Set your clocks forward Sunday!

It’s that time again.I may hate it, but that doesn’t make it go away. Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend and so you’re going to have to set all your clocks again. Your technology stuff will be ok but you’ll still run around setting the oven, the microwave, and all that other non-connected stuff. What a supreme pain in the rump.

As we’re told over and over again this time of year, Daylight Saving Time is a holdover from attempts to save energy in the 20th century by more closely aligning people’s schedules with the hours with maximum daylight. It never worked right, it has nothing to do with farming as some people think, and it costs millions in property damage in the weeks right after the change due to confusion and lack of sleep.

In other words, Daylight Saving is a real drag.

California has recently voted to go to year-round Daylight Saving Time, but it hasn’t taken effect yet. It won’t, until certain federal guidelines are met. In the meantime, citizens of Arizona and other states that dutifully ignore Daylight Saving Time are exempt from this twice yearly ritual.

Daylight Saving Time is proven to cause accidents, tax the electric grid during the changeover, and more importantly there’s plenty of evidence that it causes unnecessary stress in millions of Americans. And yet, there’s a group of folks who are so in love with the idea of it getting dark later that they’ll put up with all of it. Let me just say, I’m not one of them.

Get ready for the fun to begin…

So take a few minutes this weekend to set the clocks, and try to get a bit more sleep than normal and be more alert than normal for a while, The idiots around you will really be gunning for you, more than normal.

Oh and by the way… It’s “Daylight Saving” not “Daylight Savings.” I don’t know why people still say “Daylight Savings.” Maybe a generation ago it made sense when people still said “Savings Bank” but now it makes zero sense, just like the very notion of Daylight Saving Time.

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Stuart Sweet
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