I can tell that Irk hasn’t raised kids.
Trying to get kids up an hour earlier for no reason… not fun. Trying to put them to bed an hour earlier for no apparent reason… not fun.
But even the sudden jolt in the kids’ sleep schedules isn’t what bothers me most about DST, nor even the annoyance of having to change my schedule. What bothers me the most is the inherent dishonesty of the whole thing.
I feel that clock noon should approximately match solar noon, as much as feasible. I am glad that railroads brought us time zones; I lets us have a standard time to work with. So why would we suddenly just declare that it’s an hour different? Why not make a nationwide time zone while we’re at it, like China does? Is it really that much crazier?
My jury is still out on whether year-’round DST would be better or worse than switching back and forth. (It seems even less honest, but at least we could pretend that somebody just drew the maps wrong. And we’d eliminate the hassle of switching.)
However, I recognize that most people are not as upset when things are “wrong,” so maybe it bothers me more than it should.
@pakopako@xobzoo Yes. On Sunday the dog and cats started pestering for evening feeding at the old DST feeding time. I made them wait until (almost) the new wall clock feeding time but it was quite annoying.