Do you live in a place that observes Daylight Saving Time?

Spring forward, Fall back! - daylight saving time
United States
November 1, 2007 8:47am CST
On Sunday, Nov. 4 here in Boston, MA we turn our clocks back one hour. Until this year we did this on the last Sunday of October. The whole idea started during WW II and our government just kept it going. I do understand that in the summer it helps our farmers to have that extra hour of daylight in the summer but could never figure out why we end it in the winter. Since I research everything I wonder about...lol...I found 2 awesome sites about Daylight Saving Time. The first one is general information and the second one is much more interesting and acutally has a link to send to our congressmen (who are perpetuating DST)telling them we don't want to observe it any more. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/daylight1.html#new http://www.standardtime.com/ Do you observe DST where you live? Does it make a big difference in your life or not? Would you be happier if DST was done away with completely?
6 people like this
13 responses
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
1 Nov 07
Sure do and we hate it with a passion because it disrupts our lives so much. The real reason the government does it is so they have an extra hour of daylight to go golfing after work. I wish they'd stop this nonesense and put it back where it belongs OR keep it through the winter. When winter approaches, it's bad enough that it gets dark an hour earlier but then when we set out clocks back, it just feels like we're set at the wrong time. It confuses our animals feeding time so what I do with that is during the summer, I'll feed them at 5:30 and in the winter I'll feed them at 4:30 so the poor things won't have to observe it themselves. It's too hard on them to understand and be hungry for another hour so I won't do it to them.
3 people like this
• United States
1 Nov 07
Bush can play golf longer...lol... - pres bush plays golf
lol...I agree with you there...the government does it for their own personal needs. I was under the impression it was for the farmers but ..uh...I don't think so!
1 person likes this
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
1 Nov 07
i live in southern ontario canada and we do have daylight savings time where i live, but in the province of saskatchewan, they do not observe it. i find this rather odd, but anyways. is there any states in the US that don't observe it?
3 people like this
• United States
1 Nov 07
I think it's odd but the government gives the states the option whether or not to observe it or not. I haven't really checked to see who is going to and who is not.
1 person likes this
@terrych (1227)
• United States
1 Nov 07
Well I think that daylight savings, are to save energy, and used batter the natural sunlight... I am not sure if they work, but to me that is the reason... It is fine with except that this sunday as you said there are going to change the time in hour, and for me that will be have 2 hours difference with Chile ( I am in US now and my family in Chile), so it gets a little complicated to call them overthere, but I will figure it out!
• United States
1 Nov 07
It must really get confusing when you have family or friends in another country but like you said you will figure it out.
1 person likes this
@terrych (1227)
• United States
1 Nov 07
Yeah, I will figure it out, the thing is that during the summer we have same time, but now it is going to be 2 hours difference...
2 people like this
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
1 Nov 07
Yeah DST was started opriginally to save energy.
2 people like this
• Canada
1 Nov 07
Actually I live in the ONLY province in Canada that stays the same time all year round. It is so nice not having to put my clock ahead or back. PurpleTeddyBear.
• United States
1 Nov 07
That must be great! I remember one time many years ago when we didn't do it for some reason and it was much appreciated!
2 people like this
• Canada
1 Nov 07
It's awesome, I love it!
2 people like this
@beyonce03 (2331)
• Canada
2 Nov 07
I live in Quebec, Canada and like you we have daylight saving time. I don,t know why we still do it these years and we could stop that. I'M sure that in some years we will not do it anymore. Even if we go back from 1h our if we go to the normal hour, my system always have difficulty to be adapted to the whole thing. I will be very tire during 1weeks. Every year it,s the same thing :P
2 people like this
• United States
2 Nov 07
Since it's something that our governments keep going it seems that the people would get a chance to vote on it. I'm sure they would be surprised to see how many would vote against it.
1 person likes this
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
2 Nov 07
oh yes, we do observe it here in australia... in fact, we just move our clock forward by one hour last sunday... so we are losing one hour now... but we are going to gain it back during winter in about april... so we are starting to be summer here and the weather is getting hotter now here...
2 people like this
• United States
2 Nov 07
Losing or gaining the sunlight - sunrise on lake
The phrase "losing an hour" or "gaining an hour" always makes me laugh. There are always going to be 24 hours in a day no matter what right? lol...of course it's meant to mean losing or gaining an hour of sunlight!
1 person likes this
@sanell (2114)
• United States
1 Nov 07
I am not sure, I know that when the winter comes it gets awfully dark, and since I am not a morning person, having daylight savings can be tough when we spring forward, but then again I am so use to it that I think it would be strange. It can be inconvenient from time to time, but it is okay for me too. I do like the Fall back feature as I get that hour back, but the spring forward can be brutal to get use to. So I always look forward to the halloween time only because I get that hour back for sleeping and I love sleeping!!
2 people like this
• United States
2 Nov 07
I think we all have a problem getting used to the change the first couple of days then we get so used to it that it's difficult to change back. We just can't win can we!
1 person likes this
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
1 Nov 07
We observe it here in Minnesota s well. I actually hate it comes November and December. It's dark at 4 p.m. Then the sun doesn't ciome out till about 8 or so in the morning. Too dark. I really hated it when I worked at the factory. dark when I left for work and dark when I got home. The whole day felt like it was lost actually. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
2 people like this
• United States
2 Nov 07
When I worked that was always one of the worst things...going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. It makes us feel like vampires since we never get to see the sun!
1 person likes this
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
1 Nov 07
I don't like DST as it is a nuisance to be changing the clock. Also it interfers with my phone calls to my relatives and friends in Puerto Rico. I live in Southern California but in Puerto Rico DST is not observed.
2 people like this
• United States
1 Nov 07
You're so right there. Having friends and relatives in Puerto Rico is surely going to make it so much more of a nuisance for you now.
1 person likes this
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
1 Nov 07
Yes, we live in a place (New Jersey)that observes daylight savings time. It was annoying because since they changed it last year my clock was a messed up last week. I woke up last weekend and the clock on my phone didn't match the alarm clock! I called my sister to see what time she had and she told me about the change. My alarm clock is one that you only have to plug it in and it sets itself. Since it was made with the old timeframe I had to go in and re-set it. It took 3 times because it kept going right back to the wrong time and hour earlier. Talk about frustrating. I still don't even know what I did that finally made it keep the correct time!
2 people like this
• United States
1 Nov 07
That really stinks with the changing of clocks and everyone has different kinds of clocks. It just gets too crazy for me.
1 person likes this
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
1 Nov 07
I think the idea of daylight savings time is kind of dumb. You don't really gain an extra hour of sunlight. It just puts it at a different time. Most farmers I know don't like it. The animals still have to be fed at the same time, they don't understand time in hours the way we do. My uncle (a farmer) gets up at the same time everyday, no matter what the clock says. During the summer he gets up at 4:30, and during the winter he gets up at 3:30. I'm not looking forward to the time change. My husband will be driving to work blinded by the glaring sun again. It seems kind of dumb to have to do that again, when it just finally got to where he was getting there before the sun comes up.
2 people like this
• United States
1 Nov 07
The whole thing never made sense to me and never will. I hope I live to see the day they do away with it.
1 person likes this
• Kazakhstan
2 Nov 07
Here in Italy we do have the Daylight Saving Time and we do respect it. I turned my clock one hour back last Sunday (it's always on the last Sunday of October) and I was really happy to do it because I could have sleep one hour more!!! It's a good thing during winter season because it helps saving energy and personally for me it's better because I can sleep better than in summer season, when the night is shorter.
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
7 Nov 07
We do observe daylight savings time. I really dislike turning back the clocks in the Fall. It really messes with my internal clock.As soon as it's dark I am tired. It seems like I spend the whole winter tired and worn down.Thanks for the links.