I wondered if things are the same here in the waterlogged Pacific Northwest as other places.

Maybe it has something to do with the pounding in our heads from rain hitting the roofs, winds lifting shingles, transformers blowing up when the lines are coated with ice, etc. It's become nerve wracking.

Before you tell me that winter is worse where you live though please consider that the National Weather Bureau ( I may have made that up, but it's similar) has deemed our winter to be the third most depressing winter in the nation.

Anchorage came in first. Well ya... It's about 9 months of dark up there and as you stagger from one bar to the next you can get trampled by a moose or dragged away by a bear.That's not good.

Seattle came in second because they think they invented flannel and coffee to warm you so they get all competitive about it. Except for the Space Needle I don't see what else they have going up there.

I have six and a half decades living in the region and this has really been ridiculous. It's been a greater change than most have experienced is what I think the difference is. We're used to running around all winter pruned up like a geriatric that couldn't get out of the tub, but the cold and ice were just too much. I'm certain there will be some good "Snapped" episodes though to come out of it. The local cyber rag has had plenty of those spousal crashes that happen when people have to actually hang out together instead of just showing up at holiday functions looking like all is well.

That brings me to the subject of the post.

I must have received 10 emails in the last two days on my bizmail reminding me to set my clock forward for Daylight Savings Time. Does somebody forget that they want the day to seem longer?

I don't actually understand the need to change it back and forth but it has something to do with kids and school bus routes and something else to do with mucking out the chicken pen, neither of which have anything to do with my daily life.

Which now brings me to the essence of my puzzlement.

Who thought it was a good idea to do this in the middle of the night?

Why can't we do it on Friday afternoon? Throw the clock forward and get out the hell out of the office sooner and into a dark bar nursing a Happy Hour drink like makes sense?

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Comment by Myriad on March 10, 2017 at 11:59am

Absolutely.  I don't work, but it would still mean later evenings a couple of days sooner.  ## Personally I'm looking forward to having my car clock accurate again.  This used car didn't come w. a manual, method that worked in previous car (fiddling w. radio controls) doesn't work, and looking up instructions for this year and model on the internet brought no joy.  Owell...

What time change won't do is perk up this dismal dreary weather - tho the forecast for the coming week is only rain instead of snow...

Comment by alsoknownas on March 10, 2017 at 12:14pm

Myriad,

I completely understand. I've seen your posts about weather this winter. ( Nothing to do with climate change of course, which doesn't exist )

I'm a Subaru driver. The commercials make it look fun. It is until you hit someone or vice versa.

The weather is just starting to seem a tad better, although below normal in temperature. That means the transients and their tents are popping up up in this city which allows "camping" on sidewalks until 7 a.m.

Last week my firewood was stolen and the travelers built a fort on nearby state owned property. They used a wheelbarrow. Without pointing fingers let's just say the firewood is back where it belongs, and they don't have a wheelbarrow anymore. I just got off the phone with the police and later I'll be in touch with the mayor's office. I finally got a cop on the line this morning who is going to help me push this issue. I'm writing him a letter at his request this afternoon and he is going to help me get attention.

Comment by Rosigami on March 10, 2017 at 12:16pm

As someone who has lived in a Seattle suburb for only the past 9 years, I see the difference from past winters in terms of c-c-cold. The rain is expected and not minded. But this icy hell has got to go.

I think the whole time change thing is ridiculous. I don't like it at either end of the year. The Friday afternoon thing makes the most sense though if we must continue this custom. 

Meanwhile, I'm still wearing my warmest outerwear well into the time I should be into my spring finery. Bah. 

Comment by alsoknownas on March 10, 2017 at 12:22pm

Rosi,

 You left out "humbug".

Comment by Foolish Monkey on March 10, 2017 at 12:32pm

it's been a mild winter here however tuesday (we've been warned) will be the biggest worstest snowiest day YET this year.  the STORM of the season.  THE NOR'EASTER!!

wooooo~~~~~~  scary.

fuck em.  and fuck their daylights savings time with it.

I'm a bored one legged bitch with attitude and none of this means shit!

Comment by Foolish Monkey on March 10, 2017 at 12:34pm

ps. spring will toddle in soon enough.

go back to bed for a few weeks.  have winter sex.  watch television.  eat chocolate.   

Comment by alsoknownas on March 10, 2017 at 12:46pm

FM,

 Well... you're full of ideas today.

Comment by koshersalaami on March 10, 2017 at 12:47pm

For ten years I lived in Lafayette, IN, and for most of those years we didn't do Daylight Savings Time. Didn't need to because we were at the very Western edge of a time zone, so we got late sunsets anyway. It meant in the summer we were on the same time as Chicago three hours up the road and in the winter on Eastern time, which is where I flew to work. Having spent most of my life before that in places that did the time change, when Daylight Savings Time came or went I'd run around the house thumbing my nose at all the clocks because I didn't have to change them. 

Once they instituted DST, we got sunlight late. It felt like Norway or something. Not midnight, but we'd have plenty of light well after 9:00 PM

Comment by tr ig on March 10, 2017 at 12:48pm

Time is relative. The department of daylight savings time should be unfunded. Arizona and Indiana have already opted out, so I hear, and maybe others. I have difficulties with spring back and fall forward, to this day. I get no e-mail notices---where do I sign up I wonder. The weather up in there is really something, sounds like, and sidewalk camping? Hmmm, no such phenomena here, or even a need, or not so much I guess. Keep an eye open for Robin Sneed, last seen near the space needle. I used to needle myself into space y'know, but alas, here I go off topic. Happy Spring back to you aka, and all. 

Comment by alsoknownas on March 10, 2017 at 12:57pm

k/s,

Thumbing one's nose at clocks is always a good idea.

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