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They’re ready for more light in the evening starting Sunday

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They’re ready for more light  in the evening starting Sunday

Jolene Moore, Erick Mathison and Elliana Diego hang out in Library Park. Mathison says that he’ll use the extra hour of daylight to skateboard and play his guitar outdoors.

JASON CAMPBELL/The Bulletin


POSTED March 9, 2013 1:30 a.m.

Some people love it. Some people hate it.

Regardless on which side of the fence you come down on, Sunday at 2 a.m. you’re still going to have to honor it: Daylight Savings Time.

While some states don’t recognize it – Arizona and Hawaii both say no, thank you – those of us that live in California are subjected to the bi-annual ritual of tweaking our alarm clocks to dictate how much light shines through our windows at certain times of the day.

And whether it allows people to save energy or gives farmers more time during the harvest season doesn’t interest Erick Mathison. On Friday he and a pair of friends sauntered their way through Library Park without a worry in the world.

With his guitar slung over his shoulder and his skateboard in tow, Mathison – a Calla High student – said that an extra hour of daylight would just mean more time to spend outdoors and do the things that he enjoys doing.

“It’s an extra hour to play my guitar and skateboard and hang out with my friends,” he said. “But I like it in the fall when I get the chance to sleep for an extra hour too.”

Mathison wasn’t alone on the sleeping front.

While most people can easily operate on a simple eight-hour night of sleep, Iris Scott said that she needs her 12-hour slumber cycle to feel normal – something that a little bit of sunshine isn’t going to interrupt or sidetrack.

“For me it just means I’ll go to sleep when it’s daylight outside,” she said. “I’m pretty much tired by 7 p.m. I’m from the Bay Area and I’m not used to it being warm this time of year so it’s kind of throwing me off a little bit and making me tired.

“Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and watch TV, but a little bit of sunlight isn’t going to keep me from sleeping.”

 Historically, daylight savings time has been financially beneficial to retail outlets – especially those that deal in sporting goods and outdoor equipment – since people are looking to get out of the house after the long and cold winter.

Chelsea Tulston says that she loves spending time with her friends snowboarding up to Squaw Valley, but the warm weather in the valley has also got her looking forward to the summer and wakeboarding out on the Delta – a transition, she says, that will only intensify when the sunlight starts getting more prevalent.

“I’m looking forward to being outside later in the day and still having it be light – just hanging out with friends or running or just sitting and enjoying the weather,” she said. “It’s a sign that summer is coming. I can handle that.”

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