Getting clocked

The oven clock is missing a knob and any adjustments must therefore be made with pliers. Or, perchance, a hammer.

Fuck a bunch of Daylight Saving Time.

Take my column. Take the White House. Take my girlish laughter.

“Time is a social construct,” says the notoriously antisocial Turk.

But please, don’t take that hour of sleep from me on a brisk Sunday morning in March.

No, goddamnit, I mean it this time. I refuse to participate. I will be an hour late for everything until the nation (save for Hawaii and parts of Arizona) comes to its senses.

You don’t see the Turk getting up an hour early just because the tyrannical feddle gummint controls the nation’s time zones, do you?

You do not, and I have the photographic evidence to prove it.

• Extra Credit Tales of Daylight Saving Time in Crusty County and Elsewhere: And you think you had it rough, resetting your bedside alarm, oven clock and wristwatch. Harrison Walter has a whole room full of clocks that require his attention.


23 Responses to “Getting clocked”

  1. Mark Rothschild Says:

    Always TIME…..for TIME

  2. Sharon Says:

    Our kitten will continue to get the same 23 hours of sleep each day, no matter what the clock says! Has to keep her strength and power in store for the times she has to hunt for food (or find her bowl in the kitchen)…

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Sweet Home, Arizona. I’m surprised the Navajo Nation still participates in this obsolete time changing ritual. The Hopi Nation gave it up, even the little parts of Hopi land surrounded by Navajo land. Take off you knob!

  4. khal spencer Says:

    I have to claim the title of contrarian, at least in The Olde Daze. Was always nice to get off work at the usual time and do a long ride. Back in Paradise even without DST there was a lot of midsummer daylight left for a long ride home, such as leaving the U of Hawaii in Honolulu and riding home via the Pali Highway pass over the Koolaus and then through Waimanalo to the Six Cat Estate in Hawaii Kai. Or more recently, riding up to the Valles Caldera on the way home.

    I think the longest After Work Solstice Ride(tm) I did was back at Stony Brook University, the day I left my advisor’s lab at about five and rode out to Mattituck and back, reaching home just about last light.

    Sigh…to be young and ambitious again.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, K, you never did tell us if you’re officially retired. Are you a Man of Leisure now? A Taker instead of a Maker? On the verge of voting Republican just to be contrary?

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I can’t wait for Khal’s reply to that.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Sheeeyit. Santa Fe nearly turned me into a Republican.

      • khal spencer Says:

        No, I’m still employed although I’m not sure a Maker of WMD is contributing meaningfully to The Trickle Down Economy. I figure I will hang out at the bomb factory at least till this fall and see what the contract transition holds for us. Unless I go in and find out they fired me.

        A quite liberal colleague of mine who lives a couple blocks away calls Fanta Se “oppressively liberal”. Yeah, I can see O’G’s point. I’ve sometimes thought of registering as an Elefink just to rock the boat, but my Punjabi bride threatened to take a kirpan to my sensitive bits if I joined the GOP or the NRA.

        Speaking of Bombs for Profits, I was glad that Susanna vetoed the bill that would have made a nonprofit lab pay the GRT. It always bothered me that a state that floats on other taxpayer’s hard work would demand even more. Hence this.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Uncertain times, to be sure. I’m still “working,” but nobody with any brains thinks the bike-mag bizniz is as healthy as its dwindling readership. I could find myself retired at any minute, and I wouldn’t even have to leave home to find out.

        Noo Mesko does rely quite heavily on that ol’ debbil gummint, does it not? Jesus, if the feds pulled out of Albuquerque the tumbleweeds would be blowing down Central before you could spit out the first words of “Adiós, Amigos, Compañeros de Mi Vida.”

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          If Fort Hoochie Coochie closes, you all can move down here to Sorry Vista real cheap. Now you know why I bailed off the treadmill at the first opportunity.

          Well, Patrick, if we want to ride with Khal, it will be on the weekends unless he has vacation time to burn. After a move, that ain’t likely.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          You boyos pick an April weekend for cycling around the Greater Duke City-Fanta Se Clusterplex and we’ll do ‘er. Come one, come all.

          My schedule is wide open at the moment, with only a BRAIN cartoon due every other week. I plan to piss off solo to somewhere, sometime in March, but that notion is likewise fluid.

  5. debby511 Says:

    Being unencumbered by employment, I got up at the same time as always – when it got light out. The clock said it was an hour later, but I don’t care.

    Neither Maker nor Taker applies to me. Spender might be a better term, as I am surviving by spending my retirement savings. I’m looking forward to collecting my meager Social Security benefit next year, if they don’t take it away before then.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I hear ya, Debby. I can take something like 83 percent of my Socialist Insecurity if I “retire” at 64, and it’s tough to resist the temptation to grab it before it gets siphoned off to some Trump Family enterprise.

      Alas, everytime I bring it up Herself slaps my beak around to the other side of my head, Daffy Duck fashion.

      Are you a full-time Crestoner now? Whiling away the hours on a cushion at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center or in a steaming pool at the Orient Land Trust?

      • debby511 Says:

        Not sure if you’ll see this, Patrick, being a day late and a dollar short as it were. But yes, full time Crestonian. I spend a lot of time gazing at my trees and at the 14ers immediately to the east. The mountain is shrouded in fog today, looks spectacular.

  6. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    The DST discussion reminds me of the quote from someone about Climate Change. She said something to the effect that changing the clocks heats things up since there’s more daylight as a result.
    On the political front I’m reminded about when we lived in Amherst, MA. I felt like a right-winger there and was happy to move over to Northampton, where making a profit by selling something was not looked at as a crime.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Santa Fe always reminds me of The Firesign Theatre skit “Temporarily Humboldt County,” specifically the part where a hippie tells an Indian:

      “Hey, man, don’t let ’em bring you down now. There’s a lot of young people in this country just like myself who really know where the Indian’s at. And don’t worry, soon we’re all gonna be out here on the reservation, livin’ like Indians, and dressin’ like Indians, and doing all the simple, beautiful things that you Indians do.

      “Hey, got any peyote?”

    • khal spencer Says:

      Yup. Let’s see how long I last in the Democratic People’s Republic of Santa Fe before I flee and move to Wyoming.

  7. Carl Duellman Says:

    i grow a beard in november to protest the time change. we are on the wrong side of the time zone line so it gets dark around 5:00 making for a long bleak winter. my protest has not gone unheard as florida is talking about sticking with daylight savings time. long live after work rides!

  8. Shawn Says:

    I work in the morning (Ha !), and ride in the afternoons. When daylight savings time arises in the Spring, I’m a happy camper…. No more rides coming home in the dark.

    Re: Retirement…. Oh yeah…. I’ll do that a few years after I get that cushy job at Los Alamos NL…. Ark ! Ark !

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