Sunday, November 6, 2016

A Glorious Fall Day to Fall-back On

O.K. It wouldn't be my blog if I didn't blog about Daylight Saving Time.  Let me repeat, we still have exactly the same number of hours of sunlight no matter what time is on the clock.  That is a repeat for those who hail 'more sunlight' in the spring when we 'spring forward'.  But yesterday it was 'fall-back'.

I say hooray since I hate DST.  Now that I am retired what time it is is of little consequence.  Or what day it is for that matter.  But our government's argument that it saves energy is BS at it's finest.  With over 123 million households in the United States, telling me you can power 100,000 of them with saved electricity from DST is not too impressive.

I may not have to turn lights on as early in the evening, but I certainly have to turn them on in the morning in order to see.  I get up at 6:00 am on average and usually have lights on until after eight and sometimes nine on a rainy, cloudy day, despite that fact that two sides if my home are glass and I have a skylight.

This morning was great.  I was up at six and by seven it was daylight.  No more will the high school students be waiting in the dark for the bus at 6:35 am.  Oh yes, our government is so concerned about child safety that they extended DST through October so kids could go trick-or-treating in daylight.  I got news for you.  NO ONE ever comes to my home before seven, when it is finally dark.  Halloween is supposed to be a spooky holiday and there is nothing spooky about sunshine.  I never understood the movie 'Halloween' when kids were out in the daylight begging for candy.  Where exactly does this happen?  Certainly not in Michigan.

Anyway, I decided I would go ahead and post about this after my Costco Connection magazine asked the question this month in its survey.  'Should daylight saving time be ended?"  It is the first time I have ever voted in one of their polls.

And then the local Patch ran an article about heart attacks, and drivers falling asleep at the wheel, and car-deer collisions.  I still think we only need two time zones - one east of the Mississippi River and one west of the Mississippi.  And forget DST.

Like anyone cares what I think, but that is why I have a blog so I can talk to myself on paper - screen - whatever.


6 comments:

  1. I do so agree with you Denise. These days it is pointless. The whole thing started as British Summer Time during the war. But we are not at war any more, or not in the west anyway and who wants to assist ISIS? Not that they probably change the time anyway. Lovely tree.

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  2. Thankfully we don't change the time in Arizona either way. I don't miss it from when we lived in other states. It surely messed up everyone's schedule for a few days.

    Betty

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    1. Lucky that you live in such a sensible state. A few years ago I traveled around Arizona, Nevada and Utah and had to keep changing the time. Ridiculous.

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  3. I'm not a big fan of the change but I'd rather stick with DST. Now that I'm retired, it's less of an issue but I HATED coming home from work in the dark. I liked having the daylight in the evening so we could enjoy outdoor activities after we got home. I think I'll just shift my waking and bedtimes an hour so I can stay on the same schedule.

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  4. What I don't like about "falling back" is how dark it is by the time I get home from work.

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  5. It really is dumb. I would say to leave it like this all year long and just get rid of this irritating fall back/spring forward crap.

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