Ripped off!

The Olympic Games have ripped me off. No, I don’t mean the $50 each I paid for Soccer tickets. For a game that occurs two days before the opening ceremony… hmmm how does that work then? Strictly speaking, shouldn’t the opening ceremony be before everything else? On the other hand, I used to work at a corporate workplace that had its opening ceremony about a year after I started working there. Complete with visiting politicians to shake ribbons and cut babies and kiss hands… no, wait, I may have that mixed up… to kiss ribbons and shake babies and cut hands… errr.. never mind. Anyway, perhaps a few days’ delay isn’t too bad.

At least SOCOG
have got their act together and allowed people who live in Melbourne booking over the Internet for an event in Melbourne to collect their tickets in Melbourne. Originally they actually wanted tickets to be picked up from a booking office in Sydney.

Anyway, I’m not talking about Olympic tickets. I’m talking about Daylight Saving. This year, because of the Olympics, it’s starting two months early. Two months! Summer time starts in winter! Sunrise will be at 8am! And do you know which day the clocks go forward on? August 27th. My birthday. That means I only get 23 hours on my birthday this year! It’s an important one, too – I’m turning 30. I could have done with all the hours I could get!

It’s not like you lose an hour in the middle of a lazy Sunday, either. It’s in the middle of the night. Don’t they realise people need their sleep? I’m going to be wandering around on my birthday, over-tired because of that lost hour. People who don’t even know it’s my birthday are probably going to be saying things like "gee you look old today", which could shatter my already delicate state of mind about the whole end-of-my-twenties thing. And all because of the Olympics.

But for those of you who use computers in your office, there is a bright side to all this. This weekend is a good time to see if your computer maintenance people are really on the ball. If you’re on the east coast and your PC clock is updated okay next Monday, then they’re good guys. If not, they’re slackers! 

[Daylight Savings]

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.