"It's 0600... what's the "o" stand for? Oh, my God, it's early!"
-Robin Williams as Adrian Cronauer in Good Morning Vietnam
You know back in 2007, Congress changed the start and end dates of Daylight Savings Time, to extend the DST period by an extra month each year? I'm definitely a fan. I think it's great that the precious daylight hours after work are conserved for a few more weeks. But in recent days, the start of my morning commute has moved from "Oh, my God, it's early" to "O-dark-thirty." I literally leave the house at the butt-crack of dawn.
I welcome fall, snuggling in as the heat dissipates and the leaves turn fiery colors. It's time for nightly cozy fires in the woodstove and looking forward to Christmas - I love Christmas. But as the days get shorter - darn that rotation of the earth around the sun! - it starts to get a bit depressing to leave for work and get home in the dark. I used to work in cubeland where I couldn't even see a window... and if I worked through lunch during a busy time, days would go by where I'd barely set eyes on sunlight. Last winter, at least, I enjoyed my very own office with an exterior window - a luxury indeed.
With the new job last spring, I'm back in cubeland. But the enlightened designers of our company premises have placed all the execs in offices on the interior of the building, ringing them with low-walled cubes, some of which face right out the windows. It's only fair that those who make the big bucks cede the windows to us schmucks toiling away in the cubicles. It makes such a difference to have daylight flooding the workspace, and although I don't like leaving for work in the dark, if I get to enjoy this view as the sun rises over the city when I get there, it's a definite plus to the shorter days.