DST is one of those forces in our lives we seldom think about. In spring and in autumn, when it suddenly becomes relevant, we pay attention for a day then forget it for six months.
I have heard and read arguments for and against the annual shift in time. For farmers and golfers it provides longer afternoons, delivering more time to work or play. For early risers, you get up in the dark, drive to work in the dark, and go to bed before sunset. Reminds me of the old saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’
Complicating the issue is the fact that not everyone, both in the United States and abroad, adheres to the same rules. Not that I care so much if they don’t change their clocks in Transylvania, but Arizona and Hawaii don’t play the game with the rest of America. Also Puerto Rico, Guam, The Virgin Islands and American Samoa do not participate. They don’t really affect my life so much. You?
How would you like to be one of those people who live next door to the state line and your state embraces Daylight Savings Time, while across the street, the neighboring state does not? I would think it could lead to confusion. What time does the drug store open? Depends on which side of the street you live on. Is McDonald’s still serving breakfast or is it time for lunch? Is last call at 1:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m. or 3:00 a.m.? This could seriously impact my alcohol consumption and make me completely re-think how much rest I need to recuperate from how much fun I have the night before. I’m sorry. Enquiring minds want to know.
Am I guilty of making a mountain out of a molehill? I don’t know. Somehow I think my opinion on this matter will get swept under the rug by the people who make the decision of what time it is going to be on Sunday, March 9th when the clock strikes 2:00 a.m.
The most important thing I have to remember is to be at the tennis court on time. I’ll just have to rely on the 3 other guys to be on the same page, same court and the same time. Hopefully we four old guys can stay that organized. If so… I’ll feel good about it.