Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 30, 2012

John Cannon: Adding an hour to the campaign: 10/31/12

John Cannon
The Independent

ASHLAND — Just about the time you think the end of the 2012 presidential campaign cannot come quickly enough, Congress has assured us we now have another hour in which to listen to campaign commercials that tell us how great Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are to balance out those ads telling us how bad both of them are. By now we have been given at least 100 reasons to vote against both candidates to balance out an equal number of reasons to vote for them.

Since this campaign has been going on since about a week or two after the 2008 presidential election, most of us have had more than we can take and just want it to be over. But alas, just two days before we go to the polls on Tuesday the candidates have been given another hour to spread their message.

That’s because Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, is the longest day of the year. That’s the day we will switch from daylight-saving time back to standard time. To do that, we must add an hour to the day with 2 to 3 a.m. first being in daylight-saving time and then instantly repeated in standard time — or something like that.

While giving candidates another hour to spread their messages may not be a particularly pleasant thought to most of us, there are many other possibilities to this longest day of that year.    

That’s why I have long campaigned for having the day officially proclaimed as National Procrastinators Day. I feel so passionately about this I have often thought about writing a letter to the president asking he officially proclaim the day. Yes, I’ve thought about doing it many times — I just haven’t gotten around to actually doing it.

Some friends and I have often talked about starting the National Procrastinators Association of America, but we just haven’t gotten around to actually scheduling our first meeting. But we will. Someday.

Why should Sunday be National Procrastinators Day? Well, what’s the favorite excuse of procrastinators?

“There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that needs to be done.”

That’s the unofficial whine of all procrastinators. Believe me, I know, I’ve whined it hundreds of times during my 64 years on this planet.

That’s why all procrastinators should rejoice each time the clocks are turned back to standard time. For one day a year, we have another hour in which to do the things that need to be done. Plan to use that hour to actually do some of those things.

I admit that over the years I have not always used that extra hour wisely. Some years I slept right through it. One year I forgot about the time change and arrived at church an hour early. I could have driven home and returned an hour

later, but this was when gasoline was nearly $4 a gallon and I did not want to waste the fuel on such a needless trip. Another year I wasted the extra hour playing a game on the computer. Well, make that more than one year.

But there have been other years I have used the extra hour the way it is intended. One year I changed the battery on the smoke detectors.

Another year I got around to repairing a squeaking cabinet door after six months of talking about it and another three months of actual planning. In all, it took about 30 seconds of intense labor, not counting the time it took to get the proper tools and to put them away after completing the job.

How you spend your extra hour Sunday is your choice, but just remember when we return to daylight savings time next spring, we will lose that hour and that particular Sunday will only be 23 hours long. So use Sunday’s free hour while you can because it won’t last forever.

Shoot, if you happen to be one of those undecided voters, you may even one to spend the extra hour watching campaign ads. If so, you have my sympathy.

I know in my heart National Procrastinators Day will always remain just a figment of my imagination, but it’s still a good idea.

JOHN CANNON can be reached at jcannon@dailyindependent.com or at (606) 326-2649.