A Facebook friend said today that she misses her hour. (I miss mine, too.)
It got me thinking about billing by the hour and what someone actually does when he or she works into the wee hours on one of those Saturday nights when an hour is lost (or gained).
I then remembered with great fondness a terrific blog post I read years ago by The Anonymous Lawyer:
Saturday, April 02, 2005
This is a terrible day. Every year it frustrates me. For no good reason, tonight at 2 A.M. we lose a billable hour. Daylight savings time is ridiculous. Individually, it's not a big deal, but think of it on a firm-wide level. That's hundreds of billable hours. Gone. Without a trace. And don't tell me we get them back in October when the clocks turn the other way, because by October everyone forgets about the debt they incur back in April, and just uses the extra hour to sleep. It's a useless waste of valuable time, and I hate having to tolerate it every single year. Definitely on the list of things I will change when I become chairman of the firm.
Jeremy Blachman's satirical blog about life in Big Law is a riot. You can read about The Anonymous Law Firm here. Is it really fiction? You decide. I think he left law and went on to write books. It's easy to be happy for him...