Friday, November 2, 2007

Ending Daylight Saving Time.

This is the weekend folks living in the U.S. set our clocks back to Standard Time.......ending Daylight Saving Time (DST) for the year.
This whole idea of DST borders on the surreal.We don't really save squat. All this talk of saving energy is unproven propaganda.
It's been said that the idea came from Ben Franklin. The idea might have made some sense in the 18th or 19th century but not today. We live in a 24/7 society and people can stay up or go to bed any time they like.....there's not need to keep up this ritual of moving our clocks forward and backward.
Any money that may be saved from not having to turn on the lights at 8:00 o'clock is probably offset by the increase in automobile accidents in the days following the change.Also, research suggests that worker productivity goes down immediately after the clocks are reset.
Now, as if I didn't have enough reasons to hate the change; my son is 2 years old and doesn't live by the clock. He wakes up every morning by his internal biological clock. He'll wake up the same time next week (according to his internal clock) but for me it will be an hour earlier. One less hour of sleep for me.
Personally, I think it's just the government's way of manipulating us.

1 comment:

Dominique said...

We had our own little experiment with DST way back in the 1990s. Man, it was heck! First day and we all got confused what time Mass would start -- at the godawful 6:00AM DST (5:00AM) or at 7:00AM DST (the regular 6:00AM). Our parish priest took the solomonic path of 6:30AM DST.

The government, of course, declared the experiment a success. But it was never repeated again.