I know I’ve shared the song at the end of this post before, but, as the title indicates, it’s a favorite of mine. Many years ago, my best friend introduced me to the Allman Brothers. What can I say, he was right.
“Walk along the river, sweet lullaby, it just keeps on flowing,
It don’t worry ’bout where it’s goin’,
Don’t fly, mister blue bird, I’m just walking down the road,
Early morning sunshine tell me all I need to know”
I’m thinking about this song, because, as I was walking along the Connecticut River yesterday morning, there was no ‘early morning sunshine’ to tell me anything. There was a lot of early morning darkness. Yes, Daylight Saving Time happened, and I’m not happy.
Worse than DST happening, is all the momentum around making DST a year-round thing. They use the same old arguments:
“It will save energy” – No, it won’t. That thought is from a time when electric lighting was the expense they were trying to reduce. Today, DST is more likely to cause us to run our A/C longer and harder into the evening. Comparing the energy use of an air conditioner with that of a few LED light bulbs, is truly ludicrous.
“It makes driving safer” – for people driving home at night. What about the people driving to work in the morning, or the school children walking to the bus stop in the morning? Shouldn’t they be safe, too?
“It will improve profits for golf courses, restaurants and the companies who make barbecue grills.” – Oh, wait, that isn’t one of the arguments, but since those people throw tons of money at our elected officials, we’ll go with that.
Perhaps the craziest argument of all is that it will make businesses more productive because employees won’t be in a rush to get home in the afternoon. Great! I get to drive into work in darkness AND work longer than I’m being paid to – yeah, that’s a great idea – let’s do more of that.
I get it. There are morning people and not-so-morning people. I am one of the former, and I think DST is unnecessary. Days get longer in the summer and shorter in the winter, all – by – themselves. We don’t need to change the clock; the planet’s orbit will take care of extending our day when it’s warm. Given the number of people who work from home or have the option of working flexible hours, most of us can get to the bar/restaurant/golf course/deck out back in plenty of time to enjoy ourselves and drive safely home. I know I’m in the minority, but I say, leave the clocks alone.
The gallery includes a few before and after pictures.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.