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Manipulating Father Time - 11/05/13

    It seems at every turn this week, someone is complaining about the time shift.  A friend wrote on Facebook, "Why do we have to do this every year?  Depressing."   At my dental check up Monday, the hygienist brought it up saying she's starting to feel depressed by the darkness at 5:00.  I agreed wholeheartedly. 
    In my line of work, I aim to keep my opinion to myself.  But on this topic, I'm clearly not riding the fence.  Dislike with a capital D!
   This is 2013.  Why are we still manipulating father time?   This is supposed to benefit an agrarian society and as I was reading, has no real benefit for an industrialized society. So again, I ask... why are we still doing this?  I love our farmers, but come on.   Last time I checked, we passed through the Industrial Revolution with flying colors in the early 1800's.
    How about we just stay on summer hours all year long.  You know, there are other countries doing this with great success and less complaining---   Argentina, Iceland, Russia, Uzbekistan and Belarus are all doing it.  I sound like Nike now.. JUST DO IT!!    
    So, who can we thank for all of this time trouble?  George Vernon Hudson.  Yeah, this ole boy came up with the clever concept in 1895.  Germany was first on board as a way to  ease coal shortages during WWI.  The US followed suit in 1918... and so began this scheduled saga.
     I was reading where this practice actually complicates billing, record keeping, even medical devices. People miss meetings over this silliness.   So, there's a real cost value here.  Not the least of which is my sleep.  I haven't gotten a good night's sleep in three days.  Why? Because my kids go to bed at their normal bed time, but they're still waking up at their OLD time.  Their body clock is telling them it's 7:30, when in fact... it's just 6:30!!!! (Way too early for us-- we are NOT MORNING PEOPLE.)  Don't get me wrong.  I love my kids more than anything.  I just don't want to see them quite that early.      Here's to longer days and the hope that someone in government eventually comes to their senses and stops this seasonal charade.

 

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BIRTHDAY MONKEY

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) -- At 31, Nikko is the old man -- of North American monkeys. The Minnesota Zoo will be celebrating the snow monkey's birthday today. Zoo officials say Nikko will be getting birthday presents, which they call "enrichment items." Zoo spokesman Tom Ness says Nikko has always been "laid back." Ness speculates Nikko's mellow personality has helped him to live almost twice as long as a typical male.

STATE FAIR-FOOD

DALLAS (AP) -- If it can be fried -- it's been tried at the State Fair of Texas. Fair officials in Dallas have announced the winners for the Best Tasting and Most Creative new foods at the expo. The Best Tasting Award goes to a fried Gulf shrimp boil. That's baby Gulf shrimp, diced red potatoes, onion, lemon, and seasoning formed around a cocktail shrimp, dusted, fried and served with a remoulade sauce. The award for Most Creative goes to Funnel Cake Ale. It's a beer with hints of the midway treat, funnel cake. This year's fair runs from September 26 to October 19.

FIRE TRUCK REFRIGERATORS

BENTON, Ky. (AP) -- A western Kentucky fire department has a cool idea -- an onboard fridge. One of the trucks at the Palma-Briensburg Fire Department has a refrigerator. It used to chill water to keep the firefighters hydrated. Assistant Chief Todd Devine tells WPSD-TV summer heat combined with 35 to 40 pounds of gear takes a toll. He says access to the cold water could help save a life. He adds coolers will be added to more fire trucks.

GINSENG SEASON

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- There's gold in the forests of West Virginia -- in the form of ginseng. West Virginia's ginseng season began yesterday and runs through November. Ginseng dealer Dave Cook tells The Charleston Gazette he expects a good harvest this year. Officials also expect good prices. Robin Black of the West Virginia Division of Forestry says last year ginseng was selling for a near record of $780 a pound.

 
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