If We Were Having Coffee #13 – Daylight Savings

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If we were having coffee, I would have a number of choices to offer you today. We have a breakfast blend, a donut shop blend, a dark roast, and a hazelnut flavor. Creamer was on sale too so we have a cafe mocha, French vanilla, and a sweet cream (my personal favorite as of late). I’ll have a dark roast with sweet cream. It’s Bliss, or so the brand name says.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I haven’t had a weekend coffee share in months. Yet here I am, up an hour earlier than usual so I thought I might join in. Wait, am I gaining an hour or losing an hour? Nine years in the Northeast and you would think I’d have it figured out. I never had these problems living in Arizona.

I remember seeing a poster once that somewhat explained it. It stated that only the government would believe that cutting a foot off the top of a blanket and sewing it back on to the bottom of the blanket would yield a longer blanket. That explains it. The government.

Speaking of government, I really wanted to write a piece this morning about a government related topic: politics. A teacher in high school once told me there were two topics to avoid when writing and I’ve tried to adhere to that advice over time. Politics was one of them. It was only two topics back then, probably more now. So… no political piece from me. Suffice it to say my only red hats are Cabela’s or Arizona Cardinals. And, I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid. Still it all makes me sad and has me walking around mumbling “WTF” a few dozen times throughout the week.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that today is ten weeks since I have had a cigarette and almost two weeks since I have been off the patch. Although I have a son in college, my youngest is still in Middle School. I need to be around for a while. Not smoking also makes food taste better and my nightly coughing fits are gone. Maybe it will also improve my 5K times.

Now, back to figuring out if I am gaining or losing an hour today. I know tomorrow I will be heading in to work in the dark once again.


Weekend Coffee Share is hosted each week by Part Time Monster

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  1. philosophoenix

    Congratulations on your quitting success. It’s good to have a coffee share after so long. First, Allow me to demystify DST. I like to use time zone difference to keep track. In spring, you’re in PST calling MST–it’s an hour later. In fall, you’re on the east coast calling the central time zone, it’s an hour earlier.

    Okay, so..Spring Forward. You lose an hour. Whatever the hoohaw anyone tells you, daylight savings time was originally instituted to benefit the railroad magnates. They wanted a constant timetable with a maximum number of daylight hours in which to operate, and the tilt of the earth inconvenienced them.

    • W.C. Cunningham

      Now I learned something. Someone up here had actually told me it had something to do with not wanting children heading to school in the dark during the winter. Who knew 🙂

      • philosophoenix

        After-the -fact rationalization is a common theme. Add that one to the pile: farm workers need extra daylight; common commuters need more daylight to be alert; it makes the day longer etc. etc. etc.

        It boils down to the American form–government has long served the needs of those who can pay. It’s not nice, and it’s certainly inflammatory, but it’s no less true for all such a thought makes most people squirm. I don’t shy away from writing about politics, because it infiltrates even the most incidental aspects of culture. I just pick my battles. ?

  2. bettylouise31

    I remember when DST started. It occurred during World War Two. It was to give an extra hour of daylight for the war effort. I like the the extra hour of light, I wish it would all the time. I understand the resoning for ST as it is dark here in the mornings. I Iive in Arizona and realize the time doesn’t matter as it is hot both times.
    Congratulations on quitting smoking. Kep up the good effort.

    • W.C. Cunningham

      I spent the majority of my life in Arizona so I never had to worry about with the exception of certain times in the year when I’d call people out of state.

  3. Corina

    Congrats on the smoking issue. Not only do you have to be around a while longer, you need to provide that positive example for your sons. So glad you are doing that!

    • W.C. Cunningham

      Thank you! It’s a tough habit to quit.

  4. Mary Rowen

    Congrats on quitting, Bill! Have been there and know it’s not easy. Good on you. Also nice to have coffee again! WTF on this red race, huh? But that’s all I’ll say too.

    • W.C. Cunningham

      Thanks Mary! The crazy thing about quitting is random moments when I want a cigarette. This political season has been interesting to say the least.

  5. roweeee

    Congratulations on quitting , Bill. Keep it up! We are still on Daylight Savings Time here in Sydney but it’s now dark when we get up in the morning. Personally, I take this as a sign that I should still be asleep but the rest of the world disagrees. Kids need to get to school and unfortunately, they’re not automated. Actually, my daughter isn’t that animated either!
    The big problem with daylights savings is turning up somewhere public either an hour early or late such as Church. Rather embarrassing to flaunt your confusion. I forgot to post my coffee share so perhaps I haven’t had enough coffee. Here’s the link: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/weekend-coffee-share-march-12-2016/
    xx Rowena

    • W.C. Cunningham

      Thanks for stopping by! I learned something else now. I thought DST was strictly an American thing.

      • roweeee

        No, quite universal.

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