Daylight Savings

Today is my least favourite day of the year, the day we condemn ourselves to a few months of leaving for work in the dark and getting home in the dark.  Until a friend reminded me last night, I’d forgotten all about it– or more likely, blocked it out.  So if you haven’t done it already, crank those clocks back an hour… UGH!

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24 Responses to “Daylight Savings”

  1. 1 Canajun Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I hate the time shift. I don’t know why we don’t just pick a time and stick with it. Saskatchewan and Arizona seem to survive quite nicely.

  2. 2 JJ Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I despise the time change. Just now I was looking out the window going “WTF? It’s dark already??” Blah 👿

  3. 3 E.C. Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I could go for saving that daylight year round. In spring, it seems that most of the people on the continent hate Daylight Saving Time due to losing that hour of sleep, but it’s so worth it to me. As I read on a blog comment somewhere or another, up in this part of the world DST is a correction.

  4. 4 brebis noire Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I just want more daylight, all year round.
    I’m taking massive doses of vitamin D this year, hopefully that will take away the bad winter feelings and boost the old immune system.

  5. 5 Bleatmop Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Brebis Noire: How much is this massive does you’re taking?

  6. 6 Frank Frink Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Extra hour of sleep? Naw. Extra hour of insomnia.

  7. 7 mouthyorange Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I like daylight savings time better, too.
    I want more daylight all year round, too.
    I’m taking vitamin D, too.

    brebis, like bleatmop said, how much are you taking?

  8. 8 Shade Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    The time thing messes with my head a little and ussually by the time I get used to it it’s time to swap it back. I’ve actually stopped touching my clocks times, the computer does it automatically and I just remember to add an hour when it’s in effect.

    The extra daylight doesn’t help when I’m mostly nocturnal. But just because it doesn’t benefit me directly doesn’t mean it’s not a good thing for someone… maybe.

  9. 9 flex Monday, November 2, 2009 at 3:01 am

    This switching back and forth is a pain in my opinion without any significant benefits.
    The clock in my car will be the right time now.
    Somebody mentioned the clocks which adjust automatically.
    Love those.
    For the record, i have more than 30 clocks/watches to deal with.

  10. 10 brebis noire Monday, November 2, 2009 at 3:48 am

    I take a drop that supposedly contains 1000 IU a few times a day, but some days I forget altogether.
    I call it a massive dose, but it appears that 1000 is now the recommended dose – so I get 2-3000 per day, not every day.
    I’ve heard it has flu-fighting qualities – D is the new C.

  11. 11 mouthyorange Monday, November 2, 2009 at 6:41 am

    D,C, and a balanced zinc-copper tab is what I’m taking. Not sure how much D in my tab though, until I go look. In ‘flu season I take 3-4,000 mg of C every day. If I feel a virus enter my system, I up it to 10,000 a day spread over two or three doses. I’ve been doing that for the past couple of years and have driven four colds or ‘flus out of my system before they settled in. Great to know that’s possible.

    Hey, is this o/t?

  12. 12 mouthyorange Monday, November 2, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Remembering better now — drove out a couple with 10,000 C, a couple with a correct homeopathic remedy. Also had a couple settle in that I couldn’t get rid of until I started taking high doses of C. Either way, I love C.

  13. 13 mouthyorange Monday, November 2, 2009 at 6:52 am

    On topic: Lest we forget, the real problem in my very humble opinion is that we live our lives according to an arbitrary, invented clock. Time isn’t really like that. Worse, we’ve been living that way for so long now that we even judge and criticize people who can’t or won’t conform to artificial time, and praise and reward people who can or will do it. Hell, we’ve people even sell books and so on about “time management”. Even people’s survival is tied to it, because in most jobs a person has to conform to the rules another person sets by the artficial clock or else they’ll lose their job and therefore their source of income.

    Clocking life: what a crock.

  14. 14 The Anti-Social Socialist Monday, November 2, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I’m in with the Nocturnal people – this diurnal stuff is for the birds. (Ha-Hah! Obscure reference.)

  15. 15 JJ Monday, November 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Mouthyorange – Fortunately with the internet life is a lot less “clocked” than it used to be. In some jobs, people can work from home, or at least do some of their work from home, so that makes clocking less of an issue.

  16. 16 JJ Monday, November 2, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Antisocial – “Diurnal” — very good 🙂 I learned a new word today.

  17. 17 JJ Monday, November 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    brebis noire – Does vitamin D really help? I always feel a little fucked up, tired and confused after the clocks are set back. This usually lasts about a month, and then I sink into a black, brainless depression until it gets light after 5pm again. Help.

  18. 18 JJ Monday, November 2, 2009 at 1:26 pm


    The clock in my car will be the right time now.

    😆 And mine will be the wrong time until March, when the clocks are reset to their rightful position an hour ahead.

  19. 19 JJ Monday, November 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    EC – Oh yes, I remember you’re as bad as I am with this clock change thing 😉 After Dec.21, I actually start checking the sunset time and monitoring it’s increasing lateness… it’s like light at the end of the tunnel.

  20. 20 Bleatmop Monday, November 2, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    JJ – I can’t speak for brebis, but I would assume it’s about SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder. I’ve not heard of Vit D being used to treat it, so brebis may be talking of something else.

    Either way, taking a dose of Vit D a day is probably not going to hurt and likely to help most people. The latest research I’ve been reading suggests that most people, especially in the far north (like Canada) and south tend to suffer from deficiencies due to lack of sunlight. However, my concern in taking too much refers to hypervitaminosis D, which is a rare but possible because of the fat soluble nature of vitamin D. Not intending health advice here, but more about information.

  21. 21 JJ Monday, November 2, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Bleatmop – Thanks. I was being a little hyperbolic. My annual winter depression is actually pretty lightweight compared to people who have SAD and can’t even get out of bed. I just function at a lower energy level… basically, I go from being fairly high-strung to being probably more like the average person, which to me feels like inertia 😛

    However, I still intend to try Vitamin D.

  22. 22 flex Monday, November 2, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    “JJ Monday, November 2, 2009 at 1:26 pm


    The clock in my car will be the right time now.

    😆 And mine will be the wrong time until March, when the clocks are reset to their rightful position an hour ahead.”

    Good one.
    Lost track and just wish this back and forth settings ritual would stop.
    Amazing how many clocks an average person have which comes with electronic appliances and gadgets.
    Just at my tv/entertainment/bar section of my living room have 14.

  23. 23 brebis noire Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    JJ – my doctor told me just a couple of weeks ago that she finds vitamin D works in her patients with SAD. It’s more effective than UV light therapy (and I find UV light annoying anyways). I don’t have SAD afaik, but I do get run down and sick during the winter in ways I never have during the other seasons. I’d love to be more active during the winter – I ski (downhill) and skate with the kids, but I’d love to feel more alive during the cold and dark months.

    And apparently a lack of vitamin D can predispose us north-dwellers to cancer…

    And for the record, while I think there’s good reason to think a lack of vitamin D could predispose to cancer, I also think that chemicals and contaminants play a role. It’s not like one theory eliminates the other…

  24. 24 JJ Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    brebis – Thanks for the info.

    No doubt chemicals and environmental contaminants play a huge role in people getting cancer, especially breast cancer. There are chemicals called Xenoestrogens that mimic natural estrogen, that can be found in all kinds of products from pesticides to plasticizers. Too much exposure to these chemicals is thought to be a cause of br. cancer.

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