Monday, November 3, 2014

Gotta Love Standard Time!

I LOVE Standard Time.  How can you not love an extra hour of sleep?  And, yeah, I know we're not really getting an extra hour.  It only feels that way.  But after 23 years of waking up at 5 a.m. to start my work day, I savor that extra hour of sleep that seems to be magically added to our day when Daylight Savings Time ends.

I get why The Powers That Be decided we needed to have Daylight Savings Time.  Many people love having the extra daylight in the evening to get things done, to take that romantic walk around the city or neighborhood with a loved one without the fear of getting mugged, or work on your tan deep into the afternoon and still have time to go out to eat before it gets dark.  But because you're out so late into the evening, you don't want to have to go to bed early, and you get less sleep when that stupid alarm goes off in the morning.  That's why Daylight Savings Time is so awful.

Standard Time even sounds more official.  It's "STANDARD".  It's not special.  It's not unusual.  It's STANDARD.  It's the way it's supposed to be.  You get up, you work, you eat dinner, it gets dark, you watch TV, you walk the dog, and then you go to bed and get a full, normal, long night of sleep.  And when the alarm goes off the next morning, you awake refreshed because you didn't dilly-dally around the house the night before, like you might do during Daylight Savings.  How can that not be preferable to Daylight Savings?

The only negatives are getting really tired in the evening, eating later, and getting really tired in the evening, and eating later.  In fact, I fell asleep three times as I typed that last sentence because I'm getting really tired.

Of course, I also stayed up really late to watch a football game last night that ended up getting me so worked up that, after it was over, I was on the wrong side of midnight when I finally fell asleep.  I'll fix that tonight, though my body was telling me at about 4:30 this afternoon that I should get to sleep immediately.  Even my night owl daughter told me today that she was exhausted all day long.

I know, it may sound like Standard Time is a major inconvenience, but, really, that not it.  There's an adjustment period, so it's not going to be better all at once.  Just think about the fact that, soon, when it gets dark at 5 p.m., you can go to bed.  After a late dinner, of course.

So, with all that said, why the heck does   (Sorry, I fell asleep again.)  So I'm going to bed now.  If you have any other questions about why Standard Time is so much better than Daylight Savings, just send them my way.  I'm not sure if I really know.  I just know that I'm tired.

Going to bed.  Hope you have a great evening, everyone! <><

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