Daylight Savings Time

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Daylight saving time (DST)—also summer time in several countries[1][2][3][4][5][6] including in British English and European official terminology (see Terminology)—is the practice of temporarily advancing clocks during the summertime so that afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn.[7] Modern DST was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson.[8] Many countries have used it since then; details vary by location and change occasionally.

So I get DST, allows more sun in the afternoon and therefore evening then ‘normal’. I get that. But why do we need it? I think we should shift ‘9 to 5’ to the average sun up and sun down schedules rather then relying on ‘time’ as we’ve designed it. It should be more of a natural sort of thing, something maybe that shifts every year if needed. They should arrange it so that we the length of sun time is the same on either side of the work day, if there is an hour of sun before 9, then it should be arranged that there be an equal amount after 5.

Take today for instance, theres like 3 hours of sun before I start work, but by 4 PM, its dark out 🙁 Why not start the work day an hour or two earlier?

Today, the sun rose at 7:05am, and will set at 4:51. So the work day should be from 8 to 4 instead of 9 to 5, it atleast allows you to drive home with a bit of light left, or have a game of catch outside with your kids, or even mow the lawn. Doesn’t that make sense??

Oh, if only I made my own hours…. of course, 3 hours in the morning is good for getting my devotions done and this blog written as well, so its not all wasted. I just don’t generally feel like waking up and going out and working in the morning, probably because I’m used to a shorter morning… I could however be getting firewood moved, split, yardwork done, house repairs done… What ends up happening is just an extended fritter time, coffee, breakfast, lazing about. Boo-urns for time wasted.

Compounded here is that Arden is currently waking up at 7am, largely due to the time change which hopefully we will slowly get her adjusted to but as I said, that means 3 hours we’re up before work begins for me, 10 AST(9AM EST).

And there is my rant on DST – who woulda thunk I’d blog on such a seemingly mondane topic eh?!

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