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Top 10 Reasons Daylight Savings Time Is The Devil

Top 10 Reasons Daylight Savings Time Is The Devil

By Gina Valley

There are few things that draw people together like the near universal hatred of the “Spring forward!” part of Daylight Savings Time.

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I’m told that when Daylight Savings Time was first instituted oh so many decades ago that there were many benefits to the average person.

Be that as it may, I’m not seeing the benefits at this point, and I think we need to band together to get rid of the whole thing (and that one super nasty, taste-of-death candy they hide amongst all the good ones in every box of Sees’ candy. What flavor is that supposed to be anyway? Rotting dirt?).

Besides not seeing the benefits, I’m seeing lots of problems. It’s bad enough trying to figure out what time it is here, trying to figure out what time it is in other parts of the world to time communication correctly is really tough.  And, getting my kids up in time for school is near impossible. Truly, Daylight Savings Time is the devil.

Top 10 Reasons Daylight Savings Time Is The Devil

#10.  It forces us to grudgingly use our interpersonal skills, as we, as a group, wander around the week before we change the clocks asking each other, “Is it ‘Spring forward’? It’s ‘Spring forward,’ right? Are you sure it’s not ‘Spring back?’”

#9.  Even as we are in the midst of the sleep deprivation it has wrought, we must exhibit extra coordination as we attempt to adjust our car dashboard clock, while at the same time trying to avoid oncoming cars careening in our direction, piloted by others who are both sleep deprived and trying to figure out how to change their dashboard clocks.

#8.  We run the risk of a cardiac event when we’re staring at our phone at 1:59am and it suddenly switches to 3am, causing us to panic, as we wonder whether we have just time experienced time travel or a black out.

#7.  It brings out extra personality in our children on Monday morning, and causes shoes, backpacks, and homework to disappear at near-double the normal rate.

#6.  It turns adults into children, as we attempt to grasp any reason, no matter how flimsy, as to why we must remain in bed for another hour, and probably for the rest of the week.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Top 10 Reasons Daylight Savings Time Is The Devil Spring Forward#5.  It causes the phrase “I’m not tired!” to be uttered angrily, forcefully, and a near-world-record-setting number of times for the entire week after we “Spring forward!”

#4.  None of us “Spring forward!” We all barely stumble forward, and the whole “Spring forward!” and its cheerful tone is just mocking us.

#3.  It makes everyone arrive 30 minutes early for the second service at church on Sunday morning, when we were in fact all shooting for the first service, but forgot to adjust our clocks.

#2.  It turns our co-workers into seeming philosophers or heroin addicts, as they wander from cubicle to cubicle, muttering “What time is it? Does anyone know what time it is?”

#1.  It’s just another way to torture parents of small children, because small children neither know nor care what Daylight Savings Time is, and see no reason to go to bed an hour before they did last week, yet somehow manage to get up an hour earlier each morning.

It’s time to stop the madness!

At least I think it is.

Does anyone know what time it is?

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

How do you feel about Daylight Savings Time? Do you love it or hate it or just don’t care? Do they follow Daylight Savings Time where you live?  Why do they put that one nasty candy in with the good candy? Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

16 Responses
  • Fearless Leader
    March 10, 2014

    The group “Chicago” has been asking that question since the 70s. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

    • John Holton
      March 17, 2014

      Does anybody really care?

    • gina valley
      March 30, 2014

      You are so right! And, as far as I know, no one has really known yet!

  • Susan Cooper
    March 10, 2014

    Why is it that no matter if we “Spring Forward” or “Fall Back” changing the time always makes me SO darn tired? Aren’t I supposed to be gaining an hour somewhere in here…at least during one of these time changes? I agree Stop the Madness – Daylight Savings Time IS the Devil. If I could just take a nap… 🙂

    • gina valley
      March 30, 2014

      I am with you, Susan. I’m tired both ways. Shouldn’t I be better rested during one of the shifts? If we could get a good nap, then we might have enough energy to start a petition or something. ;o)

  • steve shapiro
    March 10, 2014

    What get’s ME thinking the devil has sprung forward among us is for daylight savings is quite literally that. Saving Daylight.

    I used to catch lightening bugs on the spring day that begins daylight savings. It becme kinda graphic. From the point of view of the bugs, it was truly the devil’s work.

    So, let’s be awake, for a moment. We cut the one end of the red tipped blanked with the white in the center and sew it onto the end of the remaining red and make a longer, white centered blanket by making more red blanket at only one end.

    Of course that’s just a simile, the actual words make more sense. One is Daylight. That’s when it’s light outside. In the Spring, there is more light outside. To Save that, we set our clocks so we all get up and move around during the long, day and light times. We bump into eachother somewhat less. The dark parts of the day are joined together so we save the daylight during the longer nights.

    It’s like cutting off one end of a blanket and sewing it onto the other end to make the blanket longer; but what we do is make more red at one end and use the white for greater coverage, the red for less coverage. We sleep with the red over our legs when we’re not walking around. So the white blanket, or daylight of the day, is used more than the red that is night and makes the day time safe for more use at the beginning of the day.

    It’s actually the devil to wake up when it’s dark and use some daylight and some night time in the day; so we lump all the warm white blanked together that makes it saved and therefore longer . . . in comparison.

    Actually what you’ll find, it’s the stitches that makes it worth while and wards off the devil.

    For only $19 and another $20 shipping you can buy a chopper, every spring, and that works to shorten the night, too. We don’t save time, we save daylight. The lightening bugs get it. And, to their benefit, they see us coming. It’s daylight that saves them. And, some of us even get chopped onions without the tears.

    • gina valley
      March 30, 2014

      You’re right, Steve. It really needs a different name. Perhaps “Daylight Time Rearrangement” or “Daylight Rescheduling Time” might make more sense.

  • Myron Shank, M.D., Ph.D.
    March 10, 2014

    Ben Franklin’s rationale for “Daylight Savings” was that changing the numbers on the clock would encourage people to spend more time outdoors and, thus, candles would be saved. Apart from the questionable rationale two-and-a-half centuries ago, just how many people do you see outside at any time?

    • gina valley
      March 30, 2014

      I wonder if more people might go outside if we set up charging stations in our parks for their phones and such!
      I think Ben’s thinking was sound at the time, but with our more international lives now, I think the usefulness of DST has been out weighed by the trouble it causes.

  • Kenna Griffin
    March 11, 2014

    I just love getting more daylight in the evenings after months of feeling like we’re living in the dark. Also, my kids spend their lives outside, which is good for everyone involved.

    • gina valley
      March 30, 2014

      I like more daylight in the evenings, too, but I still wish we would pick a time and stick with it. I love when my kids can be outside playing, too. That’s their first love!

  • lisacng @ expandng.com
    March 13, 2014

    So true on trying to adjust your clock while driving! And everyone wants to get rid of changing clocks, but how do we actually do it? Petition.org? I’d be up to do it, for reals. Just need some support.

    • gina valley
      March 13, 2014

      I don’t know why I never think to change it while I’m parked somewhere, waiting for my kids. And, why can’t I ever remember how to do it? It always ends up being something simple, that I don’t figure out until after I spend forever pushing bizarre combinations of buttons.
      I think we should change it for real, too. But, I have no idea how to get that going.

  • John Holton
    March 17, 2014

    It was one thing when we started Daylight Saving Time at the end of April and went back at the end of October, but we’ve ended up “springing forward” just as the sun starts coming up at 7 AM. I’m all for setting the clocks forward and not going back.

    • gina valley
      March 30, 2014

      It drives me crazy. I see no reason to keep changing it. It makes international calls difficult. I’m all for dumping the whole thing.

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