Are You Ready “to” Spring?

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The bad news:

This Sunday, March 9th, marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time or what I like to call, “You Ripped Off an Hour of My Precious Sleeping Time.” We lose an hour at 2:00 AM when time springs ahead to 3:00 AM. Dawn will break an hour later and the sun won’t slide behind our mountains until 7:02 PM. It will be one of those groggy days which will oddly resemble jet lag. It will creep into Monday morning with an increase in traffic accidents and heart attacks.

I love when it ends in November and I have a whole extra hour to play, but the start-up is killer. I can’t believe one little hour can mess with our heads so much.

I wonder if anyone has ever screwed with time in order to win a war. I can imagine the enemy sneaking into camp and setting all the clocks ahead by one hour. Just think of the mayhem, friendly fire, and subsequent heart attacks.

Did you know that Ben Franklin is responsible for our abrupt and jarring time change? In 1784, he spent some time in Paris and came up with an idea to save on the cost of candles. It’s always about money and sometimes about the cost of wax.

The good news:

Here in Boulder, day lengthens by 2 minutes and 37-38 seconds every 24 hours. For all of you still in the eye of the Polar Vortex, spring will arrive on Thursday, March 20th, whether Weather likes it or not. The 4th of July is less than four months away. How can that be? Time is precise and controlled. It ticks on and on, with concise rhythm and constant meter. Weather is obstinate and unpredictable. It throws tantrums without warning. It has its way, always. It doesn’t care about Time or the season. It’s an emotional monster, a willful child, and a hormonal teenager.

On Sunday morning, when you set your clocks ahead, you’ll be one hour closer to spring. The days will lengthen, temperatures will rise, and snow will melt.

But don’t mention anything to Weather. We don’t want it to become a hot mess.

Are you for or against Daylight Saving Time?

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106 responses to “Are You Ready “to” Spring?

  1. I am sorry to be late but I overslept! No, I do not like time change of any sort be it clock or travel. It messes with my inner timetable. And going forward is the worst. It will take me six months until I gain my sanity back. And somehow I just knew that wax was at the bottom of this predicament. Thank you Ben Franklin. I’m going back to bed. Good night Susie!

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    • Hi Karen!!
      This is the first day that I feel I e adjusted. I woke up at 6:00! Watch, I’ll probably be exhausted by 2:00 this afternoon and need a nap!
      I hope you had sweet dreams Karen!

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  2. Aliens would wonder whether we are intelligent life forms. What species messes with it’s own schedule? Ah well. Daylight savings gives me something to blame everything on for the next week.

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  3. Here in Australia, I live in one of the few states that don’t have daylight savings time. Although this saves a lot of confusion and sleep, the sun rises about 04:00 each morning and in winter sets at about 16:30. I’d much rather have to reset my clock…

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  4. Well, despite the rain and cold today, the redbud trees are blooming along with the other early bloomers: plum/pear trees. So it’s coming! They say the wild flowers should be beautiful this year because of all the rain and cold here

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  5. We love Daylight Savings Time. Last night we went to bed an hour early after setting the clocks an hour back. This morning we woke up and felt no change at all had happened.

    “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow. ” — Denis Waitely

    Philip Zimbardo: The Secret Powers of Time (10 minutes)
    Zimbardo says: Developing the mental flexibility to shift time perspectives fluidly depending on the demands of the situation, that’s what you’ve got to learn to do.

    From my post here Time Keeps on Ticking Into the Future

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  6. I love DST as I like the long evenings–what I don’t like is your reminder that the 4th of July is only four months away. Didn’t we just celebrate the beginning of 2014?

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  7. The best thing about springing ahead is that we’re one hour closer to more favorable weather.

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  8. I aught to be ashamed to admit I’m in my happy little world with no clue that this is about to be the day the clocks skip. Not going to say a word Mrs Weather.

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    • Hahaha! It will catch a lot of people off guard. It was never this early until a couple of years ago. I didn’t know until a random real estate agent sent me a reminder postcard and her contact information, of course…. :) I am hitting the hay after setting the clocks ahead!
      Good to “see” you Neville!

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  9. Ugh….I love that it is lighter longer so I can enjoy the outdoors, but I hate that loosing or gaining just ONE HOUR makes me feel as if I traveled the world over night and have jet lag for days.

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  10. I’m against being at the mercy of the clock all-together, Susie…

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  11. NZ’s ‘fall back’ to standard time is in a few weeks as we descend perilously into autumn after a cool non-summer. Our ‘daylight saving’ is out of synch with the whole of the rest of the world for various reasons. Causes some interesting adventures trying to skype my relatives in the Netherlands – can never remember whether they’re exactly 12 hours behind, or if it’s 10, or what.

    I prefer summer time, but what I’d really like when it comes to monkeying about with time zones is a TARDIS…

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  12. I’ll be against it this weekend because I’ll be traveling and this will mess with me. I left my office at 5:30 last night and it was still light! YaHOO!

    Love the new avatar, Red. You go, girl!

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    • That will be harsh. I am looking forward to the sunseting later too!
      I am experimenting with the gravatar. Thanks! It’s a photo which was taken when I had long hair and wore a wig to a party. A few months later, I cut it off in the same style, just not as red.

      I could not figure out why my follows plummeted in April. Yesterday, I remembered I changed my profile picture. I thought I would give this a try!

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  13. I like being able to sleep that extra hour, but dislike that anything needs to change in the first place.

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  14. Now, I learned something here. I always thought DST was because of the farmers needing extra time to, you know, farm. No?

    I don’t really mind the back and forth of time because it’s all I’ve ever known. And really, nothing can mess with our sleep more than babies and toddlers and sick children, so I don’t get too mad at DST in that respect! ;)

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  15. Oh, I forgot about the time change.And I’ve been waking up at crazy hours. Don’t need to lose anymore sleep.

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  16. Thanks for the reminder. Here in Canada we have one Province (Saskatchewan) that opts out of Daylight Savings Time. There are also various communities in each of the rest of the Provinces that opt out. It can get a bit confusing. Do you have any States that don’t go along with it?

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  17. I’d rather not lose my hour, thank-you-very-much. I have a hard enough time waking up in the morning, to have to get up in the dark is preposterous! Not to mention having to do that with an hour less sleep? It’s rude, I tell ya!

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  18. The Regular Guy NYC

    Bring it on! After this long dreary winter here we on the Northeast welcome an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day. Will be nice to leave work and it’s still daylight outside!

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  19. I do not like spring forward. It messes with my body and head. Fall back is much more civil. A leisure way to save wax.

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  20. I am for anything that helps bring more SUN to my day!!

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  21. Mathair and I love winter hours. We do most of our writing at night and we prefer it that way. We’re night owls, winter lovers, moon gals. My favorite kind of weather are those gray, cold, windy, rainy days. Rather depressing for most, but I’ve always found them beautiful. The actual act of daylight savings time doesn’t bother us, it’s the simple fact that it segues into Spring and Summer. Good Lord, Mathair and I sound like Debbie Downers! LOL. We’re not really that weird… who am I kidding?! Yeah, we are. ;) LOL Great post, Susie.

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    • Thanks gals! You are hardly downers… :)
      I agree and love to hole up on days like that and by now I am used to the early sunsets. In November, it freaks me out! It will be a distraction when it is light outside and the garden beckons. :)

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  22. As of right now, I think I’d trade that hour for warmer weather! Spring, please. :)

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    • It’s weird because Boulder is 65 degrees and a mere 10 miles away in Niwot, it has hovered at 53 all day! I was so looking forward to spring fever. Instead, I’m putting on another pot of coffee. :)

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  23. I don’t care whether we’re on Daylight Savings or Standard Time (and I can never remember which comes when, because we are not actually “saving” anything–the days are exactly the same whether we measure them or not). It seems that all the justifications/reasons given in support have equally convincing arguments on the other side. So I guess that makes me against. Just pick a time and stick to it!

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    • I agree. I like the idea of sticking with DST year round since will be light later at night. Ending it in November when the days get really short, is ridiculous! It is hard on our bodies. I think I am psychosomatic after writing this post, I’m so thick headed and groggy!

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  24. I am not a fan of Daylight Saving Time. It’s dumb! Actually, I heard a segment on NPR a few months back about how “falling backward” in the Fall may lead to an increase in crime. Since it gets dark an hour earlier, criminals can get to work earlier in the evenings. (So the theory goes.)

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  25. I like daylight savings time. I don’t like driving home from work in the dark so when the clocks move forward I get to make the drive while it’s still light out. I have a long commute and it always seems longer in the dark. And then when I get home all I want to do is go to bed. Not any more. It will still be light when I get home! Yay!!

    Besides, I’ll be at Disneyland in a couple of weeks and those extra hours of daylight will make for some really fun and very long days of amusement park excitement. I can’t wait.

    I do get what you mean about the jet-lagged feeling though every year around this time. It takes me about 3 days to adjust.

    Happy almost spring!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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    • It’s so psychological having longer days. I am ready for bed when it gets dark or at least back in November when DST ended. I am used to it now, but really look forward to cooking and eating outside!
      Woohoo for birthdays and Disney! You’ll have a blast. :)

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  26. I loathe losing that hour, but I love having more light during the day. At least this year, I used my final mind marble and remembered I did not want to work a theater volunteer ushering gig on this coming Sunday. Last spring I forgot. My biorhythms were out of whack well into May.

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    • I would have completely forgotten except that I received a postcard from some random real estate agent reminding me of the DST date and that she is available to sell my house…
      You have more marbles than me.
      It’s supposed to be 70 degrees, but here in Niwot, it isn’t budging from 53 degrees. I am feeling a low pressure system coming in and am so groggy! I need coffee…..

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  27. Seems like what most of the nay-sayers don’t like is the change. Why not have daylight savings time year-round? So what if it’s dark while we eat breakfast? I’ll trade that for a little light after supper. And we need that worse in the winter than in the summer. Year-round Daylight Savings Time – YES!!

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  28. The increase in traffic accidents may stem from mothers running into oncoming traffic after a few days of arguing with their children that they haven’t made a mistake and they do in fact need to rise even if it is dark outside. I am with you, give me my hour back and I will deal with the candles later. :)

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    • Poor moms! I remember it being hard to wake children. Our high school started classes at 7:30 which was very hard to deal with anyway! Looking back, I don’t know how either of my kids survived! :)

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  29. I normally wouldn’t mind – or perhaps notice! – the time shift, but Sundays happen to be the one day I have to be somewhere to teach early… Sigh. I like your title for the day better. LOL Too awesome!

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  30. Bring it on! It means we can play an hour longer in the evening and I love that! Back in the day when it meant tucking little ones into bed with the sun shining, I may not have loved it quite so much.

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  31. I’m in favor of anything that extends the evening light. I can’t see to drive in the dark, so sunset defines my “curfew.” Kind of like Cinderella having to be home by midnight, only without the prince. Or the dress. Or the glass slippers…

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    • I love your comparison! It’s a fairly common problem. I am looking forward to the extended evening too! I’m not looking forward to heavy head on Sunday and Monday, but that will go away. :)

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  32. I do not like loosing an hour, even if we do get it back in November. Not only does it mess with my head, it messes with my whole body’s rhythm. I will do the ‘stomping teenager thing'; “I hate it! I hate it! I hate it!” Enough said.

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  33. This time thing needs to be done away with! It seems to be a tradition from the 1940’s if I remember correctly. Something like that but it’s just dumb. Arizona does not bother with this nonsense. Why should Nevada! No snow here, Susie. Forecast is for 80 today. ;)

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    • Wow! That is warm. Enjoy! I just opened all my windows and doors. It’s 10:30 and 53 degrees.
      Although I hate the adjustment, I love it when it’s light outside until 8:30 PM. Dawn would break at 4:30 if it we didnt’ have Daylight Saving. I wake with the first light, so that would KILL me!

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  34. You know what bothers me?

    I have No idea how to change the clocks. I am one of those stupid people that cannot comprehend things like that. Huge reason why I do not have a cell phone.. I am missing that part of the brain. OH boy..

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    • Every electronic has their own directions. It drives me nuts too. It took me three years to remember how to change the clock in my car. I guess that’s only 6 time changes, but still!

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  35. Oh! Ours starts on March 30th – perhaps that would suit you better.

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  36. Oh, it is SOOOOO worth the loss of an hour for the anticipation of better days ahead! Let there be SPRING! :)

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  37. We don’t go back til the 30th. I get to cling onto that hour for an extra 21 days!

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  38. Boing Boing! Just glad the days are growing longer Susie

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  39. Hi, great post and really cool photo. Just here for a minute, very busy today. Take care!

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  40. You know, I keep hearing that they’ve continued Daylight Savings for farmers and agriculturists, but those guys wake up at 5:00 AM anyway–they do their own thing–is it really necessary for us to cater to these rebels who’ll follow their own circadian rhythm no matter what time it is?

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  41. I rather hate it, too. But it does have benefits.

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  42. My wife believes that we should just keep setting the clock back an hour (without ever “springing forward”). I think she would also like to be in charge of when it happens.

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    • Good for her! I love it!
      I guess there was a time when some states followed DST and others didn’t. It caused a huge mess with travel and business. “Wait, what time is it? Am I early or late?”

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  43. What jake kale said! First thing I thought of was The Doctor. If his definition of time was the one that we used, then there’d be none of this lousy Daylight Savings Time nonsense. If only.

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    • Right???? Research and history tells us it is hard on our systems. Then I think of all the people that travel for their jobs and go through all kinds of real jet lag. I wonder if anyone has studied their health.
      Thanks for stopping by Ally!

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  44. “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big bowl of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey… stuff.”
    – The Doctor, 2007. Or was it 1969?

    I went one better than changing the time on a clock – I tried to fool my mother into thinking Christmas had come early by switching the calender from November to December. Didn’t work. :(

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  45. I’m against daylight savings.
    It would be nice if our time meter constructs were more precise – get rid of leap day too.

    I can’t wait for spring.

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  46. I’m against Daylight Savings in March and support it in November. So, on average, I’m neutral.

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