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Friday, March 8, 2013

Daylight Savings Time Sure Works for Sam and Me

I don’t know how Sam feels about Daylight Savings Time, (DST) but I love it. Saturday night we leap forward with our clocks one hour. YAY! More daylight to do things - or not. At least it won’t be getting dark at 4:30 p.m. again for awhile.

But here’s some disturbing news I read online in the Huff Post Green section.

“A petition seeking to eliminate DST or make it the year-round standard (year-round would be good) has surfaced on the White House's "We the People" crowd sourcing platform (whatever that is). The document, which needs 100,000 signatures to prompt a response from the West Wing, urges President Obama to eliminate the "archaic practice" of adjusting clocks twice a year.

“The "We the People" petition claims that, while some industries still support DST, studies have shown the change is a health risk, leads to a loss in productivity and is "really annoying."

Oh cow pies! Fortunately, the petition is still many signatures away from its goal.

Although participating areas of the U.S. will turn their clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night, federal law does not force states to observe the time change. Arizona, for example has not observed DST for decades. You suppose that’s because all the old retirees down there are two recalcitrant to learn something new? John McCain hails from there right? I’m just saying.

According to Wikipedia,

“Daylight saving time (DST), in British English and European official terminology is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn.” (There you have it).

The modern idea of DST was first proposed in 1895 and was first implemented during WWI. Many countries have used it since then. “Although most of the United States used DST throughout the 1950s and 1960s, DST use expanded following the 1970s energy crisis and has generally remained in use in North America and Europe since that time,” according to the WIKI.

In 2005, DST in the U.S. was adjusted once again - to give us more daylight hours. This year DST starts on March 10, and doesn’t end until November 3.

“The practice has been both praised and criticized. Adding daylight to evenings is said to benefit retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours, but can cause problems for evening entertainment and other occupations tied to the sun.” Yeah, like drive-in movies.

“DST clock shifts present other challenges too,” WIKI says. “They complicate timekeeping, and can disrupt meetings, travel, billing, recordkeeping, medical devices, heavy equipment, and sleep patterns.” Maybe, but I only care about drive-in movies.

But WIKI also says, “As modern societies operate on the basis of standard time rather than solar time, most people's schedules are not governed by the movements of the earth in relation to the sun. For example, work, school and transport schedules will generally begin at exactly the same time at all times of the year regardless of the position of the sun.”

Don’t say this blog isn’t informative, eh? Three bags of poop if you don’t read it all the way through and especially if you sign that danged petition - unless you want to go year-round.

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