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.Β 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 thoughts on “Are You Ready “to” Spring?

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  1. 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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    1. It’s been a long winter for most in the US. It’s supposed to hit 70 degrees in Boulder/Denver today. It’s 7 AM and already 45! Spring will come…. πŸ™‚

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  2. “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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  3. 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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    1. 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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    1. 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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  4. 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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    1. Actually, the farmers are against it since it gives them one less hour to get their produce to market. It’s a really big misconception. I just found an article about it on National Geographic. You’ve gotta love FSOG!

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          1. Just drink a few cans of cider, smoke that legalised pot in Colorado an hour before dawn on Summer Solstice morning and dance around the neighbour’s garden gnomes. Same thing and no jet lag!

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      1. If I get up about two and a half minutes earlier tomorrow then add the same amount of time on each day until the clocks change I should come through it unscathed

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  5. 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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    1. 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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  6. 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. πŸ˜‰

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    1. 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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  7. 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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    1. It will feel strange on Sunday and Monday, but I will LOVE the darkness at 6:00 AM and daylight until 7:00! I can start taking walks after dinner without a flashlight and mace! πŸ™‚

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  8. 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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    1. 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. πŸ™‚

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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. πŸ™‚

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    1. 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! πŸ™‚

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  12. 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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  13. 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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    1. 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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  14. 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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    1. 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. πŸ™‚

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  15. 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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  16. 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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    1. 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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    1. 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. πŸ™‚

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