Daylight Saving Time

Today is one of those two annoying times of the year when we turn our clocks either back an hour (fall back the first Sunday in November) or ahead an hour (spring ahead the second Sunday in May).

She: If it’s pitch black at 6:30 a.m., will it be darker or lighter after we turn the clock back an hour tonight?
He: Think about it. Tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. it will be 5:30 a.m.
She: But we don’t get up at 5:30 a.m. We get up at 6:30 a.m. Will it be darker or lighter when we get up?
He: If we get up at 6:30, it will be 7:30 so it will be lighter.
She: But 7:30 is too late to get up.
He: We go through this every time. Why don’t they just abolish it?

Daylight saving time in the United States began during World War I and continued during World War II. During the energy crunch several years ago, many thought it saved energy. Energy saved during the morning hours was consumed in the evening and vice versa. Office workers liked the extra daylight in the evening for recreation.

Swedish researchers found an increase in heart attacks after the spring change, and sleep deprived people are at risk because they should avoid sudden changes to their biological clocks.

When was the last time you heard someone say, “I’m really looking forward to changing all the clocks and timers on appliances, hot water heater, furnace, and drip irrigation sprinklers. (Don’t forget the car.)

Do you think Elsie the cow waits an hour later to be milked?

Seven years ago I wrote our three Congressmen asking to help end daylight saving time because it has outlived its usefulness. None replied.





About Lynne Schaefer

Lynne Schaefer has written two newspaper columns ("The Schussboomer" about skiing in California, and "Notes from Lynne's Journal" about Oregon wildlife); travel and garden articles for regional magazines copy for DVD tours of the High Desert Museum and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, both in Bend, Oregon. She has published three non-fiction books, A Traveler's Guide to Historic California, Christmas Trivia Quiz, and His Daughter's Remembrance.
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