I know I’m in a very, very small minority here, but I LOVE the fall daylight saving change. I love the thin, pale blue light of early winter mornings and the fact that sunset occurs before 6:00. There’s something so archaic about these darkened evenings, so pioneer, as if all the technology in the world can’t stop the cycles of the earth and sun. On a personal level, I feel that the new schedule gives me permission to rise super-early (which I love) and to hunker down around 7:00 pm (which is when we all should stop working anyway, goddammit!!!!!) I also find the early dark more convivial and cozy—somehow the fact that we all have to be inside together leaves me longing for cocktail parties and scrabble and small intimate gatherings.
This year, daylight saving time came a week later, which disappointed me. However, the reason for the change cracks me up! Of course, the politicians will tell you that this format saves energy, but I’ve heard several reports about the candy industry and Halloween which indicate that candy lobbyists (seriously, what a job THAT would be!) have been pushing hard for the change as it ensures “more” Halloween and therefore huge profits.
But if you google “daylight saving candy” you can find others.
So, if you’re depressed, blame M&M/Mars, I guess… or eat some: there’s serotonin in chocolate, right?