Daylight Saving Time

From a prior post of mine on the subject:

 "Yes, tonight you either a) lose one hours’ sleep, or, b) get to church in time to shake hands as everyone else leaves. (Sorry if that leaves your religon out, but the joke works better that way)."

There’s a lot to DST, and here’s link to more info. 

Also, here’s a "how’d that get past them?" moment, from infoplease:

No More Sunlight in Arizona and Hawaii

Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii and the territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa are the only places in the U.S. that do not observe DST but instead stay on "standard time" all year long. And if you’ve spent any time in the sweltering summer sun in those regions you can understand why residents don’t need another hour of sunlight.

(emphasis mine) 

Now, you can fiddle with a clock all you want, but messing with a timepiece isn’t going to change the number of hours of sunlight any area gets a day.  It will shift the times around, but that’s about the limit. 


Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    “…messing with a timepiece isn’t going to change the number of hours of sunlight any area gets a day. It will shift the times around, but that’s about the limit.”

    Thank you! Thank you! I have been saying the same thing for years and people look at me as if I am unpatriotic; it was feeling pretty lonely out there :-D

  2. Hours of sleep? I thought you ER docs thought in minutes…..
    GA

  3. I so completely agree with you. I think DST is especially hard on people, like medical students and residents, who are supposed to be at work very early, and thus don’t get to see the sun for large stretches of the year. DST just extends that darkness for us. Hate it!

  4. You left out the one group that really likes this Spring Forward stuff (almost as much as we hate the Fall Back portion of DST).

    Night shift nurses. My very favorite night of the year is this one night we move the clocks forward! Too bad we have to turn them back in the fall. I keep forgetting to ask for that night off.

  5. Funny, the EM docs like that overnight shift, too, though we do tell the early-AM doc to sleep in for an hour of their usual shift, otherwise the overnight doc is faced with a 4 hour sitnt, and that’s not really enough time to justify coming to work.

    As for residents and ‘terns, I didn’t see a lot of sun no matter the time setting, so I doubt it matters a lot for them.

    For the record, I still want DST all year round. It’ll save a fortune just on clock changing and time misunderstandings!