sunrise and are still at work after the sun sets. DST has no meaning to them.

        It is Ben’s only mistake.

    • DST often means would-be shoppers get their schedules confused. The store isn’t busy until later in the day, and with everyone running around to get their other things done, it’s quite often one of the slowest days of the year. Bad news for Stuart, I suppose, but relaxing for those working the floor.

    • I’m not sure where you are, but in the U.S. the clocks were moved forward this morning. Still I find her joy – in the middle of the night – at losing an hour of sleep, confusing.

      • I don’t. This particular time-shift is to adjust for the approach of spring and longer daylight hours. To me, that IS something worth celebrating.

    • Depends where you live. Here in North America, it changed today.

      Which is America’s fault, and of course Canada has to follow suit =_= I’d rather just do away with the whole nonsense.

  2. I used to enjoy daylight savings, running around the house changing all the clocks. Modern appliances with automatic clocks have soured it for me.

  3. I think she’s simply excited because spring DST equals more daylight/sunlight. I don’t know about anyone else, but I found this winter unbelievably depressing and gray.

    • Why would they be early? We’re losing an hour. They’d be more likely to be late.

      Honestly I don’t understand why she’s celebrating. I had to get up an hour early to get to work to deal with grumpy customers that didn’t want to deal with DST. Ah well, to each their own I guess.

    • My thought is that the customers would come in later. Although some customers will be cranky because they had an hour less sleep.

  4. This feels more appropriate for Stuart, not Marla. Everyone but the commerse department and the retail lobby want to get rid of DST.

    • Retailers lobbied to get it extended (it goes later in the fall too), so that they had more evening daylight hours to get shoppers to come in. I believe that in many parts of the US this is an energy-neutral proposition. (Here in Ontario, Canada it results in us using more energy for lights & heat, as we’re getting up in the dark again).

      • I think there are quite a few people in the US who wouldn’t mind getting rid of it. Fall DST is fine by me because I get an extra hour of sleep, but spring DST balances it out by taking away an hour. Also my PS3 needs its DST adjusted manually, because even though it has a setting to adjust the clock, the setting still needs to be turned on or off each spring and fall or the clock will still be wrong (whereas my phone and computer both adjust it automatically for me).

  5. She’s probably “celebrating” because she night actually get to still see light as she gets off work n the evening. That’s a pretty big deal to many people.

  6. A wise Native American said this about Daylight Savings time: Only modern man would cut the end off of a blanket, sew it on the other end, and call it longer.

    • It’s less “cutting off and sewing back on,” and more shifting the blanket on the bed so that it’s covering the entire bed properly instead of one part of it being hanging off the edge.

  7. For me I feel like the work day goes by quicker for the first few weeks of DST. Plus the sun is still out when I get off work, which means I can enjoy some of the day still after being cooped up indoors. That’s my reasoning for her to be super excited. I know that’s why I am. 🙂

  8. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only person in North America who actually likes DST 🙂 I’m a biologist, and spring surveys require that we’re out in the field at or slightly before sunrise. In March it’s not too bad (in the field around 6:20) but by May sunrise is closing in on 5 am. Enter DST: sunrise in March is now 7:30, and by May it’s only 6 🙂 so for me, yes it means more sleep. Still not worth waking up everyone else and celebrating, though 😛

  9. I took this differently: her child will sleep in an extra hour (unlike Christmas) and she gets an extra hour of ME time.

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