Now I don’t want to sound like Andy Rooney here; but have you ever noticed how better we feel when we get a little more daylight? The actual quote from our 93 year old curmudgeon (Andy)…goes like this, “Daylight Savings time doesn’t save *&^%. All it does is screw the clock up and piss me off, but it’s either do it or be early for everything”.
A better term, for sure, would be Daylight Shifting Time as we don’t actually gain any time…that isn’t possible; we do shift the time and that makes it feel a little better. Daylight is a good thing and I know how bad it was for those several years I lived in Wyoming. I would leave in the dark and on a busy day…I would return home in the dark; no fun!
Spring forward and fall back will take place this year on November 6th, the first Sunday of November. I am going to safely assume that there will be a good number of church goers that will arrive early or possibly be on time for the first time. Gaining that extra hour of sleep is also something that messes with many of us and I personally don’t like being messed with; specifically in the fall our clocks fall back from 1:59am to 1:00am. It is good business for the bars as many get to stay open for an additional hour each fall.
Our local fire department and many others across the country encourage folks to change the batteries in their smoke detectors whey they change their clocks back as Daylight Saving Time provides a convenient reminder. It is believed that about 90% of homes in the US have smoke detectors, but one-third are estimated to have dead or missing batteries.
The time change has also had some odd outcomes. In September of 1999, the West Bank was on Daylight Saving Time while Israel had just switched back to standard time. West Bank terrorists prepared time bombs and smuggled them to their Israeli counterparts, who misunderstood the time on the bombs; as they were being planted, they exploded, one hour too early and killed three of the terrorists.
Prior to 2006 Daylight Saving Time ended a few days before Halloween and it is a fact that children’s pedestrian deaths are four times higher on October 31st than on any other day of the year thus a new law in 2007 extended DST to the first Sunday in November with the purpose of providing our young candy goblins more light and therefore more safety from traffic accidents.
The twin cities of Minnesota; Minneapolis and St. Paul haven’t always had twin perspectives when it comes to ‘clock management’. If you know the geography of the area you will know that they are adjacent at some points and separated by the Mississippi at other points. Way back in 1965, St. Paul decided to begin its DST period to conform with the rest of the country while Minneapolis felt it should follow Minnesota’s state law, which stipulated a later starting date. As things go…the cities couldn’t agree and so the one hour time difference went into effect. You can only imagine how much intercity turmoil this created for the two cities and their surrounding communities.
As for me…I can remember back, not that many years ago when I would follow my grandpa Carl around our Stanford farm, those cattle didn’t know that they should have slept an additional hour; all they were worried about was getting milked before they exploded. Maybe I am becoming more of an old curmudgeon like Andy Rooney and just don’t get it? All I know is that I will be cherishing each and every daylight hour between now and December 21st when we will once again start gaining a minute here and there of that precious gold we know as daylight.
I want to leave you this week with a few quotes from Mr. Rooney. “I’ve learned…that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person; I’ve learned…that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it; I’ve learned…that everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile”. So this upcoming Sunday, when you wake up rested and ready to go, grab a friend and hit the outdoors, do a little fly fishing. Go visit an old friend, listen to their wisdom and I hope both of you have many days left to Enjoy the Great Outdoors.