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Let the Light Shine

It is almost 7:00 P.M. here in Chicago and it’s just beginning to get dark outside. Woo hoo! I know a lot of people are bothered by the change in the Daylight Savings Time rules, but living on the eastern edge of a time zone is such a drag! It hasn’t been light outside at 7:00 P.M. since October, maybe September.

Being on the eastern edge of a time zone means early sunrises and early sunsets. Being a nightowl means despising early sunrises and early sunsets. Being in Chicago means suffering through it. In the dead of winter the natural light is a distant memory by 5:00 in the afternoon. In the height of summer, it’s sufficiently dark for kids to play Ghost in the Graveyard at 8:30. Years ago a friend asked me where I’d live in the U.S. if I could move anywhere. I said I didn’t know because I hadn’t seen enough of the States to decide, but I would like to live on the western edge of a time zone.

So yes, setting the clocks last night was a hassle, but I’ll take the extra sunlight at the end of the day anytime! And kudos to all the people that spent time and money making sure the 3-week early switch went smoothly on all the computers around the world.

But one thing…as a long as the government forced this change, why didn’t they switch the shift from early Sunday morning to early Saturday morning…then we’d have two weekend mornings to adjust, not one.

2 comments to Let the Light Shine

  • When I lived in NH it would get dark very early in winter. I hated it and was complaining to one of the locals — he said he’d been in Maine the week before and it was starting to get dark at 3:30.

  • Ugh! Of course, in saying it’s dark by 5 here in the winter is to assume the sun came out at all…if often doesn’t in the winter. Any day the sun appears we’re all in better moods. ;-) But t’is March now and that’s another story.

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