Archive for November 4th, 2007
“After clocks are turned back this weekend, pedestrians walking during the evening rush hour are nearly three times more likely to be struck and killed by cars than before the time change”
Let’s talk about Daylight Savings Time, shall we? I know all the reasons why people think this is a good idea, but I’m not sure if it’s really getting us anywhere. Because in the end, isn’t Daylight Savings Time just a big lie we tell ourselves? Oh hey! It’s an hour earlier because I set my clock back! Yes, a lot of people talk about the hour they gain or the extra sunlight they get to enjoy … but the problem is … you’re not really gaining an hour! You’ve been duped, people!! You’re letting Ben Franklin get the last laugh here. And while I’m all for practical jokes, I say this one’s gone a little too far. Good one, Franklin … but enough already.
This morning we woke up not really sure what time it actually was. I was pretty confident that today was the day to “fall back” but usually when I turn on my computer I get a message that my clock has been updated. I didn’t get a message today so I wondered if I had been a victim of the confusion caused by the new longer Daylight Savings Time law. So of course I did what anyone would do … I went to the internet looking for answers. But apparently finding out what time it is, as those sage troubadours of Chicago knew, is pretty difficult. You’d think that an official site like time.gov would be able to clear this up:
I’m still not entirely convinced I even know what time it is right now, but it’s Sunday and I guess that’s about as precise as I need to get today. It is Sunday, isn’t it?
What are you going to do with your “extra hour”?