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I smell spring
It's nice to leave work with the sun still up and arrive home while it's still light.

I hear cardinals singing, woodpeckers drumming, and chickadees calling. Geese are flying over in huge formations like cartoon bombers from World War II. Noisy too, though they don't sound like airplane prop engines. Gary spotted shoots coming up from the crocuses and daffodils today, and one of the horses is starting to shed.

The idiocy of daylight saving time returns in just a week. I really don't understand why they can't just leave it alone all year. Push it forward an hour if you insist, but quit hopping back and forth. Changing the starting and ending dates all the time only makes it worse.

Off to bed, I think. Still a bit early but it has been a long heavy week.

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Current Location: Soggy oak grove
Mood: sleepy sleepy

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animist From: animist Date: March 6th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I hate it when we change times, especially when we set clocks forward and loose an hour, because it takes me to or three weeks to get used to getting up an hour earlier. 5:30am is bad enough.
altivo From: altivo Date: March 6th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I adjust to that easily enough, but the animals are forced to change to match the schedule I am forced to follow, and it's difficult for them. The fall switch is hardest for the horses. What bugs me is the persistent claim that it "saves energy" when all it does is shift the usage around.
keeganfox From: keeganfox Date: March 6th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree. Pick a time zone and stick with it. Until I can make a daylight withdrawal in the dead of winter, no one's "saving" any daylight. Stop kidding yourself!

Sorry, it just makes me rant...

altivo From: altivo Date: March 6th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me too. It's just stupid, and really appalling how many people still believe that it "saves energy." OK, if you like it because of the extra hour of play time in the evening, admit it. No energy is saved any more.
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altivo From: altivo Date: March 6th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's the politics of lemmings. The politicians get to pretend they are doing something useful, even though there is no evidence at all that it achieves anything. And then, as you say, the rest of the "Me-too Clan" have to follow along.

It was supposed to save electricity, and maybe did that back in the 1930s. Now with energy use so diversified and large, it can't do anything but shift the usage around. So people don't turn lights on in the evening for an hour, but instead they drive their cars somewhere to play golf which they wouldn't have done at that time otherwise. It's popular with some because of that extra hour of daylight recreation time in the evening. So if that's a big deal, just do it for the whole year.
mondhasen From: mondhasen Date: March 6th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
March is a magnificent month! I'll look for our flowers later on. It should hit 50 F today, which will help bring them up.

I forgot that DST was coming. Headaches and eye tics every Spring O_-
altivo From: altivo Date: March 6th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Running around the library trying to find and reset all the clocks? ;p We have some that are very hard to reach.
mondhasen From: mondhasen Date: March 6th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always seem to miss at least one. I have to reset the outdoor lights' timer,as well. Lights are coming on in daylight even now.
altivo From: altivo Date: March 6th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Our outside lights are on photocells and still seem to go on and off at wonky times. The thing that always cracks me up is when we have a power outage overnight (not unusual here.) When I come in there will be random lights turned on all over the building. Something about the way the switches and relays work randomizes them so the switch can be OFF but the light is on.
aerofox From: aerofox Date: March 6th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
HONK....honk...honk...HONK...HONK...
honk...HONK!

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO ready for spring to get here. This winter has been brutal...especially February.

I just need now to get out and do something. *sigh* but what?
altivo From: altivo Date: March 7th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Where you are you could already be planting lettuce or peas. ;D Snow peas even.

Or studying for that Extra exam. No, I haven't been either.
alaskawolf From: alaskawolf Date: March 6th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
yay for the coming spring, i still have a few months to go before that though :p

im really enjoying the added sunlight we are getting everyday
altivo From: altivo Date: March 7th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Just wait till those B-52 size mosquitoes appear, though.
From: doco Date: March 7th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Pff, you and your objection against DST - it could always be worse.

Recently I saw this - Western European Daylight Savings Time (Greenwich +1hr), Amsterdam Standard Time (Greenwich +20mins) and Central European Time (Greenwich +60mins) - all during one trip.

I think historically there also was a Central European midsummer daylight savings time where two hours were added in 1947 and some form of project in the UK that was abandoned because it would've meant a 10am sunrise in the northern parts of Scotland...

Edited at 2010-03-07 12:25 am (UTC)
altivo From: altivo Date: March 7th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
We can see that sort of thing here too. Indiana and Eastern time are only about an hour away by car. Michigan and Indiana really belong in the Central zone, but for political reasons have stayed with Eastern. Consequently the sun doesn't set in summer until nearly 10 pm for them. At this latitude, that's pretty extreme.
From: cabcat Date: March 7th, 2010 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree, I don't like daylight savings.
Oooh daffs *sits next to the shoots and sings to them to encourage growth, but stops when the shoots go back into the ground* Curses.
altivo.dreamwidth.org From: altivo.dreamwidth.org Date: March 7th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just don't go digging holes around them and they'll be up soon enough. ;p
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