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Posted on Monday, November 8th, 2010

Dave!Daylight Saving Time is such a crock of shit.

I left work at 5:30pm. It was pitch black. WHERE'S MY FUCKING DAYLIGHT NOW? Gone, thanks to it being Not-Daylight-Savings-Time.

I have to say... even though I have given up all hope of President Obama being able to get any shit done now that he's going to have to spend every waking hour of every fucking day battling the Republican-dominated House of Representatives to solve this country's problems... I would forgive everything if he would just abolish this fucked up shit of having to dick with our clocks twice a year. Surely this is a bipartisan issue if there ever was one? Everywhere I go, people are bitching about how stupid Daylight Saving Time is. You'd think every fucking House Representative and every fucking Senator and every fucking douchebag politician in the entire fucking country would be onboard. It's about the only thing they can do now which would be embraced by the majority of the fucking population who's out there in the dark AT FIVE-O-CLOCK...

DAVETOON: Lil' Dave and Bad Monkey at Solstice... in pitch blackness with only their eyes showing.

I'm in a really bad mood, so I probably should stop this entry before things really get out of hand.

Except...

I've just read a very disturbing article over at Ars where they're talking about the new mandatory procedures for airport security. People still have the option of skipping the "backscatter" and "millimeter wave" scanners at airports if they're too modest for that kind of exposure. If you don't know what one of those scans looks like, I transferred my last scan to a USB Memory Stick and smuggled it out of airport security...

Backscatter scanner image.

Of course I was wearing my MC Hammer Pants at the time (they're so comfortable for traveling!), so I had a certain amount of embarrassment built-in, but still... I don't want to go through THAT again.

So I think that I'll opt for the new-and-improved "Crotch-Invasive-Super-Pat-Down" instead...

DAVETOON: Lil' Dave getting patted down.

Nothing like a free hand-job to relax you before a long flight. Thank you Transportation Security Administration!

Comments

  1. Connie says:

    Aren’t we in Standard Time now? Frankly, I love it! I am tired the entire time Daylight Savings is observed.

    • Dave2 says:

      We are on Standard Time now… but it’s Daylight Saving Time that makes us mess with our clocks. And what good does it do me? It’s not saving me any daylight NOW! For it to be any good, it would have to be Daylight Savings all the time! YES, LET’S DO THAT!!

  2. I do have to say that I like driving my kids to school in the light better than in the early morning dark. It’s an pain in the ass to the rest of the population, but for us it helps.

    Now that “spring forward”, lose an hour of sleep shit…….

    • Dave2 says:

      But then you’re driving home from work in the dark, so it’s a toss-up. And hey, if they eliminate DST and stay on PST, then you won’t have to Spring forward! Personally, I’d rather have them stick with DST all year long… but if they stuck with PST that would be fine too. I just want the clock-changing crap to stop.

  3. James Bow says:

    “Everywhere I go, people are bitching about how stupid Daylight Saving Time is”

    I absolutely agree with you. I hate the switching of the times six months out of the year. But what do you eliminate? Daylight Saving Time (March to November) or Standard Time (November to March)?

    For me, I hate standard time far more than daylight savings time, because it makes the sun set way too early for me. It makes the winter seem so dark. But daylight savings time is the modification, and standard time is, well, the standard. On the other hand, if we stuck with standard time, the sun would rise at 4 a.m. in the summer.

    One compromise I’d go for is, instead of springing forward a whole hour next spring, we just spring forward half an hour and leave it there until the end of time. Split the difference.

    • Dave2 says:

      I’ve been advocating “split the difference” for years, but there are a lot of problems in going that route because unless the entire world is onboard, you’ve got a nightmare of 30-minute discrepancies spanning the globe. For example… what if the US and Canada decided to split the difference, but Mexico and South America refused? Then you’ve got 30 minute differences within the same time zone. Ugh. If I had my druthers, we’d just stick to DST all year long. Sure the mornings are dark in winter (here), but at least there’s a little daylight after work. :-)

      • James Bow says:

        Yes, but we would be aligning our clocks with Newfoundland which has, since the moment Standard Time started, been half an hour out of sync with the rest of North America. It’s time to get with them. And if other time zones didn’t work with us? I think we’d recover. It’d be just how we roll north of the Rio Grande. :-)

        (Seriously, Newfoundland adopted standard time before the rest of North America, and precisely aligned itself to its longitude west of GMT. It was a half-hour off the hour standard, so it set its clocks to that half hour. When the rest of North America divvied itself up into time zones, they stuck to the hours, throwing Newfoundland half an hour out of sync ever since. On Canada’s national broadcast networks, you’ll still hear how certain news programs are on “at eleven o’clock — eleven-thirty in Newfoundland”.

  4. the muskrat says:

    This is why I LOVE to fly.

  5. RW says:

    See this is what I mean though Dave. You’ve got to open up more. If you’d only be honest about your feelings more you’d feel much better. This kind of holding back like in this post isn’t really good for your spleen. Or something.

  6. Sybil Law says:

    You have really skinny legs! :)

    For once, I don’t mind the clock change. I think it fits my overall mood this year, which is kinda BLAH.
    Usually, I hate it, though.

    I have never gotten a crotch rubbing. Now I feel so cheated!

  7. Sybil Law says:

    Um, I meant no crotch rubbing at the airport, but I realized me correcting that just makes it all worse.
    GAH.

  8. Tina says:

    This is why I love you. You speak to my heart.

  9. Suebob says:

    You and Avitable look a lot alike in certain ways…

  10. I dislike DST because of all the “helpful” appliances that change the clocks for us. Which would be great if Arizona observed DST.

    I’m particularly peeved that my iPhone automagically changed. Yay. Per Apple, “If iPhone is set to update the time automatically, it gets the correct time over the cell network, and updates it for the time zone you’re in.” Yeah, thanks AT&T.

  11. Steve in NH says:

    I agree with you 100% — abolish Daylight Saving Time. Between home and my office I have over 20 clocks to constantly keep fucking re-setting. By the way, which internet-hawked male enhancement pills worked so well? I think it was in The Golden Child where Eddie Murphy said “I can’t see your face but your silhouette is kickin’!”

  12. No to time changes. Just pick one and stick with it.

    No to full-body scans or to crotch/boob rubs. I would like to keep that for Ty-man only, thankyouverymuch.

  13. bean says:

    Long time lurker here coming out of the woodwork…

    Anyway, I hate both of the time changes with a passion. This utter darkness at ungodly hours of the early evening is totally NOT worth that extra hour of sleep.

    Also, I’ve been interested to see how many people are afraid of those new scanners. I’ve been through them several times and frankly, I could care less if some person who can’t see me in person looks at a low-res image of me for a few seconds. I mean, they’re seeing thousands of these a day…you really think they’re stopping to pay any attention to your, ahem, personal features? I doubt it.

  14. martymankins says:

    Stick to Standard Time nationwide. It’s the only way to avoid all of this confusion and bullshit. No daylight is being saved anymore.

    As for the full body scanner, I really have no issue with them. I do have issues with someone opening up my suitcase and going through all of my personal items (which has happened to me before). To me, that’s more embarrassing. That and having a complete stranger that I didn’t share drinks and intimate conversation with probing around my junk area.

    Here’s how I see it. People go to the gym and walk around naked and it doesn’t bother them to have complete strangers see this. Yet they take issue with a body scanner that shows less than a naked view of your body?

  15. Pearl says:

    LOL too funny – and testing my gravatar…thanks Dave!!

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