Oh how I love waking up on a Sunday twice a year having NO IDEA what time it is. We get up and race around looking at clocks to try and figure out which ones have automatically adjusted and which have not.
This year I set the clock back in the bedroom before I went to bed-- so at least one clock in the house would be one I could count on. My watch automatically resets so as I rose and glanced at it-- it was pitch black out and it was (according to said watch) 6am-- so I went back to bed. My alarm woke me at 8 but I didn't know if it was actually 8 or 9, I'd forgotten that said watch sets only after it syncs with my iPhone.
It's idiotic that we continue to follow this practice and the arguments for keeping it in place are equally lame:
1. The farmers need it.
No they don't. There are still 24 hours in a day whether we start our day at 6 or 7am matters little. If it gets light out at 7am then start your day then. Science has shown that the change in clocks is stressful to livestock which makes perfect sense since they don't have the thumbs needed to change their barn clocks.
2. It adds an hour of daylight-- no it doesn't. If we have 12 hours of daylight in the summer and 7 hours of daylight in the winter we still have the exact same amount of daylight no matter what we do to our clocks in November and March.
3. The little Childrens would have to go to school in the dark. No again. Set the final time to whichever one ensures little Johnny isn't waiting for the bus in the dark-- and if Johnny is, then readjust the time school starts.
4. It saves money. No it doesn't. The amount of energy saved in being able to wait to turn a light on is negated by the extra hour that air conditioners are run. It negates any savings. Don't trust me? Read the survey and you'll also find out who's actually behind this madness (and if you don't want to read it I'll recap here anyway.
All right if you didn't read the article I'll summarize it for you-- who is behind the funding of the campaign to keep DST even though the VAST majority of people think it's a horrendous idea?
It's not the airlines. It costs them $147 Million annually to adjust their flight schedules. Play that out and consider the difficulties for police departments, hospitals, Tv STations and virtually anything else that run 24 hours a day.
So who is the culprit? The BBQ and Charcoal industry. I'm with you, I didn't know they even had enough clout to put together a slogan never mind a campaign but apparently having an extra hour of daylight in the summer over the course of the 16 or so weeks adds up to a boatload of money for them.
And money is what drives anything in the USA.
But this year, let's put a stop to it. Write to your Congress Rep and let them know you're sick of this nonsense and you want something done about it.
If you don't know who yours is go HERE and enter your zip code.
I'll even draft a letter for you.
Dear Member of Congress;
As a voter in your district I am writing you to put forth a measure to end the nonsense that is Daylight Savings Time.
Studies have shown that this effort is neither a saver of money or energy and actually costs many industries like the airlines hundreds of millions of dollars to adjust their schedules, not to mention the burden we are placing on our first responders and the fact that science has shown an increase in strokes, heart attacks and auto accidents all related to the ridiculous notion of changing our clocks twice a year.
Please look into this matter and help to enforce the will of the people to eliminate this outdated concept of inconvenience.