It’s time to Spring Forward. Twice a year we move the clocks, replace the batteries in our smoke detectors, and get our teeth cleaned. Gooood times.
How was your week? Mine’s gotten better since I filled my camelback with espresso.
Everything has been coming at such a fast pace, I fall into bed exhausted each day only to smack the alarm clock across the room the next morning.
I have jet lag and not even a vacation to remember for it.
Every time our wonderful government changes to Daylight Saving Time the chickens and I go on strike. We plan on making hay while the sun shines, and not one minute before it does.
I always thought we invented this lovely little torture device to help out farmers. So originally, I was okay with it. I can put up with some inconvenience if it helps them feed America.
But then I actually pushed a couple of Google buttons, and do you know what? It’s a lie. Turns out, farmers were the biggest opponents of the idea. They have to wait for the dew to dry on crops before they can harvest them, while the market runs on, hours ahead of them.
I won’t be telling my hens about the movie I watched the other day.
It said the mass market for eggs compels some chicken ranchers to keep their hens in artificially lit henhouses on timers. Eggs are produced with greater regularity and business booms because ranchers are outsmarting the finicky creatures. Hens lay eggs during warm daylight hours, and when the sun or the temperature goes down so do they. What motivates these ladies is a 12-hour-a-day year-round simulated vacation in the Bahamas. Sounds great until you realize this can only go on for a couple of years before the exhausted things are turned into pot pies.
Believe it or not, cows are not interested in moving their milking times around in the morning just because the dairy moved the clock hands forward an hour. I imagine the dairymen are not going to house their cows in giant artificially lit stadiums, though.
Not so surprisingly, the grilling and golf industries voted two enthusiastic thumbs up, convincing our government to stretch DST from six to our current eight months long. I suppose they don’t think about where the chicken and beef on those barbecue grills came from?
And if you had a choice between an extra hour of sleep and an extra hour of golf, which would you choose? I know, right?
Research shows our risk of a heart attack surges by 10% on the Monday and Tuesday following our big Spring Forward.
That could be from the alarm clock shrieking into our ears in the dark.
It could stem from our attempt to defeat the jet lag with gallons of caffeine and sugar.
It could come from reading about how the egg industry treats chickens.
But I ask you: Are we going to keep putting up with this nonsense?
When I want to be healthy, wealthy and wise, I’ll let you know.
In the meantime, get off my roost!