Daylight savings (robbing Peter to pay Paul)

These first evenings after daylight savings time ends are always disorienting. When you’re used to leaving work under an orange, twilight sky, the abrupt shift to stepping out into darkness is too jarring to make sense of.

For example, my first reaction to seeing this activity outside my building Monday night?

Why is there a FOOD TRUCK in the middle of the street?????

In the unfamiliar after-work darkness, my image processing glitched, translating all the individual elements of this scene—the truck, the street, the “awning,” and the “customers” lined up at the window—into my wildly incorrect gestalt conclusion.

A few minutes later I stopped at a red light on Juneau immediately north of Fiserv Forum. Again, the darkness changed how things presented themselves to me.

Although I drive past here all the time, I really noticed the odd (whimsical?) nighttime colors tonight, especially the purple and orange. The purple makes sense, as it’s one of the colors associated with the arena’s Milwaukee Bucks, but I don’t know the story (if there is one) behind the choice of orange for Fiserv Forum’s signs, both here on the ground (for photo ops) and up flat on the roof (for viewing from the air).

Anyway, it all looked so different and new in the darkness that I felt compelled to take a photo. And now, also, to share 😄

By the way, my post’s title refers to that sleight-of-hand con whereby we “save” daylight for summer by stealing it from winter and leaving us with the long, bitter cold darkness that constitutes life in Wisconsin, November through April.

A bit overly dramatic but completely justified whining! We had a few inches of snow on Halloween, more snow yesterday, and temperatures in the twenties today.

Poor us😩😂

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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