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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Daylight Saving Time; do we need it?

I don't think I know of anyone that likes Daylight Saving Time; at least not the first week. I read in Quartz today, that it will never be discontinued because people enjoy the long summer days and businesses.

"The powerful retail lobby, particularly recreation, bbq, and home and gardening remains invested in keeping DST. Longer nights mean people have more time to shop and go to baseball games (and use more gas—further cutting into the alleged energy savings). Downing (Time zone expert and author of Spring Forward the Annual Madness of Day Light Saving Time Michael Downing) says each year the convenience store lobby (a large supplier of gas) gives out gift bags to Congress to celebrate DST," says Allison Schrager who wrote the Quartz article (read the article here).

This morning, I got up quite early, about 5:30 am, but I waited until it was light to go to the gym, so I got there at about 8 am, I usually get there at 7 am. It was funny to see the people there were all the 7 am people - all there at 8 am; I guess everyone is an hour back in their heads.

At breakfast, it was the same thing - people entering an hour later rather than at their usual time. I suppose we are all dictated by the sun and not the time.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love DST! Now you know one person who would like it year 'round.

March 13, 2016 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote DST all year also. I'm surprised we don't save more energy with DST since we save an hour of lights every evening. Plus we're the sunshine state. We could even advertise longer vacation days to tourists.

March 13, 2016 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another vote for keeping DST all year 'round!

March 13, 2016 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you people taking meds? Are you nuts or what? Nothings changed since our solar system cooled down several billion years ago. Since humanity began looking at the night skies or about 5,000 years ago we humans have tried to achieve uniformity, i.e., using numbers, which in the Western World view of things, in this instance the number of days in any give year, month, and day. This has nothing to do with retail sales or when you get up to go to the gym, this or that. Add an hour or take away an hour, just go do your thing accordingly. The Sun or Earth aren't changing their position, nothings changed especially your circadian internal clock.

March 13, 2016 5:47 PM  
Blogger charles byrd said...

I really really hate DST..The reasons for continuing it are ridiculous and out of touch with the reality of natural time and place. .anytime man interferes with nature he ruins it..personally it throws off my personal clock..sleeping pattern ..psychological implications in adjusting to waking up to darkness im distressed to hear that in all likely hood it's not gonna go away anytime because it's so politicized..what time is it now for chrissakes. .

March 14, 2016 7:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"When told the reason for daylight saving time the old Indian said…
‘Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket.’"

March 14, 2016 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mentioned "an old Indian", which brings to mind another Indian story. A tribe of Indians were on the trail and everyone stopped to wait for a beautiful woman to walk behind a tree and emerge 30 minutes later holding her newborn baby, and everyone continued. Logic says it, more or less had to be that easy, otherwise humanity would not have reached 7,500,000,000, from then to now.
Obviously more lived than died any given year or century. We don't need DST, and we certainly don't need all these people. We need more frog legs, wild chickens, pigs and no GMO(bt) food to eat, oh, and more lobster, shrimp, snapper and lion fish close to shore in clean water - STOP!

March 14, 2016 2:15 PM  

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