Going back to Standard Time

@dorannmwin (36656)
United States
October 26, 2009 4:30pm CST
Well, this coming weekend we here in Kentucky are going to be falling back. I threatened to leave my clock alone, but no one else agrees with me, so it will mean that I am an hour late for everything, so I guess I am going to have to conform with the rest of the world this time. My questions for you are: Do you have standard time and daylight savings time where you live? If you do, do you like it or do you think it is just a hassle? If you don't, is there any reason that you wish that you did?
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@mommaj (22872)
• United States
27 Oct 09
I always forget to set the clocks. We are usually late or early for everything! One year my husband was late to work, so they fired him! The nerve of those people. LOL I guess everyone has to be on time or nothing gets done.
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
27 Oct 09
When I was a child it was always Sunday school that we were either an hour late for or an hour early for. After that one day of realizing that we'd forgotten about our clocks it didn't affect our punctualness to anything else, but I still find it to be a big hassle.
@mommaj (22872)
• United States
27 Oct 09
HEHE. I think it is a big hassle too.
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
27 Oct 09
I hate it....so hate it. I work 2nd shift and it just really messes me all up for days. I guess it's my fault in a way. If I got home and went to bed an hour earlier than normal (according to the clock) it'd be better. I don't tho. The time change was originally started for the benefit of farmers so that they could have more daylight to do their chores. Back then there were many farmers. Not so many anymore. I wish they would just leave our darn clocks alone!
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
27 Oct 09
As I mentioned in another comment, I used to work third shift and when the time change rolled around each year, they found a way to stiff us out of one hour pay because even though we technically worked 13 hours, according to the clock it was only 12 hours and thus we got shorted.
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
27 Oct 09
That's horrible!! I'm surprised you all didn't band together and revolt. Or walk out an hour early.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
27 Oct 09
Hi doranmwin, well we beat you to it here in Greece and our clocks went back an hour last Saturday. I actually like it when the go back as I get an extra hour on the weekend and for a little while at least now it won't be dark when the alarm goes off. I hate to wake in the dark mornings and if the clocks weren't changed I wouldn't be able to send my son off to the busstop in the dark.
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
27 Oct 09
We used to change our clocks on the last weekend in October, however a couple years ago the president decided to change when it was. I guess just one more way that the United States doesn't have to conform with the rest of the world. Sometimes I really wonder about the people that we chose to head our country.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
27 Oct 09
Well it's good to hear he didn't have enough influence to change things over here where it indeed remains the last Saturday in October.
@Capsicum (1444)
• United States
26 Oct 09
We also have it ,I don't see any sense in it.Most of us forget until the next change anyway.I just does not make sense as our waking hrs. are darker to begin with why change the time too..... Time is time as long as its right ,I guess I will keep switching the clocks .Don't think hb's boss would be to happy with me not doing so.
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
26 Oct 09
I agree with you. The issue for us wouldn't be with the boss as they've actually asked my husband to go into work later. However, I really think the school would be upset with us if we were to decide not to conform.
@Capsicum (1444)
• United States
26 Oct 09
This is true they teach kids little enough so as it is to prepare them for whats ahead. But like time as parents we have a purpose also.
@sender621 (14934)
• United States
27 Oct 09
I know how you are feeling about daylight savings time. We also have it where I live. I believe next week will be my turn to turn back time. It makes me crazy. Running around and changing every clock in your house and watch and car clocks can be such a pain. Who came up with such a concept? I always forget when the time comes if we set clocks back or forward. I go through this big turmoil about remembering which way to go. If we had to vote on daylight savings time, I would vote for leaving the clocks alone. I know in the vastness of the universe somewhere, there is a good reason for daylight savings time. Right now i just can't see it.
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
27 Oct 09
I think that the good reason for it was when there were more farmers out there. Now, there are not nearly as many as there once was, even looking back just a few years. When we moved to Kentucky, all of the area surrounding us was farms and now many of those farms are gone, replaced with houses that are too close together with very little green area.
@TrvlArrngr (4051)
• United States
27 Oct 09
I live in NC and we have it too. I like it since it will make it lighter when the kids go out for the school bus. I guess we just follow along like everyone else.
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
27 Oct 09
That is the reason that I think it should stay the same way year round. As it is, during the summer months the days are legitimately longer anyway so not changing the clocks around and always allowing the children to go to the bus stop in the light would make me the happiest.
@jlamela (4906)
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
Actually the first and last time my country implemented Day Light Saving Time was when I was still in grade six I think that was more than 20 years ago. But I remember that I was very excited during those times because the delight of being so early in school and early at home were so great, just I imagine I was already at home at 2:00pm! Honestly, I always wished that the Philippine government will implement day light saving time again because it can really save energy, effort, money and time. This program is beneficial. I would be too glad to be at home very early.
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
27 Oct 09
Thank you so much for teaching me something that I didn't know. For the children, I know that they like to be home with more hours of daylight left, but on the reverse side of that there are parents such as myself that don't like to see the children standing at the bus stops in the dark.
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
27 Oct 09
Personally I wish they would just leave the clocks alone. Set it to daylight savings time because there are certain advantages to it and just leave it there all year round, apparently it would save a lot of energy as well and save everybody the hassle of this constant forward and back nonsense. The time of 12 noon was set when the sun was directly overhead so that there would be equal to a light before noon as afternoon and this may have made sense in agricultural society when it was first proposed. Then in the industrial era when daylight savings time was proposed it made sense as well, in order to have more daylight at the end of the day. However in our post-agricultural, postindustrial society where many things are operated 24 hours a day that no longer applies, and we should update our time keeping schedules to reflect this. The constant moving of our clocks is unnecessary and should be abandoned. I am with you that the clocks should be left alone. Maybe we could join forces, even starts own country where the clocks are left alone. See my discussion about using a daylight savings day instead. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1774347.aspx
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
27 Oct 09
I agree with you. I don't think that our internal clocks were made for all of this changing times and everything because not only does it throw me off, it also throws off my children and almost everyone else that I know. Perhaps if we were able to do things as you proposed in your discussion it would teach the man a lesson and would thus be the end of time changes.
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
27 Oct 09
Yes, we do have day light savings time here. I find it to be a hassle because I have a lot of clocks in my home I have to change. I guess the only advantage is that I get an extra hour of sleep. I just wind up waking up an hour earlier. lol.
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
27 Oct 09
The thing about that "extra hour of sleep" is that you will lose it in the spring. I used to think it was great because we got to sleep longer but then I realized that it really isn't worth it at all. To make matters worse, when I was younger I worked night shift at the hospital and despite the fact that we technically worked for 13 hours, they only paid us for 12.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
27 Oct 09
Hi Dorann. I wish they would leave it as it was orignally, as when I was young. The shift seems to play havoc with "natural body rhythms" and sleep each time they make the shift. I'm aware of why they do it, but ugh! Leave it alone already. Karen
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
27 Oct 09
You've hit the main reason that I don't like it. Whenever the time changes, it takes us a few weeks to get the children back on their regular schedule.
@peavey (16906)
• United States
27 Oct 09
Yes, we have it here. I think it's totally irrelevant to most lifestyles today and causes more problems than it solves. If it wasn't for my computer and cellphone, I'd never remember to reset the clocks. Daylight Savings Time can't create more daylight hours, so all you can do is take them off one end of the day and add them to the other. Most of us work in artificial light during the winter anyway and those who don't are farmers and the like, who have the freedom to work an hour later or earlier.
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
27 Oct 09
I completely agree with you. If given the choice between daylight savings time and standard time, I think I would just stick with standard time year round so the children don't have to go to school in the dark in the mornings even though it does get dark earlier in the day. I just really don't like seeing the children at the bus stops in the dark in the morning.
@bunnybon7 (43287)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Oct 09
we dont have it in AZ and its one of the VERY FEW things i like about AZ. i grew up and lived for years in ohio and spent a couple in florida. i hated the old spring forward/fall back crap every year.
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
27 Oct 09
It's really funny about that. I have an aunt that lives in Arizona and I never remember how many hours behind us you all are because for part of the year it is 3 hours and for the rest of the year it is 4 hours.
@taraelocin (1139)
26 Oct 09
Yes, I understand how it works - spring forward in spring, fall back in fall. I guess historically it was important to make most use of the daylight available. But I am not sure how relevant it really still is. I for one always forget it. If they wouldn't mention it every 5 minutes on the radio I'd never remember changing the clocks...
@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
27 Oct 09
I do believe that the historical reason for it was for the farmers so they could get more of their work done, or something like that. However, in today's society of dependence on electricity, I really don't see the relavence of it.
@yan_blue8 (1438)
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
Hi dora! I think it's hard to live life that way. Good that we don't have daylight savings time here in the Philippines. And i don't wish for one either. :) Enjoy your day! yan
@stee09 (102)
• Ireland
27 Oct 09
Hey Dora, I'm pretty sure daylight savings time is worldwide. I kind of like it when the clocks go back an hour I mean who doesn't like an extra hour of sleep lol. I don't think it's really that much hassle the only thing that annoys me is when I forget to change the time on the clock and end up getting up to early or late which ever the case may be.
@solared (1209)
• United States
27 Oct 09
i live in GA, an yes we fall back an spring forward, it's pain to adjust to at 1st, but you become thankful for it not being pitch black in the mornings, an having more daylight hours at other times.