PITTSBURGH - U.S. Postal worker Bob Haines "will finally be right" this Sunday when Daylight Savings Time ends. "I have missed that hour of sleep something awful," said Haines.
Since Daylight Savings Time started last March, Haines has suffered a continuous stream of ailments, including acute headaches, chronic lethargy and bouts of severe depression. He was involved in no fewer than 13 vehicular mishaps and accidentally chopped off two fingers.
"My basement is filled to the ceiling with mail that I'm just too depressed to deliver, all because of 'Daylight Savings Time.'" Haines' words dripped with derision for the system mandated by the Federal Uniform Time Act of 1966. "In fact, I think I'm wanted for a hit-and-run in Idaho or someplace," Haines chuckled. His defense is ironclad, he says. "It's that damn hour I lost."
He's hoping this year will be like last year when Daylight Savings Time ended. Overnight his maladies disappeared, and he was his old self again. Dozens of social security beneficiaries, among countless others on Haines' mail route, were relieved that eventually he caught up on the seven months of backlogged mail strewn about his basement.
"Of course, then the whole damn thing starts up again in March," said a tired Haines.