This morning I had to be at tryouts for the amateur baseball league I play in by 8:30 to scout for our team. I don't generally get to work before 8:30 so Daylight Savings Time was rough. From the looks of the cold, soggy, dreary eyed tryout players, DST was rough on everyone. I also find it generally insulting to have an hour stolen from my weekend.
Something has to be done to stop this tragic yearly event. It's not that I don't want extra daylight at the end of my day so I'm not suggesting we stop fighting the VCR clocks every few months... I have a plan. I can turn lemons into lemonade on this one. How can we stop this madness you ask? It's easy.
You're waking up on the first Sunday of April. You probably stayed out way too late last night. You know, because of that, you won't enjoy your Sunday as much as you had hoped and soon you'll have to be back at work Monday morning. Instead of setting clocks an hour forward when you wake up Sunday morning... you set them back... you set them back 23 hours and get a "do-over" on your Saturday. BAM Instant (almost) three day weekend and you get your extra daylight to boot. Everyone wins.
"But Josh, I like tracking exact revolutions around the Sun. Won't this mean there would be 366 days in a year? What about the shift in seasons that would occur over time from our playing god with the calendar as we know it?"
Well, we aren't really tracking exact trips around the sun anyway. In fact, we have this crazy thing called leap year every four years to account for the inaccuracies in our calculations. So there is already precedent for adding time to the calendar. Still not buying it... No problem, I've got a fix for you sticklers out there as well.
It's 6pm Thursday evening in the last week of October. You're still reveling in the glory of your newly discovered three day weekend and all that you accomplished in your extra 23 hours the past spring. It's been a hard week so far and you weren't really looking forward to going back to work Friday... Here's what you do... now you're going to have "Fast Forward Fall" and set your clock ahead 23 hours! You've just skipped the working part of Friday and can begin your weekend a day early!
It will be a while, but I'll be able to run for President eventually. Take back your weekend, your sleep, and get your extra daylight all in one package. Vote Josh in 2012!