Monday, March 9, 2015

DST Foolishness

On Saturday evening, I had the small sashimi plate with a bowl of rice and miso soup at Osaka's in Barrow. This was one of the few times I've eaten out while in Barrow. I've just sort of gotten tired of the standard fare at the different places. Osaka's is the one exception but their prices are pretty steep to go there on a regular basis. For example, this dinner was $45+tip and that's only because they opted not to charge me for the green tea and bowl of rice.

On Sunday morning, the weather app said that it was -20°F but "feels like" -51°F. At that point I just hoped that the flight wouldn't be cancelled due to wind. Fortunately, the wind was blowing in the right direction, i.e inline with the runway, so no problems. By comparison, Fairbanks felt wonderfully warm though it snowed about 8" during the weekend.

Just a week ago, my morning commute was in daylight and warm temperatures. Not any more. The foolishness known as "Daylight Savings Time" took care of the morning sunshine and we are back (thankfully!) to our typical temperatures. Today, Monday, we awoke to -4°F and they that claim to know are projecting lows of -20°F by mid week. This is the little grassy area next to our building right outside my office complete with grille and picnic tables.

I could go on and on about DST. I hope Alaska joins Arizona and Hawaii in opting out of this idiocy.

20 comments:

Learning to Golf said...

I'm really happy we don't observe DST here in the desert. $45 for a plate of bait seems pretty high, especially when you are surrounded by the ocean.

RichardM said...

Yes, $45 is high but much better than bait but probably an acquired taste. And it's all flown in from Hawaii. Very few fish in the local oceans.

Martha said...

Amen on that DST nonsense.

I can easily appreciate minus 4 feeling warm. Our near 50 above feels unnatural! But I can cope :^)

When I saw that photo of the picnic area my first thought was that it would be a nice place to fire up the grill.Sashimi would be an effort for me to enjoy. Smoked, would help. It's nice that you got to enjoy something fresh and different.

redlegsrides said...

I echo AZ HD's comment re the price for "bait". :)

But then again, I am a philistine when it comes to something fancier than say, friend chicken and white rice.....call me: easy to please.

redlegsrides said...

I do remember the Bi Bim Bop fondly though, which reminds me, I wonder if there's a Korean takeout joint nearby.....

RichardM said...

Sashimi was something that I had when growing up and really looked forward to it then. It is still a real treat now.

RichardM said...

There are now several places in town that serve the Korean dish. Both with and without the hot stone bowl. The stone bowl is what gives you the crusty rice...

Unknown said...

Oh, that's just not fair, Richard. As I read this, I'm eating grocery store sushi and, well, it looks nothing like that delicacy in your photograph. Fresh sashimi in the frozen north?... There's nothing wrong with such a treat from time to time.

Keith - Circle Blue said...

I like DST, I don't like going back to ST. I don't mind it being dark in the morning, and tonight I had time to go land paddling after work. I might have a different opinion if I lived where you do. :^)

RichardM said...

Fresh sashimi is a treat anytime you can get it (IMHO). But I bet the grocery store sushi wasn't $45 either...

RichardM said...

It would be nice is solar noon and noon on the clock actually lined up. As it is, solar noon is at 2:00pm.

Conchscooter said...

Alaska is just weird. In the normal world day
Ight saving is brilliant. Winter time sucks.
In World War Two Britain had double summer time to conserve energy. The people called it "daft time" as opposed to Government time or God's time. It's just a matter of taste I suppose.

Bluekat said...

What's with all the DST hate? Seems to be an epidemic. I LOVE DST. If we're going to eliminate anything, let it be standard time! :)

RichardM said...

Sure, get rid of one or the other it doesn't matter. In AK, there used to be 4 or 5 time zones and the state government decided to make the whole state one and they picked the one furthest east. So most of the state is really skewed. In Nome you get weirdness like sunrise after noon. Then DST just aggravates it by even another hour.

RichardM said...

There is no savings…

Trobairitz said...

That meal definitely seems a little pricey, but then they have a captive audience.

Daylight Savings Time is annoying at best. Sure it is light out later but now it is dark when I leave for work too. Sigh. I don't care which they keep but it would be nice to not have to change.

SonjaM said...

The meal is tempting, why did you need to show it just when I I am about to fight another craving for fish? I seem to have problem: can't stay away from sushi...

RichardM said...

I needed to show the first picture to distract you from seeing the second picture.

RichardM said...

Not too captive. There are still ~10 restaurants in Barrow and at least 3 serve sushi of some kind or another. But this is the only one with sashimi.

DST is annoying but especially the switch. I can probably accept one or another just get rid of the switch.

SonjaM said...

Mission accomplished ;-)