This week daylight saving started in Bassendean, and the rest of WA. It is impossible to find anybody who doesn’t have strong views on the subject. Sandgropers either love it or hate it. The line being pushed by the politicians is that it is healthy for the community, because you will have more daylight for exercising after work. This doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny as people could just get up earlier and exercise before work, especially in summer. Some people would prefer that. There are a lot of people who don’t work 9-5 in our community, so it really doesn’t make any difference to them.
My argument with daylight saving is that here in Basso what is there to do after 5pm? Ok, we could walk to the river, that could be entertaining one evening out of seven I suppose, though the mosquitos are a real problem at dusk. On the other six nights of the week, the shops and cafes are closed and the pubs do not have beer gardens. I like walking a lot, but I don’t want to always walk to the same place and I like the walk to be worthwhile, to have some destination. Previously, this was provided by Guildford, being an excellent destination for all Basso dwellers, where we could enjoy the ambience while pitying the people who have to live in the flight path. But since the Guildford Hotel burned (long may it be mourned), there’s no longer much to do there either. There is al fresco dining at the Rose and Crown, but the Basso salary will only run to those kinds of prices about once a year.
So my question is, what can we do with all the extra sunlight, other than sit out in our own backyards?