I'm not a fan of it being dark before 5 o'clock in the afternoon, but the waning days of Daylight Savings Time are almost too much for me to bear.

I swear I don't know how everyone who has to get up in the middle of the night five days a week does it. Brain and Courtlin have to do it all year long, and they're a long ways from alone. However, this time of the year you feel a greater respect for that, don't you? I know I do. The last half of October, me and getting out of bed don't go together very well. When I wake up and it's dark outside my body says, "Nope."

I know no one who gets off work at five in the afternoon, enjoys driving home in the dark either. However, I think the lack of daylight in the morning is worse. It'll be changing soon enough. We set our clocks back one hour next weekend, Sunday, November 1 at 2 am. That'll give us more daylight in the morning, at least for the time being. December 21 is the shortest day of the year in Cedar Rapids with nine hours, seven minutes, and six seconds of daylight. However, it's not until January 8 that the sun starts rising earlier in the morning and February 18 is the first day the sunrise comes before 7 am. By then, the number of daylight hours will be approaching ten hours and forty-five minutes.

The lack of daylight in the months ahead is always difficult for me. I don't know how Alaskans do it. I really don't.

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