Sunday, March 13, 2016

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Spring forward, it's Daylight Saving Time.  Which means it's time for another rant.

Why do we have this?  Having the same time all year 'round is...what's the word?  Oh yeah--sane.  Changing your clock back and forth on a regular basis sounds more like OCD than rational public policy.

I'm aware of the historical purpose of the change, which is why I oppose the idea even more, since that means I know it never made any sense.

But the consequences are even worse today.  Aside from upsetting sleeping schedules and the like, the people who came up with this dumb idea did it in an age when you had only one clock or two in the house, operated mechanically.  Changing them were easy enough.

Now we've got clocks all over, most of which (in my place, anyway) don't automatically switch over.  There are clock radios, clocks in your microwave, clocks in your DVD player, clocks in your answering machine, clocks in your car and a ton of other places.  They have to be adjusted, often in complex ways that have you wondering if it wouldn't be better to just let them be an hour off six months each year.

So as I watch tonight's "later" sunset (at a time when the days are getting longer anyway--we need later sunsets in winter), it will give me another hour of sunlight to curse this idiotic idea that only continues, as far as I can tell, due to bureaucratic inertia.  And the powerful Daylight Saving lobby.

6 Comments:

Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Hm. What's next, 17th Amendment?

5:25 AM, March 13, 2016  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm all for adding an hour but don't like it when they take it away. So lets only do the changes where we add- we'll eventually steal some time back and we all be younger

6:11 AM, March 14, 2016  
Anonymous Denver Guy said...

I believe one of the early promoters of the idea was Benjamine Franklin. Too clever for his own good, some might say. I recently visited China, a massive country that not only doesn't change clocks twice a year, has but one time zone across the country. And you know what - people are perfectly managing their schedules. Instead of me having to guess whether Gary Indiana is on EST or CST, I could woork with just knowing folks there get an earlier start to the day, while folks on the West Coast work later into the evening.

8:13 AM, March 14, 2016  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Denver Guy and Tom Friedman agree. China has a better form of government than America.

11:43 AM, March 14, 2016  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Donnie told us, they're cleaning our clock

5:06 AM, March 15, 2016  
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