Originally created 03/07/03

Longer days mean losing treasured hour of sleep



Hangmen and politicians work best when the spirit is at its lowest ebb.

- Russell Baker

You've probably noticed the days are getting longer.

I know I have. At first, I was thinking I was getting home earlier each night. I was also thinking I was sleeping later each morning, because there was sometimes daylight when I walked out to get the paper.

Of course, it's all in our heads.

We still get home late. We still get up early.

And a month from now, everything changes again when daylight-saving time begins April 6.

That's the one when we lose an hour.

You know, the one we dread.

  • STILL ZELL: A group of activists wants to remove the name of the late Richard B. Russell from a Washington, D.C., office building because it maintains the longtime Georgia senator was a segregationist.

    When asked for a comment, U.S. Sen. Zell Miller - who, like Mr. Russell, served as both a senator and a Georgia governor, said, "I'll get around to that right after we change the name of Washington, D.C., which was named for a slave owner."

  • THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.

  • TODAY'S JOKE: This one comes from Ruth Tewes:

    A fourth-grade teacher had to leave the room for a few minutes. When she returned, she found the children in perfect order. Everybody was sitting absolutely quiet.

    She was stunned and said, "I've never seen anything like it before. This is wonderful. But, please tell me, what came over all of you? Why are you so well behaved and quiet?"

    Finally, after much urging, little Sally spoke up and said, "Well, one time you said that if you ever came back and found us quiet, you would drop dead."

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