I try to stay away from anything too political on my blog, but I also try to write about timely issues. Since we Spring Forward on Sunday or technically at 2 am Sunday, how much more timely can I get. (Apologies, just couldn’t resist.) 🙂
The Fort Worth Star Telegram ran an article on Wednesday with helpful hints for how to make the adjustment less painful. Start Getting Yourself Ready For Making Sunday’s Change To Daylight-Saving Timeis written by Leslie Barker of the Dallas Morning News. Here are her suggestions for making the change easier:
Go to bed 15 to 20 minutes earlier each night. (We started this on Wednesday night.
Adjust the timing of other clock-related activities. If you normally eat supper at 7 move it up to 6.
Saturday night set your clocks ahead early in the evening so come 11 o’clock you’ll just go tobed.
Monday night, go to bed when the clock says it’s time. None of this, “Well it’s really not bedtime yet.”
I must add a 5th one because I’m bad about this. I make my husband nuts when I say, “What time is it really?”
Don’t ask what the former time is. Don’t talk about “5 formerly known as 6.”
Of these suggestions, I especially like the moving the eating and going to bed times earlier before we actually need to do it.
In the Texas Legislature, we have representatives arguing for Texas to opt out of this time change. (Of course, Arizona has been that way for a number of years and Hawaii.) I’m frankly surprised that this issue has caught their attention. It seems to me staying light later is a boon to businesses, and Texas is all about bidness.
Lots of people really enjoy the change after it happens. It gives us more daylight hours to enjoy being outside. To cook out to eat out on patios—good for bidness, you know?
Originally, and this I didn’t know, the change goes back to WWI and WWII. Franklin D. Roosevelt called the change, War Time. It’s always been about saving energy. If the sun is still up, we don’t have to turn on the lights.
I’d vote to keep DLST all year. When I was a principal during the winter time, I’d leave home in the dark and return after dark. Unless I went outside during a class recess or had a meeting to attend, I could go weeks without seeing sunlight. That can play a number on your psyche.
I agree there is some adjustment period, but after a week or two are bodies are okay. It’s kind of like when you put a contact in the left eye that sees distance and one in the right eye that sees close-up. Somehow our brains manage that.
Our bodies are amazing and can handle the change. Or hey, let’s just leave it this way all year long.
What’s your take on the change? How does the change affect you? Do you have a preference? Can you get on board with my idea to leave DLS time in place? Love to hear from you.
Book Progress: I’ve got two more chapters and I think the story in Book 3 in the Second Chances Series will finished. The book won’t be finished, but the story will be. I’ll put it aside for awhile and work on book 4 for a month or two, then dig in for rewrites and edits.