Wednesday, March 3, 2010

February is Cheating on You

I just realized that February is cheating on us. February ended Sunday, but if it were a normal month it would have ended today.

That's right, those 28 days are about 10% short. We never get those missing days back. And here's the thing:

(1) Your landlord or your mortgage company want you to pay for a full month. You are being gouged for the extra 10%.

(2) Your boss expects a normal month's worth of work in 10% less time. That's almost OK if you are paid by monthly or semi-monthly. But if you are paid weekly or biweekly, you are just getting clipped.

(3) February comes at the end of the long run of holidays starting with Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, MLK Day, Valentine's Day, and President's Day. You could use a couple of extra days to catch one's breath, but instead you lose a couple of days.

(4) And then March has 31 days. Couldn't March give one day to February. And May could give another. Then we'd get to summer just that much quicker.

But instead March marks the beginning of daylight savings time, where you set your clock an hour ahead. So March takes an hour from you that it doesn't give back until November. March is cheating on you too.

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