Dear Daylight Savings,

I miss you!  I know I never really paid you any attention while you were a part of my life, and now I regret that. I apologize for my neglect. Of course I noticed the whole “Spring Forward” “Fall Back” thing.  Like most people, I rejoiced when I got an extra hour of sleep one fall Sunday, and struggled a few days when all of a sudden I had to get myself to work or school an hour earlier (I always found this particularly cruel when Spring Forward coincided with the end of Spring Break. Ouch).  I’m sorry that I only paid you any mind those two times a year.  Now that you’re gone, I really miss you.  My students tell me that getting rid of you in Georgia was one of the reforms of the Rose Revolution, and I just can’t understand how it’s a step towards modernization or Westernization to make me wake up in the dark.  By American standards, my alarm going off at 7:35 AM is getting to sleep in quite late. But nonetheless, I’ve been waking up and dragging myself to start my commute while it still isn’t fully bright out, which makes me not fully awake (and the worst of it is over…dawn is later than it used to be).

Case in point:

Length of day Solar noon
Date Sunrise Sunset This day Difference Time Altitude Distance
(million mi)
Jan 27, 2013 8:18 AM 6:10 PM 9h 52m 07s + 2m 06s 1:14 PM 29.9° 91.541
Jan 28, 2013 8:17 AM 6:11 PM 9h 54m 16s + 2m 08s 1:14 PM 30.2° 91.553
Jan 29, 2013 8:16 AM 6:12 PM 9h 56m 26s + 2m 10s 1:14 PM 30.5° 91.565
Jan 30, 2013 8:15 AM 6:14 PM 9h 58m 38s + 2m 12s 1:14 PM 30.7° 91.577
Jan 31, 2013 8:14 AM 6:15 PM 10h 00m 53s + 2m 14s 1:14 PM 31.0° 91.590
Feb 1, 2013 8:13 AM 6:16 PM 10h 03m 09s + 2m 16s 1:14 PM 31.3° 91.604
Feb 2, 2013 8:12 AM 6:17 PM 10h 05m 27s + 2m 18s 1:15 PM 31.6° 91.618

Chart from http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html?n=371

The bright side is that there have been some lovely golden and hot pink sunrises spotlighting Mtatsminda.  But still…I’d feel much more awake if I were able to rise after the sun.  I am not a vampire.
Love,
Em

P.S. I know (thanks to Wikipedia) that Daylight Savings Time is technically what we do in the summer so that it doesn’t get light so early in summer and stays light longer.  However Georgia seems to have gotten mixed up somewhere along the switching, because there have been some mornings when it feels like the sun is just never going to rise.)