Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring Forward.

This Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2:00 AM most of the USA will begin Daylight Saving Time. The process of advancing timepieces one hour actually saves nothing, but it does arrange for an additional hour of daylight in the late afternoon/evening. This extra hour of daylight facilitates outdoor activities as the temperatures approaches temperate. Still daylight savings also brings some challenges. For example:
source: morgueFile

  • Those above over the age of (fill in the blank) have more trouble adjusting to the biannual hour shift each year. The additional usable hour of daylight is offset by a feeling of post-intoxication for multiple days.
  • Little Suzy has to catch her school bus before 7 AM daily. It's been nice going to the bus stop at daybreak the last two weeks. Not anymore.
  • Since Little Suzy has to get up very early she needs to go to bed early. During the last few weeks of the school year, I have the privilege of putting her to bed while it's still daylight and her peers are still outside. This will again ruin my hopes of Suzy nominating me for "Father Of The Year", a streak that remains unbroken.
Still, I like daylight saving time if only because it is a first harbinger of spring and warmer weather. Enjoy the weekend, spring is almost here.


  1. Poor little Suzy and little Johnny - they are always talked about in a manner that makes them difficult, troublemakers, or constantly a student. We never hear about them when talking about adult situations like, "I had to bail out Little Johnny last night after his bar fight."

  2. I think that's the point of taking the hit on bedtime.

  3. Adjusting to the time change is all relative. I recall overhearing two people talking in the store one day about adjusting to the time change of one hour. "Oh, it is so difficult" one said. I had just come back from India, which has a 10.5 hour time difference. Now that is a wicked adjustment.

  4. Pat,
    True, Jet lag is much more intrusive than DST. Still as I sit here Sunday afternoon feeling hungover (and I was full bore temperance the last few days) I can't help thinking my adjustment is worse. Which is the case, because it's my adjustment.