Let’s turn our clocks back more often

If you live in North America, Europe or Australia, you know all about daylight saving time,Clock
the idea of switching your clocks forward an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall. DST has benefits, as well as drawbacks.

Adding daylight to afternoons generally benefits retailing, sports, and
other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours, but it can cause problems for farmers and others whose hours depend on the sun. Extra afternoon daylight appears to cut traffic fatalities; its effect on health and crime is less clear. An early goal was to reduce evening usage of incandescent lighting, formerly a primary use of electricity; nowadays, though, DST sometimes increases overall electricity costs and peak demand. [Wikipedia]

I like DST in the spring, because the days are longer and we can stay outdoors past 9 p.m. But in the fall, the only thing I like is the extra hour of sleep we get on the night we make the switch. My wife felt so refreshed last Sunday, when we made the switch, that she wondered why we don’t turn the clocks back an hour every month. Sure, after 24 months, we’d have moved back a whole day, but we can adjust for that. For example, every other year, we can skip Valentine’s Day entirely, just go from Feb. 13 to Feb. 15. That would be a great solution — and I think I speak for all men.

Switching our clocks back every month may confuse people, but that can be a good thing. For example, some years ago, one of my out-of-town friends, who’s perpetually late, arrived at my place 20 minutes early. I was rather surprised, until I learned the reason for this extraordinary happening: he had forgotten to switch his clocks back that day. He thought he was 40 minutes late. If we did a monthly switch, he’d be early far more often.

Another example of being earlier than expected occurred in a hospital in Cary, North Carolina.

Peter Sullivan Cirioli was dubbed "Baby A" at WakeMed Cary when he arrived early Sunday morning.

“Yes, Peter was born first, it was at 1:32 a.m.,” mother Laura Cirioli said.

Thirty-four minutes later, Peter’s twin sister, Allison Raye Cirioli, known as "Baby B," made her entrance into the world.

Because
of Daylight Saving Time, Allison’s time of birth was 1:06 a.m., which
makes her 26 minutes older than her brother even though he was born
first. [Link]

Wouldn’t it be great if we could do this every month — give children more reasons to argue?

Peter: "You have to listen to me. I’m older than you."

Allison: "No, I’m older than you. I was born at 1:06, you were born at 1:32."

Peter: "That’s because of DST, stupid."

Allison: "You don’t even know what DST stands for."

Peter: "Yes, I do. It stands for … uh … Delivering Sister Time."

Allison: "No, it doesn’t! It stands for Daddy Sleep Time. Just ask Mommy."

Photo by Sister72

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