Daylight-saving time is hard on children
Whoever thought of daylight-saving time wasn’t thinking about families with small children. How am I supposed to get my children to sleep when it’s still daylight outside? Also, that extra hour of sunlight is killing my lawn.
Here are all the nuggets of crowdsourced truth from April 17, 2002:
Dogs are companions for myriad reasons
People get dogs for a couple of reasons, to be a companion or to be a guard over their family and home. Some dogs are not fit to stay inside a house for various reasons, although it’s always wrong to neglect animals.
Garbage trucks leave some trash behind
If Mayor Keith Hightower really wants to fight dirty, he needs to wait a few minutes and follow along behind some of these garbage trucks. If they drop something, they do not take time to pick it up. At least this seems to be the situation in parts of Southfield.
Confederates also are a part of history
I’m calling about the Confederate issue at Centenary College. You don’t see anyone having problems when the African-Americans have Black History Month. Confederates and the Confederate flag are part of history also. There’s no difference between the two.
Bad economy cannot bear another tax
Mr. Mayor, do you read The Times Money page? You are promoting another tax. The economy is terrible for all of us out here in the real world.
Caller questions strip club distance
Regarding the strip club, is it 1,000 feet away from the Spring Street Museum?
Jail time not likely for state’s criminals
This congressman from Ohio who was convicted on all these counts of theft, abuse of power, etc. should come to Louisiana. That way he wouldn’t have to worry about ever going to jail.
Cable critics should consider satellite TV
You folks who missed the race because the cable went out really need to get satellite. A much clearer picture and I didn’t miss a thing. Satellite rules and cables doesn’t.
Investment amount dictates club image
I have a question for the mayor. What’s the difference between a gentleman’s club and a strip club? Answer: $2 million. Thank you.
Israeli aggression hurts heart of nation
When the Israelis began their destructive attack on Palestinians, I thought they had shot themselves in the foot The further they go with this aggression, the more I feel they probably have shot themselves in the heart
“The cows want milked on the schedule they are used to. They don’t care what the clock says.”
My dogs want fed on their 7 and 7 schedule. When the time changes I don’t change them an hour at once, I change by 15 minutes every couple of days, so after a week they have caught up. It’s a bit inconvenient for me, but not tragic, and there’s no reason for them to be unneccessarily anxious for a purely human contrivance. I read once that humans are the only animals that eat when they are not hungry and sleep when they are not tired.
I read once that humans are the only animals that eat when they are not hungry and sleep when they are not tired.
I can’t speak for all animals, but my dog will eat himself sick and sleeps like 20 hours a day. My guess is that even domesticated animals have enough instinct to eat when they can, not when they should. Same for sleep. But mostly my response to the above quote is, “how do we know”.
We tried staying in DST once in the ’70s. Moms were freaking out because their kids were walking to school in the dark. Of course, that was when school started at 8:30 and kids actually walked to school. So maybe now it wouldn’t be such a big deal.
@f00l me too! Yesterday was horrible and I hated everyone and ate everything in sight. Today I just stayed in bed all day instead. DST never used to bother me much but being in my late 40’s I do not like it
I really don’t want it to still be dark after 8:00 a.m. in the winter, and I couldn’t care less about anyone getting more golf time in after work. A lot of kids still walk to school in the morning, do you really think it’s a great idea for them to walk in darkness?
As a kid I hated going to bed in the summer while it was still light, and as a parent I hate trying to get the kids to sleep while it’s still light. My vote is to stay in standard time.
I’m in Florida and love the idea of permanent DST. It will, however, be fucking confusing on New Year’s eve when the ball drops in NYC & it’s already 1am here. But i think people in the central zone are used to watching primetime TV at 7pm instead of 8pm so it’s just another adjustment. NFL games at 2pm and 5pm instead of 1 and 4. More time to get shit done beforehand! Stephen Colbert on at 12:35 instead of 11:35. I’ll probably have to start recording those!
@arielleslie I got mixed up, I should have addressed my reply to @llangley. I agree with you. I’d be perfectly happy staying on DST year round. But I’d hate being on “regular time” year round. I HATE it in the winter when the sun sets at 4pm, I feel like crawling into bed and staying there till spring.
@callow That is a lot of information! I started focusing on specific states. Then, if you look at the Pacific Time Zone, its set different, or east Texas. Man, I can’t look away. They need one more - If the US adopted a single time zone.
A proposal: instead of all this switching back and forth that ultimately leads us nowhere and disrupts the sleep of honest, hardworking Americans, let’s, instead, just “fall back” the first of every month.
This system would have benefits. We would be advancing… the clocks. Advancing them counterclockwise.
My proposed timekeeping system could be called “arriving at work on time”, or some other name, maybe something more pithy. “More Sleep Time” could work.
Solar noon is already at 2pm for me, so what the hell do timezones matter at all? Just put everybody on GMT! I’ll be happy to come in based on solar noon on the equinox and just base my workday around that. Right now, I’d just work 9-6 instead of 8-5. Not a big change, but I’d take it!
Thinking we need to change it all around. Sunrise should be at the same time every day, say 7:00am. Sure clocks would need to be adjusted a few minutes every day, but how confusing could that possibly be.
@MrMark so… Let’s say we make solar time a thing. Sunrise is 7am and sunset is 7pm every day.
Making watches and clocks that account for this time would be fun. Especially mechanical watches. Sounds like a good challenge for watchmakers.
I would love to schedule all my dreaded daytime things during wintertime. A three hour meeting in December would be way better than a three hour meeting in July.
Nighttime football games would get longer the further into the season you got. But those afternoon games would get rushed. Thankfully, baseball works on innings instead of a clock. That could become intolerable.
TV technology would be different. We’d have to have DVR technology that could speed up and slow down content in real time based on your latitude and viewing date. I’d much prefer my wife to watch The Bachelor in summer in Alaska, but the winter showings would be a nightmare there.
Movies would have a different runtime for day and night showings depending on the season.
While I can understand the desire for stable times, not changing your clock etc. I have a hard time wrapping my head around the “loss or gain” of an hour of sleep on just 2 days a year.
WTF… do you people go to bed and get up at the same time EVERY FREAKING DAY? How is that even possible? Do you have the same sleep times on work and off days? Have you never stayed up late at a party? Binge watched Netflix? Gotten up early to go to the airport/caught the red-eye home?
I guess because my work schedule is all over the map I am used to variable sleep patterns, but come on… really. Or… maybe it bothers me more than it should…
I spent my extra hour this evening making my deck safe for small dogs and kids, as I’m pet sitting a small dog over the weekend. I put up a lattice over the previously open woodwork. I liked it better open, but I want everyone to be safe.