Monday, March 09, 2009
The True Impact of Daylight Savings
Since we were forced - not asked; when we will be asked for once?? - to move our clocks ahead one hour yesterday morning, the great daylight savings leap forward has played havoc on just about everyone I know. I, for one, am not used to getting up before dawn for the drive in to work, nor am I ready for the arguments with the children over why they need to go to bed despite the fact it is still light outside.
One of the funniest things I got was this email, which has been posted here with the permission of its author. I've taken the official approach of the CIA and redacted the names to protect the innocent (or, in this case, amusingly guilty), but it's still good for a laugh.
"Saturday night before I went to bed I set my clock ahead one hour. No problem- didn’t set the alarm for Sunday. This morning my clock went off at 5:20 as usual. I got up at 5:30 and wondered why the cat wasn’t swirling around my feet, meowing for her morning snack, but figured her system was off because of DST. I took my shower, did my hair and makeup. Still no cat. Fixed my coffee. Looked at my clock – 6 a.m. Didn’t hear X's alarm. Went upstairs, turned her light on, noticed her clock said 5 a.m. and I thought I remembered setting it ahead. Re-set her alarm to go off in 5 minutes. Went back downstairs and looked at the microwave. 5 a.m. I do remember setting it one hour ahead. Uh-oh. Went in the living room and turned on the tv. It was 5 a.m. My clock had automatically kicked in DST on top of my manual DST, so I got up at 4:30. Went back upstairs and re-re-set X’s clock to go off at 6. Went back downstairs and drank coffee. 6 a.m. came for real and I went upstairs to get X (she asked me if I had tried to get her up at 5. I confessed.) 6:30 came and no Y. I went upstairs (have worn a path in the carpet by now) and checked her clock. Yes – it’s 6:30, the alarm is on but it’s not ringing. Crap! Her alarm is set for 6:30 p.m. Everyone got where they needed to be on time, and now I’m so tired I’m ready to go face down on my desk."
God bless Arizona, the one state that doesn't to go through daylight savings. And God curse Benjamin Franklin - this was all HIS idea!!