Saturday, March 7, 2009

Daylight Savings Time

Here we go again, changing our clocks to try to force ourselves to "save daylight" which is supposed to translate into energy savings. Tonight we can think about setting our clocks forward an hour as a sort of welcoming of longer days, a biannual celebration, if you will, akin to solstice. Its a time to shake up our diurnal habits and start a new regimen. Come on, get with the program. This will be fun!

The idea is to force us into going to bed earlier and waking up earlier, something somebody, somewhere, thinks we need because we can't be trusted to use daylight hours efficiently. City dwellers don't operate by the sunlight anyway, so it might make sense to get them to work early and home while it's still light and save turning on the lights in the office. Country folk don't care what the clock says. They just work when it's light outside.

So here is what I propose: People who live in towns & cities (and probably a 2 mile radius outside city limits) should observe daylight savings time. People who live outside these limits should stay off savings time. This way country folk won't have to worry about changing all their clocks (if they have any), and cosmopolitans will be told what to do and when, easing their decision-making responsibility. It's a win-win for everybody. How many clocks do you have?

5 comments:

  1. Daniel, I used to work for a corp. that had a plant in Indiana but most of the employees lived right across the board in Ohio, which was in a different time zone. They got to work before they left home! It would have driven me crazy. I visited once and that was enough for me.

    Beth Rumery

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  2. i read a long long time ago that the reason dst was invented was to keep workers more productive. i live by my own biological clock anyway. in the winter i go to bed when it's dark and wake up at 3 or 4:00 a.m. wreaked havoc when i worked but now that i'm retired, it ain't so bad.

    xoxox

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  3. Dannyol,

    Hmmm! If I remember corredtly I believe DST was first suggested by none other than Benj. Franklin. The various time zones were created in the late 1800s to keep trains on time. Or at least that was the theory. My biological clock tells me when to go to bed and when to wake up. I'm ususally away by 5 or 5:30 everymorning. When I worked I had an alarm clock but I almost always beat the alarm before it went off. After nearly 15 years of retirement, I still wake at the same time and retire about the same time. Old habits die hard.

    Have a great day!!!!

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  4. Right you are Norm! Benjie concieved of the idea while an American delegate in Paris in 1784. It wasn't until WWI in 1918 that action was taken on DST. During a period in 1916 they tried adding 20 minutes each month for 4 months, but it was too confusing. You are right about time zones too. They were instituted in 1883 in order to keep trains on time.

    There was a lot of controversy back and forth about DST while farmers wanted to keep the most sunlight in the morning and everybody else wanted more sunlight in the evening so they could be outdoors longer in the evening. The farmers lost.

    And just a point of correction for us all its "day-light saving" (no "s")

    Did you know that Amtrak trains traveling during the night in October stop for an hour at 2:00 AM so as not to arrive early? They just stop and sit on the tracks for an hour!

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  5. I mean Amtrak trains stop at 2:00 AM in October on the night we change back to regular time!

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