Time To Get Back To It

Welcome to Daylight Saving Time, 2007. (Unless you are in Arizona… If you are, disregard the following.) As most of you probably know by now, the time change came earlier than usual this year. Like, three weeks early. The popular opinion is that the government decided (back in 2005) to try this out and see if we could increase energy savings by getting a jump-start on extra light in the evening. If you’ve paid attention to any news source over the past week, you’d think that this was a complete surprise.

Some guy in an office decided last week maybe yesterday would be a good day to change the clocks? No. 2005. Two years ago. I remember hearing about it at the time, and no one was in a panic then. What happened? Everyone conveniently forgot about it until it made a good news story.

In our house, we have an alarm clock that is super smart. It has two alarms. It knows if it’s a weekday or a weekend. It knows when you go to sleep. It knows that pi is a non-repeating irrational number. It knows that lutefisk is a threat that will scare anyone who has even the remotest idea what lutefisk is straight. It didn’t know there was a time change. I expect in a few weeks, it will try to throw us off again.

Other than that, life goes on like it does every year. The only difference is it is once again dark in the morning. I don’t mind this too much, but it is nice getting up and leaving the house after the sun is up. This morning, a local radio show asked people if they like or hate the new time change. There was a mixed response. Most people don’t think that it will make much of a difference in energy consumption since many workers don’t follow the sun. Personally, I turned on more lights this morning than I have in a while because of the darkness.

I don’t really believe that the energy is the only reason the government decided to alter the time change this year.

I think they’re preparing to show off. If the US can handle changing times early this year, expect the change to become more complicated every year.

Maybe next year, someone will cite the study that traffic accidents increase by 7% on the Monday after the change and say it needs to be more gradual. And so we will change by 30 minutes each weekend night. And then, if a half hour change is better, why not take six days and change by 10 minutes each day? That’s hardly enough to be noticeable to a night’s sleep, but it would look pretty impressive to the rest of the world.

And if that were good, wouldn’t it be better if we took 180 days and changed by 20 seconds every day? And then two days later, we could start moving back the other direction? If we could coordinate a 20 second shift almost every day of the year with everyone staying on schedule, the rest of the world would have to give us mad props. And in the ever more cynical world, props are not given out lightly.

If these seems a little silly to be thinking about, I blame on the fact I’m sleep deprived. In case you didn’t hear, we changed time a little early this year.