Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Dear God, in all your wisdom and glory,

Please, grant us daylight savings time. Please let the people of Indiana see the light and how wonderful it would be to have an extra hour of it on summer evenings. Please grant them enlightenment, that we may have a longer evening to boat, run, play, grill out, enjoy friends, watch the kids play in the yard, ride bicycles, and more. Please let those who say they couldn't sleep if it was twilight at 9:15 p.m. find window shades. Please let those who say that there's no provable economic impact have to shift meetings and face endless explanations twice a year. For those who say it's so easy to explain to customers and clients, let them spend time and money on software solutions and customer documentation to adjust for it. Please, let those who say the kids will have to wait for the bus in the dark understand that three more weeks of what they already do won't be harmful. For those who will miss the days of the 4:30 a.m. sunrise, please let them find solace in that glorious sunset instead -- at 9:00 p.m. For those who will lament the passing of the old Hoosier ways, that Indiana independence, please let them obsess on the abundance of other ancient, ridiculous customs we still have like the inability to buy beer on Sunday. Please hear us father, (and legislature). Please, hear our plea. April is almost upon us.


At Tue Feb 08, 04:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From your lips to god's ears.

At Tue Feb 08, 04:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In actuality, Indiana is currently under daylight savings time the whole year around. Under daylight time, the sun should be due south of a point at between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. The sun is due south of Richmond at 12:39 p.m EST and due south of Terre Haute at 12:49 p.m EST.

Eastern Daylight Time would in effect be double daylight time for the whole state.

If we are to go on daylight time (which I wouldn't mind), it should be Central Daylight Time or "Chicago time."

At Wed Feb 09, 09:23:00 AM, Blogger Doug said...

Yeah, which is it? Central Daylight Time or Eastern Daylight Time? And, if we go to Eastern Daylight Time, are we going to force those parts of Indiana formally in the Central Time Zone to go to Eastern or are we still going to have to juggle multiple time zones in Indiana?

Sounds to me like you need a new job. One where you can adjust your schedule to fit the sunlight. One where you don't have coworkers who are so pig-ignorant they can't keep Indiana's time straight when we never change time.

Indiana has tried all different kinds of time arrangements, and it's geographically situated so that EST year round pretty much distributes sunlight as best as can be done. Businesses manage to get their software to deal with other timezones and other countries that don't use DST (Japan, for example). Heck, I even get freeware that manages to account for Indiana. What I hear when they complain about Indiana's time arrangement is that the state is just not important enough to be bothered with.

At Wed Feb 09, 12:09:00 PM, Blogger braingirl said...

I like the Gov's solution: Everyone observes DST on their own time zone. Central time for us in central Indiana wouldn't work. We'd be dark an hour earlier in the winter (4:00 p.m., oh yeah) and wouldn't get the bonus sun in the summer, exactly what we have now. I just can't understand this Hoosier obstinance. Change the damn time already.


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