Originally created 11/05/02

Daylight-saving time's extra hour just slips away



The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in all of us.

- Paul Valery

More than a week has passed, and I've just about gotten used to the time change.

It gets dark earlier. It gets light earlier.

That sort of thing.

Back on Oct. 27, I had great plans for my "extra" hour - a little more family time, perhaps 60 minutes to relax over something from that stack of books I've been meaning to read.

But it didn't happen.

That extra hour I was given more than a week ago sort of slipped away like the morning cup of coffee I drink with the newspaper.

You sip, then sip, then suddenly it's gone.

I don't think I was alone.

I have a theory that if anyone measured such things they'd find more people are late for church on the first morning of a time change with an extra hour than they were the week before.

I don't know why.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The big fish always get away - that's why they're big.

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TODAY'S JOKE: Three college fraternity brothers went to Mexico one night, got drunk, got into a lot of trouble and awoke the next morning in jail and sentenced to be executed, although none could remember what they had done the night before.

The first one was strapped in the electric chair and asked if he had any last words.

"I am attending my college's divinity school," he said, "and I believe a higher power will intervene on behalf of the innocent."

They threw the switch and nothing happened, so they let him go.

The second student is strapped in and asked for his last words.

"I am a college law student," he said proudly, "and I believe in the power of justice to intervene on behalf of the innocent."

Again, they threw the switch and again nothing happened. So they let him go, too.

Finally, the third student is strapped into the electric chair and asked whether he has any last words.

"Sure," he said smugly, "I'm an electrical engineering student, and I can say that you guys aren't going to electrocute anybody if you don't connect those two loose wires over there."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or bkirby@augustachronicle.com.