Dawn Calls on Congress to See the Light

By Dawn Bright


Dear Dawn,

I heard Florida was trying to make Daylight Savings Time permanent year-round, but I guess that law didn’t pass. What gives? Why do we have to endure all this darkness after work?!

– Sunshine in Shalimar



I’m with you, Sunshine. The day we are forced to turn back the clocks is the worst day of the year for me. When I heard there was a proposal on the table to address this, I was thrilled. But then nothing happened, and there it is, still on my calendar on November 4—“Daylight Savings Time ends.” I looked into it, though, and it turns out Senator Marco Rubio filed two bills to make this happen—one for Florida, and one nationwide.


Both bills have been referred to the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, where they have yet to be discussed, and then ultimately, approved by Congress. So it’s not a dead deal yet. Just a delayed deal. Which many of us are hoping will not be delayed to November 5. Come on, Congress, give us light!

Dear Dawn,

I am an avid golfer and am a regular at several courses in Destin and Fort Walton Beach. I love everything about the sport, other than the cigarettes that litter the courses. Why do smokers drop their cigarette butts outside? Isn’t that littering?

– Danielle G. from Destin



Yes, dropping cigarette butts on the ground is indeed littering, to the tune of millions of pounds of cigarette butts a year. People who would never throw a bag of garbage on the ground or toss an empty can out the car window think nothing of dropping their spent cigarette outside.


There are a number of explanations for why they do this. There aren’t ash receptacles on the course itself, for example. The receptacles are at the beginning of each hole, so if you’re puffing away on the fairway and finish that cigarette, there’s no place to put it. There’s also no penalty for dropping your cigarette on the ground. Our law enforcement officers don’t have time to chase smokers across the greens for littering their spent butts.


And a lot of smokers don’t consider their gross, slimy, used cigarette garbage. They think a bird will use it for a nest. Or it’ll disintegrate into the earth. But that nasty thing is toxic and birds won’t get near them. And yes, it may disintegrate, but it takes 18 months to 10 years for that to happen. In the meantime, those disgusting, ugly, toxic things can kill a child if they eat one, pose a fire threat, and can work their way into our waterways and ground systems, damaging living organisms that come into contact with them.


So what can we nonsmokers do? Carry a trash bag and some disposable gloves and pick up their sorry old butts. I know I’ll never be able to pick up a million pounds, but every little bit helps!

Dear Dawn,

I work at an accounting firm with a bunch of men. They’re all nice men that I enjoy working with, but they are my co-workers and that’s that. The problem is there are a couple of them I don’t see that often, but when I do see them, I’m guaranteed to have a weird dream about them that night. Why? What is wrong with me?

– Millie from Miramar Beach



There’s nothing wrong with you, Millie. Dreams are, by definition, weird. And there are many ways to interpret them. My favorite is to take everything in the dream and have it represent a part of you. If, in your dream, the highly intellectual “Devon” makes a pass at you in the hall, it could be you are impressed with Devon’s intellect and want to be more like him. Or if jogger “Jim” compliments you on your physique (which he would never do in real life), it’s you wondering what you can do to improve your physical attributes.


It’s doubtful you really want to start a new life with any of these guys, so try not to take it seriously. It’s like imagining your audience naked when making a public speech. You don’t really want to see them naked, it’s just a distraction so you can get through the speech. Dreams are the same way. They’re just distractions to get through the night. Personally, I sleep with four dogs and a snoring man, so distractions are a necessity.


Dawn Bright is an eternal optimist. And that’s pretty much all you need to know about her. Email your questions to office@beachcomberdestin.com.

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