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There Goes the Sun

November 7, 2010

(With thanks – and apologies – to George)

There goes the sun, there goes the sun, and I say it’s all right.
Everybody, it’s been a long, hot muggy summer
Everybody, it feels like years since I’ve been cool.

There goes the sun, there goes the sun
And I say it’s all right.

Everybody, your smile can welcome in the short days
Everybody, you can relax under the moon.
There goes the sun, there goes the sun
And I say it’s all right.

Sun, sun, sun, there it goes
Moon, moon, moon, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, there it goes
Moon, moon, moon, here it comes

Everybody, can’t wait to huddle in my parka (come join me!)
Everybody, it seems like years I’ve felt a sweat (P-U!)
There goes the sun, there goes the sun
And I say it’s all right. 

Daylight Saving Time is gone; all welcome the return of Standard Time! Next to the beginning of Spring Training at the end of February, this is one of my most favorite days of the year. No more heat, not more humidity, no more sun shining in my window at 9:30 at night, no more having food melt and spoil in the back seat while I speed to get it all home before botulism and salmonella and E. coli and whatever else sets in. No more having to drive with all the windows up because… well, I guess I have to drive with the windows up in the winter, too, so scratch that one.

The sun sets tonight in Minneapolis at 4:53 p.m. I know, it’s great, and I also know you’ll be enjoying it with me. And if you’d like to make your voice heard, feel free to join my cause to boycott, bar and banish Daylight Saving Time for good, please visit:


NaBloPoMo day seven. Who woulda thunk it?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 7, 2010 11:51 pm

    I agree. Ban the whole thing.


  2. CELT permalink
    November 15, 2010 1:28 pm

    Michael, I know I’ve heard you rant about DST before but I never understood WHY you are so down on it. I LOVE DST because I love the long evenings and light as late as possible. Here in Manitoba on the longest day of the year WITH DST our sun doesn’t set until about 9:45 PM give or take a minuteor two. Add to that the long twilight we have in the north, it isn’t full dark until between 11 and 12 PM and then the first signs of dawn are starting to show at around 4 AM. If it wasn’t for DST, that would mean that we would be getting the first signs of daylight around 3 AM – now that’s just WRONG!!!

    I have always enjoyed lazy summer evenings when the sun slants through the trees, the heat of the day is waning, and yet we have enough light to enjoy whatever activities outdoors that our little hearts desire. It’s the best of both worlds – holding off the daylight for another hour of darkened sleep and extending the light for a little more evening fun. Now what’s wrong with that? Standard time means that around here, the sun sets around 4:30 PM in Dec. and that it’s full dark before many people get home form work and before many kids get home from school if they have any extra-curricular activities after class. It also means that even though the sun rises an hour EARLIER than during DST most people are STILL commuting in the dark – such is the lot of us Northerners – lovely LONG summer days and tragically short winter days. Having said that, beyond the occasional trip to more southern climes, I wouldn’t trade life in the North (even though by Canadian standards we are definitely SOUTH, LOL)


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 16, 2010 7:12 am

      I’ve always found the evening and night time to be calmer and more relaxing. Work is done for the day and since it’s cold outside it’s just nice to hunker down for the night. During the day you have to work and run errands and do other stuff which is more stressful, so during DST, because it’s lighter longer, it just feels like I should be doing more longer. You’re right about it getting dark before kids get home from school sometimes and that’s a downside and I’d be happy to settle for something like sunset between 5:30-6:00 all year.


      • CELT permalink
        November 16, 2010 12:26 pm

        Well sunset before 6 PM in the summer would be TERRIBLE!!! (no lazy strolls for ice cream, bike rides, barbecues, etc.) BUT it sure would be GREAT in the winter to snatch back a little of what rightly should be light – AFTERNOON! I NEVER associate the long light evenings of summer with WORK (even through all those years of working shift work). When I think of long summer evenings I think of leisure activities. Why can’t YOU , you ol’ workaholic, LOL – LIGHTEN up! 😉


        • Michael Fishman permalink
          November 17, 2010 3:02 pm

          But lazy strolls in the dark are really good too and I can’t stay up until 10:00 p.m. anymore ! Ice cream and BBQs, maybe not so much fun in the dark. Maybe I like the night because of this song?



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