Saturday, September 29, 2012

Spring ahead—again

Tonight we turn our clock ahead one hour—we spring ahead. I think I’m one of the few people in the world who doesn’t care about daylight saving time—apart from the fact the word “saving” is singular, not plural (or possessive, either), so there’s no “s”. Seriously, though, I just take the time change in my stride.

When I was younger, I used to like the autumn change because I got “an extra hour of sleep”. Of course I could get an extra hour just by sleeping an hour later, but that one night a year it was like I got a “free” hour—I got the extra hour but could get up at the same time.

The spring change was maybe a little harder, but not terribly (unless I was up late on the Saturday night). I didn’t have trouble adjusting in spring either.

I think I’m not very typical in this (as with SO many other things in life…). My dad used to complain about people arriving an hour late or early (depending on the time of year) for Sunday services on the mornings after a time change, but I doubt it was ever many people.

Still, many people do seem to be bothered by the time changes, and we’re all inconvenienced to some extent. For example, depending on the time of year New Zealand is either 16, 17 or 18 hours ahead of the Eastern time zone in the USA; this makes it difficult or annoying when I try to arrange times to meet up online with friends or family back in the US.

I think it the clock changes should end—I can’t see any sense in it anymore. Countries change their clocks on different dates, or not at all, and there are variations within countries (like the USA and Australia); we’ve created a global time zone mess. If we abolish daylight saving time, then we’ll have gone a long way toward cleaning up this mess.

And, there’ll also be one less thing for people to complain about.

I recommend timeanddate.com as an excellent site to work out what the time is any place in the world, to arrange a time for an online meeting with someone in another country, etc. Plus, it’s easy to remember the web address anywhere—and any time—in the world you find yourself. The image at the top of this post is a royalty-free photo by Dean Jenkins, and is available from morgueFile.


Roger Owen Green said...

I hate that it changes at so many different times. US standard time isn't until the first Sunday in November.

Arthur Schenck said...

You are not alone in that!