OBSERVATIONS OF THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING…SERIOUSLY!

NOTE: Commentary By Knuckles “The Wonder Dog”

MY NEW SHADES!

MY NEW SHADES!

Well, now we have it. The month of March is now flying by. For many of us, it can’t fly fast enough! March is an interesting month when you really stop to think about it. So much stuff in just 31 days. It’s  jam-packed with historical dates, global events and the closing out of winter. YUP, I said the CLOSING OUT OF WINTER! You may recognize this “closing out” development by its astrological name: “The Vernal Equinox”. I prefer to embrace the term: SPRING! (Hold this thought of SPRING…I’ll come back to it!)

The 1st week in March experienced pre-Lenten celebrations around the world including “Carnival” (Rio de Janeiro) and “Mardi Gras” (New Orleans). “Mardi Gras,” which is french for “Fat Tuesday” is synonymous with revelry before “Ash Wednesday.” Historians say the tradition dates back to Roman times, when the newly converted Christians retained vestiges of their pagan festival, “Lupercalia,” as a period of celebration before the penance during the 40 days of Lent.

That journey to SPRING continued during the 2nd week in March by honoring the arrival of “Daylight Savings Time” on 3/9 along with the 1912 Founding of  “Girl Scouts” on 3/12. That’s a couple of big events for 1 week, wouldn’t you agree?

St Patty's Day DogThis 3rd week in March starts with “St. Patrick’s Day” on 3/17 with celebrations from Dublin to New York to Chicago. ( It was so cold there, I understand the Chicago River had to be cleared of ice in some spots, in order for boating officials to complete the annual painting of the green!) The 17th of March also marks “Evacuation Day” in Boston. On 3/17/1776, George Washington had fortifications and cannons placed on Dorchester Heights. The British troops occupying Boston at the time realized they were outgunned. British ships departed Boston Harbor and the liberation of Boston by the Patriots (The original ones…not the Football ones…) brought an end to a hated 8-year occupation.Evacuation Day

Look, you know I am a Dachshund. I hope YOU find all of this historical stuff of some interest. (I find it boring…) For ME, there is only 1 thing of interest in the month of March…THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING! Yup, on 3/20 Spring arrives officially at 12:57 P.M. (EDT). I want to go out on my deck again. I want to see grass again, for personal reasons. I want a ride on the golf cart again. I want to lay on my back and soak up some sun. I want to hear birds again. I want to chase squirrels again.  OK, OK I’m done complaining about my “wants”. I’d bet each of YOU have several “wants” just like me. Let’s face it, we all deserve the arrival of Spring this year. If not for anything else, it closes out winter. Warm & sunny days are ahead. We should all be so lucky to lay in the sun and have our bellies rubbed! As always, that’s the way I see it and I stand by my opinion. HAPPY SPRING!Spring Image

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WHY I LOVE TO HATE “DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME”

NOTE: Commentary By Knuckles “The Wonder Dog”

Let Me Vent...

Let Me Vent…

Well, now we have it. It appears as though the turning point in this harsh Winter is finally here. This coming weekend, we will usher in Daylight Savings Time 2014, and spring our clocks ahead! For the record, here are some BORING historical facts. Daylight Savings Time begins on March 9th, at 2:00 AM and will fall back again on November 2nd. It is meant to be a way to make better use of the daylight in the evenings, by setting the clocks forward one hour during the longer days of summer. Who came up with this stuff? Well, there is an answer to that question… BENJAMIN FRANKLIN!Ben Franklin

History suggests the idea of daylight savings time was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 during his stay in Paris. He published an essay titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” that proposed to economize the use of candles; by rising earlier to make better use of the morning sunlight. At age 78, Franklin was confined to his house in a Parisian suburb. Friends with the editor of the JOURNAL DE PARIS, Franklin was encouraged to work on writing about simple problems. To show his friends his appreciation, Ben Franklin wrote a series of fun pieces for their amusement, one of which was this infamous letter about “Daylight Savings Time.” Are you kidding me? This whole thing was a joke?? Ben was just offering up a gag for a French newspaper?? Hey, Daylight Savings Time is a really big deal in the United States! Not only do the days become longer, but we embrace the fact that SPRING is actually on the way in just a few weeks. These are all GOOD THINGS aren’t they?spring forward

Look, you know I am a Dachshund. Excuse me for dwelling on the BAD THINGS associated with Daylight Savings Time. I am leading the charge to blame Benjamin Franklin for the HOUR OF SLEEP we will lose this weekend. I understand that longer days and warmer weather seems like a fair trade, but I prefer to sleep in on Sunday mornings. Not to “broad brush” but most of my canine counterparts would agree that ANY loss of sleep is a deal-breaker. If you think I’m being unfair here, you may find these final facts of interest. There are 5 locations within the United States that DO NOT OBSERVE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME: Arizona, Hawaii, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and American Samoa. (If you live in these locations you do not need to spring forward.) Can you guess WHY they don’t observe Daylight Savings Time? The answer is simple – They like to sleep! Let me close by adding a 6th location to this list… MY OWN BED. As always, that’s the way I see it and I stand by my opinion.

QUIET PLEASE...

QUIET PLEASE…