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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Saving Daylight

I'm one of those creatures who needs sun. So is Boz. Like the kitty in this photo, every morning Boz positions himself in a sunny spot by the window and soaks up the rays. Our rainy season affects him so badly that on gray days he gets downright depressed. You've never seen such misery in a spoiled pet.

Today is one of my favorite days of the year because we set our clocks forward one hour. Now we can finally get a few extra rays of sunlight each day.

Daylight Saving Time was invented by a New Zealand entomologist named George Vernon Hudson. He wanted more daylight hours after work at his day job for collecting bugs. (The things you learn on Wikipedia!)

Fine with me. What I can't figure out is why we have to set our clocks back in the fall.

26 comments:

Shanna said...

I'm with you about more sunlight. Our cat and I enjoy the warmth coming in through the window. It seems to set my circadian rhythms. Don't you love that term?

J.J. said...

I live for this day all winter! I love the "extra" sun in the evening.

MmeBenaut said...

Sunlight provides Vitamin D. At least 5 mins three times a week to keep you healthy. We're lucky, we have lots of sunshine and all the cats sun themselves too. I love daylight saving too.

Petrea said...

Shanna: from dictionary.com:
Origin:
1955–60; < L circā about + di(ēs) day + -an

Me too, J.J.! From the day we set the clocks back I'm drumming my fingers.

Mme B, does it seem the original reasoning for all this clock changing no longer exists? Should we leave our clocks alone this fall like they do in Hawaii? They seem to get along fine.

Petrea said...

I realize I didn't finish my comment to Shanna: what happens when summer dries out our skies and you don't get any more clouds to photograph?

Ted Thompson said...

It's actually been shown that all this clock jockeying actually COSTS money rather then saving it.

I say when the sun is at it's highest set the clock to 12, then LEAVE IT ALONE.

But then I say a lot of things ^_^

Katie said...

I lost an hour of sleep last night because of some guy who wanted more time to collect bugs? Sheesh! Love this photo though; that cat looks amazingly relaxed, and I really like this style of window.

Petrea said...

Not to mention the car accidents in the fall, Ted. Yeah, what you say is usually astute.

I know, Katie! Not that bugs aren't incredibly interesting.

My friend, the inimitable and witty Michelle, says "While I never knew who came up with the concept of daylight savings, I DID know he was not the parent of a young child."

Bellis said...

We're very lucky because we're changing the clocks two weeks before Britain, where they really need the extra sunshine hours more than we do.

I always thought circadian rhythms had something to do with cicadas, duh.

Wonderful photo. It reminded me of how one of our kitties used to lie in a shaft of sun coming through the windows and move along with it across the carpet as the day wore on.

Petrea said...

Bellis, it was probably originally about cicadas, per Mr. Hudson's profession, but you know how language changes over time.

Boz follows the sun across the floor, too, because I move his bed for him. He expects it.

Laurie said...

I'm a curmudgeon about the whole thing. I love more sunlight, but hate the havoc created by changing clocks. Try getting a stubborn child with deeply set habits to go to bed at a different time. Or even go to bed at all when it's still light outside!

Grumble...

Desiree said...

So now I now who to blame--

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Day or night, I'm always happy when the subject of a post is a cat..

Virginia said...

Yep my favorite day too. I am a sun lover. Now if we could just see some sun around this place. For the love!
V

AmyR said...

"He wanted more daylight hours after work at his day job for collecting bugs."

Well you can't fault a guy with that. More sunlight definitely makes me a more productive creature, can't wait til the last rays are on the horizon until 9pm.

Petrea said...

Laurie, I don't need to have a stubborn child when it comes to this one. I am the stubborn child.

Here's a poem for Little Bit:
http://www.lone-star.net/mall/literature/rls/BedinSummer.htm

Yep, Desiree. The bug guy.

PA, I hope Tovah is doing better. Sounds like she is.

Virginia, you bring the sunshine to Birmingham, don't you? You shine plenty of it around here.

Amy, you and I need to move to England. I spent 6 weeks there one summer and loved how I could be out at 10pm and it was still light.

TheChieftess said...

I love daylight savings time...the hubman prefers the "regular" time...but I have to say, as much as I love gaining more sunlight in the evenings...my favorite day is the day we turn the clocks back cause I get an extra hour of sleep...or play before going to sleep the night before!!!

Ms M said...

Love the kitty in the sunshine in the window! Our cat loves to find that patch of morning sun and soak it in.
As far as DST, I don't like the clock changing thing. I wish they would just choose one time and leave it there.

Margaret said...

Welcome, sun! I can get up just about any time as long as it's light. Maybe now I can be more productive.

J+P said...

93 million miles away and still is plagues me …

Petrea said...

Ah, Chieftess, sleep is overrated. I never get enough of being awake. It seems I'm just getting started and bummer!--I'm all tired again.

Confusing, isn't it, Ms. M? If not to our thinking brain, it is to our circadian rhythms, as Shanna said.

Margaret, no matter how much it plagues J, I do think the sun is replenishing and joyful. I hope it makes you more productive (if that makes you happy).

Shell Sherree said...

Now, that's a beautiful spot for a kitty!

Dina said...

You move Boz's bed as the sun moves? That's one lucky dog.

Petrea said...

Dina, have I mentioned that Boz is an angel come to bring love and that I'm madly in love with him? I do what I can to deserve him.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» is with you on hating the fall-back in Fall!

Nishant said...

I love daylight saving too.
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