by: Carrie A. Blakley
With All Hallow’s E’en, and All Saints Day having passed, we now head in to the time that’s even far more creepy than any celebrated/recognized day of the Autumn season. The three-worded day, which strikes more fear into the hearts of many, than waking up to a house full of bears. Daylight Savings Time. By now, we’re probably all fairly well aware of the person responsible for incorporating this madness into our lives, George Hudson. To be fair, Benjamin Franklin did propose that the French ration their candle use by turning in to bed earlier, and rising earlier, in order to use the Sunlight more efficiently. Mr. Franklin did not, however, ‘invent’ Daylight Savings Time. Nope. We can thank a New Zealand entomologist for proposing this Daylight Savings Time nonsense to the world. I mean, truly think about the reaction our French neighbors must have had when an American made the suggestion of rationing candle use, even if it was done for purposes of satire.
Oddly enough, yet another holiday from across the pond, also takes place on the same day as Daylight Savings Time. Guy Fawkes Day. Modern society was made aware of this odd day through the movie, V is for Vendetta. Remember! Remember, the fifth of November! The Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I cannot find reason that the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot! This oh so lovely holiday firmly took its place in history back on November 5th, 1605, when Guy Fawkes’ attempt at blowing up the entirety of Parliament, as well as King James himself, was foiled. Mind you, this attempt was religiously charged, whereas the wretched Daylight Savings Time suggestion was based solely on hobby and work related ideas.
Thus, my theory is, that somewhere between Daylight Savings Time, and Guy Fawkes Day, the truth lies. I’m fairly certain that we’ve all found said truth at some point in our lives, but none the less, we continue to endow ourselves with the glorious search for our own personal truths, even though we’ve likely discovered them years ago. We just keep looking anyway. As for me, well….I keep myself firmly planted within the realm of mediocrity, and strive to continue my search for the perfect cup of coffee. After all, what may hold true for one, may not hold true for another. Have a safe week everyone, and may the odds be ever in your favor on Sunday.