Whose Daylight were they Saving?
Monday, November 7, 2016 37 Comments
TIME is tough enough to track
Do they HAVE to make it harder?
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
in the Monday Grumpy Monday Series
How crazy is this?
Springing and falling, backwards and forwards. Add an hour, take and hour, walk around your house resetting all your clocks just because somebody said so. And let’s all pray that we remembered which way the big hand is supposed to go and didn’t move the little hand.
What’s the point of attempting to figure out this tracking time business AT ALL if they’re allowed to move it around willy-nilly?
Don’t they understand that they are messing with everybody’s chronorhythms?
Surely I’m not the only one who thinks this save the daylight scam is t-totally nuts.
If it weren’t already confusing enough, some places change the clock, others don’t, and some change it in the other direction!
Take Figi, for example. Their clocks went forward this past weekend, skipping from two to three o’clock, without passing go.
Yet here in America, we went from two o’clock to one o’clock. On the very same day???
‘Sup with THAT?!
And THEN they have to add what I guess they think is springingly/fallingly cuteness to their reminders. I don’t know if they’re really trying to help or dead set to addle what’s left of my brain.
What makes anybody think this is a good idea?
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So let me get this straight . . .
When we fall “back” we are supposed to get an extra hour of sleep? Doesn’t it seem like “back” would be less? Like “take it back,” right? But noooooooo . . . .
And then, of course, they are assuming that, to be able take advantage of that extra hour of sleep, the bodies of those of us who are confirmed night owls will automatically know they need to nod off at some arbitrary moment that is suddenly one hour earlier.
STOP the Clock!
So here in America, at least, Daylight Saving Time ended this weekend – at exactly at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 6th 2016 – as the clocks were supposed to go backward an hour to make it 1:00 AM.
- And earlier this year, on Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2:00 AM, clocks were supposed to be turned forward an hour to make it 3:00 AM instead.
- THEN, for most of America and Canada, this capricious madness will install itself once more when they decide to start Daylight Savings time again on Sunday, March 12, 2017.
And all this to change when we watch the sun rise and set? Or so that, in participating places, the mornings will be lighter and the evenings darker (or vice versa, who can track this stuff?)
World Peace probably begins with stabilizing TIME
But, oh goodie, the war of the worlds is about to begin again – over setting our clocks!
Tracking time zones already drives many of us to drink. And NOW we have to track this crazy movement to save the daylight as well (or not, depending on where you live and how you vote).
US Bills to rid ourselves of Daylight Savings Time
- Massachusetts recently signed a bill launching a study into permanently changing the time zone to Atlantic Standard Time, leaving Daylight Savings Time in the dust.
- In California, a bill that would have allowed voters to decide whether to keep Daylight Savings Time OR give it the boot made it all the way to the state Senate before it was voted down. Are these people out of their minds?
- Meanwhile in Alaska, a proposal to jettison Daylight Savings Time has been steadily advancing in the State Legislature — which makes only too much sense, since they have eternal days and nights already.
Then there’s Mexico, Europe, The Bahamas & more
- Most of Mexico ended Daylight Savings Time one entire week earlier — on Sunday, October 30, 2016, when Europe ended this nonsense as well.
- A few Mexican cities, like Hermosillo and Cancun, do not observe Daylight Savings Time AT ALL. (I’d consider moving there if the climate weren’t so hot, but that’s a whole other grump.)
- A few other places that went back to normal on November 6th were Cuba, Bermuda and The Bahamas (along with the Thule Air Base in Greenland?)
How does ANYBODY in this global world of ours keep track?
Pity those poor souls who have to schedule conference calls with Dubai and places as they send their memos:
We will begin sharply at 8PM — that’s 9PM if you are calling from Figi – and 7 if you are in Cancun. Dubai, you’re on your own here, but don’t be late.
Speaking of “on your own”
So are those of you who are planning to sign up for Group Coaching. We’ll be working with systems basics to help you manage your TIME, of course, but this springing and falling stuff is NOT on the syllabus.
Anybody else chomping at the bit to ring in on this one?
Like me, does all futzing with clocks give you nightmares? Anybody else thinking that moving off the grid entirely suddenly seems like it wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all?
Let’s hear it from YOU
Does anything else makes you crazy as you check your watch or troll the web — or crazy in general? Like me, do you find it all tougher to tolerate on Mondays, or does it always make you grumpy?
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