Daylight Savings Time

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  1. FSWer

    FSWer New Member

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    Say I'm not sure if anyone saw my other post on this before. So I'll post again. Just a reminder to spring your clocks ahead 1hr. Sat. night for Daylight Savings Time.
  2. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the reminder!

    Just to clarify, Saturday March 12, correct?
  3. skamper23

    skamper23 New Member

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    Thanks for the reminder! Seems early this year.
  4. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    HATE it. I'm a morning person and am on the road by 7. HATE driving in the semi dark knowing that 3/4 of the folks on the road at that time are still asleep!
  5. Simone411

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    Thanks for the reminder. That means I'll be getting off from work an hour earlier Sunday morning, or losing an hour Sunday morning.
  6. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

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    UGH - I loathe and detest daylight savings time !!!! :mad: :mad:
  7. Impromptu

    Impromptu Well-Known Member

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    It used to start the first weekend in April and end the last weekend in October, but Bush changed it (in 2007) to the second Sunday in March through the first Sunday in November.
  8. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

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    Yay! I love DST! But then again I'm not a morning person - I'm an evening person, and I like the chance to sometimes - sometimes! - leave work before it gets dark :)
  9. BittyBug

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    There was a study several years ago that showed a spike in accidents immediately following the time change, presumably for exactly the reason you cite.

    FSWer - Thanks for the reminder. Like others, I didn't realize DST was upon us so early.
  10. genegri

    genegri Active Member

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    I think we should move to DST permanently. That way we don't have to change back and forth every year. In winter time even though we would lose some daylight time in early morning, we gain daylight time in the afternoon, so it's a wash. I can't think of any serious disadvantage.

    What does everyone else think?

    BTW, thank you for the reminder! As usual, I had forgotten about it.
  11. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    I'd be against permanent DST. For one, it would mess up my normal wake cycle. As I said upthread, I'm a morning person, so light at that time of day is very important to me. The other issue would be visibility of kids waiting for school buses. Our system's first pickups are at 6:45 for the high school, 7:15 for the middle school. I'd be worried about hitting someone.
  12. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    Even without DST there are months where it's still completely dark at 7:15am - at least where I am (and I only know this because I started taking a class that ENDS at 7:15am and when I started it was still the middle of the night looking out there).

    I don't have strong feelings about DST other than loving more light in the evening and the feeling of "summer!!" while it's around. Even though we've had extended DST hours for a few years now. The only reason I would be against moving to DST all the time is that eventually someone will want a new DST to extend the light even more :lol: And what about those few places that don't do DST at all?

    I do hate losing an hour of sleep though :wuzrobbed
  13. Lorac

    Lorac Well-Known Member

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    Actually I think we should stick with "real time" i.e no DST. DST is a modern invention that really has no basis anymore - one reason it was originally brought in was to try to limit usage of incandescent lighting but the energy savings of DST are really minimal. It also really screws with peoples internal clocks. Stick with true time all year round and everyone will be just fine.
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  14. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    Does it really screw with peoples' internal clocks? More than a day or two?
  15. Vash01

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    Here in Arizona we don't follow Daylight Saving Time (although a tiny part of the state does). I like it this way. The only problem is other people keep asking- are you now 1 hr ahead/behind or 2 because they had to reset their clocks. :)
  16. Gypsy

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    ITA...I hate it!!

    I really do not see the point.

    It can mess me up for a couple of weeks. As for my sister, being diabetic it totally messes with her medication schedule.
  17. Stormy

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    Definitely! Takes me the better part of a week to adjust.
  18. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    It can take as long as 6 weeks according to studies. The effect is worse on shift workers. That's why I hate driving in to work just after "spring forward"
  19. Lacey

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    Love it, yippee skippee, I get fat in the winter, so no excuses now, will be starting my outdoors walking program with DST and the beginning of Spring warmer weather.
  20. talulabell

    talulabell New Member

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    So... isnt it really the adjustment that screws you up? So, if we stuck with one time or the other, you'd adjust once, and then it'd be good? I'm with whoever said just stick with DST. No more adjustments needed, and it wouldnt be dark so dang early.
  21. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    Seriously? For a one hour time change? One that happens when the daylight schedule is shifting rapidly anyway? I can't help but think that the natural shift of sunrise and sunset has a greater impact than moving to/from DST if it's affecting people that long.
  22. snoopy

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    ^This. To me, the actual sunlight has so much more importance. The time of day should follow that.
  23. mpal2

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    I believe the 6 weeks adjustment and it's not just daylight for me. Traveling will throw off my sleep too. I have severe insomnia and regular sleep issues and it takes me a long time to adjust to that 1 hour change. I hate DST with a passion.
  24. LilJen

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    Hate adjusting to DST. Bleah.

    I am on an unofficial campaign to get the continental US into FIVE time zones. I'm in Indiana, and it makes zero sense for it to be in either Central or Eastern time. We're fully an HOUR behind New England in terms of when the sun rises/sets. And with DST, it's hell trying to get your kid to sleep at a reasonable hour when the sun doesn't set until 10 pm (yes, some kids DO go to school/daycare during the summer; not everyone gets to slouch away their summer!). The clock time does not match the light time here, in other words.
  25. KikiSashaFan

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    In the minority but I can't wait :cheer2: I'm so tired of getting off work and rushing home to take my dogs for a walk before it gets dark.
  26. hydro

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    Definitely. I know people that have Seasonal-Affect Disorder, and the change in time can throw things completely off.

    When I was living with a friend who had a cat, the cat did not adjust well to the change in time/eating patterns -- big change in mood and behavior.

    I think sticking with one time, DST or not, makes so much sense that it'll probably never be implemented.
  27. sk8pics

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    I always have a hard time with the change for at least a week, then I'm okay. It takes the cats at least that long to adjust.:lol: The thing I hate the most is having to go through the sun glare phase twice. Just when I get so I'm not totally blinded by the sun, they change the clocks and I have to get through it again! Really annoying.

    There was a talk radio show I used to listen to where the guy would always complain about the time changes to and from DST. "No clock touching!" was his motto.:lol:
  28. Aceon6

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    It's not just sleep/wake times. You're changing the time you eat, and many folks have a shift in their medication times. My m-i-l had a really bad experience a few years ago with one of the drugs she takes. It was a time release thing, and she ended up with an extra hour on board that made her really loopy. Since then, she's kept her drug schedule according to universal time.

    For me, it's the lack of daylight to gradually wake me in the morning. Yes, we go through the whole winter without it, but by this time of year, my body happily gets in synch with the sun. I'm already bummed thinking about it.
  29. FSWer

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    Correctamongo!!!!
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  30. Karina1974

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    :respec:

    Ditto!! I hate the winter months, and since I don't get out of work until 5:00 I get no time for taking a walk after work. if I want to walk during the week I have to do it during my lunch hour. And last summer I spent a lot of weekday evenings after work on my bicycle on the bike trails. Even when the weather is decent, I can't do that under Standard Time.

    If the damn weather we've been having would get better (we got another snow/sleet storm in the last 24 hours after 95% of the snow on the ground melted away) I could be out on my bike before the end of the month, possibly even before it's officially Spring. I haven't been able to ride for 3 months due to the weather. If it hadn't been for this storm, I'd have been planning to be out this coming weekend, because it's supposed to be sunny and in the 40's.

    And for those people bitching about "how dark it is under DST," gee... I seem to remember the sun streaming into my bedroom all last summer in the morning, even before 7:00 AM. :rolleyes:
  31. Aceon6

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    Guess we're on different schedules. I'm on my way to work by 7. I don't mind DST around the summer solstice as the sun's up by 5:30, but the early and late parts kill.
  32. Karina1974

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    I'm up by 6:30, in the shower by 6:45, and out the door by 7:45, although I am considering taking the bus to work as my job is right on the bus line, which would mean I would have to be out the door by 7:15/7:20.
  33. LilJen

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    Just depends on where you are in your time zone. We're still dark at 7 am for much of the DST period.
  34. Gazpacho

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Can't wait to leave work with the sun still out!!

    This is the one thing I'm grateful to George W. Bush for. (He moved it up a few weeks.)

    I read that morning people tend to have a more difficult time adjusting to time changes, whether it'd daylight savings or jet lag.
  35. ChelleC

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    I'm not a morning person at all, but I absolutely detest DST. My natural body clock seems to be on standard time, and it takes weeks for me to adjust.

    Honestly, I don't care about there being more light in the evenings anyway, I'm not an outdoor person at all.

    I think it's absolutely ridiculous that it's this early now.
  36. professordeb

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    I hate the time change we have to do twice a year here. It upsets the feeding schedule of my puppies/dogs and I feel off for at least 3 weeks each time we change. At this stage in my life, I prefer consistency. So here in Ontario, I propose we choose either DST or EST and stay there.
  37. Japanfan

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    I'm exactly the same. I've become a nocturnal animal due to insomnia and the nature of my work. The switch to DST is difficult and makes me completely miserable - though I do enjoy having light longer in the day.
  38. Rex

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    Oh yes, it does. I will be quite draggy for about a month.
  39. zhenya271

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    It's always been my least favorite day of the year.
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  40. Skate Talker

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    While I don't like adjusting to the lost hour, now that I don't have to get up early for work every morning I am ready for DST, even this early in the year. Right now the sun is up and in my eyes by 7 am. By the summer solstice, even with DST you can see the sky starting to lighten up shortly after 4 am. One of the perks of being so far north. I much prefer having that daylight later on in the day. Maybe it is partially where I am located within the central timezone but I would prefer if DST time was our normal time all year round. I get so uber-depressed every fall when we lose the extra daylight in the afternoon. Nothing like going home from work in the dark for someone who feels like a borderline SADS victim.

    Spring is a really really dirty ugly-looking time of the year here but I am 10x happier than in the fall and it's all because the amount of daylight is heading in the right direction.