I liked daylight-saving time (the correct form of the term, at least according to the AP style guide I had to follow while working on the Beacon) much better when I lived in Michigan. I was a firm supporter of it, mostly because it didn't cost me anything. Even with the time shift, the day stayed light until at least six during the worst part of the winter. I argued in favor of it in an editorial for my college newspaper. (Indiana was one of only a few states not to participate in daylight-saving time; they made the decision to start during my senior year of college. Many people from Indiana were upset. I told them to grow up and stop being contrarian.)
Living in Illinois is a different story. What makes daylight-saving time not such a big deal in Michigan, or even Indiana, I think, is that both states are toward the western edge of their time zone. They're on the same time as New York, but they have more daylight later in their waking hours because it takes the sun longer to set over them. Illinois, in contrast, is on the eastern end of its time zone, making it dark earlier.
When I came to Illinois for my interview at the company I work for now, the person I would be staying with cautioned me over the phone, "You might want to arrive early; it gets dark here at 4:30." I thought this had to be an exaggeration; this is not Alaska, after all. Alas! Exaggeration it was not, nor was it entirely accurate. I arrived at 4:15, and it looked like full-fledged nighttime when I drove in.
I'm still not entirely opposed to the idea of daylight-saving time, but when we "fall back" in Illinois, I know depressing times are ahead. When I first started working here, I worked in a cubicle, and I would arrive in the dark and leave in the dark. Daylight was a distant memory. Now I have an office with a window (though this makes it much colder...), so maybe things will improve this year. But I still know that winter is a long and dark season that pushes me to the edge of despair. Christmas is more than symbolic light; it nearly marks the turning point to lighter days ahead. It will be most welcome.
The title of this post comes from an argument that my roommate and I had about daylight-saving time during my senior year of college. (Incidentally, he wrote the opposing editorial to my piece on daylight-saving time.) Well, we were having a heated argument, and he made a move to tell the whole world the "true" view on the issue. He opened our apartment's window and yelled out, "Daylight savings time is good!" He grinned at me, but when he saw me laughing, he realized his mistake. He followed it up with, "I mean bad! Very bad!"
What about you? Do you like daylight-saving time and all it entails? What about "falling back" specifically?
Oh, and another question that pertains to a discussion Abby and I were having this morning: Did your schoolbus pick you up at your house? Where did you grow up? (This information will greatly help. Thanks!)