Some people say that Ben Franklin is the reason Daylight Savings came up in the first place. Franklin traveled to Paris often, and for whatever reason started telling the French they should be in bed before sunset because horse-drawn carriages were banned after dark. So no one could get around, and instead of eating or smoking or whatever, they should sleep. Then he suggested that the city could rise at dawn from the shooting of some grandiose canon. It would fire and windows would rattle, waking everything up.

Thank you, sir, for the wit and the bifocals. For the lightening rods and the odometers. But not for giving anybody the idea of falling forward and springing back. I just walked against the wind from downtown to Capitol Hill, and after my umbrella turned inside out for the fifth time in the fresh dark I kept thinking about all these people in France, already warmed in wooden beds.

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