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Do you know where your extra hour is?
March 13, 2010, 11:05 pm
Filed under: Daylight Savings Time, Ghoulardi

Tick, tick, tick.

No, it’s not my biological clock.  That ran down a couple years ago.

It’s the clock ticking down to 2 a.m. tomorrow morning, the time we’re supposed to get up and turn our clocks forward an hour.

What happens if I refuse?

One year, my hometown did refuse to change our clocks.  It was pretty cool!  It meant that I could actually manage to watch Johnny Carson and on Friday nights see Ghoulardi at 10:30.  Of course my mom, who worked at the hospital in the adjacent town, had to leave for the midnight shift at 9:30 instead of 10:30, but that just gave me more time to sneak some snacks while I watched the shows.

Another reason I’m not fond of turning the clock forward and backward is that it seriously messes with my body clock!  One morning I’m supposed to be waking up at 6:30 a.m. body clock time and the next I have to wake up at 5:30 a.m. Daylight Savings Time.  Believe me when I say, I don’t want to.  Neither does my body.

In case the powers that be didn’t notice, generally speaking, we’re no longer a country of farmers.  I know this because the labels on my food say that it came from almost any other country but mine.  If we’re no longer farmers, then we don’t need an extra hour of sunlight at night so we can continue to work in the field.

Again, ‘powers’, our kids no longer stand out on the street corner in the dark to get on the school bus.  I know this because I see them sitting in their parent’s cars at the street corner waiting for the bus to come.  At the end of the school day, they don’t go outside to play; they sit inside on their computers or facing their Wii’s.  They don’t need a time change either!

While we’re at it, who dreamed up the little concept of the ‘extra hour of daylight’ in the first place?  I’m here to tell you that there is no ‘extra hour of daylight’.  If you paid attention to today, there were 24 hours in it just the same as there will be 24 hours tomorrow – unless the world comes to an end and I understand that’s not supposed to happen till May 11, 2011.

Regardless of whether we have Eastern Standard Time or Daylight Savings Time, there will be the same amount of daylight.  There is NO extra hour!

Finally, what idiot decided that 2 a.m. was when clocks should be changed?  Was that a good time because people are just coming home from bars at that hour?  Did someone have a bladder issue and that’s when their bathroom run takes place?  It’s just one more thing about the time change issue that makes absolutely no sense to me.

Frankly, the only thing I get out of the spring time change is the loss of an hour of sleep.  I spend the next six months waiting tiredly for the time to ‘fall back’ just so I can catch up.  But I never do.