Daylight Savings and Lack-of-Savings

The funny thing about the changing of the time that we do twice a year here in the US is that no one ever seems to know when the day is for changing the clocks. We all know approximately when the time is: in the early spring and early fall. But, even the week before, if you go around asking people, no one seems to know that it will be the next Sunday. Yet, without fail, the night before there is a slew of emails as one person finally figures out that this night is the night to move the clocks. They email their friends and acquaintances who email their friends until about 90% of the people know. Everyone else, like one of my homework group members who isn’t here right now, finds out when they turn on their computers the next day or any other electronic device that automatically adjusts itself.

The most amazing thing to me is the way that this works. First no one knows, then people exponentially find out as more and more people tell each other. It’s a marvel of modern technology. What in the world did people do before email? I know what I did – I used to check the Tv guide channel every morning on the weekends and when I saw that it was later than I thought it was, I knew it was time to change the clocks.

2 responses to “Daylight Savings and Lack-of-Savings”

  1. Yeah, it was very off-putting waking up today at 10. Well, I thought it was 10. Well, two of my clocks thought it was 10, and two thought it was 11. Even though the ones that said 11 automatically change for daylight savings, I still had to check by looking at my wall calendar for “daylight savings time begins (clock forward)”. If this was next week, I would have already changed my calendar from March to April (it always takes me a day-or-two), and I would have known. Oh well. Now I just have to figure out if it is really 12:39, 12:41, 12:43, 12:41, or 12:42. Why can’t my clocks just get along and agree on a time.