Thursday, March 30, 2006

springing forward ...

Almost all of you will lose an hour of sleep this Sunday. No matter what you do, you will be waking up an hour later.

That's right, kiddos, it's Daylight Savings Time ... time to Spring forward in time in order to add another hour of daylight to everyone's day. Fun, fun, fun.

Unless you live in Guam, Hawaii or most parts of Arizona (excluding Navaho land). We don't follow this antiquated system of energy conservation. Yep, you can't blame the farmers for this, though many do. Unlike the American school calendar (which, seriously, needs to be updated/changes in most places), Daylight Savings is not about agriculture. It was originally proposed by Benjamin Franklin, who figured that the French alone could save about $200 million in candle wax by adopting the concept.

Franklin + the French = trouble.

So why don't Guam, Hawaii or Arizona follow Daylight Savings time? The answer is quite simple: We choose not too. Daylight Savings isn't federal law. OK, it is — The Uniform Time Act of 1966. But, according to the law, states are allowed to opt out. It's just that almost all don't. Part of the reasoning of why Guam and Hawaii don't follow it is because we are much closer to the equator. Therefore, when Earth tilts and shifts in orbit, we aren't as affected by the shift in available daylight hours.

Which I love. Because I hate giving up an hour of sleep at any time, even if I know I will get it back in the fall.

What this means for me is that I get to "see" all of you an hour earlier. The time when I talk to most of those who read my blogs is your first of the morning time — my late night/early morning.

For example, the person I talk to on the West Coast the most, the beautiful and talented Chrissie usually gets up around 6 a.m. their time, midnight my time. Now, she'll still be getting up around 6 a.m. but for me, it'll be 11 p.m. Which means, for me, she'll be leaving an hour earlier for work, which means I can go to sleep an hour earlier ... theoretically. But the odds are I'll stick to my going to sleep time of somewhere between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Heh.

So, why does the topic of Daylight Savings even come up on my blog, which is usually filled with so much other critical, important and deep informational postings? I thought you'd never ask! Well, in fact I'm pretty sure you wouldn't ask (why would you? LOL), so of course I'm going to share.

It's because I'm a born gloater. A guy who likes to not only watch others suffer, but to lord it over them after informing them of the thing or things that makes them suffer. LOL

So, here goes ... oh, and you have to picture me saying this in a sing-song voice: You have to wake up an hour earlier on Sunday and I don't! Na-na-na, na-na-na!!


A sad and trite and petty man I am ... I know ... but still ... heh.

Random Guam Fact Of The Day:
• You lose an hour of sleep on Sunday and I don't! LOL ... sorry, that's the rubbing-it-in part of the gloating. ;)


Chrissie said...

lol you are such a dick...
but you do have good taste in women heh

DZER said...

awww ... well you know it's that sweet mouth of yours that keeps me coming back ... LOL

terry said...

ugh, i HATE springing forward.

you wouldn't think one hour would make much difference, but it really does.

you lucky duck.

go to bed!

DZER said...

terry: you can't make me! I'm staying up!!

and ha-ha once again ... sunday might be OK ... but Monday is gonna suck more ass than normal ... heh

Hubris said...

The only redeeming quality of it all is that I'll get out of work with some fucking daylight left for a change.

DZER said...

hubris: hey ... whatever you gotta tell yourself to get by, buddy ... LOL

AlwaysArousedGirl said...

You bastard.

Love you!

Alex said...

I've seen the penguin picture before, but it's still hugely funny :)

As for daylight saving, we've been on BST (British Summer Time) for almost a week. Some people over here want us to go to GMT+1 in the winter (we use GMT) at the moment and GMT+2 in the summer, which would take us to CET (Central European Time),

Personally I couldn't give a stuff. I don't have enough hours in the day anyway.

grainne said...

Alrighty....lets talk the state of AZ, did you know that while the state of AZ refuses to adopt daylight savings time....the Navajo reservation (27,000 acres of land - larger than 10 states of the USA) which has land in three separate states (Utah, New Mexico and Arizona) DOES go with daylight savings time ! Did you know that Puerto Rico also has not adopted the whole daylight savings time. Indiana just recently started using daylight savings time - truckers / travelers and people who lived on the borders of the state had a real problem with them not being on the same time as most of the continental USA.

I HATE being late for anything....time matters! You know when that puppy comes to live with you, sleeping is not going to be as simple....also a stateside move means more people who will make demands on your may have to sleeping or fun with other people ~wink~
Rip Van Dzer....the (almost) old guy from Guam !

terry said...

dzer, i hope you have a SLEEPLESS NIGHT ON SUNDAY!!


Snow White said...

I hate the thought of losing an hour of sleep, but I guess there's not a lot I can do about it... short of moving to some place that doesn't switch.. And I don't wanna. Soooo, I guess I'll just have to wait for fall and catch up then! lol But maybe I'll finally be able to catch you on line now!

Oh So Wonderful said...

Can I nanny nanny boo boo with you? I'm the type that likes to tease and then run and hide...(:

SignGurl said...

Gawd you are so annoying sometimes.


JMai said...

You know, I might have to get a bit vituperative with you about all this daylight savings time stuff! Especially since I didn't look at it this way before, but that means I get precisely one less hour with cute bald guy this weekend! Booooo!

DZER said...

AAG: love me, hate me, do both ... LOL

alex: don't even get me started on you brits and the rest of those europeans! LOL

grainne: hmm ... I don't think I will be able to give up quality sleep time for anyone ;)

terry: If I do ... it will be because of poker and strippers ... heh ... have fun waking up early! :P

snow white: you could become a conscientious objector and refuse to conform to The Man's time politics! LOL

oh so wonderful: join on in, malle' ... LOL

signgurl: thanks hon ... but still loveable, right? LOL

jmai: you poor thing ... wait ... am I supposed to be hanging with you this weekend? or is there another cute bald guy? well, technically I'm a shaven-headed guy ... so ... have fun! LOL

Madame X said...

I think children should be in school 12 months a year, 7 days a week

JMai said...

Lol. There is, in fact, another cute bald guy! Although I'll accept that you're the cutest bald guy in Guam...

He's actually shaven-headed too. That just takes too long to say. Waste of syllables! -s-

Bill Jones, Jr said...

The best part of Daylight Saving Time? My bedroom window faces due east which means the damn sun wakes me up at 6am. Now it'll wake me up at 7am.

I know, I know, I could buy better shades, but that would be like... work. Ew.

ArtfulDodger said...

Yeah, but you live way out there in wittle bitty Guam dude!! Wearing grass skirts and living in huts and stuff, at least we have indoor plumbing. :)

DZER said...

madame x: amen, sister!! LOL those little rabble rousers need to be contained! ;)

jmai: thanks! as for the shortcut ... did you ever see the Seinfeld episode where Elaine was dating a guy who shaved his head and was OK with it ... until he tried to grow it back and found out he was balding? LOL

sable: dude, that's SO not work ... that's protecting valuable sleep time! LOL Make it a priority!!

dear fartful roger: we make up for it with the topless women ... until the magical giant metal bird flies in and takes them all away! LOL

sassinak said...

i hate the time change in both directions... it gets me all fucked up for going to bed in the fall too... and it is better now that i don't have an 8:30am class on sundays

still and all? you live on guam, that's reason enough to gloat.

i can get all the fast food you can't get. we're even :)

Shay said...

Thanks. A Lot. Now my roomate is crying over daylight savings time.

DZER said...

sassinak: time changes suck ass both ways ... and what fast food are you getting that I'm not? I wanna know! Canadian? Quebecian? LOL

shay: hey ... any time I can make a roommate cry, I will do what I can ... heh

yep, it's me.... said...

well i am going to choose not to participate either!
although now i might just stay up all night monitoring comments - some freak from brasil keeps using the 'f' word in comments. you know i have a pg13 ish rating!
4 am here DZ ... 9 there? is that math? i'm feelin' rather brainy smurf today! have a good one.

Strumpet said...

SO glad you posted about this, DZ, even if your only intention was to gloat.

Me, I don't really pay attention to a lot of shit and hadn't even realised I needed to set my clock ahead an hour tonight!


Thank you, Kind Sir.

You rock!!

DZER said...

velma: you go girl!!

strumpet: that's me ... Mr. Public Service ;)