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It’s About Time


picture of springing forward

This next weekend is on my extremely short list of my least favorite weekends of the year. Why? We will be switching to Daylight Savings Time. It seems as though losing an hour happens when I'm tired enough already. Oh well, we'll get that hour back in November, right? :-) I'm going to confess something to you in this public forum and I beg you not to turn me in to the authorities — I do not get up in the middle of the night to change my clocks. (Gasp!) For a day or two afterwards, I keep finding clocks that I didn't think of on various appliances, etc. I basically loathe the whole process.

Time has been on my mind lately already as I try to grasp the reality that our grandson Drew is turning four this Wednesday. My long-time readers will probably find that as hard to believe as we do! It doesn't seem like four years since he was born six and a half weeks early. Our second grandchild is due in about a month, and at least for Grandma and Poppie, the time has just flown since we first heard the news. (Although it may not have seemed that way for Mark and Katie, especially for Katie....) The same is true of how fast Nora and Topher's wedding is coming up — in less than four weeks!

Today's blog post is a mixture of cartoons and jokes about time,.

Many people have a fairly fluid sense of time, as seen in the following chat exchange.

picture of a chat


A customer calls the round-the-clock tech support hotline to ask what hours the call center is open.

Tech: "The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

Customer: "Is that Eastern or Pacific time?"

(I'm not sure the tech was able to help that customer as the call continued....)

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This next cartoon helps me better understand things when a student tells me how long he or she worked on something for my class.

picture of a student teacher exchange

Airhead: "Excuse me, what time is it right now?"

Friend: "It's 11:25pm."

Airhead (confused look on face): "You know, it's the weirdest thing — I've asked that question at least thirty times today, and every time someone gives me a different answer."

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Since I don't have enough time to do all the things I enjoy doing, I have a hard time understanding those who experience boredom.

picture of a boredom relief

Late one evening, proudly showing off his new apartment to a couple of his friends, a man led the way to his bedroom where there was a big brass gong. "What's that gong for?" one of the guests asked.

"It's not a gong. It's a talking clock." the man replied.

"A talking clock? Seriously?" asked his astonished friend.

"Yup," replied the man.

"How's it work?" the second guest asked, squinting at it.

"Watch," the man said. He picked up a hammer, gave it an ear shattering pound, and stepped back. The three stood looking at one another for a moment. Suddenly, someone on the other side of the wall screamed "You IDIOT! Don't you know it's ten past one in the morning?!"

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There are many time wasters available today that can cut into our productivity.

picture of a productivity triangle

Via tumblr

Do you like switching to and from Daylight Savings Time? I guess our liking it or not liking it won't change anything, but at least you have a platform for venting if you don't. :-)

quotation...

"We don't seek God because He's lost — it's because we're lost and need Him." - Drew Conley

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Rob

It used to be only death and taxes were inevitable. Now, of course, there's shipping and handling, too.


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13 Comments on “It’s About Time”

  1. #1 Ryan
    on Mar 7th, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I like setting the clocks forward because we get an extra hour of daylight in the evening.

    Rob adds: It is nice to have the extra daylight in the evening, but I just don’t enjoy the process at either end of things. It’s like jetlag to me.

  2. #2 Donna Lawrence
    on Mar 7th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I have a couple of clocks that I just leave alone–they are right half of the year …

    Rob adds: Now that “they who know what’s best for all the rest of us” have made Daylight Savings Time begin earlier and end later, those clocks of yours are either right over half of the year or less than half of the year, Donna.

  3. #3 Jason
    on Mar 7th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    The best clock for daylight savings time:

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/18/ora-illegale-clock-tips-to-compensate-for-daylight-savings-time/

    You just tip it one way or the other when it’s time to change the clocks!

    Rob adds: Jason, I *LOVE* it! That is pure genius. Thanks for the link. :-D

  4. #4 Vikki
    on Mar 7th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Being a night person, I hate the spring time change. It seems like my brain takes forever to adjust to it. When the alarm goes off in the morning, I keep thinking, “If they would have just left it alone, it would only be 5 am and I could sleep for another hour.” Fall, on the other hand, IS something to look forward to.

    Actually, I would be happy if they just picked one time and left it there, but it is nice to have the extra daylight during the summer and not have to leave for work in the dark during the winter. I know, maybe they could just convince the sun to move instead!

    Rob adds: “They” are so enamored with themselves and what they do that they may already be convinced that they’ve moved the sun, Vikki.

  5. #5 Doodie Hutchison
    on Mar 7th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I used to (operative words: used to) own an alarm clock that was programmed to automatically change time when daylight saving time came around. But one year the powers-that-be decided to switch the weekend of change, and my clock didn’t get the memo, so it changed anyway. It woke me up for church an hour early, and I proceeded to get the family up, cook breakfast, get ready, etc., until my husband saw the clock on the cable box–still at the old time. We think the clock is still in orbit . . .

    Rob adds: LOL, Doodie! We had a clock-radio like that in the kitchen. We’ve now replaced it with a clock we have to change manually instead of having to put masking tape over the clock for a total of about a month of the year. :-)

  6. #6 Sarah
    on Mar 7th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I love the fall time change, but could sure do without the spring one! Although it can be amusing to see what time people arrive for church at both ends of the spectrum… ;)

    We should all just move to Saskatchewan. They don’t use daylight savings time. Half the year they match Alberta (Mountain Standard time), and half they match Manitoba (Central Standard).

    Rob adds: That sounds interesting and confusing, Sarah.

  7. #7 Andrea
    on Mar 7th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I have a digital clock with a switch for daylight savings time, so all I have to do is flip the switch! (Assuming my clock was on the right setting to begin with…)

    Rob adds: Where can I get one?! :-D

  8. #8 Evelyn Matzko
    on Mar 7th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Congratulations on all the family changes ! Your four year old is so cute and just think a new little one and the coming wedding will be delightful ! Keep this all in mind when at my age you have 11 great-grandchildren and can get pictures of them on the computer everyday from wherever they are ! It keeps life so interesting and fun ! Thank You for your fun blog ! Evelyn

    Rob adds: Thanks, Mrs. Matzko! I hope I’m as active as you are if I live to be your age. You are exemplary! Glad you enjoy my blog. I think you are my oldest reader.

  9. #9 Carrie
    on Mar 7th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I love the “in case of nothing to do” gadget, but like you can’t imagine having nothing to do!!! I don’t mind DST, but think it’s unneccessary. Here in Alaska, it seems especially ridiculous.

    Rob adds: So, in the Land of the Midnight Sun they switch to DSL?!? What brilliance made that decision?

  10. #10 Andrea
    on Mar 8th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    It’s an RCA clock radio (Model #: rp5420b), and I’m pretty sure I got it at Walmart. (No need to actually post this, I just wanted to reply to the question)

    Rob adds: Thanks, Andrea. I’ll put this out there in case anyone else thinks it’s a good idea.

  11. #11 Larry
    on Mar 8th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    The Bermuda Triangle is sooo true!! It seems that between those three nothing gets done =)

    Rob adds: I guess we just need to navigate away from those waters…. :-D

  12. #12 Caroline
    on Mar 8th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    i don’t really understand the whole daylight savings time thing, to be honest. i’m just glad all my clocks are electronic and change automatically! i would be so lost otherwise!

    Rob adds: You’ll be glad for those self-changing clocks until the Congress-critters move the dates again. :-)

  13. #13 pelf
    on Mar 9th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    The Bermuda Triangle concept is so so true! So if I want to get things done from now onwards, I’d need to switch either one of those off :D

    Rob adds: Great consumers of our time, if we allow them to.


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