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Daylight Savings Time Change, get the Clocks Moving
Ugh, is it really THAT time again? Unfortunately it is daylight savings time again. Here in the United States of America we are once again preparing to spring our clocks forward one hour this weekend.
Everyone has differing opinions on whether they like the changes or not. Some people don’t mind either of them. More people don’t mind the time falling back, and gaining one more hour of sleep, in November while few enjoy the springing forward and losing an hour.
For me and my family we don’t like changing the clock at all! Even tweaking it by an hour seems to throw all of our body clocks off and we don’t like it; scratch that, we despise it.
Some of our fifty states have it right and they just leave the darn clock alone. They don’t have to remember to change the microwave, DVD, digital cameras, etc. like the rest of us do. Kudos Arizona and Hawaii, I’m jealous. I actually spent a year in Arizona after high school and the state seemed to function just fine with the clocks not being tinkered with. The only problem I had with it was trying to figure out what time it was in California when I called my parents because they fussed with their clocks twice a year.
Do you have a problem with the daylight savings time change?
End of Daylight Savings Time
I guess we get so flustered about the changes because the reason behind it is kind of antiquated. Daylight savings time was initially born during World War One in an effort to conserve fuel. I’m not referring to gasoline fuel but more like heating fuel and fuel used to produce electricity. These days everyone is trying to conserve gasoline.
I guess daylight savings is still in effect because it does still provide some energy savings for consumers. The reports vary on how much energy and money is saved but the average is around 1% or so which isn’t very much; unless you look at it from the entire nation’s population.
Is daylight savings time really worth what we get out if it? Maybe it is one of those obscure laws that are still on the books even though they really have outlived their usefulness? Have you heard about some of these laws; some of them are just plain crazy. For example, it is against the law in Tennessee to drive a car while sleeping! It is also illegal, in Kansas, to drive a buffalo through a street; I guess you have to drive your buffalo’s somewhere else.
I remember trying to get my kids to bed, when they were little, while it was still light outside at 9 PM. I seem to recall my son’s argument that it couldn’t be bed time yet because the sun was still up; fun times. Nothing better than quality father and son bonding time while trying to get the three year old son to bed, when it still looks like high noon outside.
Time to Change Clocks
Daylight Savings Ends
I know we have bigger problems to solve as a nation, than eliminating something like daylight savings time, but with it looming it sure made me want to say something about it. I mean we do enough weird things as a nation, maybe we could at least figure out how to run the country without having to adjust the time twice a year?