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Sun worshipers rejoice

Posted Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at 9:33 AM

According to my copy of "The Old Farmer's Almanac," today, the sun rose two minutes earlier than it did on the darkest day of the year. Hurray!

All efforts to locate a virgin for sacrifice (a daunting task these days) can now be suspended. Sol is coming back.

In the days of the ancient Hebrews, the day ended and the new day began at sundown. So when the vineyard owner was hiring laborers at the 11th hours, it was just before sundown. I guess this makes sense when one of the most culturally important aspects of your life is a mandatory day of rest which begins at sundown.

For me, I approach the measurement of days from the inverse. The day begins at sunup. I don't care that it is 4 in the morning. To me, that is still yesterday.

I HATE waking up before sunrise. I always have. Perhaps it is a personal form of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

That is why I dislike daylight savings time. I am glad that Indiana joined the 46 other continental states, but for me, it brings misery. It forces me to wake up in the dark for much of the year and try to fall asleep while still daylight part of the year.

In a way, daylight savings time makes sense. Time is purely human construct and we can do with it what we like. As Benjamin Franklin pointed out, if we move the clocks forward, we will burn fewer candles at night. But what about early to bed, early to rise?

That means burning more candles in the morning. Perhaps Franklin was a late sleeper.

I understand the advantages to daylight savings. More people can get out and play golf after work. It is a general plus to the economy. (who doesn't need that right now). Moreover, what is to be gained by being one of only two states in the continental 48 to be "correct" with an arbitrary construct? Beside, technically, we are so far west of New York that to be "correct," we should be on Central Standard Time.

But my brain must be too unevolved to separate the keeping of time from the sun. (Note: the prevalence of conservative values as evidence of lack of evolution. Eg: I still believe that everyone has the right to life, unless taken by due process of law, after which capital punishment should be implemented relatively speedily).

Daylight savings doesn't start for a few more months yet. I guess for now, I will just be happy with my two extra minutes of morning sun.


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Do you intend to be hilarious or does it just come naturally? I love your wit and sarcasm, purely my own interpretation of sarcasm, and as my Mom so eloquently puts it, your one-ups-manship! Keep it coming and I will keep my eyes peeled for your next bit of sanity, in my opinion!!!!

Have a great day Sir!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 2:37 PM

In my career, it is the sense of humor that keeps you sane. As my Grandpa said, "I will laugh at everything until they tell me I have cancer." That is exactly what happened.

Thanks for the comment on voting for me. There will be some news in that area later this year.

-- Posted by Charles Hear on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 10:44 PM

Great blog Charles! I myself tend to be a bit of a nightbreed as that is when the house is its most still. I enjoy sitting in complete silence. Well, until the dog ticks off the cat and then it's off to the races! Lol! Keep up the great work!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Thu, Jan 14, 2010, at 9:23 AM

The time change for Indiana is another in a long string of snafu's for ol Mitch, that way he said we can do business around the world, maybe he's doing business around the world with one hand, while the other is having state personell fire staff throughout the state, much of it isn't making the papers, he's more intersted in buying land for 69 than keeping already underpaid state workers that can barely feed their families as it is, he wants them to volunteer their services, thats a millionaire's thought process if i ever heard one. Enjoyed your blog.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 10:15 AM


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