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March 13th, 2007


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02:45 pm - Don't let them turn it BACKWARDS... FORWARDS... or UpSiDe DoWn
I forgot to send this one over the tubes last weekend but altoidsaddict brings us this lovely piece of American ephemera: A drive-in intermission message denouncing Daylight Saving Time. I especially like the "Follow the sun" bit, which almost veers into Polyphonic Spree territory for a moment there.

At first this may seem like a real non-sequitur. I mean, who would have it in for DST so bad they'd make an announcement (albeit one with a catchy tune) like this? Indiana residents? Well, okay, but the answer is much more simple when you think about it: Drive-In operators themselves.

Daylight Saving Time pushes the clocks forward during the spring and summer months, so the sun goes down later. Seeing as how you can't watch a drive-in movie until the sun's fully set, the drive-ins -- still firmly attached to the belief that they provide quality family entertainment, not just for a place for hormonal teenagers without GPS units to try for a ground-rule double -- must start their movies later. Kids have to be in bed early and teenagers have curfews and all that rot, so it's easy to see how drive-ins would consider DST a severe blow to their income. Besides, a double feature ending at 10:00 feels a lot earlier than one ending at 11:00.

Don't you agree?

Then WRITE YOUR NEWSPAPER EDITOR
...AND YOUR GOVERNOR

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From:plumtreeblossom
Date:March 13th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
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hormonal teenagers without GPS units

*snort*


Also, I find Polyphonic Spree terrifying.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:March 13th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Hm. I should go to the Summer Drive-In and see what they think about unnatural tinkering with God's intended clockage.
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From:limax
Date:March 13th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
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I am right that it's only Southern Indiana and Arizona, yes?
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From:arielblue
Date:March 13th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Most of Indiana went on DST for the first time in 2006.

We're still cranky. :)
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From:limax
Date:March 13th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Ouch. Sorry to hear it. I knew Northern Indiana did DST because Chicago did.
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From:arielblue
Date:March 13th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Hell, in Indiana -- now that we have fallen under the spell of DST -- you can't even START a drive-in movie until at least 10:00 in the summer, and it's not really fully dark until 10:30 or so. So your double feature isn't likely to end until well past midnight.

Or later, if the political diatribes beforehand are lengthy. ;)

Expect us to carp about this further when it gets closer to the 4th of July and we realize that any little kids who go out to see the big fireworks display aren't gonna get home till after midnight....
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From:skatiemom
Date:March 13th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I can completely understand why a drive-in operator would be irritated by DST. Western Michigan doesn't get dark until around 9:30 p.m. during the height of summer. My local drive-in (taken out by a windstorm back in 1988) would start the first feature at 9 as we were all arriving, play the second at 11-ish, and rerun the first at 1-ish so that we could actually see it.

I talked my parents into a 3 a.m. curfew the summer I was 16 based on "but I want to see the WHOLE first movie!" Unfortunately, all my friends had to be home by 2 a.m. at the latest and I never truly enjoyed my freedom. *sigh*
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From:reveritas
Date:March 13th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
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oh spatch. when you throw those baseball terms into your posts it just makes me a very happy person.
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From:invisibelle
Date:March 14th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
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mmkay, so I admit I'm not exactly the most up on pop culture. but I actually didn't realize that polyphonic spree was nationally known until reading this. heh.

my cousin was in it for a while, confirmed that it is indeed scary.
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From:curtisp
Date:March 15th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
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Of course you realize this is from the 60's, when DST was not at all Universal.

In Ohio it was on a county by county basis. So it could be one time at home and another time at work.

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