Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Does anybody really know what time it is?

Daylight Savings Time. If you ask my parents, they'll tell you the farmers don't need it. And I'm inclined to
take a stand against it on the basis of principle. I mean, if it's five o'clock, it's five o'clock. It doesn't matter where the sun is in the sky.

On the reverse side of that coin, there is something to be said to getting the children off to school during daylight rather than when it is black as midnight outside. I have to go back to look to see when we're on daylight savings time and when we're on central standard time (I live in the middle of the U.S. doncha know). (Daylight Savings Time is coming to an END this weekend, at which time we will be back on Central Standard Time (with no adjustment for daylight hours).

And did you know that Daylight Savings Time is called British Summer Time on the other side of the ocean?  Adding daylight to evenings benefits 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 (such as farming). Although an early goal of DST was to reduce evening use of electricity, modern heating and cooling usage patterns differ greatly, and research about how DST currently affects energy use is limited or contradictory. Overall, it seems that energy consumption is no longer a major factor in the use of Daylight Savings Time.

So why do it?

It's always a shock to the system, "suddenly" coming home from work in the dark. Forget all this nonsense about changing the clocks back and forward and little rhymes to go along with it to help you remember. If it's five o'clock, it's five o'clock. Period.

Seems as if it's time for me to move to Arizona.

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