The Hunting of the Snark


Summer time, and the waking ain’t easy

It did its job back in World War I. But why, oh why, have we still got it?

I heard a rumour that the UK government might consider scrapping summer time (or daylight saving time, for my fellow Americans still in America). And what a fantastic move that would be! I always really, really dread the spring time change.

Here we were, just starting to get a reasonable amount of daylight, able to go to work after dawn, that sort of thing. Then WHAMMO. A week of thinking, ‘I’m not tired yet… I don’t really need to go to bed now.’ Then the next morning, ‘It can’t be 6 yet. It’s really only 5.’ You keep losing that hour day after day.

And for what, again? More outdoor activities at night? Doesn’t seem to work that way. Saving energy? No, not really. I snapped a couple of photos out the front door, the first around 6:00 in the morning and the second around 8:00 in the evening. You just sort of change which time of day you have to use the electric lights:

View of garden, around 6am, with almost no light whatsoever


View of garden, around 8pm, with enough light to distinguish features


Now, from past experience, I don’t recall that there is ever sun at midnight or anything. At midsummer here, it gets completely dark by, what, 11:00?

– The Snark



  1. What I don’t like is the time change itself. But I wish they’d go to DST always, not get rid of it.

    Comment by augmentedfourth — 01/04/2011 @ 14:08 | Reply

    • Hi Brad! Moving to Arizona might be just what you need?

      Comment by Jeremy Irish — 01/04/2011 @ 22:37 | Reply

      • Hmmm… something about that solution seems suboptimal. Oh, right… it’s the “leave San Diego” part.

        Comment by augmentedfourth — 02/04/2011 @ 06:30

  2. I have to agree with you most years. However, this year I learned the true meaning of DST: to get children back on a normal sleep schedule. Mothers around the world rejoice! Their babies, who were waking up at the crack of 5:45 or 6:00 am, are now waking at 7:00! It’s glorious! It’s magnificent! For those lucky mothers whose babies were already sleeping in until 7:00, their wake times get pushed back to a fantastic 8:00! That leaves enough time for a morning coffee AND a little bit of The Today Show. How’s that for a great invention?

    Comment by WeeIrishFamily — 04/04/2011 @ 02:07 | Reply

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