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  • thebear

    Um, it is Daylight Saving Time. Or, did you do that to bait the Grammar Police? 🙂

  • When are we going to get rid of this clock-changing charade? It no longer serves the purpose of its original intention. I think it is a silly tradition to maintain.

    • I have to admit, it’s been damn hard to get out of bed the last few weeks. I can’t get up when it’s still dark at nearly 730am. I like the change, though it is worse for the environment (the earlier it gets dark in the evening, the more energy is consumed). At least the change in dates made during the GWB presidency helped to save a lot of energy.

    • Your beef is not with Daylight Saving Time, but with the transition back to Standard Time (which is understandable).
      If we got rid of DST, it would still be dark around 5 p.m.; we just wouldn’t have light as late in the summer.
      If I remember correctly, the studies on the environmental impact of DST showed mixed results. The theory behind introducing DST was to save energy, but it hasn’t always been clear whether it actually does so. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time#Dispute_over_benefits_and_drawbacks.)
      If you spend time in a high-ish latitude country that doesn’t use DST, like Japan, you’ll miss it. There’s no such thing as late summer sunsets, and in June it’s bright as day at 5:30 a.m. Not a bad thing if you like getting up really early, but not so great for the owls among us.
      There has been some interest in the UK in remaining on Summer Time (what they call Daylight Saving Time) year-round, or even re-introducing what they call Double Summer Time, i.e., going one hour ahead of the normal Summer Time (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Double_Summer_Time#Periods_of_deviation). I think people in Scotland weren’t so keen on year-round Summer Time or Double Summer Time because it meant that in winter, their sunrises wouldn’t happen until around 9 a.m.

      • I appreciate your insight. However – as it applies to the US – we should get rid of it. AZ and a few other pockets (a city in Indiana , for instance) forgo DST. It seems ridiculous to reset your clocks twice a year – it just makes more sense to roll with the daylight as it comes.

  • gotryit

    Rant: lady let her three little kids walk across 14th street against the light in Columbia Heights. I had to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting them.
    Rant: my light turned red while they finished crossing, then I getty honked at for blocking the intersection. Gah.

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