Daylight Saving Time weekend is here again already. People here, there, and almost everywhere throughout the United States begin the dreaded task of resetting the clock on the car radio, the house radios, the microwave oven, the “you-name-its” at all their daily ports that have gadgets with the time embedded.
Officially, at Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m., the clocks fall back an hour as opposed to what happens in the spring when the time springs forward an hour. The question is: why do we have to go through this life-time ritual that so many people despise? Isn’t there just one person in the United States Congress who can grab on to the failed notion that Americans are better off being in total darkness at 4:30 in the afternoon instead of 5:30 in the afternoon during the winter months – and move to kill the tradition?
Actually, this weekend we are undoing what was done in the spring when we actually have Daylight Saving Time. What we do in the fall is readjusting to Standard Time.
Since so many complain about going back to Standard Time, we need a lawmaker – or lawmakers – who are willing to fight for freezing us in time during our Daylight Saving Time status. That’s right. Junk Standard Time and live happily forever after in Daylight Saving Time.
History says that Daylight Saving Time started with a battle between farmers who wanted sunlight in the morning and the rest of the world who wanted that hour of sunlight at the end of the day so non-farmers could do something in the sunlight after working hours in the nice weather. History also often says that Daylight Saving Time started due to the train industry in the 19th century to coordinate train-travel timetables – which somehow reduced the number of train crashes. Historians often credit the railways with also setting our time zones.
Then there were the activists who took a role in pressuring our government for setting Daylight Saving Time. Allegedly, a golfer named William Willett thought it would be great to have a little extra sunlight at the end of the day to hit the links – as opposed to having that hour of daylight in the wee hours of the morning when most people, even golf aficionados, are still in bed. Governments appeased such wishes by reasoning that more sunlight in the evening would cut down on energy usage for lights – which, at the time, saved coal.
Regardless of where it started, let's hope we live to see the end of the time changes every spring and fall.
Again, let’s get our complaints and our requests regarding the time changes right. We don’t want to kill Daylight Saving Time - we want to live with it 24/7. It’s Standard Time that we want to do without so we don’t have to go through the worst weekend of the year every year of our lives when we have to turn the clocks back an hour.
What a difference a day makes? Think again. What a difference an hour makes!