Friday, March 2, 2012

Times Are A Changing

It's called Daylight Saving Time, and it makes no earthly sense whatsoever, no matter how many times you explain it to me.

They will be changing, though, whether i like it or not, on Sunday, March 11, just over a week from now.

Except that our church has come up with what i think is a really great idea.

DST rebellion.

Rather than having some people showing up early, others late, and all of us totally mixed up and feeling out of sorts even if we got it right because of not sleeping long enough the night before, all church services that day will be held based on Standard Time.

We don't have to set our clocks forward an hour (springing forward) until after church is over. How cool is that?

So that's one thing i don't have to worry about on March 11. Instead i can concentrate on checking batteries in smoke alarms and testing the carbon monoxide detector.

Meanwhile, if anyone else wants to spread the rebellion and maybe end this nonsense once and for all, we only have just over a week.

Today is:

Adwa Victory Day -- Ethiopia

Aldo Leopold Weekend -- Wisconsin, US (celebrating Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic; through Sunday)

Dress in Blue Day -- US, for colorectal cancer awareness

Employee Appreciation Day

Feast of 'Ala (Loftiness) -- Baha'i (first day of the 19 day fast)

Going Forth of Set, Son of Nut -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

International Festival of Owls -- Houston, MN, US (through the 4th; a great way to celebrate and learn about the wonderful creatures that are owls)

James Ronald Webster's Birthday -- Anguilla

March Nymph's Parade -- Fairy Calendar

Namesake Day -- a day to think about how you got your name

National Banana Cream Pie Day

National Salesperson Day

NEA's Read Across America Day -- on Dr. Seuss' birthday

Noche de Brujas -- Cerro Mono Blanco, Catemaco, Mexico (Night of the Witches)

Old Stuff Day -- if you are doing the same old stuff, think about how you can change that

Omizukuri -- Jingu Temple, Obama, Fukui Prefecture, Japan (water drawing ceremony, with the water from the Obamashi sent to Todai-ji Temple for part of its ceremonies)

Peasants' Day -- Myanmar

Shabbat Across America/Canada -- sponsored by the National Jewish Out-reach Program

St. Chad of Mead's Day (Patron of St. Chad's College of the University of Durham in England)

Texas Independence Day -- Texas, US

Words by the Water: a Cumbrian Literature Festival -- Lake District, The Theatre by the Lake at Keswick, Devon, England (a lively literary festival; through the 11th)

World Day of Prayer-- International and Ecumenical; a day for Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action

Birthdays Today:

Bryce Dallas Howard, 1981
Chris Martin, 1977
Daniel Craig, 1968
Jon Bon Jovi, 1962
Laraine Newman, 1952
Karen Carpenter, 1950
Lou Reed, 1944
Mikhail Gorbachev, 1931
Jennifer Jones, 1919
Desi Arnaz, 1917
Mel Ott, 1909
Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), 1904
Bedrich Smetana, 1864
Juvenal, 54

Today in History:

The Loves of Mars and Venus becomes the first ballet performed in England, 1717
A semaphore machine that will speed communication is introduced in Paris, 1791
The US Congress outlaws the import of slaves, 1897
The Republic of Texas declares its independence from Mexico, 1836
Aleksandr Romanov becomes the tsar of Russia, 1855
Tsar Aleksandr outlaws serfdom in Russia, 1861
The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace, 1888
In New York City the Martha Washington Hotel opens, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women, 1903
The original film version of King Kong premiers, 1933
Captain James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute, 1949
The first automatic street light is installed in New Milford, Connecticut, 1949
In Toulouse, France the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is conducted, 1969
Rhodesia declares itself a republic, breaking its last links with the British crown, 1970
The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets, 1972
Czech VladimĂ­r Remek becomes the first non-Russian or non-American to go into space, when he is launched aboard Soyuz 28, 1978
CD players and discs are released for sale for the first time outside of Japan, 1983
Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century, 1989
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, San Marino, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan join the United Nations, 1992
Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice, 1998


  1. DST is stupid. I'd love to rebel, but it won't get me anywhere. If we want an extra hour of sunlight in the evening, then why not simply change our working hours and get up earlier? Why do we need to fool ourselves?

  2. As someone who just got back from over a week in a different time zone without ever changing my watch, I totally support this!


  3. I'll choose banana cream pie and Dr. Suess!

    I don't mind changing clocks in the Spring - it means lighter evenings and that's always nice.

  4. Leah, i've never gotten it, really. Crabby, thanks for the support, and i'm glad you had a nice vacation.

    Jenny, lighter evening would happen anyway, wouldn't they, in the natural order of things? Glad you like it, though, and i will participate, although somewhat unwillingly.

  5. I have no earthly idea why we need to worry about this now. If we were still an agrarian, candle using society, perhaps... But all I can see it does is make people have "jet lag" for several days. (Oh, and I don't think I said, but I like your avatar!)


  6. I think I'll turn you in to Homeland Security. You and your evil ways must be stopped. Besides, I like daylight savings time.

  7. Cat, it serves no purpose now, i think that we have electric lights. And thank you, a friend did the avatar for me.

    Stephen, i just don't understand it, is all. We all like having it light a bit later, but that happens naturally when it gets to be summer. We really don't have to dink with the clocks to make it happen.


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