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Phoning It In, or There Goes the Sun

November 6, 2011

I’m called a lot of different things by a lot of different people and they’re probably all true to one extent or another, but never let it be said by anyone that I’m not lazy because I take great pride in my sloth. Day or night, night or day, it doesn’t matter because I’ll be around in the daylight being lazy and you’ll always be able to find me because I’ll also be around in the dark being lazy. I’ll be everywhere. Wherever you can look, I’ll be lazy. Wherever there’s something to be done so people can avoid it, I’ll be there. Wherever there’s a cop telling someone not to be lazy, I’ll be there. I’ll be in the way guys nap when they’re not really tired, but just relaxing and avoiding work. I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they know they don’t have to be lazy yet because they’re just kids and they get to eat soon. And when people are laying in a hammock while the grass grows around them and dozing in the houses they built, I’ll be there, too. If you don’t understand that, well, neither do I. It’s just something I’ve been thinking about.

Anyway, because I’m being lazy today, and because I like song parodies and hate to see them go to waste, I’m reposting my 2010 post praising the return of Standard Time with just one change. If you can spot it you win a prize*

Had there been a vote it’s probably likely I would have been able to say, “By popular demand”, but there wasn’t a vote, so here:

(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 inMinneapolisat 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:


* Prize to be determined at a later date by the Michaelsfishbowl Prize Committee.
** 2011 Edit: sunset tonight is at 4:57.



6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2011 1:01 pm

    Mr. Fishman, You amuse me. The day we turn the clocks back is my absolutelymostfavoritebestest Holiday of the whole year. (It is a holiday isn’t it?) I love your songs. George is turning over in his grave…you’ve messed up his song. But I love it. My feelings exactly.


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 8, 2011 11:04 am

      It’s a holiday for us, that’s all I know! There used to be greeting cards and decorations but they got crowded out by the Halloween/Thanksgiving crunch.


  2. November 7, 2011 7:53 am

    I am not going to like the time change when I leave work tonight and it’s dark. LOL! I guess it’s officially winter, which in North Texas, is about the temps of your summer. I am glad for that. 🙂


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 8, 2011 11:05 am

      70/80 degree winters. That wouldn’t take much getting used to!


  3. November 8, 2011 10:38 am

    You know my love for daylight savings time stands strong. We’ve had this discussion before and I still can’t come around to your way of thinking. Maybe I could if I wasn’t faced with an hour-long commute home in the dark each evening. I am just counting the days until March! Woohoo March! (It is March when sanity returns again, isn’t it?)

    Also, a friend had told me that Bush had voted to do away with DSL or institute it permanently. Is that true?

    Anyways, enjoy your standard time, my friend.


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 8, 2011 11:07 am

      Let’s see, March… that’s right in the heart of Spring Training so I can handle that. Except for March is like our snowiest month so that isn’t too good. I thought President Bush lengthened DSL and took away from my glorious early evening Standard Time?


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