Thursday, March 10, 2016

Daylight Savings Time

Twice a  year we have to mess with our clocks-either ahead or back-although with the satellite/digital age upon us it actually gets easier because it's done automatically.  But for those of us with analog devices, it's still a pain in the neck.  For example in my particular situation I have my truck clock, three bedroom clocks, three conventional face clocks, the microwave and oven clocks and the most important of all, the coffee maker so that coffee is ready for when I wake up-6:30 on the dot.

All other clocks (Sandi's car, cable boxes, iPads, iPhones and computers) take care of themselves.

Depending on what source you consult,  the  tradition of changing clocks started either during one of the wars in order to extend daylight time for the war effort or in the day of Benjamin Franklyn who did it for pretty much arbitrary reasons.

If you talk to a farmer or a native American you'll be told it makes no difference whatever.  Whatever work there is to be done will be done between the time the sun comes up and stopped when it gets dark.  Who cares what the time is which of course makes complete sense.

If I had to choose one over the other for a permanent arrangement, I'd take the Daylight Savings Time that's coming up.  The only problem with that is there would be lots of middle and high school students waiting for the bus every morning in the dark.  I guess the solution to that is to start school later.  There are in fact districts experimenting with this because research is showing over and over that kids need that morning sleep and when they're rested they of course learn better.

Whatever the case may be, don't forget to set your clocks forward Saturday night-unless you're a purest and you get up at 2 A.M. Sunday morning to do it!

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