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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Half Truth about DST

Oh the Indystar made a huge stinky pile with this piece The Outlook on DST: Bright.

Hoosiers have seen the light, and many of us actually like it.

Fans of daylight-saving time have a double reason to celebrate today -- the first day of summer and 15 hours between sunrise and sunset.

As noted in the comments of that article, God gave us 15 hours of sunlight, not DST.

The sun will set today at 9:16 p.m. and will continue to set at 9 p.m. or later through
the end of July.

Two and a half months after DST went into effect in Central Indiana, Hoosiers seem to like the evening light -- although pockets of resistance remain.

Pockets of resistance?? They are called parents and people who like to sleep!

Who's unhappy? Parents of small kids, who have a hard time convincing their children it's nighttime when the sun's still high in the sky.

I wonder why???

Drive-ins' gloomy view starting to look sunnier

Drive-in movie theater owners who opposed the time-change legislation say attendance actually has increased. But there are differing opinions on why.

"We've just been fortunate this year with a bunch of great movies," said Steve Wilson, who owns Holiday Drive-in in Mitchell, about 80 miles south of Indianapolis. "Fortunately, we have a real dedicated audience that will come no matter what."

The first show at many drive-ins has been pushed back to about 9:45 p.m., with second shows starting as late as 12:30 a.m.

Oh this gloating is too much... it is a proven FACT that these later days will kill off some drive ins, and according to the comments to the article one drive in has already shut its doors. I love drive ins and have made it a point to go, but look how late the double features start! The movies don't end till 1AM... how many families are going to do that consistantly?

Golf courses and other businesses are seeing green

Meanwhile, golf courses are reaping their expected rewards. The Legends of Indiana Golf
Course in Franklin, for example, reported that business was up 7 percent as Hoosiers take advantage of later tee times.

Jeremy Johnson, 27, Indianapolis, said he recently teed off at 6:45 p.m. at Legends and played 18 holes before night fell.

Oh thank GOODNESS the golfers get an extra hour at night... how many families golf together??? Do you take your kids to the range with you??? NO!

Experts say the longer days come with pitfalls.
"It is difficult to get to sleep when it is so light and that can be a problem for kids who need a lot of sleep but also for adults," said Dr. Hany Haddad, co-director of the Community Health Network's Sleep/Wake Disorders Center in Indianapolis.

Haddad said humans have a biological clock that is set in part by darkness and light. With DST's later sunsets, sleep may be delayed.

"We hate it," said Melanie Inch, 35, the mother of 6-year-old Frankie and a worker at a Southside day-care center. "Everybody's complaining.

"It's too light out; you can't put the kids to bed. They think they should be out playing. They're restless, too much energy."

Phil and Jill Eichacker, the parents of Sam, 4, and Benjamin, 2, said they have figured out a system to beat the clock. They delayed the boys' naptime from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., and take them out later.

The family has already gone to an Indianapolis Indians game, a movie and taken bike rides -- all after 7 p.m.

Oh yea, parents are just WHINY! Hey they could do stuff after 7pm BEFORE DST... they just couldn't do it till 10 at night! OMG does this article piss me off.