Swayne claims that ever since daylight saving time took effect last spring, he has suffered a continuous stream of ailments, including acute headaches and chronic lethargy. He admits to being involved in no fewer than 13 vehicular mishaps, and he accidentally chopped off two fingers. “And I think I’m wanted for a hit-and-run in Idaho or someplace,” Swayne chuckled.
His defense is ironclad. “It’s that damn hour I lost.”
Swayne says he has been too depressed to deliver mail on his route, and his basement is filled to the brim with undelivered mail, “all because of ‘daylight saving time.’” Swayne’s words drip with derision for the system mandated by the Federal Uniform Time Act of 1966.
Now that it is over and Swayne “got that hour back,” his maladies have completely disappeared. “I’m my old self again,” he says.