It is the first working day in Daylight Savings Time in most of the U.S. A day which should live in infamy.
This monstrosity is apparently used in some 70 countries worldwide. Then again, just because 70 countries like to play in traffic, or jump off cliffs the way lemmings to, is no reason the U.S. should continue to follow suit.
I exaggerate, but only a little. I don’t really mind daylight savings time. I mind the shift back and forth. Particularly the shift into daylight savings (the “lost” hour). It takes my wife and I the better part of a week to become accustomed to the different schedule, during which we are irritable, exhausted, and not at all fun to be around for our children, co-workers, even our pets.
We aren’t the only ones. Apparently heart attack rates go up during the adjustment period, as do accident rates both vehicular and industrial.
I know most people don’t like having it be dark when they leave their home, particularly when the kids go off to catch the school bus. I don’t like that either. During the depth of winter, my commute starts in pitch blackness and I arrive home from the daily train in pitch blackness. I hate that, but it will self-correct in another 3 and a half years when I can retire. (yay!)
But, leaving and returning in the dark beats the zombification of shifting to DST. Sunday is bad enough. Realizing that, in spite of all the warnings, we forgot that the clocks needed to be changed and we missed church (okay, we missed church due to the press of other activities, but I want to blame the clock). Since we don’t have to get up as early on Sunday, it doesn’t have a great effect. We probably slept as many hours on Sunday as we would have without the shift.
Monday, on the other hand, is a totally different story. We get up an hour earlier than we’re used to, regardless of what the clock says, and the lack of sleep is telling. Its roughly equivalent of recovering from jet lag. Possibly worse.
Yet, its for our own good, the government tell us. Sure.
We use less energy? No. What we would have saved on one end of the day is still used on the other.
Natural light for our commutes? I don’t know about you, but more sunlight in my eyes as I drive to the east in the morning is not what I need.
Time shifts like this are so last century. We need to leave them there.