Twice a year, every year there is a battle about changing the clocks. Why do we spring forward and fall back?
I have heard it has to do with children not going to school in the dark…of course I remember coming home from school in the dark due to after school activities. Seems like 6 of one a half dozen of the other to me.
I have also heard it has something with saving fuel or electricity or something…that never made any sense to me. Of course, there are many things that make no sense to me.
Anyway, in the last few years I have heard nothing except complaints that the clock changing thing was ridiculous and should be stopped. I have not heard a single objection to this. It seemed almost unanimous that we should stop the springing and falling every year.
Recently congress passed a law eliminating Day Light Savings time starting in 2023. Might be the only thing Congress will agree on this year.
Immediately after Congress passed the law, I began seeing news articles that this would be a catastrophe.
Where have all these catastrophe predicting people been. Why do I now hear their arguments? Somehow, I now hear that without adjusting the clocks children will be killed, crops will be left un-harvested, energy will be wasted and Republicans elected.
Oh, the humanity!
Personally, I liked the practice of changing the clocks. It is a ritual for Mrs. C and I to toast the changing of the clocks. At 2 am on clock changing days we watch the TV clock suddenly jump from 1:59 to 3:00 or 1:59 to 1:00. With a glass of champagne we shout “Happy Clock Change”, share a clock change kiss and turn in for the night.
Another tradition kicked to the curb.
Still, I have a problem with any objections to the clock changing. If it so dang important that you start the day in day light, change your hours, not the clock.
“Starting this Monday March 14, school will open at 8:30, not 7:30.”
Is that so friggin difficult?
Mrs. C has a solution. Just one time this fall move all clocks back one-half hour, and never change them again. Compromise; it is the Democratic thing to do.
Why is everything so dang difficult and controversial? How are we supposed to figure out personal pronouns, resolve racial issues, end inflation, or stop a pandemic, when we can’t even make a simple decision about telling time?
If I were King, I would go with the Mrs. C suggestion.
As a matter of fact, while I’m at it, I will lengthen every minute by one sixteenth of a second, and eliminate that stupid leap year thing.*
End of another problem.
*whatever it takes to eliminate one day every four years...I'd hire a math wiz to figure it out.