Bearman Cartoon: Daylight Savings Time

This cartoon was inspired by Jill at Elemental, My Dear Blog.  She asked people to capture the phrase “march comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” in words or pictures.  I of course think of March as the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring and of course Daylight Savings Time.

Not only does it mean I lose an hour in my day but it also means that it will stay lighter longer.  All of which makes sense to me even though we aren’t farmers who need the extra light anymore.  What kills me is actually in the winter when we push back the clocks an hour.  All that means to me is that it is dark when I go to work and gets darker that much earlier so I come home in the dark too.

What’s even crazier is that some locales in the States honor DST and others don’t.  So some cities that part of the year are an hour behind are now the same time.  I always forget when which makes it fun for when I visit those cities for work.  I am either on time or an hour late.

What are your thoughts?  Any benefit to it anymore or should we dump the whole system?

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  1. qka says:

    The start/stop of Daylight Savings Time has been changed several times in my lifetime – always starting earlier and ending later.

    It always seems to be changed under the guise of “energy conservation”!


    Several changes back, it was revealed after the change that one of the biggest lobbyers for the change was the parent company of 7-11 stores. Seems they had research indicating customers, particularly women, were less likely to shop at 7-11 stores when it was dark. So have the government change the laws so that it stays lighter later, and 7-11 can sell more stuff.

    True story!

    • Bearman says:

      I spoke with a friend who works at an energy company. He said a couple years ago they messed with DST in order to save energy. He said it actually increased energy usage after the change.

      Who knew 7-11 had such a large lobby..haha good story.

  2. DadaHyena says:

    Way to think outside of the panel!

    …and I hope Springheel Jack there has a pillow to land on.

  3. Friggin Loon says:

    Pity us damn fools in Western Australia, we are two/three hours behind the other states. We had a trial daylight savings which was voted out after a referendum. I personally hate it because i work 24/7 whether the friggin sun comes up or not 🙁

  4. Tony says:

    I like the extra daylight time after work in the evening if you wanna go out & do stuff in the yard. We go back to non DST 1st Sunday in April. I wonder if I can get a cash rebate on all the daylight I saved during Summer

  5. FJ says:

    You’re right Bear, it seems like an artifact of a bygone era, but I guess I like having daylight after work…you know, I can exercise if I really wanted too…not that I do mind you.

    • Bearman says:

      True but I like having that extra daylight in the evening moreso in the winter than in the summer. So I say year round DST.

  6. Dan says:

    Wait, so if father time is stuck does that mean that time is going to stand still? Like the Twilight Zone episode where Ponce De Leon hands out a stop watch that can stop time?

    • Bearman says:

      I missed that one. My favorite was they one that showed there were people who every minute were making the entire world for the next minute. Sometimes they screwed up and forgot some details which explains when you know you put your keys in a certain place and the next minute they are gone.

  7. Bo Lumpkin says:

    Dalight savings time means that a lot of us old folks are going to have to be going to bed when it is still daylight before long.

  8. Dan Long says:

    I say keep DST year-round. All “falling back” does is make us drive home from work at what seems like 10 pm because it’s pitch dark out. Makes you feel, every day, like you worked all through the day and night. It’s nice and refreshing to get off work and still have hours of daylight left.

    • Bearman says:

      It’s nice and refreshing in the winter to get off work and not think I left at midnight. Ok so it still gets dark early but I’ll take the hour.

  9. jynksie says:

    DST is the biggest crock since someone muttered “big government is functional”! Whether or not you move time, you still have the same amount of daylight on a given day. And of course electrical consumption would go up in these modern times, take my pool for instance, my central air for instance… they run regardless of the time of day!! DST needs to be abolished!!

    Stupid-stupid-stupid… I want my hour back dammit!! o.O

  10. WriterDood says:

    Dump it.
    I’m sick of this crap.
    Now I’m tired and it will take me six months to get my head straight.

  11. I always kinda expected Father Time to be bit grumpy…

  12. George says:

    I don’t see the purpose either way. All it does is confuse me and you know hard it is for me to think anyway. 🙂

  13. Don Mills says:

    Well you likely saw this coming but I’d suggest we forget tinkering with the hours and set the clocks back 50 years.

    • Bearman says:

      That might work but then again, I saw what they used to do medically 50 years ago and personally I don’t want to go back.

  14. lisleman says:

    like the cartoon
    it would be fine with me if we could just drop DST but most of the world needs to get involved
    BTW we could also get rid of the penny.

    • Bearman says:

      NOooooooooo…didn’t you see that movie (was it Richard Pryor) where he took the rounded up portion of a penny and put it in his account. It was Millions. I am not giving more of my money to the man!!

  15. David says:

    I almost forgot all about Daylight Savings Time. My wife came to the East Coast from Indiana where, apparently, there is no DST. Central Coasters: I envy you.

  16. Tracy Brady says:

    I hate DET.. I can think of at least two occassion were i arrived late the first day of a new job because of it… No one needs more time in the fields anymore because technology has made it almost redundant so why havent we gotten rid of it yet?

  17. nursemyra says:

    I LOVE daylight saving! Over here in the southern hemisphere it will end in about three weeks, shortly after that I’ll probably come down with a bad case of seasonally affective disorder which will last until I take my annual holiday in the sun.

    I wish we could have it all year round, driving home in the dark after work makes me S.A.D…. 🙁

  18. nursemyra says:

    hey bearman, can you fix your link when you leave comments on my blog? It links back to your old blog instead of the new one

    • Bearman says:

      Sorry I must have been logged into at the time and didn’t realize it. When I do, it automatically logs me using that url.

  19. jill says:

    hey, you didn’t let me know about this!! you know i’m slow in making the rounds sometimes. thanks for contributing!

    i like Daylight Savings Time (or is it Standard Time?) whichever it is, i like it when it gets dark later in the day.

    • Bearman says:

      Well I figured you need to make the rounds because you never know. I guess trackbacks don’t work on your Blogger accounts.

  20. jammer5 says:

    Used to be during DST, when I was working, I got an extra hour on the golf course, and that was about it. Now I’m retired and it doesn’t mean a thing. Arizona, I think, is one of the places that doesn’t do DST.

  21. Sheila Deeth says:

    I love the image. Poor father time. And all us poor folk bouncing on the same trampoline. I kind of like getting the extra hour in bed in the fall, but I’m not sure it’s worth the effort. And I hate having to wake up in the dark again. Can’t we have natural time?

  22. My biggest complaint about the time change fiasco is that by the time I have finally gone around and changed all the clocks in my apartment, and my watch, and figured out how to reset the clock in my wife’s car etc. etc. I have to turn around and do the whole dance all over again. Seems like a lot of pain for not much gain to me! 🙂

    • Bearman says:

      At least many of the clock in my house change automatically. Cable box etc. And now it helps that I have an alarm clock that allows me to set the clock in reverse as well as forward.

      • I have a self-adjusting alarm clock that has been pre-programed with time change info. Unfortunately I got it before these dates were ‘adjusted’, so now I have to change it manually once, and then again later when it changes itself per the non-adjusted schedule.

        PS Now that you have the comment counter thing I’m not sure if it’s proper etiquette to leave a comment a day or only one per post (I’ve been trying to restrain myself, but … you know …) 🙂

        • Bearman says:

          I am all about the conversation. Anything relevant is OK with me. Don’t restrain yourself if you have something to say.

          I can tell the difference between good comments and people just trying to bump themselves. You are the former (most of the time..haha)

  23. lynn says:

    whoa….this place has changed since i was here last! i like it a lot!! however do you keep track of your commenters? is there a widget for that? nice rise to Jill’s challenge too!

  24. lynn says:

    hey thanks! i read the terms about the banner ads etc… now i’m just scared and confused. i think i have to re-read. thanks again for the info on that widget.

  25. Ahhh
    I live in Jamaica, we do not change our clocks at all. Based on the American influence though it may throw some of us off a bit.

  26. I’ve got spring forward jet lag for sure. Combined with Spring Fever it is not good. Love the look on Father Time’s face, ha!

  27. David says:

    DST is just another way to enforce control over the masses. They decide when to give and take away time. I mean, that’s a lot of power!


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