Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Wonder Killer, Day Light Saving Time

I heard at my Girl Scout leaders' meeting that Day Light Saving Time started this weekend. And I had no idea. I mean Spring Forward, Fall Back and all that, but I didn’t know it was THIS weekend.

As is turns out, G. W. Bush signed into law the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Which, among other things, says that starting in 2007, DST will begin on the 2nd Sunday in March and ends the 1st Sunday in November. Until the Department of Energy study is complete, then they’ll decided whether to change it again.

So that means that this Sunday, everyone has to stay up all night and at precisely 1:59 am on March 9, they need to set their clocks forward to 3:00 am. (Or you can do it before you go to bed like any normal person. Or later on Sunday when you realize you’re an hour late for everything.)

Some interesting facts:

  • Why 2:00 am? – It’s supposed to minimize disruption. Something about trains.
  • What about restaurants and bars and alcohol? Do they get to serve for an extra hour in the fall? Technically – they’re not supposed to. But some do.
  • Who in America gave the old DST the finger and said no way? Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and Arizona. I’m sure I left a few out.
  • Oh and most people say “Daylight Savings Time.” “Savings” should actually be “saving.”

More Info Here.
And Here.


The Modernish Father said...

I usually give DST the finger as well (but then I change my clocks anyway - as much as I'd like to, I can't operate in my own personal time zone).

Anonymous said...

I actually like DST.

It gives us more daylight in the evening to work on outdoor things instead of indoor ones.

This year is especially exciting since I will be training a certain horse, who thinks he's a dog, to function more like a horse.

Might have to borrow someone's jacuzzi a few times afterwards, but it should be ...