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  • Dear World: Still here. No, that was not meant as a challenge.

  • Dear Indiana: Daylight Savings Time: Get The Fuck Over It, A Memo From Me To You. I grew up on it, and went to bed while it was still light out in the summer, uphill both ways through the snow, so your kids can too. Quit yer bellyachin'.

  • Dear Movie Gallery: When I found that the case meant to be containing, as wesleysgirl so lovingly puts it, "Emma's Horrible Tooth Fairy Movie" (2002) contained in fact another movie by the same title (yes, Emma's Horrible Tooth Fairy Movie, 1999, the coincidence is astounding except it doesn't have Emma in it or the tooth fairy) I was annoyed at Murphy's Law but only amused by the mixup. Until I took it back, and a combined total of three of your employees alternately stared at it, ignored it, only spoke to me in response to direct comments I made, never came back to tell me if the correct disc was actually in the back, never offered me another movie in its place, and didn't speak to me for about the final 7 or 8 minutes I was in the store, until I gave up on waiting for some kind of contact, and walked out, at which point one of them half looked up from the paperwork she was ignoring me for and said, "Sorry, have a nice day." Possibly to me. Then, I was less amused. Yes, I know it was a free rental because the non-new movies were free if I rented X number of new movies, but the point is I did rent X number of new movies, and didn't get my accompanying free rental due to it being THE WRONG DISC IN THE CASE. Honestly? Mostly I just wanted to see Emma's Horrible Tooth Fairy Movie, and if you didn't have it, a "Wow, that's weird, and sorry, since it was a free rental we can't offer a replacement" would probably have sufficed. Just, you know, some acknowledgement that I was there, standing around waiting for information. As it was I sat in the car being absolutely livid for five minutes, txting kimera and calling maeyan and ranting my fingers/voice out, because going back in and bitching to your employees would've just made my skull explode.

  • Dear people on the Writercon comedy panel: *waves* Will reply to e-mail later today, but all of you are on f'list, so *waves*

  • Dear connexions: There will be a you next year! Eeeeeee!

  • Dear fandomhigh: Still the best crack OMG. *clingz to summer*

  • Dear Meme-sheep:
    watch mpoetess fight


2006-07-05 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Indiana is one of those few states, like Arizona (WTF?) and Hawaii (more understandable) who for the most part didn't practice DST, because we're right on the line where Eastern (Ohio) switches to Central (Illinois) and nobody could decide which they wanted to be, and also they all whined about how HARD OMG it would be to put their kids and cows to sleep at a different time in the spring and fall, so instead they stayed the same time all year round. Creating the much more STUPID problem of being on the same time as their neighbors in the next state over for half the year, then suddenly being an hour earlier or later. Because that's SO much less confusing to your kids, dude. (Admittedly, the cows, who don't call Grandma in Ohio as often, probably didn't care.)

To which I, who grew up on the very northwestern edge of Indiana in one of the few counties who *did* practice DST in order to maintain good commerce with Chicago, say oh God STFU, you whiny-ass crybabies.

Finally after years and years of fighting about it, the legislature agreed, and this spring the entire state was forced onto Daylight Savings Time. Most of the state (including where I live now) matches up with Ohio/the east coast, and a few counties including the one I grew up in match up with Illinois, but we all spring forward and fall back, and it makes me just the happiest little hoosier in the whole USA because ENOUGH ALREADY.

'Cept people still keep whining about their kids and their cows. I say send the cows to bed without their supper a few times and zap the kids with a cattle prod and everything'll be fine.


2006-07-06 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Actually, (my dad told me this, so watch out for exaggeration) when DST first came about, there were several states that didn't automatically switch over (mostly heavy agricultural states) because they thought it would be a passing fad and DST would end after a few years. As all the other states soon realized, DST was here to stay. Indiana, parts of AZ and Hawaii were the last hold-outs. Finally, in an effort to get more businesses to come to Indiana, the law-makers decided to tell the farmers 'to f-off, the cows are going to go to sleep whenever they damned well feel like it because they can't f-ing tell time, we're joining the 20th (no, not 21st) century and going on DST!'

I grew up here, without DST. Hubby grew up in MI, with it. Squishy has trouble going to bed at 8PM when it's still light out, but it's the first year and she's 5!!! She has trouble going to bed at midnight, because it's bedtime!!! :D Fireworks were a pain this year though. Hubby had go to work early the next morning, so we had to get up at 3AM after being up until 11:30 watching fireworks.


2006-07-07 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

That's about right, as far as I know - Indiana claimed to be holding out due to business relationships with various other states, but honestly it read to me as "Ooh, look, we're quirky! It's our claim to a state identity!" Except it came off as "We're stubborn hicks who are doing this for no other reason than the fact that bah gum, no east coast city slickers are gonna tell *us* when to send our younguns to bed! Yay state identity!"