Darn it George – you’ve got me all confused

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I was just too lazy last night to change my clocks but I knew I would remember and make it to church on time.  Secretly, I cursed old George Hudson who is responsible for this mess each spring and fall. 

Unfortunately I was mentally going in the wrong direction even though I repeated the little ditty – Spring Forward, fall back.  Well, I have sprung in the wrong direction.

I sat waiting for my chariot to arrive (Marie) and twiddled my thumbs until my clock on my computer said 8 a.m. (I guess the magic fairy of time sneaked in over night and changed the computer without my knowing it.)

Where the heck was she?  I bet she overslept, so I rang her up and sure enough she thought she had another hour, which she did.  I finally realized I was the one all confused.  So I have an hour to kill waiting for her to arrive on time! I guess I over-compensated.

Day light saving time is the practice of advancing clocks so that afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn. Modern DST was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson.

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The practice is controversial.   In fact, my grandmother thought it was ridiculous and steadfastly refused to abide by the practice – which meant we always had to eat lunch and dinner at her house an hour earlier  than the rest of the world. In fact we did EVERYTHING an hour earlier.  When we went to bed, we were still wearing sunglasses.

Adding daylight to afternoons benefits retailing, sports, and other activities, but causes problems for farming, evening entertainment and other occupations tied to the sun. Traffic fatalities are reduced when there is extra afternoon daylight; its effect on health and crime is less clear. Although an early goal of DST was to reduce evening usage of incandescent lighting, formerly a primary use of electricity,modern heating and cooling usage patterns differ greatly, and research about how DST currently affects energy use is limited and often contradictory.

DST’s occasional clock shifts present other challenges. They complicate timekeeping, and can disrupt meetings, travel, billing, recordkeeping, medical devices, heavy equipment, and sleep patterns, not to mention my peace of mind. 

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