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Monday, November 8, 2010

Will Someone Have The Good Sense To Leave The Time Well Enough Alone?

I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of this rigmarole of adjusting my clock forward in the spring and then adjusting it back in the fall. Who thought of this lunatic scheme that involves moving your clocks back and forth, and pretending that you have extra daylight? Even children can figure out this poor sleight-of-hand without making much of an effort.

I don't care whether you want to stick with daylight savings time or standard time, but just make up your mind and stick with one of them. I don't want to have to remember the ever-changing dates of the changes, adjust every clock and watch in the house, adjust my body-clock to some time, and then repeat the process all over again in a few months time.

At least previously, the lengths of time under standard time and daylight savings time were equal. The dates on which the times changed came roughly 6 months apart, so they provided a good time point at which to do semi-annual things like changing batteries in smoke detectors. Now, we have 8 months of daylight savings time and only 4 months of standard time, so the utility of these change dates to remind us of things that need to get done every 6 months is minimal.

Which brings up another interesting point: if standard time is only 4 months long while daylight savings time is 8 months long, why is standard time even called standard? What is standard about it if it lasts only half as long as what is supposed to be non-standard? Even the naming convention calls into question the sanity of whoever thought of this asinine scheme!

Gone are the days when people had only one clock in the house, and didn't have anything better to do than fiddling with the time on it every now and then. It probably required winding daily or weekly anyways, and lost or gained a few minutes every day or week, so it was not an undue burden to have to adjust it every now and then. Now, I have a clock or timepiece in every room in the house, and each of my two vehicles. Add in the clocks on my VCR, microwave, stove and other appliances and electronics, and we are talking about at least a dozen things that need adjustment. And many electronic clocks like in my car move only in one direction easily, making the "fall back" quite painful to accomplish.

And it is not just me who is getting tired of this exercise. I heard on the radio the other day that Russia is considering eliminating daylight savings time altogether. I say, good for them! I wish more countries would recognize the waning usefulness of this dual time scheme, and eliminate it once and for all. At least then, hopefully, the brilliant programmers at Apple will figure out how to make their alarms work correctly!

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