Sunday: Hili dialogue

October 25, 2014 • 6:41 pm

It is now 3:30 a.m. in Sofia and, unaware that there was a time change today, I was distressed when I woke up spontaneously at 4:15 (expecting to leave here at 4:45 a.m. for an early flight), as I’d asked the hotel for a wake-up call at 3:45 a.m. But at 4 am. the time had moved back to 3 a.m. because today’s the day they set the clocks back. They might have warned me yesterday so I could have had an extra hour’s sleep! Anyway, I’ve verified the time change and presume the airlines will be aware of it. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili’s taking the mickey out of Cyrus.

Cyrus: There is something moving over there.
Hili: It is an intensified activity of quanta under the influence of the sun.
In Polish:
Cyrus: Tam się coś rusza.
Hili: Wzmożona aktywność kwantów pod wpływem słońca.

27 thoughts on “Sunday: Hili dialogue

  1. Air travel is equivalent to massive amounts of depressants involuntarily pumped into my veins…hopefully it can have the same effect from an early rise.

  2. Daylight Savings Time is sheer madness and the very antithesis of civilization. We rightly don’t put up with that nonsense here in Arizona, but it’s still annoying to never know what time anybody else is on. Flip a coin, and either Denver or San Francisco or both or neither will be the same time as us or an hour or two one way or the other — and don’t expect me to be able to tell you which is what when without asking Siri.

    I figure it must have come from the same idiots who set their watches ten minutes fast on the theory that they’d never be late. What, are they too stupid to do basic time and distance calculations in their heads? Are they really fooling themselves? And how’re they supposed to know whether their watch is right or the wall clock or…?

    Just set the damn clock right in the first place and stop trying to outsmart yourself. Because, if you’re actually stupid enough to try to outsmart yourself, chances are excellent you’ll succeed, and then you’ll really be up the creek.

    Damn. Sorry for the rant. Did I mention that I hate Daylight Savings Time?


      1. I agree. Much better spending a long evening in the garden with the cats, and during a long dark morning, the cats enjoy time imbed!

    1. Thank you for calling me an idiot (note, I think you are right in this context), since I just do that, I set my alarm clock 10 minutes fast. And yes, it is precisely the purpose of the exercise to fool oneself (and ones partner). Like: ‘Oops, it is already 6, I really must get up now’. As you say: outsmarting oneself, or rather outsmarting ones laziness.
      I like long summer evenings, for a braai or other. Here (in South Africa) at 5.30 am it is light (late spring here now) and by 7 pm it gets dark, really annoying.
      Although switching between winter and summer time has its disadvantages (imagine, if the switch had been the other way round Jerry might have missed his plane), I still think the comfort of long light evenings outweighs it (of course, this is but a very personal preference).

      1. “Thank you for calling me an idiot…”

        You & me both, Nicky. All I can say is, it works for me.

        Ben, when I need to know the exact time I check one of our atomic clocks.

        1. …but aren’t you always aware that your other clocks are off by so much? I mean, you’d have to be, or else there’d be the worry that maybe they’re actually right and now you’re really running late….


          1. “…there’d be the worry that maybe they’re actually right and now you’re really running late….”

            I do believe he’s got it!

            That’s actually how it works, more or less–with a mindset like mine, anyway. By not knowing just how far off any of my not-right clocks are, I have to get a move on, just in case it’s later than I think it is.

            Tied in with this is a perennial tendency to underestimate how long something will take.

            1. I’m generally more interested in reducing stress in my life…I’ve got enough already as it is.

              Say…would you be interested in any of my stress? I’ll give it to you for free….


    2. I happen to like DST. It is much nicer for me to get up and go to work when it is not dark in the morning.

      I know that some people claim it disrupts their sleep. I never had any problems whatsoever. I just need to be aware of it.

    3. Well I agree in theory, however noon would be noon for whichever location you are at & then you would have no standard time & nothing could ever work with a timetable.

      As for getting up in the dark & going home in the dark, that will happen for many people either way. People manage fine in North Norway when there is 8 weeks of night, & 8 weeks of day!!

      1. I’m not advocating for the abolishment of time zones, but for the abolishment of variable time zones.

        With time zones, local noon is generally never more than half an hour from clock noon.

        With DST, sometimes local noon is within half an hour of clock noon, and sometimes it’s up to an hour and an half away. How anybody can think it’s a good idea for solar noon to be at 1:30 pm is utterly beyond me.


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