Monday, February 12, 2007

An early end to the winter of our discontent?

Two interesting developments:

1. You may recall the the groundhog did or did not see his shadow back on February second. I can never remember which behavior indicates what result. (And, just between you and me, I'm not clear on the nexus between the groundhog and the change of the seasons. Just how does that little furball dictate the weather?) But I do remember the prediction is for an early end to winter. You might as well believe.
2. Daylight Saving Time is starting three weeks earlier this year, on March 11. Despite the fact that lots of articles like this one in the Detroit Free Press are fomenting a "son of Y2K" worry, I say bring it on. There is nothing more rejuvenating that those first few days of DST. (You might make a note on your calendar for March 11. If every electronic device you own seems to be a mess all of a sudden, it might be Y2007DST.)

If an early end to winter is important to this soft Californian, imagine how attractive it is to the ice covered midwesterners. And if you've ever felt the wind blow through you in the canyons of Manhattan - well, 'nuff said. So in conclusion, friends, I will rapidly transition from the mundane to the sublime and quote the words of Shelley:
"If winter comes, can spring be far behind?"

4 comments:

Scott said...

Speaking of groundhogs...how's that no good varmint doing in your yard? It's just a matter of time before your no good dog starts digging up the entire yard.

Barry Martin said...

Ahhh, you have divined the topic for tomorrow's post...stay tuned...

Trader Joe said...

Can anyone give a good reason why we have Daylight Savings Time? Planting the crops on time? Getting to school on time? What's the point?

Barry Martin said...

Wikipedia tells us DST was first used by the German government during WW1. It is typically seens as a way of reducing the amount of energy being used, since it stays light later in the evening and you don't have to turn on artificial lights. There are some studies that show that's true, and some others that refute it. To me, it's all about the possibility of playing 9 holes after work.