the secret lives of prothros.

January 26, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 10:48 am

Change was a word we heard a lot about during the elections. We hear a lot about it in every election. I’ll change this or I’ll change this back. Change. Change. Change.

Yadda. Yadda. Yadda.

For all the talk, I’m not sure I can remember the last time I saw a change I liked. I’ve seen lots of changes that raised taxes or made my life more inconvenient. Usually, though I see no change at all. I probably wouldn’t know if a good change was made anyways, I doubt it would trickle down far enough to reach lowly old me.

Which is why I am proposing my own change.

Yep, getting all revolutionary over here in Austin!

Here is why my change is better than the change you’ve seen in the past:

  • It’s easy to accomplish
  • It effects very few people negatively
  • No tax raises!
  • Everyone will experience the effects of the change

You’re on-board already, aren’t you?


That means you wouldn’t have to leave work with the sun already set in the winter time!!! You wouldn’t feel a strange tug to go to bed at 8:45 just because it has already been dark for hours. We’d save the sunlight from the morning until we could actually have the time to use it.

We would be happier, healthier, more eco-friendly, more productive, more athletic, more wealthy, and all around better human beings with that extra sunlight.

Well at least happier….

No really. Sunlight stimulates serotonin and endorphin levels.


So to all you national leaders that are very frequent visitors of my blog. Drop your agenda and push this change through immediately. Give it top priority. You don’t even have to wait for Scott Brown to be seated. Just push it on through…..


We will sing your praises for this decision for decades to come.

Free us from the oppression of early nights!





To go along with my grand political stand I have a political book to giveaway. Basically, I love books and I love sharing books and this let’s me do it in a way that is just a bit more fun.

Sometimes the books come with homemade cookies too….


This is a book I actually borrowed from a friend and really enjoyed. No, I’m not giving away the borrowed copy. I actually found an autographed copy on the cheap at Half Price Books–it happens to be one of my happy places.

So I bought it to give to one lucky winner.

The book is called Getting America Right and it focuses on Constitutionally-based ideas to solve the problems of America. Not sure any of the ideas are as awesome as my Daylight Savings Time Plan but they’re pretty good and I think the read would be enjoyable for any American, though it is Conservatively based.

Plus, it’s autographed.

All are eligible. To win the book, simply answer this question in the comments section below  by midnight on Thursday and I’ll randomly choose a winner on Friday morning:

What would you do during the extra hour of sunny awesomeness in your winter?


  1. Gather sun energy like squirrels gather nuts. I feed off of rays of sun like a T-rex feeds off of Jeff Goldblumes leg.

    Comment by Beardo — January 26, 2010 @ 11:06 am

  2. Work out so I can look good in a bikini 🙂

    Comment by Jessica — January 26, 2010 @ 11:07 am

  3. boom would love it!

    Comment by dw — January 26, 2010 @ 11:26 am

  4. i’m thinking of my sweet girl jenny here. I’d invent a golf cart that serves 2 purposes. 1 is for me to squeeze in a few holes (we only have an hour), and the second is to provide a mini sun-deck for jenny to lay out on (she loves laying out in the warm sun). that way, i could play a little golf, and my girl could do something relaxing that she enjoys. win-win.

    Comment by dw — January 26, 2010 @ 11:48 am

  5. I vote YES for bringing a little AZ to TX!! I could always go for some more happy healthy outdoor activities!

    Comment by l.tizzle. — January 26, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

  6. J-Pro for pres in 2012!!!

    I’d lay outside and read my new political book at a park after my run and catch some raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayz!!

    Comment by Jess — January 26, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

  7. I would sell your book for some cookies.

    Comment by pretty obvious — January 26, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

  8. Spend it getting to know my neighbors better…in the sun, in our front yard, with wine, beer, and finger food.

    Comment by D — January 26, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

  9. OK, Julie, I find this to be a fantastic idea…the best part is that DST is not mandated by the Feds…it is a State level issue. All we have to do is get your neighbors there at the capitol building in Austin to agree with your genius plan, b/c (let’s be honest) we all hate Winter and its darkness.

    As for what I would do with my extra hour of light each evening, I would spend it outside! Reading, cooking, playing with friends and a small G puppy.

    I fully support your idea.

    Comment by Hill — January 26, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

  10. During my extra hour, I would complain about how the term “midnight” is directly contradictory to DST as by shifting daylight hours, we move what is generally held to be “night” (darkness) further into the future, disrupting a mathematical midnight.

    In addition, I would be weirded out by a post-9am sunrise.

    Comment by Brad — January 26, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    • Late sunrises are all the better for sleeping in on weekends.

      Comment by prothro — January 26, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

  11. Actually let’s face it, the best way to eliminate confusing seasonal shift in daylight is to move to an equatorial area where they are little affected by such silliness.

    Comment by Brad — January 26, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

  12. I second Brad. If I were near the equator, I would go to the beach for my extra hour(s). Most likely, I will be here in Texas though, so I’d go on a walk with Travis and Annabelle to Yale Park. Maybe toss a frisbee and play a little fetch.

    Comment by Lindsey — January 26, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

  13. I would go for a walk. I love walks. I feel like I could walk and walk and walk and just be so happy to be outside of a classroom/hospital/anatomy lab that it would literally be life changing.

    Comment by Emily Staff — January 26, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

  14. If the leaders don’t get this passed, you can always move to Arizona with the other time-change rebels.

    Comment by Dr Wells — January 27, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

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